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until, like, the manager opened the door. then we had to go out the back door and then like, the cops lead us out. i was scared for my bhmom. i didn't know what happened to her because she was at the front and i was at the back. i did not know where she was, i thought she was gone. >> thankfully, her mom wasn't hurt and neither was london or her dad and london says she was never scared because her dad was with her the whole time. so brave. thanks very much for watching, i'm wolf blitzer, in philadelphia reporting in "the situation room" tonight, reporting from here throughout the night along with colleagues, erin burnett, jake tapper, anderson cooper and around the country for election night in america, the midterm election primaries .
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tonight, the nation is turning to pennsylvania, a major battleground in american politics, from the three rivers in pittsburgh, to the striking green home of the capitol building in harrisburg, heart of government in the commonwealth, to historic independence hall in philadelphia, those across pence im , pennsylvania, are making choice to influence the presidential race. i'm jake tapper and we're standing by for results in what is sure to be an eventful election. the political spotlight on key primary races in pennsylvania, north carolina, kentucky, idaho and oregon. in phil
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pennsylvania, north carolina republican senators retiring seats, tonight, we'll bring more to the direction of the two major parties, also a significant new test of former president trump's grip on the republican party and president biden's sway over the democrats. as both weigh a potential rematch in 2024. perhaps the biggest test of the trump factor is his pick in pennsylvania republican former tv dr. mehmet oz has trump's endorsement and name recognition, but right now locked in a race against former hedge fund ceo mccormick and rather unknown conservative kathy barnett with a late surge and compelling personal story as she tries to make history as the first black republican woman in the senate but also gained attention for her antigay and antimuslim bigotry and unfounded denial of the 2020 election results. another test of trump's clout, the governor race , another one
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of pennsylvania's leading supporters of trump's baseless claim. running against lou barletta, bill mccswain and dave white. we're watching the leading candidate lieutenant governor john fetterman undergoing surgery toed to receive a pacemaker after suffering a stroke on friday. his top opponents, congressman and former marine lamb from pittsburgh area any state representative from philly. we're watching races from coast to coast. let me bring in my colleague, erin burnett. >> jake, in less than 30 minutes, voting ends in north carolina so we're up against it right now, trump-backed congressman ted bud, faking on the former governor pat mccurry as well as pat walker and on the
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democratic side now, beezley for the first black senator in north carolina. where to go here with madison cawthorn, whether he can survive his republican primary, one time rising star to the right, his first term blamed by multiple controversial scandals and other rivals hoping to put an early end to cawthorn's congressional career. meantime, on the other side of the country, oregon, president biden made his first endorsement of the midterm campaign backing the incumbent congressman, curt schrader, facing a strong challenge from the progressive side of the party, though, and we're standing by for first results and a lot of the exciting races there, so many tonight and all the twists and turns to get us to this moment in the past few days nobody could have predicted. >> very exciting, erin, let check in on the race of the night, jeff zal aney is at oz's
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headquarters in the philly suburbs, what are you hearing from the campaign about his prospects this evening? >> reporter: jake with slightly less in an an hour to go here in pennsylvania, cautious optimism twine friends and supporters of oz, he is tonight in the key suburbs, bucks county, the whole rationale for his candidacy. he said specifically, he believed dr. mehmet oz a tv celebrity, making first bid for public office can perform well here, in fact out perform what mr. trump did in 2020 and indeed, 2016, these are critical parts of pen pe pennsylvania but there is optimism as well, did they overlook kathy barnett in this race? fo former president told friends this is the biggest gamble yet
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in the 2022 midterm season, jake. >> now, to the late breaking news on the frontrunner, lieutenant governor john fetterman getting a pacemaker today as voting is under way. jessica, what can you tell us about fetterman's condition this hour? >> reporter: well we know that he is just out of that procedure, jake, he's said to be headed toward a full recovery, that it went very well. he actually tweeted just recently, said i just got out of a procedure to implant a pacemaker with a defibrilator in my heart, now back to resting and recovering. all this coming as earlier today he cast his ballot from his hospital room using an emergency absentee ballot, that's how he voted for himself, not what we expected today. he will be watching returns from that hospital in lancaster at lancaster general hospital about four hours from where i'm standing now in pittsburgh where we are expecting his wife
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giselle to address supporters of course he was supposed to be here tonight and is considered the front runner but should see his wife later this evening, lieutenant governor doing much better. >> jessica, didn't want to translate the word yins for us? >> reporter: i believe that's for you, all of you, y'all, it's like the southern word y'all. >> right, it's a pittsburghism, i should say. >> reporter: that's right. >> and dana, i mean it may be, for lieutenant governor fetterman that this happens so late in the race but dr. rhiner, i have to ask you, how serious is this? we're told and it's all just from him, we haven't heard anything directly from his doctors but lieutenant governor, dr. rhiner, that he had a minor stroke, now told he's doing great on the way to full recovery but putting a pacemaker in is a big deal. >> more than a pacemaker, a
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def defibrillator placed and that's for people with subsisting heart disease so we were told a few days ago the lieutenant governor had a stroke in the setting of atrial fibrillation which is not unexpected. what is very unexpected is the implantation of a defibrillator just days after a stroke and what this means really is they found really substantial heart disease, probably a weakened heart, which would also be the cause of his atrial fibrillation. now having said all that, he can and should, you know, completely recover from this but what is does disclose is that his heart disease appears to be more substantial than previously disclosed. >> and dr. rhiner, let's just pick up on that because you are somebody who, not only are you a world renown cardiologist, you're somebody who has dealt with politicians, fwhnamely the
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former vice-president, dick cheney, what does it tell you they're not only doing this procedure but announcing it today? >> it's either a remarkable coincidence they announced the procedure in the middle of, sort of voting, this procedure almost certainly would have been scheduled for a couple of days. they would have identified the problem which would have been the status of the contractality, the ability of his heart to squeeze when admitted to the hospital and would have planned this procedure over the last few days so the disclosure during active voting is an unfortunate circumstance. what we -- when we cared for the former vice-president, we learned very early that just come out with the entire story, come out with the truth, the truth is the truth, and that's really the most, i would say, satisfactory way to talk to the
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public about it. just tell the truth. and when you hear these disclosures, sort of piece-meal, it makes you wonder what aren't you hear sng. >> and dr. rhiner, i know there is probably a lot about this as you heard jessica saying he's the front runner in this race, i think voters will have a lot of questions what this means for the campaign going forward. thanks for joining us. >> polls closed in kentucky short while ago and cnn can now make a key projection. cnn projects incumbent senator rand paul wins the republican primary in the common wealth of kentucky, easily prevailing against lesser known challengers as he seeks third term in the u.s. senate, provocative libertarian-leaning will face the winner of the senate primary in november. as we come to first results out of north carolina, get the mood of the country, what's on the
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north carolina, this is a crucial night and we're awaiting the first results out of there now. i want to go as we await, david, as we're going into this, the sense of the mood and what people are voting and thinking and feeling you got a new national poll breaking tonight, what matters in it? >> that's right, erin, tonight's primary night sets up a major midterm election in november so wanted to get a sense of the country and where things stand. first, our brand new poll of polls on the president's approval rating. you see that president biden has a 40% approval rating in the cnn poll of polls, 55% disapprove. this is a huge warning sign for democrats, the president's party, this is not where they would like to see the president's numbers come november. we also asked folks to get a sense of how things are going in the u.s. and look at this, erin. 65% of americans in our brand new cnn poll tonight say they are concerned about how things are going in the u.s., only 4%
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excited, 10% optimistic. even 1 in five say they are scared. we also wanted to check in on the issue matrix here, what's driving peoples' vote across the country. number one issue by far, nearly six in 10 americans in our poll say it is the economy followed by 30% that say it's domestic or social issue, only 3% say foreign policy, then we wanted to get a sense of how people are feeling about politics in america, erin, look at this. a majority of americans, 53% basically say they're burned out on politics. 23%, nearly a quarter say fired up, 24% another quarter say neither. but let's look at that across party lines when it comes to those who say they're fired up. 33% of republicans say they're fired up. that's true of only 25% of democrats and 14% of independents who say that, so this is a little bit of that enthusiasm advantage on display
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here talking about for the republicans in this midterm political climate, erin. >> all right, david, thank you very much. so what does this mean? chris aw wallace, let me start h you, even from april and here we are in mid may and you look at one in five people are scared, 65% concerned, 60% worried about the economy, not fired up. if this is what we're seeing nationally, if we're seeing it in pennsylvania and north carolina tonight, what does it mean? >> this isn't a shot across the bow of joe biden and the democrats, this is a shot right, a mid shift and they're taking on water. look at first midterms after a new president and that's what we got, new president in 2020, this is his first midterm, that's always top for the incumbent party, the party of the president on average, tough, since world war ii. one, 22 seats lost in the house,
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if that were to happen here, republicans take back the senate and the house but gets even worse than that. because if the president's approval rating is below plus five and according to this poll we just heard from david, it's minus 15, then on average in a midterm, president's party loses 39 seats in the house. i don't have to mind my friend david axelrod about 2010 when the democrats lost 64 seats in the house. that could be a good night compared to what happens this november. >> i still have the tire track on my rear end from that. i remember it very, very well. that's not going to happen this time only because there are fewer competitive districts than there were back in 2010 but look, we just saw the doctor giving his report on lieutenant governor fetterman. if you were a doctor looking at this chart, you would say these vital signs are very, very bad and the last one on enthusiasm is a big concern for democrats. one of the reasons incumbent parties do so poorly in midterm elections is it's hard to
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galvanize the base when you're the incumbent. people come out to vote, they're anxiety, their protests, rarely their affirmation and right now there's a lot of energy behind the republicans and so, you know, what democrats are hoping is tonight, republicans will nominate candidates who are general election candidates. that is really the hope you hear democrats articulate. >> how pathetic is it that you have to hope that the other side is going to do your work for you? because you can't do your own work. i think it's a real problem for them. the number i was looking at, though, is that 53% of voters are burnt out. we understand that. we, you know, of course, we understand why and i was talking to a republican poll cester the other day said he did a focus group and republicans want the
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someone to rescue them from this malaise and excite them and fight for them and he said to me, you know, i think it's a say same on the democratic side, they want a fighter, which is why fetterman appeals to democrats. and they want a fighter, maybe that's why barnett appeals to republicans, who knows, but if you're sick and attired of this, not enthusiastic and you're bu bu burned out, who can you go to? >> this the the question and we are closing in now, less than 10 minutes in north carolina those polls closing. a test of trump's hold on the republican party. will trump support help scandal-plagued madison cawthorn keep his job or a rifle knock him out of running? one of the many races crucial in north carolina tonight. standing by for those results after this.
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. now just minutes away from the end of voting in beautiful north carolina where former president's grip on the republican party tested tonight ahead of a crucial midterm bab battle for control of house and senate, ted bud has endorsement from trump against pat mcgro aary and mat walker vying to replace republican richard bur for a seat that could be crucial in deciding the balance of power in the house this fall. also watching a key house race in western north carolina in the
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incumbent madison cawthorn, been under fire from some of the state's top republicans despite having trump's support, cawthorn facing multiple challengers including state senator chuck edwards and central, bynes is trump's pick for the new congressional district, his most well known opponent is well known congressman elmers, first results in north carolina just minutes away, to the headquarters now, republican candidate ted budd, how much help does bu ddd expect to get tonight from trump's endorsement? >> reporter: well, jake, congressman ted budd heads into election night feeling pretty good and the clear favorite to take on democrat sherry beasley in the general election. he actually was endorsed by the former president almost a year
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ago so he's been able to benefit from that for quite some time. a win for congressman budd would be a win for trump. i was actually on the campaign trail this week with congressman budd and asked him if he would attribute a potential victory to the former president, he told me it was the former president that sort of woke up the base here and got them interested in his campaign. so we'll have to see tonight. congressman budd's closest opponent, former governor pat mccory, jake. >> now to another trump endorsed candidate, madison cawthorn, gallagher at cawthorn's headquarters, what are you learning about cawthorn's contacts with former president trump in the final hours before the election? >> reporter: yeah, jake, i spoke with congressman cawthorn just a little bit ago and he tells me he talked on the phone with former president trump yesterday just a little while after he posted that sort of get out the
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vote message on the truth social platform, acknowledging the foolish mistakes in trump's words that cawthorn had made but encouraging voters to give him a second chance. cawthorn tells me he is confident and believes, quote, his brand of conservatism going to be victorious tonight in a rebuke to the establishment he says that tried to unseat him and the potential awkwardness ensured if he wins tonight with north carolina's delegation, specifically senator tom tellas. >> now to john king, you know, it feels like north carolina's a red state but their governor is democrat, can win stayedwide. >> can, the demographic laid out, can you it get there today, i'll start here. we have a 50-50 senate that's why the primaries matter.
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primary incumbent leaving, senator burn, same with philadel pennsylvania, but let's get here, we'll see the power of endorsement, see congressman ted budd he was trailing pat mccurry early on, the trump endorsement gave him the boost coming into the race but this we're seeing in a lot of states, three very conservative candidate on ballot for republicans tonight. you mention, this is a race republicans think they're going to win in november but look how close it was 48.9 to 49.6, how close, the republicans believe this is a year they make a come back in the suburbs, donald trump hurt them in the suburbs so watch the votes around raleigh, winston, salem and was just talking about in addition to the senate race watching this house race, the one we're watching most of all jake, cawthorn's race, edward the leading the republican
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establishment colalesced around him. can he get 30%? if he does, avoids a run off, we'll see when we count votes in a matter of seconds . >> we'll see and we are just moments away from the end of voting in north carolina 7:30 p.m. eastern awaiting the results from the pivotal u.s. senate primaries. on the republican side, first big test of the night of former president trump's endorsement power. let's get a key race alert. well it's too early to call the republican senate primary in north carolina right now where ted budd faces mat mccurry and mat walker, also too early to call the democratic primary where the party essentially cleared the field for preferred candidate former supreme court state justice sherry beasley, in the house, too early to call the race in north carolina's district where madison cawthorn is facing multiple republican challenger and see too early also to call the republican
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primary north carolina 13th congressional district where political new comer bo heinz trying to win a seat in congressional with trump's endorsement. >> as we await the results i want to go to david chalian, one thing you heard jake talking about there with john king is the role of former president trump, what these races mean for him. what do you have there? >> i think it's important to think about this on two different tracks there, there's president trump's endorsement record but also trump's influence on the party is clear through all the candidacies whether you back them or not. look at this national nbc news poll of republican primary voters taken a few days ago. 55% of republican primary voters think trump should lead the republican party. a majority of republicans. a third say he was a good president but time for new leaders. only 10 percent of republicans as you would expect say he is a bad president and time to move
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on. will the trump endorsement make you more likely to support a candidate? this university pom says overall with the entire electorate says only 18% say the trump endorsement makes them more likely to support a candidate but among republicans, 45% of republicans say trump endorsement makes them more likely to support a candidate. and then, we wanted to take a look at sort of the importance of the candidate support for trump in a republican primary and this is an interesting split. if you look at extremely important and very important, that 27% and 23%, that adds up to half, 50% say it's extremely or very important for their candidate to support trump. whereas 28% say somewhat important, 22% say not at all important. again, half, so half the republicans say extremely important, very important, and this is in the state of pennsylvania, make sure, this is the fox news poll in
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pennsylvania, half saying somewhat or not at all important and erin, for that score card we were talking about, what we were tracking going into tonight. dawnedled trump had key victories with jd vance, that west virginia congressional race won with his backing, one loss in may so far, charles herbster, he did not make it through, but this is what is at stake tonight for the former president and his own brand and power in the party. mehmet oz in pennsylvania, ted budd as we were discussing in north carolina, madison cawthorn and this is race for re-election and janice mcgian, out of idaho challenging the republican party and doing so with trump's backing we'll learn a lot about trump's personal power to help these candidates get over the finish line in republican primaries, erin. >> all right, david and, you know, pretty incredible as we
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know, nobody is tracking the win-loss more closely than donald trump himself. so let me ask you, because i hear all this and you're saying wow, 55% of gop, you know, want trump to lead their party. 50%, his endorsement, extremely important to be influential in their vote. those numbers sound enormous yet months ago it was 80% of the republican party supported donald trump so do you see this as wow these numbers are big or do you see it differently? >> they're not insignificant, but tonight's going to be revealitory about the future of the endorsement power, i'll be looking at pennsylvania where former officials like mike pompeyo endorse against the former president, if that's successful, chips away at the power of that endorsement and one thing i note about ted budd in north carolina he had the perfect storm of endorsement with an early endorsement but also the very powerful club pro quo, so he benefitted from both sides where most candidates didn't have that.
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>> to what melissa is saying here, i think candidates matter, people look at the president's endorsement and it matters but if you saw in governor hercer's case it didn't matter so much, jd vance, ohio, solid candidates, herps not so great a candidate. we'll see whether or not people believe dr. oz is a good candidate, i think they may not, may break against dr. oz and see if the president's endorsement is enough to get him by. >> i should note you were a donor to. >> donor, supporter, to mccormick who i think is going to win. >> look, i mean a couple things. trump may win some, may lose some tonight. trumpism is winning everywhere. and i think that's what's terrifying democrats. if you had told us a year and a half ago that you wouldn't even be a viable republican unless you signed on to these election lies and bowed down and kissed the ring, you would say that's not possible but that's where we
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are. to your point, it's not just the big mouth of donald trump. there's also the big money. and you are starting to see some cracks here. club for growth has seen some stuff to go against trump, so that's a big pile of money being weaponized and i think there are people testing can you go to the right of trump, around trump, but at the end of the day, we're looking tonight, you're going to see that trumpism won everywhere whether trump wins or not. >> right, because even the candidates he does not support, almost all of them, i mean they're in a race to be who can be more trumpy, david. >> that's correct, everybody gets up and says i'm the most trumpy candidate here. right? i'm always for the most conservative candidate that can win in a general election, i think republicans need to step back, everyone can be more trumpy than the next person but can you win in the fall? purple state traditionally and being the trumpy candidate isn't necessarily the best outcome. >> will be fascinating to see that of course, tonight, thank to see all, with us tonight throughout this important evening as we expect the first
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that's where the heart of our community belongs. ingrid: because teachers like me know... carol: quality public schools... kiyoko: make a better california... and we have a key race alert for you right now in the tar heel state of north carolina on the republican side, for the senate republican primary race. congressman ted budd is in the lead. he is 3,700 votes ahead, mccrory 35.6%, walker pulling up in third place with 5.8%, we caution you, this is early, only with 3% of the vote in but as of now, ted budd more votes came
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in, 52 p% of the vote over mccrory, walker with 9.0%. on the democratic side for the senate race, the former state supreme court justice sherry beasley is way ahead with 88.9% of the vote over newton who has.9% of the vote, democrats in the tar heel state basically cleared the race for sherry beasley and she is more than 50,000 votes ahead, john king. >> and jake, if you look at the map, the key point you made is it's very early, 3% of estimated vote but ted budd has early lead, rather be ahead than behind. if you look as it fills in, see the colors fill in just about everywhere, filling the number one county in the state by population so always like to live where the people are, charlotte and the suburbs around it but only one county, we'll watch the votes come in and remember, trump runs strong in the smaller rural countries
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where we question does the endorsement work versus suburban voters, key did i nam income all parties but especially the republican party as we learn who the republican base wants in the election year. we'll weigh out more votes, just want to take a look here, madison cawthorn, the republican incumbent in the 11th congressional district, again about 11% of the vote in in this district, ashville, south western corner of the state, 34%, 35% if you round that up to 30% there, 468 votes again, remind you of the rules here, state law matters. 30%. as long as the winner candidate is above 30% you are nominee and some states would be a run off but 34% would be enough to win, for madison cawthorn, 30% for chuck edwards a handful of other candidates in the race as well not expected to be contenders but we'll watch the votes play out. on the democratic side, a tough race for the democrats but sherry beasley, former state supreme court justice winning
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nearly 90% of the votes so far, democrats essentially cleared the fields for her, up hill race but every one of those counts as we go through it jake and take one quick peak at the senate race, still 3%, and ted budd at 51% leading for now. >> lot of counting to do, thank you so much. as we stand by for more votes in north kcarolina, heading into another critical hour as polls begin to close in places such as pennsylvania, voters across the common wealth making their mark on the political landscape. voting results right ahead, stay with us. so they only pay for what they need. woooooooooooooo... we are not getting you a helicopter. only pay for what you need. ♪liberty, liberty, liberty. liberty.♪ we need to reduce plastic waste in the environment. that's why at america's beverage companies, our bottles are made to be re-made. not all plastic is the same. we're carefully designing our bottles to be 100% recyclable, including the caps. they're collected and separated from other plastics,
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held by a republican, the retiring senator, richard burr. if beasley wins, she would be the first black to represent north carolina. but abby and dana, i have to say it's going to be difficult for a democrat to be elected statewide in north carolina in these elections with so much of the wind at the republicans' backs. >> certainly it will be difficult for democrats. abby, what is fascinating about this democratic race, the one that jake just called, is that this was pretty much a foregone conclusion that she -- the leadership cleared the field for her to win. what we are waiting for tonight, and which really will be determinative of whether or not this is a gop seat the democrats can flip of course is who the republican is going to be. >> and i think the big question tonight in this state and in a lot of the other states that we've been looking at over the last several weeks is you're seeing a divided republican primary. you're seeing republican voters split between two, three or more
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voters. and the question on the republican side is can they unite. the democrats have already done that. that even in a tough environment gives them a bit of a headstart. trump won this state by 1.3 percentage points so it's an uphill battle. >> and we're closing in at the end of voting in pennsylvania and the very first results from the marquee pennsylvania rights. mehmet oz vying for the senate nomination against two top rivals including a relatively unknown conservative who has suddenly become a serious contender. stay with us, we'll be right back.
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carolina. cnn projects that congressman ted budd wins the republican senate nomination. that's a key victory for a candidate endorsed by former president trump. budd defeating two political veterans, including the state's former governor. budd will face the winner of the democratic primary cheri beasley for the seat being held now by richard burr. in the house of representatives, congressman madison cawthorn is facing serious headwinds in his race for re-election. he is losing right now with 36% of the vote in to state senator chuck edwards. chuck edwards with 37.8% of the vote, 3,944 votes ahead of inin incumbent cawthorn. that is a significant moment for madison cawthorn. he better hope trends do not
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continue that way. just minutes from now polling places close in pennsylvania's closely watched senate primaries. president biden and former president trump both have a stake in these competitive races. on the republican side former tv doctor mehmet oz is talked in a battle with dave mccormick and kathy barnette. barnette has gained attention and her unfounded denials of the 2020 election results. in the democratic primary, john fetterman spent this election day getting a pacemaker imp implanted after having a stroke on friday. we'll see if that impacts his race in any way against congressman connor lamb and malcolm kenyatta. all of these candidates are fighting for an open seat now held by republicans. a seat that could be critical in deciding control of the u.s. senate this fall.
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as we count down to the end of voting in the commonwealth of pennsylvania, i'm joined by anderson cooper. anderson, there's another big race we're following in the commonwealth. >> pennsylvania's democratic governor is term limited and a slew of republicans are competing for the game. donald trump made a late endorsement of doug mastriano. president trump urged voters not to support bill mcswain saying that he failed to act to overturn the presidential election. mastriano, mccain, lou barletta and dave white are the top contenders vying for the nomination. pennsylvania attorney general josh sha ppiro is running unopposed. >> let's go to jeff zeleny. jeff, you're hearing more about the trump factor in the oz campaign. tell us. >> reporter: jake, we are. really with just a couple minutes to go before the polls
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close, the central question hanging over all this race was the former president's endorsement enough to pull dr. mehmet oz across the finish line. there was deep worry which is why the former president called into an oz rally and said oz is maga and will support the movement. jake, this whole pennsylvania primary, an expensive one at that, $70 million in ads alone, made one thing clear. trump controls the republican party but can he control his own movement? that will be determined tonight. we are told my friends that he is nervously eyeing the outcome here in pennsylvania. jake. >> let's go to athena jones at kathy barnette's senate campaign headquarters in elizabethtown, pennsylvania. athena, where is barnette hoping to do well this evening? where are her parts of pennsylvania? >> reporter: hi, jake. i just want to mention that kathy barnette just entered this room. a big roar, cheers went out as she came in thanking her
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supporters and hugging people. they are expecting her to do well in eastern pennsylvania. her campaign say they're feeling great that she's going to see a lot of late-breaking voters move her way. they expect to see her do well in places like bucks county, berks county, also the philadelphia area. they believe that she has done the work and that she will be rewarded for it by crisscrossing the state traveling hundreds of miles. she believes that the voters will support her. jake. >> athena jones, thanks so much. john king, some nail-biters going on in pennsylvania right now. >> remember, it took us a week to count the votes last time in pennsylvania in the presidential race. jake, it's home to you so 40% of the voters are in philadelphia and the counties around it. so can one candidate run it up where the more affluent, college educated republicans live? can they run it up here? this part here in the middle is trump country. does kathy barnette get that
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vote or does that endorsement for dr. oz do it. the governor's race matters too because the governor appoints the secretary of state that would have 2024 ramifications, jake. >> john king, thanks so much. we're closing in on the end of voting in the great commonwealth of pennsylvania and the first results from the high est profie senate race tonight. we'll see how mehmet oz fares against two challengers, including the late-surging conservative kathy barnette. here is our key race alert. it is too early to call. the very competitive three-way race pitting dr. mehmet oz against dave mccormick and conservative fire brand kathy barnette. on the democratic side it is also too early to call the senate primary featuring lieutenant governor john fetterman, congressman connor lamb and state representative malcolm kenyatta. it is too early to call the republican race for pennsylvania governor. doug mastriano is running against lou barletta, bill


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