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mansion for the first time in this millennium. voice of the people, in the final sprint before the midterms, our road warriors on the ground coast to coast this hour in west virginia, texas, colorado, mississippi, florida, and arizona, also wisconsin where we are talking barbershop politics. we'll head to the district with the biggest drop in turnout in the nation back in 2016. it helped hand president trump a win, so will this district show up to vote on tuesday? we'll take a look at that. but first, four days until the midterms, we start on the road. across the country today, the big guns are out. take a look at this map courtesy of our fantastic graphics team. big names in most corners of the country. president trump and president obama both with two scheduled stops that support key races. the vice president in kansas, two of the trump children, ivanka and don junior in iowa
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and nevada, respectively. also, two possible presidential candidates for the democrats, kamala harris in las vegas, elizabeth warren in wisconsin. today's stars follow the appearance of perhaps the biggest star of all on the campaign trail thursday, oprah herself. the final message of both parties, i'm sticking up for you. for democrats that means health care. for republicans that means standing behind the president's tough talk on immigration. both parties claiming momentum heading into this weekend stretch. naturally, the president's claim coming with an excuse, perhaps, if things turn out badly. >> now, we did have two maniacs stop a momentum that was incredible, and we don't care about momentum when it comes to a disgrace like just happened to our country, but it did nevertheless stop a certain momentum, and now the momentum is picking up. >> we start with our road
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warriors on this friday, ali vitali is in huntington, west virginia, garrett haake is in fort worth, texas, chris jansing in california, gadi schwartz in arizona. let's start with ali vitali. she's in west virginia. what's the president's goal there in west virginia and also in indiana where he is going to be tonight? >> reporter: craig, this is a state that the president won by more than 40 points in 2016, and so when you look at this senate race joe manchin has been leading in the polls. the voeers excited to see the president. some said the president's endorsement of patrick morrissey is what's eventually going to earn the republican their vote. joe manchin was governor before he was senator. people know who he is. some of the folks in this line voted with him. one of the voters we talked to is grappling with that choice in
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2018 after voting for trump in '16 and wanting to see his agenda go forward. >> i haven't made my mind up yet. i still have until tuesday to decide. >> what's the one issue that could win you over to either side? what do you need to hear more about? >> between those two? >> mm-hmm. >> well, right now it's going to be immigration. >> reporter: and immigration, obviously, is the president's closing salvo in this race. it's what many of his supporters want to hear more of from him. he's been ratcheting up the rhetoric on immigration. if man chin and morrissey can come out where the voters feel like they'll be tough on the border, the kavanaugh nomination was a galvanizing issue in this case. joe manchin has tried to tow the line saying he'll vote with the president when it's appropriate, and of course on kavanaugh he did end up voting for that confirmation. for some voters that's sticking in their minds if they have any doubt about patrick morrissey at
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this point. >> ali vitali getting us started in huntington, west virginia. let's go to fort worth, texas. garrett haake is standing by. he is following senator ted cruz. you spent the last few days with his democratic opponent, beto o'rourke. how is the energy at that ted cruz event? how does that energy compare to what you have seen on the road with beto o'rourke? >> reporter: craig, make no mistake, both sides in this campaign are very fired up. there's been so much talk about the beto phenomenon and his rallies and the energy that surrounds them. it's 10:00 in the morning in fort worth, texas. ted cruz is running a little bit behind, but there's still a couple of hundred people here, and they are fired out, too. the turnout numbers in texas in the early vote have already blown the doors off of anything we have seen in this state ever before, and that's going to continue with one more day of early voting. the dynamic is very different on this key point. for beto o'rourke this is about beto. it's about him as a big figure, a cultural figure, someone who
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gets people fired up on his own. for ted cruz, the supporters here are about his work with the president. they are about his work with the republican party. it's a structural thing. it's a texas republican thing more than it is about cruz uniquely himself. and that's the dynamic here down the line, whether or not that that relationship with the president and that ability to get things done within the republican party appeals to enough people in this very conservative to a long time red state, or whether beto o'rourke essentially on his own in texas can flip that. that's what we'll be watching over the next couple of days. that energy level, especially today on the last day of early voting, we expect to be extremely high for both candidates. >> the president's talk on immigration over the last few days, is it resonating with republican voters there in the lone star state? have they be sufficiently riled up? >> reporter: i think that's probably the case, craig. it's interesting, yesterday we were on the border. the closer you get to the border
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the more people dismiss the president's rhetoric. the reality of the border acts as a pretty good antidote to the way the president describes it. the fox news viewership portion of the state, i do hear the president's language reflected back in what people are saying to me about the border issue, the caravan issue. it is certainly in the minds of republican voters. again, you get that tradeoff between the traditional republican voters who hear that and thing, yes, i've got to come out and the more moderate republican voters in some of the suburbs will hear that and say this is not my party anymore. >> we've been to west virginia, we've been to texas. now let's go west, road warrior chris jansing in dana point, california. she's in orange county. you're in the republican stronghold of suburban california, suburban women voters may help determine this election. what are they telling you? >> reporter: they don't recognize their party anymore. i mean, orange county as you
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know, craig, isn't just red. it's iconically republican. nixon loved it here. ronald reagan loved it here. these women tell me they still consider themselves fiscal conservatives. they considered themselves values voters but that does not include separating families at the border. it doesn't include climate denial. it doesn't include visit ree olic rhetoric. a successful manager who voted republican for congress two years ago this time she's going democratic. we went to her backyard to talk to her about why the change. take a listen. >> you know, my kids go to a christian school, but at the same time, the things he's talking about, the race-baiting, the hateful rhetoric, divisiveness among people of different color, creed, and religion. those are not family values. as a christian, i look at that and say that's a bridge too far for me. >> reporter: from not being
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political at all, she started a group called way that has 750 members. she said they didn't even know what gotv meant. they've been going door to door making sure people are going to get out, making sure they have their ballots and they know what's at stake here. she says her husband is still republican. we heard that from a lot of suburban women. they find the men are still sticking with donald trump. she says her husband thinks he's living with an alien. he doesn't recognize her anymore, she's become so political. will there be enough of these women in orange county because all four congressional districts still have a republican voter registration advantage. will there be enough of them, and will they be convincing enough to their neighbors and to their co-workers to turn these districts around, craig. >> chris jansing there, with the prettiest backdrop so far here on a friday morning. chris, thank you. meanwhile, in arizona,
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students at hundreds of schools plan to walk out and march on election day to go vote. road warrior gadi schwartz is live at one of those schools. this is mesa community college in mesa, arizona. he has talked to the student who's organizing these mass walkouts. gadi, what's the thinking here? >> reporter: yeah, we hear so often that young people don't show up to the polls. they don't show up to vote, and they want that to change this election. they want it to change in a big way, in an overwhelming way. here it is. this is the walkout to vote that's starting to pick up steam online. you saw it here first, unless you follow snoop dogg because he tweeted about this to his 17 million followers a little while ago. it shows you how viral this thing can go. so far about 500 schools are expected to participate. it's something that we're going to be seeing all across the country starting at 10:00 on election day. students from colleges, from universities, and from high schools coming out and going to
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polling sites and basically surrounding those polls sites, the people that are voting, and trying to remind them who they are voting for or trying to show them that the future is already here. we caught up with one of the organizers, katie eater. she is 18 years old, and she is asking the big question. why is it that we don't have a national holiday on election day? take a listen. >> you are basically going to force the country to have a national holiday, huh? >> on tuesday. yeah, we're asking high school and college students around the country to walk out of class on election day and march to the polls. >> so walk out? >> yeah. walk out to vote on election day, you know, make sure that as young people we're being seen and heard. >> why a walkout? you' >> adults don't like when we disobey the rules they set forth, one of them being we have to be in school for seven hours a day. on tuesday, on election day, voting is the most important thing. classes will be there on wednesday.
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classes will be there tuesday afternoon. they'll always be there, but we have one chance to make our voices heard, and that's november 6th. >> as you can see, generation z, millennials, they seem to be very independent voters. they say this isn't about one issue. it's about getting out the vote. there's going to be all kinds of different organizations there, march for our lives, black lives matter, some of the women's marches. they're all coming together under this coalition called the future coalition. they are expecting to see hundreds of schools participating on election day. craig. >> all right, gadi schwartz in mesa, arizona. gadi, ali, chris jansing, garrett haake a big thanks. republican ryan costello is a retiring congressman from pennsylvania. ben rhodes is former deputy national security adviser to president obama. big thanks to both of you gentlemen for being with me. congressman, let me start with you. your republican colleagues, your friends and your colleagues
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there in the lower chamber, how concerned are they about a blue wave four days from now? what are they saying about how this midterm campaign has been waged from the white house so far? >> well, i think a lot of house republicans would like their message to be the closer here, and the concern is that the president's immigration message is in competition with that. i think most republicans are going to say as follows, when you vote on tuesday, we will have the highest wage growth in over a decade. we'll have the lowest unemployment in 49 years. we have the economy doing very, very well. we've increased funding for nih to improve public health outcomes. we've increased funding for veteran's health care. we've increased funding to fight the opiate epidemic. i think most members of congress want to be positive in the closing days. >> what you gave us right there,
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that's a 30 second campaign ad, and one could argue that actually might be a fairly effective message. why then has the message for the past week or is o'beso been, oh good look at these thousands of migrants flooding into the united states, and by the way we're going to send 5, 10, maybe 15,000 troops from the border. that's the message we're hearing. not that 30 second soundbite you just gave us. why? >> i don't know why the president has chosen to pursue that path. i think in all candor, if there's a political calculus to this by the president, it's because in the senate races in indiana, north dakota, missouri, a couple others you have a more conservative electorate, electorate that's more pro-trump, shall we say, and you have democratic incumbent senators who have to wrestle with that megaphone. in competitive house districts what i said is the closing message, not what the president is doing with the caravan. >> maybe they should get ryan costello out there campaigning
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on their behalf. >> ben rhodes, stacey abrams, let's talk about her. she's getting a lot of attention, including from president trump who said that she was, quote, not qualified. i want to play this video of oprah getting out the vote in georgia. >> hi. oh, my god! >> hi denise. >> hi oprah, how are you? >> i'm wonderful, how are you? >> surprise, surprise. >> surprise, i am shocked. >> surprise. >> i'm canvassing for stacey abrams. >> yes, yes, yes. >> are you voting for her? >> it's like one of those publishers clearinghouse commercials. the oprah effect, what do we think that effect might be in a close race in georgia? >> well, look, i actually remember when oprah got on the campaign trail for president obama before the iowa caucus in the south carolina primary in the 2008 election, and she had a
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huge effect on voters of different races, definitely a lot of women voters who look to oprah. so every little bit counts here. what i think really matters, craig, is president obama is going to two places today, georgia, and florida where we have incredibly exciting dynamic candidates for governor in stacey abrams and andrew gillum, people who can bring in new voters who probably didn't turn out last time who can excite young people, who can mobilize a diverse coalition, and notably they're running with a unifying message. they're encouraging political participation. they're talking about what unites us as americans and what they're up against is a hate-filled campaign, a divisive campaign being run against them. the president of the united states conspicuously calling andrew gillum a thief and stacey abrams unqualified as usual piling on people who are of a different race. but i actually think if you look at this election, people are responding to a unifying
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message. people are responding to people like stacey abrams, andrew gillum, and i have to think what we're going to learn on election day is whether or not 2016 was an aberration, and whether or not donald trump did just such a good job of painting hillary clinton as part of a corrupt establishment that he just inched over the goal line, and whether americans are going to stand up and reject this hateful and divisive brand of politics that is ripping this country apart. you could not have clearer choices in georgia and florida between unifying, mobilizing broad bases of voters versus the rhetoric coming from the white house. >> ben, beto o'rourke in texas, there hasn't been a reliable poll that's had him ahead. yet, he has managed to capture the attention of a large swath of the democratic party. he has raised wheel barrow sums of money, a lot of that money coming from suburban areas in major metropolitan cities in this country.
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he's an undeniable star in your party. if he does not win in texas, he's not running for a congressional seat. what happens to beto o'rourke? how does the party use a guy like that moving forward? >> i think he's shown a message that can resonate with voters, in the same way andrew gillum has. he's not taking for granted the people who frankly weren't excited and weren't turning out to vote when barack obama was on the ballot. and i actually would not sell beto short here in the election. i remember when we ran, people said obama gets big crowds and big small dollar donations for people, but will they vote for him, and they did, and they changed the electorate in that 2008 election. that's what beto's betting on in texas is that he can change that electorate. i think that that is a better message for democrats. voters want to see what you're actually for. they don't want to just see whether you're tacking off the other guy, right? if you're in a state like texas and you're saying, well, i'm pretty conservative too, you're not going to be as conservative
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as ted cruz, you might as well say what you believe. that's what beto's done. on the issues he's got a good case to make. he's got a good case that he's going to protect pre-existing conditions better than a party that voted dozens of times to repeal the pre-existing conditions under the aca. he's got a better message that he wants to expand access to education and community college. it's not just culture. it's not just his ability to be a dynamic, charismatic figure, he's taking his message and saying, look, the policies that we care about as democrats are more in line with even what some trump voters say they want, and he's breaking through the filter with that message, and i think that's something that democrats should embrace going forward. be ourselves. >> congressman -- >> yeah. go ahead. >> picking up on what ben said, i will agree with him in the following respect. i think in the closing days here the candidate that emphasizes the positive and says what they're for is going to end up better on election day because i think a large swath of the electorates republicans and democrats, are fed up with
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politics, distrustful, and don't like a lot of the hate that's spread, and i'm not going to point fingers. it's out there on both parties, and i think that that in closing, picking up on what ben said, is a good point to be made, and that's where my point about where house republicans should be in the closing days should be what they're for, be positive, speak about what you've done and what you want to do. >> congressman, it sounds like you're suggesting that the candidates this tin the final fs run a campaign based on hope? >> and positive results and address -- >> hope and change? >> the problems in this country. are you suggesting hope and change, congressman? >> if you look at the past two years, we've had a lot of positive change, craig. wages are up. unemployment's down, gdp growth busting at the seams, here, craig. >> ryan costello making the final case for republicans and ben rhodes also providing his insights as well. ben, thank you so much.
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ryan, congressman, thanks as well sir. flip the house, one key race in colorado could help deliver control of the house to democrats. one race in particular, what matters to those voters in colorado? we'll go there. plus, senate in play? our own steve kornacki, he's at the map drilling down on the key races to watch in the battle for control of the upper chamber. and barbershop politics, we'll talk to voters in one wisconsin district that saw a 40% drop in voter turnout back in 2016. will they cast their ballots this year? >> people that are running right now probably have more impact on our lives that has the president does. >> and that's why you're making this? >> yes. welcome to the place where people go
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u.s. senate, some live pictures here. ted cruz took the stage there in fort worth just a few moments ago. that race seems to be getting closer with his opponent, the aforementioned beto o'rourke. steve kornacki stationed at his big board. he'll be attached to this thing, tethered to it for the next few days. we're going to look at the other key races that democrats are hoping to flip here. right now 51-49. that's the current state of the senate. >> democrats needing a net gain of two. first of all, where the democrats are on offense, where they could get gains, flip republican seats. prime opportunity for them is arizona, jeff flake republican not running again. here's our poll, our nbc marist poll from a couple of days ago. our poll shows kyrsten sinema ahead by six in the head to head race. a clear opportunity here for democrats to get one of those pickups. also, there is nevada.
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this from cnn, jackie rosen, they put the democratic challenger ahead of republican incumbent dean heller. that would be a democratic pickup if it happens. so on paper they could get two pickups there. the problem and what makes this so challenging for democrats becomes this. even if you give them nevada, even if you give them arizona, and those are by no means given, they still need a lot of the states that they're defending to break their way. so, for instance, north dakota, heidi heitkamp, democrat running there, polls have not been looking good to her. so if you put that over here, that's a gain for republicans, and then texas, you just mentioned polls maybe they're tightening, but still the polls continue to show cruz ahead. if ted cruz hangs on in texas, in tennessee the polls have shown marsha blackburn the republican ahead. just with those three seats, just with those three states you can see republicans would get to 50, would hold on to the senate. for democrats they need to get the two they started with, a north dakota or a texas or a
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tennessee, they need to sort of pull a rabbit out. smo . >> missouri, claire mccaskill, is she in trouble? >> yeah. i think this is the closest thing right now looking at these races to a perfect tie of a race right now. but again, we see this scenario where the democrats could get it. the other senator owe is tcenard pick up a missouri, they could build a majority bigger than they came into the election with. >> steve kornacki, thank you. there's another key senate race that could get pretty interesting with three big name candidates on the ballot. one of them has to pick up 50% of the vote or the top two finishers will head to a runoff. some democratic organizers are hoping that they can replicate what happened in alabama last year to get another win in a deep red state, very deep red. our road warrior rehema ellis is live for us in jackson, mississippi, to walk us through the game plan there.
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good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, craig. i'm at a phone bank in jackson, mississippi, and it's staffed with volunteers. take a look here, they're not just ordering lunch from their cell phones. this is the 21st century phone bank. everybody's on their own cell phone, not land lines anymore. these volunteers are specifically targeting black women voters. they want to make certain that they get out to the polls, and i have to tell you that this is one of several efforts across the state trying to make certain that they maximize the black voter turnout. >> as the sunrises over the mississippi, the historic delta region once famous for cotton plantations, is struggling. greenville is among the hard hit rural communities in a long-time republican state. but there's an effort to turn the tide here. organizers with black voters matter, a nonpartisan organization, are knocking on doors determined to get people to cast their ballot. >> we have a bus out here, and
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we're taking everyone to the polls to vote because we know how important this election is. >> it matters here, they say, in a city of more than 32,000, nearly 80% are african-american. 36% of all the residents are living in poverty, many don't have a way to get to the polls. mable starks believes voting can change that. >> why do the midterms matter so much for people here in greenville, mississippi? >> the midterms are important because these are politicians that we can touch. these are politicians that we see. these are politicians we can call up on the phone and say, you know, we want you to come and visit us. >> they're hopeful the black vote could matter in a crucial race. >> okay, the first race is for u.s. senate. >> mike espy is in a three-way race against republicans cindy hyde-smith and chris mcdaniel. if espy wins the special election, he would become the state's first black senator since reconstruction. whether black voters here can
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duplicate the role black plays in deep red, alabama, helping to elect a democrat is a long shot. and there's the sometimes daunting task of convincing people that their vote will make a difference in their day-to-day lives. >> people are concerned about their health care. they're concerned about police violence. they're concerned about jobs and economics. >> helping people fulfill a fundamental right. >> you actually voted? >> oh, yes. >> how's that feel? >> good. >> it's one of the oldest, most valued expressions of a democracy. no steady hand required, just a commitment to be heard. ♪ let it shine, let it shine, let it shine ♪ >> reporter: i got to tell you, it's really enthusiastic when you're out with groups of people who are trying to get folks to vote. like this group of people here, craig, mississippi has the highest -- has had the highest turnout of african-american
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women voting in a presidential election. what these folks are trying to do is trying to turn that into record numbers during the midte midterm. about 95,000 african-american women during the midterms who have not regularly voted, they want to change that this year. craig. >> fascinating look there, rehema ellis, jackson, mississippi. thank you. wisconsin was key to president trump's election back in 2016. the margin, though, was razor thin. our road warrior shaquille booster is live in milwaukee. >> reporter: craig, milwaukee saw 41,000 fewer voters from 2012 to 2016. i went to the district that saw the largest dropoff in voter turnout to see what voters had to say about this election. that's next.
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senator baldwin there on stage right now actually. this is a live look, madison, wisconsin, tammy baldwin just took the stage a few moments ago. by the way, in wisconsin early voting just hit a midterm record. about 378,000 people have voted so far. we're keeping a very close eye on one key district there in wisconsin. it's in the milwaukee area. turnout in this area dropped by close to 40% just two years ago. nbc road warrior shaquille brewster, some 80 miles east of madison where senator baldwin is on the stage. does it sound like folks there are ready to turn that number around this cycle? >> reporter: they're trying, craig. i'll tell you that there are more early voting centers this time around, like the one we're in now, that allow people to come in and vote early at their convenience. you know, milwaukee, as you mentioned, saw a large dropoff of voters in 2016. here at this location, whenever there's a new voter, there's a
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round of applause. it's a celebratory mood. trump won the state by 27,000 votes, but 41,000 voters in this city alone decided to stay home after voting in 2012. i went to the district that saw the largest dropoff in turnout. i went to a barbershop, i went to a pay as you can restaurant to serve the community to see exactly why there was that dropoff. listen here. >> did you vote in 2016? >> no, i didn't. >> do you regret not voting? >> definitely do. i wrote in, i think i wrote in bernie sanders. >> you wrote in bernie sanders? >> because i didn't want to vote for hillary. i don't know, maybe that would have been better. >> i know people didn't vote because they think it didn't matter. >> what happened in 2016? >> peopour people blinked their eyes. our people didn't think that it mattered for them to vote in the 2016. they didn't storm the voting
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booths, and they didn't come out with such grace that they'd done the two previous times. they simply allowed it to happen. >> they got complacent. >> more than that, they blinked their eye. >> reporter: and that last gentleman that you heard there, he said that he is convinced that people are going to wake up and come out to vote. they're seeing that here with the increase in early voting. this is an incredibly close governor's race. the latest poll showed that scott walker and tony evers are tied in the polls. there's also a competitive senate race. national implications for what happens here in milwaukee and what happens in wisconsin. >> very close there in wisconsin, thank you, sir. do appreciate that. meanwhile, voters in aurora, colorado, could hold the keys to control of the house in a pivotal congressional race there, our road warrior jacob so soboroff talking to voters as hay prepare to head to the polls. benjamin franklin captured lightening in a bottle.
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happening right now. as the campaigns gear up for this final push to election day, we are taking a look at colorado's 6th district. this district includes part of the suburbs like denver, aurora, centennial, road warrior jacob soboroff, he went there to find out what matters to voters there. these are voters who could end up mattering the most. >> at the end of the day, these are the voters whose opinions might matter the most because of the virtue of where they live. as i've gone across the country over the course of this primary, election season and the general election, we talk about how people focus on the local issues. something's changing. something's getting more intense, at least in this colorado district where we were not only are people talking about donald trump and his impact on the race, they're also talking about getting out to vote. that is something that can't be said for everywhere else. watch this. >> a suspicious package has been found at the clintons' home in chappaqua, new york. >> this is the rocky mountain
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west. last week as the country was gripped by fear, we went on a mile-high search for what matters to voters here. >> we're headed east right now through the outskirts of the city and into aurora, colorado, the heart of the 6th congressional district where this thing might very well be decided. it turns out people are already voting early there. >> in colorado, everyone votes by mail. part of the reason turnout is so high here, but some people drop off their ballots at a place like this, too. so we decided to hang out to see what we could find. are you coming to drop your ballot off? >> yeah. >> i've been waiting. >> oh. what do you want to change the most? >> well, the presidency, but of course it's not time for that. >> what's the thing here in aurora that matters most to you? >> well, not get in involved with all this violence that's going on in the other cities. >> you've been looking at that on the news? >> yeah. >> you think the democrats have a shot here? >> we believe in our republican congressman, president trump the way he's coming out and pushing
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and backing a lot of the republicans, we believe in what he stands for, what he's done for us. >> i don't know what you're doing here. >> why we came? >> yeah. because the democrats have a chance of changing this district. do you think they have a shot? >> this election it's really just important just to make a shift. >> the 6th district could shift because of its demographics. much of it looks nothing like the rest of colorado, so we headed to a part that's been called the mile high united nations. part of the reason the democrats think this district might flip is because of this diversity. you've got chinese businesses, thai businesses, korean businesses, latino businesses and a vietnamese business. ethiopians make up the second largest minority group here. >> what's that? >> try it. >> that's delicious. >> it's very good, yeah? >> this is an area that voted for democrats for president but
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a republican for congress. why do you think that is? >> the congressman, the mike coffman here really cares about -- >> he does? >> especially when it comes to human rights. >> right next to benjamin's market, he operates a restaurant. >> is this lunch or dinner? >> this is a lunch. it's my wife's birthday. >> it's your birthday? >> yes. >> happy birthday. i'm sorry to interrupt. >> are you going to vote in this election that's coming up? >> yes, yes. this time around we definitely wanted to go with the democrats. >> with the democrats. i really thought that congress would make affordable when it comes to health care, make it even better. >> when you think about going to the polls, do you think about trump? is that something you think about? >> of course. >> all the time. >> if there's anywhere in the district that might not be influenced by donald trump in the polls, it's to the south, in the more conservative and less diverse parts. we headed to an episcopal church in centennial. >> you look like you need help with that. can i help you out? >> my son would like these. >> you have this congressional election that's coming up, right? >> i served two terms on the greeley city council.
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>> you did? >> i'm meeting an elected official, former elected. >> what do you think's going to happen this year? >> i think it's up for grabs. it's trump and the republican party mantra before the citizens of this house district. >> what are the local issues that matter most to people here? >> one of them is health care. >> you're saying the same thing that an ethiopian family said to me in aurora yesterday. >> exactly. it really matters. >> in 2016 you voted for hillary clinton for president and mike coffman for congress, the republican. >> he hasn't been one to hold trump's feet to the fire. we need a change. we need a change. we need balance. >>down, i've said to you these are among my favorite pieces among the midterm election season. we get to see and hear from, you know -- i hate when we say real people, but these are voters who are going to be deciding this election in four days. you went to more than ten cities, close to a dozen cities having conversations like that.
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top line takeaways. what are these voters telling you? >> at first i have to say when my boss said you're going to go spend time in these districts, three or four days at a time and figure it out, i was like how is that going to work. it turns out that that's the best way to listen to what people actually care about and what matters to them, and so often the people when you talk to them in these districts, they say washington, d.c. and politicians don't understand me, and you guys in the media have no idea what's actually going on in our local districts. we don't care about -- and not that they shouldn't care about these kind of things, they're critical to the health of the democracy, the russia investigation, who robert mueller is, what paul manafort has done, elizabeth warren's dna test, all this stuff that has come up, they care about waking up in the morning, living a life of prosperity and actually going out and achieving something in their lives. and on a local level that often means different things in different districts. what i see for the first time in this district is they're talking a lot more about donald trump. i don't know if it's because of the -- i saw the same thing with
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the child separations. at a certain point people say what are you doing? this is really vile, and i think with the events of the last couple of weeks people are starting to tune in to what's coming out of washington, and that may end up affecting their votes. >> jacob soboroff, i would imagine there are very few people who are more excited about the prospect of the midterm elections coming and going. >> can we do a segment called naps? i wouldn't mind that. >> thank you, thanks for all your hard work out there, too. barack obama hitting the stump with florida gubernatorial hopeful andrew gillum for the first time just hours from now. our road warrior mariana atense y -- atencio is there. what are you seeing? >> reporter: a crowd of thousands has gathered here in miami hoping to catch a glimpse of former president barack obama, and the democrats are hoping obama's presence here will push andrew gillum over the top. we'll have a live report from the ground here for you. free access to every platform.
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president barack obama crisscrossing the country for the democrats in the final push for votes and hitting states
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like illinois and georgia. this a afternoon the former president is going to be campaigning in florida for gubernatorial candidate andrew gillum and bill wilson. mariana atensio is in miami and i can see that the line behind you appears to be growing. >> craig, it is a line of thousands of people, and they have been waiting here since the early morning. it is over 80 degrees in miami. the venue sits 4,000, and organizers tell us that it is at capacity. democrats are really hoping that the barack obama's presence today can really push democratic challenger for governor andrew gill lup over the top, and that -- andrew gillum over the top. and he is hoping to mobilize the latino and democratic voters. we will have to stop the here, because there are so many people, let e's talk to a coupl
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of people here. and you are an immigrant from trinidad and a florida voter, and what are you expect ing ing hear from president barack obama? >> i am expectingt president obama to get this crowd riled up with the issues and to have us fought for the issues and not divisiveness or division, but for the people to come together to get the health care and the environment and the economy and all of the things that we feel have suffered or lack thereof of the last few decades. >> thank you, jerry, for that. and ceasar, this is the first time for you voting, and you are 22 years old, and as a young la tee know, what are you hoping to hear from barack obama today? >> i am wanting to hear a sense of instead of divisiveness and united to come together no matter the color or the race you are, and something of unity is what i want to hear. i want to hear something unity, because in the present situation of the white house, there is no unity in the community or minorities, and so he is going
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