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recently, more than $20 million has been spent in the race for superintendent of public instruction to attack my friend tony thurmond's record. well, i've worked with tony, and no one is more qualified to lead our state's schools. that's why tony thurmond is the only candidate endorsed by classroom teachers and the california democratic party. because tony will stand up to the donald trump-betsy devos agenda and has always protected our local public schools. join me in voting for tony thurmond. let's put our kids first. thank you very much for watching this hour of msnbc live from cleveland. the president will be here later on this afternoon. 2:45 eastern, i'm headed to indiana for his rally later tonight. we'll see you tomorrow back from d.c. on election day. right now more news with my colleague craig melvin in new york. it's a shame you're not here, craig. we have a fired up crowd.
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everybody ready for the big day tomorrow. >> so many people in a bar so early there in cleveland. hallie jackson, safe travels to you. good morning to you. craig melvin here in new york city. there are just 19 hours now until the first polls open in one of the most tension-filled midterms in recent history. voters telling nbc news in a new poll they're more excited about this election than even the huge midterm of 2010 when democrats lost the house. in that same poll voters say it's democrats who should control congress by a single margin of seven points. already almost 35 million americans have voted across the country. yes, that is a record. and if those polls are to be believed, democrats are poised to take the house. republicans equally poised to hold the senate, but the polls are so close.
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turnout has already been so enormous. every calculation must come with its own caveat. that's why every candidate is on the campaign trail with a hard sell. >> you look at what's marching up, that's an invasion. that's an invasion. >> he said you simply weren't qualified to be governor. he didn't say why. how did you take that assessment? >> i find his assessments to be vapid and shallow. >> don't let them give some excuse that you can't vote. don't let them tell you you have to have a photo i.d. >> when i become governor, i'm going to go to don junior and eric, and i'm going to try to bring the trump organization to palm beach. >> all right. this is where the race stands right now. in the senate republicans have a slim majority. democrats need a net gain of two seats to take control. they are defending 26 of the 35 seats that are up for grabs. meanwhile in the house the lower chamber, that terrain more favorable to democrats. republicans currently have 235
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seats. democrats need to flip 23 of those seats to take control in the house. let's not forget about the governor's races. 36 of them in total. republicans currently control 26 of those flips in georgia, florida and elsewhere could mean an advantage for democrats heading into 2020. our road warriors are out in full force on this election eve. they're spanned across the country this hour. we want to start with georgia outside tlaentatlanta. we have people in houston texas, cleveland, ohio, and florida at the state capitol in tallahassee. they're all there right now. we'll get to them in a moment. the georgia governor's race got nastier over the weekend, believe it or not. hard to believe that race could get knany nastier. allegations on hacking. what's the latest in georgia?
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>> reporter: well, we've been moving around from people. i'm in cobb county in front of a grocery store. overnight the secretary of state brian kemp, who is also running for governor and runs the election bureau here in the state of georgia, he announcened he's launching an investigation into allegations that the democrats have tried to hack into the voter registration system. the democrats have cried foul saying this is not true. stacey abrams, his opponent says this is an effort to confuse and distract the voters. i'm talking with a couple voters here at the supermarket. marsha johns, flight attendant. you hear these allegations about hacking into the voter system. what do you think? >> i don't think they're true. i think it's a distraction. i think he's trying to get everyone confused right before the election, and i think he should have stepped down as secretary of state for overseeing this since he was
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also running. >> reporter: have you voted yet? >> yes. i voted absentee. >> reporter: can you tell us who you voted for? >> stacey abrams. >> reporter: i have not voter. bill, retired military. what do you think about the allegations that have come from the secretary of state's office? >> i think there's something in the middle. there always is. what has to happen is not happening across america. we got to bring people together for compromise, and we don't do that very well, and to be blunt, i have not voted. i always wait until the day of. i'm still reading things. >> have you decided who you're going to vote for yet? >> i have not. i'm going to be fair about it. >> reporter: do you normally vote democrat or republican? >> i'm independent voter. one year i voted for barack obama and one year i voted for donald trump. it depends on the issues. what bothers me the most about it is is that we have distractions and need to get on with the vote and get on with healing our country. it's not been that way in the last two years.
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there's always something out there. we're always dealing with something so just get it out there, tell us what to worry about and get focussed. >> reporter: marsha, what is most important to you in this election? >> probably education. i think georgia is a little bit behind on education, and it needs to be much better focus. >> reporter: bill, what's most important to you? >> i agree with marsha. education is number one. we are at one point, the 48th ranked state in the country for education. >> reporter: you want to see that change? >> heck, yeah, and transportation. i'm sick and tired of gridlock. >> reporter: you name the people and there are opinions about what's happening in georgia. a lot of people i talked to said they're just tired of the campaign. they want this to be over tomorrow. but as you know for the governor's race, because there are three candidates, two who are neck and neck, if they don't get that 50% of the vote, if one of them doesn't, this could go
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into a runoff in the early part of december. >> i'm with him on gridlock. anybody who has been in traffic in atlanta, it's among the worst in the country. thank you. allie is in cleveland. president trump will be speaking there in a few hours. what's the scene there, allie, and it looks like you have a line formed behind you already. >> reporter: yeah. there are a lot of supporters lining up to start going into the rally in a few minutes. this is one of the swingiest swing states. if you look at the polling now both in the senate own governor's races, it seems to be trending democrats. one republican here i spoke to this morning said that might be because of the money. especially in the senator's race. sherrod brown outspending the gop candidate. one of the voters picked up on that theme when i asked why it was so close. take a listen. >> i think sherrod brown has a lot more money and probably paid
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for a lot more advertising. but i think the people are going to prove strong for renacci. >> reporter: what about the other race? >> diviewine has it in the bag. >> reporter: when you look across the map, in places like ohio, brown has a strong in-state brand. that's helping him. you're also seeing it help other democrats across the board. joe manchin, he's polling consistently ahead of the republican there. when you're seeing democrats with strong in state brands, sometimes it helps them overcome demographic shifts that have happened in their states. ohio continues to be swinging. we'll see how it swings on election night. >> all right. allie, thank you. let's go to garrett haake standing by for us in houston now following arguably the biggest senate race. one of the three or four biggest
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senate races happening tomorrow. houston, texas is where you are. houston getting love from both candidates today. right? >> that's right. both ted cruz and dbaeto o'roar. harris county the biggest county in the state. harris county will turn out more voters this election than the entire state of north dakota. it is a big deal county. it's long been a battle ground here. it's been trending bluer. barack obama won it by a smidge. hillary clinton won it by a little more. o'roarke, if he's going to upset ted cruz, and that win would be a massive upset here. he has to draw out huge numbers of voters in harris county tomorrow. if we're talking this time tomorrow and there are lines around the block in harris county of folks waiting to vote, that's going to make the o'roarke campaign feel pretty good. their campaign has been they've gotten big rallies, tons of energy. but the polls have consistently shown him down.
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over the last few days we've seen o'roarke try to capture that energy and turn it into actual votes. he's been imploring his supporters not just to vote but to help others do so. here's what he told about 800 supporters here in houston a few minutes ago. >> that means if you can, and i'm being serious about this. take some time off of work today. skip classes. you can make that stuff up later. right? you will never get this election back. >> reporter: college professors and high school teachers shaking their fists at o'roarke if their classes are empty today and tomorrow. his candidacy depends on turning out voters who don't typically show up. hispanic voters, young voters. voters who democrats in texas have coveted for years. the o'roarke campaign stands as good a chance as any of turning them out. likewise ted cruz trying to
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build a fire wall around some of the more conservative suburbs in houston to keep the margins down and keep republican voters engaged and coming out tomorrow. >> all right. garrett haake there. we'll talk about the polls in a moment in houston. garrett, thank you. kerry sanders standing by us in tallahassee. emergency voting happening there. what is it and why is it happening? >> reporter: well, emergency voting is if you discovered over the weekend that your doctor needs you to go in for surgery or you have a very legitimate reason as to why you cannot vote tomorrow, you can vote today, and that's what's going on right now just on the other side of where i'm standing, you can see people are coming in. it's been a pretty steady stream of thpeople. they don't require you to prove the reason of your emergency just that you are, of course, a registered voter. we're back here in the warehouse. i'm going to take you over here
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because what's going on behind these doors is what's called the canvassing board. those mail-in votes, they're going through them right now confirming that the signatures are accurate, making sure if there are any sort of problems with the mail-in votes. that door is closed and locked for a good reason for security. but i'm going to take you along here. what you see on these tables are what the precinct clerks will be picking up. i'm not touching anything. this is a secure area. everything that you see right here is paper backup to the computers. so if you were to show up at your polling location and there was a mechanical problem when you showed your i.d., driver's license, or whatever, they have paper backup to go through it. and then finally we've had an unbelievable number of -- in this state -- of both early voting and mail-in voting.
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5,940, 645. if you look over here to the left, those computers right there, that's where they're taking some of the votes that were early voted and they fed them into the machines. they're verifying the votes. they're not tabulating. nobody has any idea who is ahead or behind in those who have voted in the state of florida. the clerks here you see right now are busy doing what they need to do to get the finalization together. and because so many people are curious about this state, it looks like ultimately those independent voters may be the ones who determine the very hotly contested governor's race as well as the senate race. that's because in early voting 40.1% of those who voted republican, 40.5% are democrats. so it's basically a split which leads in the early votes now. those who have voted 18.8 % who have no party affiliation
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whatsoever, and so if we see this tremendous number of 5 million plus voters who come out, craig, and then we see maybe even fewer voters on election day because so many people early voted, it may ultimately turn out that it's independent voters who determine rather than those who are just voting the party line. >> kerry sanders, tallahassee, florida. thank you so much. we have political analysts joining us. you said something yesterday that caught my attention and i wanted to follow up today. polling. we use it a lot. it frames a lot of our conversations. you think that perhaps tomorrow is going to be another example of us getting the polling wrong? >> well, i'm going to get geeky for a moment. polling is a good tool for us picking up on trends and understanding where sort of people are moving on issues and direction. it is not necessarily a fantastic way to nail a horse race. a horse race is a moving, living
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thing. we're spending millions of dollars to move the horse race, and it depends on the electorate. if you look at what turnout is right now and how young voters are turning out right now, and you have 1.1 million more voters in georgia. we don't know what that electorate looks like. it's hard for us to predict the model that says okay, this is what typically happens in a midterm, so if you look at that swath of the electorate, this is what the horse race should be. the problem is we don't know what the electorate is going to look like. we saw that in virginia in the off year when most of the polls had the republican and north rop as a tossup. they got more votes than ever. it wasn't because the polling was wrong. the electorate was wrong. it was about 8 or 9 points more democrat and more moderate than conservative typically is in an off year e electric trlectorate.
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this year it's more diverse and younger. that's not typical. >> let's talk about a wall street journal poll. it shows folks by and large pretty pleased with the economy. 68% according to this poll. 68%. in 2014 36%. 2010, 20%. more than three times adds many say they're pleased with the state of the economy than eight years ago. why aren't republicans fairing better when you look at a lot of the polls out there? >> has donald trump been focusing on the economy in his public remarks? has he been focusing on divisive issues like migrant caravan that he's claiming he necessitates a boarder deployment of 15,000 troops? he hasn't been sticking to that message of the economy. he hasn't been disciplined. in the most recent round of focus groups on both sides democrats and republicans think the economy is doing pretty
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well. they might disagree about whether donald trump has caused that. democrats tend to give barack obama credit, but overall, the country is in agreement the economy is okay right now. that should be a benefit to donald trump. >> to your point, there are reports the house speaker, paul ryan was on the phone with the president yesterday basically begging him to just stick to the economy. and not focus on a lot of the issues that you just mentioned. we've enjoyed you both so much. we've asked them to stick around for the hour. they're going to come back. president obama speaking in the next 30 minutes or so ast a get out the vote rally. why is he now in virginia? why did he pick virginia for the final day before the election? >> what we have not seen before, at least not in my lifetime, are politicians who are blatantly,
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in virginia's 7th congressional district the stakes could not be higher. dave bratt locked in a race. the race could be one of the earliest indicators of a wave sweeping house democrats into power. with me now heidi who has just written a new article focusing on this race. also with me cornell belcher. and alise jordan. heidi, why is this race in virginia 7 a key gauge of a potential democratic wave? >> right. because if there is a wave, and i'm distinguishing a wave from a splash, a real wave, it is going to be in places like this. the polls close early here at 7:00 p.m. so the analysts i talked to say
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this is a real gauge of whether there's a wave. this race is a dead heat, and this is a place where republican dave bratt won by 10 points just two years ago. if the democrat is able to pull this off, and she's in a really tough situation here, but if she pulls it off, it's an indication of a wave. and this race kind of reflects a lot of the themes that are playing out in these suburban places around the country where you have a confluence of factors including an energized female base. you have women voters who started organizing two days after the 2016 election. you have good democratic recruiting here. you have a strong candidate with strong national security credentials. spanberger was a former cia undercover operative in law enforcement. now happens to be a girl scout troop leader. but at the end of the day, this is fundamentally a conservative
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district. hasn't voted blue since the days of nixon. tough race. >> who did the voters tell you? you talked to voters in the district. what did they say? >> i talked to, actually, a panel of republican voters. well, first i talked with the brat supporters. they weren't hard to find. i also talked with a panel of republican voters and they had a series of brgrievances they air. the republican congress needs a check. they didn't know who the republican candidate was. to the cultural stoking of flames so another aspect that i think is really undercovered, the national security republicans who are so concerned, deeply concerned about the attacks that they see on mueller about the attacks on our law enforcement institutions. >> hay deidi, i think we have t sound. let's listen. >> i think it's a national
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tragedy what they're trying to do to robert mueller, and for me, when dave brat with jim jordan, they're trying to sometimemy that investigation. that was the first straw. >> craig, that is mike. he voted for brat last time. he said that it was when the attacks on mueller surfaced that he began to have a change of heart. in addition to the cultural currents, it is the national security concerns also driving some of the swing republicans. it was just last week that retired senator john warner who is the dean of virginia gop politics said he was endorsing spanberger as a reflection of that. will it be enough? this is an early indication of whether there will be a wave. >> the latest poll has brat up by two. that's within the margin. is this going to come down to
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suburban women? >> i think if i had to bet, i would say spanberger is probably going to win. if you look at the district and i don't think it's as much a republican dem question as it is the insurgent, the challenger. that was how dave brat ascended by taking on erik canter. once you're an incumbent, you no longer have the insurgent identity. and you're going with the crowd, in this case donald trump. and spanberger is an impressive national security candidate. she's a really strong candidate. in a lot of these local races, it's going to come down to democrats fielding strong candidates. >> she mentioned dave brat, and when he did it, he used identity politics to do it. spent a lot of time talking about immigration. he's been closely identified with the president, gun laws, immigration, border security, things of that nature.
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if dave brat is rejected tomorrow, what does it say about identity politics or does it? is that -- >> a couple things. i think identity politics is on the ballot. i know we democrats spend a lot of time talking about health care. and the -- and economic numbers. the truth is when you look at these unsur bsuburban women, an college white voters, it's not because of the economy. it's not because of the economy or health care. it's because of division. when you look at the suburban districts breaking toward democrat, it's not because of economics. it's because the division. and this racial tone moderate voters are uncomfortable with that. i think you're going to see that in a lot of districts. in '94 democratic incumbents under 50% going into election day lost. i think you're going to see a lot of republican incumbents struggling to get 47%. i think most of them are going to lose in the same sort of wave we saw in 1994.
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>> all right. stick around. the battle for control of congress. we'll look at the final nbc news wall street journal poll. the last one ahead of tomorrow's election, and the message that voters in each party are wanting to send with their vote. first, this is how saturday night live captured democrats' anxiety heading into tomorrow. >> there's a blue wave on the horizon and i have never felt more confident. >> white women promised to do the right thing this time. they're not going to let us down. right? your brain changes as you get older. but prevagen helps your brain with an ingredient originally discovered... in jellyfish. in clinical trials, prevagen has been shown
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during the season of audi sales event. we are down to the midterm wire here and the polls remine tight in some key races across this country. the final nbc news wall street journal national poll of the midterms. there it is right now. it finds democrats with a 7-point edge with 50% of likely voters saying they prefer democratic controlled congress. we made a word cloud out of that poll. there it is right there. and it shows what voters from
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each party, what message they'd like to send with their votes. the more a word or phrase is used, the more it appears there in the cloud. for republicans we see if we can bring it. for republicans, immigration. do your jock. work together for democrats a lot of emphasis on trump but also health care. work together. those words featured prominently. let's bring in a former national press secretary for barack obama's 2012 reelection campaign. democratic strategist chris as well. chris does a lot of polling too. chris, a lot of the differences in the word clouds but work together. that was prominent in both. voters who say they're tired of the divisions that we see in this country. how might those voters use their votes tomorrow evening? how might that play out? >> well, it's interesting in the focus groups and stuff that we've done during this cycle what we saw was kind of a commonality among all voters, a
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desire for a change. they're tired to the division and the dysfunction. they put a lot of that if not most of the blame on the president. i think his rhetoric and his kind of closing argue has kind of fed that in a weird way. the american people in this election even more so than most of a typical midterm want real solutions issue-based candidates. i think that's why certain democrats in traditional red states are doing pretty well. i look at a state like florida, andrew gillum is running a fantastic campaign in a strong spot because of the kind of campaign that he's running. i think that is the major distinction between i think these two parties going into tomorrow night that were tomorrow. the question is is it going to be about reinforcing anger or reinforcing hope, reinforcing rhetoric, or reinforcing issues? and i've got to believe based on what i'm saying, that's why you're seeing more of a push and
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more of a wave toward dem candidates. >> the republican word cloud that we just showed, one of the things we found interesting, support trump. those words. they don't appear as prominently in that word cloud there as some of the issues. what does that tell you about this president's popularity right now in his own party? >> well, he's at 39% approval rating right now. it's the worst rating in recent history for a president going into their first mid terms. and he may not have lost the core of his base, but he's closing on a message of fear and racism. that appeals to some people in this country, but i don't think it appeals to the sorts of swing voters that will decide the election that will decide the house. it's starting to slip away. >> you're quite plugged in. trend lines right now, when what are you seeing and hears? what are folks on the ground telling you about the state of the race? >> democrats are up nationwide a bit. but when you go down to the
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individual races, they're very tight. a lot of them are within the margin of error when we're talking about the house or senate. you have to look at early voting trends. we have two times as many voters that voted early as the last midterms. that's good for the challenging party. that should be good for the democrats this time around. millennial turnout was soft in 2016. the turnout models were wrong. the people we anticipated showing up on election day didn't all get out. i think that's why we're seeing this final all out push whether it's braupresident obama or oth from andrew gillum to sayty abrams. nothing is done until tomorrow night. it's going to take a combination of turnout and persuasion. >> this is former barack obama, your former boss. this is him in gary, indiana, talking act without using names, talking about the party in power. take a listen.
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>> they promised they were going to take on corruption in washington. instead, they've racked up enough indictments to field a football team. nobody in my administration got indicted. >> you watched your former boss out there, i imagine, over the past week or two. and you've thought what? >> look, the ten-year anniversary of barack obama's election as president was yesterday. i think he's been sensitive to leave oxygen in the room for new leaders in the party to emerge so we have a great candidate that can take on donald trump in the next two years but nobody can close like barack obama, and he's going to those districts that helped him win the presidency in 2018 -- 2008 and i think he's going to help close the margin in important races. we saw him in indiana yesterday
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and virginia today. >> let's talk about missouri. it's razor thin there. mccaskill appears to be in trouble. the missouri senate race is a margin of error contest. mccaskill leading by i believe three percentage points. what did voters there tell you? >> it's about the issues. missouri, in particular, we were talking to a lot of left-leaning democrat voters. they were just, again, tired of what they saw as kind of this pervasive dysfunction. they were focussed on basically three big issues. health care, number one. no you've seen it across the country. education was two, and number three was wages. the notion about the argument is one of the most misinterpreted points in the election. republicans keep saying or some republican operatives keep saying well, you know, the president should have focussed more on the economy. here's the problem with that. if you actually talked to voters
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and scratched past the numbers, what you see is an economy that has not worked for most. what you see is an economy that is still where you have tens of millions of people working two or three jobs. and i think when you factor that in, you kind of bleed into a frustration where voters are looking at whether it's a tv show or the business show and everyone is telling them how great the economy is. they're talking about what are you talking about? my health care costs are going up. my prescription drug prices are going up. i don't feel it. and i think that's also feeding this kind of desire for a change. but in terms of specific about missouri, you have two, i think, strong candidates to their basis party. that one i think is going to be very close. and it's really tough to call right now. >> chris, always good to have you, my friend. thank you so much. bill, hope you'll come back. i always enjoy your perspective as well. >> thank you. tomorrow all eyes are going to be especially on the
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swingiest of swing districts. jacob soak rof has been on a mission to see what matters to the voters in those districts. what he found out. also that ever crucial and perhaps ever elusive youth vote at arizona states. green book is the feel good movie of the year. tell me that don't smell good. i've never had fried chicken in my life. you people love the fried chicken. you have a very narrow assessment of me tony. yeah right. i'm good.
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the balance of power in washington right now in the hands of a group of swing voters in key districts across this country. nbc news road warrior jacob soboroff has been crisscrossing the country talking to voters to figure out what matters most to them. he joins me from santa ana, california. what did you find out in your travels? >> santa ana is not in a swing congressional district. we've been on the road for three months trying to find out what matters most to the voters who will matter most. this is orange county, the hub of where all the votes will be counted from their congressional districts that have all or part of their voting in the county. this looks like this here. people have been voting at rates they have not seen in this area ever before. it's not just here. this is what matters to voters
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all around the country, craig. >> i think the current government, the trump government, trump himself is really missing a lot of people off. >> if you don't like it, go to venezuela. >> reporter: the you think people in washington understand what life is like out here? >> no. you kidding me? >> reporter: it's no joke which party wins control on tuesday will be decided by americans in a few dozen tossup districts. we went to maine, staten island, florida, texas, california, and colorado to find out what matters most to the people whose votes could matter the most. >> jobs. >> the economy growth. >> money. >> reporter: what you're looking for is bliss? >> always. >> reporter: washington d.c. couldn't seem part away in the lobstering capital, maine. >> they try to change the laws a lot. how many traps we fish or when we fish. >> reporter: it's funny. when you talk about changing laws, i thought you were going
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to say the laws people talk about changing in washington. you're talking about when you can haul traps? >> yeah. >> reporter: do you think paul manafort? >> no. >> reporter: paul manafort? >> no. democrats are listening to the concerns of minority groups like we saw in new york's 11th. what is important to you? what are the problems you face? >> he said what he wants to purchase anything and just have money. >> reporter: if you care about that, why don't you vote? >> he says he wants to register now. >> reporter: you're going to register? in florida's 26th already registered voters from both parties seem to find common cause. at least on the issue of pollution. is your way of life here as you know it over or is this something that can be solved? >> it's reversible. we have to elect the right people. >> reporter: you sound like bleeding heart liberals.
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are you? >> i'm not. i'm a moderate. at best republican. >> reporter: republican in. >> is that how most republicans talk around here? >> those that are connected to the sea, absolutely. >> reporter: the land was the issue in texas's 23rd where agriculture was top of mind. even right next to trump's tent camp for migrant kids. just met someone who is currently driving us backwards down a street to his pomegranate orchard. when you vote, what do you care about? >> the production of food for us. don't forget one thing. i'm a farmer. >> reporter: i thought you were going to say the tents with the kids in them. that's number one, because it's in your face. >> well, we need to feed the kids. we need to produce fruit. >> reporter: at the end of the day who wins will come down to turnout which is usually miserable in mid terms. it wasn't hard to see why in california. anybody here going to vote in the election on november sixth? anybody? nobody is going to vote?
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are you planning on voting? >> no. >> reporter: you're not? >> no. i actually never voted. >> reporter: in your life? >> no. >> reporter: how come? >> it's not my thing. if i voted, it would just be like a scan. >> reporter: you fill in the bubbles? >> yes. >> reporter: has anybody ever said to you there's so much on the line? the supreme court, all kinds of things? >> if you don't know anything, how are you supposed to know? you do research. i don't have the time for that. >> reporter: does washington d.c. and what happens there seem relevant to your life? >> not in my world. >> reporter: i have to talk to you quietly. people are early voting. this is one of the most critical locations throughout the country for counting ballots tomorrow. four tossup congressional districts will be counted in this facility. if it's close nationwide, it's going to be a late night and all eyes will be on orange county. >> appreciate you being respectful of the early voters. jacob there. thank you. getting college students to the
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polls. road warrior gaudy schwartz is live at arizona state university to show us how they're pushing turnout. what's the word, brother? >> reporter: we've heard so much about a possible blue wave, a possible red wave. but what about a possible youth of voter wave ? that's what we're going to talk about when we come back. shaquem get in here. take your razor, yup. alright, up and down, never side to side, shaquem. you got it? come on, get back. quem, you a second behind your brother, stay focused. can't nobody beat you, can't nobody beat you. hard work baby, it gonna pay off. you got this. with the one hundred and forty-first pick, the seattle seahawks select. alright, you got it, shaquem. alright, let me see.
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young voters casting their early ballots for midterm election in record numbers compared to 2014. in arizona, turnout among 18 to 29-year-olds, up a whopping 186%. the surge in young voters could very well play a factor in the state senate race. the race seen critical in terms of which party wins control of the upper chamber. gadi schwartz. >> reporter: this is a massive
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campus, about 45,000 students that go here. this was kyrsten sinema's home turf. i want to show i a story of what happened earlier that shows you how engaged young voters are. we were walking on campus and someone was putting martha mcsally pamphlets, posting them on posts like that. a little while ago we saw a student with headphones, they saw these pamphlets and started ripping them down and now they're littered all over campus. it shows how contentious this senate race is on a university campus. one organization working to try to keep things cordial, at least, is bridge usa. this is josh. you were telling me a little while ago -- actually, you showed me a picture that blew my mind. a lot of times you think, who wants to talk about politics on a college campus. what are we looking at here? what is this? >> on october 18th we threw an
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event where we brought together 175 asu students, professors and other student organization representatives to talk about some of the most pressing issues on -- leading up -- >> reporter: this is over 100 people. >> yes. this is during the asu/stanford game. >> reporter: this is during a football game? >> yes. this many students chose to come out and talk politics instead of going to the football game. >> reporter: one of the things you have been working on is trying to create a middle ground where people of opposing sides can talk cordially and civilly with each other. you have a great bead on the youth vote. what do you think is going to happen tomorrow? >> i think ever since donald trump and hillary's drama with their campaigns really spiced things up, it's leading to more and more people talking about politics. i think we'll get more people showing up. >> reporter: you think people are definitely more engaged? >> i definitely do. i think people are at least talking about it a lot more. >> reporter: how about your squad over here. what do you think? >> i think people recognize what's at stake this election and it feels different this time. >> reporter: got it. you were saying a little earlier, your goal is not just
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to get people out to vote. you want to make sure people know what they're voting for. >> exactly. i don't think uneducated voting is not necessarily better than not voting. i think people need to learn about these issues and how it affects everyone in their daily lives. >> reporter: thanks so much, josh. one thing at play here, we now know asu actually has a polling site. it's just about a five-minute walk that way. it's right next to some dorms. 45,000 students here. they have a polling site on campus. we'll see how that goes tomorrow. back to you, craig. >> gadi schwartz on the campus of asu. we love hearing from the young and engaged. we'll be back with much more on the eve of this historic election. to look at me now, you don't see psoriasis. you see clear skin. you see me. but if you saw me before cosentyx... ♪ i was covered. it was awful. but i didn't give up. i kept fighting. i got clear skin with cosentyx.
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that wraps up this hour of "msnbc live." i'll see you tomorrow. andrea mitchell here in the flesh. >> thanks so much, craig melvin. right now on "andrea mitchell reports," the day before the election mad dash. candidates are in overdrive with who is going to control the house and sthat. both at stake and in the closing hours, it's getting ugly out there with unproven claims of hacking, racist robocalls and what could be an historic contest in georgia. >> i'm not worried about how it looks. i'm doing my job. this is how we would handle any investigation when something like this comes up. >> you cannot be the referee and the player.


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