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for health insurance starting january 1st, enroll by december 15th. because you never know when life... ...will change. get covered today. from nbc news "the vote, america's future" here's lester holt and savannah guthrie. >> welcome back. the democrat's way in the house. >> look at the house meter, this is to set the stage. they needed 23. in the senate two. they are going in the wrong direction for the senate. as far as the democrats are concerned. look at that ten pickups, they need 13 more if they want to get control of the house. this is one of the races that just got called. this is a pickup.
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mikey sharrel, a veteran, she picks it up. there is a 90% chance the democrats take the house. as i showed you. this is the race chuck and i called. >> it flipped as we were talking. >> it sure did. >> in new york, 11. a democratic gain, max rose the projected winner there. >> staten island with a democrat in the age of trump is a bit shocking, but this is -- this was a well run race. >> a bellweather here. >> virginia at two. lorraine hlario. >> go out west. too close to call a montana senate race. this can come down to the wire. too early to call, a former democrat up against dean heller the incumbent. too early to call ted cruz.
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>> guys, we're 76% in. we can change the call. it's too close to call at this point. you have that much vote in. >> chuck is putting his order in like it's a fast food restaurant. >> all right. florida senate too close to call at this hour. utah senate, this is not a surprise. mitt romney, perhaps you've heard that name before. former presidential candidate is now going to the united states senate. all right, kansas governor, it looks like this is a democratic pickup. laura kelly wins over kris kobach. >> that was a good deal. he was over the voter fraud commission. they never found fraud. kris kobach going down in kansas. >> by the way, that worked a whole bunch of moderate republicans endorsed the candidate. >> .
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finger on the scale? >> but he never went back. he never went back and campaigned for him late. i wonder if kris kobach is upset. >> the iowa governor that race is too early to call right now. the republican incumbent there. >> already. nevada's governor too early to call. we got an interesting race there. the grandson of a governor there. georgia's governor. >> a former senator. >> and the son of a former senator, yes, indeed. a little scandal there. we won't get into that. georgia governor, too early to call. >> wisconsin governor too early to call. scott walker, the incumbent trying to fend off a challenge by tony evers. again, too early to call there. >> we got a call to make in vermont and the republican phil scott wins handily over christine hallquist who would have been the first transgender governor of vermont, but it's the republican who holds on there, the numbered. yeah this race for the democrats to gain control of the
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house, one of the dramas of the night. one of the big ones, this is the nbc news projection. the meter saying there is now a 95% chance the democrats will take the house. >> are you flipping boards? >> we had two more pennsylvania races gone from red to blue. pennsylvania six, pennsylvania seven. both were open seats. these were the expectations of democrats to do well here. this is why we're up to 95% confidence the east coast seats are starting to fall. we're starting to call them. >> in new york. >> but they may portend. >> she was a strong candidate. she was dominant throughout that race. >> do you know someone that has joined us? john heilemann, nbc news political analyst. you have been watching these returns come in. what's your take? >> what chuck said is right. there are people that get nervous when the democrats expect to get in the house didn't come quickly enough from
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their point of view. now they're starting to come through. you see them recalling them every ten, 15 minutes. you think about all of those places still out there. all those clinton won california districts that from potential if not likely pickups for democrats. you think about iowa, where i was out in iowa on sunday and ann selzer is looking at four iowa congressional districts. all republican, she thinks three of the four will go democratic the only one that's in question is the steve king race which is not outside the realm of possibility. >> so you suggest this could be be ig? >> there are a lot of seats out there as we move west the democrats expect to get the these ones they expect to get and are in nervousness about an hour ago are all falling their way right now, it could be not a vast democratic wave in the house but a substantial majority. >> chuck, can you chime in, too, can you think of a race tonight that was really fought in a conservative strong hold, where
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democrats came in big with the candidate in money and were competitive in a district that otherwise one wouldn't expect them to be? have there been big upsets tonight? you mentioned staten island? >> i think staten island is the biggest upset so far. >> people talk about amy mcgrath. she couldn't make it happen. >> it is tough running as a republican in a congressional race when the top of your ticket is getting clobbered. okay. it wasn't as competitive a governor's race. look, this has been a problem for the pennsylvania republicans, too. all these seats have gone out. there was no competitive state -- >> the rose is a weekend warrior, in the national guard, tours of duty overseas, he's a very appealing guy. >> one of the trends in the congressional races this year so many military veterans, not of any particular party. we have some democrats, some republicans. won't it be great to have people who served our country in uniform now in the united states congress? >> break it down, chuck. >> well, look the democrats need 12, right?
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look i can find you 12 on our battleground, just this list we are looking at with a lead, there is that florida 26 race. all the votes, allle but 1% is in. a 3,000 lead for the democrat. georgia 7. the democrats lead here with half the votes. so there is two we know of where the votes still are being counted. virginia seven. that's a -- c'mon guys, let's go, c'mon board, hit me here. oh well, sometimes stuff is not working the way you hope to work. kansas the other one they were hitting there. kansas the last time came close. he's ahead there. you go to maine two. no numbers in from there. so michigan six is one they were hoping for. seven, they're still ahead in. eight is still, we're waiting to see about half the vote in. so the point is, they need 12. they got three or four in california. we haven't even gotten to yet. there's a reason why we're at 95% confident. and i wouldn't be surprised we
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get to 100% confidence by the time we hit 11:00. >> what about the margins? >> i think we're looking at somewhere in the 30-35 range. >> a net gain of 33. >> 33-to-35 seat. they'd have to have sa lot of last minute ballots to get it closer to 40. >> you have this discussion is that a wave or not a wave? it's not a tsunami. there is no question about it. it's not just on the -- >> so many aquatic metaphors, is it a rip him a pud until. >> the other thing of course going on in the senate where you already said so far you have good news and bad news for democrats. you look at what happened in indiana. democrats expected among the endangered democratic senators in red states. they thought that indiana was probably going to stay safe, but that race has now turned over and that's a big problem. >> we have a call to make. this will not surprise most political observers. heidi heitcamp, a democratic
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incumbent goes down. the congressman will pre tavail there. >> a big deal. better than one senate seat. >> that's number 50. >> number 50. >> that's number 50 for republicans. yes. they will contain control. it's official. even if they lose the rest of the races on the board here, as can you see, whether it's texas, arizona, nevada. they can lose all six can go democratic. at this point you would see the republicans retain because of mike pence. >> in the end, the vice president gets the deciding vote. >> heidi heitcamp won by 6,000 votes a lot of them native americans a huge controversy over the wave the native americans were having ballot difficulties and the vote on kavanaugh was absolutely determinant. >> i think she's powerful in a human story. i spent some time with her a couple weeks ago. whatever you want to say about her. she knew the vote on judge kavanaugh was likely going to cost her the seat. she was behind in that race.
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she stared it down and said i got to go this way. she made a vote of conscience, whatever you think of the merits of the vote, she knew that was the hill and she took the vote anyway. >> she took a vote after the kavanaugh vote where they unfortunately disclosed and outed a woman who had. >> several. >> several women, in fact, who had been sexually attacked which went right against what heitcamp said was her vote of principle. >> there was a controversy over whether or not a new voter i.d. law, the vote of native americans. >> i'm struck by the numbers behind this, 23 and 2, this was a case where 23 was lower than two. now the senate number went up to 4. we have been having a count up. so democrats now need to find four mississippi runoffs, all this stuff. the point is, the number went up. >> i'll say this, to though,
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quickly. when i was out there we went to standing rock. the issue around voter suppression and voter i.d. in north dakota is a serious one. there were significant questions to cc whethask whether that law unfair and discriminatory the margin in that race wouldn't have mattered. she got clobbered in that race. at least historically, there is not enough native american vote under any circumstance to make up that margin she lost by. >> let's talk about another senate race we are watching carefully the one in texas, ted cruz and beto o'rourke. let's go to ted cruz headquarters, this thing we still have it listed as too early to call. 78% of the vote in. but ted cruz starting to grow a little of a margin. >> it is too close. we're at 78% reporting. call it too close. >> i know, chuck, chuck is going wild here. what are you hearing, gabe, what's the mood there? >> reporter: hi there, savannah.
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the mood here is still celebratory. although, many people i have spoken to here wish this race wasn't quite so close at this point. they are still cautiously optimistic. they are looking at early results from harris county. it shows a surprising strong showing for beto o'rourke in this county. of course, this is a vote-rich county. if this trend continues, this could be very significant. >> sorry, gabe, sorry to interrupt. we have good reason, ted cruz has been reelected in texas this long shot campaign of beto o'rourke that was well funded and certainly got a lot of notice around the country, ultimately did not prevail. ted cruz the incumbent is headed back to the senate. there will be a lot of stories written, john heilemann, about what happened here. whether he ever had a chance and whether or not his way, his approach, which was to run to the left, whether that ever was going to work in deep red texas. >> there are so many story lines about this.
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again, i keep saying i was with these people. i was at the last rally beto o'rourke did in el paso. the energy was palpable. we saw it throughout this race. >> by the way, we officially called control for the senate. we have our graphic up there. we want people to see it. >> if that race ends up as close as it looks with 79%. he has done something incredible. which is he made texas competitive for a democratic state wide. it hasn't been competitive since anne richards state wide. democrats will study this model and try to figure out, whether the way he did it, whether could against the right candidate with the right candidate make texas a battleground state in 2020. he obviously fell short. it is still a conservative republican state and if you had a more likable republican candidate, beto o'rourke would not have done as well. >> we are seeing this sun belt of the united states is going to become what the mid-west has been for the last most of our adult time >> the bellweather.
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>> the bellweather to decide presidential elections. we have a cycle away, where it's the sun belt orange county to florida, georgia, texas and arizona will be -- >> let me break away. we want to bring in sarah sanders, white house press secretary. she joins us rights right now. sarah thanks for being with us. >> good evening. great to be with you. >> so republicans will contain control of the u.s. senate. it's looking less and less likely to retain control of the house. any of the surprises if any for you tonight? >> look, i think a huge victory for the president tonight with the announcement of the senate looking like it's definitely going to stay with republicans and pick up a couple of seats. the president spent the last week campaigning heavily for senate candidates. we are seeing that pay off. certainly in places like indiana, tennessee, texas, all places that the president came in, helped closest the deem. certainly a good night for the president so far. >> sarah, i know the president is having a watch party with 100 of his closest friends.
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i am sure you are among them. have you been with the president tonight? what are you saying about these results? particularly that he's about to have a divide government for the first tenure of his presidency? >> i have. the president is happy, he thinks he had ha great night when it comes to the senate and solid wins in the house with folks like andy barr. the president will fight for exactly what he lays out, regardless of who is in control in the house. the president will be able to work with democrats and republicans to make sure we're getting things done. because that's what he came to washington to do. he's laid out a boltd agenda. we expect him to continue to follow through and have another successful two years just like he's had the previous two years. >> the president announced regrets in an interview about the tone he has had as president. was there other -- any regrets about going after immigration? it looked like the number one topic for voters this time around was health care? >> not at all. this is a topic and a huge
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crisis on the border. the president is going to focus on problems this country has. he is going to continue to do that. he has been talking about this for a long time. and we want to see solutions actually take place. we have to secure our borders. we have to know who is coming in, what they do when they get here. we certainly want to be immigration in this country. there is a right way to do it. we support merit based immigration and a secure border. >> that is something the president never has been shy about. he will continue to talk about it. hopefully, democrats will show up a and do the job they were elected to do to be willing to work with the president to get things done. not just be a party of obstruction and resistance and come and bring solutions to the table and solve real robs. >> it's a common story after mid-terms the president might make changes in his cabinet. what are the chances that we see some of those personnel changes in the next few days? >> you know, i'll leave those decisions to be by the
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president. i don't certainly have any announcements on that right now. we're focused on the night ahead of us. again a great night with the senate. we will continue to watch the other races throughout the evening. >> sarah, good to see you. thank you so much for spending time with us tonight. >> you bet. thank you so much. thank you so much. >> we will break here and be
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♪ 10:20 in the east. here is the call we just made. senator ted cruz has been reelected in texas. with that victory, it is official. republicans retain control of the senate. we appear to add to their numbers tonight. kasie hunt joins us tonight. so the senate battlegrounds were red states, the trump stateses. the president was out there hard, all in, and it appears to have paid off. >> he was. there was a lot of hand wringing and concern from condemnation, but that has turned out that the president can still get his voters to the polls.
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people still like him out there. that's the message i'm hearing from sources this hour. to a certainly extent this is what this map should have looked like. it was a very, very different map for the democrats at the outset. they're not necessarily purple states. another call to make in the house of representatives. we can now officially project that the democrats will take control of the house, as we want at the start of the nice they needed to pick up 23 seats. we're told they're at 229. chuck? now it's a matter of measuring their margin. >> no doubt, but let's take a second here. fourth straight midterm election, where at least one chamber has flipped. that has not happened in this country since the '30s and '40s. you had massive changes, a new generation. one of the things that i think we have to accept is we're in the middle of this massive
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political alignment. things are in the middle of shifting, which is why we've had the volatility. every four years in the mid terms, so far, starting in '06 there's been a flip of the house or the senate or both. '06, '10, '14 and now a18. major volatility. a lot of these flip races for democrats for some of the women candidates, they have this very big deal. military back grountsdgrounds. >> this is not them winning red states or a red district. >> much more favorable. >> what is the message for democrats? run far to the left or centrist? >> it's very, very mixed. >> it depends very much where you run. it's very clear there's a push for authenticity. voters want candidates who are
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authentic. it does often meets on the progressive side. we're obviously into the vote counts and just by how many democrat it is control the house. the fact we have called control hands power to democrats in washington in a way that will define the next two years. >> walk us thus the practicalities of democrats now controlling the house. >> the most important piece is subpoena power. it was little noticed at the time, but when republicans controlled the house this last go-around, they made it so they didn't have to consult with a minority. it was largely overlooked at the time. democrats complained about it at the time, but it's a classic case of, you know what? what goes around comes around. >> it does define our terms. you're talking about democrats who are will have control of chairmanships, then have the power to investigate, and as part of that power to investigate, it's the power to subpoena, which is the power for congress to compel testimony or
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documents. >> we just compared david nunes, the handmaiden of the white house, always a bipartisan committee, he completely politicized it for the president of the united states, including that midnight run to find secret information which was then misreported. he would be replaced by adam schiff. that is the strongest comparison -- also elijah cummings would replace trey gowdy on house oversight. nancy pelosi? does she have the votes? >> there's no alternative to nancy pelosi as a speaker right now. whether or not she has a major problem on the floor of the house, we don't know the answer to the question. we need to see the rest of the results. the general consensus has been that if this majority is less than ten, then she -- as if they
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have a margin that's less than ten, yes, she could potentially have a problem, but there is a sense, and nancy pelosi's people have been working hard to make sure this path was going to be smooth, they think there's a far lower number of hard-core anti-plotsist people than candidates who have said they have trouble voting for her. also remember the process -- this is all going to play out. it's more complicated than people understand, so you can do something on the floor, you can vote present, which would potentially save some of these democrats who already said they would vote against her, and then their votes wouldn't count. >> but the idea there's no one else out there, means no one that anyone could coalesce around? >> nobody that anybody could coalesce around, nobody actually knows how to do the job of speaker. when joe crowley lost that primary election to ocasio cortez, he was 20-plus years younger than nancy pelosi, but
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had spent time in leadership. there's nobody else that has the knowledge right now. >> we've got to take a break. we'll be back. this has been a big hour. we'll continue our coverage of the 2018 election on nbc after this. the head lines of the hour, next. we're in our nbc bay area stewed yeo. decision 12018, one of the hottest races, the california governor's race. gavin newsom and john cox. there's a lot off line in terms of our candidates and our proposition. >> polls close in about 30 minutes. there's still time to vote. we've seen a wave of voters, including at the santa clara county registrar's office. >> people are energized. terry mcsweenie is in san jose. the final, what, 34 minutes, what are you seeing?
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>> reporter: i'm seeing a mob seen. look at the people in line. all you have to be is in line at 8:00, and you will be allowed to vote. if you look off to the right, rafael, you can't seat the end of the line. there's a bunch of people, 200 maybe waiting out on the lawn. they're waiting for 8:00, when nobody else -- the doors will close pretty much, and they're going to go in and help count the votes, get the work done. there's another line over there. people are registering to vote. yes, registering to vote, putting in a ballot. there's satellite lines out here. it's absolutely crazy. people are still coming in. back to you. >> pretty interesting. you do still have options. what terry cause saying as well, if you haven't registered, you can visit your local county election office and get that conditional ballot. if your name isn't on the list, not a problem, you can still vote. if you're in line, when the
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polls close in 30 minutes from now, you can still cast your ballot. if you have one of those vote by mail ballots, you can drop it off at any polls location until 8:00 p.m. one of the hot races, the u.s. senate race. we do have results here. we know at least a democrat will win in california. incumbent dianne feinstein a. kevin deleon hoping to pull off a shocker. jean elle. >> reporter: we're here at the presidio where dianne feinstein will be watching the results. they're still getting the last touches up. the san francisco girls' chorus just wrapped up rehearsal. people are excited to watch the results. senator feinstein is seeking her fifth term. the 85-year-old cast her ballot in san francisco yesterday,
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telling voters she still has work to do. some of her critics believe it's time for the senior democrat to let someone demp in. her challenger is a fellow democrat, senator kevin dee dle. he says he has fresh energy and ideas. we'll monitor the race for you and bring you updates. jean elle, nbc bay areas news. also one of the most contentious races, state superintendent of public instruction shun. bottom line, who will run our schools? >> public versus charter schools? >> the largest part of our budget. you hit it, charter schools. an advocate almost won four years ago against an incumbent. he's running against tony thurman, being supported by teachers. this is about charter schools. what happens there? we'll have to see. >> a lot of parents watching this one very closely, including
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us here on the desk. we continue to track the key races here on air and online. >> we'll be back in 30 minutes with our next local update. for now, back to lester holt in new york. we have an important update on one of the most closely watched races in the country. the race to be governor of georgia. it is too early to call but the nbc decision desk is saying it appears that brian kemp, the republican in the race is headed to over 50%. why does that matter? because if you do not get 50% in this race in georgia, you are headed to a runoff. so too early to call. but our decision desk is telling us that it appears brian kemp is going to be able surpass that
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50% threshold and potentially avoid a runoff. >> it's close, a distal 49.9 you get a runoff. we are being careful. we know kemp is leading. has ahead. we think he is going to. >> i think the star power put into that race, oprah coming out in pfeiffer of abrams. another celebrities, president trump went down there. is this a in many ways a referendum on -- >> celebrity support? >> no, i don't. i think a lot of people will look at florida and georgia. kemp and desantis. president trump got involved in both and pulled them across the finish line. they will pull out against proud a african-american democrats. >> obama went down. >> it is interesting that this, they were very much sort of trump-like republicans. not necessarily suburban
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republicans, chamber of commerce republicans, more trump-like republicans and stacy abrams and andrew gillum come up short. >> how many governor races you have the right of the party and the left of the party. >> but the message that's going to send to democratic presidential candidates and major democratic donors about what works and what doesn't, you know, to get to the presidency, you got to win florida. so it's just going to have an impact on how democrats think about running for president when that race starts tomorrow. >> the bottom of the hour. >> the two big stories of the night the house is now, will now be in the control of democrats. the question is, by how many, and in the last three minutes, they crossed the threshold. they have the 23 necessary to take control of the house of representatives. at the same time, republicans have, okay, we're looking at the house estimate here of how many seats we'll end up with. senate control will be retained by the republicans. >> all right.
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so now we're talking about, chuck, democrats taking back control of the house. i i guess the big question is by ma mar j in? >> look, there is another magic number i want to tell you about in the senate a little bit. >> that is the number of 54 for the republicans. if they can somehow get to 54, right, if missouri came in for them, let's say florida, that one looks like it's headed to a recount, let's say they get that one, they get one of these three, nevada or arizona or montana. let's give them this arizona one here, if that happened, some scenario like this. why does 54 matter? 54 senate seats would probably lock in the republican senate majority at least until 2022. >> that 2020 senate map only includes one doug jones and a presidential year, a democrat trying to win in alabama and there's only about three or four republican targets in swing
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states, susan collins is in one. joni ernst. north carolina, maine the point is, keep track of this number tonight. if republicans get to 54 senate seats, it could lock them in for four years, not two for senate control. it's a big deal for the judiciary. >> all right. chuck. thank you. we have halle jackson? >> yes, she's at the white house where we saw sarah sanders a little while rago. they seem to be in a good mood. >> reporter: they sure do when it comes to the house. this is what they wanted to happen. let me pull back the curtain. president trump is with family friends, dozens of them were invited to the residence to watch the returns. they're watching it on a bunch of different channelles. the spirits seem to be high from what we hear from sources in the room. he is specifically looking at to the senate map. i am told by a senior administration official that i
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spoke with, this is immigration rhetoric he pushed in the closing days of the campaign. there is a sense in this white house they have now been validated by that. they felt it was a good strategy. it was a bet. right now the sense is that bet has paid off. they are looking at the house. yes, democrats control the house. but there is a question by how much and right now the thought at least from the president's allies, it's not as bad as it could have been. right? at least at this moment in time, it is not going to be that blue wave landslide that some democrats have been hoping for. what does his agenda look like moving forward here? let's talk nancy pelosi, you had that conversation with chuck whether or not nancy pelosi has a speaker. i asked is the president going to call nancy pelosi, tonight, tomorrow, this week? he said, why would he call her when some democrats don't want her to become speaker of the house? frame this up, the president by
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retaining control of the senate is able to push the reshaping of the federal judiciary he has pushed along with mitch mcconnell, remember the senate controls that. number go, look at the personnel, right? confirmations for example, cabinet members. there may very well be an opening inside the department of justice for that attorney general slot if jeff sessions does depart after the mid-terms as has been widely anticipated here in washington, d.c., having control of the senate helps the president on that front. on the flipside, he is going to be facing potentially a lot of subpoenas from the house as savannah just talked about a little bit ago, if, in fact, some of these folks go after his tax returns, more information from the whouchlts it will be an onslaught. the west wing is preparing for that. >> let's go to chuck in the election center. >> all right. casey. what do we got here? obviously, we are seeing boyancy?
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>> i think they're probably optimistic there could be a couple races that they're looking out to that maybe surprises. there is still quite a few -- a couple time zones, anyway left on that front. i do think the margin in the house is going to be important for the upcoming leadership battles. because, quite frankly, if democrats can avoid a bloody fight over nancy pelosi leading the party, they will be off on a much stronger foot. i think there is a cup questiou questions. oversight power. you cannot overestimate. every e-mail, every tax return. every piece of information, document from the trump administration now suddenly key whims of the congress. the other thing we look at is what are democrats going to do with that new found power? are they going to overreach? nancy pelosi already saying, hey, impeachment, that's not what this caucus is about. >> beer in here with our boiler election room. i got my pollster here.
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i talked to me republican half. let me talk to my democratic half, fred yang. you have to pay attention, look at the camera, turn to me here. democrats got the house. in the statewide races, no signature win for democrats whether it's florida, georgia, texas. what's your explanation? >> first of all, the ail lot of close races. you know, we have missouri, we have montana, which will probably be a win. i think senator nelson can pull it on florida. look i think the donald trump number, you know, in the red, donald trump states, that managed to put them over the top. >> all right. fred yang, our polk team here, casey hunt. all right. guys, back to you. >> all right. so democrats to take the house by how many? that's what we're waiting to see. let's kind of look at the road, how they got there. let's take a look at the minnesota -- minnesota 3.
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and the winner there was a dean phillips. >> in come vinceing fashion. this was a pickup. >> this is a suburban seat. twin cities. >> suburban sixth district jason crowe another democratic gain. >> this one came earlier. ileana lehtinen donna shalala picks up the seat. the trump administration saying she was the urban human secretary in the early '90s. this was the one chuck was excited about new york district 11 mat rose picks up this seat. is this staten island? >> yes. in a year where it looks like trump people will pay. he thinks that one might have stayed republican. >> dan donovan was controversial for nott prosecuting police brutality. >> allred, a democratic gain over pete sessions. >> i know they were worried about that seat. a long-time congressman. >> it is the son of a former cia
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director by the way. pete sessions held the distinction of running unopposed in 2016 in a district that hillary clinton carried. a whole bunch of democrats said, wait, did we not know this district was moving? ? they finally found a guy. >> halle stevens. another democratic gain. >> a few virginia states will be bellwhethers. this was one of them. this is this one the 7th district. a lot of folks are watching this one. this was the scene of an absolute political shocker a few years back when dave bratt, a tea party republican, unseated the sitting majority leader of the house eric cantor. well, a few years later he is in a tight race with a former official of the cia. >> i can't help but wonder a top of the ticket problem for republicans in the ticket. stewart, much more of a trump guy didn't connect and got blown out by tim kaine.
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>> that trickled down effect, a lot of republican incumbents were running with a lot of wind in their face because of corey stewart. you can't help but wonder did that hurt him. >> who is here in nicole wallace. >> i worked in the republican house with a democratic controlled house. it changes everything. i don't know if donald trump not a student of history, i don't know how much his life changed tonight. adam sheppp is on the intel committee. i was reminded no one ever passed legislation to protect robert mueller so anyone worried about getting to the bottom of the russia question now has democrats in control of the house intel committee. every, i think chuck you were saying this with casey, every tax return, every scandal and there has been a lot for a white house two years in, they have been through more cabinet secretaries, too corrupt for donald trump, which is saying something.
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>> nicole, the president to hear sarah sanders talk about it. to hear our whose correspondent the president has a skip in his step. he's lane to see what happened in the senate. his big gamble. it seems to have paid off on the senate side. >> it's backwards. he went to those races because it was really hard for republicans to lose control of the senate. >> ultimately, though, republicans pre vamd. i go guess the question is does this is the up an opportunity to run across the senate in 2020? >> he would run against his pet if he wanted. he went to to the senate races. he hurt a lot of the people he went and campaign fodder in the final days. so i think they reverse engineered this, knowing the senate is much more gettable than the house. i think it is probably a safe bet to say that they don't understand how much their lives changed. >> but by keeping control of the senate what do they get? >> they get, in donald trump's legal folks told, you know, would say this out loud, not on
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camera or to their name in newspaper stories, they avoid impeachment, they avoid conviction should the house ultimately impeach donald trump. >> do you think the house would move to impeachment? nancy pelosi has been saying it is way to soon trying to stem the tide. some democrats who certainly she has that fervor. >> you seen what happened to newt gingrich. >> i don't think that's the priority, though. i think there are more urgent national security and ethical questions to be answered. i think they will move quickly to pick up where the republicans shut down the house intel investigation into russian meddling. i think they will get to the country's business before they set him some sort of internal debate about impeachment. >> but the message he is taking from this, it is very clear in what sarah sanders said, why should she as halle jackson was reporting, why should he call nancy pelosi? we're not getting back to chuck and nancy talking about a solution for the dreamers. he does not at least tonight feel he into evidence to negotiate with the democratic
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house. he'd rather run against him there that's more about him. he didn't calm the people who received 350i7 pipe bombs either. >> mike dewine the republican who is the projected winner of the ohio government's race. >> first of all a presidential battleground and john kasich term limited. we'll see if he -- >> democrats wanted this. >> remember the consumer financial protection board. >> that new agency that barack obama had and it was by elizabeth warren originally. >> he followed her there. >> he was the guy. he was early on. this was a democratic project from the get-go. good old mike dewine. >> the tomorrows, senators. >> i started covering campaign politics in 1992 and mike dewine was running for the united states senate. mike dewine became a united states snower in '94, lost the senate seat i think to sherrod
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brown, and now mike dewine keeps chugging along. >> he's unlike any republican that goes to ohio on a bus tour. >> he always wanted to be governor. >> he was lt. gov. attorney general. always wanted to be governor. congratulations to mike dewine. the guy has literally half his adult life has been getting to the governor s&h the guy finally got there. >> he has taken the bus to the state house. we will keep watching an exciting night here.
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welcome back to degremocrac plaza. some of the drama now has been, we've gotten some answers to, certainly not the florida senate race. claire miscass kill trailing josh hawley. claire mccaskill a democrat. too close to call. >> people will be saying what's that spread about? missouri is notorious.
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those urban counties come in really late. >> that member mccaskill territory. >> you have to wait to double check. you'd rather be hawley right now. >> a great state of arizona, my home state. hi, mom. we have a too close to call race. kifr sten cinema, martha mcsally. andrea pointed out, the democrat was a flip. >> martha, two members of congress the first who him to fight to become a combat pilot. a jet pilot. i covered that issue with the pentagon. she fought all the way up to finally leon panetta had to let her do it. >> montana, the senate race. count and vote in montana. a big matchup there. >> a bit farther west. too early to call the nevada race. a little voting in there. wisconsin governor, remains too close to call.
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4,000 vote difference. 64% vote. scott walker trailing tony evers. >> think about this. he got elected in 2010. >> the recall. >> reelected in '14. his fourth state wide campaign in 12 years the guy knows how to run state wide. it did seem like this is going to be his toughest he ill to cli -- toughest hill to climb. >> all right. florida governor too close to call. 99% of the vote in. but there is 1 ', that might make the difference. same situation in georgia except for there we're telling you it is too early to call. we were watching this earlier, remember, we said that our decision desk fought, it apparently brian kemp would exceed the 50% threshold and not go to a runoff. >> kemp's number has been creeping down as the vote comes in. basically a lot of the vote
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coming in is likely going to lean abrams the question is, does it creep down below the 50 or not by the time all of it comes in? >> i guess that's why they're calling it too close to call. a poll closing just about nine minutes. i can't forget the sunshiny west w. we have big races to be decided there. what is your big surprise of the night, nicole? >> i think we were so caught up in the human story the beto o'rourke candidacy was so exciting. you don't see democrats come that close. i think you know it's surprising to see how close we got. i think the races we haven't called yet remain some of the more exciting ones. i think they've ob skufrd the big headline as you said when i sat down, we have a divide government. everything changes, tomorrow will be the big day of the trump presidency where another party controls one branch of government and with republicans refusing to do any semblance of
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oversight or any semblance of trying to be any sort of an honest broker with disputes of the fbi, it will be a remarkable change. >> i think what frustrates people, na i watch one particular party in power do things complain and complain about and when you get your shot, do you follow the same playbook in the idea of payback? >> i don't know. we're all familiar with a lot of the people that will become chairman of the committee. they mentioned adam schiff and others. i think the democrats and you talked about nancy pelosi, i think they realize the. >> garvin:ity of their cast. there are a lot of people. 60% of the public doesn't approve of the way donald trump is doing his job the 47% they love him no matter what. for the 60% of the people uncomfortable with the president, it's comforting the democrats now have subpoena power and oversight power. >> the big story, what is the big party in the republican party is donald trump's party. this is not donald trump. -- he may have been hijacking
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the political party in 2016 and borrowing it. he has remained and he knows how to activate. i mean, we got caught. why is andrew gillum likely to lose and not win? why is stacy abrams to lose and not win? i would argue donald trump figured out how to get his base out the rural counties, they show up in big numbers. we're in the middle of a political realignment, democrats will do well in the suburbs. it's not enough. >> people show they want some check, they want checks and balances. if paul ryan and the republican chairs had shown any guts and stood up to donald trump, maybe this wouldn't be the result. >> as we go to a break, virginia 7 has fallen the democrat's way. that was when you were watching. >> three or four of their targets in virginia. we said that would be a big deal. >> that's a big deal. all right. all right. we'll take a break
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and gave us the bathroom we've always wanted. call 925-233-6471 and save $1000 off your complete bathroom remodel breaking news as we come on, an grew gillum the democratic governor is said to be conceding in florida. we can go live there. take a listen. close to call. apparently internal pollsters know more. >> i still believe we need to clean up our environment, our air, our water quality. our beaches. our shores. i still believe we need to have the economy where people are able work one job, instead of two or three jobs in order to make ends meet. i'm extremely proud this evening the voters of florida decided to pass amendment 4, proud about that. [ cheers ] .
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>> that is just one step closer to getting us where it is that we need to be as a state. youall, i want to encourage you not to give up. i want to encourage you to stick to the fight. i want you to know that every step of this way, even though i won't have the blessing of serving as the next governor of the state of florida, i still plan to be on the front lines right alongside every single one of you when it comes to standing up for what it is that we believe in. as i said all along the campaign trail, power sees nothing without a demand. it never has and it never will. we still have to be willing to show up every single day and demand our seat at the table. we got to be willing, inside of elections and outside of elections to say that our voices still matter. >> that we still have relevance. i still believe and i still
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trust the voters. we may not have all shown up in the way that we thought and hoped that we would. but i still believe that there are still more of us that believe what is common and decent and what's right and i believe in the long run, good always wins out over evil. i still believe that. [ cheers ] >> many of you all along the trail heard me talk rather repeatedly about my grandmother. someone pointed out that she was the real winner of the governor's race. >> andrew gillum, the democratic candidate for governor in florida, concedeing. we have it as too close to cally area studios... sp and there's a lot happening here at home. sparked by their support or dissatisfaction of president trump, a record number of voters energized on this election night. this is a live look at the line
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in santa clara county at one of the polls there, which closes in one minute. everyone in line will be able to cast their ballot. we are back in 30 minutes as the local results start rolling in. here is lester holt and savannah guthrie. >> good evening everyone, a number of big headlines we are following. thhouse will be in the control of democrats. democrats have crossed the 23 they needed to become the majority in the u.s. house of representatives. >> the nate, senators picking up seats in a couple of see battled grounds that we have seen. we have divided government,
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folks. we got some calls to make now. in california where we are coming up the air, diane feinstein is the projected winner. l all right, let's go to hawaii, mazie hirono, the incumbent is going back to the senate. chuck gave me some info. on that. he knows every race. >> my apologies to the sitting governor of hawaii. >> we all work together here. tina smith, the democratic incumbent is the projected winner and also minnesota governors race, the winner is
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tim walsh defeating jeff johnson. okay, let's talk georgia, this is the other governors race. we are calling it too early. brian kemp up and chuck, did you want to say something about that? >> he's now at 54%. 13% of precinct still get the call there. >> all right, wisconsin governor, too close to call. scott walker who seen a few political battles in the battle for his political life right there. >> it will come down to wakesha. ted cruz declared the winner of texas race projected winner. he's appearing with his supporters.
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>> god bless texas! tonight is a victory for the people of texas. tonight is a victory for all the men and women in this room and all the men and women across the state that is poured your hearts and passion and your time and your energy to rise to defend texas. to everyone of you, heidi and i and the girls, we say thank you, thank you. texas saw something this year that we have never seen before. this election was not about me or about beto o'rourke. this election was a battle of ideas.
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it was a contest of who we are and what we believe. it was a contest and the people of texas decided this race. we travel every part of the state from each texas to west texas from the panhandle to the valley. and the energy, the excitement we saw was incredible. just a couple of weeks ago down in the valley, 2,000 people coming out, in mission 2,000 people coming out. in el paso, 2,000 people coming out. and what was truly amazing at many of these events, we would ask how many of you here are former democrats. we would see hands throughout the room as we are seeing hands now. because texas came together
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behind a common sense agenda of low taxes, low regulations and a lot and a lot of jobs. securing the border and keeping our communities safe and defending the constitution and the bill of rights. and that's a common sense agenda that unite texans from every part of the state. it was your hard work. this is a victory from the single mom who have been waiting tables who sees wages going up because the economy is booming. this is a victory for the oil field worker who sees that the united states is the world's top producer of oil. >> this is a victory for all the kids who are seeing their parents in the last two years, four million people have come off of food stamps.
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stop and reflect a moment the lives transformed. people who had been dependant on government for basic food needs now have jobs and get to come home carrying a bag of groceries. get to come home and look at their kids and say i am providing for my family and look up at mom and dad and see the hope. this was an election about hope and abouts the futu the future rendering a future of more jobs and security and more freedom. >> he's one relieved man. it was a very close race. he fought back a very energetic and well funded challenger beto o'rourke. at some point we are not looking -- he found a friend in
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donald trump and patched over whatever difference they had. >> he had a new nickname. the president says he's beautiful ted. there he's giving shout out to his wife. were they biting their nails or did they feel that red texas had come on home. >> it is electric here you can see. republicans, some of them are surprised that this race is called so early. many of them proverd that this was a long way, they did not think the blue wave is real. ted cruz folded out in the end, this is the force deeply of red sta state. i spoke to ted cruz's campaign a short time ago. they did not want to say how much president trump support and how much of that contributed to his success here. they say that ted cruz is
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talking about the strong economy and tax cuts and that's what matters to conservative voters here in texas and that's why they turned out in large number for ted cruz. still a close race in such a deep red state. how much o'rourke and enthusiasm he was able to pull out. with president trump focusing on immigration in the last few weeks of this campaign, immigration border security is such a huge supporter in texas and help cure the southern border. ted cruz found a friend in president trump during this campaign, estranged coalition considering the hard rhetoric where ted cruz referred to trump as a narcissist or a pathological liar. he was able to pull out victory.
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>> gabe, thank you so much. speaking of deep red texas, as i understand in the houston suburbs. the democrats have outsisted th republican. this is the case where you are talking about the beto o'rourke effect. he clearly did well in the urban area. texas is not there yet as a swing state but you can see the making of it and the same way that you saw florida developed in the swing states and suburban areas are growing. you are seeing that in texas. i think for the first time we are actually now four years away from texas being apart of that. >> hispanic folks came out. he's from el paso. let's see what happens. all right, chuck, i saw you on the phone with florida again. >> we have a senate race.
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>> oh, can i just tell you -- i heard the word palm beach county and problem. >> it is a trigger for chuck. they just counted nelson's votes for scott's and scott's votes for nelson. it is corrected. the correction did not exactly give him what he was looking for here. there is .8% difference here. we are still waiting. miami is all in and broward county is all but 1% in. we think there is enough vote that it is possible that can dip below five and because it is sitting at .8, we are not calling this until we get everything in. if it dips below .5, this margin here and you can see it is .8 right now. if it dips below .5, it is a
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automatic recount. >> i want to bring in doris. >> people are going to wake up and they're going to see blue where it used to be red. they think that america has fundamentally changed. the polarization is continuing. it is not what a lot of people wanted. the devivisiveness is still the worst in my time. i think a lot of new people is coming into politics for the first time when politics is not considered the greatest anymore. you had people running from doctors for the first time and teachers. veterans. that's a real hopeful thing for the divisiveness. they have been a common purpose for a common mission. when bipartisan is tight and the 50s and 70s, so many veterans from world war ii and the korean war. >> i am glad you said that.
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the voter turn out and the excitement and enthusiasm and one of the best things i have seen in politics for a long time. i don't know if you experienced this, people coming up and in a judgemental way. di did you vote? >> midterm participation used to be around 38% or something. >> looks like we may get over 50% turn out. that's an unbelievable thing for the midterm. >> citizens awakening is what we have been hoping for. as lincoln said with public sentiment, anything is possible. the fact that more people have come out and people stood in long lines and excited about voting. we want to take some positives about this divided government that we have. if young people get active and women come into politics, that's exciting. i feel good about that. i am always trying to be optimistic. >> i love your optimism.
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>> a lot of it, first time midterm voters, they never voted in the midterms before. >> you can call it a divided government or checks and balances which is what the founders had in mind. the system is working. >> quickly, doris, we'll have a house -- democrats may pick up 40 house seats. i have been doing the math here. they have a good shot. they have a hard 22 that they actually flipped. they can get to 40 and republicans can pick up three senate seats. we have the suburban world divide that's playing out in the nate and t senate and the house. how problematic is that? >> when they thought it made a huge blue wave? why is that? the mueller investigation were being talked about and indictment. then what happens? the kavanaugh's hearing and
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historians will look at that. trump was right, momentum was there. momentum seems to be loss and out on the campaign trail and creates the caravan and the immigration concerns and somehow he brought it back again. when we look back at that thing, that's the way the narrative will play out. you will never know when the people go to the voting both, how they're going to weigh. something may matter and just like trump may matter. that's the mystery of election. >> you gave me a perfect segway, doris, jacob soboroff is talking to voters in california, 8:15 in the west and people are still voting there, jacob. >> reporter: 15 minutes ago, chuck mentioned that democrats could take up to 40 seats. four seats right here in orange county, california. this line is still about three hours long.
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polls closed 15 minutes ago. people don't care whether or not the house representatives or calls. they care about the local races here and driving up that margins in the house of represents represents -- representatives. you and i talk a lot about how it is local here. they talk about the separation of the children and down on the border. they talk particularly in orange county out in the coast where climate change and all of these things matter deeply and individually to the people that are here in southern california. you can see it in the line. the idea that there is still a three hour long line after the polls have closed, people have staying on that line. it is not that it is unexpected but it is add mumirableadmirabl. this is the time where people want to spend hours online in order to get in there. and again, as chuck todd said,
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it could go a long way to drive up the margins and house of representatives. >> jacob, thank you so much. >> i want to go over to steve patterson. he's covering the nevada senate race. he's giving us the lay of the land there. hi steve. >> the same situation in nevada that we just saw in california. we just left a mall in henderson nevada. you can barely see where the line started and the next line ended. that's good news for democrats because of this. clark county is where they're looking to build up votes, building up so-called firewall or a buffer so when these other counties start coming in, they have a significant amount of vote to sort of stage up republicans. it is a battle of territories and clark county, the largest
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county of 70% of the lek raelec. republicans are pulling great there tonight. across newlywvada that tends toe the most amount of trump supporters. they must be feeling embolden. the night is young. the phrase is optimistic as we go on through the night. back to you. >> steve patterson. the president tweeted, tremendous success tonight, thank you to all. glass half full and he's talking about the senate where republicans retained control. the house as we know it is going to democrats and halie jackson is at the white house. what are you hearing? >> reporter: seven short words from trump. that's the first reaction that we heard from the president tonight. he's the first lady here at the white house along with dozens of
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friends and allies and family members and other supporters. what we are hearing is much of the optimism when it come to the senate side. i have been in touch with folks who are apart of that. listen, in the final days, they pour their energy into places like indiana and missouri is still a standing places and florida where rwandon desantis . with that said, the president is clearly feeling good and even though he now has to face something he has not yet to face yet. an onslaught of subpoenas that'll come from democrats who are eager for over sight. that's something this president had not has to face. with that, it is going to come with a lot of challenges for the
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west wing and folks inside are bracing for that. i will tell you that there are people inside the white house, it was not the wave that they expected. that was part of the optimism for them and keeping an eye for who ends up on the top. that's the president's agenda. we talked about what this means, judicial nomination and personnel, keep in mind where him and his administration wants to build. issues like infrastructure and trades, you heard that being discussed. down to the road when it comes to the next couple of years, guys. >> haks slie jackson is setting scene for us. we'll continue our coverage of the 2018 election, here on nbc right after this.
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and we demanded that our values be respected. >> elizabeth warren addressing the crowd after being re-elected tonight. do we have any kind of reset butten today? >> no, i don't think so. it's a continuation of variations with themes along 9 way. i do think donald trump has been true to this from the beginning. knows how to sell his story. whether it's true or not is an entirely different matter. he sells fear. the fact is, that he's teed up immigrants coming into this country as the worst people in the world, when the biggest mass shooting we've had have been conducted by americans. he has a strong economy going for him. the tax cut has fueled a lot of jobs and a lot of feeling for the country. how long that lasts? we don't know. he also takes social media and
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taken it for himself. he's there every day, and can you not overestimate the impact of social media on our modern political system. people read it and then they believe it. >> i'm struggling on the economic front for this one reason. if there's -- republicans aren't finding any success in the suburbs tond. and that's where the economy has been helping. the culture war is just as hot as ever. it feels like the president -- certainly the economy is sort of -- it's there as a backdrop, even the president says, it's hard to -- this is our culture war. this is rural america thinks -- heidi heitkamp said it best. in rural america, they think democrats want to judge how you live. i think republicans struggle in suburban america, suburbanites sit there and say, wait a minute, you're being dictated by a small group of people that tell you what to do. this rural america issue. democrats have to solve it if they're going to win statewide
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races. >> they just are going to have to figure it out. they have the suburbs. identity politics plus the suburbs isn't enough. >> there are conversations going on right now, about presidential election ambitions among democrats. what can they learn from this experience tonight? >> well, it's interesting. i had somebody already tell me. and you're going to love this one. the first name i've heard out of the box tonight, steve bullock, the governor of montana. tell us about mr. bullock. >> he's a very skilled man, and a very republican state as a democrat. he's been able to hold off some of the more extreme ideas of the montana legislature. he does have ambition. he does not have a big itinerary. he's a very attractive guy, and he's been able to survive this republican state by holding off some of the most extreme things they've come up with there.
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montana has always been a complicated state as you know. we'll hear from hickenlooperer who is the outgoing governor of colorado. >> we're going to take a break, we'll continue our coverage. decision 2018, jessica aguirre in the newsroom where raj mathai. the polls are closed in california, people are still in line. >> it's been that kind of turnout. this is what's happening in santa clara county, this is a live look at the registrars office, by law, polls cannot close until everyone in line by 8:00 p.m. can cast their ballot. >> who will be the next governor. let's show you some of the numbers right now. john cox is ahead, but it has democrat gavin newsom is still projected to be the winner over john cox. >> with newsom as the projected
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winner, we will have a familiar face in the governor's office for the next few years. >> let's start with sam brock, following gavin newsom. sam, with this projection already out there, there's got to be a lot of excitement in the room there. >> yeah, you know, there was a reaction. nbc called this race at 8:08, so eight minutes after the polls closed. i think what occurred, it was so quick, no one was expecting it that fast. we know now, gavin newsom is expected to be the next governor of california. unlike other states we've seen, florida and georgia. which was clearly a referendum on the trump administration. that wasn't necessarily the case in this particular case. gavin newsom talked about social mobility, and he wants to try to change that cycle.
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he will see if he can do that. we're going to be hearing from gavin in the next two hours. it's going to be taking the stage here in very uncommon times. >> back to you. >> thank you very much, sam. >> let's go to san diego. mark matthews joins us. is mr. cox ready to concede at this point? >> we're hearing 9:00. he's planning to take the podium at 9:00, he's in the house. he walked in about an hour ago. we have videotape of him coming in, he met with reporters and then with donors. you can see pictures of him coming in, and telling everybody we have an hour to go, please get out and vote. that was the last we expected to hear from him until 9:00 tonight. a disappointed crowd tonight. at least in the governor's race, they are gathered around the tv monitors, checking the other races and the projected blue
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wave not as big as anticipated or in this room, not as big as feared, i should say. we'll be back at 9:00 with john cox's statements. reporting live from san diego, mark matthews, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, mark. crowded ballot today, let's give you a quick check of the u.s. senate races, nbc already calling the race for dianne feinstein. >> we're tracking the lieutenant governor, both are democrats. right now, 3% in, it's very early. kounalakis is leading hernandez. >> let's show you the race for california attorney general, javier becerra, steven bailey. this is only 3% of the precincts showing. it's going to be a long night still in this race. we'll bring you the latest numbers in our next update. >> we expect our next update in
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to minutes. for now, we'll send it back to our national desk. all right in the east and 8:30 in the west. here is where thing stands right now. democrats have retaken control over the house for the first time in eight years. they have a majority, 230 to 205. there is a lot of votes to be counted so far. this is the second district of new jersey. jeff van drew, the democrat taking the seat away from the republicans there. this is upstate new york,
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antonio delgado. democrat pick up on the way to the majority. >> a good night for the republicans on the senate side, they'll retain control over the u.s. senate and pick up a few seats along the way. >> take a look at the missouri senate race, it remains too close to call. this is one that we have been watching for some time now, mccaskill. a tough fight there. >> i was looking at the outstanding returns. i don't see enough for her to make up that 200,000 vote gap. we'll see. >> the vote tends to come in. >> it does come in late in st. louis in particular. her other stronghold in kansas city is 100. i don't see where they can find 220,000 vote to net that. >> she will have to run up the scores big time >> arizona has a race on its hands too close to call. martha mcsally. no matter what happens here,
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arizona will send its first female senator. >> there is people that dropped off mail ballots today, they're not going to count those votes until thursday. we are not going call arizona senate tonight. >> all right. >> i promise. >> i hope you saw montana senate another big close out in the west. >> wisconsin's governor race, remains too close to call. they're separated by 6,000, the democratic leading the incumbent scott walker. >> oregon, this is a surprising battleground for the democrats. kate brown, the incumbent holds on but with in the race with bueller. kasie hunt is joining the table. the democrats are taking control of the house.
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>> well, we have gotten some notes from our sources of the people counting the people on their way to congress who saws they'll oppose nancy pelosi for speaker. i could be ten minutes off on this. we think it is about eight members right now. it is look like it is not going to be enough to put her in serious jeopardy for speaker but certainly are some democrats which i thought was interesting that they are pushing the story line behind it. >> one of the things apparel to her is the big push of the congressional black caucus to have a member of the leadership and a high lefrvel. >> it is going to be someshake up there. she may have to make some concessions to other members of the kcaucus.
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>> jim clyburn who has been number three. it has been that long standing trio. the frustration that's been building among democrats in the house is that these are the generations that are all in their 70s. there are younger members of the house who simply have had no opportunities to move up and there will be more new faces coming in. >> it will be interesting in washington. democrats have been in the wilderness and coming back to power and there will be an epic fight to have some of these choices. we talk about the stakes being so high. we continue our coverage. the democrats retake the house. we'll pause right here and let some of our stations join us. we'll be back on the other side.
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in los angeles tonight. >> thank you. >> give us your thought of what you have seen. >> we have divided government. in my view, sometimes it is the best. if you are conservative, sometimes having divided government works quite well. i don't think it is a surprise in terms of the house or the senate, if republicans pick up a seat or two, that'll be a bit of a surprise. does it change the president to face a divided government. >> he will whether he knows it or not. investigative power will make life difficult for him. i don't think he'll fully realizes what's coming there. but, with the senate, not having the house to pass legislation and pass over to the senate, you will have a lot of gridlocks the next couple of years. it will be more difficult in 2020 for president to point and senators to point, the republican senate achievements were made.
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>> senator, you are watching the race tonight. i am sure you got your ears on the ground. did you have any insights where you think this one is headed. >> it is nice to be a spectator. >> you are not in the state, you are in lch.a. >> i have to say it has been pretty nice. >> yeah, it is a great interest there. it is very, very close. i can say that you know six years ago i was in the position with about a five point lead at the end of the night and as late ballots were counted, that lead went down to three percentage point. it is not over at all. it is going to be a long couple of days as these ballots are counted. it will be a lot of nail biting going on. it is very close. >> senator, you are so nice to join us. chuck points out --
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>> well, we can't let him go. >> senator flake. you are going up to new hampshire a lot more starting on january 4th? >> you no longer have a day job? >> well, i can tell you and i have said on record many times that i hope the republicans does run. enough to remind republicans what conservativism really is. i hope somebody does. >> it does not sound like no. >> john kasich had talked about it. i may head there again. i think there is values in reminding republicans what republicans traditionally has been. believing in free trade and strong american leadership. that's absent now. chuck, you said it earlier tonight, this is the president's party. there is no doubt. it is going to be quite difficult now and probably even
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more polarizing as the house investigates the president and shuts the place down in terms of legislation being passed. the senate probably being more defensive on behalf of the president and you know before the accidently manning the barricade for him. that's typically how it goes and if you think it has been like that in the past two years, it will be more so in the next two years. it is going to be very polarizing period and even more so. >> senator, we know why you got out of town. >> thank you so much for joining us and we'll continue to follow your movement and traveler, heading to new hampshire and iowa. >> nancy pelosi, here she is. >> today is more about democrats and republicans. it is about restoring the constitution, checks and balances to the trump administration.
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it is about stopping the gop and mitch mcconnell, medicare, medicaid and affordable healthcare act and healthcare of people living with preexisting medical conditions. let's hear more for preexisting medical conditions. it is about ending wealthy special interest free reign over washington. more than anything. it is about what a new democratic majority will mean in the lives of hardworking americans. democrats working for the people. lowering the cost of healthcare, lowering the cost of prescription drugs and wage workers and wages with strong economic growth buy rebuilding infrastructure of america and clean up corruption to make washington work for all of
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americans. we'll take real very, very strong legislative action to led legislate. we'll deliver a transformation investment american infrastructure to create more good paying jobs. >> nancy pelosi addressing a crowd today and commenting on the results showing that democrats will retake control of the house of representatives. we are watching that missouri senate race now where claire mccaskill had been hanging on all night but trailing hawley. let's go to morgan radford, what what's the mood? >> reporter: the room went from
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confidence and cautiously optimistic. now, they are becoming very quiet as we watch the results coming in. we did not have all the votes counted mainly kansas city and s st. louis county. mccaskill was not sure which way the elections will go. she acknowledged that voters want something new and having experienced been something has countied against her and voters want to see fresh faces. here on the room, people are waiting to see if mass skepticc going to be holding onto her speed or hawley.
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we talked a lot about the united states congress for a big reason. there is a lot of big races. it is a battle. chuck is pointing and laughing at 2000 votes that separated the two. wakashaw county. >> it is a joke. we joke and it all comes down to this. >> there has been some missed votes. >> it is where scott walker found votes. >> it is. it is a place where we have been watching to see what's happening. he needs big number. i am sure decision desk have the latest on that. >> waiting on it. >> this is paul ryan's seat,
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they lost paul ryan's seat apparently. let me double check that. >> they lost paul ryan's seat. wisconsin -- >> we head no head back to missouri. claire mccaskill is speaking to her supporters right now. >> say a few words about what has happened today and how the future is brighter than we all think it is right now. we had some good results tonight. the democrats took the house of representatives. we have governors that are democrats now both illinois and kansas. so there were some bright spots. obviously, we fell short and that's disappointing. not for me.
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what i feel the most pain about tonight are all of the people who for the first time, many of them in their lives said i am going to do more than just sitting on the couch and cuss at the tv. i am going to show up. i am going to work hard and for the thousands of people who volunteered on this campaign, there were literally thousands and thousands of you, i am so grateful and i want you to keep that fire burning because there is justice around the corner. >> claire mccaskill at a concession speech to her supporters. nbc news projects that hol hawl will win. he's speaking right now. >> the people who have built this state and i will -- you
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know throughout the campaign, i fought many times of a line that prime minister churchill said during the second world war, why is that we think of history as something in the past and forget that we are making it. well, we stand tonight at a critical moment in our history. we stand at this hour in our nation's history. the people of missouri have said we are up to the challenge. the people of missouri have said we are ready to answer the call. tonight we say we believe in america and our best days are ahead and we believe in our future and ready to fight for it. i am ready to go to washington and fight for you. >> i want to say thank you tonight. thank you first and most importantly to my wife, erin, who's here with me, she's the love of my life.
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she's the love of my life. josh hawley projected to defeat claire mccaskill who we saw moments ago delivering her own concession speech. that's a big one. >> claire mccaskill pulled rabbits out of her hat before. she did it. she basically put money behind todd aiken to get him the nomination because he had extreme views on the issues of abortion and she was able to win and with the help of barack obama and this year is not there. i was out in missouri a couple of weeks ago checking on that race. it was interesting talking to team mccaskill, unequivocally, they would said it and i could tell you there is personal anemist among some of these.
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two of them have lost connelly and mccaskill. >> mccaskill will talk more. >> she will have strong critique of the leadership of her own party. >> the kavanaugh he's hearing m be a saving for the republicans. >> governor rick scott is speaking right now. [ applause ] i want to thank our daughters, allison and jordan and their family. i love my family with all my heart and every family in the state. my goal is to make it a better
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place for every family in the state. there is a couple of people looking down from heaven that i want to recognize. i have the most wonderful mom. when i was born, my mom was a single mom and she raised five kids. she would never believe i would be a governor or a u.s. senator. the second person. for everybody in our office and
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in this campaign team. she was our best friend. she died before the day the campaign started. >> rick scott, not clear if he's delivering an acceptance speech. you see there he leads. >> well, we call it too close to call but chuck you got some inside info. there. the question is is the margin going to be less than .5%. we have not called it. the scott's think they'll avoid a run off that's why they went out there and declared a victory. the perception of the candidate,
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the georgia governor, this is one we have been watching all night long. camp and abrams. >> 50% rule and that's the key. the polls in california closed less than hour ago and we already have two projected winners. good evening from our nbc bay area studios. the polls closed less than an hour ago. >> so far no surprises. nbc is projecting dianne feinstein will hold on to her long time senate seat. and gavin newsom will become our next governor. can you see the local results scrolling at the bottom of your screen. here are the latest numbers, you can see mr. newsom and john cox his republican opponent. gavin newsom is the projected winner 54% to 46%. >> sam the mood at newsom headquarters must be elevated?
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>> upbeat and musical jessica and raj that is common who is performing right now. he just took the stage, everyone here quite captivated, they have their phones out, they feel enthusiastic. it's a huge result for democrats in california. as they're processing all of this. 1500 people in here. you're probably going to have a hard time hearing me, and i apologize for that. we'll be talking about this more throughout the night. send it back to you. >> thank you very much. give you a live look, john cox getting ready to speak to his supporters just a few minutes from now. it's expected he will give his acceptance speech at 9:00. we'll provide a live feed you can watch on all of our digital platforms. >> these things are shaking down here in the bay area.
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the other race, nbc is calling senator dianne feinstein. here are the early numbers, 52% for feinstein, with 13% of the precincts reporting. the 85-year-old feinstein will win her fifth term. >> jean ellie joins us in san francisco, where senator feinstein is set to arrive at any moment. she proved that she could do this, again. >> the voters are sending her back to washington, jessica. and senator feinstein's election night party is in full swing. let's take a look around this packed room. the san francisco girls chorus is performing, there's a lot of excitement as nbc has called the race for senator feinstein. she will talk to supporters after a series of speakers. and she will be introduced by her granddaughter. this is a room full of politicians showing up for the
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long time senator. former san francisco mayor willie brown. state assembly man david chiao. we are hoping that senator feinstein will be here shortly to speak to supporters. when she talks, we will bring it to you. and we'll bring updates later on this evening as well. reporting live in san francisco, jean elle, nbc bay area news. >> let's show you what's happening in santa clara county. this is what it looks like in san jose. by law, polls cannot close until everyone in line by 8:00 p.m. casts their ballot. this has been a long line. people are still voting, long lines all evening long. >> the scene in san francisco, count those ballots. jonathan bloom tweeting out this video. election workers rolling out completed ballots into the office of elections office. no vote on the gas tax. leading with 53% of the vote. one more prop, prop ten is
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timely. it's all about rent control. local communities can all determine their own rent control. prop 10 is no. 61% over 39%. >> we'll be back with another update in 30 minutes. we'll see you then.
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♪ from nbc news, "the vote, america's future." here is lester holt and savannah guthrie. >> the headlines of this night are still being written. good evening again, everyone. "the tonight show" midnight in the east, 9:00 p.m. pacific time. we want to take you through some of the results. one of the big headlines, of course, is the house of representatives will now be under the control of democrats. here is the estimate, 230 seats for democrats, 205 for the gop as of right now. >> votes still being counted. we will see what margin the democrats run up by the end of the night. here is a very interesting race. this is georgia house district 6. we have no call in it, but essentially all of the votes are in. we will see what happens. handel has faced a special election and prevailed now is up
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against lucy mcbath, a gun control activist who actually lost her son in an act of gun violence. they have a very close race. >> as you remember, basically the midterms began in georgia 6, you can argue we started this contest -- >> a special election to elect the democrat. >> it was tom price had become appointed to hhs secretary, he's not in the cabinet anymore. karen handel is still in congress, but here we are, all of that money, all of that -- and i guess democrats got it a little closer. they got it down to less than 1,000 votes in georgia 6 but still in republican hands. >> we want to go to hallie jackson right now at the white house where we understand the president has placed a call. i think we will want to hear about it. >> reporter: an interesting phone call, that's for sure, lester, to nancy pelosi, of course the democratic leader, potentially the speaker of the house now that democrats have flipped it blue. a spokesperson for pelosi says president trump called just about 15 minutes ago to extend his congratulations and acknowledged that call for
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bipartisanship that pelosi made in her remarks. this is a fascinating glimpse into washington dynamics, because remember at the last five, six, ten, twelve rallies we have been to president trump has railed against nancy pelosi. in fact, she is one of the biggest boo lines in his campaign speeches, being in the room there when he mentions both nancy pelosi and maxine waters, who by the way may end up with the new chairmanship in the house, the audience erupts. she has been one of the biggest foils he has brought up again and again, and they will be in the awkward d.c. position of having to work with each other to get anything done over the next several years. what do those things look like? what could be on the checklist? we had a conversation with the president's senior adviser, kellyanne conway who was out here talking about, for example, infrastructure, something vice president pence has mentioned as well. maybe they can find common ground on trade. conway mentioned immigration and
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maybe a tough sell, particularly given what we've seen from the president and his rhetoric over the last couple of months. an interesting phone call. the president is still inside. they haven't popped the champagne but everybody is in a good mood we're told. >> hallie jackson, thanks very much. >> let's go to the chairman of the democratic national committee, tom perez. you got a split decision tonight, chairman perez. let's talk about the house for a moment. the democrats retake control of the house. do you care to venture a guess by what margin you might end up with at the end of the night? >> well, we've got to wait for the results from the west coast. we still have a number of seats, you correctly pointed out, georgia 6. we have a number of other -- utah has a seat in play. looks like the democrat is going to win that one, but still too close to call. i think it is a great night nor the democrats, a great night for democracy, because we needed checks and balances. we send a very clear message to the american people that we are
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going to protect their health care. that was the number one issue going to the poll for americans, and we did that. i know we're talking about the house right now, but i'm very excited about a lot of the state house races because we've already flipped five state houses from red to blue, including michigan, new mexico, illinois, maine and kansas. we're a 50-state party again. there's another four or five still in play. nevada has not released votes because people are still voting. those state house seats are 12-year seats because of redistricting, and we invested a lot not only in the federal races but from the school board to the oval office. we helped flip the colorado state senate, the new york state senate, and those are really, really important things because you got to be able to govern. >> all right. tom perez, chairman of the dnc. sorry to cut it off there but we have to jump to a live right now. >> we have to go to texas. we are told that beto o'rourke
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is speaking after his loss tonight in texas senate race. >> -- or scared of. we are great people, ambitious, defined by our aspirations, the hard work that we are willing to commit in order to achieve them. every single one of us, republicans, democrats, independents, from the biggest of cities to the smallest of towns, the people of texas want to do and will do the great work of this country. i just now had the opportunity to talk to senator cruz and to
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congratulate him, to congratulate him on his victory and to wish him well going forward. what i said and what i pledged on behalf of all of us is that this time of division, when the country has been as polarized as i can remember it in my life, all of this bitterness that defines so much of the national conversation, today if there's anything that we can do to help him in his position of public trust, to ensure that texas helps to lead this country in a way that brings us back together around the big things that we want to achieve, whether that's making sure we face any threats arrayed against this country, whether that means we are there for every single one of us who needs a helping hand so that we can live to our full potential, the ability to see a doctor and go to the hospital, receive the medication that you need to be alive, i want to work with him. i will work with anyone to make
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sure that we can lead on that. you amazing -- you amazing public school educators who work so hard and do so much -- >> beto o'rourke brought a lot of energy to this race and brought a lot of new voters but could not turn texas blue, going down in defeat tonight to ted cruz, the republican incumbent. >> we are happy to be joined by eugene robinson, "washington post" columnist and friend of nbc, contributor to nbc. what are your thoughts on what we've seen tonight? >> you know, i think that tomorrow, the next day, democrats are going to look at these results and say, this was a great night for them. i think republicans are going to have to ask themselves some questions about what happened. i mean, you know, when you get 35 seats maybe, they might end up with, could be north of 35 seats, you might not call that a wave but that's flipping the house. that's taking control of the house of representatives.
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so democrats for the first time in this presidency actually have some power. they actually can do things. they actually can hold this administration accountable. they can start to work toward an agenda, the agenda that they promised on health care, on infrastructure, on things like that. >> will they find a president more willing to deal with them? >> or not. but they can put the onus on him to decide whether he wants to fix health care or not, whether he wants to do something on infrastructure or not, and he will have to decide whether it is in his interests to work with the democrats and actually get things done or to say no, and i think there will be a cost for saying no. >> they can take -- they have the chance to take some initiative here. >> let me just pause you right there because we do have a call to make. iowa's governor's race, and this went down to the wire, but kim
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reynolds, the republicans, holds on, the incumbent. this was very tight down the stretch. fred hubbell was showing some momentum. >> a little bit of an upset, a minor upset. democrats were feeling confident. >> thought hubbell would be able to pull it off. there's the map. kim reynolds hangs on in the iowa governor's seat. continue on, eugene robinson. >> the other thing that i've been looking at, and we don't have all of the result from the state legislatures yet, but that's another place where democrats were just not on the map and that's taken some governorships, they've taken, as tom perez said, some state legislatures. they will be in a position to have something to say about redistricting after the next census. >> eugene, it is not what is missing tonight, there's not a big signature statewide win. florida bragging rights go to the republicans. missouri sen at, iowa governor
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was one of the ones they thought, ohio governor. what is interesting is the progressive nominees are struggling, abrams, gillum, coming up short. so did the more centrist, moderate nominees come up short. it hasn't mattered whether they have a progressive appealing to them or a centrist. what do you make of this? >> you know, we're a divided country. donald trump went out there and energized and excited his base and got them to come out and vote, and there are enough of them that they, in the case of florida and in the case of texas, which, you know, in a normal sense you would have certainly expected texas to go red, beto o'rourke came close but he could not overcome the rural counties and the trump supporters. look, face it, trump energized his base and got them to the
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polls. he was -- look, the republican enthusiasm was not going to be on the floor, you know, where it was six months ago. it wasn't going to stay there, it was going to rise. >> was it kavanaugh though that put -- that churned up the heat to a new level? >> you know, in some states, in some districts that probably had an impact. in others, it probably didn't. it played both ways i think. i think if democrats want -- really have to be disappointed about something, they can be disappointed about florida. i thought in those two, you know, big ticket races in florida, i thought gillum had a real shot and i thought gillum, if he won, would pull nelson across the finish line. that didn't happen. they both fell just short. you can't be that disappointed if you are a democrat about not winning a statewide election in texas at this point. if you came that close, you should feel pretty good about that. >> chuck is looking at the boards. what have you got? >> look, we're looking at where
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we are in this march. how many seats is it going to be? what is interesting here is that this went exactly how we did. these were the districts that had a higher percentage of college educated voters in it than the national average. as you can see, it is a big chunk of the pickups. there were 24 hard pickups so far. 20 of the 24 are coming from these districts here that were higher than the national average of college-educated whites, and you can see what is coming next. we haven't even started the california races. as you can see, we have early returns coming in. that's only 4% returns there, the 45th. amy walters, only 1% in. dana rohrabacher, look at this, 1% in, a lot of vote, but a 50/50 race. a lot of people are following that. look, as far as the house was concerned, guys, it went exactly how we thought it would go. they would win these suburban districts, and they've won
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exactly the ones they thought they would be able to model and win. what is interesting is that it hasn't translated into something bigger and it didn't translate into any major statewide wins. look at the state of iowa. three of the four districts are held by democrats but the governor's race went republican. there's still clearly this -- whatever you want to call it, an ex-urban issue for democrats, and it is the reason they've come up short in some of the statewide races. >> and people thinking about the presidential, really wanted to see those governorships in battleground states, democrats were hoping to have a helping hand there. we will be back in a moment. we will be joined once again by tom brokaw. here is a reminder that this is not tom's first rodeo. look at his coverage of the midterm back in 1994. good evening. if you are a political junky you want to remember this night. if you are a democrat, you may want to crawl into a hole and pull it in after you. there is a sweep, a blowout on -these people, they speak a language we cannot understand. ♪ [ telephone ringing ]
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♪ and the victory tonight is more than a victory of a candidate for the united states senate. i believe it is a call for greater dignity and respect.
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i believe it is affirmation that regardless of one's gender or ethnicity or sexual orientation or race or place of birth that we are all equal, not only in the eyes of god but also in the respect and dignity we are due from government and from our fellow americans. >> former presidential candidate mitt rom notiney, now senator r. the project edwiner in utah. >> i don't think anyone has done governor of one state and senator from another, to pull it off. i believe it is an historic first. >> and a presidential candidate. >> what will be interesting about the president -- now senator romney, is that he is a man with an enormously important background both in business and politics. he also, what we just heard from him, really reflects who he is. i mean it is his faith and it is
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his idea about politics. we'll see how he fits in to the donald trump now cast of characters who will be in the senate, whether he can have any impact at all or whether or not he will be welcome. i don't think he's going there just to keep the seat warm, frankly. >> you think there's any chance he will run for president again? >> james cargill had the line, running for president is like having -- you don't just do it once. >> it was past midnight so i knew that line was coming out. >> i'm so grateful it is after midnight. >> i know. >> on the east coast. >> let's be realistic. mitt romney doesn't fit in the donald trump republican party. he just doesn't. >> yeah. >> jeff flake, i think the small government conservatives really misread the trump base. they're not small government people. they're culture warriors. this is different. mitt romney was never a comfortable cultural warrior. it will be very interesting.
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he is an odd fit in donald trump's party. >> he is a fiscal conservative, a real old-fashioned republican so he doesn't fit at all. another example is that joe biden called him to congratulate him on his victory tonight, which is an old fashioned courtesy you don't see very much in the current senate. >> i think the other thing, i think you raised the important point, that he is a culture warrior. he's going to fit in, in an odd way into a senate surrounded by trump people, who got there because of donald trump. i mean 99% they're responsible for it, and then the question is what does donald trump have in mind for the next couple of years? how often will we see him out there? he made the courtesy call tonight, but i don't think that's what he will be about. this has worked so well for him, to get on his airplane and go from one rally to another rally after another rally, pick out something like a group trying to come to america who are still, what, 800 miles away and
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activating the united states army with concertina wire because it played. it went to people's sense of fear. >> now he has nancy pelosi to run against as well in a democrat house. >> and it is not one of the lessons of the night here, don't separate yourself, if you're a republican don't separate yourself from president trump? >> it is interesting because some of the incumbents that went down, especially in the house districts, they tried to. it is darned if you do, darned if you don't. >> i decided to try that, to be a little less colorful and less blue here after midnight, because you need donald trump to get that base ginned up. it does turn off some suburban voters and you have to figure out -- you have to pick your poison. the house candidates had no choice, their whole district was suburban so they had to find a way to distance. the statewide candidates don't run away from trump for now because it is a mistake. >> we are still watching results. a lot of the races still not settled. we will be back with the latest after this.
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♪ we just talked about mitt romney winning the senate seat in utah. there is a house race that is still going on, the district 4, mia love, republican woman incumbent, but in a battle right now. we will see what happens there. it may well be a democratic pickup in utah. and how about that georgia governor's race? still no result there. nbc's rahimi ellis covering that and reporting from atlanta. take it away. >> reporter: there's still a party in this house. a few moments ago, a person with
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the abrams campaign came out and on the stage behind me said to people, it is not 100% of the vote counted yet and they believe that the votes that are still left to be counted will fall in the democratic column. that means that there's still hope for stacey abrams. this crowd erupted with a cheer when they heard that. they are still standing shoulder-to-shoulder in this room, very much hopeful, very much optimistic that they might be able to pull this thing out and bring it to a run-off. so they're standing tall. they were told, don't leave, don't go away, continue to stay in the room and be hopeful for stacey abrams. >> we're looking how close the numbers are. thanks very much. why is the count taking so long? >> so, look, we're thinking there's still a statistical chance he can drop below 50, which is why we haven't called it. it is very tight. we don't know how many provisionals there are. until we know that, we will feel
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better about where to go. >> lester, in a larger sense this election has been very important because of the people it has brought into the process. >> it absolutely has been a high turnout election. we want to pause and let o i'm raj mathai with jessica aguirre inside of our nbc bay area studios. the polls are closed and we get the latest numbers, not just the people involved but the propositions. >> we have projected winners, including the race for governor. gavin newsom has been called as the projected winner in the race over john cox. >> in the senate race, nbc is projecting that 85-year-old dianne feinstein will keep her seat, despite the challenge from devin delleone. >> jean elle joins us now. jean, she just spoke. >> reporter: she did, and that's so much excitement in this room. she's down there surrounded by
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supporters and well winners, and press eager to talk to her about what she plans to do when she heads back to washington. she said this is a hard time to be in politics because the country is so divided. she is eager to return to the senate, with more than 20 years of experience. let's listen in to what she had to say. >> i just want you to know that this is the greatest honor in my life, to represent my city, and my state in the senate of the united states. >> reporter: senator feinstein said you have to be active to get things done, and she says she has the ability to do that, because she's the ranking member of several committees and is ready to head back to washington for her fifth term as a united states senator for the state of california. reporting live in san francisco, jean elle, nbc bay area news. >> thank you. subdued celebration in san francisco. this morning, gavin newsom cast his ballot.
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tonight, he's about to celebrate in l.a. let's take you down south. this is a live look at election headquarters. gavin newsom is expected to speak in about 30 minutes. >> a more somber feeling in san diego where john cox is tonight. that's where mark matthews joins us live. will he be speaking at 10:00 this evening? >> reporter: that was the plan. he was going to speak at 10:00. but let me show you the room as we pan around. this room was about twice this capacity just ten minutes ago. when the announcement came that john would speak at 10:00, the room started to empty out so quickly that just five minutes ago, they made another announcement saying that he will be on the podium at 9:30. so about three minutes from now, we expect him to be on the podium. they will not say yet that he plans to concede. but we believe that's certainly going to happen. the most excitement we have seen
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in the room all night is when the race for the house resulted in nancy pelosi taking the podium and speaking about the future. people were yelling at the television set. it was a lot of boos, a lot of yelling, a lot of excitement, and we'll send it back to you. >> that is an interesting development. thank you, mark. let's give you some of the other california results. lieutenant governor taking the seat from gavin newsom. leading with 58% of the vote over ed hernandez. >> this is a big one, superintendent of public instruction, tony thurman against marshal tuck, who is a supporter of charter schools. nearly 20% of the precincts reporting. marshal tuck with a slight lead at 52%. california results will be scrolling on the bottom of your screen. >> 30 minute >> our next update.
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for now, back to lester holt in new york. let's take a quick look where we are tonight. democrats have succeeded in let's look at the boards and see some of the latest numbers. we are looking at the arizona senate race, still too close to call there. it is for the seat that jeff flake held, retiring from the senate. montana senate, still too early to call there. you see that jon tester, the
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incumbent democrat, leads with 46% of the vote in. too early to call. nevada senate, too early to call. dean heller, the incumbent, facing off against democrat jacky rosen. the wisconsin governor's race, we have been watching this for quite sometime. tony evers leads governor scott walker. the difference is just under 12,000 there. look at the new hampshire governor's race. chris sununu is the project edwiner against the democrat, molly kelly. the house estimate as we look at the numbers come in, is that puts the democrats at 230, the republicans at 205. again, the democrats will control the house of representatives. here is the illinois district 4, the democrat, this is a democratic gain. underwood defeats hultgreen in district 4. it was one of those -- >> exactly. >> you mentioned that we were watching that carefully tonight
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to see which way things were going. georgia 7, carolyn bordeaux picks up a democratic seat against rob woodall. in the iowa district 3, cindy axne, another pickup for democrats. >> another suburban seat in the des moines area. >> let's go to hallie jackson where we are hearing more apparently from the president. >> reporter: we are via his press secretary, lester, in which the president we know has been working the phones. so far white house officials have been cagey about who he has been talking to, but now we have a clearer picture. we are told the president has spoken not just with nancy pelosi who we mentioned last time we talked, but also basically the rest of the leadership currently in the senate and house. mitch mcconnell, in the words of sanders, to congratulate him on a big senate win. paul ryan, chuck schumer, the president has made a slew of
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calls to congratulate, ryan kemp, ron desantis, others who have done well. he is working the phones calling these folks to congrat them. he has been receiving a lot of calls. he and the vice president are expected to continue doing this tonight and tomorrow morning as the president is feeling pretty good about where he is sitting right now. again, of course, the dems have flipped the house. it was much of the expectation heading into the night, but the losses aren't as heavy as they could have been. as some inside the white house had maybe been bracing for, this is about what their ex peculiar tipeculiar -- expectations were. they're not thrilled with what they're seeing in texas, some of the districts that went blue, but overall it is in line with expectations. the president is feeling good tonight. >> hallie jackson, thanks very much. chuck todd has taken a bit of a field trip across the room. >> how you doing? of course i have. i'm in here in our boiler room. donte che donte cheney is the guy who is demographics.
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you are looking at this. you are the one that gave us these grouping goes we have here, the college-educated districts, all of that. explain the night from your perspective. >> it is what we thought we would see. we thought eventually we would see these suburban educated districts shift democratic, they have. i was looking early today, 2010 the republicans had the huge wave. the majority of their pickups -- not majority but plurality of their pickups were places with below average for college education. the democrats are going to pick up tonight, places it looks like above average in college education. we are seeing something tonight, but it is really the larger story of the remaking of electorate, the realignment. we are seeing something big happening. >> this is a resorting of the sort of congressional districts catching up where america had already resorted? >> basically, yes. it has been moving this way for a while. now with every election this thing is getting bigger and bigger and wider and wider. it is fascinating to watch, and it doesn't look like it is -- eventually it will stop, but we're not there yet.
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more sorting to do. >> we will find out voters are from mars and the other voters from venus, that's the problem. we have different planets we are on. peter hart, you have done a few elections, maybe a few before i started doing this. put this in perspective. >> okay. let's start. instead of just talking about red and blue, how about red, white and blue. what we're talking about is the turnout, and that tells you a lot about democracy. it was a good day for democracy. second thing that you've got to say about this election is where it is totally polarized as a country, that's what we've been measuring on our surveys all year long. but for democrats, they won the big prize. they won back the house of representatives. also, they made their first stab back to the rust belt. so they picked up in pennsylvania, they did well in illinois, they did well in michigan, and possibly
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wisconsin. so the expectations were high, but the democrats did pretty well. >> all right. peter hart, donte cheeney and phil lane. our team makes us smart. >> yes, the story still being written. let's look at where we are tonight. democrats succeeded in winning back control of the house. by how big a margin remain it to be seen, but still a big victory for democrats. they were unable to pry loose the senate, republicans retain control there, including a win by ted cruz in texas, and a loss in missouri by claire mccaskill. two big races that caught atent attention, in florida, desantis over gillum. for those in the eastern and
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central time zones, we will wrap things up though we will continue and come back with major developments. stay tuned because a special live edition of "late night with seth myers" begins right now. ♪ ♪ and we welcome the rest of you back as we continue our coverage of the 2018 midterm elections. i want to take the pulse on what is happening in california. they're being brought here from 1,000 locations throughout orange county here in southern california. if we take a step inside here, what is known as the cage, it is a secure area where the ballots are ultimately counted. when it comes to -- here is neil kelly, the registrar of orange county.
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neil, critical, critical job you have tonight. you have got four different tossup congressional districts. you are counting these battle. how many seats the democrats gain in the house will be decided in this room tonight. how does it feel? >> it feels great. think we plan for this for the entire year so we're ready for it. >> reporter: it is unbelievable, lester -- neil, thank you very much. what is happening here is they will come out of the boxes and be put into a tube if i can show you real quick. they go into this pneumatic tube over here, little containers like this. the chips from the voting machines go into this box right here, get shot up into here and all be counted manually. it is an extraordinary process. again, four different toss-up districts will be decided in this facility, and it all will be done by hand over the course of the next couple of hours. as chuck was saying earlier, ultimately it is a 30-day count period here in california, so it may not happen tonight or tomorrow night.
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it may take quite some time. lester. >> thank you. i want to bring in republican strategist and political analyst mike murphy. good evening. thanks for joining us. >> thank you. >> based on the headlines as they've been written so far, who has had a better night, republicans or democrats? >> i think democrats have simply because the biggest power shift is taking the house from one party to another in an election that was a referendum on the president. you have to look at it on two levels, on kind of the spin, bragging rights, morale level. the democrats underperformed. they did not get a big marquee win. if you x-ray it and look at the politics of it, losing control of the house, not only the subpoenas that may fly, but losing control of the house side of the appropriations and budgeting process is a really, really big thing in the power of d.c.. the other thing is the midwest is not looking so good for republicans, particularly michigan and pennsylvania, and those were two of the three states that in an upset manner put donald trump in the white house. so i think the president is
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going to wake up tomorrow in a significantly weaker political position than he was, but he will have the spin and bragging rights to make it look a little better than it is and cause, i think, a bit of a moreal problem among the democrats where there will be a lot of grouching. >> republicans could retain control of the senate with a bit of a pickup. what does it spell going to not only 2020 but 2022? >> well, that's a great question. i think we will see more polarization. on the senate side, it was home game for the republicans but they did really well, and leader mcconnell deserves a lot of credit. they kind of straightened up the accounting. you know, democrats in red states where they had, you know, to really be good to survive, well, a lot of them didn't. on the other hand, the suburban probably can pop up in a lot of places where we have a big map to defend, we republicans, in
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2020. i think it will be interesting and murky. inside the party the president's grip will remain strong, stronger than it would have been had we lost a lot of marquee statewide races. but the map -- you know, but the statewide senate races, sometimes you have year-to-year opportunities where you are playing on the home court, other times you have away games, and' '20 is more of an away year. >> jeff flake hinted he may be willing to challenge the president in a primary. did anything that happened today make him look vulnerable? >> i do think he's weaker, but not as weak as he would have been with a complete disaster. i think there probably will be a primary, but as everybody from ted kennedy to ronald reagan in '76 learned, it is very, very hard to primary the sitting president of your own party. that said, presidents who have a big, tough primary and prevail
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often don't do so well in the next general election. i think if you really x-ray the results, the president did not have a particularly good night, but in the spin battles he's got something to work with. >> hey, mike. bredesen and beto o'rourke, one lost by three points running in red texas, although i think we're learning texas may not be as red. phil bredesen lost by a bigger margin in tennessee. phil bredesen ran as a centrist, you know, don't call me a democrat democrat. beto o'rourke ran as a proud democrat. what is the lesson democrats are going to take away from what they watched, how they saw bredesen come up short and how they saw beto o'rourke come up short? >> that's a great question. i think when in doubt, your messaging position, your ideology counts a lot, but nothing is bigger than the tribalness of the state.
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it is hard for a democrat to win state wide in a red state and vice versa. i have tried with statewide republicans here in blue california. it is in the swing states where i think there will be an argument in the democratic party, and a lot of people -- i think some people will make the argument one of the problems that gillum had in florida what ideology. a far-right trump candidate who would have normal trouble in a general election can still do pretty well against a left bernie candidate. but, you know, there's a church in the democrat party that's all about mobilization that we're going to see. >> i don't mean to contradict you, in the same state centrist bill nelson and less conservative rick scott also ended up in less than a one point race, so you just chalk it up to florida? >> you can make that argument, but i think the governor's race is normally the marquee race. this was an interesting one because they both came from ideological wings of the party. i think if gwen graham had won
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the primary, she would have done better. but if napoleon had nuclear subs, we would all be speaking french. we just can't know. winning a swing state with base politics, you will see suburban districts go south because of donald trump and i guess we get to relitigate in the next election. >> mike murphy, thanks very much. good to have you on tonight. >> thank you. and the rest of the group? >> you know, we've been talking about the change in the house, with the investigative clout, the subpoenas. this is the biggest headline, and there's also a policy issue here. i'm wondering, you know, are the democrats going to try to make moves against the immigration policies, the very unpopular in the democratic constituency policy. >> yes. >> what can they do though? >> what can they do? is it using the appropriation mechanism? there will be grid lock on the budget. there's no such thing as a budget summit or a budget deal. the house and senate will never work together on anything like that.
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>> it is very difficult to see that in this kind of a climate. obviously there was a little bit of that under the obama presidency when you had some split control and you saw mitch mcconnell and joe biden cutting deals, but i think there will be a lot of pressure on nancy pelosi to -- from the left because, you know, starting tomorrow there are six democrats in the senate running for president, right? and they're going to be driving a lot of the messaging for democrats and they will be saying, don't you dare make any deal, do not pay for the president's border wall. >> but less of her house caucus. >> but don't forget where they're winning tonight. they're winning in the heartland of america, in suburbs, with who h had -- oftentimes with moderate messages. you can hear pelosi talking like this in her initial interviews. they're going to want to try to do an infrastructure deal with president trump. they're going to want to seen as
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all right. kasie, we have two sitting members of congress who are under indictment seeking reelection. the question was -- >> we markable. >> -- how does that work. can you win reelection? well, duncan hunter has won reelection. we called that race. he was indicted. it was closer than folks thought, 7,000 votes he won by but he won 54% to 46%. there's one. let's go to the other side of the country in western new york, chris collins, the republican up there, the first member of congress to endorse donald trump, he survived much narrower race there. >> barely. >> about 3,000 votes, but all of them are in. chris collins, boy, it pays to be indicted in very red districts. >> apparently it does. chuck, you know what it tells me? is that this world of alternative facts, as i think was debuted on your fine broadcast, "meet the press," has really sunk in with republicans, that the traditional rules of what makes a scandal and what you're not allowed to do in
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public life are completely out the window and that it doesn't just apply to donald trump. >> who would ever resign now? bob menendez won reelection tonight. he trial was it could be reindicted, he may not, but what member of congress would ever quit? anthony weiner never would have quit realizing you can get away with this stuff. >> you know, who knows? i don't know. maybe i would like to think there's a shred of decency left there. >> i want to go through some uncalled races. always with 22 votes minnesota won, this is one of the potential pickups for the democrats. at one point there were 22 votes difference here, but it's almost 100 vote difference. i'm going to plow thus these. let's go back to georgia's 6th.
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north carolina nine, still waiting here, as you can see, 2,000 votes. >> look how close these races are. a breeze just one way or the other would have affected any of this. that mcarthur district now in new jersey, one that i -- he was somebody who's taken a lot of heat. >> and this is your home state michigan 8. she's up about 2500 votes. >> the story there -- women. women candidates, women voters, very real. that is still -- you know, we've said it adnauseousium, but it's still true. >> the new democratic majority, a lot of them look like they'll be women. we're going to take another quick break. we will be back. lots of uncalled races in the big state of california. we have the alaska house race, which we know is a coin flip race as well. someday we'll start sees votes
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. ♪ welcome back, as we continue our coverage of the 2018 election. still too close to call there. a difference of a little over 11,000, 6 on% of the vote in. by the way, our folks estimate we won't get to 90% of the votes counted until friday, lester. okay? friday. so we've got days. >> chuck will be here every minute. >> every second. he gets to go home. i don't. let's look at the montana senate race. too early to call here. john tester leads, however, in
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the nevada i have senate rate. >> a quick update. there's a reason we have no voting. there's a rule in nevada. they will not release any votes until everybody is out of the line who have been voting and people have been waiting in line still, and until that's done -- >> that doesn't mean it's not being counted. >> no. they just don't release the count publicly. >> look at this race. we've been watching this all night long. wisconsin governor too close to call. scott walker, the incumbent, continues to trail tony evers. >> there might be 50,000 uncounted votes in milwaukee. if they do exist, evers will win and it's over. if there isn't, and that's the estimate -- look at this. that's the -- if those extra
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votes aren't there, it will be literally a vote by vote, knockdown, dragout. we'll be back in just a moment. this is the vote america's future on nbc. e will be back in. this is "the vote, americas good evening. there's a lot happening at this hour. we have crews across the state on this nice that will millions of people kasten ballots. >> down at the bottom, we have the local results so you can follow along. as we've been telling you, gavin newsom the projected winner. he will become the next governor of california. we're expecting him to take the stage in the next few minutes. you can see there that's his headquarters in los angeles. we want to check in with sam brock.
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>> i spoke with his campaign manager. he was wearing the same, as he what superstitious and not sure of the outcome tonight. we found out eight minutes after the poll closed that gavin newsom had become the governor-elect. this place is bumping and vibrating for people in the former los angeles stock exchange, and really helping people for affordable health care and all the other areas making up the platform of this campaign, waiting right know. we'll have more after the speech. >> thank you, sam. in san diego we just ahead from john cox. he delivered a concession speech to a room full of supporters and reached out for governor-elect newsom. >> well, i called the lieutenant
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govern governor, and i wished him well. i wished him well and i offer my assistance, because he's going to need a lot of help. this state needs a lot of help. in washington, d.c. both parties are claiming victories. the republicans did hold control of the senate, but the democrats regained control of the house. nance pelosi said she will run to become the majority whip. she also mapped out a direction for the new congress, and while she didn't mention president trump by name, she alluded to the tone of the white house. >> a democratic congress will work with solutions that bring us together, because we have all had enough of division. now, it appears that voters are sending senator feinstein back to washington. right now she is ahead with the votes. she went and spoke to her supporters a few minutes ago,
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saying it's a privilege to serve. >> i just want you to know that this is the greatest honor in my life, to represent my city and my state in the senate of the united states. well, not just the people and the candidates. a lot of fog duties, of course on the propositions statewide. prop 6, this is the repeal of the gas tax. right now no, so it means do not repeal the gas tax. it's about rent control, a yes vote means local communities can determine their own rent control. right now that is being defeated. 25% of the vote, and 65% of the people voted against it. a lot of money was spent to defeat this prop and right now it's overwhelming no on prop 8.
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live back to california, this is the lieutenant governor, the new governor's wife. she is taking the stage. of course we'll take you back there when the new governor -- i'm sorry. we're going to stay with this. let's listen in. >> get up here. without first telling him and telling all of you how proud i am of him, and how proud i am of the leader he has become. proud of the life that we have built together, and the children we have brought into this word, and proud of the campaign he has run, and all the incredible things i know he will do for this state.
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we saw this when he became mayor. more than a decade when the supreme court spoke on the issue. and in the wake of mass shootings, gavin took on the nra, and he won. and he and all that binds us together. so obviously i am very proud to call him my partner in life.
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but i also believe in you. thank you for believes in gavin and standing by his side. thank you for being a part of our extended families. we are in this together, and together we will rise. we will help california achieve all that is possible in life. no matter the color of your skin, no matter your gender, no matter who you love or who you pray to, and no matter the circumstances of your birth or your life, you are all welcome
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in our california family. on so without further ado, please welcome the father to our four incredible children, and the next governor of the state of california, gavin newsom. ♪ ♪ we're living to his wife of ten years. jennifer, who is fluent in spanish was saying that all californians are welcome here. let's listen to the next governor of california.
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>> i'm glad you're all still awake and honored you took the time to be here. the votes are still being counted. clearly your voices are still being ahead, but a few minutes ago i received a very generous call from john cox. thank you. we greated each other on a hard fought race. now i want to congratulate each and every one of you. you stood for courage. courage for a change, and now i can stand before you knowing i will have the incredible privilege of serving as your next governor. this victory is really your victo victory. gavin newsom, the governor-elect. we have some technical problems.
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we'll go back to southern california as soon as we're able to, but gavin newsom, what a special night for him, taking control, ownership of this state. he said he had a great phone call from jaxx cox, a candidate there. let's go back to mr. newsom. >> now it's time going forward and together. now is the time for decency, for facts, for trust, and now it's the time for truth. now it's time for leaders to lead. to those agents of anger, determined to divide us instead of unite us, it's time toe pack it up and for you to pack it in. >> this in every way, shape or form is california's moment. to those who wonder whether polarization is permanent, who thinking today's big dreams are tomorrow's broken promising, who question whether or not a 40 million melting pot of different
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faiths, families, futures can lift, prosper together, california is your answer. the sun is rising in the west, and the arc of history is bending in our direction. this is not just a state of resistance. california is a state of results. california is america's coming attraction, a rocket fuel engine of innovation, the nation's greatest job creator and the fifth largest economy in the world. but the true genius of california isn't the value we work for. it's the values we fight for. this is a state where, you know, we don't criminalize diversity, we celebrate diversity. we don't reject, we protect the most vulnerable. we don't put profit and loss ahead of clean air. we don't put profit and loss
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ahead of clean water and clean coastlines. we don't regulate a woman's body more than assault weapons on our streets. we don't demean, we don't discriminate and we don't demoralize. we don't separate families and we don't lock kids in cages. at our best we always step in and fight for what's right. there's a reason why california is -- it's california's dream has always been and always will be
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. too many workers are ever feeling the squeeze of wage stagnation. too many children are growing up in poverty and starting cool from behind. in many ways, and many places, we are simultaneously the richest and the poorest state. but after traveling california from region to region and a bus fueled by perpetual optimism i'm more convinced than ever there's no problem in california that isn't somehow somewhere being solved by a californian. that's what californians do. we're the most diverse state in
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the world's most diverse democracy. californians by birth, californians by choice, every generation overcoming every conceivable border and bias, all part of a journey to ascend -- over our own journey, i have seen it in the hopeful faces of many. i've heard it in their stories. i've seen it in the doughnut storeowner with garden grove beaming with pride, because their daughter was the first in their family to attend college. i've seen it in the home care worker in lancaster, who dead indicates her life to helping other human beings live their final days in dignity. i've seen it in greg, a homeless veteran just a few weeks back, aft
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after. that's what this campaign is all about. it's about advancing all californians on their journey, by making it a place of quality, by making it a place of opportunity, safety and affordable for everyone. we can make their dream real, but only if we have the courage of our convictions. the courage to dream bigger, and demand more. the courage to be a state of results and a state of refuge. i've listened and i've learned from californians of every walk of life, because i know that starting tomorrow the hard work truly begins.
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but tonight i'm just overwhelmed with gratitude and i'm humbled to accept this awesome responsibility. i know what we can accomplish working together, transforming the politically impossible into the practically inevitable. there are so many stars, so many californian stars in this room tonight, too many to name, too many to enumerate, but i want to take a moment of personal privilege and mention just a few who have shined bright when i needed them the most, starting with my wife jen, a real-life wonder woman. jen, who fights every day for a world when children can leave free, while being the incredible mother of our four remarkable children. so, my friends and family have been there for me, many dating back to the not so distant days,
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and as a struggling kid with an undiagnosed reading disorder and especially bad haircut. i still have dyslexia and lord knows the jury is still out on the hair, but i grew up with the audacity to thing i can make a difference and the humility to know i couldn't do it alone. as always, politics is a team sport. i want to thank my campaign team, the best in the business. thank you, as well as the comparable army, all those texters the lifeblood of this campaign. you know who you are. thank you for your great work. also, because i've seen so many of them, i want to thank and salute the state legislators who
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are here and every public servant elected. we're going to serve in different branches of government, but we share the same california name on the front of our jerseys. there's a famous quote, all of you know this, we should not go where the path may lead, but instead go where there's no path and lead a trail. for literally my entire life, governor jerry brown has been blazing his trail as a pioneer of progress for this state. he's been a role model for me. tonight we all owe him a profound debt of gratitude. thank you, governor jerry brown. remarkable leadership. robert kennedy i thought always said it beth. he said few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events and the total of those acts will be written in the history of this generation.
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as californians, we've been granted the extraordinary opportunity to write history's next chapter and the extraordinary obligation to help every californian writer that i own california story, even from the darkest of circumstances. just last week in merced, i med an extraordinary young man by the name of joshua, who's writing his own story. he said to me, i can't vote for you. i was born in mexico. i came here with my mom after my father passed away. i watched her work three jobs as a cook to support me. i worked as a community service officer as merced police department to pay his own way through college. he said he's about to graduate with a degree. joshua's also a dreamer who spent every waking day over the
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past year worrying if his dream was coming to an end, but he said, gavin, i can't vote for you, but i want you to know i'm okay. i'm okay, because i'm a californian. that's what californiaia means to joshua. that's what california means to the world. now it's our turn to spend our waking days to protect that dream for every californian. thank you, california. thank you all very much for being here tonight. god bless you, and the best is yet to come. thank you all very, very much. you're listening to governor-elect newsom, which primarily was a -- mr. newsom saying he wants to bring back civility, trust, truth and that he will lead, and it is time for the agents of anger to pack it
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up and pack it out of california. he said he's going to celebrate diversity in california, and that california is a state too powerful to be bullied by anyone. >> a nice moment on stage with his wife and four kids. remarkable, whether you're a democrat or republican, to see gavin newsom not only grow up here in the bay area, but politically grow up from marin county, california university, and as mayor, lt. governor and now the top of the scale so far as governor of california. he was speaking it seemed like to two different factions. >> in his arm is his son, his children montana, hunter, brooklyn, ben with jennifer, a document tearian in her own right, who has made a lot of change. to thank her with the documentary she made. now they are going to be the first family of california.
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>> indeed the first family of california. he did receive a phone call from john cox. what we're going to do is tend it back to our national coverage at northbound news. we'll see you in about 15 minutes. >> tell me they don't use butterfly ballots. >> he's landslide rick. less than a 1% victory in 2014 for governor twice and now if this holds and doesn't end up in a recount it could end up with less than a 1% victory for the united states senate. landslide rick. >> recount -- i don't know where we are in 2018. do they happen rather quickly there? >> do they do recounts quickly in florida? >> i said 2018. >> i know. ptsd is kicking in. >> i was there. >> they think you're still going to be there.
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>> i don't know what happens if it goes to the supreme court. >> i wouldn't be so -- i wouldn't be hanging on tonight for that that will be a tough thing. let's look at some uncalled races here. there's one democratic held governorship that was vulnerable all year long and republicans right now still leading connecticut, we still got a lot more to go. the vote is spread out, 35,000-vote difference. stefanowski, ned lamont, he knocked off joe lieberman back in the day in ademocratic primary only to lose to him in a general election there so that's an uncalled race and think till we wait till 100% comes in. wisconsin, i told you, the good news for evers here is that as you can see we're up to 96% reporting and essentially his 1500 to 2,000-vote margin hasn't
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budged so if there really is 50,000 uncounted votes in milwaukee, it's hard to see where scott walker finds the votes there -- we're talking such a slim margin, we won't go totally bonkers then georgia guerrero and the question, is there enough to drop brian kemp below 00%? we statistically believe there is. the abrams campaign quietly thinks there might be. i wouldn't be surprised if she at least decides to sleep on this tonight before doing any conceding because you never know that 1%, sometimes 1% represents 50,000 votes and sometimes it represents 5,000 votes so you can't be 100% sure there. let me go to a few quick house races here. we're sitting in california. this is one that i think we'll get close to calling. this is the darrell issa seat, this is when when democrats were counting before the votes were counted.
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that looks good for them, california, 48%. that's one if you're a russian phobe and dana rohrabacher but this has been 50/50 all night. mimi walters, california, 39, young kim is a potential star if she wins as far as the republican party is concerned on that. jeff denham is one i've been closing on immigration. and this has been -- you can see here less than a thousand votes separate him, 86% and one of the few we're not in southern california that were competitive in california. >> still a lot to watch here. chuck, we will take a break and continue our coverage on nbc news after this. - where's a woman's place?
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for 200,000 americans, it's in the active duty military. seth myers and we will be live tonight with a special election night up sowed with a closer look.
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a amber says what. watch and see if our accidental curses make it past the sensors. curses make it past the censors. tonight is a victory for the people of texas. tonight is a victory for all the men and women in this room and all of the men and women across this state that poured your hearts, your passion, your time, your energy to rising to defend texas. >> that was ted cruz a bit ago celebrating victory over beto o'rourke. a hard-fought and expensive campaign there in texas. i spent a little time with beto o'rourke on the campaign trail when we were doing the broadcast in texas. i asked him, i said, if you lose by a little bit, is that somewhat of a victory because it is a lot of democratic votes in texas? that's the scenario that, of course, happened.
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was this a one-off or are we seeing a fundamental change in texas? >> this is the first time where democrats made a big deal out of texas and they almost pulled it off. i think you can't sit here and look at they got a couple of house seats out of it. you can start to see the contour it. i go back, texas 2018 reminds me of florida 1996 when bill clinton won it and at the time they thought bob dole was a weak candidate and he won it in '96. wow, is there anything to that? of course, four years later we get the infamous 2000 election and florida then starts to become its legendary self where every election is a one-point race. i think that, yes, i think when you -- i thought anything under five was proof that, okay, there's something afoot in texas. >> look, you know, everybody i think has looked at texas for a long time and said it is going to be california eventually. the question is when. the demographics of the state
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are going to make it a majority hispanic. >> i would argue florida before california. >> i take your point. >> you know what i'm saying? it will be a state that's purple at a minimum and maybe blue in the long run given the diversity there. the question is when. this is the first time we've seen in the context of the argument something that's happened that makes you think, okay, it is sooner rather than later, and that there's -- that it may be the next cycle, maybe' 20. is it a battleground state at the presidential level in if it is donald trump standing for the nomination as republican nominee, is texas a battleground state where democrats will spend money? maybe. >> what is surprising is it was a federal race. had it been a governor, you never know because people personalize the governor pick and all of this, but it was a federal race. this is the basic red jersey, blue jersey and the democrats found more blue jerseys in texas in a federal race than since lloyd benson was on --
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>> hold that thought. we need to let some of the stations join, other it rejoin. we will take a quick break here. this is the vote on america's future on nbc news. ♪ area studios., we continue our local coverage on this pi good evening from our nbc bay area studios. jessica aguirre along with raj mathai. we continue our local coverage of this election night. >> you might have seen it. about 15 minutes ago we had live coverage of gavin newsom's acceptance speech. here are the latest numbers. 56% of the votes right now are going to mr. newsom. >> let's bring in sam brock who is at newsom election headquarters. we heard him speak very directly, taking on president trump. >> reporter: that's exactly right, jessica. gavin newsom did not speak for very long, maybe ten minutes, but he made the words count. he said it is the biggest state
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in the country, just made the biggest statement and that agents of anger will not divide us again. there is no other way but to see that through the prism through what is happening right now and this dynamic between the federal government and california. here is gavin newsom moments ago. >> now it is time for going far and going together. now is the time for decency, for facts, for trust, and now is the time for truth. now it is time for leaders to lead. and to shows agents of anger determined to divide us instead of unite us, it is time to pack it up and for you to pack it in. >> reporter: and our governor -- our governor ended up telling a story about an eight-year-old girl he met at a town who wanted to know how she could protect her classmates in the event of a school shooting. there were shades of kennedy in his speeches and shades of acknowledgement that this kind
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of thing shouldn't happen in 2018. we will see more about what his platform will be in the weeks ahead. back to you. >> thank you very much, sam. governor elect saying he had spoken with his republican challenger, john cox. cox called him a while ago, and cox also gave his concession speech about an hour ago. >> well, i called the lieutenant governor and i wished him well. i wished him well and i offered my assistance because he's going to need a lot of help. this state needs a lot of help. >> cox went on to tell the crowd that he is not going away, that he will continue to fight for change and that he will continue to try to improve the state. >> in the senate race, projected winner dianne feinstein will keep her seat over challenger and fellow democrat kevin de leon. this will be senator feinstein's fifth term. here are the latest numbers you see there with senator feinstein 54% of the vote. in his concession speech, de leon says he is proud to be a californian. >> and as a latino/asian kid
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with an irish first name -- and that's a little bit funny, kevin de leon -- who grew up in a one-room barrio basement, i'm not just a proponent as you all know of the california dream, but i am a direct product of it. >> senator feinstein had a subdued victory party in san francisco. she says it is still a privilege to serve. >> and the pride i take in seeing this institution grow, widen and change is just enormous. >> at 85 years old, senator feinstein is the oldest u.s. senator. all right. let's give you a quick look at one of the propositions. prop 6, that was the gas tax repeal, nbc news has projected will it will not be passing with 31 perts of the precincts in. voters said no, 53% of them to, yes, 47%. >> you should note, california
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results will be scrolling on the bottom of your screen throughout the evening and at we will take a short break. we will send it back to lester holt in new york. we will see you in 30 minutes with another local cut-in. it is 1:30 eastern time on wednesday. rick scott clearly out ahead of rosendale against jon tester. >> first times saying 60% he
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took the lead there. a long night. >> dean heller, the republican incumbent there, jacky rosen and finally seeing numbers, 4% in. >> nothing in clark county. >> connecticut governor, too close to call. there's the number there is. >> that number keeps creeping toward 100 and stefanowski still leading. >> scott walker, less than 2,000 votes separating him from tony evers. we can look at the nevada governor, too early to call. too early to call but adam laxalt with an early lead. alaska's governor race and dunleavy out in front. >> the red states and the president, let's see what happens, but, boy, if that -- if tester comes up short there and
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democrats were really confident and, look, montana is a quirky state and tester has pulled rabbits out of his hat twice but tester, braun, mccaskill, the red state democrats did have a hard time. immigration, it does work in those states. >> the president made it personal when he was in montana. he made it all about his doctor and the fact that jon tester went after his personal physician for that v.a. job and he just hammered him in all of those montana rallies. >> we're starting to look at demographics and geography as destiny. we're waiting and, huh, the red state senate races are acting like red states and the suburban swing districts are acting like blue congressional districts so see what happens. to go back here, it's only 5,000-vote difference. but one key county, rosendale won and sometimes an interesting sign in montana but let me go
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through a couple others here. i want to point out something here because we will have election overtime and that is want to go to the mississippi two senate races, the appointed senator is cindy hyde-smith and mike espy has advanced to a runoff. the wild card, chris mcdaniel, that firebrand in mississippi. almost knocked off -- almost pulled off a big upset a couple of cycles ago, not a big cindy hyde-smith fan. might not endorse espy but get espy there. he has a better shot in a runoff if the senate control isn't on the line. so it'll be -- this is going to be an interesting race. the runoff is november 27th. if you can't get enough politics tonight --
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>> he would be the first african-american governor -- >> u.s. senator. >> the espy family, a lot of close ties there. the uncalled house races we're still plowing through. on the east coast, we've been waiting on maine too, again we've been looking for, you know, murder she voted, you know, where is the vote but as you can see just 12% in maine so that will be a while. the michigan races uncalled and waiting for clearly missing vote in fred upton's district. still not called in michigan 8. democrat leading there. north carolina 9 is one. less than 2,000 again. there's just a whole bunch of vote that it looks like we won't see tonight. very quickly, one i've been fascinated in, the eighth district. republicans have held that for it seems a century. was this the year they could lose it. only 1% in so a long way to go. >> the governor's race in georgia got a lot of national attention.
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a-list surrogates campaigning there. we have not yet called the race and rehema ellis is at stacey abrams' headquarters and hearing from the folks there yet? >> what we're hearing is the state democratic party chairman and talking up his candidate, stacey abrams. we expect her to come out here any moment now to tell people to hang on. her folks had told us just a short while ago that she is not about to concede. she says there's some absentee ballots that have not been counted and other provisional ballots that have not been counted and think that will swing in her favor. whether it will be enough to bring in a runoff, that's what they're hoping for. don't go away. don't give up hope. stay with her. we're going to see her any moment. >> we'll go there if and when she begins to speak. steve patterson is covering the nevada senate race, another race not yet called.
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at the headquarters of democrat jacky rosen in las vegas. steve? >> reporter: yeah, you know, lester, i think we thought it was going to be a late night and it's bearing out to be true. this is quite a late night. worth repeating, i think, chuck said this a while back. nevada will simply not release the results of the election until everybody has voted which means once you're in line, if you make it in line before 7:00, you will get the opportunity to vote. it will maybe be the next day but you will be able to vote. the polls have closed. we're starting to see some of the returns come back now at this point. but you have to watch out for these key counties, clark county is normally democratic so important to see how well heller does in that county. washoe county, generally a republican county and important to see how well rosen does in that county and all the rural counties in between that usually skew republican, very important to see how independents poll in those counties so obviously this
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is a senate race that democrats have been watching for quite a while. that is because dean heller was the only gop incumbent running in a tate that went for hillary clinton in 2016. jacky rosen has spent a lot of time hitting heller on being basically a flip-flopper. remember, this is the guy that said he was 99% against trump at one point and now has been seen at several trump rallies saying that everything the president does turned to gold. will that strategy work? we'll find out tonight. back to you. >> steve in nevada, thanks. swing back to georgia now and concentrate on that georgia governor's race and stacey abrams speaking to her supporters. >> when you chose me as your democratic nominee, i made you a vow and our georgia, no one would be unseen. no one is unheard and no one is uninspired.
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but we know a vow takes effort. it takes commitment to hold truth. reaching out, reaching across is hard work but as i told you then, hard work is in our bones. and we have proven this every single day, georgia. with doors knocked, with calls made, with miles traveled, with prayers prayed to the highest heavens. and tonight we have closed the gap between yesterday and tomorrow. but we still have a few more miles to go. but hear me clearly that too is an opportunity to show the world who we are. because in georgia civil rights has always been an act of will and a battle for our soles. and because we have been
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fighting the fight since our beginnings, we have learned a fundamental truth, democracy only works when we work for it. when we fight for it. when we demand it. and apparently today when we stand in lines for hours to meet it at the ballot box, that's when democracy works. but i'm here tonight to tell you votes rehand to be counted. there are voices that are waiting to be heard. across our state folks are opening up the dreams of voters in absentee ballots and we believe our chance for a stronger georgia is just within reach. but we cannot seize it until all voices are heard. and i promise you tonight we are going to make sure that every vote is counted. every single vote. every vote is getting counted. because i'll tell you this in a
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civilized nation the machinery of democracy should work for everyone everywhere, not just in certain places and not just on a certain day. but what lies on the other side of our efforts, our best lives are within reach fully funded public education in the state of georgia. medicaid expansion. and raising family incomes without raising taxes. >> stacey abrams, the democratic candidate for governor in georgia, not conceding, not declaring victory but saying we want to see all the voting come in. you can see it's a close race, 51/49. too close to call and, again, just encouraging her supporters to stay in there and saying she will wait for the voting to be counted. she's an interesting candidate.
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i assume going forward no matter what happens we'll be studying how she chose to run that race. >> it's interesting about the race and john remind the me of this at "meet the press," early on, she has a path to 47%, 48%, the question is can she get over 50? they knew there was a path to 48. the question always had been is there a way to get to 50 with the type of campaign stacey abrams run, a more progressive campaign, get some voters to the polls that haven't voted in the past. i think she succeeded to a point but then she hit that sort of, you know, that ceiling there in georgia that's very difficult for democrats to totally break through. >> it reminds you of texas. georgia is another state that we talk about as one that's changing demographically. a lot of young people moving into the suburbs of atlanta, for example.
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changing the makeup of the state but it's another one where democrats keep hoping that they're really going to see a change but it's just not quite there yet. >> she ran a progressive campaign. i mean, how will that be viewed in hindsight? >> first of all i think there's going to be as this race is narrowed and we were doing the -- we don't know what the totals are -- >> unless it gets under 50%. >> unless he gets pulled down under 50% but it doesn't seem there's that much vote left out. some are going to ask unlike the north dakota rate, people are going to ask the question about whether kemp's efforts over the course of the last two years as secretary of state or last 24 hours -- it's two years and there are large numbers that get -- that people were disenfranchised. this is a race where there will be an active debate about whether he stole this election in recent hours but, again, more
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systemically over the course of two years through a variety of schemes. as secretary of state in a race where he was allowed to officiate and i think that will be something about which progressives are going to rally and a lot of discussions in an animated way in the days to come. >> one of the most effecting things she said in her closing argument when she was in high school she won an award as the valedictorian of her school. and she and her parents got all dressed up in their sunday best and took several buses to get up to the buckhead part of atlanta to get to the governor's mansion and they wouldn't let them in because they didn't -- all the other kids who were valedictorians because they were black they were not permitted in and were humiliated and still does not remember happened at the ceremony. finally they proved that they qualified and that should be allowed in but she doesn't remember the ceremony, she just remembers that her parents and the humiliation they suffered in
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being kept outside the gates of the governor's mansion and so what she was positing was, just think, i might be entering those gates as the elected governor. not yet. >> well, she's obviously going to wait until the votes are counted and we'll take a short break and continue our coverage after this. you're headed down the highway when the guy in front slams on his brakes out of nowhere. you do, too, but not in time. hey, no big deal. you've got a good record and liberty mutual won't hold a grudge by raising your rates over one mistake. you hear that, karen? liberty mutual doesn't hold grudges. how mature of them! for drivers with accident forgiveness, liberty mutual won't raise their rates because of their first accident. liberty mutual insurance. liberty. liberty. liberty. liberty. ♪
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studios... we have a new governor in calkifornia. gavin newsom beat republican businessman john cox. cox conceded by a phone call late this evening. as for our props... one of the big ones we )re tracking: the gas tax repeal. prop 6... voters have rejected we are keeping the gas taxes. we )ll see you at 11.
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here is the estimate and the number of seats, 230 for dems, we're still waiting to see our estimate is the game, the net gain right now is a hard count of 26. they needed 23. 26. we think it could get as high as about 35 or 36. we think it's going to end up somewhere in the 32 to 35 -- >> senate -- looking at the breakdown in the senate, there's the your hon the undecided senate races but
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republicans retain control with a few extra seats to go with it in the u.s. senate. we're going to take a look at the montana senate race, too close to call. we've been watching it for awhile. less than 2,000-vote difference. 67% of the vote is in. >> a libertarian candidate will make the difference in that race perhaps. >> guess who stayed up late. president trump tweeting and kristen welker at the white house for that. >> reporter: if you had any thought he was sleeping, lesser, you would be mistaken. he is clearly still watching the results, still spinning the results, frankly. he's quoting ben stein who is, of course, an economist and author. let me read you the president's tweets. there's only been five times in the last 105 years that an incumbent president has won seats in the senate in the off year election. mr. trump has magic about him. this guy has magic coming out of his ears. he is an astounding vote getter and campaigner. the republicans are unbelievy
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lucky to have him and i'm just awed at how well they've done. it's all the trump magic. trump is the magic man. incredible, he's got the entire media against him every day and pulls out these enormous wins" and, again, he's quoting ben stein. what me might hear from him. if not tomorrow the next day. look this, is what president trump is going to argue. there was no blue wave. there was a split decision. republicans picked up seats in the senate. yes, democrats won the house but, of course, he still retains the white house and, again, republicans control senate, so this is what divided government is now going to look like and when you think about the president's messaging particularly heading into 2020 he got a lot of attention for his messaging on the campaign trail because he really dug into his hard-line immigration stance. stoking fears over that caravan. we asked his top advisers today
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if he had any regrets about that, if he's going to change and they said, look, he has no regrets so will we see more of the same when he hits the campaign trail, one thing this split decision does give him, it gives him a foil out on the campaign trail. he'll have an entire chamber of congress. we saw former president obama deploy when running for re-election and quite successful and undoubtedly we'll see it from this president as well. important to point out that his top advisers here say, yes, he is ready to work with democrats if they can find some bipartisan agreement -- >> kristen welker, thanks. nobody spins a narrative better than -- >> what was ben stein's famous movie? "ferris bueller's day off." >> hard to talk -- the president is magic. if you're going to do it, you have to do it. >> i think we just got a hint there but to play it through how he will spin it.
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>> the president is going to be emboldenedda. he would have tried to spin this result in his direction no matter what because that's the way he does these things but he's looking at a situation where he can go out and say not only did the republicans maintain control of the senate but gained seats in a lot of the places he campaigned over this last ten days, he -- whether they would have won without it, we don't know but he can point to the places where he went. braun in indiana is a good example. he had a good win/loss record and on top of that although it is a huge deal that democrats took back control of the house, it is not -- again, we get caught up in the metaphors but it was not a stsunami. they'll end up in the low to mid-30s which is enough but it's not like what a lot of democrats certainly a month ago and then towards the very end here in the last 48 hours thought might happen so president trump is
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going to be i think on the rampage rhetorically over the next couple of days. >> look at this. look what they don't have from the voters, a mandate to impeach him. this isn't a narrow thing. it's a big number. the majority wanted to see a democratic congress and that same majority said they don't want to see the president impeached. a few other numbers i think is worth noting. obviously more people went to the polls saying they were casting a vote in congress to oppose the president. i think we see that in suburban america but it wasn't a blow-out on that front. that was 38% of the vote. a few other -- the mueller investigation, this is another one, guys, look at this. a plurality disapprove of it. % versus 41% that approve. he's been in the quiet period, mr. mueller has.
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obviously that quiet period may end tomorrow. we don't know what that means but, wow, do voters have maybe it's exhaustion, maybe it's fatigue but, boy, the combination of no impeachment, net negative on mueller probe, president must love this exit poll. >> that number looks to me as though his approval rating which is perhaps the number of people believe that it's a witch-hunt. that tells me that's breaking through but to go back to the -- that impeachment number, i guarantee you one person looking at that is nancy pelosi. she knows that's not where the country is. i heard this from voters i talked to on the campaign trail. they said especially through the midwest and heartland they wanted a check on the president. it doesn't necessarily mean that they want to throw -- >> she knew it right away. it's nancy pelosi right away against maxine waters on the other side. >> as much as she has been turned into a bogeyman nancy pelosi knows what she's doing.
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she is an effective legislator and she's nancy d'alessandro, we joked, her maiden name growing up -- >> 54% think the russia probe is politically motivated. again, not only not a mandate on this, frankly a managedate in the other direction. >> i mentioned a moment ago, the president is good at a narrative. almost every public appearance, no collusion, it's a witch-hunt. >> he branded that clearly up until things went quiet. we'll take a short break and continue our coverage here on nbc after this. ♪ for years, i thought i was lactose intolerant. turns out i was just sensitive to a protein commonly found in milk. now, with a2 milk®... ...i can finally enjoy cereal again. it's delicious like real milk. because, it is real milk! a2 milk® is... ...real milk from real cows that... ...produce only the a2 protein.
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credits on the politics of chaos and the politics of cruelty. now it's time for going far and going together. and to those agents of anger determined to divide us instead of unite us, it's time to pack it up and for you to pack it in. >> gavin newsom, governor-elect in california greeting the crowd a short while ago and accepting victory. he beats john cox, 57%/43. >> california without jerry brown. i mean, i'm sorry, you know, s he's going to run for something different. >> we got to sign off shortly. around the bend and get final
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thought. >> my two big questions going forward, what new will we learn about president trump because democrat also have subpoena power and whether if his voters will believe any of that new information and cause it to change their minds but also how are the record number of women going to change the house of representatives and the politics of our country? >> chuck? >> look, we're in the middle of a political realignment and, boy, geography was destiny. it seems as the red senate, the red state senate races sort of tipped to the red team and the suburban seats we thought tipped to the blue team. we're in the milddle of a realignment. >> the country is more divided as ever. right now on nbc bay area... not a wave...but a tak right now on nbc bay area news, not a wave, but a takeover. democrats change the balance of power if the house of representatives. >> tomorrow will be a new day in america.
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>> but the senate remains red, resulting in a congress divided. >> this was an election about hope and about the future. >> voter turnout expected to be at historic levels. long after the polls closed, we saw plenty of people waiting in long lines right here in the bay area. >> this is not just the state of resistance, california is the state of results. >> and a new path for california led by a familiar face. governor elect gavin newsom pledging to take bold action. good evening. thanks for being with us on this pivotal election night. i'm raj mathai. >> and i'm jessica aguirre. we have a lot of ground to cover. the results are still coming in at this hour. we want to start with the governor race, it's been called for gavin newsom. he and his challenger john cox have given their speeches. sam brock is live in los angeles. and sam, what a night for gavin newsom and his wife, jennifer.


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