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tonight on "nightline," anatomy of a victory. it's four more years for president obama, but the more dramatic story is who got him there. it was a history-making election, where blacks, hispanics and single women made themselves heard like never before. another storm. tonight, powerful winds, snow and rain are barrelling down on the already punch drunk east coast, forcing mandatory evacuations on the heels of superstorm sandy's devastation. we are on the ground in the hardest hit communities. and, biting apple. lukewarm sales for the new ipad mini. stock prices crumbling to a five-month low. are competitors finally getting the best of the house that jobs built?
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>> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," november 7th, 2012. >> good evening, i'm bill weir. well, as the happy obama family flew back to washington today, a few conservative pundits observed that if only america had the same demographics as it did under ronald reagan, mitt romney would have won. yes. and if jonie loves chachi was still in primetime, people wouldn't laugh at my parachute pants. the country is changing in waves. and what last night taught us is that the party that knows how to ride those waves wins. here's my co-anchor, terry moran. >> reporter: america awakened to a new political reality this morning. >> what happened? >> i was wrong. >> reporter: so were a lot of republicans. >> i so wish that i had been
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able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction. but the nation chose another leader. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: what happened yesterday's simple, really, and profound and reflected in all those faces in the crowds last night at obama and romney headquarters. the american electorate of tomorrow, younger, urban, more diverse, more socially liberal, turned out to defeat the american electorate of yesterday, older, whiter, more rural and traditional. >> i think it was shocking to the republicans. >> reporter: matt dowd, abc news consultant, was one of george w. bush's chief strategists. >> i think the republicans are going to have to do a serious amount of soul searching. they've been built for 25 years ago, not for the 21st century. they have to appeal to latinos, women, blacks, and a whole group of other voters they've lost touch with. >> reporter: the numbers tell the tale. mitt romney actually won white voters by the biggest margin of any candidate since ronald reagan in 1984.
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but they are a shrinking portion of the vote. the obama coalition's growing by leaps and bounds. latinos, for the first time, are now 10% of the electorate. obama won their big time. more than twice as many unmarried women backed obama over romney, also a growing sector of the vote. and the president once again got huge support from young people. so, how will republicans react? >> hey, any of you guys in there want to come sit in my chair today? anybody? >> reporter: a shell-shocked rush limbaugh offered one option. contempt for obama supporters. >> they think that the only way they're going to have a chance for anything is if somebody comes along and takes from somebody else and gives it to them. sanda claus. and it's hard to beat santa claus. >> reporter: that old slander that americans who support obama are all somehow moochers and takers, it's become bedrock belief for more republicans. mitt romney echoed it.
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>> 47% who are with them dependent upon government, they believe they are victims, who believe government has a responsibility who care for them, who believe they're entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. >> reporter: but already today, you heard republican voices acknowledging that the party needs to adapt. >> i think republicans have done a pathetic job of reaching out to people of color. something we've got to work on. ♪ america >> reporter: that effort has already begun, with a parade of next generation republican leaders at the party's convention. from florida senator marco rubio, the son of cuban immigrants -- >> we're special because dreams that are impossible anywhere else, they come true here. >> the american dream isn't just my story. >> reporter: to utah's mia love, who lost her race for congress last night. and ted cruz of texas, a tea party favorite who won his race for the senate -- >> can we retire president barack obama? >> reporter: and who we talked
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to at the convention. people say, all the rising parts of the american popular are going democratic, minorities, young people, college educated, unmarried women. and you're actually shrinking the base. >> well, you know, that story, every few years, that story gets written and yet somehow it doesn't quite seem to happen. >> reporter: but this time, it did. and the challenges faced by republicans go well beyond finding a few attractive minority candidates. >> i think the change that republicans are going to have to go through is going to take years. it's not going to be one election or one year. come to a combination of a candidate, their biography and the policies that all coincide together. >> reporter: so, candidates are important, policies are important. but so is something else. respect. >> the reforms i'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally. >> liar! >> reporter: again and again, over the past four years, some in the republican party used strikingly harsh language that it seems clear alienated many
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voters. >> you are not allowed to be president if you are not born in this country. >> if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down. >> this man hates this country. >> if you don't deport them, how do you spend them home? >> the answer is self-deportation. >> this guy, i believe, is a racist. >> reporter: for all the celebrating in chicago last night, president obama gets barely majority approval for his job performance. he's battered some, grayer and maybe wiser. but in the america of the 21st century, he getting something, he embodies something that more and more voters see as the country's destiny. >> it didn't matter if you are black or white or hispanic or asian or native american or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in america, if you are willing to try. i believe we can seize this future together.
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we are grater than the sum of our individual ambitions. and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. >> terry moran, making sense of the exit polls from last night. our thanks to him. coming up next, a nasty new storm batters the eastern seaboard tonight, threatening to cause a world of hurt to all those communities still reeling in san dip's wake. we'll have the latest, next. sfx- "sounds of african drum and flute" look who's back. again? it's embarrassing it's embarrassing! we can see you carl. we can totally see you. come on you're better than this...all that prowling around. yeah, you're the king of the jungle. have you thought about going vegan carl? hahaha!! you know folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. how happy are they jimmy? happier than antelope with night-vision goggles. nice! get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more.
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across new england, down to maryland and delaware, blowing sleet and snow into sandy's open wounds. for tens of thousands still without heat, the threat of hypothermia, very reel real. tonight. ginger zee spent the day in new york's hardest-hit communities and reports now from slushy lower manhattan. ginger? >> reporter: you know, bill, this is just one of so many spots that were just starting to see the signs of recovering after sandy, but look at this. now we have a wet, slushy snowy mess on our hands. a mess that's all part of a nor'easter, dropping up to ten inches in parts of connecticut already. and a couple manufacture inore tomorrow. this will really just ending up being an icy speed bump on the road to recovery, especially in the place where we spent most of our day, the rockaways. tonight, a fresh lly frosted me. heavy snow falling atap of
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sandy's destruction. it's a disaster layered on a disaster. new york and new jersey had just dried off after being u.n. dated. and now, a brand new storm and it's the last thing they need. for many, it's adding insult to injury. >> no one's ready for it again. nobody wants it again, i should say. >> reporter: all across the northeast, the wintry storm is dropping wet snow, sleet, rain and wind gusts that could reach 60 miles per hour. already, it's prompted coastline communities in new jersey to order mandatory evacuations. sandy could cost americans $50 billion in damage by earliest mafts. and much of the cleanup remains to be done. tonight, 675,000 people are still without power since last week's disaster. and hundreds of thousands displaced. the whole day started with high anxiety. new jersey governor chris christie urging hurricane survivors to be cautious and patient. >> you know, we may take a
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setback in the next 24 hours. you need to be prepared for that. i'm prepared for that. i hate setbacks. i don't tolerate them usually very well, but this one, i can't control. >> reporter: in north jersey, buildings damaged by sandy were re-boarded up. they have extra plywood now as people brace for a second battering. winds howled into new york city, where subway systems are still under repair. and now, railroads and bridges are frozen. once again, crippling the area into an impassable mess. >> really, really bad. waiting on line for gas now we're waiting on line to getme. >> it is a good idea to stay indoors with this, because hurricane sandy weakened trees and the high winds tonight could cause more trees and limbs to come down and the storm debris still on our streets to blow around dangerously. >> reporter: the debris, which is everywhere, needs to be cleared before the high winds pick up. new york airports are also locked down again, with more than 1,700 flights canceled for
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taend tomorrow. earlier today, we ventured out into those dismantled neighborhoods and watched the new storm shut down cleanup. rain has just snow changed over to snow, all of the work has stopped. the cleanup is staopped. trash sit in piles along the road as far as the eye can see. the people we met here are just plain tired. >> enough is enough, you know? it just -- oh well. you just deal with it. >> reporter: how do you feel? >> tired. exhausted, but -- hey. what am i going to do? this is life. >> reporter: life. on every block and in every home. regina mcmanus is the fourth generation in this home. wow. >> yeah. >> reporter: and to see it like this. and she is not leaving it behind. this is the water line, right? >> yes. >> reporter: so, up to, you said -- >> 53 inches. >> reporter: 53 inches. and it all came in at once?
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>> nonstop. >> reporter: look at this. it's already cold enough, we're seeing our breath inside the home. they had to bring the one generator they have inside because of tonight's storm. that generator has made life livable. this is the one lamp? >> yes. only allow one bulb. >> reporter: without power tonight, the temperature in the house is already 45 degrees. and dropping. and now another storm. >> yes. another one's coming. but i'm being reassured that it's not going to be a flood zone this time. >> reporter: with temperatures falling across the region, hypothermia is a serious risk for all those who still don't have power and heat. >> i'm just waiting for electricity and then this morning i heard 30 mile about hour winds, you know they're not going to work on the power lines today. >> reporter: for regina, the succession of storms has been life altering. >> i work up this morning, i have no clue who the president is, and i really don't care. >> reporter: by late afternoon, police were still pleading with people to take shelter.
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donation sites like this, filled with water, food and blankets, are now making room for people who need a warm place to sleep. >> so, what we're trying to do is clear out a shelter so all the people here can have a place to stay. >> reporter: while regina decided to stick it out, her neighbor told us he didn't stay for sandy and he won't stay for this one, either. >> hopefully it's not going to be as bad. but we're not going to stay. we're not going to stay. i have to think of my family first. houses can be rebuilt. that's the way it is. >> reporter: so, i told you that the snow is wet and sticky but it's heavy, too, and now sitting on power lines, and get this, so unlucky, but folks who just got their power back, and i mean thousands, are now without power again tonight. bill? >> oh. the governor there, chris christie, said, he's waiting for the pestilence and the locusts next. they just can't catch a break. ginger zee, thank you. "good morning america" will have the latest storm coverage in the morning. just ahead, with skidding
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stock prices, competitors edging in, is this the end of apple's golden streak?
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imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they say, but in business, it can be a deadly weapon. for a decade, apple computers has dazzled consumers and investors with a host of shiny i-things, but with competitors edging in on the market, after a couple of unforced errors, the company has lost $130 billion since september. is this a semiprayer glitch or something more? here's neal karlinsky. >> this is amazing. >> reporter: if there's one thing you can count on when it comes to apple, it's hype. him about the company's latest iphone or ipad.
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and lately, hype about the stock price. >> and apple stock is surging this morning after the company reported a jaw-dropping 73% increase in sales last quarter. >> reporter: for much of the year, stock market gurus have been making sure-fire predictions. apple, the stock market sensation that sold for $7 a decade ago, is headed to an astonishing $1,000 a share. >> apple's going to 1,000. >> reporter: here's the thing about all those analysts. they like to change their minds. >> apple shares con to fall. that stock is now just t2% away from a 20% decline. >> reporter: today, apple stock gave up almost 4%, sinking from its high of $705 in september to a five-month low today. and dancing around the edges of officially bearish territory. >> the growth of the company is spectacular, but it's slowed down. the introduction of the iphone and the ipad are now in the
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rearview mirror. but there are some fundamental changes going on at apple and investor nervousness didn't just start today. >> reporter: how did a company that could do no wrong make such a dramatic turn? >> it is interesting to watch the challenge these guys face. apple used to use long lines in front of their stores as a marketing tool. now, they are mocked by samsung. so, they are facing direct competition around some products they have innovated like they never have before. >> reporter: like bad directions from apple's much ma leaned apple map, the company has suffered rare criticism lately. tim cook himself had to apologize for map-gate. the ipad minilaunched to headlines about mini lines at stores. and the ipad, while still dominant, is losing market share to a surging samsung. even microsoft, long ago left in apple's dust, has a new exciting tablet called the surface, nudging for attention and even starring in mock ads, crushing the ipad.
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and there are deeper concerns. no new products are likely until well into next year. and aside from the expectation that apple may reinvent the television, its products are no longer innovating the way many expect. >> apple is at a point where it's risen, plateaued a little bit. they need to respark that fire of innovation they've had for so long. and it's a little bit harder. >> reporter: befti ibetting aga apple is tricky. the company is just getting started selling in china. it has more cash on hand than many country's entire economies. and it's been written off prematurely before. time to sell or time to buy? there's probably an app for that. i'm neal karlinsky for "nightline" in seattle. >> you know they got something cool cooking. thanks to neal and thank you for watching abc news. we're always online at and we'll be here tomorrow night. i hope you'll join us then. have a good nit.


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