and we are up live here in the nation's capital. i'm brooke baldwin. pretty important house behind me. someone else living in in a matter of months and today we figure out who that will be exactly. today is the day. the finish line. talking nonstop about all of this for 17, 18 or so months. it is election day in america. and after all of the campaigning, the debates, the attack ads and what has been such an unconventional election year, you, voters, are hitting polls today to decide who will be the next president of the united states. whether it is donald trump or
hillary clinton, history will be made. as for hillary clinton, she's obviously hoping to become the first woman elected to lead this country. here she is very early this morning. casting her ballot near her home in chappaqua, new york. meantime a trump victory would mean a major rejection of the washington establishment not seen in generations. he voted this morning near his new york home with his family, his wife, daughter, grand kids by his side. let's begin our hour on election day with senior washington correspondent joe johns near clinton polling place in chappaq chappaqua. she got home in the wee hours of the morning after a late-night rally in raleigh. joe johns, good morning. how ya doing? >> reporter: all right. sleepy, too, brooke. tell you, it's a beautiful day here in chapchappaqua. hillary clinton did get started early. around 8:00 this morning. as you note, they had a very late night, and was out about
3:30 in the morning on the tarmac, in white plains, after the big event, final event, midnight event in north carolina. not much sleep for hillary clinton at this point but she was out trying to get that picture out public of her going to the polls, encouraging her voters to go to the polls. now, when hillary clinton did talk very briefly for the cameras, she was careful, and trying not to assume anything. while her husband, bill clinton, talked just a bit, he sounded very much like he's quite accustomed now to being a political spouse, even on this big day. >> trying to do -- >> the president -- >> it is the most humbling feeling, dan, 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.
>> anything you're worried about today, secretary clinton? >> thank you, thank you. >> for several years now. i'm good. i've got 15 years of practice! >> hillary clinton since has done several radio interviews, but she certainly hasn't disclosed very much, and clearly trying not to make news. she did tell one radio station that she hadn't got a lot of sleep, as well that as far as she was concerned she was running on adrenaline. i think we knew that. we do expect her to go later today down to new york for the evening's activities, and what her supporters hope will be a big night. back to you, brooke. >> how about that? tonight they will both be within miles of one another at their republicanive parties in manhattan. joe johns, thank you for now in chappaqua. not only will hillary clinton and donald trump be in the same city, basically two miles from one another in midtown manhattan. hillary clinton and her campaign are hosting he election night
party under an actual glass ceiling at the convention center there. one she is certainly hoping to shatter, and donald trump and his supporters gather at nearby manhattan midtown hotel. and coving hillary clinton since the beginning, in new york, we know donald trump hoping it's a party in a location. did i see trump, his wife and ivanka and her kiddos? >> reporter: yep. at least one 6 ivanka's children was there. a little bit of a family affair while voting today. expecting new york to go blue. donald trump was welcomed by a couple of boos, after a couple of cheers and asked whether he would accept the results of tonight's election, playing coy, as usual. he said, we'll see what happens. but his running mate, mike pence, seems very sunny, very optimistic telling people to go out and vote. listen to what he had to say. >> i just would encourage every
american who believes like we do that america can be stronger at home and abroad. america can be more prosperous. that we can chart a future on our highest ideals to take time today to vote and join us in supporting donald trump as the next president of the united states. >> reporter: now, brooke, these last hours can sometimes be the most stressful of a campaign, because your ads are up. your field staffers are out there. as a candidate, there's not a whole lost left for to you do. we understand donald trump swooped through his war room at trump tower. chatted with some people there. making phone calls, and into radio stations and battleground states, but other than that, he's going to be kind of hanging out until he has a super exclusive victory party with donors and supporters before he heads over to his other invitational-only victory party here at the hilton. >> patience for the candidates. patience for the rest of america. we should hopefully know a couple of hours. sara murray, thank you so much
in new york. news just in to us here at cnn. we just learned donald trump's legal team has filed a lawsuit in the early voting dispute, suing the clark county registrar of voters alleging he kept polling locations open two hours late, two hours beyond the designated closing time. go to the reporter on the phone. i remember we heard the gentleman from nevada talking about this the other day. he was frustrated by folks in the line, but correct me. weren't those some folks americans allowed to be in line and vote? >> well, it's interesting, because this is not a huge league filing here in nevada, but it's worth noting on this day the lawyers for the trump campaign are watching carefully and almost, trying to get their ducks in order, in case down the road things get busy, they can proceed legally, as you said. this is an early vote dispute from last friday about whether
or not people were allowed to vote after polling hours closed. one side says that the only people who were allowed to vote were the people that were already in line, but here's why this is interesting. it's more than anything else a sign that in this election, legal teams are, from both sides are watching everything very closely. here all they're asking for is that if it becomes close, these disputed votes could be segregated and might be subject to a legal challenge. that's what's at play and interesting this early on, thank you, as you mentioned, legal teams on both sides, thousands of lawyers across the country watching very, very closely. let's get flto our reporters in key battleground states, that could swing it to either hillary clinton or donald trump. randi kaye in florida, and standing why in charlotte, north carolina, he said appropriately
downtown is up town in charlotte. gary it is key for these candidates this year. >> reporter: right, brooke. behind me, some of the most sought out people in united states today, north carolina. for its mountains, orville and wilbur wright, and both candidates very much wants to win here. both been here a lot during the campaign season. donald trump not only wants to win here he may have to win here to have a path to the white house. and barack obama here six times campaigning for hillary clinton. inside now one of the 2,700 precincts here in the state of north carolina. how it works, sign in, name and address. ani anita, running the precinct. doing a great job. everything's under control. >> it is. >> reporter: any giving you trouble? >> not today. >> reporter: any muscle. >> i'm here. >> anita, sign in here. take the slip. no i.d. necessary in the state
of north carolina. wait in this line. show them your slip of paper. they verify you are part of the precinct. once verified, wait in this line where people are and 21 touch screen machines in which you vote. one thing to keep in mind, brooke. an extensive early voting program here in the state of north carolina that lasted 16 days. 3.1 million people voted early. if not one person came out today to vote that by itself would be 45% of all of the people registered to vote in the state of north carolina. obviously, people are turning out to vote. going to have a big turnout in the state. brooke, back to you. >> i love it. no need for extra muscle. anita is there. i love how serious everyone takes this, as they should. gary tuchman, thanks, north carolina. randi kaye, what's behind the scenes in orlando? what do you see? >> reporter: brooke, seeing folks streaming in. not long lines. already 50% of all registered voters in orange county, where we are here in orlando, have
already voted. we know that donald trump has really no path, no clear path, to the white house without a win in florida. one person we found here at this polling place supporting him a lori conlon. talk to us a moment. why donald trump? >> why donald trump? because i trust him. he true lay a pulse on the issues at hand with our country. we have been subjected to a lot of corruption in the past eight years and i truly feel he is the only one to step in with his background and turn this around. we have so many issues here at stake between the medical system that needs to be fixed, our amendments, our gun laws. abortion and religious freedoms. >> reporter: and as a woman, a lot of people, who i've talked to had issues with the women's issues he has faced. whether the accusers, the "access hollywood" tape. you have forgiven him nofor tha >> a moot issue and to me just hillary digging up dirt. i have no respect for her, the
issues she's got. benghazi, e-mail, clinton foundation. it's all there. i shudder to think that. donald trump dhant a pulse on country. met with people in the restaurants and diners. >> reporter: we know he just filed a lawsuit in nevada which is some indication, perhaps, there may be a contested election here if it doesn't go his way. can you even think about that? you think he would accept the results? >> you know, i don't put anything past hillary and her cartel and the neem have her back because the fbi is trying -- >> reporter: do you think he would accept it? >> i don't know. he says when the time comes. my mind is trying to think very positive that everyone i know, everyone i know is all voting trump. >> reporter: we'll let you get inside, lori. your driver's license in hand. not one of the early voters, thank you for joining us. some folks kuwaiting to election day, they want to feel the excitement and like to wait until this very day to do so. back to you.
>> glad you talked to her. we want to hear from folks, all sides, all taking a moment today to voed. randi kaye, thank you very much. bring in my panel. rhine ziza, and kirsten poirs, columnist for "usa today." and national political correspondent for the "washington post" and back with us, serving as assistant editor at the "washington post." happy election day. clivg collective -- ah -- we played it. worth putting a button on, ryan liz lizza, talking about a lawsuit filed in nevada, i want to be careful. it doesn't mean it will be a con 2e679ed election. it means they're watching and also on the flip side, hillary clinton's folks and her legal time and legal eyes are across the country watching this very, very carefully. >> it's not unusual for
campaigns to file lawsuits on election day. usually that you file a lawsuit because there are a lot of people who want to vote and that for one reason or another the campaign believes aren't able to vote. sounds like this lawsuit is the opposite. thinking too many people voted. john ralston, known as one of the top political reporters in las vegas, seen him publicly on twitter saying that from his legal view, this lawsuit doesn't have a lot of merit. we'll see. usual lip the courts are pretty good on election day reviewing these things fast and dealing with them. so just because a lawsuit is filed by one campaign or the other, we shouldn't get too excited. this happens every election day. sometimes something to it. sometimes nothing. >> perspective. thank you. looking at live pictures of governor pence leaving indianapolis, eventually making his way to what he hopes will be a party this evening in manhattan with donald trump. we saw him on his bike earlier today. biking to that polling place. karen tumulty to you. what item want dot with all of you, for forkes watching tonight
wondering what question find out early enough, that the polling places that close on the earlier end, you have georgia, virginia, ohio, north carolina. start with virginia. just not to far from where we're sitting. what factors will you be looking for when it comes to exit polls in that state? >> virginia has always, at least for the last few cycles, had a huge gender gap nap is going to be one early indicator of that. but until very, very recently, hillary clinton had a really big lead in virginia. >> chose tim kaine. that helped her. >> right's in now polls have closed i still think even a lot of republicans i talked to don't think this is one donald trump can pull out, but he may bring it down within three percentage points, four percentage points, in which case it suggests there's a lot of traction for him not just in virginia but in a lot of places. >> rnc decide add couple weeks
ago to throw some money into virginia. so at least they felt it was worth it, to send resources that way. what about georgia? dave? >> so i think this one may still be out of reach for democrats this tirnld, bme around but pare sun belt states slowly moving a little more accessible for democrats and a little more challenge for republicans just like the rust belt states are becoming a little challenge for democrats. >> a flip? >> a lot of growth in the latino population in georgia as in north carolina and other sun belts state. that's the end trend we're seeing. probably not full fruition this year, but four years from now. >> worth noting, one of the biggest stories we'll look back on, the hispanic vote in the country. the electorate in georgia, not massive. turnout up 144% in georgia from four years ago. glad you mentioned that. what about north carolina? you could talk about hispanic turnout in north carolina and also african-american turnout is
fwhoot it wasp maybe not nor then senator and then president obama, but still could come down to north carolina tonight. >> right. a lot of people this african-american vote is down there because of voter suppression. we have to wait and see how it pans out. african-american voting is pretty good in other state. the question, why not there? the clinton campaign talked about the la tain oh vote, 2 or 3% of the population. population so great, could make a difference there and north carolina is kind of what virginia used to be pup weren't of these states that used to be considered a conservative state because of, largely because of a lot of college educated whites are now starting -- in a couple cycles probably be a blue state. we're kind of on the, you know, the cusp of that right now. >> i like looking back historic ken tox in '08. obama had 49.7% of the vote. mccain, 49.38. how close it was. we've seen both the presidents and michelle obama in north carolina. michelle obama over and over
calls out precincts, calls out percentage points and numbers of votes because it has been that close there and matters so, so much in this election. >> yeah. and one of the states that obama could not win in 2012. >> yes. >> but that looks very, very accessible for hillary clinton this time. i mean, the story of all of these states is, you know, demographics, destiny in this election. you have some very discreet groups, college educated whites, working-class whites, and hispanics and non-whites that have very predictable voting patterns in this election if you look at under lying polls. so the story that david talked about, this transfer of the democratic strength from the rust belt overwhelmingly white and the working class. >> to the sun belt. >> to the sun belt, it's a big story. not across the board, but it looks like that trump will win ohio and iowa, two northern midwestern states with big, white working class populations. that will -- obama won those
states in 2012, and hillary looks strong in north carolina. a state obama couldn't anyone 2012. the kind of transition we're seeing. >> one more thing to watch beyond the african-american vote is in 2012, north carolina was the state where there was the biggest difference between the way young people voted and the way older people voted. in the 2014 midterm, young people didn't show up. one reason kay hagan, for instance, lost. we'll see if that part of the obama coalition is showing up. >> and, you know, hillary's putting -- you know, after tomorrow we'll talk about the clinton coalition, if she wins. right? >> which is different. >> it's different. from the polling so far. making a lot of assumptions here. right? anything can happen tonight from polling so far she is not at strong as obama with african-american voters. 23409 shocking. >> college educated women, latinos. >> probably a, a function of donald trump alienating a lot of them and doing better with hispanic voters and not as well
with millennials. so we might be talking tomorrow about the clinton coalition going forward if that's the coalition she puts together, the question for democrats will be was that a function of trump being a very differ kind of candidate? or is that more of an affirmative support for hillary and the democratic party? >> you mentioned ohio. dave, let me ask about ohio. trump may take it and you have these disaffected, white, working-class voters. a lot of union folk whose traditionally would go democrat, who could go republican and if hillary -- if hillary wins the white house and doesn't win ohio a first since jfk in 1960. >> 1960, right. ryan said, it's not a perfect overlap or swap sun belt for rust belt this year, but we're seeing these trends, and if you look back to 2008. >> fascinating. >> remember, another rust belt state, indiana, obama won indiana. don't think about that any more. mike pence's home state, a state
considered very conservative. how far his reach was in '08. lost in north carolina, lost in ohio. the strength of trump was always bringing out disaffected blue collar white voters who had not maybe participated in more recent elections. the challenge for clinton was always, holding together that obama coalition as karen said. it's not exactly an overlap with the clinton coalition but a similar coalition for democrats in general. >> that's a look at some of the states. we'll see polls close 7:00, 7:30. stick around. such a wealth of knowledge of many campaigns looking back at what we've lived through and covered. however many months. to see your biggest takeaways. marinade on that, if you would, please. can trump find a way to break through this clinton blue wall we keep talking so much jab the blue states that traditionally vote democratic. we'll also look at the three states trump is hoping to flip in his favor. tonight. i'm brooke baldwin in beautiful
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you are watching cnn on this beautiful tuesday afternoon here. blue skies over the white house and the washington monument near washington, d.c. on this historic election day. hillary clinton is counting on the blue wall to help her get to the magic number of 270 electoral votes, 270 this evening, but donald trump has been working very hard trying to win over the blue collar workers and reliably in democratic states. can he break through? cnn staked out across that blue zone. chris frates in manchester, new hampshire. jessica snider in michigan and also in western pa, where trump
has been for months stumping in coal country. miguel, begin with you. what are voters telling you? >> reporter: yes, this is exactly where donald trump needs to do well. we are in washington county, pennsylvania. north strabane township. big, big lines here. this has got to be music to the trump ears, because this is the last bit of politicking one sees before they go into the, the voting booths here. the long stretch. the final bit is right here. in a very cool thing, cnn actually has a drone up over here. to see how long the lines are. earlier today this line was running about two hours long. now it's running probably about an hour to get through to vote. washington is interesting, because it has more democrats than republicans. but it tends to vote republican. romney beat obama here in 2012, but hillary clinton has opened
an office here looking for voters. with all of the rancor with all the madness of this election we ran into one couple in this line earlier that blue our socks off. why are you voting for donald trump? >> because he's the best there is right now. >> oh, geez. >> we need somebody strong. our country to be the country again and not -- >> reporter: aren't you excited for the first female president? >> no! >> i am. >> reporter: 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, and we have a nuclear holocaust looking us in the eye, and i'm not too much for trump, because of that fact.
>> bill and jackie, married 37 years actually gave each other a kiss at the end of that. how will pennsylvania go? we won't know. we don't have any indication like other states with early voting or absentee ballots. not near pennsylvania. all of these people lining up. big lines fleer 7:00 a.m. since we've been here and we expect to be here through the night. at 8:00 p.m. eastern time polls close. then we'll know what pennsylvania thinks. brooke? >> can only imagine what dinner at that home has been like for however many months. honey, i love you but i don't agree with you whatsoever. thank you very much. miguel mentioned, a drone up high above the skies there in pennsylvania. we've got cars, planes, buses, and we've got drones. just to give you the best pictures of how many people are lining up to vote in this country. so from pennsylvania, let's head over to michigan and jessica
snyder in warren, michigan. i have been there many times covering the american auto industry. a lot of folk there's i'm sure paying close attention. trump, talking about, slamming ford for moving a small car production to mexico, although ford says the ceo says, no jobs will be lost here. he's promising to slam a huge tax on imports back into the u.s. how are voters responding to that, jessica? >> reporter: yeah, brooke. trump has been hammering that message, and it's especially poignant right here in mccomb county. this is the count they donald trump is counting on. this is the county known as the home of the reagan democrats. this county contains the blue collar suburbs of detroit and donald trump has even come here specifically to this county to bring home his message of jobs and trade. in fact, he was here on sunday night in sterling heights giving a big rally. so the question is, will those reagan democrats turn to trump? they've actually voted for
president obama here in this county. they voted for obama in '08 as well as 2012. will they flip to republican? of course, this state of michigan has not turned red since 1988. wou could it be different this time? kept in one of the polls places, kept far back. a little lull. of course, it's the middle of the afternoon. we did see lines ranging about 45 minutes long this morning. the poll workers here tell me that's about average for a presidential election, but we do expect things to pick back up a little bit after people come home from work. so the question is who will they vote for? how will the turnout be, of course? but, you know, the candidates have been flocking to this state. they've put renewed emphasis on this state, but despite that, i ran into somebody this morning, a woman walking in to vote, who told me she is still conflicted and was at the time still undecided. take a listen. >> i had absentee ballot and i filled it out and voted clinton, but i just couldn't bring myself
to mail it. and then -- >> reporter: now you're showing um here and still not sure what to do. >> right. so then i went to listen to donald trump jr. yesterday, and vie a one family naeb won't talk to me if i don't vote for trump and my husband is voting for clinton and i really -- honestly, i really am undecided. i am. i'm going to go in there and -- vote somebody. >> reporter: and she did come in here, she did vote for somebody. she told me who she voted for but asked pl eed me not to repo that. leaving the poll, i still feel conflicted, actually feel guilty. her husband wanted her 20 do one thing, her brother to do another. in the end she wasn't happy with either candidate. i will tell you she did vote for one of the two major candidates. i just won't say which one. again, very conflicted, undecided. we haven't seen a lot of that here. people walking out saying, yes, trump, or yes, hillary, but she
was an interesting one to talk to. brooke? >> i think we're going to see a lot of therapy. going to see a lot of yoga classes, drinking for people who have been so conflicted soar foe long. jessica, thank you so much for sharing her story. and from michigan to new hampshire, chris frates has been stashged out in manchester. we love talking about new hampshire, don't we? we talk about dixville notch, all eight voters there. see how they will be come this evening. the ultimate tally in this town of the eight vote was what? hillary clinton? >> reporter: it was for hillary clinton, exactly right. four votes for hillary clinton, brooke. two for donald trump. one to gary johnson and then we had one to mitt romney. somebody writing in mitt romney there. obviously maybe a republican that doesn't feel donald trump is a choice to go with. here in manchester i can tell you lots and lots of people coming in. new hampshirites are excited about voting and you see that
here today, about 1,700 people have come into the precinct so far today. election officials tell me that's above average for an election. they might be on a record here, and part of the reason is, it's a battleground state, this go-round. new hampshire is small but mighty, brooke. right? four electoral votes but really could matter. go back, talked about this over the weekend, right? back to 2000. al gore, if he had won new hampshire would have become president regardless what happened in florida. that didn't happen and the clinton people took that lesson to heart, because this is really going to turn, this election, will turn on turnout. and just like pennsylvania, where we heard from miguel and jessica in new hampshire, no early voting happens today. getting people out to the polls has been huge nor tfor the hill clinton and donald trump campaigns. what they've been up to, hillary clinton knocked and more than a million doors. called 2 million people. 12,000 volunteers out in these
final days trying to make sure they get people to the polls. donald trump and republicans doing something similar. 1.8 million doors knocked. 1.7 calls made to make sure you show up in precincts like this all over the state and it's going to come down to independence. you and i know this. covered and spent time in new hampshire. more independents here in new hampshire than democrats, or republicans, and in fact back in 2012, 43% of the people who cast ballots were independents. those independents broke for barack obama. hillary clinton hoping they'll break her way this go-round. donald trump, of course, trying to make sure they get out to vote and that the independents deliver new hampshire to the republican column for the first time in a number of presidential cycles nap wou s cycles. that would be huge for him breaking the blue wall hillary clinton erected in lean democratic states for him to get to the white house, that magic number, brooke, of 270.
people still coming in. seeing long lines. see what happens throughout the rest of the state as the day wears on, brooke. >> he should would like to break through. chris frates on the new hampshire beat. chris frates, thank you. coming up from these more traditionally blue states, this blue wall, to the red state defense. looking at the mitt romney red states that trump needs to hang on to tonight. also ahead, hearing about some voting machine snafus involving counties in two key states. what election officials are doing to make sure every vote is counted. i'm brooke baldwin. live in wall, you're watching cnn's special live coverage. says it won't let up for a while. the cadillac xt5... what should we do? ...tailored to you. wait it out. equipped with apple carplay compatibility. ♪ now during season's best,
just in. new to us at cnn reports of some technical issues at the voting booths, the polling places, in both utah and north carolina. victor blackwell is in recall north carolina. stephanie elam, we begin with you in say tlt lake city. reports of voting machine problems. what exactly does that mean and how many are affected? >> reporter: right. this is coming from utah election officials saying that this is a problem in washington county which is in the southwest corner of the state. saying whatever this technical snafu, they didn't expand upon what it is, it's affecting all 37 polling locations in that county. very different picture from here in salt lake count the most densely populated county in the state where they're saying no problems. just checked in with the county
clerk. saying they've had no issues here. she was concerned here, though, lines. take a look. lines here at this polling place, something she tried to avoid because they had mail-in ballots here. trying to get people out to do that and early voting that ended friday. they do have people coming in. you can register to vote here in utah today. then go ahead and get in line to vote. saying people are doing that. one thing people should know, you still have the mail-in ballot. fill it out. drop it at any polling places and the boxes around the county as well, because that will work. the other thing to keep in mind they're clear about, if you get in line by 8:00 p.m., local time, you will be able to vote, but you've got to be in line by 8:00. seeing a robust turnout as far as people in line here today, but turnout people mailing in ballots, hoped they'd get more to have less lines here. they did say there was a surge in people registering to vote in
the county, and so they were hoping that meant a lot of people would try to send in ballots early. because not as many came in as expected saying there are people standing in line today. as you can see, people standing in line, making their way around, and then go in there and handle their siecivic duty. a beautiful day in salt lake. no reason to not get here and vote. brooke? >> it matters. sun shining out. gets you to the polls. get line by 8:00. from utah to north carolina. victor blackwell, issues, switching to paper poll box out of an abundance of cox. whatted? >> reporter: yes, in nearby durham county, we've learned at 6:45 this morning, just after polls opened at 6:30, at least five locations we're told by the state board of elections, there
were glitches with the electronic check-in system. not the ballot machines. voting machines. this shouldn't affect the tabulation, we're told, but when people arrive, how they're checked in. they've switched to these polling books which sound exactly like what they are. books with the names and lists of voters in that precinct and their names can be checked off when they show up. we've heard from the president of the state branch of the naacp, dr. william barber, this created long lines in durham county and some walked away. the naacp has attorneys, lawyers watching this and asking that justice department monitors in north carolina but in other counties to come to durham, to durham county making sure voters are able to vote. why is durham so important here? we know out of the 230,000 or so registered voters there, democrats outnumber republicans about 5-1. so that's why we know that they're watching closely here.
in wake county, at this precinct, 1310, the shortest we've seen the line all day, with just a few people in line, but there had been hundreds of people with more than an hour wait at this location. brooke? >> yeah. just looking at the cnn air, the picture on the left side of the screen with the drones and the lines across the country. we've got you covered. victor blackwell, thank you so much. on some of the glitches, some of these polling places are having to deal with, good to see people turning out and voting. up next, nevada. one of six states officially in the battleground zone on cnn's electoral map. live to vegas and two states obama took in 2012 definite lip not guaranteed this go-round. you're watching cnn. tissue was near. the fiery tissue left her nose sore and red. so dad slayed the problem with puffs plus lotion, instead. puffs have pillowy softness for dakota's tender nose.
welcome back to election day coverage here. live in washington, d.c. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. listen, a lot of attention is paid to east coast battleground states like florida, like north carolina. some of the closest races will be actually west of the mississippi. in las vegas, rosa flores in iowa, ana cabrera in the hotly contested state of colorado. mentioned at top of the how in nevada the trump campaign file add lawsuit regarding early voting issues. what more have you learned about that? >> reporter: we are learning that a hearing is about to start in just about 15 minutes from now, brooke. a legal challenge that is unfolding on election day here in nevada.
these were legal briefs filed overnight by the trump campaign and in the lawsuit, the trump campaign alleging some early vote locations were allowed to stay open late. that they broke the rules. we believe he's talking about location that was a very popular early vote location, and if you look at pictures and video, you can see it is predominantly hispanic voters. yes, the line was very, very long, and, yes, vote es did vote late into the evening. trump is saying that they violated county rules, state election rules. the county, though, calmed immediately when the allegations started to fly. county said, " -- the county saying, it's simply not true. what they did followed the rules. cut off the line when the polling place was supposed to close, and then they allowed everyone in line to vote, and that's what happened across the county. the county says as a reality check, that the people who voted
latest were the ones who came from an area that the gop considers a gop stronghold. that those were the people who voted late. not the voters. so we can argue about the validity of the market. why it's important. why everyone needs to pay attention to what's happening in nevada right now. this lawsuit, what trump's lawyers are asking for that they are asking for the early vote ball imts in places like this market to be set aside. essentially not counted, if nevada is close. we're talking about thousands of voteses here. so if nevada is close, they're going to contest it. according to this lawsuit. they are laying groundwork for potential legal challenges today and tomorrow. brooke? >> we know both sides have lawyers fanned out across the country, but to the point on this lawsuit in nevada, we'll listen in and see what those lawyers are saying as you mentioned at the top 67 the hour. kyung lah, thank you from las
vegas. to iowa, what are voters telling you there? >> reporter: hi, brooke. poptakers take the award. keeping the lines very short, working very hard to make sure voters can come in and then head out to, whether it be work or to their families, whatever the case may be. but we are in iowa. six of the last seven elections have gone to the democrat in the presidential elections. but this time it's a bit of a swing here. only because it all started blue initially and then turned into a dead heat state and now the latest poll shows that donald trump has a seven-point margin in his favor. so that's why a lot of the folks here are wondering, well, is i wo going to
both have deem didn'ts. talk about hillary clinton, this is not hillary country at all. let's not forget in 2008 she lost the caucuses, and this time around only beat bernie by slight margin. when you talk about donald trump, this is ted cruz country. it's an uphill battle for him as well. brooke, vie to say that i've talked to some ted cruz supporters. they say they are going to vote for trump and what helped him? that ted cruz actually leading up to the election was actually campaigning with donald trump. now, brooke, before i let you go, i've got to tell brooke, pea are having fun with their selfies. people are coming here, taking their sell fist and making sure they share it on social media because my vote counts in iowa. >> by the way, let me thank you for showing you that.
i love everyone having a sense of humor and collective wrath on election day. make sure you hashtag your pictures "my vote." rosa flores, thank you in iowa. ana has been standing by in colorado and it's not necessarily in colorado who is on the ballot but what? tell me about the ballot initiatives that are getting voters out. >> some voters are focusing on the right of the die initiative. . some people who would consider to do assisted suicide. we have minimum wage increases on our ballot. that's generating the interest in voter turnout. i want to give you a sneak peek behind the scenes in jefferson county which is one of the bellwether counties the state.
we are at election headquarters where a lot of votes have already been counted and we here in the vote-counting room. the ballots that have been taken out of the envelope, since it's a mail-in election, they've been brought here to the election county official site and they've been put in these boxes. each box holds about 1400 ballots, we're told. then they are sent through this machine. the vote counting is happening as we speak. you can see the machine working very quickly. the bottom shelf is ones that get through without issues, the middle shelf is write in candidates and top shelf they have those ballots that have been damaged or destroyed in some fashion, maybe they got some coffee spilled on the ballot, couldn't be read by the machine. those will have a human eye take a look. all of the ballots that are processed have not been tallied yet so votes are being counted in some kind of a closed electronic network and they will
be tallied with a hit of a button at 7:00 p.m. local time tonight. brooke, as i toss it back, keep in mind, two-thirds of colorado registered voters have already returned their ballot prior to this election day. >> ana cabrera, thank you so much. just a couple more minutes with my panel before i hand my seat over to erin burnett and her team. before we let everyone go, i'd love to go around, biggest take away from this election. let me add, we know the obamas, i'm reminded by this big beautiful house. they are so incredibly involved that on election day, we found out the president of the united states called into a philadelphia radio station, get out and vote. they're not finished. >> you have to go back to 1988 where there was an outgoing incumbent president in the white house that his party's nominee
would even want to be seen with. you would have thought with this being a changed election that hillary clinton would have wanted to forge her own path. but president obama's approval, he and michelle obama, not necessarily in that order, have become her most powerful surrogates. >> what do you think, dave? >> that's right. president obama and the first lady are the best retail candidates. it helps clinton to have them and other surrogates on their side that trump does not. >> moving off the obamas, though, just looking back at this wild strange trip of 18 or so months -- >> seems longer. >> and by the way, tonight who knows what tonight could bring. >> there are so many things. but i think one of the things that i focus on a lot in my writing is gender and one of the things that jumped out to me is
i know there's sexism in the country but i was surprised at how much people don't understand sexual assault and that was one thing i would not have predicted would come up in an election with president of the united states but there is a real division in terms of understanding this. so, you know, that's pretty surprising. >> glad you added about it as much as you do. >> thank you. >> ryan lizza? >> my take away is us in the media. trump presented an enormous challenge for the non-partisan press in how do you cover someone who doesn't -- that violates the traditional norms, that says some things that weren't true, that had authoritarian impulses, that had anti-first amendment impulses. i think all of us as reporters who were trained to be fair to both sides and fairness meant on the one hand on the other hand -- >> like an assault. >> -- learned in realtime that that's not how you cover politics when someone like trump comes along and that's something we all need to reflect on long after the election is over. >> thank you so much for spending time with me on this
tuesday afternoon. i'm brooke baldwin in washington. reminder, polls start to close in some states just five hours from now. we'll take you live to clinton and trump headquarters. keep in mind, they will be fewer than two miles apart from one another this evening in new york city. stay with us for cnn's special live coverage of this historic vote. i r one roof. start where specialists use advanced genomic testing to guide precision cancer treatment... ...that may lead to targeted therapies and more treatment options. start where there's a commitment to analyzing
stickers. here's the deal. send them, pop them on instagram, hashtag it "my vote" and we'll continue showing all your handsome faces throughout the day here on cnn. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. i'll hand it over to erin burnett. live coverage continues right now. good afternoon, i'm erin burnett. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world today. it's the most unpredictable presidential race in the united states -- possibly in history. most certainly in modern history. now it's in the hands of voters across the nation. polls closing in just a few hours. we are live across the nation, polling places in battleground states and we'll give you live updates throughout the hour. the lines where turnout is high, with her husband bill in chappaqua, new york, hillary cl