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there's lots more live coverage here for you on cnn. anderson cooper is going to continue ourive coverage now withlection night in america, and then i'mng to see you you live here right after him, so don't go anywhere. see later. >> good evening, again. polls have just closed in california. the biggest night of polls and primaries before we get to november. of course facing a republican base that could be reawakening.
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in the case of california if you had a twist of how the primary itself is organized with the top two vote getters advancing. john king at the magic wall as always breaking down the numbers. and also joining us bakari sellers, mike shields, gloria bash, and david chalian. just explain, david, why these rima primaries are so important. >> the big story 2018 is control of the house of representatives in november. tonight is probably the most consequential night in the season for the democratic effort to position themselves in november to try and win 23 seats they need to win in order to become the majority party on the house of representatives. if you're a democratic strategist and you're looking at the map of the country, the first thing you're going to do is go to places that hillary clinton but where a republican
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is the current sitting member of congress. >> and there's a lot of that in california. >> exactly. there's 23 in the country, but 7 in california. so that is treasure-trove of potential pickup opportunity. that's why putting forth candidates that can actually convert the potential into real pickup opportunity is what democrats have a at stake. >> it's tricky in california because of the primarye're talking about. >> it is. you mentioned, anderson, this top two system. so treform that was put in place several years ago by governor schwarzenegger in california to try to see if you can elect more moderates. well, the system isn't exactly working that way. what is happening in this year because of all the anti-trump resistance energy we've insidehe dem party part of that enthusiasm is a slew of candidates running for office. we have a list of all the candidates running for the 39th congressional district in
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california. i count seven ds on that list, democratic candidates from that one district that could be a real pickup opportunity. if all the democrats flip the vote, then there's a chance two democrats end up being the top two defenders. >> there's also an important gubernatorial governors race in california. >> and that speak tuesday the bigger question of the republican party. ronald reagan's repubca party in california, which is almost extinct. as a republican from california said to me today, it's definitely an endangered species getting there. because you mentioned this system it is possible maybe even probable that certainly in the senate race, the race to defeat diane feinstein who's running for the sixth term, that she is going to go up against a fellow democrat, there won't be a republican in the general.
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and same goes for the governor's race, the race to replace jerry. you have two democrats who are very strong, gavin newsom and the former mayor of los angeles and then you have sort of the lone republican. the house majority leader kevin mccarthy put together an effort, the gas tax repeal on the ballot to lure republicans to the voting booths today. unclear if that's going to help. >> want to quickly run through all the races to watch. iresume there are no results in califor what on the map shou looking for tonight? obviously in california it could take weeks to actually get the final results. >> we're going to look really for trends. you're right, anderson, nothing so far. they could come in any minute. i'll caution you when we get the early results, that's been early vote counted during the day that will be released at the top of the hour. so you'll see some of this fill
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in pretty quickly, but today's election day will take longer to count. especially in these close house districts we could be at this for a few days, week be at this for more. so we're going to wait to watch how this plays out. the key question, can the democrats get primaries. there are three races where even the democrats can see privately they may not have capped dts in november that in races in january, february, march, right up to this month they thought they had a pretty good chance of winning. that doesn't mean they can't take the house back. we do have some other results. you can switch the map a bit here. the republican senate primary in montana. john is unopposed in the primary. he was so public and out spoken against dr. ronny jackson, the president's pick to be the new
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veteran affairs secretary. the president has made this a priority. this is a state the president won huge. this is state we know he doesn't like the democratic recumbent. republicans are picking a candidate tonight very close so far. a former state judge, 32%. the state auditor, 32%. the republican party, frankly, would be happy with any of these top three candidates, would be a good opponent against john tester. i think evenepublicans privately would concede right now. but because the president cares about it so much, because he won the state so big and because especially if democrats do have a good sentiment, good momentum in the house is going to be very important. we'll watch this one for the rest of the night tonight. and i want to pull back out and go to california to see if anything's coming in. this is the governor's race.
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could have two democrats in november. this is the senate race, and back to the house race now and we have nothing. wee not getting a live feed right now, we do have a republican incumbent congresswoman, she was one of the republicans who said she would not vote for donald trump. she's not going to have a runoff. keep your eye on the white house to see in the president gets involved with that one. >> a snafu involving voter rules in l.a. county. break it down for us. exactly what happened, and what does this mean? >> basedlically, there were something like 118,000 voters whose names did not appear on the roster today when they went to vote at the polls. and so that is potentially going to cause huge counting problems later on in the day for both the
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governor's race and also that very tight congressional race we've been talking about in the 39th district. basically people turned up, they couldn't find their name. some people were turned away, and they should have been given a provisional ballot. so there's potential huge legal headaches ahead. and some of candidates are already raising this as an issue, saying he wants to extend the voting period, for example. >> how does it end? are we talking about a possible recount? as you said if some people were turned away, they were supposed to be given a provisional ballot and allowed to cast a vote. >> right, we might see huge legal fights over this, anderson. basically whatever campaign made that case that would have to pro this happened to a lot of voters. this may be decided on the margins maybe something like 1,000 votes or less than that.
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we'll have to see how it plays out. >> gloria, just in terms of what you're looking for tonight. >> i'm just kind of looking for some iny in the state of the california. this is ground zero for resistance. and if democrats are shutout be enthusiastic voters, curb your enthusiasm comes to mind, this could be a real problem for democrats. those seven districts that hillary clinton won in are real targets for them. they've got some real opportunity there. and they've tried -- and you guys know about this -- they tried t off the ballot. i think the national democrats may have gotten involved in this a little bit too late, but it's dangerous when you try and tinker in primary races. but they find themselves with such enthusiasm, so many
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candidates want to run. but because this primary system runs they could end up hurting themselves with this and wind u with now democrats in the top two because they split the vote. >> mike shields, what are you looking at? >> and they have to spend money. the amount of money democrats have had to spend in califonia to try and fix this horrible problem equals everything the republicans spent in the special election. it was a problem for us. ande're sort of even spending on sort of problem races because the democrats are approaching $8 million from their super-pack and the dccc. and there's still no idea if any of that is going to work because of the enthusiasm. and something like 70% of the people in california vote early, so interesting how that plays in los angeles county when you have those provisional ballots. and california 49, there's actually a chance the republicans get frozen out
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there. the numbers so far in the early voting show in a of the di that republicans have turned out in heavier nu through the mail,hich is ua for us. the ultimate thing i would say about california is california is a country. it's not like a regular say. there's some of these districts where republicans are super, super motivated, and some where democrats are off the charts and those where for some reason they're not as motivated. they're spread out and different parts of the state really have different political influences. so add that to the complicated nature. >> cory, as a democrat, are you optimistic tonight? > there are two things. >> that was a yes or no question. >> i'm going to hedge my way through this. there are a lot of people who perceive that democrats get locked out of races and democrats screw the pooch who he have an opportunity to take back the house or do things in these elections.
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i look at it from a slightly different perspective. i don't see how we're spinning enthusiasm to be a bad thing. that's going to spill over into the suburbs in pennsylvania, play a role in north carolina, be in georgia, in a senate race in tennessee. yes, we may have a race or two we should pick ipcalifornia we do not, but republicans have an enthusiasm problem across the country. and for democrats, that's a very, very difficult needle to thread. so by staying out of it, for the most part, allowing this enthusiasm and chips to fall where they may -- to look at one county in particular if democratic enthusiasm is where we believe it to be, you have to look at orange county, california. in particular the asian pacific islander vote, making sure a coalition that looked a lot like
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barack obama's coalition in 2008 and 2012 is replicated in orange county. and you may have surprises in the orange county electorates. >> you're seeing within a larger state smaller little battles taking place, and what it's going to show is how the rest of 2018 is going to play out. i'm going to bet -- i rather democrats be enthusiastic than sitting on their hands. >> to that point and maybe you'll agree with me on this -- >> i doubt it. >> i worked with the nrcc and we started to get involved in primaries, and we quickly learned our lesson it is best
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not to do that because it dmpens the enthusiasm. you're stuck in this place because you're at the party and being told by everyone else control this primary, get the right personhrough. and yet when you try to do that, it hurts them. and the democrats have been all over this cycle down in texas, california, other states. some places they've been successful. other places they really hurt the candidate they were trying to hurt and it actually dampens the enthusiasm. >> but they did it successfully at least tonight in a place like new jersey, which is one of those states where they're hoping that they'll get a number of pickups that will to the larger 23 in order to take back the house. and they did put their thumb on the scale. got to get a break in. more on the alabama surprise next. later the shifting inclinations for the president's white house
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in just the last few minutes we've gotten some new california primary numbers coming in. >> we can show you the senate lot o this is pretty el. predictable. this is republican incumbent winning big in his district here. this is republican incumbent winning big in his disict here. this is the democratic incumbent here. this, though, is one of the races we're veryhatching. why is thi race more important than some of the other races, this is one of the seven republican held districts in southern california that hillary clinton held in 2016.
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this is one democrats are most targeting. what they need now is good democratic candidate. you see right now this is district where democrats do believe they will not get locked out. they do believe they'll have a democratic candidate. the incumbent 38%. right now a democrat in second place. there's a republican candidate in third, and look at these other candidate. a democratic at 10%, a democrat at 9%, 2.2 wrers, a democr.c. a 1.1%. the question to watch is jeff danham going to make the november election. will the democrats come in second and get a canned dd here? these are the seven republican districts carried by hillary clinton in 2016 that are on the ballot now. ed royce is not running for
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re-election. these otherublican incumbents are. the democrats think if we're going to pick up five or six seats in california these are the best targets. let me just pop out and see where else the results are coming in. right now they're either coming in democrat or republican districts we think are pretty solid on each side. don't bet on anything, but diane feinstein is running well ahead. right now there's a republican in second. everyone expects kevin de leonto be second. not much from san francisco. the other point, just take a quick look at the governor's race. republicans will be encouraged at these early numbers. gabben newsom a democratic running first, john cox running
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second. again, don't invest anything in the early numbers. look where the votes are coming in. central to eastern california, much more republican areas. we're still waiting for the votes here. but this jungle primary guarantees a long night and makes it interesting. >> the votes you're talking about are actually that have been written in, not actually people voting today. >> the first votes to come in are the mail ballots and then we'll actually get the count. it's pretty decent numbers pretty quickly. that's the early vote. but remember you can cast your vote up to today. if it's close in these house districts, a close call between second and third which will be a big fight in many of these races we might not know the answer tonight, tomorrow morning. we might not know the answer until early on. >> now to alabama.
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danationed thi at the top of the broadcast, martha roby you recalled criticized candidate trump and dropped her "access hollywood" tape. do you think there's some hammering in the white house tonight as these reports come in? because there's been talk about democrats possible impeachment if they take back the house. >> certainly it is something that the president is keenly paying attention to. what is happening with republicans who backed him, what's happening with republicans who walkedy from him and h might he determine his support for those candidates based on their support for him. it's a bit of a loyalty test. our colleagues and white house team have been reporting out today. so someone like martha roby who's been forced into a runoff clearly should not be
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anticipating the president's help anytime soon. she walked waway from him after that "access hollywood" tape. normally you would expect a president to go in and defend an incumbent and want to help to get them re-elected, but that's not the case. >> and it speaks to whatmer speaker john boehner said last week, which is the republican party, he thinks, it becoming the trump party. this is exhibit a of that, because martha roby lost -- excuse me -- was forced into a runoff tonight for one reason and one reason only. it is because she got on the wrong side of donald trump and his supporters, full stop. and the fact she is somebody who is a popular member of congress, a popular republican and not sort of the inside the belt way kind of thing but even among her constituents and yet there is so much blow back still fro the fact she unendorsed the
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president two years ago really is telling about where the base of the party is. and it's solidly in donald trump's hand. >> it is donald trump's republican party. and as our white house team was reporting today and david mentioned it, they're making a list over there about friends and foes. and the president is going to work to defeat john tester in montana because of what happened to dr. ronny jackson who was nominated, you know, and then had to withdraw to be the head of the va and a friend of donald trump's. ho support him. to support the this is who donald trump is. come hell or high-water and defeat the people who have hurt him. and i think she is feeling that right now, particularly in a state like alabama, of course. but that's what you're going to see from the president. >> we should just underscore what we're saying here. because we're saying that martha roby by going sort of against
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trump inside the republican party who's she forced in the runoff with, a democrat. who she previously beat. he was a former democrati cong bright, that's who she's forced into the runoff with. that's how much the undercurrent inside the republican party right now is on the trump energy. that's the life force inside the party. >> bakari, do you expect the democrats to run on impeachment in the ll? >> i thi they'll run on even larger theme, this is donald trump's party. when you have a president whose approval rating is around 40%, not a party that has core values. they're not supporting bobby bright because he has conservative values. there's no way he's conservative enough to represent that district at this point in time when just three weeks ago he was a democrat. so i think what democrats are feeling is, yes, we have
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enthusiasm, but the fact is we're putting donald trump on the ballot. people if they're honest with themselves know that 2018 is a referendum on donald trump. and no matter what your ideas are what we're goug going to be social security or the affordable care act, this is referendum on donald trump, and a petty party and one that doesn't have any core values. and democrats are going to seize on that. >> i think republicans are going to run on impeachment to be honest. because we already hear rudy giuliani talking about it and republicans talking about it -- >> i should disclose, by the way, i do work with the nrcc. first of all, i disagree with what bakari said earlier about enthusiasm. republicans are getting more energized. when ustart talking about impeachment they're to get
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even more energized. and bobby voted for nancy pelosi when he was democrat. and nancy pelosi and impeachment are two things that will energize the to show up. there are about 15 districts that were romney-clinton districts like these ones in california. but there were another 15 or so that were trump districts. if you look at pennsylvania that we lost that -- trump wasn't on the ballot and caused us a problem. there are some districts where you're going to want the president to come in there every single day and campaign for that person. and there are other places you're going to have to turn out regular republican. >> what does that mean? >> regular republican in the sense that there's two parts of the party. there are republicans that are going to back the president because they're republicans and
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key california races. let's go back to john king. john? >> anderson, how are you? ing for brian to come over here and help me with the camera. one of the races we're looking for here, this is the darrell issa district. he's not running for re-election. again, this is one of the seven districts hillary clinton carried in the 2016 presidential election, and so democrats are thinking maybe we have a shot here. the leading candidate is a republican. it looks lik we'll have a democratic challenger in this race. look at all the blue. there's a bunch of republicans,
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too, because it's open. but you have a lot of democrats candidates as well. at the moment in the issa districts, democrats fighting it out. at the moment there's a democrat in second place here, but this is one of the districts where republicans believe they may have two candidates. we'll count the votes again. this one may not be settled tonight, but the incumbent. that's why the vote is being split among all these candides. some hav stopped campaign, but they're still on the ballot. you see the vote split. this is one of the factors. but the incumbent running ahead, the question is will his opponent be a democra or another republican in november? we'll sort that one out.
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we'll move up the map here. again this is republican district. you move over here, republican district here. you pull this out a bit and we can move further up to the north here, a name everyone knows nationally, devin nunes running for election. they say nunes has becom so tied to the russia investigation, he's lost touch with his agriculture district. it is a race we'll watch b of the congressman's national prominence. he's running well ahead and it looks like he wi a democratic opponent and then a huge drop off here. so nunes is likely to have a traditional republican race. again, democrats put this on their dream list. i'd be very skeptical about that, anderson. we're watching the rest of the results c those arehe two big ones. interesting because they were clinton districts. nunes will be renominated have have an opponent. the republican incombpt on top. does he get a democrat, does he
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get a republican we'll be asking that question a lot through the rest of the night. e we seen it play out, the divisions within the republican party, between progressives and moderates? >> it's interesting. in different pockets we're seeing everything is in iowa. bernie sa the sanders the party. clinton dynamic in bakari can certainly speak to this. but the sanders juice inside the party that was part of the 2016 race doesn't seem to be translating just yet to of the people he's endorsed. and i was the biggestf th the guy who ran the sanders campaign in iowa, that basically drew hillary clinton to a tie in those caucuses if you remember he's not going to come through as a democratic nominee tonight, despite the fact that bernie sanders was on tv for him, raised a lot of money for him. so i think that divide in the party certainly exists. there's no doubt there's a tension between the grassroots energy and the establishment
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wing. we see it ow on the republican side, too. but i don't think that the party because of the trump factor, which is unifying factor for the democratic party, i don't think we're going to see the divisions sort of tear the party apart. this cycle maybe we'll say -- >> i'll speak to one impact he has hah. maybe some of his endorsed capped dts haven't gotten through. t one of it reasons is because the ones that did get through moved to the left. you have a singl payer health care plan in the state that was rejected, and you have candidates running tonight who said they would be for that plan in congress. there are parties across the country whereemocrats are moving hard to the left on issues like health care. we believe as republicans that benefits us when you get to the general election because they will be nominating people that are far to the left. >> and the democratic party believes that would benefit you, too, which is why they've been trying to steer the party
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towards more established candidates. >> that's not democrats problem this cycle. democrats problem this cycle has been the sure quality of candidates. it's not thentity candidates. i do think, though, that the divisions we begin this conversation about are fizzling away. there are people like myself who are engaged and in the trenches who simply don't want to relitigate the primary of 2016 anymore. in georgia, for example, just last week you had bernie sanders, nina turner, myself, commela harris come together. she literally has a credible chance to become the next governor of georgia. we can relitigate that later. there are judges setting that aside becauseve a unifying
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factor. >> those divisions are going to reemerge. >> can we get to one thing at a time here? >> the leadership of your party there are still some things playing out. elson is now -- >> do you know why? because attorney genepear to th presidency. deleoing on in your e a super party. so the idea this is smoothed over -- >> now you're in the weeds. in the first ten minutes of tonight we happen having a discussion that the fact that democrats were too enthusiastic. and now we're at the halfway point saying democrats are broken. a question of too enthusiastic, but a question of how that very real enthusiasm is playing into this very odd system in california. no one's arguing enthusiasm isn't helpful a place tonight in new mexico or new jesey or even. that's a given it's just in the state of california where we're focused tonight because of these jungle
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primaries it makes it very difficult. the other thing i want to say is remember the last time democrats swept, 2006, they did it for lots of reasons. there was the big anger about the war and so forth, but a big part of the they wereable t party found and made sure that the candidates fit the districts. and so it's harder to do with the enthusiasm you have right now. >> we've seen that in somethe e seen. >> but look at united -- >> canner lamb had no primary. >> that's what i'm saying. but democrats have been doing a great squlajob of that. they're running unopposed. so we're not out there nominating a tom akin or a christine a.
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continuing to keep our eye on primary numbers coming in
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from california and elsewhere. we'll check back in with john king shortly. but first a story from the inner section of politics and culture and football. the super bowl champions, philadelphia eagles were originally supposed to visit the white house today. last night the president pulled the plug. he first said it wasn't because the players wouldn't stand for the national anthem. that wasn't true the eagles last year. then press secretary sarah sanders accused team members who weren't attending disrespecting their fans and she also said it was a political stunt by the team that they informed the white house just before the event that only a few representatives from the team would be coming and then offered to reschedule when the president would be overseas. the best week tell there are only two significant facts. one a substantial amount of eagles did not want to meet with the president and second, h believes attacking the nfl is political tactic. >> we cannot have people
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disrespecting our national anthem, our flag, our country and that's what they're doing. and in my opinion the nfl has to change or you know what's going to happen, their business is going to go to hell. wouldn't you love to see one of these nfl owners when somebody disrespects or flag to say get that son of a bitch off the field right now? he's fired, he's fired. you have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. maybe youtie shouldn't be in th country. >> by the times the mid-terms, the nfl is going to bees in full swing. is this a winning issue for the president to be pushing? >> the numbers would say it is. if and if you look at the numbers for the nfl, it would tell you this is a cultural fight. and it kind of puts in andd posd to support the players for a
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reason that are understandable. that's where democrats are going to wind up. but the president is putting them cleverly in a place where they're not for the flag of the military. and by the time you get there you've really done damage to yourself because when you're explaining you're losing. the flag is what brings us together, go protest in a different way, why would you do it -- >> years ago it was the burning of the flag that was the issue. bakari, do you think this is danger for democrats? >> not at all. i mean if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything. i think sometimes in this country, and i i don't know we're talking about wins and losses especially here on election night, but there are things slightly larger than that. unfortunately the president is as petty as they come. he's the only president we've seen in recent history to dive into cultural warfter cultur an
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ploy. it's obvious he's dividing the country. >> you don't think other presidents have -- >> utilized cultural wars to this extent? no. these players are kneeling because of racial injustices, police brutality in the country. no one is disrespecting the flag or our military. and the fact there are voters out there who want to see it as such, we have to do a better job of educating -- >> they have a right to be offended, you're saying they have a right to be offended and they're saying it does offend me. there's a massive group of americans who watch this happening, and i actually think it hurts the cause of it players. because there's ways for them to talk about that would not also divide the country. when colin kaepernick decided to take a knee during the national
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anthem he knew it wo provive. >> a military issue actually advised him. >> i know. let me finish my point. he knew he was going to do something provocative. that's why he did it during the national anthem, because he wanted them to listen -- >> that's absurd. you don't want to offend people. let me finish. there are two things you need to understand and america i hope will understand. there are twofirst is that you oppressed people how they should protest is patently absurd. i'm going to finish my thought. not only is it a violation of our first amendment, but patently absurd. you and other people who would tell martin lucre king, jr. or john lewis you should not march or have a sit in --
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>> i'm not going to have you disparage what i believe about the civil rights movement. that's not true. >> saying is because youncomfortable, because colin kaepernick, eric reed, the philadelphia eagles make you uncomfortable that means it's a success. there are no more socially conscious league in the united states of america that the national basketball association. what has happened to their ratings? they've skyrocketed. what did the golden state warriors do last year? they didn't show up at the white house. they went to the national african-american history museum. they went to kevin durant's old high school and gave back. they could care less about the president of the united states. and their global stature hasinc. >> they protested in ways that weren't provocative and designed to offend people. here's my point. i personally agree with some of the things the players -- i wish they had done it in a different way that would be easier for
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me -- let me finish. here's the difference between going to a lunch counter and getting arrested. because you should have the right to go to a lunch counter in the first place. these players, none of us, we work for cnn. we couldn't just decide to walk out of here right now as a protest and not face consequences from our employer. so why would they be trying to do a brave act and then when they face the consequences of it, they're up in arms about it. >> they're not up in arms about it. >> the president is up in arms about it. >> they did not want to go. >> if the president was serious about this -- and let's just get the bs, he would have malcolm jenkins in the white house talking about criminal justice reform. real serious people in the white house talking about criminal justice reform. everything single thing he does is calculated chess move in a cultural war, a larger cultural
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war. and it may work but it's just dividing our country. 's nuestion he has >> there's no question. that's how he got where he got. that's how he got to the white house. but it's not the first time a president has engaged in culture wars. i covered and fwe george bush around in 2004 when he was running for re-election. and his campaign made sure that there were anti-gay marriage ref ren da on the ballot across the country. and it helped them. onka the flip side as well. it's not the first time. you guys are having a very important policy discussion, but this is raw politics. this is play contestant absolute raw politics. >> i think with trump, though, personal. it is personal he didn't -- it is raw politics, i agree with you 100%, but it's
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also personal for him. it was about him. he wasn't going to have the photo op that he want sod he canceled this. you can't take trump out of anything that trump does and say it's also not about him personally. >> got to get another quick break in. when we continue, the very latest from the california primary races.
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california coming up an hour after pole closing. -- poll closing. >> let's see the map fill in. we don't have a lot of today votes. it's mostly early votes. some we're keeping an eye on, some because they're competitive, some because they have interesting personalities. a solid republican seat, he's under investigation for corruption allegations. a lot of questio he survive? he's certainly surviving his primary tonight. we'll see how that one goes forward. >> let's move up the coast. darrel iss a's district. he's a national name. a thorn in the obama administration's side. it's an open race. number two, hillary clinton carried this republican-held di. so it's of the democrats' top targets. it looks like it's only 4% of the vote. right now, a republican in first place and a bunch of democrats competing for the second spot. that number hasn't changed in a while. up the coast, dana roherbacher,
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democrats think they have a chance. right now, you have a democrat in second place, a republican close behind. republicans think this is possibly one of the race where is the democrats get locked out. we're only at 16%. wewaiting for the votes there as we watch this play out. another one i mentioned, devin nunes, democrats dream because of his prominence in the russia investigation of knocking off the chairman of the intelligence committee. this is a pretty solid republican district. one last quick point. this is whoo it matters. these are the seven districts clinton carried, now represented licans. democrats think they can have. here's the problem. they're worried that in three of the seven, because of this general primary, it's possible -- we're going to count the votes, could say take severals. but democrats are worried in three districts they could win
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in november if they have a strong candidate, they might not have a candidate because this jungle primary. >> unusual primary in california. thanks very much. be right back.
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anderson, this is "cnn tonight." i'm don lemon. just about midnight here on the east coast. we're live with all the information here for you on this breaking news on election eve. on the election night, i should say. it's election night in america, the biggest primary night of the year so far. vote counted right now from coast to coast. and what we learn tonight could tell us a lot about whether there will be a blue wave in the midterms come november. so eight states voting. california is really make or break. take a look at your screen right there. democrats are going to have a shot at taking back at the house, it could all come down to really the golden state here. so tonight's vote really, really matters nationwide. we6 a lot to get to in the coming hours on cnn.
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i'm going to straight to mr. john king at the magic wall for us this morning in just a couple of seconds. eight states with primary races including a state that leaks to be a thorn in trump's side really. i'm talking about california. what do you know? >> no question about it. it's such a blue state, don. and presidential politics, blue state, blue governor, blue state with house delegation, you would think if there's a blue wave california is going to send a big message to president trump. we're watching these house primaries. watching 53 house districts. 39 held by democrats. the others held by republicans. really eight or ten matter most to us tonight. one of the big question is the jungle primary. california ruleop two fis, doesn't matter party. two republicans finish first and second, they're on the ballot in two democrats, same thing. so democrats, the big worry is in some of the districts they think they should be competitive in november they'reorried tonight because so many democrats are running they

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