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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 drama this morning. two arrests were made inside.
two women went inside there, took their tops off, made some anti-trump type of statements. they were immediately arrested. just a little drama here at p.s. 59. that's the spot where donald trump is going to be casting his vote later this morning. he made five stops yesterday, five states, five stops. going over many of the themes we've heard, talking about the rigged system, talking about repealing and replacing obamacare. saying that he is the candidate of the working class and also today, carol, he talked about his path to 270. saying that he's going to do well in several key states. >> 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? >> -- new hampshire -- excuse me? >> those are the the two most important early states, florida and north carolina. >> i think they're important. we're doing well there. ohio is incredible. 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. >> so the candidate says they basically have several path, his campaign has several paths to get to 270. that's going to all involve flipping some sort of blue state. they feel as though they have the momentum going forward. they feel as though the huge crowds they've been drawing is going to translate into many voters coming out and casting a vote for trump here today. carol. >> all right, we'll get back to you when donald trump arrive also at that precinct to cast his ballot. cnn's joe johns is in chappaqua, new york, where hillary clinton has already voted. good morning, joe. >> good morning, carol. a unique little moment in u.s. history here at little douglas graplin elementary school in chappaqua new york, hillary
clinton showing up with her husband to vote, encouraging their supporters around the country to show up at the polls in large number. the democratic nominee reserved in her comments to reporters. while her husband, the former president, bill clinton, weighed in on this unusual moment when he and his spouse essentially trade places on election day with their names at the top of a national ticket. listen. >> it is the most humbling feeling 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'm fortunate enough to win today. >> anything you're worried about today? >> thank you, thank you. >> well, it's been that way for several years now. i've had 15 years of practice.
>> hillary clinton expected to have an easy day here in chappaqua, doing a number of radio interviews before making her way over to new york city for what her supporters hope will be a victory celebration, carol. >> all right, joe johns, reporting live from chappaqua, new york. thanks so much. let's head to north carolina, shall we, where the strong turnout for early voting has carried over to this election day. these are pictures from raleigh where many are waiting to make their voices heard. isn't that crazy? cnn's victor blackwell is there. hi, victor. >> hi, carol, good morning, we're here in north raleigh, this is bedford, this community where these voters are lined up. let's take a look at the line here. there's been a significant and constant line here. we saw what we would expect on an election day, that rush of voters who come in to vote before they go to work. but this line has stayed long. let's show you how far it goes back. now, wake county is where we are. this is a county that votes
every election cycle -- in 2012, the national average was -- voter turnout i should say was 58%. here in inconorth carolina, it 68%. in wake county, this battleground of tax, 75% voter turnout. we've seen the line here in the community of bedford all morning long, 3 1/2 hours into voting. let me take you next door. we have had some reports from the durham county board of elections and i got some information from the north carolina state board of election that there had been some problems with the polling check-in system there, computerized system in at least five locations. there have been some problems with the computers they use to check people in. so out of an abundance of caution, they've moved to polling books. now, this will not affect tabulation, we're told, however, it will cause some of those lines to get a little longer. but again, they tell us this should not affect the tabulation of the votes. it's a democratic county. democrats there outnumber republicans 5-1 with a substantial number of
unaffiliated voters that's next door in durham county, we'll keep an eye on that, carol. >> the real problem might come when people get off work and go out to vote and the lines may be long and people might get -- might not get up to the polling station by the time the polls close. just to be clear, if you are in line before those polls close, you still get to vote, right? >> that is right. the polls close here at 7:30. if you're in line, you get to stay in line and get to vote. that may be a bigger problem next door in durham county where they're having to check people in according to those bookings and can't check them in according to their computer system as planned, carol. >> it's going to be a long night. victor blackwell, live from raleigh, north carolina. another key battleground state is florida of course. it's not just the presidential race that's sending voters to the polls there. let's head to florida now, to miami-dade county and boris sanchez, hi, boris. >> good morning, carol. the big story out of florida is
the turnout. more than 6.5 million floridians have cast their ballots in this election. to give you some perspective, that's more people that voted in the entire 2000 election. and we are expecting big turnout today on election day. so far, things have been pretty slow. we've had a steady stream of turnout at this et voting locat behind me in halia, miami-dade county. it is leaning democrats. they have a 12,000 vote advantage here. across the state, it's 90,000. look at the big picture, back in 2012, democrats had about a 100,000 vote advantage going into election day. the question is are they's going hold on to that lead. the other big thing going on in florida, senate race you mentioned between patrick murphy and rubio, it's been a heated and nasty race. right in june, marco rubio decide he would jump back into
the race for senate here in florida. he's confident he's going to win. a lot of republicans that i've spoken to say that they are happy about his chances. he put out some new ads in the past week. patrick murphy is not letting up, though. he's been campaigning hard across the state. we had a campaign stop with him in daytona beach last week. he's also relied on some very powerful surrogates. the president obama was here last week and he spoke very highly of patrick murphy. obviously, a full-court press as we get into the final hours of election day. the polls will close in just a few hours, carol, and election day will finally be history. >> oh, gosh, at least we hope so. boris sanchez, reporting live from miami-dade county this morning. so as boris said, the long wait begins. frank sessno, media and public affairs at george washington university, asma raweed,
political reporter for npr. welcome. >> thanks. >> can you believe this day has come? >> at last, after years it seems like we've been doing this. i look at people lined up and people are speaking, saying enough, enough, measure going to vote. >> that's right, they're braving long lines, that's awesome. want to focus on the historymaking nature of this race. i want my director to bring up that picture of hillary clinton and bill clinton. because we've not seen that ever before in america's history. we have a former first lady, right, who is casting her ballot to become president of the united states, with her husband, the former president of the united states, standing behind her. >> we've had the bush brothers, one of them tried to do it, he didn't make it, but father son. now we have husband wife. a question as to what kind of
democracy we are and whether this going to be dienastic politics we'll doing. not only former president, former first lady, senator, but impeached president, disgraced president who's come back through his wife. it's an amazing thing. it is without question a continued combative presidency, without any question. >> let's talk about donald trump's history making in just a minute. i know you go across the country and talk to voters. it's been such a nasty campaign. is that somehow obscuring the historic nature of this election? ? you know, i was out with the clinton campaign last week and i started to see how many of her supporters see this through a really historic lens. you heard about women who are saying they want to don pantsuits and go out to the polls today. i was there when beyonce and jay z who, you know, came out, beyonce was wearing a pantsuit.
i think there is this extraordinarily historic nature of hillary clinton as the first female president. and you see that among her supporters. you see that in little girls who come out and tell that to her. i think some of that is getting lost because this election cycle has felt just really polarized. >> it's been very polarizing. unlikable candidates, right. some people are kind of embarrassed to say who they're going to vote for. there are secret facebook pages that women have started because they don't really want to say they voted for the first woman for president. >> i was predicting before there's going to be the highest problem with girls not being at school today because their parents are taking them to the polling places. but you're right, and that's the big question about the polling. we're all relying on the polling right now. maybe there are people out there who weren't surveyed because they don't want to say they're voting for trump or they don't want to say they're voting for hillary in some form. >> you just don't know. let's talk about history making on the other side. if donald trump becomes
president of the united states, he will also make history. here is a man with no political experience, right? >> no political experience. it's die countwhy countries loo america and say what is your political system all about? the historic nature of trump's campaign certainly in modern times is the outsider. bashing at the gates of washington. insisting this system is rigged, doesn't work, hasn't served the people. and the traction that he's gotten. in so many ways, that's the story the media and other politicians missed going into this cycle and confounded people throughout. and whoever wins today, donald trump or hillary clinton, they're going to deal with that. because that isn't going away. >> no, that is not going away. back to donald trump though and history, right, so here's a candidate who didn't talk much about policy throughout the campaign. his whole campaign was run on emotion, on anger, right, passion. and in that sense, at least in
my mind, that's also historymaking. >> it is. and look, you know, to frank's point in i would say god knows how many states i've been to, i've heard from both women and men would feel very frustrated with the system, craving an outsider, somebody who was outside the system. when you pushed through and got to policy, a lot of times there was really sort of very -- i don't want to say flimsy, but there weren't solid reasons for the policy. for a lot of people, it was i like what he's saying, i like that he's politically incorrect, i like that he says it how it is. i actually do think that is a legacy that will remain regardless of who wins. we are likely to see more candidates sort of run for president in the donald trump-esque style. >> i also think that this election really demonstrated that we really are living in two very different americas. they're two very different americas that i think many americans didn't realize
existed. >> i'm from a small town in utah, 2,000 people. we literally just got a stop light last year. when i visit my family, you see a very different world than you see in washington, d.c., than you see in manhattan. these are people who -- it's coal country. coal miners. people drive truck for a living. they see the world differently than somebody who lives two blocks away from here. that's something -- it is very polarized. they really -- you know, it's hard to get people together to see ways the one vision of the country we can agree on. >> there's another interesting historic nature of the trump candidacy and that is he managed to avoid and evade the how question. how are you going to build the wall? how are you going to bring back the jobs? how are you going to fix obamacare? as you said, he appealed to this sense of anger and alienation but he was never really forced, either by the public or by the media, though, many in the media
tried, tried, tried, to answer how are you going to do these things and move beyond the sound bite to the actual policy. and enact what you're promising. >> it appeared his supporters didn't care much. he also didn't release his taxes, right, that's a first. >> time and again, i was amazed, i went back to connect with women, women who were supporting donald trump in ohio that i'd met earlier in the campaign season, after some of these allegations had come out on what he said on the "access hollywood" tape, various women coming forth and saying he had group groped them. i was amazed that women said men talk like this, i don't mind. it was teflon at times, at least for his supporters. >> and whoever thought your state would be in play. >> i'm still shock. i think this is really fascinating, clinton could come in third tonight in utah. which happened in 1992, clinton
came in third. >> which could be possible. >> we have a lot more. also up next, battleground iowa, cnn's rosa flores is there. hi, rosa. >> good morning, carol. this state went from blue to being dead heat to now the polls showing it in donald trump's favor. but take a look, all these ladies are keeping the lines very short here because this is another one of those battleground states. the latest coming up.
states. cnn's rosa fluoresce is in iowa. ryan young is in florida. let's start with rosa flores in iowa. >> good morning, carol. here we are, election day and the polls are open, the sun is shining and people are out casting their vote. let me tell you something, so the six electoral votes from the hawkeye state have gone to a democrat for the past six of seven presidency elections. the big question now is will donald trump be able to turn this state red for this historic election. let me show you around. take a look behind me. you can see there is a short line here. the word here in potawatmee county in western iowa is efficiency, moving likes quickly. here in iowa, the politics are divided pretty much along geographical lines. to the east, democrat, to the west, republicans, that's where i am right now.
each one of these candidates has demons they have to fight in order to get all of these votes. for hillary clinton, this is not hillary country, it's never been. she lost the caucuses in 2008 and she won by a very small margin during this primary. the big question for her is will the bernie supporters come out and vote for her. now, donald trump has his own demons because this is ted cruz country, home of the evangelicals. so the big question there is will those folks come out and vote for donald trump. i'm talked to some of them and they tell me they are. donald trump is not taking it for granted, carol. he was out here in the past few days, sqeetzed in an event in sioux city, iowa, to make sure he catered to those voters. >> all right, rosa flores in iowa. cnn's ryan young. good morning, ryan.
>> good morning, definitely a heated battle. we've seen the lines swell. maybe up to about 75 people so far here today. look, there's a big conversation here, this state hasn't voted for a republican since about 1984, but there's also a contested senate seat here between ron johnson and russ feingold. the conversation is will people turn out to vote. early voting is good. almost 800,000 people have already turned out to vote during early voting. you see the line back this way. people saying they've been getting in and out in about 30 minutes. we want to show you back the process as we go through this. people have been saying look, not only do they want people door knocking getting out for that last-minute vote but make sure in the last few days this would be what's happening, the fact that voters would get a chance to get out here, cast their vote and be able to finally get this process over with. we've talked to so many other people would said they were waiting for this moment. even when we went to a ron johnson event this weekend, we
heard people saying trump, trump, trump, trump. so you know this is going to be highly con tenttested and peopl can't wait to cast their votes. >> ryan young reporting live from wisconsin. let's head to michigan now, a state emerging as maybe a fierce battleground. cnn's jessica schneider is live outside of detroit. hi, jessica. >> you know, that's right, carol, michigan has not gone red since 1988. but there's been a frenzy of activity here from the candidates and surrogates over the past week. the campaign suddenly thinking this state might be in play and because of that it's drumming up a lot of enthusiasm from voters out here. we've been outside or actually just outside the polling station. inside, the line is about 45 minutes long. they've seen the candidates here in their county, in their state. we've seen them in mccolm county, central focus for donald trump. hillary clinton trying to get out the vote in democratic strongholds like detroit. weep talked to voters.
we've seen quite a range of emotions and opinions. first election voting and you felt strongly enough to come out. >> strong enough to find this hat, driving around to five stores to find it just for today. >> what in particular is making you vote for him? >> i want america to be great. i want to be able to afford health insurance for my family. >> who did you vote for today? >> i'm definitely a hillary clinton fan. >> have you always voted democrat? >> always, always. never swayed. >> what is it about hillary clinton that keeps you voting democrat? >> definitely the type of america that i want to live in. as opposed to the opponent. and so i had no other choice. >> and, remember, carol, no early voting in this state. so today is the only day that matters for all the people coming out to vote today, carol. >> jessica schneider, live from detroit, michigan. with me to talk about this and
more, frank sesna, asma cakhali and thomas burr. i want to talk about pure emotion because i think this is cathartic for america, right? i mean, i want you to look at what's happening. look at that shot from raleigh, north carolina, all those people waiting to cast their votes. when you see so many americans standing in line, you know, to vote, it brings tears to your eyes. >> oh, i find this a very emotional thing. i got up early this morning and i was in line at 20 of 7:00. i vote in the district columbia so it's virtually preordained -- not much suspense there. but the process of seeing people -- we talked so much about how dark this has been, this campaign. this is the light. where people get up, then go out, they stream in. they're there early. they're with their coffee, with their kids. they were letting their kids put in the paper ballots. that's passing something down. that's important. and we shouldn't ever lose sight
of that fact, no matter how nasty the campaign has been. >> for women being able to vote for a woman for the first time for president. for some trump supporters out there who feel like they haven't had a voice for a long time. this is a big moment in their life to actually cast that ballot for something they believe in. >> you said your grandparents live in illinois. >> they said they waited in line for more than two hours. but what i thought was so beautiful is, you know, they said that people actually gave them seats, held their spots in line and it was a moment of just like empathy and good will after a campaign that has at times felt really nasty. >> i've heard some, from some of my friends they stood in line in early voting and in some of the lines people didn't relate to one another at all. i wonder if that's the norm or are stories like asma shared the norm? >> it's both. nerves have been rubbed raw. all right. so that's going to be hard to put aside. we're a gigantic very diverse
different place. and so there's going to be people who really disagree. there are going to be people who aren't going to forget what's said. the fact that people get up, go out, they stand online, they recognize the rules. for all the questions, we have a system that mostly works. that's something to be proud of. it's worth taking the moment to reflect on that i think. >> exactly. i'm looking at the long lines and, you know, we heard throughout this election because there were two unlikable candidates that there wouldn't be any level of voter enthusiasm. but i don't know if i believe that. >> i mean, i have heard from some folks who are early voting too they just wanted to get the process done and over with. i do think there are some folks who are just saying i don't like this, i don't feel good about this. >> but i got to do it. >> i don't want to get too emotional here. >> i do think this election is all about emotion. people are engaged. television ratings at an all-time high. 80 million people watched some
of those debate debates. people are engaged. for those reasons, i find it hard to believe people aren't enthusiastic about voting. >> tens of million also have already voted. the question is -- then switched to, i don't want to get too dark, what happens tonight, can they accept the results. >> a lot of things have been said, a lot of suspicions at all levels. both of these candidates are distrusted by the public at large. expectations are very low for both of them. so my hunch is exceeding those expectations will be easier than thought right now. so it will be a challenging, challenging time for whoever emerges. >> oh, absolutely. pause for just one moment, because i think my executive producer -- mr. trump is about ready to vote? >> i wonder who he's going to vote for. >> all right, secret service has shut down the street so he
should be coming at any moment to the polling station to cast his vote. there you see it there. of course when mr. trump arrives to vote, i'm sure those people will part and allow him in to vote. and of course we'll take you back there to new york city live. we were talking about what happens after the voting ends. and i think people will be -- i don't know, i think they'll be sitting on pins and needles waiting to see what the results are. and result it s probably won't announced to what, 8:00, 9:00? >> 10:00, 11:00. you and the media will be differential to the west coast and make sure everybody gets their vote. i don't know if you want ton get beat up about something else -- not you carol. >> i know what you mean. >> big monolithic thing that doesn't exist but never mind, yes, it's going to be later into the evening until we know. >> i do think the pressure sis n the media because the media has been so vilified and so many
people don't trust us that i think we'll be very careful with the results. >> some states will likely be very close. both florida and north carolina, two key states on the eastern seaboard. the polls are going to close much earlier than states like california. i anticipate people will be very cautious because those resulting will be so tight. >> i will be glued to my set, i know that. thanks to all you. we're going to take you back to new york city when mr. trump finally casts a vote presumably for himself. we'll take a quick break. changes to make things right. first, all customers who have been impacted will be fully refunded. second, a confirmation will be sent when new personal or small business checking, savings or credit card accounts are opened. third, we've eliminated product sales goals for our retail bankers
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all right, want to take you back out -- good morning, i'm carol costello, i'm live in washington, d.c. i want to take you to new york city because we understood that donald trump will cast his ballot. you're looking at the precinct near the trump tower where of course donald trump resides with his family. we understand secret service has shut down foot traffic on the street. so donald trump may be voting at any moment now. and of course when mr. trump leaves trump tower to cast his ballot, we'll bring you back live to manhattan. all right. so we are in the homestretch. voters right now across america are getting their voices heard from coast to coast to right smack dab in the middle of the rust belt. that's where our team coverage heads next. cnn's brian todd is in virginia. miguel marquez in pittsburgh.
martin savidge in ohio. let's start in virginia with brian todd. good morning, brian. >> good morning, carol. the race in virginia seen as being aly t little bit tighteni. hillary clinton was ahead by a few points for several weeks but the race tightening. this county, loudoun county, seen as a real battleground, a test county for both candidates as they try to sew up the state virginia. very steady turnout here at precinct 817 at sanders corner elementary school here in ashburg, virginia. the lines here have been going out this door and toward the front door here. this is where you check in. you present your photo i.d. then a ballot ticket. you show it to these nice ladies over here it then you get one of these long ballots. you've got very full voting stations here. they've been full all morning. as we walk over here. our photo journalist will take you here. past these balloting stations. we love watching kids come out with their parents. a lot of kids have come out all day long to watch their parents vote and be in the voting booth
with them. this is where you stand in line to get your votes scanned. this is a long ballot. eight boxes on a long sheet of paper on both sides. you got to stand in line here to get it scanned over there. then they tabulate it on a long piece of tape, take it to voting headquarters at loudoun county at the end of the day when polls close eight hours from now. still a long way to go in loudoun county. both candidates concentrating on this. but donald trump thinks he can swing the county this way after it went narrowly to obama in 2012 and maybe that might help him pull off the upset in virginia, carol. >> brian todd in virginia. big push by both candidates in pennsylvania, where cnn's miguel marquez is, good morning. >> good morning, that's about how i feel this morning, carol, we're in north straban township in washington county. the line here, about an hour long, since the polls opened at
7:00 this morning. they go all the way down the block. this is the last bit politicking that voters see as you walk in. gives you an idea of what it is like here. we want to show you something really cool. as we walk down the line, we have a drone shot so you can see how long this line is. this is the north strabane township center. it's one of the busiest locations for voting in this area. they have been getting through here in about an hour it takes to vote. they've been about this busy actually this is the longest we've seen this line since we've been here at 7:30 this morning. it snakes all the way down the building, through the parking lot, around our satellite truck and then down that end of the parking lot at all. it's a very, very long wait. my guess is probably an hour and a half to hour and 45. this is an area that donald trump must overperform in. and hillary clinton is hoping to
beat him in the urban areas. so no early voting across pennsylvania. at 8:00 p.m. tonight when the polls close. we will know pennsylvania's answer. carol. >> so miguel are people pretty cheerful in line? >> people are incredibly cheerful. they love seeing the cnn sign. they love cnn. they love donald trump down here and they love cnn. we ran into an elderly couple in line a little earlier that gave us a bit a surprise. you two have been married 37 years. get close to each other here. >> we traveled a lot -- >> you're voting for donald trump, your voting for hillary clinton. >> we're nullifying each other's vote. >> now, i find that -- do you fight, do you get along? >> yes, no. >> why are you voting for donald trump? >> because he's the best there
is. we need somebody strong. we need our country that can be our country again and not be owing all the other countries. >> aren't you excited for the first female president? >> no. >> i am. >> so why are you voting for hillary clinton? >> because she's the best of the two. i don't think either one of them are capable of running a country correctly without prejudice and i believe that the experience is what counts. >> here's a hillary supporter. here's a donald trump supporter. do you guys actually love each other? >> oh, yeah. >> what are you gonna do? >> so the line here about probably an hour and 45 minutes or two hours in north strabane. this is the longest we've seen it all day. no early voting here again. we will know pennsylvania's answer tonight, 8:00 p.m. >> oh, my gosh, that was perhaps the cute et couple in all of
america. miguel marquez, thanks so much. all right, let's head to ohio now. martin savidge is with voters in parma. hi, martin. >> we're firing democracy on all eight cylinders in parma ohio. i make that reference because if you know cleveland, you know parma, they were all very instrumental in the automotive industry in days gone by. those are days in the past. that actually impacts how people are thinking about voting this time around. you can see, we've got no waiting here. you could come over from pennsylvania, come here, because there was only a line at the beginning of the day. there has not been a line since. steady stream of voters coming in. we haven't seen lines. part of the reason for that is of course ohio is a very early voting state. they started voting october 12th and they only finished at about 2:00 yesterday afternoon. a lot of people already voted. in fact, about one quarter of all registered voters in ohio have already cast their ballot. we don't know how they voted.
that won't be until this evening. but a steady stream still comes through here. carol. >> martin savidge reporting live from parma, ohio, thanks so much. perhaps the biggest winner today is us. the election fatigued american people. because we've made it. it is decision day. it's been long and many times very bitter ride. with me to talk about this is elizabeth suhag, assistant professor for government at american university, specializing in the study of political psychology. this must be an interesting time for you. >> it's keeping us all very busy. >> mao how is this different fr other elections as far as political psychology goes? >> different in a couple ways. it is different because there's been so much negativity. to be honest, there's been a little bit more negativity coming from one side than the other. i think it's also quite different because it's really ramped up our partisan divisions. we always have our partisan teams, right, and that really
colors how we see the election. but this time around, it's just -- it's ramped up to being, you know, almost full-on war between the two sides. >> oh, yeah, so we people cast their votes, will they feel differently about this vote than in elections past? >> i think so. i think so. i think we've seen such a fight between the two sides. and at the same time, we have two candidates who are historically not real popular to be honest. and so to win this campaign, both sides have painted the other as being completely unfit to govern. so i think a lot of people feel this vote is more important than in previous elections. >> okay so what does that mean after the election is over and a winner is announced? how will the loser feel? >> you know, i think that after this is all over, you are going to see the losing side being more disappointed than usual. you know, it's never fun to see your team lose.
you're down in the dumps for a few days. but this time i think the negative effects are going to linger. and it's a little bit different whether you talk about, you know, the clinton side or the trump side i, i think the negate reaction is a little different. i think you're see on the clinton side some anxiety and fear about a trump presidency. i think that for the trump supporters, you might see more anger because he's really instilled this notion that hillary clinton is a criminal, that the election's rigged. >> that it was stolen from him, right. so it will be imperative for whoever becomes president to say the right things, to try to bring the country together. i was talking about this with one of our political analysts. we were talking, you know, if hillary clinton wins let's say and she stands up there and says i really don't want this to be a divided country, we can all get along, people are going to listen to that and go, oh, come on. >> that's right.
she's going to have a -- you know, predictions are showing she'll probably carry the day. and if that's true, she's going to have a tough time. at least initially. you know, there's some reason for optimism. we she wallace in the senate, she worked well with republicans. there are many republicans who actually think pretty well of her. although they may not say so publicly. i think there's some reason for optimism. she has very good political skills. but frankly i think there's going to be a full-court press by the clinton team and, you know, maybe even by the media to persuade people for example that the election wasn't rigged. >> if mr. trump wins, his followers are going to want him to clean house, right, and he's not going to be able to do that right away, if at all. what if he doesn't? >> this is a good question. and, you know, he's going to have to work hard to kind of control the anger that he has,
that he has really evoked among his followers. i think people will be patient for a little while but if he's not able to clean house, and probably he can't because this is not how our system works of course, there are other branches of government, he could experience some backlash. >> we should end it on an optimistic note because people are voting and democracy works. thanks so much for stopping by. okay, if you want a danchance t featured on election day coverage, snap a selfie and post to instagram using #myvote. let us know where you voted, who you voted for and we'll be showing those right here on cnn. ♪ ♪
all right, this is precinct p.s. 59 in new york city. the secret service has shut down the street in anticipation of donald trump voting at any time. he had a 16-minute phone interview on "fox and friends" on fox news this morning and of course his family was out stumping for him right up until the last moment. in fact, his son was on "new day" this morning and said the last 18 months for him has felt like ten years. i'm sure a lot of people can relate. a little bit of drama. two women were placed under arrest for taking off their tops and yelling anti-trump slogans
inside the polling place. that would be a big no no. those women were placed under arest and they were taken away. as soon as donald trump votes, ooh, i don't know what that vehicle is but if donald trump hops out, we'll take you back to new york city. all of this happening as we enter the final hours of the presidential campaign. we've got reporters on the ground all over this country so let's head to golden, colorado, where ana cabrera is, good morning. >> good morning, carol. we're inside one of the polling centers in jefferson county, one of the bellweather counties in the state. we've seen a steady stream of voters. these are the folks who wanted to do it the old-fashioned way or decided to wait until election day to make their votes count. a lot of the voters in colorado actually have cast their ballot. the most recent ballot returns we've heard from the secretary of state's office shows two-thirds of colorado registered voters have already sent their ballots back or dropped them off because here in colorado it's a mail-in election. so there are these voter
drop-off bags. inside drop boxes. set up all over the state where people who got the mail-in ballots could simply fill them out at home and put them in these bags. so the voters and the workers are going to be very, very busy here in colorado. we just got updated numbers from the secretary of state that showed 2.2 million voters in colorado have already cast their ballot. that means there's been 1 million more active registered voters in the state who still have to vote today or have an opportunity to vote today. i can tell you registered republicans are leading the way about 20,000 more registered republicans have voted already according to the secretary of state than registered democrats with a lot more unaffiliated voters still left to cast their ballots, carol, and we know from the latest polling, there is a large percentage who were undecided as of last week so it could go either way, back to you. >> all right, ana cabrera reporting live from golden, colorado. now the battleground state of arizona. this is what it looks like in phoenix where voters are lining up to make their voices heard.
cnn's dan simon is in phoenix. hi, dan. >> good morning, carol. the polls opened at 6:00 local fi we did see a line here at the church. now it's smooth sailing. this is a reliably red state so it is going to be very interesting to see what happens because the polls have narrowed. right now the polls show donald trump up by about five points but the clinton campaign, they have poured a lot of resources into the state over the past week. she has increased ad spending. only one democrat has carried as as over the past 64 years. that was bill clinton in 1996. but they think they can win it again, the democrats do, and they think that could happen because of the latino vote and based on the historical patterns or what we're seeing across the country, we have seen a surge in latinos voting early here in the state of arizona. double in terms of what they saw in 2012. but the trump campaign, you
know, he's been here seven times, so we'll see what happens. this is a true battleground state. in terms of the senate race, john mccain, who withdrew his support from donald trump, he is expected to win easily, right now up by double digits, carol. >> all right, dan simon, reporting live from phoenix. the presidential candidates are not the only choices on the ballot. there are major initiatives including marijuana legalization and minimum wage hikes. cnn's business correspondent christine romans has more. >> this is interesting because so many of these, it's the people who put them up for a vote, right, this is how the people get to have their say. 162 different ballot initiatives. in four states, it will be the minimum wage on the ballot again. since 2000, every one of these minimum wage initiatives have passed. in washington, a 13.50 minimum wage. colorado, $12, arizona, $12 and
maine, $12. increased gradually. right now, none of those are for $15. you've heard the fight for 15. a progressive movement that has swelled during this presidential election. there are a few states that have $15 already, states thats have passed those kinds of minimum wage, but these other states, something a little bit more gradual. what do the candidates for president thinks? hillary clinton supports a gradual hike to $15 an hour. trump said he supports $10 an hour. the current federal minimum wage is $7.25, when you adjust that for inflation, somebody working for minimum wage now is making far less for the same job than 30, 40, 50 years ago. also on the ballot, pot initiatives. these are the legalization initiatives we're looking at here. recreational pot on the ballot in five states. medical marijuana on the ballot in three more states.
about hatlf the states already have medical marijuana. a lot of people are watching recreational ballot initiatives especially arizona, which is a pretty red state. a reminder, the last couple of elections, they've started this trend of legalizing recreational marijuana. you can see the states there in alaska, washington, colorado and washington, d.c., where it is already legal, carol. >> all right, christine romans, reporting live for us, thank you so much. is something happening in new york city? you see a motorcade? okay. we are hearing the motorcade has left. donald trump expected to cast a ballot for himself at any moment. this is the precinct where donald trump will go to cast that ballot. he's in nearby trump tower. so it shouldn't take him very long to get to this particular place. i want to bring in asma and thomas right now just to talk about this. so donald trump, he was on fox news this morning, he gave a
very long interview. so he was up very early after a very late night of campaigning. i can't even imagine how he's feeling. >> i can't imagine either. he's had sort of a whirlwind day. he was campaigning all over the country, going to different states. and now, you know, he'll have the chance to cast a ballot for himself. i think it's so extraordinarily throughout his entire run. this is a man who has never had political experience before. and here he is, casting a bal t ballot. >> what if it was you and you were casting a ballot to become president of the united states. i mean, i can't even imagine. >> how exciting for him. it also reminds you back of mitt romney in 2012. mitt romney had never written a concession speech. he was so excited, so in the bubble that he thought he was going to win. i kind of wonder and who knows what's going to happen, has trump written a concession speech? is he going to succeed tonight if the polls come in?
>> there's donald trump, he's getting ready to go into that polling place right now. he appears to be -- i'm just trying to see if there's anybody with him. it looks like his wife. >> his daughter. >> bring your daughter along. >> she's been working hard for him on the campaign trail, right. maybe she's going to cast a ballot herself, right? i don't know if this is her precinct or not. >> i think just upset they're not at trump tower. shouldn't the polling places be -- >> exactly. it's interesting his son was on "new day" this morning and he was talking about how this has been is up a long awful election season. even for him. he says the last 18 months just felt like ten years. and i think most voters can relate to that. >> it has. i mean, i think that also, you know, we've sort of seen i think some really polarizing elements of the country. i think that, you know, we as a country now see ourselves devilded in ways we didn't realize and now we have to piece
ourselves together after the election. >> and, you know -- okay, let's listen. >> good morning. i'll give you this. okay. have a good time. have a good time, everybody. thank you, thank you. >> what are you hearing about early returns so far? >> very good. very good. everything's very good. >> any states in particular? >> very good. going to go this way.
>> all right, we're back outside the polling place. it's very hard to get a steady shot when you're inside a polling place. donald trump bought a cupcake from that kid. probably thrilled that child, right? >> waiting for "the washington post" to mark that down on the charity list. >> but melania trump was with her husband and we assume she's also going to cast a ballot for donald trump today. this is -- much be an overwhelming day for her as well. >> it has, i mean, i can't imagine what it's been like. she's been extraordinarily private spouse during this campaign season. you know, we really didn't see
her out on the campaign trail must. i think that in some ways this hasn't -- i can't imagine that it's been an easy experience to be in the public limelight. she's a woman we heard from at the convention and then we her her give a big speech the other week in pennsylvania but she's been fairly private. >> just to be thrust in the spotlight like that has got to be difficult. >> is this mike pence? mike pence? okay, mike pence is on his way to the polling station. he's riding a bike to the polling staigs? station? i'm just confirming this. that is correct. all right. i'm going to throw it to the next hour, to kate bolduan and you guys take it away, john berman, it's been a great time, great morning, thank you for joining me, all of you. >> thank you so much. hello, everyone. it is decision day in america. >> all right, we're watching two