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miami would win 118-107. game two tomorrow night in miami. the western conference finals starts tonight with steph curry and the warriors hosting the mavs. you can watch that at 9:00 eastern on our sister channel tnt. "new day" continues right now. good morning to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world, it is wednesday, may 18th. i'm john berman in washington, brianna is off this morning, chief white house correspondent kaitlan collins is here. >> for a very busy morning with we have basically not slept so we can tell you everything that happened overnight. >> such a busy morning with votes still coming in in this cliffhanger of a republican senate primary in pennsylvania. this is the most closely watched race of the night and now it's the most closely watched race of the morning. you can see the razor-thin margin here separating trump backed tv dr. mehmet oz and
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former hedge fund ceo dave mccormick. their positions have been flip-flopping all night long. thousands of votes still left to be counted. as things stand this race will almost definitely trigger an automatic recount. in the governor's race in pennsylvania trump backed candidate doug mastriano with a clear lead, cnn projects he has won the republican nomination. he is pennsylvania's leading far right figure. he has championed efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. he will face democrat josh shapiro the state's attorney general. shapiro is the first nonincumbent to run unopposed in a gubernatorial primary since 1930. also in pennsylvania john fetterman easily won the democratic senate primary, he might be the first candidate to do so from a hospital bed. he is out of surgery this morning after suffering a stroke and receiving a pacemaker just hours before the polls closed yesterday. we will hear from his wife on his condition in just a bit. meanwhile, north carolina first term congressman mad con
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cawthorn is just that, a one-time congressman. he has conceded after losing the primary to state senator chuck edwards. it's seen as major rebuke of someone who was a rising star in the gop but his political career saw scandal from embarrassing photos to claims about orgies that put him on the outs of the of his own party. here is what cawthorn's challenger chuck edwards said about his concession call last night. >> just as i expected, he was -- he presented himself in a very classy and humble way and offered his support to our campaign in absolutely any way that we could use him and i'm extremely, extremely pleased that we were able to enter into this contest on that note. >> that was the north carolina congressional race people were watching last night. this morning we're still
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watching the pennsylvania senate republican primary because the lead keeps going back and forth and the margin keeps changing. you can see mehmet oz ahead by 2,564 votes but that lead just shrunk a little. why? let me show you, forest county, pennsylvania, this is not a lot of votes in this county, but we did just get some new votes reported there. let me show you how things have changed. kathy barnette who was in third overall received 143 new votes there, dave mccormick 147 votes and mehmet oz 133. so you look at this difference there and you say, hey, that's just 14 votes, but the last three batches of votes that have reported mccormick has closed the edge, closed the gap a little bit in this state. overall let me show you some of the areas that still have to report votes. you can see this is the places
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that have about 10% or more still to go. you can look at these counties, lancaster county where kathy barnette has the edge has about 87% reporting, still thousands of votes left to go if you're trying to figure out who might benefit from those votes, mccormick a little bit ahead of mehmet oz there, not much. so maybe those votes would help mccormick but there are counties where oz leads where there are votes still could be opportunitied. 91% in monroe county, here is a county where oz holds about a 10% margin there. if you pull out here and look overall, i want to show you how this lead has changed over the course of the night here. at 9:00 p.m. mccormick was in front, there weren't that many votes in, but he was clearly in front. at midnight he was in front by about 2,600 votes, but that changed at 12:30 a.m. where oz took the lead and now where we are at 2,564, but, again, that
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margin is shrinking. we want to look deeper into these numbers now, i'm joined by cnn's senior data reporter harry enten. when we talk about the thousands of votes left to be counted, harry, what do we know about it? >> look, john, first off, i think we should have dueling magic walls, like a dueling banjo thing going on, you bring yours up from d.c. we will have some fun. i think one of the key questions that is still to be answered is how many of the votes that are still out were cast by mail, how many of them were election day. why is that important? because dave mccormick if according to the pennsylvania board of election website is actually winning the vote by mail, it's a small portion of the vote but obviously in a race this tight that can make a huge difference, versus the election day count, dr. oz is ahead. look, if there's, let's say, you know, 10,000 votes, that's one thing by mail but let's say it's 30,000 and we know that mccormick is winning that vote
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by about 10 points, if there are 30,000 votes left and he's winning the votes by about 10 points that's more than enough to close the margin. i think we will have to wait and see how many of those votes still could be counted are votes by mail because across the board mccormick is doing better in counties, he's competitive and perhaps leading in the mail vote. >> there may be a difference between the mail-in ballots sent early versus late. that's what we're watching closely. harry, let's talk about the trump factor overall in last night's primaries. >> basically, you know, we look at the -- where trump endorsed, wie call it a mixed evening. endorsement wins, ted budd in north carolina win, mastriano in pennsylvania, granted that endorsement was really, really late, he jumped on board when he felt mastriano was going to win. idaho governor his candidate lost. north carolina 11 madison cawthorn lost. so this was a mixed evening for trump coming on the heels of
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last beak where he did lose a race. primary voters, sometimes going with trump, sometimes not. >> and it does seem, harry, in a few cases some republican primary voters have said enough is enough with some of the more controversial candidates. >> i was saying last week and sherpster in the nebraska governor's race won after sexual allegations. it seems to me that voters are more than willing to go with bhor controversial candidates if it's based on issues. mastriano winning despite propagating the false belief, basically the lie that trump won the 2020 election. when it came to personal scandals and bringing too much into the political fray that's when voters say donald trump we can't go with you that far and you saw that last night and you saw that a week ago as well. >> in terms of the trump factor one case study is in north
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carolina where ted budd has secured the republican nomination for senate there. you can look at the effect trump might have had there. >> in pennsylvania we will see if dr. oz is able to actually win, it does seem that trump's endorsement helped out. north carolina polling share for ted budd pre endorsement we had 9% with undecided allocated. he was nowhere. he was nowhere. losing to the former governor in that state. where did he end up? 59% of the vote. 59%. that's a 50-point jump. ted budd does not win that race without donald trump and i think this kind of gets at something that donald trump can still be a very, very powerful tool for a candidate, he can bring them up, he brought dr. oz up, whether or not it's enough, i don't know, but at this particular point in republican primaries i would much rather have donald trump's endorsement than not. >> i pulled up the republican governor's race in pennsylvania here, so people can see that doug mastriano has secured the
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republican nomination for governor in pennsylvania but that might be something that shifts things towards the democrats come november, at least that's what the better markets seem to be saying. >> josh shapiro is doing cart wheels this morning. he wanted mastriano to be the nomination. you see some have shifted the race more towards the democrats. if you look at the betting markets which i think are a good gauge of conventional wisdom and can take into account information that may not be publicly available yet, if you go back to april 18th, what did you see? you saw that the republicans were basically somewhere close to a two to one favorite in that race, 63% of the time they thought that the republican candidate would win, 37% of the time they thought the democratic candidate would win. jump forward to now. those numbers, john, have basically flipped. look at that. about a 62% favor josh shapiro versus mastriano only about a 38% favorite. if you are betting in pennsylvania who do you think is
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the more likely candidate to win you think it's josh shapiro. i will note you may recall this although i don't know if i had facial hair at this particular point, if you go back to 2014 which was a very good year for republicans nationwide an incumbent governor in that state lost to tom wolf who is stepping aside after this year. that is a sign that pennsylvania voters in gubernatorial races even in good republican years won't necessarily go with the wind. >> you and your youthful sideburns, thank you very much for being with us. >> my pleasure, my friend. >> kaitlan? as this race is still in a deadlock i want to bring in cnn political commentator and co-founder and editor in chief of the dispatch jonah goldberg, ashley allison and co-author of the early 202 newsletter at the "washington post" leanne called w
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it caldwell. this race is close, we are waiting to see, both of the candidates are blunt in saying we don't know what won this. the two candidates themselves do you see a lot of differences in them despite one having trump's endorsement and one not? >> i think dr. oz is a very unconventional republican candidate, if you look normally you would think in the -- in the -- on normal earth, you know, which we had -- earth one about five years ago oz being buddy buddy with hillary clinton, you know, pro choice, all of those sort of hot button litmus test issues, you wouldn't think he would run in a republican primary, but donald trump had a lot of those similar problems and the power of celebrity and just the sort of chaotic nature of where the republican party is right now, those things now became totally overcomeable. i think mccormick is a mainstream normal republican candidate and the remarkable
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thing to me is the fizzle for kathy barnette. i believed the hype that she might actually at least get really close with this. >> what do you think happened with her? >> i think a lot of people looked at her at the last minute and said we don't want to lose, because some of -- her history really was sort of toxic. the question i have is what if she hadn't run, where does that vote split? does it go more to mccormick or more to oz? >> it's hard to tell. we saw dave mccormick last night -- quickly, i don't want to get past the irony of a major republican candidate on stage talking about the mail in votes and how he's hoping it may put him over the top in pennsylvania. so many republicans bashed mail in voting. >> beyond mccormick talking about mail in voters you have candidates who won who were part of the stop the steal effort, to backed trump's false election
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claims last night including mastriano in pennsylvania and even a little bit of ted budd in north carolina. now, as far as ted budd is concerned, my gop sources in north carolina say that ted budd is an okay candidate, they don't necessarily credit trump for winning. mccrory is so disliked in north carolina among the republican establishment and the far right, he wasn't mccorey and that's what put ted budd over the finish line. >> i think ted budd told cnn that he does believe joe biden is the president but doesn't believe he won the election. i'm not sure how you get from point b to point a. back to this pennsylvania race and figuring out who lb running against fetterman, you saw some interesting comments in what dave mccormick and mehmet oz were saying on stage last night. let's listen to that. >> we knew it was working. we through our message, to take back this country.
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we knew our message was resonating with the voters of pennsylvania and they showed it today and we're so incredibly grateful. >> my parents were immigrants to this country, recruited to come here because we needed doctors back then, and they saw the shining city on the hill that ronald reagan spoke of. they were incredibly patriotic about our nation. i'm running to allow us all to witness that brilliance. it's out there, we just have to be able to believe in it. >> what did you read into the difference in what dave mccormick was saying on stage and what mehmet oz was saying on stage? >> if you think about how dr. oz was speaking more sounding like a democrat honestly, like stronger together message, a realizing that, yes, i have trump's endorsement but the reality is i'm going to have to build a broader coalition to actually win in the fall. conversely you had mccormick who is saying we're going to take this country back, which is clearly trumpism maga-type
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language. i thought it was interesting that they both intersected to say i can be your guy maga if i get this across the finish line. don't can count me out in the fall and consider voting for me if i make it out of this primary. >> can we talk about fetterman, the democratic nominee for senate who got 60% of the race. fetterman seems as part of the progressive wing of the democratic party but on the other hand he is sort of crosses a lot of different border lines there. what do you think? what are we to make of him? >> i looked at last night as a snapshot of the year but i also wanted to go retrospective and look at pennsylvania and kind of how conor lamb came on the scene. lamb was a backlash of trump winning in the special election in 2017, similar to how joe biden is like a backlash to trump in pushing through 2020, but democrats are frustrated. democratic voters want -- we see a stalled agenda and they went
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with a moderate democratic candidate because they thought washington was going to be able to deliver and we're seeing that it's not happening. so that provides an opportunity for a fetterman to come out and say, hey, i'm here, i'm a fighter, i can drink a beer with you, i'm your guy. one thing that he has to do, though, is he can't just go to white working class voters in pennsylvania, he's got to get into philadelphia, tap into communities of color and make sure that he doesn't isolate himself moving into the general, i think. >> one of the interesting things about fetterman, in 2016 if you talked to people about the bernie sanders campaign and how bernie sanders was really attractive to working class, blue collar workers, fetterman looks and acts like one of those workers who would show up at a bernie event and so he's sort of in some ways -- there's some differences but he's sort of a 2.0 of bernie sanders. if you were going to rebrand the bernie sanders kind of appeal to a more working class hoodie
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wearing, you know, regular joe look, this is sort of it. because bernie sanders -- he may be for the people but he doesn't have a man of the people vibe and fetterman does. >> no one looks like john fetterman to be fair. >> outside of mma. >> he's giant. he is a giant guy recovering from a stroke and just had a pacemaker put in. north carolina, you were talking about north carolina before, leanne, madison cawthorn, you have a republican congressman who lost in a primary, incumbents don't generally lose in primaries, chargely because of all the scandals that have surrounded him and because almost every other major national republican, save donald trump, lined up against him. >> yeah, that's right, but also with cawthorn he's still got a pretty significant portion of the vote. it was nearly 30%, i don't know what the final results are, there we go, about 31%. so it wasn't a blowout. so that is also telling of where
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the republican base stands a little bit. but madison cawthorn lost because there was too much controversy behind him. you had the entire republican establishment in north carolina turn against him, you had senator thom tillis not afraid, almost every single day saying how bad he is for north carolina voters and constituents and it was just too much for republicans in that district. >> i think that's important here because you may look at this and say, oh, that's a rejection of trump, the fact that madison cawthorn is only a one-time congressman at this point but really it said more about his role and not only the controversies that surrounded him but also you've heard reports about what he actually did on the ground and the fact that his office was often closed and he wasn't doing the day to day duties that come with being a congressman who represents a district, you actually have duties from day to day in your district. >> i think that's a great point. i don't think that this can be in the trump loses factor.
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this case was just much too different, he was not a good member of congress, there were so many scandals and people thought there could be more. even gop leader kevin mccarthy who doesn't turn against many of his members on the far right did. >> again, this shows you what can happen if there is a concerted effort, if republicans were truly upset with marjorie taylor greene, for instance, and wanted to do something, maybe this shows that they could. >> and i think it shows that voters have aligned, that they're going to draw the line at some point, too, not just candidates and lawmakers. >> jonah, ashley, leanne, thank you all very much. next we're going to talk about new details when it comes to what the buffalo gunman was doing just moments before he carried out the massacre that killed ten people. we're also joined by the family of pearl young who lost her life in the attack.
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we will hear more about what she was like and what her family is left to do as they grieve her loss. plus the strongest sign yet that vladimir putin's war is backfiring. finland and sweden handing in applications to join nato, and we are getting still more votes, it's amazing to see the votes still coming in, are still being counted i should say in the pennsylvania senate republican primary. mehmet oz with a lead, but that lead has been shrinking. stay with us, our special live coverage continues. the mosquitoes are just all over the backyard. quiet please. (okay.) wow there, th's good. [bulb breaks] okay. got that one. [glass breaks] wh! (what's going on?) [mosquitoes buzzing] what? i sa get a pro. i did get a pro! an orkin pro.
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for the evil did come to buffalo and it has come to all too many places. hold on to each other tightly, stick together, you will get through this and we will make buffalo and the united states a better place to live than it is today. in buffalo president biden declaring white supremacy is a poison as he urged all americans to reject the racist so-called replacement theory that the suspect who gunned down ten people at a supermarket had embraced. president biden and first lady jill biden laid flowers at a makeshift memorial site and met with the grieving families while there in buffalo. we're joined by one of those victim's families, pearl young was 77, her son damon, her daughter pamela, her sister-in-law and best friend gloria all join us now. i want to start by thanking you all for being here. i know that pearl was an alabama native, i'm from alabama myself, and i know this is such a tough time for you all. damon, i want to start with you
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because i know you met with president biden yesterday while he was there in buffalo and i wonder what he told you. >> well, he just -- you know, he spoke about the issue of the rifles and legislation they are attempting to get passed in retain -- in an aspect to that. and he just consoled the families of the people that were grieving there. >> what's it like to meet with the president after something like this, given, of course, we know that you are in immense grief right now, losing your mother? >> well, it was good to see him, to, you know, come to our city, to, you know, to console us, to speak with us about what happened and to just show that he cared and has some concern about what's going on in our city. >> and, pam, can you talk to us about what your mom was like, because she's been described as
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this woman of great faith, that she loved to dance and sing and she was very good -- a very great chef i hear from baking to making gumbo and i just wonder what you want people to remember about your mother. >> i want people to remember the compassion that my mother had, i want people to remember that, you know, she loved everyone. i mean, i think, you know, we often talk about people who love and people who are kind. she was the epitome of all of that. she was kind and she was wonderful to us, and i was thinking today how even in our neighborhood and in our community, everyone knew they could come by my mom's house, she had pearl's chicken wings and she wasn't selling them, she would just give it to people. when people needed somewhere, you know, even friends of mine
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maybe needed a place to stay for a while, she was there. everyone in our neighborhood, they wanted to come to our house because her spirit and her kindness -- you know, because you never know what a person is experiencing outside their lives and when they have someplace that they can go where they know that they're going to see love, they're going to experience love, that's what my mom gave. it doesn't matter who she came in contact with, they felt loved when they were with her because she exuded love. there's a scripture that talks about the fruit of the spirit and one of the first ones it says is love, and that exemplifies completely who my mom was. >> and it takes such a special person -- go ahead, damon. >> yes, my mom -- i mean, she was just a beautiful person, full of love, joy. you know, the most innocent
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loving person and beautiful and god fearing. i mean, you know, it's just my mom, that was my pride and joy. >> i'm sure she would say the same about both of you. what kind of parent was she? what was she like when you were growing up as she was raising you? what are some of the biggest lessons you learned from your mom? >> the biggest lesson i learned from my mom was to love god, to love family and to respect your family. respect others. she just taught me, you know, compassion and how to be a man. >> and, gloria, i know that you had been with pearl that morning and actually dropped her off at the supermarket after you had both gone to a prayer breakfast, she was just there to pick up a few items. >> yes. >> obviously you didn't know that those were going to be your last moments with your best
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friend, your sister-in-law. >> no. i know. it's still hard for me, every time i talk about it it's hard. pearl and i have been friends, as the kids say, besties for 58 years. i met her when she was 19 and i was 22 and introduced her to my brother and she came to buffalo, married him and pam and damon owe their lives to me because i introduced their mother to my brother and they are here because of that. but she's just been my friend down through the years and we did everything together. we did -- when we were single and young we ran mostly to church, but we went lots of places together, and then after she married my brother, about six months later i moved back home to buffalo and everybody said, oh, you two couldn't even
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be separated, you had to follow her back to buffalo. she was always a genuine person. she was who she is. you had to just accept her as she was. we all have our foibles or whatever, but she loved people and she loved god, most of all. she loved god. she was a missionary and she loved to teach. she taught sunday school for many, many years at good samaritan church of god and choois and taught, on missionary night me taught. one of her greatest things in her life was she was able to go back to school at a later stage in her life and get her degree, her college degree, and she was so proud of that and we were all very brought of her for that. then when she got her job teaching in the buffalo public schools as a sub teacher, she was just over the hill happy. she was so happy. she felt like she had done something in her life, even
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though she had done many things before that, but it made her feel good. >> she sounds like such a special person. >> and on the morning -- she was. she was. and, you know, i guess i got survivor's whatever they call it because i keep thinking she never came to this store to shop, she always went to the one out further, but where we were at the prayer breakfast she just -- this is the kind of person she was, she didn't want to ask me to drop her way out there and then have to come all the way back to where i live, so she said, well, on your way home drop me at the tops on jefferson. little did i know less than five minutes after i dropped her she was dead. >> something like that i know -- i mean, i just got chills, it's devastating to hear. you had a friendship that spanned 50 years so i'm so sorry for the difficulty and the grief that you are going through right now because she was such a pillar of the community and of your family. damon and pamela and gloria, i want to thank you for coming on
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oz is ahead by a few thousand s votes just 93% reporting. if more votes come in from philadelphia maybe that will help him. another key county, chester county, dave mccormick has a little bit of a lead there. more sloets coming in from chester over the last few hours and mccormick has been able to widen his lead there, 95% reporting but still more votes to come. lancaster county, pennsylvania, this is the area we've been watching all night, we were told thousands of mail in votes hadn't been counted there. kathy barnette is leading there. 87% reporting, as more votes come in there that, too, could shift the margins in this very, very close race. one thing i do want to tell you, this is well within the margin right now for an automatic recount in pennsylvania, that would just be .5%, well within the margin because just .2% separate the two leaders now, kaitlan. joining us to talk about all of this is national political
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reporter for "politico" holy otterbein. let's start off with what john was telling us. we are in this deadlock when it comes to the senate republican primary in pennsylvania with dave mccormick and mehmet oz neck and neck when it comes to the numbers after barnette fell out pretty quickly on. what stands out to you as someone who is covering this so closely? >> i mean, just the fact that this is such a close race and the irony of it, you know, potentially coming down to absentee mail ballots in a republican primary, you know, obviously republicans and trump is at the top of the list has disparaged mail ballots, we might be looking at a recount. it's really within the margin of that and that could be dragged out until june. so just given how nasty this race has been, the fact that this could continue on for several weeks is probably not the greatest thing for republicans right now.
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>> kathy barnette was surging or thought to be surging at the end of this race. she does seem to be in a distant third. what happened to this perceived surge, and what role does her candidacy, though, still perhaps play in the ultimate outcome? >> i think the surge was real and i think the attacks on her really worked at the end. i mean, i don't think i've ever seen such a concentrated onslaught, you know, because she surged so late, her opponents had -- and their allies had to flood the airwaves with attacks, you know, after voters really hadn't heard anything about her negative for the entire race. you had trump coming out and saying negative things about her. we counted four super pax that were running tv ads against her. pa voters were getting texts attacking her that were pretty forceful and i think it worked. also sean hannity went and
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criticized her on his tv show multiple times, you know, providing probably millions of dollars in free negative media against her. i think the surge was real. i think those attacks were just effective. she might still play a role in the race, the big question is if she hadn't been in the race or hadn't surged where would those votes have gone? were they super maga votes and would have gone to oz because he's the trump-endorsed candidate? it's not totally clear. maybe it would have went to mccormick who, you know, painted oz as insufficiently conservative. >> those are big questions that we are now seeing the consequences of potentially. holly, i wonder what you made of the democratic aspect of this, the democratic side of this. john fetterman the lieutenant governor winning the democratic nomination so decisively and of course he was against conor lamb who had framed himself as more of an electable centrist, but now that fetterman got this to easily what does it say to you
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about what kind of democrat is going to be electable? >> well, we don't know who is going to be electable yet until the general election happens so i don't want to get ahead of myself there but the margin of victory was definitely striking. i think it's all the things that people have already said this morning here, you know, his look, his ability to connect with voters, kind of his outside the box persona, but i would also add that the democratic establishment really stayed out of this race and i think it was definitely to the detriment of conor lamb and to the benefit of john fetterman. the state party, you know, conor lamb just barely missed the threshold for an endorsement from the state party and more significantly the democratic senatorial campaign committee decided to stay neutral in the race even though conor lamb is right out of central casting in terms of who they would have endorsed and tried to clear the race for in past years. i think that also is part of what's going on here in terms of
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fetterman's returns. >> holly, thank you for joining us this morning. so new york city has escalated to high covid alert as health officials issue new mask guidance. the city's health commissioner joins us next. plus, things are heating up inside court as johnny depp's attorneys are cross-examining his ex-wife amber heard on the stand in the defamation case. we will tell you what happened and catch you up on the latest next. if you used shipgo this whole thing ah, dad! i don't want to de with this. oh, you brought your luggagto the airport. that's adorable. with shipgo shipping your luggage before you fly
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health officials in new york city have put the city on high covid alert once again over rising cases and hospitalizations, but the city's mayor says they are not at the point of mandating masks once again yet. joining us to talk about all of this is new york's health commissioner dr. bassan.
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thank you for joining us this morning. i want to talk about what led to this decision and why this is being put in place now. >> thanks so much for having me. you know, we are seeing rising cases across the city and we are seeing a slow rise in hospitalizations as well, which is causing us to say, look, we're in an environment of rising risk but we've got all sorts of tools to help keep us safe. that includes masking in indoor settings, includes getting vaccinated and boosted if you haven't been already and it includes getting tested frequently and getting treated, which is accessible really for the first time in the two years of the pandemic, we actually have a treatment that works and that can keep you out of the hospital. so this is really just a message to new yorkers to use the tools available to them, but to take some extra precautions to keep themselves and their communities safe. >> and the mayor has said it's not in the point of mandating masks once again, i know that is something he has not wanted to go back to. is that something that seems like it's possible? what should new yorkers be
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preparing for? >> i think new yorkers are really prepared and they've done the right things for two years, they've gotten, you know, nearly 80% of new yorkers are vaccinated, we're seeing booster rates increase, we're seeing them get tested frequently and we have a strong mask culture in this city where people are, you know, taking precautions on subways and indoor settings. that's what we're asking new yorkers to do now is to ramp up those activities and take the extra precautions. i think over the two years of the pandemic public health has come to being seen as the mandate people. we do an awful lot more than just mandates, right? we reach for mandates in emergencies and we are no longer in an emergency, even though we're still in this pandemic. we are in a transitional phase between emergency response and endomicity. i don't know where we are in that transition and i don't think anyone really does but what we're saying we have tools, use the tools now, protect
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yourselves and your community. >> we have heard different things from different experts on what we can expect this summer not just in new york but all over. i wonder what you're expecting, what your experts have been telling you about whether or not there's going to be a summer surge, is it going to be a relatively normal summer >> look, i think this virus has thrown all sorts of curveballs at us throughout the two years, so, you know, people who have vied to predict have often wound up with egg on their face. let me start by saying, this way we don't anticipate this wave, not only will it not approach anywhere near, you know, the early wave in march 2020 or the omicron wave in january, in december and january of the past year, but that it will be over relatively soon. i am concerned about as we enter the fall the impacts of waning
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immunity, the impacts of, yes, potential variants. and so we're getting geared up for any potential surge in the fall, but it is a little too early to predict. i think we can prepare to have a really nice summer if we just get through this hump, but i am thinking about the fall as well. >> dr. ashwin vasan, that's what everyone is hoping for but we'll be watching it closely. thank you for joining us this morning. >> thanks so much for having me. up next, amber heard is wrapping up a tense cross examination in court after johnny depp's attorneys questioned her about her accusations of violence and her own drug use. trin works fast ton where it starts. like those nagging headaches. uncomfortable period pains. and disruptive muscle aches. yoyou can count on fast, effective relief with motrin. waxed. natural. sensitive. new dove ultimate antiperspirant. our unique water based formula and 6x more glycerin.
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explosive testimony on serious abuse and drug allegations. cnn's chloe melas joins us now with the latest on this. chloe. >> good morning, john. it was another contentious day on the stand for amber heard as she was cross-examined by johnny depp's legal team. they questioned her about her marriage to johnny depp, and even a former relationship of hers. actress amber heard taking the stand for a fourth day tuesday, an ex-husband johnny depp's $50 million defamation case against her. answering questions about their relationship, drug use, and violence. including a 2009 incident involving heard and a previous partner. >> mr. depp is not the only domestic partner you've assaulted, is he, miss heard. >> i never assaulted mr. depp or anyone else i've been romantically linked to ever. >> reporter: heard denied she assaulted her former partner. she was arrested but not charged in the inciincident.
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>> who is the real monster in this relationship, miss heard? >> johnny. half of johnny. not all of johnny. other half of him is wonderful and beautiful and the man i love. it was always the man who did drugs and beat me up, yes, that's always been the monster. >> reporter: depp's attorney questioned heard about her own drug use. according to a wedding plan, the couple had scheduled time for drugs at their 2015 wedding. >> and the next item on the list says, quote, after dance party and drugs and music, end quote, right. >> that is correct. >> reporter: so you planned to have drugs at your wedding to someone you characterize as a drug addict? >> to be fair, we were to have separate parties as i mentioned. so bridal party before this, the schedule ended up changing quite a bit, and this is a draft clearly that was sent before there were a lot of changes made. >> reporter: depp and heard have each accused the other of abuse, which each has denied. heard has filed a $100 million defamation counterclaim.
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the jury also heard a recording of heard and depp arguing, about which the actress says -- >> i called him horrible, ugly things as you can hear. we spoke to each other in a really horrible way. >> reporter: pretty sure we just heard you speak to him in a really horrible way. you called him a sellout. right, miss heard? you called him a sellout, right, miss heard? >> i called him a lot of ugly things. >> and a joke. >> i called him a lot of ugly things. >> you called him a joke. you called him a washed up piece of [ bleep ]. >> reporter: a former friend of the pair testified about their explosive relationship. he described an incident while he was on the phone with the actress. >> i heard, like, a noise and then the phone dropped, and he said to her, oh, you think i hit you? you think i [ bleep ] hit you? what if i peel your [ bleep ] hair back?
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>> reporter: but over and over again, depp's attorney tried to paint heard as the aggressor. >> that night, in australia, after you cut off his finger with a bottle, you weren't scared of him at all, were you? >> this is a man who tried to kill me. of course it is scary. he's also my husband. >> reporter: countering heard's claims of fear, depp's attorney asked heard about journal entries, with loving messages to depp as well as this one gift. >> that's the knife you gave to the man who was hitting you, right, miss heard? >> i wasn't worried he was going to stab me with it when i gave it to him. that's for certain. >> reporter: you gave it to him while he was abusing you allegedly. >> i gave it to him that year. >> reporter: amber is not expected to take the stand again for the duration of the trial, which is expected to wrap up on may 27th. but we will be hearing from some of her family and friends. "new day" continues right now.
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good morning to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. it is wednesday, may 18th. i'm john berman. brianna is off. kaitlan collins with me for a special morning. >> something so close right now. people went to sleep last night thinking they were going to know the answers and yet here we are. >> the votes still coming in and the most closely watched senate primary of the season so far, pennsylvania, the lead was going back and forth all night, and as of this morning, there is still no clear winner, a razor thin margin separating trump-backed tv doctor mehmet oz and hedge fund ceo david mccormick. their positions, the margins have changed by the minute. thousands of votes still left to be counted. and no matter what happens over the next few minutes, this will almost definitely go to an automatic recount. in the governor's race, doug mastriano has won the republican


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