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labored. brian taff will join us shortly with a state by state breakdown of how all this is adding up. action news anchor monica malpass and rick williams in new york at the clinton and trump watch parties on this historic night. monica, describe the mood at clinton headquarters. >> reporter: very subdued crowd. they cheer obviously when one of the supporters of hillary clinton, one of her surrogates comes to the stage. but presidential politics as, you know, jim, is not a fight for the faint of heart. goes back and forth. they just had andrew cuomo here invoking the memory of his father to enthuse the crowd. the father of the service member who died in the service of the united states, bringing a big roar to the crowd. he was criticized by donald trump as you know. hillary clinton was in for the fight of her life. will people ultimately pick her
as president. it's a referendum on the economy, health care, national security and so much more. this crowd has not given up, but they are very nervous. i'm live, back to you, jim. >> thank you, monica. now to rick williams at trump's headquarters just blocks away in new york city at the midtown hilton. there must be a good deal of excitement in that place. >> reporter: that is an understatement tonight, jim. this crowd is ready for a victory celebration. they just found out just moments ago that donald trump won the state of florida. they erupted into cheers, high fiving, a lot more people putting on the red hats saying make america great again and they are ready for that celebration. that could be imminent. there is still a lot of time left. indeed many of these supporters have been celebrating since early this evening. celebrating a healthy night, a very good night for donald trump beyond what many had expected
and now we are watching and waiting for what could possibly be a photo finish. now, as we also mentioned donald trump who is at the trump tower with his family and friends. he has been tweeting. we want to show you the photo he tweeted this evening one more time. let's pull it up there. and there is donald trump surrounded by his family, his campaign, his running mate, mike pence. watching the results. most of them smiling. cautiously optimistic. but donald trump still frowning. and perhaps will stay that way until the final results are in. but certainly something to smile about tonight. back here we are continuing to watch and wait. the results still coming in. but i think it's safe to say that this crowd is primed for a celebration. once donald trump appears here at some point on that stage behind me, then we will really here hear an eruption in midtown manhattan. back to you. >> thank you, rick. i want to qualify one thing. well, before we get into the
pennsylvania numbers. let me qualify one thing. as rick reported, the associated press has called the state of florida for donald trump. abc news has not made that call as of yet. just a few moments ago they said it is still too close to call. so different news organizations take different approaches very often. associated press called florida. and what an important call that is. the associated press has called florida for donald trump. abc news has not made that call as of this time. all right. let's take a look at the presidential race from the points of view of our three states. in pennsylvania clinton is now ahead of trump by two points. this has dramatically closed just over the last half hour. when clinton was way ahead of trump in pennsylvania. it is now down to two points. that translates into 81,000 votes. it is getting tight.
new jersey is the bluest of all blue states. it easily went to hillary clinton tonight. delaware, not far behind. well, it's just at the same place. clinton easily wins delaware 53% to 42%. the most expensive senate race in american history has captivated southeastern pennsylvania. the entire commonwealth. and when all is said and done pennsylvania, well, let's not even rush to any kind of a conclusion. because democrat katie mcginty was way out in front, again, just a half hour ago when hillary clinton was way out in front of donald trump in pennsylvania. but just in the same fashion mcginty and toomey are now separated by just two points. toomey is staging a major comeback. 77% of that vote is counted. let's go live to action news
reporter sara bloomquist who is live at mcginty headquarters. sara, there might have been a party atmosphere there a little while ago, but hold the party. they've got more counting to do. >> reporter: not a celebratory yet as you might think. even a little bit earlier. this is a room of concerned democrats tonight. they are assembled on the floor. a lot of them watching closely as the results come in. they have been pretty quiet. at times the crowd thinning out. and a great deal of concern especially as they look at hillary clinton's numbers. they perked up just a moment ago at some of the latest returns that looked a little bit more optimistic. governor wolf took to the podium and said we don't mind having a long night as long as we get the right results in the end. we have been talking to some of these pennsylvania democrats who are assembled here in this center city ballroom. the mood is tense. here's what they had to say.
>> it's not what i expected. this is starting to feel a lot like brexit. i watched the returns come in for that and it's that same feeling of we didn't expect this. and it's not quite the daunting horror that everyone felt when the brexit returns came in, but it doesn't feel like we should be this worried. >> so a very quiet room here in center city. we know katie mcginty is right upstairs in a hotel suite. she has been watching these returns as they come in with her husband and her three daughters. she is still hoping of course to win this seat and overturn the u.s. senate back to the democratic party. if she joins the senate, if she wins tonight she becomes the first female senator from the state of pennsylvania. live in center city, i'm sara bloomquist, channel 6 action news. >> thank you, sara. switch now live to toomey headquarters. and action news reporter vernon
odom. might he be the comeback kid here tonight? >> reporter: he could well be, jim. his crowd here is waiting nervously. they're very happy about these numbers that have him closing in on katie mcginty's lead that seemed comfortable a while ago. but those votes are coming from what's known as the t in pennsylvania, west of the susquehanna river. those conservative votes, whether they get enough votes out of eastern to confront allegheny county, we don't know. but they are very, very optimistic because of those closing numbers. pat toomey announced earlier this evening about 7:00 this he indeed had made up his mind in the last couple of days and that he did indeed vote for donald trump for president of the united states. here is senator toomey explaining his vote. >> i had a lot of problems with donald trump. i still do. i think there are serious questions about his temperament
and judgment and policy positions he's taken that i disagree with. >> but, jim, that's the latest situation here. we could be in for a very long night here as they continue to count votes in the commonwealth of pennsylvania. live in lehigh county, i'm vernon odom. a lot of noise and confusion on the other side of the room, jim. back to you. >> got that, vernon. thank you. abc news just made four calls that we need to tell you. the most important one is north carolina and it's 15 votes to donald trump. i say it's the most important one because north carolina was a swing state. it was being competed for with everything that both campaigns had to give. north carolina goes to trump. california and the 55 votes goes to clinton. but this was a fore gone conclusion. hawaii and its four electoral votes goes to clinton.
another fore gone conclusion. donald trump wins idaho and the four votes. a fore gone conclusion. but the big prize here, north carolina, it goes to donald trump according to abc news. we want to point out that our election ticker is running across the bottom of your screen so you can follow the specific local races that you care about in your community. across the tristate area, specifically the lehigh valley, went to the polls in droves. some had to wait hours to choose the next president of the united states. the lines went out the door and wrapped around the parking lot here in montgomery county. some say they waited two hours. and new hanover church in new hanover township. and long lines at this polling place in coatesville. some voters brought chairs as they waited outside the doors at
rainbow elementary school and voters said despite the long lines it was worth the wait. >> this is absolutely amazing and i have never experienced this in all of the years i've voted. this is obviously very important. >> what i have to do to do my civic duty here, i'll wait two hours. >> and this, the scene in northern libber if i. the line wrapped around a community center. the poll worker says they had an 80% turnout. and long lines in bucks county. action news found voters waiting for several hours or even for the second time today. but they were determined to exercise their right to vote. >> i stopped in the morning, saw the line was out of the door. gone bake to the gymnasium. i went back to work. thinking that i would come here later tonight. and the line is still pretty long. >> this is actually our second time waiting in line today because we waited for an hour earlier and then had to leave. >> it's worth the two hours, you know. there are plenty of people who
died so we all can vote. >> another voter told us that if you don't take the time to vote, well, you shouldn't complain. the votes are still being counted at the board of elections in the northern liberty section of philadelphia. action news was there as election judges were reading the results of the machine readouts. the officials are on hand to verify those results. philadelphia's district attorney says there isn't a single reason the results of today's election should be called into question. the philadelphia gop says they have received more than 200 complaints of potentially illegal voting activity. district attorney seth williams says his election fraud task force fielded 95 election-related calls but made no arrests. just a handful of voters called action news to report issues at their precincts. volunteers with the league of women voters manned our election hotline all day here at channel 6. a lot of the calls were from voters who wanted to know if
they could bring children into the voting booth with them. the answer? yes. now to the hard fought eighth district congressional seat in pennsylvania. brian fitzpatrick sought to replace his brother, mike fitzpatrick who did not seek re-election. the opponent? steve santarsiero. and right now fitzpatrick leading by 10 points with a third of the vote counted. in the statewide race for pennsylvania attorney general. josh shapiro -- here we go. josh shapiro leads john rafferty at this moment. 64% of the vote in. it looks like shapiro going to a relatively easy victory. but they still have a third of the vote to count. so we certainly won't put a period at the end of this race. in the delaware governor's contest democrat john carney has defeated the republican 58-39%. he thanked his supporters
tonight at the doubletree hotel in wilmington. he promised to address gun violence, education, and state employee health care. and to replace governor-elect carney in the house of representatives diamond state voters are sending lisa blunt rochester to washington to serve as their congress person. she is the first african-american to represent delaware in congress. in wilmington, the democrat won the mayor's race in a landslide 82-11%. new jerseyans had two constitutional amendments on the ballot. one asked whether to dedicate every penny of the new gas tax increase to the transportation trust fund. and do we know how that measure turned out? yes. we do. and the answer is, yes. close call. but, yes wins with 52%. sorry, they're winning with 52% of the vote. 76% of that vote has been
counted. new jersey is also voting on -- or did -- on a constitutional amendment, whether to expand gambles outside of atlantic city. the no vote 79% yes, 21%. and atlantic city officials are breathing a huge sigh of relief tonight because if gambling had been able to do to two other counties in north jer sigh, might have inflicted more damage on the gambling industry in atlantic city. still to come, two philadelphia police officers have been injured in a hit and run. and now the search is on for the suspect. plus some temple university students wait for hours tonight to vote. >> it was a warm and sunny election day. but storm tracker 6 live showing wet weather heading our way. details on the time and the temperature hits to follow in the accuweather seven day forecast.
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two philadelphia police officers have been rushed to the hospital following a hit and run car crash tonight in germantown. chopper 6 was over the scene shortly after 10:00. an officer in his 40st and another in his 30s were take ton einstein medical center in stable condition with broken bones. it was a routine car stop and the driver fled and crashed into the police suv. suspect then drove a short distance before fleeing on foot. he was captured after a brief foot chase. there will be new respectives -- new u.s. respectives taking over open seats tonight. otherwise congressional incumbents won re-election to another term. in philadelphia democrat dwight evans handily beat republican challenger james jones for the second district seat, replaceing the congressman. in pennsylvania's 16th
district republican lloyd smokier -- smucker is leading hartman with 72% of the vote counted. so if the trend continues smucker will be the other newly elected representative. representing chester, burkes, and lancaster counties. joe pitts did not seek re-election. the balance of power in congress shapes the agenda that the president can accomplish. and the republicans have held on to their majority in the house of representatives. makeup of the senate is officially too close to call at this hour. head over to the action news big board and brian taff with a breakdown of the electoral map for president. >> jim, in a word this has become very interesting tonight. interesting the opt ative word. not the word the clinton campaign would use. likely we can't repeat that on television tonight. this is the current electoral
map with the one caveat that the associated press called florida, abc news has not. but for these purposes florida is called on our map. look at the math. 216-197. draw your attention to the still gray states where the vote is not in yet. this is the blue wall, okay? this is where hillary clinton was supposed to lock it up and block donald trump from winning the presidency. but take a look. minnesota, a marginal lead. she is now surged a little bit in the last couple of minutes. look at wisconsin, donald trump leading there. just updated live. donald trump leading with and be in michigan, donald trump leading there. the blue wall is cracking tonight. even when we look at pennsylvania, awfully close, 49%-47% with 82% of precincts reporting. this blue wall is turning out to be porous tonight. and that is why donald trump's path to the presidency just got a whole lot wider. we were using the word narrow
for so long. not so much the operative word tonight. in this scenario, if you add in a couple of states where he's expected to win and you add in a couple of states where hillary clinton should have won, this is the math. 269 to 274. so how does donald trump do it from this point forward. one, he pick up arizona and summers to 258. now he has to flip blue states. say he does it with michigan, then donald trump is the president of the united states. he could do it in any other number of states. he could potentially pick off pennsylvania. who knows? the numbers are out there. in that case he too is president of the united states. any of these states that i just mentioned, it is very, very close, donald trump is finding a path to the presidency tonight. jim, in math is just fascinating and nail biting tonight. >> all right. thank you, brian. accuweather from the for the next seven days. >> and we do have some changes on the way tomorrow. storm tracker 6 live double scan
showing we have rain-free conditions out there tonight. but that will be changing as we head through the day tomorrow. clouds are rolling in, though. and that is really providing kind of insulation for the earth. the temperature is slow to drop. 55 degrees in philadelphia right now. down from a high of 69. wilmington, still pretty mild, 51, trenton, 51. allentown, 47. and cape may, 47 degrees. so satellite 6, along with action radar. showing after the bright sunshine all day a pretty thick cloud deck is all here and the western half of pennsylvania is wet right now. that's a cold front pushing in during the day tomorrow. a wave of low pressure developing along that. so what this means instead of temperatures close to 70, temperatures only in the mid to upper 50s. lots of clouds and it will be dreary and you'll need the umbrella. so future tracker showing 8:00 tomorrow morning. the clouds are in place. some showers breaking out. primarily north and west of the i-95 corridor that it sweeps
into south jersey and delaware by lunch type. and then some indications we could have lingering showers into the evening. but then it's all out of here by wednesday. or thursday, i should say. high pressure building in. loads of sunshine. it will be seasonably cool. 57 degrees. another cold front rolls through on friday night. what this will do is open the door for a major chill on saturday. wind chills much of the day will be stuck in the 30s. so kind of a blast of winter on saturday. so the exclusive forecast, generally a tenth of an inch to a quarter inch. not as much rain as we need. but some rain. cooler and damp are lots of clouds. a high of 58 degrees. thursday, sunny, breezy, the high, 57. on veterans day, good amount of sunshine for the first half of the day. the clouds roll in late in the day. the winds increase ahead of
another cold front. 63 degrees the high. and behind that front on saturday, again, temperatures only around 50 degrees. 49 degrees perhaps. wind chill when you factor in the winds will be near 40 degrees. wind chill is actually in the 30s for much of the day. but that cold air really only sticks around for one day. on sunday we get a quick rebound right in time for the eagles game with a high of 58 degrees. next monday should be beautiful. sunny and mild. 62 degrees. and tuesday, we've got another chance of some much-needed rain. it clouds up with rain arriving late in the day and tuesday night with a high of 63 degrees. so showers tomorrow, sunshine back on thursday. and really chilly on saturday. >> thank you. more election coverage. action news continues in just a minute.
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this fast at a price this good. only fios can. we have heard. about the millennial vote this election season. so how did young people feel about this race? action news reporter christie ileto is live tonight with students at temple university. christie. >> reporter: yeah, jim, for many people here, this is their very first time casting their vote. you can see over my shoulder that they are out waiting the results of this election. many of them very nervous. and the general reaction that we're hearing is i didn't think it would be that close. >> i think trump is doing a lot better than i originally expected him to do. >> reporter: for some temple students, a pleasant surprise. for others, an unexpectedly slow
start. >> i thought it would be definitively clinton. it's scary to see how many are voting for trump. >> reporter: at a watch party, students, many first time voters, are eager to see how it falls. >> still a lot of big states to be decided. >> reporter: around the corner, water, food, and even power strips for phone chargers passed out to temple students waiting in hours to vote. have you lost the excitement of this is my first time voting or trying to hold on. hold on strong. >> it's gone. >> makes me feel bad they have to wait for three hours with, good they are standing to wait for three hours. >> reporter: students say their voice is key. >> we make up a large part of the population. and we normally don't vote as much. a lot of us were college students at the polls today. >> reporter: now regardless of the outcome for many students they say it's just the thrill of voting for the first time that's
most memorable. reporting live here at temple university, christie ileto channel 6 action news. jim. >> thank you, christie. california voters have approved a ballot measure to allow recreational marijuana. the vote is the biggest test yet for the movement to legalize marijuana. today's decision means that recreational marijuana will be legal along the entire west coast. voters in eight other states are also voting on legalizing recreational use. but those results aren't in yet. action news is on early tomorrow with a look at the election results and overnight updates on any undecided races. the action news morning team will start at 4 a.m. afoot and light-hearted i take to the open road. healthy, free, the world before me,
we want to bring you up to date. abc news just projected the state of florida for donald trump. florida and its 29 electoral votes according to abc news is now in the trump column. we're going to take a quick look at the president's race in pennsylvania. and right now hillary clinton maintaining a small lead over donald trump in pennsylvania. good news for hillary clinton. not so good news for donald trump. and take a last look at the mcginty/toomey race, that is very much in lock step with the president's race in pennsylvania. and interestingly this race has followed the clinton/trump race in pennsylvania throughout the entire night almost percentage point for percentage point. so that's the situation as we now have it.
abc news' election coverage continues throughout the night. action news is back on early at 4 a.m. with pamela edwards, matt o'donnell, for cecily tynan, ducis rodgers and the entire action news team, i'm jim gardner. good night. >> action news sponsored by bob's discount furniture. buy in store or at my bobs.com. tower, they're getting very excited. we said conventional wisdom was wrong, and so is political science. everyone said they weren't ready for prime time, but they made the call to go