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good morning. thanks stow muo much for joinin. we are live from our nation's capital. i'm carol costello. the clock is ticking and the decision finally near. we are now just one day away from americans choosing their next president and the candidates are racing to cover as much ground as possible, fanning out across battleground states where the election could be won or lost. clinton pulling out all the stops for a star-studded event in fill an tonight. she and her family will host president obama, the first lady,
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bruce springsteen will perform alongside jon bon jovi. donald trump barnstorming five states as mike pence hits four. trump's children will also be on the trail. as time runs short, lines have grown long. some voters waited for hours to cast early votes this weekend and there's growing evidence of a huge turnout among latino voters. the trump campaign balking at polling stations adding hours to accommodate the overflow crowds. let's begin this morning with jason carroll. he's following the trump campaign. good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. donald trump calling this a marathon and he is running to as many key states as possible in these final hours, including the state of florida, where as you know historically it's always close and recent polling bearing that out. one poll showing clinton up by one, another showing trump and clinton tied at 45-45. this is a must-win state so what do you do going forward if
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you're the trump campaign in terms of strategy? you hit this state hard and in terms of strategy, you keep driving home your message, repealing and replacing obamacare, keep talking about the so-called rigged system, the trump campaign saying the fbi director's most recent decision is more evidence of the so-called rigged system. once again, this is a must-wi state for the trump campaign. the clinton campaign encouraged by what you are talking about, the early latino voter turnout here. they say that will favor them. the trump campaign saying look, they can still squeak out a win here in the state of florida but in terms of going forward they are also going to have to flip a blue state. where do you do that? perhaps the upper midwest, perhaps a place like michigan. wisconsin looking more like a long shot. maybe in the rockies as well. maybe a state like colorado. so make no mistake, in terms of going forward, the trump campaign feels as though they have a path, several paths to get to 270 but all those paths involve flipping a blue state
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and also hitting as many key states as possible. after they're done here in florida, they will be heading to pennsylvania, then new hampshire and then finally ending up in the state of michigan. carol? >> all right. jason carroll, thanks so much. this is hillary clinton in white plains, about to take off to continue her campaign. let's listen in. >> i'm really excited about having a chance to make all these stops today. the event tonight at independence hall is really meaningful to me, about where it is and everyone who's there. >> it seems to me that over time, you have been often ahead of your time. you have been sometimes misunderstood. you have encountered a lot of prejudice. do you think that today america understands you and is ready to accept you? >> well, i think i have some work to do to bring the country together. as i have been saying in these
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speeches in the last few days, i really do want to be the president for everybody, people who vote for me, people who vote against me, because i think that these splits, these divides that have been not only exposed but exacerbated by the campaign on the other side are ones that we really do have to bring the country together. >> can do you that? >> yes. absolutely. absolutely. i love this country and i believe in our people and we have a big agenda ahead of us but i'm excited. i think we will get a lot done and i do think we will bring the country together. >> any concerns about tomorrow at all? >> we just have to work until the last vote count is in. we are on a good track.
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>> everyone please move back. >> we will break away. hillary clinton about to board her plane to continue campaigning in, what, four states today. let's break this all down. with me is dan pfeiffer, cnn political commentator, former senior adviser to president obama and matt schlapp, former george w. bush political director. welcome to both of you. you feel the excitement? >> oh, yeah. i feel the fatigue. >> you feel the same? >> absolutely. >> what do the candidates feel like on this day? one last day to get their message out. >> they are exhausted. they have been going at this for two years. they are basically on auto pilot. but what is keeping them alive and awake is the same thing keeping the staff awake. they can see the finish line and the enthusiasm they will feel from the crowds in every stop today. >> is it possible for them to sleep at night? because i would just be -- >> yeah. first of all, i worked for
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president bush and he liked to be home sleeping in his own bed with his own pillow. it was unusual for him to remain in cities overnight. donald trump just seems like a rock band, sleep on the plane and get ready for the next event and the stories you are reading says he's one of these people like mitt romney who doesn't require that much sleep and is very energetic. bob dole did this in 1996 where he just campaigned continuously the last 24 hours. i think what you're seeing from trump is something similar. it is unusual to be that aggressive in the final stretch. it plays into his strength which is this enthusiasm gap between trump and clinton. trump supporters are very excited about going over because they lost twice. they want to win. we want to win. for hillary clinton, it's just more methodical. not quite as much love there but she's up in a lot of polls so i think they feel good about their chances. >> in early voting, i will talk to you about that in just a second, because those voters are certainly jazzed supposedly about hillary clinton, right?
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i want to head back out to white plains because brianna keilar was taking part in that press conference hillary clinton threw at the last moment. what did we glean from that? >> reporter: well, she is certainly very ready for this soon to be over and to be going through this final day. we are being ushered on to the plane and you can see secretary clinton as she's getting on the plane. i will actually take you on the plane with me, if i can. we are totally flying by the seat of our pants here as we try to get out of white plains. we have four stops today. we are going to pittsburgh, then going to grand rapids, michigan. let's walk this way. we will head to the press section of the plane. we will be going on to philadelphia where secretary clinton will be campaigning with president obama and first lady michelle obama and she will end her night in raleigh tonight in what has been really just a nasty, fast-moving, unprecedented general election campaign battle. you talked to officials here, i'm just going to the side as we get everyone on, you talk to
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campaign officials and it really comes down to their get out the vote efforts and their ground game, and they are feeling very confident about it. they are looking at early vote turnout. they think it's giving them the advantage but of course, polls have tightened so there's this anxiety about can anything happen going on. i'm going to toss it back to you. we are at the end of the press line getting on to the plane. >> okay. i wouldn't want to make that large secret service man angry. we will let you get on board that plane and check back with you when you arrive at your destination. many thanks. let's talk about early voting. in states like florida and north carolina, there was this huge surge of hispanic voters turning out. what does that tell you? >> i think it shows there's tremendous enthusiasm for hillary clinton. for the clinton campaign, it's running a top-notch field organization. they have basically won nevada before election day. they put that in the bank. that's a key trump state, one where his name's on the building. it's really key to any path to
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270. they have won that. florida is in a better place now than in 2012. it shows organization and enthusiasm which are the two elements you need for a successful presidential campaign. >> so clinton supporters keep talking about organization, organization, organization. you don't hear that so much from trump supporters. >> actually, as dan knows, the organization's done by the committees, victory committees, both for the dnc and rnc. the rnc has taken the lead and actually had more people and more offices on the ground in these battleground states than in any previous election. i think our high water mark for a ground game was 2004. we will see how we do this time. i think the key on the early vote is more people are voting early and democrats tend to do better on the early voting than republicans. we tend to do better on election day. so people are assuming that just because so many more people are voting early, that those trends will keep up on election day. that's the big question. we don't know if they will. we also don't know what turnout's going to be. with donald trump there are two things to his advantage. he does have a huge enthusiasm
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gap, ten points. he also has people, let's face it, who are going to vote for him but won't talk about it. they aren't telling pollsters. >> the secret trump voter. >> you think there are some? most people i know know some. >> most trump supporters i talk to are way out with it. they're not shy. >> but this is the questin on election day. i had to wait in a long line to vote early. if you are enthusiastic about your candidate you will do anything to go vote. if you are less enthusiastic, life is complicated, sometimes things come up. that's why that matters. >> so donald trump sort of called into question those long lines, called into question that elections officials decided to keep the polls open to accommodate all those people who wanted to vote. why do you think he's doing that? >> i have no idea why donald trump says the things he saysment it's deeply irresponsible. in many cases he's accusing states run by republican governors of rigging the elections for hillary clinton. which seems unlikely. we have a tradition in this country, john kerry did it in 2004, al gore did it in 2000,
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john mccain and mitt romney when they lost the election, they conceded and tried to bring the country together. al gore had a case to make. >> i was going to say, i wouldn't go with that. >> he made his case. >> for a long time. >> for a long time. i was there in florida. state man ddated recount. the first thing he did after the supreme court made its decision was concede to president bush, help bring the country together. the question is, is donald trump going to take that responsible position? everything he's done this campaign suggests no but hope springs eternal. >> if donald trump does lose, will he gracefully concede? >> absolutely. i think like we all know, we will make sure the results get the proper -- some of these states, the polls are awfully tight when you look at the battleground states. some of them, many of them, five or six show a one point difference. some of the states require a recount. that should happen. 2000 was unbelievable. i think al gore went too far in pursuit of this and it actually hurt him.
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i actually think the bad thing about that is it hurts the president who comes in as well. i do think we have to get through this. i also think it's wrong for all of these court cases that are going on at the last minute. let's simply follow the rules. i was in line on sunday to vote and i was surprised how many people were in line. it's a great thing in a democracy. i want everyone to vote. know what the elections officials said? when the time came he said everyone who is in line, we will make sure every one of you votes no matter how long it takes. that's a fair interpretation of the rule. i was totally fine with that. where it gets strange is when you have the ninth circuit coming in telling arizona they have to change their voting laws at the last minute, when they tell people who are tying to have clean voter files that they can't do that, they have to keep people who shouldn't be voting on the rolls. that's wrhere it gets funny and people start to think do we have a good system. let's just follow the rules. i'm for everybody voting. >> you may be. a lot of your party is not. >> that's not true. >> that is absolutely true. changing the rules in ohio, north carolina. north carolina, there's
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documented evidence of getting rid of sunday early voting because high percentage of african-americans vote on that day. that's been a tried and true practice of the republican party for many years now. >> i just completely reject this. i think the fact is this. i think we ought to have laws and follow those laws. we shouldn't break those laws just because it's near election day. let's follow them. by the way, in a lot of these states, elections are controlled at the state and local level so a lot of places where we are talking about, there's democratic elected officials as well. i think people look at this process and say they want it to be transparent and to be fair. that's what i want. >> but the good news is there just has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud in any recent election. >> he just said he went to florida for the whole month. i assume i went for the whole month. why did we all go? we all went because when races are close it comes down to the subjective opinions of people on the ground. we all know it. which is why we send operatives. if this race turns out to be close it's important that both parties and both campaigns are represented throughout that process so that people feel like
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the voting process has integrity. >> they have been through history, right? >> there's a difference between state mandated recounts if the race is so close that recount is mandated or the losing candidate has the opportunity to call for one, that should happen. it's following the rules. there's a difference between that and suggesting there is voter fraud or calling things rigged if there's -- >> or doing what the ninth circuit did, changing arizona's laws at the very end where the supreme court had to intervene and say no, arizona gets to set its election laws. all of that is wrong. >> i have to leave it there. the important thing is go vote. please go vote. >> that's right. >> that's what makes our country so great. thanks to both of you for stopping by. coming up in the "newsroom" one of the strongest weapons in the clinton arsenal is being deployed in michigan. why is president barack obama going to that traditionally democratic state? are the democrats a little nervous? when they thought they should westart saving for retirement.le
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i want to bring you right back to white plains, new york. you see the clinton campaign plane sitting on the tarmac. brianna keilar is on board that plane. hillary clinton's plane about to take off to pittsburgh for a big rally there. brianna, tell us what's going on inside that plane. >> reporter: well, the engines have just fired up. we are all sitting down and we are ready to go for our first stop which is going to be pittsburgh, pennsylvania. you hear they are making the announcements right now just before we depart. we were just on the tarmac a short while ago talking and hillary clinton was talking to
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reporters, and she said she's excited to be going to battleground states. she also said she understand is there is work to do to bring the country together. she also seemed to be very happy, of course, that this is over. we are just starting to move now actually. it's really all going to be about turnout. that's what hillary clinton was stressing. i will tell you, her campaign is feeling pretty good because they really have a behemoth of a ground game operation and donald trump pretty much has a nonexistent one. he's relying on the republican party apparatus and it's not quite really where the clinton machine of voter turnout volunteer organization is. that's really going to be the test as we move into tomorrow. >> i was just curious now that hillary clinton has been cleared in this latest e-mail investigation, is huma abedin on the plane? >> reporter: i do not believe that she is on the plane. she's been absent for some time and i will tell you the campaign is, i think, happy that they
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heard this from the fbi yesterday, that they are not changing their assessment in july, but at the same time, there's a feeling that damage has been done and certainly the original sin of all of that was how hillary clinton set up her e-mail. so that's something they have had to deal with through the campaign. they will continue to. we are going through the bumps here as we are about to taxi. i will sign off so we can -- we will head off now. >> okay. i thought the flight attendant was going to yell at you there for a second. brianna keilar live from inside hillary clinton's campaign plane. we will check back once she gets to pittsburgh. let's head to michigan now. we are minutes away from president obama speaking in ann arbor. it's a sign of change in that state. cnn correspondent jessica schneider is live in ann arbor to tell us more about that. >> reporter: hi, carol. a rigorous final week of campaigning for president obama. he's been hop-scotching around the country touching down soon here in ann arbor, michigan,
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where he will speak at the university of michigan. you can see behind me the crowd, the all important vote, millenials. this is a president who has preached hope and change and inspiration. his job in the final few hours, inspire people to get out there and vote. of course, as brianna said, the numbers are crucial for hillary clinton, hence this frenzied activity, especially here in michigan, where we have seen a flurry of the candidates themselves as well as surrogates. chelsea clinton will be introducing president obama when he speaks here a little bit after noon. we have also seen donald trump in this state. he was here last night, he plans to hold a late night campaign rally in grand rapids later today. his children are also stumping throughout the state today. the trump team has been barreling down hard on michigan and that's all been the result of some tightening poll numbers. we can show you the latest poll from late last week. the numbers definitely tightening. hillary clinton standing at 42%, donald trump at 38%. she is still leading by four points but what's important in that poll is that it's down
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considerably from the 11 point lead she had about a month ago. of course, they are vying for the 16 electoral votes. president obama out here today to galvanize those voters because they understand at this point, michigan counts. >> all right. jessica schneider reporting live from ann arbor, michigan. let's talk about this. with me is reid wilson, national correspondent for the hill, david louder, washington bureau chief of the los angeles times, and mark preston is here, cnn politics executive editor. welcome to all of you. so mark, what's going on in michigan? >> well, clearly the clinton campaign has decided that they need to shore up any support that they have lost in michigan. the trump people will tell you their internal polling over the past couple weeks was closing in on that. clearly, the clinton campaign must have seen that as well because they wouldn't be spending this very important time in detroit over the past couple of days. look, i think michigan is still a reach for donald trump to win, but the fact of the matter is when you see the clinton
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campaign going in there with surrogates and herself, we saw bill clinton there last week, it says something. >> so the michigan governor, a republican, said that he wouldn't say who he's voting for. i don't know, does that carry any significance? >> no. rick snyder has been i don't want to say a never trumper but he's never been on the trump train for awhile. what i think we are seeing in this last little bit of travel around the country here, the clinton team is trying to goose a very specific demographic to turn out to the polls, african-american voters. we have seen a huge spike in hispanic voters in states like nevada and florida. the african-american turnout numbers have lagged, especially in states like north carolina and michigan. president obama being in ann arbor, that's different. that's aimed at turning out younger voters who generally vote democratic but who may not have turned out as robustly as some of the other -- >> something that was interesting this morning, robby
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mook, clinton's campaign manager, was on the morning shows and said that there's this surge in hispanic voters and also in asian voters. but he didn't mention african-american voters which i found interesting. all of a sudden it's asian voters. >> well, they definitely have had a problem with african-american turnout, no question about it. you look at north carolina, now you can argue that that was partly because the state changed the rules to make it harder for african-american voters. but in michigan, in ohio, you have seen a downturn in african-american vote, in places like cleveland. so that's a problem for the clinton campaign. it could be a problem in a state like pennsylvania as well. they want to shore that up. they think they can and they certainly have the get out the vote operation that's been targeted at doing precisely this. you know, they demonstrated during the primaries that they do know how to execute their game plan and they consistently turned out the voters they needed. >> let's talk about specifically that game plan because they reported, the clinton campaign, some impressive numbers.
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>> right. right. let's look, again, we have to take them at their word for what they are telling us but let's take a look at what the clinton campaign has said they did this weekend alone. they said they have knocked on 6.2 million doors this past weekend and they called 8.1 million voters and since september, they have contacted 45 million different voters. >> 45 million voters. >> right. that's significant bus we pecau pay a lot of attention to the big rallies but elections are won or lost by volunteers and voter contact by those who are working in key states. if we look at the republican side, so republicans are telling us they have had 600 staff that have been working this election which is significant given the fact they say there was 800 people that they only had in their ground game operation back in 2012. this is really part and parcel with what happened after their loss in 2012, they realized the obama machine was so strong. in addition to that, they said they knocked on at least four million doors this weekend and they have had more volunteers
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now than they have ever had in 44 years. >> newt gingrich said republicans had the best ground game in 44 years. >> they very well may have built a better ground game than they have ever had but the difference between the democratic operation and the republican operation is stunning. mark just mentioned 600 staffers on the republican side. take a look not only at the trump campaign, but the republican national committee and state parties in these key battleground states. we went through the federal election commission reports. we found about 1400 staffers in the key battleground states. on the democratic side, in those same states, the clinton campaign and dnc, we found 5100 employees in all those states. take a look at minnesota, where donald trump was yesterday. sort of a hail mary throw in a traditionally democratic state. the trump campaign or republican state party out there had 11 people on payroll in september. the democratic party had 225. there are five to one margins in ohio, pennsylvania and florida, almost ten to one in nevada
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until late staff shipped over -- >> some people might be hearing those numbers saying why isn't hillary clinton like just pounding him in battleground states? >> well, partisanship matters. you have got probably 90% of voters who have made up their minds long ago, probably three quarters of the voters made up their minds before the campaign even started. but when you get down to the margins, the last few votes, ground game matters. so you look at a state like florida, look at dade county, miami, more than 88% of the 2012 turnout, they have already voted. that doesn't happen by itself. it happens because a campaign is out there dragging people out and by and large, that doesn't seem to be the trump campaign that's doing that. now, maybe they can make up the gap with a huge surge on election day. that's their hope. that's a really tall order. >> the interesting thing about the hispanic voters who turned out in such massive numbers in florida and also in nevada is what a third of them were people who have never voted before? >> right.
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so what's interesting is we were looking at the data last night and from 2008 to 2016, we saw 105% increase in hispanic early voters. now, we don't know if they are all going to vote for hillary clinton, but if i'm going to las vegas with a dollar, i'm betting on the fact they voted for hillary clinton or by and large. in nevada alone, 30% of clark county, we don't have demographic data on who actually voted but we know hispanics make up 30% of that area. 57,000 people voted in one day alone on friday, which goes to the get out the vote operation. two things just to note, we try to put all these numbers out there and the viewers try to understand, the democratic get out the vote operation is a credit to what barack obama built from 2006 to where we stand right now. having said that, the republican operation is entirely buoyed by the republican national committee and not the trump campaign. so that's a testament to reince priebus and the rnc putting together a ground game
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operation. >> got to leave it there. a fascinating conversation. thanks to all of you for stopping by this morning. ahead in the "newsroom" a cnn crew gets stuck in the middle of a deadly isis attack. the only thing they can do is hunker down. >> reporter: we need to go in this house. go, go, go, go, go. in there. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare? that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement insurance plans, they could save you in out-of-pocket medical costs. call today to request a free decision guide. with these types of plans, you'll be able to visit any doctor or hospital that accepts medicare patients... plus, there are no networks,
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good morning. thanks so much for joining me. i'm carol costello. the u.s. and turkey laying out a long-term plan to retake the government of raqqah in syria
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which is now under isis control. meantime, u.s.-backed militia groups announcing plans to push out the terror group by shutting down the so-called back door escape out the city. this as the fight against isis rages on in iraq as forces try to liberate mosul. earlier today, kurdish forces reclaimed a town near the city. cnn's arwa damon has been reporting from the front lines. over the weekend she was trapped in the middle of a fierce gun battle with isis. what you are about to see is the war with isis first-hand like you have never seen it before. i have to warn you some of the images you are about to see are graphic. here's arwa damon's exclusive report. >> reporter: after three weeks of this advance of the iraqi military, it's at last about to enter mosul. the men of the elite counter terrorism force are in high spirits. but after the open plains of northern iraq they are about to meet a terrible new reality.
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this is not a place these soldiers know, but their enemy does. the challenge they are facing right now is there are snipers on rooftops and they are receiving incoming mortar fire that isis is shooting from areas that have civilians in them which makes it almost impossible for the counter terrorism units to be able to fire back. the three cars have disappeared down the side street. already, there's a sense that this will be a different battle. civilians are still waving white flags but the roads are getting narrower. we're in isis territory. it's clearly marked.
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the convoy slows down and on the soldiers' faces, nerves begin to show. and then the roads give way to muddy alleys. there's nowhere to turn. it's so claustrophobic. and every car here, every garbage can, could be a bomb. it's heartbreaking that some families are still here. so is his 19-year-old daughter. she's crying. she was accepted into university but she never went.
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her younger brother is paralyzed with fear, cowering with his mother in the back. then a car approaches. frantic, shouted warnings. clearly, he's not a bomber. but he's critically injured. minutes later, he is dead. an innocent taxi driver, it would seem, in the wrong place at the wrong moment. now there's more incoming fire. they have been coming across quite a bit of sniper fire, gunfire, mortar rounds. rocket-propelled grenades and of
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course, the car bombs. even in the midst of battle, moments of humanity. but they are all too fleeting. isis fighters are on the rooftops. three grenades land in the street. >> how did you get this? >> grenade. >> reporter: bullets rig shea off our vehicle, intensifying as we go forward. then a suicide car bomb right behind us. there was a flash of orange, ears ringing. then another. that was the second massive explosion like that. the first one they said was a
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suicide car bomb. it exploded on the vehicles that are just behind us. there are a number of soldiers running in the street. one was carrying his buddy who seemed to be wounded. they spot enemy movement. the incoming fire is now intense. the bulldozer is hit. our vehicle takes more fire. soldiers shoot at a motorbike racing towards us. it's hit. we hear the hiss of a tire losing air. we realize we are trapped. vehicles, wreckage everywhere. our mrap takes a direct hit.
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>> honestly, i don't know. we need to go in this house. go, go, go, go, go. inside, in there. >> reporter: we take cover. injured soldiers and a terrified family. reese has a small head wound. more wounded arrive. injured himself, the staff
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sergeant treats the head wound. isis has systematically targeted and disabled almost every vehicle in our convoy. there are only three working humvees. it's been hours since they called for backup and none has arrived. they need to evacuate their own wounded. they don't even have enough vehicles to get everyone out. that's assuming that they would even be able to do so because they say there are still isis fighters that have them surrounded on all sides. later, isis released its own video of the battle. they had filmed the very house where we were taking shelter from just across the street. it's almost dark. the front line has moved right next to the house where we have sheltered. we need to move but every time we try, gunfire drives us back. it's complete chaos and
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absolutely terrifying. we need to get to a humvee five steps away. finally, we make a run for it. clambering in as quickly as we can. but there are so many damaged vehicles in our way, our humvee gets entangled in another. we break free but go just ten yards. a long and frightening night in hiding follows. we had no idea that isis fighters were filming the war booty they had recovered from the regiment's wrecked vehicles just down the street.
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it's dawn and we're still alive. we're with more than a dozen wounded soldiers. only six who are not. ammunition is running low. it's been almost 20 hours since they first called for backup and sent out the alarm that they were surrounded. they're still waiting. the soldiers with us are exhausted but determined. they know they're in this fight alone. on the rooftop they scan for isis fighters. the soldiers get ready for the attack they know is coming. someone has been shot. the grief of a woman yards away is almost hideous. where is he, she yells. and then it erupts again. isis have the house surrounded.
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our only defenders are mostly the walking wounded. a grenade lands in the courtyard. more wounded are brought in. they tell us it was tossed by an isis fighter in the house behind us. an air strike hits the house and brings down the outer wall of the home we're in. the family we're with hide under the staircase. one of the boys cries i don't want to die. hours later, a moment of utter relief. a regiment has arrived as backup. along with a humvee to evacuate us. it's less than a mile to safety. we're lucky. we can leave the combat zone.
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these men will have to return. the battle for mosul has only just begun. >> such a powerful story. cnn's senior international correspondent arwa damon joins us now live from erbil. it's so hard for us to determine whether that was progress on the iraqi troops' part or not. >> reporter: you know, the bottom line is that the defenses that isis has put into place are posing greater challenges than the iraqis themselves or anyone, for that matter, had anticipated and they are proving to be quite sophisticated in the attacks that they carry out. they have managed to push into mosul. they have managed to hold some neighborhoods. but what you saw there was the difficulties that the iraqis are going to be facing as they push
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deeper and deeper into the city. the fight they are encountering there is unlike any they have encountered before and unlike any that the u.s. military encountered during its time in iraq. >> i think what your story really illustrates is how difficult it is to fight when civilians are in the picture, because they're just trying to survive. >> reporter: it really is, and they are in an impossible situation. the civilians can't leave. isis does not let them leave. and the soldiers don't know who is friend or foe and there were a couple of instances when the soldiers that we were with said they went into a building and a family would be hiding downstairs and they would go up into the upstairs floor and there would be isis fighters in the same building. how do you actually fight a war like that in a city the size of mosul with 1.2 million people in it. the sad reality of it that
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everyone has to accept at this point in time is that this is going to be absolutely devastating. if this is the kind of fight, these are the kind of tactics isis is using on its very eastern edge, just imagine what it's going to be like in the central part of the city and in the western part that's meant to be their stronghold. >> arwa damon, thanks for your courageous reporting. so important that people see that so that they can understand. arwa damon, thank you so much. we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ ♪ is it a force of nature? or a sales event? the season of audi sales event is here. audi will cover your first month's lease payment on select models during the season of audi sales event. (bing)
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let's take a quick look at the market now. the dow up over 250 points off of news the fbi again cleared clinton in that e-mail investigation. we'll be keeping an eye on this all day long on cnn. right now, the message from both the clinton and trump campaign is go vote and turnout will be key in battlegrounds like florida and ohio. we have reporters in each of these states. let's start with boris sanchez in miami. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, carol. you said it, turnout is huge, especially here in florida.
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29 electoral votes up for grabs. so far, 6.4 million have cast their ballots. think about this. 8.4 million people voted in 2012 total so turnout is huge, on pace to be huge here in the state of florida. on top of that, who is voting is important. there's been a 4% spike in the number of latino voters so far taking part in early voting and the question for both candidates is who is voting among those latinos. is it the puerto ricans in the central part of the state that influx of several hundred thousand puerto ricans we have seen move to florida who are democratic-leaning or is it cuban americans here in miami-dade county? the big question for the candidates is will the 88,000 vote advantage that democrats have last going into election day. for president obama his 100,000 vote advantage in early voting ended up being about a 70,000 vote victory. we will see who turns out on election day and if it tilts the early voting toward donald trump.
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carol? >> boris sanchez, thanks so much. now let's head to ohio and check in with martin savidge. >> reporter: believe it or not, early voting still going on even though we are very late in the early voting process, behind me at the board of elections there is a line of people waiting to get in. over the weekend they had huge lines here. the wait was about one hour to get inside. in other parts of ohio, columbus and cincinnati, down there talking to board of elections people, they were saying their witnesses were arou waits were two to two and a half hours. very heavy voter turnout over the weekend. who is that going to favor? right now, the main logic is early voting tends to help hillary clinton. look at the polling. so far the latest polling we have for ohio shows that donald trump has a five point lead. there are other polls within the state that have suggested it is much tighter than that. hillary clinton continues to try
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to get her voters out to the polls. friday she had beyonce and jay z she was sharing the stage with in cleveland. yesterday it was royalty of cleveland. she had lebron james, who was encouraging people to get out and vote. did it help? again, there were record numbers of people showing up in person but it doesn't mean they were all voting democrat. tomorrow's going to be another incredibly important day for the entire nation and especially ohio with its 18 electoral votes. >> i'm just intrigued by that long line behind you. how far does it extend? we are just getting like kind of the middle of it. >> reporter: yeah, you are. today, it only stretches for about half a city block. yesterday it went for a full block. i should point out the votes, all the early voting tallies, absentee or otherwise, those have been opened and they have been scanned but they haven't been tabulated. won't happen until the polls close 7:30 tomorrow but immediately, almost a third of
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hello. i'm john berman. >> i'm kate bolduan. it is go time, people. not days, but hours away now, 32 hours to be exact, until the first polls close but then again, who is counting? we all are. that means hours until the country elects the next president of the united states and we won't play out any additional scenarios right here, right now. until then it is all hands on deck. leave it all on the field to quote the iconic field, it's ludicrous speed to the finish line. >> moments from now donald trump kicks off his final full day of campaigning in sarasota, florida, his first of five stops in five states to

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