tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS November 8, 2016 3:30pm-4:01pm PST
captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: now it's up to you. >> go vote. >> pelley: tonight, americans have the final word of campaign 2016 as they choose the next president of the united states. >> i feel fantastic. very optimistic. i'm praying. >> pelley: the candidates cast their ballots. >> i'm so happy. >> tough decision. >> pelley: it's election day in america. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: it's the first tuesday after the first monday of november, and the last hours of the last day of voting. for the next president of the united states. voters are still casting ballots
from one end of the country to the other. lines at many polling places are long, but no major problems have been reported so far. the first polls close at the top of the hour. we're at cbs news election headquarters in new york, and before the night is out, we should know whether the 45th president of the united states will be hillary clinton or donald trump and which party will control the house and senate in the 115th congress. our entire campaign 2016 team is in place to bring you comprehensive coverage throughout the evening with all the latest returns and analysis. and we'll begin tonight with nancy cordes covering the clinton campaign. >> reporter: short on sleep but riding high, clinton cast her own ballot this morning at an elementary school near her chappaqua, new york, home. she said voting for herself was humbling. >> so many people are counting on the outcome of this election,
what it means for our country, and i'll do the very best i can if i'm fortunate enough to win today. >> reporter: clinton cappedded her 19-month bid withab all-nighter that took her from philadelphia. >> every issue you care about is at stake. >> reporter: ...to raleigh. >> this is sure worth staying up for. >> reporter: ...back to westchester county. she spent most of this day at home doing radio interviews in battleground states, like new hampshire. she's counting on a clinton coalition of young voters, minority voters, and women. >> okay, you're done. >> okay. >> reporter: after voting in virginia, clinton's running mate, tim kaine, said the race had activated a new latino voting bloc. >> all over the country, latino vote now sees they can be a difference maker. >> reporter: president obama campaigned for clinton till the
end. in a way, his legacy is on the ballot, too. >> are you feeling nervous about tonight, mr. president? >> as long as the american people vote, i think we'll do a good job. >> reporter: for clinton and her team, running this race was sometimes as painful as it was for the rest of america to watch it. she was dogged by her e-mail troubles, a restless electorate, and an unorthodox opponent. her aides say at the very least her perseverance through all of it shows she's prepared for the nation's toughest job. >> pelley: nancy cordes, what a wonderful job coaferg this campaign. nancy is at election-night headquarters for the clinton campaign at the javitz center on the west side of manhattan. major garrett is two miles away at trump headquarters at the new york hilton in midtown. >> did you vote? >> reporter: donald trump set the example he hopes millions of trump voters will follow-- election day voting. >> everything is very good. >> reporter: as he waited in midtown manhattan's ps59
precinct he called his defy-the-odds pursuit of the white house a great honor. >> so who did you vote for? >> tough decision. >> reporter: in indiana, running mate mike pence banked the easiest ballot of all from wife karen. >> you got my vote. >> a day like today is very humbling and very moving for our little family. >> reporter: trump has long warned of potential voter fraud. his campaign filed a lawsuit in nevada, complaining four early voting spot in las vegas on friday stayed open illegally past closing times. a judge swiftly denied a request that those ballot, which numbered in the hundreds be, isolated. trump told fox news he's received reports of other irregularities but offered no specifics. trump would not promise to accept the results if he lost. >> reporter: after days of barnstorming battleground states, trump held his final rally after midnight in michigan. >> i'm asking you to dream big
because with your vote, we are just hours away from the change you've been waiting for your entire life. >> reporter: he spent this afternoon huddled with family and friends but there was still time for twitter. >> today we're going to make america great again. i promise. >> reporter: there is no trump path to the presidency without florida's 29 electoral votes. and, scott, while the campaign is optimistic about what it's seeing in north carolina, ohio, and iowa, it is teem deeply concerned about florida, so much so, frump just took to twitter urging florida voters to get to the polls before they close declaring, "this election is far from over." >> pelley: major garrett, wonderful work over the last 18 months of this campaign. major, we're grateful. thank you. well, joining me tonight now are the election night all-stars. we have norah o'donnell, john dickerson, charles rose, elaine quijano, bob schieffer and gayle king. let me ask all of you one
question. as you look forward into the tea leaves of tonight, what are you looking for? >> tonight we're going to have maybe 130 million people vote, and it's not just the presidency that hangs in the balance. it's the supreme court. it's control of the u.s. congress. so a lot is at stake tonight, as people are still heading to the polls. i just got off the phone with the trump campaign, and mr. trump's campaign manager says they are worried, particularly they acknowledge the early vote went heavily for the democratic party. so as trump's campaign manager said, they are banking today on a big turnout-- north carolina, florida, and nevada-- to offset any advantages that the democrats have banked early. >> pelley: john. >> what i'm looking for, scott, there was a lot of conjecture about the way the country was going to change, the way the population in the country was going to change after the last 2012 election. a lot of republicans said the party had to follow along and talk to minority voters, to catch up with those demographic changes. donald trump said i'm going to take it another way.
i'm going to appeal to the core of this party. this is a test of the electoral theory and we have two very particular candidates. they are not generic republicans and democrats. and yet, what if tonight the pattern of the votes ends up falling into laiskly traditional democratic and republican lines. >> we're going to be looking it the turnout. at my precinct, which happened to be donald trump's precinct, there was a two-hour wait today. i want to know what's driving the turnout. and i secondly want to know what happens in north carolina, my home state. and finally, i will be listening to people who we are going to convene in the green room now, journalists who will have a perspective on this from their own experience this their own writings. >> pelley: elaine. >> i'll be keeping an eye on social media, both what the voters are saying and what the candidates themselves are saying. what we know already is many people have posted videos on social media of long lines. in fact, one of the most remarkable lines we saw was at ps-163, on the upper west side. take a look at it this. this was taken by our own cbs news producer, miles doran who
reported people were in good spirits but this was about 9:30 in the morning and this mine, as you can see, goes on and on around the block, scott. this is the kind of thing we'll be keeping an eye on, too. >> pelley: one? >> i think turnout is what i will be looking for. we know people are disgusted with the whole process. they don't like the campaign. they're not satisfied with the way it was conducted. is that going to cause people to say, "by gosh of course i'm going out there and vote? i need to do something. my vote counts." or are they going to say, "you know, i'm so disgusted with the whole thing, i'm going to stay home"? so let's watch that turnout tonight. >> i feel the same. first, thanks for calling me an all-star. i never had athletic skills so i appreciate that, number one. thank you so much, with two bad knees sitting here. i'm really interested to see what happens with the black voter turnout. president obama made it very clear that this was a personal thing for him, it was about his
legacy, that it was an insult if they did dnot turn out. the hispanic vote, we saw a big turnout in florida, what does that really mean, how does it translate? and with the women's as women. all will be important for victory tonight. >> pelley: you'll be with us all night long and probably into the morning-- >> past midnight, scott. >> pelley: with insights into the election on our continuing coverage. thank you, all. all day we have had reporters croot the country talking with voters as they left the polls to find out why they are voting the way they are. anthony mason is with us now. anthony, what are they telling us? >>. >> reporter: well, scott, 54%-- president obama's approval rating may be 54%, but six in 10 voters in our exit polls told us they think the country is on the wrong tack. 51%, up from four years ago, when it was 52%. down from eight years ago, but that, of course, was during the recession. folks are also not happy with the federal government. nearly seven in 10 are either dissatisfied or angry. 46% dissatisfied, 23% angry, and
you can see that anger most pronounced among trump voters, 38% of trump voters telling us they're angry at the federal government, only 8% of clinton voters. but, again, the headline-- 61% in our exit polls say the government is on the wrong track and the country is on the wrong track, scott. >> pelley: anthony mason, thank you, anthony. the democrats are looking, of course, to take back control of the senate. and they need a net gain of five seats, or just four if hillary clinton wins the white house and tim kaine becomes the tie-breaking ponst vote. julianna goldman is following that for us tonight. >> reporter: scott, the battle for control of the senate is being fought in eight very tight races. we're calling them "the great eight." in florida, senator marco rubio is trying to win a second term. and in polls leading into tonight, they show him with a slight lead over congressman patrick murphy. in new hampshire, republican senator kelly ayotte is fighting for political survival against governor maggie hassan.
there's also north carolina, missouri, indiana, nevada, wisconsin, and pennsylvania, which has become the most expensive senate race ever where republican incumbent pat toomey is battling with democrat katie mcginty. all total in those eight states, more than $700 million has been spent, giving you a sense of how important senate control is to democrats and republicans. now, it is a different story in the house, where republican control isn't in jeopardy, scott, for democrats to take the majority, they need to gain 30 seats, and they tell us picking up 12 to 15 would be a great night for them. >> pelley: julianna goldman following the house and senate for us all night tonight. julianna, thank you. coming up next on the cbs evening news, 50 states vote, but 13 will steer the election. we'll check in with the battleground states.
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since john kennedy in 1960. no republican has won the presidency without winning ohio ever. >> reporter: i'm mark strassmann in miami where there's a push by both sides for last-minute voters. this was a rally in little havana by hispanics for hillary in a state that has roughly two million hispanic voters. clinton wants them. trump needs them to win this state and have a chance to win the white house. 6.5 million floridians voted early, a record. three million more may vote today. florida is tonight's biggest battleground prize in a race considered dead even, the clinton camp has a much better organization here. >> reporter: jericka duncan, in philadelphia, pennsylvania, where both republicans and democrats have been keeping a very close eye on the polls will today teams of people have been deployed throughout the city and the suburbs to ensure the electoral process is not compromised. in fact, nearly 100 assistant district attorneys and investigators have been assigned to the election fraud task
force. according to a nonpartisan watchdog group, so far, there have been no reports of any major problems. >> reporter: i'm jan crawford in raleigh, north carolina. to win here, clinton needs a big showing from african american voters, but early voting, compared to 2012, is down 9%. today, we saw voters standing in line making calls to try to drum up support like this: >> gotta get it in, man. you already voted? why you ain't voting, man? >> reporter: now on the flip side, trump needs rural whites to come out big and early voting suggests they did. >> reporter: i'm chip reid in janesville, wisconsin, home town of paul ryan, the republican speaker of the house. ryan is expected to win re-election to congress tonight, but when he returns to washington, the road is expected to get much rougher. if hillary clinton is the next president, she and ryan could be engaged in an epic battle for the next four years. and if it's donald trump, well,
ryan refused to actively campaign for him, prompting some conservative house republicans to call on ryan to step down as speaker. >> reporter: i'm ben trace nephoenix, arizona, where the students are protesting not only donald trump but also their local sheriff hois up for re-election and opposeed by many for his tough stance on illegal immigration. now, this is a red state that hillary clinton is trying to flip and make blue but that is a very tough challenge here. since 1952, only one democrat has won the state of arizona, and that was another clinton, bill clinton, in 1996. scott. >> pelley: ben tracy, thanks, one and all. that's just a sample of our cbs news election night team covering the entire nation and the world. we'll have our entire team at the top of the hour, 7:00 eastern time, and then we will be on all evening and well into the morning with the latest returns and analysis. and we'll be right back. k.
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it's everybody's test. and it's wide open. >> i won't talk about jeb bush. i will not say-- i will not say he's low energy. i will not say it. it's l-y-i-n-- apostrophe. lyin' ted. >> i'm looking at little marco. >> you've called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobz, and disufght animals. >> only rosie o'donnell. >> donald trump is a phony, a fraud. >> we're going to win at the border. we're going to build a wall. mexico is going to pay for the wall. i could stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn't lose any voters. conald jumpedonald j. trump is a shutdown. >> you have even read the constitution? i will gladly lend you my copy.
( applause ). >> somebody say something that may not be great politics, and that is that the american people are sick and tired of hearing about jur damn e-mails. >> thank you. me, too, me, too. >> pelley: you talk about leveling with the american people. have you always told the truth? >> i have always tried to. >> pelley: some people are going to call that wiggle room ♪ we are the champions >> i am with you. i will fight for you. and i will win for you. >> because of hillary clinton, my daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the united states. >> after all, when there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit. ( cheers ) how are you, donald? >> i have much better judgment than she does. i also have a much better temperament than she has. >> whoa! okay. >> gentlemen, the people at home cannot understand either one of you when you speak over each other. >> it's just awfully good that someone with the temperament of donald trump is not in charge of the law in our country. >> because you'd number jail.
>> cow make the commitment that you will absolutely accept the result of this election? >> i will tell you at the time. i'll keep you in suspense. >> that's horrifying. >> reporter: this is not the way we do it in the united states of america. >> none of us want to wake up wednesday morning and wish we had done more. >> if we don't win, this will be the single greatest waste of time, energy, and money in my life. ( booing ). >> don't boo. vote. >> pelley: and that's our special eidation of the cbs evening news. cbs news election night coverage shifts do high gear at the top of the hoyer as polls close in six states as the first results come in. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, we'll see you in a minute. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: we're at the cbs news decision desk, and early indications are this is shaping up as a tight race for president. we could be in for a long night. polls have closed in six states, including two of the battlegrounds that will decide the presidency. >> they are virginia and georgia, and it is too soon to project a winner in either state, but in virginia, hillary clinton has an edge over donald trump based on the exit polls. >> pelley: sample precincts from the early count is how we're determining that on the can exit polls. trump has the edge in georgia. it the peach state has been low-hanging fruit for republicans in every election since 1996. >> reporter: both candidates are on the board with winds. we project clinton will get