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washington, especially in the big counties. that's what we'll be watching most closely. >> we certainly will. right now, the polls are closing in virginia. we're only seconds away. we're standing by for the first results in the close and hard-fought governors contest. it's a race to watch tonight. we'll have significant potential ramifications down the road. we have a key race alert right now in virginia. the governors race too early to call. no projection, no ability yet to take a look. we're getting early results. we're going to share those results with our viewers. ralph northam, the democratic candidate. ed gillespie, the republican candidate. we'll get those numbers, and we'll share them with you as soon as they start coming in. in the meantime, let's go over to erin. >> and welcome to a special edition of "outfront." thank you, wolf. as we are continuing our election night coverage in this crucial race. now that the polls are closing at this instant in virginia, we can reveal some more of our exit
poll results. there are some crucial numbers here. david chalian is back with new information, and david, what more can you tell us now? >> erin, you remember how the incidents in charlottesville injected into the virginia governors race. we asked voters today about which candidate both candidates, how they would handle race relations. voters would say, would you trust ralph northam on race relations? 55% of voters say yes. 40% say no. how does gillespie fare on this score? we asked do you trust ed gillespie on race relations. the complete flip. 40% say yes. 55% say no. on race relations, advantage northam. but then we also asked about the monuments issue. should they be removed or should they be left in place. look at the numbers on your screen. 37% of virginia voters say they should be removed. 59% of virginia voters say they should be left in place. you remember that ralph northam, he said he wanted this to be left to the localities, but he also made it clear his
preference was that they would be removed. >> all right, david chalian, thank you very much. let's go straight to our team of experts here as more information comes in. let me start with you, chris cillizza, on the point david was making. confederate statues. an important issue here. when you look at the democratic candidate, he had been, get rid of the statues and sort of tried to back off a little bit. 6 in 10 voters support keeping them where they are. >> fascinating. i think there's a tendency to assume when you think of virginia that it's northern virginia. now, i live in nourthern virginia. my guess is 6 in 10 people that i know who live around me are not in favor of keeping up the monuments. you drive 20 minutes west, you get a very different place. so northern virginia has, john touched on this, northern virginia has grown so much population wise that it can be the dominant factor, but we forget that barack obama was the first democratic presidential candidate to carry virginia in
2008 since lyndon johnson in 1964. so there are still very elements that are not progressive in that regard. it's why i think you saw ed gillespie turn to ms-13, i'm for keeping them up, he's for taking them down. that's literally an ad from ed gillespie. sanctuary cities, which by the way, there are none in virginia. because cultural conservatism outside of northern virginia plays quite well. now, the question is, does what has happened to democrats in the past is that northern virginia is so dominant in terms of vote share, it doesn't really matter all that much. unless you lose overwhelmingly everywhere else, and typically, that doesn't happen. >> i want to go over here to get the partisan view of where we stand. let me start with you. 42% of the voters from the latest exit polls and they're changing moment by moment, but 42% of voters today in virginia approve of president trump. well under water among people who are voting. that's a better approval rating that in cnn's national poll, 36%, but it is well under water.
does that make you think this is going to go for northam? >> i think it's -- you know, you look at what the number represents. it's after a year of what's happened on the national stage of president trump, sort of the broad attacks, these culture issues being brought back up. to be at 42%, 43%, i think that's not -- probably close to -- >> you're saying it's a good thing? >> a good thing. in a swing state like this, the state is not even swing. this is a state that goes democrat. democratic governors. >> the only southern state trump lost. >> and a state run by democrats. two u.s. senators are democrats. the state wides are democrats, and so trump to be at this standing, it says that the last year of sort of demagogging him hasn't worked because it hasn't moved much numbers in the state. >> you think the democrats have it? >> well, no, this is a very close race. you, the democrats come in with some advantages in this. mainly trump, as you mentioned, his bad numbers. the economy and governor mcauliffe, the economy is doing well. governor mcauliffe's numbers are
strong. those are advantages. it's all about turnout for democrats. the electorate is less democratic in these years and these wedge issues work. they work. so the real question here is can the democrats run on let's continue going the way we are? let's resist president trump, or can the republicans successfully divide the electorate on cultural issues. >> the cultural issues may matter, but you have people coming in with these bad approval ratings for president trump, let's be honest. it's bad, but nearly half of the people who voted today said the president of the united states was not a factor in their vote. they may come in and say i disapprove, but they might still vote for the republican. >> because what we're seeing is that this may not necessarily be a vote about the man. and i think oftentimes, especially in the media, we get caught up in the personality that is donald trump. and people are either voting for him or voting against him. but instead, i believe this is what he stands for. and what ed gillespie became, because many of us have known ed gillespie since he was at the rnc, but what he became was a
candidate who ran on fear and white nationalism. those are the planks of his campaign. and the question is whether or not those things have value, and if you tread in those things, can you be successful? and my concern is that those things have value, and if he wins tonight, then that's a horrible indicator for the rest of the country. >> fear and white nationalism? fair? >> i think definitely the republicans are testing something out here in this race. they're testing out the immigration issue. and whether or not, you know, people are going to be scared enough, you know, ms-13 is an issue in virginia. the question is how big of an issue is it? i think democrats make a mistake when they just dismiss that and sort of write that off to racism because i do think there are a lot of voter whose are sincerely concerned about this who aren't actually racist. i think that, you know, if ed gillespie ends up winning, what the lesson is going to be here for the republicans is that this was something that worked. you know, it has been a race
that he hasn't been favored to win. so i think if he wins, we're probably going to be able to say that this did play some sort of role in that win. >> and on this whole point, ryan, of does he have to win to win in a sense, right? jake and dana were talking about this. win would be incredible for the republicans. this would be a huge statement, but how close does he have to get. just looking at the situation in the exit polls that half of the people decided who they were going to vote for just a -- i'm sorry, 1 in 3 in the last month, and half of those in the past week. >> i think the results tonight, the one group of people looking at the results are republicans running next year. they want to know, was trump and trumpism a leading indicator? is this where the republican party is going? is this a road map to win in america now in many states? or was trump sort of a one off and that you won't actually see a lot of candidates like him moving forward. and gillespie in the last three weeks, he adopted a campaign platform that has steve bannon,
donald trump's former political strategist called trumpism without trump. he knew trump personally isn't that popular among some voters he needed to capture, but the issues of immigration, of race, of the confederate monuments really issues that republicans frankly did not touch in recent elections that donald trump has resurrected and that ed gillespie, a very establishment washington guy to a lot of people's surprise, embraced. and i think, you know, if he comes close or if he wins, a lot of republicans are going to say, huh, this set of issues can work for me too. >> and abbey, to the point, ryan mentions trumpism without trump, steve bannon. to "the new york times," here's the quote, he said i think the big lesson for tuesday is in gillespie's case, trumpism without trump can show the way forward. if that's the case, democrats better be very, very worried. can steve bannon be right if ed gillespie comes close but does not win? >> i think if the results show that ed gillespie made some progress among trump voters. one thing to keep in mind about these numbers on immigration,
on, you know, on sanctuary cities, on confederate monuments is that it's very potent among republican voters. but it's still a relatively small subsection of the overall electorate. but for someone like ed gillespie who is a relatively moderate type candidate, they wanted to find out, can he bring out trump voters? these are the people who are very enthusiastic about president trump, who may not be willing to go out and vote for a moderate. and i think that if the results are that he can get pretty close to winning, it might actually be a validation for that strategy. there are a lot of republicans out there who need to find out if they can get trump voters out, and this is definitely a test. >> can i just -- i want to -- i'm not disagreeing with that, but my view is, look. in politics, you can like it or you can hate it, but like winning is winning. and losing is losing. and so yes, there are moral victories, but at the end of the day, if ed gillespie doesn't
win, i'm not sure that it does as much as you might think. >> we have to pause there. >> i started something too big at the end. >> we have a lot more time, but we're going to take a quick break. we do have breaking news. new results in the virginia governors race, as we're waiting to find occupant who can pull it out. we just learned about a surprising move by president trump. he's in the korean peninsula tonight. breaking news from there where he just tried and failed to do ahead. it's the phillips' lady!
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and we're back with our special election night coverage, and some breaking news on president trump's trip to the korean peninsula. let's go to our senior white house correspondent, jim acosta, traveling with the president in south korea. jim, look, there have been discussion, and then they had taken the wind out of its sails about the president possibly going to the dmz, that border zone between south and north korea, and there is a big development on that front at this hour. >> reporter: that's right, erin. the white house had indicated that the president was not going to be visiting the dmz during this trip to south korea. in fact, earlier this morning, the president did attempt to do just that. fascinating details on this mission that was not accomplished. earlier this morningering according to the white house
pool reporters that travel with president trump, they were summoned earlier this morning around 7:00 local time here in seoul. those reporters were told by sarah huckabee sanders that they were heading to the dmz, and as a matter of fact, she informed them of where they were going by scrawling on a piece of paper and holding it up to them the letters dmz, and then they were hustled into vans and brought out to a nearby area where they were loaded onto helicopters, chinook helicopters and they started flying to the dmz with the president. and according to one of the pool reporters traveling with the president, when they got about five minutes outside of the dmz, the weather was just so bad, according to this pool report that we're receiving from our colleagues traveling with the president, that they decided to turn around. erin, when they turned around, they went back. they landed. they waited a little bit longer, and then tried. they were going to try again, but then ultimately, the pool
reporters traveling with the president were told, you know what, the weather is not going to work out, so we're not going to make this trip. but fascinating in that the president appears to have at least on this trip put aside a lot of the fiery rhetoric, fire and fury, referring to kim jong-un as little rocket man and so on, but yet just hours before this speech that he was going to be given to the south korean assembly here in seoul, he was going to unveil this very dramatic moment of him and his team going to the dmz to essentially send that message to kim jong-un that the united states has the backing of the south koreans and vice versy. it would have been a dramatic moment, but it didn't happen because of the weather here in seoul. >> thank you very much. certainly would have been a very dramatic moment, chris. yeah. >> so, i mean, look. in one way we're surprised. in a more honest way, wetient be surprised because what do we know about this president? number one, he loves showmanship.
he loves the steely eyed, i stared across the dmz, and they saw the resolve in my face type of moment. and we know, i always remind people, he's a reality tv host. that's who he has been in his life prior to being in the white house. what is better than the unexpected twist? he wasn't going, but now he is, right? this is all -- there is a theatrical element to every presidency. this president embraces it, i think, more than others. we should not be all that surprised that he had it in mind to do. >> let's just be clear. bad weather, okay. it's a short drive. i have done it. there is a way to drive it if you really wanted to go. it takes a half hour. but he wanted the chinook arrival, he clearly did. >> and i think they wanted to have a moment in which the u.s. president and the south korean president would appear there together. you know, according to the white house, it would have been the first time that had been done. so it would have been a big deal, historic in a real way, and also in a sort of symbolic
way. and i think that given where trump is with that relationship with south korea, there is some shoring up to do. i think it would have been an opportunity for him to show that they were walking hand in hand, literally, in the dmz. bad weather, mother nature. >> there's houses between the border between north and south. if you're in there, you can walk into north korea and you stand next a north korean soldier. it's a pretty incredible thing. i wonder if the president would have done it. let's get over to wolf, because wolf, in this breaking election night, we have some vote results. what do you have? >> very, very early. we have a key race alert. extremely early, not eve 1% of the vote in, but right now, the first numbers coming in. ed gillespie, the republican candidate for governor of virginia, he's got 64.4%. he's ahead of ralph northam, the democratic candidate, 34.9%. cliff hyra is the libertarian candidate. you see the numbers changing a little bit. very, very early in this
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welcome back. we've got another key race alert. take a look at the numbers coming in. 3% of the vote in virginia now. ed gillespie, the republican candidate, he has a slight lead over ralph northam, the democratic candidate. 50.8% for gillespie. 48.1% for ralph northam. clearly, it's still very, very early, but the numbers are coming in. looks like a pretty close race so far. john king is over here at the magic wall. this is a belt weather state, virginia. what happened in virginia could give us a lot of clues what could happen down the road. >> given the fact that virginia is trending more and more blue. if ed gillespie one year after the trump election, the president is largely unpopular in the state that hillary
clinton won quite easily. if a republican won, it would send messages. but as you noted, 3%. everybody take a breath and strap in. what does it tell you? we have a competitive race, and it also tells you, one of the key questions is will the trump republicans come out and vote for ed gillespie, who is more of a washington, d.c. establishment guy? 83%, only 13% of the vote, but 83% in this county, if those margins hold up, ed gillespie is doing exactly what he needs to do in southwest virginia. let's look at more of this, stay down here. these are small counties. 0.4% of the state population, but 75%. if he's above 70%, then he's running better than ken cuccinelli who is across the room at the table who ran a strong race four years ago. was at high 60%, 70% in most of these counties. that's what ed gillespie has to do. if he's near 80%, he's getting normal republicans and trump republicans. here where we're going to watch closely, in the d.c. suburbs. etd gillespie right now running at 58%. if he can keep that red, he's in
contention. you move over here, now you're looking at prince william county. this was red just a few minutes ago. now he's swung back to blue. we're only at 16%. this one here, watch this one to see if it goes back and forth. if ralph northam can keep prince william blue, he's probably the next governor of virginia. you see it right now at 3%, one of the most eerie things for ed gillespie has to be he's lived this night before. in the sense he was the senate nominee. let's go back to 2014. 49/48, he just barely lost a race, surprisingly close to the democrat mark warner. remember that night? ed gillespie ran it up early here. he was leading most of the night. he was leading in some of this d.c. suburbs, and then most of them, not all, but most of them went back to blue. ed gillespie was able to carry louden county, but just barely. watch that as the night goes on. and prince william county, i just showed you, ed gillespie was leading for a lot of the night and he barely lost. if you're ed gillespie, you're
having deja vu. 3% in, it's very close. he's ahead, just like he was in the senate race, but he knows he has to keep running it up down here. the key will be counting the votes up here. >> and those counties outside of washington, d.c., they come in relatively late, the numbers. those are largely what democratic counties? >> yes, and we went through this again, president trump, then candidate trump, ran it up strong on election night in 2016, and hillary clinton won virginia by a pretty good margin. when we were at this point in 2016 and the results were starting to come in, they were mostly down here, and the republican nominee, mr. trump was ahead. hillary clinton ran it up really strong. if you look at the subers in d.c. this is how virginia has changed, if you go back to when the last republican president, george w. bush, won virginia twice. this is why virginia is so different and so hard for republicans, unless they can be more competitive in the suburbs. this is since 2000. up 72%, voter registration in prince william county.
used to be red, now it trends blue. louden county used to be solid red. 132%, the population growth, voter registration growth in just 17 years. the other d.c. suburbs as well, a state that used to be red is blue because of this area right here. but, because it's blue doesn't mean it's not winnable for republicans. so that's why we're going to keep checking the vote count at 4% right now. we have long night of counting. >> we certainly do. we'll stay on top of all of these numbers. erin, there's other important news we're following as well. >> all right, wolf, and of course, as we have that long night of counting the results starting to come in, we're also following breaking news in the russia investigation. at this hour, new information on something very unusual that the president asked his cia director to do. it is raising red flags tonight. our chief national security correspondent jim sciutto is with me, and unusual is one word that we could use to describe this. what exactly happened? >> unusual, alarming, frankly, to be inside the agency. this is the director of the cia, mike pompeo, who took a meeting with someone who is basically
seen as a conspiracy theorist in a large part of the intelligence community, a man who does not accept the intelligence community's assessment that russia was behind the interference in the election. he says that the hacking of the dnc was in effect an inside job. something that the intelligence community has not found and found no evidence of, but mike paompeo sat down with him, and spoke to officials and the man himself. mike pompealompeo sat down with for an hour, and this was at the strong urging of the president over the course of six to eight weeks. he was pushing his director to sit down with him, and the cia director did. his first words to william when he sat down with him were the president told me i should talk to you. i will tell you this as well. the meeting ended, i'm told by william benny, who was in the room with pompeo, saying would you be interested in meeting with nsa and fbi as well. >> so they take this very seriously. one follow, though.
six to eight weeks of the president urging the cia director to take this meeting. should we infer that the cia director felt it was inappropriate and was pushing back, or would that be a step too far. >> it's possible. i think it's fair to say he was not excited about taking this meeting. and the cia said on the record today to us that director mike pompeo believes that russia interfered in the election. i have been told by others inside the building that the cia director does not believe that the dnc hack was an inside job. that said, he took the time to sit down with this gentleman who has, again, like i said, viewed as a conspeary theorist largely inside -- >> someone the president of the united states took seriously and wanted the director of the cia to meet with. more breaking news coming from keith schiller, longtime body guard and formerly oval office chief, testifying today. >> someone very close to the president for years. both today and prior to president trump's time in office. someone who has been with him, who traveled with him, who
traveled with him, for instance, on his trips to russia. natural that the committees would be interested in talking to him. i should say that it's our reporting that schiller told the committee that the portions of the dossier that said that president trump was in compromising situations there, et cetera, he denied those were true. he denied those portions of the dossier were true. >> the salacious allegations. thank you, jim. ken, let me start with you. six to eight weeks the president of the united states urges hicia director to take a meeting with a conspiracy theorist who believes it was an inside job and wasn't the russians involving the dnc hack. how big of an issue is this? >> i don't think it's a big issue. i think it's weird, but you know, and i would agree that you can infer that pompeo wasn't terribly enthusiastic about it, but there's no indication it's changing anything the intelligence community is doing or concluding. and that's my main concern in
something like that. i don't have a problem with him talking to him. >> it's sending a clear signal to the world, everyone knows how the president has questioned this, but at this very moment, he spent the last six to eight weeks asking his cia director to take a meeting with a conspiracy theorist. he's not letting this go. >> no, he's definitely not. he fired the director of the fbi. he's made very clear he wants to potentially get rid of jeff sessions because an independent investigator was appointed. i assume that director pompeo took this meeting under duress. his job could be next if he doesn't do what the president insists. so i think as this investigation gets deeper and deeper, as the ties become more real to the public, i assume the president will get more desperate. >> and brian, he's spending time on this. >> we don't know how much time. >> six to eight weeks of urging his cia director to take a meeting like this. >> urging was never used. somebody said take a look into this. >> he's the president of the united states. he's wasting time telling his cia director to meet with a
conspiracy theorist. >> he watches cable news. >> thought this channel. we're not putting that out there. i'm serious. >> you realize you can block people. >> it's clearly a focus of his. he expressed his concern to the cia director, and the cia director saw enough into it that he had to interview this person. and he stated what -- and then he stated that potentially the fbi and other people would investigate. there's nothing wrong with reviewing what took place for a very horrific crime. the family wants something to be settled, america wants something to be settled. >> it's a really big deal if the current head of the cia says that what the rest of the intelligence community is saying is not true. that's not what he's doing, but he said, you want to meet with the nsa, go ahead. >> i think -- i mean, nothing this president does should shock us any longer. i mean, the president doesn't have respect for normal institutions, and so he doesn't understand that the president of the united states should not be interfering in investigations, should not be telling his cia
director or the department of justice what to do and who to prosecute and who to investigate. but on a more fund aamental lev, there has to be humanity because this conspiracy theory is a vial and despicable conspiracy theory where someone lost their lives and their parents are having to deal with that. to my colleagues on the right, and it's not just the two that are here, but the republican party has literally set his hair on fire any time you talk about barack obama, loretta lynch, and eric holder. any time you mention that, and i just think, i do a what if. what if barack obama instructed the cia director to do something like this, like investigate the rnc? i mean, republicans would literally be setting themselves on fire. >> can i comment? >> imagine barack obama -- >> i have to interrupt because we have a key race alert, and where want to get to wolf. wolf, virginia? >> yes, we have a key race alert. 10% of the vote, 11% of the vote now actually in.
ed gillespie, the republican candidate for governor of virginia, still maintaining an advantage, a lead over ralph northam, the democrat, candidate. 51.7%, 47% for ralph northam. gillespie is up by 12,906 votes right now. you can see a slight advantage, still early. only 11% of the vote in, but it's coming in relatively quickly. we'll have a lot more numbers coming in. much more ahead. more election results. we're going to bring you the president's big speech, a major address in south korea after he tried and failed to visit the heavily armed demilitarized zone. we'll be right back. another day at the office. why do you put up with it? believe it or not you actually like what you do. even love it. and today, you can do things you never could before.
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chairman of the democratic national committee. appreciate your time, govern. we have ken cuccinelli sitting on set with us talking about this race. you guys had a hard fought race. what was it lee was just telling me, it ended up 47.5 to 44.5. tonight's race, do you think it will be that close? >> i don't think he heard you where. >> can you hear me? >> i hear you now, erin. a lot of noise in here. >> there is. i was saying, how close do you think tonight will be? you pulled it out by 2 1/2 percentage points. tonight, northam and gillespie, how close do you think it will be? >> well, i think if you look at the numbers who have showed up to vote today, a record vote turnout. more than we ever had in a gubernatorial election. you look at the votes, arlington, alexandria, fairfax, the largest they have had. this is going to be a big night. the democrats are going to sweep all three statewides tonight, and i do believe we're going to pick up a bunch of house of
delegates as well. you can't have that kind of turnout we're having in nourj virginia, richmond, and hampton roads. this is going to be a great night for the democrats. look at the raw data on how many people have voted. an incredible night, and tonight, we're going to have a new governor in ralph northam. >> so let me ask you, governor. steve bannon said that this just needs to be close in order for it to be a game changer and empowering for republicans. he said trumpism without trump, referring to gillespie, who of course campaigned on trumpism without using trump's personal support, he said it can show the way forward, if that's the case, democrats better be very, very worried. you're well aware when you look at the national numbers, even in your own party, democrats' perception of democrats is terrible. it's been dropping. it was 87% in march. it's dropped to 69%. right now, only 37% of the country have a positive view of democrats. isn't this of great concern to you? >> well, i can speak about virginia, erin. a poll came out the other day. i had a 56% approval rating, which is a very high approval
rating. donald trump was at 31%. the reason is a record amount of jobs, the largest investment, 18.7 billion dollars in new capital. $6 million more than any governor in the history of the commonwealth. so here in virginia, people are very happy. we're safe, and tonight, i tell you, we're going to reject bannon. we're go to reject trump, we're going to reject ed gillespie, the campaign of fear and division. the gutter politics they ran in this campaign is not who virginians are. it's going to be a big night. we're going to sweep all three because people are happy. we're safe in virginia, and the ridiculous ads, he couldn't run on the economy, he couldn't run on education or health care, so he had to get in the gutter and run these horrible ads. he's going to get rejected tonight. donald trump is going to get rejected. he did robocalls today. steve bannon, no place for their politics. tonight, the message for democrats and the country is fear and division and hatred do not. they don't work here in virginia
and they're not going to work in virginia. >> thank you very much. i appreciate your time. as we're watching these results come in here, right now looking over, we're about a percentage point apart in virginia. a crucial night. north korea also making new threats at this hour. president trump is about to speak on kim jong-un's doorstep, a major speech tonight. we're going to go live there ahead.
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but we can save you money when you bundle home and auto. we've got a key race alert. take a look at this. the democrat ralph northam now in the lead, 25% of the vote is now in. quarter of the vote is now in. ralph northam with 50.2%. ed gillespie with 48.6%. northam is ahead by 10,000 votes right now. let's go to john king. they're counting the votes pretty quickly over there in virginia. >> it is a count coming in faster than we have seen in prior elections. a count in the last few minutes has shifted dramatically in favor of the democrat. let's start where it counts, in the d.c. suburbs. louden county, 59% to 39%. this is the vote in 2017. you heard the governor of virginia talking about it. in his race, a close race four years ago, he got 50% in louden county. the democrat getting nearly 60% this time.
that's good news for the democrats. 65%, fairfax county, one of the big counties just outside of washington, d.c. very early in the vote count, but northam getting 65%. four years ago, terry mcauliffe getting 48%. arlington county, 72% for terry mcauliffe four years ago, 78% for ralph northam right now. we have a lot of counting to do, but normally, the early count in a virginia race state-wide, the republican is leading. we're waiting to see what happens in the washington suburbs. if you're in the northern campaign, you're not ready to celebrate, but you're happy with the count. with the vote count up here, he's running well ahead of the democratic governor. in the virginia beach area, a swing area, this is where ralph northam is from. 50% here. four years ago, the republican narrowly won here. the early map looks good for the democrat, ralph northam, but we'll keep counting. >> 30% of the vote is now in. >> thank you. let's go over here.
you hear john going through these crucial vote-rich washington suburb counties. louden, fairfax, arlington, and in all of them, the democrat outperforming what the democratic governor did four years ago. >> which sounds like good news for the democrats. we have to remember, he was favored to win this race. this is a democratic state. and if you look at the returns, the little information that we have, and if we take also that with what governor mcauliffe is saying, then it would suggest a good night for the democrat wrk if you're getting those kinds of numbers in northern virginia, it's a good night. then i think the question is what will democrats take away from this? we have been talking a lot about what will republicans take away if they win. in this case, there's this fight going on in the democratic party about what kind of democrat you should run. in this case, they ran a democrat that fit the state. and you know, the progressives turned against him at the end, and i think so this will be sort of on the side of the people saying we need to pick a more centrist person for a centrist state. >> and how much does the margin
matter here? we expected this to be very close, and likely, it will be. but you know, all of a sudden if you're looking at five points versus three points, it starts to make a bigger statement. >> it's breaking a bit of tradition here, because usually on election night, virginia, what happens is the republican candidate has a huge lead early on and then northern virginia comes in very late, if the democrats win, it all comes in late in the night. that's not happening now. but it also seems like northern virginia is actually just returning earlier than usual. and so, i mean, i think, look, the democrats, it was just assumed, sort of the default story out of tonight was the democrats are going to win virginia because virginia is now a democratic state. i think the idea in the run-up to the race as it tightened, the democrats one year into trump, and with trump's approval ratings where they are, that the democrats might lose this race and lose it to a candidate who ran on this set of issues that a lot of people in politics thought was toxic, so i think, you know, you have a lot of democrats slitting their wrists
if they lost this. now, the data looks a little bit -- >> at this moment, it certainly does. >> one of the questions is, was this a referendum on trumpism? and what does that mean going forward? >> ken, on that point, we're looking at the numbers four years ago. >> right. >> and right now, ralph northam is doing better than terry mcauliffe did against you in some of these crucial northern counties. you have been talking about a few weeks ago, no one cared about this race in virginia. now you heard governor mcauliffe saying there until three weeks ago, i can't tell you how many reporters were calling me asking me a version of this country, why is this so boring. and, i was struck by how much that was getting repeated. in the last three weeks that has not happened and the open fire has taken place. now, virginia races break late. people think of the political season being after labor day.
in these odd year elections in virginia it's really october. and of course the first few days of fof running up to election day. it's a five swing election that gets the state and it lit up. >> pause there. we're betting closer. not just more results coming in but the other breaking news. the president's speech in south korea live tonight. and the poll about to close in new jersey, another govern's race testing president trump's political cloud. from the moment you decide to move your money to the instant your new retirement account is funded. because when you know where you stand, things are just clearer. -♪ a little bit o' soul, yeah
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going to leave almost 25,000 votes. 36% of the vote is in, in virginia. we're nearing the top of the hour when polls close and one of the key races tonight. that could send a message to president trump and to both political parties about the mood of voter in the country right now. in new jersey, the former goldman sachs phil murphy is hoping to take back the office under democrat. chris kristy faces republican kenny o'donnell. the controversies surrounding them is casting shadows over this race. we're following a major store overseas, president trump in south korea he's set to give a highly anticipated speech about the nuclear threats from north korea. how far will he go to put pressure on kim jong-un and the regime. we're going to carry the president's speech live that's a
little over an hour from now. let's bring in anderson cooper. >> we are now moments away from the first results in the new jersey's governor's race. i want to check in with athena jones. >> reporter: hi anderson. a short while ago we spoke with a member of murphy's team, they said they were in the war room checking numbers. turn out numbers are good. rain has been a concern, but the officials said we're cold front we had a strong thorough statewide campaign with tens of thousands of volunteers canvassing the state in ponchos to get out the vote. i also spoke to the donna campaign, they also said their confident. confident our voters are motivated to get to the polls kbi despite the weather. chris kissty popularity, his approval rating in the team.
anderson. >> polls set to close at 8:00 in new jersey, close at 7:00 in the commonwealth in virginia. back to wolfe and john. >> thank you anderson. 32% counted the votes pretty quickly. >> slight advantage, advantage democrats. you see the votes come in here in vote rich washington suburbs. used to be republican, we have 99% of the vote in, expected vote, nearly 60% for the democratic candidate. back to the governor's race four years ago, mccaul got 50, the democrat tonight getting 59. it appears to us the democrats did what they needed to do most, turn out voters in their most democratic areas. one over the things we're beginning to keep an eye on, i'm seeing this on more and more counties at the south. this is smooit county down here, that looks great for gillespie
right there, 76% of the vote. so far in these small counties he's either matching or slightly behind. are republicans coming out to vote? i look back at the performance four years ago and gillespie just matching in some of the small counties trailing of the performance. it could be an indication the voters aren't turning out. if you're looking at the map now and you're in the campaign you're doing what you need to do. you're looking at the map filling in roughly up to 42% of the vote, you're ahead. traditionally in virginia races the republican take the author tham lead. if you're raffle northam you're nervous because this is close but the map's filling in how you want it to. >> approaching half of the vote in virginia. what about new jersey? the polls are about to close within a minute or two in new jersey. >> remember four years ago.
this is chris kristy lieutenant governor, she is not close to winning this race. if you go back four years ago, this is the stunning victory for kristy. we're talking about how can a moderate republican win in a blue state, four years later, it is kristy's legacy that has favored in new jersey as we get ready to count the votes, wolfe. >> we have a key race alert, take a look at this cnn from jessica. cnn from projects phil murphy will be elected the new governor. a major win for the democrats. jake and danaing this sms that was anticipated because chris tisty and donald trump in new jersey right now not all that popular. >> it's a blue state. four years ago i was coverin