tv At This Hour With Kate Bolduan CNN November 6, 2018 8:00am-9:00am PST
hello, everyone. i'm kate bolduan. america, you are on the clock. after months of hype, rhetoric, robocalls, door knocks and everything in between, midterm election day is finally here. polls are now open in 49 states. alaska opening just moments ago. next hour, hawaii becomes the final state to start voting. and the stakes could not be higher. 36 governors races are up for grabs. 35 senate seats, and all 435 house seats are on the ballot. more than 33 million americans have already cast early votes. and all of this comes with a huge price tag. the center for responsive politics said this midterm will be the most expensive in history, projecting more than $5 billion will have been spent before it's all over. so, is this all a referendum on president trump, and if it is, what will americans say today? put your crystal ball away. it's time for the actual votes.
cnn reporters are on the ground for us, tracking all the biggest races in the country. let's start in florida. home to two of the most contentious races. rosa flores is in hialeah, florida. what are you seeing on the ground there? >> kate, good morning. slow and steady. that's what we're seeing here in hialeah, florida. take a look over my shoulder. you can see some of these lines are slow but steady here in florida. now, there are multiple florida races that are being watched across the country. one of those, of course, the governors race between ron desantis and andrew gillum. our cameras were rolling when ron desantis voted this morning in st. john's county. they were also rolling when andrew gillum went to vote this morning in tallahassee. and then he made these remarks. take a listen. >> us winning tonight, i think, will send a message to mr. trump and mr. desantis as well that the politics of hatred and of division, of separation, that
they have come to an end. at least in this election that's what we're going to show. people are going out and voting for something and not against. and by voting for something, we're returning the politics of decency and what's right and what's common between all of us. we'll worry about history later, but today, we're working to win. >> now, the governors race is locked in a dead heat. and if early voting numbers are any indication of what this race is going to be like, it will be nail biting. take a look at these updated numbers from the florida secretary of state. more than 5 million people have already voted, and if you break down those numbers from party, here's the breakdown. the republicans that are registered that have already voted, 40.1%. democrats, 40.5%. the rest, 19.4%, are no party
affiliation or other. so kate, when you look at those razor thin margins, that's why florida is either famous or infamous for these razor thin margins, and that's how people win these elections. let's not forget in 2016, trump took florida by about 1%. kate. >> and also worth noting, of course, this is also the day when candidates get to bring out the most important people in their lives, their absolutely adorable children. andrew gillum's child there, and also ron desantis walking in. we saw a video of that. perfect. a little highlight on this day. thanks so much. >> democrats begin this election day with high hopes. they need to gain a net gain of 23 seats to take control of the house. and the prime battlegrounds to gain those seats, the suburbs. cnn's senior political analyst mark preston has been watching this all campaign long and is going to break it down for us. 435 seats all up for grabs. what are you seeing? >> as you said, for democrats, the focus right now for them is on the house of representatives.
we currently stand at 193 democrats in the house of representatives. you need 218. let's put a little odds making into this. this is where we're going to start the night based on our projections and forecasting upon incumbency and open seats and what have you in polling. this is where democrats stand. they're only 11 seats away based upon these numbers right now. that in itself is very good for democrats heading into tomorrow, kate. as we talk specifically about this, we have to talk about specific races. when we do so, let's look at two very different races that are very much in common. let's head down to new jersey right now. we have tom mccarthy, an incumbent. he represents an area in new jersey that is considered the most conservative part of the state, yet he's in danger of losing. why? because he supported the federal tax bill that actually can hurt a lot of folks in new jersey based upon their income. that's one, and also, he voted to repeal obamacare, a very big issue in that race. at the same time, look where he
rests, over in here, the philadelphia suburbs, major metro suburbs. even though he's in jersey, philadelphia right to the west. let's head down to the south. when we head down south to a state where you don't see a whole lot of yellow, look in the state of texas, a little bit. let's go down here, down into houston, and when we get down into houston, look at this race right down here. that's the crenshaw race. let's go next to it, lizzy fletcher, she's a democrat challenging the nine-term incumbent john culberson. very nasty race. the argument on this one right now, kate, is over health care and if lizzy fletcher is able to win, if she's able to beat culberson, that's going to help them. when i say them, the democrats, take back the majority, but it really does come down to all of this. it really comes down to the subers. when we talk about the suburbs, look at this last graphic here. when you look at the gender gap in our latest poll right now between women and men, democrats
and republicans, look at this right here. that is the suburban vote that we have been talking about so much. 62% of women say they're going to vote for democrats. only 35% of republicans women say they're going to vote for republicans. that's scary if you're a republican today. >> great to see you, mark, thank you. >> let's go to one of those suburban battlegrounds mark is talking about, northern virginia. barbara comstock is fighting to hold on to her seat. political watchers on both sides of the aisle say she's in real danger, facing democrat jennifer wexton at this point. cnn's brian todd is at a polling station in sterling, virginia. brian, what are you seeing there? >> well, kate, you guys talked about people bringing their families to the voting places in florida and elsewhere. people bringing their families here to this voting place. this is 2 1/2-year-old keegan coming here with her grandmother and her mom to vote. look how cute she is. a gentleman back here bringing his 10-month-old son max. max is in the yellow hoodie behind the voting station there with his dad voting.
a lot of people bringing family members, kids, elderly members of their family. a lot of handicaps people have come in here. they're making it easy to vote in this precinct. you mentioned the hot race here in this battleground. this is the virginia tenth district. northern virginia with a very affluent suburban base. the suburban battleground that really is going to be key for democrats if they're going to take back the house of representatives. jennifer wexton is the real challenger, challenging republican incumbent barbara comstock. republicans have held the seat in this district for almost 40 years. wexton is mounting a very serious challenge to comstock here. a very close race. just yesterday, president obama stopped in this district to stump for both jennifer wexton and for incumbent democratic senator tim kaine. so again, a very hot and heavy battle ground here in northern virginia and the turnout is absolutely popping. we just got an influx of new voters coming in here to check in and vote over here.
but we just talked to an official, an election official here in louden county. he said they had roughly 50,000 voters just cast ballots just this morning, as of 10:00 a.m. eastern time. he says that's way up from the midterms of 2014. so you get an idea, these battlegrounds are absolutely crucial, especially in these house races. kate. >> great to see you. thank you so much. joining me to talk about the races to watch, political analyst rachel bay. forming adviser to four presidents, political analyst david gergen, and ron brownstein. great to see you guys. so, races to watch. the races to watch, we could do this for the entire hour. but narrowing in, if we go off comstock is one thing. >> exactly. >> there's another race everyone is watching in virginia which is virginia seventh, the congressional district. dave brat facing a big challenge from his democratic challenger,
abigail span brger. why is everyone watching this one? >> we know the epicenter of republican vulnerability are the white-collar suburbs outside of the south. brat will measure how far the blast radius extends. comstock is one thing. democrats have to win that race. they expect to win that race. and it will be a big surprise if they don't. brat is something else. brat, like brian fitzpatrick in philadelphia, are republicans who are in a stronger position but are subject to the same current that we are seeing. and that current is the pullback from, and it's ordinarily republican leaning suburbs, among college educated voters who are thriving. they're the most likely to have a 401(k) going up, yet they're making a judgment about the president, on his values, his behavior, the way he talks about race, the way he talks about women. and they are essentially taking that out on republicans. if brat goes, i think there will be a lot of nervous republicans as we move west through the night. >> it's also a fascinating turn
of events, for someone who beat the republican leader, eric cantor, four years ago. >> yeah, just four years ago. totally shocked washington when out of nowhere this tea party candidates takes out the majority leader. this is a district that has been a republican hands for more than a century, i think the last time they elected a democrat was in the '60s, the early '60s. this shouldn't even be on the map, and it's interesting. i have been following this race closely. brat has been talking out of both sides of his mouth here. he has campaign ads in the district touting bipartisan bills that he has sponsored, which is so bizarre for me because when i talk to him in the hallway, he's always talking about red meat issues. freedom caucus member, super conservative. ads about saving puppies. things both sides of the aisle love. but then you listen to things he says in private fund-raisers which i have heard recordings of, and he's praising the president. talking about how he goes on fox news and mimics jim jordan, who is one of the president's number one defenders. and goes out against the mueller
investigation. tries to undercut that all the time. so i mean, it's just a really interesting race to watch. if abigail can pull this off, you're right, democrats are probably going to experience a big wave tonight. >> david, do you think there is at all -- i want to know what races you're watching in the house right now, but do you think there's by chance too much focus on the suburbs? >> yes. there's a danger here. look, one of the things i love about election day is the control of the narrative moved from commentary and is now in the laps of the gods, the vot voters. and we have to shut up for a while. >> we won't shut up, but -- >> we have to step back. let the spotlight fall. i think at this point, there's so many conflicting signals. i think democrats have reason for cautious optimism. i don't think it ought to go beyond that, but there are some contradictory signs that are giving republicans. >> it's a tale of two americas. one thing that's really striking is if you look at the 2010 and
2014 midterms, democrats ran about seven points better with college-educated whites than non-college whites who have become the base of the republican party. in 2016, democrats ran about 13 points better. in the cnn poll, democrats, all of these polls, running 20 points better among college whites than non-college whites. an unprecedented gap. what that means is you have a lot of vulnerability for republicans in the suburbs. much less for republicans in blue-collar districts further away from the met rocenters, and democrats are trying to built the majority on half of the playing field. they can do that, but there may be idiyiosyncratic measures. it's the epicenter of vulnerability. kentucky six is indock tf of a number of districts that republicans drew in redistricting that combine suburban areas with more rural areas. you see that in seattle and
washington eight, in north carolina with the charlotte seat, north carolina nine, where you have suburban areas moving very much away from the republicans and rural areas where trump is still very strong along the lines we just discussed, and this will be a big test of which of them are more enthused. conor lamb's victory in pennsylvania was exactly that kind of district as well. >> go ahead. >> i was going to say a couple things. first of all, i want to spotlight another group. i think there are two groups really interesting in this election. if the democrats win, this is going to be by far and away a huge breakthrough for women. we had the number of women running that set records. number of women who are donating, the women of -- >> democrats could take back the house with just women winning seats. >> and the number of women in the house itself may go well over 100 by the end of the night, which would be a real breakthrough. but the other group i want to mention, i have been very engaged in the cycle, in trying to help veterans, young veterans get elected.
>> republic and democrat. >> i'm involved with a super pac that is called with honor. and we have about 40 young veterans who have been endorsed and supported one way or another on both sides of the aisle, and there are three of them i would like to mention briefly. all of whom are underdogs who have now worked their way into tight races. in southern minnesota, dan theen, a former student of mine. and we're close friends, and he's doing really well there. amy mcgrath in kentucky, who captured the nation's imagination, and north carolina, dan mccready, first class candidate in a tough, tough district. but what we're trying to do is build what i think the country needs is a more of a center again. and these veterans are going to form a group who will work across the aisle with each other. they're pledging to do that. >> seeing veterans serve, toib to serve in this way is one of the most important things we can see. rachel, talk to me about the senate. when i talk to everybody before
the show, missouri is the place everyone is keeping an eye on. why missouri? does it all come down to claire mccaskill here? >> yeah, claire mccaskill is a fighter. i remember one of my colleagues was out following her on the campaign trail. she had this big rv and she was driving around the state. at one point, they were talking. there was a bug on her shoulder. she flicked it off, found it kroosdz the room, stomped on it. my colleague said, this is claire mccaskill. very much so. >> not entirely sure what that shows, but continue. >> she's a fighter. so this is a state that president donald trump won by 20 points, and she's a top target for the republicans. but again, her opponent, josh hawley, he has been party to this lawsuit where a lot of state attorney generals are trying to get rid of obamacare. this has been a big problem for him because it allowed mccaskill to say you're trying to get rid of protections for pre-existing conditions. a top talking point for democrats in the senate and house, but we have to see
because hawley is saying claire mccaskill is a progressive. she retorted by saying i'm not a crazy democrat. there were some democrats in her state that were not happy about that, but we'll have to see if they give her the leeway to distance herself from them to win. >> real quick, what do you think is more important to kind of the direction the country is headed? is it the indiana senate race or arizona senate race? >> they're equally reflective. indiana shows like missouri, like north dakota, lie many rural districts how trump is strengthening the gop in places that are heavy white, heavy blue collar, big rural populations. religiously traditional. and those benefits have been clear in 2016. i mean, that's what was on the ledger. in 2018, the costs of the trade that trump is imposing on the party are going to be more apparent. in the house, the potential for a suburban annihilation, really, for republicans from coast to coast. in the senate, it means trading
those blue-collar interior states, potentially, for losses in the fast-growing diverse sunbelt states where democrats are probably favored to win nevada, toss-up in arizona, and texas may be on the pathway if they don't get there tonight. and that is, as i said, the costs of the trade, the benefits have been there for trump, but the costs of it, i think, and the question i have tomorrow morning if in fact they lose these suburban places not only in the obvious places but in atlanta and dallas and houston, is there anyone in the republican party who gets up and says maybe the cost of this is too high? >> no. >> no. >> i'm already talking to house republican members who are saying okay, if our losses are greater than 30, if they're 40, if they're 50, are we going to call for new leadership? they're talking about their own leadership. they're not talking about the president. there's republicans who are going to say the reason we didn't keep the house is because we didn't hug the president enough. >> that is exactly -- that is exactly what i feel like we're going to hear from folks. thanks. really appreciate it. coming up for us, voters in
georgia hitting the polls as stacey abrams fights to become the nation's first female african-american governor, and as both sides accuse each other of dirty tricks. we're live in atlanta. plus, the most expensive senate race ever. can ted cruz keep his seat in texas or will the democrat beto o'rourke surprise anyone? stay with us.
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of the elections. it's one of the most contentious and has become one of the most dramatic elections dominated by abuse of power and allegations of hacking. nick valencia is joining me from atlanta with a look at this. what are you seeing on the ground today? >> we're seeing an incredible amount of enthusiasm from the voters. when we got here, just after 8:00 a.m., the line stretched around the corner. then the rain settled in. it poured on us for a good ten minutes and fizzled out the line, cutting the line in half. now it seems that voters, perhaps because it's lunch time or maybe some of the voters who left early are starting to come back. about an hour wait at this mourningside location. it was earlier i talked to the polling manager inside. she said she worked here for 20 years and has never seen this kind of turnout, not even in presidential elections. perhaps some of that is attributed to first-time voters. i spoke to one earlier, and she says she's not alone. >> i have never voted before. this is my first time. and i just felt like it was my
year to come out and vote and do my duty. i'm 24 years old. and i feel like a lot of my friends also have not really r partaken voting, but this year, it's been different. kind of actually been talking about it, texting about it, and making sure that we're registered and kind of keeping each other accountable. >> the governor's race here is being closely watched. and it is a very contentious one here. the key for both stacey abrams, the democrat, and brian kemp, the republican in the gubernatorial race, is turnout as well as the trump effect. we saw brian kemp very recently in macon rally with the president. we have also seen stacey abrams attach herself to some national political leaders like former president barack obama as well as celebrities out canvassing for her door to door. people like michael b. jordan as well as will ferrell. for her, the key is women votes. she's leading in the polls with women overall, but she's lagging behind in white women voters. that is being led in the polls
right now by brian kemp. and for kemp, i think one of the keys as well is going to be winning some of these metro atlanta suburbs that president trump lost and hillary clinton won. suburbs that were historically and have been historically conservative, but at least for this election, could be up for grabs. >> thank you so much, nick. great to see you and great to hear from voters. >> abrams is far from the only candidate who could make history today. in just the governors races alone, we could see the nation's first openly gay man be elected, the first transgender governor, the first native american governor, and five states could elect a woman governor for the first time in history. ron brownstein is with me, mike shields is also working with the campaign arm for the house republicans this cycle. the nrcc, and former national press secretary for bernie sanders, symone sanders. mike, looking at the governors races. republicans control two thirds of the governors mansions in the united states. 36 are up.
beyond washington, how this shakes out in terms of governorships. what will that tell us about the direction of the country? >> well, the same -- it will be part of the whole election narrative. and this is an election where republicans came in, they had two big challenges. they had to turn out their base and they have a challenge with independent voters, particularly women. i think the base part of that challenge has been met. remains to be seen how we do with independents and with women voters, especially educated women in the suburbs, but the high turnout, high early vote turnout, high vote turnout today is both parties. one of those critical things republicans had to do is turn out their base, and it appears from everything we're seeing that has happened. >> can i ask you a question? isn't it possible with the way donald trump chose to solve the first problem of increasing base turnout exacerbated the second problem? >> it could have, but that problem had already existed -- democrats were already super motivated. we saw that in the special elections. georgia is a great example.
kar karen handel's race, the state-wide race is similar to the election, which is if independents are breaking against you and every democrat alive shows up to vote, then you have to get more republicans that are there. are they interested enough to show up? there are more republicans in the state of georgia. if they show up and vote, we're going to win. so that motivation really matters to counteract a lot of things we're talking abouter. >> many of the governorships up this cycle are important in 2020. that can't go without being said, right if you have ohio, wisconsin, florida. >> pennsylvania, florida. >> all of them. >> michigan. >> what could today mean then beyond the -- you know, tomorrow, when we start -- because let's be honest, what happens tomorrow, it's the beginning of the presidential election. what does it mean for 2020? >> look, i think we have to look at who turned out to vote and what these coalitions look like. particularly, when you look at wisconsin or michigan, and even
georgia and florida, it's really important to see, there will be a lot of new and unlikely voters. folks that usually do not vote in a midterm election year. those are people that i think democrats and republicans, but mainly, i think democrats who have done a lot of work turning out the new and unlikely voters will be focused on going into 2019 for primaries and again in 2020. i was just in wisconsin two weekends ago, i have been everywhere, but i was in racine county with randy bryce and the lieutenant governor candidate and tony evers. the energy is crazy. they're running very pointed, paid canvassing operations. they're turning folks out. that's what it's going to take to win these governors races. >> getting to kind of the closing argument bit. if you just look at how the president's closing argument last night, i mean, broad strokes about what he talked about last night. be afraid of voter fraud. be concerned about invasion of immigrants, and be concerned about left-wing socialists. there have been -- we know there
was a lot of internal debate about what the message should be. phone calls from paul ryan to donald trump asking him to cut it out. if donald trump's message wins out, as we're discussing, if that message wins out and we see a red wall, what does that mean for the next -- what does that mean for the next two years? >> we're in a polarized country. that's the politics we're in. both countries now speak to their bases. barack obama spent a lot of time speaking more to his base in the 2012 re-election than independent voters. that's where we are. one thing i have to caveat is both parties use fear. democrats are trying to scare women voters on pre-existing condition coverage saying republicans are going to take that away from you. >> they voted to do so. >> they did vote to allow insurers to charge -- >> every one of these competitive candidates say they're not going to vote for it. >> they voted for it. they did vote for it. >> here's my point. >> they all voted to repeal the protections in the aca. >> this is why i'm bringing it
up, because there's a narrative republicans are using fear. democrats use fear. democrats every cycle say they're going to cut medicare. >> he held a ceremony in the rose garden celebrating them voting to do precisely that. your client voted to do that. marthae mcsally who now siz she never met the marthae mcsally who voted to do that. in court, the administration is now with republican attorneys general, in court arguing the aca provisions protecting pre-existing conditions should be declared invalid. for him to say some day he would sign a deal to protect it -- >> that's fine. democrats are playing on their fear. that's what republicans did. republicans are talking about border security, and democrats are vulnerable because they want to abolish i.c.e. and they want an open border policy. it's okay to talk about fear when there's a policy. >> you think the way the democrats talk about
pre-existing conditions and the way the president talks about race are comparable? >> yes, i think they're both fear. democrats try to scare seniors on medicare every election cycle. that's a fear motivation. >> the fact of the matter is they're not trying to scare folks. people are scared. paul ryan and republicans in house and senate have said that we are going to have to raid medicare and social security to pay for your tax cuts. they have voted on these things. i sat with mothers in pennsylvania three weeks ago who have children who have complicated medical conditions, whom if they were to lose coverage for pre-existing conditions, their kids would literally die. >> that's a fear message. >> this is real life for these women, for mothers across the country. fear that the president and republicans have played on is manufactured fear. it's scare tactics. it's demonizing brown people, saying they're coming to the border and are going to invade our country and take your jobs. that's not true. it is true republicans have voted to take away pre-existing conditions and will do it again.
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now, to the battle in texas. a showdown that's garnered national attention throughout the campaign. beto o'rourke trying to unseat republican senator ted cruz in what has become the most expensive senate race in u.s. history. athena jones in south lake, texas, for us. what are you seeing there now? >> hi, kate. there's a lot of enthusiasm here in tarrant county. this is the third most populous county in the state of texas, and it's the last large urban county to be a red county, to vote republican. there is -- this is a bellwether county, that's why we're here. this county, president trump won it by nine points. that's exactly the margin that he won the state of texas by. and we have heard from folks, from beto o'rourke, who hopes to replace senator ted cruz, they're going to be watching closely to see what happens in this county. o'rourke has said as tarrant
goes, so goes texas. we have to win tarrant county to win texas. our cameras caught up with o'rourke outside a polling station in el paso this morning. >> texas is not going to be defined by our fears. we're going to be governed by our ambitions. we're going to be fiercely focused on the future, and we're going to do this together. we just do not care about the differences between us right now. we want all of us republicans and democrats, independents alike to come together and do something great for this country. and that's what i have heard from the people of texas over the last 22 months. that's what folks are voting for today. i think that's what it's going to represent. >> and beto o'rourke is going to need high enthusiasm on his side. we have seen the early voting numbers here in this county. the early voting ballots topped 465,000. that's far more than in past midterms. it's even more than the early vote totals in 2012, according
to the election administrator here. early voting in texas, 4.8 -- more than 4.8 million. a lot of enthusiasm. the question is on which side. we talked to voters on both sides. supporters of ted cruz who support him because he's going to support president trump. they believe president trump is sending this country in the right direction. they want border control, the selection of conservative judges. people supporting o'rourke are concerned about the heated rhetoric in the country. they want a unifier and that's what they see in o'rourke. we'll see how it turns out. >> good to see them all there. thank you so much. really appreciate it. >> coming up for us, republican governor scott walker in a tight race to keep his seat in wisconsin. he's not the only republican on the ropes right now in the midwest. details ahead. dependability as midsize car-the chevy malibu. i forgot. chevy also won a j.d. power dependability award for its light-duty truck the chevy silverado.
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wisconsin is 1 of 36 states choosing governors today. republican governor scott walker is running for a third term, facing his toughest challenge yet. he's in a dead heat with the head of the wisconsin state's public schools, democrat tony evers. let's go to the ground there. cnn national correspondent ryan young is on the ground for us there, and has some people with him. what are you hearing? >> one of those days where it's been raining and cold. people have been lining up since early this morning to vote. i grabbed these two voters to ask them their opinions. what motivated you about wanting to be here to vote today? >> it's just important.
we have a close race with our governor. so it's important for us to get our vote in. >> how do you think scott walker is doing? >> i think he'll do fine. you know, we got low unemployment, taxes are going down. i don't want to go back to the old days, so that's why we're out here today. basically. but there's a senators race going on, too, so we had to put our votes in for that. >> fantastic. so you heard that from them. they basically believe things are going well in the state. we also heard frame people concerned about wages and health care. a lot of issues but what we have also seen is a motivated public, filing in there and voting. >> thank you very much. joining me now, the former democratic mayor of maryland and former presidential candidate martin o'malley. thank you for coming in. we were talking about it in the break. you have been all over the place campaigning, speaking out, campaigning with democratic candidates. it's not just wisconsin. you have governors throughout --
you have governors in races throughout the midwest that are getting a lot of attention. and it makes me wonder, you know, trump made big inroads in the midwest in 2016. how important is the midwest in terms of what happens for democrats in 2018 and beyond? >> it's critically important. it's also critically important to the sort of congress we have. because i think you're on to one of the big stories potentially of this night. that is the potential sweep from pennsylvania through ohio and all across the great lakes of democratic governors being elected in states that have had their congressional delegations gerrymandered in a kind of lopsided republican way. you look at the exciting race in ohio. with cordry, you look at wisconsin, of course, and michigan. minnesota. fred hubble in iowa, and even billy sutton in south dakota is making it close, even beyond that swath. you could see a whole swath of
blue across the great lakes from pennsylvania to south dakota. >> let's talk about there are some big name progressive candidates that have been getting a lot of attention as well. you have florida governor, the governor's race. >> i was there the other day. >> you also have the senate race in texas. if progressives do not win in some of these big and critical seats, is it time for the party to move away? is it a message the party needs to move away from the progressive wing going forward? >> no, i don't think so. look, i think what's really happening out there is a new generation of leadership, somewhat suppressed over the last few years, is actually coming in to their own. so many of the attitudes that progressive attitudes, the messages have been greater inclusion socially, economically, politically. you see it in, you know, wanting people to vote rather than trying to suppress the vote. you see it in the economic policies. these are attitudes that are endorsed by young americans. whether they're democrats, republicans, or independents.
i think this is a movement forward in the democratic party and for the country. >> if today, if this election, these elections are a referendum on president trump, what does -- what does success look like for you come tomorrow? you have been out in -- you have been out in these races, out with these democratic candidates. what does a rejection of president trump look like in the results to you? >> i think it's an affirmative vote for those messages that you have heard on your show today, of decency, dignity, solidarity, that we're are all in this together. and what does victory mean? >> i think it means regaining democratic leadership of the house of representatives. i think it means regaining a majority of democratic governors across the country. particularly in those great lake states and other states like florida, georgia, places with lots of democratic voters. and it also means one other thing, and that is flipping a number of state houses across the country. iowa, new hampshire, minnesota, colorado, new york. there are many states that are
on the verge of turning their state senate or their state house blue. and that is also critically important for the sort of governing coalition that these governors will have and also for the redistricting that follows in just two years. that's how i see it. house of representatives, democratic knvers and also a number of state house chambers. >> notably missing is taking over the majority of the senate. >> that would be awesome. >> less likely. >> that would be awesome. >> great to see you, mayor and governor. thank you. i appreciate it. coming up, after an aggressive campaign push, president trump is planning to stay out of public view today. so what's he up to behind the scenes? that's next.
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one of the people most talked about this election is nowhere to be seen. president trump staying away from the cameras as voters head to the polls today. what is he doing instead? sarah, what's the president up to? >> the president is staying out of the public eye as voters cast their ballots. sarah sanders said he will be making calls and keeping tabs on the races unfolding and we are told at some point he will likely be stopping by the war room his political team set up where they are also keeping tabs on all the races. he and first lady melania trump have chosen to watch the returns in the residence to see if the divicive immigration rhetoric he unleashed at the mid-terms motivated voters to get to the polls as they argued had would.
they told sinclair scott thurman is he said one of the things he regrets is divicive rhetoric and perhaps he would like to change it. that's something the president has a chance to see how effective it was, later tonight. >> let us see if there was a change in the rhetoric after tonight and if we will see the president come before cameras at all. thank you so much. in case you couldn't notice, it is election day. the first polls close in six hours. taking a look at live voting in cleveland. more of our special election coverage straight ahead. when you book at hilton.com,
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