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>> for being on "new day." it's wonderful to see you after all these years. >> thank you very much. >> all right. we've got a lot of coverage for you here on cnn. the polls are opening all over the country. millions are getting ready to exercise the franchise and decide our course forward. time now for "newsroom" with carol costello. carol? >> such an exciting day. thanks so much. "newsroom" starts now. and good morning and thank you for joining me from our nation's capitol on this beautiful election day in washington, d.c. i'm carol costello. it has been one of the most bitter and polarizing elections in modern history and the nation is now just hours from electing a brand-new president. hillary clinton cast her vote in suburban, new york. >> we're doing very well in north carolina. i think we're doing very, very
well in florida. >> those are the two most important early states, aren't they? >> we're going to do well in new hampshire. excuse me? >> those are the two most important states, florida and north carolina. >> we're doing very well there. doing well in new hampshire. ohio is doing well. just a great place. i mean, these are -- the people are just amazing in this country. ohio we're doing incredibly in. we're going to win iowa. >> voting now underway across most of the united states. we're already seeing lines at many of the polling stations. here in yellow are the states opening their polling sites this hour. most are already up and running in the eastern and central time zones. the weather should not play a huge role in today's turnout. no excuses. there could be a few rain showers in the midwest and great lakes region but nothing big. cnn has deployed vast resources to bring you this historic election like no one else can. we're covering both presidential campaigns, all the angles and the races that will decide who
controls congress under our next president. let's begin with joe johns and the clinton camp. hi, joe. >> reporter: a beautiful morning here in chappaqua, new york, for hillary clinton. she and her husband, the former president, went out to vote around 8:00 eastern time. we had been told she was going to show up earlier, around 6:30 this morning, but that would have been hard to do given that she arrived at white plains at 3:30 in the morning. she was greeted at the elementary school by among others, nita lowhi. she talked just a bit after she voted and interesting, listen to the tone of hillary clinton trying not to show any sign of inevitability, suggesting that if she wins, she's going to do a good job for the entire country.
listen to this. >> it is the most humbling feeling, dan, you know, because i know how much responsibility goes with this and so many people are counting on the outcome of this election, what it means for our country. and i'll do the very best i can if i am fortunate enough to win today. >> this campaign has been so careful about the issue of tone coming all the way down to election day putting out even the fact that she's put together both a winning speech and a losing speech depending on what happens tonight. hillary clinton expecting to have a very light schedule throughout the day here in new york. going to do a number of radio interviews and then make her way over to the city for what she and her supporters hope will be a victory celebration. >> let's get out to the city. cnn's jason carroll is there.
hi, jason. >> reporter: good morning to you. donald trump expected to vote here at about 10:30. expected to walk through the doors. the crowds of people lining up to vote. it's all in the voter's hands. yesterday, donald trump five states making five stops, carol. going over much of the themes that we've herds throughout lis campai campaign. the system is rigged. he's going to work to revoke obamacare. we've heard donald trump say so much about what he's going to do if he wins. we've also throughout this campaign, carol, heard him repeatedly talk about how he would feel if he did not win. again, we've heard it throughout the campaign. we heard him say it yesterday and he said it again this morning. >> if i don't win, i will consider it a tremendous waste of time, energy and money. >> sure. >> i will have spent over $100 million on my own campaign meaning i don't have to -- i don't have to take the money
from all the fat cats that are going to tell you what to do. i think it's a big asset. it doesn't get talked about much. >> so you feel that way? >> i think it's a tremendous asset. no, i will not consider it great if i don't win. >> so much talk from donald trump about the system being rigged, his words. there's been a question of what he would said if he didn't win. the campaign expects he will win. if he doesn't win, what would he say? will he concede? this morning donald trump jr. saying so long as it's a fair fight and it's evident that it's a fair fight, he fully expects his father to concede but, once again, he expects his father to win tonight. carol. >> jason carroll reporting live from new york city. one of the key battleground states is florida and it's not just the presidential race that's sending voters to the polls this morning. cnn boris sanchez is in
miami-dade county. good morning, boris. >> reporter: good morning, carol. the big story here in florida has been turnout. already historic. more than 6 point be point 5 million floridians have cast their ballots in the sunshine state. that's more than voted in the entire 2000 election. also who's voting has been important. huge uptick in the number of latinos coming out to vote early. 89% jump compared to 2008. of course, the big question is who are those latinos and who are they supporting? here in miami-dade county, huge cuban american community, it is imperative for the republicans if they want to win florida to hold on to these voters. the problem is that there's a generational divide between the traditionally gop leading demographic. i spoke to a younger voter, his name is jonathan, his family is split. he's cuban. his parents are conservative. he jokes that his mom made him sleep outside because of his support for hillary clinton. the idea is that if donald trump
can cut into the democrats advantage here in these communities, he puts florida into play. back in 2012 democrats had 100,000 votes advantage. democrats are trying to hold on to that lead and the senate and house race, they're hoping that a lot of votes going against donald trump in the latino community go to patrick murphy in the tight race between him and marco rubio. republicans are confident rubio can win. he's put out several ads in the past few weeks. he's also very popular being cuban american in this cuban american community. he's hoping they will go his direction, carol. >> all right. boris sanchez reporting live from florida this morning. another highly coveted prize for both campaigns, north carolina. the swing state home to 15 electoral votes. it went to president obama in
2008 but turned red for romney in 2012. cnn's gary tuckman is live. good morning. >> reporter: welcome to you. welcome to the moriah baptist church in the heart of charlotte, north carolina. it's one of 2,700 precincts. business is brisk. the polls old at 6:30 a.m. want to let you know how it works. you walk up to the church, come up to the desk, sign in, put your name and address. you do not need an i.d. in the state of north carolina. you then take this piece of paper to this desk. if your last name starts a-c, you come here, they verify. you're all smiling today, wyatt? >> yes. >> everyone is happy. they verify you're in this precinct here. you walk over to one of the 21 video voting machines. there are 21 in this room. you cast your vote not just for president of the united states but also two other very tight races for this state, for governor and u.s. senate which could ultimately determine which
party controls the u.s. senate. if not one person voted in the state of north carolina, if everyone said we're not voting, there would still be a 45% voter turnout. 3.1 million people voted early. there was 45% to start. there will be a high turnout in the state of north carolina when the polls close at 7:30 p.m. back to you. >> all right. gary tuckman reporting live from north carolina. thank you very much. let's talk about this and more. matt adviser is with me. he's graduate of the great university of north carolina chapel hill. i have to say that because elaine, one of my writers, is a graduate of the university. i promised i would. david swerdlick is with the washington post. thank you for coming in. i'll start with you, person who graduated from the greatest university in america.
how does it feel on this day? >> it's the culmination of a year and a half, two years, you know, watching the clips and the -- on "new day." you sort of realize how far we've come. so many entertaining moments, dramatic debate moments. the day is finally here. it's sort of a cliche that the only poll that matters is on election day. we're finally here to that last day. >> does it give you a sense of relief as a person because you've been in it a long time? >> yeah, all of us up here and also the whole country. i feel like people need a sense of catharsis but at the same time there's going to be more ahead. there will be a pause tonight and then really political battles will continue with the new president, with congress and the nation figuring out how to go forward after eight years of being very accustomed to the leadership of president obama. >> okay. so i'll ask you the same question. >> don't forget, carol, there's less than two years until the mid-term elections.
>> oh, stop. >> countdown begins as soon as the mid-term elections are over. >> oh, stop. >> no, this has been a great election to cover. fascinating, terrifying. a sense of relief at the end. >> me, too. i'm actually excited. i want to put up that shot from raleigh, north carolina, the people in line waiting to vote because it's incredible. this was taken when the polls just opened. i don't know what this says about voter turnout because this is just a snapshot, right, but still it's a beautiful thing to see democracy in action, right? that's a beautiful thing. i wanted to put that up to remind people what this day is about. >> one thing about these long lines in north carolina is that you can't forget this is a decision made by the state to cut the number of places. there are not enough places in some of these states, and as beautiful as it is to see people online getting ready to vote, we shouldn't have long lines in this country. we should be making it as easy
as possible. >> there should be a lot of polling places to accommodate people so they don't have to stand in line. >> yeah. this is something that's going to carry over, again, to subsequent elections, right, carol? this idea that only in states controlled by republican lectures has early voting been reduced, or have the number of polling places like north carolina been reduced. as demographics shift and as subsequent presidential races continue, will they be forced to expand the number of demographics of their voting base. >> matt, i want to take you back to april 12th, 2015, so roll the tape and we can all go back together. enchts everyday americans need a champion and i want to be that champion so you can do more than just get by. you can get ahead and stay ahead because when families are strong, america is strong.
so i'm hitting the road to earn your vote. >> okay. so that's how hillary clinton announced her presidential run, not flashy at all, but philadelphia last night, 33,000 people and all the stars at the democratic party, very flashy. >> yeah. people -- the party sort of rallying behind her. extraordinary moment with president obama and michelle obama there as well. one interesting point is that announcement video was a month after her press details. james comey, they sort of underestimated, i think, how big a deal the e-mails would be and donald trump announcing a couple months after that it's notable that the way that he came out with his announcement, he talked about the same things that he's talking about today. >> actually, i have that moment because hillary clinton's tactics changed through the campaign, right? >> yes. >> she went from going to small
gatherings like holding big rallies herself to flashy rallies with other surrogates surrounding her, right? but here's-i want to get the date right. here is donald trump. june 16th -- >> it's cemented in your memory. june 16th, 2015. roll the tape. >> all of my life i've heard that a truly successful person, a really, really successful person, and even modestly successful, cannot are you for public office. just can't happen. and yet that's the kind of mind set that you need to make this country great again. so, ladies and gentlemen, i am officially running for president of the united states, and we are going to make our country great again. >> so, david, has -- i mean,
they both looked more well rested. they look so exhausted now. >> yeah. they both look exhausted now but they both i think in their own ways have finished up strong. if you look at that clip for donald trump there, what he was talking about in the clip was this idea that he was a successful businessman, not a politician. will go out and change the political system. but it was what he said later in that speech about immigrants from mexico in particular that wound up making the headlines the next day and sent us down the trajectory of what we saw for the next year. >> that lasted and never did go. >> let'sev everyone get ahead. >> and love each other. >> remember that speech from donald trump. maybe we were watching it live and mocking it. not taking him seriously.
>> in the television world. even in the general election when it was the two of them, trump managed to dominate the debate, become more memorable frankly for perhaps the worst if he loses. >> yeah. >> she ran as a fairly generic moderate democrat without a truly sharp message. he was consistent with that message throughout the campaign. stumbling plenty along the way. hillary clinton sort of struggled to find that one slogan. they would change the slogans almost week to week.
find the right moment. >> did she ever come up with a slogan that stuck? >> not really. the slogan was that -- the slogan ultimately was that donald trump was unfit. in that initial message she released she was preparing to run against a conventional candidate like a jeb bush, marco rubio. she would have had to defend her policy positions more. she wound up not expecting to run against donald trump. then it became less against the issues. >> let me give her a little bit more credit. the words from trump's initial speech was frankly calling mexican immigrants rapists. the next thing we remember from his campaign is banning muslims. what was her slogan? stronger together. this was about -- her campaign was about celebrating our diversity, we're all in this together. his is about there are certain groups that are out to kill us
or out to commit crimes against us and i'm the guy to put a stop to that. i mean, that's fundamentally what the debate was at the end. >> we'll see whose message was louder for the voters today. so you guys stick around because we have much more to talk about. still to come on this election day, we're heading out west where the polls have just opened. i'll be right back. @!@!
good morning, i'm carol costello. it is decision day out west in places like colorado polling stations are just opening. the state has nine electoral votes. let's bring in cnn's anna ka brar row. she's in golden, colorado. good morning, anna. >> reporter: good morning, carol. election day has been an ongoing
process here in colorado because it's a mail-in ballot state. this is a state that twice voted for president barack obama and before that twice voted for president george w. bush. that's why it's a battleground. the latest polls show 39% supporting hillary clinton, 14% undecided. so this could go ooerlt way. it's too late to mail your ballot back at this point. voters do have the option of dropping them off at several ballot locations. dropoff boxes set up all over the state and in each county there are multiple boxes, but a lot of voters are choosing to do it the old-fashioned way. we're here in jefferson county. this is one of the bell weather counties. it went the same as the statewide race. this is where people are coming to make their vote count. i can tell you as far as the early vote returns nearly 2 million people in colorado have made their vote count.
here in jefferson county we know 66% of those registered voters have already sent in their ballots or marked them here locally and in person. now i also think it's important to mention that when you look at the early ballot return breakdown. yesterday we saw republicans take the lead. carol, keep in mind, half a million people who have voted in colorado are registered as unaffiliated voters. so, really, it's too tough to tell which way it's going to go. that's why we're watching colorado closely throughout the day. back to you. >> anna cabrera reporting live. let's stay out to the west and head to the battleground state of arizona. arizona, right? the polls have been open there for about an hour. cnn's dan simon live in phoenix. hi, dan. >> reporter: hey, good morning, carol. it is smooth sailing at this church in central phoenix.
we did see a little bit of a line when the poll opened up just a little more than an hour ago. keep in mind arizona is an early voting state and at this point we are told that more than 60% of the ballots projected have already been cast. so we'll see how that manifests itself today at the polls. this has been a reliably red state. a democrat has carried arizona only once. that was bill clinton in 1996. the democrats have a legitimate chance to do it once again for hillary clinton thanks to hillary clinton. if large number of hispanic voters come to the polls, they have a good chance of winning. following the national triend, they saw a surge of latino voters. a lot of people see this as a must-win for donald trump. he's been to the state seven times. he's poured a lot of resources into the state. nonetheless, this is a true battleground. in terms of the senate race here, we'll talk about that for
a second. john mccain who withdrew his support following the "access hollywood" tape is expected to coast through. right now the polls show him leading his challenger representative ann kirkpatrick. he is expected to win. of course we'll see what happens with the presidential race. could be a tight one but at this point the latest polls show trump up by about 5 points. carol, we'll send it back to you. >> all right, dan simon reporting live from phoenix. thank you. let's bring back in our panel. i want to talk about the historic nature of this campaign because whoever wins, history will be made. and i think sometimes we forget that because it's been such a nasty campaign. >> yeah, no. if clinton wins, particularly this will be historic. the first woman president of the united states following hillary clinton being the first -- the third woman secretary of state, being a u.s. senator from new york. it is a big moment, especially
when you see other women heads of state on the world stage, theresa may, prime minister in england -- the u.k. rather and lang merkel in -- and angela merkel in germany. >> i think that if hillary clinton does win that that historic moment for her will be diminished because of the nastiness of this campaign and her unlikebility factor, right? >> yeah. look, it's very hard to be in politics as long as hillary clinton has been in politics on the national stage and keep popularity. i mean, just aside from anything you can blame on her personally about why people might not like her, support her, why her approval ratings might not be that high. anyone in national public life has low approval ratings. obama is an exception. donald trump and hillary clinton are the first two presidential nominees hossa profl rating is, you know, as the pollsters say,
under water. more people disapprove of them than approve of them. whoever wins we're going to have our first president-elect who goes into their inaugural, maybe it will change in the brief period between election day and the inauguration, but they're going to start in a bit of a hole. you're right, that does take away a little bit from the historic nature of her election if she wins today. she's been around a long time. >> and, you know, she's sort of prepared for, you know, if she wins she's going to give her acceptance speech, right, at the javits center with a glass ceiling. she's all prepared, right? >> yeah. that will be a big moment. i think tonight, you know, you would see that history, you know, there. i think one thing if she does win in her advantage is the republican party being so disunified at this moment. you know, donald trump has sort of exposed a lot of the deep divisions within the party so after 2008 you had the
republican party, especially the congressional leadership, sort of unite against barack obama and it became these two forces that just clashed. and you may see a little bit of a difference, i think, if hillary clinton doesn't end up winning. the congressional majorities will be fairly thin on capitol hill and the republican party will sort of be a little bit more divided. not that there will be any sort of coombaya moment but there are advantages. >> just because i want to focus still on the historic nature of this election. if donald trump wins, history will be made too, right? because for the first time we'll have someone at president of the united states that has no political experience and is a true outsider. >> yeah. so definitely no political experience. you know, i go back and forth with the idea of donald trump as an outside joer. he's been in the public eye in the tabloids, et cetera, for 40 years. and he also, you know, in some ways still represents a business class even if he's been rejected by wall street in this election
cycle. it will be historic though, this idea that someone sort of came out of nowhere and, you know, basically couopted a party. took over the republican party and changed the message of that party in a national election. >> not only that, but he ran a campaign like no other, right? >> he did run a campaign like no other, there's no doubt about that. look, he beat, what, 16 republican opponents. that was historic. i think the big difference is he an outsider, is he a member of the establishment? look, he's a new york billionaire. yes, he is a member of the establishment. what distinguishes him from hillary clinton is experience in governing. he obviously has no experience in governing and if he wins it will obviously be a sign that the american people have just decided that experience is something that's maybe a net negative overall in our leadership. he has never had an experience in elected office and over the
course of this campaign perhaps the thing i've been most surprised about with donald trump is he really hasn't focused on acquiring any of this experience, any of the policy experience. he never -- he frankly didn't learn a whole lot over the course of this campaign. he was struggling to answer questions in the last few weeks on basic policy matters in the debates. >> that's because he ran -- he ran his whole campaign on emotion, right? it wasn't really about policy with him, it was all about emotion. he ran as a national candidate, too, didn't he? >> there was sort of a gutteral primal scream from trump. to ryan's point, you expected he would adopt some of the norms of our political expectations, sort of how we expect a candidate to behave. the debates showcase that more than any other moment where, you know, he sort of shrugged off any type of preparation. it did seem to show. and i think his supporters are certainly with him regardless but it didn't do much to win over sort of those undecided
people who are watching that. and sort of expect the veneer of presidential. you want to sort of see some aspect. >> this gets to your point, carol, about what takes away from the historic nature of hillary, a victory if she wins tonight is, you know, she ran against a very unconventional candidate and the way to beat him that they adopted early on, no doubt was the best strategy, was to argue that he's unfit to be -- to sit in that building back there, right? and i think that took away a little bit from her making the affirmative argument of why she should be president and what she would do as president. and that's something she'll have to grapple with if she wins is making the case that i didn't -- i didn't win just because you couldn't trust donald trump, i won because i told the american people i would do these three or four things in my first year. >> and i can actually do them. i have to leave it there. thanks to all of you. thank you so much for coming by on this historic day.
and good morning. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for joining me from beautiful washington, d.c. it is e-day, right? election day. rust belt voters hitting the polls. donald trump and hillary clinton have been battling for that vote using two very different tactics but with one main theme, bring jobs back. our team is out with voters. miguel marquez is outside of pittsburgh, and we're in cleveland and detroit. miguel, we begin with you. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. we are in washington county just south of pittsburgh. this is an area that trump needs his voters to turn out in a big way. it's a county that has more democrats than republicans. typically boasts a republican. hillary clinton made it easy by having an office here. the line, it's 45 minutes to an hour at this point. this is the last thing that voters see.
the last bit of politicking that voters see before they go into the voting booth. gives you a sense of the conservative nature of your county. this gentleman i guess is voting for trump? >> yes, i am, so is my wife. >> just a guess. i want to show you what this looks like. it's been like this most of the morning. it's been longer. this guy -- i can't tell who he's voting for. >> voting for you. >> voting for me. she's writing me in. people are in very, very good moods. they are thrilled that this election has finally come to this day where it's over. this morning this line went all the way around this thing, around the parking lot here. taking about an hour for people to get through. one guy said he had to come back later because he was going to be late for work. very, very high enthusiasm. pennsylvania has been hard fought for both campaigns with the people here glad that this is the final stretch and this day will finally be over. 8:00 p.m. tonight. no early voting in pennsylvania.
not even a lot of absentee voting either. everything happens today. carol. >> all right. miguel marquez live from pittsburgh. thanks so much. let's head to my home state of ohio. martin savidge is in parma. good morning, martin. >> reporter: good morning, carol. parma is located to the south of cleveland. still in very heavy democratic territory of cuyahoga county. we're sort of hemmed into a corner. we don't have the freedom to move around as much as miguel does. there aren't any lines here. that's another difference you'll see visually different. pennsylvania, of course, they don't really have early voting. ohio had 29 days of early voting. so people have been voting in this state for quite some time but, of course, this is election day. there was a line when the doors first opened but since then it's just been a steady stream of voters coming in. let me tell you why we are here in parma. you've heard of blue collar democrats, of course. well, these are the blue collar maybe trump fans. this is one of those areas in
ohio that donald trump has been playing to. it's an area where there used to be a lot of manufacturing jobs. now you have a lot of retirees and people who don't have the job they used to have. he's been appealing to them by talking about changing the trade deals that were unfair. he's talked about bringing jobs back. re-energizing america's manufacturing base. that message really hits home to a lot of these people here. not the only reason they seem to like donald trump but it's one of the primary reasons. that's why you've seen a crossover. that's why this area in particular has been crossing over in the republican favor and what normally would be staunch democratic territory. that's not good news, of course, for hillary clinton when it comes to her hopes of winning ohio, carol. >> all right. martin savidge, we'll check back. thanks so much. now let's head to michigan. cnn's jessica snyder just outside of detroit. good morning, jessica. >> reporter: good morning, carol. we're just outside the polling place. we've seen a steady stream of people since the polls opened.
the line inside about 45 minutes long. michigan has become the focal point out here just in the past week or so. the candidates bearing down here. multiple campaign stops over the past few days. i've spoken with a few voters out here. interestingly, one woman, 37 years old, telling me this is her first presidential election that she's ever voted in. she cast her ballot this morning for donald trump. she's a lifelong democrat. we've seen a flurry of activity from the candidates and the surrogates. donald trump held his final rally in michigan, the western part of the state last night. actually, early this morning at 1:00 in the morning. hillary clinton was also here yesterday. president obama rallying in ann arbor. so they have seen a lot of action in just the past few days. of course, no early voting here so it all depends on what the turnout is one day only today. the polls open 7:00 this morning until 8:00 tonight.
carol? >> all right. jessica snyder reporting live from outside of detroit. the opening bell, by the way, rang just moments ago on this election day. so let's head to the new york stock exchange to check in with cnn's alison kosik. hi, alison. >> hi, carol. stocks are slipping but barely making a dent in the rally that wowed everybody. we saw the dow jump 370 points. s&p 500 jumping 2%. now we have been seeing stocks struggle because the polls were getting close, but then the fbi put out its letter that it cleared hillary clinton in this e-mail investigation and, bam, investors voted with their portfolios. it's not that investors love clinton, it's just that the markets hate uncertainty. many people believe donald trump's unpredictability with his policies like trade could bring disruption to the market and ultimately to the economy. clinton is predictable. she represents more of the same and is seen as the continuity
candidate. one strategist is putting it this way. the devil that we know, meaning clinton, is still preferable to the devil we can't begin to fathom. something to think about on the election day as we see the stocks in the red, the dow down 30 points. carol, back to you. >> alison kosik reporting live from the new york stock exchange. thanks so much. so what do you do with your president and it's election day and you know you're headed out soon? this is what president obama did this morning. he shot some hoops with friends. this is in port mcnair. these shots taken just moments ago. he's carrying coffee. getting a little caffeine rush before he takes a few shots with his friends. that's what president obama is doing this morning. we'll be back with much more in the "newsroom." ♪ ♪
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it is a critical battleground with 13 electoral votes up for grabs. hillary clinton hoping her running mate's home state stays blue. cnn's correspondent brian todd is live in ashburn, virginia. virginia, the state i'm talking about. good morning, brian. >> reporter: good morning, carol. voter activity has been the theme this morning. loudoun county. this is a swing state. hillary clinton and donald trump fighting hard to take this county. it could go either way. steady turnout. these lines have snaked out the door here, outside, and sometimes around the building in the almost four hours since the polls opened today. you come in here, you check in presenting a photo i.d. here. you get a ballot ticket at this table here. look at this. these voting stations here have been almost full all morning long. then you come around here to the lines. these lines also have been pretty steady all morning. this is the line to get your vote scanned here at the optical scanner. it's a long ballot. eight boxes to fill in including
president, of course your local congressional district. get scanned here. it takes a picture of both sides of the ballot. very steady turnout here so far this morning. early voting has also been a big theme in virginia. more than 530,000 voters have cast their ballots even before we got to today. the turnout in loudoun county at this presiktd, very, very good. here's a local voter, paty castelly. what motivated you to come out this morning after 500 plus days of a long and divisive campaign? >> it has been a long campaign. i came out to vote for my freedom. not sure we all like where the country is right now and i had to come out for my kids, to support their lives because i just -- gosh, i don't even know. >> what do you think of the tone of the campaign? it's been nasty on both sides? >> it's been ugly, you know? i just want to see this world in a better place, our country in a better place. i believe the person that i voted for, i think he's going to
make some good choices and bring in supreme court people that will make a difference. like i said, my kids. they're in college right now. they're out there voting and it scares me that, you know, they don't want to bring more kids into this country right now because they're scared. we've got to make a difference. i've got a child that's handicapped. he's got mild cerebral palsy and his life, you know, it would be a shame if he wasn't here today. >> patty, thank you so much. >> thank you. >> this has been a very tightly contested county. went narrowly to president obama in 2012 but republicans and democrats think it could go either way. donald trump came here late sunday night to make a last-minute appeal. thousands of people were waiting in line to see him then. a lot of energy here in loudoun county. again, both hillary clinton and donald trump counting on this county to pull them through the finish line in the state of virginia, carol. >> brian tucker reporting live
in ashburn, virginia. chris is live in manchester. good morning, chris. >> reporter: good morning, carol. as you can see, the voting getting underway behind me. over 900 people have already come through the doors today. the election officials telling me they think they might get a record in this precinct. that's because new hampshire, really a battleground. only 4 electoral votes up for grabs. it's mighty. in 2000 if al gore had won new hampshire, he wouldn't have needed to win florida to win the white house. the clinton folks remembering that and they've been out to get the vote out. they've knocked on over 1 million doors. they've called 2 million people. 12,000 clinton volunteers swept out across the state over the weekend and hillary clinton herself was here on sunday. we saw president obama hit new hampshire yesterday to make a closing argument for hillary clinton. and on the republican side, donald trump also trying to turn this blue state red. he knocked on 1.8 million doors
and did 1.7 million calls. so the turnout here is going to turn on independents, carol. more independents in new hampshire than registered democrats or republicans. to give you a sense of it, in 2012 43% of registered voters were independent. it broke for barack obama. donald trump trying to turn those around and get new hampshire into the republican column. carol, back to you. >> chris reporting live from new hampshire this morning. there's so much about this election that has been unprecedented, but never in american history has a major party candidate so rigorously claimed it's rigged. with me is kenneth gross, an election law expert. good morning. >> hi. how are you. >> i'm good. let's dive right in, shall we? 28 states will have polling monitors from the federal government. what exactly will they do? >> they're going to make sure there's no intimidation going on there, that there's no discriminatory practices at the
polls. there's some limitations on them. we had more special monitors before the supreme court ruled section 2 of the voting rights act unconstitutional a couple of years ago, but still the department of justice will be out there in force as you say. >> so will voters be able to detect them? >> no. no. they shouldn't be able to detect them. they're not in uniform or anything like that. they should be very discrete and they shouldn't feel like they're being watched by the federal government. >> if they see something suspects do they walk up to that person and say something? >> no, they should go to the people running the polls in that district. >> so i want to talk about voter intimidation because there's been a lot of talk about that this election season. this past weekend in virginia, a trump supporter was at a polling station in loudoun county. he was carrying a gun. perfectly legal. voters in line said it was
intimidating. is that voter intimidation? >> no, it's not. this is a fragile day. it must be respected to make sure no matter what your color, creed or religion is, that you can go to the polls without feeling uncomfortable, without people breathing down your neck, and it's an area of concern. but, you know, if the law allows you to walk into the polls with a gun, then i suppose that's okay. >> so you should try not to feel intimidated. state officials in arizona and pennsylvania, they're so concerned they've issued these notices to voters. the secretary of state in pennsylvania put this out last month. discouraging anyone from having their voice be heard in the process, whether by intimidation, suppression or deception is absolutely unacceptable and wrong. then the notice went on to say that individual who conspired to
interfere with the person's right to vote can face up to ten years in prison. so what would an individual have to do to warrant being placed under arrest for voter intimidation? >> i think they would literally have to be close to the polling station, unless something happened, you know, a little bit further away, and literally threatened in -- verbally or perhaps in an extreme case with a weapon, regarding their vote and, you know, we don't want you voting here, we don't want your kind here. that kind of thing will bring the police in and if necessary take appropriate action. very important. >> so we've been taking voters to polling stations across the country. it looks peaceful now. so perhaps our fears of voter intimidation overblown? >> i hope so. i hope they're overblown. it doesn't take much for people to come out there and cause a disturbance. it would be localized of course.
we have to be diligent in order to make sure that none of this goes on anywhere. >> thank you for stopping by. we appreciate it. want a chance to be featured on cnn's election day coverage? tag your voting instagrams with #myvote and let us know who your voted for and where. we'll be showing some of them throughout the day right here on cnn. still to come in the "newsroom," it's not just the united states, the world is watching this presidential election.
mexico city, hi, ed. >> good morning, carol. it won't come as any surprise to anyone who's been following this election closely but anyone you talk to here on the streets mexico city really rooting for hillary clinton at this opponent. in fact, there was a survey of the mexican people done yesterday released yesterday that suggested about 95% of the mexican population supported hillary clinton in this election. so it's very difficult to find trump supporters. what mexican people tell you is they feel donald trump catapulted himself to the top of the republican field and this close to the presidency in large part by insulting mexican immigrants and that has really left a scathing mark here. in fact, one of the most popular exhibits around the city now is the caricature museum in the historic part of mexico city where cartoonists have gathered the last couple of weeks to display the scathing cartoons that they've made of donald trump. this has become a popular location for people interested in the u.s. election. carol, there's talk even
tonight, we're in the angel of independence plaza, one of the most historic centers in mexico city. many people expected to turn out to celebrate a hillary clinton victory here tonight. >> all right, ed lavandera reporting live from mexico city, mexico. russia accused of trying to influence this election and many there openly vocal on who they prefer. the gop candidate donald trump or the democrat hillary clinton. cnn's clarissa ward live in moscow. hi, clarissa. >> hi, carol. well, here in moscow, a very different situation to what ed is seeing there in moscow. people here have been dining out on this election. they see it as demonstration of the epic failure of western democracy. we've seen propaganda spots depicting abraham lincoln crying tears of blood. basically, people here believe that shadowy authorities in the u.s. will not allow donald trump to become president. they've gone so far as to say in
the media perhaps he will be assassinated. if you head to the russian tourism stands and look at these famous nesting dolls you can find only ones of donald trump. you will not see any of hillary clinton. trump here is soeen as a charismatic. the love they have for trump. the hatred they have for hillary clinton. it is intense. they see her as anti-russian, a war monger who will be bad for u.s./russian relations, carol. >> all right, collar lis lariss reporting live from moscow. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts now. and good morning and thank you so much for joining me. i'm carl costello in our nation's capital on this election day. it's finally here. the nation hours away from electing a new president. hillary clinton cast her vote a short time ago near her home in
chappaqua, new york and soon donald trump is expected to to the same in new york city. voting under way in most of the country. we're already seeing lines at many polling stations. here in yellow are the states opening their polling sites this hour. most are already up and running in the eastern and central time zones. the weather, it should not play a huge role in today's turnout but there could be some rain in a few key states in the midwest and great lakes region but the rain will not be heavy so no excuses, go out and vote. cnn is covering this historic election like no one else can. we have reporters following the candidates and reporting from the battleground states across the country. let's begin with the trump campaign. cnn's jason carol live in new york city. hi, jason. >> good morning, to you, carol. donald trump still over at trump tower. expected to show up here at p.s. 59 to cast his vote. a little