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if they look overwhelmingly advantageous for the democrat cortez masto, that is going to help her overtake this small 862 vote lead over adam laxalt. if they're really a big bucket of votes for her, that could put her in a position to go on and win this race. >> what are you going to be looking for over the next hour? >> definitely going to be looking for that clark county vote, because that is going to determine the ball game here. do the 22,000 votes we get tonight look similar to the votes that we saw last night, meaning, overwhelmingly in the favor of catherine cortez masto? that's going to be a game changer here. or does this batch of votes that we receive from clark county tonight not look like that. does it look like it's friendlier to adam laxalt.
perhaps these election day votes, perhaps adam laxalt does better in them. then that's going to be able to prevent catherine cortez masto from doing what she needs to do here to win. remember, overall in the state you're looking at some 900,000 and change votes total cast statewide in this race. we only believe there are 50 to 55,000 outstanding votes and we know we're going to get a big chunk of that soon from clark county. when that comes in, what is remaining just becomes a much smaller universe. this batch of votes from clark county is going to give us a ton of information about whether or not we will be able to project a winner in this race. >> we will be getting the results of those 22,000 uncounted votes in clark county fairly soon. that will give us a much better sense where this contest stands. i want to go to arizona for a
moment while i have you, david. tell us where it stands right now as far as the governor's race is concerned. >> you see here that katie hobbs, the democratic candidate, the current secretary of state there, has a 37,743 vote lead over kari lake. about 85% of the vote in. that's our current estimate. i believe that we had just received a vote total down here in the tucson area, an update in p pima county. this is a strong democratic county. still only 83% of the county in, so there's still more counting to do in this democratic stronghold. that is good news for katie hobbs, but there's still a lot
of vote out here. obviously the most critical county in arizona is maricopa county. this is the population center. 61% of arizonans live in maricopa county. joe biden won that county by 2%. it was that victory that allowed joe biden to win the state of arizona and propel him to the presidency. katie hobbs has an advantage here, 52.4% to 47.6%. we've been told to expect tonight at some point to get a similar size vote drop that we got yesterday. that would be roughly around 80 thousa 80,000 votes or so we may get out of maricopa county.
these are mail ballots that people filled out but actually dropped them off at an election center on election day. so when we see what those votes look like when they come in tonight, we'll have a better understanding of where this race is going. right now, this is a much closer race than that mark kelly/blake masters senate race was that we projected yesterday. just to remind you, mark kelly was at nearly 52%, blake masters at 46% now in the vote count. mark kelly currently has 131,000 vote lead over blake masters. you can see why we were able to project mark kelly the winner in that race. if you go back to the governors race this was a much more important contest. kari lake has roots in the phoenix area. she's been on tv there for years. she is a known person in this
most populace county. she is keeping this competitive with katie hobbs, within 5%. when we get the big maricopa vote drop tonight, does katie hobbs add to this total? does she net more votes out of this population center to increase her lead here and perhaps put this race in projectable territory. >> all eyes on arizona and nevada, which was the case yesterday as well. david, don't go too far away. i want to get some more now on the tight and critical senate race in nevada. joining us is elizabeth thompson the editor of the nevada independent. what are you hearing from each side right now on the ground as we await the votes that are about to come in? >> well, it has changed a little bit from the two campaigns since
yesterday, which has been interesting to me and my team here on the ground, which is to say that catherine cortez masto, while being reserved, her campaign is sounding, i think, a little more positive, maybe a little more hopeful than they might have been before. adam laxalt's campaign, interestingly, seemed this morning in a tweet to be indicating that although they had given up, they were prepared as the votes dropped today for a possible loss. they didn't say that out right, but if you read between the lines, that was the word there. the laxalt campaign, i think, a little less confident today than yesterday, but still not giving up hope. as your viewers just heard, this is still a very tight race. we are not comfortable calling this at this point. >> david chalian has a question for you. >> i don't think anyone would be comfortable projecting any race with only an 862 vote lead at
the moment, which is what adam laxalt has here. what is your understanding once we see the clark county vote returns come in, this 22,000 votes or so? what would be left to count in clark county? >> that's an excellent question. i expect this to change so i want to caution viewers to understand this is a little bit of a moving target. as was mentioned already here on the air, there are thousands of provisional ballots, approaching 10,000 ballots that need to be checked for signatures. that's one wildcard in the situation. depending on how close things still are after the clark county numbers drop, which should be happening in the next couple of hours and we're expecting a data dump from washo county.
we're hoping based on percentages out of clark and wa washo we'll be able to determine who wins. there's still a little bit of a question mark with the rurals. we don't know exactly how many rural ballots are out there floating around. it's a poker game at this point a little bit. just waiting to see which numbers drop first and playing the odds. >> those signature check ballots, the so-called curing process, which is part of the process that voters have an opportunity if they are aware it's a signature or a date or something wrong in the way their own personal verification of who they are on the ballot is called to the attention of elections officials. they're able to get notified, check that out and go and actually cure, correct that information so the ballot can be counted. do you have a sense of how many cured ballots, in other words,
people have already done that process, checked their signature, fixed it, are going to be part of this count, this initial batch from clark county tonight, these 22,000 votes? >> that i cannot answer for you. there was a press conference earlier today. the registrar here in clark county joe gloria filled us in as much as he was able to on the numbers. it's a little bit of a moving target. we're not exactly sure. of course because there are still ballots sitting in boxes that have been accounted for but not yet tabulated, it's hard to answer that question. i wouldn't want to steer the viewers wrong with specific numbers on that right now. >> having said that, do you have a sense, you and your folks over at the nevada independent, of who the rest of the outstanding vote might actually favor? adam laxalt or senator cortez masto? >> here's what we're thinking. in clark county it leans
democratic. in yesterday's data dump she won about 63% of those votes. if she repeats that today when we get the card numbers, that is going to be very close to carrying her across the finish line. having said that, washo county does still matter. there's 13,000 votes there. she only won washo by about 10% in this most recent data dump. no way to know whether she'll fare slightly better or slightly worse than that. we'll be watching clark county closely. if she65% or more in clark, it's going to be a tough climb for laxalt to come back from that. if she's less than 65%, even under 60%, most likely we're going to have to wait a couple of hours for those washo county votes to come in before we can make a determination. >> we've all watched adam
laxalt's lead shrink as more results have come in over the past 24 hours or so. you mentioned the campaign sounds less confident. a source is also telling cnn the mood inside adam laxalt's campaign is, quote, awful. has an internal blame game already begun? >> that's how it goes. of course, when a candidate starts to feel a victory slipping away that they thought was within reach, it's always difficult. sometimes there's finger pointing. sometimes there's not. i think that depends very much on the candidate and the campaign itself and the folks inside. there will be lots of second guessing i think for adam laxalt's team and republicans around the country as has been part of the political discussion and national debate here over the last couple of days.
many of us have been surprised about some of the outcomes over the last few days. i think a lot of republican candidates, especially those that are more conservative than moderate are going to be doing some soul searching here in the next few weeks. >> going into the election last tuesday, did you ever think the outcome of this senate race in your state would be the decisive moment potentially in determining whether the democrats or the republicans are the majority in the u.s. senate. right now it's 49-49. if the democrat wins, the democrats would have guaranteed 50 seats in the u.s. senate. if it's 50-50, the vice president of the united states, according to the u.s. constitution, is the president of the senate. kamala harris would be able to break a tie. so this is really why we're spending so much team focusing in on what's going on in nevada right now. did you think that was going to be a possible result of what's
happening? >> we actually did. we were expecting this to be a very tight race. we were expecting not to know the winner on election day. these two candidates have been polling essentially within the margin of error in every single survey with a couple of outlier exceptions. for the entire summer and fall, one has never pulled ahead of the other by more than a few points. so, yes, we expected it to be extremely tight. i'm not sure we thought it would last until saturday, though, but here we are. >> we'll continue our conversations down the road. thank you very much for joining us. at any moment now, we're expecting new votes coming in from nevada. those votes could decide control of the u.s. senate. it's election night in america continued.
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we're waiting right now for new votes in nevada. they could come at any minute now and potentially could decide control of the united states senate. this is a critically important moment. we're 're also expecting new vo tonight in arizona, where there's a very tight governor's race going on. let's go right now to maricopa county election center in phoenix, arizona. cnn's kyung lah is on the scene. i understand protesters are gathering outside as ballots are still being counted in that race between democrat katie hobbs and republican kari lake. >> reporter: there are a few stragglers out here still. at one point, there was a
sizable number of them. they have pretty much gone home. the sheriff said that he was frankly glad to see them go. this was a security concern here at the elections department, because what's happening here is the focus. this process that you're seeing behind me is still happening. they are going through these votes and they don't want the focus to be the noise from the outside, which is really conspiratorial lies and disparagement thrown at these elections workers. we are anticipating election results, about 75,000 to 80,000 votes will be released by mare are maricopa county, the most populace county here in nevada.
the race for governor is still too close to call. people who live here are anxious to find out what is going to happen in this race. we still don't know. that result could help paint a closer picture of what is happening in that race, wolf. >> we should get those numbers very, very soon. we'll share them with viewers as soon as they come in. as you know, the democrat senator mark kelly is the projected winner in the arizona senate race. we made that projection last night. but his challenger, blake masters, is alleging misconduct in vote counting in arizona, a charge shot down by the chairman of the maricopa county board of supervisors. he's a republican, bill gates. we've interviewed him several times. what more do we know about this? he has not conceded yet either, right? >> reporter: he has not conceded yet. but he has tweeted that once every legal vote is counted, he says he will indeed call senator
mark kelly, the democrat. by saying legal vote, you know, it's a cloak, a concern by some democracy watchers that he doesn't really mean it, that he won't concede. the masters campaign says at this point they don't, frankly, care. the voters have spoken in their opinion and they will continue to look forward to six years in the u.s. senate for senator mark kelly. blake masters in saying what you are talking about, wolf, that was strongly pushed back by the republicans who are the majority here in the board of supervisors of maricopa county. they say this is the way it works. the republicans who are complaining about it know this is the way it works. this is the way it worked in 2020, in 2018. they are standing behind their process and they are leaning in on the fact that this is what state law has set in stone and they are following the law.
>> of course and mark kelly, the democrat, reelected for another six years to the united states senate. kyung lah, we'll gets back to you. thank you very much. i want to go over to david chalian at the wall for us. let's hone in on these new vote counts coming in from arizona in the governor's race. >> just moments ago we got an update from pima county down here in tucson. katie hobbs has a 37,743 vote lead over kari lake. this pima county vote report basically netted katie hobbs an additional 5,000 votes added to her lead there. let's go in here to p pima coun. i'm going to bring down the chalk board here. we got this report. 12,579 votes went to katie hobbs in this update from pima county
tonight. kari lake got 7,110 votes. katie hobbs got 64% of this pima vote batch compared to kari lake's 36%. by the way, you see here katie hobbs is winning the county 60-40. this latest vote batch she did 64-36. what our decision desk did after these votes came in, they recalculated the outstanding vote in arizona now. how many votes in arizona are outstanding statewide after this vote came in? we think about 375,000 votes remain outstanding in arizona. here's what's key to watch, these percentages. kari lake now needs between a range of 54 to 56% of the
outstanding vote statewide to win the race. katie hobbs needs a smaller percentage, she needs in the range of 44 to 46%. as you could see here in this last vote batch, kari lake is nowhere near getting that kind of level she needs to win this race. just a reminder as i pull out statewide in arizona, right now kari lake has 49% of the vote. she needs to significantly increase her performance with the rest of the votes we see coming in from arizona tonight to hit that range i just showed you in order to overtake katie hobbs and win this race. she's nowhere close to that mid 50% range that she needs in this race. >> we're also told that maricopa county is about to release a whole bunch of additional votes right now that could have a dramatic impact on this governor's contest in arizona.
>> yes. in maricopa county, largest county, phoenix, right now it's a little less than a 5% race. her current total in maricopa is well below what she would need. when those 80,000 votes come in from maricopa county is kari lake staying where her current vote total is, 47 % or is she starting to get a much larger share and hitting that 54% range in order to make up big ground. right now katie hobbs after we added those pima county votes has a 37,743 vote lead. that's significant ground for kari lake to make up. she can do it.
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very soon. our coverage continues right here. any minute now we're expecting new results from clark county, home to las vegas and the largest county in nevada. right now the bulk of nevada's population is right there. cnn's john berman is joining us at the magic wall. break down the latest numbers from nevada. the stakes right now are enormous, whether the democrats still have the majority in the u.s. senate is at play. >> the stakes could not be higher. there are only two states left on this map that haven't been decided yet, nevada and of course georgia, which we know is going to a runoff on december 6th. if democrats win either one of these races, either one of these races would get them to that number of 50. right now it's tied 49-49 in the chamber. if they win nevada, that puts them at 50. because vice president kamala harris is a democrat, she would break a tie and that would give democrats before even the runoff
in georgia. when you dig in to nevada, this is what we're waiting for next. we are waiting for clark county, the largest county population wise in nevada by far. it's about 73% of the entire population. we are expecting them to release the count from 22,000 votes. now, i want to do some math for you. in clark county in general, it's split about 52% to 45%. 52% for the democrat catherine cortez masto, the incumbent, 45% for adam laxalt. in the vote that's been counted after tuesday in the mail-in vote, it's actually skewed more blue, more in favor of catherine cortez masto. she's been getting 60% or higher of the vote that's been counted the last couple days in clark county. what does that mean? i'm going to do some advanced math for you, which isn't easy
for me, but i think it illustrated why everyone is so keen to figure out what's going to happen maybe in the next few minutes. 22,000 votes coming in minutes or hours from now. if she wins 60%, which is what she has been doing there, that would give her 13,200 votes in this batch from clark county. it would give adam laxalt 8800 votes. the difference is 4400. she would net 4400 votes. in truth, she would probably net more than 4400 votes, because if she hits over 60, he typically gets around 35. you will notice adam laxalt's lead is 862 votes. if catherine cortez masto nets
400,000 votes from just clark county, that would put her in the lead by several thousand votes votes. we're expecting 12,000 votes from washo county, which skews slightly democratic. then there's the provisional votes. that would give her a lead for the first time in many, many days. adam laxalt has been leading since tuesday, sometimes by as much as 22,000 votes. >> that county is a largely democratic county. it's very possible she could get that. that would be very, very significant for the uncouple bent -- incumbent senator. >> in nevada, you see a whole lot of red. but it's red where not a lot of people live. if you combine las vegas or clark county, 73% with washo
county which is the reno area, which is about 15%, that's a lot. you're close to 90% of the county. the issue is in these red counties -- and there are a bunch of them -- you can see adam laxalt, republicans typically win by a lot. they run up huge margins in these red counties, 71% in churchill county. so republicans win outright in these red counties, which is why democrats in clark county, again, which is a lot closer, they need to do very, very well consistently. they are bigger, there's more population, it does take longer to count there. so that is what we're waiting to see. i have one point of historical reference you will appreciate having covered the senate for so long. you look at how close this race is right now. well, nevada has had some close races before.
this was the 1998 senate race. harry reid was the incumbent against john enton. harry reid one by 401 votes in the 1998 election. it's possible as close as this is, it's not even the closest senate race we've seen in the last few decades in nevada. >> your math is excellent. john berman, thank you very much. once again, we're awaiting those new votes, the new count in nevada. they could come at any minute now and could potentially set the scene for who's going to be in charge of the u.s. senate. what happens in nevada tonight could determine whether the democrats or the republicans will control the next u.s. senate. it's election night in america. verizon small business days are) back. and there's never been a better time to switch. get our best offers of the year on business internet. help your business stay ahead with the reliable connection your business deserves. bobook your appointment today. and swswitch to the network america relies on.
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welcome back. we're waiting for new votes to come in from clark county, nevada, right now, the largest county in the state. they could come at any moment and potentially could determine which party controls the u.s. senate. right now fewer than 900 votes separate catherine cortez masto and adam laxalt. the race is still too close to call. our political panel is here to discuss what's going on. nia malika henderson, where are we right now? by all accounts, this is a potentially decisive moment for the future of the u.s. senate. >> that's right. we're in some ways where democrats never thought they would be, right? potentially on the cusp of keeping the senate, potentially on the cusp of growing their senate margins, depending on what happens in georgia. this race, particularly in nevada, no one really thought that catherine cortez masto, who was a first term senator, could pull this out. if you've seen over the last
couple of days, she has steadily cut into adam laxalt's lead. you see adam laxalt on twitter saying if the trend continues, it would be difficult for him to climb back in this. but we'll see what happens. you know, if the democrats are able to keep the senate, this means a huge amount for biden's presidency. it means he can get judges through. it means administration officials, cabinet officials through, that it will be that much easier and it will be a massive defeat for mitch mcconnell and for republicans in general, who all along over the last many months thought this was the best political environment in a generation and they thought they were going to be able to capitalize on it. it doesn't look like they're going to be able to. >> it was a great political environment for republicans. inflation is an issue, according to exit polls.
two-thirds of the american public think we're in a recession. republicans were sort of measuring the drapes everywhere. that didn't occur because of other issues, like abortion, and because -- i'm going to echo mitch mcconnell here -- candidate quality mattered. that's past tense now. it did matter. you look at all of these races and you say, well, why didn't it work out the way that republicans thought they were going to work out? candidate quality, donald trump inserting himself into this and i also believe one other thing this was very interesting to me, which was that experience seemed to matter with these candidates. voters weren't just buying someone who suddenly decided that he wanted to run for office. >> i think what we learned is also that biden's unpopularity wasn't as much of a weight around these candidates
especially in these key senate races. you look how mark kelly in arizona winning independents by double digits . warnock performing with independents over walker in georgia. same with fetterman in pennsylvania. these candidates were able to carve out an identity in many places apart from the president. nevada, actually, was one place where these candidates were tracking a bit more with the national trend. everything that nia and gloria were saying is true. i think it's even more true when you look at the house. the senate for a long time has been a 50-50 proposition, not just the current makeup, but who would control the senate after this election was a bit of a coin flip. this nevada race was a margin of error race. nia is totally right. i don't think there's a republican or democrat who did not think that catherine cortez masto was potentially the most vulnerable democratic incumbent on the map. the fact that she is in the hunt here and possibly on the cusp of
overtaking laxalt, when you are the most vulnerable democratic incumbent on the map means you're doing something to overperform the expectations. >> going into the election on tuesday, she was seen as extremely vulnerable. >> incredibly vulnerable because she hasn't really made a name for herself in washington, d.c. very quiet, didn't really interact with the media and didn't have a signature accomplishment. we talk about power in washington, we talk about building blocks. democrats really are incredibly lucky if they're able to keep it at 50-50 not only for joe biden. if you look ahead to 2024, they have 21 seats up for reelection. republicans only have ten. if you look at those seats right there, it's going to give joe biden a really big headache, because many of them tend to be a little bit more conservative like the joe manchins of the world. you might even see john tester who's considered very liberal
distance himself from joe biden. even though we talk about how important it is for democrats to hold the majority, it's going to be tough sledding for him for the next couple of years. >> mark kelly distanced himself from joe biden when he had to do it. on immigration during the debate he said, well, our immigration policy is chaotic. >> and he won. >> right. these candidates felt the need to sort of distance themselves when they had to and embrace when they thought it worked and they kept joe biden out of places they didn't want him. biden, by the way, not his first rodeo, understand what he needed to do. >> he was giving e ing speeches abortion, democracy, student loans. he was giving democrats in these states issues they could run on. voters are keyed in in a way to these issues in elections because they know it matters.
they've seen 2016, 2018, 2020. they are just educated in a way that i think we might not have seen years ago. i think for democrats as well this isn't their first rodeo. in georgia they have a really great ground game. obviously in nevada the harry reid machine still lives, even though he's passed away. this, i think, was a surprise to not only democrats, it was a surprise to a lot of reporters that democrats, given the political environment, have been able to do so well. >> everybody stand by. we have a projection to make. democrat marie perez has split a seat in washington state. she beat the trump endorsed election denier. she was one of the ten republicans to vote to impeach trump. cnn's john berman is over at the magic wall for us. update our viewers what this latest projection for this win by this democrat poetentially
means. >> this is a district south of seattle. it's republican plus four. it is a republican drawn district right now. two years ago, donald trump would have actually won it by four points. now you're actually seeing democrats not just surviving and winning in democratic districts, but they're now beginning to win on the west coast in districts that are republican here. the big picture here is where it gets very interesting. these the races that cnn has now projected winners. you can see republicans leading in 211, democrats are leading in 204. there are 20 districts that have not been projected yet that cnn has not called winners. you can see that the republicans of those need to win seven. the democrats would need to win 14. democrats would need 14 districts to control the majority. the republicans would need seven to take over the majority. now, who is leading in these
remaining 20 districts? you can see republicans lead in ten. they only need seven. democrats are leading in ten. they would need 14. they're close. i mean, democrats may very well have a path here. so let me just quickly show you some of the districts they're looking at. they're mostly in california at this point. some of these districts are pretty tight. you can see california's third congressional district, kevin kylie over kermit jones leads by six points but it's only 10,000 votes remaining. down here there's only an 84-vote margin in california's 13th. only 46% reporting. you can see ken calvert in california's 41 only leading by 1500 votes, 47% reporting. that was three. if somehow democrats were to hold every blue district that is
still yet to be called and pick up those three and one more, they have a path at this point, wolf. >> the key number 218. that's what you need to be the majority in the house of representatives. john, stand by. we'll get back to you. control of the senate could be determined, once again, tonight. we're waiting for new votes in nevada that could come at any moment. it's election night in america, continued. which is a lot. so take care of that heart with lipton. because sippin' on unsweetened lipton can help support a healthy heart. lipton. stop chuggin'. start sippin'. hi, susan. honey. yeah. i respect that. but that cough looks pretty bad. try this robitussin honey. the real honey you le, plus the powerful cough reliefou need. mind if i root through your trash? robitussin. the only brand with real honeyand elderberry.
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tonight, and all eyes right now are on nevada. democratic catherine cortez masto is within striking distance of her republican challenger, adam laxalt. we could know the results of that contest at any moment. stand by for that. officials in nevada are wrapping up vote tales tallies n the tate's two most populous counties. joining us is democratic congresswoman dina titus who won reelection in her competitive district. thank you for joining us. congratulations on your win. i'll discuss your victory in a moment, but first, as you heard, we are expecting more votes from nevada that could impact the razor-thin senate race here in washington. do you think senator cortez masto will be able to hang on to her seat? you're there in nevada. >> i do, because most of the votes are in the metropolitan areas, and las vegas is strongly democratic. the early votes come in about two-to-one for us.
washoe county also. i think catherine will move ahead and hold that seat. >> so you think he will win? >> i do. >> despite many predicting what they used to call a red wave, you were reelected once again in a competitive district, and democrats are clearly exceeding expectations across the country. congresswomen, why do you think that is? >> well, a lot of these prognosticators look at things from 30,000 degrees up. you know, on the ground we were more optimistic. we had social security as a big issue because a lot of retirees here in nevada. abortion is a big issue, and young people registered, especially young women. culinary, carpenters, building trades, an army on the ground. so we weren't as pessimistic as some parts of the country. >> what's the mood like right now among democrats, your fellow democrats on the ground in nevada? >> well, we are glad we held all three of the house seats.
all three were very competitive, especially glad that a democrat was elected secretary of state because his opponent was an election denier and we knew that would important tend bad things for the presidential election. the legislature stayed democratic, and we're sorry that we lost the governor but we think we will hold catherine. so it is pretty good odds over overall. >> what do you say to those critics out there who are complaining that the vote-counting process is taking way too long? >> well, we would rather have it done accurately and carefully than too hastily. that's what our registrar has said. so there's a lot of scrutiny. there's a lot of double checking. there's no fraud been found anywhere, and i think in the end that it is better to do it in that way. >> how worried were you going into this election last tuesday, congresswoman, that there would be that so-called red wave?
>> well, my district changed drastically after redistricting so i had a lot of new areas and republican areas. we worked hard. we just kind of went after it seern. so we were open mystic but cautiously so. >> historically speaking when there's a democratic president the republicans do well in the first midterm elections. i assume you were bracing for some bad new, right? >> well, that's right. i taught political science for 35 years and we always talk about the midterm favoring the party that's out of the white house. another factor i should have mentioned is our strong hispanic population did not go to the republicans like so many people thought it would. that was another factor in our victories here. >> and how do you explain that? >> well, the culinary worked it very hard. a lot of their members are hispanic. i represented a big part of the
hispanic district, and i have spent a lot of time doing constituent services, helping people with visas and daca and tps. i think that counted in the long run. you know, the issues were those that hispanics cared about. you can't just focus on hispanic issues. they're issues that everybody is concerned about, and we do better on those, whether it is education or what we did in the recovery act, helping small business. that resonated in our hispanic community. >> i assume inflation and the economy was the number one issue for most of the voters out there, at least that's what the polls showed. is that what you saw? >> that's right. you know, las vegas was the hardest hit during the pandemic. we closed down the strip for a month so it was like the twilight zone. we had 35% unemployment, which we haven't seen since the depression. now we are the fastest recovering part of the country. airplanes are full. gaming revenues are up.
unemployment is down to about 4%. so we just kept hammering that. yeah, we have a way to go. we need to get gas prices down. we need to make corporations pay their share, but look at what we have accomplished. >> congresswoman dina titus of nevada, thank you for joining us. once again, congratulations on your win. >> thank you very much. ♪ ♪ welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. election night in america continues. take a look at this. these are live pictures of the voting counting in pima county, arizona. election officials there are releasing some 20,000 votes that were counted tonight. they could weigh heavily in the governor's race, which so far is still too early to call. democrat katie