tv America Votes 2014 Midterm Election Recap Al Jazeera November 5, 2014 3:30am-4:01am EST
supreme leaders. >> fascinating. a quick reminder - you can keep up to date with news and analysis on the website. just go to the aljazeera.com. america votes 2014, the results are in with republicans winning big. taking control of the senate, washington. direction. >> our election night coverage continues. >> welcome back, everyone, to our special coverage. i am john seigenthaler in new york. the democrats seeing red and plenty of it. the republicans won in a landslide picking up key races taking control the senate for the first time eight years. it is a stinging though not surprising defeat for president
obama and his party and a clear sign from voters they want a change in washington. stephanie sy. >> let's run through the string of republican vict odors in the north carolina where republican tom 'til is defeated democratic kay hagan. this was the g.o.p. pick-up that tipped the balance of the senate. in west village, republican congress woman shelly moore capito, for jay rockefeller'sseat. one term congress won tom cotton unseating incumbent democratic senator mark pryor another g.o.p. pick-up. in south dakota former governor winning the three-way race for 'til johnson's seat in montana, an expected g.o.p. pick-up projected winner there, steve danes.
in eyewa, johnny ernts defeating democratic congressman bruce braley. in colorado, rising g.o.p. star, cori gardner ousting a democratic incumbent mark udall. >> the biggest winner in the mid-term elections may be it senator mitch mcconnell reflected kentucky and in line to become the senator majority leader. more from headquarters in louisville. >> mitch mcconal beat by wad margins. he was accused of being the ultimate washington insider but in his victory speech, he said that will work to his advantage as he goes back for his sixth term representing kentucky. he promised to relentlessly push agenda. >> for too long, for too long, this as minstration has tried to tell the american people what's good for them and then blame somebody else when their
policies fail. tornth kentucky rejected that approach. >> senator mcconnell told the crowds gathered to cheer him 0 over the past weeks and months, he has heard a lot frf kentuckians about jobs, the comet, and healthcare. allison grimes said she heard a lot about those issues too, and vowed to keep fightingly for the commonwealth of kentucky my hope is that the message has been sent to congress that we need to work to increase the minimum wage, to close the gender pay gap and to bring good paying jobs back to the commonwealth of kentucky. >> now, allison grimes got some praise from mitch mcconnell who said it took a lot of guts to take on this race. a couple of years ago, it was unclear whether any democrat would be able to seriously challenge this 5-term incumbent. allison grimes over the past month did just that. >> libby casey reporting.
a lot of very interesting races and outcome did. let's go to david shuster with more. >>reporter: >> the governor's races, that was a wipeout of the democrats from wisconsin to illinois and maine to maryland. those were all states where president obama campaigned in receipt weeks for the democrats. in fact, the only state where he campaigned where a democrat won was in pennsylvania and that's where the candidate there beat tom corbett because corbett was down by double digits because he was tied to the penn state sex abuse scandal. that was the only case. it was it was a wipeout for democrats. they have lost historic margins down the u.s. house. it will be the biggest republican majority in the drunks house since harry truman some 70 years ago. of course, big questions about how will the republican congress govern? what will mitch mcconnell do now that conservatives are going to press him and press house speaker john boehner? and this has been a conservative
john? >> all right. this isn't just a setback, though, for democrats. also, a very loudmental to president obama. mike viqueira is in washington with more on that. mike? >> reporter: john, i hate to tell you this but we are about caucus. make no mistake, this is the opening bell of the 2016 race. nobody wants to hear that. right? this is going to encourage republicans. i was at the rnc a couple of days ago, john. i was in a top republican stamp's office on. on a white board, he had 19 names listed. those are 19 potential republican candidates that are reportedly thinking about the race or quite obviously thinking about the race. let's talk about one big winner from tonight. scott walker in wisconsin. a lot of people thought he was going to be defeated. a resounding victory for a republican as it was the republicans all across the country. scott walker tonight. ted cruz not endorsing the candidacy of mitch mcconnell to be the majority leader. he will make a lot of waves.
randall paul tweeting tonight pictures of hillae clinton with candidates around the country, who have lost chris christy, ditto for him picking up a lot of chits, campaigning around the country. jeb bush, marco rubio and the usual folks on, some sort of repeat candidates. mike huckabee and rick santorum. ben carson is an individual a lot are talking about. moving over to the democratic side, the list is a lot shorter. might have some emerge. no one needs to be reminded of the likely candidacy and automatic frontrunner status of hillary rodham clinton. i am not buying the fact she is going to suffer from tonight's result. i think she gathered a lot of chits nationwide among democrats. joe biden mulling it over. martin o'malley a lose her because his protege, anthony brown as lieutenant governor weren't down to a shocking defeat. elizabeth warren who also campaigned for left-leading
candidates around the country, she is, of course, a favorite of john. >> mike viqueira, thank you very much. there is a run-off in louisiana's razor-thin senate race. randall pickston is in new orleans with that. >> incumbent u.s. senator mary marylandrew is not get the first % plus 1 she ped needed to a void a runoff. she will face the number 2 vote getter, bill catany, the republican dr. from balton rouge. both totals were morlts equal. land renew getting 16 6 with 18,000. the important number is 202,000, picked up by rob maness amounted to some 14% of the vote. the person who manages to attract maness's voters will likely be the next united states senator of louisiana and, of course, the this upping is that
sense those votes did not go for landrew, she probably won't get them in december. but, anything can happen. we will see. >> for sure, randall pinkston. thank you. one of the many senate republican pick-ups was in iowa. ashar kureshi has more. >> it was an impressive win from the little known state senator here, republican johni ernst who came from behind as polls suggested had he democratic challenger, bruce brailey was ahead early on. she took a lead and then it became a dead heat in the last few days here in eyewa. she then, however, being called the winner tonight, she responded by talking to her supporters and also talking to the supporters of her challenger tone. >> lastly, i do want to think those eyewans who voted today for my opponent. i plan to workday
and night to earn your trust and confidence in the years to come. so thank you. >> a lot of issues taking center stage in this race including obamacare, abortion, minimum wage, the abortion issue was at center stage because of her position on what she called the personhood issue. according to earn she supports the idea of life at conception 689 that was the something her democratic challenger tried to latch on to, appealing to the female vote here where he had a lead. it was not enough to win the senate seat. this is a historic win for earnet. she is abouts the first woman in eyewa to win a seat in cigarettes. cam is the land of voter initiatives. let's go to melissa chan in berkeley, california on the campus of uc berkeley, melissa.
>> reporter: well, john, this water problem situation 1 is big. there is a lot of political will because we are in the worst drought the state has seen in over a century. the governor, jar brown who has been up for reelection didn't spend much time on his campaign. he promise odd proposition 1 and it's $7,000,000 going to go changing the policy. $24,000,000,000 set aside for instra truckstuer that's reservoirs and dams. california hasn't seen a message reservoir built in a death aid and in terms of what's going to happen next, the environmentalists and the farm he remembers will have years to duke it out in terms of where those reservoirs and dams will be, john. >> thank you. from guns to reek recreational marijuana, voters in the southwest decided sever several see ini havetives. alan shoveler in seattle sglflths john, interesting night
of guns, drugs and money in the pacific northwest. in the state of washington, there were two gun initiatives on the ballot for voter to consider. one gun control. one gun rights if you will. the measure that caused for dramatically expanded requirements for background checks for gun sales passes. that was initiative .594. >> will require background checks for sales at gun shows and online. it will require background checks for most gun transfers , gifts and loans of firearms are also going to require extensive background checks. a vote for legalizing marijuana passes. and at this point, a gno labeling requirement that foods containing genetically engineered material would have to be labeled as such is much too close to call. also, up in alaska, we have word that the initiative calling for a boost in the minimum wage over
the next couple of years to 9.75 is well ahead and is passing. >> continues what we have seen around the country. another gun measure in the state of washington, we will go back to that. .591, which would have restricted background checks at whatever was prescribed by federal law, that is going down john? >> alan chauvler in seattle. thank you. tony haisz and our panel are still here in new york. they have been talking about the tony? >> absolutely, john. let me turn to batina. a huge night for the g.o.p. talk to me about governing. it seems one of the easiest things it's sometimes difficult to articulate. 2016. >> an important thing for republicans that they needed to do during the mid-term elections was to win in the states, blue and purple states. >> blue and purple.
>> to show they had power for 2016 going in. it's going to be a different map. they are going to govern and they have to pass legislation to show the american people that republicans can do it. give us the rein and we can help people get this done on this number one issue. jobs and the economy. 2016, you are going to see a lot of candidates positioning themselves early to show that they have leadership, that they can get the job done and put themselves in a good position because the 2016 election started the day the 2014 election ended. >> ray suarez, are there any mod rats? who negotiations? who works for the other side? it seems to me you have a couple of different camps, those cans who have aspirations for 2016. you have got the tea party fringe of the g.o.p. and are there any mod rats left to get the work done to legislate, to govern moving forward? >> not that many. it's long been known in this most recent era that the
republican caucus is more right and the democratic caucus, more left than ever before. so that there are very now, if you diagram all of their votes, where there is a little overlap, where there is a little middle ground. there are a couple of left but not that many. the difficulty now and for all of them, i think, is that there are real differences. there are large numbers of members of the senate who don't believe human beings are accelerating climate change. when we make policy over the next several years, they are going to have to get up and declare that. >> jim imhoff. >> but there are many that believe you can cut taxes and raise revenues. sam brownback who proved in kansas that you couldn't won reelection. t the state is in serious fiscal trouble. reality will have to meet with
fantasy. there are things voters are telling opinion researchers that they want and neither party seems prepared to give it to them. but now there is going to have to be goverance that involves what people really believe and what they really have to do. it's very easy to say yes, we ought to do this when you don't have the power to do it? right. >> now that you do, you better have the strength of your convictions and if you are going to pass legislation that the voters don't support, that's an interesting walk. >> ali velshi, i want your thoughts on this as well? >> it's what batina said, that the republicans have to prove in blue states and purple states that they can come to terms on the most important issues, which are jobs and the economy. let me go back to 2012 and remind you mitt romney made a statement back then, i can create 12 million jobs over four years. when be hours, stuff stephanie cutter of the obama administration came out and said the same promise.
i don't know how much sense it made at the time but, in fact, the number of jobs being created or that have been created since the last election in 2012 have been exactly what mitt romney said they would be and what president obama said they would be. we are creating those jobs. we have an unemployment rate below 60 percent. 5% is considered to be full employment. we are creating jobs f am you know judgment is decreasing. the stock market is up 41%. i am not quite sure what spring sell dust they will put on the economy. this was lost by an administration that has met all of the promises that it made in 2012 with respect to jobs and job creation and the market so i don't know what the issue is. i don't know what the obama administration didn't -- signal they didn't send out. let's talk about wages for a second. we talked about alaska where the minimum wage increase is leading.
5 out of 5 states tonight where a democratic proposal -- remember, republicans are ambivalent or against the concept of a minimum wage. many are on record saying there should be no minimum wage. let the market decide. these are democratics that won in four and five states where the democrats didn't win. there is a remarkable disconnect in the economy that is performing to certain standards so i am puzzled about this. this goes baaing to a conversation you and i have a lot, tony. >> that's that half of the economy doesn't actually feel thing. people don't feel t i am not sure how republicans solve that versus democrats soling this. this has been in the works since 1970. we have a broken system where a rising tied does not left all boats. this general alized suggestion that lower taxes and failure economics growth lifts all boats doesn't work. trickle down doesn't work in this economy. >> sure? >> ali is right and what the a lot of what he is saying has to do with the fact that this white
house did not message it very well and has not messaged it, has refused to or bumbeled the opportunity. >> yeah. >> one of the thins and we have discussed this, too, is that the white house was not called upon to message it that much in the election season. i don't see, you know, the wisdom in that in certain places but again, this night may have been inevitable to a certain extent. one silver line price that the democrats have is immigration wasn't on the ballot tonight. it did not take place in areas where that was a big issue. it's an issue that they have time to wrap their arms around and figure out their path because in 2016, immigration ballot. >> what are your thoughts about the next two years, the president's lecacy? do i mention that word? and 2016? >> i think obviously tonight was a rough night. being captain obvious right now for democrats. i think moving forward, i don't think this has really any real
impact on hillary clinton at a time presumptive nominee. i don't think it has an impact on her. the map changes. it becomes a more favorable map. things reset when you move from a mid-term on a presidential election. i will say this, though, on the point of the president. >> i am thomas from las vegas. i am going to vote this year
as we said a transfer of power and a wake-up call. stephanie sy. >> they needed a imagine 6. they got a magic 7. north carolina, the project winner, thom 'til is unseating kay hagan. in west virginia, the seat ve indicated by retiring democrat jay rockefeller went to shelly more capito who beat natalie tenant in that race. >> tom cotton unseating senator mark pryor in arkansas. >> south dakota, govern mike rounds, the projected winner winning another republican seat. in montana, the seat vacated by
max bauchu is, the u.s. ambassador to china, an easy win for republican steve danes against amanda curtis. in eyewa, the seat vacated by tom harkin goes to g.o.p. rising star synni ernst, the first congress woman that iowa sends to washington. in colorado, representative cori gardner, another rising star in the g.o.p. beating senator mark udall, the democratic incumbent. >> quite a night, stephanie. from across the country to around the world, our team has been covering the lead-up to this mid-term election. now, the results are in, let's put it into pour expectative starting with joie chen in ? >> think being all of this, wondering why the war on women did not win the war for women. >> that's late polls have been suggesting the republicans had been able to close the jnter gap
with women, that they weren't really having the trouble that they had in the 2010, 2012. democrats used this particular mid-term to hang on to this message that republicans were staging a war on women it that reproductive rights were hanging in the balance here and this is a message that had worked for democrats in the past. that. we will watch and see exactly what the number krifrnlingz say about what women did and why they went the way they did. republicans, democrats, they were both considered women, a vital vote in this mid-term race. we are going to find out what democrats are asking tonight: john? >> we don't know, joie. let's go to tony, carrying on some interesting conversations. things. i think for people who do what we do in this business, the next two years would be fascinating. one of the inc.'siest things we have been talking about in politics it so say what you are
against gunow we get to see what the g.o.p. are for what time pieces of legislation are they going to put forward some what tracks are they going to pur see here? are you going to pursue one track where you are trying to foinlt out the immune lodgequal. >> differences with the democrats? are you also at the same time going to pursue a separate tract where you are actually trying to put together a record of legislate-off accomplishments? i think that's in that's if anything to be something fascinate to go watch. what is the president's role? what is the president going to do? are we going to see him break out the vito pen? two vetoes so far. will we see him break out the veto pen? and what would that mean for his legacy? what will he fight for over the course of the next two years? i can't wait to see headlines and the analysis later this morning in the papers across the country as to who voted. i want to see the demographics. who voted. what groups really participated in this mid-term e election and cycle and how did they vote? what was the real message?
we were talking about the economy? is that what they voted on? i think the next couple of years will be fascinating for folks who do what we do in watching the country. >> a lot more to cover. ali, what struck me is the polsters got it wrong e semily. we didn't see this coming. >> no. we didn't. and, you know, tony's point about what will the president fight for now? here is what i hope happens. a lot of these problems we have talked about tonight are solvable. minimum wage is solvable. these economy issues are largely solvable. the problem that the sfwluns has that is intractable today is this growing gap between the rich and everybody else. and this is becoming a real challenge that we've got to figure out. it goes back to 1970 when we started to see people's wages separate. now, we see wealth separating. i really hope that that didn't come out in this election. this is what both parties need to concentrate on if this opportunity tree continues to be great economically.
>> a lot of democrats on the hill have been talking about the way the president gets along democrats. >> yeah. >> the question is whether this election has challenged him to change the way he deals. >> the last mid-term is over, it could happen. >> mid-term elections are usually about enthusiasm. that was certainly the case with this one that republicans hp it in droves. democrats could not get their base of fired up or entuesdayiastic, whether it was women or latin os. there is a cautionary tail in all of this for republicans. that is republicans were tighting on very familiar territory, mostly conservative states at least in terms of the battle for the senate. >> changes dramatically in 2016 when the territory becomes more favorable to the droots and when you combine that with the idea that democrats need to find some enthusiasm somewhere, look for a possible primary challenge to
hillary clinton in a democratic primary and watch out for the republican primary as well. 2016 will be here closer than you know it. >> thank you, david, schuster. join us 7:00 eat eastern time this morning for a special two-hour wrap-up of the vote and stay with us for a special edition of power politics at 11:00 eastern followed by a sheriff edition with antonio morrow, 11:30 a.m. eastern time. >> wraps up our special coverage of america votes 2014. for all of us here at "al jazeera america," thanks for watching. i am john seeingenthaler in new york. >>
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