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hello! see the grinch in theaters by saying "get grinch tickets" into your xfinity x1 voice remote. a guy just dropped this off. he-he-he-he. ♪ it is 3:00 a.m. on the east coast. midnight for viewers out west. we'll still up. i'm willie geist. you're watching msnbc's continuing election night coverage. we're tracking democratic gains in the house. democrats needed a net gain of 23 seats. some votes still coming in essentially on west coast. more on those in a moment. our nbc news decision desk
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projects democrats could secure as many as. house seats in the end giving them 230 seats. the senate remains in republican control as specced. republicans picked up a few seats including some of the highest profile ones. some of the results over the course of this night, ted cruz in the highest profile race defeating beto o'rourke holding on to his seat in the state of texas. in indiana, the democrat goes down. donnelly losing to mike braun in a state where the president campaigned quite a bit. in north dakota, another republican gain as kevin cramer defeats heidi heitkamp as expected in the state of north dakota. marsha blackburn winning over phil bredesen. the congresswoman now a senate elect in the state of tennessee. joe manchin in a state where president trump won by more than 40 points, the democrat and
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former governor mansion holding on to his seat. in missouri, claire mccaskill has been knocked off. josh hawley picking up a seat for his party. still too close to call in the arizona senate race. we're watching this closely. martha mcsally and kirstjen sin ma the democrat, the difference about 2,000 votes right now. in nevada, we've been watching this minute by minute. we can tell you dean heller, the republican incumbent has now called the democrat jacky rosen to be concede the race. jacky rosen is giving her speech. let's take a listen. >> i love you guys too but i got it tell you that catherine endorsed me day one and has done so much to invest in building up our state party. she's doing amazing work. i can't wait to be her partner
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and fight for nevada. listen to your stories and take them with us as we do good work for all of you. and i want to thank someone else who has been with me since the beginning. you know, senator reid had some advice for me when i first ran for congress. his advice sass was simple. he said this, know who you are and why you're running. stay true to yourself and your valuesen and be a straight shooter. i appreciate his friendship, guidance and support and a straight shooter is what we're going to be. but i have to tell you i'm a little sentimental tonight because a lot of times you don't get to see book ends in your life. and 40 years ago, i was a young college student working my way
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through school. he and i was a member of 226. but that's not the best part of the story. i was working right down the hall here at cedar's palace as a cocktail waitress to pay my tuition. i put my tips in those nenvelops and it paid for my next year of college. it took awhile, but 40 years later i'm back and here i am. but i think about that young woman then and i never could he have imagined all these years later really that i'd be standing here on this stage as your next united states senator and that everything that's happened in between. you know, my -- i love you guys, too.
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wait, wait. so you know i want to tell you my faith and my upbringing were a big part of my decision to take on this race because i believe it's our responsibility to leave this world a better place than how we found it. after all the hate, all the hate that i've seen recently that we've all seen, i can't tell you how much this means to me. >> that's jacky rosen speaking in las vegas. dean heller called her to concede that race, the republican incumbent. there will be a new senator in the state of nevada. steve kornacki, we've been holding off on this one. too close to call for some time. with him that many speech, it's over in nevada. >> the votes come in. once they come in in nevada, they come in fast and furious. it was this reno area right away, dean leler in 2012, remember barack obama was running for re-election carried nevada pretty easily and won lis
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seat in 2012. it's because did he so well in this part of the state. you see tonight, it's the reverse. jacky rosen ends up winning up there. in what's supposed to be dean heller's best part of the state, you know he's in trouble. you go down to las vegas, you see a double digit lead for jacky rosen. that was pretty much ball game. nationally, the republicans if you said at the start of the night the republicans will be giving multiple seats you would have said surely dean heller will find a way to survive an incumbent in a close race in nevada. republicans will pick up multiple seats tonight even though they're losing a senator in in and in trouble in arizona, as well. a bit of interesting outcome. >> and you're looking at the state of month mountain where we've had a close eye. jon tester trying to hang on for dear life by the thinnest of margins. >> it has changed a little, 2300
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votes now separating tester for p from rosen dale. here's the interesting thing. it says 100% is in in missoula county. university of montana. a big democratic area. it does appear there's more vote coming out of missoula. the issue in montana there's so much mail-in voting. in how it displays here. that is potentially a very significant boost for test tore in terms of trying to find places where he can make up a less than 2300 vote gap. there are democratic areas that have yet to report vote. that missoula thing could be key. >> we want to go back to nevada. steve patterson is at jacky rosen's senate race headquarters in league. a big night for the democrat. >> with jacky rosen still on stage, this was a prime target for the democrats from minute one because dean heller was the
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only senator running for re-election in a state that hillary clinton won in many 2016 so a big bull's eye on this senate race. she mentioned one of the keys to victory. you heard in her speech the number 226. that is the culinary union here in nevada, one of the biggest organizing boys in the entire state. 57,000 members strong, half of those members more than half are latino. more than half are women. the latino such a key vote in this state. more than 28% of the state is latino. we've been watching him mobilize. went out several times canvassing them. by their estimate, they did an estimated 400,000 door knocks. that is a supreme amount of coverage in a place like clark county which is 70% of the electorate in the state. she won clark county and washoe county where reno is. that usually goes to
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republicans. she won in key places where she needed. >> looks like we lost steve patterson? vegas. let's bring in our panel, elise jordan, co-host of the words matter podcast, lisa of co-host of amanpour and company on pbs. political analyst eddie gloud junior is with us, princeton university and chairman for the center for african-american studies. alexi mccammond reporter from axios covering the midterms. alan lichtman a professor at american university in washington, d.c. associate editor for commentary magazine andm snbc contribute ker, noah rothman. elisa, pick up on jacky rosen's big win. >> for a long time, there have been democrats who argued that
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democrats ought to look to the southwest in order to either expand their mam or to build a firewall because demographically account la tip know growth in the southwest poses an opportunity. there was hope going into tonight if democrats could win nevada, arizona, texas, even if they didn't win texas but came within striking distance that it gave credence to the argument that rather than focus on the midwest and voters in the midwest, the democrats could focus on the southwest, on latino votes. we have one of the three coming through. facility arizona comes through, that thought gets a lot more attention. >> texas was close. arizona the vote is still out. >> with nevada specifically i would go back to it was a health care vote. this was, you have dean heller who flich flopped on what he was going to do about repealing obamacare. he said he was going to stand with the very popular republican
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governor and do whatever he wanted and would not vote to repeal but them went ahead and did it. voters in nevada have not been that gung ho about him and this was seen as a vulnerability and weak spot. suddenly he was trying to be very pro-trump but this prior statements he hasn't been. he hedged a bit on that and that uncertainty didn't help his political future. >> alex xi, if you look at the map drawn by republicans tonight, the democrat wins in the state after nevada. they'll be very happy about texas and very happy about the state of missouri where claire mccaskill went down. very happy about the state of indiana where mike braun defeated know donnelly. they may be particularly happy about the state of florida. >> all those folks you just mentioned kavanaugh is a big factor there because they all voted against him. we don't know about any some
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yet. we saw president trump making the gop closing argument this cycle caravan and kavanaugh. it's not that surprising that these red state democratic senators fell so quickly because that's sort of the geography we've been seeing. the two types of incumbents facing the biggest battles were house republicans and red state democratic senators representing states that president trump won by large margins in 2016. >> let's bringing in democratic senator jeff merkley of oregon. he was not up for re-election this year. watching very closely tonight. we'll have to colleagues in the senate come january. we appreciate you being with us. what's your first reaction to the senate, the map drawn tonight? >> well, certainly it's a very painful to lose a number of my very capable colleagues. i must say when you look all over at the number of races, the
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democrats are still winning essentially two out of three races for the u.s. senate. it's just we started with such a map that already had such a large population. >> are you surprised, senator, by some of the races let's take indiana, for example, or missouri? did you hold out hope that joe donnelly and claire mccaskill would hang on? >> yes, zerm have hope. the races we've lost were the four we were most worried about. and, of course, we're hoping jon test tore can hold on in montana. i'm looking forward to the outcome in arizona. but we had hoped really for a miracle. we wanted to win 80% of the races tonight. we didn't reach that goal. but i must say what we have seen is just an increased polarization of america under the leadership of president trump. and i think his verily intense
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effort to divide americans, set them against each other a fair amount of bigotry and racism coming out of the oval office really is so unhealthy for this country. and i hope we can shift into a very different gear here as we go into the next year. >> you did have some disappointments in the senate. you must be heartened by what happened in the house of representatives tonight. the democrats take the reins of the house, it the speakership and the critical committees that will oversee and push back on the president of the united states. what do you expect the political environment to be like now come january with a democratic house against president trump? >> well, i think there will finally be some congressional oversight and accountability for the executive branch which has been much missing. i also feel like there will be a search for topics that the house and senate can work on together.
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i think one of those may well be infrastructure. we thought that would happen two years ago. the president decided instead to push the tax bill rather than investing in infrastructure. but i hope the infrastructure will come back up as an area in much needed in america and where maybe democrats and republicans can find common ground. >> elise jordan has a question for you. >> senator merkley, you've been very outspoken about the child separation policy of the trump administration and the horrific conditions on the border. there immigration battle seems liking it only hit more of a fever pitch this campaign cycle with donald trump's rhetoric really just going -- getting even nastier now there's going to be the deployment of 15,000 troops to our border. do you think that this, the results of this election repudiated or actually showed the strength of donald trump's
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immigration policile? >>. >> well, i think mostly it repudiated it. the outcome in the house very strong and again in the senate we won beak two-thirds of those senate races. you think about there, the administration right now is has been floating this idea that they're going to give immigrant families fleeing persecution a choice. the choice is between inflingting trauma on their children by having their children taken away when they're locked up or by inflicting trauma on the children by locking will them together innive terment camps. i introduced the no internment camps in america act just to dra attention to this strategy of the administration. i think americans just are in general appalled by this. and certainly i hope we do have a congressional debate about the treatment of those families
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fleeing persecution abroad. after all, we either we fled or our ancestors fled. almost all of us came from some kind of roots in which our ancestors fled persecution, religious persecution, famine or war. >> jeff america little democrat. oregon, thanks so much for being with us. we'll head to california next to get a check on the big house races out there. as our late night election coverage continues here on msnbc. (roger) being a good father is important to me so being diagnosed with advanced non-small cell lung cancer made me think of all the things that i wanted to teach my kids. (avo) another tru story with keytruda. (roger) my doctor said i could start on keytruda so i did. with each scan things just got better. (avo) in a clinical study, keytruda offered patients a longer life than chemotherapy. and it could be your first treatment. keytruda is for adults with non-small cell lung cancer that has spread...
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welcome back to msnbc's live coverage, yes, live coverage at 3:22 in the morning here on the east coast, 12:22 out west. joining us now from los angeles is nbc news correspondent cal perry as well as the chief strategist for the serve america movement, deputy campaign manager for john mccain's presidential campaign and deputy campaign manager for arnold schwarzenegger successful re-election campaign in california. >> it's a lot easier to stay up with a three-hour heads up. the votes are continuing to be counted here in california. two races in particular. the california 48. this is orange county, this is republican establishment
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candidate dayne fla rohrabacher, you know this district very well. >> running against harl little rou da. right-hand reagan territory for daks. >> dayne flab rohrabacher started as a speechwriter for reagan. a very tight race. 7,000 votes at last collect. separating these two candidates. mimi walters who is the representative now now you see the incumbent widen her lead, 7,175 votes now. >> irvine is an inland orange county district up ker middle class a lot of diversity there whether or not it's anglo, latino, vietnamese, a lot of different people in the district now. >> the headline right now is montana. let's take a live look at the numbers. it's been a little while since we've spoken directly about
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president trump. i want to go ahead and talk about him here. he's been out to this state i think four times since becoming president. he's invested in this race. clearly it's made a difference. >> the one thing you've been able to see tonight in the senate races is that donald trump is able to motivate and ener advise base voters. month month is a really good example of that. in texas with ted cruz it was the same thing. when the president showed up, he was able to make that difference beholding them to the president when they get to washington. >> when you look at voting numbers when it comes to senate races democrats with some 108 million votes more, republicans picking up seats what does that say for two years from now. >> one remember, there are two democrats running for california. that's 4.3 million votes for democratic senate candidates. it's not exactly an apples to apples thing. two years now, the democrats have to solve the same problem,
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there are 10 to 12 battleground states in the middle of the countries and they have to win. they're going to win california and new york. they have to figure out how to win the other places. >> as we look at this break down, if you're like steve core flack can i, stay tuned with us. we've got the california 10th, 25th, 49th this 48th, look, beta o'rourke told me texas is so red, you can see it red from outer space. california is the same although it's so blue you can see it from outer pace. >> you were having a conversation about a blue wave what, that might look like. did we see a blue wave tonight? >> i think we saw more of like a blue lap pool with maybe an elderly gentleman swimming. > we really downgraded that. >> when we spoke about this a couple weeks ago, it feels like wiig saul exactly what we expected. we saw the house turn the way
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the house was expected. senate math was going to be incredibly difficult. some of the gubernatorial races will be very important going forward. i think it was as expected. montana is a little bit of a surprise. that one is really, really tight and tight going down late. >> cal, reed, we appreciate it. dave wasserman has pulled up a chair at the end of the table. does it matter if it was a wave or not? it was a popular term coming into the night. they got control of the house which was the objective tonight. does the wave part matter? >> this was a suburban revolt mostly limited to the suburbs. the senate was always going to decided by red rural states. the house decided by the whole food districts and pa narl ra districts if you will where republicans were on defense. so this team of divergence rang true tonight.
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now, yes, stacey abrams and beto and an-drew gillum lost their races but what they did was energize a lot of democrats that voted in suburban dallas and houston and miami where democrats picked up key bellwether house sees tonight. the races in georgia look close late in the evening. >> looking down the road, they established a new face of democratic leadership. it feels like there is a bench of democratic leadership. my question to you would, is there the same for republicans. >> who was elected tonight that can go toe to taupe with donald trump? >> of republicans we've seen full trial to go toe to toe, you dropped out. you didn't win your race. or the outlier case south carolina won. i would be curious what you make of mark sanford getting primaried and then the candidate who replaces him loses to a dem
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in a district that voted for romney i think bill maybe 13 points. >> i was in charleston a week ago. i met with both the candidates when i was there. it struck me joe cunningham looks like a country music star, the democrat who won the seat. katie harrington was still on the crusade against mark sanford for having been vocally opposed to trump and she thought he was working behind the scenes for the democrat in that race. maybe it turned out to be a referendum on/off shore drilling as the democrat wanted it to be. that stands out as a big pickup for democrats. >> the say after that race, evers on "morning joe" with us. i said what's your message to republicans. i hate to say it, but don't cross donald trump. he was blunt about that. there's the result tonight, indicate oit arth lost to the
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democrat. that's joe cunningham winning again. that was mark sanford's district. alan, you've been standing by patiently. your big picture thoughts on the night. >> i want to tell you the hidden meaning of these midterm elections for 2020. as you know, i have a system called the keys to the white house that have correctly forecast the results of every presidential election since before you were born in 184. and as a result of this midterm, the incumbent republican who's hold the white house lost a key. the mandate key which is measured by midterm house elections. that's another keel down. and therein midterm also put a second keep in jeopardy, the scandal key because everybody is talking about the house democrats now having investigatory and subpoena
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power. if they and the special counsel uncover really damaging information about donald trump, another key drops. while donald trump has called in a tremendous victory, in fact, it has significant little undermined his chances to win in 20208. >> first of all, thank you for shaving ten years off my age. i appreciate that. don't you believe there's the argument that donald trump now has a foyle in nancy pelosi, he has someone in the house he can fight with and he likes nothing more? >> i think they'll like that. but this is conventional thinking. you know, convention counsel thinking says it's the speeches. it's the debates. it's the ads. it's the adversarial conflicts that decide a presidential election. keys to the white house problem that is absolutely false. it is the big picture that the decides presidential elections. midterm election results. scandal, and the state after the
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economy. foreign policy. all the things that the keys gauge. the keys also suggest that the democrats would be making a monumental mistake by pickinging in 2020 a so-called safe establishment electable candidate like joe biden. they did that with walter mondale. michael dukakis. al gore, john kerry. hillary clinton. and what do all those candidates have in common. every single one of them lost. there is a charisma key for the challengers. no old party war wa horse is going to win it. the democrats need someone new like beta o'rourke. >> to pick up on something you were saying, you were saying that democrats shouldn't try to pick a moral centrist candidate in 8020, yet tonight, you look at a lot of the losses and all of the so-called progressive candidates pretty much lost. >> that's not what i said.
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what i said was they shouldn't pick an establishment candidate, a so-called electable candidate. i said nothing about ideology. what they need is a barack obama in many 2008. a bill dplont 1clinton in 1992, exciting new face capable of galvanizing the electorate. it's called the challenge erl ca ris mao key, the only key under the control of the challenging party. if you're a democrat, let's not make the mistake of deciding who you think is electable and picking again a dukakis, a kerry, a gore a clinton. >> i love the keys to the white house. i've got to jump in for one second. we now have a call to make at 3:3g 2 in the morning in the wisconsin governor's race, tony evers is the an apparent winner in that governor's race, defeating scott walker who has
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won twice and another time when he held off the recall election. scott walker goes down in the state of wisconsin to tony evers. your reaction? >> this is a solace for dra in governor's races after gillum and what looks like abrams. big pickup for democrats here. >> should we be surprised by the result. >> it was tight. did you feel like walker was going to pull it out. >> i always put a thumb on the scale for evers. these governor rounds will be hugely important for the next round of redistricting. >> this is an indication of grass-roots organizers. we forget all of the unions and folks who came out just a couple election cycles ago against scott walker. this is the culmination of that momentum on the ground. this is huge we're seeing the back of his head. this is huge. >> noah rothman, scott walker has been tap dancing through the
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state of wisconsin barely surviving. over the years. he ran out of luck tonight. >> it's probably not much of a surprise but still devastating from the conservative perspective given how successful he's been in governing as a conservative in a state that is previously rather hostile towards conservative gonch governance. the big take away of the night, republican gains over the course of barack obama's president sill were so substantial and so important to them as a party because they focused very much on the state level on legislative level on the gubernatorial level. we saw some democratic, ef new hampshire, new mexico. we haven't seen the kind of dramatic gains we saw new 2012 even and 2014. with the loss after governors in places or democratic challengers in places like florida, ohio and iowa, it suggests that heading
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into 2020 and especially for reapportionment in 2021, the democrats will not be enjoying the kind of gains that republicans made in such a short period of time under obama. >> tony evers add to the list illinois, kansas, new mexico, michigan, republicans celebrating wins in the state of florida, ohio and we may learn tomorrow in the state of georgia. much more ahead when we come back. we're watching an the midterm elections live in late night here on msnbc. so this christmas, take care of the hands that take care of you. that's me in back in 1987, when i gave isotoner gloves to all my teammates. now i have a different set of teammates. my family. and they all want isotoner gloves for christmas because they keep getting better. there's smartouch. for selfies whenever, wherever. then there's four way stretch for flexibility. they even have smartdri.
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already pass the minimum net gain of 23 to lock up the majority now trying to run that up. republicans still in control of the senate. a few late races still too close to call will determine the margin of victory. looking at the arizona senate race. martha mcsally the republican, kirsten sin ma. in the state of florida back on the east coast, 38,000 votes separate rick scott the republican and the incumbent democrat bill nelson. we're still waiting to call that one. in montana jon tester and the republican rosen dale in the state of montana. we've been able to project jacky rosen, the democrats will be the next senator from the state of nevada come january. knocking off republican incumbent dean heller there. in the nevada. governor's race, steve sissy
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lack, another in the democrat category in the governors mansions, as well. we have two late calls in nevada we can make. as i said, the nbc decision desk predicting jacky rosen unseating dean heller. dean heller has already conceded there. do we have kornacki over there? you hate when he disappears. he hasn't left the board. we worry about him when he's not there. he hasn't left for about 24 hours maria teresa kumar, an msnbc contributor, susan del percio, political analyst, also with us, elise jordan and adrian elrod, former director of strategic communications for hillary clinton's 2016 campaign and at the end of the table, dave wasserman. welcome to you all. >> good morning. we've agreed it's morning now. maria, let's talk about the kind
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of candidate that won tonight. we were talking on the break a young candidate, we were talking about women, historic firsts, as well. >> for the very first time, we're about to vote in 100 women in congress at one time. 22 women are new. we're going to send in the first two muslim american women into congress. 600 millennials ran for office. mostly democrats. that moons all of a sudden, the democrat are refreshing the bench. we're not only talking about yes, congress but filling state houses. that's a big deal when it comes to redistricting in 2020. >> if you're a republican and you are, susan and looking at what happened tonight, the loss of the house and the pushback nag jerry nadler has already said he's going to apply on the president of the united states, how are you feeling today you? picked up some seats in the senate. you picked up some governors mansions. >> if you're donald trump you're
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really scared. or at least very concerned because you will have to deal with nancy pelosi and a lot of new chairs especially when it comes to the intel committee. nunes is out. his protect in chief is out. that's going to be problematic. up with thing, if you look at tonight's results and you're donald trump looking towards 2020, what has to concern you is, he wrung out every vote he could for republicans. republicans had no growth. based what we heard just now, democrats are growing with millennials and hispanics. everywhere, there's a lot of prospect for democrats to go to. republicans have none. that's the most concerning thing at this point. >> add to the list of new faces, veterans. max rose over in staten island. >> many of them who ran as democrats. >> max rose did he. >> one out of six vote ares that
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came out to vote were new voters and most of them wrem democrats. >> adrian, susan del%io gives us the point of view of the republican and what trump might be feeling tonight. as a democrat, how does it feel? >> it feels great. i was working at the campaign committee. 2006 when democrats split the house. that was an exciting evening. them feels almost the same. as marie yea pointed out, democrats have a major advantage. more women and millennials are voting for democrats. we're expanding the base and the map and our bench for future. we're building a new generation of elected officials to lead the party for generations to come. that's another thing we can't look over tonight. >> alexei still with us from us washington, d.c. she's not here. i made that up. maybe some wishful thinking. let's talk about the makeup of
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congress now, dave, and what it means for the president of the units. we've talked about jerry nadler, nancy pelosi gets the gavel back. adam schiff pining to are up the intel committee and now gets that he chance. talking about his plans to protect bob mueller and his investigation. this is a completely different dynamicing in washington. >> the margin confident majority for democrats has always mattered as much as the majority for purposes of determine who the speaker will be and the direction of the party in the house. there were. democrats who were on the d trip are c he's list of endorsees who pledged they would not vote for nancy pelosi for speaker. if democrats only have a majority of you know, of ten or 128 seats, then it's possible nancy pelosi won't have the votes to become speaker. she has held the line in some respects against this drive of
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the base to impeach the president but the democrats could come under heavy pressure from their base and coming two years to go to more drastic measures. >> we haven't heard the word impeachment yet. nancy pelosi has been very careful to stay away from that word. there is a wing of the democratic party who says the reason we want the house back can to get rid of donald trump through impeachment. >> politically that was a smart move on nancy pelosi's behalf. that riles up the republican base and democrats frustrated with congress not getting anything done. it don't necessarily prael to them the idea of starting impeachment proceedings. whether other zrats will be able to show similar resnant pour remains to be seen. >> she did say tonight or through people with her approval that they will get donald trump's taxes.
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so that was kind of sweetening the pot to say i'm willing to go aggressive to the. new members who mail challenge her. that was a little sweeter in for them to say we're going to go on offense. >> we'll see the president will try to stress test the system and see how far he can push it. >> he. >> he can. i think that is the challenge. i think the democrats really have to walk this plank carefully. if he would immediately little they start saying impeachment, he starts winning in a very big way. my reputation is for them to start investigating all the cabinet members one by one. every single one of them has their hand in the cookie jarl. he didn't have any power. >> impeachment goes nowhere with the senate. allen lichtman, is it too much to think, aenl a scenario where
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donald trump has nancy pelosi to deal with as the speaker. things start to get done. donald trump likes to portray himself as a dealmaker, who wants to get in a room with somebody and cut a deal. is there hope that may happen. >> absolutely. one thing to understand about donald trump. " man has no ideology and no principles. what he caress about is donald trump. what donald trump thrives on aside from controversy and request divisions is wins. he doesn't care how he gets it or what the ideological makeup of that wind might be. if it means dealing with the devil, consider nancy pelosi, then deal with the devil on infrastructure, on prison reform and maybe even go back to that compromise on immigration reform that he rejected several months
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ago. absolutely do not underestimate the fact that donald trump can turn on a dime. he can turn in an hour, in a day, in a week. don't presume he's going to stand by principal. >> nancy pelosi was asked how she might work with donald trump. she said infrastructure strur. a lot more to come on ns flp bc. we'll talk about some of the key issues that drove voters in record numbers to the polls tonight. an important message about health care reform.
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adding him to our table of contributors who bravely stayed with me throughout the night. you covered the white house closely. how is the white house feeling today? president trump seems on twitter to be subdued a bit quoting other people saying nice things about him. >> they've been prepared for this result. they weren't going to say it publicly. the white house was expecting the house to slip away and end the era of one-party control in washington. this marks a new chapter in the trump presidency. i think we're going to see a pretty bullish output from the president and the west wing in the next day or so. that's how they were signaling. they feel like there are historic headwinds pointing, of course, usually sitting presidents do lose a bunch of seats there, in this case they lost control but feeling good about picking off a few seats in the senate, the president personally invested in a couple
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of those races. in his final two days, went 5 for 5. in terms of the states he went to. some of that is they picked ones they thought they could win. he deserves some credit for carrying some of these candidates as in missouri, ohio, indiana over the finish line and they feel like that this is a victory for him. we didn't hear much from the president. one tweet that signaled a thank you and that it was a terrific result. they know that thing have changed. they know they face investigations. their agenda will at all. they also feel like they have and i foyle to run against. they kept the senate. >> the president yesterday was in indiana, missouri and ohio. jonathan as you know better than i, impeachment is on the president's mind from time to time. part of the case he made for people to get out and vote and keep control of the house was he didn't want nancy pelosi and
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others to consider the idea after impeachment and told his voters they want to undo your free and fair election from 2016. are you hearing much about that word? some democrats staying away from it. what's the white house take on that? >> i think most in the white house would welcome that fight. they think impeachment is a nonstarter. the republicans kept the senate. in 199 , republicans and did impeach bill clinton. it was perceived as a political overreach. his poll numbers continued to climb. they will think that's a fight they can win. there are more concerned where what will be an endless litany of investigations coming their way. now that the democrats control the house or will as of january and have the power of the subpoena, there will be all sorts of investigations. it will be look can into cabinet members, corruption, whether the president's business profited off of him being in office. they're more concerned about
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that. they'll try to paint that as the democrats overreaching. they'll still certainly try to make nancy pelosi but not just her but the as zendent committee chairman paint them as the bad guys they're trying to overstep what the voters have given them and know that's going to be an issue. there will be some, our reporting indicates some measured attempts at bipartisanship. some efforts to try to work together whether it's infrastructure or-opioids. they know this is a divided washington now. gridlock will set in further. there's no sense in a deeplirized city and nation, there's no sense they won't get deeper. >> just to add to that, let's not forget how inexperienced this white house is. so they also had the house leading a lot of their jend putting it forward and knew how to manage everything beacon
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behalf of the white house. now you're going to have the democrats in charge who know how to do investigations. the white house doesn't know how to respond to this. it's like they're almost entering a brand-new administration. they're facing such new challenges that they don't know how to handle it just from the get go which is going to be also very problematic. >> he's centralized power and incapacity tated any of his advisers to go on his behalf to congress and as a result, he's going to be more vulnerable. >> he won't have devin nunes coming in with early leaks. we're staying up all night. don't you dare go to bed on us now. you've made it this far. just keep going. we're live from 30 rockefeller center on a big election night. we're coming right back. [ phone rings ] what?!
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