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weeks while he's in here today, brooke. now, also we know, behind the scenes that president trump is being told by officials inside the white house to brace for republican losses tomorrow in the house. they tell him that that is something they expect to come, but that they are still pretty feeling hopeful about the senate. we kind of see the president hedge his bets there as he's said in public remarks, i can't campaign for everybody running in the house, but i can try to make a difference with the senate. that is the argument we're seeing coming from president trump. he just took the stage. his comments about the caravan still coming as there are questions about how far away they are, what his rhetoric on this is, but that's still an argument that he believes is a winning argument here, brooke. and we're expecting him to continue to make it on stage here in cleveland. >> i'm catching every third of your words, kaitlan, because of the clear crowd enthusiasm behind you. but we can feel it here in washington, d.c. obviously, it's friendly turf for the president. we'll see if it translates come tomorrow.
kaitlan collins there in cleveland. now to that latest cnn poll, which has the latest poll on voters, since it was just completed in the last couple of days. democrats are seeing encouraging science, specifically, about the house of representatives. let's go to cnn's mark preston with the details and what do you have with this poll? >> reporter: well, brooke, last poll for cnn heading into the midterm elections, you're right, absolutely good news for the democrats. 13-point advantage over republicans. you wonder what is fueling this right now, democrats have a 27-point advantage with women. 88% of african-americans, 66% of hispanics say that they would rather vote for the democrat than the republican, to give you some kind of idea what is behind these numbers. as we head into the election, let's talk about, what is dividing the country? what is the most important issues? this is very striking. for democrats, it's health care. 7 in 10 democrats believe that health care is the number one issue going into this election. but look what republicans say. a little more than 6 in 10 republicans saying it's immigration. we've heard, of course,
president trump talk a lot about immigration, talk a lot about the caravan or so-called caravan heading to the border, trying to get his troops, his supporters fired up. but moving on, does president trump help or hurt you heading into tomorrow? well, depends on who you are. right now, 39% approval rating, 55% disapproval rating. you would think that that is absolutely disastrous. well, for most house candidates, it probably is. the likes of here around the washington, d.c. suburbs, around philadelphia suburbs, those types of areas where republicans are, they're certainly in trouble. however, if you're in the united states senate, donald trump could be a big help, specifically where we see him in missouri today, brooke. but then the bottom line is, we come to this, what's going to happen, what does it all mean? i think if you go back to 2010 and you saw that barack obama had a 46% approval rating, he lost 53 seats. democrats are going to get nowhere near that, i believe. we're looking at about half of that, but in the houmpse of representatives, looks like democrats will take back the
house and on the senate, republicans will hold on to it. >> mark, thank you very much. i have with me here in d.c., cnn political commentator, ana navarro, a republican strategist. cnn political commentator, paul begala, a democratic strategist. cnn special correspondent, jamie gangel, and cnn political reporter, nia-malika henderson. good to see you all. let's start with his final point. i'm turning to you, because you always have the pulse on all of these republican sources. so on these jittery house republicans, i was reading reporting this morning that paul ryan yesterday picked up the phone, calls the president, is basically like, hey, could you, you know, pump up the economy and how great things are looking. and the president essentially was saying, no, immigration seems to really be firing up my base. and this is what he said about actually both of those issues moments ago. >> whether it's the great economy or the immigration, our strong stand and their very weak stand, where they have open borders, which to me means nothing but crime. i don't know, but i can tell you
that there's a lot of energy. >> so to jamie and nia, how are republicans feeling right now. >> so republicans are worried, especially in the house, no question about it. donald trump likes fear and rage and caravans and criminals coming across the border. and that's, you know, when he said great economy, that's because someone said to him, remember, please -- >> got to say it out loud. >> a great economy! >> does anyone really know what's going to happen tomorrow? every republican i spoke to today only agreed on one thing. they have no idea what is going to happen. as one said to me, there's an old expression, if someone tells you they know what's going to happen tomorrow, they're lying. they'll also lie to you about something else. >> what are you hearing? >> hearing the same thing. nobody knows what's going to happen. you've obviously seen what trump wants to happen. you know what his playbook is. it is around these cultural
issues that certainly fire up his base. we have seen, from those rallies, what was the tag line? it was build the wall, right? it was all about immigration and this hard line stance on that. so in some of these races, it obviously has worked. you've got somebody like ron desantis in florida who's running for governor, of course. will it work down in florida? we don't know. if you look at a state, other states that are sort of midwestern states, something like montana or missouri, maybe it works there in that risk where claire mccaskill is in a neck and neck race with josh hawley, we'll see. but i do think if you're donald trump and get a phone call from paul ryan, you say the to paul ryan, i am president and you are not. and this worked for him in 2016. >> you mentioned desantis and gillum and i want to get to your house divided and cnn column in just a second. and here's the president speaking at that rally in cleveland. ana navarro, one senior house republican said, trump has hijacked the election. has he?
>> i think that's true. i think this will election is a referendum on trump. everywhere you go, i mean, for me, as a voter, it was a referendum on trump. it was more about trump than it was about rick scott or than it was about the -- look, i live in a congressional candidate, a senate seat, and a governor's race that are all up in the air. and the one issue that was weighing heavily was trump. he made himself the issue back in the primaries. so many of these primaries were decided by what republican embraced him more, resembled him more, sucked up to him more. and so many of the democratic primaries were decided by what democrat confronted him more, was more of a contrast to him. so the cast was dye back in the primaries and then he has go on to insert himself in so many of these races. >> although he said today, oh, no, no, this isn't a referendum on me. >> of course it is! and i can see why he feels that the immigration issue resonates so much.
because they only keep him in a very narrowly defined area, geographic area, where he is very popular. he doesn't come to south florida, where there are congressional races like carlos curbelo or illeana ros-lehtinen's old district where he would be an anchor. they take him to places like pensacola, florida, where he fills up rallies and every time he says, build the wall, and the martians are going to come down to a spaceship and kill us all, the people go crazy. >> how do you follow -- >> and the wall won't stop the martians. that's the problem with the wall. >> here's the problem. this thing about building a wall when you live in a peninsula surrounded by water on three sides is a little -- gets a little difficult. >> as a democrat, we saw leader pelosi on colbert last night, looking into the camera saying, we will win. will you win? >> yes! again, you're not supposed to say that. >> i love how he says, yes!
well, we don't really know. >> give you the answer and then weasel out. it certainly looks that way. if you look at how the president is conducting himself, nia's right, he's speaking to fear. he can't play a song in the key of hope, he only knows the key of fear. and he should be -- you know, i'm old enough to remember, i was in college. ronald reagan steamrolled my party, 49 states. he wasn't running around saying scary, fear -- you know, he said, it's morning in america, things are great -- >> a completely different republican party. >> yes, it was. and it was a better republican party, because it dominated the country, 49 states. this guy is running like a guy who's scared and who knows he's going to lose. that comment on the white house lawn, oh, well, we don't know, we'll see. today, i was out in the tenth district of virginia, swing district, right by here. a rainy day, a chilly day. people packed in the middle of the day to go out and knock on doors for jennifer wexton, the challenger. that's a seat the democrats haven't won in 40 years.
a suburban, well-off district, it's booming in this economy, it shouldn't even be on the map. democrats are going to win that district in a landslide. what's happening here? i think a lot of it is the trump. a lot of it is the democrats are running smart races on health cares. but there's a lot of suburbanites who should have a belly full of president trump. so have some more rallies, mr. president. do more on wednesday, thursday. >> well, at his final rally later tonight in missouri, he's got special guests, according to the white house, including rush limbau limbaugh, who is from there originally. but i'm wondering in that holly/mccaskill race, do you think republicans, this is like their full-court press, they sort of sense there could be an opening for them and that's why they're hitting missouri in the final -- you're nodding? >> i think that's right. it's a close, close state. it's a red state. mccaskill has been able to pull it out in these past races, because she's had terrible opponents, essentially. but they are pulling out all of
the stops at this point, all of sort of the greatest hits from donald trump in 2016. and sort of the heros of the chattering class on the conservative side. fox news, hannity, and rush limbaugh, so we'll see. he, obviously, if he wins this way, in a state like missouri, in a state like florida, in a state like georgia, in any of these states, with this kind of rhetoric, i mean, it will very much, i mean -- >> it will dictate what we see going forward in 2020. >> what's interesting about rush and sean hannity is this, though. the white house announced these special guests. and i think it is fair to say we will see rush up on stage. but fox and sean hannity, make no mistake, we know that sean hannity is a huge supporter of the president. came back out, and they were clearly surprised by the white house. sean is going out there to interview the president, not to campaign. but sean hannity, rush, these
are stars of the base and the white house wanted those names -- >> i'm not sure what the difference is between a sean hannity interview and a sean hannity campaign appearance. they're pretty much the same thing. zb >> but so what? he's not hiding the ball. and the deputy chief of the white house is bill stine who was running fox news five minutes ago. rush lived in cape girardeau about # the200 pounds there, bu that's fine, if he wants to go out and bloviate there, that's fine. god bless him. >> paul. >> paul somehow thinks this is a win. >> because he's driving -- he's doubling down on his base, and that's good. jamie's right, it will help a lot in places like missouri, north dakota. but it's not going to help in a lot of places like florida that are more diverse.
>> what struck me how nervous everybody is, right? nobody wants to give predictions. nobody wants to believe the polls. everybody is nervous, because we were taken by such surprise. >> i want to come back to that. let me hold you guys over a commercial break. hold your firepower. just in, we have new developments in the governor georgia's race. republican governor brian kemp defending this 11th hour division evidence to investigate the state's democratic party for election hacking. critics also questioning if kemp, who is currently georgia's secretary of state should be the one to oversee his own runoff if that race is undecided. and also, you know, i want to talk about florida and ana can explain how the governor's contest has left her house divided. she's nearly engaged to a man who feels differently. and later, this single mom from a small town in iowa who today claimed her share of a $700 million powerball jackpot and how she momentarily lost the ticket. so we have a little bit of fun
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one of the closest races for governor is plague out in the state of georgia. and adding to all of this drama, you have the republican candidate in this race, brian kemp, who is also in charge of georgia elections as secretary of state. he has ignited this political firestorm. he is accusing the state's democratic party of attempted election hacking without offering any proof. kemp says he's just doing his job. the democratic party calls the claims a political stunt. kemp's democratic rival, stacey abrams, using one of the president's favorite terms, actually, to describe this investigation. >> it's a witch hunt that was created by someone who is abusing his power.
friday, brian kemp was notified the that there was yet another flaw in the election security system. twice before, he has accidentally released the information of 6 million georgians. this was about to happen again. instead of owning up to it, taking responsibility, and seeking a way to fix the flaw, he instead decided to blame democrats, because he does that. >> my panel is back with me. joining us, a new voice, cnn legal analyst, laura coates. good to see you. >> thank you. >> i wanted sto stato start witn this. he has no evidence. the democratic party is vehemently denying this. >> it was a predictable conflict of interest to begin with. someone who was going to be player, coach, and referee of an election would have something like this happen. but it's very transparent to think about using it in this way, when you know you're neck and neck, a point away, and not having the majority to use this tactic. one of the reasons he was using
the mischaracterization or the mismatching of one's ballot application to the actual voter maintenance rolls was that he felt that stacey abrams, who was in charge of trying to galvanize voters before she was a candidate and trying to get people to vote, that it was her fault that there were mismatches in the long run. she's to blame why you had to have this purging at the last minute. it's predictable, it's incoherent not to actually have any proof at this point in time. and really, it's just a tactic that should be used and ignored. >> wow point out, this is a guy who's basically a player in the game and a referee. and i'm wondering just how concerning it is that he has not recused himself. >> well, he's not required, technically, to do so. however, in terms of ethics, he should be compelled to do so. the hint of impropriety is enough for most judges to recuse themselves from the bench, if there is a case where they may know the person or know there's some hint. here, although you have the secretary of state to have had a hand in political roles in the
past, katherine harris for one in florida had a very big role in fund-raising, as well, and ultimately the bush v. gore case, but to say that he should be compelled to do so is odd to me. there are counties that haven't actually count the ballots and the tallies. he won't be the full-time arbitrator of each polling place's tally, but that will cloud the results. it's unfortunate, because you have qualified candidates who are looking to have people say, listen, it's a straight-up election. and when you have people putting their thumbs on the scale, that's a problem for democracy. >> so that's georgia. i look to you, my friend, who al put a ring on it. al, we're talking about you here today, good job, al. now, al, republican party, florida. you, my friend, who have decided to go one way on the gubernatorial ballot, unlike your husband to be. can you walk me through that decision? >> we talked about it and look, al was the former chair of the republican party of florida
under jeb, both jeb and al, neither of whom are big fans of donald trump, and that's a hell of an understatement, are supporting desantis big-time. jeb is campaigning for him, al has raised money for him. i don't like detan cys-- desant. for me, the trump issue trumps the tallahassee issue. they don't like the idea of gridlock, they think the policy differences are too great. look, florida is going to stay with a republican legislature. if andrew gillum becomes governor, he's going to have to work with that republican legislature if anything is going to get done. so there are going to be checks and balances in florida that have not existed in washington for the last two years. and that meant a lot to me. and then i want to meet andrew gillum. i said, i'm not going to do this without meeting this guy. that guy can charm a cat out of a tree. i have not liked somebody off the bat so quickly in i don't know how long. i don't know if he's going to be
my governor or not, but if he's not my governor, i want him to be my friend. he's likable, he's approachable, he's folksy, he's energetic, he's unifying, he's inspiring, he's happy. i mean, i haven't seen this in the republican party in a number of years. but i was so loyal to the republican party, i voted for charlie crist for governor, who i thought was dumber than, you know, a bag of charcoal. i voted for rick scott, who i thought had the social skills of a root vegetable. but trump was, for me, the straw that broke the camel's back. and when i saw the racist dad, when i heard the attacks on the caravan, it was just a bridge too far for me. you know, i have a lot of friends in miami and south florida who do not like trump. and about half of them have gone republican, because they just can't bring themselves to not. about half of them are voting for gillum, because like me,
they just can't bring themselves to support somebody that has, that has based his entire campaign, ron desantis, wion beg a parasitic twin to donald trump. >> don't hold back, with ana na. you mentioned that racist dad and i was just handed some new information we have from jeff zeleny over at the white house. remember the ad last week, the economy, you know, ala morning in america, reaganesque, right? apparently the president saw, quote, and he hated it. he hated it. so what did we see next? the racist ad. the racist ad. and toing both of your points -- >> fear and rage. >> fear and rage sell. >> right. and jamie said that even before jeff reported this. >> right. >> and that's exactly right. and president reagan, you can call him a democrat win never supported him. he was so positive that he would tell his speechwriters, they would write a line for him. i used to write speeches for the president, for clinton.
and they would say, "i will never forget," and he would cross that out and say, "no, i will always remember." everything with the gipper had to be positive. and the guy won 49 states. so this president just seems so wedded to fear and smear and golly it worked in 2016. now, he just snuck the goods through customs. it was only by 77,000 votes and he won pennsylvania plus mig, plus wisconsin, but he did win. and i think it's -- we're going to see tomorrow, it's probably a limited strategy to try to carry that forward. he seems to be shrinking his party. >> one little other thing to paul's point. and that is, we're not just talking about the election tomorrow and the legacy for the republican party. we're talking about, down the road. two years from now, four years from now. george w. bush was talking about immigration, making the republican party bigger. the big tent. donald trump has turned it into the pup tent, right? this is where are republicans,
we all know what the demographics are in this country. what is this going to mean for the republican party down the road. >> which is why jeb bush in florida used to win the his ppac vote hands down. and george w. bush got 44% of the hispanic vote. in our lifetime, it feels like dinosaurs were roaming the earth when that happened. but something else i want to tell you. when i heard oprah's speech and she talked about, i have earned the right to my vote wi, i have earned the right to my opinion. so i'm marrying a very traditional cuban american man, a latin man. but i think it's important for women, for spouses, regardless of gender, to be able to have a civil conversation about differences and what their priorities are, and to be able to exert their expect right to a political opinion and a vote when that happens. so if your wife wants to vote different than you, you've got to let her and you've got to support her. >> we are closing in on 30th
anniversary and i always get the last two words of every fight, "yes, dear." i surrender immediately. >> good man. >> in a lot of ways you subscribe tribalism and why that should not be used in this country. one of the things the president is doing is really almost like johnny appleseed. he's dropping seeds along for his law and order campaign of the future. law and order trying to combat sanctuary cities. law and order and trying to combat what's happening right now in a federal court about this citizenship question on u.s. census. laying the foundation right now not just for the elections you're talking about, the midterms tomorrow, but in the long run, how is he going to galvanize people around this, outside of either the robo calls that come out of places like georgia, trying to make a mockery out of oprah winfrey, or the ad all over twitter. you have these seeds that are being planted. i think it goes far beyond
whatever happens tomorrow. >> and that ad, it's so important to point out, that add is not only full of racism, but that ad is full of lies. the man was deported under clinton, the man came back in under george w. bush, the man was released by joe arpaio, the guy that donald trump pardoned in arizona. so to blame democrats for that guy in particular is just, you know, a bald-faced, shameless lie! which he's okay doing, because we know he does that. >> so let me end on this note from jim acosta. a senior gop aid said trump's push in the final days before the midterm could well cost the republican party control of the house. >> it's been overkill, bitter wright citizenship, the migrant caravan, which trerged the guy in pennsylvania to go kill -- it's been crazy. >> but this is also donald trump. remember when we used to say, he's going to pivot.
he never pivoted. he could be pivoting toward the economy, the economy, the economy. he had something to run on. he didn't -- >> girls, we've all experienced with men, they don't change. >> thank you for the belly laugh today. i appreciate every single one of you. thank you. >> wouldn't forget you. coming up next here on cnn, are your votes secure after the unprecedented russian meddling in 2016, we want to take a look at whether these midterms are saw safe from hackers. and as celebrities come out in full force for the midterms, our question is will endorsements from people like taylor swift actually make a difference? chris cillizza has that coming up.
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there is zero proof that the claims of georgia secretary of state, that the state's election has been hacked, but after the 2016 presidential election, with widespread claims of russian misinformation campaigns, it begs the question, you know, when we all head to the polls tomorrow, will our votes be safe? cnn's senior international correspondent alex marquardt has been looking into this for us, because it's something i really -- i think people want to know the answer to. we talk so much about 2016 and russia, is my vote going to count? >> and of course when we ask that question, the immediate assumptions, the immediate fears are hacking into the system. but the fact is that election officials, state and federal,
are looking at a number of different concerns. and when you compare 2018 versus 2016, they say that the amount of malign or malicious activity, cyber activity they're seeing now pales in comparison to 2016. >> good. >> there are attempts to break into different aspects of the voting system every single day, but they liken it to a burglar that's tiptoeing around a house, knocking on windows and doors. >> just as long as they're just knocking and not coming in. >> right, but they have their intent up pb they're ready for a wide range of different scenarios. so hacking, because it's first and foremost. when you look at the voting infrastructure, there are a lot of ripe targets. you could hack into the voting machines, the registration rolls, the sites that we at cnn and the states use toer report those voting results. they could also hack into non-voting critical infrastructures. so hacking into a power grid, with taking down street lights, taking down phone license, but really, brooke, one of the major things that a lot of election
officials are afraid of are disinformation campaigns, on social media, on twitter, on facebook. if malign actors, whether it's foreign or domestic, are putting things out to suppress the vote, giving wrong information to voters, who will, you know, for example, telling them that voting has been extended to midnight when it actually closes at 7:00. >> don't believe everything you read. >> and what if a vote does go wrong and there's a recount or it's contested. the one thing that election officials look to are a paper trail. and so much of our voting system is based on computers that there's always the possibility for something to go wrong. and there are 13 different states that either entirely or partially do not have any sort of paper trail. but when you talk to the officials, they're not quoik go say, this is going to go off without a hitch. something will happen. it's a question of how big it is, how much it will get amplified by social media. but the very biggest, their main concern is that they don't want there to be an erosion of american voter trust in the
electoral system. that's the big fear. >> it's a key question and i know you're all over the voter irregularities. hopefully you won't be busy tomorrow night, alex marquardt for our special election night coverage. thank you so much for absi inan that question for me. i really appreciate it. coming up next, we'll take you to california and arizona, we have details on the big names candidates are bringing in to get across that finish line. plus, with oone of the powe jackpot winners coming forward with an emotional speech about what she will do with the money, including how she momentarily lost the ticket. fact is, every insurance company hopes you drive safely. but allstate helps you. with drivewise. feedback that helps you drive safer. and that can lower your cost
. >the final campaign push ha reached a fever pitch in both california and arizona. volunteers there a are a rk whoing a last-minute ground game that includes blitzing thousands of voters and bringing in some heavy political hitters. here's cnn's national correspondent, kyung lah. >> reporter: only hours left in the battle for southern california's 45th district. >> are you ready for a representative who fights for you?! >> democratic challenger katie porter is rallying her troops. >> senator kamala harris! >> reporter: with some senatorial star power in a u.s. house race too close to call. >> we need our strongest soldiers on the field. >> reporter: with just one last weekend, volunteers are grabbing clipboards, pounding the
pavement, hitting houses, like democratic volunteer, jennifer coe and her 7-year-old son, quincy. do you feel like this last push by you is going to make a difference? >> i'm going to do what i can. i don't want to have any regrets. i don't want to see the election go the other way and see the other candidate win and think that i could have done a little bit of something this weekend, to make that different. >> thank you. tell all your friends, thanks a lot. >> reporter: republican congresswoman mimi walters is not just on defense, but offense, to save her job and keep this district red. >> is it a fast and furious fight to try to convince those last holdouts? >> you have to work really hard for every single vote. every vote counts. so what we're doing, we're making contact with every single voter and making sure that those people who support me turn out to the polls. >> i volunteer at the congressional leadership fund and we're just calling voters. >> reporter: republican volunteers arrive early. >> the number of people we're looking at here is pretty
surprising, given that it's 10:00 a.m. on a -- >> ten o'clock a.m. on a -- >> ten o'clock r10:00 a.m. on a there are young people up. >> there's a lot of enthusiasm and we've seen that across this country and that's what leading to these 30 million voter contacts in this election cycle. >> reporter: in this last weekend, get out the vote means get to the people, especially in toss-up races. arizona senate candidate, martha mcsally -- >> get your carbo and protein load here. >> reporter: is serving her closing message with pancakes. she's locked in a tight race with democrat kyrsten sinema, one of the states in the battle for the control of the senate. >> this is a very important election. >> reporter: both parties are sending out their heavy hitters, cris krog crisscrossing the country. the president hit georgia for brian kemp. >> there have got to be consequences when people don't tell the truth. >> reporter: in indiana, former president obama campaigned with democrat joe donnelly. a marathon midterm season,
finishing with one final sprint. >> there's so many races that are too close to call. what is it going to take to push it over the finish lain? >> it's going to take peop people getting out to vote. this election cycle, what i'm experiencing is that people realize that h they actually have to vote if they want to influence the outcome. >> kyung lah reporting. kyung, thank you. and from the ground game to star power, celebrities from pharrell to alicia keys showing up on the campaign trail. we'll talk about whether they actually have any real sway. and hear why rihanna and axl rose actually have a beef with the president. in georgia, one state house race has people running in both parties. republican megan hanson beat the incumbent by one point in 2016 in a district that went for hillary clinton by 14 points. the 34 year old attorney is known for introducing the so-called brunch bill that is on ballots across george tomorrow. it would allow cities to decide
what time they want to serve alcohol on sundays. hanson's democratic opponent, mathews wilson is also a 34-year-old attorney. he is gay and says he has gotten involved in politics when pills were proposed in georgia that would have impacted his ability to adopt children and avoid discrimination. wilson was one of 81 candidates across the country endorsed by president obama. we'll be right back. ♪ come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away. ♪ ♪ come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away. ♪ at humana, we believe great things are ahead of you when you start with healthy. and part of staying healthy means choosing the right medicare plan. humana can help. with original medicare, you're covered for hospital stays and doctor office
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i couldn't talk, because i was slightly starstruck by beto. so now i'm going to go back to everybody and say you must meet this man, because one, he's definitely here for change. he's definitely here to shift the trajectory for not just my son but for all of us. >> that was singer and former "destiny's child" member, kelly rowland, hitting the stage for texas senate candidate beto o'rourke, trying to unseat the incumbent there, republican ted cruz. and roland is part of this wave of stars, using status for mostly democrats on the campaign trail. so cnn politics reporter and editor at large, chris liza, is here with me with all of these celebrities, and do they really make a difference? >> so many. and honestly, brooke, yes, celebrities are often involved in politics but more so now. i think trump has really, particularly for democrats. one of my favorite fictional characters, ricky bobby, cut
something for doug jones, you remember him, the guy that beat roy moore. let's look at that and then talk more. >> hey, guys, it's doug jones. i'm here with my friend, ricky bobby, right here, telling everybody, get out to vote november 6th. isn't that right, ricky? >> that's right. just remember. i piss excellence and i crap freedom. if you don't vote, first, you're last. >> you're last. vote, november 6. >> november 6. >> all right. >> all right. >> if you don't -- if you're not first, you're last. that's definitely a motto. okay. so will ferrell has been very active. he was with stacy abrams in georgia. you can see the shirt there. he's far from the only person, as we covered last week, oprah for stacy abrams. there are a lot of celebrities in there for stacy abrams. i want to go to the broader list here, brooke. because it's a lot of people. so let me -- okay. so here we go. most of these, by the way, are for democrats. we touched on ferrell.
john legend, same thing. oprah. amy schumer actually very active in politics for a number of candidates, including stacy abrams, including andrew gillum. don't forget this. no celebrity endorsement got more attention than t. swift, endorsing phil bredesen and jim cooper for congress. the former governor, former national mayor, against marsha blackburn. we shall see if it works. remember, just because celebrities endorse you, you get a press bump, but no guarantee they deliver votes. we shall see. i will tell you, if phil bredesen wins, we will be debating the taylor swift factor. back to you, brooke. >> what about the rihanna factor, her song was blasting over the loud speakers but sounds like she was none too pleased when she found out they were using her song. >> yeah. this is a story as old as time. politician, particularly republican politician, uses a musician, who is usually pretty
liberal who says you can't do it. here is rihanna in response to hearing that trump was using it. i would never be around one of those tragic rallies. she could have gone with sad. and been on brand with trump. whatever. thanks for the heads up, fella. but rihanna, far from the only person. we have one more slide that shows -- okay. these are all people who have told trump not to play their music. i will point this guy out, not just because in the 1980s guns n' roses was the biggest brand when i was growing up. but go to axl rose's twitter feed. he has an extended explanation why he doesn't want guns n' roses music being used for donald trump. he uses n' rather than and. guns n' roses. back to you, brooke. >> "sweet child of mine," "november rain."
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lump sum. the single mom says she has worked full time on nights and weekends just to pay for school and to take care of her family and a little detail, currently drives a ford fiesta with 142,000 miles and wants a new car. she says she plans to share the money with her family and create a charity in honor of her grandson, who died prematurely after being born at 24 weeks. >> i know the responsibility that i have to do good with this money. once you have won and you realize the responsibility and, you know, just the impact that you can make, all frivolity goes out the window. i started thinking more of who i'm going to help, and my stuff has been sort of an after thought to me. >> the day after the powerball drawing, west says she actually couldn't find her ticket. turns out she had left it on the
floor of her sister's pickup truck. by the way, no one has claimed the other winning ticket purchased in new york. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me here today. let's go now to "the lead" with jake tapper. it starts right now. twas the night before the election, and all through the house, democrats were stirring, asking, "do you think the polls are right this time?" "the lead" starts right now. with control of congress on the line, president trump continuing his scorched earth campaign swing, playing to fears and even admitting his focus in the migrant caravan is all about rallying his base. with just hours to go, brand-new cnn polls giving us a possible glimpse of where the balance of power might be decided. and who will decide where this country could be headed? plus, dead heat. in the biggest swing state of them all, a race that could decide the control of the senate, filling the airwaves