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captioning sponsored by cbs >> pelley: monday before decision tuesday. >> get out and vote! we can do this! >> pelley: four candidates criss-cross eight states in a final election eve push for votes. >> tomorrow, we face the test of our time. >> this is it. this is it. good luck. get out there. i did my thing. this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. 82 weeks after hillary clinton declared her candidacy and 72 weeks after donald trump did the same, the race is down to its final hours. clinton, trump and their running mates, tim kaine and mike pence, campaigned today in eight states, including six of those
narrowly divided battleground states that will decide this election. we're going to begin our coverage tonight with major garrett on the trump campaign. >> if we don't win, all of us, honestly, we've all wasted our time. i'll be honest. >> reporter: in raleigh, north carolina, donald trump confronted something rarely seen in his breakneck barnstorming of the country, a venue with plenty of room to spare. trump still drew thousands on a monday afternoon, but he brooded over a possible defeat as national polls and early vote turnout in battleground states suggested the republican nominee will need a surge of voters tomorrow. >> you have one magnificent chance, and honestly, in four years, it's over, folks. there has never been a movement like this. >> reporter: trump had been buoyed in recent days by f.b.i. director james comey's decision to investigate e-mails found on a laptop used by a top clinton aide, but comey said yesterday that agents sorting through the messages found nothing to change his decision not to recommend
charges against hillary clinton. >> the f.b.i., the director, was obviously under tremendous pressure. so they went through 650,000 e- mails in eight days. yeah, right? so sad what's going on. >> reporter: earlier in the day, trump sounded more upbeat. he told a packed house in sarasota, florida, he had done all he could do to win. >> in one day, we are going to win the great state of florida, and we are going to take back the white house. this is it. good luck. get out there. i did my thing. i mean, i worked. >> reporter: trump even lightened the mood by reaching out into the crowd for a flimsy likeness of himself. >> nice head of hair, i'll say that. >> reporter: campaigning in erie, pennsylvania, mike pence called his time as trump's running mate an extraordinary journey. >> that man is ready.
this team is ready. this movement. is obviously ready. >> reporter: the trump campaign is encouraged by early and absentee vote totals in florida, ohio and north carolina, but they acknowledged day-of turnout there and in pennsylvania, michigan and especially new hampshire are crucial to trump's fate. in that regard, scott, trump will try to set a good example, voting election day early in manhattan. >> pelley: major garrett for us tonight. now let's go to nancy cordes covering the clinton campaign. >> we can do this. >> reporter: nearly 600 days after launching her bid, clinton wrapped it up today with a simple message: vote. >> if the lines are long tomorrow, please wait. >> reporter: unlike trump, she spent the day bouncing between two key states, pennsylvania and michigan. >> this election is basically between division and unity in
our country. ( cheers and applause ) it's between strong and steady leadership or a loose cannon who could put everything at risk. >> reporter: clinton told reporters she's already thinking about what comes after election day. >> i think i have some work to do to bring the country together. as i've been saying in these speeches in the last few days, i really do want to be the president for everybody. people who vote for me, people who vote against me. >> reporter: her confidence is based on a get-out-the-vote operation two years in the making. >> i'm going to give you stickers. >> reporter: campaign aides say volunteers in battleground states knocked on 6.2 million doors this weekend and made 8.1 million phone calls. >> okay. great. >> reporter: president obama hit new hampshire and michigan today. he reminded working-class voters what his administration did to save the auto industry.
>> so when i tell you that donald trump is not the guy who is going to look out for you, you need to listen. >> reporter: clinton made no mention today of the glass ceiling she'd be breaking as the first woman president, but there is one subtle reference in her final two-minute ad airing tonight in prime time. >> so tonight, i'm asking for your vote, and tomorrow let's make history together. i'm hillary clinton, and one last time, i approve this message. >> reporter: pennsylvania is one of the few battleground states that votes almost entirely on election day, and so the clintons are pulling out all the stops here in philadelphia tonight, appearing with the obamas, scott, and a couple of local musicians from just across the border in new jersey, bruce springsteen and jon bon jovi. >> pelley: nancy cordes for us tonight. nancy, thank you. thanks to the growth of early voting in much of the country, election day is now known as the
last day that you can vote. 42 million have already made their choices. let's go to our election savant, anthony salvanto, our cbs news director of elections. anthony? >> reporter: well, scott, early voting is pivotal in so many of those battleground states we've been following all year. where in places like north carolina, florida, nevada, we estimate more than half the vote will be cast before tomorrow. now, in north carolina, things looked even from what we can see so far. in florida same, even. hispanic voters turning out in force helping keep hillary clinton and donald trump neck and neck, and in nevada, it looks like democratic registration may be giving clinton an early edge. why is that so important? because if hillary clinton can hang on to just two of three of those states, say take florida and nevada, plus what she already has leaning to her, that would put her over the top. >> pelley: what about the states that don't have early voting? >> well, scott, that's why you see the campaigns now
concentrating in places like pennsylvania and michigan. they mostly vote tomorrow. that means it's one concentrated day of turnout. and for donald trump, if he is going to catch up, what he's got to do is flip places like florida for himself, like ohio, and then also not just north carolina, but maybe one of those reliably blue states, like a pennsylvania or a michigan in order to start moving past clinton in his electoral vote totals. >> pelley: anthony salvanto our director of elections, thanks. let's bring in john dickerson, our cbs news political director and, of course, the anchor of "face the nation." john, trump campaigning in traditionally democratic states like michigan and wisconsin. why? >> reporter: well, he's trying to break the lines, the democratic lines, those states the democrats traditionally vote for, historically have voted for wisconsin, michigan and also minnesota. and the challenge is, the reason he's doing that is, there are blue collar voters there he thinks he can grab. the challenge with those states when you talk to republicans worried about this strategy is a
republican candidate can get close, but because it's really democratic turf, the democrats can turn out their vote quickly. that's why you see two presidents in michigan and the nominee in michigan turning out that vote at the last minute. >> pelley: now, for our viewers watching our election coverage tomorrow night, what should they be looking for? >> reporter: well, as anthony pointed out, 31 states are out of the conversation a little bit because historically they vote, of course, but historically those states go to the democrats or the republicans. that's been their historical pattern. that's why we focus on these battleground states. so early in the evening, virginia and north carolina will be coming in early and will look there to see if hillary clinton is able to add to the traditional democratic state. if she's able to add virginia and north carolina, that's the end of it or likely she'll get to 270. excuse me, scott. and if donald trump does well, he still has to win twice as many of those up-for-grabs states. so we'll be looking in virginia and north carolina for signs he'll be able to do that.
one other state to watch is pennsylvania. that's a state he can take away from those traditionally democratic states. >> pelley: just in terms of the arithmetic, trump has a much taller hill to climb. >> reporter: he does. he has to win twice as many as she. >> pelley: john, thank you very much. our election night coverage will begin right here 6:30 eastern time tomorrow with a special edition of the "cbs evening news," and we'll then continue all through the night. the f.b.i. shook up the race again yesterday when it cleared clinton for a second time in the investigation into whether she received classified information on her private, unsecured computer server. f.b.i. director james comey told congress that thousands of newly discovered e-mails did not contain anything that would change his opinion that what clinton did was, in his words, extremely careless but not criminal. here's jeff pegues.
>> reporter: f.b.i. agents used a specially designed computer program to scan and sort the hundreds of thousands of e-mails found on a laptop used by clinton aide huma abedin. while investigators initially said they were unlikely to finish before election day, after less than two weeks they determined that most of the e- mails were personal or duplicates of messages they had already seen. officials realized the case was back to where it was in july when f.b.i. director james comey decided not to recommend charges against clinton for mishandling classified information. >> no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. >> reporter: but on capitol hill, republican members of congress are still not satisfied. utah's jason chaffetz. >> there was potentially the largest breech of security in the history of the state department. no matter who wins this election we have to clean that up and make sure that it never ever happens again. >> reporter: former u.s. attorney roscoe howard has known
the f.b.i. director for 20 years. what kind of man is he? >> tremendous integrity, brilliant man. >> reporter: but howard says comey was wrong to go public with the renewed investigation. >> i think it's a mistake. we try to stay out of elections as best we can so the democratic process can run its course. >> reporter: f.b.i. directors are given ten-year terms so they are seen as independent and above politics. scott, comey has been on the job three years, which means he'll likely be working with whomever wins the election tomorrow. >> pelley: jeff pegues in our washington newsroom. thank you, jeff. well, stock prices soared today in an election eve rally. the dow gained 371 points. the standard & poor's 500 was up 46. and anthony mason is with us now. anthony? >> reporter: they were calling it the "hilla-rally" on wall street, scott. stocks began soaring after that news broke yesterday that f.b.i. had cleared the latest batch of clinton e-mails.
the rally broke a nine-session losing streak for the s&p 500, its longest losing streak since 1980. markets hate uncertainty, and wall street had an anxiety attack last week when polls began to tighten. funds are now holding nearly 6% of their portfolios in cash. the most since the aftermath of 9/11 back in 2001. and foreign investors have been even more skittish. foreign-based funds pulled nearly half a billion dollars out of u.s. stocks last week, the seventh time in eight weeks there has been a net outflow as investors have chosen to play wait-and-see on the sidelines. stocks weren't alone in bouncing back today. the mexican peso also rallied on the f.b.i. news. whatever wall street thinks of clinton's politics, investors view her as the candidate of the status quo for the financial community, which prizes predictability, scott, a clinton victory would simply come with fewer unknowns. >> pelley: anthony mason, thanks. here's a fun fact.
it was 100 years ago today that the first woman was elected to congress. montana sent jeannette rankin to the house two years after the state granted the right to vote to women. it would be another four years, however, before women nationwide got the vote under the 19th amendment. janet reno was the first woman to be u.s. attorney general, appointed by president bill clinton. it was reno in 1993 who ordered the raid that brought a fiery end to a siege at the branch davidian compound in waco, texas. more than 80 people died. reno called that the worst day of her life. janet reno died today of parkinson's disease. she was 78. coming up next on the "cbs evening news," a strong earthquake close to the country's largest oil terminal. and later, the push for minority votes. votes. the roses are blooming in herbal essences
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>> pelley: suddenly oklahoma seems to be the country's earthquake capital. there was a strong one last night in cushing, west of tulsa, and omar villafranca is there. >> reporter: nick tanner says his entire apartment shook violently. >> i swear it looked like the ceiling was about to collapse on me. the walls were shaking, the ceiling was moving. >> reporter: tanner was home when the 5.0 earthquake tore a hole in his ceiling. his apartment was severely damaged, as were many of the historic buildings in downtown cushing. stephen spears is the city manager. >> it appears there's numerous buildings, 40 to 50 that have substantial damage. >> reporter: according to the u.s. geological survey, this is the second major earthquake to hit the area in the past two months. a quake near pawnee, oklahoma, registered a 5.8, the largest in the state's history. building owners like dan wiinnie are nervous.
anything bigger than a 5, what do you think will happen? >> if it hits again, maybe not my building, but i think some of these will be on the ground. >> reporter: in recent years oklahoma has been hit with thousands of earthquakes. since 2006, the number of magnitude 3 or greater has jumped from an average of 2 or 3 a year to almost 900 last year. some geologists have linked the increased seismic activity to highly pressurized injections of wastewater into the ground, a by-product of oil and gas drilling, which includes fracking, which can trigger faults deep underground. cushing, oklahoma, is home to the largest oil tank storage facility in the country, and despite the destruction here, authorities say the tanks were not damaged. scott, the agency that oversees drilling in oklahoma has shut down 70 wastewater injection sites linked to the quakes. >> pelley: omar villafranca in
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>> pelley: florida is the fourth largest state in terms of electoral votes, but it is a toss-up tonight. so both clinton and trump are making a last push for the minority vote there. mark strassmann is in miami. >> we're going to do great with the african americans. we're going to do great with the hispanics. >> the choice in this election could not be clearer. it really is between division or unity. >> reporter: florida has 4.5 million minority voters, divided about clinton and trump. >> i'm for trump, because he has been exposing the corruption that has run so deep in this country. >> reporter: driena sixto is 22, a cuban american, a conservative group that's warming to
democrats. in 2012, barack obama won 49% of their vote, but she despises hillary clinton. >> she's corrupt. >> she's extremely corrupt. she's a liar. she says one thing and does another. she's two-faced. >> reporter: whereas you think trump is a genuinely attractive candidate? >> he is. >> reporter: but florida's hispanic demographics are shifting. puerto ricans, now the state's second largest group, lean democrat. >> hillary clinton! >> reporter: clinton is also relying on a big turnout from florida's nearly two million african american voters. but early black voting is down 7% from 2012, so a grassroots drive yesterday called "souls to the polls" bused people straight from churches to voting booths. will and val mabene, both retired union autoworkers, also voted early for clinton. trump has said, what have you got to lose? what would you say to him?
>> let me see how clean i can keep this. he is desperate now, so he's going to say anything and do anything to try to get that black vote. >> reporter: did that message have a chance with you? >> no. he's insulting. >> reporter: in early voting here, the hispanic turnout was way up from 2012. scott, if that turnout stays high tomorrow, how hispanics vote could decide who wins this state and the white house. >> pelley: mark strassmann in florida tonight. mark, thank you. stick with us. up next, bob schieffer. with us tonight. up next, bob schieffer. ♪ fifty years ago, humpback whales were nearly extinct. they rebounded because a decision was made to protect them.
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>> pelley: this is america's 58th presidential election. bob schieffer's covered 14 of them. no two the same and certainly none quite like this. bob? >> reporter: no, scott, i have seen a few, but i've run out of ways to say i've never seen one like this. it is as if the nation is enduring some kind of curse. what should we expect next, that it will rain frogs? i wouldn't bet against it. we tend to call every election the most important of our lifetime, but this one might well be. to those of you who are voting for the first time, take it from me, this election is not business as usual. this one is different, and not in a good way. most americans believe we're headed in the wrong direction, the world is a more dangerous place, and yet the government is in such gridlock that it took congress longer to approve money to find a vaccine for the zika virus than it took the founders to write our constitution. most americans neither like nor
trust either of the major party candidates, and 82% of americans find the campaign disgusting. the country seems at a turning point, but the divide over where to turn seems wider than ever. perhaps we can at least agree on one thing: the first task of whoever is elected must be to repair the damage that's been done by this campaign to the good name of our country. >> pelley: the insight of bob schieffer. bob, thanks very much. now, some of our cbs stations will be leaving us now for local programming, but for many of you, this special election eve edition of the "cbs evening news" will continue in just a moment. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org ,,,,,,,,
>> one day. >> vote tomorrow. >> this election will decide whether we are ruled by a corrupt political class or whether we are ruled by the people. we're going to be ruled by the people. >> tomorrow you can vote for a hopeful, inclusive, big-hearted america. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: this is a special expanded edition of the "evening news." the presidential campaign, nasty from the start, featuring two candidates with historically high disapproval ratings, is finally coming to an end. major garrett and nancy cordes are here with us. they've been covering the campaigns t