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us through the night. tomorrow morning live at studio 8-:00-h. 2:0 2:00-6:00 a.m. we'll see you tomorrow. that does it for us now. stephanie ruhle picks up the coverage now. >> thank you. good morning. i am stephanie ruhle and this is election day in america. right now the polls are open in 45 states. i voted. did you? more than 35 million voters have already cast their ballots as early or absentee. according to target smart, nbc news analysis, and the stakes could not be higher. we could learn tonight whether the blue wave is real or whether republicans will keep control of congress. we have a fantastic team of road warriors spread out across the country. let's take you first to texas. all eyes on the race for senate. incumbent republican senator ted cruz facing democratic
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congressman. msnbc joins me live from el p o paso. polls are just opening. i believe voting at 9:00 a.m. tell me what you're seeing on the ground. >> good morning, stephanie. polls just opened here in el paso texas. we are expecting to comcast ballot any minute. here's the story. here's the central conundrum of the campaign. look at the cameras. look at the attention. this is press from around the world. crews from germany, hong kong. location stations all around texas. all want to know the same thing. is this orourke magic something real. polling place across the street. he will vote. there is not a line of people out here waiting. early vote has been extraordinary in texas, including here in el paso county. for orourke to pull off an upset
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win today. it would be a huge upset. he needs gang busters turnout across the state. particularly in the big cities and places are heavy hispanic and latino populations like here in el paso. that will be the story to watch today. do we see texas continuing to break records in who comes out to vote. >> thank you, garrett. i got to take you now to georgia. it has been all over the headlines in the last few weeks. with its governor's race one of the most contentious fights in the midterms. bryant kemp is up against abrams. we know stacey agrams voted early. brian kemp is expected to vote later today. tell me what's happening in the rest of the state. >> well, it's a big question because this race has been neck and neck. look at the people behind me. folks started coming out when it
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opened at 7:00 this morning 6. 9 a couple of hours ago. people were outside in line before the polls opened. they are lined up in this building right now and on the other side. there's another line of people. the turnout here has been extraordinary. georgia olympihas already shatt the early voting in the state with 2 million people casting their ballots. there's an expectation they're going to do better than that before the night is over. what will it mean in terms of big race. neck and neck. voters have to decide between some of the things you've been talking about. it has been a wash in allegations of voter suppression. now this week racially charged robo calls that came out. alleged the state democratic party made attempt to hack in the voter renting station system of which the democrats say that
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is falls. stacey abrams says this is an act of desperation on brian kemp's part. she says it's an effort to distract the voters. voters are not being dralistrac by any means here today. coming out and exercising their right and see what happens tonight. if they don't get 50%. if neither gets 50%. runoff election in december. that's got barack obama's voice horse fr horse from all the campaigning in there. >> reporter: good morning. we are outside one of the busier polling locations in orlando. a steady stream of traffic all
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morning long. not the long lines we saw during early voting. like so many other states, florida came out early. more than 4 million votes were cast during early voting. as you can imagine, you're not necessary tily going to see the super long lines. you're still seeing a pretty steady stream of traffic. heading in right now: loyal volunteers on the corner. you can see lines of cars going in and out. people going in and out. much like georgia, this race for governor and the senate seat are neck and neck. now the democrats are taking a slight lead here on election day. we know that the latest nbc poll has andrew giat 40. keep in mind the last two governors races in the state of florida were decided in less than one point apart. anyone's guess right now. a lot of people. a lot of interest. obviously as the day progresses,
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we do expect the lines to get a little longer. let's go to iowa. congressman steve king is in the fight of his career after coming under serious fire for controversial racist remarks which gave democrats a boost of hope going into today's election. the governor's race is being branded one of the most expensive in the country. do you know how much i hate to hear that. how much money gets spent on things like this. imagine if it went to helping the american people. nbc matt bradley joins me from iowa. what's going on there. >> we're seeing statewide in this typically purple state a real insurgency of democrats against republicans in the incumbent positions. you mentioned in that governor's race, seeing fred hubbell, a democratic, taking on the republican governor. that race neck in neck. that's like races throughout this entire state. you mentioned that big one. steve king. far right republican and major ally of donald trump.
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he's facing a huge insurgency from democrats here in the congressional district of the state. that's jd. he's a political upstart who many people vnhaven't heard of. former professional baseball player. he's a very colorful character. that's a really emblem attic rate, he's a trump ally. reflecting so poorly on the state. i talked with voter here, mostly farmers. they described they're real concerned. not worried about the racial comments. not worried about building a wall. talking about a farm bill. they're talking about subsidies for the farm equipment. they want to see the stuff
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continuing. been getting for the last couple of years. >> another way to characterize comments would be who he is. thank you mpkts electi. election officials in the state of missouri expecting highest voter turnout in two decades. there's no early voting in the state. the millions of votes the secretary of state expects will have to be cast before the 8:00 p.m. deadline. get ready for lines. where nbc morgan radford joins me from a community center. these polls have been open for a couple of hours. what do the lines look like and what are people telling you? >> reporter: i personally have not seen anything like this. we're at a polling station about 30 minutes outside of st. louis. the lines have been wrapped around the building since the polling station opened locally at 6:00 a.m. all eyes on this state. this is one of the closest senate races in the country. we've got republican josh holly facing off against democratic
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incumbent claire. reach across the aisle and show she can make nice with the president, who many of them like. president trump carried the state by 20 points back in the 2016 election. so all eyes on what happens here in missouri, but stephanie, all eyes are also on whapt's happening across the country. never seen this level of enthusiasm around the midterm election. 70% of people we polled both republicans and democratic said they have never been this excited. couple of interesting facts, that enthusiasm is in double digits when it comes to african-american, latinos, young people. people said they were reacting to issues like health care, economy, immigration, but they also said they were reacting to president trump. in that poll, 40% said their vote today was going to be a
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disapproval for the president. 32% signaled their vote was an approval for the president. a lot of things people are reacting too. >> i would like you to say thank you to every person willing to wait on that line. i know it's not an easy ask. see questions there. >> stephanie says thank you. kids there with their moms and dads. i had mine with me about an hour ago. they did not have to whether a line like that. >> go on the senate race. the president was there on sunday to give a last minute bump to blackburn. a little trump push. did it help?
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the crowds have been huge. shattered records for early voting here. 4500 shy of 4500 registered voters. half of them voted early. we came this morning. would anyone be in line. more than 60 people then. the line was long for the whole first hour as people were coming before work. we can show you pictures of the line. it just went on and on. people told me in the presidential election they didn't see these kind of numbers. tells me this morning, they're expecting to break election day voting lords just as they did the early voting records. one thing to watch for here, stephanie. is the early vote. i am right now not far have vanderbilt. a professor i talked to said she has never seen this kind of enthusiasm.
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the early voting by people under 29 is up over 700% here. that will help favor redson. going to be an interesting day here in tennessee. as we look to see who can win this very close race. >> i'd say interesting is a gross understatement. thank you so much. now let's head to the swing state of pennsylvania.
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>> a big rush this morning. long line. people had to wait to vote. took about 10 minutes for the voters to go through. at stake, as you said, is the congressional seat in the first district in pennsylvania. this is one of the most closely watched races in the country. brian fitzpatrick and wallace. on the ballot today are very strong democratic incumbents for governor and senator and they are expected to win. the question is can that momentum pull scott wallace across the finish line? that's what makes this so interesting because bucks county where i am is famous for ticket splitters. they don't necessarily vote down democratic or republican. that's what we're going to be
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watching today. >> i want to bring any very patient and excellent panel in. executive producerer and anchor. my friend mark tompson, host on serious xm progress. the a white house reporter from bloomberg news. we have to go through it. you've been in florida, maryland, in the last few days. the stakes could not be higher for the election. today, what could turn things blue. >> turnout. that's the key. and people are turning out. >> blue turnout. >> blue turnout. people coming out to vote, more young people, more democrats, more women obviously. this makes all the difference in the world. if everybody turns out and even in a race like maryland, we have been talking about in the past few days. hasn't gotten a lot of media attention. if that happens, have a democratic governor in maryland and for god's sake one of the
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races that's gotten the most attention is florida. a lot of momentum for andrew gill lgilliam down in florida. can we call somebody other than hillary a flawed candidate. if there's another flawed candidate, it's ron. he said let's not -- people are coming out to vote today against that type of fear mongering and racism and all the other violence and misogyny and xenophobia that trump and his whole political apparatus is pushing. >> we're talking a lot about voting around the country. just moments ago, as promised. went in around 9:00 a.m. there with his family to vote. pretty sure i know how he is voting. i want to talk about latino
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votes. we mistakenly say it's all about immigration. it is not. what is a big focus for latino voters out there. >> i think they would love to feel like they're getting talked to. and not just talked about. do you understand? people are actually talking to them and saying, we want to understand what's going on in your communities, but instead what you see is and it's really strange stephanie. got to tell you. i woke up feeling very disheartened everything i represent of mexican immigrant who still speaks spanish, this is like the threat of the united states of america. this is like the ending argument for this presidency and it feels very surreal. so for me, why is it we hear so often voters are not enthused.
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when you get trash talked a lot. doesn't make you feel like oh, i'm going to run out there and do this. you need to be -- you need to be convinced it's going to matter. frankly, i get a lot of stuff back when i say this, the democrats and the republicans, they've got to do better. you still hear democrats just kind of like, well, yes, we've got to build that border. we're going to build something on the border. and it's like, can you just be clear about what you stand for in terms of immigration and i don't think they are. >> shannon, let's talk about the president. he has been stumping all over the place.
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doesn't have much to do with helping the republicans. has to do with helping the second half. if democrats take the house, it will be a torrent of investigations. they will have subpoena power to investigate the president, his business, his family and every cabinet member and they intend to do that. if they take the senate, which seems like a long shot at this point, but anything could happen, any sort of domestic agenda this administration had will grind to a halt. any judicial appointments, any supreme court will be out of their reach. even getting new cabinet members appointed will grind to a halt. the senate, though it is a long shot. when you saw the president out there in the final days going to the states with the most competitive senate seats, ohio, indiana, west virginia, deep red places where the senate seat should be safe, going out there and campaigning in the final
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days shows the white house knows how close this is. while a lot of those races are still trending republican, a lot of things are still within the margin of error. this is still when you look at it, 5050 country what the polling is showing rights now. second half of presidency is on the line. not to mention the mueller investigation and impeachment. >> don't move a muscle any of you. we have to take a quick break on this all important morning. if you haven't done so, make plans, get out there and vote today. coming up, marijuana and medicaid, the homeless and affordable housing. we're going to break down some of the most contentious initiatives on ballots across the country. what the results could mean for the future of this nation, but first, he is back. trium triumph, the insult dog. heading to texas for the fierce senate race.
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talking about it all morning between ted cruz. >> with the uncertainty surrounding these voting machines, is it now more important than ever for democrats to go out there and vote twice. >> vote once. that's the law. >> ted, is it true you will defend the institution rat all costs except for when donald trump calls it ugly on twitter. >> i love the constitution. i'm ken jacobus, i'm the owner of good start packaging. we distribute environmentally-friendly packaging for restaurants. and we've grown substantially. so i switched to the spark cash card from capital one. i earn unlimited 2% cash back on everything i buy. and last year, i earned $36,000 in cash back. that's right, $36,000. which i used to offer health insurance to my employees. my unlimited 2% cash back is more than just a perk, it's our healthcare. can i say it? what's in your wallet?
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welcome back to special election coverage. i'm stephanie rule. for people counting down to this moment, today's election may have less to do with health care, immigration, taxes and terrorism. "washington post" columnist puts it this way. above all, it is about something more elemental. what kind of country americans see today and want to see in the future. in some states a way to tell which way americans are shifting. initiatives on the ballot. medicaid expansion and marijuana.
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this these three deep red states vote to expand coverage for low income residents, does it a referendum on republican for americans as how they see health care. >> reflection of where americans are now on health care. with the implementation of affordable care act and obama. we've seen state across state. voters really like the health care law. want to be protect. want all of the citizens in their state to be protected. these ballot initiatives are reflection of where americans are on health care. in that sense, it is a referendum on republicans in congress and the president really trying to deal a death nail to the affordable care act. it's not going to work.
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that right there is outgoing republican governor who knows the state is missing out on hundreds of millions of dollas.s do you think republicans are ready to em bracing a more universal health care plan. >> republicans are at a loss of what to do about health care. that's costing them in this election. embrace the competition to lower the cost of health care while they provide coverage for those with preexisting conditions. they haven't arctticulated that. the plans are there. the leadership in the house and senate have been afraid to go to
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that issue. you see initiatives like that filling the void. by tomorrow, michigan, north dakota, utah and missouri could be added to the list. what does that movement tell you about the shifting tides in this country. certainly not a movement jeff sessions is behind. >> no, it's not. tells me that the millennials and other young voters have a little bit different view on that particular topic than older people. even pence found a way to expand medicaid in a deep red state like indiana because he knew it was the right thing to do for or citizens. >> i'm curious. what would surprise you tonight.
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what are you going to be watching for. >> i'm going to be looking for trends. i'm going to be looking for example, in states like kentucky where amy mcgrath is running ag andy bar. a state like that deep red in that district, the fact she would be able to pull that off tells me a lot about the way that this election is going to go. and so you know, you've got some places where hillary won and those are places where democrats should be able to pick up in the house and then i'm looking at the senate to see some of these bell weather senate races that are really to close to call right now. >> senator, what would surprise you tonight. >> it would surprise me if the senate gets to 50/50 which could happen. you look at midterm elections, they all tend to fall one way.
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if that happens, it comes down to arizona. nevada. that's significant when you look at judicial nominations, lisa murkowski did not vote for brett kavanaugh. you could have more balance in terms of federal courts going forward. >> macintosh. i'm looking for two things, first is in the house. given republicans are going to lose a lot of the suburban seats in new england and california, but will they be able to hold places like pennsylvania. will they hold southern strait like a couple of races in north carolina. if they don't, that's going to be a wave and large democrat majority. if they do, it will be very close to who gets the majority there. in the senate, i think there's going to be a likelihood of 3-4 republican pickup. the trump states are going to give republicans victories. we may lose the two in arizona that my friend and senator mentioned. arizona and nevada, but i think there will be offsetting
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victories in states like our home state of indiana. san die south dakota and missouri and maybe montana. >> we should remind the audience, last week the fda approved a new opioid ten times stronger than fentanyl. they approved that. and we're still squabbling about weed. i want my panel to weigh in. if democrats took the senate, that would be one of the biggest surprises. they are competitive in these. it is a possibility. looks like a long shot. that would be a surprise. an enormous blow to the white house. >> what would surprise you. we keep saying president trump's base is just his base at the rallies. not big enough. he's got a bigger base than we realized. when he ran for president, the investor class was not with him. after the tax cut and deregulation and market, he's got a lot of voters in ceo corporate america set and investors not putting a sign on
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their front lawn, but they're going to vote for him privately. a lot bigger than the people at his rallies. >> i would agree. the thing that would surprise me would be the democrats do not win the house. that would be a big surprise. we're lined up. there's no reason why it shouldn't happen. you're right. he's got this whole investor class, but a lot of those people in his so-called base are now hip to the reality those tax cuts just went to investor class and they didn't reap the benefits of them. fundamental things we're looking at are health care, we're looking at wages, he still is riding a bit of the obama economy. wages aren't doing that well. little britain of a bump. those are every day practical things people are worried about. and add that though all of the fear mongering and the other things he's been saying.
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>> i'm sorry to be a bit of a debby downer. i'm not prepared to think there's going to be a blue wave. >> that's not a debby downer. >> i'm just really concerned about this. when people are talking about this early turnout, there's a resistance to the resistance. i continue to think back to charlottesville. those people marching there are also thinking about voting as well. they could be the ones doing the early turnout wherever they are. texas or north carolina. here's my thing. i just think that what we have to do is remember that this is a super important race. it's a long hall. it's not just one race and it's over. it's the long hall. >> could that resistance point be a good one.
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we keep talking about suburban women deciding the election. we don't know how they're going to vote. we have to remember, white women elected president trump. they knew who he was in 2016. they didn't suddenly get offended he was a misogynist six months ago. >> they're seeing their 401(k) go up too. who knows. >> while the president might not be good on traditional women's issues like not mocking the me too movement or acknowledging sexual assault victims, there are women's issues like economic and border security and the final days the president was really starting to talk how the border and the caravan is an issue for women. he sees that as a women's issue. economic concerns with families. having women being in charge of most home's finances. >> that is an issue with women and men.
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the issue is the president suspect being honest about what's going on at the border. that's important. whomever wins out there, we want them to win fair and square and be honest about their platform. i'm talking to you out there. those who are running and lying about your voting records as it where he late relates to preexisting conditions. coming up. republicanins banking that pled for another round of tax cuts. my question is when is that tax cut. how is it coming. how are you going to pay for it? we're keeping an eye on weather. severe thunderstorms in the forecast for paths and the south and southeast and that could definitely impact voter turnout in some areas. when my hot water heater failed, she was pregnant, in-laws were coming, a little bit of water, it really- it rocked our world. i had no idea the amount of damage that water could do.
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welcome back. it is election day. this week, president trump shifted focus as part of final
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message to voters. in brand new op-ed on fox news, president argues the today's vote is about the economy. it is titled vote republican and continue the jobs boom. also warns voters not to allow democrats to, quote, take control and take a giant wrecking ball to your economy and your future. joining me now, political chief economic correspondent. why would we ever go back. what do i say to that. worst economic recovery on record. why don't we fact check that. >> we had a relatively slow recovery from the great recession. partly because it was the deepest recession since the great depression. so it's not entirely wrong the recovery was slow. look at job creation.
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to say democrats if they won would bring a giant wrecking ball to the economy, is not backed up by any kind of fact. >> president trump's economy has been a continuation of the borough of labor statistics says under obama, gained 256,000 jobs a month in 2014. average of 208,000 jobs a month were added in last year in office. during president trump's first year, that's about 175,000 jobs were added. what i don't understand is the president taking credit for a sudden economic turn around. if he wanted to say he gave it a boost, he super charged it,
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fantastic salesman for the american economy. i would buy all of that. why is he lying when he doesn't need to. he's making the point that because of his election and tax cuts and more importantly holding back the regulatory agencies. he's unleashed unprecedented amount of growth. >> if i may, a turn around. >> what you see -- let me finish. we've seen is barack obama took eight years to add 4.5 million jobs and president trump has done it in two. we expect that to continue. the economic projections are the higher gross rate will continue into the second term of the trump presidency. >> but sir a turn around means a turn in a different direction and that is incorrect. >> you had sluggish growth. accumulated towards the end of
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the presidency. it skyrocketed after trump was elected because corporate america and small businesses let's talk about the idea it is unprecedented economic growth. it's not anywhere close to unprecedented growth. >> if you let me finish. i haven't finished my point. the other point is congressman, please. >> is that if you want to count jobs since the beginning of president obama's term, you're taking into account all the jobs that were being lost at the end of the great recession, which is something he inherited. s that not jobs that were lost under president obama. they were being lost. the economy was still crashing and then turned around after he came into office.
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the pace of job creation was faster under obama than it is under trump now. that's just fact. >> as it relates to helping all people, congressman, the president is now talking about tax cuts 2.0. he first brought up tax cut which was impossible to happen. where is this going to come from? how are we going to pay for middle class tax cut. >> one of the key things is it makes permanent the middle class tax cut that was passed last year. unfortunately, congress let that expire after five years and what the president says is no, let's make that permanent, the way we've made corporate tax cuts permanent. >> how would he do that. >> >> the way you do that is through the greater economic growth. you take right now it's at 3.5% gdp growth. take that into 4.5 mkt and you'and% and you're going to see net revenue
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>> no worries about the current deficit. >> tremendous worries about it. the way to tackle it is reduce spending. that's something neither have been willing to do, have a plan to do. it needs to be addressed. you don't cut the deficit by raising taxes. that costs people their jobs and ruins the economic growth. >> got it. we're going to leave it there. for those of you looking for middle class tax cut, get ready for cuts in spending. because that could affect you. congressman ben, thank you so much. coming up, polling place hoaxes. rumors of voting machines malfunctioning misleading pictures and videos. my next guests on the front lines fighting voter disinformation. alexa, play weekend mix. the new lincoln mkc. connecting the world inside, with the world outside.
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we acknowledge the threat. it is real. we're continuing. we're doing everything with can to have a legitimate election the people can have trust in. >> that was the director in august acknowledging the country's like russia would still like to metal in our elections. however, intelligence officials told nbc this week they have found no evidence misinformation
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online. including attempts to chaos and manipulate public opinion. i'm looking at you facebook. i want to bring in news reporter who has been all over this. open source election technology institute and shannon, back with us. greg, i know you're keeping a close eye on misinformation and how that could impact election day. you i want to shake concerns. polling place hoaxes, remote voting options. what are you most concerned about? >> all of the above. so the issue we have here is that it doesn't take malware to derail an election. only takes just one piece of disinformation and we live in a world where a lie can circle the globe before the truth can find the keyboard. this is a constant chase to knock down stories and ideas that just aren't real.
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right? so that's what our team is working on today with you folks. >> except, let's talk about the biggest places where this information is pushed out. social media. several weeks ago sitting right next to me was facebook new head of the war room, it appears to me that war room isn't doing anything. >>anything. >> i can't really tell what they're doing, to be honest with you. in the last week, if you look up regular talking points on the president, migrant caravan stuff, you get pictures from 2008 that are supposedly about this migrant caravan. all the talking points that went into this election from one side for some reason all the fake memes on there, they're undetectable. >> you think all those conspiracy theories are still being pushed out in a really big way. compare that to real news. >> yeah. sometimes the reach is larger than places like the new york city times "times" or the news. places are trying. twitter has done a better job at
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this. we infiltrated by mistake a troll group that was trying to mess with this immediate tirm a -- midterm and trying to get one talking point out. >> you got yourself into a troll room and then what happened? >> they were struggling. they were trying really hard on twitter to get this stuff up and it didn't work out. they couldn't -- they had to take weeks to build up accounts which is much better, but on facebook, those accounts have been there for years. they're taking those pieces of disinformation and spreading them en masse. >> imagine if facebook had the threat of being fined for every piece of misinformation that got shared. imagine if their license was under threat, imagine if they were regulated. maybe they would do harder than put together a war room. shannon, the president and attorney general jeff sessions are warning people about, quote,
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illegal voting. that's not what we're talking about here. >> no. that is a separate attempt, i guess, at voter suppression. >> walk me through it. >> raising this question of illegal voting, when the president tweeted that, a lot of critics said it's an attempt to scare people, maybe people who are in this country and allowed to vote legally but because of all these attacks on immigrants are scared about that. part of his playbook, part of his greatest hits when it comes to these talking points that energize his base, this idea of millions of people voted illegally in the last election, that they created this voter fraud commission that did nothing and dissolved, this is one of those talking points that he loves to go back to, like creating this fear of immigrants, fear of people entering our country. in these final days i think we're seeing a lot of these messages come out again that he's drawn on in the past. >> yesterday facebook said it
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took down 115 facebook and instagram accounts because of alleged links to foreign actors. that doesn't seem like a big number to me. how about you? >> it doesn't sound like a large number. our team is actually very focused on what are the platform issues, what are people saying about the actual voting machines or the registration process or things like that. we've been focusing on those kinds of stories and statements, things like, for example, in georgia this repeated notion that the voter registration service portal was hacked. it wasn't hacked. a vul nnerability doesn't equal hack. >> what do you think about this, facebook took down 115 accounts? >> it's probably not enough, but here's the important thing -- >> but it's also the day before the election so those accounts have been out there pumping this garbage. >> they're hard to track. the number one thing they don't want you to do is vote, both
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foreign and domestic trolls. if you can beat them, the only way to do it is is to vote. the message in 2015, the number one thing that had 20,000 retweets was how you shouldn't vote, it's not worth it, your voting machine probably doesn't work. it works, go vote and beat them. >> thank you all. really important conversation and the most important takeaway, get out there and vote today. coming up, crunching the numbers. guess who's here, nbc's steve kornacki breaking down the key races that will make or break democrats' chances of taking back congress or republicans' chances of holding steady. your mornings were made for better things,
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signaling the end of reconstruction. in 1938, a backlash to fdr's new deal led to the rise of conservative republicans and southern democrats that dominated congress for a generation. in 1958, democrats built majorities around northern liberals moving the party away from the south and setting the stage for the civil rights movement. republican victories in the '66 midterms sealed the election of richard nixon. in the '74 it was jimmy carter. in 2010, tea party republicans seized the party's agenda and laid the groundwork for the election of donald trump. in other words, midterm elections not only show us where we are but where we are going. clearly, that message has hit home this year. more than 35 million people have voted early, and the number of total voters could exceed 100 million by the end of the day. i already voted this morning. i voted for my children because
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i want this world -- i want your children and all children to be able to thrive in a world, in a country that is smarter, better and stronger than it is today. please, get out there and vote. that wraps up this hour. i'm stephanie ruhle. i will see you at 1:00 p.m. with my partner ali velshi. now hallie jackson. back at home base in washington on this election day 2018 when it is your turn. after the speeches, ads, pitches, it is up to you to decide who will control congress in one of the most anticipated and expensive election in generations. coast to coast voters are voting on this tuesday and enthusiasm is off the charts. the early voting numbers have been massive. more than 35 million ballots have been counted across the country as of 24 hours ago, but will that hype translate into turnout today? remember, 435 seats on the ballot in the house.

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