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around the globe. after months of campaigning and milliodollars spent, it is election day in america. people have been casting ballots across the country. j t a few hours the polls will close and we will have a better idea of which party fared best. right now we don't know the results, but what we do know i' that today'election will have a huge impact on donald trump, america, and the rest of the world. here is the bbc's nick bryant. nick: this is the day when the american people have their say, when their voices finally get to be heard. despite the ugly weather, the lines of this polling station on the outskirts of philadelphia were the longest they have seen in 10 years. for many, it was donald trump who drew them to the polls. et>> ses i don't agree with some of his antics and i don't agree with this texting or twittering. but other than that i think the country is in a better place than it was two yes ago. >> donald trump and the whole republican party, we need to be done with them.or
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we are ready change. nick: these lines speak of how donald trump has energized the american electorate. he has rallied his blue-collar base, for sure but here in the suburbs we are seeing white-collar discontent about the tone and style of his presidency. suburban kitens has been turned into election command pos, and what is striking the participation of women. democratic volunteers such as lauren and joanna see themselves as part of a pink wave against donald trump. >> everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie. you know, it is frightening that he is the head of our country at this point. thnicksuburbs and the major cities will decide if the democrats win back control of the house of representatives. many key senate seats are enrolled train -- are in ruralth terrai is trump country. a question throughout america,
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are?ou with him or against h his name is not on any ballot, lit he has dominated the campaign and app to the trump business model of raucs rallies and hard-line stance on immigration. ngd then there was the boo economy. pres. trump: the contrast in this election could not be more clear. demoats produce mobs. that is what's happened. republicans produce jobs. nick: but on the eve of this election, he attempted to soften his image bypp aring alongside his daughter ivanka. thingd we hear that rare a moment of residential -- presidential introspection? pres. trump: i would like to have a much softer tone. exi feel to a certaint i have no choice, but maybe i do and maybe i could have been softer from dwant to get things done. nick: this is whatocracy looks like in the trump era, a huge turnout across the country. maybe one thing that this divided nation can agree on is the importance of getting out to
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vote. nick bryant, bbc news, pennsylvania. laura: voters have been pouring in to cast ballots all day in alexandriavirginia, and jane o'briens at a polling station for us. you have been there all day. how was the turnout looking? jane: he has really picked up in the last few minutes and i ecsuthat is because it has stopped raining and people are getting out ofth work, s are able to turn up and cast ballots. it has beenll extraordinary day. great turnout figuresen we have earing about across the country have been replicated here. at one point this morning paper processing 250 to 300 voters and our, triple the numocr they were sing in 2014, the wast time the a midterm election. in the figures are way up on last year's goveors race, which you would expect to have greater interest in many respects. it has been quite a turnout here. arenow both bases
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energized, democrats and republicans. it is a quesonf which managed to t ghe greater turnout. laura: what are the key issues in virginia, or a is it aut the president? jane: such a d hard one ide. it is all about the president -- that is at we have been lking about incessantly the last two years. this is the first chance voters have to register approval, disapproval, away, even though a lot of voters in vginia like what he has done on the economy, they don't like the way he talks particularly on divi ive issues liigration. this is a state that has changed. a lot of the urbanreas where foldable republican -- vulnerable republican seat are located have seen changes. they have seen a lot of immigrants come into this area, young people. the economy hasmpved because of immigration, it has not been a detrimenth to wh what
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donald trump has been trying to get people to think. the actual look of voters, the s field of votd what they want is changing, and women in are women voters who would not normally have voted republican, white educated women, drifted away from donald tmp or civilly stated home? -- simplstated home? we don't know yet. ien, thank you. joining us is reid wilson of "the hill." turnout seems to be high, but what can we read into that? reid: voters are excited todt turnout for a m election for the first time in a long time. it has been more than 100 years -- this turnout, o but voters have been telling us all you that they are excited t vote and democrats and republicans set records in the number of peopled who sho up
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in primaries, records in the number of people who cast votes early, and now those lines, looks like they're setting records today, too. laura: democrats have been trying hard to get after young people to flip thee eats to win use of representatives. any evidence that young people are showing intert? reid: there is evidence that young voters are showing up in huge percentagesrutriple and que and quintuple the number of young voters who showed up four years ago. then again, remeer that the bar is very low because yotng voters didhow up then. you still have a pretty lo turnout. older voters are the majority in this electorat the younger voters and especially voters between the ages of 30 and 39 are showing up and away they happened before. laura: let's say the democrats ke the house tonight. what impact does that have on presidency? reid: it is going to create an absolute mess e. the white ho this congress has not exercised a lot of
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white house and executive agencies. you can imagine tt when democrats have subpoena power they will go after all of these agencies and compel testimony from senior officials u will see a nonstop parade of white house officials going to capitol hill to expllot of the policies of this administration that have not been explained the last two years. laura: for democrats to take the house, they have to flip those seats. what are the key races you are watching? reid: kentucky's sixth congressional district around lexington. thit ifirst competitive race of the night that closes. it is not considered one of the democrats' best opportunities to flip the sea, so if they and at winning this will be over pretty soon rht after the polls close. keep an seats, especially the largest cities in america, the most expensive media markets right now, places like new york, philadelphia, where democrats think th can pick up a number of seats, minneapolis, los angeles. there are plenty of districts to watch. laura: there are interesting
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governors races across america e huge numbers of people vote. what does that tell us about if there is a shifting balance of powein america? reid: back in 2016 president trumpon election in part by breaking down what we called the blue wall -- 18 states and the district of columbia benefit votedti democin the last six presidential elections. states like pennsylvania, michigan, and wisconsin, all part of that blue wall. if democrats are not able to win back governorships in the key states -- they will win michigan and very well mayin wisconsin, where governor scott walker is on the ballo and the incumbent in pennsylvania, that means democrats are taking steps towards rebuilding the blue wall and reasserting themselves ahead of 2020. laura: reid wilson, thank you for joining us. for more on what the midterm election results might mean, tot's talk to christin whitman, former republican governor of new jersey. she joins us from new york. you have gone so far as to say
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that youill republicans lose that -- youoprepublicans lose the house tonight. what made you say tha ms. whitman: what i wa to see is people willing to work on both sides of the aisle, and republicans have not been willing to do that. there is a small number of those who want to make progress and solve the problems we face as a cotry, and you cannot do that by relying on one side alone. fu cannot do it effective the long-term. i unfortunately come to the conclusion that in a majory of these races, the republican candidates are not the ones who will reach across the aisle to try to solve our problems. that is what we want. i want people, republican or democrat, who will sign on an say i am willing to stand up to leadership when it matters if i think that is in the best interest of the unitedtates. laura: as a prominent republican, whats ur sense of the private mood of the party on capitol hill? you hearan: you know,
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a lot of peoplon capitol hill o don't like everything that is happening, who don't like the but they don'te, dare be too vociferous in objections because leadership is so strong. we are almost operating a parliamentary system right now in the united states. instead of allowing people to vote as they think best for your constiency, it is every vote is a partyline vote. unfortunately, with some of the supreme court decisions on -- that allow for massive fundraising by outside organizations and leadership, putting together these pacs of money, if you go after leadership, they will come after you in a primary. that is wh scares people, particularly in a country where we haveonessional districts set up so that for the most part they are going to be repube can, going tomocrat, the only thing you care about is the primary. that tends to push people to the extremes of their paaties because s the only place they worry about a challenge. laura: you have gone so far as
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to say that oupresident is not fit to lead our nation. if the results are bad for republicans, do you think others will join you in the call? mswhitman: some have and some were out before me. i think what people are going to say -- first of all, let' say that i'm delighted at the turnout. however it goes, americans are showing that they understand in ahave responsibility democracy to participate in which is somethi unfortunately we have not been great at. should the democrats control the house? it sends a message to s e republicanthat the extremism is country. we are as a my hope is that if the democrats doake control of the house, they don't spend teir entire tiing to impeach the president or subpoena people. get on with the people's business. wants. the public that will get you reelected. laura: is there a way for moderate republicans like yourself to reclaim the rty come which has seemed to
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become the party ofmarump? ms. wh it certainly has become the party of trump. even if republicans lose the house it will still be trump's party. he is defining it and controll g the apparatus of power, structu of the party. but it will become an irrelevant party over time because the public is not there with the extremism. they don't like the rhetoric. they cringe at the idea of pulling children away from their factlies and the residual im that will have overtime on these , ties kids and their families. -- traumatized kids and their families. hthe that. i don't like this fear mongering thatbo eve who comes from a certain country or worships a certain way is somehow evil because of the association. americans -- i mean, who knows? t donald trump is the ballot, in spite of of the fact that he wants to make it aut himself, unless republicans lose and then it will not be so much about him, it will be about the ofdividual candidates. but there are a loocal issues that are goingfao be
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playing or in these returns. laura: christine todd whitman, whank you so much for joining us. msman: a pleasure. laura: we will return ve our midterm ge in a moment. first in other news, the united nations says 200 mass graves have been discovered in areas of iraq once controlled by so-called islamic state. they could contain the bodies of 12,000 people killed by the group. the u.n. says the sites need to be forensically examine, as they could provide evidence showing the scale of the crimes committed. an army search operation is underway in meroon to rescue zens of children kidnapped from a boarding school. at least 79 students between 10 and 14 have been seized on hwmonday in the not of the country. the government has blamed separatist militias for the kidnapping, but the group has denied any involvement. you are watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, we will have more of our special midterm election covege with two political pros breaking down what is at stake.
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laura: the british cabinet has met over the state of negotiations with the eu regarding brit. prime minister theresa may says she remains confident of reaching aeal, but it must not be done at any cost. our political correspondent laurauesberg has this report for us now. laura k.:nk you might it is about time there was a deal, but are they finally underway? is a deal in the offing? ministers agreed there has to be a deal this month,to and might t ther again at short notice, maybe again this week. but a note passed to the bbc suggests they want toaleview the de today andognnounced big ss this week to kick off a yree-week bid to sell the deal to parliament and . a speech fight theresa may, speech by eresa may, -- a
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speech by theresa may, foreign leaders on board, business is coming out to bk the deal, and a plan for debate each day in the house ofmo c. the final vote saying yes or no to the deal at the end of this month. ssthat is not imle for such a tangible to work, but it is certainly right now far from being guaranteed downing street says it is not theresa may's plan, but there are clearly plenty of discussionabout how to broker the deal with the public, if it can be done with brussels. the eu's chief negotiator was clear that their obstacles to making that happen. the backstop, the politically troublesome promise that they will not be a return to a hard rder in northern ireland, whatever happens after brexit. for him and the rest of the eu, that cannot have a shelfife. but the ultimate politutal choice a doing thisl will come down to the prime
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minister. fobe her party, parliament, and then thewi publl pass judgment, too. laura: returning to our special coverage of the u.s. midterms, for more on what is at stake, we're joined by the president of the agenda project, and by ron christie, former advisor to george w. bush. welcome to you both. after the grueling night in 2016 when hillary clinton didn'e't wn despl the polls, how much is riding on this relt for democrats? >> a huge amount, and i think it is not just for democrats. it is for the country and the world. we have gone in a direction than so many amerdon't agree with and that so many people yaround the globe are rea deeply disturbed by, and we have an opportunity to 19 polar cell stack from the brink, and i hope we take advantage of it -- pull
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ourselves back from the brink, and i hope we take advantage of it. laura: donald trump is not on the ballot but his agenda is. is his future at stake if democrats take the house? ron: very much so. if the republicans hold onto the house of representatives he all continue hnda. but if the democrats win it will be investigation after investigation. we are a wide range of oversight that republicans have not done for him. donald trump has been out the last several weeks trying to make sure he can hold onto a majoty. laura: could tonight be the year of the women? so many election cycles we hear it could be but there are so many women running in both rts especially democrats will does that change the face of our politics if they are elected? erica:t i thinkll change the face of our politics regardless. we will top out at 25% of the house of representatives and we are 51%ti of the popu, so we
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are not coming anywhere close to equal representation even if we knock it out of the park tonight, unfortunately. laura: do you feelucomen will be l to how democrats perform? women well, in that case, are going to decide this election and women will decide the 2020 in action. they are paying attention they will vote for the democratic party because the republican party has put the r future and ture of their children at stake. laura: ron, polling, which isn't always right, but it does suggest that college-educated women and suburban voters are abandoning the president in droves becausehey don't like his tone. ron: tnk that is largely in suburban washington and some of the swing states around the country. look atirnia, barbara comstock. this is a seat that republicans have traditionalma held onto and predict she will lose. why? edcollege-educomen will vote for the democrat. same thing for dave brat, who
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once took out majority leader eric cantor. onthis goes from ricall the way to washington, these he he could lose. why? college-educated women. this is a critical voting block for republicans and democrats. laura: democrats very much campaign on health care, and in so many races arod the country, they have tried to avoid the presideof and the issuis character. that must have been a deliberate to go with a pocketbook issue of health care. health care is such a personal issue to people, and republicans have made it clear that they don't thk people have right to health care, they want to dismantle the inadequate health-care system we have in place and going out lying and saying they are protecting existing conditions -- pre-existing conditions, which is absolute nonsense. watching people see the personal state that they have in this election with these health care choices, this is what is making people drive to the polls, i think. laura: what is also driving people to
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the polls is the extremely stroha economy. isthe president's ace in the hole as people decide which way they are going? ron: i think it is. if you look at arizona, nevada, texas, where you already have more people who voted by absentee ballot and inast election cycle, i think people have enthusiasm about this race, and i think there is a factor we have not taken a look at, enthusiasm foronaldrump, enthusiasm for the economy. laura: that's a problem, isn't it, for the democrats? lepe are finally beginning to of wages rise after use stagnation. erica: but let's put it in context. this economy is not an economy that is doing well for most people. there is about 40% of americans who havef trouble meeting one their basic needs, 40% of our country makes less than $30,000 a year. 001% is%, the top . doing great, but the republican party has built an economy that
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works for a tiny sli corporate titans and billy knows and it doesn't work for every -- billionaires, and wo doesn't for everyone else. because the labor market is tightening -- it began with obama and obama deserves credit for it, and donald trump is ding on his coattails. laura:ou one argue about who is responsible for what, but one thing is for sure -- as soon as we move from tomorrow coil all the talkbe about 2020. what is your take? ron: no question about that. 2020 starts midnight tonight. trit is either donalp is in a great spot for reelection with the democrats feel they have a twindow of opportunity e out this president. it will be a long night ain one that is to be very critical for the election. laura: how important is it for democrats if they retake the they don't just mak the next two years all about donald trump? erica: i think it is essential that they lay out an economic program that will work for working people, including the working people, noncollege educated working people who are
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currently supporting donald trump. i personally believe that begins with the $15 federal minimum wage. one of the things people have m not talked aboh tonight is ballot initiatives in two states that are donald trump states, missouri andan as, that have minimum wage increases on the ballot, and both of those are going laura: we will see what happens tonight. erica payne, ron christie, thank you so much for joining us. look forward to the night ahead. as politicians across america get ready for the results of the midterm elections, let's look at some of the most memorable images of the day, as voters up and down this nation cast ballots. >> today's the day. >> donuts for voters. >> thank you. nema, runningen si
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