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"nightline," count down to vote continues. >> good evening and thanks for joining us. tonight we're just hours away from the 2018 midterm elections, already shattering records for early voting. i'll in tennessee solid trump country where key senate contest hang on young voters some are calling the taylor effect. here's more with byron. >> thank you i'm here at the abc news headquarters where all results will come in on election night. every square inch of this studio built to capture the excitement of what could be historic night. all house seats are up for grabs and democrats need 23 to take control for the first time in eight years. in the senate a much different story. democrats are on defense. they need to gain two seats but could lose more across the country. this election has potential for
massive voter turn out. >> more than 36 million voters have already cast early ballots on this election eve a country divided each side fighting for its vision of the future. razor thin margins in many key races. president with daughter ivanka. >> democrats are inviting caravan after caravan, isn't that night, of illegal aliens to flood into our country and overwhelm your communities. >> donald trump is not on the ballot but in fact is on the ballot. >> he has decided to bet his entire midterm election on this sense that americans want to fight about identity right now. >> former president obama pointing to what he says is at stake. >> the character of this country is on the ballot. who we are is on the ballot. >> for months abc news has crisscrossed the country, many americans saying the issues that
matter most, in tennessee, immigration resonates, even here more than a thousand miles from he border. energizing. >> if we went across the border in mexico i would do two years in prison and my kids wouldn't be with me. they come here and get asylum and attorneys, it's costing us a fortune. >> the senate races notably blasted by mega star taylor smith, saying this on instagram. . >> swift's post caused a spike in voter registration but did not work on marcus jones. >> they're so out of touch with their security and million dollar mansions, the people love trump and believe what he's trying to do. >> in texas a state with historically low early voter
turn out early votes surpassing total votes of 2014 favoring congressman o o'rourke who was visited 254 counties in his bid for the senate. >> all that matters now is we are together. >> is making unity a key selling point. >> but paula spoke with this crowd. >> raise your hand if you voted early. >> all of, pretty much all of you voted early. >> you know, you look at the texas economy it's booming and i think texans understand. why would they want to screw it up. >> cruz won his senate seat in 2012 with help from christians attracted to anti-abortion stance but met with group of women who say they question which party best represents their faith. >> felt like i had to make a stand on one side or another. one side is more in life who i believe jesus is.
>> and they're going to vote for oed rork. >> what has turned you off about president trump. >> the things that fly out of his mouth are appalling. i'm a believing in jesus. those things will never come out of his mouth, how much will i allow before i stand up and say something. >> plenty are for trump, plenette more against trump and they are ignited. >> in the closely watched gubernatorial race in georgia, stacy abrams aiming to make history, if elected would be the nation's first female black governor her opponent kim, in his role of chief elections official accuse democrats of hacking state voter rules. two days before the election. >> i'm not worried how it looks
i'm doing my job. >> he asked for investigation from and found failed attack to hack the voter registration system and democrats call it 100% false and abuse of power. and she responded. >> do you think he deliberately cooked it up to help his campai campaign. >> this is a failure of his leadership. he realized he got caught he would lose. >> in 2016 he accused obama's department of homeland security of attempting to hack their assessment but reports found no such hacking took place. he's also under fire for voter allegation suppression. it was found 53,000 voter registrations were on hold, majority of them voters of color. a federal judge assured the
state they they could vote, he told my colleague he's trying to prevent voter fraud. >> what about voter suppression. >> that's a myth that democrats bring out every two years. >> it's a battle for georgia's future, seems to be still haunt bid its dark past. >> thismagic. >> a impression of oprah's voice dialled into unknown number of homes. -- both campaigns have condemned the calls. the access to ballot is serious concern for many americans, what's on the ballot tomorrow is just as important the. in abc news washington post poll, 82% say health care is highly important in their vote. ♪ >> in missouri while campaigning for republican josh holley,
trump talked about the popular provision of obamacare. >> josh holley will always protect preexisting conditions. >> holley has also joined a lawsuit to over turn obamacare that would gut protections for people with preexisting conditions. >> which is it it do you support the protections or get rid of them. >> i want to get rid of obamacare and have the protections without obamacare. >> even though obama keeps those protections. >> obamacare is driving the cost of health care up. >> thank you guys. >> up against claire will had determine the balance in senate and who will prevail. >> for us it's a question of is this normal midterm election or has it changed our political discussion so that it's about who we are. whichever party finishes ahead
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your social media feed has officials concerns. russian int >> 12 russians by name. >> massive effort to meddle in the election. >> the russian campaign to under mine our elections ongoing and the timing could not be worse. on the eve of one of the most closely watched and conseque consequential elections of our lifetime. one voter caught in the chaos, aaron mcgee. we caught up with him at a trump rally. a staunch supporter of the president. especially his stance on immigration. >> i've often referred to donald trump as the trump card. >> mcgee's views informed in part by social media. he frequently consumes and shares posts that reenforce his political perspective. >> i think social media are just a reflection basically of what people think.
>> last year he shared a facebook post from a page called "stop all invaders" which was filled with anti-immigration rhetoric what he didn't know, what he thought was a pro-american post was actually created by a russian. >> i had no idea that it was not a post made by an american. or u.s. permanent resident. >> it was all part of a years' long multi facetted russian campaign attempts at hacking the voting system and robust campaign on social media that touched on hot button issues such as immigration, gun control and race relations. >> was often about sewing the vision and about leveraging the controversies that are already existing in society. >> just last month, a russian woman, elena khusyaynovaa was indicted alleged by part of a
conspiracy behind that stop all invaders facebook page post like mcgee shares but she denied the allegation. mcgee says it didn't work on him anyway. >> in no way whatsoever was a influenced. >> so far the special counsel robert mueller has inexcited 13 other russians in their involvement in the disinformation campaign. last year i travelled to russia to see for myself what happens inside one of these so-called troll factories. >> i'm from abc news in the united states. >> cut. >> i was quickly turned away. but an under cover journalist provided us footage showing rows of troll inside the internet research agency which was later named in one of robert mueller's indictments. and the disinformation campaign was just the beginning. next step, motivating americans
to take their frustrations off line and on to the streets. conrad james an activist from raleigh, north carolina, says he was approached by a woman who claimed to represent black matters u.s. to his dismay he later learned they were an allegedly russian-group. >> they make the entire movement look bad. who else was hooked like me by the same group. >> now the lead up to this midterm election day american intelligence officials warn their subbterfug. >> reporter: has not stopped. >> this is culmination of two years of massive investment we have made in people and technology to ensure our platforms are safe and secure
place for elections. >> disinformation campaigns are by no mean it's the only threat to american democracy. russia likely targeted all states in the elections in attempt to access databases guys valuable election information. in theory it could be startlingly easy. . this year hackers made headlines at defcon conference teaching an 11-year-old how to exploit website they created. >> you can change the name, the vote. even the party. you can change whatever you wanted. >> the point was to show how vulnerable our election infrastructure really is. >> could take me less than five minutes maybe or five minutes. >> harry is one of the lead organizers this annual gathering of hackers. >> this is my first assisted hack. >> so this is connected to that behind. >> he brought with him a real voting machine that had been decommissioned few years ago. as he showed us alzheimer's you
kneel to tamper with it is a basic usb drive. too took just a few moments. >> you're saying somebody who is voting that actually wants to create mischief can put it something in the machine. >> correct. because this whole area is voter accessible. >> what would you do just suck the data out of it. >> you can do whatever you want. you have the same unrestricted supervisor access. >> elected officials say these concerns are over blown but you don't eefb actually have to be at a polling place to tamper with the vote. this is cloud security expert with red lock tracks how hackers a access voter databases on the internet. >> show me how it works. >> this exclamation point has a known security issue. >> he sets up vulnerabilities that mimic those of state board of elections. it's a honey pot for hackers, if
hackers find a way into cloud based servers they could tamper with voter registration data, voter rolls and potentially ballot files which tells the voting machines who is on the ballot and how to record the vote. >> if they exploit this host they can do whatever they want with the files on it. as a attacker don't need to go after the voting machine. >> as far as we know most attempts to breach board of election sights failed but in at least one state, illinois, russian hackers were able to access the electronic voter registration system potentially compromising the nchinformation 76,000 citizens. >> i think we're more ready than ever but still lack the stand toord secure the ecosystem, not just the voting mushes but everything that supports it. >> experts say there's more needs to be done to be protect
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utah mayor and father of seven killed while serving in afghanistan, here's more. >> army national guard brent stataylor was shot and kid by member of the aftsecurity fos he was t treheostrain. he also served in utah and hundreds turned out as he left for his fourth overseas deployment, it was supposed to be a one-year tour. >> he's willing to sacrifice, leave his family to fight for
his country and i think it's really honorable. >> he had seven children, meghan, lincoln, alex, jacob on, elle, caroline and wife jenny. >> he just cared. he was eedit that he was changing the word. >> he urged everyone to vote hoping that we all remember that we have far moreo than divide us. >> a hero to his family and our nation, with an important
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