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thing one tonight there's a pretty big international incident brewing in Washington this week after a British tabloid published leaked cables written by the UK ambassador to the u.s. ambassador Sir Kim Derrick seems like a rather perceptive chap perceptive observer of American politics he calls the White House quote uniquely dysfunctional describes Trump as inept incompetent and my personal favorite radiating insecurity of course it didn't take long for that report to start making waves on this side of the pond oh I could say things about him but I won't bother for sure dude how long you think our completely and totally thick-skinned president could keep that promise that's thing to in sixty Seconds so after is reported that the British ambassador referred Donald Trump as insecure in leaf cables the president held out nearly a full forty eight whole hours before unleashing a totally secure and composed series of insults saying he didn't know the ambassador but he's not liked or well thought of calling him wacky a very stupid guy and a pompous fool he sure has a lot to say about a guy he supposedly doesn't know president Trump also disinvited ambassador Derek to a dinner with the Emir of Qatar last night which was a whole other weird scene but he didn't make sure to get that his good friend Robert Kraft was there and for some reason the UK trade minister told the BBC that he would apologize to Ivanka Trump for the whole mess at a previously scheduled meeting in Washington there was no mention of an apology in the White House's readout of that event regardless this has got to be the end of the road for the ambassador right considering the President himself said we will no longer deal with him we will continue to deal with all accredited individuals until we get any further guidance from the White House or the president which we will of course abide by the president's direction so you have not received any instruction from the White House to cut contacts with the embassy or with the Ambassador no maybe check your phone okay well we'll just have to wait I guess for the next set of tweets well first of all I don't have thin skin I have very strong very thick skin I have a strong temperament and it's a very good temperament that it's a very in control temperament hey there I'm Chris Hayes from MSNBC thanks for watching MSNBC on YouTube if you want to keep up to date with the videos we're putting out you can click subscribe just below me or click over on this list to see lots of other great videos

DEMOCRATS LIABLE FOR RUSSIA CONSPIRACY



I folks welcome back to meme the left hope you having a cracking day exclusive Trump campaign Nancy Pelosi libel for Adam Schiff Jerry Nadler Russia collusion lies the whole thing was a lie it was a lie from start to finish no evidence no collusion in fact there's actually evidence that the Trump campaign turned down any help from Russia I rejected any help from Russian operatives in the election so not only did Trump not collude with the Russians but they all they rejected any kind of assistance from Russian operatives in the election what we've got right now is the greatest conspiracy theory ever ever perpetrated over the American people that say I've says since weapons of mass destruction since the weapons of mass destruction lie was pushed out by the mainstream media was pushed out by the political elite okay what we have now is the last two years we've had the Russia Russia conspiracy Russia collusion this is but this has turned out to be the greatest lie ever pushed out by the media the media's credibility right now is just is just in the toilet the Democrats right now the left right now is destroying they've destroyed their credibility there are in tatters I mean they have put so much political capital into this into this report they put so much political capital on the line that Trump would somehow be indicted that they would get him on something but Trump comes through squeaky clean as far as collusion anything to do with the Russians and what we have here the Democrats are to blame the Left are to blame they lied they lied to the American people okay President on Trump's reelection campaign spokesman Tim Mota guys told write up news on Monday that the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is personally liable and responsible for the lies that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Republic Adam Schiff and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler told about the defunct defunct Russian narrative Nancy Pelosi put atom ship and Jerry Nadler on top of two of the most powerful committees in the house and they now have a severe credibility problem they were leaders of the two-year effort to lie to the American people and that's what it was it was just lies built upon lies built upon lies and you want to know where the lies started the very origin of the lies is the Hillary Clinton campaign days after the loss when they just could when they just couldn't fathom they actually lost a trump guess what they did came up with the Russian narrative came up it was all Russia's fault Hillary Clinton lost because you know Donald Trump cheat cheated that was the only way they could get it into the heads and not because Hillary Clinton is just an absolutely horrible human being that no one really liked and she was just a terrible candidate it was the fact that all know Donald Trump cheated when you work with the Russians blah blah blah anyway while the Speaker of the House sat silently and let them do any investigations they undertake are hopelessly tainted by their repeated and egregious spreading of Mawlid malicious collusion hoaxes speaker Pelosi should have to answer for their actions I definitely agree the Democrats are liable for this pay back the money at least you for two years you've been pushing this Russian bullshit and the media the media you are all disgraceful and the disgraceful conspiracy theory that you pushed you sought to push to divide you are like a pack of absolute I can't even use words to describe how much I hate the me to use the word how do you use it word hate much I really I hate the mainstream media they're not there for the people they're there to push out narratives your people are disgusting your people are disgraceful you've disgraced yourself your credibility is absolutely in the toilet right now go away and die and the whole mainstream media just go away and die we don't need you anymore we don't need your boss don't need your nonsan we don't need your lies don't need your propaganda go away have a slow horrible death all those pundits in the media just sitting on you know sprouting out their propaganda Rachel Maddow little little little Brian still to go away go away just go away and just be done with it okay you're finished we've had enough of your bullshit I've had enough of your propaganda we've had enough of your lives bill my out go away okay you're done okay you're finished okay your credibility is 0 all these Talking Heads pushing the propaganda go away okay okay how this comes in the wake of a memo that Malta on behalf of the Trump campaign is circulating it's a top television producer major Network casting doubt on several Democrats credibility and so we'll go and look at the land at the memory order that the Trump campaign is actually sending out to major television producers not that this will do anything because they're all they're all crooks they're all they're all leftist they're all pushing their bullshit narratives okay so it goes you know to television producers bla bla bla as you know Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report found that no one associated with the president Donald hate Ron 2016 claimed a clue to Russia despite repeated offers from Russia link operatives despite repeated offers despite repeated offers that's the double whammy here that's the double double vindication here the special counsel also made no recommendation instruction which is a decision in itself using the information provided by mule the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General determined there was no obstruction there this is the result of special counsels 2,800 subpoenas 500 search warrants 500 witness interviews 40 FBI ages 19 lawyers 25 million dollars into in in in taxpayer funds okay 25 million dollars for the mock world's most expensive nothing burger the only way to interpret this conclusion their total total complete vindication on President Trump that's right Trump's running around this is like victory he's running around the media their media's credibility is in the toilet the left the left has pretty much destroyed themselves over this okay the issuance of these a defender findings comes up to two years of Democrats and other lying to the American people by vigorously and repeating claims that there was evidence of collusion the constant lies the lies the lies the propaganda the lies I mean it was just analysts like Walter war or left stream media they all right they disgraced themselves over this years that there should be massive massive penalties for this book the bullshit for the propaganda they put out for the lies they spread social media should start banning all these companies off their platform for pushing fake news for pushing pushing conspiracy theories you've handled Donald Trump the election I really hope you realize that what you've done you've just handed it over to him on like a little gold plate he's he's the election Donald Trump who's 2020 because your fake news okay he's been pushing he's been saying your fake news now it's proved that you are fake news the mainstream media is fake news the mainstream media is propaganda the mainstream media is complete bullshit okay let's just let's just let's just do away with them anyway ah the list of guests who made outlandish false claims include not limited to Senator Richard at Bloomberg the evidence is pretty clear that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians where where's the evidence I mean that maybe you didn't let Mueller know about it he couldn't find a ball but he or you knew about it didn't you mr. senator I wonder why okay he may got little Adam shit I think there's a plenty of evidence or conclude I think there's plenty of evidence or conclusion of conspiracy in plain sight I really you were wrong you were wrong you were dead wrong your hunt upset wrong you're an absolute moron okay and then we've got Republican natla there was obviously a lot of conclusion the question is how high every day every day every so often your new information about involvement blah blah blah no you're wrong completely wrong there was no collusion you're an absolute idiot and we've got DNC chairman Tom Perez and over the course of last year we have seen I think a mountain of evidence of collusion between the campaign and the Russians to basically affect our democracy wrong wrong wrong there was no Kent there was no collusion where is all this evidence mr. Tom Perez hey maybe you should let some the Mueller maybe you should let them you'll investigation know about apparently all this evidence because they couldn't find any hey hey hey I got an idea maybe you're just lying maybe you're just bullshitting okay I'm just going to put it out there tom okay and we got former CIA director John Brennan I called this behavior treasonous which is to betray one's trust and obeying the enemy and I stand very much by that claim are you really you're standing by that claim are you Johnny oh really so you won't know who the treason who's doing treason you're the traitor you you're the traitor okay you're you're you're you're engaging in treason here you know you're making like a false allegation where is it where's the trees where's the behavior treasonous I mean didn't you let Mueller know about it okay no you're full of bullshit you're on absolute moron you're an idiot okay you're due credibility is destroyed go away okay and this is moving forward we ask that you employ basic journalistic standards we're basic journalistic standards my god basic journalistic standards whatever happened to just real journalism activists these days they're just I mean journalists these days are just activists they've got these big platforms and they just spewing out propaganda there's no there's no basic journalistic standards there's no proper you know proper journalism being done anymore and when booking such guests that may appear and in your Universal productions you should begin by asking the basic question does this guess warrant further appearances on our program and given the outrageous and unsupported claims and made in the past all this bullshit that they've just pushed out in the past just to push out a narrative you know that they had no evidence for but then you know the narrative these days is more important than the truth okay at a minimum if these guests do reappear you should repay the prior statements and challenge them to provide evidence which which prompted them to make the wild claims in the first place the American people have been buying bombarded by these accusations through the media for two long years they have been told they're legitimately elected president and colluded with Russia I claim proven false yet the American media has engaged in mass treason here trying to paint the president at illegitimate trying to paint the President as being under the control of a foreign power yeah the mainstream media is guilty of treason there must be severe ramifications for this whole conspiracy to has been destroyed it's been debunked at this point that must be introspection from the introspection that's like saying there should be introspection from the Democrats you know for Hillary Clinton when they lost the election you know look let us look internally and look at how badly we perform no no there was no introspection there will be none of this at this point the must be introduced from the media who facilitated these reckless statements in a serious evaluation of how guests were considered and handled in the future yeah so a good letter I don't think it will I don't think it will really do any good yes so here here is who we have to blame and I think the Democrats should pay they should pay for the Mueller investigation 25 million straight up there should be massive fines levied out to the media companies who or who just pushed this absolute bullshit for two years anyway that's what I think yeah let me know what you know let me know what you think and we'll keep the conversation rolling and I'll um or catching the comments

Watch me draw 10 presidents



so when I was in high school it was my big dream to become a political cartoonist I started my own political cartooning website and I drew political cartoons every week until 2015 and then I stopped because I realized no one really cared it's just not a style of cartooning that is very popular these days people still like jokes aboot politics but they prefer to get them from Colbert or memes but anyway one side effect of having studied political cartoons is that I figured out how to draw basically all of the US presidents see in political cartooning US presidents are kind of like symbols or even hieroglyphics because everyone knows their faces so well it's not hard to learn how to draw them really quickly and easily so long as you always include like the three main facial features that they're known for so watch as I show you how to quickly draw the last ten US presidents so the first one we're gonna look at is the current President President Donald Trump of course his main feature is his big mop of hair he's got a pretty round head and then he's got these kind of bushy eyebrows little squinty eyes he has really pursed lips sort of long hair in the back just have a lot of fun with the hair he has pretty broad shoulders he has a sort of broad physique broad shoulders as vice president Mike Pence likes to praise yeah basically something like this well use a bit of the color now we'll use one of these fancy alcohol markers just to give a bit of shade to it obviously his hair has a lot of colors people like to play up his sort of phony skin tone as well particularly as it relates to sort of the bags under his eyes which are often rendered in a different color yeah something like that all right let's do President Obama now he has a sort of long elongated sort of head shape he has quite heavy eyebrows and generally people draw him with a sort of happy Pleasant look he's got a pretty distinctive smile that tends to dominate caricatures of him that there he of course also has la mole and he has these big ears that really dominate any cartoons of his face depending on when you want to depict him his hair could be one of many different shades he has a pretty thin physique pretty thin and we kind of build so we'll just give him small shoulders like that and since of course he is the first african-american president let's add a fair bit of color here just some nice shading in and around the face trying to think of how dark I want to make his hair I used to think of him as having quite dark hair but you know like all presidents they age quite rapidly in office and now I think of him as being a relatively greyish man so we'll just sort of get somewhere in between a couple layers of gray but not too much yeah something like this and not too bad a bit more shadow in the ears the ears were pretty pretty big and cavernous yeah something something like this all right and before Obama was George W Bush this is a man who I drew a lot of cartoons of so he's pretty automatic to me he has these big eyebrows little beady eyes and a big sort of upper lip and he of course always had a sort of awkward facial expression which is kind of the big thing to capture with him he had quite big ears as well which people of course played up in a sort of ape-like way he had a pretty thin slim physique as well kind of slumped shoulders his body language in general was a little shrugging a little awkward a little uncomfortable man which was George W Bush we'll just put some color into the eyebrows here and some into the hair as well yeah the big opera whip was always george w bush's thing as well as sort of the puzzled expression he generally wore I think quite light colored suits will give some shadow into the big ears here it's the perplexed expression more than any physical characteristic but I think was george w bush's big thing and before george w bush was Bill Clinton his big thing was this big sort of honk and nose he had he also had quite a mop of hair but the bigger thing was this kind of very broad chin he had and this kind of very tiny mouth in the context of it he was a very large man as well very big shoulders just kind of a broad hefty man he was teased for being sort of overweight we don't think of that as my as one of his characteristics now that he's of course to slimmed down a fair bit in retirement I'll give the nose a lot of color because it was kind of large he had quite pink skin as well a sort of very distinctive complexion he generally wore kind of light suits it was the 90s so it wasn't exactly a great era for for men's fashion maybe a little bit of color in the mouth here something like that if I was coloring him with full color I'd just make his skin pretty much pink yeah just a bit more here or something like that all right and then before Clinton was the old man Bush and the thing about George HW Bush was he was really the only president of modern times to wear glasses which the cartoonists always had a lot of fun with these sort of big spectacles much like his son he kind of often had a awkward sort of facial expression he never quite seemed super comfortable in his own skin he had a long pointy nose kind of big upper lip kind of just this sort of weird awkward old man kind of look to it with this big sort of bony chin he had a very slight build as well that cartoonists often made fun of you know very small shoulders kind of thin and an awkward we'll just put a bit of color in here I love those glasses I just love making these kind of big awkward goggle things on dominating his face it makes him look a lot older a lot more awkward people just really were quite cruel to him as this kind of doddering clumsy old man yeah sort of like that and then before George HW Bush was Ronald Reagan he sort of had a big nose and these little beady kind of eyes his big thing of course that was this big sort of pompadour of black hair he had died they said although he denied it he was kind of an old man you know the oldest president before Trump so he kind of just had a kind of doddering old man look very wrinkly neck that was a big sort of aspect of his character and a big upper lip and you know kind of big ears he had very broad shoulders I don't know if I was the shoulder pads of the 80s that was part of it but always just these large dark suits that he wore of course you know you can go as far as you want in making him as wrinkly and decrepit looking as you want the cartoonists of the time had a lot of fun with his you know sort of wrinkly cavernous face especially the wrinkles in the neck like I said just lots of fun to shade drawing sort of big big holes and wrinkles everywhere in his ears lots of spots to it every day I mean people could be as cruel as they wanted with this kind of stuff yeah we'll just cram in a bit more yeah something like that now Jimmy Carter is an interesting president because there was basically two main ways to draw him you could either draw Jimmy Carter as he was when he was first elected which was this man with this big big smile that was really all anyone would ever draw sometimes they would just draw him as only a smile no other facial features at all you know with nice grinning face you know just a very happy man kind of had a mop of hair wasn't combed in a particular way just happy Jimmy full of the outsider the farm the the peanut farmer from Georgia who was gonna come to Washington and fix everything up after Watergate but then of course after his four years in office things weren't going quite so well and then everybody sort of started throw him in a very different way which was with this big sort of mopey frown with these big lips these kind of like horrible pursed wrinkly chapped lips that were kind of symbolic of how much he had decayed and he would be drawn with a sort of small build a small physique he wasn't I don't think that short of a man but there was kind of this sense that he wasn't up to the job and so they would draw him with like as a man of literally small stature yeah so we'll just add a bit to that these sort of big lips are fun to draw just the kind of the the amount of texture that you've gotten lips is pretty fun and you know just kind of they've depict him in this very craggly awkward sort of way you know all the color taken out of his hair and just kind of a poor sad crumbling man and then before Jimmy Carter was sort of the long-forgotten Gerald Ford who was president for two years after Richard Nixon resigned Gerald Ford was considered this very difficult president to draw in his own time because he had a very sort of boring face he just kind of had a you know he was bald I think now people sort of think of him as being somewhat ape-like but at the time it wasn't really very obvious what his dominant characteristics were he just kind of had a bald head he had a big upper lip a big chin people would sometimes drum with with quite large ears as well I'll just add another one here you know just kind of making him I suppose look a bit more ape-like he was seen as this very sort of stoic Stern boring kind of guy he was a former football player too so he kind of had this big build kind of a very blocky build it was the 70s of course so he would often wear these plaid suits I think he's even wearing a plaid suit in his official presidential portrait but yeah Gerald Ford kind of a boring man boring presidents didn't do much boring caricature I think hopefully it's close enough and in contrast to Gerald Ford there was Richard Nixon who was of course this cartoonist dream everybody drew him in the most over-the-top grotesque way possible he had this long sausage nose these huge heavy eyebrows and these little beady eyes and of course these big sort of voluptuous jowls big pointy ears you know you can sort of imagine what all him talking as you draw it yeah this weird distinctive haircut – very dark hair slicked back and of course because everybody hated Nixon that sort of went into the depictions of him – he was always drawn as this kind of hunchbacked kind of glowering shadowy dark figure which makes him a lot of fun to draw you get to use a lot of dark colors and sort of play up this kind of inner darkness we can do have lots of fun with the shadows as well the cartoonist would often draw him with this sort of unshaven jowls which was a reference to the horrible debate that he did with with John F Kennedy in which he sort of refused to shave or wear any makeup and that kind of haunted him for the rest of his life so we can just draw him as just this man sort of forever lurking in the darkness forever casted sort of forever darkened by these deep dark shadows geez I'm like putting more colour on him than I did on Obama but you know Nixon is this fun guy to draw the caricature of Nixon is sort of almost become this figure independent of the President himself yeah all right and then before Nixon was Lyndon Johnson who is sorry I think a sort of somewhat forgotten president or at least I don't think he's plays as large a role in the public imagination Lyndon Johnson was kind of a weird-looking man he wasn't as distinctive as some of the other presidents he was basically just kind of a craggly old man he had a long sausage nose not unlike Nixon and kind of a long jolly face kind of like Reagan and he had these big years the cartoonists would really sort of go nuts with the ears a lot of the time he was also a very very tall man you know I think he's the second tallest president after Abraham Lincoln would wear dark suits but the thing about him was that he was basically just I don't know he was an old southern politician and his face wasn't particularly distinctive but it was distinctive in the sense that it was sort of this long droopy face with lots of wrinkles and jowls and crags and that kind of thing you know he can much like Reagan he can be a fun guy to to shadow into color just because there's so many little nooks and crannies in his big face to emphasize in color it was that long sort of nose the long chin of his and the long upper lip and then the big ears went a little bit nuts in this drawing I guess just kind of looks like a big mess of fleshy body parts but I suppose that's what a lot of presidents are by the time you become president you're often a relatively old man and you know time has had its way with you and just for fun let's also do JFK because you know he seems like a better one to end on than Lyndon Johnson JFK was considered the handsome presidents so he's a little bit harder to draw but he did have these droopy eyes of course his big grin and then his main feature was his big hairstyle his you know he had a big head of dark hair relatively athletic build strong shoulders but it was the hair really that's the big thing about Kennedy that was the thing that people drew at the time was just add as much color as we can here unlike most presidents you know he wasn't his hair wasn't gray um he became president so there was a lot to play up there the Kennedy was older than he seems to he did have some signs of decay he had bags under his eyes and she knows wrinkles appearing around them and that sort of stuff so I guess playing that up a bit but overall he was a youthful looking man and a handsome looking man which is generally a harder sort of person to caricature than a Lyndon Johnson of Ronald Reagan a Richard Nixon type who have a few more obvious signs of decay so yeah sort of like that so not too bad eh hopefully you enjoyed this slightly different type of video let me know in the comments which one you like the best and let me know if you have any other ideas for a certain group of politicians I could draw maybe more presidents or the Canadian Prime Minister's or the British Prime Minister's or something no matter what country you're talking about the cartoonists there have always found a way to reduce their leaders to just a clump of a few basic facial features think about it the next time you look at a political cartoon or not

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summer of 1968 presidential election was looming in the fall and because when it rains it pours in politics that summer summer of 68 the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court decided that he would like to retire Chief Justice Earl Warren told President Johnson that he wanted to retire now LBJ was at the end of his term right he was deeply unpopular at the time he decided not to run for re-election and LBJ devised a plan for what he was gonna do about that chief justice seat he decided that he would elevate to the chief justice position a Justice who was already on the Supreme Court justice who'd already been on the court for three years his friend Abe Fortas and Republicans were already not hot on Abe Fortas because of his liberal views because of his ties to President Johnson but their support their potential support for a Portis being Chief Justice that cratered when it was revealed that justice Fortas had accepted a bunch of speaking fees from private donors for a series of college lectures which he should not have done and so they filibustered him they blocked his nomination for four days on October 1st 1968 a month before the election there was an attempt to beat that filibuster and the attempt dramatically failed and the Abe Fortas nomination to be chief justice that whole thing fell apart Fortas lost the vote was on cloture on stopping the filibuster on forcing the members to stop talking to sit down and to decide whether they confirmed Fortas or not they took a vote on ending the filibuster and the Senate clerk announced the result 45 to 43 that was 14 votes short of two-thirds of the Senators present the Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield and said the appointment would be laid aside temporarily and the Senate would go to other business that was October of 1968 that was so long ago we didn't have c-span we had Senate sketch artists like it was a cameras banned from the courtroom situation October 1968 that is the last and only time a Supreme Court nominee was successfully filibustered in modern times the last time an opposition party tried to mount a filibuster was in 2006 the Sam Alito nomination twenty four Democrats led by John Kerry and Ted Kennedy supported by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in O six they attempted to filibuster Alito's nomination to the court but 20 Democratic senators would not go along and that effort failed so again the last time they or it's able to pull this off was 68 he's it gonna happen again are they going to be able to pull it off prior to tonight's announcement about who the nominee would be for the Supreme Court see before we knew it was going to be Neil Gorsuch the Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell had a suggestion for Democrats don't filibuster what I would expect from our Democratic friends is the nominee can be handled similarly to President Clinton's two nominees in his first term and President Obama's two nominees in his first term President Obama's two nominees in his first term I'd like to get really specific because they don't want to talk about the third nomination that President Obama made no mention of Merrick Garland's President Obama's third nominee who faced this unprecedented blockade by Republican senators who refused since last March to even hold the hearing on his nomination despite the fact that Merrick garland was a completely non controversial nomination well tonight the new Republican president has announced that appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch is his choice for that Supreme Court seat that Merrick garland was supposed to be the nominee for after Neil Gorsuch was announced as the nominee we got this statement from the Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer quote the Senate must insist upon 60 votes for any Supreme Court nominee a bar that was met by each of President Obama's nominees the burden is on Judge Gorsuch to prove himself to be within the legal mainstream and in this new era willing to vigorously defend the Constitution from abuses of the executive branch the headline there may be not surprising but the Democratic Senate leader affirming that they're going to insist on a 60-vote threshold Republicans do not have 60 votes in the Senate what this means is that Democrats are going to filibuster Senate Democrats were already under intense pressure from Democratic voters who have been loudly upset with Democrats casting votes for Trump cabinet nominees that pressure will intensify on Democrats now that we've got a Supreme Court nomination as well even before tonight even before we got the name tonight one Democratic senator had been standing up loudly and overtly saying that he would filibuster the pic regardless of who it was because he said Republicans effectively stole this Supreme Court seat from President Obama a senator who has been making that case all along is Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley joining us now is Senator Merkley senator thank you very much for being up late and being here with us on nominee nomination I really appreciate your welcome Rachel I wouldn't miss it well does the announcement of Judge Gorsuch his name is remarks tonight the president's introduction of hammering tonight does that change your mind at all about your desire to filibuster this nomination no not at all I mean the point I was making was we must not forget this this is not a normal consideration this is a seat that was stolen from the former President Obama that's never been done in US history before to let this become normal just invites a complete partisan polarization of the court From Here to Eternity at what point does a majority say in the future we will not let someone make a nomination two years into their four years or three years into four years or their entire four years so I made it clear that I was going to insist on a 60 vote standard and that I would vote against closing debate so existing on 60 votes is the way you you start what we refer to as a filibuster and then the question is there going to be enough votes to shut it down and of course my hope is is that there won't be how many how many senators do you need to join with you in order to make it so that Judge Gorsuch has to clear 60 votes in order to get confirmed how many people do you need you have to have 41 senators vote against closing debate there are 48 Democratic Senatorial senators said another 48 you need 41 oh yes so we've got 48 senators who are either Democrats are who are caucusing with the Democrats do you have any sense of your colleagues views toward this and whether or not you think you'll clear that 41 vote number well I suspect we're going to hear a lot of statements from colleagues but the colleagues who are waiting to see if possibly the president would nominate someone like Merrick garland are going to be sorely disappointed tonight this is a nick from the extreme right someone who has said corporations art people made that case someone who has proceeded to be against class-action suits which are the only opportunity for fairness for a lot of citizens I mean you go by case by case by case this is about the powerful and the privileged and oppressing the rights of the people I think I think there's going to be an enormous number of senators who decide that this person is not suitable because they will not honor our We the People vision of government embedded in our Constitution Senator Merkley I'm sort of been reading the tea leaves on this a little bit trying to get a sense of where the Democrats in the Senate are on this and whether or not this is a time when we might expect a democratic effort that would be a big deal that would be a heavy lift in political terms not just because of the qualifications of this nominee but because it would set a new standard for what it means to get a Supreme Court justice I look at the size of those protests in the streets I look at the mood of the Democratic base right now I look at the reaction of Democratic voters and protesters to what the new administration is doing who they've nominated to the cabinet and I see a lot of momentum I see a lot of energy how do you know whether or not it's going to translate into into this working are you worried that if you try and fail Democrats will be showing weakness here well I I never worried about trying and failing you have to fight the battles you believe in and that's what enables you to win is to undertake that battle I can tell you that this weekend I had two town halls on Saturday the first had 600 folks crowded into a gym that could only fit about 400 it was almost scary and I thought I'm never going to see another Town Hall like this I went to my second town hall and 3700 citizens showed up to weigh in about how angry they are how frustrated they are about how America has gone way off track under just the at that point ten days of this presidential leadership by Trump Jeff Merkley of Oregon about to be involved in one of the political fights of your life sir thank you for helping us understand tonight I appreciate being so welcome alright this is gonna be very interesting I mean what Jeff Merkley is talking about here what Chuck Schumer now says is going to be the Democratic strategy here is to get 41 Democrats to line up with this filibuster they've got 48 democratic or caucusing with the Democratic caucus senators in the Senate if they can get 41 of the 48 to side with this strategy they can at least theoretically they can block this nomination from the minority it would be a radical move it would change the way that Supreme Court nominees are approved in this country sort of been changing on its own anyway but this is gonna be a fascinating thing to watch and it'll be fascinating to see if they'll those protesters out in the street all those people showing up at Senate offices and town hall meetings and all these things all over the country whether they're gonna backstop their democratic senators on this strategy this is gonna be a hell of a fight 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THAT'S >>> YOU'RE LOOKING AT LIVE PICS OF THE NATIONAL MALL WHERE PRESIDENT TRUMP IS ABOUT TO START SPEAKING. PART OF THE CONTROVERSIAL FOURTH OF JULY EVENT THAT WE HAVE TALKING ABOUT FOR DAYS IS CALLED SALUTE TO AMERICA. IT'S GOING TO INVOLVE FIREWORKS, A FLYOVER, MILITARY TANKS, ALL SORTS OF THINGS. THE WEATHER IS NOT PARTICULARITY GREAT. IT'S BEEN RAINING ON AND OFF THROUGHOUT THE DAY IN D.C. THIS HAS BEEN A HIGHLY CRITICIZED AND CONTROVERSIAL EVENT. WE KNOW IT'S GOING TO COST AT LEAST $2.5 MILLION IF NOT MORE. A LOT OF PEOPLE CONCERNED THAT MONEY WAS COMING FROM TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO THE NATIONAL PARK WHICH ARE SUPPOSED TO GO TO HELP IMPROVE THE NATIONAL PARK. A LOT OF PEOPLE IN D.C. ALSO WORRIED ABOUT THE IMPACTS THE TANKS AND MILITARY EQUIPMENT MIGHT HAVE ON THE ROAD THERE. THERE'S VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE. THERE WAS SOME CONCERN THAT WEATHER MIGHT DETER THE CROWDS. AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE ON THE NATIONAL MALL. THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WERE SAYING THEY FELT LIKE TODAY WAS ABOUT COMMUNITY, THAT THEY WERE NOT THRILLED ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING ON IN WASHINGTON, D.C. TODAY AND THEY WERE PAR PARTICIPATING IN SMALLER EVENTS. WE UNDERSTAND THE BLUE ANGELS FROM THE U.S. NAVY ARE GOING TO BE DOING A FLYOVER. YOU CAN SEE A BAND THERE AND HEAR THE MUSIC FAINTLY. THIS IS A FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION UNLIKE ANY OTHER. IT'S UNCOMMON FOR THE PRESIDENT TO BE ON THE NATIONAL MALL ON THE FOURTH OF JULY. THAT RAISED A LOT OF SECURITY CONCERNS ABOUT WHAT THAT WOULD COST AND WHAT KIND OF SECURITY RISK IT WOULD POSE. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY HAVE MANAGED TO PULL IT OFF THIS EVENING. WE WILL SEE IF THIS IS THE GREAT SHOW THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN PROMISING, INSPIRED BY THAT BASTILLE DAY EVENT HE SAW IN PARIS WHEN HE WAS WITH EMANUEL MACRON. HE LIKED THAT EUROPEAN UNION STYLE MILITARY PARADE AND SO DECIDED TO BRING ONE HERE RIGHT TO THE NATIONAL MALL. THE BAND SOUNDS LIKE THEY ARE KICKING UP A LITTLE BIT AND THE FLAGS ARE COMING IN SO IT APPEARS THE PRESIDENT MIGHT BE ABOUT TO MAKE HIS WAY TO THE PODIUM WHERE HE IS GOING TO ADDRESS THE NATION AS PART OF THIS EVENING'S CELEBRATION. WHY DON'T WE LISTEN IN. ♪♪ ♪ O SAY, CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT ♪ ♪ WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING? ♪ ♪ WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT ♪ ♪ O'ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING? ♪ ♪ AND THE ROCKETS' RED GLARE THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR ♪ ♪ GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE ♪ ♪ OH, SAY, DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED BANNER YET WAVE ♪ ♪ O'ER THE LAND OF THE FREE ♪ ♪ AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE? ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ >> Announcer: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, DONALD J. TRUMP AND THE FIRST LADY OF THE UNITED STATES, MELANIA TRUMP. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ >> USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA! >>> HELLO, AMERICA. HELLO. THE FIRST LADY AND I WISH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU A HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY ON THIS TRULY HISTORIC FOURTH OF JULY. TODAY WE COME TOGETHER AS ONE NATION WITH THIS VERY SPECIAL SALUTE TO AMERICA. WE CELEBRATE OUR HISTORY, OUR PEOPLE AND THE HEROS WHO PROUDLY DEFEND OUR FLAG, THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY. WE ARE PLEASED TO HAVE WITH US VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE AND HIS WONDERFUL WIFE KAREN. WE'RE ALSO JOINED BY MANY HARD WORKING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, ACTING SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MARK ESPER AND MANY OTHER MEMBERS OF MY CABINET AND ALSO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, GENERAL JOE DUNFORD. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. LIEUTENANT GENERAL DANIEL HAWKINSON OF THE NATIONAL GUARD AND DISTINGUISHED LEADERS REPRESENTING EACH BRANCH OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCED, THE ARMY, NAVY, COAST GUARD, MARINES, AIR FORCE AND VERY SOON THE SPACE FORCE. AS WE GATHER THIS EVENING IN THE JOY OF FREEDOM, WE REMEMBER THAT ALL SHARE A TRULY EXTRAORDINARY HERITAGE. TOGETHER WE ARE PART OF ONE OF THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD, THE STORY OF AMERICA. IT IS THE EPIC TALE OF A GREAT NATION WHOSE PEOPLE HAVE RISKED EVERYTHING FOR WHAT THEY KNOW IS RIGHT AND WHAT THEY KNOW IS TRUE. IT IS THE CHRONICLE OF BRAVE CITIZENS WHO NEVER GIVE UP ON THE DREAM OF A BETTER AND BRIGHTER FUTURE AND IT IS THE SAGA OF 13 SEPARATE COLONIES THAT UNITED TO FORM THE MOST JUST AND VIRTUOUS REPUBLIC EVER CONCEIVED. ON THIS DAY 243 YEARS AGO OUR FOUNDING FATHERS PLEDGED THEIR LIVES, THEIR FORTUNES AND THEIR SACRED HONOR TO DECLARE INDEPENDENCE AND DEFEND OUR GOD GIVEN RIGHTS. THOMAS JEFFERSON WROTE THE WORDS THAT FOREVER CHANGED THE COURSE OF HUMANITARIAN, WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT, THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL, THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE RIGHTS, THAT AMONG THESE ARE LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS. WITH A SINGLE SHEET OF PARCHMENT AND 56 SIGNATURES, AMERICA BEGAN THE GREATEST POLITICAL JOURNEY IN HUMAN HISTORY. ON THAT DAY, THE PATRIOTS WHO WOULD DETERMINE THE ULTIMATE SUCCESS OF THE STRUGGLE WERE 100 MILES AWAY IN NEW YORK. THERE, THE CONTINENTAL ARMY PREPARED TO MAKE ITS STAND, COMMANDED BY THE BELOVED GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON. AS THE DELEGATES DEBATED THE DECLARATION IN PHILADELPHIA, WASHINGTON'S ARMY WATCHED FROM MANHATTAN AS A MASSIVE BRITISH INVADING FLEET LOOMED DANGEROUSLY ACROSS NEW YORK HARBOR. THE BRITISH HAD COME TO CRUSH THE REVOLUTION IN ITS INFANCY. WASHINGTON'S MESSAGE TO HIS TROOPS LAID BARE THE STAKES. HE WROTE, "THE FATE OF UNBORN MILLIONS WILL NOW DEPEND UNDER GOD ON THE COURAGE AND CONDUCT OF THIS ARMY. WE HAVE THEREFORE TO RESOLVE TO CONQUER OR DIE. ." DAYS LATER, GENERAL WASHINGTON ORDERED THE DECLARATION READ ALLOWED TO THE TROOPS, THE ASSEMBLED SOLDIERED JUST JOINED AN EXCITED CROWD RUNNING DOWN BROADWAY. THEY TOPPLED THE STATUE OF KING GEORGE AND MELTED IT INTO BULLETS FOR BATTLE. THE FAR-AWAY KING WOULD SOON LEARN A TIMELESS LESSON ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF THIS MAJESTIC LAND. AMERICANS LOVE OUR FREEDOM AND NO ONE WILL EVER TAKE IT AWAY FROM US. THAT SAME AMERICAN SPIRIT THAT EMBOLDENED OUR FOUNDERS HAS KEPT US STRONG THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY. TO THIS DAY, THAT SPIRIT RUNS THROUGH THE VEINS OF EVERY AMERICAN PATRIOT. IT LOVES ON IN EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU HERE TODAY. IT IS THE SPIRIT DARING AND DEFIANCE, EXCELLENCE AND ADVENTURE, COURAGE AND CONFIDENCE, LOYALTY AND LOVE THAT BUILT THIS COUNTRY INTO THE MOST EXCEPTIONAL NATION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD AND OUR NATION IS STRONGER TODAY THAN IT EVER WAS BEFORE. IT IS ITS STRONGEST NOW. >> USA! USA! USA! >> THAT SAME RIGHTEOUS AMERICAN SPIRIT FORGED OUR GLORIOUS CONSTITUTION. THAT RUGGED AMERICAN CHARACTER LED THE LEGENDARY EXPLORERS LEWIS AND CHARACTER ON THEIR PERILOUS EXPEDITION ACROSS AN UNTAMED CONTINENT. IT DROVE OTHERS TO JOURNEY WEST AND STAKE OUT THEIR CLAIM ON THE WILD FRONTIER. DEVOTION TO OUR FOUNDING IDEALS LED AMERICAN PATRIOTS TO ABOLISH THE EVIL OF SLAVERY, SECURE CIVIL RIGHTS AND EXPAND THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY TO ALL AMERICANS. THIS IS THE NOBLE PURPOSE THAT INSPIRED ABRAHAM LINCOLN TO REDEDICATE OUR NATION TO A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM AND TO RESOLVE THAT WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE A GOVERNMENT OF, BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE. OUR QUEST FOR GREATNESS UNLEASHED A CULTURE OF DISCOVERY THAT LED THOMAS EDISON TO IMAGINE HIS LIGHTBULB, ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL TO CREATE THE TELEPHONE, THE WRIGHT BROTHERS TO LOOK TO THE SKY AND SEE THE NEXT GREAT FRONTIER. FOR AMERICANS, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. EXACTLY 50 YEARS AGO THIS MONTH, THE WORLD WATCHED IN AWE AS APOLLO 11 ASTRONAUTS LAUNCHED INTO SPACE WITH A WAKE OF FIRE AND NERVES OF STEEL AND PLANTED OUR GREAT AMERICAN FLAG ON THE FACE OF THE MOON. HALF A CENTURY LATER, WE ARE THRILLED TO HAVE HER TONIGHT THE FAMED NASA FLIGHT DIRECTOR WHO LED MISSION CONTROL DURING THAT HISTORIC ENDEAVOR, THE RENOWNED GENE KRANTZ. GENE, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE BACK ON THE MOON VERY SOON AND SOMEDAY SOON WE WILL PLANT THE AMERICAN FLAG ON MARS. IT'S HAPPENING, GENE. IT'S HAPPENING. OUR NATION'S CREATIVITY AND GENIUS LIT UP THE LIGHTS OF BROADWAY. IT FILLED THE CONCERT HALLS AND AIR WAVES AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE SOUND OF JAZZ, OPERA, COUNTRY, ROCK 'N' ROLL AND RHYTHM AND BLUES. IT GAVE BIRTH TO THE MUSICAL, THE MOTION PICTURE, THE WESTERN, THE WORLD SERIES, THE SUPER BOWL, THE SKYSCRAPER, THE SUSPENSION BRIDGE, THE ASSEMBLY LINE AND THE MIGHTY AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE. IT LED OUR CITIZENS TO PUSH THE BOUNDS OF MEDICINE AND SCIENCE TO SAVE THE LIVES OF MILLIONS. HERE WITH US THIS EVENING IS DR. EMANUEL FRYRANK. WHEN HE BEGAN HIS WORK, 90% OF CHILDREN WITH LEUKEMIA DIED. THANKS LARGELY TO HIS BREAKTHROUGH TREATMENTS, CURRENTLY 90% OF THOSE WITH THE MOST COMMON CHILDHOOD LEUKEMIAS SURVIVE. DOCTOR, YOU ARE A GREAT AMERICAN HERO. THANK YOU. AMERICANS ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER. THAT LOVE AND UNITY HELD TOGETHER THE FIRST PILGRIMS. IT FORGED COMMUNITIES ON THE GREAT PLAINS. IT INSPIRED CLARA BARTON TO FOUND THE RED CROSS AND IT KEEPS OUR NATION THRIVING TODAY. HERE TONIGHT, FROM THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE IS TINA BELCHER. HER SELFLESS GENEROSITY OVER THREE DECADES HAS MADE HER KNOWN TO ALL AS MRS. ANGEL. EVERY TIME A HURRICANE STRIKES, MRS. ANGEL TURNS HER TINY KITCHEN INTO A DISASTER RELIEF CENTER. ON A SINGLE DAY AFTER HURRICANE MICHAEL, SHE GAVE 476 PEOPLE A WARM MEAL. MRS. ANGEL, YOUR BOUNDLESS HEART INSPIRES US ALL. THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FROM OUR EARLIER DAYS, AMERICANS OF FAITH HAVE UPLIFTED OUR NATION. THIS EVENING WE ARE JOINED BY SISTER DEIRDRE BURN. SISTER BURN IS A RETIRED ARMY SURGEON WHO SERVED FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS. ON SEPTEMBER 11th, 2001, THE SISTER RACED TO GROUND ZERO, THROUGH SMOKE AND DEBRIS SHE ADMINISTERED FIRST AID AND COMFORT TO ALL. SISTER, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LIFETIME OF SERVICE. THANK OUR NATION HAS ALWAYS HONORED THE HEROS WHO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY, THE FIREFIGHTERS, FIRST RESPONDERS, POLICE, SHERIFFS, I.C.E., BORDER PATROL AND ALL OF THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN OF LAW ENFORCEMENT. ON THIS JULY 4th, WE PAY SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO THE MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR OUR NATION. WE ARE DEEPLY MOVED TO BE IN THE PRESENCE THIS EVENING OF GOLD STAR FAMILIES WHOSE LOVED ONES MADE THE SUPREME SACRIFICE. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY, OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN MADE EVER GREATER BY CITIZENS WHO RISKED IT ALL FOR EQUALITY AND FOR JUSTICE. 100 YEARS AGO THIS SUMMER, THE WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT LED CONGRESS TO PASS THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT GIVING WOMEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE. IN 1960, A THIRST FOR JUSTICE LED AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS TO SIT DOWN AT THE WOOLWORTH LUNCH COUNTER IN GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA. IT WAS ONE OF THE VERY FIRST CIVIL RIGHTS SIT-INS AND IT STARTED A MOVEMENT ALL ACROSS OUR NATION. CLARENCE HENDERSON WAS 18 YEARS OLD WHEN HE TOOK HIS PLACE IN HISTORY. ALMOST SIX DECADES LATER, HE IS HERE TONIGHT IN A SEAT OF HONOR. CLARENCE, THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS COUNTRY A MUCH BETTER PLACE FOR ALL AMERICANS. IN 1963 REVEREND MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. STOOD HERE ON THESE VERY STEPS AND CALLED ON OUR NATION TO LIVE OUT THE TRUE MEANING OF ITS CREED AND LET FREEDOM RING FOR EVERY CITIZEN ALL ACROSS OUR LAND. AMERICA'S FEARLESS RESOLVE AS INSPIRED HEROS WHO DEFINED OUR NATIONAL CHARACTER FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON, JOHN ADAMS, BETSY ROSS TO FREDERICK DOUGLAS, HARRIET TUBMAN, AMELIA ERHARDT, JACKIE ROBINSON AND OF COURSE JOHN GLENN. IT HAS WILLED OUR WARRIORS UP MOUNTAINS AND ACROSS MINE FIELDS. IT HAS LIBERATED CONTINENTS, SPLIT THE ATOM. HERE WITH US IS EARL MORSE. EARL FOUND THAT MANY WORLD WAR II VETERANS COULD NOT AFFORD TO VISIT THEIR MEMORIAL ON THE NATIONAL MALL. SO EARL BEGAN THE VERY FIRST HONOR FLIGHTS THAT HAVE NOW BROUGHT OVER 200,000 WORLD WAR II HEROS TO VISIT AMERICA'S MONUMENT. EARL, THANK YOU. WE SALUTE YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. OUR WARRIORS OF AMERICAN PATRIOTS WHO FOUGHT ALL THE WAY BACK FOR AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE. TODAY THE FUTURE OF AMERICAN FREEDOM RESTS ON THE SHOULDERS OF MEN AND WOMEN WILLING TO DEFEND IT. WE ARE PROUDLY JOINED TONIGHT BY HEROS FROM EACH BRANCH OF THE U.S. ARMED FORCES INCLUDING THREE RECIPIENTS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR. THANK YOU. THEY AND THOUSANDS BEFORE US SERVED WITH IMMENSE DISTINCTION AND THEY LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF THAT SERVICE. TO YOUNG AMERICANS ACROSS OUR COUNTRY, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO JOIN OUR MILITARY AND MAKE A TRULY GREAT STATEMENT IN LIFE. AND YOU SHOULD DO IT. WE WILL NOW BEGIN OUR CELEBRATION OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES, HONOING EACH BRANCH. I INVITE ACTING SECRETARY, PLEASE MARK ESPER, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE AND CHAIRMAN DUNFORD, HEAD OF THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, PLEASE JOIN ME. IN AUGUST OF 1790 BY REQUEST OF GEORGE WASHINGTON AND ALEXANDER HAMILTON, CONGRESS ESTABLISHED A FLEET OF TEN SWIFT VESSELS TO DEFEND OUR SHORES. THEY WOULD FIGHT PIRATES, STOP SMUGGLERS AND SAFEGUARD OUR BORDERS. THEY ARE THE ANCESTORS OF OUR FAITHFUL COAST GUARD. WHEN OUR SHIPS WERE SEIZED IN 1812 IT WAS A REVENUE CUTTER, THE SWIFT SCHOONER THOMAS JEFFERSON THAT SWEPT IN TO CAPTURE THE FIRST BRITISH VESSEL OF THE WAR. IN 1897 WHEN 265 WHALERS WERE TRAPPED IN ICE AND THE ICE FIELDS OF ALASKA WERE CLOSING UP, COURAGEOUS OFFICERS TREKKED 1500 MILES THROUGH THE FROZEN FRONTIER TO RESCUE THOSE STARVING MEN FROM CERTAIN DEATH. IN 1942 THE COAST GUARD MANNED LANDING CRAFT FOR INVASIONS IN THE PACIFIC. WHEN THE ENEMY ATTACKED, FIRST CLASS DOUGLAS MONROE USED HIS OWN BOAT TO SHIELD HIS COMRADES FROM POUNDING GUNFIRE. MONROE GAVE HIS LIFE. HUNDREDS OF MARINES WERE SAVED. AS HE LAY DYING ON THE DECK, HIS FINAL QUESTION EMBODIED DEVOTION THAT SAILS WITH EVERY COAST GUARDSMAN. DID THEY GET OFF. ON D-DAY THE COAST GUARD'S FAMOUS MATCH BOX FLEET SERVED VALIANTLY THROUGH EVERY HOUR OF THE GREATEST AMPHIBIOUS INVASION OF THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY. THE WATER BOILED WITH BULLETS LIKE A MUD PUDDLE IN A HAILSTORM BUT WE PUT OUR TROOPS ON UTAH AND OMAHA BEACHES. EVERY COAST GUARD IS TRUSTED TO PUT SERVICE BEFORE ALL, COASTIES PLUNGE FROM HELICOPTERS AND BARREL THROUGH POURING RAIN AND CRASHING WAVES TO SAVE AMERICAN LIVES. THEY SECURE OUR BORDERS FROM DRUG RUNNERS AND TERRORISTS, IN ROUGH SEAS, AT HIGH SPEEDS, THEIR SHARP SHOOTERS TAKE OUT SMUGGLERS' ENGINES WITH A SINGLE SHOT. THEY NEVER MISS. WHEN THE RED RACING STRIPES OF A COAST GUARD VESSEL BREAK THE HORIZON, WHEN THEIR CHOPPER BLADES PIERCE THE SKY, THOSE IN DISTRESS KNOW THAT THE HELP IS ON THEIR WAY AND OUR ENEMIES KNOW THEIR TIME HAS COME. THEY ARE THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD. REPRESENTING THE COAST GUARD, YOU WILL SOON SEE AN 8860 HELICOPTER BASED AT CLEAR WATER. ALONG WITH THE DOLPHIN FROM AIR STATION ATLANTIC CITY AND AN AC 144 OCEAN SENTRY FROM AIR STATION MIAMI. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> THANK YOU. THANK YOU TO THE COAST GUARD. ON A COLD DECEMBER MORNING IN 1903, A MIRACLE OCCURRED OVER THE DUNES OF KITTY HAWK, NORTH CAROLINA. WHEN TWO BICYCLE MAKERS FROM OHIO DEFIED GRAVITY WITH A 12 HORSE POWER ENGINE, WINGS MADE OF COTTON AND JUST A FEW DOLLARS IN THEIR POCKETS. JUST SIX YEARS LATER, AMERICA WAS TRAINING THE FIRST PILOT TO TAKE THESE MAGNIFICENT MACHINES UP AND OVER THE FIELD OF BATTLE. IN WORLD WAR I, OUR FLY BOYS RUSHED THE SKIES OF EUROPE AND ACES LIKE EDDIE RICKENBACKER, WITH TALES OF DARING DUELS IN THE CLOUD. BILL WRITE MITCHELL SAW THIS TECHNOLOGY AND RISKED COURT-MARTIAL IN HIS QUEST FOR INDEPENDENT AIR FORCE. HE WAS PROVEN RIGHT WHEN EMPIRES ACROSS THE OCEAN STRIVED TO CARVE UP THE WORLD FOR THEMSELVES AND AMERICA STOOD IN THE WAY WE WOULDN'T LET IT HAPPEN. AFTER PEARL HARBOR, JAMES DOOLITTLE AND HIS BOMBERS FLEW OFF THE CARRIER DECK IN THE DEEP PACIFIC IN A DARING FEAT OF AMERICAN RESOLVE. AND AS PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SAID, THE NAZIS BUILT THE FORTRESS AROUND EUROPE BUT THEY FORGOT TO PUT A ROOF ON IT. SO WE CRUSHED THEM ALL FROM THE AIR. 177 LIBERATOR BOMBERS FLEW DANGEROUSLY LOW, THROUGH BROAD DAYLIGHT WITHOUT PROTECTION WITH THE NAZI WAR MACHINE. MORE THAN 300 AIRMEN GAVE THEIR LIVES TO DESTROY THE ENEMY OIL REFINERIES AND THEY WERE AWARDED THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FOR THE ACTIONS IN THE SINGLE RAID. IT WAS AIRMAN CHUCK YEAGER WHO FIRST BROKE THE SOUND BARRIER. IT WAS BUZZ ALDRIN WHO CREATED THEIR SABRE JETS FOR ROCKETS TO THE STARS. AND IT IS OUR INCREDIBLE AIRMAN TODAY WHO WIELDS THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPONS SYSTEMS ON THE PLANET EARTH. NONE HAS MANAGED TO KILL A SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER BECAUSE THE SKIES BELONG TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. NO ENEMY HAS ATTACKED OUR PEOPLE WITHOUT BEING MET BY THE ROAR OF THUNDER AND THE AWESOME MIGHT OF THOSE WHO BID FAREWELL TO EARTH AND SOARED INTO THE WILD BLUE YONDER. THEY ARE THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE. REPRESENTING THE AIR FORCE YOU WILL SOON SEE, BEAUTIFUL, BRAND NEW F-22 RAPTORS FROM LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE IN VIRGINIA. AND ONE MAGNIFICENT B-2 STEALTH BOMBER FROM MISSOURI. ♪♪ >> WHAT A GREAT COUNTRY. IN OCTOBER 1775, THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS ORDERED THE CONSTRUCTION OF TWO SWIFT SAILING VESSELS. EACH CARRYING TEN CANNONS AND 80 MEN TO SAIL EASTWARD. OUR YOUNG FLEET TESTED THEIR SEA LEGS AGAINST THE MOST POWERFUL NAVY THE WORLD HAS EVER SCENE. JOHN PAUL JONES, AMERICA'S FIRST GREAT NAVAL HERO SAID, I WISH TO HAVE NO CONNECTION WITH ANY SHIP THAT DOES NOT SAIL FAST. FOR I INTEND TO GO IN HARM'S WAY. HE GOT HIS WISH MANY TIMES WHEN HIS SHIP WAS SHOT INTO PIECES OFF THE COAST OF ENGLAND BY A BRITISH VESSEL AND HER FOUR DOZEN GUNS. WHEN DEMANDED TO SURRENDER, JONES FAMOUSLY DECLARED, I HAVE NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT. WHEN OUR NAVY BEGINS FIGHTING, THEY FINISH THE JOB. THE WAR OF 1812, CAPTAIN JAMES LAWRENCE FELL WITH HIS BROTHERS ON THE USS CHESAPEAKE. HIS DYING COMMAND GAINED IMMORTALITY. DON'T GIVE UP THE SHIP. IN THE BATTLE OF MOBILE BAY, ADMIRAL DAVID FARRAGUT LASHED HIMSELF TO THE RIGGING OF THE FLAGSHIP TO SEE BEYOND CRYING, DAMN THE TORPEDOS, FULL SPEED AHEAD IN WORLD WAR II, IT WAS AVIATORS' LAUNCH FROM THE CARRIER ENTERPRISE. YORKTOWN, WHO FILLED THE SKIES OF MIDWAY AND TURNED THE TIDE OF THE PACIFIC WAR. NOBODY COULD BEAT US. NOBODY COULD COME CLOSE. ON D-DAY, THE ENGINEERS CAME ASHORE TO DESTROY BLOCKADES AND BARRIERS, MAKING WAYS FOR THE INVASIONS. MANY LOST THEIR LIVES BUT THEY TOOK GERMAN DEFENSES WITH THEM AND OUR MAIN CRUSH UPON THE BEACHES LIKE A MIGHTY STORM. FROM THE NAVAL DEMOLITION UNIT OF WORLD WAR II, AROSE FORCE THAT BECAME FAMOUS IN THE DELTA. THEY DON'T WANT TO SEE OUR FORCE AGAIN. THE VERY BEST OF THE VERY BEST. THE NAVY S.E.A.L.s. THEY DELIVERED VENGEANCE ON THE TERRORISTS WHO PLANNED THE SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS ON OUR HOMELAND. IT WAS THE S.E.A.L.s WHO STAND READY TO BRING RIGHTEOUS RETRIBUTION AND MOUNTAIN JUNG HE WILL, DESERT, TO THOSE WHO DO US HARM. AMERICA'S SAILORS ARE NOT BORN. THEY ARE FORGED BY THE SEA. THEIR TRADITIONS ARE RICH WITH THE SALT AND BLOOD OF THREE CENTURIES. WHEN OLD GLORY CRESTS THE WAVES OF FOREIGN SHORES, EVERY FRIEND AND EVERY FOE KNOWS THAT JUSTICE SAILS THOSE WATERS. IT SAILS WITH THE UNITED STATES NAVY. REPRESENTING OUR GREAT NAVY TODAY WILL BE TWO F-18 SUPER HORNETS FROM OCEANA AND VIRGINIA ALONG WITH TWO F-35 LIGHTNING FROM NAVAL AIR STATION LEMOORE IN CALIFORNIA. ♪♪ >> SO GREAT. IN NOVEMBER OF 1775, THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS GRADED TWO BATTALIONS OF A NEW KIND OF WARRIOR. ONE WHO WOULD PROTECT OUR SHIPS AND SAILORS AND BE AT HOLE, BOTH ASHORE AND IN THE MAST WITH MUSKET IN HAND. THEIR VERSATILITY WAS PROVEN IN THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE WHEN 234 CONTINENTAL MARINES CONDUCTED THEIR FIRST AMPHIBIOUS RAID. CAPTURING THE BRITISH SUPPLY OF GUN POWDER AND CANNONS. EVER SINCE MARINES HAVE FOUGHT IN EVERY AMERICAN WAR. THEIR LEGEND HAS GROWN AND GROWN AND GROWN WITH EACH PASSING YEAR. IT WAS THE MARINES WHO WON AMERICA'S FIRST OVERSEAS BATTLE, VANQUISHING THE BARBARRE PIRATES ON THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI. THEY WERE SHIELDED FROM THE PIRATES, EARNED THEM IMMORTAL NAME, LEATHER NECK. IT WAS THE MARINES WHO AFTER TWO LONG DAYS OF BATTLE, MARCHED THROUGH THE HALLS OF MONTEZUMA. IT WAS THE MARINES WHO TOOK HEAVY CASUALTIES TO KICK THE KAISER'S TROOPS OUT IN WORLD WAR I, EARNING THE TITLE, DEVIL DOGS. AND IT WAS MARINES WHO RAISED THE FLAG ON THE BLACK SANDS OF IWO JIMA. FROM THE RESERVOIR, FROM HELMOND TO BAGHDAD, MARINES HAVE STRUCK FEAR INTO THE HEARTS OF OUR ENEMIES AND PUT SOLACE INTO THE HEARTS OF OUR FRIENDS. MARINES ALWAYS LEAD THE WAY. AFTER THE 1993 MARINES BOMBING IN BEIRUT WHICH CLAIMED THE LIVES OF 241 GREAT U.S. SERVICEMEN, THE MARINE SERGEANT LAY IN BANDAGES, SO BADLY WOUNDED, BARELY ALIVE. WHEN THE COMMANDANT OF THE MARINE CORPS CAME TO VISIT THE HOSPITAL, SERGEANT NASH HAD TO FEEL FOR THE GENERAL. HE WANTED TO FEEL HIS FOUR STARS. HE COULD NOT SEE AND HE COULD NOT SPEAK. HE SIGNALS FOR PEN AND PAPER. WITH SHAKING HANDS HE WROTE TWO WORDS. SEMPER FI. THAT MOTTO, ALWAYS FAITHFUL, BURNS IN THE SOUL OF EVERY MARINE. A SACRED PROMISE THE CORE HAS KEPT SINCE THE BIRTH OF OUR COUNTRY. THEY ARE THE ELITE MASTERS OF AIR AND LAND AND SEA ON BATTLEFIELDS ALL ACROSS THE GLOBE. THEY ARE THE UNITED STATES MARINES. REPRESENTING THE MARINE CORPS TODAY WILL BE A BRAND NEW V-8, SOON TO BE SERVING MARINE 1. ALONG WITH THE 22 FROM QUANTICO, THE NIGHT HAWKS. ♪♪ ♪♪ >> IN JUNE OF 1775, THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS CREATED A UNIFIED ARMY OUT OF THE REVOLUTIONARY FORCES AROUND BOSTON AND NEW YORK AND NAMED AFTER THE GREAT GEORGE WASHINGTON, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. THE CONTINENTAL ARMY SUFFERED A BITTER WINTER OF VALLEY FORGE, FOUND GLORY ACROSS THE WATERS OF THE DELAWARE AND SEIZED VICTORY FROM CORNWALL. IT MANNED THE RAMPART. IT TOOK OVER THE AIRPORT. IT DID EVERYTHING IT HAD TO DO AND AT FT. McHENRY UNDER THE ROCKET'S RED GLARE, IT HAD NOTHING BUT VICTORY. WHEN DAWN CAME, THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER WAVED DEFIANT. AND GETTYSBURG, OUR SOLDIERS GAVE THE LAST FULL MEASURE OF DEVOTION FOR THE TRUE UNITY OF OUR NATION AND THE FREEDOM OF ALL AMERICANS. IN WORLD WAR I, AN ARMY SERGEANT FACED AN INFERNO OF FIRE AND REFUSED TO RETREAT. HE SAID I WON'T LEAVE. I WON'T STOP. HE SHOT HIS RIFLE 18 TIMES, KILLING 18 OF THE ENEMY. WHEN THEY FIXED THE BAYONETS, HE KILLED 18 MORE. BECAUSE OF ONE MAN, ALVIN YORK, A GENERATION LATER, THE ARMY RETURNED TO EUROPE AND EMBARKED UPON A GREAT CRUSADE WITH KNIVES AND RIFLES IN HAND. THE RANGERS SCALED THE CLIFFS OF NORMANDY. THE 101st AIRBORNE LEAPT INTO DANGER FROM ABOVE, ILLUMINATED ONLY BY ENEMY FLARES, EXPLOSIONS AND BURNING AIRCRAFT. THEY THREW BACK THE NASTY EMPIRE WITH LIGHTNING OF THEIR OWN FROM THE TURRETS OF SHERMAN TANK AND THE M-1 RIFLE. IN THE DARKNESS OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULK, WITH NAZIS ON EVERY SIDE, ONE SOLDIER IS REPORTED TO HAVE SAID, THEY'VE GOT US SURROUNDED AGAIN, THE POOR BASTARDS. THE NUMBER AMERICAN WARRIORS FOUGHT THROUGH BUNKERS OF PORK CHOP HILL AND HELD THE LINE OF CIVILIZATION IN KOREA. IN THE HE WILL FASTBALL GRASS OF VIETNAM. THE FIRST MADE THE STAND AGAINST A FOREST CONSUMED IN FLAME WITH ENEMIES AT EVERY TURN. HAVE THE AMERICA BROUGHT THE RIGHTEOUS FURY DOWN TO AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ AND CLEARED THE BLOOD THIRSTY KILLERS FROM THEIR CAVE. THEY LIBERATED MOSUL AND HELPED OBLITERATED THE ISIS CAL FATE RECENTLY IN SYRIA. 100% GONE. THE SOLDIERS HAVE ALWAYS POINTED TOWARD HOME CLAIMING, THEY LIVE BY THE CREED OF DOUGLAS MacARTHUR, IN WAR THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR VICTORY. THEY ARE THE GREATEST SOLDIERS ON EARTH. ♪♪ NEARLY 250 YEARS AGO, A VOLUNTEER ARMY OF FARMERS AND SHOP KEEPERS, BLACKSMITHS, MERCHANTS AND MILITIAMEN RISKED LIFE AND LIMB TO SECURE AMERICAN LIBERTY AND SELF-GOVERNMENT. THIS EVENING WE HAVE WITNESSED THE NOBLE MIGHT OF THE WARRIORS WHO CONTINUE THAT LEGACY. THEY GUARD OUR BIRTH RIGHT WITH VIGILANCE AND FIERCE DEVOTION TO THE FLAG AND TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY. NOW WE MUST GO FORWARD AS A NATION WITH THAT SAME UNITY OF PURPOSE. AS LONG AS WE STAY TRUE, AS LONG AS WE REMEMBER OUR GREAT HISTORY, AS LONG AS WE NEVER, EVER STOP FIGHTING FOR A BETTER FUTURE, THEN THERE WILL BE NOTHING THAT AMERICA CANNOT DO. >> THANK YOU. WE WILL ALWAYS BE THE PEOPLE WHO DEFEATED, TOOK TO THE SKIES, AND SOARED INTO THE HEAVENS. BECAUSE WE WILL NEVER FORGET THAT WE ARE AMERICANS AND THE FUTURE BELONGS TO US. THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THE BRAVE, THE STRONG, THE PROUD AND THE FREE. WE ARE ONE PEOPLE, CHASING ONE DREAM, AND ONE MAGNIFICENT DESTINY. WE ALL SHARE THE SAME HEROES, THE SAME HOME, THE SAME HEART, AND WE ARE ALL MADE BY THE SAME ALMIGHTY GOD. FROM THE BANKS OF THE CHESAPEAKE TO THE CLIFFS OF CALIFORNIA, FROM THE HUMMING SHORES OF THE GREAT LAKES TO THE SAND DUNES OF THE CAROLINAS, FROM THE FIELDS OF THE HEARTLAND TO THE EVERGLADES OF FLORIDA, THE SPIRIT OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE WILL NEVER FADE, NEVER FAIL, BUT WILL REIGN FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER. TO EVERY CITIZEN THROUGHOUT OUR LAND, HAVE A GLORIOUS INDEPENDENCE DAY. HAVE A GREAT FOURTH OF JULY. I WANT TO THANK THE ARMY BAND, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, THE INTERIOR DEPARTMENT, THE INCREDIBLE PILOTS OVERHEAD, AND THOSE WHO ARE MAKING POSSIBLE THE AMAZING FIREWORKS DISPLAY LATER THIS EVENING. NOW AS THE BAND PLAYS, THE BATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC, I INVITE THE FIRST LADY, VICE PRESIDENT AND MRS. PENCE, THE SERVICE SECRETARIES AND MILITARY LEADERS TO JOIN ME ON STAGE FOR ONE MORE SALUTE TO AMERICA BY THE FAMOUS, INCREDIBLE, TALENTED BLUE ANGELS. GOD BLESS YOU. GOD BLESS THE MILITARY. AND GOD BLESS AMERICA. HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] ♪ ♪ MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY OF THE COMING OF THE LORD ♪ ♪ HE IS TRAMPLING OUT THE VINTAGE WHERE THE GRAPES OF WRATH ARE STORED ♪ ♪ HE HATH LOOSED THE FATEFUL LIGHTNING OF HIS TERRIBLE SWIFT SWORD ♪ ♪ HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪ ♪ GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪ ♪ I HAVE SEEN HIM IN THE WATCH FIRES OF 100 CIRCLING CAMPS ♪ ♪ THEY HAVE BUILDED HIM AN ALTAR IN THE EVENING DEWS AND DAMPS ♪ ♪ I CAN READ HIS RIGHTEOUS SENTENCE BY THE DIM AND FLARING LAMPS HIS DAY IS MARCHING ON ♪ ♪ GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪ ♪ IN THE BEAUTY OF THE LILIES CHRIST WAS BORN ACROSS THE SEA ♪ ♪ WITH THE GLORY IN HIS BOSOM THAT TRANSFIGURED YOU AND ME ♪ ♪ AS HE DIED TO MAKE MEN WHOLE ♪ ♪ LET US LIVE TO MAKE MEN FREE ♪ OUR GOD IS MARCHING ON ♪ GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪♪ ♪ GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH GLORY GLORY HALLELUJAH HIS TRUTH IS MARCHING ON ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ THE FLAG STILL STANDS FOR FREEDOM AND THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY NIGHT? I'M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN WHERE AT LEAST I KNOW I'M FREE ♪ ♪ AND I WON'T FORGET THE ONES WHO DIED WHO GAVE THAT RIGHT TO ME ♪ ♪ AND I GLADLY STAND UP NEXT TO YOU AND DEFEND HER STILL TODAY ♪ ♪ BECAUSE THERE AIN'T NO DOUBT I LOVE THIS LAND ♪ ♪ GOD BLESS THE USA ♪ ACROSS THE PLAINS OF TEXAS FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA ♪ ♪ HOUSTON AND NEW YORK TO L.A. ♪ ♪ WITH PRIDE IN EVERY AMERICAN HEART IT'S TIME WE STAND AND SAY ♪ ♪ AND I'M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN WHERE AT LEAST I KNOW I'M FREE ♪ ♪ AND I WON'T FORGET THE ONES WHO DIED WHO GAVE THAT RIGHT TO ME ♪ ♪ AND I GLADLY STAND UP NEXT TO YOU AND DEFEND HER STILL TODAY ♪ ♪ BECAUSE THERE AIN'T NO DOUBT I LOVE THIS LAND ♪ ♪ GOD BLESS THE USA ♪ ♪ AND I'M GLAD TO BE AN AMERICAN WHERE AT LEAST I KNOW I'M FREE AND I WON'T FORGET ONES WHO DIED WHO GAVE THAT RIGHT TO ME ♪ ♪ AND I GLADLY STAND UP NEXT TO YOU AND DEFEND HER STILL TODAY ♪ ♪ THERE AIN'T NO DOUBT I LOVE THIS LAND ♪ ♪ GOD BLESS THE USA ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ >> PRESIDENT TRUMP JUST DELIVERED HIS SPEECH DURING THE FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION ON THE NATIONAL MALL. YOU CAN SEE THEM RAMPING UP HERE. MONICA IS THERE IN D.C. WHERE THINGS JUST GOT FINISHED. MONICA, HOW ARE YOU DOING OVER THERE? WE CAN SEE, IT IS A PRETTY RAINY EVENING BUT INCREDIBLE NONETHELESS. >> HEY, GUYS, THAT'S RIGHT. THE RAIN IS STILL FALLING. PRESIDENT TRUMP CONCLUDING HIS REMARKS ON STAGE. THERE WAS A LOT OF CONCERN ABOUT WHETHER THE WEATHER WOULD HOLD UP AND WHETHER IT WOULD GO OFF WITHOUT A HITCH AND INDEED IT DID STARTING WITH AIR FORCE ONE WHICH ACTUALLY FLEW A LOT LOWER THAN YOU WOULD NORMALLY SEE. THE PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY HAVE JUST LEFT THE STAGE WHERE THEY'LL BE HEADING BACK TO THE WHITE HOUSE. AGAIN, A LITTLE RAIN DIDN'T SEEM TO BOTHER THE PRESIDENT. HE HAD TO STAND BEHIND SOME BULLET PROOF GLASS WHICH IS CUSTOMARY AT EVENTS LIKE THIS. ESPECIALLY OUT IN THE PUBLIC. SO THE SHOT THAT MOST PEOPLE SAW AT HOME HAD A LOT OF WATER ON IT AND SPOKE TO THE THUNDERSTORMS OF THE AREA. BUT THE EVENT ITSELF WENT AS EXPECTED. THE WHITE HOUSE RELEASED SOME EXCERPTS AHEAD OF TIME AND THIS IS VERY MUCH STUCK TO THE TELEPROMPTER. IT WAS A BIG QUESTION MARK GOING INTO TONIGHT. THE PRESIDENT'S CRITICS SAY THAT THE ENTIRE EVENT WAS VERY POLITICAL. BY THE DESIGN OF THIS. ARMORED TENTS AND VEHICLES ALONG THE NATIONAL MALL. IN REALITY, THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TURNED OUT. THE PRESIDENT DID STICK TO THE SCRIPT SO THAT WAS A SURPRISE HERE. IN A FEW HOURS, THE FIREWORKS ARE SCHEDULED TO GET UNDERWAY. IT MAY NOT BE AS SPECTACULAR BUT I CAN TELL YOU THE MILITARY FLYOVER FROM THE NATIONAL MALL WAS A SIGHT TO SEE AND THE PRESIDENT SEEMED VERY PLEASED. >> TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT THE VIBE THERE. YOU'RE SEEING THE PRESIDENT AND THE PEOPLE BEHIND HIM. COULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CROWDS THAT YOU SAW? DID YOU SEE THE PEOPLE PROTESTING? WAS THERE ANYONE UNHAPPY WITH IT? WHAT WAS THE VIBE PARTICULARLY AS THE PLANES WERE GOING OVER. A LOT OF THE PEOPLE THAT I TALKED ON THERE EARLIER TODAY WERE TRUMP SUPPORTERS. IT HAD A VIBE ARE W THE CAMPAIGN RALLY AND PEOPLE SAID, THE PRESIDENT ASKED US TO BE HERE. WE BELIEVE IN HIS MESSAGE TO SUPPORT THE MILITARY AND WE WANT TO SEE WHAT HE HAS TO SAY. AND AS THE DAY PROGRESSED, IT WAS A SIMILAR MESSAGE. THEY SAID I HOME HE DOESN'T GET POLITICAL AND I HOPE HE DOES STICK TO TALKING ABOUT THE FOURTH OF JULY AND WHAT IT MEANS, IN TERMS OF PATRIOTIC TERMS. SOME PEOPLE GOT TICKETS FROM THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE AND THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND THERE WAS A LITTLE CONTROVERSY. THEY HAD ACCESS TO A SPECIAL SECTION. THE TICKETS WERE FREE AND THAT HAPPENS WITH WHITE HOUSE EVENTS WHEN YOU THINK OF CHRISTMAS EVENTS OR FALL COLORS. THOSE FOLKS CERTAINLY HAD THE BEST VIEW OF THE PRESIDENT AND EVERYTHING AT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL. THOUSANDS OF OTHERS BEHIND NEAR THE REFLECTING POOL, THEY WATCHED EVERYTHING ON A MONITOR AND WE'LL SEE WHETHER THEY ENJOYED THAT OR WHETHER IT WAS A MIXED REVIEW EXPERIENCE SINCE IT WAS RAINING SO HARD. BUT AS WE FLASH BACKWARD, THE PRESIDENT SO FIXATED ON CROWD SIZE, WE'LL SEE WHAT HE MAKES OF THE EVENT ALL DAY. HE DID TALK ABOUT THE RAIN ALL DAY AND HOPE PEOPLE WOULD COME DESPITE THE WEATHER AND IT SEEMS THAT WAS THE CASE. WE'LL SEE WHAT THEY ACTUALLY THOUGHT ABOUT HIS REMARKS AND THE EVENT ONCE WE FINISH HERE. >> THANKS SO MUCH. IT DID LOOK LIKE THERE WERE BIG CROWDS THERE AND THAT THE RAIN DID NOT DETER THEM. THANK YOU FOR STICKING WITH US THROUGHOUT THE RAIN.

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ACROSS IN THE SENATE. THE MOST RECENT CBS NEWS POLL GIVES DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE KYRSTEN SINEMA A THREE POINT LEAD OVER MARTHA McSALLY. THAT IS WITHIN THE MARGIN OF ERROR. WE ARE JOINED BY OUR CBS AFFILIATE IN ARIZONA. >> Reporter: THEY HAVE BEEN FIGHTING IT OUT TO THE VERY END. NEITHER ONE IS WILLING TO GIVE UP THIS OPPORTUNITY. IT HAS BEEN A NASTY RACE. THEY ARE TAKING DIFFERENT APPROACHES. WE ARE READY FOR THIS ELECTION TO BE OVER BUT I DOUBT WE WILL NOW THE END OF THIS RACE TODAY. >> WE KNOW THAT ARIZONA IS A BORDER STATE. HAS THE PRESIDENT INCREASED HIS ROLE? >> YES. IMMIGRATION IS ALWAYS A ROLE FOR VOTERS HERE IN ARIZONA. BUT IT IS ALSO A VERY POLARIZING ISSUE. SO THE WAY THAT KYRSTEN SINEMA HAS APPROACHED THIS RACE IS TO ATTRACT MORE MODERATE INDEPENDENT VOTERS. WHEN YOU COME TO A POLARIZING ISSUE LIKE IMMIGRATION, THAT MIGHT ULTIMATELY BE THE BETTER APPROACH TO GO MORE MODERATE. OTHERWISE YOU RISK THE POSSIBILITY OF LOSING THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE MAYBE NOT SO PLEASED WITH HOW THE PRESIDENT HAS APPROACHED THE ISSUE. >> WE HAVE SEEN REPORTS TODAY THAT THERE HAVE BEEN ISSUES AT POLLING STATIONS IN MARICOPA COUNTY. IT IS THE MOST POPULOUS COUNTY IN ARIZONA. HOW DO YOU THINK THAT WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THESE HOTLY CONTESTED RACES? >> IT WOULD NOT BE ELECTION DAY IN MARICOA COUNTY WITHOUT A FEW ISSUES. THERE HAVE BEEN VOTERS TURNED AWAY THIS MORNING. A LOT OF THE POLLING PLACES HAVE CORRECTED THOSE ISSUES. BUT WHAT IT COMES DOWN TO IS SOME PEOPLE MAY NOT RETURN AND THAT COULD IMPACT, WE HAVE SO MANY TIGHTLY EXPECTED RESULTS. I SAW ONE, PARTICULARLY UNIQUE ISSUE LAST NIGHT OF A POLLING PLACE IN CHANDLER. IT WAS SET UP BUT THE OWNER OF THE BUILDING THAT WAS BEING FORECLOSED ON LOCKED THE DOORS AND THEY COULD NOT GET IN THERE THIS MORNING. EVERYONE IS NOW BEING ALLOWED TO COME IN. IT IS INDICATIVE WHAT — OF WHAT WE EXPECT HERE. >> SO WHAT HOUSES ARE YOU WATCHING IN ARIZONA? >> DISTRICT 2 IS INTERESTING. IT LOOKS LIKE FOR PATRICK WILL PULL THAT ONE OFF. IT IS NOT ENTIRELY SURPRISING. THE DISTRICT IS PRETTY EVENLY SPLIT. AND REALLY, WHEN McSALLY PULLED OUT OF THAT RACE, THE GOP DID AS WELL. >> WHEN WE LOOK AT THE ISSUES, LOOKING AT THE BALLOT IN ARIZONA, WHAT ARE THE ISSUES THAT WILL IMPACT VOTERS AND WHAT WILLIE — WILL WE BE DECIDING TODAY? >> HEALTHCARE IS A BIG ISSUE. IMMIGRATION IS ALWAYS A SIGNIFICANT ISSUE IN ARIZONA AS WELL. I THINK THAT THIS IS A VOTE ABOUT PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. HE SAID SO HIMSELF. ARIZONA IS UNIQUE BECAUSE IT IS A RED STATE BUT THERE ARE LOT OF MODERATE REPUBLICANS AND A GROWING POPULATION OF INDEPENDENTS. THERE ARE A LOT OF CANDIDATES THAT ARE RECOGNIZING JUST HOW PEOPLE ARE VIEWING THEM. AND THAT IS SHIFTING THE CONVERSATIONS WE ARE HAVING. WE JUST NEED TO CHANGE APPROACHES. >> GIVE US A LITTLE SENSE OF HOW THE BALLOT MEASURES ARE AT THIS POINT? >> WELL PROPOSITION 2136 WOULD BE ON TAXES ON SERVICES THAT IS UNIQUE BECAUSE THERE HAS NOT BEEN A PROPOSAL TO DO SO. OPPONENTS TO THAT BILL SAY THEY NEED TO HAVE THE BROADEST TAX BASE THEY POSSIBLY CAN. AND IT SEEMS THAT PROPOSITION IS DEAD IN THE WATER. AS FOR PROPOSITION 127, IT IS THE MOST SPENT ON BALLOT MEASURE RACE IN STATE HISTORY. MILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAVE BEEN PUMPED INTO EITHER SIDE. IT LOOKS LIKE THAT WILL DIE OUT AS WELL. IT IS NOT CERTAIN THAT ARIZONA IS READY FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS. I WOULD BE SURPRISED TO SEE PROPOSITION AT 305 268. IT WOULD A SPANNED THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE SCHOOL VOUCHER PROGRAMS. MANY PEOPLE HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THAT BECAUSE IT WOULD FALL UNDER THE VOTER PROTECTION ACT >> KATIE CAMPBELL, SO GRATEFUL YOU COULD JOIN US TO DISH OUT ARIZONA POLITICS. FOR MORE ON THIS GO TO WWW.CBSNEWS.COM. >>> NEARLY HALF OF TODAY'S GUBERNATORIAL RACES ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPETITIVE INCLUDING SEVERAL HIGH-PROFILE CONTEST. THE TWO-TERM REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE IS IN A DEAD HEAT WITH HIS OPPONENT. AND RIGHT NOW, 33 OF THE 50 GOVERNORS ARE REPUBLICAN BUT COME ACROSS HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN TRADITIONALLY RED STATES LIKE KANSAS AND OKLAHOMA. IN SOME DEEP BLUE STATES LIKE MARYLAND AND MASSACHUSETTS, POPULAR GOP GOVERNORS WILL LIKELY BE REELECTED. IN MANY EYES ARE ON GEORGIA. HILLARY LANE REPORTS. >> Reporter: VOTERS IN ATLANTA WAITED IN LONG LINES TUESDAY MORNING TO CAST A BALLOT IN THE HIGH-PROFILE GOVERNORS RACE. THEY ARE CHOOSING BETWEEN BRIAN KEMP AND DEMOCRAT STACY ABRAMS. THE FORMER GEORGIA STATE LAWMAKER RECEIVED HIGH-PROFILE SUPPORT FROM PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA LAST WEEK. AND SHE IS TRYING TO BECOME THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN GOVERNOR. >> I DON'T WANT ANYONE TO VOTE FOR ME BECAUSE I AM BLACK. AND I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO VOTE BECAUSE THEY ARE WOMEN. AND DON'T VOTE — VOTE FOR US BECAUSE WE ARE DEMOCRATS. VOTE FOR US BECAUSE WE ARE BETTER. >> PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP RALLIED OVER THE WEEKEND WITH HER OPPONENT. >> STACY ABRAMS IS ONE OF THE MOST EXTREME FAR LEFT POLITICIANS IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. YOU KNOW THAT. >> BOTH SIDES HAVE ACCUSED THE OTHER OF WRONGDOING. ON SUNDAY, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WAS ACCUSED OF TRYING TO HACK THE VOTER REGISTRATION SYSTEM. >> WE ARE HANDLING THIS LIKE ANY OTHER INCIDENT. I AM NOT WORRIED ABOUT HOW IT LOOKS. I AM DOING MY JOB. >> Reporter: AND ABRAMS HAS MADE ACCUSATIONS OF VOTER SUPPRESSION. >>> COMING UP AFTER A BREAK, AMID ALLEGATIONS OF VOTER SUPPRESSION, THE BORDER PATROL CANCELS A TRAINING DRILL IN A HEAVILY HISPANIC DISTRICT NOT FAR FROM WHERE BETO O'ROURKE WAS SPEAKING JUST A SHORT TIME AGO. AND A CONVERSATION WITH JAY INSLEE ABOUT WHY THE RACE COULD BE ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT FOR DEMOCRATS. YOU ARE WATCHING CBSN. ALWAYS ON. >>> MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE ON THE WAY TO THE POLLS TODAY TO CAST THEIR VOTES IN THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS. REPUBLICANS ARE HOPING TO HOLD ONTO POWER WHILE DEMOCRATS ARE LOOKING TO SHIFT THE TIDE IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. AS IT STANDS, REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. DEMOCRATS WOULD NEED TO WIN 23 SEATS TO GAIN CONTROL. IN THE SENATE, THERE ARE 51 REPUBLICANS. 49 MEMBERS ARE EITHER DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS. JOINING US RIGHT NOW POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR AND DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST JOEL PAYNE. WE ALSO HAVE LESLIE SANCHEZ. FIRST OF ALL, LESLIE, WHAT ARE YOU HEARING ON THE GROUND AT THIS POINT? DO REPUBLICANS HAVE A REASON TO BE OPTIMISTIC? >> WELL YESTERDAY, THE PRESIDENT TAPPED IN AND IS FEELING MORE BULLISH AND CONFIDENT. ESPECIALL IN SOME OF THOSE SWING STATES WITH SWING VOTERS. THERE WERE AREAS THAT HE WAS ABLE TO TURN RED. AND THAT IS WHAT IS INTERESTING HERE. WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF CONFIDENCE. CERTAINLY NOT OVERLY CONFIDENT THOUGH. SO ARE THERE GOING TO BE MORE SPLIT TICKET VOTERS? PEOPLE THAT WANT TO SEND SUBURBAN WOMEN, THAT WILL VOTE FOR THE REPUBLICAN TICKET BUT THAT COULD VOTE FOR A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR. THEY WANT THAT PROTEST VOTE. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE HEARING. IT WILL NOT BE A FULL STRAIGHT TICKET ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. >> IT IS REALLY FASCINATING. IF LESLIE IS RIGHT, I FIND THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT ARE REALLY HARD-CORE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. WHAT ARE YOU HEARING? >> I WOULD CALL IT CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM. WE HAD A VERY INTERESTING CHAT ABOUT THIS A WHILE AGO. THERE IS A LOT OF SCAR TISSUE BUILT UP AMONG DEMOCRATS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016. WE WERE ALL SURPRISED BY DONALD TRUMP. I THINK WE ARE IN A SCENARIO WHERE THERE IS THIS UNPREDICTABILITY OUT THERE. TO BE QUITE HONEST, THE PRESIDENT HAS HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE AT THE FRONT OF THIS ELECTORATE BY HIMSELF OR THROUGH SURROGATE OVER THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF AND HE HAS UNDERPERFORMED. DEMOCRATS ARE FEELING LIKE THE TRENDLINES ARE WORKING IN THEIR FAVOR. WE EVEN HAVE OPPORTUNITIES WHERE THERE IS A CHANCE FOR PICKUP. BUT DEMOCRATS CUT THE EARLY LEAD. IN NEVADA, THE REED MACHINE TURNED OUT VERY WELL. THEY ARE VERY CONFIDENT ABOUT TURNING PEOPLE OUT. AND EVEN IN FLORIDA, DEMOCRATS FEEL A STATIC ABOUT ANDREW GILLAM AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET AND WHAT HE WILL DO TO MOBILIZE THE ENTIRE DEMOCRATIC BASE AND NOT JUST THE MORE TRADITIONAL DEMOCRATIC BASE BUT ALSO THOSE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THAT BASE THAT MINIMALLY — NORMALLY WOULD NOT SHOW UP. >> THAT IS PROBABLY THE BIG KEY LINE TO THIS ELECTION. VOTERS THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ARE INDEPENDENT. THEY ARE SOFT DEMOCRATS. THEY ARE IN SWING STATES AND SWING DISTRICTS. AS YOU TAKE IT ALL THE WAY DOWN, IT IS ALL OF THAT FLUIDITY. BUT THE PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO DEFY HISTORICAL NORM. A PRESIDENTIAL PARTY THAT IS BELOW A 50% APPROVAL RATING NORMALLY SEES THE PARTY WILL LOSE ABOUT 37 SEATS. HE IS TRYING TO STOP THAT BLUE WAVE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. AND I THINK HE WILL BE EFFECTIVE. LEIDY FEEL CONFIDENT? THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN VERY CONFIDENT. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT REPUBLICANS FEEL CONFIDENT? >> THEY ARE PERSONALITY DRIVEN AND THEY ARE UPSET BY THE ECONOMY. THE ECONOMY IS SO STRONG. >> BUT THAT IS NOT WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE RUNNING ON. >> THAT IT IS THE FOUNDATION. THAT IS REALLY THE UNDERCURRENT FOR THE WAVES. IF THE ECONOMY IS STRONG VERSUS WHAT WE HAD IN 1994 OR 2010, WE HAD NINE OUT OF 10 PEOPLE BELIEVING IT WAS NOT A GOOD TIME TO FIND A QUALITY JOB. CONSUMER CONFIDENCE WAS VERY LOW. THE ECONOMY WAS JUST COMING BACK FROM THE RECESSION. THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT. IF THEY THINK THEY DON'T LIKE THE PERSONALITY OF THE PERSON, HE HAS DONE THING ON TAXES AND ON TARIFFS, THAT DOESN'T MEAN THEY LIKE THE PRESIDENT. THEY MAY HAVE A PROTEST VOTE AND SPLIT THE BALLOTS THAT IT IS AN UNDERLYING FACTOR. THIS IS GOING TO IMPACT THE ELECTION. >> THE DEMOCRATS ARE ALSO TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THAT THERE IS MORE OF A 50 STATE STRATEGY IN EFFECT THEN THERE HAS EVER BEEN. DEMOCRATS ARE COMPETITIVE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE ARE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT THE BEDROOM COMMUNITIES IN THE NORTHEAST OR SOME OF THE PLACES OUT WEST THAT ARE TRADITIONALLY DEMOCRATIC. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SOUTH DAKOTA WHERE THERE IS A GOVERNORS SEAT. AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT I WILL WEAR TERRY BRANSTAD — WEAR TERRY BRANSTAD IS A MAINSTAY. KANSAS HAS A RACE THAT THE DEMOCRATS COULD WIN. DEMOCRATS FEEL LIKE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A DECADE, WE WERE NOT COMPETITIVE ACROSS THE NATION. THE DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE FEEL LIKE WE HAVE THE BLUEPRINT TO BE COMPETITIVE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. >> SO IF DEMOCRATS FEEL THAT WAY, LESLIE, DO YOU REPUBLICANS FEEL LIKE THE COALITION BUILT BY TRUMP STILL STANDS? THAT THEY WILL COME THROUGH? >> THAT IS THE BIG QUESTION TONIGHT. WILL ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS COME BACK LIKE THEY DID BEFORE. THE PRESIDENT HAS DELIVERED ON PROMISES. THEY STUDENT — STILL DO NOT LIKE HIS STYLE. IT IS THE HOLD THE NOSE TYPE OF CANDIDATE. BUT THEY DO LIKE THESE OTHER CANDIDATES. IN SOME CASES, THAT IS IT. BUT BLUE-COLLAR WORKERS THAT WE SAW, THAT WILL BE THE QUESTION. IS THAT PART OF THE COALITION GOING TO REMAIN WITH THE PRESIDENT. WE HAVE LEARNED, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT IF YOU TOOK DIFFERENT NONTRADITIONAL CONSTITUENCIES, IF THEY VOTED THREE TIMES FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, THEY COULD NOT REMEMBER THE LAST TIME THEY VOTED DEMOCRAT. THEY WERE OUR FUTURE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THAT WAS THE PERFECT CASE WITH LATINO. >> SO WHAT ARE YOU HEARING ABOUT TURNOUT? WE ARE HEARING RECORD NUMBER EARLY VOTERS AND ABSENTEE BALLOTS. WHAT ARE YOU HEARING FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY? >> THERE IS A LOT OF MEASURED EXCITEMENT. IT IS FLORIDA. THE INTERESTING THING THEY TELL YOU IN FLORIDA IS THAT THEY HAVE ALREADY SEEN THAT BY 9:00 A.M., THE REPUBLICAN TURNOUT HAD REALLY SQUASHED ANY TYPE OF EARLY VOTING TURNOUT FOR THE — THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAD. >> THAT A SIGNIFICANT. TALK NUMBERS. >> BACK IN 2016, THERE WERE 84,000 ROB BALLOTS THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAD IN EARLY VOTING. ON ELECTION DATE THEY CLOSE THAT ANSWER PASSED IT BY 194,000 VOTES. THESE ARE STILL SMALL NUMBERS WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT LARGE STATES WITH MILLIONS OF PEOPLE VOTING. BUT THEY ARE OPTIMISTIC. THEY THINK BY 9:00 A.M., THE MACHINE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN FLORIDA WAS VERY ACTIVE AND ON STEROIDS. THAT IS REALLY THE TAKE AWAY HERE. WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THE INDEPENDENT VOTERS WILL FALL SO WE NEED TO BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT READING THAT BUT IT IS GIVING OPTIMISM WERE COMPETITIVE SEATS ARE. >> JOEL, WHEN WE TALK TURNOUT, WHAT DO YOU THINK? >> THERE IS A RAINSTORM HERE IN NEW YORK CITY AND THAT IS NOT THE ONLY PLACE. THERE ARE OTHER KEY AREAS THAT ARE EXPERIENCING DIFFICULT WEATHER AND THAT IS A CONCERN. SOME OF THOSE WASHOUTS HAVE GONE AWAY. BUT, AND LESLIE KNOWS THIS, WE PLAN FOR SITUATIONS LIKE THIS. I WAS ON THE HILLARY CAMPAIGN IN 2016 AND THERE WAS A HURRICANE ABOUT A MONTH BEFORE IN NORTH CAROLINA AND THERE WERE SOME PLACES IN THE STATE WHERE THERE WAS ONLY ONE VOTING DISTRICT THAT WAS OPEN WITHIN 50 MILES. WE HAD TO TELL PEOPLE WHERE TO FIND THEIR LOCATION. SO PEOPLE MAY BE CONCERNED ABOUT THINGS LIKE WEATHER BUT THERE ARE PLANS IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE CONTINGENCY OPTIONS. >> I ALSO WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT FLORIDA. LET'S SAY THAT ANDREW GILLAM WINS IT. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE TAKE AWAY IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA WITH HOW TO BE DONALD TRUMP. >> I WOULD SAY THAT ANDREW GILLAM HAS CREATED A NEW DEMOCRATIC COALITION IN FLORIDA. AND THAT WOULD BE SIGNIFICANT IF ANDREW GILLAM COULD SAY THAT HE BEAT DONALD TRUMP. IF GILLAM WINS TONIGHT, I DON'T THINK IT WILL BE THAT ANDREW GILLAM BEAT DESANTIS. IT WILL BE THAT GILLAM BEAT TRUMP. AND FOR PEOPLE IN OUR PARTY WHO ARE LOOKING FOR A CANDIDATE IN 2020, THAT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WILL BE LOST ON THOSE THAT ARE LOOKING AT WHAT THE FUTURE OF THE TOP — DEMOCRATIC PARTY WILL BE. THE CARIBBEAN COMMUNITIES AND THOSE THAT SOME PEOPLE WOULD SAY THAT THE HILLARY CAMPAIGN DID NOT DO A GOOD ENOUGH JOB OF ACTIVATING IN 2016. ANDREW GILLAM HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO OVER PERFORM IN SOME OF THOSE AREAS. THIS WILL BENEFIT LOTS OF PEOPLE. >> I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT SOUTH FLORIDA. >> I DISAGREE. >> I WANT TO GET TO THE HISPANIC VOTE IN SOUTH FLORIDA, PARTICULARLY THE REPUBLICAN VOTE. >> WHAT WE ARE HEARING IS THAT THE REPUBLICAN — REPUBLICANS HAVE TRIED TO SOLIDIFY CUBAN HISPANICS AND NON-CUBAN HISPANICS. THE VENEZUELAN AND LATIN AMERICAN COMMUNITIES AS WELL. THOSE ARE VERY VIBRANT PARTS OF THE –. THERE IS CARLOS CABELLO RUNNING IN AN AREA WHERE HILLARY LOST BUT HE WON BY 10 POINTS. THE FORMER SEAT OF ROSS LAYTON WHO HAD BEEN THERE OVER 20 YEARS, SHE WAS THE FIRST REPUBLICAN FEMALE CONGRESS MEMBER. A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKE HER BECAUSE THEY ARE CALLING THAT THE CULTURAL IDENTITY RACE. SHE IS CONNECTING ONE-ON-ONE WITH THE JEWISH COMMUNITY AND A LOT OF OTHER AMENITIES THAT HAVE UNIQUE NEEDS. THEY DON'T FEEL THAT IS WHAT THE FORMER HEAD CABINET MEMBER FROM THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION IS DOING TO EARN RESPECT. >> THE GEORGIA 6 DISTRICT IS A HUGE RACE AS WELL. LCY McBETH IS RUNNING AGAINST HER AND, THAT AFFECT WITH ANDREW GILLAM, YOU COULD EXPERIENCE THE SAME THING THERE. A VERY STRONG ORGANIZATION. >> JOEL PAYNE AND LESLIE SANCHEZ, THANK YOU, FOR JOINING US. >>> BORDER PATROL OFFICIALS HAVE CANCELED SO-CALLED CROWD CONTROL EXERCISES IN EL PASO, TEXAS TODAY. THAT AS THE HOMETOWN OF DEMOCRATIC SENATE CANDIDATE BETO O'ROURKE. THE EXERCISE WAS DESCRIBED BY BORDER PAROL AS MOBILE — MOBILE FIELD FORCE DEMONSTRATION. IT WAS JUST HALF A MILE FROM A POLLING PLACE. THAT WAS CONSIDERED VOTER INTIMIDATION. >>> WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A QUICK RAKE. WE HAVE MORE NEWS AHEAD. WE HAVE COMPLETE COVERAGE OF TODAY'S ELECTIONS ON CBS NEWS.COM/MIDTERMS. YOU ARE STREAMING CBSN, CBS NEWS. ALWAYS ON. >>> IT IS NOT JUST CONGRESS AT STAKE IN THE ELECTIONS. THERE ARE DOZENS OF GOVERNOR RACES. AND THEY COULD HAVE A HUGE IMPACT ON THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE IN 2020. JAY INSLEE JOINS ME NOW. NOW WE HAVE SEEN, RECORD TURNOUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY AT POLLS WITH EARLY VOTING. WHAT YOU THINK IS BEHIND THOSE NUMBERS? >> A LOT OF THINGS. PEOPLE ARE JUST SET UP — FED UP WITH THE CHAOS OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT IS AT STAKE AND THEY HAVE SEEN A FAILURE TO PRODUCE AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. THEY HAVE SEEN AN ATTACK ON THEIR OWN HEALTHCARE. THEY HAVE INFRASTRUCTURE BILL SO WE CAN FIX OUR ROADS, BRIDGES AND BUSES. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT TODAY. AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, I AM FEELING CONFIDENT THAT OVER HALF OF AMERICANS WILL HAVE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS WORKING FOR THEM. THIS IS A GREAT DAY. >> YOU SAY IT IS DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS THAT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THERE ARE 33 STATES THAT HAVE REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS. AND 26 OF THOSE HAVE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTIONS TODAY. WHY DO REPUBLICANS HAVE SUCH AN ADVANTAGE AND HOW IS YOUR GROUP TRYING TO CHANGE THAT? >> WE ARE CHANGING IT ONE STATE AT A TIME. AND WE ARE DOING THAT BY HAVING CANDIDATES THAT KNOW WHAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO PEOPLES LIVES. LIKE STACY ABRAMS OR ANDREW GILLAM WHO IS FIGHTING AGAINST RED TIDE POLLUTION AND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF JOB MARKETS. AND WE ARE FIGHTING BY SHOWING PEOPLE A VISION STATEMENT ABOUT HOW TO IMPROVE LIVES, WHERE THEY LIVE AND THINGS THAT ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO THEM. IT IS ABOUT GETTING A JOB DONE RATHER THAN JUST ARGUING ABOUT THINGS. WE WANT TO UNITE PEOPLE AND HAVE SOLUTIONS. NOT JUST HAVE ARGUMENTS LIKE WE ARE SEEING OUT OF THE NATION'S CAPITAL. I THINK WE WILL WIN A LOT OF SEATS TONIGHT. AND I FEEL GOOD ABOUT THAT. >> WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME COVERING HOUSE AND SENATE RACES. CAN YOU GIVE US A SENSE OF WHY THE GOVERNORSHIP IS SO IMPORTANT? >> WELL, FOR THE NATION IT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS CAN STAND UP AND LARGELY STOP THE GERRYMANDERING THAT IS TAKING PLACE. IT HAS REALLY CRIPPLED THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. IT HAS PRESENTED — PREVENTED PEOPLE FROM GETTING A SHOT AT THE DEMOCRATIC OFFICE. BECAUSE OF GERRYMANDERING, GOVERNORS PICK WHO –. THIS IS THE SECOND PLACE WHERE WE CAN MAKE PROGRESS. DONALD TRUMP, FOR ALL OF HIS TWEETING CAN'T STOP FRED HUBBELL FROM ADOPTING A CLEAN ENERGY PLAN IN IOWA. HE CANNOT STOP STEVE SISSEL LACK FROM CREATING JOBS IN NEVADA. HE CANNOT STOP JANET MILLS IN MAINE FROM DOING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS TO PUT PEOPLE TO WORK. STATES COULD MOVE. WE CAN CONTROL OUR OWN DESTINY. WE CAN MOVE FORWARD. WE KNOW IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE THAT IS WHAT WE HAVE TO DO. THIRD, WE CAN ACT AS A CHECK AND A BALANCE ON THE CHAOS COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON, D.C.. THE MUSLIM BAN, THE APPEAL TO RACISM AND DIVISION. THE EFFORT TO HAVE COMMON SENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. WE CAN CHECK SOME OF THAT CHAOS AND PROTECT AMERICA. THERE IS A LOT OF — A LOT AT STAKE IN THE GOVERNORS RACES. >> YOU MENTIONED ABRAMS AND GILLAM HAVING A CHANCE TO MAKE HISTORY. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE STRATEGY THAT YOUR ORGANIZATION, THE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION, IS TRYING TO PUT IN PLACE THERE. >> WE SUPPORT THESE CANDIDATES. THEY ARE SO INSPIRATIONAL. I WAS AT A RALLY YESTERDAY FOR ABRAMS AND PEOPLE WERE SO EXCITED YOU HAD TO SCRAPE THEM OFF THE CEILING. AND GILLAM IS A STANDUP GUY THAT HAS A VISION FOR HEALTHCARE. YOU CAN GET HEALTHCARE FOR OVER 800,000 PEOPLE IN FLORIDA AND THAT IS VERY APPEALING. THAT IS WHY HE WILL DO SO WELL. THESE TWO CANDIDATES WILL MAKE HISTORY. YOU KNOW WHAT, STACY SAID SOMETHING YESTERDAY THAT I THOUGHT WAS PRETTY TELLING. SHE SAID SHE DOESN'T WANT PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR HER BECAUSE SHE IS BLACK OR BECAUSE SHE IS A WOMAN. SHE WANTED THEM TO VOTE FOR HER BECAUSE SHE IS BETTER. AND THAT IS A REALLY GOOD REASON TO VOTE FOR BOTH OF THESE CANDIDATES. WE WILL MAKE HISTORY IN A LOT OF STATES TODAY. >> WE HAVE BEEN VERY INTERESTED IN YOUNG VOTERS. THERE IS A POLL THAT SAYS THAT YOUNG DEMOCRATS ARE MORE LIKELY TO VOTE THEN YOUNG REPUBLICANS. WHAT HAS YOUR ORGANIZATION DONE TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO VOTE AND ARE YOU OPTIMISTIC THAT THEY WILL COME TO THE POLLS? >> WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN. I JUST CALLED A YOUNG VOTER WHO WAS A NEIGHBOR TO MAKE SURE HE GOT TO THE POLLS. AND WE ARE SUCCESSFUL. YOUNG VOTERS ARE IN TUNE WITH THE VISION WE ARE OFFERING THE COUNTRY. THINK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. IT IS REALLY HARD TO FIND A CLIMATE CHANGE DENIER. ESPECIALLY FOR PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 35. THEY UNDERSTAND THE SCIENCE AND THAT THE FUTURE IS AT RISK. THEY UNDERSTAND PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY. YET YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO CALLS IT A HOAX. IT IS ONE OF THE REASONS THAT DEMOCRATIC VOTERS ARE TURNING OUT IN DROVES THIS YEAR. THEY ALSO RECOGNIZE THIS IS AN ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY TO GET JOBS AS WELL. THEY SEE HEALTHCARE THREATENED BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. IN THE MIDWEST, REPUBLICANS WE RUN AGAINST, ALMOST UNIFORMLY HAVE JEOPARDIZED HEALTHCARE BY PREVENTING SECURITY AGAINST PRE- EXISTING CONDITIONS. I HAVE SAID THIS REPUBLICANS ALL HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION AND THAT IS THEIR RECORD. THEIR RECORD OF IGNORING THE HEALTHCARE NEEDS OF PEOPLE. THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS WE ARE DOING SO WELL IN MICHIGAN, WISCONSIN, IOWA AND ILLINOIS. OUR CANDIDATES WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE INSURANCE EVEN IF YOU HAVE A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION. AND THAT IS ONE OF THE REASONS WE WILL DO WELL TONIGHT. >> YOUR ORGANIZATION HAS RAISED MORE THAN $100 MILLION THIS YEAR. THAT IS SIGNIFICANTLY MORE THAN IN THE PAST. >> WE HAVE BEEN EFFECTIVE. I AM THE CHAIR OF THIS ORGANIZATION. WE HAVE INCREASED OUR DONATIONS BY 50% DURING MY TERM AND WE ARE HAPPY ABOUT THAT. THAT HAS HAPPENED NOT JUST BECAUSE THE ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN EFFECTIVE AND ASSERTIVE AND OPTIMISTIC. BUT, FUNDAMENTALLY, IT IS BECAUSE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND, THEY HAVE HAD A BELLYFUL OF WHAT IS COMING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. THEY WANT TO PUT A CHECK ON IT. THE WAY TO DO THAT IS TO ELECT DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS THAT WILL HAVE PROGRESSIVE VALUES AND WILL MOVE THE COUNTRY FORWARD. AND WILL REACH ACROSS THE AISLE. LIKE IN MICHIGAN WHERE WE CAN DO THAT. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THAT AND I CANNOT WAIT TO GET RESULTS TONIGHT. >> THANK YOU, FOR JOINING US GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE. >>> OUR ELECTION COVERAGE CONTINUES IN THE NEXT HOUR. THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY COULD DEPEND ON SEVERAL KEY RACES. DEMOCRATS HOPE TO WIN CONTROL OF CONGRESS WHILE A DIVERSE ROSTER OF CANDIDATES HOPE TO MAKE HISTORY. EARLY MIDTERM VOTING IS AT A RECORD HIGH IN GEORGIA AND LINES STRETCHED OUTSIDE THE DOOR AT POLLING PLACES IN ARIZONA. THE MIDTERM RACES COULD BE A TEST OF THE POPULARITY OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WHILE HIS CRITICISM OF DEMOCRATS AND BRODERICK ON IMMIGRATION WENT OVER AMERICAN — WIN OVER AMERICAN VOTERS. ALL THAT AND MORE WHEN WE RETURN. YOU ARE STREAMING CBSN, CBS NEWS. ALWAYS ON. CONGRESSMAN. >> IT'S ELECTION DAYY — >> GILLUM WILL TAKE US IN A DIRECTION THAT PEOPLE LIKE BERNIE SANDERS AND ALL THESE PEOPLE WANT TO GO IN. >> WE'LL HAVE THE LATEST FROM DOZENS OF KEY RACES WITH NATIONAL IMPLICATIONS INCLUDING THE CLOSER GOVERNOR'S WATCHED — AND THE SENATE RACE. >> I WOULD FIGHT FOR LESS REGULATIONS AND MORE JOBS TO SECURE THE BORDER. >> ENSURING THAT OUR FEARS DO NOT DEFINE US. THAT WE ARE KNOWN FOR OUR AMBITIONS AND ASPIRATIONS BY THE GREAT WORK WE WANT TO DO. >> THE CANDIDATES ARE TALKING ABOUT THE ECONOMY BUT THE PRESIDENT IS CALLING IMMIGRATIONS SO WHICH WILL PROVE DECISIVE. CBSN STARTS NOW. >> I'M REENA NINAN. MANY ARE CASTING THEIR VOTES IN WHAT'S CALLED THE MOST ELECTION IN OUR LIFETIME. MORE THAN 38 MILLION PEOPLE CAST THEIR BALLOTS BEFORE TODAY. SO HERE'S WHERE THINGS STAND. REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE HOUSE, 240 SEATS TO 195. IF DEMOCRATS PICK UP 23 SEATS TODAY, THEY'LL CONTROL. AND IN THE SENATE, THERE ARE 51 REPUBLICANS, 49 MEMBERS ARE EITHER DEMOCRATS OR INDEPENDENTS WHO CAUCUS WITH DEMOCRATS. IN ORDER TO WIN THE SENATE, DEMOCRATS WOULD NEED TO DEFEND ALL THEIR CURRENT SEATS AND GAIN TWO MORE SEATS. BUT WE BEGIN WITH MOLLY HOOPER AND CBSN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR AND SABRINA SIDDIQUI. LADIES WELCOME, IT FEELS LIKE CHRISTMAS DAY AND YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT'S UNDER THE TREE AT THIS POINT. >> YES. >> I WANT TO RIP OPEN THE PRESENTS. >> YOU CERTAINLY DO. WE HAVE HOURS AHEAD BEFORE WE CAN RIP THEM OPEN. MOLLY, I WANT TO START WITH THE PRESIDENT'S TALK ON IMMIGRATION. THIS IS A KEY POINT FOR HIM. IS IT GOING TO WORK? >> HE'S AIMING THAT TALK AT HIS BASE BECAUSE REPUBLICANS ARE FEARFUL THEIR BASE WON'T BE ENERGIZED BECAUSE THEY THEY WON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION — YOUR BASE DOESN'T COME OUT AS MUCH AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE ENERGIZED SO THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN TRYING TO HAMMER HOME THIS ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION AND WE HAVE SEEN THE TROOPS MOVE TO THE BORDER. IT'S UNCLEAR WHETHER THAT WILL BE THE ISSUE THAT GETS REPUBLICAN VOTERS, NOT NECESSARILY INDEPENDENCE, BUT THOSE REPUBLICAN VOTERS WHO VOTED HIM INTO OFFICE, THE PRESIDENT, GETS THEM TO THE POLLS TO VOTE REPUBLICAN. >> SABRINA, A LOT OF PEOPLE WONDER, DID THE DEMOCRATS COUNTER THE PRESIDENT'S IMMIGRATION POLICY ENOUGH? >> I THINK DEMOCRATS DID NOT WANT TO AID THE PRESIDENT BY MAKING THIS ELECTION ABOUT IMMIGRATION BECAUSE AS MOLLY POINTS OUT, THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT MOBILIZES HIS BASE, AND DEMOCRATS HAVE INSTEAD WANTED TO FRAME THESE MID-TERMS AS BOTH A REFERENDUM ON THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY, AND HIS FITNESS FOR OFFICE ON WHAT THEY SAID HAS BEEN A LACK OF A CHECK AND BALANCE UNDER A REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED CONGRESS, BUT AROUND ISSUES THEY BELIEVE WILL DRIVE NOT ONLY JUST THEIR OWN BASE BUT THE INDEPENDENT MINDED PEOPLE TO THE POLLS INCLUDING HEALTH CARE AND MINIMUM WAGE AND THEY HAVE TALKED ABOUT PREEXISTING CONDITIONS BECAUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERS SAID THEY WILL TRY AND REPEAL OBAMA CARE IF REPUBLICANS MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE SENATE. ARE THERE PERHAPS SOME OF THOSE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD VOTERS WHO MIGHT SWING THIS IN ANY WAY. THERE WERE INDEPENDENCE WHO BROKE FOR TRUMP IN 2016, HAS THAT CHANGED IN A MEANINGFUL WAY AND — IS HE THE PARTY'S GREAT OF THE LIABILITY. >> SABRINA MENTIONS HEALTH CARE, MOLLY, AND PRESIDENT TRUMP AT A RALLY IN OHIO SAID HIS PARTY IS GOING TO PROTECT PREEXISTING CONDITIONS, BUT THE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING TO SUE ON PROTECTING PREEXISTING CONDITIONS, IS THIS ISSUE OF HEALTH CARE GOING TO WORK? >> IT MOTIVATES A LOT OF PEOPLE. IT DOES AND I HAVE TALKED TO SEVERAL SOURCES WHO WERE INVOLVED IN WRITING THE OBAMACARE LAW AND HAVE FOLLOWED THIS CLOSELY AND THEY ARE JUST UP TO THEIR EYEBALLS BECAUSE THEY SAY WHAT THE DEMOCRATS SAY ABOUT PREEXISTING CONDITIONS IS NOT HAPPENING. IT'S A CON HAVE LOOTED ISSUE AND IT'S UNCLEAR HOW CONGRESS WILL MOVE FORWARD. THIS IS AN ISSUE WE'LL DECIDE IN THE COURTS. BUT IT DOES GALVANIZE VOTERS AND IT GALVANIZE WOMEN VOTERS AND THIS IS AN ISSUE OF IMPORTANCE TO THOSE WOMEN VOTERS THAT DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO GET OUT TO THE POLLS, BUT THEN YOU ALSO HAVE SORT — IT'S A DOUBLE EGGED SWORD BECAUSE YOU HAVE SUBURBAN WOMEN VOTER WHO ARE UPSET WITH WHAT HAPPENED WITH KAVANAUGH. >> SABRINA, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PRESIDENT AND HIS BASE, VERY LOYAL BASE THAT HAS COME OUT AND TURNED OUT FOR HIM, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE FRAMING THIS AS A REFERENDUM ON HIS POPULAR. HOW IS THAT PLAYING WITH REPUBLICANS? >> THIS HAS BEEN THE MOST STRIKING ASPECTS IN THE LEAD UP TO THE ELECTION BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS MANAGED TO DO IS MAINTAIN POSITIVE NUMBERS OUT OF THE ECONOMY IN MATERIALS OF JOB GROWTH AND KEEPING THE RATE OF UNEMPLOYMENT LAW AND THEY CONTINUED THE RECOVERY UNDER THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION. WHEN THE ECONOMY IS DOING WELL, YOU WOULD EXPECT IT TO BE THE CLOSING ARGUMENT FOR THE PARTY THAT'S CURRENTLY IN CONTROL OF CONGRESS AND THE SITTING PRESIDENT, BUT YOU WOULD EXPECT THAT YOU WOULD SEE A RISE IN HIS POPULAR, BUT IN FACT THE PRESIDENT'S APPROVAL RATINGS HAVE LARGELY REMAINED STAGNANT, IF NOT CONTINUED TO FALL. WHAT THAT TELLS US AND REINFORCES IS THE FACT THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO HAS A CEILING SO THAT IS WHY HE HAS ACTUALLY FALLEN BACK ON MAKING THIS A BASE-ONLY ELECTION AND WHY HE'S TALKING ABOUT IMMIGRATION BECAUSE HE KNOWS THAT STOKING FEARS AROUND IMMIGRANTS WORKED WELL FOR HIM IN THE PAST, AND HE'S HOPING HE CAN EXECUTE THE SAME PLAY BOOK TO THE SAME EFFECT IN 2016, BUT AGAIN, THE QUESTION IS STILL, SURE THAT MIGHT WORK IN THE SENATE WHERE THIS IS WAGED IN THE RED RULE STATES THAT WON — WHAT ABOUT THE COMPETITIVE SUBURBAN DISTRICTS THAT WILL DETERMINE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE. IS IMMIGRATION GOING TO BE THE TOP PRIORITY FOR THOSE VOTERS AS THEY HEAD TO THE POLL AND TYPICALLY THAT HASN'T BEEN THE CASE. >> THERE WAS AN ADMISSION BY THE PRESIDENT. HE WAS ASKED WHAT HIS BIGGEST REGRET WAS IN THE LAST 24 MONTHS. >> I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A MUCH SOFTER TONE. I FEEL TO A CERTAIN EXTENT I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT MAYBE I DO. AND MAYBE I COULD HAVE BEEN SOFTER FROM THAT STANDPOINT. >> WORDS I NEVER THOUGHT WOULD COME OUT OF DONALD TRUMP'S MOUTH. HE SAID THE RHETORIC HAS BEEN ESCALATED ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. DO YOU THINK HE'S WORRIED ABOUT OUTCOME? I'M SURPRISED HE ADMIT TODAY THIS. >> MAYBE HE'S HAD A LOT OF RALLIES AND HASN'T GOTTEN A LOT OF SLEEP. IT MADE ME CHUCKLE. REPORTERS CHUCKLE BECAUSE COVERING THIS PRESIDENT, HE LIVES AND DIES BY THESE SAYINGS AIMED AT HIS OPPONENTS AND EVEN AT HIS ALI'S SOMETIMES SO TO HAVE A SOFTER TONE, I'M NOT SURE WHAT THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE. A KINDER, SOFTER DONALD TRUMP. I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT WOULD PLAY VERY WELL. >> IT'S FASCINATING BECAUSE HE SAYS THAT HE SOMETIMES WISHES HE MAYBE WOULD HAVE A SOFTER TONE, BUT AFTER MAKING THOSE REMARKS, HE GOES TO ANOTHER RALLY AND AGAIN, STARTS TO TALK VERY AGGRESSIVELY ABOUT THIS CARAVAN OF MIGRANTS FLEEING POVERTY WHO ARE NOWHERE NEAR THE U.S. BORDER AND LEGALLY HAVE A RIGHT TO SEEK ASYLUM AND HE MAKES STATEMENTS ABOUT HIS POLITICAL OPPONENT ABOUT — >> THAT'S WHY HIS BASE LOVES HIM BECAUSE THERE'S NO FILTER AND HE LOVES WHAT HE FEELS AND REPUBLICANS LOVE THAT. I WANT TO PLAY THE COUNTER ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE. NANCY PELOSI WAS ASKED IF SHE WAS CONFIDENT ABOUT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND VICTORY TONIGHT. THIS WAS HER RESPONSE. >> BECAUSE OF THE QUALITY OF OUR CANDIDATES WHICH INSPIRES A TREMENDOUS GRASSROOTS OPERATION AND YOU HEARD THE CHAIRMAN STATISTICS, I FEEL CONFIDENT THAT WE WILL WIN. >> CONFIDENT. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY SABRINA WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE HOUSE FOR DEMOCRATS, IS THIS LOCKED IN FOR THEM? >> CERTAINLY, THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM GOING INTO THESE MID-TERMS IS THIS RACE FOR THE HOUSE IS FOR DEMOCRATS TO LOSE. CERTAINLY THEY HAVE BEEN FAVORED AND I THINK THEIR NARRATIVE WOULD BE THEY BLEW IT IF THEY DO SO. ONE OF THE THINGS WE LEARNED VERY WELL IN 2016 IS A LOT OF TIMES THESE PREDICTIONS CAN MISS SOME OF WHAT MIGHT BE HAPPENING ON THE GROUND, AND SO I THINK THAT THE QUESTION ALSO IS WHAT IS THIS ELECTION GOING TO BE ABOUT? WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE TOP ISSUES IS GOING TO BE FOR VOTERS WHEN THEY GO TO THE POLLS AND IN THE HOUSE THAT'S WHERE YOU HAVE SEEN MORE CANDIDATES IN THESE COMPETITIVE DISTRICTS DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM TRUMP. THERE'S AN INDICATION THAT WORKED FOR DEMOCRATS TO MAKE THIS A REFERENDUM ON THE PRESIDENT. ONE OF COURSE THAT ENDS UP BEING WHAT THE HEADLINES ARE TOMORROW MORNING WHICH WE'RE WAITING TO SEE. >> MOLLY, WE DON'T KNOW, BUT IF DEMOCRATS ARE TO TAKE OVER THE HOUSE, WOULD IT BE DAMAGING FOR THE PRESIDENT, HOW DO YOU SEE THIS PLAYING OUT? >> THE WAY YOU HEAR THE PRESIDENT TALKING ABOUT IT, IT'S ALMOST LIKE A FOR GONE CONCLUSION. OH, WELL, I THINK WE'RE GOING TO LOSE THE HOUSE, BUT I'LL FIGURE IT OUT. I THINK HE THINKS HE CAN GET DEALS DONE. HE WANTS BIPARTISAN DEALS. >> WHY DOES HE THINK HE CAN GET DEALS DONE WITH THE DEMOCRATS? >> BECAUSE THEY'RE IN CHARGE. THE REPUBLICANS WHO WILL REMAIN, THE ONES WHO WIN, THEY'RE NOT IN THESE TOSS UP DISTRICTS AND THE REPUBLICANS IN TOSS UP DISTRICTS ARE MODERATES AND THE ONES WHO WANT INFRASTRUCTURE AND MORE FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS ON GUNS AND THESE ARE THINGS THE DEMOCRATS THINK THEY CAN WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT ON BECAUSE HE SAID HE WOULD SUPPORT IT. WHAT YOU'LL FIND AND THIS IS SOMETHING GEORGE W. BUSH FOUND IN 2007 AND 2008 WITH THE FINANCIAL CRISIS IS JUST BECAUSE THEY'RE IN YOUR PARTY DOESN'T MEAN THEY'RE GOING TO VOTE FOR WHATEVER BILL YOU COME UP WITH. THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE KILLED THE FIRST FINANCIAL CRISIS, THE FIRST FINANCIAL BAIL OUT BILL. THEY KILLED FUNDING TO GO TO AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ BECAUSE IT WAS TOO MUCH FUNDING, SO YOU MAY HAVE MORE CHALLENGES WITH THE REPUBLICAN MINORITY THAN THE DEMOCRAT MAJORITY. >> SABRINA, LET'S SAY REPUBLICANS ARE ABLE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, DOES THAT IMPACT THE PRESIDENT? >> FOR ONE, YOU GET THE STATUS QUO WHEN IT COMES TO A LOT OF THESE OVERSIGHT ISSUES THAT HAVE BEEN A CAUSE OF CONCERN FOR THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT THE PRESIDENT IS NOT BEING HELD UNDER ANY KIND OF CHECK IT COMES TO THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION AND THE WAY HE HAS TRIED TO INTERFERE WITH THE — ETHIC'S VIOLATIONS FOR WHITE HOUSE STAFFERS AND SUBPOENAS HIS TAX RETURNS AND THE QUESTIONS SURROUNDING HIS ADMINISTRATION AND THE USE MISS OF TAX PAYER FUNDS BY OFFICIALS AND THE REPUBLICANS HAVEN'T PURSUED THOSE AVENUES OR PICKING A FIGHT WITH THE PRESIDENT. I THINK THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN CLEAR THEY WANT TO NOT ONLY PASS MORE TAXES BUT LOOK AT MEDICARE, MEDICAID, SOCIAL SECURITY, THE PRESIDENT CAMPAIGNED ON NOT TOUCHING ANY OF THOSE PROGRAMS, BUT WE'VE SEEN THAT OF COURSE, YOU SAY ONE THING ON THE CAMPAIGN AND SEPARATE STORY WHEN REPUBLICANS SEND THE BILL TO HIS DESK, I THINK CERTAINLY THE ONE THING THE WHITE HOUSE IS PREPARING FOR IS IF THE DEMOCRATS TAKE BACK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE — >> SO THE HOME STRETCH. WHAT ARE THE RACES, MOLLY, I WANT TO GET THIS FROM BOTH OF YOU, WHAT ARE THE RACES YOU'RE WATCHING AND KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON? >> I'M KEEPING MY EYE ON SEVERAL CLOSE RACES AND NOT BECAUSE THEY'RE IN TOSS UP DISTRICTS BUT BECAUSE DEMOCRATS HAVE UNUSUAL CANDIDATES, SOME STRONG CANDIDATES LIKE ALISA IN MICHIGAN 8 RUNNING AGAINST MIKE BISHOP. THIS SEAT WAS HELD BY MIKE ROGERS, A REPUBLICAN AND FORMER FBI AGENT, ALICIA SLOTCAN SERVED THREE — NORMALLY THIS IS THE RESUME OF A REPUBLICAN AND SHE'S RUNNING IN A DISTRICT THAT WAS VERY CLOSE FOR TRUMP AND VERY CLOSE FOR OBAMA. AND SO I'M KEEPING MY EYE ON THAT. I'M KEEPING MY EYE ON FLORIDA 26, CARLOS CARABELLO VERSES DEBBIE POWELL WHO IS AN IMMIGRANT HERSELF. HER DAD DIED FROM A GUNSHOT WOUND AND SHE'S BIG ON THE ANTI-GUN ISSUE AND THAT ALSO IS A BIG ISSUE COMING ACROSS — GOING ACROSS THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW AND IT WILL BE — IT'S TELLING TO WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN CONGRESS IF SHE WINS BECAUSE YOU DO HAVE A LOT OF THESE ANTI-GUN GROUPS WITH MIKE BLOOMBERG SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY IN THESE RACES. >> MOLLY. >> THEIRS THE — THERE'S THE SENATE RACE BETWEEN RICK SCOTT, THE OUT GOING GOVERNOR AND BILL NELSON WHO IS THE DEMOCRAT. IT HAS BEEN NECK AND NECK AND THERE'S BEEN A GUBERNATORIAL RACE BETWEEN GILLUM AND — HE'S THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN GOVERNOR AND BECAUSE FLORIDA IS A LARGE BATTLEGROUND AND DIVERSE STATE, IT CARRIES THOSE NATIONAL IMPLICATIONS THAT WENT TO THE PRESIDENT BY 1 PERCENTAGE POINTS SO THE TRENDS WE TALK ABOUT, THE MORNING AFTER MIGHT COME OUT OF FLORIDA AND THE CLOSE SENATE RACES BECAUSE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE HOUSE, BUT THE REASONS POLLING HAS SHOWN — THESE ARE DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT LOSING THEIR SEAT, SO IF REPUBLICANS WERE NOT ABLE TO PICK UP THOSE SEATS, I THINK THAT WOULD HAVE VERY SERIOUS IMPLICATIONS — >> A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO SABRINA WHO GOT ENGAGED. >> BREAKING NEWS AT 1:00. CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS NEW CHAPTER FOR YOU, SABRINA. WE'RE EXCITED FOR. HOLLY HOOPER AND SABRINA SIDDIQUI, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. >>> MORE ON THE RACE IF FLORIDA AND HOW IT'S SHAPING UP, HERE'S MANUEL — >>Reporter: THERE'S A STEADY STREAM OF VOTERS AT THIS POLLING LOCATION IN TALLAHASSEE AND THE DEMOCRATS ACCORDING TO THE POLLS HAVE A SLIGHT EDGE GOING INTO ELECTION DAY, BUT THE RACES HERE REMAIN VERY COMPETITIVE. THE BIG TICKET EVENT IS THE RACE FOR GOVERNOR BETWEEN THE CURRENT MAYOR OF THIS TOWN, TALLAHASSEE ANDREW GILLUM AND DESANTIS AND GILLUM PULLED AHEAD BY 7 POINTS ACCORDING TO ONE NEW POLL. IF ELECTED BE THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN GOVERNOR IN STATE HISTORY AND DESANTIS HAS THE SUPPORT OF TRUMP WHO CARRIED THE STATE IN THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND BOTH CAST GILLUM AS TOO EXTREME — >> I THINK MR. GILLUM IS MAKING THIS A REFERENDUM FOR MR. TRUMP. >> GILLUM WILL TAKE US IN A DIRECTION THAT PEOPLE LIKE BERNIE SANDERS AND ALL THESE PEOPLE WANT TO GO IN. IT'S NOT GOING TO LEAD TO SUCCESS FOR OUR STATE. >> MEANWHILE, THREE TERM DEMOCRATIC SENATOR BILL NELSON IS TRYING TO FIN OFF A CHALLENGE FROM CURRENT FLORIDA GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT TO WIN BACK THE SENATE, DEMOCRATS NEED TO HOLD ONTO NELSON'S SEAT. RECENT POLLS SHOW NELSON HAS A — >> WE'RE FOLLOWING ISSUES IN GEORGIA. A STATE THAT'S HAD ALLEGATIONS OF VOTER SUPPRESSION, THERE'S BEEN TECHNICAL COUNTY EAST OF THE ATLANTA, THE MACHINES WERE DOWN AND PEOPLE HAD TO USE PAPER BALLOTS. LONG LINES WERE REPORTED. IN ARIZONA, A POLLING STATION IN MARICOPA COUNTY HAD TO TURNAROUND DOZENS OF VOTERS BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T AT THE RIGHT PRECINCT BUT THE LOCATION WAS ADVERTISED AS OPEN. THE COUNTY IS HOME TO 2/3 OF ARIZONA VOTERS AND HAS SEEN VOTER ISSUES IN PAST ELECTIONS. IN SOUTH CAROLINA, SOME PEOPLE IN RICHLAND COUNTY SAY THEIR VOTING MACHINES MALFUNCTIONED. THE FINAL VOTING SUBMISSION PAGE DIDN'T REFLECT PEOPLE'S INTENDED VOTE AND SOME SAID THEY FLIPPED THEIR VOTE AND OFFICIALS BELIEVE THAT A CALIBRATION ISSUE IS TO BLAME AND ENCOURAGE VOTERS TO REVIEW THEIR FINAL PAGE BEFORE SUBMITTING IT. >>> CBSN ELECTION COVERAGE BEGINS 5:00 P.M. EASTERN. THAT'S WHEN WE'LL GET OUR FIRST EXIT POLL NUMBER AND WE'LL KEEP YOU UPDATED WITH THE KEY RACES AS THE RESULTS COME IN. THAT'S RIGHT HERE ON CBSN. >>> COMING UP, HACKERS HAVE TARGETED ELECTION NETWORKS AROUND THE COUNTRY AND WE'LL SEE HOW HOMELAND SECURITY IS DEALING WITH ELECTION DAY THREATS. >>> AND NEXT, TWO WOMEN ARE HOPING TO MAKE HISTORY — YOUR A STREAMING CBSN. >>> REPUBLICANS SENATOR JEFF FLAKES RETIREMENT MAKES ARIZONA ONE OF THE FEW PICKUP OPPORTUNITIES FOR DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE. THE MOST RECENT CBS NEWS POLL GIVES DEMOCRATIC REPRESENTATIVE KRISTIN A THREE POINT LEAD OVER REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE SALLY. THAT'S WITHIN THE MARGIN OF ERROR. KATIE JOINS ME. WHAT DO WE SEE FROM BOTH CANDIDATES AND THIS IS A TIGHT SENATE RACE THAT HAS COME SO CLOSE? >> REPORTER: THEY'VE BEEN FIGHTING IT OUT UNTIL THE END. NEITHER IS WILLING TO GIVE UP THIS OPPORTUNITY. IT HAS BEEN A NASTY RACE. THEY HAVE TAKEN DIFFERENT APPROACHES AND WE ARE READY FOR THIS ELECTION TO BE OVER, BUT I DOUBT WE'RE GOING TO KNOW THE END RESULT OF THIS RACE TODAY. >> SO KATIE, WE KNOW ARIZONA IS A BORDER STATE. HAS THE PRESIDENT INCREASED HIS EMPHASIZE ON IMMIGRATION IN THE SENATE RACE HERE? >> IMMIGRATION IS ALWAYS A MAJOR ISSUE FOR VOTERS HERE IN ARIZONA OF COURSE, BUT IT'S A VERY POLARIZING ISSUE SO THE WAY KRISTIN CINEMA APPROACHED THIS RACE HAS BEEN TO ATTRACT MORE INDEPENDENT, MORE MODERATE VOTERS AND REALLY WHEN YOU COME TO A POLARIZING ISSUE — YOU RISK THE POLICY OF LOSING THOSE — >> THERE'S BEEN ISSUES AT POLLING COUNTIES, DO YOU THINK THIS CAN FACTOR IN THE STATE'S MOST CONTESTED RACES? >> IT WOULDN'T BE ELECTION DAY IN MARICOPA COUNTY WITHOUT A FEW ISSUES UNFORTUNATELY. SO THERE HAVE BEEN VOTERS TURNED AWAY THIS MORNING AND THE POLLING PLACES I HAVE HEARD ABOUT CORRECTED THOSE ISSUES, BUT SOME PEOPLE MIGHT NOT RETURN AND THAT COULD HAVE AN IMPACT WHEN WE HAVE TIGHTLY EXPECTED RESULTS. I SAW ONE PARTICULARLY UNIQUE ISSUE LAST NIGHT, A POLLING PLACE IN CHANDLER WAS SETUP, BUT THE OWNER OF THE BUILDING THAT WAS BEING FORECLOSED ON LOCKED THE DOORS AND THEY WERE HAVING TROUBLE GETTING INTO THAT BUILDING EARLY THIS MORNING. THAT'S ANOTHER ONE THAT HAS BEEN SUPPOSEDLY FIXED. CERTAINLY INDICATIVE OF WHAT WE EXPECT HERE. >> YEAH. WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE HOUSE RACES, WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING IN ARIZONA? >> SO DISTRICT 2 AND KIRKPATRICK, THAT'S AN INTERESTING RACE AND MARK — IT LOOKS LIKE KIRKPATRICK IS GOING TO PULL THAT ONE OFF. IT'S NOT ENTIRELY SURPRISING, THE DISTRICT IS EVENLY SPLIT AND REALLY WHEN MCSALLY PULLED OUT OF THAT RACE — >> WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE ISSUES IN ARIZONA, WHAT ARE THE ISSUES THAT ARE IMPACTFUL FOR VOTERS AND WHAT WILL THEY BE DECIDING TODAY? >> IT'S THE SAME ISSUES THAT RESONATE AROUND THE COUNTRY AND HEALTH CARE IS A BIG ONE AND IMMIGRATION IS A SIGNIFICANT ISSUE HERE IN ARIZONA AND I THINK — I MEAN, THIS IS A VOTE ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP. HE SAID SO HIMSELF. ARIZONA IS UNIQUE BECAUSE IT'S A RED STATE, BUT THERE'S A LOT OF MODERATE REPUBLICANS, THERE'S A GROWING POPULATION OF INDEPENDENCE, AND THERE'S A LOT OF CANDIDATES WHO ARE RECOGNIZING JUST HOW IMPORTANT THOSE TWO POPULATIONS ARE. THAT'S STARTING TO SHIFT SOME OF THE CONVERSATIONS WE'RE HAVING, BUT IT'S A LOT OF THE SAME ISSUES. IT'S A MATTER OF CHANGING OUR APPROACHES. >> GIVE US A SENSE ON THE BALLOT MEASURE AT THIS POINT. >> THERE'S PROPOSITION 126 WHICH WOULD BAN TAXES ON SERVICES WHICH IS UNIQUE BECAUSE THERE HASN'T BEEN MUCH OF A PROPOSAL TO DO SO. HOWEVER, OPPONENTS TO THAT BILL SAY WE NEED TO HAVE THE BROADEST TAX BASE WE POSSIBLY CAN, AND IT SEEMS THAT SIDE IS GOING TO WIN OUT 126 — IT LOOKS TO BE DEAD IN THE WATER. AS FOR PROPOSITION 127, HEAVILY SPENT ON, I THINK IT'S THE MOST SPENT ON BALLOT MEASURE RACE IN STATE HISTORY, MORE THAN $50 MILLION PUMPED INTO EITHER SIDE JUST IN THE MIDDLE OF OCTOBER, THAT NUMBER COMES FROM. SO IT LOOKS LIKE THAT'S GOING TO DIE AS WELL. IT'S JUST NOT CERTAIN THAT ARIZONA IS READY FOR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. AND PROPOSITION 305, I WOULD BE SURPRISED TO SEE THAT SUCCEED. THAT WOULD EXPAND THE EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM OR SCHOOL VOUCHER PROGRAM, BUT EVEN EVEN PRO POINTS HAVE ISSUES — >> KATIE CAMPBELL, GRATEFUL YOU COULD JOIN US TO DISH OUT ARIZONA'S POLITICS AND FOR MORE, GO TO CBSNEWS.COM. >>> NEARLY HALF OF TODAY'S GUBERNATORIAL RACES ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPETITIVE INCLUDING SEVERAL HIGH PROFILE CONTEST. TWO TERM REPUBLICAN — WALKER IS IN A DEAD HEAT WITH DEMOCRATIC TONY EBERS AND IN OHIO, FORMER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL RICHARD IS LEADING REPUBLICAN MIKE DEWINE AND 33 OF THE 50 GOVERNORS ARE REPUBLICAN, BUT DEMOCRATS HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN TRADITIONAL RED STATES LIKE KANSAS, AND OKLAHOMA. IN SOME DEEP BLUE STATE LIKE MARYLAND AND MASSACHUSETTS, POP LAYER GOP GOVERNORS WILL LIKELY BE REELECTED. HILLARY LANE REPORTS. >> REPORTER: VOTERS IN ATLANTA WAITED IN LONG LINES TUESDAY MORNING TO CAST THEIR BALLOT. THEY'RE CHOOSING BETWEEN KILL MANY,– KEMP AND SPACE OWE– AND STACEY ABRAMS. SHE TRIES TO MAKE HISTORY AS THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN. >> I DON'T WANT ANYONE TO VOTE FOR ME BECAUSE I'M BLACK OR BECAUSE WE'RE WOMEN AND DON'T VOTE FOR US BECAUSE WE'RE DEMOCRATS. YOU NEED TO VOTE FOR US BECAUSE WE'RE BETTER. >> KEMP RECEIVED BIG NAME SUPPORT. >> STACEY ABRAMS IS ONE OF THE MOST, EXTREME, FAR LEFT POLITICIANS IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, YOU KNOW THAT. >> BOTH SIDES HAVE ACCUSED THE OTHER OF WRONG DOING. ON SUNDAY, KEMP'S OFFICE ACCUSED DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF HACKING THE VOTER REGISTRATION SYSTEM AND KEMP DENIED — >> WE'RE HANDLING THIS LIKE ANY OTHER INCIDENT — I'M NOT WORRIED ABOUT HOW IT LOOKS. >> ABRAMS CHARGED KILL MANY WITH VOTER SUPPRESSION, BOTH SIDES DENY THE ACCUSATIONS, HILLARY LANE, CBS NEWS. >>> COMING UP AFTER A BREAK, ALLEGATIONS OF VOTER SUPPRESSION, THE BORDER PATROL CANCELS A TRADING DRILL IN HEAVILY HISPANIC DISTRICT NOT FAR FROM WHERE BETTER AURORA VOTED A SHORT TIME AGO. >>> A CONVERSATION WITH JAY INSLEE ON WHY HE FEELS THE STATE RACES COULD BE IMPORTANT FOR DEMOCRATS. THIS IS CBSN, ALWAYS ON. >>> MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE HEADING TO THE POLLS TODAY TO CAST THEIR VOTES IN THIS YEAR'S MID-TERM ELECTION. REPUBLICANS ARE HOPING TO HOLD ON THE POWER WHILE DEMOCRATS ARE LOOKING TO SHIFT THE TIDE IN BOTH OF HOUSE AND SENATE. AS IT STANDS, REPUBLICANS CONTROL THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 240 SEATS TO 195. DEMOCRATS WOULD NEED TO WIN 23 SEATS TO GAIN CONTROL. IN THE SENATE, THERE'S 51 REPUBLICANS, 49 MEMBERS ARE EITHER DEMOCRATS OR INDEPENDENTS WHO DO CAUCUS WITH DEMOCRATS AND JOINING US, POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR AND DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST, JAY INSLEE, AND LESLIE. LESLIE, I WANT TO ASK WHAT YOU'RE HEARING ON THE GROUND. I KNOW IT'S EARLY. DO REPUBLICANS HAVE REASONS TO BE OPTIMISTIC? >> REPORTER: THERE WAS A REPUBLICAN — THE PRESIDENT IS FEELING BULLYISH ON THIS. HE'S FEELING CONFIDENT ESPECIALLY IN THE SWING STATES WITH THE SWING VOTERS. THAT'S WHAT'S INTERESTING HERE. YOU'RE SEEING A LOT MORE CONFIDENCE, CERTAINLY NOT OVERLY CONFIDENT, BUT THE QUESTION IS, ARE THERE GOING TO BE MORE SPLIT TICKET VOTERS? PEOPLE THAT WANT TO SEND PERHAPS SUBURBAN WOMEN, ETHIC MINORITIES IN SOUTHERN PARTS OF FLORIDA THAT WILL VOTE FOR THE REPUBLICAN TICKET, BUT MAY VOTE FOR A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR BECAUSE THEY WANT THAT PROTEST VOTE AND THEY WANT A BIT MORE BALANCE. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HEARING. IT WOULDN'T BE FULL — STRAIGHT TICKET ONE WAY OR THE OTHER AND THAT CREATES OPPORTUNITY ON BOTH SIDES ON THE AISLE. >> LESLIE IS RIGHT. I FIND PEOPLE WE HEAR FROM, ALWAYS VIEWERS ARE HARD CORE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, JOE, WHAT ARE YOU HEARING? >> I WOULD CALL IT — WE HAD AN INTERESTING CHAT ABOUT THIS A LITTLE WHILE AGO ABOUT THE IDEA THAT I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF SCAR TISSUE BUILT UP ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016. WE WERE SURPRISED BY DONALD TRUMP. WE'RE IN A SCENARIO NOW WHERE THERE'S THIS UNPREDICTABILITY OUT THERE. YOU CAN'T PREDICT IT. TO BE HONEST, THE PRESIDENT HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN FRONT OF THIS ELECTORAETTE — ELECTORATE. YOU LOOK AT PLACES WHERE WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PICKUP LIKE ARIZONA. DEMOCRATS CUT THE LEAD — IN NEVADA, THE READ MACHINE WHICH I KNOW VERY WELL FEELS CONFIDENT ABOUT TURNING PEOPLE OUT AND FLORIDA WHERE I KNOW LESLIE AND I HAVE DIFFERENT TAKES ON WHAT'S GOING ON THE GROUND, DEMOCRATS FEEL ECSTATIC ABOUT GILLUM AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET AND WHAT HE'S GOING TO DO TO MOBILIZE THE DEMOCRATIC BASE, NOT JUST THE KIND OF MORE TRADITIONAL DEMOCRATIC BASE, BUT THOSE FOLKS ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THAT BASE THAT NORMALLY WOULDN'T SHOW UP IN A MID-TERM ELECTION. DEMOCRAT FEEL GOOD. >> THAT'S PROBABLY THE BIG KEY LINE TO THIS ELECTION IS THE VOTERS WE'RE TALKING ABOUT ISN'T ON THE FRINGES, BUT THEY'RE SOFT DEMOCRATS. AS YOU TAKE IT DOWN, IT'S ALL THAT FLUIDITY AND THE PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO DESCRIBE AN NORM. A PRESIDENT PARTY WHO IS BELOW 50% APPROVAL RATING SEEING THE PARTY WILL LOSE 37 SEATS AND HE'S TRYING TO STOP THAT BLUE WAVE WE TALK ABOUT, AND IN SOME CASES, I THINK HE WILL BE EFFECTIVE. >> WHY DO YOU FEEL CONFIDENT BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN CONFIDENT HE'S GOING TO BUCK THIS MID-TERM — WHY DO YOU THINK REPUBLICANS FEEL CONFIDENT? >> HE'S HEADED INTO POLITICAL, THEY'RE PERSONALITY DRIVEN AND THEY'RE BY THE ECONOMY. THE ECONOMY IS SO STRONG. >> IT'S NOT WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE RUNNING ON. >> BUT IT'S THE FOUNDATION, THAT'S WHAT IS REALLY THE UNDER CURRENT FOR THE WAY. IF THE ECONOMY IS STRONG VERSES WHAT YOU HAD IN 1994 OR 2010 WHEN YOU SAW THE LOSSES MANY 2010 WITH OBAMA LOSING 63 SEATS, YOU HAD NINE OUT OF TEN PEOPLE BELIEVING IT WASN'T A GOODúTIME TO FIND A QUALITY JOB AND YOU HAD CONSUMER CONFIDENCE LOW, AND THE ECONOMY COMING BACK FROM THE BIG RECESSION. THIS IS A VERY DIFFERENT SO IF — HE'S DONE THINGS ON TAXES AND DOING THINGS ON TARIFF AND LOOKING — IT DOESN'T MEAN THEY LIKE THE PRESIDENT. AND THEY MAY HAVE A PROTEST VOTE AND SPLIT TICKET TO HAVE THE BALLOT BUT IT DOES MEAN — THEY MAY NOT TALK ABOUT IT, BUT IT'S GOING TO IMPACT THIS ELECTION. >> DEMOCRATS ARE TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THERE'S A 50 STATE STRATEGY THAN THERE HAS BEEN. DEMOCRATS ARE COMPETITIVE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE'RE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT JUST THOSE BEDROOM COMMUNITIES IN THE NORTH EAST OR SOME PLACES IN THE WEST THAT ARE DEMOCRATIC, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT SOUTH DAKOTA, WHERE WE COULD PICK UP A GOVERNOR'S SEAT AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IOWA WHERE BROWN IS — HAD A STRANGLE HOLD ON THE STATE AS A REPUBLICAN STANDARD BARRIER. NELL COULD WIN THAT GOVERNOR'S RACE. IT'S A POSSIBILITY. KANSAS, THAT'S A GOVERNOR'S RACE THE DEMOCRATS COULD WIN. WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT FLORIDA AND GEORGIA. DEMOCRATS FEEL LIKE FOR THE FIRST TIME, REALLY IN A DECADE, EVEN WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA IN PLACE, WE WEREN'T NECESSARILY COMPETITIVE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE ENTIRE DEMOCRATIC ESTABLISHMENT FEEL LIKE WE HAVE A BLUEPRINT TO BE COMPETITIVE AROUND THE COUNTRY. IT'S NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN SAY WITHIN THE LAST FEW — >> IT WILL COME THROUGH IN MID-TERMS. >> THAT'S THE QUESTION TONIGHT. ARE ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS GOING TO COME BACK, HOLD THEIR NOSE LIKE THEY DID BEFORE BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT DELIVERED ON THOSE PROMISES. THEY DO NOT LIKE THE PRESIDENT'S STYLE AND THAT'S WHY I SAY IT HOLDS THE NOSE KIND OF CANDIDATE. BUT THEY LIKE THESE OTHER CANDIDATES THAT'S ON THE TICKET AND THAT'S MORE TRIED AND TRUE REPUBLICANS. SO IN SOME INSTANCES, THAT'S THE CASE, BUT SOME OF THESE WORKING CLASS LIKE BLUE COLLAR WORKERS WE SAW, THAT'S GOING TO BE THE QUESTION. THAT'S WHAT I'M WATCHING TONIGHT. IS THAT PART OF THE COALITION GOING TO REMAIN WITH THE PRESIDENT BECAUSE WE HAVE LEARNED FOR EXAMPLE IN TEXAS, IF YOU TOOK DIFFERENT NON TRADITIONAL CONSTITUENCY, THEY VOTED THREE TIMES FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN THREE CYCLES, THEY WOULDN'T REMEMBER THE LAST TIME THEY VOTED DEMOCRAT AND THEY WERE OUR FUTURE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND THAT WAS THE CASE WITH LATINO. >> I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT TURN OUT. WHAT ARE YOU HEARING ABOUT TURN OUT. PEOPLE ARE SAYING IN MID-TERMS, NOT AS GREAT IN TURN OUT, BUT WE'RE HEARING EARLY VOTING AND ABSENTEE — WHAT ARE YOU HEARING FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTIES? >> THERE'S A LOT OF MEASURED EXCITEMENT, IT'S FLORIDA. IN FLORIDA AND THE INTERESTING THING THEY TELL YOU IS THEY HAVE SEEN BY 9:00 A.M. THIS MORNING, THE REPUBLICAN TURN OUT HAD SWASHED ANY TYPE OF EARLY VOTING TURN OUT THAT THE DEMOCRATS HAD. >> WHEN YOU SAY TOP NUMBERS — >> BASICALLY THEY SAY BACK IN 2016 THEY WERE 84,000 RAW BALLOTS IN EARLY VOTING BEFORE THE ELECTION DAY. ON ELECTION DAY, THEY CLOSED THAT AND SURPASSED IT BY 194,000 VOTES. SO THESE ARE SMALL NUMBERS WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT SUCH LARGE STATES WITH MILLIONS OF PEOPLE VOTING, BUT THEY'RE FEELING OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THAT. THAT BY 9:00 A.M., REPUBLICAN TURN OUT WAS — THE MACHINE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN FLORIDA WAS VERY ACTIVE AND ON STEROIDS. THAT'S REALLY KIND OF THE TAKE AWAY HERE. WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THE INDEPENDENT VOTERS ARE GOING TO FALL, SO WE CAN'T READ THE T-LEAVES YESTERDAY. WE HAVE TO BE CAUTIOUS, BUT IT'S GIVING — >> JOE, WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT TURN OUT, WHAT HAVE DEMOCRATS BEEN WORRIED ABOUT WHEN IT COMES TO TURN OUTS? >> OUTSIDE, THERE'S A RAIN STORM IN NEW YORK CITY AND THAT'S NOT THE ONLY PLACE. THERE'S KEY AREAS ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD THAT'S EXPERIENCING DIFFICULT WEATHER AND THAT WAS A CONCERN. SOME OF THOSE WASHOUTS HAVE GONE AWAY, BUT YOU KNOW, LESLIE KNOWS THIS, WE PLAN FOR SITUATIONS LIKE THIS. I REMEMBER I WAS ON HILLARY CAMPAIGN IN 2016, THERE WAS A TERRIBLE HURRICANE ABOUT A MONTH BEFORE IN NORTH CAROLINA WHERE THERE WERE CERTAIN PLACES IN THAT STATE WHERE THERE WAS ONE VOTING DISTRICT WITHIN 50 MILES OF PEOPLE. SO WE HAD TO PUT OUT AGGRESSIVE RADIO CAMPAIGNING WHERE WE TOLD PEOPLE ABOUT THEIR BACK UP LOCATION OR WHERE THEY GO IF THEY COULDN'T FIND THEIR LOCATION. DESPITE THE CONCERNS OF WEATHER, THERE'S PLANS IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE HAVE CONTINGENCY OPTIONS FOR THINGS LIKE THAT. >> LET'S SAY GILLUM WINS IN FLORIDA, WHAT WOULD YOU EXTRACT AS THE TAKE AWAY IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA ON HOW TO BEAT TRUMP. >> I WOULD ANDREW GILLUM CREATED A NEW DEMOCRATIC COALITION IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND BY THE WAY, THAT WOULD BE A SIGNIFICANT SCALP IN GILLUM COULD SAY, I BEAT DONALD TRUMP. IF GILLUM WINS TONIGHT, I DON'T THINK THE STORY IS GILLUM BEAT DESANTIS. I THINK THE STORY IS GILLUM BEAT TRUMP. FOR PEOPLE IN MY PARTY LOOKING FOR A CANDIDATE IN 2020, I DON'T THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE LOST ON MANY OF THE PARTY ELDERS WHO ARE THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. HE'S GOING TO ACTIVATE VOTERS AGAIN, NOT JUST THE TRADITIONAL DEMOCRATIC COALITION, BUT THOSE IN CARIBBEAN COMMUNITIES AND HAITIAN COMMUNITIES AND SOME WILL SAY THE HILLARY CAMPAIGN DIDN'T DO A GOOD JOB — GILLUM HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY OVER PERFORM IN THOSE AREAS AND TURN THOSE FOLKS OUT THAT'S GOING TO BENEFIT PEOPLE LIKE BILL NELSON. >> LESLIE, I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT SOUTH FLORIDA. >> I DISAGREE. >> SHE DOES. >> I WANT TO GET — BEFORE WE GO, I WANT TO GET TO THE HISPANIC VOTE IN SOUTH FLORIDA, PARTICULARLY THE REPUBLICAN HISPANIC VOTE. WHAT ARE YOU SEEING? >> WHAT WE'RE HEARING FROM GOP OPERATORS ON THE GROUND, THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS DONE A GOOD JOB OF SOLIDIFY NOT ONLY JUST CUBAN HISPANIC, BUT TALKING ABOUT NON CUBAN HISPANIC COMMUNITIES — THEY'RE VIBRANT PARTS OF THE COMMUNITY IN SOUTH FLORIDA. FLORIDA WITH CARLOS WHO IS RUNNING — AN AREA THAT CLINTON WON BY ALMOST 20 POINTS BUT HE WON, ALTHOUGH TRUMP LOST THE STATE, HE WOULD NOT BY TEN POINTS SO I FEEL OPTIMISTIC ON HIS. HE'S IN THE TOSS UP AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE COMPETITIVE AND THE FORMER SEAT OF HILLARY ROSS WHO HAVE BEEN THERE 29 YEARS, THE FIRST HISPANIC REPUBLICAN. SHE HAS A FAMOUS NEWS ANCHOR THAT HAS THE NOMINEE. PEOPLE ARE CALLING THAT THE CULTURAL IDENTITY RACE. SHE'S CONNECTING WITH THE JEWISH COMMUNITY AND THOSE WHO HAVE NEEDS AND THEY DON'T FEEL THAT RETAIL POLITICS WITH DONNA — THE FORM EARLY HEAD CABINET MEMBER FROM THE — >> ONE HOUSE TO WATCH, THE GEORGIA SIX WHICH IS THE FAMOUS JOHN RACE VERSES KAREN HANDLE. GUESS WHAT, LUCY MACK BETH IS RUNNING AGAINST HER AND THAT SIMILAR EFFECT WITH ANDREW GILLUM, YOU COULD EXPERIENCE THE SAME THING WITH STACEY ABRAMS. STRONG ORGANIZATION AND SOMEONE WHO COULD — >> JOE PAYNE, LESLIE, SANCHEZ, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. >> THANK YOU. >>> MISSOURI IS LIKELY TO A PLAY ROLE IN THE REPUBLICAN'S BATTLE TO CONTROL THE HOUSE. HOLLY IS UP BY THREE PERCENTAGE POINTS OVER MCCASKILL. MCCASKILL IS HOLDING ONTO A THREE POINT LEAD. THE RACE IS JUST TOO CLOSE TO CALL. JOINING US NOW IS ST. LOUIS PUBLIC REPORTER, POLITICAL REPORTER JOE MANTIS. HE WON MISSOURI BY 20 POINTS. THIS WAS IN THE 2016 ELECTION. HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT IS THE PRESIDENT EXPECTED TO HAVE ON THE RACE TONIGHT? >> REPORTER: WELL, THE REPUBLICANS ARE HOPING HE DOES HAVE AN IMPACT ON TURN OUT. PARTICULARLY IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI. WHERE THE PRESIDENT WAS APPEARING WAS A REPUBLICAN STRONG HOLD. AND THAT HAS BEEN A CONCERN FOR WEEKS THAT THE REPUBLICAN ENTHUSIASM IS JUST NOT MATCHING THE DEMOCRATIC ENTHUSIASM IN THE SUBURBS. WE REALLY WON'T KNOW UNTIL LATE TONIGHT WHICH IS TRURO OWE IF THAT'S TRUE OR NOT, BUT THE PRESIDENT'S VISIT OBVIOUSLY REVS UP ENTHUSIASM, AND THERE ARE REPUBLICANS — THE REPUBLICANS HOPE IT WILL ENERGIZE AND GET MORE PEOPLE TO GO TO THE POLLS TODAY OR GET PEOPLE FEELING BETTER. I THINK BECAUSE THIS CONTEST IS TOO CLOSE TO CALL AND YOU SHOWED TWO POLLS THAT SHOWED TWO DIFFERENT RESULTS WHICH JUST SORT OF UNDERSCORE THAT, THE GOP SEES THIS AS THEIR BEST CHANCE, IF THEY DEFEAT CLAIRE MCCASKILL, THIS IS THEIR BEST CHANCE FOR REALLY, REALLY PUTTING THE STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN A WEAK POSITION FOR YEARS TO COME. IF SHE MANAGES TO HOLD ON, IT DOES HELP DEMOCRATIC FORTUNES WHICH HAS TAKEN A BEATEN. DEMOCRATS HELD MOST OF THE STATEWIDE OFFICES IN MISSOURI ALTHOUGH REPUBLICANS CONTROLLED THE LEGISLATURE. THEIR FORTUNES ARE DRAMATICALLY CHANGED IN TWO YEARS AND REPUBLICANS HOPE TO REALLY, REALLY DRIVE THAT HOME TODAY AND THAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAPPEN. >> JO, COULD THE PRESIDENT'S SUPPORT BENEFIT MCCASKILL. >> IN THE SUBURBS AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTERS WHO HAVE BEEN OFF MCCASKILL FOR YEARS. SHE HAS MADE A BIGGEST THE LAST TWO, THREE WEEKS AND SHE'S PROBABLY SHOWN UP TO CLOSE TO 20 AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHURCHES IN KANSAS CITY IN ST. LOUIS. SHE'S BEEN PUSHING HARD TO HEAL ANY TENSIONS AND TO UNDERSCORE TO THEM THEY ARE BELIEF THAT YOU MAY NOT LOVE ME, BUT HE'S GOING TO BE WORSE FOR YOU. SO THE PRESIDENT'S VISIT FROM THAT STANDPOINT ACTUALLY HELPS HER BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT HAS A REALLY POOR APPROVAL RATING IN THE SUBURBS AND AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND AMONG SUBURBAN WOMEN, SO FROM THAT STANDPOINT, THE VISIT AND THE ONE HE HAD LAST THURSDAY COULD WHIP UP DEMOCRATIC URBAN AND SUBURBAN ENTHUSIASM FOR HER BECAUSE THEY WANT TO SEND A MESSAGE TO HIM. >> SENATOR MCCASKILL LABELED HADAR SELF AS A SEAMSTRESS AS SOMEONE WHO CAN WORK WITH LAWMAKERS ON EITHER SIDE, IS THAT MESSAGE RESONATING WITH VOTERS? >> I'M NOT SURE. REPUBLICANS HAS BEEN SAYING NO, NO, SHE'S A LIBERAL. BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, YOU HAVE A NUMBER OF DEMOCRATS IN THE STATE WHO HAVE BEEN SAYING FOR YEARS THAT SHE'S NOT PROGRESSIVE ENOUGH. SO THAT DEBATE, HIS CONTINUING NOW, BUT AGAIN, WE'LL FIND OUT TONIGHT WHICH MESSAGE RESONATES THE MOST. BUT I THINK THAT HER MESSAGE — SHE'S HOPING HER MESSAGE WILL GO AFTER SUBURBAN REPUBLICAN WOMEN, MANY OF WHICH ARE SUSPECTED TO HAVE VOTED FOR HER IN 2012. IF YOU RECALL, SHE WON MISSOURI IN 2012 FOR HER SECOND TERM BY ABOUT 14 PERCENTAGE POINTS AND THAT WAS AT THE SAME TIME THAT ROMNEY WAS CARRYING — THERE WAS 400,000 VOTERS IN THE STATE WHO VOTED FOR ROMNEY AND VOTED FOR MCCASKILL AND SIX YEARS LATER, I THINK HER MODERATE MESSAGE IS AIMED AT SOME OF THOSE. THAT SHE WANTS SOME OF THEM TO FEEL COMFORTABLE VOTING FOR HER AGAIN. >> WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE POLICIES THAT THE PRESIDENTS ENACTED — HOW IS THAT AFFECTING THAT DEMOGRAPHIC, THAT VOTING BLOCK? >> EVERYTHING THAT I'VE — ALL THE FARMERS I HAVE BEEN TALKING TO AND SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES HAVE BEEN FOCUSING MORE ON THIS ISSUE, THEY'RE HURTING BADLY IN MISSOURI. MANY OF THOSE FARMERS HAD SUPPORTED DONALD TRUMP IN 2016. SOME OF THE ONES I TALKED TO ARE HOLDING OUT HOPE THAT THIS IS GOING TO STRAIGHTEN OUT AND THE PAIN THEY'RE FEELING NOW WON'T BE LONG TERM. MCCASKILL HAS BEEN SENDING THEM A MESSAGE THAT ALMOST CHINESE MARKETS THAT YOU'VE JUST LOST, EVEN IF HE ENDS THE TRADE WAR TOMORROW, THOSE WON'T BE COMING BACK FOR A WHILE. SO THERE'S THAT TENSION GOING ON. AND THAT'S ANOTHER REASON THE PRESIDENT WAS FRANKLY IN CAPE JERADO BECAUSE THAT'S IN THE MIDDLE OF FARM COUNTRY AND HE'S TRYING TO SEND A MESSAGE TO ROW FARMERS WHO VOTED FOR HIM TO STICK WITH HIM EVEN THOUGH HE DIDN'T FOCUS ON THE TRADE WAR. HE'S HOPING THEY'LL SEE HIM AS SOMEBODY WHO CARES ABOUT THEM AND TO STICK WITH HIM AND NOT TO ABANDON HIM FOR HER. >> JO MANNIES, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. >> THANK YOU FOR ASKING ME. >>> WE'RE GOING TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK. COMPLETE COVERAGE OF TODAY EASY LEXES, YOU — TODAY'S ELECTIONS, YOU CAN HEAD TO CBNNEWS.COM. YOU'RE STREAMING CBSN, ALWAYS ON. >>> IT'S NOT JUST CONGRESS IN TODAY'S — THERE'S GOVERNOR'S RACES AND IT CAN AFFECT AMERICAN LIFE AND HOW THE BIG IMPACT ON THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE. JAY INSLEE IS THE GOVERNOR OF WASHINGTON STATE AND HE'S THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DEMOCRATIC — GOVERNOR, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. >> THANK YOU. >> YOU BET. WE HAVE SEEN REALLY RECORD TURN OUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY BOTH AT POLLS WITH EARLY VOTING. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS BEHIND THOSE NUMBERS? >> A LOT OF THINGS, ONE, PEOPLE ARE JUST KIND OF FED UP OF THE CHAOS COMING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE. THEY WANT TO HAVE A CHECK ON THIS PRESIDENT. THEY WANT TO BE HEARD. THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT IS AT STAKE. THEY HAVE SEEN A FAILURE TO PRODUCE AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. TEY'VE SEEN AN ATTACK ON THEIR OWN HEALTH CARE. AND SO PEOPLE ARE VOTING SO IT'S A GOOD DAY AND THEY'RE VOTING IN DROVES AND THEY'RE VOTING FOR DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS BECAUSE IT'S DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS THAT CAN HELP TAKE CARE OF OUR HEALTH CARE AND IMPROVE OUR SCHOOLS AND DO INFRASTRUCTURE BILLS SO WE CAN FIX OUR ROADS AND BUSES SO WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT TODAY. AT THE END OF THE NIGHT, I'M FEELING CONFIDENT THAT OVER HALF OF AMERICANS WILL HAVE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS WORKING FOR THEM. SO THIS IS A GREAT DAY. >> GOVERNOR, YOU SAY IT'S DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS THAT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, BUT THERE'S 33 STATES THAT HAVE REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS. 26 OF THOSE HAVE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTIONS TODAY. WHY IS IT THAT REPUBLICANS HAD AN ADVANTAGE AND HOW IS YOUR DEMOCRATIC GROUP TRYING TO CHANGE THAT? >> WE'RE CHANGING IT ONE STATE AT A TIME AND WE'RE CHANGING IT BY HAVING CANDIDATES WHO WILL FOCUS ON WHAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO FAMILIES LIVES. LIKE STACEY ABRAMS IN GEORGIA WHO CAN PRODUCE 500,000 PEOPLE TO GET INSURANCE, HEALTH INSURANCE AND GILLUM WHO IS FIGHTING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF CLEAN ENERGY DRIVES AND — DONALD TRUMP HASN'T BUILT A BIRDHOUSE SINCE HE'S BEEN PRESIDENT. WE'RE FIGHTING ON HOW TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES AND WHERE THEY LIVE AND THINGS THAT'S MOST IMPORTANT TO THEM. IT'S ABOUT GETTING THE JOB DONE RATHER THAN ARGUING ABOUT THINGS. WE WANT TO REUNITE PEOPLE AND HAVE SOLUTIONS AND MOVE THE BALL FORWARD, NOT JUST HAVE ARGUMENTS LIKE WE'RE SEEING OUT OF THE NATION'S CAPITAL. I THINK WE'RE GOING TO WIN A LOT OF SEATS. >> WE HAVE SPENT A LOT OF TIME COVERING SENATE AND HOUSE RACES, WHY IS THE GOVERNORSHIP SO IMPORTANT? >> WELL, FOR THE NATION, IT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS CAN STAND UP AND LARGELY STOP THE GERRYMANDERING TAKING PLACE WHICH IS REALLY CRIPPLED THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE UNFAIR DISTRICTING THAT HAVE PREVENTED PEOPLE AT GETTING A SHOT AFTER ELECTING — DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS CAN VETO BILLS THAT ARE UNFAIR AND GIVE PEOPLE A FAIR SHOT. SECONDLY, THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE WE CAN MAKE PROGRESS. LOOK, DONALD TRUMP FOR ALL HIS TWEETING CAN'T STOP FRED HUBBLE CAN'T STOP AN ENERGY EFFICIENT — CAN'T STOP JANET MILLS IN MAIN FROM DOING APPRENTICE SHIP TO PUT PEOPLE TO WORK. WE KNOW IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, WE HAVE TO MOVE IN THE STATES AND THIRD, WE CAN ACT AS A CHECK. A BALANCE ON THE CHAOS COMING OUT OF WASHINGTON, DC. THE MUSLIM BAN, THE APPEAL TO RACISM AND DIVISION. THE EFFORT TO HAVE COMMON SENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION. WE CAN CHECK SOME OF THAT CHAOS TO PROTECT AMERICA. SO A LOT IS AT STAKE IN THE GOVERNOR'S RACE AND I'M CONFIDENT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO PICK A LOT OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS TONIGHT. >> YOU MENTIONED FLORIDA HAS A CHANCE TO MAKE HISTORY BY SELECTING THEIR FIRST BLACK GOVERNORS AND TELL US ABOUT THE STRATEGY THE GOVERNOR ASSOCIATION IS TRYING TO PUT IN PLACE THERE? >> WE HAVE SUPPORTED BOTH CANDIDATES. THEY'RE INSPIRATIONAL. I WAS WITH STACEY ABRAMS YESTERDAY AND YOU HAD TO SCRAPE THE PEOPLE OFF THE CEILING, THEY WERE SO EXCITED. HE HAS A VISION FOR HEALTH CARE. HE CAN GET HEALTH CARE FOR OVER 800,000 PEOPLE IN FLORIDA AND THAT'S VERY APPEALING. THAT'S WHY HE'S DOING SO WELL AND I BELIEVE WE'LL DO WELL TONIGHT. THESE TWO CANDIDATES WILL MAKE HISTORY. FIRST DUEO OF BLACK CANDIDATES IN THE SOUTH, BUT STACY SAID SOMETHING YESTERDAY, I THOUGHT IT WAS TELLING, SHE SAID I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO VOTE FOR ME BECAUSE I'M BLACK. I DON'T WANT THEM TO VOTE FOR ME BECAUSE I'M A WOMAN. I WANT THEM TO VOTE FOR ME BECAUSE I'M BETTER. THAT'S A GOOD REASON TO VOTE FOR BOTH CANDIDATES AND DEMOCRATS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SO WE'RE GOING TO HAVE HISTORY IN A LOT OF STATES TODAY. >> WE HAVE BEEN INTERESTED IN YOUNG VOTERS. WE WERE FASCINATING BY THE HARVARD POLLS. YOUNG DEMOCRATS ARE LIKELY TO VOTE THAN YOUNG REPUBLICANS. WHAT HAS YOUR ORGANIZATION DONE TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO VOTE AND ARE YOU MORE OPTIMISTIC THAT MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TO TURN TO THE POLLS. >> I CALLED A YOUNG VOTER I KNOW WHO IS A NEIGHBOR TO MAKE SURE HE GOT HIS BALLOT IN. WE'RE BEING SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE YOUNG VOTERS ARE IN TUNE WITH THE VISION WE'RE OFFERING THE COUNTRY. THINK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. IT'S REALLY HARD TO FIND A CLIMATE CHANGE DENIER OF PEOPLE UNDER THE AGE OF 35. THEY UNDERSTAND THE SCIENCE. THEY UNDERSTAND THEIR FUTURES ARE AT-RISK AND YOU HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT CALLS CLIMATE CHANGE A HOAX. THAT'S THE REASON DEMOCRATIC YOUNG VOTERS ARE TURNING OUT IN DROVES AND THEY RECOGNIZE THIS AS AN ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY TO GET JOBS AS WELL. THEY SEE THEIR HEALTH CARE THREATENED BY THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. UP AND DOWN. IN THE MIDWEST, THE REPUBLICANS WE RUN AGAINST ALMOST UNIFORMLY HAS JEOPARDIZED PEOPLE'S HEALTH CARE BY PREVENTING SECURITY AGAINST PREEXISTING CONDITIONS. IN FACT I HAVE SAID THESE REPUBLICANS ALL HAVE A PREEXISTING CONDITION AND THAT'S THEIR RECORD. THE RECORD OF IGNORING THE HEALTH CARE NEEDS OF PEOPLE. THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WE'RE DOING SO WELL IN WISCONSIN AND IN MICHIGAN AND MINNESOTA AND IOWA AND OHIO, AND ILLINOIS. OUR CANDIDATES WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE INSURANCE EVEN IF YOU'VE GOT A PREEXISTING CONDITION. WE'RE THE ONLY PARTY THAT CAN SAY THAT. ONE OF THE REASONS WE'RE GOING TO DO WELL TONIGHT. >> YOU KNOW, ONE — SOMETHING ELSE WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING, YOUR ORGANIZATION RAISED MORE THAN $100 MILLION THIS YEAR. THAT'S SIGNIFICANTLY MORE THAN IN THE PAST. DID DGA CHANGE THEIR STRATEGY? >> WE HAVE BEEN EFFECTIVE. I'M CHAIR OF THIS ORGANIZATION AND I'M PLEASED WE HAVE INCREASED OUR DONATION BY 50% DURING MY TERM SO WE'RE HAPPY ABOUT THAT. THAT'S HAPPENED NOT JUST BECAUSE THE ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN EFFECTIVE AND ASSERTIVE AND OPTIMISTIC, BUT FUNDAMENTALLY IT'S BECAUSE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE HAD A BELLY FULL OF WHAT'S COMING OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND THEY WANT TO PUT A CHECK ON IT AND THE WAY TO DO THAT IS ELECT DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS WHO WILL HAVE BALANCE AND PROGRESSIVE VALUES, THAT WILL MOVE THE COUNTRY FORWARD, AND WE'LL REACH ACROSS THE AISLE. LIKE IN MICHIGAN WHERE WE CAN DO THAT. SO WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THAT. AND I CAN'T WAIT TO GET THE RESULTS TONIGHT. >> GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US, GOVERNOR. >> YOU BET, THANKúYOU. >> THANK YOU. >>> ELECTION NIGHT ON CBSN BEGINS NEXT WITH THE RED AND BLUE. WILL DEMOCRATS FLIP CONGRESS OR WILL REPUBLICANS HOLD CONTROL? OUR TEAM OF POLITICAL EXPERTS WILL HAVE OUR FIRST LOOK AT EXIT POLLS, RED AND BLUE IS NEXT. >>> TONIGHT TO FLIP OR NOT TO FLIP, DEMOCRATS SEEK A TAKEOVER OF THE HOUSE WHILE REPUBLICANS GAINS IN THE SENATE. THE PRESIDENT SAYS A VOTE FOR A REPUBLICAN IS A VOTE FOR HIM. SO WHAT WILL AMERICA DECIDE? WE'LL FIND OUT AS ELECTION NIGHT ON CBSN BEGINS WITH RED AND BLUE. GOOD EVENING. I'M ELAINE QUIJANO ALONGSIDE ED O'KEEFE ON WHAT IS SURE TO BE A HISTORIC NIGHT IN AMERICA. ANY MOMENT NOW WE WILL BE GETTING OUR FIRST LOOK AT EXIT POLLS. THOSE NUMBERS WILL GIVE US A PORTRAIT OF THE ELECTORATE AND WHAT IS ON THEIR MINDS. AT THIS HOUR POLLS ARE STILL OPEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY FOR AN ELECTION THAT MANY HAVE BILLED AS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT IN A GENERATION. HERE'S A GLANCE AT WHAT WILL BE DECIDED AFTER TONIGHT. IN THE HOUSE EVERY SEAT IS UP FOR GRABS. THE MAGIC NUMBER FOR DEMOCRATS IS 218. THAT'S HOW MANY TOTAL SEATS THEY NEED TO TAKE CONTROL WHICH MEANS DEMOCRATS NEED TO FLIP AT LEAST 23 SEATS. IN THE SENATE IT'S A DIFFERENT STORY. THERE ARE 35 SEATS BEING DECIDED. DEMOCRATS ARE DEFENDING 26 OF THEM, REPUBLICANS ONLY NINE. TO CONTROL THE SENATE, DEMOCRATS WOULD NEED TO DEFEND ALL OF THEIR CURRENT SEATS AND TAKE TWO AWAY FROM REPUBLICANS. THAT IS EASIER SAID THAN DONE. THERE ARE ALSO 36 RACES FOR GOVERNOR THIS EVENING. THE OUTCOMES THERE WILL NOT ONLY IMPACT POLICY AT THE STATE LEVEL, BUT ALSO THE RACE FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020, SPEAKING OF WHICH PRESIDENT TRUMP IS NOT ON THE BALLOT, BUT THIS ELECTION HAS BEEN FRAMED AS A REFERENDUM ON HIS TIME IN OFFICE. HE EVEN SAID SO HIMSELF TELLING A CROWD IN CLEVELAND, "IN A SENSE I AM ON THE TICKET." CBS NEWS HAS A TEAM OF CORRESPONDENTS FANNED OUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY IN KEY BATTLEGROUND STATES TRACKING JUST ABOUT EVERY MAJOR RACE THERE IS. WE WILL TALK WITH THEM THROUGHOUT THE EVENING, BUT FIRST LET'S INTRODUCE THE PANEL AROUND THIS TABLE. ED O'KEEFE IS OUR CBS NEWS POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT. LESLIE SANCHEZ IS A CBS NEWS CONTRIBUTOR AND REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST. LINDA TRAN IS A CBSN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR AND DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST WHO IS A FOUNDING PARTNER OF 270 STRATEGIES. CAITLIN HUEY BURNS IS A CBSN POLITICAL REPORTER. EVERYBODY, BUCKLE UP. HERE WE GO. IT'S FINALLY HERE. WHILE WE WAIT TO GET TO THE EXIT POLLS I WANT TO FIRST GET EVERYONE'S INITIAL THOUGHTS ON WHAT IT IS THAT YOU'RE GOING TO LOOK FOR TONIGHT. ED, LET ME START WITH YOU. >> THREE THINGS, HISTORYMAKERS. HOW MANY OF THESE WOMEN, HOW MANY OTHER MINORITIES, MAYBE OPENLY GAY PEOPLE GET ELECTED INTO POSITIONS OF POWER THEY'VE NEVER HELD BEFORE AND HOW DOES THAT START TO CHANGE THE GOVERNING DYNAMIC IN THIS COUNTRY. THE SECOND THING, KEEP AN EYE IN TEXAS ON TWO DISTRICTS, THE 7th AND 32nd, HOME TO GEORGE H.W. BUSH AND GEORGE W. BUSH. DO THEY END UP LIVING TONIGHT IN DEMOCRATIC CONTROLLED CONGRESSIONAL SEATS AND WHAT DOES THAT TELL US ABOUT THE CHANGING FACE OF REPUBLICANS AND TEXAS? FINALLY IOWA, HOW MANY DIFFERENT POSITIONS CAN THEY WIN BACK IN THAT STATE AND WHAT DOES THAT TELL US POTENTIALLY ABOUT THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RACE BECAUSE IF DEMOCRATS WIN, ANY ONE OF THEM THAT WINS ULTIMATELY BECOMES A KINGMAKER IN THE 2020 CAUCUS IN JANUARY OR FEBRUARY, 2020. >> WHAT ABOUT YOU, LESLIE? >> IN AN ELECTION DEFINED BY IDENTITY POLITICS I'M LOOKING AT CULTURAL POLITICS IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF FLORIDA. YOU HAVE TWO REPUBLICAN MEMBERS, 27 AN OPEN SEAT FORMERLY HELD BY ILLEANA ROS- LEHTINEN. IT'S SOMETHING TO WATCH, WILL THIS DIVERSE COMMUNITY COME OUT? SECONDS THING ARE WOMEN FORMERLY IN CAMOFLAUGE. YOU HAVE A LOT MORE FEMALE VETERANS RUNNING. WE HAVE FOUR IN CONGRESS NOW, BUT THERE ARE ALMOST A DOZEN RUNNING VERY COMPETITIVELY FOR THEIR SEATS AND FINALLY ORANGE COUNTY, I'M TALKING ABOUT REAGAN GOING BACK A LITTLE FURTHER. ORANGE COUNTY IS THE LAST TINY SLIVER OF REPUBLICANISM IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND IT'S IN JEOPARDY NOW OF POSSIBLY TURNING PURPLE, IF NOT BLUE, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 80 YEARS. >> LINDA, WHAT ABOUT YOU? >> FIRST OFF GEORGIA, GEORGIA, GEORGIA. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT STACEY ABRAMS AND BRIAN KEMP. PRESIDENT CARTER SENT A RATHER CONTROVERSIAL LETTER NOT TOO LONG AGO, BUT WHAT I EXPECT IS WE'LL END UP IN A RUNOFF SITUATION, BUT IT'S SUPER CLOSE, HOTLY CONTESTED. SECOND OFF I WONDER IF THE OBAMA COALITION IS GOING TO COME HOME TO ROOST, THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE, THOSE VOTERS OF COLOR WHO WE'VE ALREADY SEEN DURING THE EARLY VOTE HAVE INCREASED THEIR PARTICIPATION THIS CYCLE. WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS TODAY WITH MILLIONS MORE VOTING AND WHETHER THEY MAKE THE DIFFERENCE ON A NUMBER OF RACES AND FINALLY I'M LOOKING AT SOME OF THE HISTORYMAKERS, IN PARTICULAR THE WOMEN AND THE DIVERSE CANDIDATES WHO MAY MAKE IT TO CAPITOL HILL AND WE'RE LOOKING AT MINNESOTA AND MICHIGAN, THE FIRST MUSLIM WOMEN TO BE ELECTED TO CONGRESS AND ALSO A NUMBER OF OTHER STATES LOOKING AT DIVERSE CANDIDATES. THAT WILL CERTAINLY IMPACT THE KIND OF POLICIES WE SEE COMING OUT OF CONGRESS. >> CAITLIN HUEY BURNS. >> I'M LOOKING AT FLORIDA, ARE THE GOVERNOR'S RACE BETWEEN DEMOCRAT AN — THE GOVERNOR'S RACE BETWEEN DEMOCRAT ANDREW GILLUM AND RON DeSANTIS. THESE TWO CANDIDATES COULD NOT BE MORE DIFFERENT AND BOTH EACH REPRESENTING THE HEAD OF THEIR PARTY. THEY'LL GO HEAD TO HEAD TONIGHT. WE'LL SEE HOW THAT PANS OUT IN ADDITION TO CONGRESSIONAL SEATS AND A SENATE RACE. ALSO LOOKING AT WOMEN VOTERS, PARTICULARLY THE COLLEGE EDUCATED WOMEN IN THE SUBURBS, THE DISTRICTS THAT WILL HELP US DECIDE THE BALANCE OF POWER IN THE HOUSE DO. THEY TURN OUT IN THE NUMBERS WE EXPECT THEM TO TONIGHT? FINALLY, I'M SO FASCINATED BY DEMOCRATS RUNNING IN TRUMP COUNTRY THIS YEAR LOOKING AT STATES LIKE WISCONSIN, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, MICHIGAN HAVING VERY COMPETITIVE GOVERNORS RACES, ALSO VERY COMPETITIVE SENATE RACES. DEMOCRATS APPEAR POISED TO TAKE OVER REPUBLICANS THERE, BUT WE'LL SEE IF THERE'S ANY SURPRISES AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN ABOUT THE KIND OF SHAPE OF THE MAP HEADING INTO 2020 AS WELL? >> EVERYONE, STAND BY. WE WANT TO TURN RIGHT NOW TO OUR MANUEL BOJORQUEZ IN THAT EVER CRITICAL STATE OF FLORIDA. HE IS IN TALLAHASSEE WHERE ANDREW GILLUM, THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR GOVERNOR, WILL HOLD HIS CAMPAIGN PARTY TONIGHT. MANNY, LET'S START WITH THE GOVERNOR'S RACE. HOW HAS THIS CONTEST PLAYED OUT IN THE FINAL STRETCH? >> Reporter: FLORIDA IS DEFINITELY NOT EXPECTED TO DISAPPOINT ANYBODY WHEN IT COMES TO LIVING UP TO THE TITLE OF BATTLEGROUND STATE OF SWING STATE AND THIS HAS BEEN A VERY FIERCELY FOUGHT, SOMETIMES UGLY BATTLE BETWEEN THE TWO CANDIDATES, THE REPUBLICAN RON DeSANTIS, AND ANDREW GILLUM, CURRENT TALLAHASSEE MAYOR. HE HAS BEEN HIT WITH CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS BECAUSE THERE IS AN ONGOING FBI PROBE OF CITY HALL IN TALLAHASSEE. HE HAS SAID HE HAS NOT BEEN NAMED IN THAT PROBE AND HAS FOUGHT BACK AGAINST THOSE ALLEGATIONS. RON DeSANTIS HAS FOUGHT BACK AGAINST ALLEGATIONS OF RACISM AND COMMENTS HE MADE EARLY IN THE RACE WHEN HE WON THE PRIMARY. THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT THIS IS AN IMPORTANT RACE FOR HIM. HE WAS HERE STUMPING IN FLORIDA TWICE IN JUST THE LAST WEEK BEFORE THE ELECTION. HE PAINTS THE DEMOCRAT, ANDREW GILLUM, AS TOO EXTREME, BUT CLEARLY HE IS KEENLY AWARE THAT THIS STATE IS IMPORTANT WHEN IT COMES TO THE HOPES FOR 2020. THE PERSON WHO WINS THE GOVERNORSHIP HERE GETS TO APPOINT THE SECRETARY OF STATE WHO IS THEN THE PERSON WHO PRESIDES OVER ELECTIONS AND YOU KNOW HOW CLOSE ELECTIONS ALWAYS COME HERE IN FLORIDA. YOU WANT TO HAVE THE POLITICAL POWER ON YOUR SIDE WHEN IT COMES TO BEING A CANDIDATE IN 2020. SO THAT HAS CLEARLY A LOT OF PEOPLE ENGAGED AND ENERGIZED WHEN IT COMES TO THIS GOVERNORS RACE AND THAT TURNOUT WHICH WE HAVE SEEN COULD ALSO IMPACT A LOT OF THOSE RACES DOWN THE BALLOT. >> IN A SENATE RACE WHAT HAS BEEN THE FINAL PITCH TO VOTERS BY GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT AND SENATOR BILL NELSON? >> Reporter: BILL NELSON BY THE PRESIDENT AND RICK SCOTT HAS BEEN PAINTED AS SOMEBODY WHO IS A CAREER POLITICIAN, A THREE TERM INCUMBENT THERE AND THEY HAVE SAID HE HAS NOT DELIVERED RESULTS ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO AN ISSUE THAT BECAME A TOP ISSUE HERE AND THAT'S THE ENVIRONMENT. THERE HAVE BEEN ALGAE BLOOMS IN THE GULF WATERS THAT PRODUCED MASSIVE FISH KILLS, BUT BILL NELSON HAS BLAMED THE CURRENT GOVERNOR AND HIS OPPONENT RICK SCOTT FOR BEING TOO COZY TO BIG AGRICULTURE WHICH MANY PEOPLE SEE AS THE REASON SO MANY OF THESE NUTRIENTS ARE GOING INTO THE WATER CREATING THESE ALGAE BLOOMS. THEY HAVE SAID THE GOVERNOR HAS WEAKENED SOME ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS. SO CLEARLY THEY ARE TOSSING THAT BACK AND FORTH. EVERYBODY HERE IS TRYING TO BLAME EACH OTHER WHEN IT COMES TO THAT ISSUE AND THAT HAS PLAYED OUT ESPECIALLY IN THESE LAST DAYS OF THE CAMPAIGN. >> MANUEL BOJORQUEZ IN THE BATTLEGROUND STATE OF FLORIDA FOR US, THANKS SO MUCH. >> Reporter: SURE. >> WE WANT TO LET OUR VIEWERS KNOW WE ARE CONTINUING TO GO THROUGH THE EXIT POLL NUMBERS WE'VE JUST RECEIVED AND AS WE SIFT THROUGH THEM, I'M GOING TO TOSS THEM OUT TO OUR PANEL HERE. WE HAVE RESULTS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON THE QUESTION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP BEING A FACTOR. LESLIE, THIS IS SOMETHING WE TALKED ABOUT LEADING UP TO THIS. 65% ACCORDING TO THIS EXIT POLL NUMBER SAY PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS A FACTOR IN THEIR VOTE TODAY. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE BREAKDOWN RIGHT NOW AS IT STANDS, 26% WANTED TO VOTE TO SUPPORT HIM. 39% WANTED TO VOTE TO OPEN POSE HIM. 33% SAID — OPPOSE HIM. 33% SAID THIS WAS NOT ABOUT HIM. WHAT IS YOUR INITIAL THOUGHT REGARDING THAT? BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF OBVIOUSLY HAS TRIED TO INSERT HIMSELF INTO THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION HERE. >> RIGHT. SO THE PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO ú WOULD BASICALLY SAY ANY PRESIDENT WHO HAS A FAVORABILITY BELOW 50% IS GOING TO SEE A LOSS OF UPWARDS OF 37 SEATS. HE'S TRYING TO STOP THAT BLUE WAVE WITH ALL THE PINK VOTES THAT WE TALK ABOUT, THE FEMALE CANDIDATES, AND SEE IF THAT HAPPENS. WHAT'S INTERESTING, THOUGH, IS THE 1/3 THAT WERE NOT MOTIVATED BY HIM IN THE SERIES OF ELECTIONS THAT IN MY BUSINESS YOU ONLY HAVE TO BE RIGHT 51% OF THE TIME TO BE VICTORIOUS. SO IN THOSE SMALL 1 AND 2 PERCENTAGE WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT SEVERAL THOUSAND VOTES, THEY'LL REALLY BE MOTIVATED BY OTHER THINGS AND THERE'S ALSO A QUESTION OF ARE THERE GOING TO BE MORE SPLIT TICKET VOTERS WHO PROTEST THE PRESIDENT? THEY DON'T WANT TO GIVE A STRAIGHT PARTY TICKET, BUT MAYBE WANT TO SPLIT AND SEE MORE BALANCE IN THE STATE. >> WE HAVE SHOULD POINT OUT THIS IS WHAT'S CALLED THE FIRST WAVE OF RESULTS IN AN EXIT POLL THAT WILL BE UPDATED AGAIN OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS. SO WHAT WE'RE SEEING HERE ESSENTIALLY MAYBE SLIGHTLY LOADED TO THE EAST COAST IN THE CENTRAL TIME ZONES, NOT NECESSARILY HAVE AS MUCH DATA FROM THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, BUT WHAT'S NOTABLE IN THAT NUMBER OF 65% OF PEOPLE SAYING THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS A FACTOR, IF IT HOLDS THROUGH THE EVENING IT, WOULD BE A RECORD HIGH. THE PREVIOUS HIGH WAS 60% WHO SAID PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS A FACTOR IN THEIR VOTE IN 2010 WHICH, OF COURSE, WAS A HUGE YEAR OF DEMOCRATIC LOSSES. SO YOU'RE SEEING IT AGAIN COME UP HERE IN THE SECOND YEAR OF THE NEW PRESIDENT'S TERM AND POTENTIALLY GIVEN THOSE NUMBERS THAT OPPOSE HIM PEOPLE SHOWING UP PERHAPS TO DELIVER HIM THE MESSAGE HE DOESN'T WANT TO HEAR. ALSO INTERESTING, IF YOU GO THROUGH THESE NUMBERS, HEALTHCARE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE. THAT WOULD BE A WIN FOR DEMOCRATS, 43% AT LEAST SO FAR SAYING THAT WAS THEIR TOP ISSUE OF CONCERN. IMMIGRATION WAS SECOND AT 23%, THE ECONOMY AT 21% AND NOTABLY NO. 4, GUN POLICY AT 11%. AGAIN NUMBERS THAT ARE LOADED A LITTLE MORE TO THE EASTERN AND CENTRAL TIME ZONES AND THAT WE'LL UPDATE THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT, BUT THE EARLY INDICATIONS ARE THAT THIS WAS AN ELECTION DRIVEN BY ISSUES THAT CERTAINLY HAVE BEEN TOP OF MIND IN CAMPAIGN ADVERTISING, BUT IF HEALTHCARE IS THE NO. 1 ISSUE OF CONCERN BY 20 POINTS OVER IMMIGRATION, IT SUGGESTS DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE A BETTER JOB AT LEAST SO FAR OF CONVINCING VOTERS TO SHOW UP. >> AS WE CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT THIS, I WANT TO GO THROUGH AND POINT OUT TO VIEWERS WHAT WE'RE SEEING HERE WHEN YOU SEE THE BREAKDOWN OF THOSE ISSUES ED WAS TALKING ABOUT AND WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO THEM, YOU SEE THERE HEALTHCARE. LINDA TRAN, THIS IS SOMETHING WE'VE TALKED ABOUT, THE FOCUS THAT DEMOCRATS HAVE HAD ON THIS ISSUE OF HEALTHCARE FOR MANY MONTHS NOW THIS WAS IDENTIFIED BY FOLKS LIKE YOURSELF FOR BEING A WINNING PATH THIS YEAR. >> ABSOLUTELY. DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN VERY DISCIPLINED ESPECIALLY IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS HAMMERING HOME THE MESSAGE ABOUT HEALTHCARE DESPITE AS WE KNOW SOME OF THESE 11th HOUR STUNTS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP TO DIVERT THE CONVERSATION TO ONE ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND ONE ABOUT FEAR. L I THINK IT'S INTERESTING WHAT ED — I THINK IT'S INTERESTING WHAT ED SAID THAT HEALTHCARE WAS ALSO TOP OF MIND IN 2010 WHEN THINGS WERE SWINGING IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. I THINK IT'S PROBABLY A STATEMENT OF HOW PEOPLE DON'T WANT THEIR HEALTHCARE MESSED WITH. IN 2010 IT WAS ABOUT OBAMACARE BEING A NEW THING, A BIG SHIFT HAPPENING IN PEOPLE'S LIVES AND NOW IT'S ABOUT THE FEAR OF PREEXISTING CONDITIONS NOT BEING PROTECTED ANYMORE. IT'S ABOUT ALL THE PERSONAL THINGS PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT. SO THAT CERTAINLY FEELS LIKE IT COULD BE POSITIVE FOR DEMOCRATS. >> I WAS GOING TO SAY — >> WE'RE LITERALLY JUST GETTING THESE, SO WE'RE BEING QUITE TRANSPARENT ABOUT WHAT WE'RE SEEING HERE. >> THE ECONOMY, CAITLIN, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT NUMBER, STATE OF THE ECONOMY AND THE DIRECTION OF THE COUNTRY, PEOPLE WHO FEEL LIKE THE COUNTRY IS IT ON THE RIGHT TRACK OR WRONG TRACK, TYPICALLY THOSE NUMBERS ARE IN TANDEM. IF PEOPLE ARE FEELING GOOD ABOUT THE ECONOMY, GENERALLY THEY FEEL LIKE THE COUNTRY IS HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. NOW, THOUGH, IF YOU LOOK AT THIS NUMBER, THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY, 68% SAY IT IS GOOD. 31% SAY IT IS BAD. DIRECTION OF THE COUNTRY, THOUGH, 56% OF THE RESPONDENTS FELT THAT THE COUNTRY IS ON THE WRONG TRACK AND 41% FEEL IT'S ON THE RIGHT TRACK. THOSE NUMBERS DON'T SEEM TO BE GOING IN TANDEM AS IN THE PAST. >> EXACTLY. THIS ACTUALLY REFLECTS WHEN WE'VE SEEN IN POLLING LEADING UP TO THIS ELECTION. EARLIER THIS MORNING I TWEETED THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT AND INTERESTING DYNAMIC THAT I THINK IS GOING ON IN THIS MIDTERM, THAT YOU HAVE SUCH A DIVERGENT VIEW OF THE ECONOMY VERSUS THE STATE OF THE COUNTRY. SO WHEN WE GO BACK TO OUR INITIAL POINT ABOUT HOW MUCH THE PRESIDENT IS FACTORING INTO THIS RACE, I KNOW ED AND I HAVE BEEN ON THE GROUND TALKING TO VOTERS AND LESLIE AND LINDA, ALSO. YOU HEAR A LOT FROM VOTERS ABOUT GETTING INVOLVED IN POLITICS FOR THE FIRST TIME BECAUSE OF REACTION TO THE PRESIDENT. ON THE NEGATIVE SIDE I ALSO HEARD A LOT FROM REPUBLICAN VOTERS ABOUT GETTING MORE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE ELECTION TO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT. SO IT'S VERY INTERESTING TO SEE THAT. WE'VE ALSO SEEN THAT THE ECONOMY HAS BEEN LOOKING GOOD ON PAPER. OUR NUMBERS THAT CAME OUT LAST WEEK SHOWED POSITIVE SIGNS FOR THE PRESIDENT, BUT HIS APPROVAL RATING IS STILL STAYING IN THE MID-40s. >> 44% ACCORDING TO THIS. >> WHICH DOES NOT MATCH WHAT THESE VIEWS OF THE ECONOMY ARE. >> AND IT'S SIMILAR TO WHERE PRESIDENT OBAMA'S APPROVAL WAS DURING THE 2010 MIDTERMS AGAIN WHEN DEMOCRATS SUFFERED BIG LOSSES THAT YEAR. TAKE-AWAY HERE AND THIS IS WHAT SHE WAS SAYING WITH R GALLUP. IN 2010 YOU HAVE EXTREMELY POOR IDEAS OF WHERE THE ECONOMY WAS GOING. WHAT DO YOU HAVE NOW WITH HIGH FAVORABILITIES ON ECONOMY, NOBODY PARTICULARLY LIKES THE PRESIDENT IN TERMS OF FAVORABILITY. THAT NUMBER HAS REALLY HIT A CEILING. IF WE DISCOUNT THAT, WHAT IS THE MOTIVATION BEHIND THESE OTHER INDIVIDUALS? ARE THEY GOING TO STAY THE COURSE BECAUSE HE'S DELIVERED ON SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, THE ECONOMY IS VERY STRONG, HE'S DOING THINGS ON TARIFFS AND TAXES, BUT MAYBE IDENTIFY WITH SOME ALTERNATIVE CROSS THE PARTY LINE CANDIDATES THAT THEY FEEL WILL DO A CHECK AND BALANCE ON THE PRESIDENT? THAT MAY BE INTERESTING. >> GIVE US A LITTLE CONTEXT. AS WE LOOK AT THESE NUMBERS, I WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE THE SENSE OF LAWMAKERS ON CAPITOL HILL, YOU HAD HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN. HE WANTED THE FOCUS ON THE ECONOMY. HE'S WANTED THE FOCUSES ON THE JOBS NUMBERS BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT THOSE ON PAPER, IT IS A VERY GOOD NEWS STORY FOR REPUBLICANS, RIGHT? >> TOTALLY. >> GIVE US A SENSE WHAT IT IS THAT REPUBLICANS ON CAPITOL HILL WANTED THE PRESIDENT TO FOCUS ON. >> IF THEY SEE THESE NUMBERS THAT THE ECONOMY IS GREAT, BUT THE DIRECTION OF THE COUNTRY THIS IS BAD SHAPE AND THAT THE ECONOMY CAME IN AS ISSUE NO. 3, THEY'RE REACHING FOR THE BARF BAG RIGHT NOW, OKAY? THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE THAT ISSUE NO. 1 AND SOMEHOW BE WINNING TONIGHT IN THOSE RACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. >> TAX REFORM, RIGHT? >> SPEAKING OF TAX REFORM, THERE'S A QUESTION IN HERE ABOUT THAT. TRUMP'S TAX LAWS HAVE HELPED YOUR FINANCES, HURT YOUR FINANCES, HAD NO IMPACT? 28% SAY IT HELPED THEIR FINANCES. 23% SAY IT HURT THEIR FINANCES. 45% SAY IT HAD NO IMPACT BECAUSE FOR WHATEVER REASON IT WASN'T TALKED ABOUT BY REPUBLICANS. IT WASN'T RESONATING IN THE POLLING. SO THEY LEFT THAT ISSUE ON THE TABLE. >> LESLIE, IS THAT A PROBLEM OF A MESSAGE OR MESSENGERS? >> PROBABLY A LITTLE OF BOTH. I THINK INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES ARE GOING TO GO BACK TO THOSE POCKETBOOK ISSUES. DO THEY FEEL SAFE? CAN THEY PAY THEIR MORTGAGE? DO THEY HAVE HEALTH COVERAGE? CAN THEY PAY THEIR CHILD'S TUITION OR WORRY ABOUT SENDING THEIR CHILD TO THE GOOD DOCTOR? THAT IS WHERE I FEEL THIS COMES DOWN TO, PARTICULARLY AND THIS IS WHERE I WOULD GO TO ED IN THOSE RUST BELT BLUE STATES WITH WORKING CLASS VOTERS WHO REALLY TURNED OUT FOR THE PRESIDENT IN 2016 AND THEY ACCORDING TO GALLUP FEEL THE ECONOMY IS GOING THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WHERE DO THEY GO IN TERMS OF REPORT CARD FOR THE PRESIDENT? >> THIS AGAIN EARLY NUMBERS. THESE WILL CHANGE BY THE END OF THE NIGHT, BUT WHAT IT SUGGESTS TO ME IS PEOPLE ARE SAYING YEAH, THINGS ARE GOOD, BUT I GOT A REAL PROBLEM WITH THE GUY IN CHARGE AND HE'S EITHER GOT TO SHUT UP AND STOP TWEETING OR FIND A WAY TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS. IF THAT'S THE MESSAGE THEY GET TONIGHT, YOU BETTER BELIEVE CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS ESPECIALLY WILL START SAYING WE BETTER FIND WAYS TO COOPERATE WITH DEMOCRATS. >> VERY QUICKLY BECAUSE THERE'S ANOTHER NUMBER, A RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN ARE RUNNING THIS YEAR. ABOUT EIGHT IN 10 VOTERS SAY IT IS IMPORTANT TO ELECT MORE WOMEN TO OFFICE INCLUDING NEARLY HALF WHO SAY IT'S VERY IMPORTANT. LET'S TURN RIGHT NOW TO GROMER JEFFERS, STEVE SEBELIUS AND DENNIS WELCH. IS THAT WHERE WE'RE GOING NEXT? OH, I APOLOGIZE. COMING UP ALL EYES ON THE SOUTHWEST, DEMOCRATS' CHANCES AT TAKING THE SENATE COULD HINGE ON ARIZONA AND NEVADA. WE'LL GET AN UPDATE WHERE THOSE RACES STAND. >> PLUS EVERYTHING IS BIGGER IN TEXAS INCLUDING THE STATE SENATE RACE WHERE EARLY VOTING HAS SET RECORDS IN SOME DISTRICTS, BUT IS THE SUN ABOUT TO SET ON BETO O'ROURKE'S CAMPAIGN? WE'LL CHECK WITH OUR REPORTERS ON THE GROUND WHEN CBSN'S ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE CONTINUES. >>> I BELIEVE IN THE 2nd AMENDMENT AND I WILL NOT RESTRICT LAW ABIDING CITIZENS HERE IN THIS COUNTRY. >> IT'S IMPORTANT WE PRESERVE AND PROTECT THE 2nd AMENDMENT BUT THAT WE ALSO PRESERVE AND PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY. >> ARIZONANS ARE VERY WORRIED THAT THEY WILL LOSE COVERAGE FOR THOSE WITH PREEXISTING HEALTH CONDITIONS. >> WE WERE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT PREMIUMS COME DOWN FOR EVERYBODY, THAT THERE'S OPTIONS FOR EVERYONE TO BE ABLE TO GET ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE AVAILABLE CARE. >> NO WALL IS GOING TO SOLVE LEGITIMATE SECURITY CONCERNS, BUT SMART POLICY WILL. >> CONGRESSMAN O'ROURKE NOT ONLY OPPOSES A WALL, BUT HE HAS SAID WE HAVE TOO MANY FENCES AND WALLS ALREADY ON THE BORDER. HE WANTS TO TEAR DOWN THE ONES WE HAVE. >> THOSE ARE JUST A FEW OF PRESIDENT ISSUES ON THE BALLOT TONIGHT. INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN SENATOR DEAN HELLER OF NEVADA IS TRYING TO FEND OFF JACKY ROSEN WHO HAS A SLIGHT LEAD. IN ARIZONA REPUBLICAN MARTHA McSALLY AND DEMOCRAT KYRSTEN SINEMA ARE COMPETING FOR THE SEAT LEFT OPEN BY RETIRING SENATOR JEFF FLAKE AND IN TEXAS CONGRESSMAN BETO O'ROURKE HOPES TO BECOME THE FIRST DEMOCRAT TO WIN A STATEWIDE RACE IN TEXAS SINCE 1994 RUNNING AGAINST FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TED CRUZ. JOINING ME NOW IS DALLAS MORNING NEWS POLITICAL WRITER GROMER JEFFERS, POLITICAL ANALYST FOR OUR LAS VEGAS AFFILIATE KLAS STEVE SEBELIUS AND DENNIS WELCH IS THE POLITICAL EDITOR FOR OUR PHOENIX AFFILIATE. WELCOME TO YOU ALL. GROMER, LET'S START WITH YOU AND TEXAS. WHAT IS AT STAKE IN THIS TEXAS SENATE RACE? >> WELL, ELAINE, SO MUCH. NOT ONLY ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT TED CRUZ, A FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE AS YOU MENTIONED IN A TOUGH FIGHT, PROBABLY THE FIGHT OF HIS CAREER, BUT THIS RACE WILL BE A BAROMETER ON WHETHER TEXAS IS CLOSER TO TURNING PURPLE, BECOMING A BATTLEGROUND STATE, BECAUSE IF BETO O'ROURKE WINS, WOW, THAT'S HISTORY IN ITSELF, BUT LET'S SAY HE FINISHES CLOSE WITHIN FIVE OR SIX POINTS. THAT MEANS DEMOCRATS HAVE HOPE WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF CYCLES OR SO REALLY MAKING THIS A COMPETITIVE STATE. THE STAKES ARE HIGH IN TEXAS. >> LET'S TURN NEXT TO NEVADA AND STEVE. HOW IS PRESIDENT TRUMP FACTORING INTO THIS RACE? >> WELL, ELAINE, SURPRISINGLY FOR DEAN HELLER WHO SHOOED PRESIDENT TRUMP IN 2016, THEY HAVE BECOME BEST BUDDIES. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS EVEN SAID HE LOVES DEAN HELLER, SO HE'S PLAYED A BIG ROLE IN DEAN HELLER'S CAMPAIGN NOTWITHSTANDING THE FACT THAT THE HELLER CAMPAIGN REPORTEDLY ASKED THE PRESIDENT NOT TO VISIT TOWARD THE END OF THE CAMPAIGN IN THE LAST COUPLE DAYS HERE. JACKY ROSEN HAS TARGETED DEAN HELLER FOR THE NO. ONE THING HE SUPPORTED PRESIDENT TRUMP ON, WHICH WAS THE HEALTHCARE REPEAL, THOUGH DEAN HELLER DIDN'T SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT'S PREFERRED VERSION. HE FOUND HIS WAY TO VOTE FOR ONE OF THE VERSIONS OF HEALTHCARE REPEAL AFTER GETTING I GUESS WE CALL IT A SLIGHT NUDGE FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP. >> DENNIS, WHERE YOU ARE, WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF THAT RACE GOING TO SHOW US ABOUT THE FUTURE OF POLITICS THERE IN ARIZONA? >> A LOT LIKE TEXAS, I THINK YOU LOOK BACK IN 2016, DONALD TRUMP ONLY WON THE STATE BY A COUPLE POINTS, ABOUT THREE POINTS. IF KYRSTEN SINEMA, DEMOCRAT, IS ABLE TO WIN THIS, IT SHOWS ARIZONA AGAIN IS A PURPLE STATE. IT IS A BATTLEGROUND STATE, A STATE THAT A LOT OF PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SHOULD BE PAYING ATTENTION TO. AGAIN WE HAVE NOT ELECTED A DEMOCRATIC SENATOR IN ARIZONA SINCE 1988. CURRENTLY RIGHT NOW EVERY STATEWIDE OFFICE HERE IN ARIZONA INCLUDING THE TWO SENATE SEATS — THAT'S 13 TOTAL SEATS HERE OF ELECTED OFFICIALS — ALL BELONG TO REPUBLICANS RIGHT NOW. A WIN BY KYRSTEN SINEMA WOULD DRASTICALLY CHANGE THAT PERCEPTION OF ARIZONA. >> I HAVE A QUESTION HERE FROM ED O'KEEFE. GO AHEAD, ED. >> IT'S FOR ALL THREE OF YOU BECAUSE IF DEMOCRATS HAVE ANY HOPE OF MAKING A PLAY FOR THE SENATE TONIGHT, THEY BASICALLY HAVE TO WIN ALL THREE OF YOUR STATES. SO QUICKLY TELL OUR VIEWERS WHEN WOULD THE DEMOCRAT HAVE TO DO — VIEWERS WHAT WOULD THE DEMOCRAT HAVE TO DO IN YOUR STATE TONIGHT TO WIN? GROMER, LET'S START WITH YOU. >> TWO THINGS. BASE DEMOCRATS HAVE TO COME OUT IN HIGHER NUMBERS, BUT SUBURBAN WOMEN, WOMEN IN THE SUBURBS AND URBAN AREAS AROUND DALLAS, HOUSTON, SAN ANTONIO, THEY HAVE TO COME OUT FOR BETO O'ROURKE IN ORDER FOR HIM TO HAVE A CHANCE AND THE TURNOUT HAS TO BE DRAMATICALLY HIGH, 8 TO 8.5 MILLION. THEN HE HAS A SHOT OF WINNING. >> GROMER, DO THEY HAVE A REASON TO BELIEVE THAT'S HAPPENING TODAY? >> PEOPLE ARE VOTING, YES. SO TURNOUT IS HIGH. THAT'S THE FIRST COMPONENT. WILL IT GET TO OVER 8 MILLION? WE'LL SEE, BUT THEY'RE ENCOURAGED AND REPUBLICANS ARE A LITTLE WORRIED BECAUSE THE HIGHER THE TURNOUT, THE BETTER THE CHANCES ARE FOR DEMOCRATS. >> WHERE IS HE FINDING MOST OF THAT SUPPORT, GROMER, WHICH OF THE BIG CITIES ESPECIALLY? >> THE BIG CITIES HE'S FINDING STRONG SUPPORT IN, BUT ALSO THERE ARE HIDDEN POCKETS IN THESE URBAN AREAS. COLLIN COUNTY, STRONG REPUBLICAN COUNTY IN THE DALLAS AREA, HE'S HOLDING HIS OWN THERE. TARRANT COUNTY IN THE FORT WORTH AREA, THOSE ARE VOTERS THAT ARE — HE'S 50/50, YOU KNOW, THERE WITH TED CRUZ IN SOME OF THOSE AREAS. THAT IS A GOOD INDICATOR THAT HE IS IN THIS RACE. >> STEVE IN LAS VEGAS, I KNOW WHEN YOU TALK TO DEMOCRATS OUT THERE, THEY SAY THE HARRY REID TURNOUT MACHINE STILL EXISTS AND APPEARS TO BE OPERATING WELL TODAY. IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE HEARING AND WHAT IS THE HARRY REID TURNOUT MACHINE THAT GETS DEMOCRATS ELECTED? >> YEAH. THE HARRY REID TURNOUT MACHINE IS A REAL THING AND IT APPEARS TO BE WORKING ESPECIALLY IN EARLY VOTING. WE HAD A RECORD TURNOUT FOR EARLY VOTING IN A MIDTERM ELECTION IN THE HISTORY OF NEVADA. THERE ARE LINES AT POLLING PLACES TODAY. SO IT LOOKS LIKE THAT HIGH TURNOUT IS CONTINUING A PACE. IN ORDER TO WIN, JACKY ROSEN HAS TO WIN UP THE NUMBERS BIG IN CLARK COUNTY AND TRY TO KEEP IT AS EVEN AS POSSIBLE IN WASHOE COUNTY WHERE RENO IS LOCATED. LAST REPORT THEY WERE ABOUT 1%, DEMOCRATS HAD ABOUT A 1% LEAD IN RENO. THAT WILL PROBABLY SHIFT AS THE DAY GOES ON, BUT IF SHE CAN KEEP IT AS CLOSE IN RENO AND DRIVE UP THE TURNOUT BIG IN CLARK COUNTY, SHE CAN WIN WITH THOSE NUMBERS. >> DENNIS IN ARIZONA, WHAT DOES KYRSTEN SINEMA HAVE TO DO? SHE'S GOT TO TURN OUT HER BASE SUPPORTERS AND GET THOSE INDEPENDENTS AND THE MODERATE REPUBLICANS, PARTICULARLY MODERATE REPUBLICAN WOMEN TO KIND OF CROSS OVER AND START VOTING FOR HER AND THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT THAT MIGHT BE HAPPENING. IF YOU LOOK OVER AT THE STATE GOVERNOR'S RACE NOW, GOVERNOR DOUG DUCEY WINNING THAT RACE BY BIG NUMBERS. THAT IS A STATEWIDE RACE, AS IS THIS SENATE RACE AND YOU LOOK AT THE SENATE RACE AND THIS IS NECK AND NECK. SO THERE IS SOME EVIDENCE THAT IS HAPPENING. FOR OVERALL TURNOUT, WE'RE SEEING BIG TURNOUT HERE IN ARIZONA, 1.6 MILLION EARLY BALLOTS HAVE BEEN ALREADY CAST EXCEEDING THE 2014 TOTAL OF 1.5 MILLION ALREADY. STATE OFFICIALS ARE TELLING ME RIGHT NOW WE COULD SEE 2.2 MILLION BALLOTS CAST AT THE END OF THIS ELECTION AND THAT IS APPROACHING PRESIDENTIAL NUMBERS BACK IN 2008, 2012. 2.3MILLION BALLOTS WERE CAST IN BOTH THOSE ELECTIONS AND IN 2016 THERE WERE ABOUT 2.6 MILLION. SO WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF THOSE PIECES FALLING IN PLACE RIGHT NOW FOR KYRSTEN SINEMA. >> ONE OF THE ISSUES FOR McSALLY WAS SHE HAD BEEN NOT NECESSARILY A SUPPORTER OF THE IN THE 2016 BUT HAS COME — OF THE PRESIDENT IN 2016 BUT HAS COME TO EMBRACE HIM. IS THERE ANY REASON WE'LL SEE THOSE DIE HARDS IN THE AREA SAYING NO, SHE HASN'T BEEN WITH HIM SINCE THE START, SO SHE DOESN'T GET MY VOTE? >> I THINK YOU LOOK AT HOW THE CAMPAIGNS ARE ACTING. THEY ARE DEFINITELY WORRIED ABOUT THAT. REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN GOING AROUND TO REPUBLICAN DISTRICTS MAKING FINAL CAMPAIGN PITCHES TO THOSE PEOPLE. THEY WERE IN RURAL ARIZONA ALL DAY YESTERDAY WRAPPING UP THEIR CAMPAIGNS IN PRESCOTT, ARIZONA, AGAIN ANOTHER REPUBLICAN STRONGHOLD. THEY ARE TRYING TO CRANK UP THE BASE, GET THEM OUT THERE. THAT TELLS YOU A LOT ABOUT THEIR ACTIONS, WHAT THEY'RE REALLY WORRIED ABOUT. COINCIDENTLY KYRSTEN SINEMA SPENT THE DAY IN TUCSON BY HERSELF. SHE'S NOT CAMPAIGNING WITH ANYBODY. SHE FEELS MORE COMFORTABLE AT THIS TIME. >> GROMER, THERE'S A CLIP I'D LIKE TO PLAY FROM CONGRESSMAN O'ROURKE AFTER HE CAST HIS VOTE THIS MORNING. LET'S LISTEN TO THAT. >> YES. SO GRATEFUL TO ALL THESE FIRST TIME VOTERS WHO ARE GOING TO DECIDE THIS ELECTION VOTING AMONGST THOSE 18 TO 29s UP 500% IN TEXAS FROM THE LAST MIDTERM ELECTION. I CAN'T COUNT HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE COME UP AND SAID THIS IS THE FIRST ELECTION THAT THEY WILL VOTE IN. >> SO NEARLY ALL THE POLLING IN THIS RACE HAS SHOWN SENATOR CRUZ IN THE LEAD. IS IT POSSIBLE, GROMER, THOSE POLLS ARE PERHAPS MISSING SOME OF THOSE FIRST TIME VOTERS THAT O'ROURKE MENTIONED? >> ABSOLUTELY, ELAINE. I TALKED TO CONGRESSMAN O'ROURKE YESTERDAY. THERE ARE ALL SORTS OF NEW VOTERS IN THE PROCESS AND VOTERS WHO ARE NOT PRIMARY VOTERS. IT COULD BE UP TO 40% BE AFTER TONIGHT THAT VOTERS IN THIS PROCESS ARE VOTERS THAT CAN'T BE IDENTIFIED BY EITHER PARTY AND THE POLLS DIDN'T REALLY TOUCH. SO HE'S DEPENDING ON THAT. HE'S BANKING ON THE FACT THAT AT SOME POINT, YOU KNOW, THESE NEW VOTERS, THESE VOTERS THAT THE PARTIES HAVEN'T IDENTIFIED WILL BE IN HIS FAVOR. >> DENNIS, SHE WILL BE THE STATE'S FIRST EVER FEMALE SENATOR IN ARIZONA NO MATTER WHO WINS. WHAT WILL THAT MEAN FOR ARIZONA? >> OBVIOUSLY THAT WOULD BE HISTORIC, BUT THIS IS A STATE THAT HAS SEEN A LOT OF FEMALE CANDIDATES ELECTED TO STATEWIDE OFFICE. WE'VE HAD A NUMBER OF FEMALE GOVERNORS AND SECRETARIES OF STATES IN AND MANY OTHER OFFICES. HERE IN ARIZONA VOTERS LIKE ELECTING WOMEN TO STATEWIDE OFFICES. >> STEVE, SENATOR HELLER IS THE ONLY SENATOR INCUMBENT RUNNING IN A STATE HILLARY CLINTON WON IN 2016. HOW CRITICAL IS IT TO BOTH PARTIES TO WIN THIS RACE? >> IT'S ESSENTIAL ESPECIALLY WITH WHAT'S GOING ON WITH SOME OF THE OTHER RACES FOR DEMOCRATS TO WIN THIS RACE AND REPUBLICANS BELIEVE IT'S ESSENTIAL FOR THEM TO HOLD ONTO IT AS WELL. THEY HAVE BEEN MAKING THAT ARGUMENT IN THEIR PUBLIC APPEARANCES AND CERTAINLY IN THEIR TELEVISION ADVERTISING. THERE'S A LOT OF SCARE MONGERING GOING ON CONFLATING JACKY ROSEN WITH NANCY PELOSI. IN FACT, ONE AD TRANSPOSED THEIR LAST NAMES AND SAID THERE'S REALLY NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM NOTWITHSTANDING THE FACT THAT PELOSI IS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE AND ROSEN IS RUNNING FOR THE SENATE. THEY ARE PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS IN THIS RACE TO MAKE SURE THAT SEAT STAYS IN REPUBLICAN HANDS. >> GROMER, STEVE AND DENNIS, THANKS TO YOU ALL, REALLY APPRECIATE IT. >> THANK YOU, ELAINE. >> ABSOLUTELY. >>> COMING UP THE PRESIDENT ADDRESSES THE QUESTION MANY HAVE BEEN ASKING. >> AND THEN THEY TELL YOU HE'S GOT THE GREATEST ECONOMY. WHY IS HE TALKING ABOUT THE BORDER? >> AHEAD WE'LL BREAK DOWN THE PRESIDENT'S CLOSING ARGUMENTS AND WHY SO IN HIS PARTY WISHED IT COULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT. WE'LL HAVE A LIVE REPORT FROM THE WHITE HOUSE WHEN WE RETURN. YOU'RE WATCHING CBSN'S ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE. >>> YOU KNOW, THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS USED TO BE BORING. I'VE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY I DON'T KNOW WHAT MIDTERM IS, BUT NOW I'M WATCHING EVERY SINGLE MINUTE AND I'M GOING OUT TO VOTE, BUT THE KEY IS YOU HAVE TO GO OUT TO VOTE BECAUSE IN A SENSE I AM ON THE TICKET. YOU GOT TO GO OUT TO VOTE. >> AFTER GAINING FOR REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES IN THE WEEKS AND EVEN — CAMPAIGNING FOR REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES IN THE WEEKS AND EVEN HOURS AFTER CAMPAIGNING FOR MIDTERMS, PRESIDENT TRUMP KEPT HIS SCHEDULE LOOSE TODAY. PRESIDENT TRUMP DID NOT MAKE ANY PUBLIC APPEARANCES TODAY, BUT HE WAS STILL TWEETING ENDORSEMENTS OF CANDIDATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. DOES THE PRESIDENT THINK HE IS THE BEST SURROGATE FOR REPUBLICANS THIS YEAR? >> I THINK HE DOES. IN FACT, YOU JUST HEARD THAT CLIP FROM THE PRESIDENT AND WHAT IS DIFFERENT BETWEEN THE RACES HE WAS TALKING ABOUT BEFORE WHERE "NOBODY KNEW OR CARED ABOUT THE MIDTERMS" AND NOW HE IS THE DIFFERENCE, RIGHT? HE IS VERY BLUNT IN TALKING TO SUPPORTERS AT ALL THOSE RALLIES. IN FACT, 51 IN 22 STATES IN SEASON, MANY OF WHICH WE WERE ALL AT. YOU WERE COVERING FROM THE BROADCAST CENTER AND HE WASN'T SHY TO SAY THAT I AM ON THE BALLOT. YOU ARE VOTING FOR ME IN A WAY BECAUSE OF ALL THE WORK WE HAVE DONE TOGETHER. LET'S KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING. LET'S MAKE SURE THAT OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS MAINTAIN CONTROL OF CONGRESS SO THEY CAN CONTINUE VOTING FOR MY AGENDA RATHER THAN SETTING US BACK. SO I THINK THAT'S A HUGE REASON WHY HE WAS OUT THERE CAMPAIGNING AND HE DOES BELIEVE HE CAN RALLY HIS BASE TO NOT ONLY VOTE FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE BALLOT, BUT TO VOICE THEIR OPINION ABOUT THE WORK HE HAS DONE SINCE TAKING OFFICE, BUT THAT'S NOT TO SAY ALL REPUBLICANS HAVE WELCOME HIS SUPPORT. IN FACT, SOME HAVE TRIED TO DISTANCE THEMSELVES DEPENDING ON WHAT STATE THEY ARE FROM, BUT DURING THIS LAST PUSH THE PRESIDENT IS URGING VOTERS TO VOTE GOP ALL THE WAY. >> IT WAS INTERESTING TO SEE WHERE EXACTLY HE CHOSE TO GO IN THAT FINAL PUSH AND ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC RACES YOU THINK THE PRESIDENT IS FOCUSED IN ON TONIGHT? >> IT WAS VERY CLEAR IN THIS WEEK ALONE HE WENT TO INDIANA THREE TIMES. HE WENT TO FLORIDA A LOT AND I THINK THAT IS NOT SO MUCH ABOUT THE RACE IN FLORIDA, BUT RATHER ABOUT 2020 AND HE KNOWS HOW CRITICAL FLORIDA WAS DURING THE 2016 CAMPAIGN. HE IS VERY MUCH AWARE THAT IT WILL AGAIN BE CRITICAL IN JUST A COUPLE YEARS, BUT I THINK THE STATES THAT HE HAS GONE TO ARE STATES ACTUALLY WHERE SENATE RACES ARE VERY TIGHT AS WELL AND SO EVEN THOUGH, YOU KNOW, EVEN OUR POLLS SHOW THAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE POISED TO TAKE OVER THE HOUSE OR LIKELY TO TAKE OVER THE HOUSE, YOU KNOW, IT SEEMS THAT HE IS STILL ALSO FOCUSED ON THE SENATE AND HE HAS EVEN SAID AS MUCH. HE SAYS THAT HE IS FOCUSING ON THE SENATE AND NOT SO MUCH THE HOUSE EVEN THOUGH LIKE YOU MENTIONED EARLIER, HE WAS TWEETING ABOUT SOME SPECIFIC RACES TODAY AND ALMOST ALL OF THEM WERE ABOUT HOUSE RACES BECAUSE WHITE HOUSE AIDES HERE TELL US, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT THEY WILL LIKELY LOSE POWER IN THE HOUSE AND THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID THAT AS WELL. HE ALSO SAYS HE'S NOT GOING TO ASSIGN ANY BLAME, NOT TO HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN, AND THAT HE WILL NOT TAKE ANY BLAME EITHER IF THAT HAPPENS, THAT IT'S NOT HIS FAULT. >> ED O'KEEFE HAS A QUESTION. >> YEAH. ABOUT THAT BLAME. WE'LL SEE IF HE TAKES IT OR NOT, BUT HE'S CERTAINLY GOING TO GET SOME IF THERE'S REPUBLICAN LOSSES. WEIGIA, WHAT I'M CURIOUS ABOUT ESPECIALLY GIVEN IT WAS A QUIET DAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE. HOW MANY WEST WING OFFICIALS AT THIS POINT MIGHT BE POLISHING OFF THEIR RESUMES PREPARING IF THEY GET FIRED OR TO MOVE ON TO SOMETHING ELSE IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS? BECAUSE WE'VE SEEN REPORTING THAT SUCKS AS MANY AS SIX OR SEVEN CABINET — SUGGESTS AS MANY AS SIX OR SEVEN CABINET MEMBERS MIGHT GET THE BOOT OR GET REARRANGED ON THE DECK OF THE GOOD SHIP TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. OTHERS MIGHT LEAVE FROM EXHAUSTION BECAUSE TWO YEARS FOR TRUMP IS LIKE FOUR YEARS FOR ANY OTHER PRESIDENT. I GOT TO IMAGINE THERE'S A LOT GOING ON IN THE BACK ROOMS THERE. >> Reporter: IT'S NOT STRANGE TO SEE A SHIFT AFTER TWO YEARS OR SO IN CERTAIN POSITIONS, BUT IN TERMS OF THIS LIST, THAT IS NOT NEW. THERE HAS BEEN A WATCH LIST FOR SEVERAL OF THESE POSITIONS. IT'S NO SECRET WHO IS ON THERE AND WHOSE STAFF COULD BE IMPACTED, BUT YOU'RE RIGHT IN THAT I THINK THE ADMINISTRATION, THE PRESIDENT DID NOT WANT TO GO THERE UNTIL THE MIDTERMS WERE OVER SIMPLY BECAUSE, IF NOTHING ELSE, IT CREATES A SENSE OF CHAOS THAT THERE, THESE HIGH PROFILE EXITS — CHAOS, THAT THERE ARE THESE HIGH PROFILE EXITS THEY DON'T WANT TO DEAL WITH AND SPECIFICALLY WE ARE CLOSELY WATCHING WHAT HAPPENS WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS BY DESIGN BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF HAS SAID SO MANY TIMES THAT WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE MIDTERMS. SO THAT'S JUST ONE OF MANY SIX OR SEVEN AS YOU MENTIONED, ED, OF NAMES THAT WE ARE WATCHING AS THIS RACE CONCLUDES AND, YOU KNOW, WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE HIGH PROFILE MEMBERS BECAUSE LESS IS AT STAKE, RIGHT, ONCE TOMORROW HAPPENS. I THINK THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THOSE STAFFS ARE AWARE AND IT WON'T BE LIKE A SUDDEN DEPARTURE. IT WILL BE EXPECTED. >> WEIGIA JIANG, NO SHORTAGE OF DEVELOPMENTS TO KEEP AN EYE ON THERE AT 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, THANK YOU. >> Reporter: THANK YOU. >>> THE PRESIDENT BET IMMIGRATION WOULD HELP DRIVE HIS SUPPORTERS TO THE POLLS. IT'S THE ISSUE THAT PROPELLED HIM TO THE PRESIDENCY TWO YEARS AGO. ACCORDING TO OUR CBS NEWS TWO EXIT POLLS, IT'S THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE TO VOTERS THIS YEAR. >> MANY SUPPORTERS IN INDIANA TOLD ME IMMIGRATION WAS TOP OF MIND. >> IMMIGRATION IS A BIG DEAL AND NOT LETTING THE SOCIALISTS WIN. >> Reporter: WHAT MAKES IMMIGRATION SUCH A BIG DEAL FOR YOU? >> BECAUSE WE HAVE TOO MANY HOMELESS PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY, TOO MANY HOMELESS BEDS. I THINK THE MONEY OUGHT TO GO TO THEM BEFORE IT GOES TO THE ILLEGALS. >> MAIN THING IS THE IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT. >> Reporter: WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR YOU THIS YEAR WHEN YOU GO TO VOTE? >> IMMIGRATION. >> Reporter: WHAT ABOUT IT? >> I THINK WE NEED TO CONTROL WHO COMES THROUGH OUR BORDERS. I THINK WE NEED TO KNOW WHO COMES THROUGH OUR BORDERS. >> LET'S BRING IN LESLIE SANCHEZ, SABRINA SIDDIQUI AND MICHAEL GRAHAM. LESLIE IS A CBS NEWS CONTRIBUTOR AND REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST. SABRINA IS A CBSN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR AND POLITICAL REPORTER FOR THE GUARDIAN AND MICHAEL IS A CBSN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR AND A COLUMNIST FOR THE BOSTON HERALD. LET ME START WITH YOU, MICHAEL, BECAUSE THIS QUESTION OF IMMIGRATION HAS BEEN FASCINATING TO WATCH AS THIS HAS PLAYED OUT. I WANT TO BRING IN A NUMBER FROM THE FIRST WAVE OF EXIT POLLING WE HAVE, PEOPLE'S THOUGHTS ON THE PRESIDENT'S IMMIGRATION POLICIES, 48% FELT THAT THE PRESIDENT'S IMMIGRATION POLICIES ARE TOO TOUGH. 16% FELT THEY WERE NOT TOUGH ENOUGH, 32% ABOUT RIGHT. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THOSE FIGURES AND YOU THINK ABOUT THE STRATEGY THAT WE'VE SEEN ESPECIALLY IN THESE FINAL DAYS, IT SEEMS THAT THAT MIGHT BE A RISK, THE TONE THE PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN ON THIS ISSUE. >> I THINK IT'S ABSOLUTELY A RISK, BUT HE MADE THE DECISION. ON ONE SIDE THERE WAS THE ARGUMENT LET'S DO WHAT GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER IS TRYING TO DO IN WISCONSIN, GOVERNOR SINUNU IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND SAY LOOK, ARE YOU BETTER OFF THAN YOU WERE? BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP BELIEVES YOU NEED SOMETHING THAT'S EMOTIONALLY COMPELLING, SO JUST AS CONGRESSMAN RUN ADS DID YOU KNOW CONGRESSMAN JOHNSON IS TAKING YOUR HEALTHCARE AND FEEDING IT TO YOUR DOG? OH, MY GOD, LET'S GUARD THE BORDERS. THERE'S ANOTHER LAYER OF THE CONVERSATION. THERE'S AN ISSUE OF FUNDAMENTAL FAIRNESS. THERE'S A CLASS OF PEOPLE IN AMERICA, A LOT OF THEM BLUE COLLAR AND WHITE, WHO FEEL OTHER PEOPLE IN GENERAL GET BREAKS, GET DEALS AND THEY SEE IT AS A FORM OF CHEATING. A PSYCHOLOGIST EXPLAINED ONCE YOU EVER NOTICE HOW MAD YOU GET WHEN SOMEONE CUTS IN LINE IN A MOVIE THEATER? THERE'S SOMETHING EMBEDDED EMOTIONALLY. IT'S NOT BROAD IMMIGRATION OPPOSITION. WE HAVE ABOUT 1 MILLION LEGAL IMMIGRANTS A YEAR, BUT IT'S RATHER THE FAIRNESS ISSUE I THINK RESONATES WITH VOTERS IN A WAY A LOT OF US SOMETIMES JUST DON'T GET. >> ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE LET'S TALK ABOUT FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA. SABRINA, HE HAD SOME COMMENTS ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CLOSING ARGUMENTS. LET'S LISTEN TO SOME OF THAT. >> THEY'RE TELLING US THAT THE SINGLE MOST GRAVE THREAT TO AMERICA IS A BUNCH OF MIGRANTS, POOR, IMPOVERISHED, BROKE, HUNGRY REFUGEES 1,000 MILES AWAY. IT'S NOT HOW MANY MORE JOBS, HEALTHCARE, GET THOSE GUNS OUT OF THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS. THAT'S NOT THE THING. THE THING IS THESE FOLKS ABOUT 1,000 MILES AWAY. >> SO IT'S INTERESTING TO HEAR FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA AND YOU LOOK AT THE CONTEXT OF WHAT MICHAEL IS SAYING, RIGHT? THERE'S A FEELING AMONG SOME IN THIS COUNTRY OF FUNDAMENTAL UNFAIRNESS, PEOPLE SORT OF CHEATING THE SYSTEM SOME WAY SOMEHOW. NOW YOU HAVE THIS MESSAGE ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE. IS PLAYING OFF FEAR, THOUGH, THE BOTTOM LINE, DOES IT NOT WORK? >> THE PRESIDENT WAS ABLE TO USE THE SAME STRATEGY TO SUCCESS IN 2016 WHERE IMMIGRATION WAS SO INTEGRAL TO HIS CAMPAIGN AND SIMILARLY STOKING FEARS AROUND THOSE WHO WERE CROSSING THE U.S./MEXICO BORDER EVEN THOUGH THOSE FLEEING CENTRAL AMERICA ARE COMING HERE WITH A LEGAL RIGHT TO CLAIM ASYLUM UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW. IT'S NOT THE SAME AS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, BUT TRUMP IS ABLE TO MUDDY THE WATERS BECAUSE HE KNOWS ABOUT THE EMOTIONS IT DOES INCITE WITHIN HIS BASE, BUT I THINK A LOT OF THE REASON THE PRESIDENT IS FALLING BACK ON THIS MESSAGE IS BECAUSE THE ECONOMY IS DOING WELL. HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS MANAGED TO MAINTAIN POSITIVE JOB GROWTH AND KEEP THE RATE OF UNEMPLOYMENT LOW, BUT THE PRESIDENT'S OWN APPROVAL RATINGS HAVE BEEN FAIRLY STAGNANT, IF NOT FALLING. SO IT REINFORCES THIS IDEA THIS PRESIDENT HAS A CEILING AND THAT AFFECTS THE REPUBLICANS DOWN BALLOT WHO WANTED THESE ELECTIONS TO BE ABOUT THE ECONOMY AND WANTED TO CAMPAIGN ON TAX CUTS NOT BEING WIDELY POPULAR WITH THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, BUT THE PRESIDENT TURNED THIS INTO A BASE ONLY ELECTION RECOGNIZING THAT IMMIGRATION IS THE ISSUE THAT DRIVES HIS SUPPORTERS TO THE POLLS, BUT THAT MAKES IT MORE ABOUT KEEPING THE SENATE WHICH IS WAGED IN THESE RELIABLY RED RURAL STATES WON BY TRUMP. IT DOESN'T DO A LOT FOR REPUBLICANS RUNNING FOR REELECTION IN THE HOUSE WHICH ULTIMATELY COMES DOWN TO COMPETITIVE SUBURBAN DISTRICTS WHICH IS NOT THE ISSUE VOTERS HAVE PRIORITIZED AS THEY HEAD TO THE POLLS. >> THANKS TO YOU ALL. >>> COMING UP, SECURING THE VOTE, HOW ELECTION SECURITY MAY HAVE CHANGED SINCE 2016. WE'LL CHECK IN WITH OUR EXPERT DAN PATTERSON TO DISCUSS THE THREAT. YOU'RE STREAMING CBSN'S ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE. >>> ELECTION SECURITY HAS BEEN A TOP CONCERN IN THE 2018 MIDTERMS. THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS MANNED A VIRTUAL SITUATION ROOM WHERE IT'S MONITORING POTENTIAL CYBER THREATS. HERE'S WHAT SECRETARY KIRSTJEN NIELSEN SAID ABOUT THE ISSUE LAST WEEK. >> WE ARE MORE PREPARED THAN WE'VE EVER BEEN AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO PREPARE NOT JUST FOR THIS ELECTION, BUT FOR EVERY ELECTION IN THE FUTURE. >> DAN PATTERSON JOINS ME NOW. HAVE WE SEEN ANY SECURITY ISSUES SO FAR? >> SO FAR THE HACKING THREATS SEEMED FAIRLY MINIMAL. THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTS OF INFLUENCED CAMPAIGNS THROUGHOUT SOCIAL MEDIA. IN FACT, FACEBOOK REMOVED SOME CONTENT JUST THIS PAST WEEK. WE'VE ALSO SEEN THE DHS, DOD, DNI, THAT'S ALPHABET SOUP, BUT THEY SAID THAT THERE WERE ATTEMPTS TO HACK DATABASES AND VOTING SYSTEMS. HOWEVER, THEY ALSO SAID THAT THESE WEREN'T PART OF A COORDINATED CAMPAIGN AND THEY DID NOT HAVE EVIDENCE THAT THIS WAS A PART OF A NATION STATE CAMPAIGN. >> IT DOES MAKE YOU WONDER, THOUGH. WE HEARD SECRETARY NIELSEN SAY THAT THEY HAVE A VIRTUAL SITUATION ROOM TO MONITOR THREATS. WHAT OTHER MEASURES IS THE GOVERNMENT TAKING HERE? >> WELL, AGAIN THIS ALPHABET SOUP OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE BEEN COORDINATING FOR QUITE A WHILE WITH STATE AND MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS TO MAKE SURE THAT VOTING SYSTEMS ARE SECURE. LOOK, WE'VE SAID IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER. IF IT CAN BE HACKED, IT PROBABLY WILL BE HACKED, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT OUR ELECTION SYSTEM IS DEFENSELESS OR HAS BEEN LAYING BY IDLY WAITING TO BE HACKED. SO THEY'VE BEEN COORDINATING ATTEMPTS AND THEY'RE KIND OF MUM ON SPECIFICALLY WHAT THEY'RE DOING SO THEIR TACTICS DON'T LEAK, BUT THEY HAVE SAID THIS IS AN ONGOING CONNECTED EFFORT SO THAT THEY CAN NOT JUST READ WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THE GROUND, BUT COORDINATE AND GLORY EFFORTS TO DEFEND AGAINST HACKS — AM COORDINATE EFFORTS TO DEFEND AGAINST HACKS THROUGHOUT THE EVENING. >> LET'S LOOK AT WHAT THE CEOs OF FACEBOOK AND TWITTER SAID WITHIN THEIR CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS. >> IT'S CLEAR NOW WE DIDN'T DO ENOUGH TO PREVENT THESE TOOLS FOR BEING USED FOR HARM AS WELL THAT. GOES FOR FAKE NEWS, — WELL THAT. GOES FOR FAKE NEWS, FOREIGN INTERFERENCE. WE DIDN'T TAKE A BROAD ENOUGH VIEW OF OUR RESPONSIBILITY AND THAT WAS A MISTAKE. >> OUR INTERESTS ARE ALIGNED WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND IN COMMITTEE. IF WE DON'T FIND SCALABLE SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS WE'RE NOW SEEING, WE LOSE OUR BUSINESS AND CONTINUE TO THREATEN THE ORIGINAL PRIVILEGE AND LIBERTY WE WERE GIVEN TO CREATE TWITTER IN THE FIRST PLACE. >> DAN, WHEN IT COMES TO THIS KIND OF INTERFERENCE, WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO TRY TO PREVENT THIS IN THE MIDTERMS? >> EVERY MAJOR SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANY INCLUDING FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, WHICH IS A COMPONENT OF FACEBOOK AS WELL AS WHAT'S APP, YOUTUBE AND GOOGLE, TWITTER AND OTHER MAJOR TECH PLATFORMS HAVE NOW TAKEN THE THREAT OF NOT JUST INFLUENCE CAMPAIGN CONTENT, BUT HARASSMENT INCREDIBLY SERIOUSLY OR SO THEY SAY AS WE JUST HEARD. LOOK, ALL SUMMER LONG EACH ONE OF THESE COMPANIES HAS RELEASED INFORMATION ABOUT COORDINATED INFLUENCE CAMPAIGN CONTENT ORIGINATING FROM IRAN, RUSSIA, CHINA AND OTHER NATION STATES. THE CHALLENGE IS THAT MANY OF THESE FOREIGN ACTORS AS WELL AS DOMESTIC ACTORS KIND OF USE THE SOCIAL PLATFORMS AS THEY'RE INTENDED TO BE USED AND ALTHOUGH WE SEE THIS STREAM OF RELEASES FROM THESE COMPANIES SAYING THAT THEY ARE DOING AS MUCH AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE TO TAKE DOWN THIS CONTENT, WE STILL SEE TARGETED HARASSMENT AND INFLUENCE CAMPAIGN CONTENT HAPPENING AT MASSIVE SCALE. THIS IS TARGETED NOT JUST VOTERS, BUT JOURNALISTS AS WELL. I WAS SUBJECTED TO INFLUENCED CAMPAIGN CONTENT AND TARGETED HARASSMENT AS WELL AS MANY OTHER JOURNALISTS IN THE RUN-UP TO THIS ELECTION AND TWITTER'S RESPONSE WAS KIND OF CUT AND PASTE. SO IT SEEMS AS THOUGH THEY ARE GIVING KIND OF LIP SERVICE TO TAKING DOWN SOME OF THIS CONTENT BUT NOT ACTUALLY DOING ANYTHING TO REMOVE THE LARGE SCALE ATTEMPTS TO ATTACK, TARGET AND HARASS AGAIN NOT JUST POLITICAL CANDIDATES, BUT ANYONE WHO MIGHT BE SEEN AS AN ENEMY OF OTHER USERS ON THE NETWORKS. >> SO IMPORTANT TO CONTINUE TO SHINE THE SPOTLIGHT ON THIS VERY ISSUE. DAN PATTERSON, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> GOOD TO SEE YOU. >>> IT'S NEARLY 6:00 IN THE EAST WHICH MEANS SOME POLLS ARE ABOUT TO CLOSE. AHEAD WE'LL CHECK IN ON ALL OF THE KEY RACES INCLUDING THAT FIERCE FIGHT FOR GOVERNOR IN GEORGIA. IT'S A BATTLE OF THE BASES THAT MAY NOT GET DECIDED UNTIL DECEMBER 4th. WE'LL EXPLAIN WHY WHEN CBSN'S ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE CONTINUES. >>> THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTIONS OF OUR LIFETIME. >> YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW, VOTE! >> THE ONLY WAY THAT WE'RE GOING TO TURN THIS THING AROUND. >> WE NEED TO MAKE SURE IT'S REPUBLICAN ACROSS THE BOARD. >> WE NEED TO BUILD THE WALL. >> YOU TALK ABOUT MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, THE POLITICIANS NEED TO GET GREAT. >> GO VOTE! GO VOTE! >> WE ARE COMING TOGETHER NOT AGAINST ANYONE, BUT FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. >> VOTE, VOTE, VOTE. >> YOU KNOW WHAT'S AT STAKE. >>> HI, EVERYONE. I'M ELAINE QUIJANO. WITH ED O'KEEFE WE ARE AN HOUR AWAY FROM GETTING OUR FIRST RESULTS OF THE NIGHT. CONTROL OF THE HOUSE IS AT STAKE. CBS NEWS RATES MORE THAN 60 HOUSE RACES TONIGHT AS COMPETITIVE. MOST OF THOSE RACES ARE FOR SEATS CURRENTLY HELD BY REPUBLICANS. DEMOCRATS WOULD NEED TO FLIP AT LEAST 23 SEATS TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE CHAMBER. IN THE SENATE THERE ARE 35 SEATS BEING DECIDED. DEMOCRATS ARE DEFENDING 26 OF THEM. REPUBLICANS ONLY NINE. TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE SENATE DEMOCRATS WOULD NEED TO DEFEND ALL OF THEIR CURRENT SEATS AND TAKE TWO AWAY FROM REPUBLICANS. THERE ARE 36 RACES FOR GOVERNOR THIS EVENING THAT WILL HAVE MAJOR IMPLICATIONS AT THE STATE AND NATIONAL LEVEL. ONE OF THE MOST CLOSELY WATCHED AND CONTENTIOUS RACES HAS BEEN THE RACE FOR GOVERNOR IN GEORGIA. DEMOCRATIC FORMER STATE LEGISLATURE STACEY ABRAMS IS UP AGAINST REPUBLICAN GEORGIA SECRETARY OF STATE BRIAN KEMP. THE TWO ARE LOCKED IN A TIGHT RACE. THAT HAS GARNERED NATIONAL ATTENTION. BOTH PRESIDENT TRUMP AND FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA VISITED THE STATE TO CAMPAIGN FOR CANDIDATES. ABRAMS HAS ACCUSED KEMP WHO OVERSEES THE STATE'S ELECTIONS OF ATTEMPTED VOTER SUPPRESSION WHILE KEMP'S OFFICE ACCUSED THE STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF POTENTIAL CYBER CRIMES DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTION. CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENT MARK STRASSMANN IS IN ATLANTA. MARK, WHAT HAVE YOU SEEN TODAY WHEN IT COMES TO VOTERS HEADING TO THE POLLS? >> Reporter: THERE HAVE BEEN A COUPLE HEADLINES HERE IN GEORGIA. THE FORSWORN IS FIRST ONE IS HEAVY TURN — FIRST ONE IS HEAVY TURNOUT. THIS LINE IS ABOUT AS THIN AS IT HAS BEEN ALL DAY. THIS MORNING THERE WERE 200 PEOPLE WAITING WHEN THE DOORS OPENED. WITHIN AN HOUR THAT NUMBER HAD DOUBLED. THERE WAS A DOUBLE CIRCLE AROUND THIS GYMNASIUM AND IT WAS PRETTY STEADILY AT AROUND THE 200 MARK UNTIL MIDAFTERNOON WHEN IT TAPERED OFF. THIS WHAT YOU'RE SEEING HERE IS PERHAPS THE LAST BIT OF FOLKS WHO DIDN'T GET A CHANCE THIS MORNING OR PERHAPS JUST DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO WAIT THIS MORNING BECAUSE THE AVERAGE TIME WAS AN HOUR AND A HALF OR TWO HOURS IN THIS PRECINCT AT LEAST. THE SECOND HEADLINE OF THE DAY IS THAT THERE HAVE BEEN A NUMBER OF GLITCHES HERE, PROBLEMS WITH VOTING MACHINES. HERE AT LEAST THEY STARTED WITH 10 MACHINES. ONE OF THEM. IN OTHER PRECINCTS THEY'VE — IN OTHER PRECINCTS THEY'VE HAD TROUBLE WITH TOUCH SCREENS AND SOME HAD TO BALLOTS. >> ED HAS A QUESTION FOR YOU. — SOME HAD TO USE PAPER BALLOTS. >> ED HAS A QUESTION FOR YOU. FOR THOSE OF US IN THE 49 OTHER STATES, COMPARE AND CONTRAST THIS GUBERNATORIAL CONTEST WITH OTHERS IN RECENT HISTORY, BOTH IN THE TONE OF THE CAMPAIGNS AND THE INTEREST AMONG GEORGIANS THEMSELVES. >> Reporter: I THINK THE TONE HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY MORE NEGATIVE. BOTH CANDIDATES HAVE GONE AFTER EACH OTHER IN A VERY HARSH WAY, NOT ONLY PAINTING EACH OTHER AS EXTREMISTS, BUT YOU ALSO REMEMBER KEMP OVER THE WEEKEND ACCUSED THE GEORGIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF TRYING TO HACK INTO THE VOTING ROLLS. HE OFFERED NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER OF THAT, BUT HE SAID HE CALLED IN THE FBI TO INVESTIGATE. ABRAMS HAS ACCUSED KEMP OF SUPPRESSING THE VOTE HERE IN GEORGIA OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, PARTICULARLY TARGETING THE MINORITY COMMUNITY HERE IN GEORGIA. OF COURSE, GIVEN THE SOUTH AND JIM CROW AND ALL THE EFFORTS TO EXCLUDE BLACKS FROM VOTING, THAT KIND OF AN ACCUSATION HAS SOME OMINOUS UNDERTONES AS WELL. THIS HAS BEEN A VERY UNPLEASANT RACE. WHEN YOU COUPLE THAT WITH THE FACT OF HOW DIVIDED AMERICA IS AND THE FACT THAT BRIAN KEMP IS AN UNABASHED PRO TRUMP POLITICIAN AND THAT STACEY ABRAMS REPRESENTS THE OPPOSITE OF THAT, YOU HAVE PEOPLE WHO DUG IN ON BOTH SIDES NOW TRYING TO PROJECT THEIR POLITICAL EXPRESSIONS ONTO THESE TWO CANDIDATES AND THAT HAS FURTHER ROILED WHICH RACE WHICH WAS ALREADY UNPLEASANT GIVEN THE ACCUSATIONS GOING BACK AND THE FORTH. >> WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMEBODY DOESN'T HIT 50% OF THE VOTE? >> Reporter: IF A CANDIDATE IN GEORGIA BY LAW DOES NOT HIT 50% PLUS ONE VOTE, WE GO TO A RUNOFF. THE RUNOFF WOULD BE DECEMBER 4th, 28 DAYS FROM NOW, AND THAT, OF COURSE, WOULD MEAN ANOTHER ROUGHLY FOUR WEEKS OF SOME PRESUMABLY PRETTY NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING. >> SOMETHING TO KEEP AN EYE ON. THANK YOU SO MUCH, MARK. >>> IF ELECTED, DEMOCRAT STACEY ABRAMS WOULD BE THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN ELECTED GOVERNOR, BUT SHE'S NOT THE ONLY CANDIDATE WHO COULD MAKE HISTORY TONIGHT. HERE'S A LOOK. >> A VICTORY FOR INDIAN COUNTRY. >> Reporter: THE VICTORY IN A DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY IN NEW MEXICO HAS SET UP DEBORAH HOLLAND AS THE HEAVY FAVORITE TO BECOME THE FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN WOMAN TO BE ELECTED TO CONGRESS. >> TOGETHER WE CAN ORGANIZE AROUND THE POLITICS OF HOPE. >> SHE WOULD BECOME THE FIRST SOMALI AMERICAN ELECTED TO CONGRESS. >> WHOEVER WINS WILL BECOME THE FIRST WOMAN TO REPRESENT ARIZONA IN THE U.S. SENATE. >> WHEN YOU'RE FLYING AIRLINES, THE AIRPLANE DOESN'T CARE IF YOU'RE A GIRL OR BOY. THEY JUST CARE IF YOU FLY WELL AND SHOOT STRAIGHT. >> SHE'S LOOKING TO BECOME THE YOUNGEST WOMAN EVER ELECTED TO CONGRESS. >> SO MANY FOLKS ARE LOOKING FOR CHANGE AND NEW ENERGY. >> SHE'S MADE HISTORY AS THE NATION'S FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN NOMINATED FOR GOVERNOR. >> I DON'T WANT ANYONE HERE TO VOTE FOR ME BECAUSE I'M BLACK. WE WANT YOU ALL TO VOTE FOR US BECAUSE WE'RE BETTER. >> SHE WOULD BECOME THE NATION'S FIRST TRANSGENDER GOVERNOR IF ELECTED. >> IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY. IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY. IT'S ABOUT ALL MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES. >> WELL, IT SEEMS LIKE CHANGE IS ON THE WAY. >> SHE WILL LIKELY BE THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO REPRESENT MASSACHUSETTS IN CONGRESS. >> THE FIRST THING I THINK ABOUT WHEN SOMEBODY SAYS YOU'RE GOING TO BE THE FIRST MUSLIM IS CELEBRATE THIS MOMENT. WE CHANGED THE COURSE OF HISTORY AT A TIME WE THOUGHT IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE. >> LET'S BRING IN CBSN POLITICAL REPORTER CAITLIN HUEY BURNS, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST JOEL PAYNE AND POLITICAL REPORTER FOR THE GUARDIAN SABRINA SIDDIQUI. SABRINA AND JOEL ARE ALSO BOTH CBSN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTORS. SABRINA, LET'S TALK ABOUT WOMEN RUNNING FOR OFFICE. THIS, OF COURSE, HAS BEEN CALLED THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN. THERE ARE 237 WOMEN RUNNING FOR THE HOUSE, 23 FOR SENATE AND 16 FOR GOVERNOR. WHAT IS DRIVING THESE WOMEN TO RUN? >> THERE'S CERTAINLY NO QUESTION A LARGE PART OF THIS HAS TO DO WITH WOMEN WANTING TO RESPOND TO THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP AND WE FIRST SAW THAT MANIFEST ITSELF THE VERY DAY AFTER THE PRESIDENT'S INAUGURATION IN THE WOMEN'S MARCH AND THIS MOVEMENT THAT HAS ALREADY GALVANIZED AND I THINK — REALLY GALVANIZED AND I THINK ONE OF THE BIG QUESTIONS IS WHAT THE SO-CALLED BECAUSE WE TALKED ABOUT HOW THERE ARE A RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN ON THE BALLOT, MOST ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE, MANY HAVING BREEZED THROUGH THEIR PRIMARIES AND THE OTHER QUESTION NOW IS WHAT DOES THAT MEAN BY WAY OF TURNOUT AMONG FEMALE VOTERS AND A LOT OF THE CONTROVERSY AROUND THE CONFIRMATION OF BRETT KAVANAUGH AMID ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT THAT RAISED QUESTIONS AS TO WHETHER THAT MIGHT BOOST TURNOUT AMONG WOMEN WHO HAVE TYPICALLY, OF COURSE, PARTICULARLY SINGLE WOMEN GRAVITATED TOWARD DEMOCRATS. THE OTHER KEY PART OF THIS VOTE IS SUBURBAN WOMEN WHO IN 2016 DID KEEP LARGELY IN LINE WITH REPUBLICANS, BUT THEY KIND OF HELD THEIR NOSE AND VOTED FOR TRUMP. HAVING NOW SEEN HIS TEMPERAMENT HAS NOT CHANGED, DOES THAT MEAN THEY'LL BREAK AWAY WITH HIM TODAY? THOSE ARE SOME OF THE BIG TRENDS WE'RE WATCHING. >> EXIT POLLING SHOWS EIGHT IN 10 SAY ELECTING MORE WOMEN TO CONGRESS IS IMPORTANT, BUT, JOEL, EVEN IF YOU HAVE MANY FEMALE CANDIDATES WINNING, HOW MUCH OF A DENT WILL THAT MAKE WHEN IT COMES TO THE NUMBERS IN CONGRESS? >> LISTEN, THE ENERGY REALLY IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT, RIGHT? YOU LOOK AT JUST SOME OF THE HISTORIC NUMBERS THAT HAVE BEEN REACHED NOT JUST WITH THE CANDIDATES ON THE BALLOT TODAY, BUT THOSE WHO ARE RUNNING, THIS HAS BEEN AN ORGANIZING PRINCIPLE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THIS CYCLE. I THINK WE'VE SEEN IT REFLECTED IN REALLY STRONG WOMEN CANDIDATES IN PLACES LIKE ARIZONA NOT JUST ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE, BUT ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, STACEY ABRAMS IN GEORGIA, BUT PROBABLY THE STRONGEST DEMOCRAT TO RUN STATEWIDE IN GEORGIA IN A LONG TIME. I THINK THAT THE PARTY IS STARTING TO REALIZE THERE IS NOT JUST SOMETHING WE SHOULD JUST KIND OF HIGHLIGHT AS AN EXTRA FEATURE BUT REALLY AS SOMETHING THAT'S A MAIN FOCAL POINT OF THE PARTY NOW. SO I THINK FROM THIS POINT FORWARD YOU'LL SEE THAT REFLECTED IN THE TYPE OF CANDIDATES THE DEMOCRATS LOOK FOR. >> SPEAKING OF FIRST, NEVADA COULD HAVE THE FIRST EVER WOMEN MAJORITY STATE LEGISLATURE. CAITLIN, YOU WERE WITH US WHEN WE TRAVELED FOR RED AND BLUE TO NEVADA. TELL US WHAT YOU FOUND THERE. >> WE SAW DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WERE VERY MUCH LOOKING AT THESE WOMEN VOTERS AS A STRENGTH, AS A CONSTITUENCY THAT COULD HELP FLIP SOME OF THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS AND POTENTIALLY CHANGE THE LEGISLATURE TO A MAJORITY RUN. EXPERTS IN THE STATE SAY THAT'S A VERY AMBITIOUS GOAL THERE AND AT THIS POINT IT DOES NOT SEEM THE LIKELY OUTCOME, BUT THE FACT THAT IT COULD BE I THINK IS REALLY IMPORTANT. I WILL ALSO SAY I JUST GOT OUT OF THE MEETING WITH OUR ELECTIONS HEAD, ANTHONY SALVANTO, GOING OVER SOME OF THESE EXIT POLLS AND WE REALLY TALKED ABOUT HOW MUCH WOMEN ARE DRIVERRING THIS ELECTION. SABRINA MENTIONED SUBURBAN WOMEN WE'VE BEEN LOOKING AT AND TALKING ABOUT ALL ELECTION CYCLE, DOUBLE DIGIT LEAD AT THIS POINT FOR DEMOCRATS. THAT MATCHES WHAT WE'VE SEEN IN POLL AFTER POLL HEADING TO THIS ELECTION, BUT WE'RE SEEING A SWING AMONG WHITE WOMEN WHO VOTED FOR TRUMP IN 2016 AND HE LIKES TO CITE THAT A LOT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. NEARLY A 13 POINT SWING ACCORDING TO THE EXIT POLLS AT THIS POINT. NOW WE HAVE TO CONSIDER THAT THE EXIT POLLS ARE HEAVY TILTED TOWARDS THE EAST. WE'RE STILL WAITING FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, BUT IN THE EAST THAT'S WHERE A LOT OF THESE REALLY COMPETITIVE CONGRESSIONAL RACES ARE TAKING PLACE. >> DEFINITELY IMPORTANT TO KEEP IN MIND THAT GEOGRAPHIC CONTEXT THAT YOU MENTIONED. ANOTHER FACTOR IN 2018 IS MILITARY SERVICE, RIGHT? THAT'S SOMETHING WE HAVE SEEN OVER AND OVER. ACCORDING TO THE MILITARY TIMES, 172 VETERANS WON PRIMARIES THIS YEAR INCLUDING BOTH REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS AND WOMEN. HOW HAS THIS NARRATIVE, SABRINA, OF MILITARY SERVICE AND PEOPLE WITH RECORDS OF MILITARY SERVICE, HELPED SHAPE THE NARRATIVE OF THE 2018 MIDTERMS? >> WELL, I THINK THAT IT'S BEEN A STRIKING CONTRAST TO WHAT WE'VE SEEN IN PREVIOUS ELECTIONS AND I THINK WE ARE ALSO AT THIS PARTICULAR POINT IN TIME CONTINUING TO BE INVOLVED IN OVERSEAS CONFLICT AND THERE'S OFTEN A LOT OF TALK FROM POLITICIANS ABOUT NOT ONLY WHAT THAT SHOULD LOOK LIKE, BUT ALSO HOW TO THEN TAKE CARE OF VETERANS WHEN THEY COME BACK HOME AND THOSE MISSING FROM THAT CONVERSATION ARE VETERANS THEMSELVES. THERE'S ALWAYS THE INTEREST GROUPS IN WASHINGTON, BUT HAVING A CONGRESS THAT IS MORE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE THAT IT'S SEEKING TO SERVE, I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE THEMES WE'VE SEEN REALLY PLAY OUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE DIVERSITY OF THE BALLOT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. >> I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE WE HAVE A LOT OF CANDIDATES WHO ARE MILITARY VETERANS. THEY WON'T ALL BE WINNERS TONIGHT. YOU HAVE SEVERAL REPUBLICANS, FOR EXAMPLE, RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR IN THIS PART OF THE COUNTRY, SOME IN THE MIDWEST WHO WON'T DO WELL. YOU HAVE SEVERAL FEMALE VETERAN DEMOCRATS FIRST TIME CANDIDATES RUNNING IN THE RETRACES FOR DEMOCRATS WHERE THEY MIGHT NOT WIN THIS TIME, BUT GOSH, GIVEN THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY'VE RAISED YOU WONDER IF THEY MIGHT TRY AGAIN IN TWO YEARS. YOU MIGHT SEE THEM RUN FOR SOMETHING ELSE IN THEIR STATES, MAYBE AT THE STATE LEVEL OR AGAIN FOR CONGRESS AT SOME POINT, BUT IT'S IMPORTANT TO REMIND PEOPLE BECAUSE YOU MAY WAKE UP TOMORROW AND GO WHATEVER HAPPENED TO ALL THOSE VETERANS? WELL, THEY RAN, BUT THEY DIDN'T NECESSARILY WIN. >> IT'S A GOOD POINT, THOUGH. JOEL, THIS NOTION OF IF THEY DON'T WIN NOW, IT IS STILL THE CASE, IS IT NOT, THERE WILL BE LESSONS LEARNED, RIGHT? SO THIS IDEA OF HAVING VETERANS, NOT JUST REPUBLICANS BUT DEMOCRATS AND DEMOCRATIC WOMEN IN PARTICULAR, RIGHT, THAT'S NOT NECESSARILY A DYNAMIC WE'RE USED TO SEEING? >> WE ARE NOT USED TO SEEING THAT. IT'S INTERESTING YOU MENTIONED ABOUT DEMOCRATS, TOO, NOT TRADITIONALLY SEEN AS A PARTY WHERE YOU'LL SEE A LOT OF VETERAN CANDIDATES, BUT YOU ARE AND I THINK THAT'S A COUPLE OF THINGS, ONE, JUST THE FACT THAT WE'RE IN A GENERATION WHERE WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE RECENTLY OUT OF SERVICE WHO NOW WANT TO SERVE PUBLIC SERVICE HERE BACK IN THE STATES, BUT I THINK ALSO THE FACT MAYBE DEMOCRATS ARE STARTING TO SEE THAT AS AN ADVANTAGE IN TERMS OF PUSHING BACK AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP AND AGAINST REPUBLICANS IN ISSUES THAT TRADITIONALLY DON'T FAVOR DEMOCRATS, ISSUES OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. DEMOCRATS NOW ARE STARTING TO SEE OPPORTUNITIES WHERE THEY CAN PUT PEOPLE ON THE BALLOT WHO ESSENTIALLY CAN BE FOILS FOR REPUBLICANS. >> I WONDER IS THERE A CONCERTED SORT OF PUSH ON THE PART OF SOME DEMOCRATS TO TRY AND ACTIVELY SEEK OUT VETERANS TO RUN AS DEMOCRATS? FOR FOLKS TO ACTUALLY TAKE THAT MILITARY SERVICE AND USE IT IN A WAY THAT IS NOT NECESSARILY AKIN TO WHAT DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE IN THE PAST. >> LOOK AT SOMEONE LIKE TAMMY DUCKWORTH. SHE'S NOT ON THE BALLOT THIS TIME, BUT SHE'S BEEN A VERY DISTINGUISHED MEMBER OF THE SENATE AND THAT WAS AN IMPORTANT DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTIC IN HER COMPETENCY AS A CANDIDATE WHEN SHE RAN A FEW YEARS AGO. >> I THINK JOEL WILL TELL YOU THAT YOU'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SEE THIS, NOT JUST THIS YEAR, BUT INTO THE FUTURE BECAUSE SO MANY OF THESE CANDIDATES HAVE NOW ESSENTIALLY AGED OUT OF THE MILITARY. THEY'VE HIT THEIR MID-30s, THEIR 40s AND THEY'RE LOOKING FOR A NEW WAY TO SERVE. SO MANY DIFFERENT CONSULTANTS AND ADVOCATES THESE FOLKS HAVE SAID THROUGHOUT THE YEAR IS THIS IS JUST A NATURAL EXTENSION OF THEIR NATURAL INSTINCT TO SERVE. THEY WANT TO FIND A WAY TO DO IT NOW IN THE POLITICAL SPHERE. >> MASSACHUSETTS REPRESENTATIVE SETH MOULTON HAD MADE THIS A TARGET GOING INTO THIS ELECTION, TO RECREATE DEMOCRATIC VETERAN CANDIDATES, AND IT LOOKS LIKE THEY WERE SUCCESSFUL. >> BE FASCINATING TO SEE HOW THAT DYNAMIC PLAYS OUT. RACE IS SOMETHING WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT, CONTINUES TO BE A MAJOR FACTOR. YOU COULD HAVE TWO MEN BECOMING THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN GOVERNORS IN MARYLAND AND FLORIDA. STACEY ABRAMS, AS WE TALKED ABOUT, IS IN GEORGIA. HOW HAS THIS HAD AN IMPACT ON HOW THINGS HAVE PLAYED OUT BECAUSE IN GEORGIA IN PARTICULAR THERE'S BEEN SOME REAL UGLINESS SURROUNDING THAT PARTICULAR CAMPAIGN? SABRINA? >> THERE HAS BEEN IN GEORGIA, THE TALK WE WERE JUST HAVING ABOUT VOTER SUPPRESSION TACTICS, DEMOCRATS SAYING BRIAN KEMP WAS TRYING TO SUPPRESS TURNOUT PARTICULARLY AMONG AFRICAN AMERICAN VOTERS WOULD CERTAINLY BE A CRITICAL BLOCK FOR STACEY ABRAMS TO SUCCEED. I WAS COVERING THE RACE BETWEEN GILLUM AND DeSANTIS AND IT BECAME A RACE ABOUT RACE BECAUSE THERE HAD BEEN SO MANY ATTACKS, SOME CODED, SOME NOT SO CODED LEVIED AT ANDREW GILLUM COMING FROM DeSANTIS AND OUTSIDE REPUBLICAN GROUPS. THAT KIND OF FORCED RACE TO THE FOREFRONT OF THE CONVERSATION. NOW THERE'S BEEN SOMEWHAT OF A POLICY DEBATE. I THINK A LOT OF THIS SPEAKS TO THE KIND OF ENVIRONMENT WE'RE IN UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP WHERE HE ALSO HAS USED THE BULLY PULPIT TO KIND OF STOKE RACIAL TENSIONS. YOU'RE NOW SEEING THE TRICKLE DOWN EFFECT OF THAT AS YOU LOOK AT THE WAY IN WHICH SOME OF THESE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES ARE CAMPAIGNING ACROSS THE COUNTRY. RON DeSANTIS WAS FRAMING GILLUM AS AN ENEMY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, WHICH IS A VERY CHARGED THING TO SAY ABOUT SOMEONE SEEKING TO BE FLORIDA'S FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN GOVERNOR, BUT WHAT THAT COULD DO IN TURN IS BOOST TURNOUT AMONG AFRICAN AMERICAN VOTERS WHO ALSO WOULD BE CRITICAL TO ANDREW GILLUM IN FLORIDA. >> THERE'S NO OTHER WAY TO SAY IT, BUT THE PRESIDENT HAS WEAPONIZED RACE. THE PRESIDENT SEES RACE AS PART OF HIS ADVANTAGE IN TERMS OF GALVANIZING HIS VOTERS. I SAID THIS EARLIER. THE WHITER YOU GET, THE OLDER YOU GET, THE LESS EDUCATED YOU GET, THE MORE MALE YOU GET, THE MORE LIKELY YOU'LL BE A TRUMP VOTER AND THE PRESIDENT USED THAT AS A WEAPON TO GET HIS BASE WHIPPED UP AND HE'S ACTUALLYBEEN PRETTY TRANSPARENT ABOUT IT. DEMOCRATS HAVE FOUND THERE IS A POSITIVE IMPACT FOR THEM PARTICULARLY WHEN YOU LOOK AT FLORIDA. ANDREW GILLUM POSSIBLY WILL CARRY BILL NELSON OVER THE FINISH LINE TONIGHT BECAUSE HE WILL GALVANIZE SO MANY MINORITY VOTERS AND SO MANY VOTERS THAT FRANKLY HILLARY CLINTON DID NOT. MY OLD BOSS DID NOT GALVANIZE BACK IN 2016. ANDREW GILLUM WILL BRING THAT COALITION OUT IN A WAY WE COULDN'T IN 2016. THAT'S A WAY THAT IT'S POTENTIALLY BACKFIRED AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. >> I WANT TO CHALLENGE YOU A MOMENT BECAUSE SOME SUPPORTERS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD ARGUE THIS IDEA OF WEAPONIZING RACE, IT IS ONE THING TO TALK ABOUT SORT OF THE INTENTIONAL USE OF THIS ISSUE. IT IS ANOTHER TO TALK ABOUT PERHAPS NOT REALIZING THE EFFECTS OF ONE'S WORDS. IS IT NOT POSSIBLE WITHIN THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY, I'M TALKING ABOUT THE FLORIDA RACE AS WELL, RIGHT? WE HAVE THAT CONTROVERSY IN THE GUBERNATORIAL CONTEST EARLY ON WITH RON DeSANTIS' MONKEY IT UP COMMENT AND HE SAID THAT'S NOT AT ALL WHAT HE MEANT. IS THAT NOT PLAUSIBLE THAT PERHAPS THERE ARE JUST FOLKS — AS YOU ROLL YOUR EYES, ED O'KEEFE — BUT IS IT JUST POSSIBLE THAT IN THIS DAY IN AGE THERE ARE FOLKS THAT DON'T REALIZE THE IMPACT OF THEIR WORDS? >> I THINK WE KEEP RETURNING TO THIS CONVERSATION AROUND RACE WITH THE PRESIDENT WHETHER IT'S INTENTIONAL OR NOT. HE HAS A TENDENCY TO MAKE COMMENTS ABOUT CANDIDATES OF COLOR THAT HE DOES NOT MAKE ABOUT CANDIDATES ON THE BALLOT WHO ARE WHITE. HE REFERRED TO ANDREW GILLUM AS A THIEF IN A TWEET AND SAID RON DeSANTIS IS A HARVARD YALE GRADUATE. ANDREW GILLUM WAS THE VERY FIRST MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND ATTEND COLLEGE. HE SAID STACEY ABRAMS WAS NOT QUALIFIED TO BE GOVERNOR WHEN SHE WAS THE MINORITY LEADER IN THE STATEHOUSE. SO I THINK THAT THERE IS A QUESTION AS TO WHY HE HAPPENS TO REVERT TO SOME OF THIS RHETORIC WHEN HE IS TALKING ABOUT RACE AND CERTAINLY IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE SEEN AGAIN REALLY IGNITE HIS BASE. HE IS SOMEONE WHO ULTIMATELY WAS PROPELLED TO THE PRESIDENCY BY A MAJORITY OF WHITE VOTERS. THAT'S WHY I THINK THE POINT IS KEY WHETHER THE REVERSE EFFECT MIGHT MANIFEST ITSELF TODAY WHERE DEMOCRATS CAN FINALLY TURN OUT THOSE MINORITY VOTERS WHO NOT ONLY DID NOT COME THROUGH IN LARGE NUMBERS IN 2016, BUT TYPICALLY HAVEN'T COME OUT IN LARGE NUMBERS IN MIDTERMS. >> IT'S NOT JUST AFRICAN AMERICANS, HALL THOSE AND ACTUALLY I'VE BEEN TALKING TO — LATINOS AND ACTUALLY I'VE BEEN TALKING TO FOLKS WHO THINK THAT IS SOME ANTI-IMMIGRANT PUSHBACK AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. THAT DOESN'T MEAN BETO O'ROURKE WILL DEFINITELY WIN TONIGHT, BUT GUESS WHAT? IT MEANS DEMOCRATS ARE IN A MUCH BETTER POSITION TO PERFORM BETTER TONIGHT AND INTO THE FUTURE BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT HAS STARTED TO CHANGE THE MAP IN THEIR FAVOR IN PLACES LIKE TEXAS. >> JUST REAL QUICK IF REPUBLICANS WANT TO STUDY A WAY TO SOMEHOW WIN OVER MINORITY VOTERS, GO LOOK AT LARRY HOGAN IN MARYLAND WHO WILL PROBABLY WIN SOUNDLY, REPUBLICAN RUNNING AGAINST BEN JEALOUS, FORMER HEAD OF THE NAACP, AND YET LARRY HOGAN, THE REPUBLICAN, MAY PICK OFF A SIZABLE PERCENTAGE OF BLACK VOTERS BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH HIM AND HE'S BEEN A PRETTY GOOD GUY AT BRIDGING THE GAP AND FINDING WAYS TO GET THAT STATE TO WORK TOGETHER. >> VERY GOOD GOVERNOR. >> IT IS VERY INTERESTING TO TALK TO PEOPLE IN THE STATE. SO MANY HAVE BEEN SPLITTING THEIR TICKETS CITING THE ECONOMY AND THE FACT THAT HOGAN CAMPAIGNED NOT AS A TRUMP REPUBLICAN. >> FASCINATING. I'M SURE A LOT OF FOLKS WILL BE WATCHING THAT RACE, THEN. THANKS TO YOU ALL. >>> COMING UP WEST VIRGINIA, INDIANA AND FLORIDA, THREE STATES THAT ALL WENT FOR DONALD TRUMP IN 2016. SO HOW WILL THE INCUMBENT DMOCRATIC SENATORS IN THOSE STATES FARE TONIGHT? WE'LL CHECK IN WITH OUR LOCAL REPORTERS ON THE GROUND WHEN CBSN'S ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE CONTINUES. >>> YOU'VE GOT TO TAKE CARE OF PEOPLE WITH PREEXISTING CONDITIONS. HE COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THAT. HE VOTES OVER AND OVER AGAIN TO THROW THEM OFF. >> PEOPLE KNOW I WANT TO LOOK EVERYONE IN THE EYE TONIGHT AND TELL THEM I SUPPORT PROTECTING PEOPLE WITH PREEXISTING CONDITIONS. THAT'S CRITICAL, BUT WHAT SENATOR MANCHIN IS DOING IS HE'S TRYING TO DISGUISE HIS SUPPORT FOR OBAMACARE. >> HE HAS SYSTEMICALLY IN HIS EIGHT YEARS AS GOVERNOR SYSTEMICALLY DISASSEMBLED THE ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCIES OF THIS STATE. >> YOUR PROBLEM IS 100% TIED TO THE FACT SENATOR NELSON DOES A CAMPAIGN AD IN THE 1990s HE'S GOING TO DEAL WITH THE ALGAE AND NOW WHAT'S HOW MANY YEARS LATER HE HAS NEVER DONE ANYTHING. >> BOTH WEST VIRGINIA AND FLORIDA WILL BE KEY TO DETERMINING WHICH PARTY CONTROLS THE SENATE. SENATOR JOE MANCHIN OF WEST VIRGINIA IS ONE OF THE MOST VULNERABLE INCUMBENT DEMOCRATS. HIS STATE WENT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP BY MORE THAN 40 POINTS IN 2016. MANCHIN IS RUNNING AGAINST REPUBLICAN STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL PATRICKMORRISSEY AND IN FLORIDA IT'S A MATCH-UP OF TWO OF THE STATE'S MOST POWERFUL POLITICIANS, REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT WHO IS TERM LIMITED CHALLENGING DEMOCRATIC SENATOR BILL NELSON. JOINING US NOW IS CBS MIAMI POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT JIM DEFEDE AND HOPPY KIRCHAVAL. LAST YEAR WE SAW WEST VIRGINIA'S GOVERNOR SWITCH PARTIES TO BECOME A REPUBLICAN. HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO KEEP THIS SENATE SEAT? >> THIS IS HUGE IN WEST VIRGINIA FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, BUT INTERESTINGLY, MANCHIN IS NOT RUNNING AS A DEMOCRAT. YOU HARDLY HEAR HIM SAY HE'S A MEMBER OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. HE'S RUNNING AS WHAT WE LIKE TO CALL THE PARTY OF JOE MANCHIN. I'M JOE MANCHIN. YOU KNOW ME. I CAN WORK WITH BOTH PARTIES BECAUSE TRUMP WON THIS STATE BY 42 POINTS. HE'S NOT GOING OUT THERE AND TALKING AT LENGTH ABOUT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. HE'S TRYING TO STAY AWAY FROM CHUCK SCHUMER AND NANCY PELOSI AND HILLARY CLINTON. MEANWHILE PATRICK MORRISSEY IS REALLY TRYING TO LINK HIM TO THOSE NAMES, BUT JOE MANCHIN'S RUNNING AS THE PARTY OF JOE MANCHIN, NOT A DEMOCRAT. >> JIM, OUR EXIT POLLS INDICATE THAT HEALTHCARE IS THE NO. 1 ISSUE NATIONALLY. HOW HAS THAT PLAYED OUT IN THE SENATE RACE BETWEEN GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT AND SENATOR BILL NELSON? >> IT'S REALLY BEEN FASCINATING. RICK SCOTT WAS THE GOVERNOR WHO REFUSED TO EXPAND MEDICAID AND HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL, PAM BONDI IS PART OF THE LAWSUIT TO STRIKE DOWN OBAMACARE AND PREEXISTING CONDITIONS, BUT WE'VE SEEN HIM TRY TO MITIGATE HIS VIEWS AND DISTANCE HIMSELF FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYING HE WANTS TO COVER PEOPLE WITH PREEXISTING CONDITIONS. WE'VE SEEN IT IN OTHER AREAS, TOO, ON THE ENVIRONMENT, YOU KNOW, ON GUNS. YOU KNOW, THE GOVERNOR WAS VERY SMART GETTING OUT AHEAD OF THE PARKLAND TRAGEDY AND PULLED TOGETHER WITH A BILL FOR THE MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS WHICH REALLY MODIFIED A LOT OF THE NRA TALK AGAINST HIM. HE'S BEEN RUNNING VERY HARD AND SMART. HE'S RUN A VERY GOOD CAMPAIGN. >> JIM AND HOPPY, IT'S ED O'KEEFE HERE IN NEW YORK. WE CHATTED EARLIER FOR YOUR CBS 4 MIAMI COVERAGE. NOW I'M CURIOUS. GIVEN WHAT WE'VE SEEN HERE IN THE CLOSING WEEKS OF THIS RACE, IS IT FAIR TO SAY THAT SENATOR NELSON IS ESSENTIALLY GOING TO HAVE TO SEND FLOWERS EVERY WEEK TO ANDREW GILLUM IF HE WINS REELECTION TONIGHT? >> Reporter: ABSOLUTELY. IF BILL NELSON WINS THIS RACE, IT WILL BE BECAUSE ANDREW GILLUM EXCITED THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN A WAY THAT A DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE HASN'T DONE IN A LONG TIME. YOU KNOW, HE IS PULLING IN NEW VOTERS INTO THIS PROCESS THAT WE HAVE NOT SEEN BEFORE AND BILL NELSON IS THE BENEFICIARY. AS I'VE BEEN TRYING TO ANALYZE THIS RACE AND THINK ABOUT WHAT WE'RE SEEING IS WE'RE SORT OF SEEING THAT AGAIN I KNOW WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SENATE RACE, BUT ON THE GOVERNOR'S SIDE WE'RE SORT OF SEEING THE REDUCTS OF THE 2016 RACE ON THE REPUBLICANS WHILE GILLUM AND NELSON ARE TRYING TO RUN MORE OF A 2008, 2012 OBAMA STALE RACE. THAT'S WHAT'S BEING PITTED HERE IS A TALE OF TWO ELECTIONS, 2016 ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, 2008 FOR THE DEMOCRATS. >> WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? WHAT MAKES THOSE DISTINCT? >> Reporter: SURE. WHAT MAKES THAT DISTINCT IS AGAIN VERY HARSH RHETORIC ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, A LOT OF SCARY TALK INCLUDING FROM GOVERNOR SCOTT, YOU KNOW, TALKING ABOUT THE THREAT THAT BILL NELSON PROVIDES TO THE STATE IF HE CONTINUES TO COME IN. HE WILL RAISE TAXES, DO ALL THOSE SORTS OF THINGS WHILE ON THE OTHER SIDE YOU'RE SEEING NELSON AND GILLUM TALK ABOUT MORE POSITIVE MESSAGES ABOUT THE FUTURE AND THE HOPEFULNESS OF THE STATE TRYING TO PRESENT A MORE POSITIVE IMAGE. ONE IS BASED ON FEAR. THE OTHER IS BASED ON A BELIEF WE CAN COME TOGETHER AS A STATE. THOSE ARE THE TWO DIFFERENT VIEWS. YOU DID NOT SEE HILLARY CLINTON DO THAT IN 2016. HILLARY CLINTON JUST CAMPAIGNED IN VERY BLUE PARTS OF THE STATE. ANDREW GILLUM AND BILL NELSON ARE TRAVELING THE OTHER PARTS AS WELL. >> HOPPY IN WILD AND WONDERFUL WEST VIRGINIA, ONE OF THE THINGS I'M CURIOUS ABOUT IS THE FACT THAT MANCHIN SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN PRETTY COMFORTABLE SINCE MORRISSEY WON BECAUSE HE'S GOT AMONG OTHER THINGS TH AD THAT HAS BEEN RUNNING IN HEAVY ROTATION OUT THERE THAT SUGGESTS AND REMINDS VOTERS PATRICK MORRISSEY IS AN OPIOID LOBBYIST FROM NEW JERSEY, PROBABLY FOUR WORDS YOU DON'T WANT TO HEAR IN A STATEWIDE RACE IN WEST VIRGINIA THIS YEAR. IS THAT ALL IT TOOK OR IS SOMETHING ELSE AT PLAY? IS HE GOING TO END UP WINNING TONIGHT BY MORE THAN JUST SINGLE DIGITS, JOE MANCHIN? >> Reporter: LET'S UNPACK THAT A LITTLE BIT. FIRST OF ALL IS THAT MANCHIN REALLY DID HIT MORRISSEY HARD ON THE OPIOID ISSUE BECAUSE MORRISSEY AT ONE TIME LOBBIED FOR BIG PHARMA IN WASHINGTON D.C. AND ALSO HIS WIFE CONTINUES TO BE A LOBBYIST FOR BIG PHARMA AND WEST VIRGINIA HAS A SERIOUS OPIOID PROBLEM. SO MANCHIN WAS ABLE TO PUT THAT ON MORRISSEY. THAT'S BEEN THE YOKE MORRISSEY HAS HAD TO CARRY AROUND AND DEFEND HIMSELF TO, BUT I TELL YOU, THIS RACE HAS GONE IN A COUPLE OF PHASES. WHEN IT STARTED OUT MONTHS AGO, THE THOUGHT WAS THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE PREMIER RACES IN THE COUNTRY AND MORRISSEY HAS A CHANCE TO KNOCK OFF MANCHIN BECAUSE IT'S QUICKLY BECOME A RED STATE HERE, BUT THEN AS THE RACE WENT ON AND MANCHIN PUT IN A LOT OF MONEY EARLY AND MANCHIN WAS UP BY NINE, 10, 12 POINTS AND THEN NATIONALLY THE FOLKS KIND OF PULLED BACK FROM THIS RACE, BUT THIS RACE HAS TIGHTENED UP CONSIDERABLY JUST IN THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS. WE DID A POLL LAST WEEK. WE HAD MANCHIN UP FIVE, BUT I'VE LOOKED AT SOME OF THE EXIT POLLING TODAY AND I'VE TALKED TO BOTH CAMPAIGNS AND THEY THINK THIS THING IS REALLY TIGHT RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE A BIG VOTER TURNOUT IN WEST VIRGINIA. THAT SUGGESTS THAT MAYBE PRESIDENT TRUMP WHEN HE CAME HERE FRIDAY CONTINUED TO ENERGIZE CONSERVATIVE WHITE MALE VOTERS. WE HAVE A LOT OF THOSE IN WEST VIRGINIA AND CAUSED THIS RACE TO TIGHTEN UP A LOT JUST IN THE LAST COUPLE DAYS. >> SO IT'S NOT THAT MANCHIN WAS BEING COMPLACENT BUT MAYBE WAS TOO COMFORTABLE IN THE CLOSING WEEKS OF THE CAMPAIGN? >> Reporter: I THINK HE CAMPAIGNED VERY HARD. HE'S AN EXCELLENT RETAIL POLITICIAN. HE RODE HIS MOTORCYCLE THROUGH THE RAIN THE LAST COUPLE DAYS OF THE CAMPAIGN. I DON'T THINK HE WAS COMPLACENT AND HE RAN A VERY HARD, AGGRESSIVE CAMPAIGN, BUT PATRICK MORRISSEY IS ALSO A VERY AGGRESSIVE CAMPAIGNER, REALLY WENT AFTER IN THAT ONE DEBATE YOU SAW SOME CLIPS FROM THERE AND AGAIN THIS IS A STATE THAT IS CONSERVATIVE AND WENT HEAVY FOR TRUMP. TRUMP CAME ALL IN ON MORRISSEY AND MORRISSEY SAID THAT JOE MANCHIN IS A WASHINGTON LIBERAL. HE'S NOT REALLY, BUT HIT HIM WITH THAT TAG. MORRISSEY HAS AGAIN WITH THE HELP OF TRUMP CLOSED THAT GAP IN THE LAST COUPLE DAYS. I THINK THIS IS NOW A VERY CLOSE RACE COMING TONIGHT. THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A 7:30, 8:00 CALL I DON'T THINK. >> JIM, LET ME ASK YOU, WE PLAYED SOME SOUND RIGHT AFTER THE BREAK WHERE YOU HAD BOTH GOVERNOR SCOTT AND SENATOR NELSON ACCUSING EACH OTHER OF HARMING FLORIDA'S ENVIRONMENT. FOR PEOPLE WHO AREN'T FAMILIAR, JIM, GIVE US SOME CONTEXT THERE. WHY IS THIS SUCH A BIG FACTOR IN THIS RACE? >> Reporter: SO WE'VE GOT A COMBINATION OF A BLUE GREEN ALGAE CRISIS AND RED TIDE. THESE ARE TWO THINGS THAT ARE VERY TOXIC TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND THEY'RE AFFECTING THE BEACHES UP AND DOWN FLORIDA. IF YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT FLORIDA, IT'S BEACHES. WE HAVE TO CLOSE BEACHES UP AND DOWN THE STATE BECAUSE OF RED TIDE PROBLEMS AND THE BLUE GREEN ALGAE IS THIS TOXIC GUACAMOLE SLUDGE THAT YOU SEE. THOSE ARE NOT THE IMAGES THE STATE WANTS TO PORTRAY. GOVERNOR SCOTT HAS BLAMED BILL NELSON SAYING WASHINGTON WASN'T DOING ENOUGH TO HELP FIX THE PROBLEMS DOWN HERE. BILL NELSON HAS TURNED AROUND AND SAID THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE PRIORITY OF THE GOVERNOR AND THAT HE NEEDED TO DO MORE. SO THEY'VE TRIED TO POINT FINGERS AT A VERY COMPLICATED PROBLEM THAT NEITHER ONE OF THEM TRUTHFULLY COULD HAVE FIXED EASILY AND WILL TAKE LONG TERM SOLUTIONS, BUT THEY'RE BOTH CAPITALIZING ON IT TO AFFECT THE OTHER. >> LOOK, JIM DEFEDE AND HOPPY, PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHO ARE WATCHING TONIGHT, IF YOU LIVE IN FLORIDA, IF YOU'RE IN POLITICS IN FLORIDA, JIM DEFEDE IS THE ONE TO CALL. SIMILARLY IF YOU'RE IN WEST VIRGINIA AND YOU'RE IN POLITICS, IF YOU'RE NOT ON HOPPY'S RADIO SHOW, YOU'RE NOT REALLY DOING THAT WELL IN POLITICS IN WEST VIRGINIA. TO HAVE YOU BOTH HERE ON ELECTION NIGHT, WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THE TIME. >> >> Reporter: MY PLEASURE. >> THANK YOU. >> Reporter: CAN I GIVE YOU ONE OTHER DETAIL? >> PLEASE DO, JIM. >> Reporter: IN FLORIDA LOOK AT THE WOMEN VOTE. RIGHT NOW WOMEN MADE UP 54% PRESIDENT OF ELECTORATE. THEY HAD AN EIGHT POINT ADVANTAGE OVER MEN. WOMEN COULD BE THE KEY FACTOR IN THIS RACE. ALSO AFRICAN AMERICANS ARE OVERPERFORMING IN THE STATE AND WHITE VOTERS, THEIR SHARE OF THE ELECTORATE IS A LITTLE DOWN FROM WHERE IT NORMALLY IS. THOSE ARE THREE THINGS YOU'LL LOOK FOR AS WELL AS THE YOUNG VOTE. YOUNG VOTERS ARE TURNING OUT. ALL THOSE ARE GOOD SIGNS FOR DEMOCRATS. WE'LL SEE IF THEY HOLD UP THROUGH THE DAY. >> HOPPY, YOU GOT ANYTHING LIKE THAT? >> Reporter: JUST THAT AFTER IT'S ALL OVER AND WE'RE SAID AND DONE, I'M GOING TO SEE JIM AND SEE IF I CAN GET A PLACE DOWN AT THE BEACH AND GET AWAY FROM IT ALL. >> WE'RE COMING, TOO. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>> COMING UP HEALTHCARE IS THE TOP ISSUE FOR VOTERS THIS YEAR. WE'LL DISCUSS HOW THE PARTIES HAVE BEEN HANDLING IT THIS ELECTION SEASON WHEN CBSN'S ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE CONTINUES. >>> WEATHER IS ALWAYS A FACTOR ON ELECTION DAY AND TODAY IS NO EXCEPTION. IT WAS SO HUMID IN PARTS OF NORTH CAROLINA OFFICIALS SAID SOME PAPER BALLOTS COULD NOT BE FED THROUGH THE MACHINES. LET'S GET TO CBS NEWS WEATHER PRODUCER DAVID PARKINSON WITH MORE ON THE WEATHER CONDITIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. >> THIS WAS THE LINE OF STORMS THAT MOVED THROUGH NORTH CAROLINA ALL DAY. IT'S THE MOST HUMID ELECTION DAY IN THE PAST DECADE THEY'VE HAD IN THE RALEIGH AREA AND IT'S ALSO THE WARMEST, ABOUT 30 DEGREES COMPARED TO THE LAST ELECTION CYCLES. WARM AND HUMID IS NOT A GOOD COMBINATION FOR PAPER GOING INTO MACHINERY, BUT IT WAS A WARM AND WET DAY THROUGHOUT THE EAST COAST AND THAT'S WHERE WE'VE SEEN THE WEATHER IMPACTS ALL THE WAY DOWN TO GEORGIA AND THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE, BUT INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH WHERE THE POLLS ARE STILL OPEN IN NORTH DAKOTA AS WELL AS IN KANSAS, THE WEATHER IS STILL GOING ON. IN FACT, IN NORTH DAKOTA IT'S BEEN SNOWING ALL DAY, PARTICULARLY IN THE EASTERN HALF OF THE STATE BY FARGO. THE OTHER THING TO NOTE, DOWN HERE IN KANSAS, THIS IS KANSAS 2 AND 3, TWO OF THE MORE COMPETITIVE HOUSE DISTRICTS IN KANSAS, THEY'VE BEEN SEEING RAIN THE LAST SEVERAL HOURS. THAT'S WHERE KELLY WOULD NEED TO PICK UP SOME VOTES IN HER GOVERNOR RACE. THEY'RE STILL OPEN UNTIL 8 P.M. HERE'S AN INTERESTING NOTE. SIMILAR WEATHER IN NEW HAMPSHIRE 1 WHICH IS JUST ACROSS THE BORDER. THEY'VE HAD RAIN ALL AFTERNOON LONG. IT'S BEEN GETTING HEAVIER AND HEAVIER. FOR THE FOLKS WORKING IN BOSTON COMMUTING TO THOSE DISTRICTS, IT MIGHT TAKE THEM LONGER TO GET HOME. THAT MIGHT BE A LITTLE CRUNCH FOR LAST MINUTE VOTERS THERE. IN FLORIDA THE INTERESTINGENING WE'VE NOTICED IS PARTICULARLY AROUND THE — INTERESTING THING WE'VE NOTICED IS PARTICULARLY AROUND THE TALLAHASSEE WEATHER, WE'VE HAD A LOT OF INTERESTING WEATHER. THE WATER WAS COMING INSIDE THE MEDIA TENTS, SO THEY'VE HAD TO MOVE PEOPLE INSIDE. ALSO ON THE WESTERN PART OF THE PANHANDLE IN DeSANTIS COUNTRY YOU'VE SEEN A LOT OF RAIN THERE. QUICKLY, IF THE BEYONCE ENDORSEMENT IS TO HAVE ANY EFFECT IN TEXAS AND PEOPLE GET OUT TO VOTE, THE WEATHER IS GOOD, 70s AND 80s THROUGHOUT THE STATE FROM EL PASO TO DALLAS AND EVEN FURTHER WEST IN PHOENIX, IN LAS VEGAS AND ON TO ORANGE COUNTY IT IS PERFECT WEATHER OUT WEST. SO WHERE THE POLLS ARE STILL OPEN THE WEATHER IS STILL QUITE NICE. >> I HAVE TO TELL YOU ED O'KEEFE CANNOT CONTAIN HIS ENTHUSIASM OVER YOUR FORECAST. >> YOU FIND ME SOMEBODY ELSE WHO CAN TALK ABOUT THE SWING DISTRICTS IN KANSAS AND THE HUMIDITY LEVELS IN NORTH CAROLINA AND HOW THEY MIGHT AFFECT CONGRESSIONAL RACES. DAVID PARKINSON, ELAINE, I GET ASKED BY EVERYONE IN THIS BUILDING WHO IS GOING TO WIN. POOR DAVID GETS ASKED EVERY DAY WHETHER YOU NEED AN UMBRELLA. >> IT'S A LOT HIGHER STAKES IN CERTAIN REGARDS. >> ON TWITTER, FOLKS, HE IS D PARTLY CLOUDY. YOU GET A REALLY SCIENTIFIC FORECAST, ONE OF OUR UNSUNG HEROES HERE AT CBS NEWS. >> THANK YOU. >>> 43% OF VOTERS SAID HEALTHCARE WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR THEM THIS YEAR BEATING OUT IMMIGRATION AND THE ECONOMY. HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI SPOKE ABOUT THIS ISSUE EARLIER. >> THIS IS THE ISSUE ON THE BALLOT THIS ELECTION. IT'S ABOUT HEALTHCARE. >> LET'S BRING IN RYAN GRIMM, SABRINA SIDDIQUI AND MOLLY HOOPER, RYAN IS BUREAU CHIEF FOR THE INTERCEPT, SABRINA SIDDIQUI IS THE REPORTER FOR THE GUARDIAN AND MOLLY IS A REPORTER FOR CAPITOL HILL. WHAT A DIFFERENCE A COUPLE OF YEARS MAKE, RIGHT? THE REPUBLICANS WERE CAMPAIGNING SO HARD AGAINST OBAMACARE AND HERE WE ARE IN 2018. IT'S BEEN A COMPLETE REVERSAL. HOW ARE THEY TREATING THIS ISSUE? >> THAT'S THE WHOLE PROBLEM. THEY AREN'T REALLY TREATING THIS ISSUE AND I WAS GOING BACK THROUGH THE LIST OF THE REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED AGAINST THE HEALTHCARE BILL. 20 REPUBLICANS VOTED AGAINST IT. AT LEAST FIVE OF THEM ARE NOT RUNNING FOR REELECTION AND THE OTHERS ARE ON THIS TOSSUP LEANING DEMOCRAT LIKELY LIST. IT WAS ONE THOSE REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED AGAINST IT SAID THIS WOULD BASICALLY SPELL OUR FATE AND, IN FACT, IT MAY VERY WELL DO THAT BECAUSE IT IS SUCH A BIG ISSUE AND IF YOU NOTICE, THE SENATE VOTED AGAINST IT. >> IT'S INTERESTING WHEN YOU TALK TO DEMOCRATIC STRATEGISTS, SABRINA, THEY EXPRESS SURPRISE AT THEIR ABLE TO FOCUS ON THIS ISSUE OF HEALTHCARE AND PREEXISTING CONDITIONS IN PARTICULAR IN SUCH A DISCIPLINED WAY. HAS THIS BEEN AN EFFECTIVE STRATEGY WHEN YOU SEE HOW THE REPUBLICANS HAVE RESPONDED TO IT? >> FIRST AND FOREMOST, I THINK THE FAILURE OF REPUBLICANS TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE AFFORDABLE CAPER ACT SPEAKS TO THE SHIFTING POLITICS — CARE ACT SPEAKS TO THE SHIFTING POLITICS AROUND HEALTHCARE AND A LOT OF THE CONVERSATION BACK WHEN THAT DEBATE WAS TAKING PLACE ON CAPITOL HILL HAD TO DO WITH THIS QUESTION OF PREEXISTING CONDITIONS WITH CRITICS OBVIOUSLY SAYING THAT THE REPUBLICAN BILL WOULD HAVE GUTTED PROTECTION FOR THOSE PREEXISTING CONDITIONS AND ONE OF THE QUESTIONS NOW AS YOU LOOK AT THE CLOSING ARGUMENTS BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES IS WHETHER OR NOT DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO TAKE THE BAIT AND LET THE PRESIDENT MAKE THIS INSTEAD A CONVERSATION AROUND IMMIGRATION, BUT THEY DID NOT. THEY VERY MUCH RECOGNIZED VOTERS WERE, IN FACT, CONCERNED WITH HEALTHCARE, WITH THE FUTURE OF NOT JUST HEALTHCARE COSTS BUT WHETHER OR NOT SOME OF THOSE PROTECTIONS THAT THEY DID GAIN UNDER OBAMACARE WOULD, IN FACT, REMAIN IN PLACE. REPUBLICANS HAVE OPENLY SAID THEY'LL TRY AGAIN TO REPEAL AND REPLACE THE ACA IF THEY MAINTAIN POWER. I ALSO THINK IT'S WORTH POINTING OUT OVER THE COURSE OF TIME YOU HAVE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO ARE NOW ON OBAMACARE. SO I DO THINK IT HAS, IN FACT, THE TIDES HAVE VERY MUCH SHIFTED WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE HEALTHCARE LAW. >> RYAN, WHAT ABOUT THAT? DOES THIS IDEA ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE OF REPEALING OBAMACARE, IS THAT POPULAR AMONG REPUBLICANS? DOES THAT HAVE MUCH SUPPORT? >> NO. NOT ANYMORE. THIS IS AN INTERESTING CASE OF A CAMPAIGN STRATEGY ACTUALLY AFFECTING PEOPLE'S LIVES. IN ALL OF OUR LIFETIMES THERE WAS A PERIOD BELIEVE IT OR NOT FOR PEOPLE WATCHING WHEN IF YOU HAD A PREEXISTING CONDITION, IF YOU GOT CANCER, YOU DIDN'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE. YOU HAD DIABETES, YOU WERE IN SERIOUS TROUBLE. YOU MIGHT DIE AS A RESULT OF IT. THE EFFECT OF DEMOCRATS LEANING IN ON THIS HAS PUSHED REPUBLICANS TO SAY OH, NO, NO, NO, NOTHING WE WOULD EVER DO WOULD EVER TAKE AWAY PROTECTIONS FROM PEOPLE WITH PREEXISTING CONDITIONS. THAT'S A RADICAL SHIFT FROM 10 YEARS AGO WHERE OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM WAS AT THAT POINT. SO JUST TO HAVE BOTH MAJOR PARTIES NOW ON THE RECORD SAYING THAT THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, IF YOU HAVE A PREEXISTING CONDITION, THAT'S NOT A DEATH SENTENCE, IS A HUGE POLICY STEP FORWARD AND THE KIND OF DECISION TO LEAN INTO THAT AND TO PUNCH REPUBLICANS OVER IT, IT MIGHT WORK POLITICALLY FOR THEM, BUT IT WORKED ON A POLICY LEVEL. >> I JUST WANT TO ASK ABOUT THE ECONOMY. RYAN, IT WAS NOT THE TOP ISSUE FOR VOTERS. 68% SAID IN THE CBS NEWS EXIT POLL THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY IS GOOD WHILE 56% SAY THE COUNTRY IS ON THE WRONG TRACK. HY ARE THOSE NUMBER DIVERGING? >> I THINK IF YOU WATCH TV OR YOU HAVE TWITTER, YOU HAVE A GOOD SENSE OF THAT. ALSO WHEN YOU SEE 11 PEOPLE GETTING MASSACRED IN A SYNAGOGUE IN PITTSBURGH, YOU SEE PIPE BOMBS GETTING SENT AROUND, YOU SEE NAZIS ON THE MARCH IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, YOU SEE ALL OF THESE MANIFESTATIONS OF THIS HATE THAT HAS BEEN REALLY DRAWN UP SINCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, BUT REALLY YOU COULD DATE IT AS FAR BACK AS YOU WANT TO GO, BUT YOU COULD START IT 2010 WITH THE ANGER OF THE TEA PARTY WAVE COMING OFF THE BAILOUTS. PEOPLE HAVE A SENSE THERE IS AN INSTITUTIONAL AND POLITICAL CRISIS HERE THAT IS HEADING IN A SCARY DIRECTION EVEN IF RIGHT NOW THE ECONOMY IS GOOD. >> WE'LL SEE HOW VOTERS EXPRESS THEMSELVES OVER THOSE THINGS TONIGHT. THANKS TO YOU. >>> COMING UP WILL THE PRESIDENT'S TRADE POLICIES HURT HIM IN PLACES LIKE IOWA AND MISSOURI? WE'LL CHECK IN WITH OUR REPORTER ON THE GROUND WHEN CBSN'S ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE CONTINUES. >>> PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TRADE WAR WITH CHINA HAS FARMERS IN PLACES LIKE MISSOURI CONCERNED, BUT WILL IT BE ENOUGH TO SWAY THEIR VOTE TONIGHT? CBS NEWS NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT DEAN REYNOLDS IS IN ST. LOUIS WITH MORE ON THIS. >> Reporter: IT'S INTERESTING THAT FATE HAS DRAWN THE ELECTION AND THE HARVEST TOGETHER BECAUSE ONE COULD HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT ON THE OTHER. ACROSS THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF ACRES IN THE MIDWEST AT DISTILLERIES, AT DAIRY FARMS THERE'S AN INCREASING ANXIETY ABOUT THE PRESIDENT'S TRADE POLICIES. MR. TRUMP SAYS IMPOSITION OF TOUGH TARIFFS ON COUNTRIES LIKE CHINA IS DESIGNED TO MAKE THE UNITED STATES MORE COMPETITIVE ON THE GLOBAL STAGE, BUT THE RETALIATION FROM THE CHINESE SPECIFICALLY HAS HIT HARD IN AREAS WHERE THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN VERY POPULAR. THE CHINESE TARIFFS ON AMERICAN SOYBEANS, FOR EXAMPLE, HAVE RESULTED IN A 94% DECLINE IN SOYBEAN SALES COMPARED TO LAST YEAR'S HARVEST. CHINA HAS LOOKED ELSEWHERE FOR THEIR SOYBEANS, SPECIFICALLY TO BRAZIL. KENTUCKY BOURBON IS NO LONGER AS ATTRACTIVE TO CHINA AS IT ONCE WAS, NOR ARE HARLEY- DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLES. OVERWHELMINGLY, THOUGH, THE PEOPLE WE'VE TALKED TO, THE FARMERS, THE BUSINESSMEN, THE STEADFAST SUPPORTERS OF MR. TRUMP, STILL SUPPORT HIM, BUT THEY ARE SORT OF WONDERING WHERE HE IS GOING WITH THIS POLICY AND ONE OF OUR EXIT POLL QUESTIONS TONIGHT IS DESIGNED TO FIND OUT WHETHER MR. TRUMP'S POLICIES HAVE HELPED OUR HURT THEM AND IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO READ THOSE ANSWERS BECAUSE THEY MAY HELP US UNDERSTAND WHO IS GOING TO WIN AND WHO IS GOING TO LOSE TONIGHT. ELAINE? >> DEAN, THANK YOU. >>> PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS USED IMMIGRATION TO DRIVE VOTERS TO THE POLLS IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS, BUT THROUGHOUT HIS PRESIDENCY HE'S TAKEN CREDIT FOR A GROWING ECONOMY. THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS AT ITS LOWEST LEVEL IN 50 YEARS, BUT SOME ANALYSTS WORN THE CURRENT RATE WE'RE SEEING IS NOT SUSTAINABLE LONG TERM AND FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS THE STRENGTHENING ECONOMY BEGAN UNDER HIS WATCH. >> IT'S 81 TIMES SINCE THE ELECTION THAT WE HIT A RECORD ON THE STOCK MARKET. SO WE'RE VERY PROUD OF THAT. >> ALL TIME LOW BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT, I'M VERY PROUD OF THAT AND HISPANIC UNEMPLOYMENT, ALL TIME LOW, WOMAN, WOMEN UNEMPLOYMENT THE LOWEST IN 18 YEARS. IF ECONOMIC GROWTH CONTINUES AT THIS PACE, THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY WILL DOUBLE IN SIZEMORE THAN 10 YEARS FASTER THAN IT WOULD HAVE UNDER EITHER PRESIDENT BUSH OR PRESIDENT OBAMA. >> BY THE TIME I LEFT OFFICE HOUSEHOLD INCOME WAS NEAR ITS ALL TIME HIGH AND THE UNINSURED RATE HAD HIT AN ALL TIME LOW AND WAGES WERE RISING AND POVERTY RATES WERE FALLING. I MENTION ALL THIS JUST SO WHEN YOU HEAR HOW GREAT THE ECONOMY IS DOING RIGHT NOW, LET'S JUST REMEMBER WHEN THIS RECOVERY STARTED. >> ALL RIGHT. I WANT TO BRING IN CBS THIS MORNING CO-HOST VIANA GOLADRIGA AND FACE THE NATION CO-HOST BOB SCHIEFFER. THE U.S. ECONOMY ADDED 250,000 JOBS LAST MONTH, BUT IF YOU ZOOM OUT OVER TIME, YOU'LL SEE THE JOB GROWTH HAS BEEN PRETTY STABLE. >> I THINK THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IS YOU NEVER SAW PRESIDENT OBAMA REALLY TOUT THE ECONOMY THE WAY PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS. SO IN A SENSE HE MAY BE PLAYING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S GAME. PRESIDENT OBAMA INHERITED AN ECONOMY COMING OFF THE WORST ECONOMIC CRISIS SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. SO EVEN THOUGH WE WERE MAKING STEADY GAINS OVER HIS TWO TERMS, HE WAS ALWAYS COGNIZANT OF THE FACT WAGES WERE STILL NOT GOING UP. THERE WAS STILL A LARGE PORTION OF THE COUNTRY FEELING THE EFFECTS OF THE RECESSION. NOW WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP IN HIS FIRST YEAR AND A HALF IN OFFICE CONSTANTLY TOUTING THE ECONOMY, WHAT WE'VE SEEN THAT'S A BIT SURPRISING IS HE'S STOPPED THE PAST FEW MONTHS. SO THAT'S MORE OF A SURPRISE FOR PEOPLE THAT SAID LISTEN, PSYCHOLOGICALLY IT DOES HAVE AN IMPACT WHEN THE PRESIDENT CONSTANTLY TOUTS THE ECONOMY. EVERY JOBS REPORT THAT COMES OUT IF A PRESIDENT COMES OUT AND SAYS THIS IS THE BEST ECONOMY WE'VE EVER SEEN, PEOPLE MAY SAY YOU KNOW WHAT? LET'S GO TO DINNER TONIGHT. LET'S GO BUY THAT CAR WE'VE TALKED ABOUT BUYING. WE HAVEN'T SEEN THAT LATELY FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP. SO THAT'S MORE OF A SURPRISE THAN I THINK EVEN PRESIDENT OBAMA REMINDING US WHO STARTED THIS RECOVERY. >> BOB, IS THERE A RISK FOR A PRESIDENT TO TAKE CREDIT FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH BECAUSE FOLKS WILL SAY THESE THINGS ARE CYCLICAL, RIGHT? >> WELL, THEY ALWAYS DO, SO — >> WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN. >> WHEN THE ECONOMY IS GOOD, THE PRESIDENTS GENERALLY BRAG ON IT AND SAY IT'S BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY HAVE DONE, BUT AGAIN IN RECENT WEEKS THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT TALKED ABOUT THE ECONOMY AND A LOT OF REPUBLICANS DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT HE IS INSTEAD FOCUSED ON IMMIGRATION AND THE SO-CALLED INVADERS THAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT DOWN ON THE BORDER. WHAT HE IS TRYING TO DO OBVIOUSLY, HE'S NOT TRYING TO BROADEN HIS SUPPORT. HE'S TRYING TO MOTIVATE THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR HIM, HIS CORE SUPPORTERS IN 2016 AND HE'S PUT EVERYTHING ELSE TO THE SIDE BECAUSE HE SEEMS TO THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE WHAT REPUBLICANS NEED. WILL IT BE? WE'LL FIND OUT TONIGHT, BUT I'LL TELL YOU A WHOLE LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT WON'T BE ENOUGH. >> SOMEONE MAY HAVE GOTTEN INTO HIS EAR ABOUT HOW MIDTERMS ARE NOT NECESSARILY WHERE YOU SEE VOTERS REWARD THE INCUMBENT, WHERE YOU MAY SEE MORE OUTRAGE IN A TURNOUT AS OPPOSED TO REWARDING AND THANKING A PRESIDENT. SO THAT MAY BE THE GAME HE'S PLAYING RIGHT NOW IS TO SORT OF RALLY REPUBLICANS, RALLY HIS BASE TO COME OUT BECAUSE HE'S SEEN WHAT'S HAPPENING AMONGST DEMOCRATS. >> YOU LOOK AT THESE POLLING NUMBERS TONIGHT, THE EARLY EXIT POLLS WHICH WE KNOW ALWAYS CHANGE, 68% OF PEOPLE SAY THE STATE OF THE ECONOMY IS GOOD. 31% SAY BAD. WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF THE COUNTRY, 41% SAY IT'S ON THE RIGHT DIRECTION. 56% SAY IT'S ON THE WRONG DIRECTION. HAVE YOU SEEN DICHOTOMIES LIKE THAT BEFORE? >> NO. LOOK, WHAT IT WAS IN 2016. >> RIGHT. 36% SAID THE ECONOMY WAS IN GOOD SHAPE. 62% SAID IT WAS BAD, THE EXACT OPPOSITE JUST TWO YEARS AGO. >> SO IT'S JUST BIZARRE WHY HE HAS GONE OFF ON THIS. ANOTHER THING THAT'S UNUSUAL, SINCE PRESIDENTS GENERALLY LOSE MEMBERS IN THE HOUSE IN THEIR FIRST MIDTERM — >> MEMBERS OF THEIR OWN PARTY. >> — THEY USUALLY TRY TO TAKE THEMSELVES OUT OF IT. TRUMP HAS TRIED TO MAKE IT A REFERENDUM ON HIM. HE TRIES TO MAKE EVERYTHING A REFERENDUM ON HIM, BUT AGAIN THAT, TOO, IS RATHER UNUSUAL AND WE'LL FIND OUT TONIGHT IF IT IS A REFERENDUM ON HIM. >> BUT A ONE-SIDED REFERENDUM. IF THE REPUBLICANS DO WELL, THEN IT'S BECAUSE OF HIM. THEY DON'T, IT'S BECAUSE OF SPEAKER RYAN OR — >> LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING. IF THEY LOSE THE HOUSE BY A LOT, IT WILL BE HERE COMES THE BLAME GAME AND IT WASN'T MY FAULT, BUDDY. I MEAN IT'S GOING TO BE QUITE A SHOW. >> YOU TALK ABOUT HIM SORT OF INSERTING HIMSELF, RIGHT, INTO ALL THESE RACES. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE EARLY EXIT POLL NUMBERS, 65% DO SAY THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS A FACTOR IN THEIR VOTE TODAY. IF THAT HOLDS UP AS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT ON THE SHOW, THAT COULD BE A RECORD HIGH, BOB. >> YES. >> WE HAD A CONVERSATION WITH A CONTRIBUTOR WHO IS NORMALLY FOCUSED ON LOCAL ISSUES AND I SAID WHAT IS IT THAT WE MISS WHEN WE WATCH THESE THINGS UNFOLD AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL? WHAT IS IT AT THE LOCAL LEVEL WE MAY NOT BE SEEING? THIS PERSON SAID IT'S ACTUALLY ALL ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, TOO. >> I THINK IT IS. >> YOU THINK IT IS. >> I DO THINK IT IS AND ESPECIALLY SO SINCE THE KAVANAUGH HEARINGS, BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THOSE NUMBERS, MORE PEOPLE WHO ARE AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP SAY THAT HE'S PART OF IT THAN SAY HE IS FOR IT. >> 39%. >> HE'S NOT JUST ENERGIZING HIS OWN BASE. HE'S ALSO ENERGIZING DEMOCRATS WHO DON'T LIKE HIM. >> WHICH IS EXACTLY WHY HOUSE REPUBLICANS ESPECIALLY WERE SO CONCERNED ABOUT HIM FOCUSING ON DIVISIVE ISSUES LIKE IMMIGRATION. >> AND WHY PAUL RYAN REPORTEDLY CALLED HIM AND SAID PLEASE TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMY. TALK ABOUT THE GOOD HEADLINES. >> RIGHT. BECAUSE NORMALLY THIS IS THE THING STRAIGHT OUT OF THE REPUBLICAN PLAYBOOK, TOUT THE ECONOMY WHEN THE NUMBERS ARE GOOD, RIGHT? >> WE ALWAYS FIND OUT SOMETHING NEW WHEN DONALD TRUMP IS INVOLVED. NOTHING IS EVER LIKE IT USED TO BE. >> ANY OTHER TIME THIS WOULD BE AN ACT OF DESPERATION, RIGHT? IF THE ECONOMY WAS DOING POORLY, IF THERE HAD BEEN SOME MAJOR WHITE HOUSE SCANDAL EVEN THOUGH WE PROBABLY SEE ONE ONCE A WEEK, BUT AT ANY OTHER TIME BLAME THE OTHERS, BLAME THOSE INVADERS. THAT'S WHEN YOU WOULD SEE REACTIONS LIKE THAT, NOT WHEN THE ECONOMY IS GROWING AT THE RATE THAT THIS IS. >> THANK YOU ALL. WE WILL SEE YOU LATER HERE AT 9 P.M. EASTERN ON CBSN. IT'S NEARLY 7:00 ON THE EAST COAST AND FIRST APPROXIMATELIES ARE ABOUT TO CLOSE IN SEVERAL STATES — FIRST POLLS ARE ABOUT TO CLOSE IN SEVERAL STATES. WE'LL HAVE THAT AND MORE WHEN CBSN ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE CONTINUES. >>> THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTIONS OF OUR LIFETIME. >> IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW, VOTE. >> THAT'S THE ONLY WAY WE'RE GOING TO TURN THIS THING AROUND. >> WE NEED TO MAKE SURE IT'S REPUBLICAN ACROSS THE BOARD. >> WE NEED TO BUILD THE WALL. >> POLITICIANS NEED TO GET GREAT. >> GO VOTE, GO VOTE! >> WE ARE COMING TOGETHER, NOT AGAINST ANYONE, BUT FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. >> VOTE, VOTE, VOTE. >> YOU KNOW WHAT'S AT STAKE. HI EVERYONE, I'M ELAINE QUIJANO. IT'S 7:00 P.M. ON THE EAST COAST AND POLLS ARE NOW CLOSED IN SOME STATES. ALL 435 SEATS IN THE HOUSE ARE UP FOR GRABS TONIGHT, BUT THE MAGIC NUMBER FOR KEEPING CONTROL OF IT IS 218. REPUBLICANS ARE DEFENDING DOZENS OF THOSE DISTRICTS IN COMPETITIVE RACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND AMERICANS ARE VOTING ON 35 SENATE SEATS THIS YEAR. 10 SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE UP FOR REELECTION IN STATES THAT DONALD TRUMP WON IN 2016. WE ARE STILL HOURS AWAY FROM KNOWING WHICH PARTY WILL CONTROL CONGRESS FOR THE FINAL TWO YEARS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FIRST TERM IN OFFICE. LET'S BRING IN CAITLIN HUEY- BURNS, MICHAEL GRAHAM, AND JOEL PAYNE. CAITLIN IS A CBSN POLITICAL REPORTER, MICHAEL IS A CBSN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR AND A COLUMNIST FOR THE BOSTON HERALD, AND JOEL IS A CBSN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR AND DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST. WELCOME TO YOU ALL. SO WE NOW HAVE POLLS CLOSED IN SOME KEY STATES INCLUDING GEORGIA, INDIANA, AND VIRGINIA. HOW MIGHT RESULTS, CAITLIN, FROM THOSE RACES SORT OF SET THE TONE FOR WHAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE THE REST OF THE NIGHT? >> WELL THESE ARE MARKEY RACES. WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING THEM ALL ELECTION CYCLE. AND THIS INDIANA SENATE RACE, WHICH IS REALLY REPRESENTATIVE OF KIND OF THE BATTLEFIELD WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CONTROL OF THE SENATE. JOE DONNELLY RUNNING FOR REELECTION. A DEMOCRAT IN A STATE THE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT TRUMP WON OVERWHELMINGLY. THE FOREMEN GOVERNOR OF THE STATE. CAN HE HOLD ON. RUNNING FOR REELECTION IN WHICH THEY WON OR IS POPULAR TO CARVE OUT THE SEPARATE BRAND FROM THEIR PARTY. >> IT WILL BE INTERESTING BECAUSE WE TALKED TO WEIJIA JIANG WHO IS AT A RALLY IN INDIANA. HE DID SOMETHING THAT SHE HAD NOT SEEN BEFORE. BROUGHT UP IVANKA TRUMP AND SARAH SANDERS ALL ON THE STAGE. IT IS FASCINATING TO HEAR THAT IT IS NOT SOMETHING THEY HAD SEEN BEFORE. >> ALWAYS BIG MATERIAL AS YOU NEED TO THINK OF IT THAT WAY. IT IS INTERESTING THAT YOU NOTE INDIANA BECAUSE THE STRATEGY THAT THE PRESIDENT CHOSE, WHICH IS TO SET ASIDE TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMY, TO SET ASIDE AND TALK ABOUT SUCCESS. AND INSTEAD APPEAL TO PEOPLE IN A VISCERAL LEVEL IS THE KIND OF STRATEGY YOU WANT TO DO IF YOU WANT TO DRIVE REPUBLICANS OUT IN A RED STATE. NOT SO MUCH WORRIED ABOUT THE PURPLE STATES. SO YOU'LL SEE IN TWO OF THESE STATES, IF IT WORKS IN INDIANA, BUT THEY LOSE THE SENATE RACE IN FLORIDA, YOU CAN ARGUE THAT'S KIND OF THE CALCULUS THAT THEY MADE. IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S APPROVAL IS IN THE LOW 40s AND WHERE DISCONTENT IS HIGH AND THE FIRST MIDTERM, WHICH IS ALWAYS TERRIBLE FOR THE PERSON IN POWER. THAT'S THE BEST THEY COULD DO. >> WE'VE BEEN TALKING ALL NIGHT ABOUT GEORGIA, JOEL. HERE WE SEE THE CURRENT ESTIMATE, IT'S A TOSS UP. WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS CONTEST. CAN YOU REMIND US WHY THIS IS SUCH A FOCAL POINT HERE? WHY IS IT SUCH A CRITICAL RACE? >> GEORGIA HAS BEEN A BATTLEGROUND, I MEAN REALLY GOING BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF THE TRUMP ERA. YOU LOOK AT ONE OF THE FIRST TEST CASES, THE KAREN HANDLE RACE A FEW MONTHS AFTER THE PRESIDENT WAS ELECTED, TOM PRICE FORMER SECRETARY WHO LEFT THAT SEAT. THAT WAS THE KAREN HANDEL SEAT SHE HELD, BUT MADE A SPIRITED RUN. SO DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN TRYING TO TURN GEORGIA PURPLE FOR A WHILE NOW. AND I THINK THE DEMOCRATS FEEL LIKE, YOU KNOW, REGARDLESS OF THE OUTCOME TONIGHT, LOOK, GEORGIA IS NOW A STATE THAT THEY CAN REALLY, REALLY TARGET IN AN EFFECTIVE WAY. STACEY ABRAMS, ONE OF THE UNDERSTATED PARTS OF HER CAMPAIGN IS THE ORGANIZATION THAT SHE HAS SHOWN. SHE'S NOT JUST AN AFRICAN AMERICAN FEMALE CANDIDATE, BUT REALLY AN ORGANIZER AT HEART. SHE'S BEEN PUTTING THIS TOGETHER FOR A WHILE. SO I THINK DEMOCRATS ARE EXCITED ABOUT ALL OF THE ORGANIZATIONAL GAINS THEY'VE MADE IN A STATE LIKE GEORGIA, PARTICULARLY IN THE NEW SOUTH WHERE THEY ARE HOPING TO START TO BUILD A BETTER LEGACY FOR KIND OF DEMOCRATIC OUTCOMES OVER THE NEXT DECADE OR SO. >> AT THE SAME TIME SHE HAD OPRAH OUT CANVASSING. SHE HAD FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA THERE AS WELL. IF SHE'S NOT ABLE TO PULL OFF A VICTORY TONIGHT, WHAT WILL THAT MEAN? >> YOU KNOW, I DON'T THINK — LOOK, AGAIN, THIS IS A SEAT PRESIDENT TRUMP SHOULD HONESTLY BE HOLDING A LOT MORE EASILY THAN WHAT WE'RE SEEING TONIGHT. I DON'T THINK IF DEMOCRATS LOSE IT HAD SEAT AND PUT UP A RESPECTABLE FIGHT THAT STACEY ABRAMS HAS ALREADY SHOWN HERSELF TO BE AN EFFECTIVE CANDIDATE. I DON'T REALLY THINK UNLESS IT'S LIKE A BLOWOUT, YOU KNOW, THAT WE JUST MISS KIND OF 016 STYLE. I DON'T REALLY THINK DEMOCRATS COULD TAKE A NEGATIVE AWAY FROM THIS. BUT I WOULD EVEN SAY WE PROBABLY WON'T EVEN KNOW WHO THE WINNER IS TONIGHT BECAUSE THERE'S A STRONG THIRD PARTY CANDIDATE IN GEORGIA THAT IS PROBABLY GOING TO PUSH IT TO A RUNOFF. WE'LL PROBABLY BE IN A SITUATION WHERE IN ABOUT A MONTH IT'S THE FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER. >> RIGHT. >> THE ENTIRE POLITICAL WORLD WILL PROBABLY BE DESCENDING UPON ATLANTA, MACON, SAVANNAH, ETC. WHILE WE CERTAINLY HOPE TO FIND OUT A LOT TONIGHT, I DON'T THINK THE WHOLE STORY WILL BE TOLD AT THE END OF THE NIGHT. >> AS MORE POLLS ARE CLOSING HERE, WHAT ARE YOU KEEPING YOUR EYE ON TONIGHT? >> FROM INDIANA IN THE BEGINNING, I'VE BEEN WATCHING THAT ABSOLUTELY. AND THEN BECAUSE FLORIDA IS SUCH A CLASSIC 1% STATE, THE RESULTS, COULD THEY BE A BELL WEATHER WHEN YOU GET A STATE WHERE THEY WOULD REGULARLY WIN WITHIN TWO POINTS. WHAT IF THEY WIN FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN POINTS? I THINK THAT'S A REAL SIGN. >> HERE YOU HAVE SOME IN FLORIDA AND OBVIOUSLIEST MATS HERE, TOSS UPS, HAD IS HOW IT HAS BEEN, MICHAEL, IN FLORIDA. >> I MEAN, WE HAD A PRESIDENTIAL RACE COME DOWN TO 520 SOME BALLOTS. MANY OF US WHO THINK, YOU KNOW, IF SOMETHING HAPPENED AND THEY LOST FLORIDA TO ANOTHER COUNTRY, IT WOULDN'T BE A BAD THING, YOU KNOW. >> I LOVE FLORIDA FOR THE RECORD. >> YES. >> I LOVE THEM TOO. >> ESPECIALLY IF YOU CAN RECOGNIZE. I JUST LIKE THE BEACHES. ANY WAY, BUT YEAH, YOU LOOK AT THESE, RIGHT? AND THESE NUMBERS HERE. YOU KNOW, THIS IS A FASCINATING DYNAMIC TO WATCH WITH RICK SCOTT. BECAUSE YOU HAD HIM SHOW UP WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP SOMETIMES, BUT THEN NOT MAKE APPEARANCES AND BE NOTICEABLY ABSENT AT THESE RALLIES. IT'S FASCINATING TO WATCH THEM WALK THAT FINE LINE. >> IT'S SCHIZOPHRENIC BECAUSE YOU HAVE PEOPLE IN YOUR OWN PARTY WHO DON'T JUST LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP, BUT THEY LOVE HIM. PEOPLE IN YOUR OWN PARTY WHO ARE OPENLY DISMISSIVE AND THEY DON'T LIKE HIM, THREATENING TO WALK AWAY FROM THE PARTY, BUT IT WILL BE A MESS FOR REPUBLICANS TO DEAL WITH AND IT IS WORSE. IN 2010 DEMOCRATS WOULD TRY TO NAVIGATE THE OBAMA PROBLEM AND IT WAS POPULAR AND THEY KNEW BAD THINGS WERE COMING. BUT IT WASN'T ABOUT THE GUY WHO YOU COULD WALK ON THE POLICY AND SAY I DIDN'T REALIZE WHO I WAS VOTING FOR. THIS IS ALL ABOUT TRUMP, THE MAN, AND THEN THE VOTERS, THEY WANT TO KNOW WHERE YOU STAND ON HIM AS THEY SHOW. >> AND CAN I POINT OUT ONE OTHER THING ABOUT FLORIDA? ALONG WITH THE IMPORTANT RACES, THERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT BALLOT INITIATIVES THAT WILL DESERVE SOME ATTENTION AS WELL PARTICULARLY THE ONE REGARDING ESSENTIALLY THE PRISON, PRISON REFORM AND THOSE WHO WERE COMING OUT OF PRISON AND WHETHER THEY SHOULD HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE. 1.5 MILLION POTENTIAL VOTES ON THE LINE FOR FLORIDIANS THERE. AND A STRONG GILLUM PERFORMANCE TONIGHT WILL PROBABLY ALSO PROPEL WHATEVER HAPPENS REGARDING THAT BALLOT INITIATIVE. THAT DESERVES SOME EXAMINATION AND ATTENTION THERE. OTHER INITIATIVES THAT'S RELATED TO TAX REFORM IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA AS WELL. BUT THOSE LOCAL ISSUES OFTEN DRIVE A LOT OF INTEREST AS WELL. >> ON THE FIRST ., WHAT WILL THE IMPLICATIONS BE? THEY WOULD BE ENORMOUS, RIGHT? >> IT WOULD. FROM A VALUE STANDPOINT, DEMOCRATS CERTAINLY BELIEVE IN THE IDEA OF HAVING, YOU KNOW, THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THESE FOLKS WHO ARE IN THE PRISON SYSTEM TO COME BACK AND FRANKLY THAT ALIGNS WITH THE PRESIDENT'S VALUE IN JARED KUSHNER AND PEOPLE AROUND THE PRESIDENT AND WHAT THEY HAVE SAID. BUT THERE'S A STRONG ADVANTAGE TO DEMOCRATS IN THE FUTURE SHOULD SOMETHING LIKE THAT BE REALIZED. >> IT'S BEEN FASCINATING TO WATCH, CAITLIN, THE PRESIDENT'S RHETORIC KIND OF SHIFT WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE HOUSE. THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE ANY RESPONSIBILITY. IF THINGS DON'T GO WELL IN THE HOUSE AND THEN REALLY FOCUSING HIS ATTENTION AND ENERGY ON THE SENATE. REMIND US WHY THAT IS. WHAT IS THE SITUATION THERE? >> IT IS REALLY INTERESTING BECAUSE WE KIND OF HAVE TWO DIFFERENT ELECTIONS GOING ON. WE HAVE THE BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE, WHICH RUNS THROUGH SUBURBAN DISTRICTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT DEMOCRATS ARE TRYING TO FLIP OVER FROM REPUBLICANS, REALLY HOPING THEY WILL BENEFIT THEM IN VOTING FOR THEM. THEN YOU HAVE THE SENATE, WHICH WILL RUN THROUGH STATES, WHERE THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN VERY POPULAR, STATES THAT HE WON, PLACES LIKE MONTANA, WEST VIRGINIA, INDIANA, AS WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT. BUT ALSO STATES IN THE MIDWEST, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, MICHIGAN, WISCONSIN, AND THE REST OF THEM. THE PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO POSITION HIMSELF TO DECLARE VICTORY IN SOME CAPACITY. AT SOME POINT HE SAID I'M ON THE BALLOT, BUT I'M NOT REALLY ON THE BALLOT. WHEN HE SAYS HE'S ON THE BALLOT, VOTERS WHO TURNED OUT FOR HIM IN 2016 WHO AREN'T NECESSARILY PROVEN TO BE ENGAGED IN MIDTERM ELECTIONS. I HAVE TALKED TO A FEW OF THEM IN PLACES LIKE PENNSYLVANIA, HE REALLY NEEDS THEM TO TURN OUT FOR REPUBLICANS DOWN THE BALLOT. AND THAT IS VERY HARD TO DO. AS WE KNOW HE HAD A LOT OF TROUBLE DOING THAT AND REALLY COULDN'T DO THAT IN 2010 AND 2014. IT'S DIFFICULT FOR A PRESIDENT TO TRANSFER THAT COALITION. COULD THE RACES TONIGHT TEST THAT? AND I THINK THE PRESIDENT, IF THEY HOLD ON TO THE SENATE AND MAYBE EVEN EXPAND, DECLARE THAT A VICTORY. >> ALL RIGHT, CAITLIN, MICHAEL, JOEL, HANG ON JUST ONE MOMENT BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, PRESIDENT TRUMP SPENT THE FINAL WEEKS BEFORE THE MIDTERMS, CAMPAIGNING FOR THE CANDIDATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH A QUIETER DAY TODAY. MAJOR GARRETT WILL BE JOINING ME NOW FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. AND SO HOW HAS PRESIDENT TRUMP BEEN SPENDING THIS ELECTION DAY? >> VERY QUIETLY. WORKING ON SOME TRADE NEGOTIATIONS FOR THE SELECT HOUSE RACE OR THE SENATE RACE HERE AND THERE. BUT VERY, VERY QUIET AND WATCHING THINGS WORK, MAKING CALLS, CHECKING IN WITH THOSE WHO ARE MOST, DIRECTLY INVOLVED WITH THE RACES. MOST IMPORTANT TO HIS POLITICAL FUTURE. AND I CAN TELL YOU HERE AT THE WHITE HOUSE, HE IS THE REPUBLICAN FROM OHIO CHAIRMAN OF THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE IN CHARGE IF HE CAN AND PROTECTING THAT HOUSE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY, INFORMING THE WHITE HOUSE AS LATE AS 4:00 THIS AFTERNOON THAT BASED ON HIS OWN INTERNAL PROJECTIONS, HE WOULD PEG THE NET HOUSE REPUBLICAN LOSS AT 17 TO 21 SEATS, WHICH WOULD MEAN IF THAT HOLDS TRUE AND I'M ONLY SAYING HIS PROJECTION THAT THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN MAJORITY WOULD NARROWLY BE PRESERVED. IF THAT WERE TO OCCUR THAT WOULD BE SENSATIONAL NEWS HERE AT THE WHITE HOUSE. IT WOULD ALSO SUGGEST REPUBLICANS WOULD PICK UP THE SEATS IN THE HOUSE, POSSIBLY NOT TAKE THE BLUDGEONING THAT THEY ARE PREPARING THEMSELVES FOR IN THE GUBERNATORIAL ELECTIONS, AND IT WOULD BE AN ALL-OUT VICTORY. AND NOW I'M NOT SAYING THAT'S WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. WE'VE GOT LOTS OF VOTES TO COUNT AND A LOT OF DATA TO GO THROUGH. BUT THE REPUBLICAN, WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE TOLD US THIS AFTERNOON THAT'S HIS PROJECTED NET LOSS. 17 TO 21 SEATS. >> YES. >> THAT WOULD BE IF IT WERE TO COME TO FRUITION, NOTHING SHORT OF BREAKTHROUGH GOOD NEWS HERE AT THE WHITE HOUSE. >> I MEAN, I WOULD IMAGINE THE PRESIDENT, IF THAT WERE TO BE THE CASE WOULD FEEL A CERTAIN SENSE OF VINDICATION IN THE STRATEGY, RIGHT? YOU HAVE THE LAWMAKER WHO IS WANTED HIM TO TALK MORE ABOUT THE ECONOMY AND INSTEAD, WE WOULD SEE THE PRESIDENT, NOT FOCUSING ON THAT, BUT IMMIGRATION. >> I HAD A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS WITH REPUBLICAN STRATEGISTS WHO HAVE BEEN AROUND A LOT OF MIDTERM ELECTIONS AND PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS OVER THE LAST WEEKEND AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT. AND THE INTERESTING OBSERVATION THAT THEY MADE AND I WILL GET TO THEM IN JUST A SECOND IS THIS. USUALLY WHEN THE PRESIDENT'S APPROVAL RATINGS ARE NOT SO SOLID AND THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN IN THE LOW 40s FOR SO LONG, THE WHITE HOUSE INCLINATION IS TO HIDE THE PRESIDENT AND LET THEM RUN THEIR OWN OFFICES, BUT THIS PRESIDENT SAID NO WAY. MY CONNECTION TO THE VOTERS ARE SO DEEPLY PERSONAL IT WILL TRANSCEND THE POLITICS. IF I DON'T TELL THEM THIS ELECTION WILL BE IMPORTANT, THEN THEY WON'T BELIEVE IT IS IMPORTANT. AND SO THE PRESIDENT, LOOKING AT THE PROJECTED SCHEDULE THAT HIS POLITICAL TEAM PUT FORWARD TWO MONTHS AGO, ESSENTIALLY TORE IT UP. DONE 30 RALLIES IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS, ENTIRELY AT HIS DIRECTION, SAYING I'M GOING TO MAKE MYSELF THE REFERENDUM IN THIS ELECTION, THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE SURE I MOTIVATE MY TRUMP SUPPORTERS. SO THE PRESIDENT TOOK IT UPON HIMSELF PERSONALLY TO MAKE THIS MIDTERM ELECTION PRINCIPALLY ABOUT HIM. DOWN THE STRETCH AS YOU MENTIONED, ELAINE, EMPHASIZE IMMIGRATION BOTH AS ACTS OF HIS PRESIDENCY, DEPLOYING ACTIVE COUTH MILITARY, USING EXECUTIVE ACTION ON ASYLUM REQUESTS AT THE BORDER AS OPPOSED TO THE PORT OF ENTRY. AND VERY SHOWY EXAMPLES OF PRESIDENTIAL POWER TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE OVER THE ECONOMY. AND SOME REPUBLICANS, THEY WISHED THEY HAD NOT DONE THAT, BUT WITH TRUMP, YOU GET ALL OF THE INSINGS. THE FIRST INSING WAS I'M GOING TO MAKE THIS THE REFERENDUM. THE SECOND IS I'LL MAKE IT ABOUT IMMIGRATION AND REPUBLICANS WILL HAVE TO LIVE WITH THOSE INSTINCTS. >> AND SO MAJOR, I JUST WANT TO SORT OF DECONSTRUCT A LITTLE BIT OF THIS HERE. WHEN WE SAW THE PRESIDENT, FOR INSTANCE, IN THE ROOSEVELT ROOM OF THE WHITE HOUSE LAST WEEK, TALKING ABOUT ASYLUM SEEKERS. I WONDERED TO MYSELF, HAS THERE BEEN A POLICY DISCUSSION OF A SUBSTANTIVE NATURE REGARDING THIS THING THAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT. IF SO TO WHAT EXTENT HAS THAT DISCUSSION HAPPENED OR IS THIS THE CASE THE PRESIDENT IS ESSENTIALLY SPEAKING THERE PERHAPS NOT NECESSARILY FILLING IN A LOT OF THE DETAILS FOR HIS STAFF, AND GOING WITH HIS INSTINCT AS HE HAS DONE UP UNTIL NOW. >> WELL, HE HAD CLEARED WITH ONE STAFFER, STEPHEN MILLER, THE VERY MOST IMPORTANT POLICY ADVISER HERE. AS I DESCRIBED IN MY BOOK, MR. TRUMP'S WILD RIDE, THE IMMIGRATION JACKHAMMER. THAT'S WHAT HE DOES. HE ALWAYS HAS INITIATIVES READY FOR THE PRESIDENT. AND ELAINE, THIS ENTIRE CONVERSATION ABOUT IMMIGRATION PUT FULL FORWARD BY THE PRESIDENT, DOES ILLUSTRATE ONE POTENTIAL WEAKNESS FOR THIS WHITE HOUSE. THE PRESIDENT HAS TALKED ABOUT CHANGING ASYLUM POLICY PREVIOUSLY. HE HAS TALKED ABOUT ENDING WHAT HE CALLS CHAIN MIGRATION. WHAT OTHERS IN THE IMMIGRATION COMMUNITY AND POLICY SIDE CALL REUNIFICATION. HE HAS TALKED ABOUT THAT, FUNDING, BUILDING THE BORDER WALL. ALL THINGS THE PRESIDENT HAS LAID BEFORE THE REPUBLICAN- CONTROLLED CONGRESS AND THEY HAVE GONE ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE. AND SO A PART OF THE PRESIDENT'S EMPHASIS ON IMMIGRATION, YES, IT DOES RILE UP AND MOTIVATE HIS BASE. BUT AT SOME LEVEL IT MIGHT ALSO REMIND THEM OF ALL THIS UNFINISHED BUSINESS. EVEN WITH A THEORETICALLY COOPERATIVE REPUBLICAN CONGRESS. AND SO WHEN THE PRESIDENT FELL SORT OF BACK ON EXECUTIVE ACTION AS OPPOSED TO WORKING WITH THE REPUBLICANS TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS AND CHANGE THE LAWS, HE WAS TAKING THE CONVERSATION ON ENTIRELY HIMSELF AND IN CONTRARY WITH STEPHEN MILLER. >> MAJOR, MICHAEL GRAHAM HAS A QUESTION FOR YOU. GO AHEAD, MICHAEL. >> MAJOR, HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT TALK ON THE WILLINGNESS THEY ARE WRITING OFF SUBURBAN DISTRICTS IN ORDER TO ENERGIZE VOTERS IN RED PLACES? IN OTHER WORDS THEY ARE WILLING TO SWAP A WIN IN INDIANA OR MONTANA KNOWING THAT IT'S GOING TO HURT THEM IN A GEORGIA OR NEW ENGLAND? >> Reporter: SO THE WHITE HOUSE AND THE PRESIDENT DECIDE SOME WEEKS AGO THAT THE HOUSE WAS GOING TO BE A TOUGH CASE. POSSIBLY HOLD IT, BUT POSSIBLY AND PROBABLY LOSE IT. SO IF YOU'RE FACING THAT POTENTIAL REALITY, YOU HAVE TO PRIORITIZE THE SENATE. WHY? BECAUSE THE SENATE IS WHERE ALL OF THE PRESIDENT'S NOMINEES WILL GO TO LIVE OR DIE UNDER A DEMOCRATIC SENATE CONTROL, THEY WOULD PROBABLY GO THERE TO DIE OR AT LEAST BE SIGNIFICANTLY DELAYED. THIS PRESIDENT HAS SAID HE TENDS TO SHAKE UP HIS CABINET REGARDLESS OF THE RESULTS OF THE MIDTERM ELECTION. IF THERE ARE OTHER VACANCIES IN THE SUPREME COURT OR DISTRICT COURT, PLACE THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO FILL, NEED A REPUBLICAN SENATE TO BE IN CHARGE OF THAT EXECUTIVE CALENDAR. WHEN TO SCHEDULE THOSE NOMINATIONS, WHEN TO VOTE ON THEM, AND DELIVER THEM TO THIS WHITE HOUSE. SO THE WHITE HOUSE WEEKS AGO SAID IF THE SUBURBS ARE TOUGH AND WE CAN'T WIN THERE OR IF IT IS DIFFICULT TO WIN THERE, BUT WE CAN WIN TRUMP CARRIED STATES AND SENATE RACES, LET'S PRIORITIZE THE SENATE OVER THE HOUSE AND SEE IF IN THAT PROCESS OF MOBILIZING TRUMP SUPPORTERS, WE CAN SURPRISE PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE. NOT PART OF THE INTEGRATIVE STRATEGY, BUT THE TRUMP WORLD BELIEVES A COUPLE OF THINGS. ONE, EXIT POLLS ARE NO LONGER RELIABLE ABOUT CAPTURING TRUMP VOTER SENTIMENT. WHY? BECAUSE MANY TRUMP SUPPORTERS SIMPLY WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN EXIT POLLS POINT ONE. POINT TWO, THE WHITE HOUSE DOES BELIEVE THERE'S PROBABLY ONE TO TWO IN SOME PLACES THREE OR FOUR PERCENT OF VOTERS WHO ARE SHY TRUMP VOTERS. THAT'S WHAT THEY CALL THEM HERE AT THE WHITE HOUSE. WHAT DO THEY MEAN BY THAT? THEY'RE SO SHY AND SO HESITANT TO TALK ABOUT THEIR UNDERLINING SUPPORT FOR THE PRESIDENT THEY WON'T TELL THEIR SPOUSE, THEY WON'T TELL THEIR FRIENDS, THEY WON'T TELL THEIR KIDS. BUT WHEN THEY GET IN THE ELECTION BOOTH, THAT'S HOW THEY VOTE. THIS WHITE HOUSE BELIEVES WITHIN THE TRUMP COALITION, THREE TO FOUR POINTS OF GIVE THAT ARE SIMPLY UNMEASURABLE, EITHER EXIT POLLS, DAY-TO-DAY TRACKING POLLS, OR ANY OTHER MECHANISM BECAUSE PEOPLE SIMPLY WILL NOT SAY OUT LOUD WHAT THEY ACTUALLY INTEND TO DO WHEN THEY CAST THEIR BALLOT. >> SO INTERESTING. MAJOR, CAITLIN HUEY-BURNS HAS A QUESTION FOR YOU. >> GIVEN THE PROJECTIONS OF DEMOCRATS POSSIBLY WINNING THE HOUSE, IS THIS SOMETHING THE WHITE HOUSE IS ACTIVELY PREPARING FOR? AND TO WHAT EXTENT. I ALSO HEAR FROM DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES THAT I HAVE BEEN TALKING TO WHO WANT TO SHOW SOME APPETITE FOR BIPARTISANSHIP POINTING TO THINGS LIKE INFRASTRUCTURE OR POSSIBLY HEALTH CARE AS IT WORKS WITH THE PRESIDENT. DO YOU SENSE THE SAME KIND OF APPETITE AT ALL FROM PEOPLE OF THE WHITE HOUSE? >> THE PRESIDENT WAS ASKED A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO AS THEY WERE PREPARING TO LEAVE. COULD YOU WORK WITH NANCY CORDES? AND HIS ANSWER WAS SURE. AND NOW I THINK THAT IS A PLACE HOLDER. HE WILL NEED TO WAIT AND SEE AND WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH ONE OF THE FAVORITE TALKING POINTS OF ALL TIME, WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. BUT ON A COUPLE OF ISSUES, INFRASTRUCTURE FOR SURE. SOME POSSIBILITY BECAUSE DEMOCRATS, THEY WILL PRIORITIZE IT. THEY WOULD LIKE TO DO SOMETHING. AND IF THEY TAKE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, THEN THEY KNOW THEY WILL HAVE TO GIVE TO GET ON IMMIGRATION. I MEAN ON INFRASTRUCTURE RATHER. TRADE IS ALSO AN AREA WHERE THE PRESIDENT FOR MANY BLUE COLLAR DEMOCRATS, UNION DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN CLOSER TO THEIR ORIENTATION TO THE ENTIRE TRADE QUESTION THEN REPUBLICANS HAVE. THEY ARE LESS ON DEMOCRATS THAN THEY ARE WITH TRUMP AND REPUBLICANS. NOW CONGRESS DOES NOT PLAY A HUGE ROLE IN TRADE, BUT IT WILL HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT THIS REDRAWN AND REWRITTEN NAFTA AGREEMENT WITH CANADA AND MEXICO. SO THERE WILL NODE TO BE SOME LEVEL OF COOPERATION THERE. AS FOR INVESTIGATIONS AND WHAT THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS, SHOULD THEY BE IN CHARGE OF CONGRESS AND THE HOUSE? BRING TO THIS WHITE HOUSE? THERE IS A SENSE THAT THE WHITE HOUSE NEEDS TO BRACE FOR THAT. THERE IS ALSO, CAITLIN, A DEEP UNDERSTANDING THAT THE WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL'S OFFICE IS HALF STRENGTH DOWN TO 15, 16 LAWYERS. THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO NEED TO BEEF UP THAT WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL'S OFFICE IF, IN FACT, HOUSE DEMOCRATS TAKE CONTROL AND THE SUBPOENA START FLYING OR THE REQUEST FOR INFORMATION START COMING, AND THE WHITE HOUSE NEEDS TO PREPARE FOR THAT. NOT JUST LEGALLY, BUT IN TERMS OF MANPOWER. ONE OF THE PROBLEMS THIS WHITE HOUSE HAS HAD IS FINDING LAWYERS IN TOWN SYMPATHETIC TO THE PRESIDENT'S AGENDA AND WILLING FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE TO TAKE THE REPUTATIONAL RISK COMING TO WORK ON BEHALF OF THE WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL'S OFFICE. IT'S A SMALL PART OF THE STORY. BUT WHEN YOU NEED PEOPLE POW SHATNER THE WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL'S OFFICE BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN — PEOPLE POWER IN THE WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL'S OFFICE BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN SOME STORIES, THAT'S THE WAY THEY SHOULD FUNCTION SHOULD DEMOCRATS REGAIN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE. >> ALL RIGHT, MAJOR GARRETT, CAITLIN HUEY-BURNS, JOEL SARTORE, MICHAEL GRAHAM, THANKS TO YOU ALL. >>> MIDTERM RESULTS ARE SLOWLY COMING IN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. YOU'LL LIKELY HEAR PHRASES SUCH AS TOSS UP, LEANING, PROJECTED. ANTHONY SALVANTO IS HERE TO BREAK DOWN ALL THE TERMS. >> Reporter: ON ELECTION NIGHT WE WANT TO SHOW THE VIEWERS EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE SEEING AS WE SEE IT AS THE VOTES COME IN AS THE EXIT POLLS COME IN. AND SO HERE IS LANGUAGE WE WILL USE TO DESCRIBE THE RACES. FIRST TOSS UP. THIS ONE OFTEN CALLED TOO CLOSE TO CALL IS WHEN THE RACE IS, WELL, TIGHT. THEN THERE'S LEAN F A RACE HAS A LEANEST — LEAN, IF A RACE HAS A LEAN TAG, IT MEANS THEY HAVE A SLIGHT EDGE, JUST TRENDING A BIT IN HIS OR HER WAY. THEN THERE'S LIKELY. NOW THIS IS WHEN A CANDIDATE HAS A SUBSTANTIAL LEAD, BUT NOT ONE THAT WILL NECESSARILY HOLD UP ONCE ALL THE VOTES ARE COUNTED. THERE MAY BE A COUPLE OF BIG COUNTIES OUT. THERE MAY BE SOME UNCERTAIN PARTS OF THE STATE THAT HAVEN'T COUNTED THEIR VOTES YET. WE WILL HOLD THAT AS LIKELY. THEN THERE'S THE CBS NEWS PROJECTION. AND THAT'S WHEN WE KNOW WHEN ALL THE VOTES ARE COUNTED THAT ONE CANDIDATE WILL COME OUT AHEAD. >> ALL RIGHT, ANTHONY, THANK YOU. >>> COMING UP AFTER 2016, IS PENNSYLVANIA SWINGING BACK TO THE DELL KRATZ? WE WILL HEAR FROM A REPORTER ON THE GROUND NEXT. STAY WITH US. YOU'RE STREAMING CBSN ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE. >>> PENNSYLVANIA HELPED DONALD TRUMP WIN THE PRESIDENCY BY LESS THAN ONE POINT IN 2016. NOW THE STATE IS LOCALLY TO GO BACK TO THE BLUE. BOB CASEY IS UP AGAINST REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN LOU BARLETTO. TOLL WOLF IN RECENT WEEKS MAINTAINED A DOUBLE DIGIT LEAD OVER HIS GOP CHALLENGER SCOTT WAGNER. SO WHAT'S CHANGED IN THE KEYSTONE STATE IN TWO YEARS? JOHN DELANO JOINS US. ALWAYS GREAT TO HAVE YOUR INSIGHT. LET'S START WITH THIS. THE PRESIDENT WON PENNSYLVANIA IN 2016. HE HAS CAMPAIGNED THERE LEADING UP TO THE MIDTERMS, BUT THEY APPEAR SAFE. HOW IS THE PRESIDENT VIEWED RIGHT NOW IN THE KEYSTONE STATE? >> WELL, THERE'S BUYER'S REMORSE IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. IT APPEARS THAT WAY AT LEAST. CERTAINLY WE'RE SEEING A BIG TURNOUT OF VOTERS ACROSS THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. WE'VE SEEN THOSE EXIT POLLS. YOU'RE ALWAYS HAVING TO BE A LITTLE BIT CAREFUL WITH THE EXIT POLLS, BUT SUGGESTING THE FAVORABILITY RATING IS REALLY ONLY AT 44% FOR A FELLOW WHO CARRIED THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. NONETHELESS BEING DOWN THAT MUCH. IT WILL CERTAINLY HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE ELECTION RESULTS LATER THIS EVENING. I THINK THE PRESIDENT HAS CAMPAIGNED ON ISSUES FRANKLY THAT ARE NOT MUCH OF A CONCERN IN PENNSYLVANIA. WE ARE NOT A BORDER STATE. WE BORDER THE CANADIANS. WE DON'T HAVE MUCH THAT THEY CARE ABOUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE MEXICAN AND ALL THE IMMIGRATION ISSUES THAT FRANKLY THE PRESIDENT WILL FOCUS ON. PERHAPS IF HE SPENT MORE TIME ON THE ECONOMY AND ON JOBS AND ON TRADE, ISSUES THAT ARE VERY IMPORTANT HERE PARTICULARLY IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. MAYBE THAT MIGHT MAKE A DIFFERENCE. BUT I THINK HE GOT OFF SCRIPT WITH AT LEAST TO WHAT THEY CARE ABOUT. >> THAT'S SO INTERESTING TO HEAR THAT. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THEY WANTED THE PRESIDENT TO TALK ABOUT THINGS LIKE THE ECONOMY AND INSTEAD, HE HAS FOCUSED IN LARGE PART OF HIS RHETORIC ON THIS ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION. SO WHAT HAPPENS TO SOME OF THE KEY ISSUES THAT HAVE HELPED DEMOCRATS THIS GO AROUND? >> I DON'T THINK THERE WILL BE ANY DOUBT THAT HEALTH CARE IS THE ISSUE. WE HOSTED DEBATES BETWEEN SENATOR CASEY AND CONGRESSMAN — BARLETTA. AND THE ONE ISSUE THEY WANTED TO ASK WAS PREEXISTING CONDITIONS. WILL YOU PROTECT THE MANY, MANY PENNSYLVANIANS WHO HAVE CANCER OR OTHER TYPES OF AILMENTS THAT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN INSURED UNDER THE PRE-OBAMA CARE RULES? THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT CAME UP OVER AND OVER AGAIN. AND THE REPUBLICANS HAVE HAD A HARD TIME ANSWERING THE QUESTION WHEN THEY VOTED FOR A BILL IN 2017 THAT WOULD HAVE AT LEAST DESCRIBED THE ABILITY TO GET AFFORDABLE COVERAGE FOR PREEXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS. SOY THINK IT HAS BEEN THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE, FRANKLY, IN THE ELECTIONS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA. >> AND SO YOU HAVE THE STATE, FORCED TO REDRAW THEIR MAP THIS YEAR. HOW HAS THAT CHANGED THE MAKEUP OF THE DELEGATION IN CONGRESS? >> WELL, IT IS A BIG CHANGE. WE HAVE 18 DISTRICTS THAT WERE TAKEN BY THE REPUBLICANS IN 2011. AND THE STATE'S SUPREME COURT STEPPED IN AND DREW MUCH MORE COMPACT DISTRICTS, DID NOT SPLIT AS MANY COUNTY LINES, BUT CREATED OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE DEMOCRATS WITH NO QUESTION THAT IF THE DEMOCRATS ARE TAKING CONTROL OF THE U.S. HOUSE, THEY MUST WIN MORE SEATS THAN PENNSYLVANIA. RIGHT NOW IT IS 12 SEATS REPUBLICAN AND 12 SEATS DEMOCRATS. BY THE TIME THE NIGHT IS OVER, DEMOCRATS WANT AT LEAST 9-9 AND THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE THEY COULD PICK UP A COUPLE OF MORE SEATS, ALL IN REALLY AN EFFORT TO WIN CONTROL OF THE U.S. HOUSE AND I MIGHT ADD TO FULFILL THE OBJECTIVE OF THE STATE'S SUPREME COURT, WHICH IS TO CREATE A MORE BALANCED DELEGATION FROM PENNSYLVANIA. >> NOW, YOU KNOW, JOHN, WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THESE EXIT POLL NUMBERS, AT LEAST THE EARLY WAVE OF THEM HERE. IN THE NATIONAL FIGURE, 65% SAY PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS A FACTOR IN THEIR VOTE TODAY. WHAT'S THE SITUATION IN THE SENSE THAT YOU'RE HAVING THERE ABOUT HOW THE PRESIDENT HAS, IN FACT, AFFECTED THESE RACES IN YOUR STATE? >> WELL IT REMAINS TO BE SEEN EXACTLY ON THE TURNOUT ISSUE, WHICH HAS BEEN VERY HIGH IN MY NECK OF THE WOODS, WHICH IS WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. THIS MIND YOU WAS AN AREA THAT SUPPORTED THE PRESIDENT BIG TIME IN 2016. AND SO WE WILL SEE WHETHER THERE WILL BE MUCH OF A RESULT, YOU KNOW, MUCH OF AN IMPACT AS A RESULT OF THAT. INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH ONE OF THE CONGRESSIONAL RACES WE ARE LOOKING AT CLOSELY FEATURING MIKE KELLEY BEING CHALLENGED BY A DEMOCRAT. HE RAN CAMPAIGN ADS BASICALLY WITH PEOPLE SAYING I VOTED FOR TRUMP, I VOTED FOR TRUMP. BUT I'M GOING TO VOTE FOR RON. AND SO IT WAS AN EFFORT ON BEHALF OF A DEMOCRAT TO REACH IN TO THOSE TRUMP VOTERS AND GET THEM ON BOARD WITH A DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS. I'M GOING TO WATCH THAT ONE REALLY CLOSELY LATER TONIGHT. THAT IS A RACE THAT COULD GO DEMOCRATIC IF THERE'S A REAL BLUE WAVE THAT SWEEPS ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA AND DOWN SOUTH FROM LAKE ERIE. WE WILL KEEP AN EYE ON THAT ONE. >> JON, YOU KNOW, FOR FOLKS WHO MAY NOT KNOW. YOU'VE BEEN COVERING POLITICS IN PENNSYLVANIA FOR DECADES. HOW MANY DECADES, I DON'T WANT TO DATE YOU, BUT YOU TOLD ME. I DON'T WANT TO AGE YOU RATHER. BUT YOU TOLD ME SOMETHING LIKE THREE DECADES IS THAT RIGHT? >> CLOSE TO THREE DECADES. ACTUALLY, I'M WEIRD, I CAME OUT OF CONGRESS. I WAS CHIEF OF STAFF TO A PENNSYLVANIA CONGRESSMAN. I WAS NOT TRAINED TO JOURNALISM. I MADE A SWITCH BACK IN THE EARLY 1990s. I LOVE IT. I MEAN I HAVE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO MEET AND TALK TO ALL THE POLITICAL FIGURES FROM DONALD TRUMP ON DOWN TO OUR LOCAL FOLKS. >> JON, WITH ALL YOUR EXPERIENCE, I WONDER WHAT IS YOUR SENSE OF THE FEELING FROM VOTERS THERE IN PENNSYLVANIA. DOES THIS PARTICULAR MIDTERM CYCLE FEEL DIFFERENT AT ALL? ME. >> YEAH, IT IS REALLY DIFFERENT. FOR ONE, PEOPLE ARE VOTING. NORMALLY WE HAVE JUST NATIONWIDE, I THINK WE HAD SOMETHING LIKE WHAT 82 MILLION VOTES IN 2014. WE'LL BE UP OVER 105 MILLION PEOPLE. THAT'S AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER. THE SAME IS TRUE HERE IN PENNSYLVANIA. I WENT TO VOTE AT 8:15 THIS MORNING. THAT'S AN HOUR AND 15 MINUTES AFTER THE POLLS OPENED. I WAS ALREADY THE 101st VOTER IN MY DISTRICT. THAT'S AN AMAZING RESULT. I THINK WE'LL SEE IN SOME PRECINCTS AROUND PENNSYLVANIA, 80% TURNOUT. I MEAN THAT'S INCREDIBLE. SO YEAH, THERE'S JUST A LOT ABOUT THIS ELECTION. AND SO FAR, I MEAN, EVERY INDICATION THAT IT WILL FAVOR THE DEMOCRATS. BUT LET'S HOLD ON AND WAIT FOR THE POLLS TO CLOSE TO SEE THE RESULTS. >> ALL RIGHT, JON DELAN ORBING, THANK YOU SO — DELANO, SO GREAT TO HAVE YOU. >>> ALL RIGHT, WE ARE GETTING A BETTER PICTURE OF SOME RACES OUT OF OHIO. THE GOVERNOR'S RACE IN OHIO BETWEEN MIKE DEWINE AND MICHAEL CORDRAYS IS A TOSS UP. CURRENTLY LEADING TOWARDS SHARON BROWN WHO IS HOPING TO CLAIM A THIRD TERM. MEANWHILE IN WEST VIRGINIA, THE SENATE RACE THERE IS LEANING TOWARDS INCUMBENT DEMOCRATIC SENATOR JOE MANCHIN WHO IS BEING CHALLENGED BY REPUBLICAN PATRICK MORRISEY. LET'S BRING IN RYAN GRIM, DC BUREAU CHIEF OF THE INTERCEPT. LYNDA TRAN, POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR, AND DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST, AND MOLLY HOOPER, CONGRESSIONAL REPORTERFOR THE HILL. ALL RIGHT, LYNDA, LET ME START WITH YOU. ANY OF THE THINGS WE HAVE SEEN, OBVIOUSLY IT IS VERY EARLY. BUT OF THOSE RACES WE JUST TALKED ABOUT THERE, WHAT IS THIS STANDING OUT TO YOU AT THIS POINT? WE JUST TALKED ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA AND THE CHALLENGE THERE FOR JOE MANCHIN. WHAT ARE YOU KEEPING YOUR EYE ON? >> JOE MANCHIN SOMEBODY WE KNOW EVEN WHEN HE WAS GOVERNOR, A MAN OF HIS OWN MAKING. YOU KNOW, THE PEOPLE OF WEST VIRGINIA KNOW HIM VERY, VERY WELL. THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY'RE GETTING. YOU'VE GOT TO WONDER DURING A TIME OF INCREDIBLE UNREST AND A LOT OF, YOU KNOW, CONCERN ABOUT THE DYNAMICS OF THE COUNTRY. PEOPLE JUST WANT TO GO WITH SOMETHING THEY KNOW AT THIS POINT. THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF DISCUSSION ON WHETHER HE HOLDS THE PRESIDENT AT ARM'S LENGTH AND BRINGS THEM CLOSE. CERTAINLY A FACTOR IN PEOPLE'S THINKING. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU KNOW WHO HE IS. AND I'VE GOT TO BELIEVE THE PEOPLE OF WEST VIRGINIA, THEY ARE JUST STICKING WITH WHAT THEY'VE GOT. >> IT'S BEEN FASCINATING, RYAN. THE EYE WORK IN IMPEACHMENT. YOU HEARD FORMER VICE PRESIDENT COUNCIL THIS IS NOT THE THING FOR DEMOCRATS TO BE TALKING ABOUT. WHAT HAS BEEN THE MAIN ARGUMENT THOUGH FOR SOME DEMOCRATS CALLING FOR THE PRESIDENT'S IMPEACHMENT AT THIS POINT? >> SURE. YOU KNOW, AS YOUR LAST GUEST TALKED ABOUT, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S HAPPENING HERE IS DEMOCRATS SURGING TO THE POLLS IN WAYS THAT THEY NEVER HAVE BEFORE IN A MIDTERM AND ONE OF THE WAYS YOU DO THAT IS APPEAL TO WHAT THEY'RE CALLING FOR. A LOT OF THEM WANT HIM INVESTIGATED. IF THE INVESTIGATION TURNS UP CRIMES, THEN HE SHOULD BE IMPEACHED. THAT'S HOW A LOT OF CANDIDATES HAVE COUCHED IT. IN SOME WAYS THAT'S INARGUABLE. BOTH PARTIES AGREE IF YOU DO AN INVESTIGATION AND FOUND THEY COMMITTED CRIMES, THEY SHOULD BE IMPEACHED. BUT A LOT OF THIS WILL JUST FOLD INTO THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN HAPPENING OVER A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT CYCLES. IN PENNSYLVANIA, YES, THERE'S BEEN A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR THERE, BUT A TEA PARTY CONGRESS OR A TEA PARTY LEGISLATURE THAT WILL BE CONTROLLING THE STATE. AND EDUCATION, THEY HAVE BEEN A HUGE ISSUE AS THEY WOULD SLASH TAXES. THEY DON'T TAX FRACKING, PENNSYLVANIA, AND SO SCHOOLS, THEY ARE COLLAPSING ACROSS THE STATE. AND SO SCHOOLS, THEY WOULD BECOME A HUGE ISSUE AND COINED OF A PROXY FOR AN INABILITY TO GOVERN. SO YOU WILL COMBINE THAT WITH TRUMP AND YOU GET THIS KIND OF REACTION AGAINST THE REPUBLICANS IN THE STATE AND PENNSYLVANIA, THEY WOULD LOOK LIKE THEY ARE GOING HEAVILY TOWARDS DEMOCRATS, WHICH IS AS YOU SAID, REMARKABLE. TRUMP JUST WON IT IN TWO YEARS AGO. >> IT'S BEEN FASCINATING TO HEAR. CAITLIN HUEY-BURNS WHO WAS JUST HERE SAID SHE WAS TALKING TO VIEWERS IN SCRANTON — VOTERS IN SCRANTON WHO SAID THEY VOTED FOR THE PRESIDENT, BUT THIS TIME BASED ON WHAT THEY WERE SEEING, THEY WERE HAVING BUYER'S REMORSE. LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT REPUBLICANS, MOLLY. GOING BACK TO THIS IDEA OF IMPEACHMENT, RIGHT? YOU HAD REPUBLICANS RAISE THE SECTOR OF IMPEACHMENT. EXPLAIN WHY THAT IS IN TERMS OF THEIR POLITICAL CALCULUS THERE? >> ACTUALLY, I WAS KIND OF SURPRISED BECAUSE GOING INTO THE SUMMER, PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS RAISING THAT SPECTRUM HIMSELF, SAYING YOU NEED TO GET OUT TO VOTE, VOTE FOR REPUBLICANS BECAUSE OTHERWISE THE DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO IMPEACH ME. IMPEACHMENT IS ONE THING AND THAT'S IN THE HOUSE, A GRAND JURY WILL GET TOGETHER AND THEY DECIDE THEY WILL CHARGE YOU WITH A CRIME. NOW WHETHER YOU GET CONVICTED OF THAT CRIME, THAT WILL BE A WHOLE OTHER MATTER AND THAT'S FOR THE SENATE TO DECIDE. AND REALLY, AGAIN, I WAS SURPRISED THE PRESIDENT DIDN'T RAISE THAT ISSUE MORE OFTEN, GIVEN THAT HE WANTED TO GALVANIZE HIS BASE TO GET TO THE POLLS. BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT YOUR REPUBLICANS WILL BE TALKING ABOUT MORE SO THAN DEMOCRATS ALMOST ON THE TRAIL BECAUSE IT IS SOMETHING THAT THEY WANT TO WARN AGAINST. >> THE PRESIDENT HAS TALKED ABOUT HAD ON A CAMPAIGN TRAIL. LET'S PLAY SOME OF THAT FOR OUR VIEWERS. >> THEY LIKE TO USE THE IMPEACH WORD, IMPEACH TRUMP, BUT HE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING WRONG. IT DOESN'T MATTER, WE WILL IMPEACH HIM. HOW DO YOU IMPEACH SOMEBODY WHO HAS BEEN DOING A GREAT JOB WHO HASN'T DONE ANYTHING WRONG? OUR ECONOMY IS GOOD. HOW DO YOU DO IT? WE WILL IMPEACH HIM, BUT HE'S DOING A GREAT JOB. IT DOESN'T MATTER. REMEMBER THAT LINE, HE'S DOING A GREAT JOB, THAT DOESN'T MATTER, WE'LL IMPEACH HIM. >> ALL RIGHT, LYNDA TRAN, DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST. TELL US WHAT YOU THINK WHEN YOU HEAR THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT TALK ABOUT IMPEACHMENT BY DEMOCRATS. >> YOU KNOW WHAT'S INTERESTING, THERE'S BEEN A NICKNAME EVER SINCE ESSENTIALLY 2016. YOU WONDER IF HE'S A VICTIM OF HIS OWN SUCCESS. NOTHING STICKS TO HIM. SO MAYBE THE THREAT OF IMPEACHMENT DOESN'T SOUND VERY PLAUSIBLE TO HIS BASE EITHER. ANYTHING HE DOES HE SEEMS TO SKATE FREE. >> COULDN'T THAT BASICALLY BOOST HIS CHANCES OF GETTING REELECTED, I GUESS, IS WHAT I'M ASKING BECAUSE HE IS CONTINUING TO RAISE THIS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AN KEEP IT VERY MUCH IN THE FOREFRONT OF HIS BASE SUPPORTERS AND THEIR MINDS. >> ONLY IF THEY THINK IT IS PLAUSIBLE. IF THEY THINK IT IS A POSSIBLE OUTCOME OF THEM NOT GETTING INVOLVED. I THINK PEOPLE GENERALLY THINK ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON IN THEIR DAILY LIVES. THEY WORRY ABOUT, YOU KNOW, KITCHEN TABLE THINGS. WE'RE NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE IMPEACHMENT OF THE PRESIDENT NECESSARILY. >> AND ALSO THE QUESTION OF THE CEILING. DEMOCRATS HAVE HAD PRESSED MIDTERMS FOR YEARS NOW, WHEREAS REPUBLICANS WHEN IT IS ELECTION DAY, THEY COME OUT. AND SO TRUMP IS NOW, YOU KNOW, RATCHETING UP HIS RHETORIC, SEARCHING FOR THE REPUBLICANS WHO IF HE IS JUST RACIST ENOUGH, THEY WILL COME OUT NOW. BUT EVERYTHING HE SAID IN 2016 DIDN'T GET THEM OUT TO THE POLLS, BUT NOW, OKAY. AND NOW HE HAS REALLY GONE THERE. NOW I'M GOING TO COME OUT. THAT'S A VANISHING SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE. WHAT IT DOES, IT BRINGS OUT MORE DEMOCRATS AND REACTION AND INDEPENDENCE LIKE WHAT? WE THOUGHT YOU WERE NOT TOTALLY SERIOUS ABOUT THIS STUFF WHEN YOU WERE SAYING IT DURING THE CAMPAIGN. SO I THINK THAT IS THE PROBLEM THAT HE IS RUNNING INTO HERE. >> I WONDER, MOLLY, WHAT IS IT THAT YOU HEAR IN PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS WITH DEMOCRATS ABOUT THIS ISSUE OF IMPEACHMENT? WHAT ARE THEY TELLING YOU ABOUT THE REALITY OF THIS? >> IF THEY GO AHEAD AND IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT, THEY HAVE GIVEN HIM A PLATFORM TO RUN ON IN 2020. I MEAN, THEY HAVE. AND IN FACT IT IS ALMOST LIKE HE IS SAYING COME ON, JUST DO IT. DARING THEM TO DO IT. >> EXACTLY. >> AND THAT'S WHY YOU'LL HEAR PEOPLE LIKE NANCY PELOSI AND OTHER DEMOCRATIC LEADERS, TRYING TO REIGN IN THE MORE LIBERAL, MORE PROGRESIVE MEMBRS WHO ARE OUT THERE SAYING YEAH, LET'S IMPEACH HIM BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT THAT WON'T NECESSARILY WORK TO THEIR BENEFIT IN 2020. BUT WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS WE DO NEED TO CONSTRUCT INVESTIGATIONS. IF THEY DO TAKE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, YOU CAN EXPECT ADAM SCHIFF, THE NEXT HOUSE INTEL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. HE ALREADY WANTS TO LOOK INTO RUSSIAN TIES TO THE PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PROPERTIES. I MEAN, THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF INVESTIGATING GOING ON. >> WHAT ELSE WOULD THEY BE LOOK AT? HIS BUSINESS DEALINGS? >> BUSINESS DEALINGS, SECURITY CLEARANCES FOR MEMBERS OF HIS STAFF. I MEAN, THERE'S A WHOLE HOST OF ISSUES. THEY ARE JUST KIND OF GETTING RAMPED UP RIGHT NOW TO CARRY THOSE OUT BECAUSE THERE WILL BE A SPOTLIGHT ON WHAT THEY ARE DOING ON CAPITOL HILL. >> I HAVE BEEN COVERING THE GRASSROOTS FOR THE DEMOCRATS CLOSELY OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS. YOU DON'T HEAR FROM THEM THE ENERGY AROUND IMPEACHMENT. YOU KNOW, WHAT THEY ARE INTERESTED IN, ABOILING ICE, MEDICARE — ABOLISHING ICE, MEDICARE. SHOULD THE PRESIDENT BE IMPEACHED, YES. AND THEY WILL SAY SURE, YES, BUT THAT'S NOT THE THING THEY ARE OUT RALLYING FOR. WHAT THEY ARE RALLYING FOR IS THIS AGENDA THAT DEMOCRATS HAVE KIND OF GATHERED AROUND, THE THINGS THEY CARE ABOUT. SURE, SHOULD HE BE IMPEACHED? YES, THEY WILL ALL ANSWER. 90% WILL ANSWER YES. >> THEY DON'T THINK IT IS FEASIBLE? >> DEMOCRATS, THEY ARE MUCH MORE PRAGMATIC. THAT INCLUDES THE LEFT WING. SO NOW THAT YOU ARE GETTING PAST THE MIDTERMS, THEY WILL SEE THE ELECTIONS, THEY ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER AND THEY MIGHT THINK, THEY WOULD RATHER RUN AGAINST TRUMP THAN GIVE HIM SOME TYPE OF AN ELECTORATE ADVANTAGE, BUT RIGHT. THEY DO BELIEVE THAT YES, HE IS COMMITTING CRIMES AND OUGHT TO BE IMPEACHED, BUT THEY DON'T THINK THE ROUTE TO GET THEM OUT OF OFFICE IS TO PUT ALL THE ENERGY TOWARDS THAT IMPEACHMENT DRIVE. A LOT OF THEM WOULD HAVE FAITH AND MUELLER WILL DO IT FOR THEM. I DON'T THINK IT IS TRUE, BUT THEY WILL SAY LET HIM DO HIS WORK AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. >> INTERESTING. >> LOOK, AS A DEMOCRAT, IT HAS BEEN A DARK COUPLE OF YEARS. SO YOU KNOW, WE ARE WITNESSING AN ASSAULT ON ALL KINDS OF CORE ISSUES TO THE DEMOCRATIC BASE AND THE BROADER DEMOCRATIC PARTY THAT ARE JUST HIGHER PRIORITY. WHETHER IT WILL BE HEALTH CARE, YOU KNOW, THERE IS A VERY CLEAR REASON WHY DEMOCRATS, THEY HAVE BEEN SO DISCIPLINE ABOUT DRIVING THIS HEALTH CARE MESSAGE, PREEXISTING CONDITIONS, THEY ARE FROM OUR POINT OF VIEW, VERY MUCH AT RISK DESPITE THE 180-DEGREE TURNAROUND THAT MANY REPUBLICANS ON THE TRAIL HAVE TRIED TO MAKE OVER THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS. OBAMACARE IS SOMETHING THAT IS NOW EXTRAORDINARILY POPULAR. SO THESE ARE THE THINGS THEY HAD BE MOST CONCERNED ABOUT. WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR RIGHTS, THEIR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS, LL THE OTHER THINGS THAT MAY COME BEFORE THE SUPREME COURT NOW THAT THE MAJORITY HAS FLIPPED. >> SOMETHING TELLS ME WE WILL STILL BE HEARING IMPEACHMENT FROM THE PRESIDENT ANY WAY. ALL RIGHT, RYAN, LINDA, MOLLY — LYNDA, MOLL LYRICS THANKS TO YOU — MOLLY, THANKS TO YOU ALL. WE HAVE REPORTERS ON THE GROUND OUTSIDE. CREWS IN THE ELECTION NIGHT HEADQUARTERS. WE'LL HAVE FROM THEM AFTER A QUICK BREAK. >>> DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN BETO O'ROURKE IS CHALLENGING REPUBLICAN SENATOR TED CRUZ IN AN UNEXPECTEDLY CLOSE SENATE RACE THIS YEAR. IF O'ROURKE WINS, BE THE FIRST DEMOCRAT ELECTED IN A STATEWIDE OFFICE THERE SINCE 1994. OMAR VILLAFRANCA JOINS US FROM HOUSTON. ADRIANA DIAZ IS IN EL PASO. THEY HAVE BEEN KEEPING TRACK OF THE ELECTION THERE TODAY. OMAR, LET ME FIRST START WITH YOU. WE UNDERSTAND THERE'S BEEN A DECISION TO EXTEND POLLING IN ONE COUNTY. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THAT? >> Reporter: WELL, WE JUST LEARNED, ELAINE, THERE'S A JUDGE WHO GRANTED A REQUEST TO KEEP NINE POLLS OPEN FOR ANOTHER HOUR. ONE, HARRIS COUNTY IS THE LARGEST AND MOST POPULATED COUNTY IN TEXAS. IT'S A DEMOCRATIC STRONGHOLD, BUT ALSO WHERE TED CRUZ IS FROM. BECAUSE THOSE NINE POLLING LOCATIONS WILL STAY OPEN FOR AN EXTRA HOUR, NOW IT MEANS THEY WILL DELAY THE RETURNS FROM HARRIS COUNTY ANOTHER HOUR. WHILE THE REST OF THE STATE IS BEING TABULATED IN EL PASO, THEY WILL WAIT FOR PROBABLY THE LARGEST CHUNK OF VOTES. SO IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS AS THOSE RESULTS START COMING IN. >> ABSOLUTELY. ADRIANA, LET ME ASK YOU. BETO O'ROURKE HAS DRAWN NATIONAL ATTENTION, BUT STILL HAS A TOUGH TASK AHEAD OF HIM. IS HIS CAMPAIGN OPTIMISTIC AT THIS HOUR? >> THEY ARE STILL OPTIMISTIC, ELAINE. WE ARE NOW GETTING INFORMATION FROM EXIT POLLS HERE IN TEXAS. AS EXPECTED, HE IS DOING BETTER WITH THE YOUNGER VOTERS. VOTERS UNDER 30. IT LOOKS LIKE 30% HAVE VOTED FOR BETO O'ROURKE VERSES 8% FOR CRUZ. WOMEN SAY THEY ARE SUPPORTING O'ROURKE MORE. 56% SAY THEY SUPPORTED HIM WHEREAS MORE MEN, 53% SUPPORTED TED CRUZ. NOW ON THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION, THIS IS ESSENTIAL TO BOTH MEN, BOTH OF THE CAMPAIGNS HERE AS EXPECTED, THOSE WHO SUPPORT BUILDING A WALL. 84% SAY THEY VOTED FOR CRUZ. NOW BECAUSE THERE ARE MORE REPUBLICAN VOTERS HERE IN TEXAS. TEXAS THAN DEMOCRATIC VOTERS, O'ROURKE'S STRATEGY IS TO TURN OUT NEW VOTERS, TURN OUT MILLENNIALS. THEY WILL TURN OUT MANY FORCE FOR EARLY VOTING. O'ROURKE GOT A LATE DAY ENDORSEMENT FROM BEYONCE WHO ENDORSED HIM. OF COURSE, A VERY HIGH-PROFILE TEXAN, AND ENDORSED HIM AT NEARLY THE 11th HOUR AS THE NIGHT GOES ON. LET'S SEE WHAT KIND OF A DIFFERENCE THAT MIGHT HAVE GONE ON. >> HOW HAVE THEY NAVIGATED THE FINAL STRETCH? >> IN THE LAST FEW DAYS THEY HAVE BEEN GOING TO THEIR STRONGHOLDS TO MAKE SURE THEY GET THEM OUT FOR EARLY VOTING, TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO COME TO THE POLLS ON TUESDAY. SOME OF THE NUMBERS WITH ASTRONOMICAL. THAT'S ALREADY MORE EARLY VOTING IN THIS MIDTERM THAN WE SAW IN ALL OF THE LAST MIDTERMS IN ALL VOTING IN THE LAST MIDTERMS, A STAGGERING NUMBER. WHO WERE THEY GOING TO VOTE FOR? THERE WERE A LOT OF NEW VOTERS AS ADRIANA MENTIONED. BUT ALSO GOING ACROSS THE STATE DOING SOME PHONE BANKING HERE TODAY. BUT I ALSO TALKED TO THE STATE REPUBLICANS WHO SAY THEY FEEL CONFIDENT SINCE REPUBLICANS TRADITIONALLY VOTE ON TUESDAY, ELECTION DAY. THEY FEEL CONFIDENT THAT THE EDGE WILL GO TO SENATOR CRUZ. WE'LL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE. >> ALL RIGHT, OMAR VILLAFRANCA AND ADRIANA DIAZ IN TEXAS. THANK YOU BOTH FOR JOINING US. >>> TED CRUZ AND BETO O'ROURKE HAVE BEEN QUOTING LATINO VOTERS THIS ELECTION SEASON. LESLIE SANCHEZ AND CAITLIN HUEY- BURNS SPENT TIME WITH ORGANIZERS FROM THE LIBRE INITIATIVE, A GROUP BACKED BY REPUBLICAN MEGA DONORS, THE KOCH BROTHERS. LESLIE WAS WITH ORGANIZERS IN LAS VEGAS AND CAITLIN WAS WITH MIAMI. DO YOU HEAR PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THE CARAVAN? ARE THEY CONCERNED ABOUT THE TONE OF THE DEBATE OR THE IMMIGRANTS WHO WERE CROSSING? >> THAT'S THE HOT TOPIC THAT'S GOING ON RIGHT NOW IN THE NEWS. IT'S FRESH OUT THERE. THEY ALSO CARE ABOUT, YOU KNOW, DACA. ONE OF THE VOLUNTEERS ARE HELPING US OUT HERE GOT INVOLVED WITH US BECAUSE HE SAW THE WORK WE WERE DOING TOWARDS DACA AND TRYING TO PROMOTE IT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. HEALTH CARE OBVIOUSLY, THAT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE COMMUNITY. AND THE ECONOMY IS ALWAYS GOING TO POP IN AND OUT THE REELECTION CYCLE. IT WILL CONTINUE TO BE AN IMPORTANT TOPIC. TAXES, ALSO AN IMPORTANT TOPIC. PEOPLE ARE SAYING THEY DON'T WANT TO SEE TAXES GOING UP. OTHER PEOPLE WANT TO SEE A CHANGE IN THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM RIGHT NOW IN THE COUNTRY. AND OBVIOUSLY THIS IS HOW PEOPLE WILL VIEW THE HISPANICS OR LATINOS. IT IS IN THE BOTTOM OF THE TOPICS. WHAT'S IMPORTANT IS THE TOPIC FOR THE COMMUNITY, BUT IT'S NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT TOPIC FOR THE COMMUNITY. >> ALL RIGHT, LET'S BRING IN CBS NEWS CONTRIBUTOR AND REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST LESLIE SANCHEZ AND CAITLIN HUEY-BURNS. LADIES, SO FASCINATING TO HEAR YOUR REPORTING, YOUR CONVERSATIONS AS YOU WENT OUT WITH THOSE CANVASSERS. LET ME START WITH YOU, LESLIE, WHEN WE HEARD THERE, WE THINK IMMIGRATIONS TENDS TO BE THE TOP OF MIND. AND IT WILL BE A SMALLER PORTION THAT ARE NEW IMMIGRANTS, FOR EXAMPLE, A LOT OF SECOND, THIRD, FOURTH, I'M FIFTH GENERATION ON THE SIDE OF MY FAMILY AND IT IS ALSO POLITICALLY DIVERSE. AND ALSO WHERE IN THE COUNTRY THE FAMILIES CAME FROM. SO YOU CANNOT NECESSARILY USE THE BROAD BRUSH STROKE WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE COMMUNITY. BUT IMMIGRATION IS THE LENS BY WHICH THEY VIEW THE PARTY OR CANDIDATE. AND THAT IS WHY IT IS ALWAYS VERY SENSITIVE. AND IT WILL BE DEHUMANIZING THE PLIGHT OF SOMEBODY WHO MIGHT BE VERY FAMILIAR TO THEM AND THAT YOU ALSO HAVE TO SEE LASTLY HISPANIC FAMILIES ARE ALSO VOTING HOLISTICALLY. IT'S NOT UNCOMMON FOR THEM TO HAVE THE BROTHERS, SISTERS, GRANDMAS, ALL GOING TO VOTE. >> AND I WANT TO BREAK IN OUR VIEWERS HERE ON THE ESTIMATE COMING IN. AND THE REPUBLICAN IN VIRGINIA, THEIR 10th CONGRESSIONAL VIEWER, JENNIFER WEXTON. THE WINNER THERE OVER REPRESENTATIVE BARBARA COMSTOCK. AND THE LAYER OF CONTEST IN THIS PARTICULAR DISTRICT, WHAT ARE WE LEARNING FROM THIS? >> WE ARE LOOKING AT THIS FOR TWO DIFFERENT REASONS. IT WILL BE A TOP TARGET DISTRICT FOR DEMOCRATS BECAUSE BARBARA COMSTOCK IS A REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT IN A DISTRICT THAT HILLARY CLINTON WON BY ABOUT 10 POINTS IN 2016. SO DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN EYEING DISTRICTS LIKE THESE. THERE ARE ABOUT TWO DOZEN OF THEM ACROSS THE COUNTRY WHERE REPUBLICAN INCUMBENTS ARE TRYING TO DEFEND OR REPUBLICANS, THEY ARE TRYING TO DEFEND THE SEATS IN CLINTON DISTRICTS. WE ARE ALSO TALKING ABOUT THIS BECAUSE THIS IS EXACTLY WHERE ALL OF THESE KEY CONSTITUENCIES WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT, SUBURBAN WOMEN. THIS DISTRICT IS RIGHT OUTSIDE WASHINGTON, D.C. A LOT OF JOBS THERE, A LOT OF NEW VOTERS, NEW TRANSPLANTS TO THAT AREA OF VIRGINIA. THIS WILL BE AT NORTHERN VIRGINIA THAT WILL HAVE HELP TO TURN THE STATE BLUE IN THE PAST COUPLE OF ELECTIONS. >> AND THERE WILL BE A LOT OF GOVERNMENT WORKERS, THEIR JOBS, THEY COULD HAVE CAREER FEDERAL SERVICE, WORKERS OR MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY WHO WOULD WORK AND HAVE TO WORK UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. AND THERE MIGHT BE SOME OF THAT AND EXACTLY WHAT THEY TALKED ABOUT, MOSTLY WHITE SUBURBAN WOMEN, THE FOCUS GROUP THERE. AS THEY DO NOT LIKE THE TONE OF THE PRESIDENT. THIS IS A CASE WHERE IT WILL BE INTERESTING FOR THE KAVANAUGH HEARING PARTICULARLY WITH A VERY SPECIFIC EFFECT. THEY WERE SO CONNECTED AND CLOSE FROM THE MEDIA MARKET PERSPECTIVE. JUST KNOWING SO MANY PEOPLE AROUND THAT ORBIT. >> AND I MEAN VIRGINIA IS A HUGE STATE. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT AN AREA LIKE NORTHERN VIRGINIA, SO DIFFERENT THAN WHEN YOU GO TO THE SOUTHERN PART OF VIRGINIA. >> ABSOLUTELY. THAT IS KIND OF THE TARGET FOR THE DEMOCRATS IN THE PRESIDENTIAL. BUT WHAT IS ALSO IMPORTANT ABOUT VIRGINIA. YOU HAVE A COUPLE OF RACES COMING INTO PLAY THAT MIGHT NOT HAVE NECESSARILY BEEN IN PLAY BEFORE. A DISTRICT REPRESENTED BY DAVE BRAT OUTSIDE RICHMOND AGAIN, SUBURBAN WOMEN WHO COULD PLAY A KEY ROLE THERE. AND ALSO IN OTHER PARTS OF THE STATE THAT ARE TRADITIONALLY MORE REPUBLICAN. WE ARE SEEING A MORE COMPETITIVE RACE THERE. WE ALSO HAVE A SENATE RACE THERE WITH TIM KAINE, OF COURSE, THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT CANDIDATE OF 2016. NOT A COMPETITIVE RACE AT ALL. I MEAN, IT IS SO FASCINATING TO SEE HOW THEY ARE TRENDING. >> IF YOU'RE JUST JOINING US, DEMOCRAT JENNIFER WEXTON, 54% OF THE VOTE WITH 62% OF THE VOTE IN RIGHT NOW OVER REPRESENTATIVE BARBARA COMSTOCK. SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO REPORT THESE NUMBERS AS WE GET THEM. BUT LET'S TURN BACK TO THIS CONVERSATION ABOUT LATINO VOTERS BECAUSE YOU KNOW THE PRESIDENT, CAITLIN, HAS FOCUSED SO MUCH ATTENTION ON THIS MIGRANT CARAVAN. TRYING TO KIND OF RAISE THIS ISSUE OF A NEED FOR SOME KIND OF ACTION BECAUSE OF THE THREAT POSED BY THIS MIGRANT CARAVAN, WHICH IS STILL, YOU KNOW, HUNDREDS OF MILES FROM THE UNITED STATES BORDER. BUT HOW HAS THAT ACTUAL FOCUS ON THAT ISSUE AFFECTED LATINO VOTERS VIEWS ON IMMIGRATION POLICIES? >> YOU KNOW, WHAT I FOUND FROM REPORTING IN MIAMI AND LAS VEGAS WHERE WE BOTH WERE, WITH WAS INTERPRETED DIFFERENTLY DEPENDING ON YOUR POLITICAL BACKGROUND. I TALKED TO IMMIGRANT VOTERS IN LAS VEGAS, WHO WERE TRUMP SUPPORTERS, WHO ALSO USED SOME SIMILAR RHETORIC THAT THE PRESIDENT USED IN TERMS OF CALLING THIS AN INVASION. AND THEY WERE ARGUING THEY CAME IN A LEGAL WAY. AND AGAIN, TAPPING INTO THE PRESIDENT'S RHETORIC THERE. THAT I TALKED TO PEOPLE IN MIAMI WHO ONE OF THEM AN IMMIGRANT FROM ECUADOR RUNNING IN ONE OF THE MIAMI DISTRICTS THAT COULD FROM TIME TO TIME — THAT COULD FLIP. I TALKED TO A FEW VOTERS FROM MIAMI WHO WERE FROM OTHER LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES WHO HAD SEEN, WHO HAD COME TO THE UNITED STATES TO GET AWAY. AND THEY DON'T WANT THEM TO TURN INTO THAT AND THEY WERE VERY MUCH MORE DRAWN TO REPUBLICANS AND REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE BEEN WARNING OR USING RHETORIC. BUT THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN USING AND ALSO LABELING DEMOCRATS AS SOCIALISTS, TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM THAT. IT IS A GROUP AS WE KNOW AND COVER. >> YOU AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS. THE IDEA THAT LEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN PARTICULAR, THEY HAVE BEEN AMONG SOME OF THE BIGGEST SUPPORTERS OF THE PRESIDENT ON THIS ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION POLICY. CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHY THAT IS? >> SURE, WE WENT TO TEXAS IN APRIL OF 2017 AND PREDOMINANTLY LIVING ALONG THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER AND A LOT OF THE AREA THAT YOU WILL SEE THE PRESIDENT PUT A LOT OF OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN TO PUT UP WIRING, OTHER THINGS. THE ISSUE IS IF YOU LIVE ALONG THE BORDER, IT IS THE AREA BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO, THERE'S A LOT OF COMMERCE, HUMAN TRAFFICKING, A LOT OF DRUG TRAFFICKING MOVING THROUGH THE BORDER. IT DOESN'T MATTER YOUR ETHNICITY OR HOW LONG YOU'VE BEEN IN THE COUNTRY. YOU ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT ANY PORT OF ENTRY LAND, SEA, AIR, WHATEVER IT MAY BE. AND THESE INDIVIDUALS WHO LIVE IT AND THEIR PROPERTY VALUE IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE THEY CANNOT RETAIN THE VALUE OF THE PROPERTY WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THAT DOMAIN AND SECURITY ISSUES AND ALL SORTS OF ISSUES. PEOPLE WERE SURPRISED WHEN YOU WOULD HAVE HISPANICS WHO SAY NO, I WANT TO BUILD A WALL. WELL, THEY HAVE A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE TO THAT. IT WILL DEPEND ON WHO THEY ARE, BUT THEY WANT THE PEOPLE TREATED WITH REPUBLICAN. PEOPLE IN MEXICO ARE COMING HERE FOR POLITICAL FREEDOM. AMERICA HAS BEEN A BEACON, BUT HOW DO YOU DO IT FAIRLY AND LEGALLY? >> THERE IS DIVERSITY OF A THOUGHT. LESLIE SANCHEZ AND CAITLIN HUEY- BURNS, THANKS TO YOU BOTH. >> SURE. >>> IN MORE THAN A DOZEN STATES INCLUDING BATTLEGROUNDS LIKE FLORIDA, PENNSYLVANIA, MISSOURI, MORE. WE'LL SHOW YOU RESULTS AS THEY COME IN. YOU'RE STREAMING CBSN, ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE. >>> THIS IS WHAT IT IS LIKE COVERING A STORY IN CHINA. >>> HI EVERYONE, I'M ELAINE QUIJANO, IT IS 8:00 P.M. ON THE EAST COAST AND POLLS HAVE CLOSED IN MORE THAN A DOZEN STATES. WE ARE ALREADY SEEING RESULTS IN SOME KEY RACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. DEMOCRAT JENNIFER WEXTON HAS WON OVER CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA COMSTOCK IN VIRGINIA. >>> THE HOUSE RACE FOR KENTUCKY'S SIXTH DISTRICT BETWEEN ANDY BARR AND AMY MCGRAF IS A TOSS-UP. BETWEEN DEMOCRAT JOE MANCHIN AND REPUBLICAN PATRICK MORRISEY LEANS DEMOCRAT. AND IN GEORGIA, THE RACE FOR GOVERNOR BETWEEN REPUBLICAN BRIAN KEMP AND DEMOCRAT STACEY ABRAMS IS A TOSS-UP. WE ARE STILL HOURS AWAY FROM KNOWING WHICH PARTY WILL CONTROL CONGRESS FOR THE FINAL TWO YEARS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FIRST TERM IN OFFICE. LET'S BRING IN SABRINA SIDDIQUI, MICHAEL GRAHAM, MICHAEL MORELL. SABRINA IS A CBSN CONTRIBUTOR AND POLITICAL REPORTER FOR THE GUARDIAN. MICHAEL IS A CBSN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR AND COLUMNIST FOR THE BOSTON HERALD. CAITLIN IS A CBSN POLITICAL REPORTER. WELCOME TO YOU ALL. LET'S START WITH WHAT WE HAVE JUST REPORTED IN VIRGINIA. DEMOCRAT JENNIFER WEXTON, SABRINA, BEATING OUT BARBARA COMSTOCK. WHY WERE WE WATCHING THAT PARTICULAR RACE? >> BARBARA COMSTOCK WAS ONE OF THE MOST VULNERABLE INCUMBENT REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WEXTON WAS EXPECTED TO WIN. BUT SHE HAS WON BY DOUBLE DIGITS IT APPEARS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS STRIKING ABOUT THIS RACE IS THAT REPUBLICANS IN PARTICULAR SPENT $5 MILLION INTO THIS RACE. NOW THEY PULLED SOME OF THE MONEY OUT IN THE FINAL COUPLE OF WEEKS, BUT THERE ARE GOING TO BE QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR DECISIONS TO INVEST SO HEAVILY IN A RACE THAT LOOKED TO BE TRENDING TOWARDS DEMOCRATS. ALSO WORTH NOTING BECAUSE TIM KAINE, HIS SENATE RACE WAS CALLED AS THE POLLS WERE STILL CLOSING, THERE IS SOMETHING TO BE SAID FOR VIRGINIA, WHICH HAS IN THE PAST BEEN SUCH A KEY BATTLEGROUND. NOW TRENDING OVERWHELMINGLY IN BLUE. IS THAT THERE TO STAY? WE DON'T KNOW, BUT YOU THINK BACK TO THE GOVERNOR'S RACE JUST LAST WEEK BETWEEN GILLESPIE. SO THERE HAS BEEN SOME TURNOVER IN VIRGINIA IF YOU LOOK AT THE POLITICS OF THIS STATE AS WE ARE WATCHING OTHER RACES. A LITTLE FURTHER DOWN SOUTH. >> MICHAEL, WHAT ABOUT THAT? $5 MILLION TO SPEND ON A CONTEST. YOU DON'T HAVE THEM COMING OUT ON TOP. >> OR EVEN BEING COMPETITIVE. THE FRUSTRATION IS NOT THAT SHE DIDN'T WIN, BUT WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? SHE LITERALLY REPRESENTS THE SWAMP. SHE WAS SOMEBODY REPUBLICANS KNEW FROM THE BEGINNING WAS VERY UNLIKELY TO HOLD ON TO HER SEAT. AND YOU ALSO CAN'T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF LOUSY CANDIDATES IN THE SENATE NOMINEE FOR THE REPUBLICANS COREY STEWART WAS ONE OF THE WORST CANDIDATES RUNNING NATIONWIDE. AND HE DID NOT HELP HIS PARTY. HE WAS JUST WHAT, FOUR YEARS AGO? SIX AT THE MOST? HE WAS VERY COMPETITIVE STATEWIDE IN VIRGINIA. AND SO IT IS THE STATE THAT COULD BE IN PLAY, BUT YOU NEED TO HAVE THE RIGHT CANDIDATES TO DO IT. >> THE CHANGE HAS BEEN REMARKABLE. REMEMBER WHEN TIM KAINE WHO JUST WON TONIGHT. TEN YEARS AGO WHEN OBAMA WON VIRGINIA IN THE 2008 ELECTION, HE DECLARED OLD VIRGINIA IS DEAD AND THAT MARKED KIND OF THE TRANSITION THAT WE HAVE SEEN IN VIRGINIA. AND THE CHANGE, IT HAS BEEN REALLY FAST GOING BECAUSE OF DISTRICTS LIKE THE 10th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS, THE FAST CHANGING, DIVERSE AREAS RIGHT OUTSIDE WASHINGTON, WHERE YOU ARE SEEING MORE VOTERS GO INTO HELPING TO CARRY THE STATE. >> YOU KNOW, THIS OTHER RACE, THE HOUSE RACE FOR THE KENTUCKY'S SIXTH DISTRICT BETWEEN ANDY BARR AND MCGRATH, THAT'S BEEN AN INTERESTING ONE TO WATCH AS WELL. THAT'S OBVIOUSLY SEEN AS A REFERENDUM ON THE PRESIDENT'S SIDE. TELL ME ABOUT THE DYNAMIC AT PLAY. WHAT WILL YOU BE LOOKING FOR? >> THE FACT HE IS SIGNIFICANT. ALTHOUGH THAT RACE IS NOT LIKE A DEEP RED DISTRICT WHERE YOU WILL NEVER HAVE A CHANCE TO PLAY. BUT THIS IS WHAT THEY HAVE DONE AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THEY HAVE REALLY DONE A GOOD JOB IN MANY DISTRICTS, MATCHING THEM WITH THE RIGHT CANDIDATE. THERE AREN'T A LOT OF PLACES WHERE YOU HAVE KIND OF A BLUE, YOU KNOW, FAR LEFT PERSON PUSHING IT. BUT SHE IS THE FIRST MARINE COMBAT PILOT I BELIEVE AS A WOMAN. YOU KNOW, SHE IS PRETTY, SHE'S NOT A BIG PROGRESSIVE. YOU WON'T SEE HER OUT WAVING THE ABOLISH ICE SIGN, RUNNING A VERY SMART AND WELL-FUNDED CAMPAIGN. WHEN YOU GIVE PEOPLE TWO CANDIDATES THAT ARE LIKE YEAH, I LIKE THEM BOTH. THEN YOU'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WAVE. IT'S A LOT EASIER TO SEND A MESSAGE BY VOTING FOR SOMEONE YOU DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAN WHEN THEY MIGHT ASK YOU TO VOTE FOR SOMEONE OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE. THAT'S WHY IT'S COMPETITIVE. >> I KNOW THEY ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS IN WHICH THEY COULD COMPETE. WE WERE TALKING EARLIER ABOUT THE FACT THAT YOU NOW HAVE AN EFFORT ON THE PART OF DEMOCRATS TO RECRUIT. ACTIVELY RECRUIT PEOPLE WITH MILITARY BACKGROUNDS FOR THESE POSITIONS TO TRY TO RUN. >> RIGHT. >> ONE OF THE THINGS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, YOU HAVE A LOT OF CANDIDATES ON THE YOUNGER END OF THE SKILLS WHO ARE COMING OUT OF THESE WARS AS A VETERAN OF IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN. THEY'RE LOOKING TO GET INVOLVED IN PUBLIC SERVICE. YOU HAVE SEEN A SHIFT IN NOT JUST HAVING MORE VETERANS ON THE BALLOT, BUT ALSO I THINK IT WAS ED O'KEEFE WHO WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW THIS HAS GIVEN THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO ALSO SHOW THAT THEY CAN TALK ABOUT ISSUES SUCH AS NATIONAL SECURITY AND JUST, YOU KNOW, VETERAN ISSUES THAT THEY HAVE BEEN OWNED BY THE REPUBLICANS. BUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY, YOU'VE SEEN DEMOCRATS, THEY REALLY PUT AN EMPHASIS IN WHAT WE WERE SAYING WITH THE STATE AND ALSO RECRUITING THE RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN. AND AS WE SAID, SOMEONE IN RESPONSE TO THE PRESIDENT AND TRYING TO MAKE A STATEMENT. AND COALITIONS THAT WILL TREND DEMOCRATS, BUT HAVE NOT ALWAYS TURNED OUT BECAUSE THEY DID NOT FEEL THEY WERE REPRESENTED AS THAT MIGHT BE ABOUT TO CHANGE. >> NEWS OUT OF OHIO. THERE YOU WILL SEE OUT OF OHIO. CAITLIN, YOU KNOW, THIS HAS BEEN A RACE WE HAVE NOT TALKED A LOT ABOUT. THIS IS SIGNIFICANT AS WELL OBVIOUSLY. >> I'M FASCINATED BY OHIO. REMEMBER THIS IS A STATE THAT OVERWHELMINGLY VOTED FOR DONALD TRUMP. THAT HE WOULD LIKE TO REFERENCE A LOT. BUT SHARON BROWN IS A VERY PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRAT WHO HAS LEANED INTO ISSUES ON TRADE, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT ARE MORE IN LINE WITH SOME OF THESE OBAMA TO TRUMP VOTERS THAT WE HAVE SEEN CONVERT IN 2016. SO IT HAS NOT BEEN THAT COMPETITIVE OF A RACE. SHARON BROWN IS VERY WELL KNOWN IN A STATE WITH THEIR OWN IDENTITY IN THE STATE. KIND OF APART FROM THE NATIONAL PARTY HERE. BUT AGAIN, THE FACT THAT DEMOCRATS, THEY ARE COMPETITIVE IN 2016 IN PLACES THAT THE PRESIDENT WON OVERWHELMINGLY IN PLACES LIKE OHIO, BUT ALSO PLACES THAT HE BARELY WON, BUT CHANGED THE DYNAMIC, YOU KNOW, WISCONSIN, COMPETITIVE RACES DEMOCRATS ARE POISED TO DO WELL AND MICHIGAN AND ALSO THEY WERE EYEING THEM TONIGHT, KIND OF THIS MIDWESTERN TRANSITION WE SAW IN 2016 AS THEY WERE SWINGING BACK TO DEMOCRATS THIS TIME AROUND HERE TO STAY OR WILL IT HAVE A SNAPSHOT IN TIME? >> WERE YOUR RELATIVES EXCITED ABOUT THE CONTEST? >> THEY VOTED EARLY. MY MOTHER-IN-LAW TEXTED ME. >> I ASK BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE SAY IT FEELS DIFFERENT THIS YEAR. I WONDER WHAT THEY WOULD FEEL. >> IT'S INTERESTING BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNOR'S RACE IN WANTING TO SEE IF THAT IS SPLIT OR IF I GOES IN THE WAY OF THIS RACE. BECAUSE THE GOVERNOR IS ALSO VERY WELL KNOWN IN THE STATE RUNNING AGAINST RICHARD CORDRAY. IT IS A PROTEGEE OF ELIZABETH WARREN. >> IT COULD BE AS FAR AS SOMETHING FEELING DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS YEAR. TALKING TO SOME OF THOSE IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA, THERE HAVE BEEN HIGHER TURNOUT AMONG ASIAN AMERICANS, AMONG SOUTH ASIAN- AMERICANS BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY HEAVILY POPULATED IN THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA SUBURBS. I THINK THEY ALSO TURNED OUT IN HIGHER NUMBERS AND THE GOVERNOR'S RACE LAST YEAR. SO THIS IS OBVIOUSLY, AGAIN, SOMEWHAT OF A REFERENDUM ON THE PRESIDENT, THROUGH A LOT OF THEIR POLICIES HAVE TARGETED SOME OF THE COMMUNITIES, IN TURN IGNITED BACKLASH AT THE POLLS. >> LET'S TALK ABOUT FLORIDA BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING THIS LEADING UP TO THIS DAY, TALKING ABOUT THESE CANDIDATES. YOU HAVE ANDREW GILLUM, TALLAHASSEE MAYOR AND FORMER CONGRESSMAN RON DESANTIS. YOU'LL SEE A TOSS-UP RIGHT NOW. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON HOW THIS PLAYED OUT? I DON'T WANT TO GO WAY BACK, BUT BASICALLY THE STORY LINE GOING INTO THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY. THERE WAS THIS ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICAN WHO WAS EXPECTED TO WIN. YOU HAVE HIM WITH THE CONSTITUENCY OF ONE, GETTING THE SUPPORT OF THE PRESIDENT, SO MUCH SO THERE WAS A TWEET, RIGHT? BACK IN JULY? THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING. >> I GOT A TWEET THIS MORNING FROM A LONG-TIME ACTIVIST WITH ONE SENTENCE. WHEN THEY WOULD WIN BY 10. SHE'S NOT RIGHT ON THAT. NOBODY WINS BY 10. BUT THAT'S THE POINT. YOU WOULD NOT BE IN THIS RACE. >> SO TELL US ABOUT IT. >> A GUY WHO DECIDED TO PLAY THE TRUMP CARD HARD, THE SAME APPROACH. I THINK SOME OF THE TALK EARLY ON ABOUT RACE WHEN THEY WOULD MAKE IT AROUND, I THINK THAT PEOPLE WENT TO IT. I DON'T REALLY KNOW WHERE YOU GREW UP, I GREW UP IN L.A., I HEARD THAT IN BOTH PHRASES. PLAYING ON THE SAME END OF THE POLITICAL FIELD TO HELP AMPLIFY THAT. MEANWHILE, GILLUM IS A VERY DYNAMIC CAMPAIGNER. HE IS PRETTY FAR LEFT. AT LEAST THE WAY IT USED TO BE CHANGING SO FAST. I ALSO THINK IT WILL HELP WITH THE MAYOR BECAUSE MAYORS, THEY COULD NOT AFFORD. THEY NEED TO MAKE THINGS WORK. IF YOU HAVE SOMEBODY WHOSE BACKGROUND IS LIKE A LEGISLATOR, WHATEVER, HE SHOWS, THE EXECUTIVE. AND HE HAS MADE THIS A WELL RACE. NOW TELL US ABOUT THE BACKDROP TO THIS RACE. THE DYNAMIC HERE IS AN INTERESTING ONE. NOT QUITE CLEAR IF THEY COULD PULL IT OFF. >> I DID INTERVIEW BOTH CANDIDATES ON THE SAME DAY, THIS IS A DISTRICT WELL REPRESENTED, A REPUBLICAN, VERY, VERY POPULAR IN THIS DISTRICT. WE KNOW HER, OF COURSE, COVERING CAPITOL HILL, VERY DYNAMIC PERSONALITY. SO THIS RACE, IT WAS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT REALLY FOR THE DEMOCRATS BECAUSE OF THE REPUBLICAN FOOTPRINT IN THE STATE. SHALALA IS A FORMER CLINTON ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL. SERVING WITH THE SECRETARY AND A QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER SHE COULD GALVANIZE DEMOCRATS IN THAT DISTRICT THE WAY THAT OTHERS WERE AROUND THE COUNTRY. HER OPPONENT INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH FORMER UNIVISION ANCHOR WAS VERY MUCH TRUE. I TALKED TO HER ABOUT THAT AND ALSO TALKING ABOUT WAYS IN WHICH SHE COULD WORK AS A BIPARTISAN LAWMAKER. SHE WAS VERY MUCH TRYING TO CARVE OUT HER OWN IDENTITY FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. SO THIS IS A REAL INTERESTING TEST ABOUT WHETHER YOU COULD DO THAT IN THIS KIND OF ENVIRONMENT. AT LEAST WITH THIS DISTRICT, IT WILL BE A CONCERN. THEY HAD THE WINNING STRATEGY. >> AND IT IS ONE OF THE FEW SEATS THEY WERE THINKING. >> THEY REALLY CAMPAIGNED HARD WITH THE LEAD. I THINK IT WILL BE A TRUMP CASUALTY. >> WHAT WILL BE REALLY INTERESTING TO WATCH ABOUT FLORIDA IS WHAT PERHAPS MIGHT LOOK LIKE AN ANDREW GILLUM AFFECT NOW. SOME OF THESE EARLY NUMBERS. REAL LARGE TURNOUT WITH SOME OF THE DEMOCRATIC COUNTIES. THE INCUMBENT SENATE DEMOCRAT WHO HAS WRITTEN OFF REGARDED AS ALL, BUT LIKELY TO LOSE TO OUTGOING GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT. BUT SOME OF THESE EARLY NUMBERS, SHOWING THE ADVANTAGE IS ALSO SHOWING THE BOOST, VERY POSSIBLE THAT THEY WILL CARRY THEM OVER THE LINE IN HIS STRATEGY. I SPENT SOME TIME OUT THERE LAST WEEKEND. WHEN YOU CUT THE AD, THE POSITION AS THE TRUMP ACCOLADE, TEACHING THEM ALL. >> YES, HE MADE IT A BASE-ONLY ELECTION. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS FLORIDA IS MAYBE A THIRD OF NON- SITE VOTERS, ALSO THE YOUNGER VOTING POPULATIONS, YOU THINK OF THEM AS REPUBLICANS AND ALSO RETIRE FROM THE EAST COAST FROM OTHER CLEANING AREAS. I THINK THEY RECOGNIZE THE STATE IS MORE DIVERSE THAN THEY MAY HAVE CAMPAIGNED ON. >> LET'S TALK ABOUT A WHOLE LOT >> THIS WILL NOT BE THAT BIG AND NOT A BASE MIDTERM THAT IT WILL BE FASCINATING ON WHERE IT WILL FALL IN THE SPECTRUM OF THE TURNOUT CLOSER TO THE GENERAL, BAD NEWS FOR REPUBLICANS. >> LET'S TALK ABOUT THESE TWORACES. HERE IS MISSOURI, CLAIRE MCCASKILL. A TOSS-UP RIGHT NOW, NOT A SURPRISE. THIS IS A STATE THAT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT, CONTINUOUSLY. YOU HAVE PRESIDENT TRUMP VERY MUCH HAVING MISSOURI TOP OF MIND. THERE YOU SEE THE NUMBERS IN TENNESSEE, THE TOSS-UP RIGHT NOW. LET'S GO BACK TO MISSOURI AS THIS IS A STATE WHERE CLAIRE MCCASKILL WAS FOCUSED ON THE LASER. THIS IS SOMETHING OVER AND OVER AGAIN, A DISCIPLINE ABOUT HER MESSAGE AND THAT IS PREEXISTING CONDITIONS. >> ABSOLUTELY. AGAIN, LEANING INTO THE DEMOCRATIC MESSAGING NATIONWIDE ON HEALTH CARE, BUT ALSO KIND OF TRYING TO ESTABLISH HERSELF AS DIFFERENT FROM THE DEMOCRATIC BRAND NATIONALLY. SO THIS WILL BE A TEST AS WE WERE SAYING FOR THE DEMOCRATS IN THIS CASE AS WE WILL BE LOOKING AT 10 SENATE RACES WHERE THEY ARE DEFENDING THE SEATS THAT THEY WON BY 19, 20 POINTS. VERY BELOVED IN THE STATE OF MISSOURI. JOSH HOLLY, THE REPUBLICAN OPPONENT, THE STATE OF 20 GENERAL WAS CONSIDERED THE TOP REPUBLICAN RECRUIT FOR THIS CYCLE. HE'S YOUNG TALKING VERY MUCH ABOUT THE JU DISH SYSTEMS, THE KAVANAUGH PICK — JUDICIAL SYSTEMS, THE KAVANAUGH PICK. IF THEY ARE ABLE TO SQUEEZE OUT A WIN, THAT'LL TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THE MOOD IF SHE IS ABLE TO WIN IN A STATE LIKE MISSOURI. >> HOW ABOUT THOSE CRAZY DEMOCRATS, THEY WILL NOT BE TUNING OUT NOW THAT THEY SUPPORT THE WALL AND ABORTION ISSUE. SHE HAS DEFINITELY CRAFTED HER MESSAGE VERY MUCH FOR THE VOTERS OF MISSOURI PARTICULARLY IN THE PAST TWO WEEKS. >> IT WILL BE TOUGH FOR SURE TO SEE IF THAT STRATEGY IS GOING TO WORK. BUT LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT INDIANA. IT'S A TOSS-UP RIGHT NOW, MIKE BRAUN AND SENATOR JOE DONNELLY. BUT AGAIN ANOTHER PLACE, SABRINA, WHERE WE HAVE SEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP IN THESE FINAL DAYS REALLY PUSH HARD HERE. I MEAN WHAT DOES THAT TELL US? YOU KNOW, I KEEP GOING BACK TO THIS MOMENT. WEIJIA JIANG, OUR WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT, MENTIONED THE PRESIDENT DURING A RALLY THERE IN FT. WAYNE. BROUGHT UP TO THE STAGE IVANKA TRUMP, KELLYANNE CONWAY, AND SARAH SANDERS. WHEN I HEARD THAT, I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, DOES IT HAVE TO DO WITH THE SUBURBAN WOMEN? SOME SENSE IN INDIANA, THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE IS NOT NECESSARILY GOING TO BE THE MOST POWERFUL MESSAGE? BECAUSE IT'S NOT A BORDER úISSU WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT? >> A COUPLE OF FACTORS THAT PLAY INTO THAT BY BRINGING UP A COUPLE OF PROMINENT WOMEN, RAISING SOME QUESTIONS, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE ACTING AT THEIR CAPACITY. >> YES. >> WE WILL SET THAT ASIDE FOR A SECOND. JOE DONNELLY WAS ONE OF THE EARLY VULNERABLE DEMOCRATS TO COME OUT AGAINST BRETT KAVANAUGH. SO I THINK HE WOULD RECOGNIZE THIS WAS GOING TO BE AN ISSUE PARTICULARLY FOR WOMEN VOTERS IN HIS STATE BECAUSE HE HAD VOTED TO CONFIRM NEIL GORSUCH. THIS IS VERY DIFFERENT IN TERMS OF THE DYNAMICS OF THE SUPREME COURT AND VERY TELLING HE CAME OUT EARLY SAYING HE COULD NOT SUPPORT THEM. I ALSO THINK JOE DONNELLY IS SOMEONE WHO HAS WALKED THAT FINE LINE WHERE HE HAS DISTANCED HIMSELF FROM THE PRESIDENT AND ALSO AT TIMES, HE HAS TRIED TO AMPLIFY THE SUPPORT, FOR EXAMPLE, THE PRESIDENT'S BORDER WALL. YOU KNOW, NOT NECESSARILY TAKING ON AN ABOLISHED ICE TYPE OF EVENT OR POSITION, WHICH WASN'T NECESSARILY THE PLATFORM FOR TOO MANY DEMOCRATS. BUT AGAIN, TRYING TO POSITION HIMSELF AS ONE OF THE FEW REMAINING MODERATE DEMOCRATS. BUT THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN FOCUSED ON THE SENATE, WHICH I THINK THEY REALLY HAD A SENSE THAT THE HOUSE, THEY MAY BE LOST. SO THAT SALS A PART OF THE VERY TELLING ARGUMENT. THAT IT WAS VERY MUCH DRIVEN AROUND KEEPING THE SENATE. >> MIKE BRAUN RAN ADS, EXCUSE ME, JOE DONNELLY. HOW OFTEN HE VOTED WITH. HE RAN ABSOLUTELY AS A DEMOCRAT WHO IS HAPPY TO WORK WITH DOMED TRUMP. BREAKING NEWS, THE COLUMNIST HERE, ELIZABETH WARREN HAS MANAGED TO NARROWLY CLING TO HER SENATE SEAT. BY A MERE 20 POINTS. AND GOVERNOR CHARLIE BAKER, THE MOST POPULAR DEMOCRAT. THE MOST POPULAR ONE IN THE COUNTRY, AND HE IS A MASSACHUSETTS REPUBLICAN, ALSO REELECTED. >> ALL RIGHT, DO YOU WANT TO SAY SOMETHING? >> YOU'RE PICKING UP ON TWO INTERESTING THINGS THERE. FIRST, REPUBLICANS ARE DOING WELL. THE NORTHEAST IN TERMS OF GOVERNSHIP, WE ARE ALSO WATCHING FOR THE GOVERNOR'S RACE THERE. TO ELIZABETH WARREN'S REELECTION. A LOT OF POTENTIAL 2020 CANDIDATES ARE RUNNING THIS CYCLE. THEY ARE EASILY WINNING IN THEIR STATES. >> THAT'S INTERESTING. >> THEY'VE BEEN ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL FOR OTHER CANDIDATES. >> BUT THIS IS FROM STATES WHO ARE BLUE. IN OTHER WORDS THEY WILL RUN IN AN ELECTION WHERE YOU HAVE TO GET PEOPLE TO WALK ACROSS A LINE AND THEY'VE DONE NOTHING TO ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS EXCEPT TO GET PEOPLE TO AGREE WITH THEM AND SUPPORT THEM, WHICH IS INTERESTING. BACK TO THE NEW ENGLAND THING AS WELL. THE COST TO THE DECISION TO NATIONALIZE THE ELECTION, THERE IS A CHANCE ABOUT A MONTH AGO WHEN THEY COULD HAVE WON EVERY NEW ENGLAND GOVERNSHIP. IMAGINE THAT IN THIS ERA OF ANGER, AGGRESSION, TO HAVE EVERY STATE WITH THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR. NOW IT LOOKS LIKE THE GOVERNOR WILL HOLD ON, BUT THAT'S THE WORD WE ARE GETTING. PROBABLY GONE FOR SURE AND CONNECTICUT PROBABLY GONE. DON'T KNOW ABOUT MAINE. BUT INSTEAD OF SIX, YOU ARE NOW TALKING ABOUT TWO. >> ALL RIGHT, STANDBY. WE NEED TO SNEAK IN A QUICK BREAK. AND HANG ON ONE MOMENT, WE WILL CONTINUE THIS DISCUSSION. A QUICK BREAK. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. STAY WITH US. YOU'RE STREAMING CBSN. >>> WELCOME BACK TO CBSN CONTINUING ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE. WANT TO SHOW YOU THE PICTURE IN TEXAS AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW IN THE SENATE RACE BETWEEN BETO O'ROURKE AND TED CRUZ. THIS IS A RACE WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING CLOSELY. THERE YOU CAN SEE OBVIOUSLY A VERY TIGHT RACE RIGHT NOW. AND LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS WITH THE CEO AND CO-FOUNDER OF THE TEXAS TRIBUNE. EVAN SMITH. EVAN, LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE SURPRISED BY WHAT WE HAVE SEEN SO FAR IN THAT RACE. >> OH, I'M ABSOLUTELY SURPRISED. THIS IS A STATE THAT HAS NOT HAD COMPETITIVE ELECTIONS FOR 24 YEARS. NO DEMOCRAT HAS COME WITHIN TEN MILES OF A REPUBLICAN SINCE ANN RICHARDS WAS ELECTED IN 1990. A COUPLE OF BALLOT RACES IN '94. BUT THEY HAVE HAD NOTHING GOING ON FOR THE LAST 24 YEARS. THE EARLY VOTE THAT HAS COME IN SO FAR HAS O'ROURKE DOUBLING TED CRUZ IN DALLAS COUNTY. IT HAS O'ROURKE UP BY 18 IN BEAR COUNTY HOME TO SAN ANTONIO. MOST IMPORTANT, TERIN, COUNTY, WHERE FORT WORTH IS SITUATED, IS THE MOST CONSERVATIVE LARGE COUNTY IN THIS COUNTRY. AND O'ROURKE AND CRUZ ARE TED EVEN. >> WOW. >> AND THESE VOTE NUMBERS ARE STUNNING. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN. THERE ARE SO MANY VOTES TO BE COUNTED. THE FACT THAT WE ARE EVEN HAVING THIS CONVERSATION NOW IS NEWS ITSELF. >> AND SO YOU KNOW GOING INTO THIS. THINGS WERE REALLY LOOKING AT THE END. I MEAN TIGHT, BUT FOR TED CRUZ, YOU KNOW, THAT WAS SORT OF THE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM. >> SURE. >> I TALKED ABOUT THIS TO ONE OF THE DEMOCRATIC STRATEGISTS WE HAVE. THE POLLS WERE NOT CAPTURING THE FIRST-TIME VOTERS THAT MIGHT BE COMING OUT FOR BETO O'ROURKE, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT? >> ELAINE, I REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED IN 2010 WHEN ALL OF US UNDERCOUNTED THE TEA PARTY VOTERS. WE DIDN'T KNOW THE TEA PARTY VOTERS EXISTED. SO THE PREDICTION OF REPUBLICANS HAVING A GOOD YEAR WERE WAY UNDER WHAT ENDED UP HAPPENING. THIS MAY BE THE INVERSE OF THAT YEAR WHERE WE HAVE UNDERCONSISTENTED TRADITIONALLY THE DEMOCRATIC VOTERS, PEOPLE OF COLOR, YOUNG PEOPLE, SOME URBAN AND SUBURBAN WOMEN WHO BASED ON THE MODELING OF THE ELECTIONS DID NOT TURN OUT TO THE DEGREE WHERE WE DIDN'T IMAGINE IT WOULD TURN OUT TO THE DEGREE THAT THEY ULTIMATELY HAVE TURNED OUT. AGAIN, WE DON'T KNOW YET. THE EARLY VOTE NUMBERS WERE ENORMOUS, BUT WE ALSO DIDN'T KNOW IF THE EARLY VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO VOTE THAT MUCH MORE THAT THEY WOULD TURN OUT EARLY AND ELECTION DAY VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS WERE ACTUALLY DOWN. TWO-WEEK PERIOD FOR THE EARLY VOTE. WE DON'T KNOW IF WE MODELED RIGHT. LET ME TELL YOU ON THE POINT ABOUT CRUZ. CRUZ HAD THIS RACE BY FOUR, FIVE POINTS. THIS WAS A MID SINGLE, EVEN MID- HIGH SINGLE-DIGIT RACE FOR CRUZ. THE IDEA O'ROURKE WOULD MAKE THIS COMPETITIVE, IF THIS RACE IS AS CLOSE AS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, IT WILL BE A STUNNER. EVEN IF THEY LOSE, A LOT OF THEM AT THE LEVEL WILL WIN. I CANNOT STATE LOUDLY ENOUGH OR FIRMLY ENOUGH HAD THEY BEEN DEAD IN THIS STATE FOR THE LAST 24 YEARS. >> SO YOU MENTIONED THE COUNTY, EVAN, THAT IS A CONSERVATIVE COUNTY WHERE WE ARE WAITING ON RESULTS FROM, RIGHT? >> YES. >> AND SO WE SHOULD ALSO NOTE THEIR DISTRICT IN EL PASO WILL BE CLOSING. HOW COULD THAT AFFECT THE COUNTING OF THE VOTES EARLY ON? >> HE COULD WIN THEM HAND OVER FOOT, RIGHT? BUT I DON'T KNOW IF IT IS NECESSARILY ENOUGH TO PULL HIM AHEAD IFHE IS DOWN IN OTHERPLACES. THE NON-CITIES, THE MORE RURAL YOU GET ARE RED. O'ROURKE HAS TO RUN THE SCORE UP IN THE BIG CITIES. AGAIN, THEY WON DALLAS, HARRIS, WHICH IS DALLAS, HOUSTON, SAN ANTONIO, AUSTIN, BUT LOST FORT WORTH. OBAMA TWICE, CLINTON ONCE. THE FACT HE HAS HELD THEM TO 50/50 IS SOMETHING. AND HE IS 10 POINTS AHEAD IN FORT BEND, COUNTY, WHICH IS A VERY DIVERSE COUNTY TOWARDS HOUSTON. BUT THEY WON THAT IN THE LAST ELECTION AND WON TWICE. THE FACT THEY ARE MAKE ENROWS WILL TELL THIS WILL BE A BETTER NIGHT. >> WE WILL CONTINUE TO WATCH IT. EVAN SMITH, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR INSIGHT. HOPE WE COULD BRING YOU BACK AS THIS NIGHT WARES ON, WE APPRECIATE IT. >>> LET'S BRING IN KENNY FINNEY, A SENIOR ADVISER TO STACEY ABRAMS WHO JOINS US NOW FROM ATLANTA. HERE ONSET WE HAVE KATE — ON SET WE HAVE CAITLIN HUEY-BURNS, REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST, LESLIE SANCHEZ, AND DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST LYNDA TRAN. LET ME START WITH YOU ON THIS GUBERNATORIAL RACE IN GEORGIA, WHICH WAS IMPACTED BY VOTER SUPPRESSION. HOW DID THAT INFORM THE STRATEGY YOU TOOK IN STACEY ABRAM'S CAMPAIGN? >> WELL, IT IS GREAT TO BE WITH YOU. ONE OF THE THINGS THIS CAMPAIGN HAS DONE IS TO BUILD A VOTER PROTECTION EFFORT OVER A YEAR AGO AND THAT IS A PART OF HOW WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TRACK PROBLEMS FOR OVERA YEAR AND SO TODAY WE HAVE VERY — FOR OVER A YEAR AND SO TODAY WE ARE ABLE TO KEEP POLLS OPEN IN A COUPLE OF LOCATIONS IN SOME OF THE LARGEST VOTE OR COUNTIES, WHERE WE HAVE SEEN SOME OF THE LONGEST LINES, DESPITE THE FACT IN FULTON COUNTY THERE IS A WAREHOUSE FULL OF 700 VOTING MACHINES JUST READY TO BE USED, BUT NOT BEING DEPLOYED. SO REALLY THE EFFORT HAS BEEN HAVING AN ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH VOTERS. WE HAVE FOLKS LIKE, YOU KNOW, P. DIDDY AND LUDACRIS HELPING PEOPLE TO STAY IN LINE. SO ONCE YOU'RE IN LINE EVEN WHEN THE POLLS CLOSE, YOU GET TO VOTE. IT IS A VERY MULTI-LAYERED EFFORT. >> HOW ARE YOU FEEL, KAREN, ABOUT HOW THINGS WENT TODAY? POLLS GOING INTO THIS WERE SHOWING STACEY ABRAMS AND BRIAN KEMP NECK AND NECK. >> YEAH. I HAVE TO TELL YOU, FEELING GOOD. YOU NEVER TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED HAVING WORKED ON HILLARY'S RACE IN 2016. THAT IS MY MANTRA ON THE WALL. OF COURSE, YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT COULD HAPPEN WHEN THE VOTERS HAVE THEIR SAY. OBVIOUSLY IT'S BEEN A VERY VOLATILE YEAR IN TERMS OF THE ELECTORATE. WE'RE SEEING THIS IN ALL PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WHERE AGAIN, IT HAS BEEN HARD TO PREDICT TO TELL YOU WHAT'S GOING ON. SO WHERE WE FEEL GOOD IN A LOT OF THE PARTS OF THE COUNTRY AND WHERE WE HAVE WORKED HARD, I MEAN, IT'S BEEN TO REALLY EXPAND THE ELECTORATE AND TO REACH OUT TO NEW VOTERS, PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER VOTED BEFORE, CALLED DROP-OFF VOTERS, THOSE WHO TEND NOT TO VOTE IN THESE MID-TERM ELECTIONS TO MOTIVATE THEM AND GET THEM TO THE POLLS AS YOU HAVE SEEN THAT IN A LOT OF PLACES WHERE IT WILL BE KEY TO A LOT OF THE GAINS WITH DEMOCRATS THIS YEAR. >> A MOMENT AGO AWE YOU MENTIONED SOME OF THEM GETTING PEOPLE OUT TO THE POLLS. I WONDER IF YOU THINK THERE IS MORE THAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE TO ENERGIZE AFRICAN AMERICAN VOTERS IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA. >> I HAVE TO TELL YOU AT THIS POINT FROM WHAT WE ARE SEEING, TURNOUT IN THIS STATE HAS BEEN PHENOMENAL THROUGH EARLY VOTE TODAY AS I MENTIONED IN SOME OF THESE COUNTIES THAT ARE PREDOMINANTLY AFRICAN AMERICAN VOTERS. THE LINES IN SOME PLACES, THEY HAVE WAITED FOUR HOURS, BUT THEY HAVE BEEN DETERMINED TO STAY IN LINE. SO I FEEL VERY GOOD ABOUT WHAT HAS BEEN DONE HERE AND I HOPE AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE WILL, YOU KNOW, THAT WILL YIELD THE RESULTS WE WANT AND STACEY WILL BE THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF THE STATE. >> I'M CURIOUS, KAREN, THIS IS A CONTEST THAT HAS HAD AN ISSUE OF RACE VERY MUCH A PART OF THIS DISCUSSION. HOW HAS THAT IMPACTED THE CAMPAIGN AND THE STRATEGY AND THE TONE AND THE WAY THAT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS STRATEGY MOVING FORWARD. >> YEAH. YOU KNOW, I MEAN LOOK, ANY TIME FOR WOMEN CANDIDATES AND CERTAINLY WOMEN OF COLOR. THIS HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE YEAR IN TERMS OF THE NUMBER OF WOMEN RUNNING AND THE NUMBER OF WOMEN RUNNING AT ALL LEVELS. STACEY'S RACE IS HIGH PROFILE. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT PRESSLEY AND OTHER STATE LEGISLATIVE RACES, IT HAS BEEN AN UNPRECEDENTED YEAR. BUT OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE UNIQUE CHALLENGES THAT WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR FACE. WE HAVE TRIED TO TAKE THOSE THINGS INTO ACCOUNT. BUT I WILL TELL YOU WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST CRITICAL. STACEY ABRAMS IS WHO SHE IS AND YOU'RE SEEING THIS IN FLORIDA AND TEXAS WITH SOME OF THE OTHER HIGH-PROFILE RACES WHERE THEY ARE CANDIDATES WHO ARE VERY COMFORTABLE JUST TALKING TO VOTERS ABOUT THE ISSUES, WHO ARE THEMSELVES, YOU KNOW, WHO HAVE LIVED THEM AND THEY ARE CLOSER IN SOME WAYS TO THEIR LIVES OR CLOSER TO THE KIND OF LIVES THAT PEOPLE ARE LIVING TODAY. I MEAN SHE HAS BEEN HONEST, OPEN, TALKING ABOUT HER OWN ISSUES, HER OWN FINANCIAL ISSUES. SHE IS SOMEONE WHO IS A CARETAKER FOR A LOT OF FOLKS IN HER FAMILY. HER PARENTS, GRANDMOTHER, AND SHE HAS A YOUNG NIECE. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE FACING SIMILAR CHALLENGES WHEN AN OLDER RELATIVE WILL GET SICK OR, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR HOME TO A DISASTER OF SOME SORT. SO THAT IS A HUGE PART OF IT AND THAT IS TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE ON THE ISSUES AS WE HAVE SEEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HEALTH CARE, HEALTH CARE, HEALTH CARE. I CANNOT TELL YOU ENOUGH HOW MUCH HEALTH CARE HAS BEEN A HUGE THING AS THEY SUPPORT MEDICARE EXPANSION IN THIS STATE. THIS IS ON TREND WITH WHAT WE ARE SEEING ACROSS THE COUNTRY. >> ALL RIGHT, KAREN FINNEY, THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO JOIN US. >> AND LET'S TURN BACK TO OUR PANEL HERE. AND SO FASCINATING, LADIES, TO HEAR ABOUT THE DYNAMIC THIS AND ALSO THE DYNAMIC IN TEXAS. BUT LET'S START WITH GEORGIA, LYNDA, BECAUSE YOU KNOW, THE FACT IS THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF UGLINESS IN THAT CONTEST. AND YOU KNOW, THERE IS A LOT AT STAKE FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO US THE PUSH, IF IT DOESN'T WORK ULTIMATELY, IF SHE IS NOT SUCCESSFUL, WHAT WILL BE THE LESSONS TAKEN AWAY FROM THAT EXPERIENCE? AND HOW DID SHE CONDUCT HER CAMPAIGN? >> IT DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU MEAN. IF SHE IS NOT SUCCESSFUL TONIGHT, THEN WE WOULD LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY. I IMAGINE SHE WOULD CONTINUE TO DRIVE ON THE THREE ISSUES SHE'S BEEN TALKING ABOUT AS KAREN SAID AND ALSO JOBS, EDUCATION. I MEAN AS MUCH AS SHE HAS BEEN ON THE OFFENSE AS IT PERTAINS TO BRIAN KEMP AND SOME OF THE ISSUES AROUND HIM HOLDING THE ROLE OF SECRETARY OF STATE AND OVERSEEING THE ELECTION PROCESS. AS MUCH AS SHE HAS BEEN ON THE OFFENSE WITH THAT, SHE HAS BEEN VERY CONSISTENT, DRIVING FORWARD ON HER VISION FOR WHAT SHE WANTS TO DO FOR THE STATE OF GEORGIA. AND SO I IMAGINE SHE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT IF IT ENDS UP IN A RUNOFF ELECTION. IF SHE FALSE SHORT BY A LARGE MARGIN, BEYOND 1%, SO THERE IS NOT AN AUTOMATIC RECOUNT OR A WAY TO CONTEST IT, SHE WILL BE VERY YOUNG. SHE IS 44 YEARS OLD AND HAS HAD A REMARKABLE CAREER TO DATE. I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS WILL BE THE LAST WE WOULD SEE OF HER EITHER IN GEORGIA OR A NATIONAL STAGE. >> I'M ASKING TOO BECAUSE OF SORT OF A BASE STRATEGY, RIGHT? EMPLOYED HERE. I GUESS THAT'S WHAT I'M WONDERING ABOUT TOO WHERE THERE WAS A CONCENTRATED EFFORT ON THE BASE. AND IN MAKING SURE THAT THE BASE WILL TURN OUT. WILL THERE BE ANY KIND OF A REEVALUATING OF THAT STRATEGY ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE? >> I THINK IF SHE IS NOT SUCCESSFUL IT WILL BE BECAUSE OF STRUCTURAL REASONS, MASSIVE ISSUES THAT WE'LL NEED TO CHANGE AROUND THE COUNTRY. BRIAN KEMP HAS OVERSEEN DURING HIS TIME AS SECRETARY OF STATE 1.5 MILLION VOTERS PURGED. THERE ARE ALL THESE ISSUES THAT WE HAVE TALKED A THE FACT HE IS OVERSEEING HIMSELF OR ALL THESE OTHER ISSUES THAT SYSTEMATICALLY DISENFRANCHISE THEM FROM THE COLOR AS WELL. AND SO WHILE YOU MAY DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE AND LEAVE YOUR HEART OUT ON THE FIELD AND HIT THOSE VOTERS, ORGANIZING, USING THE BEST POSSIBLE VIEW, THEN IT WILL BE AN UPHILL BATTLE. >> THE BASE STRATEGY, LESLIE, SOMETHING WE WOULD SEE ON THAT SIDE AS WELL WITH THIS CANDIDATE. AND SO WHAT IS YOUR SENSE OF THE FEELING NOW? GEORGIA IN 2018, WHETHER OR NOT THAT CAN ACTUALLY WORK OR IF PERHAPS, YOU KNOW, DEMOGRAPHICS HAVE CHANGED, SO IT IS NOT NECESSARILY GOING TO BE AS RESONATING OF A STRATEGY AS IT MAY HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST. >> JUST RECENTLY WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ESPECIALLY IN GEORGIA, THE NEW LATINO SOUTH. BECAUSE I MEAN A LOT OF THOSE AREAS WHERE YOU HAVE KIND OF URBAN FLIGHT, YOU KNOW, INTO THE SUBURBS THAT WERE PREDOMINANTLY WHITE, AND NOW THEY ARE LATINO AND YOU HAVE APARTMENT COMPLEXES, EVERYBODY IS LIKE WELCOME. >> RIGHT. AND YOU KNOW, THEY ARE HAVING SALSA AND CULINARY SCHOOLS WHO WANT TO LEARN HOW TO BLEND WITH THE CULTURE. AND SO GEORGIA IS CHANGING AND IT HAS BEEN CHANGING FOR QUITE A WHILE. BUT REALLY, WHAT IS A FASCINATING THING IS THE TURNOUT ISSUE. YOU SAY IT, BUT FOR US WHO ARE IN THIS BUSINESS ALL THE TIME, IT WILL BE HARD TO GET PEOPLE TO VOTE. WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET YOUNG PEOPLE, VOTERS, SOCCER MOMS, ALL THESE PEOPLE TO VOTE, IT WILL BE A BIG PUSH AND THIS IS ASTOUNDING WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE CASE. I WANT TO GO BACK TO TEXAS WHERE WE HEARD EARLIER TONIGHT, IF THERE IS AN EIGHT MILLION VOTER TURNOUT, THAT WOULD BE A VERY BAD DAY FOR TED CRUZ. NOW IT LOOKS LIKE WE'LL BE CLOSER TO THOSE NUMBERS WHERE YOU ARE SEEING THERE IS SUCH AN ADVANTAGE IN TERMS OF REPUBLICAN REGISTRATION IN THE STATE OF TEXAS. IT WOULD HAVE TO BE A MASSIVE WAVE LIKE THAT OF TURNOUT. TO FLIP SUCH A RED STATE AND WHEN THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT WHERE I AM FROM, AT ONE POINT THEY WROTE THIS SOMEONE OF THE REDDEST COUNTIES IN AMERICA IN COMPARISON TO NANCY PELOSI, SHOWING YOU WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. >> AND REGARDLESS OF WHAT HAPPENS IN BOTH GEORGIA AND IN TEXAS AND THE FACT THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE VOTING FOR THE FIRST TIME AND TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE REGISTERED TO VOTE FOR THE FIRST TIME. VOTING IS A HABIT. SO WHILE THERE'S A LOT OWN GAUGEMENT, THE FACT THAT THAT KIND OF STRUCTURE HAS BEEN BUILT WILL, YOU KNOW, READ DIVIDENDS IN THE FUTURE. >> LET'S TURN TO FLORIDA. WE WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS SENATE RACE THERE. AND SO FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR, RICK SCOTT AND BILL NELSON STILL A TOSS-UP RIGHT NOW WITH 94% OF THE VOTE IN. CAITLIN, WE WERE IN FLORIDA NOT THAT LONG AGO FOR RED & BLUE. TELL US ABOUT THE DYNAMIC HERE AND THE FINE LINE THEY IS HAVE TRIED TO WALK IN TERMS OF APPEARING WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP SOMETIMES AND DISTANCING HIMSELF FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP SOMETIMES. >> RIGHT, WHICH IS A VERY DIFFERENT STRATEGY THAN THE REPUBLICAN AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET OR WHO WE THINK WILL BE AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET, WHERE HE WILL BE THE CURRENT GOVERNOR I SHOULD SAY OF FLORIDA, AND HE IS RUNNING FOR SENATE AND HE WON BOTH OF HIS RACES BY JUST ONE POINT, WHICH SHOWS YOU HOW CLOSE FLORIDA ELECTIONS ARE AND HIS STRATEGY HAS BEEN TO REALLY PLAY INTO HIS EXPERIENCE AS THE CURRENT HEAD OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA. AND WE SAW HIM A LOT DURING THE HURRICANES. HE WAS OUT THERE ON TV AND OUT THERE IN HIS COMMUNITIES, REALLY TRYING TO USE HIS PLATFORM AS GOVERNOR TO SHOW THAT HE WILL BE CAPABLE OF HANDLING THESE SORTS OF THINGS. BUT WHAT WILL BE REALLY INTERESTING ABOUT THIS RACE, ALL THE ATTENTION IS FOCUSED ON THE GOVERNOR'S RACE. NO ONE IS REALLY TALKING ABOUT BILL NELSON, IN STATES THAT THE PRESIDENT WON. AND BILL NELSON, HE DOESN'T HAVE THAT SAME KIND OF IDENTITY IN THE STATE THAT HE CAN CAPITALIZE ON AND HAS VERY MUCH BEEN DEPENDING ON ANDREW GILLUM TO KIND OF HELP LIFT HIS VOTE AT LEAST IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA RIGHT NOW. YOU'VE SEEN HIM AT VARIOUS CAMPAIGN EVENTS WITH GILLUM, FORMER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, WHO HAS BEEN ACTIVELY CAMPAIGNING IN THE STATE. >> THERE YOU SEE THE NUMBERS FOR THE CONTEST IN FLORIDA. VERY MUCH NECK AND NECK RON DESANTIS AND ANDREW GILLUM IN A RACE THAT REALLY, I THINK, LYNDA, I'M SURE BILL NELSON WAS JOKING, IS HE GOING TO SEND FLOWERS TO ANDREW GILLUM IF HE WILL BE ABLE TO PULL A WIN OFF TONIGHT? AND TELL ME ABOUT SENATOR NELSON'S STRATEGY GOING INTO THIS? IT SEEMS LIKE WE HAVEN'T NECESSARILY HEARD QUITE AS MUCH FROM HIM ABOUT THIS. >> I THINK THAT'S ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. ALL THE ATTENTION HAS BEEN ON ANDREW GILLUM TO THOSE VIRAL VIDEOS AND EVERY DISCUSSION WILL BE ABOUT THIS DYNAMIC YOUNG MAN AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET. HE HAS A RECORD OF HIS OWN WHERE HE HAS BEEN THE SENATOR FOR QUITE A WHILE AND HE COULD TALK ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND JOBS. HE CAN TALK ABOUT LEADERSHIPS IN WASHINGTON. IF I'M, YOU KNOW, HIS CAMP, THEN I'M PROBABLY HOPING THAT ALL OF THAT TALK WILL SPILL OVER AND REALLY HELP HIM AS WELL. >> AND GOING INTO THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY, ANDREW GILLUM WASN'T EVEN TALKED ABOUT, RIGHT? REMIND US ABOUT THAT. >> AT SOME POINT HE WAS NUMBER FOUR ON THE LIST WHERE THEY WERE HEADING HIM INTO THE POLLS. >> HE WAS DEFINITELY NOT SUPPOSE TO WIN. WHEN GRAHAM WAS HEAVILY FAVORED. >> EXACTLY. SOMEBODY WITH A LONG STANDING HISTORY FROM A FAMILY THAT HAS HAD A LONG STANDING HISTORY WHERE HE WAS OUT OF NOWHERE AND BLEW EVERYBODY'S MINDS. HE WASN'T SOMEBODY WHO CAME IN WITH A LOT OF MONEY. SO WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU THEN, LINDA, AS A DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST ABOUT THIS SORT OF — LYNDA, AS A DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST ABOUT THIS SORT OF CHANGING VIEWS. AND THIS SELF-PROCLAIMED PROGRESSIVE. SOMEONE WHO YOU KNOW, A YOUNG AFRICAN AMERICAN WHO WAS ABLE TO SORT OF BEAT OUT THE REST OF THE FIELD BECAUSE A LOT OF FOLKS HAVE SAID WELL, WE'VE HAD OUR EYE ON HIM, BUT IT WASN'T UNTIL THE ACTUAL PRIMARY NIGHT WHERE WE SAW THIS SORT OF EMERGENCE OF ANDREW GILLUM AS THE NATIONAL STORY. >> PEOPLE WERE THINKING OF HIM AS SOMEBODY'S TIME THAT WILL COME. HE IS YOUNG, YOU KNOW, HE IS SOMEBODY WHO IS SITTING THERE TURNED OUT THE WAY THEY DID DURING THEDEMOCRATIC PRIMARY, WE WOULD HAVE HEARD FROM HIM AGAIN. BUT IT WILL SPEAK TO SOME OF THE POLITICS, WHICH IS THAT AUTHENTICITY, THE LIKE ABILITY FACTOR, SOMEBODY WHO WILL ELECTRIFY THE CROWDS WHEN HE IS AT THE CROWDS AND THEY FEEL LIKE HE WILL HEAR THEM AND UNDERSTANDS THEM. HE'S ONE OF THEM AND KNOWS THE CHALLENGES. SO THEY BELIEVE IN HIS LEADERSHIP. >> AND WHAT WILL BE REALLY INTERESTING ABOUT THIS RACE. WE WERE ALL ASKING WHO IS THE LEADER RIGHT NOW? WE ARE FINDING THAT IT WILL BE REALLY KIND OF THE BASE OF THE PARTY, THESE GRASSROOTS VOTERS, WHO ARE KIND OF MOTIVATED ON THEIR OWN IT SEEMS AT LEAST ON THE PRIMARY LEVEL TO SEEK OUT CANDIDATES AND SUPPORT AND KIND OF BUILD THE PARTY FROM THERE INSTEAD OF FROM THE TOP. AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT IT APPEARS TO BE IN A LOT OF THESE RACES. >> I KNOW THEY WANT ME TO GO TO BREAK QUICKLY, BUT RON DESANTIS HAS A MILITARY BACKGROUND. HE HAS ATTACHED HIMSELF TO PRESIDENT TRUMP. >> A MODEL OF TRUMP. >> COUNTING ON THE STRATEGY. SO THIS WILL BE A TEST TO THAT. >> THEY WILL SAY ANYTHING THAT WILL SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT AND THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID IF YOU STAND BY ME, I WILL STAND BY YOU. THEY HAVE PUT A LOT OF MONEY. HE ORGANIZED THE PARTY LEADERSHIP TO PUT MONEY BACK INTO THE STATE. HE MADE IT COMPETITIVE DESPITE THIS BLUE WAVE. COULD THEY BUILD A WALL, RETAINING WALL? >> ANOTHER NON-ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDATE. ALL RIGHT, THEY ARE TELLING ME I HAVE TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK. WHEN WE COME BACK THOUGH, MUCH MORE COVERAGE ON THIS ELECTION NIGHT. STAY WITH US. YOU'RE STREAMING CBSN. >>> IT'S STILL EARLY ON IN THE NIGHT, BUT WE ARE ALREADY SEEING RESULTS FROM SOME KEY RACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. ALL 435 SEATS IN THE HOUSE ARE UP FOR GRABS TONIGHT, BUT THE MAGIC NUMBER FOR KEEPING CONTROL OF IT IS 218. REPUBLICANS ARE DEFENDING DOZENS OF THOSE DISTRICTS IN COMPETITIVE RACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. CBS NEWS PROJECTS DENVER HAS DEFEATED LESLIE COCHRAN IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT, A REPUBLICAN HOLD. BUT DEMOCRAT JENNIFER WEXTON WAS ABLE TO WIN HER RACE OVER CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA COMSTOCK IN VIRGINIA'S 10th DISTRICT LET'S BRING IN MOLLY HOOPER, MICHAEL GRAHAM, AND JOEL PAYNE. MICHAEL IS A COLUMNIST FOR THE BOSTON HERALD, AND JOEL IS A DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST. THEY ARE ALL CBSN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTORS. ALL RIGHT, JOEL, I WANT TO START WITH YOU. HOW ARE YOU FEELING ABOUT FLORIDA TONIGHT? WE JUST FINISHED TALKING ABOUT THAT. >> AS YOU KNOW THE LAST FEW DAYS HAVE BEEN PRETTY BULLISH FROM FLORIDA. IT'S VERY TIGHT. I THINK IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE TO SAY ALARM, BUT I THINK THE NUMBERS ARE NOT COMING IN AS THE POLLS WOULD HAVE SUGGESTED. I MEAN THE POLLS HAVE GILLUM CONSISTENTLY RUNNING 6-7 POINTS IN THE LAST WEEK OR TWO. 67 POINTS AHEAD OF RON DESANTIS. THAT IS NOT WHAT WE ARE SEEING REFLECTED. THERE IS A GOOD CHUNK OF VOTE, YOU KNOW, ANTHONY IS OBVIOUSLY THE EXPERT HERE ON THE VOTE COULD WANTING. BUT I'M BEING TOLD ON A GROUND THERE ARE CERTAIN AREAS LIKE BROWARD, DADE, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, TAMPA, SOME IN GAINESVILLE AS WELL. I'M BEING TOLD THERE ARE SOME PLACES WHERE GILLUM COULD MAKE THAT UP PARTICULARLY ALMOST 50%. ABOUT 50% OF THE VOTE IN BROWARD WAS STILL TO BE COUNTED. SO THAT IS A SIGNIFICANT CHUNK AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE UP THERE IF YOU'RE A DEMOCRAT. BUT THIS IS AT A MINIMUM. IT WILL BE A VERY, VERY TIGHT RACE AND POTENTIALLY GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T GO THE WAY DEMOCRATS WERE HOPING. I THINK THE TERM BRADLEY EFFECT IS APPROPRIATE TO DISCUSS HERE. >> TELL US ABOUT THAT. >> WELL, WE ALL MOE AND FEEL FREE TO JUMP IN HERE. BUT YOU KNOW, LISTEN, WELL FIRST THE TRUMP EFFECT. >> THE NAME, THE BRADLEY EFFECT. LET'S START WITH WHERE IT CAME FROM. >> TOM BRADLEY WAS VERY WELL KNOWN, LOS ANGELES MAYOR RAN IN THE LATE 80s FOR GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA WAS EXPECTED WIDELY TO WIN THAT RACE, LOST. THERE WAS A HIDDEN ANTI-BRADLEY VOTE THAT WAS NOT REFLECTED IN THE POLLING, NOT REFLECTED IN THE PUBLIC DISCUSSION. IT DOES APPEAR SOME VERSION OF THAT COULD BE GOING ON HERE. BUT I WOULD GO A STEP FURTHER AND SAY THERE IS A TRUMP EFFECT IN WHICH MAJOR ELUDED TO EARLIER. THE WHITE HOUSE THINKS THERE'S ABOUT 3% OR 4% OF THE VOTE THAT PUBLICLY DOES NOT ALWAYS GET REFLECTED. >> YES, AND THE GRASSROOTS, THE PROS. THERE IS A REAL SENSE OF THEM, THE MEDIA IS NOT ON THEIR SIDE, SO THEY GET POLL CALLS. THEY DON'T TRUST. SO IT IS NOT EVEN THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO BE TRICKY, THEY'RE TRULY WORRIED. I WANT TO POINT OUT AS SOMEONE SAID EARLIER, THE WAY TO BET ON FLORIDA WAS NOT EITHER WAY. THAT IT WILL BE INCREDIBLY CLOSE. FLORIDA IS ALWAYS CLOSE. I THINK THEIR AVERAGE FOR STATEWIDE RACES FOR THE PAST THREE CYCLES IS LIKE .9 OR 1.1 OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. WHAT DOES IT TELL YOU THAT FLORIDA IS CLOSE? WHAT DOES IT TELL YOU THAT I'M HEARING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE THAT THERE ARE TICKET SPLITTING, THAT THEY ARE DOING WELL. BUT THEY ARE DOING WELL? AND THAT TELLS YOU THE NOTION OF A WAVE LOOKS LESS AND LESS LIKELY EVERY HOUR. LOOKS MORE AND MORE LIKE PEOPLE, THEY ARE PICKING, CHOOSING CANDIDATES AND THEY LIKE SOME REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, THAT APPARENTLY THERE WAS ENOUGH TO STOP IT AS THEY WERE AFRAID OF IT 48 HOURS AGO I WAS TALKING PEOPLE OFF THE LEDGES GOING OH MY GOSH IT WILL BE 2010, YOU KNOW, THEY WILL BE DRAGGING THE BODICE OUT. BUT ENGAGEMENT WILL BE UP ACROSS THE BOARD. >> THAT'S THE . NOW WILL IT BE ACROSS THE BOARD OR WILL IT REALLY BE HEAVILY YOUNG VOTERS, MINORITY VOTERS, ANGRY DEMOCRATS. APPARENTLY THEY DID SHOW UP AND AT LEAST SOME OF THE EAST COAST STATES. >> ALL RIGHT, SO HERE WE ARE SHOWING IN KENTUCKY'S SIXTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. THE REPRESENTATIVE ANDY BARR OVER AMY MCGRATH. THAT'S A RACE, MOLLY, WE WERE WATCHING CLOSELY. REMIND US WHY BECAUSE THE DYNAMIC THERE IS AN INTERESTING ONE. CENTER IT IS A VERY INTERESTING ONE. THIS IS A STATE, NUMBER ONE, THE CANDIDATE, AMY MCGRATH IS A STELLAR ROCK STAR KID. THIS IS A WOMAN IN THE MARINE CORPS FLYING F-18s. >> RIGHT. >> WITH THE RESUME OF, YOU KNOW, TYPICAL REPUBLICAN. WITH NATIONAL SECURITY, A LOT OF MONEY HAS GONE IN TO SUPPORT HER. SHE HAS A GREAT GRASSROOTS FOUNDATION. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE DISTRICTS THAT HAS TYPICALLY BEEN, YOU KNOW, A TOSS-UP. SO THE FACT ANDY BARR COULD EKE THIS OUT SAYS A LOT. I LOOK AT VIRGINIA, THE RACES IN VIRGINIA, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF BARBARA COMSTOCK'S DISTRICT, WHICH IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT BECAUSE IT'S IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA WHERE YOU HAVE A LOT OF FEDERAL WORKERS. IT TENDS TO BE A BLUE STATE. THEY VOTED BY MAYBE 15 PERCENTAGE POINTS FOR HILLARY CLINTON. THIS IS A BLUE DISTRICT. I LOOK AT THEDISTRICTS FOR VIRGINIA FIVE WITH THE REPUBLICAN WINNING, SCOTT TAYLOR'S DISTRICT DOWN IN SOUTHERN VIRGINIA. HE'S DOING A LOT BETTER THAN ANTICIPATED. EVEN BRAT, THE OTHER DISTRICT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT IS SO CLOSE WITH ALLISON SPANBERGER ANOTHER DEMOCRAT WITH NATIONAL SECURITY CREDS. THIS WOMAN WAS A CIA OPERATIVE. A VERY GOOD CANDIDATE. >> AND IF THEY WILL HAVE A MONSOON WAVE NIGHT, THAT WILL BE THE TYPE OF RACE YOU WOULD EXPECT THEM TO WIN. >> WHAT DOES THAT TELL US THEN? THAT THEY WILL HAVE A GOOD GAME AND IT WILL BE FRANKLY WHERE I HAVE TO, YOU KNOW, ANYONE WHO WATCHES THIS AND THEY WILL NEED TO FOLLOW ME UPSES I'M NOT A FAN OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. — FOLLOW ME, I'M NOT A FAN OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. HE HAS PROVEN HIMSELF TO BE AT UNDERSTANDING WHAT HE DOES WELL. AND WHAT HE DOES NOT DO WELL. KENNER SQUEEZES HIS BASE. IT'S CLEAR THERE WAS A STRONG RETURN TO THE BASE AS MICHAEL HAS INDICATED. >> AND SO NOW THE QUESTION AS WE WATCH THIS ROLL O WHAT DOES THAT MEAN IF RED STATES ARE GOING TO BE REDDISH AND PURPLE STATES ARE GOING TO STAY PURPLISH TO LIGHTLY BLUE AS OPPOSED TO THE DEEP BLUE, THEN WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT FOR THE HOUSE MAJORITY? PROBABLY THE HOUSE MAJORITY. IS IT A MAJORITY PLUS TWO, 22? THAT'S A BIG DIFFERENCE. NOW IMAGINE THIS SHOW FOR THOSE OF US WHO LOVES POLITICS AS ENTERTAINMENT. PRESIDENT TRUMP AND PELOSI WITH A TWO OR THREE-SEAT MAJORITY, SO SHE HAS TO HERD CATS WITH DONALD TRUMP FIRING AT HER POLITICALLY EVERY DAY. >> BUT KEEP IN MIND WE DON'T KNOW IF IT WILL BE A SPEAKER PELOSI IF THERE IS ONLY A TWO- DEMOCRAT SEAT GAIN. I MEAN, THERE ARE 50 DEMOCRATS RUNNING FOR OFFICE. NOW KEEP IN MIND NOT ALL THOSE DEMOCRATS WILL WIN. BUT POINT-BLANK PEOPLE WILL NOT SAY NANCY PELOSI'S NAME. WHO DO YOU WANT TO VOTE FOR SPEAKER? SO SHE REALLY NEEDS A DOUBLE DIGIT MARGIN IN ORDER TO GET THE SPEAKERSHIP. AND WITHOUT THAT IT'S UNCLEAR WHO FILLS THAT VOID. >> I SUGGEST THE SIZE OF THAT MAJORITY WOULD ABSOLUTELY DICTATE WHETHER IT WILL BE NANCY PELOSI OR SOMEBODY ELSE JUST IN TERMS OF HOW THE DEMOCRATIC BASE WOULD FEEL. >> I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE TRUMP EFFECT IN JUST A MOMENT. WE SHOWED INDIANA, THE SENATE RACE THERE, CONTINUING TO MONITOR. YOU TALK ABOUT THE PRESIDENT ENERGIZING THE BASE. THERE WAS SOME THOUGHT, JOEL, THERE YOU WILL SEE THEM LEANING TO MIKE BRAUN, THE REPUBLICAN THERE AGAINST SENATOR JOE DONNELLY. THERE WAS SOME THOUGHT. WAS THERE NOT, JOEL, FOR AS MUCH AS THE PRESIDENT WAS GOING TO ENERGIZE THE REPUBLICAN BASE THAT PERHAPS IT WOULD BE AN EQUAL REACTION ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE TO ENERGIZE DEMOCRATS. >> IT WILL JUST DEPEND ON WHERE YOU ARE. I WAS TALKING TO A POLLSTER OVER THE WEEKEND. WHAT HE WAS SAYING, IN A STATE LIKE INDIANA, THAT'S TRICKY BECAUSE THERE IS REALLY NOT THOSE TRADITIONAL DEMOCRATIC COALITION TO BASE THE POLLS FROM. WHEREAS CLAIRE MCCASKILL, IF SHE SURGES AT THE END, SHE HAS ST. LOUIS, KANSAS CITY, THE HIGH POPULATION, AFRICAN AMERICAN, LATINO AREAS SHE COULD PULL VOTES FROM. JOE DONNELLY IS AT A DISADVANTAGE IN A NIGHT, WHICH CLEARLY DOES NOT APPEAR TO BE THE STRONG DEMOCRATIC TURNOUT WE WERE EXPECTING. >> BUT SHE ALSO HAS ANOTHER THING ON HER SIDE, MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN LEGALIZING MARIJUANA ON THE BALLOT IN MISSOURI. AND THAT IS ON THE BALLOT IN NORTH DAKOTA WITH HEIDI HEITKAMP ON THE BALLOT IN MICHIGAN. I MEAN, THAT'LL WORK AGAINST SOMEBODY LIKE MIKE BISHOP IN MICHIGAN EIGHT, THE REPUBLICAN SEAT. UTAH, THE REASON WHY WE WOULD SEE MIA LOVE, A REPUBLICAN WHO HAS A VIABLE DEMOCRATIC, YOU KNOW, OPPONENT. PARTIALLY BECAUSE MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS ON THE BALLOT AND PEOPLE GET OUT TO VOTE. >> BACK TO YOUR IDEA ON THE TRUMP EFFECT AND THE BASE. THE STORY LINE THAT I'VE HEARD SMART PEOPLE TELL ME FOR THE PAST, SINCE THE BRETT KAVANAUGH MOMENT, BEFORE THE BRETT KAVANAUGH MOMENT, THE DEMOCRATIC BASE WAS AT A BOIL. THEY WERE AT 212 AND THEY WERE COOKING. THEY HAVE NOT, THE TEMPERATURE HAS NOT GONE DOWN FOR THEM. THE PROBLEM WAS THE REPUBLICANS JUST WEREN'T THERE. SO WHAT HAS HAPPENED, THE BASE GOT EQUALIZED. THIS IS WHAT'S INTERESTING TO ME. IF THE BASE ARE KIND OF EQUALIZED, PEOPLE ARE KIND OF ANTI, WHOEVER IS IN POWER, INDEPENDENCE DON'T LIKE THAT. >> TRADITIONALLY THAT'S HOW IT HAPPENS. >> AND THE INDEPENDENCE IS GOING TO BREAK THE DEMOCRATS 2:1, WHICH SHOULD EASILY BE ENOUGH TO GIVE THEM 220, 225. NOW ONCE AGAIN IT'S SO EARLY. WE DON'T KNOW YET, BUT IT'S SOMETHING TO WATCH. I THOUGHT THERE WAS A GOOD CHANCE BY THIS TIME IN THE NIGHT WE WOULD BE SAYING OH, THERE IT IS. DEMOCRATS ROLLING RIGHT THROUGH. >> WHAT HAPPENS TO MODERATES NOW? >> WELL, I MEAN — >> IS THERE SUCH A THING? >> FOR THE FATE OF THE REPUBLIC, IT COULD BE A GOOD IDEA IF WE HAVE MODERATES WHO COULD MAKE DEALS. YOU LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED WITH BRETT KAVANAUGH. A PART OF THE REASON IT WAS KIND OF THE MODERATE STRIKE BACK IN THE SENATE WITH JEFF FLAKE AND CHRIS ETC., BUT PARTIES, CANDIDATES ARE GOING TO GO AFTER WHAT VOTERS ARE REWARDING. IF THEY ARE REWARDING PEOPLE WHO TEND TO THEIR BASE AND WHO FALL IN LINE WITH THEIR BASE, THEN GUESS WHAT, YOU'RE GOING TO GET CANDIDATES WHO CATER TO THEIR BASE AND WHO DO NOT SEE A VALUE IN CROSSING OVER AND BEING LOOKING TO MAKE DEALS. THAT'S NOT SOMETHING VIEWED AS A POSITIVE. NOW LOOK AT DIANNE FEINSTEIN OF CALIFORNIA. A PART OF THE REASON WHY SHE AT SOME POINT HAD A TOUGH CHALLENGE WITH KEVIN DE LEON BECAUSE SHE WAS VIEWED AS TOO COLLEGIAL, WHICH IS RIDICULOUS, THAT SHE IS NOT LIBERAL ENOUGH FOR CALIFORNIA, BUT THAT'S WHERE WE ARE. >> REMEMBER WHEN SHE VOTED FOR MIKE POMPEO. THIS WAS ALMOST A YEAR AND A HALF AGO FOR CIA DIRECTOR. PEOPLE WERE PROTESTING IN FRONT OF HER HOUSE IN SAN FRANCISCO AND PACIFIC HEIGHTS. THEY WERE THROWING GARBAGE ON HER LAWN. I MEAN THEY WERE PROTESTING VIGOROUSLY IN HER PLACE OF THE RESIDENCE. AND SO THE POLITICS ON BOTH SIDES, THEY HAVE BECOME SO VOLATILE AND SO POLARIZED THAT AT SOME POINT, SOMETHING HAS GOT TO GIVE. >> AND AT SOME POINT, PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, EVEN THOUGH I DISAGREE WITH YOU ON ABORTION OR IMMIGRATION, I'M GOING TO CROSS OVER BECAUSE YOU HAVE GIVEN THEM THIS PLACE AND YOU'RE MAKING A COALITION. SO YOU HAVE TO HAVE CANDIDATES STEP UP AND MAKE THAT DEAL. I DON'T SEE A LOT OF CANDIDATES STEPPING UP SAYING I'LL GIVE UP SOME OF MY POSITION TO REACH OUT ACROSS THE FIELD. >> YES, I'M SO SORRY. WE COULD BE HERE. WE HAVE PLENTY OF TIME ON THE BACKSIDE OF THIS. MOLLY HOOPER, MICHAEL GRAHAM, JOEL PAYNE, THANKS TO YOU ALL. APPRECIATE IT. CBS NEWS ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE CONTINUES RIGHT NOW WITH NORAH O'DONNELL AND THE REST OF THE CBS NEWS TEAM. >> VOTE REPUBLICAN UP AND DOWN THE BALLOT. >> I HAVE NEVER SEEN A GREATER DIVIDE. THE IS THE PLACE TO VOICE YOUR OPINION. >> EACH OF SUSS — OF US IS GOING TO VOT I BELIEVE IN THE GOODNESS OF HUMANKIND. IN HU >>> GOOD EVENING, WELCOME BACK TO SPECIAL ELECTION COVERAGE RIGHT HERE ON NBC NEWS. POLLS HAVE CLOSED AND HAVE THE COUNTRY AND SOME OF THE BIG STATES ARE JUST CLOSING OUT 9, INCLUDING ARIZONA, TEXAS, AND NEW YORK WILL HAVE UPDATES ON THOSE. THE VOTE COUNT IS JUST BEGINNING, SO LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THOSE NUMBERS. THE HOUSE ESTIMATE AT THIS HOUR, IT IS STILL YOUNG, 124 FOR THE REPUBLICANS, 108. AND, TAKE A LOOK AT THE SENATE, DEMOCRATS WANT TO TRY TO GRAB TWO SEATS IN ORDER TO TAKE BACK CONTROL OF THE SENATE THERE. AS WE MENTIONED, POLLS HAVE CLOSED, IN THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS, AND CBS NEWS ESTIMATES THAT RACE IS LEANING TOWARDS THE REPUBLICANS. BUT, OF COURSE HAS BEEN A HOTLY CONTESTED CAN'TÃCONTEST THERE WITH BETO O'ROURKE A STAR, A CELEBRITY RECRUIT HERE IS MORE THAN ANY OTHER CANDIDATE IN THE 3rd QUARTER, WE WILL SEE HOW THAT TURNS OUT BUT IT IS LEANING TOWARDS THE REPUBLICANS, AND IN NORTH DAKOTA, LOOK AT LESS, CBS NEWS CAN ONLY SAY NOW THAT THIS IS A TOO. THAT IS A DEMOCRATIC SEAT HELD BY HEIDI HYDE CAMP HAD BUT HER ABOUT — AGAINST BRETT KAVANAUGH HAS BEEN CONTROVERSIAL IN THAT STATE, AND AT THIS HOUR, CBS NEWS CAN ONLY SAY THAT THIS IS A TOSSUP, BUT ONE THAT WE WILL WATCH CLOSE-UP. WE HAVE IN ARIZONA, THAT RACE IS STILL A TOSSUP AT THIS HOUR AS THE POLLS HAVE JUST CLOSED IN THAT STATE BUT ARIZONA WILL SEND ITS FIRST WOMAN TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE IN THAT RACE. THESE TWO INTERESTING WOMEN, WE WILL GO THROUGH THEIR BIOGRAPHIES. BUT, BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW HERE ON CBS NEWS. CBS NEWS PROGRESSÃ PROJECTS THAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE LOST A STATE IN INDIANA. MIKE BRAUN IS THE WINNER IN THE STATE OF INDIANA. >> THAT IS A BIG DEAL, JOHN. >> TRUMP WAS JUST THERE ON MONDAY, AND THE STATE, RALLYING THERE. HE BRETT KAVANAUGH VOTE ALSO HAD A BIT OF AN IMPACT. >> 19 POINTS THAT HE WON THIS BY. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE LOST ONE OF THE SEATS THAT THEY WERE TRYING TO HOLD. SO, WE TALK ABOUT A TALE OF TWO ELECTIONS, IT IS GOING IN THE REPUBLICANS WAY IN THIS CASE. AND, SO, THE OTHER REASON THIS MATTERS IS BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO LOOK AT MISSOURI, AND CLAIRE McCASKILL TRYING TO HOLD HER SEAT, THEY SAY IT IS REDDER. BASICALLY, WHAT ONE OUT HERE WAS NOT INCUMBENCY, THAT USED TO BE SO POWERFUL. IF YOU ARE AN INCUMBENT YOU ARE IN GOOD SHAPE. PARTISANSHIP IS MORE POWERFUL IN THIS RACE, WILL THAT BE THE CASE IN MISSOURI? DEMOCRATS CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE SEATS AND THEY HAVE JUST LOST ONE. >> AS YOU POINTED OUT, HE WAS JUST THERE RECENTLY. >> REMEMBER, INDIANA IS ONE OF THE LARGEST MANUFACTURING BASES IN THE COUNTRY. THE ONLY DEMOCRAT THAT HAS BEEN ABLE TO PICK UP INDIANA WAS BARACK OBAMA IN 2008, WHICH WAS A STUNNER, BECAUSE HE PICKED UP SO MANY VOTES AND TURNED OUT SUBURBAN WOMEN IN THE DOUGHNUT AROUND INDIANAPOLIS. WE SEE TONIGHT, JOE DONNELLY WAS UNABLE TO DO THAT. THE TRUMP VOTERS TURNED OUT FOR MIKE BRAUN IN THAT STATE AND THAT IS A HUGE WIN FOR REPUBLICANS. THEY HAVE TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT THAT BECAUSE DONNELLY, THEY CALLED HIM A HOOSIER THROUGH AND THROUGH. HE WENT TO NOTRE DAME. HE IS THE TYPE OF DEMOCRAT THEY WOULD WANT IN INDIANA. >> IT HAS ALSO MIKE PENCE HIS HOME STATE. >> HE SAID HE SUPPORTED THE BORDER WALL AND TALK ABOUT THE LIBERAL LEFT, DONNELLY DID. SO, HE WAS RUNNINGÃ >> CLAIRE McCASKILL AS WELL, BY THE WAY. >> SO MANY PARALLELS AS WE MENTIONED. >> WE SHOULD TALK TO NANCY AND ED ABOUT THAT. TONIGHT, THEY SAY THAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE THINKINGÃOH, MY. WE LOST INDIANA, WHAT'S NEXT? >> THEY REALLY ARE, BECAUSE JOE DONNELLY WAS NOT ONE OF THE DEMOCRATS THEY THOUGHT WAS MOST VULNERABLE TONIGHT. THEY THINK THAT HEIDI, EVEN CLAIRE McCASKILL ARE MORE VULNERABLE. AND, ONE THING THAT WE SEE IN THIS RACE, AND THE EXIT POLLS THAT ARE SO FASCINATING, THAT IS VOTE ON SUPREME COURT JUSTICE BRETT KAVANAUGH MAY HAVE PLAYED A ROLE. THIS WAS SO FRAUGHT FOR ALL OF THESE RED STATE DEMOCRATS THAT HAD TO MAKE A DIFFICULT DECISION ON AN ISSUE THAT COMPLETELY GALVANIZED, NOT JUST CONGRESS, BUT THE COUNTRY FOR A FULL COUPLE OF MONTHS. AND, THAT WAS WHETHER TO SUPPORT BRETT KAVANAUGH, DESPITE THE SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS THAT CANNOT AGAINST HIM DURING HIS NOMINATION PROCESS. WELL, DONNELLY DECIDED AFTER A LOT OF REFLECTION, NOT TO VOTE FOR BRETT KAVANAUGH TO BE CONFIRMED. AND, THAT WAS AN AREA WHERE HE REALLY BROKE WITH THE MAJORITY IN HIS STATE, AND TAKE A LOOK AT OUR EXIT POLLING — WE ASKED PEOPLE WHETHER THEY THOUGHT THAT HIS BRETT KAVANAUGH VOTE WAS IMPORTANT TO THEM. 50% OF THEM SAID YES. OF THEM, 55% OF THOSE VOTERS WENT FOR BRAUN, NOT FOR DONNELLY. THIS IS AN INDICATION HE MADE A TOUGH CALL AND IT MAY HAVE COST HIM THE RACE. >> AND A DAY AFTER THE 2016 ELECTION, CHUCK SCHUMER HAS TALKED ABOUT THE BIG FIVE. DONNELLY IS ONE, NELSON IN FLORIDA IS ANOTHER, McCASKILL IN MISSOURI, TESTER IN MONTANA, AND HEIDI HEITKAMP IN NORTH DAKOTA. IF DONNELLY GOES DOWN BECAUSE HE VOTED AGAINST BRETT KAVANAUGH, AND A STATE THAT IS INCREASINGLY REPUBLICAN, THAT BODES POORLY FOR McCASKILL AND HEIDI HEITKAMP IN STATES THAT HAVE GROWN EVEN MORE REPUBLICAN. AND, THIS IS A SIGN THAT BRETT KAVANAUGH MAY HAVE HAD AN EFFECT IN THESE SENATE RACES AS PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS GONE ACROSS THE COUNTRY TALKING ABOUT THEM. >> WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN MISSOURI AND IT HAD AN ENORMOUS EFFECT WHEN WE WERE VISITING ON PEOPLE'S ATTITUDES TOWARDS JOSH HOLLY AND CLAIRE McCASKILL. >> WANT TO ASK ABOUT FLORIDA AS WELL. BECAUSE, WITH 96% OF THE VOTE IN RIGHT NOW, IT APPEARS THAT RICK SCOTT, THE REPUBLICAN, IS LEADING BILL NELSON, WHO IS NOW SERVING THREE TERMS IN FLORIDA. WHAT YOU MAKE OF WHAT YOU SEE IN FLORIDA RIGHT NOW? >> WE CAN NEVER DISCOUNT THE CUBAN VOTE IN MIAMI. I SPOKE TO VOTERS WHO SAID THEY SAW HEALTHY TURNOUT IN MIAMI- DADE. I ASKED WHETHER THE PRESIDENTS TALK IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS ABOUT THE POTENTIAL OF DEMOCRATS TURNING THIS INTO A SOCIALIST COUNTRY, LIKE VENEZUELA, WOULD RING MORE SO IN THE YEARS OF SOUTH FLORIDA REPUBLICANS, WHO ARE EITHER VENEZUELAN OR CUBAN TRANSPLANTS. THEY SAY YES, WE HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT MAY BE THE CASE. IT MIGHT DRAW THEM OUT JUST ENOUGH .96% IN. HAVE WE HAD AN ELECTION THIS CENTURY WHERE IT WAS NOT CLOSE UNNECESSARILY. >> GOOD .. BUT DEMOCRATS REALLY THOUGHT THAT THE GOVERNMENTÃANDREW GILLAM WOULD BE ABLE TO PULL HIM ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. >> LOOK AT THIS SENATE RACE AND NOW, HE HAS SLIPPED AHEAD. >> WE HAVE BREAKING NEWS AT THIS HOUR. CBS NEWS PROJECTS A WINNER IN THE STATE OF TENNESSEE. MARSHA BLACKBURN, PART OF THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN, AND THISÃA REPUBLICAN HEADED TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE. SHE HAS BEEN A CONGRESSWOMAN THERE, AND A FORMER GOVERNOR OF THAT STATE, AND MARSHA BLACKBURN, RUNNING AS A CONSERVATIVE. TRUMP-CONSERVATIVE IN A STATE THAT ELECTED BOB CORKER AND AL GORE. AND ALEXANDER IS THE OTHER SENATOR WHO IS — HE WAS NOT OF THE TRUMP MOLD IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. THIS IS, AGAINÃA BIG DEAL BECAUSE OF WHO IS BEING REPLACED — BOB CORKER, WHO WORKED WITH THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND WAS CRITICAL OF THE PRESIDENT, NOW THE PRESIDENT HAS A STRONG ALLY IN MARSHA BLACKBURN. SHE SAID I'M GOING TO FIGHT WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP EVERY STEP OF THE WAY TO THE LEFT WALL. >> SHE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SURROGATES WHEN HE WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. >> MEMBER, THIS WAS THE TAYLOR SWIFT STATE. >> SO MUCH FOR A SWIFT LEFT IN THAT STATE. EARLIER TODAY, I THINK THAT HER OPPONENT WAS COUNTING ON IT. AND, REALLY APPLAUDING TAYLOR SWIFT FOR COMING OUT AND SAYING THAT YOUNG PEOPLE WERE TURNING OUT FOR HIM. THAT OF COURSE IS NOT THE CASE. THAT MAKES MARSHA BLACKBURN THE FIRST FEMALE SENATOR IN THE STATE OF TENNESSEE. >> THAT IS A GREAT . TO MAKE. DAVID? >> Reporter: SHE TOLD ME THIS AFTERNOON AT AN ICE CREAM SOCIAL, SHE SAID I WANT TO BE THE FIRST PORTÃFIRST-PERSON THAT MY STATE SINCE TO THE U.S. SENATE. THEY JUST FOUND OUT THAT SHE IS THE FIRST PROJECTED WINNER AND THEY WENT NUTS. PHILIP EDISON IS A WELL-LIKED MAN IN THE STATE. HE SERVED TWO TERMS AND IN HIS SECOND TERM HE WON EVERY COUNTY IN THE STATE. IN FACT, A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE CLOSE AND I ASKED THE CONGRESSWOMAN TODAY WHY THE RACE IS SO CLOSE AND SHE SAID LOOK — PEOPLE KNOW THE GOVERNOR, HIS NAME IS WELL KNOWN, HE RAN TWICE STATEWIDE. I HAVE NEVER RUN A STATEWIDE, BUT THE PRESIDENT HELPED HER. HE CAME THIS WEEKEND AND RALLIED FOR HER. LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, HER TONE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE DIFFERENT THAN PHIL BREDESEN. WHEN YOU WATCH PHIL BREDESEN COMMERCIALS IT WAS LIKE LISTENING TO YOUR GRANDFATHER. PEOPLE ARE NOT BE NICE TO EACH OTHER, BUT I HAVE GOOD SOLUTIONS AND I THINK THAT YOU CAN HELP ME. WHEN YOU WATCH A BLACKBURN COMMERCIAL, IT STARTED WITH A CARAVAN OF PEOPLE COMING UP FROM CENTRAL AMERICA, AND THE TONE WAS OMINOUS, AND THE COLOR HAD BEEN DISTORTED AND SHE SAID I'M GOING TO PROTECT THE TAX CUTS AND REPEAL OBAMA CARE, AND WE ARE GOING TO STOP THE CRIMINALS MARCHING TOWARDS OUR BORDER. THE TWO OF THEM ARE VERY DIFFERENT IN TONE. VERY LIKABLE THOUGH, IF YOU MEET THEM. TONIGHT, IT IS A WINNER — A LADY FOR THE FIRST TIME BEEN SENT FROM TENNESSEE TO THE U.S. SENATE. >> AND I'M GLAD THAT YOU BROUGHT UP THE CARAVAN, BECAUSE AS I TALKED TO MY SOURCES ON THE WEEKEND EVEN REPUBLICAN SAID THAT WAS THE ONE MISTAKE THAT PHIL BREDESEN MADE WHERE HE SAID THE CARAVAN WAS NOT A THREAT TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY. WHILE THAT IS FACTUALLY TRUE, AND TENNESSEE IT COST HIM AND THE REPUBLICANS TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAE WITH THOSE ADS AND IT HAD SOME EFFECT ON THAT RACE. BUT, SHE ONE BY PERHAPS A PRETTY LARGE MARGIN. >> WHEN WE ARE LOOKING AT THE SENATE, THE DEMOCRATS HAVE ALREADY LOST IN INDIANA. HERE IS A SEAT THAT DEMOCRATS WERE HOPING, WHEN THEY HAD THEIR BEST FANTASIES ABOUT HOW THE NIGHT MIGHT GO, THEY THOUGHT THAT PHIL BREDESEN, WHO HAS STRONG TIES IN THE STATE, TALK TO A LOT OF REPUBLICANS WHO LIKE THEM IN FRONT OF HIM — EVEN THOUGH HE IS A DEMOCRAT IN THAT HOWARD BAKER MOLD — HE HAS LOST, AND — THE TRUMP — A MORE TRUMP -LIKE REPUBLICAN HAS COMING. SO, WHEN WE LOOK AT THINGS NOW, THE SENATE IS REALLY MOVING IN THE DONALD TRUMP DIRECTION. >> I THINK THAT IS EXACTLY RIGHT. AND WINNING THAT SEAT IN TENNESSEE, LOSING IN INDIANA, I THINK WILL BE DIFFICULT NOW FOR DEMOCRATS TO TAKE, OR EVEN PICK UP IN THESE SEATS. >> IT WOULD APPEAR THAT IT HAS BEEN WORKING. HE HAS BEEN SAYING CARAVANS AND BRETT KAVANAUGH. >> TO YOUR ., WHILE MOST PEOPLE PICKED HEALTHCARE, THOSE WHO PICKED IMMIGRATION WENT FOR BLACKBURN 82-72%. YOU ARE RIGHT. HE TRIED TO MAKE IMMIGRATION AN ISSUE AND IT MAY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MOVE ENOUGH PEOPLE IN THE SENATE RACES. >> YEAH. AND, ON THE SENATE SIDE THE FOCUS GOES TO FLORIDA, BIG-TIME .97% OF THE VOTE IS IN. RIGHT? AND, AS YOU TALK ABOUT THAT IT TURNS TO MISSOURI. AND, THEN AS ED MENTIONED, NORTH DAKOTA AND MONTANA AS WELL. MONTANA, WE MIGHT NOT KNOW UNTIL TOMORROW. >> IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE RACES ON BOTH PLANETS. WE HAVE PLANET SENATE AND PLANET HOUSE. >> AND, THAT IS NOT SPINNING THE WAY THE DEMOCRATS WANT. >> BUT, IT IS DOING A LITTLE BIT BETTER THAN THE SENATE TODAY. >> AS A PRACTICAL MATTER, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? THAT IS WILL GET CONFIRMED FOR THE PRESIDENT IF THEY CONTINUE. AND, IF THEY INCREASE THE MARGIN, REMEMBER THE REPLACEMENT, THAT WENT DOWN BY JOHN McCAIN'S VOTE. IF REPUBLICANS MAKE THEIR MARGIN BIGGER AND HAVE NEW RECRUITS WHO ARE IN THE DONALD TRUMP MOLD OR BELIEVE IN HIM, THAT MEANS THOSE THINGS THAT DID NOT PASS IN THE LAST CONGRESS MIGHT PASS IN THIS ONE. THAT REALLY THEN THROWS IT TO THE HOUSE. >> THAT IS WHAT McCONNELL HAS PROMISED. THE FINAL REPEAL OF OBAMA'S AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, WHICH THEY WANTED TO MAKE THE TOP ISSUE AND THAT IS WHY YOU HAVE TO KEEP US IN POWER. >> IT WILL HELP WITH A SLEW OF NEW EXECUTIVE BRANCH APPOINTMENTS THAT THE PRESIDENT IS LIKELY TO MAKE AFTER THIS ELECTION INCLUDING THINGS LIKE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, THE BIGGER MARGIN THAT HE HAS AMONG REPUBLICANS, THE EASIER IT WILL BE FOR THE PRESIDENT TO MAKE THIS KIND OF CHANGES AND GET THEM CONFIRMED. >> BUT, IT IS INTERESTING. AND OF THAT THE NIGHT IS EARLY, AND WE KEEP SAYING THAT. IT IS ONLY 9, BUT BOB, WHEN YOU ARE SAYING — >> IT IS NOT EARLY FOR ME. >> [ LAUGHING ] >> WE ARE GOING TO BE HERE UNTIL 2. WE HAVE LOTS OF THINGS TO COVER. BUT, BOB, WHAT YOU ARE SAYING EARLIER — EVEN MEMBERS OF HIS OWN PARTY, WHEN DAN WAS HERE THIS MORNING, HE SAID ABOUT PAUL RYAN HAD CALLED THE PRESIDENT AND SAID MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK ABOUT ECONOMY. CLEARLY, THE PRESIDENT KNOWS SOMETHING THAT THE REST OF US DOES NOT, BECAUSE WHAT WE SEE SO FAR IS THIS STRATEGY IS WORKING. NOT TALKING ABOUT THE ECONOMY, FOCUSING ON IMMIGRATION, AND REALLY — SCARING PEOPLE. THAT SEEMS TO BE WORKING. >> WE TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE. VOTERS DO NOT TYPICALLY REWARD INCUMBENTS DURING THE MIDTERM. IT IS WHEN THEY'RE OUTRAGED. WHEN THEY'RE ANGRY OR SCARED THAT THEY COME OUT AND THEY CAST THEIR VOTE, WHICH IS MAYBE WHY THE PRESIDENT HAS FOCUSED SO MUCH ON IMMIGRATION THIS TIME AROUND. >> ONE OF THE STORYLINES TONIGHT THAT WE HAVE FOLLOWED IS THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN. AND, WE NOW HAVE 4 OF THE CURRENT INCUMBENTS IN THE SENATE HAVE WON REELECTION. LET'S GO THROUGH THEM — IN WISCONSIN, TAMMY BALDWIN IS THE WINNER THERE. IN MICHIGAN, SENATOR DEBBIE STEVAN OUT. WE ARE CALLING THAT A TOSSUP, BUT — WE HAVE HEARD THAT STATE. AND, NEW YORK, KIERSTEN JILL BRANDT IS A WINNER IN THE GREAT STATE AND, IN MINNESOTA, ANY CLOVIS ARE. AGAIN, JUST BECAUSE IT HAS THAT LETTER ZERO THERE. WE DO HAVE ADDITIONAL DATA THAT IS ALLOWING US TO PROJECT THAT SHE WILL WIN IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA. AND — CBS NEWS HAS A PROJECTION THERE THAT JOE MANSION HAS ONE OF THE STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA. AND, HE VOTED IN FAVOR OF BRETT KAVANAUGH . >> THE ONLY DEMOCRAT TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF BRETT KAVANAUGH. HE KNOWS HIS CONSTITUENTS. >> IN THE REDDEST STATE IN THE COUNTRY. >> I WONDER WHAT HE WILL DO NOW IF THE TREND KEEPS BEING REPUBLICAN WITH SOME OF THESE VICTORIES, AND JUST HOW HE WILL — WHAT HIS ROLE IN THE NEW SENATE WILL BE OF THE TREND WE HAVE SEEN SO FAR TONIGHT CONTINUES, WHICH LOOKS LIKE A STRONG NIGHT FOR REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE. >> IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT KYRSTEN SINEMA , THE CANDIDATE IN ARIZONA, HAS FASHIONED HERSELF — AND JOE MANSION SAYS IF ELECTED TO THE SENATE I WILL BE THE NEXT ONE. >> WE WILL CHECK IN ON THAT RACE . WE WILL LOOK AT TEXAS WHERE SENATOR TED CRUZ IS BATTLING FOR HIS POLITICAL LIFE. ALL OF THAT, COMING UP. >>> CBS NEWS, HONORED WITH SIX EMMY AWARDS, MORE THAN ANY OTHER TELEVISION NEWS NETWORK, CBS NEWS, ORIGINAL REPORTING AT ITS BEST. ♪ ♪ DEMOCRATS HAD HOPED TO CAPTURE. LET'S TAKE A QUICK LOOK AT THE BOARDS THERE. THE CURRENT ESTIMATE, WE HAVE LEANING TOWARD THE REPUBLICANS. SENATOR TED CRU >>> YOU MAY REMEMBER PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED HIM LYING TED CRUZ , WE ARE AT HEADQUARTERS, OMAR, WHAT ARE YOU HEARING? >> OMAR? >> WE ARE HERE AT THE TED CRUZ WATCH CAMPAIGN HERE AND THEY ARE EAGERLY TRYING TO SEE THE NUMBERS COMING IN. THE STATE IS SO BIG, WE HAVE TO TIME ZONES. EVERYTHING IS CLOSED IN EL PASO. THERE WAS A LITTLE GLITCH HERE IN HARRIS COUNTY, WHICH IS WHERE TED CRUZ LIVES. THERE WAS A GLITCH, BECAUSE 9 POLLING LOCATIONS OPEN LATE. A JUDGE BASICALLY ORDER THAT ALL OF THOSE POLLING LOCATIONS HAD TO REMAIN OPEN AN EXTRA HOUR, THAT MEANS HARRIS COUNTY, THE LARGEST IN THE STATE, WAS NOT ALLOWED TO RELEASE THEIR VOTES UNTIL AFTER THOSE POLLS CLOSE. NOW, THOSE NUMBERS ARE ROLLING IN. PEOPLE HERE AT THE TED CRUZ PARTY ARE GETTING ANXIOUS. WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. BUT, A LOT OF ENERGY OF COURSE I THIS RACE. SO, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RACE, LET'S GO TO ADRIANA DS COVERING BETO O'ROURKE. >> THANKS, OMAR. WE ARE AT EL PASO WHERE HIS SUPPORTERS ARE HERE AND THEY ARE ENERGIZED. WORD IS SPREADING THAT HARRIS COUNTY POLLS, SOME OF THEM AS YOU MENTIONED, STAYED OPEN LATE. AND I SPOKE WITH A SURROGATE FOR BETO O'ROURKE WHO SAID THAT IS GOOD NEWS BECAUSE THAT COUNTY WENT OVERWHELMINGLY FOR LINTON IN 2016. ACCORDING TO EARLY DATA FROM THE XÃEXIT POLLS, WE ARE SEEING THAT BETO O'ROURKE CAPTURED ABOUT 20% OF VOTES FROM THOSE 30 OR YOUNGER VERSUS 8% FOR TED CRUZ. HE ALSO DID BETTER WITH THE HISPANIC VOTE.BETO O'ROURKE GOT ABOUT 38% AND HE IS DOING BETTER AMONG MALE VOTERS, VOTERS WHO ARE HAPPY WITH THE ECONOMY, AMONG VOTERS WHO WANT STRONGER IMMIGRATION LAWS, AND IMMIGRATION IS TAKING CENTER STAGE IN THIS RACE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE COUNTIES THAT ARE REPORTING SO FAR, YOU SEE A LOT OF BLUE ALONG THE BORDER, AND IN CITIES LIKE DALLAS, A LOT OF RED THROUGHOUT THE STATE. >> FASCINATING. BETO O'ROURKE HAD RAISED $38 MILLION IN JUST THE LAST THREE MONTHS ALONE. DEMOCRATS WERE CONVINCED THEY ú WHEN WE COME BACK, WE WILL LOOK AT WHO IS TURNING OUT AT THE POLLS, AND A DEEP DIVE INTO WHAT HAPPENED IN TEXAS. D IN T. >>> THERE IS A UNIQUE POWER AND TRUTH. AND, WHETHER THE STORIES AROUND THE GLOBE, ACROSS THE NATION, OR DOWN THE STREET. >> IT AMAZES ME THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO SEE YOUR HOUSE DESTROYED AND WENT BACK TO WORK. >> I WOULD RATHER BE OUT THERE HELPING — >> BECAUSE, EVERY EVENING, WE WANT TO PUT THE POWER OF TRUTH IN YOUR HANDS. >> GOOD EVENING, WE ARE GOING TO BEGIN THE BROADCAST TONIGHT — >> THE CBS NEWS WITH JEFF GLOR, ORIGINAL REPORTING. >>> THERE IS A UNIQUE POWER IN TRUTH. AND, WHETHER THE STORIES AROUND THE GLOBE, OR DOWN THE STREET, WE WANT TO PUT THE POWER OF TRUTH IN YOUR HANDS. >> THE CBS NEWS WITH JEFF GLOR , ORIGINAL — >> >>> GOOD EVENING, THIS IS A CBS NEWS ELECTION NIGHT UPDATE. WITH ME IS CBSN REPORTER CAITLIN HUEY-BURNS. WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING TO SEE WHAT EXACTLY THE TRUMP FACTOR MIGHT BE ON THIS MIDTERM ELECTION. WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THAT SO FAR? >> ACCORDING TO EXIT POLLS, 65% OF RESPONDENTS TO THIS EXIT POLL SAID THE SELECTION WAS VERY MUCH ABOUT THE PRESIDENT. BUT, DEPENDS ON WHETHER IT WAS A POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE. WE KIND OF SAUCE DIVIDED AMONG SUPPORT VERSUS NOT FACTORING IN TOO MUCH AT ALL. WE ARE ALSO KIND OF LOOKING AT TWO MAPS. WE HAVE THE SENATE SIDE, WHERE REPUBLICANS ARE COMPETING IN PLACES THE PRESIDENT IS POPULAR AND ON THE HOUSE AND, SUBURBAN DISTRICTS THAT ARE LIKELY, OR PROJECTED TO BE LIKELY TO SWING THEY HAVE FLIPPED AT LEAST ONE SEAT IN INDIANA, A PLACE THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS SPENT TIME CAMPAIGNING. >> SO, THE REPUBLICANS PROJECT A GOOD NIGHT IN THE SENATE? WE WILL SEE OF THESE OTHER HOUSE RACES, WHETHER THOSE ARE GOING TO TURN, OR STAY REPUBLICAN. >> >> IT BRINGS TO MIND THE BRETT KAVANAUGH HEARINGS AND HOW POLARIZING THAT SERIES OF EVENTS WAS WHERE WE SAW A PASSIONATE ARGUMENT ON BOTH SIDES OF THAT ISSUE. I WONDER IF THAT PERHAPS — INDIANA IS A STATE WHERE DEMOCRATS NOW WILL LOOK IN THE SAY THIS WAS PERHAPS THE THING THAT POLITICALLY COST US. >> WELL, JOE DONNELLY, THE INCOME AND IMMIGRANT THAT LOST THIS RACE TONIGHT CANNOT AND VOTED AGAINST JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH AT THE TIME. REPUBLICAN SAW THAT IS KIND OF THE BEGINNING OF THE END, REALLY — OF THAT ELECTION CAMPAIGN. HE MAINTAINED IT WAS THE RIGHT DECISION, AND THAT HE WAS GOING FORWARD WITH IT. BUT, REPUBLICANS FELT VERY EMBOLDENED BY THAT. WE SAW IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT RACES, REPUBLICANS REALLY GALVANIZED AND ENERGIZED AT A TIME THAT THEY WERE NOT BEFORE, AROUND THE PROSPECT OF — NOT ONLY CONFIRMING BRETT KAVANAUGH, BUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHAPE THE MAKE UP OF THE SUPREME COURT, AND COURTS AROUND THE COUNTRY. THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOMETHING THAT REALLY MOTIVATES THEM. >> WHAT IS THE STORY REGARDING WOMEN CANDIDATES THIS YEAR? YOU HAD A RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN RUNNING FOR OFFICE. >> THAT IS RIGHT. 260 WOMEN CANDIDATES, RUNNING FOR CONGRESS. AND WE HAVE PAID CLOSE ATTENTION TO HOW WOMEN VOTERS ARE RESPONDING TO THIS ENVIRONMENT. AND, IN PARTICULAR, WOMEN LIVING IN THE SUBURBS. AGAIN, THESE DISTRICTS THAT WILL DETERMINE BALANCE OF POWER IN THE HOUSE. THEY HAVE BEEN SHOWING, OVER THE COURSE OF THIS CAMPAIGN, A REAL NEGATIVE REACTION TO THE PRESIDENT, SEEMING TO BE FUELED BY THAT. AND IN EXIT POLLING WE SAW A CHANGE AMONG WHITE WOMEN, WHO SUPPORTED PRESIDENT TRUMP IN 2016, NOW BACKING DEMOCRATS, AT LEAST IN THE EARLY EXIT POLLS. >> A SIGNIFICANT SHIFT. THAT COULD HELP DETERMINE SOME OF THESE HOUSE RACES. WHAT ARE THE ISSUES THAT HAVE BEEN DRIVING WOMEN TO THE POLLS? >> HEALTHCARE IS TOP OF MIND AND A LOT OF THESE POLLS. ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN, BECAUSE IT TOUCHES A VARIETY OF ISSUES PERSONAL HEALTHCARE, BUT AFFECTING THE HEALTHCARE DECISIONS THAT THEY MAKE FOR THEIR FAMILIES. THEY ALSO REVEALEDÃVIEW THIS THROUGH AN ECONOMIC LENS, HOW TO PAY FOR HEALTHCARE FOR THEMSELVES AND FAMILIES, AND ALSO FOR THEIR PARENTS POSSIBLY. HEALTHCARE IS TOP OF MIND FOR THESE WOMEN AND AGAIN, SOME OF THESE WOMEN THAT SAY THEY ARE VOTING AGAINST TRUMP, THE PRESIDENT VERY MUCH FACTORING INTO THEIR DECISION. >> AND DEMOCRATS DECIDED THEY WOULD KEEP THE CONVERSATION FOCUSED ON THAT ISSUE OF HEALTHCARE. >> THE ISSUE OF HEALTHCARE AS A CHIEF MESSAGE STRATEGY THIS ELECTION HAS BEEN REMARKABLE, ESPECIALLY SINCE IN 2010, DEMOCRATS LOST SEATS AND LOST CONTROL THE HOUSE LARGELY BECAUSE OF THAT VOTE ON HEALTHCARE AT THE TIME. WE KNOW THAT VOTERS ARE VERY AFFECTED BY ANY THREATS OF CHANGE TO HEALTHCARE. AND, THAT IS WHY WE SEE ANYTIME THE PARTY IN CHARGE SEEMS TO CHANGE IT IN ANY WAY, OR THREATEN IT, OR BE PERCEIVED AS THREATENING IT, THEY REACT VERY VISCERALLY TO THAT. THAT IS WHAT WE SEE THIS ELECTION. >> WHAT A DIFFERENCE TWO YEARS CAN MAKE. CAITLIN HUEY-BURNS, THANK YOU SO MUCH. MORE CBS NEWS ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE CONTINUES NEXT. >>> WE'RE BACK NOW WITH MORE CBS NEWS COVERAGE. THE BATTLE FOR CONTROL OF COVERAGE. I AM A JEFF GLOR WITH THE ELECTION DIRECTOR AT THE DECISION DESK HERE. YOU SEE, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A LOT AT THIS HOUR. ANTHONY, BREAKING NEWSÃWHAT A SURPRISE, FLORIDA — TO TIGHT RACES HERE. >> IT WOULD NOT BE AN ELECTION NIGHT WITHOUT SOMETHING LIKE THIS. IN FLORIDA, HERE'S THE THINGÃ WE HAVE TIGHT RACES AND WE HAVE NOT MADE A PROJECTION YET IN EITHER ONE. THE BIGGEST REASON IS WE ARE WAITING FOR WHAT WE THINK ARE A FEW MORE VOTES IN BROWARD COUNTY AND MIAMI-DADE, THE SOUTH FLORIDA. IT IS DEMOCRATIC TERRITORY. SO, THAT COULD BE GOOD FOR EITHER GILLUM OR NELSON IF THAT COMES IN AS WE EXPECT , USUALLY — IF IT COMES IN DEMOCRATIC. >> YOU HAVE 90% IN IN FLORIDA AND BOTH GOVERNORS AND SENATORS ARE CONCEPTS. >> THAT 98% IS BASED ON OUR TRENDLINES OF TURNOUT. NOW, IF THERE IS A LOT MORE VOTES TO STILL COME IN, WELL — THAT NUMBER COULD GO HIGHER. SO, THAT IS AN ESTIMATE IN AND OF ITSELF. THAT IS WHAT MAKES SO MUCH OF THE STILL UNCERTAIN. >> LET'S TALK ABOUT TEXAS.YOU HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE BIG SENATE RACE BETO O'ROURKE AND ALSO TED CRUZ LOOKING TO HOLD HIS SEE. YOU ARE LEANING REPUBLICAN IN TEXAS. YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT A POPULAR GOVERNOR, GREG ABBOTT, WHO HAS WON REELECTION. HOW MUCH OF THIS IS A DOWN BALLOT AFFECT FOR ABBOTT >> THERE IS A SPLIT, RIGHT NOW BETWEEN THE DEMOCRATIC VOTE FOR GOVERNOR AND WHAT BETO O'ROURKE IS GETTING. HE IS KEEPING RIGHT BEHIND TED CRUZ A LOT OF AREAS WHERE HE IS RUNNING AHEAD OF THE DEMOCRATIC — WOULD BE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR . HAVING SAID THAT, YOU SEE THAT 70% IN YOU MARK THAT IS KEY, BECAUSE IT IS STILL OUTSTANDING IS AREAS AROUND HOUSTON, A COUPLE OF COUNTIES WHERE WE THINK — I THINK THERE COULD STILL BE EIGHT OR 9000 VOTES TO COUNT. WE WILL WATCH THAT CAREFULLY. NO PROJECTION YET. >> ONE DISTRICT WE HAVE WATCHED CAREFULLY, THAT IS THE SEVENTH DISTRICT. WE VISITED THAT BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN REPUBLICAN EVER SINCE IT WAS CREATED. THAT IS WHERE GEORGE BUSH, THE PRESIDENT NOW LIVES. JOHN CULBERTSON HAS HELD THAT SEAT. HE GOT A BIG CHALLENGE FROM LIZZIE FLETCHER. WHERE ARE WE NOW? >> THAT 9000 VOTE DIFFERENCE IS NOT ENOUGH TO MAKE A PROJECTION, BUT CERTAINLY, THIS IS A DISTRICT WHERE IF THE DEMOCRATS CAN HANG ON AND PICK UP, THIS IS ONE OF THOSE INDICATORS, IT IS A SUBURBAN DISTRICT. THAT AREA HAS BEEN DIVERSIFYING. THAT IS THE KIND OF PLACE THAT DEMOCRATS WANT TO MAKE GAINS. I STILL EXPECT THAT THIS IS A LONG NIGHT BEFORE WE GET THE REST OF THIS COUNTED. >> BUT, THERE ARE A LOT OF DISTRICTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT LOOK LIKE THE HOUSTON — THE TEXAS SEVENTH. >> ABSOLUTELY. SOME OF THE MORE AFFLUENT SUBURBS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, AND THAT IS NEW JERSEY ALL THE WAY OUT TO CALIFORNIA — WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO IS LOOK FOR THOSE PATTERNS. LIKE YOU JUST SAW, AND SEE IF THAT CAN TELL US WHERE THIS HOUSE RACES HEADED. RIGHT NOW, THE DEMOCRATS WERE TO PICK UP DISTRICTS LIKE THAT, IT WOULD BE A GOOD SIGN FOR THEM. >> ALL RIGHT, WE WILL SEE YOU VERY SOON. >>> ALL RIGHT, JEFF AND ANTHONY, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>> AS WE ARE NOW LOOKING AT THIS AT 9:30, THE DEMOCRATS HAD HOPED TO WRAP UP A NUMBER OF VICTORIES IN THE HOUSE, JUST SORT OF PUT THEM ON THE WAY TO A WAVE IN TAKING BACK THE HOUSE. THEY THOUGHT THAT MAYBE WE COULD HOLD SOME SEATS IN THE SENATE, AND IT LOOKS LIKE THEY'RE HAVING A DIFFICULT EARLY NIGHT. >> THERE ARE LOOKING FOR THOSE ROBUST CANARIES IN THE COAL MINE, THE ONES THAT LOOK LIKE THEY WERE REACHING INTO TRUMP TERRITORY, AND THAT HAS YET TO HAPPEN. THEY HAVE PICKED UP THE EASY SEATS, TEXAS SEVEN EVEN. THAT IS A DISTRICT THAT HILLARY CLINTON ONE. SO AGAIN, THAT IS NOT IN THAT SECOND OR THIRD TIER OF MORE DIFFICULT SEATS THAT DEMOCRATS NEED TO PICK UP. IT HAS YET TO HAPPEN WHERE WE HAVE SAID — THIS IS A SEAT THAT IS KIND OF TAKING AWAY SOMETHING THAT IS DIFFICULT FROM REPUBLICANS. SO, MAYBE THAT IS AHEAD. >> STILL READSÃRESULTS ARE COMING IN, BUT WHEN YOU WANT TO GET AN EARLY INDICATION, IT IS NOT LOOK THE WAY THAT MANY DEMOCRATS THOUGHT IT WOULD GO AT THIS PARTICULAR . IN THE EVENING. >> IT IS SUCH A RED STATE, AND SO MUCH FOCUS ON THE BETO O'ROURKE TED CRUZ RACE. I SPENT TIME WITH BOTH NOMINEES AND CANDIDATES, AND THEY HAVE DIFFERING STANDPOINTS AS TO WHAT WILL BRING THEM TO VICTORY. TED CRUZ REALLY JUMPED ON THIS TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME. HE SAYS THE ISSUE SHOULD BE THE ECONOMY, WHICH IS GROWING. HOUSTON WILL SURPASS CHICAGO. >> WELL, LOOK HOW CLOSE TEXAS IS AND IF YOU LOOK INSIDE THE TEXAS POLLS, VOTERS ARE SPLIT .30% SAY HEALTHCARE, BUT 32% SAY IMMIGRATION. THREE QUARTERS OF THOSE SUPPORT TED CRUZ. WHILE HEALTHCARE WAS THE WINNING ISSUE FOR DEMOCRATS, YOU HAVE A LOT OF VOTERS COMING OUT ON IMMIGRATION IN THE STATE. WE HAVE ANTHONY MASON WHICH HAS BEEN POURING INTO THESE EXIT POLLS. >> WE WANT TO LOOK AT THE ELECTORATE HERE. AN INTERESTING SHIFT. FIRST, LET'S GO BACK FOUR YEARS AGO TWO 2014, WHEN YOU SEE THE BREAKUP WAS 75% WHITE, 12% BLACK, 8% HISPANIC. LET'S LOOK AT TODAY, WHAT WE SEE IS THE WHITE VOTE HAS FALLEN TO 71%, A DROP OF 4 POINTS. THE BLACK VOTE IS THE SAME, BUT LOOK AT THE HISPANIC VOTE .4 POINTS HIGHER, 12%. IF THIS HOLDS, THIS WILL BE THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF HER FOR HISPANIC VOTERS. HOW ARE THEY VOTING? WELL, THEY ARE VOTING 69% DEMOCRATIC. THAT IS INTERESTING, BECAUSE IT IS UP 7 POINTS FROM FOUR YEARS AGO. THERE A BIGGER PART OF THE ELECTORATE AND THEY ARE VOTING STRONGER FOR DEMOCRATS. >> REALLY INTERESTING. THAT KICKS OFF THIS DISCUSSION. LESLIE SANCHEZ JOINS US NOW. CBS NEWS CONTRIBUTOR AS WELL. I KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH MANY PEOPLE IN THIS RACE. TALK ABOUT THAT HISPANIC VOTE. I'M LOOKING AT THE EXIT POLLS IN TEXAS, WHICH IS 49% HISPANIC. DEMOCRATS THINK IT COULD BE A PURPLE STATE. BETO O'ROURKE IS WINNING 63- 36%. >> LIKE TO FLIP THAT WHEN I THINK ABOUT HOW CAN REPUBLICANS WIN? WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT A RED STATE, IT WAS 1994, THE LAST TIME THE DEMOCRATS EVER ONE STATEWIDE OFFICE, THAT WAS ONE REPUBLICANS FIGURE OUT IF THEY COULD GET 30-35% OF THE HISPANIC VOTE, THEY COULD WIN DOWN BALLOT. AND, BASICALLY, IF YOU SEE THAT MEASURE AT 30 FIVEÃTICKING UPWARDS OF 40, EVEN KAY BAILEY HUTCHINSON WAS GETTING 52-33%. ABC SUPPORT, EVEN IN THE SOUTHWESTERN STATES. >> 40% OF TEXANS IDENTIFY AS LATINO OR MEXICAN. >> IT IS TO BE MEXICO ACCORDING TO SOME PEOPLE. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE BORDER AND WHERE IT HAS MOVED BACK AND FORTH. THERE IS A DIFFERENT SENTIMENT THAN PERHAPS CALIFORNIA, EVEN IN ARIZONA OR NEVADA, ANYWHERE ALONG THE BORDER. THIS IS A CONSERVATIVE STATE. THE ECONOMICS ARE CONSERVATIVE. >> BOTH CANDIDATES HAVE APPEALED TO THE LATINO VOTE, OBVIOUSLY — TALKING ABOUT DIFFERENT ISSUES. >> BOTH CANDIDATES YOU COULD ARGUE. >> MANY TIMES, OPENING THE CONFERENCES OUT THERE IN SPANISH. >> ABSOLUTELY. AND, THE DIFFERENCES THEY DON'T RUN ON ETHNIC IDENTITY, THEY RUN ON I AM A TRUE CONSERVATIVE, I AM A RANKING CONSERVATIVE, AND THE FUNDAMENTALS VERSUS IDENTITY POLITICS, DIFFERENT THAN OTHER STATES. >> TELL ME YOUR VIEW OF THE LARGER PICTURE, AND IDENTITY POLITICS, BECAUSE THAT HAS WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY THAT THE PRESIDENT IS RUNNING ON. THAT IS WHAT WAS SUCCESSFUL FOR HIM IN 2016, HOW DO YOU READ THE CARD FROM THE PRESIDENT? >> WHERE WE WILL SEE THAT IS THE MOUNTAINOUS WEST. AS THE STATE STARTS MOVING, WE GET RESULTS. WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT ARIZONA, NEVADA, NEW MEXICO. OTHER STATES THAT HAVE VERY DIVERSE POPULATIONS THAT DO NOT NECESSARILY HAVE THE SAME CONSERVATIVE POLITICS AS A RED STATE LIKE TEXAS. >> IS THERE A SPLIT BETWEEN YOUNGER HISPANIC VOTERS AND OLDER HISPANIC VOTERS? WHAT IS THAT SPLIT? >> IF YES CALIFORNIA, THAT MEANS A TINY SLIVER OF REPUBLICANS IN CALIFORNIA, MAY NOT BE THERE BY THE END OF THE NIGHT. THAT IS WHAT THAT FUNDAMENTALLY MEANS. YOU HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WERE GROWING UP IN THE AGE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA AND CERTAINLY UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP. AND THIS IDENTITY POLITICS HAS REALLY CAUSED A BIG RIPPLE IN TERMS OF HOW THEY SEE THEMSELVES. WHAT IS TRUE ABOUT YOUNG LATINO VOTERS, OR ETHNIC VOTERS IS THEY DON'T IDENTIFY WITH PARTY. THEY ARE THE NONPARTY VOTERS. THEY WILL NOT SAY DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN, THEY WILL LOOK AT THE CANDIDATE. >> I'M GOING TO CHECK IN WITH ED O'KEEFE AND NANCY HERE. >> I WILL START THAT CONVERSATION ALSO, BECAUSE THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT WHETHER SOME OF THESE EAST COAST STATES WOULD GIVE US A CLUE ABOUT HOW THE DEMOCRATS WILL DO IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AND HOW THE REPRESENTATIVES WOULD DO, BECAUSE DEMOCRATS RECRUITED A NUMBER OF WOMEN TO RUN IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA. PENNSYLVANIA CURRENTLY DOES NOT HAVE A WOMAN OR FEMALE REPRESENTATIVE IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. THERE APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN SOME MOVEMENT ON THAT FRONT TONIGHT. >> ED, WHY DON'T WE TALK ABOUT PENNSYLVANIA. >> WE HAVE NOT. THERE ARE INCREDIBLE PICKUP OPPORTUNITIES FOR DEMOCRATS THANKS TO A FEDERAL COURT RULING THAT REDREW THE LINES IN A WAY THAT MADE IT MUCH MORE FAVORABLE FOR DEMOCRATS. LOOK AT PENNSYLVANIA, 5-7 RIGHT NOW. THESE ARE DISTRICTS AROUND GREATER PHILADELPHIA. YOU WILL HAVE MARY SCANLAN LEADING AND HOULIHAN IS A AIR FORCE VETERAN AND A FORMER SNEAKER EXECUTIVE WHO DECIDED TO RUN FOR THE HOUSE LAST YEAR AND IN THE SEVENTH, THIS IS ANOTHER OPEN SEAT WHERE A REPUBLICAN IS RETIRING. REPUBLICAN MARTY IS A OLYMPIC CYCLING SILVER MEDALIST AND HE MIGHT WIN ANOTHER SILVER MEDAL TONIGHT FALLING BEHIND THE DEMOCRAT. ALL EXAMPLES OF WOMEN WHO CAME OUT OF THE WOODWORK, DID NOT NEED ANY CONVINCING, AND ARE WINNING — TONIGHT. >> A RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN ADMITTED THROUGH AND ARE RUNNING TODAY .238 WOMEN, MOST OF THEM DEMOCRATS, 186 DEMOCRATS. AND, THE PARTY WAS ABLE TO RECRUIT 70 WOMEN, IN PART, BECAUSE WOMEN WERE ANGRY. AT LEAST, DEMOCRATIC MEN WERE ANGRY ABOUT THE 2016 OUTCOME. THEY THOUGHT THAT A WOMAN WAS GOING TO BECOME PRESIDENT FOR THE FIRST TIME. SHE LOST TO DONALD TRUMP, A CANDIDATE THAT A LOT OF THESE WOMEN, IN PARTICULAR DID NOT LIKE. AND, SO THAT IS WHY YOU SEE THIS HUGE WAVE OF WOMEN. WE HAVE 84 WOMEN IN THE HOUSE RIGHT NOW. IF WOMEN HAVE A GREAT NIGHT IN PENNSYLVANIA, AND AROUND THE COUNTRY, WE COULD CRACK 100 BY THE END OF THE NIGHT. >> THERE ARE 18 CONGRESSIONAL SEATS IN PENNSYLVANIA, ALL OF THEM CURRENTLY HELD BY MEN. TONIGHT, NO MATTER WHAT, IT LOOKS LIKE WOMEN WILL WHEN AT LEAST SOME OF THEM. >> YOU WILL SEE HISTORY MADE IN ARIZONA AND THE SENATE RACE. THE FIRST FEMALE SENATOR IN ARIZONA. ANTHONY SAVANT OR, IF YOU'RE LISTENING THAT THE DECISION DESK, WHAT YOU SEE AS FAR AS THE HOUSE AT THIS .? >> OH, HE IS? >> ANTHONY, PICK IT UP, ANTHONY? >> IS A BUSY MAN AT THE DECISION DESK. WHAT IS HAPPENING? YOUR OUTLOOK FOR THE HOUSE OVERALL? >> WE THINK THAT DEMOCRATS ARE STILL ON TRACK TO TAKE THE HOUSE. I MEAN, THAT IS BASED ON US LOOKING AT THE VOTE PATTERNS, NOT EVEN THE PICKUPS, BUT THE VOTE PATTERNS. THESE SUBURBAN DISTRICTS, WE SEE THE DEMOCRATS MAKE GAINS AND THEY HAVE NOT MADE ENOUGH PICKUPS YET, BUT THOSE GAINS THAT WE SEE ACROSS THE SKI DISTRICTS, IT STILL HAS THEM AIMING TO RETAKE THE HOUSE. >> THANKS VERY MUCH. WE ARE GOING TO WALK BACK TO THE BIG DESK HERE. I WILL SEE YOU ALL VERY SOON. >> WHILE WE'RE DOING THAT, WE HAVE A LOT OF MOVING PARTS. WE HAVE A LOT OF DATA AND INFORMATION.TWO WHAT ANTHONY SALVANTO JUST SAID AND IT WAS SMART TO CHECK, BECAUSE HE HAS HIS HEAD IN THE NUMBER MORE THAN ANY OF US, HOW DEMOCRATS ARE DOING, AND AS ANTHONY SALVANTO SAID, DEMOCRAT ARE STILLÃDESPITE ONLY GETTING THE LOW HANGING FRUIT, THEY ARE STILL ON TRACK TO TAKE BACK THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WHAT DOES THAT TELL US? >> IT TELLS US THAT THERE WAS A LOT OF LOW HANGING FRUIT. >> A LOT OF RETIREMENTS. IT WAS THE WORST MAP SINCE 1930. >> THAT IS RIGHT. AND, THE PRESIDENT, NOT ALL THE HOUSE DISTRICTS ARE RIGHT FOR THE PRESIDENT SO THERE WAS LOW HANGING FRUIT AND OPEN SEATS. NOT GREAT DISTRICTS. >> SUBURBAN WHITE WOMEN. >> WE CHOP OF THESE GROUPS, BUT YOU ARE RIGHT. COLLEGE-EDUCATED SUBURBAN WOMEN — THESE ARE THE GROUPS THAT THE CAMPAIGNS THEMSELVES TARGETED. IF YOU ARE ONE OF THESE GROUPS AND YOU ARE OUT THERE WATCHING, YOU THINK — WELL, THAT IS A LITTLE CRASS, BUT THIS IS HOW THE CAMPAIGNS DO IT IN THIS IS HOW WE KNOW THAT LIKE-MINDED DISTRICTS VOTE THE WAYÃTHERE ARE CORRELATIONS. >> AND IN THE LAST FEW DAYS, PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID RELUCTANTLY THAT IT LOOKS LIKE HIS PARTY MIGHT NOT WIN THE HOUSE AND HE SAID IF THAT HAPPENS HE WILL JUST HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT. HIS TONE SEEMS TO HAVE CHANGED OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS. OKAY, WE MIGHT LOSE THE HOUSE. AND WE WILL DO OKAY. >> HE IS A MAN OF MANY COLORS. >> THE LAST TIME THEY DID NOT LOSE THE HOUSE WAS 2002, GEORGE W. BUSH. THE HOUSES AT LEAST. >> AND, THAT WAS IN THE AFTERMATH OF 9/11. ANTHONY — TO YOU, ONE MORE TIME, OVER AT THE DECISION DESK. THE ONE NUMBER THAT I THINK A LOT OF US ARE WATCHING VERY CLOSELY HERE, AND THE HEADS UP THERE, IS THAT 20% OF THE VOTE LEFT IN TEXAS? THE BETO O'ROURKE TED CRUZ RACE THAT HAS GOTTEN SO MUCH ATTENTION. SO, THE REMAINING VOTE, WHERE DOES THAT COME FROM AND WHERE IS THAT LIKELY TO BREAK? >> IT IS UPDATING IN REAL TIME. VOTING IN AND AROUND HOUSTON, WE HAVE GOTTEN MORE SINCE WE TALKED. I HAVE IT AT 83% IN. BETO O'ROURKE IS TRENDING JUST BELOW WHERE HE WOULD NEED TO BE TO TIE UP THIS RACE. SO, I'M THINKING RIGHT NOW, THIS IS STILL LEANING TOWARDS TED CRUZ. THAT IS IN THE MODEL ESTIMATE, NEVERMIND THE VOTE COUNT. THAT IS BASED ON AREAS THAT ARE OUTSTANDING. THIS IS COUNTING FAST. THEY ARE STILL OUT IN A COUPLE OF OTHER PLACES. WE WILL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK. THAT IS WHERE WE ARE, JEFF. >> ALL RIGHT, THAT IS REALLY INTERESTING. WE WILL KEEP TOUCHING BASE WITH ANTHONY SALVANTO ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN TEXAS. >> IN REAL TIME. >> WHERE JEFF MAKES HIM TAKE OFF THE HEADSET. THAT IS WHAT MAKES IT FUN. SO, MORE RESULTS IN NEW JERSEY. SENATOR BOB MENENDEZ, WHO HAS BEEN UNDER INVESTIGATION, WAS ABLE TO WIN IN THE DEMOCRATIC STATE OF NEW JERSEY. IN MISSOURI, AGAINÃLOOK AT THIS, SO CLOSE. A TOSSUP, ACCORDING TO CBS NEWS. SENATOR McCASKILL IN THE FIGHT OF HER LIFE. I'M SORRY, I JUST MENTIONED NEW JERSEY, CBS NEWS PROJECTS THAT SENATOR MENENDEZ HAS ONE THERE. AND, IN NORTH DAKOTA, THIS WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT SEATS TO HOLD ONTO IN THE SENATE. THEY ARE STILL CALLING IT A TOSSUP, IN PART BECAUSE IT IS DIFFICULT TO COUNT THE VOTES FROM THE NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES THERE. BUT, DEMOCRATS WILL TELL YOU THIS IS ONE OF THEIR TOUGHEST SEATS. >> >> THAT IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE THAT THE VOTE AGAINST BRETT KAVANAUGH REALLY COST HER. AND SHE SAID AT THE TIME IT WAS NOT ABOUT POLITICS FOR HER, THIS WAS ABOUT WHAT SHE THOUGHT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. AND, IT MIGHT HAVE COST HER HER SEAT TONIGHT. >> IT IS THE LIGHTHOUSE OF I GUESS. >> IT IS A TOSSUP, BUT NOT LOOKING SO GOOD. >> WE ARE GOING TO DIVE DEEPER ÃBEFORE WE GET TO BREAK, EVERYBODY WANTS TO KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING IN GEORGIA. STILL A TOSSUP AS WE ARE WAITING FOR A NUMBER OF VOTES TO COME IN FROM GEORGIA. WE — WE KNOW THAT STACY ABRAMS HAS OUTPERFORMED WHAT HILLARY CLINTON DID AMONG WHITE VOTERS IN THAT STATE OF GEORGIA. WE WILL GET THE LATEST AND FIND OUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE STATE OF MISSOURI. LOTS MORE TO TALK ABOUT HERE. STAY WITH US ON CBS NEWS. THIS IS ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE 2018. >>> THE BIGGEST NAMES IN POLITICS — >> I WOULD RATHER HAVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOCUSED ON OTHER THINGS — >> THEY FACE THE QUESTIONS YOU WANT ANSWERED. >> I CANNOT ANSWER THAT QUESTION. >> THANK YOU FOR ASKING THAT QUESTION. >> FACE THE NATION, SUNDAYS. >>> WELCOME BACK TO CBS NEWS. ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE. THERE, YOU SEE THE LATEST VOTE TALLY IN THE HOUSE.CBS NEWS ESTIMATES THAT IT IS TRENDING TOWARDS THE DEMOCRATS. LET'S LOOK AT MISSOURI.CLAIRE McCASKILL FACED A TOUGH REELECTION BATTLE. THE DEMOCRAT RUNNING IN A STATE PRESIDENT TRUMP ONE BY 19 POINTS IN 2016. THE PRESIDENT WAS JUST CAMPAIGNING IN THAT STATE FOR REPUBLICAN CHALLENGER, JOSH HOLLY. DEAN REYNOLDS IS IN ST. LOUIS, AND DEAN, I SAW THAT YOU INTERVIEWED HER ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. WHAT WERE THE BIG ISSUES? >> Reporter: WELL, IMMIGRATION WAS THE SUBJECT WE WERE SPEAKING TO HER ABOUT THAT THAT TIME. BUT, HEALTHCARE HAS DOMINATED THIS RACE. THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS SAID THAT HE WANTS TO ASSURE HIS FELLOW MISSOURIANS THAT HE WILL HAVE INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS.SENATOR McCASKILL SAYS DON'T BELIEVE HIM, THAT HOLLY HAS JOINED OTHER ATTORNEYS GENERAL IN THE COUNTRY AND TRYING TO DISMANTLE OBAMACARE, WHICH DOES PROTECT THAT KIND OF INSURANCE. THIS RACE HAS BEEN LOCKED UP TIGHT FOUR MONTHS. THERE HAS BEEN NO GIVE ON EITHER SIDE, NOBODY HAS BEEN GAINING — NOBODY IS PULLING AWAY. THIS — DESPITE THE FACT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS COME HERE ON MANY OCCASIONS TO STUMP FOR JOSH HOLLY AND SENATOR McCASKILL SAYS THAT IS JUST HOW MUCH PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD LIKE TO SEE HER GO AWAY. NORA? >> ALL RIGHT, DEAN REYNOLDS THERE, AS HE POINTED OUT, THOSE WHO THOUGHT HEALTHCARE WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE THEY ARE TRENDING TOWARDS, McCASKILL JUST LIKE IN INDIANA, THAT IS A VOTE AGAINST BRETT KAVANAUGH, WHO IS JUSTICE BRETT KAVANAUGH AND WAS PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PICK FOR THAT IN A CONTENTIOUS HEARING. WILL HAVE MORE ON CBS NEWS. IT IS ALMOST 10, WHICH MEANS MORE POLL CLOSING AND MORE RESULTS. >>> THERE IS A UNIQUE POWER, A TRUTH — >> WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO PEOPLE WHO COULD DO SOMETHING? >> WHETHER THE STORY IS ACROSS THE GLOBE WERE DOWN THE STREET, WE WILL FIND IT. >> IT AMAZES ME THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO SEE YOUR HOUSE DESTROYED AND HE WENT BACK TO WORK. >> I WOULD RATHER BE OUT THERE HELPINGÃ >> BECAUSE, EVERY EVENING WE WANT TO PUT THE POWER OF TRUTH IN YOUR HANDS. >> I'M JEFF GLOR AND WE ARE GOING TO BEGIN THE BROADCAST TONIGHT. >> CBS NEWS WITH JEFF GLOR, ORIGINAL REPORTING. >> CBS NEWS, HONORED WITH SIX EMMY AWARDS, MORE THAN ANY OTHER TELEVISION NEWS NETWORK, CBS NEWS, ORIGINAL REPORTING AT HIS BEST. >>> CBS NEWS, HONORED WITH SIX EMMY AWARDS, MORE THAN ANY OTHER TELEVISION NETWORK , CBS NEWS, ORIGINAL REPORTING AT ITS BEST. >>> AT THIS HOUR, THOSE OF US HERE AT CBS NEWS, INCLUDING THE ELECTION BEST, WHERE THEY ARE CLINCHING ALL THE NUMBERS, ASKING THE QUESTION — WHERE IS THE BLUE WAVE? DEMOCRATS HAVE ONLY PICKED UP THREE OF THE SEAS THEY WILL NEED OF THE 23 TO TAKE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. >> RIGHT NOW I JUST DON'T LIKE A MOVIE, THE BLUE WAVE. >> NOT A REALITY. ALL RIGHT, SOME OF OUR CBS NEWS STATIONS WILL BE LEAVING FOR A FEW MINUTES TO REPORT AND MORE ELECTION RETURNS FOR THOSE OF YOU STAYING WITH US, WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK. YOU ARE WATCHING ELECTION NIGHT HERE ON CBS NEWS. >>> GET EVENING, THIS IS A CBS NEWS ELECTION NIGHT UPDATE. WITH ME, IS SABRINA SIDDIQUI, CBSN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR AND POLITICAL REPORTER FOR THE GUARDIAN. OKAY, SABRINA, WHAT ARE YOUR TAKEAWAYS FOR TONIGHT? >> WELL, IT LOOKS AS THOUGH WE ARE NOT NECESSARILY HEADED TOWARDS A BLUE WAVE. DEMOCRATS HAVE MADE SOME EARLY GAINS IN THE HOUSE, PICKING UP SEATS IN VIRGINIA, FLORIDA, AND COLORADO, WHERE THERE WAS A WAVE OF REPUBLICAN RETIREMENTS. BUT, THE SENATE LOOKS AS THOUGH IT MAY YET REMAIN IN REPUBLICAN CONTROL. ONE OF THE KEY PICKUPS FOR REPUBLICANS THERE, BEING THAT OF INDIANA SENATOR JOE DONNELLY, ALSO MARSHA BLACKBURN DEFEATING PHIL BREDESEN. MENENDEZ IS VULNERABLE BUT HAS HOLD ONTO HIS SEAT IN THE SENATE. >> WAS TALK MORE ABOUT THE SENATE, AND TEXAS IN PARTICULAR, WHAT DOES IT TELL US THAT IT IS SUCH A TIGHT RACE THERE? >> WELL, BETO O'ROURKE HAS BEEN A SUBJECT OF FASCINATION. HE IS A YOUNG UPSTART CANDIDATE WHO IS GIVING TED CRUZ A RUN FOR HIS MONEY. WHAT HAS LONG BEEN REGARDED AS RELIABLY READ, BUT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THIS IS A STATE THAT COULD SOON TREND BLUE AS THE DEMOGRAPHICS HAVE CHANGED WITH A SIZABLE HISPANIC OVULATION AS WELL AS THE EMERGENCE OF YOUNG VOTERS IN THE STATE. BUT, THIS IS TED CRUZ, WHO HAS OFTEN DRAWN THE IRE, NOT JUST OF DEMOCRATS, BUT HIS REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES, PERHAPS ONE OF THE REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE THAT IS SOMEWHAT UNIQUELY UNPOPULAR. >> IF BETO O'ROURKE IS NOT POLITE THEY WIN, WELL DEMOCRATS STILL TRY TO CLAIM VICTORY DO YOU THINK ANYWAY? BECAUSE, IT WAS SO COMPETITIVE? >> I THINK THAT YOU MIGHT HEAR DEMOCRATS SAY THAT THE RACE SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN COMPETITIVE, BUT ULTIMATELY, THEY'RE NOT REALLY AFTER A CONSOLATION PRIZE. THERE AFTER PICKING UP SEATS TONIGHT AND WHAT DEMOCRATS THEMSELVES HAVE DUBBED AS ONE OF THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL ELECTIONS IN A GENERATION, PARTICULARLY AS IT RELATES TO BEING A REFERENDUM ON PRESIDENT TRUMP IN HIS STEWARDSHIP OVER THE COUNTRY. >> AND, WHAT DOES IT INDICATE THAT YOU HAVE PRESIDENT TRUMP CAMPAIGNING IN TEXAS FOR TED CRUZ, A READY STATE THERE? >> THAT WILL IS LIKELY THAT TED CRUZ WAS IN TROUBLE. THE FACT THAT THE PRESIDENT HAD TO TRAVEL TO THE STATE OF TEXAS, AND FRANKLY, IT WAS ALSO STRIKING THAT TED CRUZ HAD TAKEN SOMEWHAT OF A MUTED TONE DURING THE ENTIRE BRETT KAVANAUGH CONTROVERSY. HE SITS ON THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE AND WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE PERHAPS BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF REALLY REALLY AND AGAIN SOME OF THE DEMOCRATIC COMPLAINTS AGAINST BRETT KAVANAUGH AND THE CONTROVERSY THAT ENGULFED HIM WITH THE SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATION. BUT, I THINK THAT YOU HAVE SEEN TED CRUZ REALIZE THAT HE CANNOT TAKE THIS RACE FOR GRANTED. HE HAS CERTAINLY HAD TO DO A LOT MORE GROUNDWORK THAN HE EVER WOULD HAVE EXPECTED. >> WE WILL CONTINUE TO WATCH TEXAS AND THE REST OF THE STATE CLOSELY. SABRINA SIDDIQUI, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. >>> AND, MORE CBS NEWS ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE CONTINUES NEXT. T COVERAGE CONTINUES NEXT. >>> THE BIGGEST NAMES IN POLITICS FACE THE QUESTION YOU WANT ANSWERED. FACE THE NATION, SUNDAYS. >> WHAT'S NEW UNDER THE SUN? >> GOOD MORNING. >> WE NEED TO SAVE HEALTH CARE ONCE AGAIN. >> THE WORKING MAN IS TIRED. WE DON'T >>> WE DON'T WANT TO BE TAXED ANYMORE. >> IMMIGRATION IS A BIG DEAL. WE HAVE TWO HOMELESS PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY. >> I WANT TO BE A PROUD AMERICAN. WELCOME BACK TO ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE. WE ARE FOLLOWING THE BATTLE FOR THE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE. PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH FOR THE NEXT TWO BUT SIX STATES IN OUR COUNTRY. THE HEADLINES OF THE HOUR, CBS NEWS ESTIMATES THE DEMOCRATS ARE ON TRACK TO TAKE BACK THE HOUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EIGHT YEARS. AND MITT ROMNEY, THE 2012 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MAKES A POLITICAL COMEBACK WINNING A SENATE SEAT IN UTAH. SO THIS WILL BE INTERESTING TO HEAR AS MITT ROMNEY GETS TO SQUARE OFF AGAINST HIS ONCE RIVAL. BY A PRETTY GOOD MARGIN TOO. >> AND CALLING HIM SENATOR ROMNEY. >> AS THE POLLS HAVE CLOSED IN UTAH, WE SHOULD SPEND A MINUTE TO SPEND SOME TIME ABOUT MAYOR BRENT TAYLOR. MAJOR, WHO WAS KILLED BY GUNFIRE IN AFGHANISTAN. A FATHER OF SEVEN CHILDREN, PROUD MEMBER OF THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD. MITT ROMNEY SAYING AFTER WE LEARNED OF HIS PASSING THAT THIS IS ANOTHER UNMEASURABLE PRICE THAT IS PAID FOR FREEDOM. I THINK MANY PEOPLE REFERRED TO THE POST THAT HE MADE ON FACEBOOK SAYING I HOPE EVERYONE, THIS IS BEFORE HE DIED. HE SAID I HOPE EVERYONE EXERCISES THE PRECIOUS RIGHT TO VOTE. >> AND HOW MUCH IT MEANT TO HIM AND HOW IRONIC HIS BODY WOULD BE RETURNED TO THIS COUNTRY ON ELECTION DAY. THE DAY WHEN HE WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERYONE, WHETHER HE'S A DEMOCRAT OR A REPUBLICAN, HE WOULD SAY PLEASE GO OUT THERE AND VOTE TODAY. >> AND A VERY TOUCHING WIDOW TODAY ON THE SAME MESSAGE ABOUT WHAT HE FOUGHT FOR. >> AND HIS BROTHERS WERE ALL LISTED AFTER SEPTEMBER 11. REAL DUTY — REAL DUTY TOUR. >> A RECORD NUMBER OF VETERANS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS. WE WILL TALK MORE ABOUT THAT DURING THIS HOUR. BUT FIRST LET'S CHECK IN ON SOME OF THE MORE COMPETITIVE SENATE RACES WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING TONIGHT. FIRST IN THE STATE OF WYOMING. CBS NEWS PROJECTS THE WINNER IN THE STATE, WAS THE PROJECTED WINNER IN THAT STATE. 67% OF THE VOTE AT THIS HOUR. HE HAS WON REELECTION. IN THE STATE OF MONTANA, SENATOR JON TESTER, A FARMER AND A SENATOR HAS BEEN BATTLING A TOUGH CONTEST THERE AGAINST MATTROSENDALE. STILL A TOSS-UP. USUALLY THE VOTES COME IN LATE IN MONTANA. BUT WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE RACE. CBS IS CALLING THIS A TOSS-UP WITH DEMOCRATS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE DEMOCRATIC PICKUP IN THIS STATE WITH JACKY ROSEN, A CURRENT CONGRESSWOMAN, FORMER PRESIDENT OF HER SYNAGOGUE AGAINST THE CURRENT SENATOR DEAN HELLER. SO WE WILL BE WATCHING NEVADA VERY CLOSELY. LET'S CHECK BACK IN THE LONE STAR STATE. THIS ONE IS BOUNCING BACK AND FORTH AS THE TALLY GETS IN. CBS NEWS CURRENT ESTIMATE, LANING REPUBLICAN, BUT — LEANING REPUBLICAN, BUT WE CONTINUE TO WATCH THIS RACE VERY CLOSELY TONIGHT, WHICH IS 76% OF THE VOTE IN. A LOT MORE TO SAY ABOUT TEXAS. JEFF GLOR WITH THE CBS EVENING NEWS. >> I HAVE BURRED MY WAY INTO THE DECISION DESK. ANTHONY, WHAT ARE WE SEEING? LET'S TALK ABOUT FLORIDA IN PARTICULAR. 99% OF THE VOTES IN. BUT THE SENATE RACE AND THE GOVERNOR'S RACE IN FLORIDA HAVE BEEN CALLED, WHY? >> 99% OF WHAT WE THINK THE VOTE WILL BE, BUT IF WE ARE LOOKING AT THIS IN REAL TIME, WE'VE GOT THE RAZOR-TIGHT RACE AND WE ARE STILL NOT SURE HOW MANY VOTES ARE STILL OUTSTANDING IN KEY DEMOCRATIC AREAS. BROWARD COUNTY, MIAMI DADE, ETC., EVEN HILLSBOROUGH, THAT AREA THAT COULD SWING. RIGHT NOW WE'VE GOT NELSON UP THERE. WE MIGHT WANT TO SEE LITTLE BIT MORE IN THAT BEFORE CALLING THE RACE. OVER HERE WE WERE LOOKING AT NORTH DAKOTA AS WELL IN THAT RACE. IF YOU FLIP IT BACK THEN, YOU KNOW, WE ARE GOING TO LEAN THAT REPUBLICAN FOR THE MOMENT. KRAMER OVER HEITKAMP, BUT STILL A COUPLE OF KEY LARGE COUNTIES THAT ARE OUTSTANDING. >> SO MUCH FOCUS ON FLORIDA RIGHT NOW THOUGH. FOR GOOD REASON AS WE LOOK AT ALL THESE NUMBERS. I MEAN IF YOU CAN GET A CLOSE UP AND TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT THE GOVERNORS ANTHONY IS LOOKING AT HERE. YOU'RE LOOKING AT MIAMI DADE AND BROWARD WITH 97.9% UP THERE. >> YES, 97.9. THE OTHER THING WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHERE DEMOCRATS ARE TRACKING VERSES WHAT THEY NEED AND REPUBLICANS VERSES WHAT THEY NEED, YOU SEE THE STRAIGHT PARTISAN PATTERNS, EVERYTHING SORT OF FALLING IN LINE TO WHAT YOU WOULD IMAGINE WOULD BE A CLOSE RACE. BUT LOOK, ACCOUNTING VARIANCES HERE AND THERE COULD SHIFT THIS RACE. THAT'S ANOTHER REASON WHY YOU WANT TO BE REALLY CAREFUL AT THIS POINT UNTIL WE KNOW EVERYTHING IS COUNTED, JEFF. >> SURPRISE, SURPRISE, FLORIDA IS THAT CLOSE. >> EXACTLY. >> OKAY, LET ME WALK BACK TO THE DESK HERE. WE COULD TALK MORE ABOUT FLORIDA HERE, NORAH AND JOHN. JOHN, YOU KNOW THIS AS WELL AS ANYONE. FLORIDA, THEY ARE THE STATE OR ONE OF THE FINAL ONES WE WILL WATCH EVERY YEAR. THEY HAVE VOTERS WORTH MENTIONING FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL WINNER EVERY YEAR SINCE 1996. TRUMP WON IT NARROWLY TWO YEARS AGO. OBAMA WON IT NARROWLY JUST BEFORE THAT. >> YEAH. WELL, WE ARE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT FLORIDA FOR A LONG TIME TONIGHT IN THAT SENATE RACE IN PARTICULAR. TOUGH DEMOCRATS. THEY HAVE TO HOLD THAT SEAT, YOU KNOW, TO REMIND PEOPLE OF WHERE WE ARE IN THE BEGINNING OF THE NIGHT, THEY HAD TO PICK UP TWO SEATS TO TAKE OVER CONTROL OF THE SENATE. NOW THEY HAVE A LOSS TO SEAT. SO A STATE LIKE FLORIDA, THEY HAVE TO HOLD THAT SEAT AND GO INTO REPUBLICAN TERRITORY. JUST TO UPDATE, THEY NEED TO TAKE 23 SEATS AWAY FROM REPUBLICANS. THEY'VE ONLY TAKEN THREE AWAY, SO THEY HAVE 20 MORE TO GO IN THE HOUSE. 23 IN THE HOUSE, TAKING THREE AWAY, SO NOW IT'LL BE DOWN TO 20. SO THERE IS A LONG WAY TO GO FOR TONIGHT FOR THOSE TWO IMPORTANT NUMBERS. >> BUT GAIL, YOU ASKED AN — GAYLE, YOU ASKED AN INTERESTING QUESTION, WHERE IS THE BLUE WAVE? MAYBE THERE WON'T BE A BLUE WAVE. MAYBE THIS IS JUST THE ELECTION AND THIS IS JUST HOW IT'S GOING TO BE. BUT THERE IS SO MUCH CONVERSATION LEADING UP TO ELECTION DAY ABOUT A BLUE WAVE, A BLUE TSUNAMI. THAT'S CERTAINLY NOT PROVING TO BE THE CASE AS WE SIT HERE 10:06 EASTERN TIME. >> IT'S NOT OVER YET, BUT DEMOCRATS INVESTED A LOT OF MONEY IN FLORIDA AS WELL AND THE DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION OUT OF ALL THEGOVERNOR'S RACES INVESTED THE MOST OUT OF THAT RACE. $8.5 MILLION. A RECORD FOR DEMOCRATS. >> WE HAVE A CALL HERE TO MAKE. ONE OTHER THING WE ARE WATCHING, THE GOVERNOR RACES IN THE STATE OF COLORADO. CBS NEWS PROJECTS JARED POLIS HAS BEEN ELECTED GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF COLORADO. THIS GOING TO BE A FIRST, THAT'S RIGHT, GAYLE. >> THIS IS A FIRST BECAUSE HE'S THE FIRST OPENLY GAY GOVERNOR IN THE STATE OF COLORADO, REALLY IN THE COUNTRY. THIS IS A FIRST ONE. SO THIS IS BIG. WE STARTED OUT SAYING THIS WILL BE A NIGHT OF FIRST AND CERTAINLY ONE OF THOSE CATEGORIES. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT WOMEN, BUT THIS IS CERTAINLY A FIRST. >> ALSO COLORADO'S FIRST JEWISH GOVERNOR RUNNING ON UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE, FREE EDUCATION. HIS REPUBLICAN OPPONENT IS THE STATE'S TREASURER, WALKER STAPLETON. INTERESTING FACT, HE'S A FIRST COUSIN OF PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH. BUT OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A BIG FIRST FOR THE STATE OF COLORADO ON A NUMBER OF FRONTS. >> AT THIS POINT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE PICKED UP NINE SEATS IN THE HOUSE TO TAKE THE RACE, RIGHT? >> YES, RIGHT, RIGHT. >> AND UNLESS THEY ARE MAKING SOME NEWS. AS IT WOULD APPEAR THEY WOULD NEED 23. >> THEY NEED TO TAKE 23 AWAY FROM REPUBLICANS. AND SO THEY CAN'T JUST HOLD THEIR SEATS. THEY NEED TO GO INTO THE REPUBLICAN TERRITORY. SO FAR I THINK WE HAVE ONLY CALLED THREE IN REPUBLICAN TERRITORY. >> THEY DO HAVE NINE RIGHT NOW. >> OKAY. ED HAS AN UPDATE FOR US. GO AHEAD AND SHOW US, ED? >> WHAT IS THE FOURTH? >> WAIT, NO, YOU KNOW WHAT, GLORIA, YOU'RE RIGHT. WE HAVE NINE. >> THANK YOU. >> YES. >> AND WHERE THEY ARE DOING IT. LET'S TALK ABOUT IT. >> AND WHERE THEY WILL DO IT. SOUTH FLORIDA. THEY JUST WON. THE DEMOCRATS, THEY JUST TOOK BACK A SEAT ON STATEN ISLAND AND ALONG THE BRIDGE THERE. DAN DONOVAN, THE REPUBLICANS WILL GO DOWN. THEY HAVE WON A HANDFUL, IT LOOKS LIKE IN PENNSYLVANIA AS WELL, AND THEY ARE LEADING CURRENTLY IN TWO SWING DISTRICTS IN KANSAS. YOU CAN GET SEATS IN KANSAS TONIGHT, THEN YOU ARE PROBABLY ON YOUR WAY TO THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY. >> YOU'LL GET ONE OF THE BEST LINES, BUT GLORIA, YOU ARE RIGHT, SITTING THERE SAYING YOU KNOW THERE WAS. >> THIS IS REALLY WHEN THEY HIT THE ROAD THERE AND THEY GET CLOSE. I KNOW THAT YOU ARE STILL TRYING TO CLEAR UP. WE ALL ARE. >> WELL YEAH, I DON'T KNOW IF WE CALL THEM OR NOT. BUT IF IT IS NINE, THEN THEY WOULD HAVE 14 TO GO, SO THEY WILL BE ON THEIR WAY. COLORADO SIX, APPARENTLY ONE OF THE ONES IN THAT, THAT IS A FASCINATING SEAT IN COLORADO. I GUESS WE WILL JUST HAVE TO GET OUR NUMBERS SORTED HERE BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE PICKING UP NINE OF THE 23 THAT THEY NEED AND IT WOULD BE WELL ON THEIR WAY TO THAT IMPORTANT NUMBER. >> IS COLORADO SIX, IT WILL BE COFFMAN. >> ALL RIGHT, WE WILL SORT OUT ALL OF THOSE NUMBERS. BUT IN THE MEANTIME THE REPUBLICAN SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM WILL BE IN CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA. THE SENATOR WILL JOIN US THIS EVENING. GOOD TO SEE YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. >> THAT'S A BIG SMILE, SENATOR GRAHAM. >> THANK YOU, I'M TOTALLY CONFUSED, I'M TOTALLY CONFUSED. >> WE'LL FIX THAT. >> ARE WE WINNING OR LOSING? >> WE ARE GOING TO FIX THAT. HAVE YOU SPOKEN TO PRESIDENT TRUMP TONIGHT? HOW IS HE FEELING? >> I SPOKE TO HIM THIS AFTERNOON. I THINK HE REALLY HELPED US A LOT IN THE SENATE. I THINK THE MOST LIKELY OUTCOME HERE IS WE'RE GOING TO PICK UP THREE, FOUR SENATE SEATS, HOLD THE MAJORITY IN THE SENATE. THAT MEANS THE JUDICIAL TRAIN KEEPS RUNNING, AND PROBABLY LOSE THE HOUSE BY A FEW SEATS. THAT'LL CHALLENGE ALL OF US TO STEP UP OUR GAME. >> YOU KNOW SENATOR, I FIRST MET YOU, AND I KNOW YOU REMEMBER THIS, WHEN I WAS A REPORTER ON CAPITOL HILL AND YOU WERE A HOUSE IMPEACHMENT MANAGER, IMPEACHING PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON. DO YOU EXPECT AS DEMOCRATS IF THEY RETAKE THE HOUSE THAT THEY WILL BEGIN IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS? AND WHAT WILL THEY DO IN TERMS OF INVESTIGATING THIS PRESIDENT? >> WELL, I'VE BEEN THERE, DONE THAT TO MY DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS. I WOULDN'T SUGGEST GOING DOWN THAT ROAD. IT DID NOT TURN OUT WELL FOR US. IF THEY DO THAT, I THINK IT IS GOING TO BLOW UP IN THEIR FACE LIKE IT DID OURS. PROBABLY WHAT MOST LIKELY IS GOING TO HAPPEN, YOU'LL HAVE A SMALL DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY, A MAJORITY IN THE SENATE. IMMIGRATION REFORM, DACA FOR THE WALL IS A GOOD DEAL, PRISON REFORM, AND MAYBE AN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL. THERE WILL BE A LOT OF PRESSURE ON ALL OF US TO DELIVER. >> SENATOR, DO YOU THINK THE PRESIDENT'S STRATEGY OF FOCUSING ON IMMIGRATION HAS PAID OFF? THERE WERE REPORTS MEMBERS OF HIS OWN PARTY WANTED HIM TO FOCUS ON THE ECONOMY BECAUSE THE ECONOMY IS REALLY GOOD NEWS FOR YOUR PARTY. >> WELL, I THINK THREE THINGS HELPED US IN THE TRUMP STATES, THE RED STATES HELD BY DEMOCRATS. KAVANAUGH UNITED OUR PARTY. I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT WHERE THE REPUBLICANS CAME TOGETHER. THE CARAVAN WAS SEEN AS SORT OF AN ASSAULT ON OUR SOVEREIGNTY, AND THE GOOD ECONOMIC NEWS ALL COMBINED TO BE REALLY BAD NEWS FOR RED STATE DEMOCRATS. IT LOOKS LIKE WE WILL BE DOING FAIRLY POORLY WITH SUBURBAN WOMEN AND SOME OF THESE HOUSE DISTRICTS. THE PRESIDENT REALLY POURED HIS HEART OUT TO HELP THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE. I THINK HE IS ONE OF THE REASONS WE'RE GOING TO PICK UP SEATS. BUT HE WILL BE ON THE BALLOT IN 2020 AND SO WILL I. THAT MEANS WE'LL NEED TO FIND A WAY TO WORK TOGETHER IF WE CAN. >> WHY ARE YOU DOING POORLY WITH SUBURBAN WOMEN? >> THAT IS A GOOD QUESTION. YOU KNOW, YOU'VE GOT SUBSTANCE AND RHETORIC AND THE ECONOMY THAT IS HUMMING. I THINK WE'RE SAFER. BUT SOME OF THE RHETORIC, MAYBE HAS TURNED PEOPLE OFF. >> YOU'RE NOT SUGGESTING, SENATOR, THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE SUBSTANCE? >> WELL, SOMETIMES THE SUBSTANCE COULD BE DROWNED OUT. WE'VE GOT A GOOD ECONOMY AND IT DIDN'T PUNCH AS MUCH AS I HOPED IT WOULD. BUT THE CARAVAN AND KAVANAUGH AND A GOOD ECONOMY REALLY HELPED US IN THE SENATE. JUST TRYING TO BE HONEST HERE. IT LOOKS LIKE WE'VE GOT SOME PROBLEMS IN THE SUBURBS. WE WILL HAVE TO FIX THOSE PROBLEMS. BUT AGAIN, INFRASTRUCTURE, IMMIGRATION REFORM, AND SENTENCING PRISON REFORM WILL BE ALL DOABLE WITH A DIVIDED GOVERNOR. >> MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE THE PRESIDENT HAS MISLED THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE DANGERS OF THIS CARAVAN. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT? IT'S REALLY NOT A CARAVAN FULL OF PEOPLE COMING TO THIS COUNTRY? >> I'VE BEEN IN THE GANG OF EIGHT. I'LL PUT MY WILLINGNESS TO SOLVE IMMIGRATION UP AGAINST ANYBODY. BUT I'M OFFENDED BY 10,000 PEOPLE MARCHING ON OUR SOLEMN LAWS, WHICH ARE REALLY CRAZY. IF THESE 10,000 GET IN, WHAT ABOUT THE NEXT 10,000? THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO DO BUSINESS. THE PRESIDENT IS RIGHT TO SAY NO TO PEOPLE MARCHING TO YOUR BORDER, DEMANDING ASYLUM. ASYLUM IS CHANGING TO JUST ECONOMIC DISTRESS. SO OUR LAWS NEED TO CHANGE. I THINK HE'S RIGHT ABOUT THE CARAVAN. MOST AMERICANS DON'T LIKE THIS APPROACH. BUT I'M WILLING TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS TO DEAL WITH THE 11 MILLION WE HAVE, I JUST DON'T WANT 11 MILLION. >> ALL RIGHT, SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. WE HAVE SOME BREAKING NEWS THAT BENEFITS YOUR PARTY IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. CBS NEWS PROJECTS SENATOR TED CRUZ HAS WON REELECTION IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, DEFEATING WHAT WAS BETO O'ROURKE, A CONGRESSMAN THAT WAS THE MOST CELEBRATED, I THINK, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE THERE. OMAR VILLAFRANCA IS THERE AT HEADQUARTERS. OMAR? >> JUST REACTING TO THE NEWS YOU JUST BROKE. THEY ARE VERY EXCITED. THEY'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS. AS A MATTER OF FACT ONE OF THE TRUE STRATEGIST JUST TOOK TO THE STAGE A LITTLE WHILE AGO, JEFF ROBE, AND WAS TELLING THE CROWD HERE TO BE PATIENT. THEY ARE VERY NERVOUS, THEY WANT TO SEE ALL THE RESULTS, BUT THEY'RE PAYING ATTENTION TO THE RESULTS AS THEY ARE COMING IN. AS YOU MENTIONED BEFORE, YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN TALKING, IMMIGRATION AND HEALTH CARE WERE BIG ISSUES. IT WAS A BIG ISSUE FOR TED CRUZ IN THE LAST FEW DAYS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. IT SEEMS TO POSSIBLY HAVE RESONATED WITH A LOT OF THE VOTERS HERE IN TEXAS. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE CONSIDERING MAYBE THERE WAS GOING TO BE A BLUE WAVE, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE, STRATEGISTS, EVEN THE STATE GOP PARTY WAS TELLING ME THEY ARE CONFIDENT THEIR PEOPLE WERE GOING TO TURN OUT, AND IT SEEMS THAT WAY. THAT WAS THE RESULT. TED CRUZ GETTING REELECTED. NORAH? >> THAT STRONG EMBRACE BY PRESIDENT TRUMP BENEFITING TED CRUZ IN THIS STATE OF TEXAS, WHICH STAYS RED TONIGHT. >> AGAIN, THAT WAS AT THE EDGE OF THE DEMOCRATIC DREAMS THAT BETO WOULD WIN. THIS IS JUST A TOUGH NIGHT FOR THE DEMOCRATS. >> HE WENT FROM LYING TED TO BEAUTIFUL TED TO TEXAS TED. NOW HE'S GOING PACK TO THE SENATE. >> THE WINNING TED. >> WELL SAID, JEFF. >> NICELY DONE JEFF GLOR. >> WELL SAID. WE'LL HAVE MORE ON SOME OF THE CANDIDATES THAT ARE ALSO WINNING TONIGHT WHEN WE COME BACK. THIS IS CBS NEWS, ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE. >>> YOU ASKED THE MAGIC QUESTION. WHY ARE YOU THE ONLY REPUBLICAN SIGNING ON TO THIS? >> DO YOU THINK WE'LL SEE MORE FEMALE CANDIDATES RUN IN 2020? >> FACE THE NATION, SUNDAY. >> AND IN BATTLE FOR THE >>> AND A BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE, FLIPPING THE NUMBER OF SEATS IN NEW JERSEY IN THE 11th DISTRICT. CBS NEWS PROJECTS DEMOCRAT SHERRILL HAS DEFEATED JAY WEBBER. SHERRILL IS A FORMER NAVY HELICOPTER PILOT, A VETERAN WHO HAS FLOWN MISSIONS OVER EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST. AND ALSO HAPPENS TO RAISE FOUR KIDS. POACHER, DAUGHTER, LACROSSE TEAM, AND MANAGES HER SON'S SOCCER TEAM. JERICKA DUNCAN IS AT SHERRILL'S HEADQUARTERS IN NEW JERSEY, HI, JERICKA. >> Reporter: HI, YOU KNOW, SHE MENTIONED ALL THOSE THINGS WHEN SHE WAS CAMPAIGNING. I'M SURE YOU GUYS ARE FAMILIAR WITH THAT COMMERCIAL WHERE SHE IS IN THE HELICOPTER, TALKING ABOUT WHAT SHE PLANS TO DO WITH THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, REPRESENTING THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY. JAY WEBBER HAS BEEN A STATE LAWMAKER FOR OVER TEN YEARS NOW, GENERALLY AN AREA THAT IS REPUBLICAN. IT HAS BEEN REPRESENTED BY A REPUBLICAN SINCE 1985. IN TERMS OF WHAT YOU HIT ON AT THE VERY BEGINNING, NORAH, ABOUT HER BEING A WOMAN AND A VETERAN AS YOU ALL HAVE STATED EARLIER IN THIS BROADCAST. YOU HAVE WOMEN RUNNING TO BECOME U.S. SENATOR, 23, IN FACT, A HISTORIC FACT OF BECOMING A CANDIDATE OR A CONGRESSWOMAN AS WELL WITH 237, 16 WOMEN HOPING TO BECOME GOVERNOR. AND THEN WHEN YOU JUST LOOK AT THE VETERANS, AT LEAST 200 VETERANS RUNNING IN CONGRESSIONAL RACES AND 133 OF THEM ARE NEW. BUT AGAIN THE ENERGY HERE, DEFINITELY A LOT OF FOLKS FOLLOWING WHAT HAS BEEN COMING IN. THEY BELIEVE IT AGAIN, THAT SHE WON THIS DISTRICT. SHE IS EXPECTED TO GET OUT HERE IN THE NEXT 15, 20 MINUTES. OF COURSE, WE ARE CONTINUING TO WATCH THIS AND WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED. BUT THE BIG HEADLINE HERE, A DISTRICT THAT HAD BEEN REPUBLICAN SINCE 1985, GOING BLUE TONIGHT. >> AND THAT'S RIGHT. JERICKA DUNCAN, RIGHT, ANOTHER FLIP THERE TOWARDS THE DEMOCRATS AND WITH A WOMAN AND WITH A VETERAN. >> IN A DISTRICT MITT ROMNEY CARRIED AND DONALD TRUMP CARRIED. THIS IS A KIND OF DISTRICT IF DEMOCRATS WERE TO REACH FURTHER THEY WOULD DO IT. 10 NET PICKUPS ON THE WAY TO THE MAGICAL NUMBER OF 23 FOR DEMOCRATS. THEY HAVE PICKED UP TEN. THEY HAVE 13 MORE TO GO. >> SO DEMOCRATS HAVE PICKED UP A NET 10 IN THE HOUSE. REPUBLICANS HAVE PICKED UP TWO NET IN THE SENATE. >> RIGHT. >> ALL RIGHT. AND CBS NEWS HAS A PROJECTION AT THIS HOUR AND IT HAS TO DO WITH THE SENATE. >> THERE YOU GO. >> CBS NEWS PROJECTS KEVIN KRAMER WILL WIN IN THE STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA. THAT IS DEFEATING DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENT THERE SENATOR HEIDI HEITKAMP. WE'VE GOT A LOT MORE AHEAD. I KNOW, WE'LL DIVE INTO THE HOUSE NUMBERS WHEN WE COME BACK. WE'VE GOT LOTS MORE RESULTS AHEAD HERE — AHEAD HERE ON CBS. THIS IS ELECTION NIGHT. >>> CBS NEWS HONORED WITH SIX EMMY AWARDS. MORE THAN ANY OTHER NEWS NETWORK. CBS NEWS, ORIGINAL REPORTING AT ITS BEST. >>> AND REPUBLICANS WILL KEEP CONTROL OF THE SENATE. CBS NEWS ABLE TO PROJECT. AND WE WILL HAVE MUCH MORE ON THAT. YOU'RE WATCHING ELECTION NIGHT ON CBS. AND WELCOME BACK TO CBS NEWS WELCOME BACK TO CBS NEWS ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE. THERE IT IS. THE REPUBLICANS AS EXPECTED HAVE HELD ON TO THE SENATE. >> AND NOW THE QUESTION IS NOT WHETHER THEY HAVE HELD ON, BUT INCREASED THEIR LEAD, JOHN, IN THE SENATE. >> THE REASON WE CAN SAY THIS. THE ONLY TWO PLACES WHERE DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE COULD GO TAKE SEATS AWAY FROM REPUBLICANS ARE STILL OUT THERE. THE POSSIBILITY STILL EXISTS. EVEN IF THEY WERE TO WIN THOSE SEATS THEY WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE SENATE. THAT IS WHY WE CAN WITH ALL THE RACES, HAVING BEEN CALLED. >> AND LET ME SAY THIS. DOES THIS MEAN IT IS AN AFFIRMATION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S AGENDA? OR IS IT A SIGN THAT DEMOCRATS WERE HAVING A TERRIBLE MAP, WHICH IS THEY WERE DEFENDING TEN SEATS HE HAD WON IN THE LAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION BY WIDE MARGINS? >> A DEBATE THAT WILL RAGE ON AND ON AND ON AND THAT IS WHY I LAID IT OUT THERE. >> YES. >> BUT THAT IS WHY IT HAPPENS. REPUBLICAN FOR THE PURPOSES OF MAKING THEIR CASE, THEY NOW, ALL THEIR HOPES WILL REST IN THE HOUSE BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SAY IT BECAUSE THEY NOW HAVE A STRONG ARGUMENT TO SAY LOOK, WE RAN THESE RACES, AND WE RAN THE RACE THIS WAY AND IT PAID OFF. >> IT WORKED. YOU HAVE TO FACTOR IN WHICH ISSUES WERE FRONT AND CENTER FOR THESE VOTERS. HOW MUCH OF AN EFFECT WAS KAVANAUGH AND HOW BIG OF AN EFFECT DID IMMIGRATION HAVE, WHICH IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT RELENTLESSLY IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS. THEN OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF THE EXIT POLLS, THEY STILL SUGGEST HEALTH CARE IS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN BENEFITING DEMOCRATS. I THINK THERE WAS A TOUGH ROAD MAP FOR DEMOCRATS LARGELY. I MEAN THEY WERE RED STATES AND THEY WOULD STAY RED STATES FOR MANY OF THEM. >> YES, IT'S BEEN TOUGHER FOR THE REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE AND FOR THE SENATE. THAT HAS BEEN THE STORY BEFORE THE ELECTION STARTED AND REMAINS THE STORY NOW. >> AGAIN, IT'S SO FASCINATING. ONE OF THE THINGS ON THE BALLOT TONIGHT IS THE POLITICAL TACTICS. EVEN THOUGH IT WILL BE A TOUGH ROAD MAP FOR DEMOCRATS. THEY SAY I WILL PLAY THE IMMIGRATION CARD AT THE END, NOT THE ECONOMY CARD. HE HAS MADE A JUDGMENT ABOUT WHAT WILL MOVE THE VOTERS OF HIS PARTY AND NOW ALL REPUBLICANS, THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WRESTLE WITH THAT SERIOUSLY. AND AFTER WHAT APPEARS TO BE A VERY STRONG SHOWING. >> EVEN WHEN MEMBERS OF HIS OWN PARTY SUGGESTED MAYBE THAT'S NOT THE WAY TO HANDLE THIS? >> MAYBE HE UNDERSTANDS THE ELECTORATE OF HIS OWN PARTY BETTER THAN THEY DO. >> YOU POSE AN INTERESTING QUESTION AND I WILL HAVE OUR CONTROL ROOM TO GET READY TO FIND OUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN MISSOURI AND IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA IF WE CAME AT THIS HOUR AND ARIZONA, SOME OF THE OUTSTANDING SIDE ON WHETHER THEY WILL SHOW THEIR MAJORITY THERE IN MONTANA. >> YES, IN MONTANA. AND MISSOURI, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THAT RIGHT NOW AS YOU CAN SEE IT IS STILL A TOSS UP AND BECAUSE THEY DID N ONE OF THE FEW STATES THAT DOES NOT HAVE AN EARLY VOTE THERE AND STILL A TOSS UP ACCORDING TO CBS NEWS. >> WHEN THEY DID AN INTERVIEW WITHIN THE LAST HOUR, SHE WOULD SAY THIS. NO IDEA ON WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TONIGHT AND ANOTHER QUOTE THAT WE NEEDED TO CRAWL OUT OF A DEEP HOLE THAT YOU HAVE NOT CRAWLED OUT OF THAT HOLE YET. LAST WEEK WHEN SHE WAS TALKING TO SUPPORTERS, SHE INTENDS TO FIGHT LIKE A SCALDED CAT UNTIL ELECTION DAY. WELL TODAY'S ELECTION DAY, I DON'T KNOW. >> YES. THAT'S RIGHT. SHE WAS ON TV. >> IT MADE ED O'KEEFE LAUGH. >> YEAH. >> WE WILL CHECK BACK IN WITH HIM AND NANCY CORDES WHEN WE COME BACK. THIS IS ELECTION NIGHT HERE ON CBS. >>> WELCOME BACK TO CBS NEWS ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE. REPUBLICANS WILL KEEP CONTROL OF THE U.S. SENATE. ED O'KEEFE AND NANCY CORDES HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING EXACTLY WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THESE SENATE RACES. >> I THINK IT IS SO HARD FOR VOTERS TO UNDERSTAND WHY THIS IS SUPPOSE TO BE A DEMOCRATIC YEAR, DOING SO POORLY IN THE SENATE. ONE MEMBER I SPOKE TO TODAY SAY THEY ARE DEALING WITH THE WORST MAP IN MODERN POLITICAL HISTORY BECAUSE ONE-THIRD OF THE SENATE IS UP FOR REELECTION EVERY TWO YEARS. THIS TIME AROUND, YOU JUST HAPPEN TO HAVE DEMOCRATS UP FOR REELECTION IN 26 OF THE 35 SEATS UP FOR GRABS TONIGHT. ANOTHER WAY TO LOOK AT IT, DEMOCRATS ARE DEFENDING SEATS IN TEN STATES DONALD TRUMP WON IN 2016 IN THE SENATE. REPUBLICANS, THEY HAVE JUST ONE SEAT THEY ARE DEFENDING IN THE STATE THAT HILLARY CLINTON WON. THAT'S DEAN HELLER IN NEVADA, THE MOST ENDANGERED REPUBLICAN TONIGHT. IF YOU'RE A DEMOCRAT AND YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A SILVER LINING, I GUESS IT MIGHT BE SOME OF THESE OTHER INCUMBENTS IN STATES LIKE OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, ALL HELD ON. THEY DID NOT FACE A TOUGH FIGHT IN STATES WHERE THE PRESIDENT WON IN 2016. >> THEY MAY WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT ARIZONA AND NEVADA WHERE THEY STRUCK THEM RUNNING. MATHEMATICALLY AT THIS POINT IT IS A REPUBLICAN WIN AND A REPUBLICAN TAKEOVER. THE OTHER SILVER LINING IF YOU'RE A DEMOCRAT CRYING IN YOUR SOUP TONIGHT, IN TWO YEARS REPUBLICANS, THEY HAVE THE PROBLEM THAT DEMOCRATS HAD THIS YEAR. THEY WILL HAVE TO DEFEND MORE SEATS. MANY IN THEM SOME OF THE BIGGEST SWING STATES. >> ALL RIGHT, THANKS TO BOTH OF YOU AND JEFF HAS MADE HIS WAY OVER TO THE DECISION DESK WITH ANTHONY SALVANTO. JEFF? >> OKAY, SO A HUGE HOLD HERE IN TEXAS ON THE SENATE SIDE FOR REPUBLICANS WITH TED CRUZ DEFEATING BETO O'ROURKE. BUT NOW A BIG LOSS FOR REPUBLICANS, THE PETE SESSION SEAT IN TEXAS 32, ANTHONY HAS GONE TO THE DEMOCRAT SIDE. >> YES, ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE SUBURBAN FLIPS, JEFF, A STRING OF THEM. THAT'S WHERE, RIGHT NOW, THAT TEXAS DISTRICT THEN PUTS THE DEMOCRATIC ESTIMATE AT 199 FOR THE MOMENT. WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE, DEMOCRATS COULD GET TO 227. THAT'S WHERE OUR TREND LINE POINTS RIGHT NOW. THAT WILL, OF COURSE, BE OVER THE MAJORITY. SO THAT IS WHERE THE TREND LINE WILL BE POINTING FROM HERE. >> YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT IT. THE NET PICKUP FOR DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE IS 12. >> YES. THAT'S WHERE IT IS RIGHT NOW. BUT WHAT I'M SAYING IS IF YOU TAKE THE KINDS OF DISTRICTS THEY'RE WINNING, THE SUBURBAN DISTRICTS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. IF YOU PROJECT THAT OUT, THE DEMOCRATS COULD GET OVER TO 18 AND GET TO THE 227 WHERE OUR OVERALL MODELS WILL POINT. >> THE SENATE, THE REPUBLICAN PICKUP NOW IS TWO AND PERHAPS EVEN HIGHER? >> RIGHT. NOW THEY STILL HAVE A CHANCE TO PICK UP MORE. LET ME POINT YOU TO A COUPLE. ONE OF THOSE, MISSOURI, LOOKS LIKE A TIGHT RACE RIGHT NOW, BUT THE MODELS WILL SAY UNLESS CLAIRE MCCASKILL REALLY OVERPERFORMS AND GETS HUGE TURNOUTS IN ST. LOUIS, THEN THE REPUBLICANS WOULD HAVE ANOTHER PICKUP THERE. >> NOTHING FROM ARIZONA YET? >> WELL, THERE'S SOME IN FROM ARIZONA, BUT THE BIG COUNTY, MARICOPA, THAT'S AROUND PHOENIX, IS ONLY ABOUT HALF WAY IN. THAT'S NECK AND NECK AND IT MAY STILL BE A WHILE, JEFF. >> WE KEEP RETURNING TO FLORIDA BECAUSE FLORIDA IS SUCH A BIG DISCUSSION POINT. BUT YOU'VE GOT MORE THAN 99% OF THE VOTE IN AND WE STILL DON'T KNOW EITHER SENATE OR GOVERNOR. >> RIGHT. DON'T KNOW EITHER ONE. 99% OF WHAT WE THINK THE VOTE WILL BE. WHENIT IS THIS TIGHT, WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS WAIT AND SEE WHAT THOSE COUNTIES SAY IS THEIR COMPLETE AND TOTAL VOTE. RIGHT NOW THAT VOTE ESTIMATE IS JUST WHERE WE WILL SEE THE TREND LINE GOING. >> OKAY, GUYS, BACK TO YOU AT THE DESK. I'LL BE BACK THERE IN A MINUTE. >> JEFF, THANK YOU SO MUCH. AS WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE SENATE AND WHAT HAPPENED THERE IN THOSE STATES WHERE THE SENATE DEMOCRATS LOST IN THOSE RED STATES TONIGHT. THE APPROVAL RATING WILL BE ESSENTIALLY ABOVE WATER. THAT'S WHY THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO HOLD ON IN THOSE PARTICULAR RACES. BUT LOOK WHO HAS JOINED US AT THE TABLE, THE BIRTHDAY BOY. >> PERFECT. >> AND IT IS STILL YOUR HOUR TO CELEBRATE. WOW. >> LET ME PROPERLY INTRODUCED. HE WORKED FOR MITT ROMNEY. >> SENATOR ELECT MITT ROMNEY. >> RIGHT. >> HE FINALLY WON A FEDERAL ELECTION ON MY BIRTHDAY, WHICH HE DIDN'T DO IN 2012. >> YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH PAUL RYAN, A SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE. WE KNEW THIS WOULD BE A TOUGH NIGHT FOR REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, BUT IT'S NOT A BLOWOUT. >> IT'S NOT A WAVE. DEMOCRATS WILL DO BETTER THAN REPUBLICANS, BUT WHEN YOU HAVE A REAL WAVE, EVERY TOSS-UP BREAKS IN ONE DIRECTION. AND EVERY TOSS-UP IS NOT BREAKING IN ONE DIRECTION. SO YOU HAVE WEIRD SITUATIONS, IT'S UNEVEN. WHICH YOU KNOW ROMNEY WON THAT DISTRICT. TRUMP WON THAT DISTRICT, ANDY BARR WON THAT DISTRICT. ALEX SCOTT TAYLOR IN VIRGINIA, NORFOLK, VIRGINIA BEACH AREA, SAME DEAL. TRUMP WON IT, ROMNEY WON IT, LOOKS LIKE HE JUST LOST IT. IT'S NOT A WAVE, IT IS REALLY UNEVEN. >> WHAT MESSAGE DOES IT SEND THEN TO THE REPUBLICANS AND WHAT MESSAGE DOES IT SEND TO THE DEMOCRATS? >> AT LEAST FROM THE WHITE HOUSE, IT WILL BE VINDICATION. >> YES. >> THAT WHAT THE PRESIDENT DID IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS WORKED. I THINK THE MESSAGE TO THE DEMOCRATS, AND I THINK IT WILL BE, YOU KNOW, IT WILL BE A HUGE SHOT OF ENTHUSIASM FOR CERTAIN SEGMENTS WITHIN THE REMAINING REPUBLICAN HOUSE CONFERENCE. FOR THE DEMOCRATS, IT WILL BE UNBELIEVABLE. UNREALISTIC EXPECTATION ABOUT THE INTENSITY OF THE WAVE AND THE FACT THEY HAVE FALLEN SHORT OF THAT. THERE WILL BE A LOT OF FINGER POINTING. THE DEMOCRATS, THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE THE HOUSE MAJORITY, BUT IT WILL NOT BE BY A MASSIVE MARGIN, PUTTING A LOT OF CHALLENGES, YOU KNOW, ON NANCY PELOSI. AND ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT WAVES THAT THEY HAVE DONE IT ANOTHER TIME HERE. AND TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMY, AND HE RAN IT HIS OWN WAY IF HE SAYS THAT PAID OFF, IS THAT JUST ANOTHER PIECE OF EVIDENCE THAT HE KNOWS HIS REPUBLICAN PARTY BETTER THAN PAUL RYAN? MITT ROMNEY? >> AND CERTAINLY IT WILL STRENGTHEN THEIR CASE AS IT RESULTS TO THE SENATE. AND THEY SAY THE DEMOCRATS HAD TO DEFEND. AND THAT SEEMS TO HAVE WORKED IN WHAT HE DID THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS THAT HELPED THEM. IF YOU LOOK AT WHO HAS LOST TONIGHT IN THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS, PEOPLE LIKE KEVIN YODER, PETER CARBELLO IN SOUTH FLORIDA. THESE WERE MODERATE REPUBLICANS WHO HAD TO HOLD ON. IF THE PRESIDENT WAS TALKING ABOUT THE ECONOMY THERE, THEY WOULD HAVE HAD A BETTER SHOT TO HANG ON BECAUSE HIS APPROVAL RATING WENT UP WHEN HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE ECONOMY. SO I THINK — HE MAY HAVE MADE THE BET, WHICH IS WHAT THEY DID. THERE IS NO WAY WE WILL WIN THE HOUSE. IF WE LOSE THE HOUSE BY 25 SEATS, WE LOSE THE HOUSE BY 35 SEATS, NO ONE WILL CREDIT US FOR LOSING THE HOUSE BY A LITTLE LESS WORST THAN WE WOULD HAVE. WE CAN HANG ON TO THE SENATE, THAT'S THE BALL GAME. >> AND CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE TACTICS FOR JUST A SECOND? BECAUSE MANY PEOPLE FEEL HE WAS VERY LOOSE WITH THE TRUTH. IN WHAT HE WAS SAYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. >> I DON'T THINK THEY FEEL THAT, WE KNOW IT, RIGHT? >> YEAH. >> I WAS TRYING TO BE DIPLOMATIC. >> YES. AND CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW HE DID THAT? AND IS IT FAIR? CLEARLY IT WORKED, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE TURNED OFF BY THE TACTIC. >> A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE TURNED OFF BY IT. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE TURNING POINTS IN THIS ELECTION DONALD TRUMP, THE ACCUSATION HE WAS LOOSE WITH THE TRUTH IS NOT A NEW ACCUSATION. ONE OF THE KEY TURNING POINTS, ONE OF THE INFLECTION POINTS WILL BE HOW THE DEMOCRATS MANAGED THE KAVANAUGH HEARINGS. I DON'T THINK IT SEALED THE DEAL, BUT IT WAS A TURNING . IN TERMS OF THE MOMENTUM OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS. THERE WERE OTHER ISSUES THEY HANDLED POLITICALLY REGARDING THE MERITS LIKE THE CARAVAN ISSUE. BUT THE KAVANAUGH HEARING, HOW IT WAS HANDLED, ULTIMATELY THE DECISION BY THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP. CHARLES SCHUMER, DIANNE FEINSTEIN, THEY ARE THE ONES WHO MADE THE DECISION ON HOW TO HANDLE THE KAVANAUGH HEARINGS. YOU LOOK AT THE SENATORS, THE DEMOCRATIC SENATORS, DONNELLY, SOME OF THE SENATORS HOW THEY VOTED WERE THE ONES WHO WENT DOWN. >> BUT THE NIGHT IS STILL YOUNG AND WE HAVE MANY GUBERNATORIAL RACES. >> AFTER MIDNIGHT, AFTER MIDNIGHT. >> YES, 12:01. A NEW DAY, I WORK ON 48 INSTEAD OF 47. >> AND WE HAVE GUBERNATORIAL RACES THAT ARE STILL A TOSS-UP. YOU HAVE SOME IN RED STATES WHERE YOU ARE SEEING REAL CONCERNS ABOUT DEMOCRATS HOLDING THE GROUND. WISCONSIN BEING ONE OF THEM AND THEN OBVIOUSLY WE SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN FLORIDA AS WELL. >> YEAH, SO I THINK IN THE MIDWEST I STILL BELIEVE THE DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO DO WELL IN THOSE RACES. OHIO, MICHIGAN, ILLINOIS, CERTAINLY AND SO I THINK THAT WILL GIVE THE DEMOCRATS A TREMENDOUS PLATFORM FOR THE NEXT FIVE, TEN YEARS. >> QUICKLY, TALK ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP AND WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE BETWEEN SENATOR MITT ROMNEY AND PRESIDENT TRUMP? >> GOOD QUESTION. >> REMAINS TO BE SCENE, BUT I WILL SAY THIS. IT IS WEIRD TO SAY SENATOR ELECT ROMNEY. I WORKED WITH MITT ROMNEY FOR, YOU KNOW, OVER A DECADE. I'VE NEVER SEEN HIM POLITICALLY MORE LIBERATED THAN I HAVE SEEN HIM IN THIS ELECTION THAT HE RAN FOR UTAH. DOING, HE DID IT. HE JUST FELT LIBERATED. HE RECOGNIZES THIS MAY BE THE LAST OFFICE HE EVER RUNS FOR. SO I THINK YOU'LL SEE THAT IN THE SENATE TOO. BE A UNIQUE FIGURE IN THE THE SENATE. >> WE HAVE A LOT OF DATA TO GET TO. ANTHONY MASON HAS BEEN STANDING BY ON HOW THEY HAVE HELPED THE SENATE. >> YEAH, NORAH, IT'S INTERESTING BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT HELD RALLIES IN 17 STATES OVER THE LAST FIVE WEEKS. AS YOU SAID JUST LAST NIGHT IN CLEVELAND, HE SAID IN THE SENSE I'M ON THE TICKET. FOR SO MANY VOTERS TODAY, HE WAS. NEARLY TWO-THIRDS OF THE VOTERS IN THE POLLS TOLD US THEIR VOTE FOR CONGRESS TODAY WAS ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP. 26% SAID IT WAS TO SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT. 38% SAID IT WAS A VOTE AGAINST THEM. AND NOW AMONG REPUBLICANS, 55% OF REPUBLICANS SAID TODAY THEY CAME OUT TO SUPPORT SPECIFICALLY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE, AND YOU'LL SEE A STRONGER VOTE AMONG DEMOCRATS. 67% TOLD US IT WAS A VOTE AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP. AND SO HE WAS A SPURRING FACTOR ON BOTH SIDES, NORAH? >> ALL RIGHT, ANTHONY MASON, THANK YOU. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD PRESIDENT TRUMP HAD DINNER WITH HIS FAMILY TONIGHT AT THE WHITE HOUSE, THEN INVITED HIS TWO WHITE HOUSE LAWYERS TO JOIN HIM TO WATCH THE RESULTS. AND MAJOR GARRETT IS AT THE WHITE HOUSE WITH THE LATEST FROM WHAT YOU'RE HEARING ABOUT WHETHER THEY ARE FEELING INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE. MAJOR? >> Reporter: IT'S NOT A VICTORY PARTY WRITTEN AT LARGE, BUT THE WHITE HOUSE DOES FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE SENATE RACES FOR SURE. IF YOU RAN NEAR PRESIDENT TRUMP, YOU TENDED TO DO WELL TONIGHT ESPECIALLY IF YOU WERE RUNNING IN A SENATE CAMPAIGN. THE PRESIDENT MADE LOTS OF APPEARANCES ON THE ROAD. 30 IN THE LAST TWO MONTHS. LET'S JUST GO THROUGH SOME OF THE EARLY WINNERS ON THE SENATE SIDE WHERE THE PRESIDENT CAMPAIGNED. WELL BRAUN IN INDIANA, THAT WAS CLEARLY A BIG EFFORT FOR THE PRESIDENT. MARSHA BLACKBURN IN TENNESSEE. TED CRUZ IN TEXAS, KRAMER IN NORTH DAKOTA, ALL OF THOSE STATES WHERE THE PRESIDENT WENT, CAMPAIGNED AGGRESSIVELY FOR THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE, THOSE REPUBLICAN VICTORIES HAVE NOW BEEN SECURED. IS THE PRESIDENT HAVING TROUBLE AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN SUBURBAN SWING DISTRICTS? YES, IT IS. THAT WAS NOT A BIG PART OF THE TRUMP POLITICAL FOCUS IN THIS MIDTERM ELECTION CAMPAIGN. AND DECIDEDLY THIS WHITE HOUSE MADE THE CALCULATION, PROTECTING THE SENATE MAJORITY, ENLARGING IT IF POSSIBLE WAS THE DOMINATING PRIORITY, WHICH APPEARS TO BE THE WAY THE EVENING IS PROGRESSING. AND FOR THAT THE WHITE HOUSE IS VERY, VERY PLEASED. IT DOES THOUGH THE WINDS ARE BEGINNING TO RACK UP FOR DEMOCRATS ON THE HOUSE SIDE, WHICH SUGGESTS IF IT IS A SUBURBAN DISTRICT, THE RURAL VOTE, WHICH HAS HELPED MANY OF THE CANDIDATES GALVANIZED BY THE ECONOMY AND FOCUS OF THE PRESIDENT, THAT WILL WORK FOR THOSE RURAL VOTERS TO COME IN. IT DOESN'T WORK AS WELL FOR SUBURBAN DISTRICTS, WHICH IS MORE OR LESS THE SPLIT THE WHITE HOUSE IS SEEING TONIGHT. IS IT CONTENT WITH THAT? YES. IT WILL TAKE A LARGER SENATE MAJORITY IF THEY HAVE TO ENDURE THAT MAJORITY. THEY WILL LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY. ONE LAST THING I THINK WILL BE WORTH POINTING OUT, THE POLLS FOR MANY OF THESE RACES BEFORE ELECTION DAY. THERE IS A DYNAMIC OF THE TRUMP COALITION THAT SIMPLY COULD NOT BE OVERLOOKED AND THAT IS THIS WITH PLENTY OF TRUMP VOTERS, THEY DO NOT PARTICIPATE IN POLLS AND THEY WILL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES TALK TO AN EXIT POLLSTER. THERE IS A ONE TO TWO AND SOMETIMES THREE-POINT ASPECT OF THE TRUMP COALITION THAT ONLY GETS MEASURED ONCE. WHEN IT REALLY MATTERS. >> IT REALLY COULD WANTS ON ELECTION DAY. >> THAT IS VERY INTERESTING, THANK YOU. RECENTLY THE PRESIDENT DID AN INTERVIEW WHERE HE WAS ASKED IN ANTICIPATION OF THE BLUE WAVE THAT DOES NOT SEEM TO BE MATERIALIZING. HE WAS ASKED IF HE HAD ANY REGRETS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. HE SAID WELL, MAYBE I WOULD HAVE A SOFTER TONE. BUT NOW THAT HE HAS GOTTEN WHAT APPEARS TO BE A VICTORY ON HIS SIDE, DO YOU EXPECT HIS TONE TO CHANGE? >> NO. >> FIRST OF ALL HE WOULD HAVE A SOFTER TONE AND THEN CLOSE WITH THEM IN THAT DEAL. >> HE HAS OPERATED AT ONE SPEED HIS ENTIRE CAREER WHETHER HE WAS IN MEDIA, WHETHER HE WAS IN REAL ESTATE OR PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS. AND IT HAS KIND OF WORKED FOR HIM. SO HERE WE ARE. >> WHY DID HE STAY THERE? >> I DON'T KNOW WHY HE SAID IT. I DON'T THINK HE WOULD DO IT. >> AND HE FINISHED BY SAYING I DIDN'T HAVE A CHANCE TO DO IT. >> IF HE MADE A BET TO SHORE UP THE SENATE, PROTECTING THE SENATE SEATS THAT WOULD GO FOR TRUMP AND AT THAT STATEWIDE LEVEL IN 2016. IF ANOTHER SEAT OPENS UP IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS, WHICH IS VERY POSSIBLE, HE WILL BE TOTALLY VINDICATED. BECAUSE YOU COULD GET A CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY IN THE SENATE AND IT WILL BE POSSIBLE BECAUSE THE MARGIN HAS EXPANDED IN THE SENATE. >> HE HAD HIS EYES ON THE SENATE AND IT WILL BE A BETTER PLACE WHERE THE NUMBER AS THEY WOULD TRY TO GET TO THAT NUMBER 23, TAKING 23 SEATS AWAY FROM THE REPUBLICANS. THEY SEEM TO BE CLICKING UP. >> YES, AND THEY WILL GET THERE QUICKLY. >> THE NET EFFECT OF THIS AS WE ARE REPORTING, DEMOCRATS ARE POISED TO TAKE BACK THE HUSBAND OF REPRESENTATIVES. JERRY NADLER FROM NEW YORK, ONE OF THE MOST LIBERAL MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WILL TAKE OVER THE JUDICIARY. ANDREW SCHIFF WILL TAKE OVER. DEMOCRATS WILL HAVE THE SUBPOENA PACKAGE. >> MAXINE WATERS TAKES OVER THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE. >> YES. >> AND THEY WILL BE BREATHING DOWN THE ADMINISTRATION. THEY WILL BECOME A LOT LESS RELEVANT TOMORROW THAN IT WAS TODAY. VERY AMBITIOUS DEMOCRATS THAT YOU'RE DESCRIBING. AND THEY WILL BE MUCH MORE AGGRESSIVE. AND I ACTUALLY THINK IT WILL BE POTENTIALLY HOW THE WHITE HOUSE WILL HANDLE THIS, IT'S TRICKY. IT WILL BE A FANTASTIC THING FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP HEADING TO 2020. >> WELL, HE IS NOT RONALD REAGAN, BUT REMIND US IN 1980, A HUGE DEFEAT IN 82. >> YEAH, THEN GOES ON TO WIN THE TABLE IN '84. >> WELL, BILL CLINTON, I MEAN, IT WAS A GIFT TO HIM IN '96 HAVING NEWT GINGRICH AS A FOIL INSTEAD OF WHO WAS — TOM FOLEY. ONE COULD MAKE THE ARGUMENT THAT NANCY PELOSI WITH THE NARROW MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE WHO WILL PROBABLY BE WEAK IS A BETTER FOIL FOR DONALD TRUMP RUNNING FOR REELECTION THAN HAVING KEVIN MCCARTHY RUNNING THE NARROW MAJORITY. >> ALL RIGHT, MUCH MORE AHEAD HERE ON CBS. >> NEVER BORING. >> WE ARE GOING TO CHECK IN ON ARIZONA WHERE ONE OF TWO WOMEN IS ABOUT TO MAKE HISTORY. BOTH THESE WOMEN HAVE RUN IRON MAN COMPETITIONS. CAN'T WAIT TO DIG INTO THESE RACES. ONE OF THEM IS HEADING TO THE SENATE. MORE WHEN WE COME BACK. >>> ARIZONA WILL SOON HAVE ITS FIRST FEMALE SENATOR, REPUBLICAN MARTHA MCSALLY, THE FIRST WOMAN TO FLY A FIGHTER JET IN CONGRESS WHO HOPES TO BECOME THE FIRST DEMOCRAT ELECTED TO THE SENATE FROM ARIZONA IN 30 YEARS. LET'S CHECK IN NOW AS WE TAKE A QUICK LOOK AT THE BOARD THERE, STILL A TOSS-UP ACCORDING TO CBS NEWS. PAULA REID WILL BE IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA TONIGHT AT MCSALLY HEADQUARTERS. PAULA, I KNOW YOU HAVE TALKED TO BOTH CAMPAIGNS. WHAT ARE YOU HEARING? >> Reporter: WE KNOW THERE HAS BEEN A BIG TURNOUT TODAY IN ARIZONA AS THEY DECIDE WHO HAD BE THE FIRST FEMALE SENATOR FROM THIS STATE? WILL IT BE THE DEMOCRAT KYRSTEN SINEMA OR MARTHA MCSAL — MCSALLY? WE ARE HERE AT MCSALLY'S HEADQUARTERS. THEY ARE CONFIDENT SHE'S GOING TO WIN. WE TALKED TO THE GOP CHAIRMAN WHO SAID THEY DID VERY WELL IN EARLY VOTING, AND HE IS CONFIDENT THEY ALSO DID VERY WELL IN MARICOPA COUNTY. WE DON'T HAVE THE VOTES YET. THAT'S WHERE TWO-THIRDS OF ARIZONA'S REGISTERED VOTERS LIVE AND VOTE. NOW THESE TWO WOMEN APART FROM BEING CONGRESSWOMEN, THEY DON'T HAVE A LOT IN COMMON, BUT BOTH HAVE INTERESTING RESUMES. MCSALLY AS YOU KNOW, SHE'S A VETERAN. SHE SERVED IN THE AIR FORCE AND WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO FLY A FIGHTER JET IN COMBAT. SINEMA ON THE OTHER HAND, SHE'S A FORMER ANTI-WAR ACTIVIST, AN ACADEMIC, SHE HAS A Ph.D. AND HAS SPOKEN EXTENSIVELY ABOUT HER EXPERIENCE WITH CHILDHOOD HOMELESSNESS, AND ALSO THE FIRST OPENLY BISEXUAL MEMBER OF CONGRESS. IN OUR REPORTING HERE ON THE GROUND, WE HAVE TALKED TO SUPPORTERS OF BOTH CANDIDATES. WHAT'S INTERESTING, MCSALLYSUPPORTERS SITE THEIR RESUME AND THEY SITE THEIR SUPPORT FOR PREEXISTING CONDITIONS. IF SINEMA IS ABLE TO FLIP THIS STATE AND MAKE IT BLUE TONIGHT, A LOT OF THAT WILL BE DUE TO PREEXISTING CONDITIONS. >> INTERVIEWING BOTH CANDIDATES HERE. I MEAN, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THIS RACE, MCSALLY HAS POSITIONED HERSELF AS A TRUMP REPUBLICAN AND KYRSTEN SINEMA HAS POSITIONED HERSELF AS MORE INDEPENDENT THAN ANYTHING. I DON'T THINK IT IS IMPORTANT IF YOU CALL YOURSELF A REPUBLICAN OR A DEMOCRAT. SHE VOTED WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP 60% OF THE TIME IN THE RACE. I MEAN, A FASCINATING RACE TO WATCH FOR A LOT OF REASONS THERE. >> IN ARIZONA I SHOULD SAY. >> YES, A SMART THING TO DO IN A RACE WHERE YOU ARE A DEMOCRAT RUNNING AGAINST, YOU KNOW, IN ARIZONA. >> IN ARIZONA, YEAH. >> BUT MCSALLY, SHE IS VERY CLEVER WITH THE WORD. SHE TOLD WASHINGTON REPUBLICANS TO GROW A PAIR OF OVARIES TO GET THE HEALTH CARE VOTE DONE. >> YEAH. >> SHE TOOK ON HER OWN MILITAR WHEN SHE WAS SERVING WITH THE TYPE OF CLOTHING SHE HAD TO WEAR. >> YES, SHE IS ONE TOUGH COOKIE. WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE NEVADA SENATE RACE BECAUSE IT PITS REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN DEAN HELLE — AGAINST CHALLENGER JACKY ROSEN. THE SOURCES WE HAVE SPOKEN WITH, REPUBLICANS AGREE, THE MOST VULNERABLE SENATOR WHO IS UP FOR REELECTION. IT'S A BATTLEGROUND STATE HILLARY CLINTON WON IN 2016. JAMIE YUCAS IS THERE AT ROSEN HEADQUARTERS IN LAS VEGAS. JAMIE? >> Reporter: WELL POLLS CLOSED ALMOST AN HOUR AGO, BUT YOU CAN SEE AT THE DEMOCRATIC HEADQUARTERS, IT'S A PRETTY LIGHT CROWD HERE. BUT THAT WAS THE STRATEGY BY DEMOCRATS. THEY WANTED TO KEEP PEOPLE AT THE POLLS, THEIR VOLUNTEERS AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. THERE ARE 172 VOTING SENATORS HERE IN NEVADA. IF PEOPLE WERE IN LINE AT 7:00, 10:00 P.M. EASTERN CLOSING TIME, THEY COULD STILL CAST THEIR VOTE. WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THERE WERE VERY LONG LINES, SO IT COULD TAKE A WHILE TO GET THOSE RESULTS IN TONIGHT. NOW AS YOU SAID, DEMOCRAT JACKY ROSEN, SHE HAS BEEN ON A NON- STOP CAMPAIGNING CANVASSING THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS, TRYING TO GET UNION MEMBERS AND THE YOUTH VOTE OUT. SHE HAS JUST REALLY BEEN TRYING TO GET AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE SHE IS FACING REPUBLICAN SENATOR DEAN HELLER. HELLER IS THE ONLY REPUBLICAN SENATOR UP FOR REELECTION TONIGHT IN A STATE THAT DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE HILLARY CLINTON WON IN 2016. NOW QUICKLY THE INTERESTING PART ABOUT SENATOR HELLER IS THE FACT A FEW YEARS AGO, HE SAID HE DID NOT BELIEVE IN TRUMP'S POLICIES. HE EVEN GAVE BACK SOME OF HIS CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS THAT THE PRESIDENT MADE. BUT THEN QUICKLY TURNED AND ALIGNED HIMSELF WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP WHEN IT CAME TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WE'LL SEE HOW THE RESULTS COME IN TONIGHT. >> JAMIE YUCAS AT ROSEN HEADQUARTERS IN LAS VEGAS. BECAUSE OF THE FLIP-FLOP, HE HAS BEEN CALLED SPINELESS BY JACKY ROSEN WITH A FLOPPING WIND SOCK. WE'LL HAVE MORE STRAIGHT AHEAD. >> IT'S BEEN A >>> IT'S BEEN A BIG ELECTION NIGHT HERE. REPUBLICANS HOLDING ON TO THE SENATE MAJORITY AND DEMOCRATS ABOUT TO RETAKE CONTROL OF THE U.S. CONGRESS. BEFORE WE LEAVE YOU TONIGHT, WE WANT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO A FUTURE VOTER. ENTERING INTO THE WORLD ON THIS ELECTION DAY, WHICH IS FITTING BECAUSE HE'S THE SON OF CBS NEWS POLITICAL DIRECTOR CAITLIN CONNON AND HER HUSBAND, ALEX. CONNOR WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IN 2036. SOMETHING WE CAN ALL CHEER TONIGHT. >> IT'LL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT. ú>> THAT'S RIGHT. CBS ELECTION NEWS COVERAGE CONTINUES NOW ON OUR STREAMING NEWS SERVICE CBSN. FOR THOSE OF YOU IN THE WEST, WE'LL BE BACK AT THE TOP OF THE HOUR HERE WITH MORE COVERAGE. YOU'VE BEEN WATCHING CBS. >>> I'M ELAINE QUIJANO. >> I'M ERROL BARNETT. WELCOME TO CBSN ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE. RIGHT NOW WE'LL TAKE YOU TO TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, WHERE ANDREW GEL HUM IS SPEAKING. LET'S LISTEN IN. >> WE MAY NOT HAVE ALL SHOWN UP IN THE WAY WE THOUGHT AND HOPED WE WOULD, BUT I STILL BELIEVE THERE ARE STILL MORE OF US WHO BELIEVE IN WHAT WILL BE COMMON AND DECENT AND WHAT IS RIGHT. I BELIEVE IN THE LONG RUN, GOOD ALWAYS WINS OUT OVER EVIL. I STILL BELIEVE THAT. MANY OF YOU ALL ALONG THE TRAILS HEARD ME TALK REPEATEDLY ABOUT MY GRANDMOTHER. AND SOMEONE POINTED OUT THAT SHE WAS THE REAL WINNER OF THE GOVERNOR'S RACE. AND MY GRANDMOTHER WHO POURED SO MUCH INTO US. MY MOTHER AND FATHER AS I WOULD OFTEN SHARE, WOULD HAVE TO GET UP EARLY IN THE MORNING AND GO OFF TO WORK. AND THEY WOULD LOAD US UP IN THE CAR AND TAKE US OVER TO THE HOUSE WHERE WE WOULD SLEEP JUST A LITTLE BIT LONGER. MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD OFTEN HAVE A RITUAL, A WHO-STEP RITUAL. SHE WOULD GRAB HER BOTTLE OF OLIVE OIL, SOMETIMES COOKING OIL, WHATEVER THE SHINIEST OIL WAS THAT SHE CAN GET HER HANDS ON. SHE WOULD BUILD ACROSS MY FOREHEAD. IT WAS HER WAY OF SENDING US OUT INTO THE DAY WITH A BLESSING THAT NO HARM WOULD COME OUR WAY. THEN SHE WOULD HAVE THIS REFRAIN. WHERE SHE WOULD SAY BOY, GO TO SCHOOL. MIND YOUR TEACHERS. GET YOUR LESSON, AND ONE DAY BRING THAT EDUCATION HOME. BRING IT HOME FOR YOUR LITTLE BROTHER AND SISTER WHO DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS YET. BRING IT DOWN FOR THAT LITTLE BOY DOWN THE STREET YOU PLAY WITH. BRING IT HOME FOR YOUR MAMA AND FOR YOUR DADDY THAT WOULD GET OUT THERE EVERY SINGLE DAY. GO INTO WORK ON SOMEBODY ELSE'S JOB. IN ORDER TO KEEP A ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD. AND CLOTHES ON YOUR BACK AND FOOD ON THE TABLE, BRING IT HOME. AS I SHARE WITH YOU ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, I DIDN'T ALWAYS KNOW WHAT MY GRANDMOTHER WAS TRYING TO COMMUNICATE, BUT I WOULD COME TO LEARN THAT WHAT SHE WAS SAYING, IT WASN'T JUST ABOUT ME. I'M REMINDED THIS EVENING THAT IT IS NOT ABOUT ME. IT IS NOT ABOUT MY WIFE, NOT CHRISTY OR KRISTIN, BUT ABOUT ALL OF US. IT'S ABOUT THE COLLECTIVE, ABOUT BELIEF THAT IF WE ALL DO GOOD, WE CAN ALL DO GOOD. AND WE CAN DO GOOD BY DOING GOOD. IF WE PUT OUR OARS IN THE WATER, WE COULD ALL GET FURTHER BY OURSELVES. I BELIEVE THAT TO BE TRUE THIS EVENING, EVEN IN DEFEAT I BELIEVE THAT TO BE TRUE. BUT THE QUESTION IS WE HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE TOMORROW MORNING. ARE WE GOING TO WAKE UP AND BASK IN SORROW IN DEFEAT OR ARE WE GOING TO GET UP AND REASSERT OURSELVES TO THE MISSION AT HAND? ARE WE GOING TO GET UP AND FIGHT FOR THE THINGS THAT WE BELIEVE IN? ARE WE GOING TO GET UP? AND SAY THAT WE STILL DESERVE OUR SEAT AT THE TABLE? LOOK, I SAID BEFORE THAT I BELIEVE WE HAVE TO HAVE A TABLE IN THIS STATE THAT IS LONG ENOUGH, THAT IS WIDE ENOUGH, THAT IS DEEP ENOUGH TO FIT ALL OF US. I STILL BELIEVE WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT TABLE. BUT WE WILL ALL HAVE TO DO A LITTLE BIT MORE WORK IN ORDER TO BUILD THAT TABLE. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO A LITTLE BIT MORE IN ORDER TO MAKE OUR WAY TO IT. IF THERE IS NOT A — IF THERE IS NOT A CHAIR UP THERE, LET US PULL OUT OUR OWN FOLDING CHAIR. WE PLAN TO HAVE A SEAT AT THIS THING AND WE WILL NOT BE IGNORED. THAT WE WILL NOT BE PUSHED ASIDE. THAT WE WILL NOT BE PUSHED INTO THE SHADOWS ANYMORE, THAT WE ARE HERE, AND WE ARE HERE TO STAY. I HAVE TO TELL YOU, I AM BLOWN AWAY BY THE VOLUNTEERS THAT JOINED WITH US ON THE TRAIL. I'M BLOWN AWAY BY YOU. THIS WAS FROM THE VERY BEGINNING AN EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TASK. I SINCERELY REGRET THAT I COULDN'T BRING IT HOME FOR YOU. BUT — I CAN, I CAN, I CAN GUARANTEE YOU THIS, I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE. WE'RE GOING TO FIGHT. WE'RE GOING TO KEEP FIGHTING. WE'RE GOING TO KEEP WORKING. WE'RE GOING TO KEEP BELIEVING. AND ALL OF THAT I BELIEVE ULTIMATELY WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS. WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS. AND SO I WANT YOU TO KNOW ON BEHALF OF OUR FAMILIES THAT WAS SO APPRECIATIVE AND THANKFUL FOR YOU. AND WE WANT YOU TO KNOW WE WILL CONTINUE TO LIFT OUR GREAT STATE IN PRAYER. WE'RE GOING TO LIFT OUR GREAT NATION IN PRAYER, AND WE BELIEVE AT THE END OF THE DAY THAT WE, NOT US, BUT WE WILL STILL HAVE THE VICTORY. GOD BLESS YOU, GOD KEEP YOU. AND GOD BLESS THE STATE OF FLORIDA. >> ALL RIGHT, YOU'VE BEEN LISTENING TO ANDREW GILLUM, THE DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE IN FLORIDA. AND LET'S LISTEN TO TED CRUZ WITH THE SENATOR SPEAKING IN HOUSTON. LET'S LISTEN IN. >> 2,000 PEOPLE COMING OUT IN MISSION, 2,000 PEOPLE COMING OUT. IN EL PASO, 2,000 PEOPLE COMING OUT. WHAT WAS TRULY AMAZING AT MANY OF THESE EVENTS. WE WOULD ASK HOW MANY OF YOU HERE ARE FORMER DEMOCRATS? AND WE WOULD SEE HANDS THROUGHOUT THE ROOM AS WE ARE SEEING HANDS NOW BECAUSE TEXAS CAME TOGETHER, BEHIND A COMMON SENSE AGENDA OF LOW TAXES, LOW REGULATIONS, AND LOTS AND LOTS OF JOBS. SECURING THE BORDER AND KEEPING OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE AND DEFENDING THE CONSTITUTION IN THE BILL OF RIGHTS. THAT IS A COMMON SENSE AGENDA THAT UNITES TEXAS FROM EVERY PART OF THE STATE. IT WAS YOUR HARD WORK. THIS IS A VICTORY FOR THE SINGLE MOM WHO HAS BEEN WAITING TABLES WHO SUDDENLY SEES HER WAGES GOING UP BECAUSE THE ECONOMY IS BOOMING. THIS IS A VICTORY FOR THE OIL FIELD WORKER WHO SEES NOW THAT THE UNITED STATES IS THE WORLD'S TOP PRODUCER OF OIL. THIS IS A VICTORY FOR ALL THE KIDS WHO ARE SEEING THEIR PARENTS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS FOUR MILLION PEOPLE HAVE COME OFF OF FOOD STAMPS. STOP AND REFLECT FOR A MOMENT THE LIVES TRANSFORMED. PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN DEPENDING ON THE GOVERNMENT FOR BASIC FOOD NEEDS NOW HAVE JOBS AND GET TO COME HOME CARRYING A BAG OF GROCERIES. GET TO COME HOME AND LOOK AT THEIR KIDS AND SAY I'M PROVIDIG FOR MY FAMILY AND THEIR KIDS, GET TO LOOK UP AT MOM AND DAD AND SEE THE HOPE. THIS WAS AN ELECTION ABOUT HOPE AND ABOUT THE FUTURE, THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS, RENDERING A VERDICT THAT WE WANT A FUTURE WITH MORE JOBS, MORE SECURITY, AND MORE FREEDOM. I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT ALSO TO THANK MY WIFE, HEIDI. WHO IS MY BEST FRIEND IN THE WORLD AND WHO IN THE COURSE OF THIS CAL PAIN SHOULDERED RESPONSIBILITIES AT WORK, AT HOME, JUGGLING A THOUSAND BALLS BACKWARDS ON THE UNICYCLE. AND I WANT TO THANK OUR GIRLS. I WANT TO THANK CAROLINE AND KATHERINE. IT IS HARD HAVING DAD ON THE ROAD ALL THE TIME, HAVING MOM ON THE ROAD ALL THE TIME. IT IS HARD AND THESE GIRLS PAY A PRICE AND GIRLS, MOMMY AND I LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF OUR HEARTS. AND I COULD NOT POSSIBLY BE PROUDER OF THE TWO OF YOU. I ALSO WANT TO THANK MY MOM AND MY DAD, BOTH OF WHOM POURED THEIR HEARTS INTO THIS. I WANT TO ALSO TAKE A MOMENT TO CONGRATULATE BETO O'ROURKE. HE POURED HIS HEART INTO THIS CAMPAIGN. HE WORKED TIRELESSLY. LISTEN, IT'S IMPORTANT. HE WORKED TIRELESSLY, HE'S A DAD, AND HE TOOK TIMES AWAY FROM HIS KIDS. I WANT TO ALSO SAY MILLIONS ACROSS THIS STATE WERE INSPIRED BY HIS CAMPAIGN. THEY DIDN'T PREVAIL, AND I AM GRATEFUL THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS CHOSE A DIFFERENT PATH. BUT LET ME SAY TO ALL OF THOSE WHO WORKED ON HIS CAMPAIGN, ALL OF THOSE INSPIRED THAT I AM YOUR SENATOR AS WELL. MY RESPONSIBILITY IS TO REPRESENT EVERY TEXAN. AND I GIVE YOU MY WORD I WILL ALWAYS FIGHT FOR YOUR JOBS, FOR YOUR FREEDOMS, FOR YOUR SECURITY. I WILL ALWAYS FIGHT TO DEFEND YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT. THAT APPLIES TO EVERYONE IN THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS. WE SAW AN ASSAULT THAT WAS UNPRECEDENTED. WE SOUGHT A $100 MILLION RACE WITH HOLLYWOOD COMING IN AGAINST THE STATE, WITH THE NATIONAL MEDIA COMING IN AGAINST THE STATE. BUT ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD WAS NO MATCH FOR THE GOOD PEOPLE OF TEXAS AND THE HARD WORKING MEN AND WOMEN ACROSS OUR STATE. I AM SO INCREDIBLY PROUD. EACH AND EVERY DAY TO STAND UP AND TO FIGHT FOR YOU TO DEFEND YOU. WE ARE STANDING UNITED. WE HAVE BEEN DELIVERING RESULTS. AND NOW WE'LL NEED TO GO BACK TO WORK AND KEEP DELIVERNG RESULTS. MORE JOBS, MORE SECURITY, MORE FREEDOM. IT IS MY HOPE THAT WITH THE BITTERNESS AND DIVISION WE SEE NATIONALLY, THAT TEXAS COULD BE A MODEL ON HOW WE WOULD COME TOGETHER WITH RESPECTING EACH OTHER'S DECENCY AND EACH OTHER'S HUMANITY, TREATING EACH OTHER. , THE WAY EACH OF US WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED. MY HOPE IS THAT TEXAS CAN HELP LEAD THE WAY TO BRING THIS COUNTRY TOGETHER BEHIND A COMMON SENSE AGENDA THAT BENEFITS THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS, THE PEOPLE OF AMERICA. WE LOVE YOU. THANK YOU FOR EVERY HOUR, EVERY WORD, EVERY STEP, EVERY BIT OF PASSION. GOD BLESS YOU. >> ALL RIGHT, YOU'VE BEEN LISTENING TO SENATOR TED CRUZ GIVE HIS VICTORY SPEECH THERE AT HIS CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS IN HOUSTON. YOU SEE OBVIOUSLY A VERY ENERGIZED SENATOR CRUZ ON THIS NIGHT. IT WAS A TIGHT RACE AGAINST HIS DEMOCRATIC OPPONENT, BETO O'ROURKE. AND I SEE THERE THAT WAS OUR OMAR VILLAFRANCA. HOPEFULLY WE COULD TALK TO HIM IN JUST A MOMENT. BUT LET'S BRING IN OUR PANEL. YOU HAVE MICHAEL GRAHAM, A CBS CONTRIBUTOR AND COLUMNIST FOR THE HERALD AND DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST JOEL PAYNE, NBC BUREAU CHIEF FOR THE INTERCEPT RYAN GRIM. MICHAEL, I WANT TO START WITH YOU. EXPLAIN TO US THE LEVEL OF ENTHUSIASM WE ARE SEEING THERE FROM CRUZ TONIGHT. WHAT ARE THE CHANCES BEHIND THAT? CONSIDERING WHAT HE HAS GONE THINK? >> WINSTON CHURCHILL SAID NOTHING WAS BEING SHOT AT. SO I FEEL HE FEELS LIKE HE DODGED A BULLET. EVEN THOUGH FROM THE BEGINNING, TEXAS WAS RED AND IT REALLY JUST IS. I WILL SAY, YOU KNOW, A LOT OF FOLKS ON MY SIDE OF THE AISLE HAVE BEEN SNICKERING ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY GOING IN THE BETO MANIA AND THE T-SHIRTS, HATS, WHATEVER, BUT IT WAS A COMPETITIVE RACE IN A STATE THAT IT SHOULDN'T BE COMPETITIVE. THAT'S A TESTAMENT TO THE FACT BETO O'ROURKE LIKE ANDREW GILLUM IN FLORIDA HAS REAL POLITICAL SKILL AND IT MATTERS. TED CRUZ IS A GUY THAT IS NOT WARM AND FUZZY, NOT A WORD TO DESCRIBE CRUZ, BUT IT MADE IT A RACE AND THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY AND YOU HAVE TO WONDER HOW CLAIRE MCCASKILL AND HEIDI HEITKAMP AND SOME OTHERS MIGHT FEEL ABOUT THE MONEY GOING DOWN TO TEXAS. >> SPEAKING OF THAT, JOEL, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE MOOD TONIGHT? YOU SAW SENATOR CRUZ THERE ENTHUSED, ENERGIZED AFTER FACING A REAL CHALLENGE FROM BETO O'ROURKE. WE HEARD THAT AFTER WE SAW ANDREW GILLUM EFFECTIVELY CONCEDE AND SAY WELL, THIS WASN'T ABOUT ME. I STILL BELIEVE DECENCY COULD WIN. HOWEVER AT THIS HOUR, 11:12 P.M. ON THE EAST COAST, THERE ISN'T REAL TANGIBLE EVIDENCE OF THIS BLUE WAVE THAT WE HAVE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT. WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND? >> I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE HERE ARE FANS OF BOXING, BUT IT WILL BE A SPLIT DECISION, OKAY? AND REALLY WHEN YOU HAVE A SPLIT DECISION, IT WILL GO TO THE CHAMPION AND THE PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW IS THE CHAMPION. DEMOCRATS WILL HAVE A LOT TO HANG THEIR HATS ON AFTER TONIGHT. I DON'T THINK IT COULD BE UNDERSTATED THAT THERE WILL BE ABOUT 12 NEW HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CHAIRS. THAT ARE GOING TO HAVE SUBPOENA POWER, NOT TO NECESSARILY GO AND TO IMPEACH THE PRESIDENT, BUT TO HOLD THE PRESIDENT ACCOUNTABLE. I THINK DEMOCRATS, THEY WILL TAKE A LOT OF SOLACE IN THAT. I DON'T KNOW IF NANCY PELOSI WILL BE THE SPEAKER, BUT WHOEVER WILL BE LEADING THE DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE, THEY WILL HAVE A LOT OF ENERGY BEHIND THEM BECAUSE THAT'S THE ONLY CHECK THE DEMOCRATS HAVE RIGHT NOW. BUT I WILL SAY THIS, THEY'RE CERTAINLY DISAPPOINTED WITH SOME OF THE KEY LOSSES WHERE SHE SEEN TONIGHT. ANDREW GILLUM WAS A ROCK STAR SIMILAR TO BETO O'ROURKE AND WE ARE SEEING HE WAS NOT GOING TO TURN OUT TO BE THE VICTOR WE THOUGHT THEY WOULD TONIGHT AND OTHER PLACES THAT WILL BE AROUND AND WE WILL GET TO THEM AND OTHER PLACES AROUND THE COUNTRY WHERE WE WILL HAVE A SIMILAR IMPACT. >> LET'S TURN BACK TO TEXAS FOR A MOMENT BECAUSE OUR OMAR VILLAFRANCA IS STANDING BY IN HOUSTON WHERE WE SAW SENATOR CRUZ THANKING HIS SUPPORTERS AFTER WINNING THE REELECTION. OMAR, TAKE US INSIDE THE CAMPAIGN. HOW ARE THEY FEELING AFTER WHAT WE SAW WAS A TIGHT RACE ALL THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT? >> Reporter: THEY'RE BREATHING A SIGH OF RELIEF BECAUSE THEY DID WIN, BUT MAYBE AN HOUR BEFORE PROJECTING TED CRUZ WOULD WIN. ONE OF THE TOP STRATEGISTS FOR THE CAMPAIGN CAME OUT AND SAID IT COULD BE A LONG NIGHT. WE ARE WATCHING A LOT OF NUMBERS. HE URGES THE CROWD TO HAVE A LITTLE PATIENCE EVEN AT THE TOP OF THE CAMPAIGN. THEY WERE AWARE OF WHAT THE NUMBERS WERE GOING TO SHOW. NOW KEEP IN MIND THEY HAVE TWO TIME ZONES. SO WE WERE NOT GOING TO START GETTING AT LEAST EL PASO'S MOUNTAIN TIME UNTIL AFTER THEY CLOSED. THERE IS ANOTHER GLITCH IN EVERYTHING THAT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE COMING IN. HARRIS COUNTY, THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, NINE POLLS, A JUDGE ORDERED THEM TO STAY OPEN AN HOUR LATER, SO THEY WERE NOT ALLOWED TO RELEASE ALL OF THEIR NUMBERS UNTIL AFTER BASICALLY MOUNTAIN TIME INSTEAD OF CENTRAL TIME. BUT AS THOSE NUMBERS STARTED TO COME IN AND THE HUGE VOTING NUMBERS STARTED TO COME IN, THINGS STARTED TEETER TO THERRING BACK AND FORTH. TEETER TOTTERING BACK AND FORTH. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT SAN ANTONIO, DALLAS, AUSTIN, EL PASO, ALL OF THOSE ARE BLUE CITIES IN BLUE COUNTIES. BUT WEST TEXAS AND THE TEXAS PANHANDLE IS VERY, VERY RED. THEY GO TO CHURCH ON WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL, AND THEY VOTE ON TUESDAYS. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY DID IN THIS RACE AND THEY CAME OUT FOR TED CRUZ. >> OMAR, YOU KNOW, I WONDER ALSO THE FACT THAT WE SAW PRESIDENT TRUMP COMING TO CAMPAIGN IN TEXAS FOR SENATOR CRUZ WAS SO STRIKING TO ME. CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT DECISIO TO BRING HIM IN THERE IN THE FINAL STRETCH? >> Reporter: WELL, IT'S LOOKING LIKE A STROKE OF GENIUS BECAUSE WE'RE SEEING WHERE THE PRESIDENT HAS GONE IS BASICALLY BECOMING A KING OR QUEEN MAKER FOR PEOPLE HERE. NOW WAS THAT A BITTER PILL FOR SOME OF THE CRUZ CAMPAIGN? FOR PEOPLE TO SWALLOW ESPECIALLY SINCE WHAT HAPPENED ON THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN? >> RIGHT. >> Reporter: IT ABSOLUTELY WAS. BUT THE BOTTOM LINE THEY WERE THINKING BIG PICTURE. THEY WANTED TO SEE TED CRUZ BACK IN THAT SEAT. THE LAST THING THEY WANTED TO SEE ON THE TED CRUZ SIDE WAS A DEMOCRAT WHEN THE U.S. SENATE SEAT IN TEXAS, WHICH HAS NOT BEEN WON SINCE 1998, BENSON, THEY DIDN'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN. AT THIS POINT THEY WERE SAYING TO WIN IT FOR THE PARTY. WHAT'S INTERESTING, I TALKED TO THE STATE'S GOP. THEY WERE OBVIOUSLY VERY AWARE OF THE EARLY VOTING NUMBERS AND ALL THE ATTENTION BETO O'ROURKE WAS GETTING. BUT ONE OF THE OPERATIVES IN THIS STATE TOLD ME TUESDAY IS THE DAY REPUBLICANS TRADITIONALLY ACTUALLY GO TO THE POLLS AND THEY FEEL THE MOMENTUM THAT HAS BEEN BUILT UP BY THE PRESIDENT COMING. AND SENATOR CRUZ CROSSING THE STATE WOULD BE ENOUGH TO PUSH HIM OVER THE EDGE AND IT ABSOLUTELY HAS BEEN TONIGHT. >> YOU CAN SEE THE ENTHUSIASM OF THE TED CRUZ SUPPORTERS BEHIND YOU. OMAR VILLAFRANCA, THANK YOU FOR THAT UPDATE. RYAN, LET'S BRING YOU IN ON THIS BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS PROVEN TO HAVE A POLITICAL SENSE THAT HAS PAID OFF FOR REPUBLICANS. AS WE LOOK AT THE POLLS EVEN NOW, WE'VE CALLED THIS FOR SENATOR CRUZ. ONLY ABOUT 280,000 VOTES CURRENTLY BETWEEN WHAT HE RECEIVED AND HIS CHALLENGER BETO O'ROURKE RECEIVED. SO YOU SAW SENATOR CRUZ THANK BETO O'ROURKE. BUT WHAT MESSAGE DO DEMOCRATS TAKE AWAY FROM SUCH A DECISIVE WIN AFTER BETO O'ROURKE TOOK UP SO MUCH OXYGEN? >> I MEAN TRUMP MIGHT BE BENEFITS FROM SOME LOW EXPECTATIONS HERE. TO COME IN AND WIN A TEXAS SENATE SEAT BY A SLIM MARGIN ISN'T TERRIBLY IMPRESSIVE ON THE SAME NIGHT THAT YOU LOST THEHOUSE. IN A HOUSE THAT YOU GERRYMANDERED TO BE UNWINNABLE FOR DEMOCRATS. AND SO I THINK DEMOCRATS ARE ALSO VICTIMS IN A WAY OF HIGH EXPECTATIONS. PEOPLE ARE IGNORING THE FACT THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS CONSIDERED UNDOABLE TWO YEARS AGO OR FOUR YEARS AGO IF HILLARY CLINTON WERE PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW. THIS IS NOT THE OUTCOME WE WOULD BE LOOKING AT IN THE HOUSE RIGHT NOW. WE ARE FORGETTING THINGS LIKE DEMOCRATS WINNING IN KANSAS OF ALL PLACES. SO WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP'S SKILL, HE MANAGED TO MAKE A TEXAS SENATE RACE EXTREMELY CLOSE, LOSE THE GOVERNSHIP. IN KANSAS, EVERYTHING HE DID TO TRY TO GALVANIZE SUPPORT FOR HIM ENDS UP BACKFIRING A LITTLE BIT. WHAT HE CARED THE MOST ABOUT WAS WINNING THE FLORIDA GOVERNORSHIP. PERSONALLY BECAUSE HE CONSIDERS FLORIDA A HOME STATE OF HIS SORT TO SPEAK, BUT ALSO FOR 2020. HE COULDN'T IMAGINE ANDREW GILLUM BEING GOVERNOR GOING INTO A 2020 RACE, SO HE POURED EVERYTHING HE HAD INTO TURNING OUT WHAT HE CALLS HIS PEOPLE IN FLORIDA AND IN TEXAS AND THAT BACKFIRED IN SUBURBS AROUND THE COUNTRY. >> ON MONDAY YESTERDAY I WROTE FOR CBS NEWS EXACTLY THE CONVERSATION. WHAT DOES A WIN LOOK LIKE FOR DEMOCRATS? I WROTE, I DIDN'T THINK FROM WHAT I WAS HEARING, THE EXPECTATIONS, THE PASSION FROM THE PEOPLE WHO WERE ACTIVE, THAT IF THEY WON A NARROW VICTORY IN THE HOUSE AND MADE IT EASIER FOR REPLACEMENTS TO BE APPOINTED BY REPUBLICAN SENATE. WOULD THEY REALLY COUNT THAT AS A WIN? AS YOU SAID UNDER TRADITIONAL — YEAH, HEY, YOU WON THE HOUSE. YOU'VE GOT THE COMMITTEES. BUT IT DOESN'T FEEL LIKE A WIN. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? ONE THING, NANCY PELOSI IS NOT GOING TO BE THE NEXT SPEAKER. >> WHAT DO YOU THINK, JOEL? >> LET'S NOT GO TOO FAR. BETO DIDN'T WIN, BUT IT IS VERY POSSIBLE BETO PULLED ALLRED IN A NEARBY DISTRICT RATHER IN A DISTRICT IN TEXAS ACROSS THE FINISH LINE BECAUSE OF THE ENTHUSIASM AND THE FACT DOWN BALLOT EFFECT. SO AGAIN, YES, THIS IS A SPLIT DECISION. IT IS HARD TO SAY ANY SIDE REALLY HAD A DECISIVE VICTORY TONIGHT. BUT THERE ARE SOME GOOD INDICATORS FOR DEMOCRATS. >> LET'S GO BACK TO TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, WHERE WE HEARD A SHORT TIME AGO, CONCEDING. AND OUR MANUEL BOJORQUEZ HAS BEEN STANDING BY LIVE THERE. YOU'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO BOTH CANDIDATES. TALK TO US ABOUT WHAT THE NIGHT LOOKED LIKE FROM THE INSIDE THERE OF THE GILLUM CAMPAIGN. >> Reporter: WELL IT STARTED WITH OPTIMISM HERE. THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO SAW THE EARLY NUMBERS COME IN IN MANY OF THE CITIES OF SOUTH ORIDA THAT LOOKED ENCOURAGING. BUT THEN AS THE PANHANDLE, WHICH IS MORE RELIABLY RED STARTED TO REPORT, THERE STARTED TO BE SOME ANXIETY AND SOME CONCERN HERE. IN THE END JUST MINUTES AGO, ANDREW GILLUM, THE DEMOCRAT IN THE RACE DID, INDEED CONCEDE AS YOU HAVE TALKED ABOUT TO THE REPUBLICAN IN THE RACE RON DESANTIS. NOW THESE TWO CANDIDATES COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE DIFFERENT. DESANTIS WAS HAND PICKED IF YOU WILL BY THE PRESIDENT. WASN'T SEEN AS THE LEADING CONTENDER FOR THE CANDIDACY UNTIL THE PRESIDENT BACKED HIM. HE HAS BEEN LOCK STEPPED WITH THE PRESIDENT EVER SINCE. THE PRESIDENT MAKING IT CLEAR THIS WAS IMPORTANT FOR HIM MAKING TWO STOPS IN FLORIDA WITHIN THE LAST WEEK. NOW ON THE OTHER HAND YOU HAVE GILLUM, WHO WAS A BERNIE SANDERS BACK PROGRESSIVE. BUT THOSE POLICIES WERE HAMMERED BY THE PRESIDENT AND BY HIS OPPONENT HERE, RON DESANTIS. IN THE END THEY JUST DID NOT HAVE THE VOTES. THE MARGIN ABOUT 1% THERE. THAT'S ABOUT THE SAME MARGIN THE PRESIDENT HAD WHEN HE WON THIS STATE IN 2016. SO THOSE TRUMP VOTERS HERE IN FLORIDA AS FAR AS THE GOVERNOR'S RACE SEEMED TO BE LOCK STEP FROM WHAT WE HAD TWO YEARS AGO HERE. >> MANNY, YOU KNOW, WE JOINED ANDREW GILLUM'S COMMENTS IN PROGRESS. I WONDER IF YOU CAN RECAP FOR US WHAT WAS HIS MESSAGE TO HIS SUPPORTERS ON THIS NIGHT? YOU KNOW, THIS IS A CONTEST THAT WAS WATCHED OBVIOUSLY NOT BY THE PEOPLE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, BUT ALL ACROSS THE NATION. SO MUCH ATTENTION WAS FOCUSED ON THE GUBERNATORIAL RACE. >> Reporter: YEAH, KEENLY AWARE. THERE WERE A LOT OF NATIONAL EYES AND ATTENTION ON THIS RACE. HE CAME OUT FIRST TO SAY THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT THAT THEY WERE PROUD OF THE CAMPAIGN THAT THEY RAN. BUT STILL DEFIANT IN HIS LOSS SAYING I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE. ENCOURAGING HIS SUPPORTERS TO KEEP FIGHTING FOR HIS SEAT AT THE TABLE. AND SO CLEARLY SOMEONE WHO MAY HAVE STILL SEEN FUTURE POLITICAL ASPIRATIONS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. WE ARE STILL WAITING TO HEAR FROM RON DESANTIS AND HIS SPEECH, HIS VICTORY SPEECH. BUT CLEARLY WE WILL HEAR FROM HIM THAT HE APPRECIATES THESE VOTERS, THEY DID WHAT THE PRESIDENT ASKED THEM TO DO, WHICH IS TO PUT RON DESANTIS IN THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE BECAUSE THAT WOULD ENSURE THE POLICIES OF THE PRESIDENT WILL CONTINUE. NOW KEEP IN MIND HERE 2020 IS VERY IMPORTANT. IT IS A PART OF THE REASON WHY THE PRESIDENT PAID SO MUCH ATTENTION TO THE GOVERNOR'S RACE. THE GOVERNOR HERE IN FLORIDA WILL APPOINT THE SECRETARY OF STATE, WHICH THEN PRESIDES OVER ELECTIONS. YOU KNOW HOW TIGHT FLORIDA ALWAYS IS. SO KEEP THAT IN MIND WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHY THE PRESIDENT WAS SO KEENLY AWARE OF PUTTING DOWN A GOOD FIGHT HERE IN FLORIDA. >> MANNY, CONSIDERING, YOU KNOW, YOU MENTIONED HOW CLOSE THESE ELECTIONS ARE. WITH THESE FINAL RESULTS, THERE WILL BE ABOUT ONE PERCENTAGE POINT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THESE TWO CANDIDATES. BASED ON YOUR TIME THERE IN LISTENING TO THE CAMPAIGN, CAN YOU ATTRIBUTE THE LOSS TO ANYTHING SPECIFIC? ARE THERE ANY DISCUSSIONS YET AS TO WHY THE DEMOCRATS WEREN'T ABLE TO PULL THIS ONE OUT? >> IT WILL BE REALLY TOUGH TO THINK ABOUT WHAT MAY HAVE HAPPENED. WE DID SEE SOME PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT GILLUM SHOULD HAVE SPENT MORE TIME IN SOUTH FLORIDA WHERE HE DID HAVE SOME PRETTY GOOD BLUE SUPPORT TRYING TO GET OUT TO VOTE THERE. HE REALLY FOCUSED ON THE LAST RECENT DAYS, THE LATEST DAYS OF THE CAMPAIGN ON THE PANHANDLE TRYING TO MAKE SOME ROADS IN PLACES WHERE THEY MAY NOT HAVE HAD THE BASE ON THE OTHER HAND. YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT NOT GOING TO THE I-4 CORRIDOR NEAR ORLANDO, WHICH WAS CONSIDERED THE SWINGINGEST PART OF THE STATE. STICKING TO THE BASE, ENERGIZING THE BASE. >> SPEAKING OF ORLANDO, THANK YOU SO MUCH. MANUEL BOJORQUEZ IN TALLAHASSEE. LET'S TAKE YOU TO ORLANDO WHERE YOU WILL SEE RON DESANTIS, THE REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE, GIVING HIS VICTORY SPEECH. LET'S LISTEN IN. >> TO STAND UP FOR OUR ACTIVE MILITARY DUTY FOR OUR GREAT VETERANS WHO HAVE DONE SO MUCH. FLORIDIANS CAN ALSO COUNT ON ME TO APPOINT SOLID CONSTITUTIONALISM TO OUR STATE'S SUPREME COURT AND OTHER COURTS. SO THAT WE CAN END JUDICIAL ACTIVISM AND RESTART CONSTITUTIONAL ORDER. SO WE'VE GOT AN AWFUL LOT TO DO. WE HAVE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES. I BELIEVE YOU HAVE TO TURN THE PAGE ON A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN AND YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO WORK WITH FLORIDIANS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE. I DON'T CARE IF YOU WERE AGAINST ME IN THE CAMPAIGN. I WANT TO WORK WITH YOU TO ADVANCE OUR COMMON PRIORITIES. IF WE THINK THAT WAY, THEN THE LIMITS, I DON'T THINK THERE WILL BE LIMITS TO THE AMOUNT OF GOOD WE COULD DO. IT'S AN HONOR TO BEAR — TO BE HERE TONIGHT AS THE GOVERNOR ELECT TO THE STATE OF FLORIDA. WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING GOING VERY, VERY QUICKLY AS WE WILL JUGGLE TWO KIDS UNDER TWO AND ALL THAT GOES WITH THAT. BUT I PROMISE YOU THIS, AS GOVERNOR, I WILL FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT. I WILL FINISH THE RACE, AND I WILL KEEP THE FAITH ON BEHALF OF THE GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA AND THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE WE HAVE HERE. THANK YOU. GOD BLESS YOU GUYS. >> THERE YOU HAVE IT. YOU HEARD FROM THE GOVERNOR ELECT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, RON DESANTIS, FORMER CONGRESSMAN SPEAKING TO HIS SUPPORTERS THERE IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA. LET'S GO AHEAD AND REINTRODUCE TO YOU OUR PANEL, MICHAEL GRAHAM, CBSN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR, COLUMNIST FOR THE BOSTON HERALD. CBS POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR AND DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST JOEL PAYNE. NBC BUREAU CHIEF FOR THE INTERCEPT RYAN GRIM. RYAN, LET ME START WITH YOU. IT'S STRIKING TO LOOK AT THE CAMPAIGNS OF THESE TWO MEN, RON DESANTIS AND ANDREW GILLUM. NEITHER ONE OF THOSE TWO WERE ACTUALLY ESTABLISHMENT PICKS. IF YOU THINK BACK TO THE PRIMARIES, RIGHT? YOU HAVE ANDREW GILLUM AND THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE. HE WAS SOMETHING LIKE WHAT? THE FOURTH, RIGHT? IN THE POLLS GOING INTO THE PRIMARIES. THEN WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, IT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE SOMEONE ELSE. BUT THEN THE PRESIDENT, HE TWEETED ABOUT RON DESANTIS WHO CONTINUES TO APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT DIRECTLY, BASICALLY ON FOX NEWS WITH ALL OF HIS APPEARANCES. HERE HE IS NOW, THE GOVERNOR ELECT. >> RIGHT. DESANTIS AND TRUMP USED THE SAME KIND OF RACIST DOG WHISTLE STYLE POLITICS THAT TRUMP HAS TAKEN KIND OF FROM A MORE SUBTLE SOUTHERN STRATEGY TO SOMETHING THAT'S RIGHT IN YOUR FACE, THAT YOU CAN ALMOST HEAR THE DOG WHISTLE AT THIS POINT. SO I WOULDN'T NECESSARILY WANT TO EQUATE THE TWO TOO MUCH IN A SENSE ANDREW GILLUM STILL WON A DECENT AND UPLIFTING CAMPAIGN WHERE DESANTIS DID NOT. HE RAN QUITE THE OPPOSITE WITH HIS SURROGATES. >> THEY WERE FAR THOUGH, THEY WERE NOT NECESSARILY CENTURISTS. >> THAT'S WHAT WE ARE SEEING, THE CENTER IN THIS COUNTRY ISN'T HOLDING. AND SO YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE THIS CONTEST WITHIN THE DEMCRATIC PARTY. YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME PEOPLE SAYING WE NEED TO, YOU KNOW, MOVE BACK TO THE CENTER. PEOPLE LIKE ANDREW GILLUM LOST. PEOPLE LIKE BETO O'ROURKE LOST, SO WE NEED TO MOVE TO THE CENTER. YOU'LL HAVE THE PROGRESSIVES SAYING NO. THESE ARE NOT NORMAL TIME. LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN BRAZIL OR WHERE YOU HAD THEM TRYING TO TAKE ON A FAR RIGHT MOVEMENT. THE FAR RIGHT MOVEMENT FILLS THE VACUUM IF THE LEFT ISN'T ABLE TO PROVIDE A POSITIVE VISION FOR THE COUNTRY GOING FORWARD. THE OTHER THING WE DON'T TALK, WE TALK DURING THE DAY. WE WOULD SEE THE TWEETS ABOUT BROKEN VOTING MACHINES, ABOUT PEOPLE BEING TOLD TO GO HOME BECAUSE THEY CAN'T VOTE ABOUT THESE LONG LINES. THEN ONCE THE RETURNS START COMING IN, WE WOULD TALK ABOUT THE RETURNS AS IF THEY WERE SCIENTIFIC FACTS. FORGETTING ABOUT ALL OF THESE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WE JUST HEARD ABOUT THROUGHOUT THE DAY THAT WOULD TRY TO COST THAT BALLOT, BUT DIDN'T. THIS IS BECOMING A PROBLEM FOR OUR DEMOCRACY. >> TELL US, MICHAEL, ABOUT RON DESANTIS THOUGH. IN TERMS OF WHO HE WAS AS SORT OF, YOU KNOW, A CANDIDATE WHO CAME IN AND NOT NECESSARILY SOMEONE WHO WAS KNOWN TO FLORIDA VOTERS. >> NOT ONLY THAT, BUT YOU THINK OF SOMEONE, FOR EXAMPLE, MARCO RUBIO, WHO WAS KIND OF A SEASONED STATE HOUSE PRO, WHICH YOU GUYS KNOW THE STATE HOUSE POLITICS IS SO BRUTAL HAND TO HAND. BUT HE CAME OUT OF NOWHERE BECAUSE HE JOINED THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT, TALKED ABOUT THE ISSUES WHERE THEY SHOWED HE WAS A LEADER AND ALL OF A SUDDEN HE'S A SENATOR. HE'S ONE OF THOSE CONGRESSMAN IF YOU GO TO A GOP THING, IT'S LIKE OH YEAH, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING, NEVER A MOVEMENT LEADER. WHATEVER YOU THINK OF NEWT GINGRICH, HE KIND OF BROUGHT A WORLD VIEW AND A STRATEGY, WHATEVER. BUT DESANTIS IS KIND OF A REPUBLICAN, A REPUBLICAN WHO SAW THE TRUMP TRAIN AND YOU WONDER HOW MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE ARE OUT THERE IN THE LOWER PROFILE RACES. LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR RACES, STATE SENATE, YOU KNOW, WHO THEY WON THEIR PARTY'S NOMINATION PURELY OFF THE TRUMP EFFECT. NOW THEY WILL BE GOVERNING AND THE LACK OF EXPERIENCE WILL SHOW UP AND IT COULD NOT BE PRETTY. >> WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE WINNING SPEECH HERE? I MEAN, WE SAW TED CRUZ AS YOU WERE SAYING PREACHING, JUST COMPLETELY ENTHUSED BY WINNING WHERE DESANTIS WAS SEEN KIND OF MUTUAL SAYING WE HAVE SOME KIDS. >> AND A SPEECH THAT HAPPENED. THAT'S HOW HE IS, RIGHT? >> THAT IS MY POINT. HE'S NOT THE KIND OF GUY. I MEAN, IF YOU COULD, YOU KNOW, THE GUY WITH THE CHOPS, HE WAS THE GUY WHO LOST BECAUSE DONALD TRUMP'S STRATEGY OF NATIONALIZING THE ELECTION WOULD WORK IN THE STATES WHERE HE REALLY WANTED TO WORK. I WANT TO THROW SOMETHING AT THESE GUYS. HOW BIG OF A DEAL IS IT FOR 2020 THAT THERE WILL BE A REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR IN OHIO AND IN FLORIDA WIN THOSE RACES WHEN IT IS TIME TO CAST THEIR VOTES? >> ABSOLUTEY. A COUPLE OF THINGS, ABSOLUTELY. THAT DOUBLES DOWN ON THE FRUSTRATION FOR DEMOCRATS WHO FELT THEY HAD A GOOD CANDIDATE. THEY FELT RON DESANTIS WAS NOT NECESSARILY A GOOD CANDIDATE. THAT IS VERY FRUSTRATING FOR A DEMOCRAT. TWO, TO YOUR QUESTION AND ACTUALLY A GREAT POINT, FLORIDA AND OHIO, DEMOCRATS HAVE NOT FIGURED OUT HOW TO EFFECTIVELY, CONSISTENTLY BUILD WINNING CAMPAIGNS IN FLORIDA, OHIO, AT THE PRESIDENTIAL, THE KIND OF STATEWIDE LEVEL. THAT'S STILL A CHALLENGE. THAT'S REALLY TROUBLING. NOW OBVIOUSLY THE INFRASTRUCTURE ARE STILL BE IN PLACE FOR BOTH OF THOSE STATES. YOU MENTIONED, I BELIEVE THERE IS A GENTLEMAN WHO MENTIONED THE SECRETARY OF STATE, ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT WILL GO ALONG WITH IT. ALL THE TRAPPINGS OF POWER, TO THE SPOILS. DEMOCRATS, THEY HAVE TO FIGURE OUT IN THOSE TWO STATES WHERE WE ALL KNOW THESE NATIONAL ELECTIONS, THEY ALWAYS COME DOWN TO. HOW DO YOU WIN IN OHIO. HOW DO YOU WIN IN FLORIDA WITH DONALD TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE? >> I MEAN, DO YOU THINK, JOEL, A MISUNDERSTANDING OF ACTUALLY THE DEMOGRAPHICS? WE KEPT HEARING ABOUT THAT, RIGHT? THIS IS ANDREW GILLUM'S STRATEGY TRYING TO APPEAL TO YOUNGER VOTERS, MINORITY VOTERS. WHAT DOES IT TELL YOU THAT THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO PULL OFF A VICTORY TONIGHT? >> I REALLY WANT TO DIG INTO THE NUMBERS, BUT I'LL BE HONEST WITH YOU. I DON'T KNOW IF THIS WAS AN DRY GILLUM UNDER PERFORMING. I THINK THAT IS THE PART FOR DEMOCRATS. THAT I THINK THIS WILL BE ABOUT REPUBLICANS, YOU KNOW, READ DONALD TRUMP OVERPERFORMING. >> OVER PERFORMING. AGAIN, HOW DO THEY COMBAT THAT? THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE IT VERY CLEAR. WHEN I WAN TO, I — WANT TO, I CAN PUT MY THUMB ON THE SCALE AND IMPACT THE RACE. YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIKE THEM OR FOLLOW THEM, BUT THEY DO HAVE AN IMPACT. AND WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS, ELAINE, A COUPLE OF TIMES. THE PRESIDENT CREATES CLARITY. >> YES. THERE WERE 1.4 MILLION PEOPLE IN FLORIDA WHO COULDN'T VOTE. >> YES. >> AND BECAUSE OF A FELONY CONVICTION. THEY WILL BE ABLE TO VOTE FOR AMENDMENT FOUR, THE GREATEST EXPANSION OF THE FRANCHISE SINCE WOMEN WERE GIVEN THE RIGHT TO VOTE. WHAT THEY NEED TO DO THOUGH IS TO GO OUT AND REGISTER THEM AND INSPIRE THEM TO GET OUT TO VOTE. >> BECAUSE THE QUESTION IS WHO DOES IT BENEFIT? DO WE KNOW? THAT IS THE OTHER THING TOO WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FACT AN DRY GILLUM LOST AND YOU HAVE THE INITIATIVE ACTUALLY PASSING. HOW DO WE SEE IT? >> WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN THE SENATE RACE. >> RIGHT, A SENATE RACE. I'VE SEEN HE IS RUNNING PRETTY WELL, WHICH IS, YOU KNOW, NOT DISCERNING, BUT IT IS STRANGE TO ME BECAUSE I THINK IN THE BEGINNING OF THE NIGHT, THE ASSUMPTION FROM ME, ANDREW GILLUM WAS GOING TO PULL HIM OVER THE FINISH LINE. I THINK NOW THE FEELING IS WELL WAIT A MINUTE, DO THEY SPLIT TICKETS AND SAY I'M GOING TO VOTE FOR RON DESANTIS? AND BILL NELSON? >> CLEARLY. >> HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED TONIGHT. I KEEP COMING BACK TO THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE BECAUSE I COVER IT FOR THE — FOR THE NEW JERSEY JOURNALIST. SPLIT FIVE TIMES IN SIX ELECTIONS. WHAT HAPPENED TONIGHT? YOU KNOW, THEY HAD A BIG PURPLE PUSH, HE HAS THAT NEXT GEN — THAT NEXT GEN GROUP. AND WHAT THEY DID, THEY WALKED IN WITH AN INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN, THE FIRST TO BE REELECTED AS GOVERNOR SINCE 1994. AND THEY SENT TWO DEMOCRATS TO CONGRESS. SO THEY SPLIT THE TICKETS. THEY LOOKED PAST THE BIG, BIG NOISY PICTURE, AND THEY SAID I LIKE THIS GUY, I LIKE THESE TWO PEOPLE, AND THAT KIND OF THING SPLIT THE VOTES, MOVED THE VOTES, WHICH IS WHAT WAS GOING ON TONIGHT. >> HOLD THOSE THOUGHTS. WE WANT TO TAKE A QUICK MOMENT TO BREATHE. BUT THE NEWS RIGHT NOW, CBS NEWS PROJECTS DEMOCRATS WILL CONTROL THE HOUSE. REPUBLICANS TO CONTROL THE SENATE, AND A LOT OF THESE CLOSE GOVERNOR RACES ARE TILTING TOWARDS REPUBLICANS AT THIS STAGE. WE WILL BE BACK WITH MORE AFTER THIS. >>> WELCOME BACK, WE WILL TAKE YOU NOW TO THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL CAMPAIGN WATCH PARTY WHERE NANCY PELOSI IS SPEAKING. LET'S LISTEN IN. >> I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE MY TWO GRANDSONS, THOMAS AND PAUL. AS THEY WAVE TO THEIR OTHER COUSINS, BELLA, WHO IS STILL CAMPAIGNING IN CALIFORNIA BECAUSE IT IS ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN. BEFORE I THANK ALL OF YOU MERCIFULLY, I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES AND ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR LEADERSHIP AND THEIR PRESENCE HERE. DENNY HOYER? AND ALSO LET'S ASSUME THEY ARE ALL DISTINGUISHED. BOBBY SCOTT OF VIRGINIA. AND ED SHIELD OF CALIFORNIA. T.K. BUTTERFIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA. BARBARA LEE OF CALIFORNI. HENRY OF TEXAS. KAREN VAST OF CALIFORNIA. DON BYER OF VIRGINIA. AND BRENDAN BOYLE OF PENNSYLVANIA. WE ALL JOIN IN THANKING ALL OF YOU, MANY OF YOU ARE OUR VIPs, OUR REAL VIPs, OUR VOLUNTEERS IN POLITICS. WOMEN AND MEN WHO HAVE MOBILIZED IN HISTORIC NUMBERS, WHO SAW WHAT THIS GOP CONGRESS WAS DOING, AND REFUSED TO STANDSTILL. EVERY CALL YOU MADE, EVERY DOOR YOU KNOCK, EVERY TEXT YOU SEND, EVERY CONVERSATION THAT YOU WOULD HAVE, THEY MADE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINNING AND LOSING IN THIS ELECTION. THANKS TO YOU, WE OWNED THE GROUND. THANKS TO YOU. THANKS TO YOU. TOMORROW, IT WILL BE A NEW DAY IN AMERICA. REMEMBER THIS FEELING, KNOW THE POWER TO WIN. AND ALMOST ALL CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE THAT HAVE A DYNAMIC DIVERSE AND INCREDIBLE CANDIDATES WHO HAVE TAKEN BACK THE HOUSE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. LET US SALUTE ALL OF YOUR CANDIDATES. ALL OF OUR CANDIDATES. TODAY IS MORE THAN ABOUT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, IT'S ABOUT RESTORING THE CONSTITUTION'S CHECKS AND BALANCES TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. IT IS ABOUT STOPPING THE GOP, MITCH MCCONNELL, ALSO MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, AND THE HEALTH CARE OF 130 MILLION AMERICANS LIVING WITH PREEXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS. AND LET'S HEAR IT MORE FOR PREEXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS. IT IS ABOUT SPECIAL REIGN OVER WASHINGTON. BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING IT IS ABOUT WHAT A NEW DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY WILL MEAN IN THE LIVES OF HARD WORKING AMERICANS. THAT'S WHAT IT IS ABOUT. DEMOCRATS, THEY PLEDGE TO CONGRESS THAT WORKS FOR THE PEOPLE. FOR THE PEOPLE. LOWER THE COST OF HEALTH CARE BY LOWERING THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. WORKERS, WAGES, WITH STRONG GROWTH BY REBUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF AMERICA. CLEAN UP CORRUPTION TO MAKE WASHINGTON WORK FOR ALL AMERICANS. WE WILL TAKE VERY STRONG LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO LEDGE STATE TO NEGOTIATE DOWN THE PRICE, THE CONTROL OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THAT WILL BE HELPING SENIORS AND FAMILIES ACROSS AMERICA. WE WILL DELIVER A TRANSFORMATIONAL INVESTMENT IN AMERICA'S INFRASTRUCTURE TO CREATE MORE GOOD PAYING JOBS, REBUILDING OUR ROADS, BRIDGES, SCHOOLS, BROAD BAND NETWORKS, AND SCHOOLS AND HOUSING AND BEYOND WITH THE DARK INTEREST MINING. IN YOUR ELECTIONS BECAUSE WHEN WE DO, THEY HAVE GREATER CONFIDENCE IN EVERYTHING THEIR CONGRESS WILL WORK ON FROM HEALTH CARE TO TAXES, GUNS, CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER, FOR OUR CHILDREN WHEN THEY KNOW THE PEOPLE'S INTEREST WILL PREVAIL, NOT THE DARK SPECIAL INTERESTS. AND TO THE GOP CONGRESS, THEY WILL BE LED WITH TRANSPARENCY AND OPENNESS. SO THAT THE PUBLIC CAN SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING AND HOW IT AFFECTS THEM, THAT THEY CAN WEIGH IN WITH THE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. AND WE WILL HAVE ACCOUNTABLE AND WE WILL STRIVE FOR BIPARTISANSHIP. WITH FAIRNESS ON ALL SIDES. WE'LL HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO FIND OUR COMMON GROUND, WHERE WE CAN STAND OUR GROUND WHERE WE CAN, BUT WE MUST TRY. WE HAVE A BIPARTISAN MARKETPLACE OF IDEAS THAT WILL MAKE OUR DEMOCRACY STRONG. A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS WILL WORK WITH SOLUTIONS THAT WILL BRING US TOGETHER BECAUSE WE HAVE ALL HAD ENOUGH OF DIVISION. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT PEACE. THEY WANT RESULTS, THEY WANT US TO WORK FOR POSITIVE RESULTS FOR THEIR LIVES. OUR FOUNDERS BELIEVED IN A PRINCIPLE THAT THEY KNEW MUST GUIDE OUR NATION. FIRST IN OUR DECLARATION WHERE THEY WOULD PROMISE LIFE, LIBERTY, THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, BUT THEY GAVE US GUIDANCE. FOR ANYONE, THE FOUNDERS COULD HAVE NEVER IMAGINED HOW VAST THE COUNTRY WOULD BECOME AND HOW MANY WE WOULD BE AND HOW DIFFERENT WE WOULD BE FROM EACH OTHER. BUT THEY KNEW WE HAD TO BE ONE UNITY, UNITY FOR OUR COUNTRY. THAT TODAY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN TO RESTORE THAT VISION. WITH THE SAME DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY, WE WILL HONOR THE VISION OF OUR FOUNDERS FOR OUR COUNTRY FINDINGS, HAVING A LEGITIMATE DEBATE. BUT REMEMBERING THAT WE WILL BE ONE COUNTRY. WE WILL HONOR THE SACRIFICES OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AND THEIR FAMILIES, WHO HAVE MADE US THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE. TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE WORTHY OF THEIR SACRIFICE. AND THES A SEPARATIONS OF OUR CHILDREN, ELECTIONS ARE ABOUT THE FUTURE AND WHAT WE DO FOR OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE. THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING THE FUTURE BETTER FOR ALL OF AMERICA'S CHILDREN. GOD BLESS YOU, GOD BLESS AMERICA. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. >> FEELING PRETTY GOOD THERE TO NANCY PELOSI, JOINED BY US WITH THE YOUNG FAMILY MEMBERS SAYING IT WILL BE ABOUT THE CHILDREN AND THE FUTURE IN MAKING THE SPEECH A FOCUS ON HEALTH CARE AS DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE NATIONALLY IN SAYING THEY WILL CONTINUE TO DO WHAT THEY CAN TO PROTECT THOSE WHO HAVE PREEXISTING CONDITIONS BEING COVERED. AND A GOOD NIGHT FOR THE DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE, A GOOD NIGHT FOR REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE. AND POTENTIALLY BEING THE HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER NEXT WEEK WHEN THEY WOULD RECONVENE AND THEY HAVE TO VOTE TO MAKE THAT DECISION. BUT THERE YOU WOULD SEE IT AS SHE KIND OF PUTS A BOW TIE ON A DEMOCRATIC WIN FOR THE REPRESENTATIVE SEAT TONIGHT. >> SHE DID HAVE A NUMBER OF DEMOCRATS SAYING THAT THEY WOULD NOT SUPPORT HER FOR SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE BECAUSE OF THE DYNAMIC OBVIOUSLY. THEY UNDERSTAND HOW POLARIZING OF A FIGURE SHE CAN BE. AND SO THAT WILL BE AN INTERESTING STORY LINE TO CONTINUE TO WATCH. >> INDEED. WE ALSO JOIN OUR CONTINUING COVERAGE OF THE MIDTERM ELECTION VOTES AS THEY CONTINUE THE RESULTS. WE WANT TO BRING IN THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE SPOKESPERSON, KAYLEY MCINERY, A GREAT MATCH FOR THEM TOO. HOW ARE YOU INTERPRETING THAT PLUS ALL THE GUBERNATORIAL RACES AND OTHERS? >> AND OF COURSE YOU NEVER WANT TO LOSE THE HOUSE WITH THAT BEING SAID, WE WILL BE VERY ENTHUSED ABOUT THE GAINS ON THE VERIZON AND THE SENATE WORTH MENTIONING IN THE LAST 80 YEARS, THE SITTING PRESIDENT HAS ONLY PICKED UP EIGHT SENATE SEATS TOTAL. AND WE WILL BE POISED TONIGHT POTENTIALLY TO PICK UP THREE OR FOUR. WE WILL SEE HOW IT SHAKES OUT. BUT CERTAINLY AT LEAST ONE OR TWO. THAT WILL BE A VERY BIG THING THAT WE ARE ENTHUSED ABOUT. BUT THE HOUSE, WE LOST THE HOUSE. YOU NEVER WANT TO LOSE THE HOUSE, BUT NEVERTHELESS IT WILL BE A PRETTY SLIM MARGIN, AND IT WILL BE WORTH NOTING THEY LOST 63 SEATS. BILL CLINTON IN HIS FIRST MIDTERM 64. I DON'T THINK THE NUMBERS WILL BE ANYWHERE CLOSE TO THAT. SO WE WILL CONSIDER THIS A VICTORY. >> ONE OF THE OPEN QUESTIONS THAT ARE GOING IN TONIGHT IS WHAT WILL THE EFFECTIVE PRESIDENT TRUMP BE, RIGHT? THIS WILL BE A PRESIDENT WHO DID NOT SHY AWAY FROM PUTTING HIMSELF IN TO AS MANY OF THESE KINDS OF CONVERSATIONS. I WONDER BASED ON WHAT WE'VE SEEN PARTICULARLY IN PLACES LIKE INDIANA, IN PLACES LIKE TEXAS AND IN PLACE LIKE FLORIDA WHERE THE PRESIDENT MADE LAST- MINUTE PUSHES. YOU'VE SEEN REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES VICTORIOUS. WHAT DOES THAT TAKE AWAY FROM THE POWER OF THE TRUMP EFFECT. AND WE NOTICED IN OUR RNC DATA THAT THEY WOULD BE QUANTIFY SHIFTS IN THE POLL — QUANTIFIABLE SHIFTS IN THE POLLS. IT CERTAINLY DID AS YOU CONSIDERED DOWN BY FIVE JUST WEEKS AGO WHERE THE PRESIDENT RALLIED UP BY 14. AND IN EVENING, LIKEWISE IN INDIANA, THE PRESIDENT WENT THIS AND MADE THE DIFFERENCE. AND ALL THE STATES HE WENT TO WITH FLORIDA INCLUDED, HE MADE A VERY BIG DIFFERENCE. WHEN HE CHOOSES TO RALLY, IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE AND WORTH NOTING SOME OF OUR INCUMBENT WHO IS LOST IN CONGRESS, THEY WERE CRITICS OF THE PRESIDENT AND THEY MIGHT HAVE HAD THE OPPOSITE EFFECT. >> HOW MIGHT THIS CHANGE THOUGH THE PRESIDENT'S TONE OR STRATEGY MOVING FORWARD? AND BECAUSE IT SEEMS THE VERY THING THAT HAS ENERGIZED REPUBLICANS TO SHELL OUT ON THE SENATE SIDE IS WHAT REALLY ENCOURAGED DEMOCRATS TO SHOW UP IN THESE LOCAL RACES AS WELL. IS THAT NOT A CONCERN THAT THIS IS A DOUBLE-EDGE SWORD? >> I THINK THERE WILL BE A REAL EFFORT ON THE PART OF THE ADMINISTRATION TO ENGAGE IN MOVING FORWARD. KELLYANNE CONWAY WAS OUT MOMENTS AGO SAYING THERE WILL BE A MEETING IN THE COMING DAYS WITH OUR COUNTERPARTS BECAUSE WE CAN MAKE CHANGES ON HEALTH CARE, THAT I THINK CAN BE BIPARTISAN ON INFRASTRUCTURE AND IMMIGRATION REFORM. THE PRESIDENT HAS INDICATED A WILLINGNESS TO BUDGE ON DACA, FOR INSTANCE, LEGALIZATION. SO NOW IT IS UP TO DEMOCRATS TO GET IN THE ROOM, PUT OUR HEADS DOWN, AND WELCOMER ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AT THE END OF THE DAY IT'S WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT. >> THE EARLY EXIT POLLING WE HAVE BEEN SEEING, AT THE ISSUE OF HEALTH CARE THE VERY TOP OF THE LIST WHEN IT CAME TO THEIR CONCERNS. YOU HAVE PRESIDENT TRUMP OUT THERE REALLY FOCUSING ON THE SPOTLIGHT ON IMMIGRATION AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. IN RETROSPECT, IT HAS BEEN A GOOD NIGHT AS WE SEE A SPLIT DECISION HERE, REPUBLICANS HAD A GOOD NIGHT IN THE SENATE, BUT NOT NECESSARILY SO IN THE HOUSE. IS THAT PERHAPS A TACTICAL KIND OF MISCALCULATION OR WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT? >> I DON'T THINK IT WAS A MISCALCULATION, BUT I DO THINK YOU'LL SEE AN EMPHASIS ON THIS GOING FORWARD BECAUSE IN A LOT OF POLLING, THEY SHOW NUMBER ONE ON THEIR MINDS AND IT IS, IN FACT, HEALTH CARE. THE PRESIDENT WAS ONE OF THE ONLY NOMINEES ON THE DEBATE STAGE SAYING FROM THE VERY BEGINNING I WANT TO PROTECT THE PREEXISTING CONDITIONS. HE HAS TALKED ABOUT BRINGING DOWN THE COST OF THE DRUGS. THESE ARE THINGS THAT WE COULD MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR DEMOCRATIC COUNTERPARTS ON IF THEY WANT TO WORK ON US ON BRINGING DOWN THE COST OF DRUGS. IT WILL BE A BIG EMPHASIS OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS. >> AS YOU MENTIONED TIME FOR INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK ONCE AGAIN. >> YES. >> AND IT NEVER SEEMS TO SHAKE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. ALL RIGHT, KAYLEIGH MCENANY, THANK YOU. >> REPUBLICANS WILL MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE SENATE AHEAD. WE ARE TRACKING THE STATE OF THE RACE AND WHAT THIS COULD MEAN FOR THE PRESIDENT'S AGENDA. YOU'RE STREAMING CBSN. >>> WELCOME BACK TO CBSN'S ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE. DEMOCRATS HAVE TAKEN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EIGHT YEARS. BUT FAILED TO WIN CONTROL OF THE SENATE. HERE WITH US IS THE VICE CHAIR OF THE DNC, MICHAEL BLAKE. MICHAEL, THANKS SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. SO LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS BLUE WAVE, YOU KNOW, IT HAS NOT SEEMED TO MATERIALIZE HERE FOR THE DEMOCRATS. OVERALL ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE WAY IN WHICH THESE CAMPAIGNS WERE RUN AND THE FOCUS THAT THEY HAD TONIGHT? >> WELL, I WILL FIRST SAY THERE HAS BEEN A BLUE WAVE. IT'S NOT JUST WHAT HAPPENED IN THE HOUSE. BUT IT SALS ABOUT THE GOVERNOR'S RACES THAT WE WOULD PICK UP ACROSS THE COUNTRY. YOU LOOK AT MICHIGAN, YOU SEE IN KANSAS, YOU SEE THE GREAT PROGRESS THAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING. WE HAVEN'T EVEN LOOKED AT WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN THE WEST. WE WERE STILL WAITING FOR THE RACES IN THAT MANNER. BUT WE WOULD FLIP BACK CONTROL, WE FLIPPED BACK CONTROL IN THE SENATE HERE IN NEW YORK, SO WE HAVE PROGRESS. BUT LOOK, WE CANNOT IGNORE THE FACT WHEN YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENED IN FLORIDA AND GEORGIA, IT'S DISAPPOINTING BECAUSE IT IS CLEAR THAT DOG WHISTLES PREVAILED IN THOSE STATES IN THAT MANNER, BUT WITH THAT SAID WE IS HAVE MORE PROGRESS THAT WE NEED TO MAKE IN THE COUNTRY, BUT WE ARE EXCITED WE HAVE TO TAKE BACK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE. >> WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE TO THE LIMIT OF THE DEMOCRATIC GAINS? THE PARTY HAS BEEN SPLIT ON A LOT OF THESE LOCAL RACES AS OF HOW INTENSELY TO CRITICIZE PRESIDENT TRUMP. SOME CANDIDATES SAID LOOK, I'M JUST GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE LOCAL ISSUES, HEALTH CARE, OF COURSE, CHIEF AMONG THEM. WHILE OTHERS, THEY HAVE TAKEN A MUCH MORE DIRECT ATTACK. IT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE CONSENSUS WITH THE PARTY AS TO WHICH IS THE WINNABLE APPROACH. BASED ON THE RESULTS NOW, HOW DO YOU SEE THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION? >> I THINK IT IS A BIG THING. WE CANNOT IGNORE THE FACT HEALTH CARE WAS CLEARLY THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND EVERYWHERE WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THAT AND BEING VERY DIRECT ABOUT THAT. YOU KNOW, SIMULTANEOUSLY, WE WERE ALSO VERY DIRECT OF THE RACIST, MISOGYNISTIC LANGUAGE. UNFORTUNATELY IN SOME PLACES IT SEEMS LIKE BOTH PREVAILED, THAT INDIVIDUALS DECIDED HEALTH CARE WAS IMPORTANT TO THEM, BUT ALSO SUPPORTING THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE AS WELL. WITH THAT SAID, WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY, WE WERE ABLE TO TAKE BACK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE AND WE'RE GOING TO CLEARLY PICK UP MORE SEATS. WE HAVE PICKED UP ON THE GOVERNOR MANSIONS THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE BEFORE. WE HAVE STATE CONTROL AND STATE LEGISLATIVE AS WELL. WE CANNOT IGNORE THE FACT WE'VE HAD A GREAT NIGHT TONIGHT IN MANY WAYS. YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE PEOPLE SAYING TODAY, WILL DEMOCRATS ACTUALLY TAKE BACK THE HOUSE? WE DID THAT BY A PRETTY CONSIDERABLE MARGIN. >> LET'S TALK ABOUT TEXAS. WHAT'S THE TAKEAWAY THERE WITH WHAT HAPPENED FROM TED CRUZ AND BETO O'ROURKE? YOU RAN HIS CAMPAIGN THAT GOT A LOT OF NATIONAL ATTENTION FRANKLY, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS A QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT WHAT HE WAS DOING WITHIN THE STATE OF TEXAS WAS ACTUALLY GOING TO PRODUCE RESULTS. WE SAW IN THE END THERE, YOU KNOW, SENATOR CRUZ BROUGHT IN PRESIDENT TRUMP TO CAMPAIGN FOR HIM IN A RED STATE, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS REALLY INTERESTING. THEN IN THE END SENATOR CRUZ PREVAILED. WHAT IS THE TAKEAWAY FOR DEMOCRATS BASED ON WHAT WE SAW PLAY OUT THERE IN TEXAS? >> NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE A REMARKABLE CANDIDATE IN BETO O'ROURKE, BUT WE HAVE HAD CONGRESSIONAL PICKUPS THAT HAPPENED IN TEXAS AS WELL, WHICH WE CANNOT IGNORE THAT DYNAMIC. I THINK BETO DEFINITELY HELPED A LOT OF THE RACES THAT HAPPENED DOWN THERE, BRINGING THEM ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. THE FACT TED CRUZ NEEDED HELP TO GET TO 51%, IT IS A DEMONSTRATION THAT HE WAS NOT A VERY STRONG CANDIDATE. BUT IT IS STILL A DEEP RED STATE WE CANNOT IGNORE THAT REALITY IN THAT MANNER. HOWEVER, WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN TEXAS AND YOU LOOK AT OTHER STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, IT WILL BE A CLEAR INDICATION THAT WHILE YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE WON AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET, YOU HAVE BALLOT VICTORIES AS WELL. >> WE JUST WANT TO LET THE VIEWERS KNOW AS YOU HAVE BEEN SPEAKING. WE WANT TO LET YOU KNOW CBS NEWS IS PROJECTING THAT THE REPUBLICAN IN THE MISSOURI SENATE RACE, JOSH HOLLY, HAS PREVAILED OVER SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL. AGAIN, CBS NEWS PROJECTION, COMING IN. YOU KNOW, THIS IS A CONTEST, ERROL, THAT WE HAVE BEEN KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON BECAUSE THE QUESTION WHETHER OR NOT IN THE STATE OF MISSOURI, WHERE YOU HAVE A LOT OF SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP, A DEMOCRAT WOULD BE ABLE TO ACTUALLY FOCUS ON A MESSAGE THAT DIDN'T HAVE TO DO WITH THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC KIND OF PLATFORM, BUT VERY HYPERSPECIFICALLY FOCUSED, MICHAEL, ON THE ISSUE OF HEALTH CARE. IT APPEARS SENATOR MCCASKILL'S STRATEGY DID NOT WIN. >> AND MCCASKILL HAD SOME ADS WHERE SHE SAID I'M NOT A CRAZY DEMOCRAT. SOME DEMOCRATS DID NOT LIKE THAT. THIS IS EVIDENCE THAT THE MODERATE DEMOCRATS IN STATES PRESIDENT TRUMP WON DURING THE LAST ELECTION ARE NOT BECOMING — HAVEN'T FOUND THAT MESSAGE TO CARRY FORWARD. HOW ARE YOU READING THIS? >> I WOULD ACCOUNT TO THAT. I THINK WE HAVE TO BE VERY DIRECT AND REAL FOR A SECOND. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT HEALTH CARE, WHICH WE SAW HAPPEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE CANNOT IGNORE THERE'S A WAKENING WE HAVE TO REFLECT ON IN THIS NATION. THAT DONALD TRUMP'S CLOSING ARGUMENT WAS A RACIST ARGUMENT OF A CARAVAN. AND UNFORTUNATELY THAT PREVAILED IN SEVERAL STATES. AT THE END OF THE DAY WAS ABLE TO MOBILIZE THE BASE TO BRING IN SOME OF THE STATES IN THIS MANNER. THE FACT YOU HAVE STATES THAT THE DEMOCRAT LOST AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET, BUT YOU HAVE MULTIPLE WINS DOWN THE BALLOT, IT IS CONCERNING TO SEE THAT REFLECTION BECAUSE CLEARLY HEALTH CARE WAS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE, ABOUT 44% OF THE VOTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SAID HEALTH CARE WAS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE. CLEARLY PEOPLE BELIEVE DEMOCRATS ARE STRONG ON THE ISSUE OF HEALTH CARE. AND SO WHEN YOU ARE SEEING THAT HAPPEN, IT IS CLEAR THERE SEEMS TO BE AN OVERPERFORMANCE IN THE BASE ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. CLEARLY TURNOUT WAS REMARKABLE ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE. BUT IT WASN'T ENOUGH. DO I BELIEVE YOU NEED TO CONTINUE TO DRIVE THAT HOME? YES, WE WILL KEEP TALKING ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND KEEP TALKING ABOUT EDUCATION AND JOBS. BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE ARE ALSO NOT IGNORING THE FACT THERE IS A CONCERN OF THIS NARRATIVE THAT'S HAPPENING ON THE OTHER SIDE. >> AND WHICH DEMOGRAPHIC BASED ON THE RESULTS THAT WE'RE SEEING NOW APPEAR TO BE THE ONES IN WHICH DEMOCRATS WEREN'T ABLE TO GET OVER TO THEIR SIDE? WE KNOW SUBURBAN WHITE WOMEN, FOR EXAMPLE, WERE SEEN AS THIS GROUP THAT POTENTIALLY WOULD SWITCH ALLEGIANCES FROM THE PREVIOUS SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SUPPORT DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WHILE A LOT OF DEMOCRATS WERE TRYING TO PULL IN YOUNGER VOTERS, MORE MINORITY VOTERS AS WELL. HOW ARE YOU IDENTIFYING WHICH GROUPS DEMOCRATS WEREN'T ABLE TO CONVINCE WOULD CREATE A BETTER SITUATION FOR IN >> I THINK THE DEMOGRAPHICS CLEARLY PREVAILED IN THE MARGIN OF HOUSE SEATS WE WERE ABLE TO WIN, THE GOVERNOR SEATS WE WON, THE STATE HOUSES WE WON. TERE WERE DIFFICULT STATES TO WIN STATEWIDE. AS WE LOOK AT THE STATES WE DIDN'T WIN ON TONIGHT. YOU LOOK AT MISSOURI, WHICH WAS DIFFICULT AND HEIDI HEITKAMP WILL DESERVE CREDIT FOR TAKING A STAND WHEN IT CAME TO THE KAVANAUGH ISSUE. WHEN YOU WOULD LOOK AT INDIANA, AND THE SAME THING WITH JOE DONNELLY, DIFFICULT STATES TO WIN. BUT THE DEMOGRAPHICS, THEY CLEARLY EMERGED. A HEIGHTENED INCREASE TURNOUT OF WOMEN FOR THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE. PEOPLE OF COLOR, MILLENNIALS. SO THESE THINGS, THEY WOULD CLEARLY HAPPEN. JUST A CHALLENGE IN SOME OF THESE STATES THEMES. BUT AGAIN, THEY HAVE VARIANCE, YOU KNOW, THE FACT THAT MANCHIN WON DECISIVELY IN WEST VIRGINIA, AND IT IS A DEMONSTRATION OF THAT. THE FACT THAT IN FLORIDA, IT STILL HAS NOT BEEN CALLED IN THE SENATE RACE, IT WILL BE CLEARED ON HOW PEOPLE ARE ASSESSING IT IN THAT MANNER. GOING INTO 2020, CAN YOU FEEL VERY CONFIDENT THAT THERE ARE PARTICULAR STATES SUCH AS IN MICHIGAN THAT HAD A DOMINATING WIN FOR DEMOCRATS UP AND DOWN THE TICKET, WHICH RIGHT NOW, YOU KNOW, LEADING IN THE RACE TO DEFEAT SCOTT WALKER. WHEN YOU WOULD SEE THESE RACES WHERE WE HAVE CHALLENGES IN PENNSYLVANIA, WHICH IS PRETTY MUCH CALLED IMMEDIATELY. STATES THAT WE DID NOT WIN IN 2016, THAT WE WOULD HAVE PRETTY DECISIVE WINS THIS YEAR. NO REASON TO BELIEVE GOING INTO 2020 WE'LL HAVE VICTORIES THERE AS WELL. >> YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS I WONDER ABOUT, THE PRESIDENT WAS FOCUSING, TRYING TO FOCUS THE SPOTLIGHT ON IMMIGRATION IN THIS FINAL STRETCH. DEMOCRATS MAINTAINED THEIR FOCUS ON THIS ISSUE OF HEALTH CARE, BUT I WONDER CONSIDERING WHAT WE'VE SEEN TONIGHT, SHOULD THERE HAVE BEEN PERHAPS ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE A BIT OF PUSHBACK WHEN IT CAME TO SOME OF THE IMMIGRATION RHETORIC? >> WE HAVE PUSHBACK, IT'S RACIST. >> BUT DURING THE COURSE OF THE CAMPAIGN, YOU KNOW, WE DIDN'T NECESSARILY HEAR THE DEMOCRATS RESPOND NECESSARILY DIRECTLY TO SOME OF WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SEEING BEFORE THE END OF THE DAY. >> I WOULD DISAGREE. WE WERE CLEAR CONVEYING THE CARAVAN WAS A NONSENSICAL ARGUMENT THEY WERE MAKING IN SENDING OUR TROOPS DOWN THERE WAS IRRESPONSIBLE. BUT WHAT I THOUGHT PREVAILED, THE REPUBLICAN BASE SEEM TODAY HAVE OVERPERFORMED. AND WE HAVE TO BE MINDFUL OF THAT IN THAT MANNER, BUT WE HAVE TO FEEL CONFIDENT OF THE VOTE WITH US TAKING BACK THE HOUSE, AND THE GOVERNORS RACE TO WIN. >> MICHAEL BLAKE, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME. THE NEWS WILL CONTINUE RIGHT HERE ON CBS. OUR ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE CONTINUES WITH NORAH O'DONNELL AND THE REST OF THE TEAM AFTER THIS SHORT BREAK. YOU'RE STREAMING CBSN, CBS NEWS ALWAYS ON. >> I WANT TO CHANGE THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING. >> THIS IS A WATERSHED MOMENT IN AMERICAN HISTORY. >> I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT WOMEN'S ISSUES IN GENERAL. >> EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE, THAT'S IT. >> WE ARE AMERI . OUR HEARTS BLEE D RED, WHITE AN >>> CHANGE IS COMING TO WASHINGTON. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE WON BACK THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND WITH THAT WILL COME THE LIKELY RETURN OF NANCY PELOSI AS SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, BUT THE REPUBLICANS WILL KEEP CONTROL OF THE SENATE. THE PRESIDENT TWEETS TREMENDOUS SUCCESS TONIGHT, THOUGH FOR THE FIRST TIME HE WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH ONE CHAMBER OF CONGRESS RUN BY THE OPPOSITION PARTY. MAJOR GARRETT IS AT THE WHITE HOUSE. MAJOR? >> Reporter: GOOD EVENING. THIS COMING DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE NOW OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP THROUGH A PHONE CALL WE ARE TOLD BY PROMINENT AIDE TO NANCY PELOSI 11:45 EASTERN TIME. PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED AND CONGRATULATED HER ON WHAT WILL BECOME A DEMOCRATIC HOUSE MAJORITY AND SAID HE NOTED IN HER REMARKS HER CALL FOR BIPARTISANSHIP. THAT IS THE FIRST OLIVE BRANCH EXTENDED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP TO THE INCOMING LIKELY SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI, SECOND TIME FOR HER, AND IT SUGGESTS A DYNAMIC THAT IS AT LEAST IN FLUX AS PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME HAVE TO CONFRONT A HOSTILE HOUSE MAJORITY THAT WILL NOT EMBRACE HIS AGENDA, WILL TAKE ITS OVERSIGHT RESPONSIBILITIES ACCORDING TO PELOSI MUCH MORE SERIOUSLY THAN REPUBLICANS DID WHICH MEANS INVESTIGATIONS POSSIBLY OF THIS WHITE HOUSE, POSSIBLY OF CABINET OFFICIALS, MORE AGGRESSIVE THAN REPUBLICANS PURSUED. PELOSI WOULD SAY THEY DIDN'T PURSUE THEM AT ALL AND DEMOCRATS WILL. THAT'S ONE FRONT TO WATCH. ONE OTHER THING TO KEEP IN MIND, THERE WILL BE A LAME DUCK CONGRESS WHEN CONGRESS RETURNS STILL UNDER REPUBLICAN CONTROL. THAT MAY MEAN REVITALIZING A TAX CUT BECAUSE THE HOUSE REPUBLICANS PASSED THAT RIGHT BEFORE THIS ELECTION. SENATE REPUBLICANS MAY TRY TO DO THAT. THAT MAY BE ONE OF THE LAST THINGS PRESIDENT TRUMP WITH A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS STILL INCLINED IN HIS AGENDA DIRECTION MAY TRY TO ACCOMPLISH BEFORE DEMOCRATS TAKE OVER BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT KNOWS ANOTHER TAX CUT FROM THE HOUSE DEMOCRATS THAT HE FAVORS IS PROBABLY NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. >> MAJOR GARRETT AT THE WHITE HOUSE. JAMALBOWIE, GOOD TO SEE YOU. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE FUTURE OF AMERICANS? WHAT WILL HAPPEN? >> THAT'S A VERY BROAD QUESTION. I THINK THERE MIGHT BE A BIG TAX CUT. PRESIDENT TRUMP DID PROMISE THAT BEFORE THE ELECTION. IT'S ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THE REPUBLICANS MIGHT TRY TO GO FOR IT AND THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE MIGHT TRY TO GO FOR IT AS WELL, BUT BEYOND THAT AND CONFIRMING MORE JUDGES REALLY I'M NOT SURE WHAT ELSE IS ON THE REPUBLICAN AGENDA. THE NOTEWORTHY THING ABOUT THE PAST YEAR FOR CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS IS HOW MUCH AFTER THE TAX CUTS THEIR LEGISLATIVE AGENDA BASICALLY SLOWED DOWN CONFIRMING JUDGES AND IT'S UNCLEAR IF THERE'S REALLY ANYTHING MORE THAN THAT LEFT GOING INTO THE END OF THE YEAR. >> JAMELLE, GIVE ME YOUR SENSE OF THE APPETITE FOR THE RANK AND FILE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, BUT ALSO THE DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE CONSTITUENCY, THIS WHERE WHITE MEN ARE THE MINORITY. SO FOR THEM TO DO BUSINESS WITH DONALD TRUMP SINCE MANY OF THEM THINK HE'S GOT TO WHERE HE'S GOTTEN AND MAYBE HIS BEING SUCCESSFUL TONIGHT BY DENIGRATING WOMEN, BY MAKING RACIST APPEALS. THIS IS THE DEMOCRATIC VIEW. HOW DOES NANCY PELOSI CONVINCE THAT CONSTITUENCY TO WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT? >> I'M NOT SURE THEY CAN. IF YOU LOOK BACK AT THE NATIONAL TOTALS, YOU'RE LOOKING AT AN ESTIMATED NATIONAL MARGIN FOR DEMOCRATS PLUS EIGHT, PLUS 8 1/2 POINTS, WHICH IS HISTORICALLY A VERY LARGE MARGIN IN AN ELECTION. IT'S UP THERE WITH RECENT WAVE ELECTIONS. SO YOU CAN IMAGINE A RECENTLY ELECTED DEMOCRATIC MEMBER OF THE HOUSE ELECTED BY VOTERS WHO ELECTED THEM TO STAND UP TO TRUMP AND ARE THEY GOING TO THEN WHEN SPEAKER PELOSI SAYS OH, WE NEED TO CUT THIS DEAL ON INFRASTRUCTURE, ARE THEY GOING TO SAY OH, OF COURSE, BECAUSE MY PEOPLE ELECTED ME TO CUT A DEAL ON INFRASTRUCTURE OR ARE THEY GOING TO SAY NO. I WAS BROUGHT HERE BY VOTERS TO STAND UP TO TRUMP AND THAT DOESN'T INVOLVE CUTTING ANY DEALS. >> IN THE SHORT TERM THE PRESIDENT HAS DOUBLED DOWN ON IMMIGRATION GOING INTO TONIGHT SAYING THAT HE WAS GOING TO BE SENDING SOME 15,000 TROOPS TO THE BORDER TALKING ABOUT THIS CARAVAN. DOES THAT ALL STOP NOW? WHAT HAPPENS NEXT BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF THIS TURNOUT WAS, IN FACT, ON IMMIGRATION? >> I THINK ONE OF THE STORIES OF TONIGHT IS JUST HOW THOSE SORTS OF APPEALS AND I WOULD DESCRIBE THEM AS RACIST APPEALS BASED ON THE FINAL AD THE PRESIDENT KIND OF DEBUTED BEFORE TUESDAY. >> WHICH MANY NETWORKS REFUSED TO PLAY. >> WHICH MANY NETWORKS REFUSED TO PLAY. THE WHITE HOUSE SURELY BELIEVES THAT THAT APPEAL HELPED DRIVE UP RURAL AND EX-URBAN TURNOUT AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE FLORIDA AND GEORGIA RESULTS, IT DOES LOOK LIKE RACES THAT LOOKED TIED OR SLIGHT DEMOCRATIC LEANS WERE UPTURNED BY A SURGE OF VOTERS FROM RURAL COUNTIES COMING OUT BECAUSE OF THAT MESSAGE. I THINK THE PRESIDENT SEES EVERY INCENTIVE TO KEEP GOING IN THAT DIRECTION. WHEN YOU LOOK AT A 2020 MAP AND CONSIDER THAT OHIO AND FLORIDA, ONE OF THEM IS A MUST WIN STATE FOR DEMOCRATS, THE FACT THE PRESIDENT CAN GENERATE THIS TURNOUT AMONG HIS BASE WITH THESE SORTS OF MESSAGES MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR DEMOCRATS. I'M NOT SURE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS QUITE FIGUREDOUT HOW TO RESPOND TO WHAT IS I THINK RACIAL DEMAGOGUERY OF THAT SCALE. >> CALLING IT A SPLIT DECISION TONIGHT, BOB SCHIEFFER CALLED IT TWO DIFFERENT PLANETS. ANOTHER REFERENCE WAS TALE OF TWO CITIES. IS THIS A WIN/WIN FOR BOTH PARTIES? BOTH PARTIES CAN CELEBRATE SOMETHING TONIGHT? >> IT'S A SUPER STRANGE RESULT. >> SU I MEAN REPUBLICANS CAN OBVIOUSLY CELEBRATE THEY'VE EXPANDED THEIR SENATE MAJORITY I THINK BEYOND WHAT MOST PEOPLE EXPECTS. DEMOCRATS HAVE WON THE HOUSE. THAT IS A BIG DEAL. IF THEY HAVE A 33 SEAT GAIN, THAT'S NOT ON THE ORDER OF THE LARGEST WAVES IN AMERICAN. >>>, BUT IT'S A PRETTY SUBSTANTIAL RESULT — AMERICAN HISTORY, BUT IT'S A PRETTY SUBSTANTIAL RESULT. THOSE ARE POSITIVE THINGS FOR BOTH PARTIES. I THINK SOMETHING THAT'S INTERESTING, WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT EXIT POLLS AND YOU SEE HOW DEMOCRATS NATIONALLY HAVE WON PRETTY MUCH EVERY DEMOGRAPHIC GROUP EXCEPT FOR WHITES OVER AGE 45 AND WHITE MEN. I THINK LOOKING FORWARD THE PICTURE BECOMES I THINK A LITTLE DIFFERENT FOR REPUBLICANS BECAUSE WHAT THEY MIGHT BE LOOKING AT, WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN ACCELERATED IS THE PARTY'S TRANSITION TO A PARTY PRETTY EXCLUSIVELY OF WHITE VOTERS IN PARTICULAR AREAS OF THE COUNTRY WITH DEMOCRATS KIND OF TAKING UP EVERYONE ELSE. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW THAT PLAYS OUT. >> JAMELLE, I WANT TO QUICKLY LOOK NOW AT THE STATE OF FLORIDA BECAUSE THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING SENATE RACE WE ARE W CALL. LOOK HOW CLOSE THIS RACE IS IN FLORIDA. JAMELLE WAS JUST SORT OF REFERENCING THERE. THERE WERE POLLS THIS MORNING WE REPORTED ON CBS THIS MORNING THAT SUGGESTED BILL NELSON OPENED UP A WIDE LEAD, THAT IN THE GOVERNORS RACE GILLUM HAD OPENED A WIDE LEAD IN THAT RACE, THE DEMOCRAT, AND LOOK HOW CLOSE THIS IS WHEN 99% OF THE VOTE IS IN IN WHAT WAS THE MOST EXPENSIVE SENATE RACE IN THE COUNTRY. SOME OF THAT NOISE YOU HEAR IS FROM OUR ELECTION DESK. THEY ARE PROBABLY LOOKING VERY CLOSELY SAYING CAN WE CALL THIS RACE? LET'S TURN TO NANCY CORDES NOW, TOO, BECAUSE TO PIVOT OFF OUR CONVERSATION ABOUT IS THERE REALLY ANYTHING PELOSI AND TRUMP CAN AGREE ON? WHAT WAS THE SUBJECT OF THEIR CONVERSATION TONIGHT? >> THERE ARE AREAS OF POTENTIAL AGREEMENT, NORAH, BOTH SAYING, FOR EXAMPLE, THEY'D LIKE TO WORK VERY QUICKLY TRYING TO LOWER PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES. BOTH OF THEM HAVE SAID FOR A LONG TIME THEY WANT TO WORK ON SOME KIND OF INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE. THE PROBLEM IS THAT BOTH PARTIES HAVE SUCH DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO THESE ISSUES. DEMOCRATS, FOR EXAMPLE, WOULD LOVE TO SEE A HUGE INFLUX OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING ON BIG INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS AROUND THE COUNTRY WHILE REPUBLICANS AND THE PRESIDENT HIMSELF SAY THEY'D LIKE TO SEE MORE PRIVATE SECTOR INVESTMENT AND JUST A LITTLE BIT OF GOVERNMENT FUNDING. SO TRYING TO MEET IN THE MIDDLE IS GOING TO BE THE BIG CHALLENGE, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN NANCY PELOSI AND CHUCK SCHUMER AND THE PRESIDENT SIT DOWN AND APPEAR TO BE GETTING CLOSE TO AGREEMENTS ON A HOST OF ISSUES ONLY TO HAVE THE PRESIDENT GET YANKED BACK BY SOME MEMBERS OF HIS OWN PARTY WHO THINK THAT HE IS GIVING AWAY TOO MUCH AND YOU'LL HAVE THAT FREEDOM CAUCUS IN THE HOUSE TRYING TO HOLD HIM BACK AGAIN IF THEY THINK HE'S GETTING TOO CHUMMY WITH THE OTHER SIDE. O CHUMMY WITH THE OTHER SIDE >> DEMOCRATS HAVE NOW PICKED UP 22 SEATS IN THE HOUSE AS WE CONTINUE WATCHING RACES IN CALIFORNIA HERE VERY CLOSELY, HOUSE RACES IN CALIFORNIA, JOHN. >> I'M JUST WAITING FOR IT TO CLICK OVER TO 23 SO WE CAN FIALLY LOCK IN THAT 23 MAGICAL NUMBER DEMOCRATS HAVE DREAMED ABOUT TO MAKE IT PERFECTLY FULLY OFFICIAL EVEN THOUGH CBS HAS CALLED IT. >> YOU MENTIONED THE SEVERAL HOUSE RACES WE ARE COVERING IN CALIFORNIA, LET'S POST THEM UP ON THE BOARD. IN CAL IN CALIFORNIA 39th, YUNG KIM, A TOSSUP IN THAT PARTICULAR RACE WHICH WE ARE WATCHING CLOSELY. LET'S GO TO CALIFORNIA 49th DISTRICT, STILL A TOSS UP TOSS- UP AND CALIFORNIA 48th. CARTER EVANS IS IN NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA. >> Reporter: WE'RE AT THE ELECTION NIGHT EVENT FOR DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE HARLEY RUDA. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONGRESSIONAL RACES IN CALIFORNI, CERTAINLY ONE OF THE MOST HIGH PROFILE. HE'S FACING OFF WITH INCUMBENT DANA ROHRABACHER WHO HAS REPRESENTED THIS DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY FOR 30 YEARS. THAT COULD CHANGE, BUT THE RACE IS TOO CLOSE TO CALL. THERE IS MORE TOSSUP RACES IN CALIFORNIA THAN ANY OTHER STATE IN THE UNION AND THEY ALL ARE FOR REPUBLICANS CONTROLLED CONGRESSIONAL SEATS RIGHT NOW. THERE WERE A LOT OF LINES HERE IN CALIFORNIA TODAY AT THE POLLS AND THAT IS SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE THERE ARE ALSO A LOT OF EARLY VOTERS HERE. SO THE FACT A LOT OF PEOPLE LINED UP TO CAST THEIR VOTE AT THE POLLS TODAY SHOWS THAT THERE IS STILL A LOT OF ENTHUSIASM. THERE IS ENTHUSIASM BUILDING HERE AT THIS ELECTION EVENT RIGHT NOW, ALTHOUGH IT IS STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL. THIS IS ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. WE'RE IN BETWEEN LOS ANGELES AND SAN DIEGO. THIS IS A TRADITIONALLY REPUBLICAN PART OF CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. IT'S BEEN A REPUBLICAN STRONGHOLD FOR MANY, MANY YEARS, BUT THAT COULD CHANGE AND A LOT OF IT HAS TO DO WITH CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS. THERE IS A GROWING LATINO POPULATION HERE. THERE IS ALSO A GROWING ASIAN POPULATION HERE. AT ONE POINT REPUBLICANS HAD 22% MORE REGISTERED VOTERS IN THIS AREA. NOW THEY ONLY HAVE 1%. ONE >> CARTER THERE, — CARTER EVANS THERE, THANK YOU. THERE'S A LOT TO DISCUSS TONIGHT. WHAT'S HAPPENED IN THE SENATE I THINK IS PRETTY SIGNIFICANT. >> YOU WERE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE WOMEN BECAUSE 16 OF THE 22 SEATS SO FAR ARE WOMEN. DO WE CALL IT LADIES NIGHT? CAN WE CALL IT THAT? >> OR YEAR OF THE WOMAN? >> I THINK YOU JUST DID, GAYLE. >> I WON'T SING THE SONG, BUT THERE IS SOMETHING HAPPENING THERE. >> 16 OF THE 22 DEMOCRATIC PICKUPS YOU MEAN. >> YES, YES. >> I THINK BACK TO IF YOU WERE WRITING THE HISTORY OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, YOU HAVE HIS INAUGURATION AND THE NEXT DAY YOU HAD THE WOMEN'S MARCH. A LOT OF THESE CANDIDATES, A LOT OF THE ENERGY WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT WOMEN IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CAME VERY EARLY ON AND HAS BEEN LONGSTANDING AND THOROUGH. SO WHAT WE SEE TONIGHT REALLY STARTED ARGUABLY MORE THAN TWO YEARS AGO IN TERMS OF GETTING PEOPLE INVOLVED AND BUILDING THIS WAVE OF WOMEN AND THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THE DEMOCRATIC RACES. >> THE DEMOCRATS WENT INTO THIS WITH A STRATEGIC PLAN. THEY SAID WE ARE GOING TO TRY AND FLIP WOMEN, WHITE WOMEN IN PARTICULAR, VOTED FOR DONALD TRUMP IN THE LAST ELECTION. LET'S GET THEM BACK VOTING IN THE DEMOCRATIC COLUMN. THEY SUCCEEDED IN DOING THAT TONIGHT ACCORDING TO THE EXIT POLLS AND CERTAINLY THAT HELPED THEM IN THOSE HOUSE RACES. THEY RECRUITED A NUMBER OF WOMEN TO RUN ON THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TICKET. WE TALKED ABOUT THOSE STATES EARLIER HOW THEY'RE TAKING BACK THE HOUSE, VIRGINIA, PENNSYLVANIA, SOME WOMEN RECRUITS IN ORDER TO DO THAT, ALL PART OF THIS PLAN BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THAT ED O'KEEFE KNOWS A GREAT DEAL ABOUT. ED? >> IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, WE'VE HIT 23? >> YES. IT JUST PUT THEM OVER THE TOP. >> A SEAT JUST NORTH OF HERE IN NEW YORK, SEVERAL OF OUR COLLEAGUES MAY HAVE SECOND HOMES IN THE HUDSON VALLEY, THE 19th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT. THE REPUBLICAN IS JOHN FOSSO, A LONG TIME POLITICAL FIGURE IN UPSTATE NEW YORK. HE'S OLD ENOUGH TO HAVE BEEN MY ASSEMBLYMAN BACK IN THE DAY WHEN I WAS IN ALBANY. ANTONIO DELGADO IS THE DEMOCRAT WHO WINS THIS SEAT. HE'S A FORMER RAPPER AND ALSO A FORMER ROTE SCHOLAR WHO MOVED INTO THE DISTRICT AND CLEAR CANNED A FIELD OF 12 OTHER DEMOCRATS AND PULLED IT OFF TONIGHT. A GOOD EXAMPLE OF A SWING DISTRICT THAT WE CAN SAY IS THE 23rd SEAT GIVING THE DEMOCRATS THE MAJORITY. >> AND SOMEONE PORTRAYED BY REPUBLICANS IN SOME ADS AT LEAST AS AN OUTSIDER, A RAPPER. >> THEY WERE CALLING OUT LYRICS FROM HIS MUSIC THAT THEY CONSIDERED RACY. THERE WAS SOME SUGGESTION HE SYMPATHIZED WITH IRAQI LEADERS DURING THE IRAQ WAR. >> HE IS THE ONE TO PUT THEM OVER THE TOP. >> NANCY, WHAT'S HAPPENING IN NEW YORK 27, THE CHRIS COLLINS DISTRICT? >> THIS IS THE GUY THAT WAS INDICTED, A GOOD FRIEND OF THE PRESIDENT, THE BUFFALO AREA AND IT'S TOO CLOSE TO CALL. HE IS ONE OF TWO INDICTED REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMEN ON THE BALLOT TONIGHT. FOLKS IN CALIFORNIA ARE FAMILIAR WITH DUNCAN HUNTER FROM THE 50th DISTRICT WHO ALSO FACES FEDERAL CHARGES FOR MISUSING HIS CAMPAIGN FUNDS, BUT IF CHRIS COLLINS IS IN TROUBLE, A SIGN PERHAPS INCUMBENTS UNDER INDICTMENT MAY BE UNDER THE WRATH OF VOTERS. >> DUNCAN SAID IT WAS HIS WIFE MISMANAGING THE MONEY. >> HE THREW HER UNDER THE BUS. A LOT OF WIVES DIDN'T LIKE THAT AND NEITHER DID A LOT OF MAN, A BETTER WAY TO HANDLE THAT. I'M NOT POINTING AT YOU. >> OKAY. >> IF I COULD GO BACK TO YOUR LADIES NIGHT BECAUSE I THINK A LOT OF GOVERNORS WOULD SAY HEY, THERE ARE A LOT OF LADIES HERE WHO WANT TO BE TALKED ABOUT AS WELL. TWO NEW RACES WE CAN CALL, NEW MEXICO GOING TO A FEMALE, MICHELLE GRISHAM. ALSO OREGON, KATE BROWN, THE INCUMBENT, THE FIRST LGBTQ GOVERNOR OF THE STATE AS WELL. SO BOTH WE CAN CALL AS WINNING TONIGHT. >> ALL PART OF THE CHANGING FACE OF POLITICS IN AMERICA. WHEN WE COME BACK, WE'LL TALK ABOUT SOME WOMEN RUNNING IN THE SENATE IN THE NEVADA SENATE RACE AND ALSO IN ARIZONA WHERE TWO WOMEN ARE RUNNING AGAINST ONE ANOTHER. THOSE RESULTS COMING UP RIGHT AFTER THE BREAK. E BREAK. >>> ARIZONA IS SENDING A WOMAN TO THE SENATE FOR THE FIRST TIME, MARTHA McSALLY FACES DEMOCRAT KYRSTEN SINEMA WHO HOPES TO BECOME THE FIRST WOMAN TO BE ELECTED IN 30 YEARS IN ARIZONA. PAULA REID IS IN SCOTTSDALE TONIGHT. PAULA? >> Reporter: THE RACE CONTINUES TO BE AIRTIGHT HERE IN ARIZONA AS WE WAIT TO SEE WHO VOTERS ARE GOING TO SEND TO THE SENATE AS THE FIRST FEMALE SENATOR FROM ARIZONA. NOW TONIGHT WE ARE AT THE ELECTION NIGHT PARTY FOR MARTHA McSALLY, THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE, BUT THE CROWD IS STARTING TO THIN A LITTLE BIT HERE. WE TALKED TO SOME OF HER SUPPORTERS AND WE MAY NOT GET AN ANSWER TONIGHT. ONE OF THE REASONS IS THERE ARE STILL NEARLY 1 MILLION OUTSTANDING EARLY BALLOTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN RETURNED. WELL, NOT ALL OF THEM WILL BE SUBMITTED. WE WILL NOT FIND OUT HOW MANY WERE SUBMITTED UNTIL THURSDAY AT 5 P.M. AND OFFICIALS ARE TELLING THE CROWD HERE IT'S LIKELY WE WON'T GET AN ANSWER TONIGHT ABOUT WHO WON THIS COVETS SENATE SEAT AND THEY MAY HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER TWO DAYS. >> FASCINATING TO HEAR THAT BECAUSE IT'S SUCH A CLOSE RACE AND MANY PEOPLE WANT TO HEAR THE RESULTS THERE, BUT IT MAY TAKE SOME TIME IN ARIZONA. >> ANTHONY SALVANTO, WE HAVE TO WAIT TWO DAYS TO HEAR A RESULT IN ARIZONA? >> WE MIGHT. THEY MAY NOT COUNT ABOUT 20% OF THE VOTE TONIGHT. IF IT'S AS CLOSE AS IT IS, WE MAY JUST HAVE TO WAIT. LOOK, ARIZONA IS A HEAVILY VOTE BY MAIL, VOTE BY ABSENTEE STATE. SOME OF THOSE BALLOTS WILL STILL COME IN AND ONE BIG COUNTY, MARICOPA, UNTIL WE SEE ALL THAT WE MAY NOT KNOW WHO WON THIS ONE. >> WE'LL ALSO BE WAITING UNTIL AT LEAST TOMORROW ON POTENTIALLY? >> I DON'T KNOW ABOUT TOMORROW, BUT FLORIDA SENATE IS SEPARATED BY LESS THAN A POINT. WE'VE GOT A LITTLE FINDING OUT TO DO, HOW MANY VOTES ARE LEFT TO COUNT IN SOME OF THE BIG COUNTIES LIKE MIAMI-DADE, LIKE BROWARD. THOSE ARE PLACES WHERE I THINK NELSON PROBABLY WANTED TO DO A BIT BETTER. HE'S GETTING AROUND 60, 61%, PROBABLY NEEDED 63 OR 64 IN A RACE LIKE THIS AND THAT I THINK SOUNDS LIKE IT'S TIGHT. IT IS TIGHT. IT'S JUST A FEW VOTES, BUT THAT'S WHY WE CAN'T PROJECT THINGS RIGHT NOW. >> DIVE INTO THE EXIT POLLS, ANTHONY. NELSON IS UNDERPERFORMING AMONG SENIORS. WHY HASN'T HE WRAPPED UP THIS RACE? >> Reporter: THERE'S ALSO WHAT WE THINK IS NOT AS MUCH OF A SHIFT TOWARDS HIM AS THERE WAS IN THOSE HOUSE RACES FOR THOSE HOUSE CANDIDATES. >> WHEN WE COME BACK, MORE ON THE SENATE RACES IN THE WEST. E. . >> CBS NEWS HONORED WITH SIX EMMY AWARDS, ORIGINAL REPORTING. CBS NEWS, HONORED WITH SIX EMMY AWARDS, MORE THAN ANY OTHER TELEVISION NEWS NETWORK, CBS NEWS, ORIGINAL REPORTING AT ITS BEST. >> THIS IS EXTRAORDINARY. >> THIS IS IMPORTANT. >> THIS IS AN ISSUE OF NATIONAL SECURITY. >> THIS IS SURE TO BE A HIGH STAKES HEARING. >> THIS IS SOME OF THE WORST OF FLORENCE. >> THIS IS HOME. >> YEAH, THIS IS HOME. >>> SOME OF OUR CBS STATIONS WILL BE LEAVING US A FEW MINUTES TO REPORT MORE ON LOCAL ELECTION RETURNS. FOR THOSE OF YOU STAYING WITH US WE'RE GOING TO BE RIGHT BACK. LL BE RIGHT BACK. QUESTION. GOOD EVENING. I'M ELAINE QUIJANO WITH CBSN AND THIS IS THE CBS NEWS ELECTION NIGHT UPDATE. WITH WHEN HE IS CBS POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR AND REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST LESLIE SANCHEZ AND LYNDA TRAN IS A CBSN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR AND DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST. LYNDA, CBS HAS PROJECTED DEMOCRATS WILL TAKE OVER CONTROL OF THE HOUSE. HOW WILL THAT SHAPE CONGRESS? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP? >> THIS IS A MOMENT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN WAITING WITH BAITED BREATH FOR. WE CAN DEFINITELY ANTICIPATE A LOT OF THE ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES WILL NOW MOVE FORWARD. EXPECT SOME INVESTIGATIONS AND SOME WORK LOOKING INTO THE INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE AND MAYBE THEY'LL WORK WITH THE WHITE HOUSE ON SOMETHING ALONG THOSE LINES. >> WHAT ABOUT REPUBLICANS AND WHAT DOES LOSING CONTROL OF THE HOUSE MEAN FOR THEM, LESLIE? >> YOU HAVE A LOT OF RETIREMENTS BECAUSE THEY KNEW THEY WERE HEADING INTO A HEADWIND THAT WAS BOTH CULTURAL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND VERY MUCH A TRUMP WAVE IN TERMS OF PERSONALITY. I THINK YOU HAD A LOT OF MEMBERS FEEL THIS WAS JUST NOT AS MUCH FUN AS IT USED TO BE AS THEY TOLD ME HEADING FOR THE DOORS. IT'S A CHANGING DYNAMIC. THE QUESTION IS WHAT ARE THE AREAS OF COMPROMISE? CAN THE PRESIDENT MOVE FORWARD WITH COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM LIKE THEY'VE TALKED ABOUT, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT LIKE NIXON TO CHINA. IT'S SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT DOES HAVE THE POLITICAL CAPITAL TO DO IF THE DEMOCRATS ARE INCLINED TO DO THAT. WE'LL CONTINUE TO SEE THE PRESSURE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE TO MOVE ON ECONOMIC REFORMS, TAX REFORMS, BUILDING THE WALL. IT'S JUST A QUESTION WHERE THERE'S GOING TO BE COMPROMISE. >> LYNDA, THERE HAD BEEN TALK FOR MONTHS OF A POSSIBLE BLUE WAVE BY DEMOCRATS. WAS THERE A BLUE WAVE TONIGHT? >> IT DEPENDS HOW YOU LOOK AT IT. IF YOU THINK ABOUT HOW GERRYMANDERED THE MAPS HAVE BEEN AND THE FACT THAT THE WAY THINGS WERE SET UP REPUBLICANS HAD A BUILT-IN ADVANTAGE HEADING INTO THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS, THE FACT DEMOCRATS WERE ABLE TO WIN THE HOUSE IS A MASSIVE SHIFT. IN ORDER TO DO THAT, DEMOCRATS HAD TO REALLY TRANSFORM THE ELECTORATE IN A WAY YOU WOULDN'T NORMALLY EXPECT DURING A MIDTERM. MIDTERMS ARE USUALLY WHITER, OLDER, MORE MALE AND WE SAW MANY PEOPLE VOTING FOR THE FIRST TIME, ABSOLUTELY A WAVE FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE. >> PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED, "TREMENDOUS SUCCESS TONIGHT. THANK YOU TO ALL." WAS IT A GOOD NIGHT FOR THE PRESIDENT? >> IT IS BECAUSE YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT A BLUE TRICKLE MORE THAN A WAVE, BUT I THINK THERE'S SOME POSITIVE ONS WE AGREE ON. THE NUMBER OF WOMEN IS NOT — POSITIVES WE AGREE ON. THE NUMBER OF WOMEN IS NOT IMPERATIVE, BUT THEY CAN START TO HAVE AN IMPRINT ON WHAT THE IN THAT RESPECT I THINK WOMEN WIN TONIGHT. THE PRESIDENT WAS ABLE TO HOLD THE LINE ON SOME BASICALLY COMPETITIVE STATES THAT WERE WITH HIM IN 2016. HE'S PROVING WHAT HE WAS SAYING BEFORE. IF YOU RAN ON THE TRUMP MESSAGE AND TRUMP AGENDA, YOU ARE GOING TO WIN. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE NOW RETURN TO CBS NEWS' MIDTERM ELECTION COVERAGE. COVERAGE. >> CBS NEWS HONORED WITH SIX EMMY AWARDS, MORE THAN ANY OTHER TELEVISION NEWS NETWORK, CBS NEWS, ORIGINAL REPORTING AT ITS BEST. . >> THE SENATE RACE IN N >>> THE SENATE RACE IN NEVADA PITS INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN DEAN HELLER AGAINST JACKY ROSEN, A FIRST TERM MEMBER OF THE HOUSE. NEVADA IS A BATTLEGROUND STATE WON BY HILLARY CLINTON IN 2016 AND RIGHT NOW WE ARE CALLING THAT RACE A TOSSUP. JAMIE YUCCAS IS AT ROSEN HEADQUARTERS IN LAS VEGAS AND DEMOCRATS SAYING THEY HAVE ONE OF THE STRONGEST GET OUT THE VOTE OPERATIONS EVER IN THAT STATE. DO THEY THINK THEY WERE ABLE TO PULL IT OUT? >> Reporter: AS WE TALKED TO PEOPLE HERE IN THE CROWD, THEY TOLD ME THEY WERE STILL TAKING PEOPLE TO THE POLLS MINUTES BEFORE THE POLLS CLOSED. HERE IN NEVADA PEOPLE ACTUALLY ONCE CLOSING TIME HAPPENS IF THEY'RE IN LINE, THEY STILL GET TO CAST A VOTE. DEMOCRATS HERE ARE VERY ANTSY. THEY'RE EXCITED EVERY TIME A HOUSE RACE COMES UP AND THEY SEE THE DEMOCRATS ARE TAKING OVER THE MAJORITY. THEY'RE GETTING VERY EXCITED. THEY HAVE A SPEAKER THAT TOOK THE STAGE. THEY'RE WATCHING THEIR OWN HOUSE RACES HERE, ALSO. THERE ARE FOUR OF THEM. ONE OF THEM IS IN A VERY REPUBLICAN LEANING DISTRICT, ONE IN A VERY DEMOCRAT LEANING DISTRICT. THE OTHER TWO ARE UP FOR GRABS OF ONE, OF COURSE, IS JACKIE ROSEN'S — JACKY ROSEN'S SEAT BECAUSE SHE RAN FOR THE SENATE. WE KNOW DEAN HELLER BROUGHT OUT PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP WHICH IS INTERESTING BECAUSE JUST THREE YEARS AGO HE RETURNED A CAMPAIGN DONATION TO THE PRESIDENT, SAID HE DIDN'T LINE UP WITH THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT BECAME AN ISSUE MANY PEOPLE DEBATED HERE AND HE FLIP- FLOPPED ON THAT ISSUE AT ONE POINT INITIALLY SAYING HE WOULD NOT VOTE TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND THEN WENT IN LOCK STEP WITH THE PRESIDENT. THAT REALLY IRKED SOME VOTERS IN NEVADA WE SPOKE TO WHO SAID THEY SPECIFICALLY CAME OUT TO VOTE ABOUT HEALTHCARE AND THE AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE ACT BECAUSE ABOUT 400,000 NEVADANS WERE ABLE TO BE INSURED BECAUSE OF THAT ACT. NOW THE OTHER RACE THAT THESE DEMOCRATS ARE WATCHING TONIGHT IS THE GOVERNORS RACE. THERE WILL BE A NEW GOVERNOR THE FIRST TIME IN EIGHT YEARS. IF A DEMOCRAT WINS, IT WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME A DEMOCRAT WAS IN THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE IN THE LAST 20 YEARS. >> JAMIE YUCCAS THERE IN NEVADA AS WE AWAIT RESULTS. LET'S GO NOW TO JEFF GLOR WHO HAS MORE ON SOME OF THE RACES WE HAVE NOT YET BEEN ABLE TO CALL AND WHY. >> ANTHONY SALVANTO IS HERE. THE GEORGIA GOVERNORS RACE HAS GOTTEN SO MUCH ATTENTION, STACEY ABRAMS, BRIAN KEMP, 99% REPORTING. WHY HAVE WE NOT CALLED THIS RACE YET? >> BECAUSE IT'S KEMP AGAINST 50% AND SOME OF OUR MODELS HAVE HIM BELOW 50%. THAT'S THE THRESHOLD A CANDIDATE HAS TO GET TO AVOID A RUNOFF. IT'S NOT LIKELY ABRAMS CAN CATCH KEMP. IT'S JUST A QUESTION ONCE THE VOTES ARE COUNTED WHETHER HE CLEARS THAT 50 BAR. >> ONE CANDIDATE HAS TO HIT 50% OR IT'S AUTOMATICALLY A RUNOFF. THE GEORGIA 6th DISTRICT, AN EXTRAORDINARILY EXPENSIVE HOUSE RACE BETWEEN THE SPECIAL ELECTION AND THIS ONE, MORE EXPENSIVE THAN MANY SENATE RACES, $80 MILLION. WHY IS THAT? THERE'S 100% OF THE VOTE REPORTED IN, CLOSE TO IT? >> A COUPLE HUNDRED VOTES IS NOT A RACE I'M INCLINED TO CALL RIGHT AWAY. I MEAN THAT'S JUST A QUESTION OF MAYBE A COUNTY PUTS A DIGIT SOMEPLACE AND WE JUST GOT TO DOUBLE CHECK THAT, BUT LOOK. THIS IS OBVIOUSLY A TIGHT RACE, TIGHTER THAN A LOT OF US THOUGHT, BUT IT'S TYPICAL IN THIS REGARD. THESE ARE THE SUBURBS OF ATLANTA. THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT SUBURBAN DISTRICTS THAT THE DEMOCRATS FLIPPED ONE AFTER ANOTHER TO MAKE THEIR MAJORITY. SO IN SOME RESPECTS NOT SURPRISING. >> WE KNEW THE GEORGIA 6th WAS GOING TO BE TIGHT. WE WEREN'T EXPECTING GEORGIA 7th NECESSARILY TO BE THIS CLOSE. WHY IS THAT A TOSSUP RIGHT NOW? >> NOT NECESSARILY, BUT WE DO WANT TO LOOK MORE WIDELY AT ALL THESE. THIS IS TYPICAL OF THE KIND OF RACE AGAIN WHERE YOU GET A LITTLE OUTSIDE THE CITIES. YOU GET TO SUBURBAN AREAS AND AREAS WHERE A LOT OF THE WOMEN'S VOTE HAS SWUNG TOWARDS THE DEMOCRATS. ANY PLACE THAT'S HAPPENED IS A PLACE WHERE WE'VE GOT CONTESTS THAT EVEN IF THE DEMOCRATS DON'T PICK UP, THEY'VE BECOME TIGHTER. WE'VE SEEN THAT IN A BUNCH OF PLACES, EVEN IN IOWA, IOWA 1st, IOWA 2nd, EASTERN IOWA. >> WE DIDN'T EXPECT IT TO BE AS CLOSE AS IT WAS IN GEORGIA OF THE CANDIDATES. THAT'S WHY YOU WEREN'T SEEING THEM THERE. AGAIN, THIS IS WHY WE STAY FLEXIBLE ON ELECTION NIGHTS. WHY DON'T WE WALK BACK TO THE TABLE HERE. WE HAVE SOME NEW NUMBERS FROM ANTHONY MASON ON SOME EXIT POLLING HERE? >> WE DO INDEED. ANTHONY? >> THERE HE IS. TAKE IT AWAY, PLEASE. >> I'LL WALK OVER HERE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S INTERESTING HERE IS LOOKING AT INDEPENDENT VOTERS WHICH WERE ALWAYS SORT OF A BAROMETER OF WHICH WAY THESE MIDTERM ELECTIONS SWING. IF YOU GO BACK TO 2006, THE DEMOCRATS WON 57% OF INDEPENDENT VOTERS BACK IN 2006 AND PICKED UP 31 SEATS THEN. YOU GO FOUR YEARS FORWARD AND THE REPUBLICANS CARRIED INDEPENDENT VOTERS AND HAD HUGE GAINS THAT YEAR, OVER 60 SEATS. THAT'S WHY EVERYBODY WAS LOOKING AT INDEPENDENTS VERY CLOSELY THIS TIME AROUND AND THE DEMOCRATS HAVE CARRIED INDEPENDENT VOTERS GOING INTO THIS 54% UP TO THIS POINT. THAT'S A BIG REASON WHY THE DEMOCRATS MADE GAINS ON THE HOUSE. >> ED O'KEEFE, CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE INDEPENDENTS BREAKING DEMOCRATIC THIS YEAR AND WHAT KIND OF CHANGE THAT HAS MADE? >> THAT'S WHY YOU SEE THE BIG CONVERSATION OF DEMOCRATS TO AVOID TALKING ABOUT IMPEACHMENT. THE ARGUMENT IS YOU CAN BE AGAINST THE PRESIDENT AS MUCH AS YOU WANT. YOU'VE GOT TO PROVE TO VOTERS YOU'RE FOR SOMETHING. YOU'VE SEEN BIG DISCUSSION ABOUT HEALTHCARE AND FINDING WAYS TO WORK WITH REPUBLICANS ON THINGS LIKE INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING AND PROMISING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR A PRESIDENT THAT ISN'T POPULAR WITH DEMOCRATIC VOTERS. THAT'S WHY YOU'RE SEEING THE SUBURBAN DISTRICTS JUST OUTSIDE BIG CITIES AND WHY THERE'S BEEN REAL RELUCTANCE AMONG DEMOCRATIC LEADERS TO TALK ABOUT THINGS LIKE IMPEACHING THE PRESIDENT AND GOING AFTER HIM BECAUSE THEY KNOW INDEPENDENTS, AS ANTHONY JUST SHOWED US, SWING BACK AND FORTH BECAUSE THEY WANT TO KNOW THEY'RE VOTING FOR SOMEBODY WHO WILL ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING. DEMOCRATS IT AMOUNTS HAVE MADE A PRETTY EFFECTIVE ARGUMENT DOING THAT TONIGHT. >> IN THOSE SUBURBS? >> YEAH. YOU LOOK AT GEORGIA 6 AND 7 AND KANSAS 3 IN TOPEKA, A SEAT DEMOCRATS REALIZED QUICKLY WAS POTENTIALLY THEIRS BECAUSE THERE WERE CONCERNS THERE ABOUT REPUBLICANS GENERALLY NOT ONLY IN WASHINGTON BUT AT THE STATE LEVEL. THEY WERE ABLE TO WIN ENOUGH INDEPENDENTS THERE. ILLINOIS, LONG TIME REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN PETE ROSKAM KNOCKED OFF BY DEMOCRAT SHAWN KASTEN, GOOD EXAMPLE OF DEMOCRATS MAKING AN APPEAL TO INDEPENDENTS. >> ED, QUICKLY WHAT IS HAPPENING IN GEORGIA 7? >> YOU KNOW, I THINK AT THE END OF THE DAY WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS, ROD WOODALL IS A LONG TIME HOUSE REPUBLICAN THERE. JUST GIVEN THOSE COUNTIES THAT RING ATLANTA, THAT'S UNDOUBTEDLY TONIGHT WHERE STACEY ABRAMS WILL HAVE DRAWN OUT A LOT OF VOTERS. EVEN IF SHE DIDN'T WIN STATEWIDE, SHE WILL HAVE HELPED TO BRING OUT INDEPENDENTS. SIMILAR TO SOUTH FLORIDA WHERE ANDREW GILLUM DIDN'T WIN, BUT DEMOCRATS PICKED UP TWO SEATS AND AGAIN IN KANSAS WHERE THE DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE WON AND DEMOCRATS MIRACULOUSLY WON TWO SEATS AGAIN IN KANSAS, A STATE THEY HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO DO THAT IN IN SEVERAL CYCLES. >> ED O'KEEFE, THANK YOU. JOINING US NOW IS BEN DOMENECH, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER OF THE FEDERALIST. YOU'VE LOOKED AT ALL THESE RESULTS WE'VE BEEN CALLING. YOUR TAKE? >> THE STORY OF THIS ELECTION IS DEMOCRATS GOT A LOT OF CANDIDATES THAT THEY WANTED AND SEVERAL LOST AND REPUBLICANS GOT SORT OF THE COALITION THEY DIDN'T WANT AND SEVERAL OF THEM HAVE WON. I THINK THAT'S SURPRISING TO A LOT OF SORT OF NATIONAL REPUBLICANS WHO HAD WRITTEN OFF A LOT OF THESE CANDIDATES IN SITUATIONS I THINK PARTICULARLY SURPRISING TO LOOK AT A STATE LIKE OHIO WHERE MIKE DEWINE IS TAKING THE GOVRNORSHIP. THAT'S NOT ONE I THINK A LOT OF REPUBLICANS NATIONALLY EXPECTED. RON DeSANTIS WAS THOUGHT TO BE RUNNING WELL BEHIND AND OBVIOUSLY IN TERMS OF POLLING DATA HE HAD ONLY LED IN ONE POLL IN THE LAST MONTH AND A HALF. >> AND HE WON. >> HE WON. >> I THINK THAT WE HAVE A REAL PROBLEM STILL WITH IDENTIFYING SOME OF THESE VOTERS IN PLACES LIKE THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE WHO CAME OUT FOR DeSANTIS EVEN AFTER THIS HAD BEEN A CAMPAIGN WHERE, FRANKLY, ANDREW GILLUM ú CIRCLES IN WASHINGTON AS BEING A POTENTIAL CANDIDATE IN 2020. HE'S A VERY CHARISMATIC GUY, BROUGHT OUT A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE, BUT THAT ULTIMATELY WASN'T ENOUGH TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. >> BY WE YOU MEAN ANALYSTS HAS TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING. >> YEAH. >> TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK A VICTORY OF DeSANTIS WHO ALIGNED HIMSELF WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP VERY STRONGLY, WHEREAS COREY STEWART DIDN'T DO VERY WELL AT ALL AGAINST TIM KAINE. WHAT MESSAGES ARE REPUBLICANS TAKING FROM THE SUCCESSES OF SOMEBODY LIKE DeSANTIS IN A PURPLE STATE? >> WE ARE WAKING UP TO A REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT IS DECIDEDLY MORE TRUMPIAN THAN THE ONE THAT WAS YESTERDAY AND THAT'S NOT JUST WITH THE ABSENCE OF PAUL RYAN AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO HAS RETIRED THE PAST COUPLE YEARS. LOOK, THE TRUTH IS THAT THIS IS A SITUATION WHERE REPUBLICAN MODERATES ARE GETTING CREAMED. ALL OF THESE SUBURBAN REPUBLICAN MODERATES WHO HAD BEEN AT ODDS WITH THE PRESIDENT INCLUDING SEVERAL WHO HAD BEEN OPENLY CRITICAL OF HIM IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, THEY'RE LEAVING. YOU END UP WITH A REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT IS GOING TO BE MORE TRUMPIAN, THAT IS GOING TO BE MORE OWNED BY HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND THAT HAS FOLKS WHO, AS YOU SAY, KIND OF SIDLED UP VERY CLOSELY TO HIM AND PEOPLE LIKE DeSANTIS, BRIAN KEMP AND OTHERS AND THEY WILL VIEW THIS AS AN INDICATING MOMENT. >> I REALLY WANT TO PICK UP ON SOMETHING YOU JUST SAID, MORE TRUMPIAN. HELP US UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS. WHEN JAMELLE WAS JUST HERE, HE USED A TERM RACIAL DEMAGOGUERY. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE AND I MEAN PEOPLE OF COLOR IN THIS COUNTRY, I THINK THOSE WORDS RESONATE WITH THEM. WHEN YOU SAY MORE TRUMPIAN, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU? >> A COUPLE DIFFERENT THINGS. FIRST OFF THE PEOPLE WHO HAD PUSHED BACK INTERNALLY AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP'S TRADE POLICIES AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE, THERE WILL BE FEWER OF THEM IN WASHINGTON COME JANUARY. IN ADDITION, I THINK WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE RACIAL DEMAGOGUERY THING, I'LL BE INTERESTED TO SEE WHAT PERCENTAGE OF HISPANICS ARE WON BY DeSANTIS AND RICK SCOTT IN FLORIDA BECAUSE IT HAS TO BE JUST GIVEN THE METRICS THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT TODAY, IT'S GOING TO BE A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER. IF THEY TAKE THE LESSON AWAY, WE CAN SAY ALL THESE DIFFERENT THINGS AND ALIGN OURSELF WITH THE PRESIDENT. WE JUST HAVE TO DO THE WORK IN THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY TO MAKE SURE WE STILL WIN 35 TO 40% AND HAVE SUCCESS. >> WE HAVE VERY INTERESTING NUMBERS ON HISPANIC VOTING. WE CAN COME BACK TO BEN, BUT, ED, YOU'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THAT ALREADY. >> YEAH. BOTH OF THEM, RICK SCOTT AND RON DeSANTIS, SEEM TO HAVE HIT INTO THE 40s WITH HISPANICS. THAT'S HUGE. IF A DEMOCRAT IS GOING TO WIN STATEWIDE IN FLORIDA, THEY'VE GOT TO BE HITTING THE 60s, THE 70s AND IT SEEMS WHAT REPUBLICANS WERE ABLE TO DO WAS RALLY THE MORE CONSERVATIVE, MOSTLY CUBAN AMERICAN VOTERS IN MIAMI-DADE AND BROWARD COUNTIES TO IF NOT OVERWHELMINGLY VOTE FOR SCOTT, AT LEAST ENOUGH OF THEM DID. THE LAST EIGHT YEARS AS GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT HAS LEARNED SPANISH EVEN THOUGH IT WASN'T A NATIVE TONGUE FOR HIM. HE APPEARS FREQUENTLY ON SPANISH LANGUAGE TELEVISION AND ON THE RADIO. HE IS A KNOWN COMMODITY AND LATINO CONSULTANTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND BOTH PARTIES WILL TELL YOU, YOU HAVE TO SHOW UP AND SNOW RESPECT AND DEFERENCE EARLY, NOT JUST IN THE CLOSING WEEK. I THINK DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WILL LEARN FROM THAT. >> ED, DO YOU KNOW HOW ANDREW GILLUM DID WITH HISPANIC VOTERS? >> LAST I HAD CHECKED, GAYLE, HE WAS ONLY IN THE 50s AND THAT'S NOT ENOUGH IN ANY BIG STATE. IT SPEAKS TO A POTENTIAL PROBLEM AGAIN THAT THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF FLORIDA HAS HAD IN SEVERAL CYCLES. THERE WERE LATINO CONSULTANTS SAYING DEMOCRATS ARE NOT DOING ENOUGH EARLY ENOUGH IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. WE MAY SEE THE SAME PROBLEM TONIGHT IN ARIZONA AS WELL. >> GILLUM IN OUR LATEST NUMBERS ARE 56% OF THE HISPANIC VOTE WHICH IS UNDERPERFORMING AND THIS WAS ONE OF THE KEY VOTES INDEED IN TERMS OF THE HISPANIC VOTE. I TALKED TO A REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST SUNDAY THAT SAID WELL, I DON'T THINK DeSANTIS WOULD HAVE TO OUTPERFORM RUBIO AND I DON'T THINK THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN AND HE DID. HE DID. >> THAT'S TELLING BECAUSE THE FUTURE THAT D.C. REPUBLICANS WANTED FOR THE REPUBLICANPARTY WAS MARCO RUBIO, NOT RON DeSANTIS. >> BUT THE WAY THE PRESIDENT HAS USED IMMIGRATION, IT'S A VALUES ISSUE THAT TOUCHES ON LOTS OF OTHER THINGS. >> YES. >> SO THAT'S PART OF BACK TO GAYLE'S QUESTION SOME OF THE ENERGY THAT THE PRESIDENT GETS BY TALKING ABOUT IMMIGRATION REALLY HAS TO DO WITH WHITE IDENTITY AND THOSE KINDS OF ISSUES. >> HE MADE A CALCULATED DECISION THAT AFTER ALL THE RETIREMENTS THAT THEY SAW LAST YEAR THAT THE HOUSE WAS GOING TO BE EFFECTIVELY OUT OF REACH, THAT THIS WAS ALSO SOMETHING, PRESIDENT DIDN'T PARTICULARLY CARE THAT MUCH. THIS NEXT YEAR WILL BE ABOUT INVESTIGATIONS AND CONFIRMATIONS. THEY'LL HAVE CONFIRMATIONS PUSHED THROUGH THE SENATE THAT HE CARES ABOUT AND USES AS A METRIC OF SUCCESS AND INVESTIGATIONS THE DEMOCRATS WILL USE. >> YOU TALKED ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS MORE TRUMPIAN. DOES THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY LOOK MORE PELOSI? YOU HAVE JERRY NADLER IN CHARGE OF INVESTIGATIONS. YOU HAVE MAX SEEN MAXINE WATERS IN CHARGE OF DEMOCRATIC SERVICES. THEY'RE PERHAPS NOT GOING TO BE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE BASE. >> THE OTHER ISSUE IS YOU'LL HAVE A LOT OF YOUNG WOMEN ELECTED TO THE CONGRESS TODAY THAT ARE, FRANKLY, NOT AS LOYAL TO THE OLD GUARD OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT. IF YOU'RE A CANDIDATE RAISING MONEY DIRECTLY, YOU DON'T NECESSARILY CREDIT NANCY PELOSI FOR THAT AND I THINK THERE'S GOING TO BE AN INTEREST IN HAVING REPRESENTATION IN A DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP FROM THIS YOUNGER GENERATION OF RIVALS. >> WE'LL HAVE MUCH MORE TO DISCUSS RIGHT HERE AS THE RESULTS STILL CONTINUE TO ROLL IN HERE. WE'LL CONTINUE OUR CBS NEWS ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE RIGHT AFTER THIS. >> THERE IS A UNIQUE POWER IN TRUTH. >> WHAT'S YOUR MESSAGE TO THE PEOPLE THAT COULD DO SOMETHING? >> AND WHETHER THE STORY IS AROUND THE GLOBE, ACROSS THE NATION OR DOWN THE STREET, WE'LL FINE IT. >> IT AMAZES ME YOU SEE YOUR HOUSE DESTROYED AND WENT RIGHT BACK TO WORK. >> I WOULD MUCH RATHER BE OUT THERE HELPING. >> BECAUSE EVERY EVENING WE WANT TO PUT THE POWER IN YOUR HANDS, THE CBS EVENING NEWS WITH JEFF GLOR, ORIGINAL REPORTING. >>> SOME OF YOU ARE JUST JOINING US AFTER THE LATE SHOW. WELCOME BACK TO THE ELECTION NIGHT RIGHT HERE ON CBS. I WANT TO SHOW YOU SOME OF THE LATEST RESULTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY. A SENATE RACE WE WON'T KNOW THE RESULTS OF TONIGHT IS MISSISSIPPI. THIS IS GOING TO BE A HISTORIC ELECTION. MIKE ESPY MIGHT LOOK FAMILIAR. HE WAS AGRICULTURE SECRETARY UNDER BILL CLINTON AND NOW IS HE VYING TO BECOME THE FIRST BLACK REPUBLICAN ELECTED TO MISSISSIPPI SINCE RECONSTRUCTION, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE IT WILL HEAD TO A RUNOFF BETWEEN HIM AND THE CURRENT SENATOR CINDY HYDE SMITH. LET'S LOOK AT ARIZONA. THAT RACE, BOY, AWFULLY TIGHT, STILL WAITING FOR A LOT OF THE VOTE TO COME IN THERE IN ARIZONA WHICH WILL SEND THE FIRST WOMAN TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE FROM THERE, TWO WOMEN BOTH IRONMAN TRIATHLETES, SUPERSTARS, STRONG BASES, ONE TO WATCH AND AS PAULA REID HAS REPORTED FROM ARIZONA, IT MAY TAKE A COUPLE DAYS BEFORE THAT VOTE IS FULLY IN FOR MARICOPA COUNTY AND IN MAINE SENATOR ANGUS KING IS EXPECTED TO WIN REELECTION TO THE SENATE. NEVADA, LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT THAT BECAUSE JACKY ROSEN IS IN A TOSSUP RACE AT THIS POINT WITH INCUMBENT SENATOR DEAN HELLER WHO IS CONSIDERED THE MOST VULNERABLE REPUBLICAN IN THE U.S. SENATE. SHE CALLED HIM SENATOR SPINELESS FOR HIS SWITCHING OF POSITIONS THERE AND DEMOCRATS ARE SAYING THEY WERE ABLE TO GET OUT THE VOTE, BUT IT'S STILL A TOSSUP AT THIS HOUR ACCORDING TO CBS' NEWS CURRENT ESTIMATE. MAJOR GARRETT IS AT THE WHITE HOUSE AND, MAJOR, WHAT'S THE PRESIDENT BEEN DOING ALL NIGHT? >> Reporter: MAKING LOTS OF PHONE CALLS. ANYONE WHO COVERS THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY KNOWS PRESIDENT TRUMP LOVES TO WORK THE PHONES LEGISLATIVELY, POLITICALLY AND JUST TO GATHER INFORMATION. WE TALKED ABOUT THE CALL TO INCOMING LIKELY SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI AND ALSO ALKED TO THE MAJORITY LEADER OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE MITCH McCONNELL NOW WITH A FORTIFIED REPUBLICAN MAJORITY. HE CALLED THE SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER AND SOME OF THE VICTORIOUS REPUBLICANS ON WHOSE BEHALF THE PRESIDENT CAMPAIGNED, BRIAN KEMP IN GEORGIA, RON DeSANTIS IN FLORIDA, TWO GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES, JOSH HAWLEY, THE SENATE VICTOR IN MISSOURI, MR. KRAMER IN NORTH DAKOTA AND ALSO RICK SCOTT IN FLORIDA, THOUGH WE HAVE NOT CALLED THAT RACE. THE PRESIDENT HAS CALLED RICK SCOTT TO OFFER HIS CONGRATULATIONS, ALL OF THAT PART OF WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE CONSIDERS TO BE A NET POSITIVE MIDTERM ELECTION OUTCOME FOR THOSE WHO ALIGN THEMSELVES WITH THE TRUMP MESSAGE. THE WHITE HOUSE WOULD SAY THOSE WHO DID THAT WERE MORE LIKELIER LIKELY THAN NOT TO WIN AND — LIKELY THAN NOT TO WIN. POLITI. >> ALL >> MAJOR GARRETT ON THE PRESIDENT PHONING UP THE STORM, TWEETING UP THE STORM. TOMORROW I THINK WE'LL HEAR HIM TALKING UP A STORM ABOUT THESE RESULTS. WE'LL HAVE MUCH MORE AHEAD RIGHT AFTER THIS BREAK. TER THIS BREAK. >>> TALLYING THE NUMBERS. THERE YOU SEE 223 AT THIS HOUR, STILL WAITING FOR A NUMBER OF SEATS IN CALIFORNIA AND THE WEST TO CALL THOSE, BUT CBS NEWS PROJECTS THE DEMOCRATS HAVE TAKEN THE HOUSE. SOME OF OUR CBS STATIONS WILL LEAVE US A FEW MINUTES TO REPORT ON MORE LOCAL ELECTION RETURNS. FOR THOSE ON OF YOU STAYING WITH US WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. YOU'RE WATCHING ELECTION NIGHT ON CBS. >> GOOD EVENING. I'M >> GOOD EVENING. I'M ELAINE QUIJANO WITH CBSN AND THIS IS A CBS NEWS ELECTION NIGHT UPDATE WITH. ME IS JAMELLE BOUIE, A CBS NEWS POLITICAL ANALYST AND A CHIEF CORRESPONDENT FOR SLATE. WE'VE ALREADY SEEN SUCH A CONTENTIOUS POLITICAL ATMOSPHERE. WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH A REPUBLICAN SENATE AND A DEMOCRATIC HOUSE, DO YOU THINK? >> I THINK THE TWO WILL BASICALLY OPERATE ON THEIR OWN AGENDAS. THE REPUBLICAN SENATE WILL PROBABLY DEVOTE ITSELF TO CONFIRMING JUDGES, TO FILLING THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY WITH AS MANY TRUMP APPOINTEES AS POSSIBLE. THE DEMOCRATIC HOUSE WILL PROBABLY PURSUE A VARIETY OF THINGS, BILLS, SHOW THE COUNTRY WHAT THEY PLAN TO DO IF THEY CAN GET A FULL MAJORITY IN THE PRESIDENCY, INVESTIGATION OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WITH THINGS YOU'D EXPECT LIKE THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION AND ALSO OTHER THINGS LIKE ACTIVITY IN THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT OR SORT OF THE SECRETARIES, INC., A VARIETY OF FIGURES WHERE THERE'S BEEN QUESTIONS AND ACCUSATIONS OF CORRUPTION AND NOW DEMOCRATS HAVE SORT OF COMMITTEES AND SUBPOENA POWERS AND THEY CAN LOOK INTO THOSE. >> NOT AN END TO THE PARTISANSHIP, BY ANY MEANS, BUT RAMPING UP IT SOUNDS LIKE? >> I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE VOTERS WHO BACK DEMOCRATS WANTED THEM TO ACT AS A CHECK ON TRUMP. IF YOU SORT OF ZOOM OUT AND LOOK AT THE NATIONAL PICTURE, DEMOCRATS WILL END UP WINNING A SEVEN, EIGHT POINT NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE MARGIN. THAT'S A SUBSTANTIAL MARGIN. SO YOU HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WHO SAY WE WANT A DEMOCRATIC HOUSE TO ACT AS A CHECK ON TRUMP. SO I WOULD EXPECT AT LEAST MANY OF THOSE MEMBERS TO ACT ACCORDINGLY AND DO EXACTLY THAT. >> YOU WRITE A LOT ABOUT RACE IN AMERICA. OBVIOUSLY THE NIGHT IS NOT OVER, BUT WHAT IS THE STORY THAT'S EMERGING ABOUT THE ROLE MINORITY VOTERS PLAYED IN THIS ELECTION? >> I THINK IT'S A COMPLICATED STORY. IT'S OBVIOUSLY TRUE THERE WAS WIDE TURNOUT ACROSS THE BOARD AND ON THE SORT OF CONGRESSIONAL LEVEL THERE HAVE BEEN CAN CANDIDATES OF COLOR WHO HAVE — CANDIDATES OF COLOR WHO HAVE WON THEIR RACES PRETTY DECISIVELY. I THINK THE LESS SAVORY PART OF THE STORY IS THE EXTENT TO WHICH VOTERS OF COLOR FACED SYSTEMIC BARRIERS, VOTER SUPPRESSION, SORT IS OF LABYRINTHING RULES THAT KEPT THE TURNOUT FROM BEING HIGHER. I DON'T THINK YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE RESULTS IN THOSE STATES WITHOUT RECKONING WITH THE DEGREE TO WHICH THOSE VOTERS FACED SUPPRESSION AND MOVES THAT KEEP THEM OUT OF THE ELECTORATE. >> VERY QUICKLY ON GEORGIA A MOMENT THERE WAS A LOT OF UGLINESS SURROUNDING THAT CONTEST. WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT RACE? >> I SEE THAT UGLINESS. I SEE BRIAN KEMP WHO IS I THINK LIKELY TO BECOME THE NEXT GOVERNOR FIRST RUNNING AN ELECTION WHILE STANDING IN THE ELECTION. I SEE PLENTY OF EVIDENCE OF SORT OF IMPROPER PROCEDURES, SO, YEAH. >> WE'LL CONTINUE TO WATCH IT. JAMELLE BOUIE, THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE NOW RETURN YOU TO OUR CBS NEWS MIDTERM ELECTION COVERAGE. >> WE SEPTEMBER A MESSAGE WE WANT A BETTER NATION. >> WE GOT A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY MAKE THINGS HAPPEN IN DC. >> MY HOPE IS TEXAS CAN HELP LEAD THE WAY TO BRING THIS COUNTRY TOGETHER. >> WE HAVE ALL HAD ENOUGH OF úD >> FOR A FORMER REAL ESTATE MAN, THIS IS NOT THE HOUSE HE WANTED BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT. A HOUSE CONTROLLED BY THE DEMOCRATS FOR THE SECOND HALF OF HIS FIRST TERM. THE DEMOCRATS WON BACK THE HOUSE TONIGHT. BUT, THE REPUBLICANS KEPT CONTROL OF THE SENATE AND 116th CONGRESS WILL CONVENE IN JANUARY. A NOTABLE EVENING INDEED. IT IS A CHANGE FOR TRUMP. GOT A BIG TAX CUT PASSED. THIS WILL LOOK VERY DIFFERENT COME JANUARY. >> YOU WILL HEAR SOME TALK. I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG IT WILL LAST, BUT YOU KNOW, WHEN HE CAME INTO OFFICE, PEOPLE SAID HE COULD CREATE HE COULD CREATE THESE NEW COALITIONS. THAT HE DIDN'T OWE REPUBLICANS ANYTHING. THAT HE KNEW HOW TO MAKE DEALS. THAT NEVER HAPPENED BUT HE WILL HAVE A FEW CONVERSATIONS WITH NANCY PELOSI AND WE WILL SEE IF HE CAN MAKE THE DEALS HE SAID HE WOULD MAKE. BUT NEVER PUT ANY ENERGY INTO. REACHING OUT TO DEMOCRATS. >> I WAS GOING TO COMPLIMENT YOU BOB. BECAUSE YOU ALWAYS, WORDS OF WISDOM EASILY SPILL OUT OF YOUR MOUTH. YOU SAID THIS REFERENDUM IS NOT ONLY A REFERENDUM ON PRESIDENT TRUMP, BUT A REFERENDUM ON US. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. >> WHAT IT TELLS US, THIS COUNTRY IS STILL DEEPLY DIVIDED. I KNOW THAT WILL BE BULLETIN INFORMATION. BUT IT IS. AN WE KNEW THAT GOING IN. AND NOW, WHEN YOU STOP AND THINK ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED HERE, IT PRETTY MUCH CAME OUT THE WAY THE POLLSTERS TOLD US IT WOULD. I WASN'T SURE I BELIEVED THEM BUT I WANTED TO WAIT AND SEE. WE DIDN'T THINK THE DEMOCRATS WERE GOING TO TAKE THE SENATE. THEY DIDN'T. AND WE THOUGHT THERE WAS A GOOD CHANCE THEY WOULD TAKE THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE. AND THEY DID. >> THEY TOOK THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE AND THINK ABOUT WHAT THAT CHANGES IN THE WHITE HOUSE. WE'LL SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING AND GOING. JEFF SESSIONS IS EXPECTED TO BE REPLACED. ROD ROSENSTEIN. HIS NAME HAS ALSO BEEN DISCUSSED. HE WILL BE MAKING SOME PERSONNEL CHANGES THAT COULD IMPACT THE WAY CONGRESS, THE WAY THE SENATE REACT AS WELL. >> BUT BOB, TO JOHN'S QUESTION EARLIER ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP THAT THE PRESIDENT WILL NOW HAVE WITH THE LIKELY FORMER AND FUTURE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, HE SAID THINGS ABOUT NANCY PELOSI IN TWEETS. SOME VERY TOUGH THINGS AT TIMES. WHAT IS THE SEPARATION GOING TO BE THEN, IS THE QUESTION BETWEEN WHAT HE SAYS THERE AND THE WORK HE IS WILLING OR NOT WILLING TO DO BEHIND THE SCENES OR SHE IS, TO POTENTIALLY DO DEALS? >> HE SAID NICE THINGS ABOUT TED CRUZ TONIGHT AND DURING HIS CAMPAIGN. HE SAID VERY UNNICE THINGS ABOUT TED CRUZ DURING THE CAMPAIGN. I THINK TRYING TO PREDICT WHAT DONALD TRUMP IS GOING TO SAY ON ANY PARTICULAR ISSUE. WE TALK ABOUT THE 24/7 NEWS CYCLE. IN DONALD TRUMP'S MIND, IT'S A ONE HOUR NEWS CYCLE. THE FIRST 15 MINUTES MAY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT HE SAID IN THE SECOND 15 MINUTES AND THE PREVIOUS 15 MINUTES. SO, I THINK WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN, I THINK CONGRESS IS GOING TO REMAIN IN GRIDLOCK. I DON'T THINK MUCH OF ANYTHING IS GOING TO GET DONE AND I THINK IT WILL BE A WHILE BEFORE IT DOES. >> I HOPE THAT'S NOT TRUE. NANCY PELOSI SAID EARLIER SHE WANTS UNITY. THAT SHE IS REACHING OUT, THAT SHE WANTS UNITY. THE PRESIDENT HAS SAID ON OCCASION THAT HE, TOO, WANTS UNITY. >> YOU KNOW WHAT? SO DO I. >> DON'T WE ALL. >> THERE WAS ONE UNIFYING MESSAGE TONIGHT IN THIS DIVIDED AMERICA. EIGHT OUT OF TEN VOTERS SAID THEY WANT MORE WOMEN ELECTED TO POWER POLITICAL POWER. AND, THEY GOT IT. TAKE A LOOK. THAT IS ONE OF THE STORY LINES WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING. >> I THINK IT'S WONDERFUL. >> ME TOO. >> A TOTAL WIN SO FAR. 106 TOTAL WOMEN WINNING SO FAR. 88 IN THE HOUSE. 11 IN THE SENATE. AND 7 IN THE GOVERNOR'S RACE. AND WE COULD HAVE FOR THE FIRST TIME MORE THAN 100 WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. >> AND THERE IS PAY PARITY. MEN AND WOMEN ALL GET PAID THE SAME. NOT LIKE IN A LOT OF OTHER PLACES. >> YOU'RE RIGHT. WE COULD HAVE ANOTHER FIRST. LOOKS LIKE WE WILL HAVE THE FIRST FEMALE GOVERNOR OF SOUTH DAKOTA. SHE HAD BEEN ENDORSED BY THE VICE PRESIDENT IVANKA TRUMP. IT IS NOT JUST DEMOCRATIC WOMEN WE ARE SEEING. >> GOOD POINT. >> MARSHA BLACKBURN. >> LET ME SAY ONE OTHER THING. IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE NUMBERS. THINK ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TALK ABOUT TONIGHT. FIGHTER PILOTS WHO WERE WOMEN. YOU KNOW, WOMEN WHO HAD MADE A SUCCESS IN BUSINESS. AND WHEN YOU GET TO MY STAGE OF LIFE, YOU JUST REALIZE HOW DIFFERENT THIS REALLY IS, EVEN MORE DIFFERENT THAN YOU YOUNG LADIES. >> THAT'S INCREDIBLY HOPEFUL. >> SAY THAT PART AGAIN. YOUNG LADIES? >> ANTHONY MASON HAS MORE ON THE POLLS. >> Reporter: THE DEMOCRATS ONCE NEARLY SIX OUT OF EVERY TEN FEMALE VOTES. 59% OF WOMEN WENT FOR DEMOCRATS. THAT'S UP FIVE POINTS FROM FOUR YEARS AGO. AND THEY DID THAT FIRST BY WINNING, SINGLE WOMEN. WHICH THEY DID FOUR YEARS AGO AS WELL. THEY WON 66%, TWO-THIRDS OF SINGLE WOMEN. BUT HERE IS WHERE THEY MANAGED TO FLIP WHICH IS AMONG MARRIED WOMEN. FOUR YEARS AGO, THE DEMOCRATS LOST MARRIED WOMEN NARROWLY 50 TO 48%. BUT THEY WON THEM THIS TIME, 55%. SO, ONE OF THE REAL PLACES OF STRENGTH FOR DEMOCRATS IS THEIR STRENGTH AMONG WOMEN VOTERS. FOLKS? >> REALLY INTERESTINGTO SEE THAT. THAT WAS ONE OF THE SWINGS THERE. JEFF GLOR HAS MORE FROM THE DECISION DESK. JEFF? >> THANKS NORA. FIVE PENDING SENATE CALLS TO BE MADE. LET'S TALK ABOUT FLORIDA FIRST. >> FLORIDA IS MARGINALLY FOR RICK SCOTT. REALLY LOOKING AT WHAT IS REMAINING TO BE COUNTED THERE. A FEW COUNTIES MAY BE STRAGGLING IN. IT'S A MARGINAL LEAD. AND THAT JUST MEANS THAT IF THERE IS A FEW COUNTIES HERE AND THERE WITH A FEW MORE PRECINCTS LEFT TO COUNT, WE WANT TO BE CERTAIN. BUT THAT WOULD BE AN EDGE FOR HIM. >> ARIZONA. ARIZONA ELECT ITS FIRST FEMALE SENATOR. SINEMA AND MCSSALLIE. THERE WILL BE NO RESULT TONIGHT. >> ARIZONA PROBABLY WON'T COUNT 20% OF THE BALLOTS TONIGHT. THAT IS TYPICAL FOR STATES WITH A LOT OF MAIL BALLOTS TO COME IN. SO WE MAY HAVE TO WAIT FOR THIS ONE. A SLIGHT LEAD FOR MCSALLIE. >> THE DEMOCRAT JACKIE ROSEN APPEARS TO BE PERFORMING WELL IN NEVADA VERSUS DEAN HELLER WHO WAS A TRUMP CRITIC AND THEN BECAME A TRUMP EMBRACER AND IS TAKING A LOT OF HEAT FOR THAT. >> A LOT OF THIS IS BASED ON THE ABSENTEE POLLING. WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF HARD COUNT FOR THE COUNTIES IN THE STATE. IN AND AROUND LAS VEGAS IS WHERE IT COUNTS. WE WILL WAIT TO SEE COUNT OUT OF THAT. BUT LARGER ISSUE HERE, JEFF, IS THAT THIS IS THE KIND OF SPOT, NOT JUST FOR SENATE, BUT ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE HAVE SEEN THE SUBURBS FLIP TOWARD THE DEMOCRATS. FROM VIRGINIA TO IOWA TO NEW JERSEY, EVEN OKLAHOMA WHERE THE DEMOCRATS PICKED UP HOUSE SEATS ACROSS THE SUBURBS. >> MONTANA. JOHN TESTER, MATT ROSENDALE, THE PRESIDENT SPENT A GOOD AMOUNT OF TIME THERE CAMPAIGNING FOR ROSENDALE. HOW ARE WE LOOKING THERE? >> THE MODELS HAVE THIS POINTING TOWARD TESTER. AND WE HAVE COUNTY VOTES IN FROM JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE. WE HAVE A GOOD CROSS SECTION OF THE STATE. WOULD LIKE TO SEE A LITTLE MORE OF IT TO SEE IF THE LEAD HOLDS UP, BUT SO FAR, EVERYTHING LOOKS FAIRLY CONSISTENT IN A TESTER LEAD. >> WHAT IS SURPRISING YOU? >> THE SPLIT BETWEEN THE URBAN AND THE RURAL. EVERYWHERE WE HAVE SEEN, I MENTION THE SUBURBS. WE HAVE SEEN DEMOCRATS MAKE GAINS. THE TURNOUT THAT WE IMAGINED WOULD HAPPEN HAS HAPPEN. THAT TURNOUT HAS HELPED DEMOCRATS FLIP THE HOUSE. BUT, IN RURAL AREAS, IN PLACES THAT WERE HEAVILY FOR TRUMP TWO YEARS AGO, REPUBLICANS HAVE COME OUT. THAT HAS HELPED THEM HOLD ONTO THE SENATE SEATS THAT HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A RURAL COMPONENT. AND WHERE THEY HAVE GOTTEN THAT STRONG TURNOUT. THAT HAS HELPED THEM TO HANG ON. PLACES LIKE MISSOURI, FLORIDA, AND WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS IN ARIZONA. >> SO WE WON'T KNOW ABOUT ARIZONA OR MONTANA. >> MAYBE. MAYBE. WE WILL KEEP LOOKING. >> AND AS WE CONTINUE WATCHING FLORIDA HERE AS WELL. ANTHONY, WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN REAL SOON AS WE COME BACK TO THE DESK HERE. AND CONTINUE OUR DISCUSSION. WHAT ELSE ARE WE LOOKING AT? >> PAULA REID JOINS US FROM SCOTTSDALE. >> Reporter: THEY REMAIN CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC. THE STATE'S GOP CHAIRMAN JUST ADDRESSED WHAT'S LEFT OF THE CROWD HERE TO TELL THEM IT'S A WRAP FOR TONIGHT AND THEY MAY HAVE TO WAIT ONE OR TWO DAYS TO GET THE ANSWER ON THIS HOTLY CONTESTED SENATE RACE. BUT WE HAVE ALSO REACHED OUT TO THE SINEMA CAMPAIGN TO ASK IF THEY WON'T GET A DECISION. THEY BELIEVE IT IS POSSIBLE. BUT RIGHT NOW, THE BIG HOLDUP IS MARICOPA COUNTY. THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF ELECTION PROBLEMS THERE. FOLKS BEING TURNED AWAY FROM POLLING PLACES. SOME POLLING PLACES NOT EVEN OPENING. AN IT COULD BE TWO DAYS BEFORE THEY FINALLY TALLY A LOT OF THE EARLY BALLOTS THEY RECEIVED TODAY. THEY MAY BE STANDING BETWEEN US AND AN ANSWER IN THIS HOTLY CONTESTED SENATE RACE. >> SO INTERESTING. CAN WE PAUSE JUST FOR A MINUTE TO TALK ABOUT ARIZONA? BOB, AS YOU POINTED OUT, THE TYPES AND THE CALIBER OF CANDIDATES RUNNING THIS YEAR, AND JEFF, I KNOW YOU WERE OUT THERE. BUT MARTHA MCSALLY, 26 YEARS IN THE U.S. AIR FORCE. FIRST WOMAN TO FLY COMBAT. RECRUITED TO THROW THE JAVELIN. AGAINST KYRSTEN SINEMA. >> AND SUED OVER THE REQUIREMENTS. SO YEAH. WE TALKED TO MCSALLY WHEN SHE WAS THERE. WE TALKED TO SINEMA. IT WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY RACE FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS. A LOT OF THAT IS THE WAY THEY GAUGE THEIR REACTION AND POSITION THEMSELVES NEXT TO THE PRESIDENT AS WELL. MARTHA MCSALLY CLOSELY ALIGNED HERSELF WITH THE PRESIDENT AND KYRSTEN SINEMA. SHE SAID I CONSIDER MYSELF MORE INDEPENDENT ALMOST. I DON'T REALLY SUBSCRIBE TO THE LABELS AS MUCH. SHE HAS, DEMOCRATS STILL HAVE A DANCE TO DO WHICH IN ARIZONA, A VERY RED STATE. >> AND KYRSTEN SINEMA, THE FIRST OPENLY BISEXUAL MEMBER OF CONGRESS. SHE SAID I'M A FIGHTER PILOT, MCSALLY. I TALK LIKE ONE. I TOLD WASHINGTON REPUBLICANS TO GROW A PAIR OF OVARIES AND GET THE JOB DONE. I KNEW YOU WOULD LIKE THAT. >> WE HEARD THAT SPEECH A FEW TIMES. >> YEAH. >> CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF IT. >> I LIKE IT. >> YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS, RIGHT BOB? >> I THINK I DO. >> THAT MAY BE THE SECOND TIME AT THAT ROUND TABLE YOU HAVE GOTTEN THAT REACTION OUT OF BOB. I WON'T GO BACK TO THAT. BUT ANYWAY, WELL DONE. >> AFTER 25 ELECTIONS YOU CAN STILL SURPRISE HIM. >> WELL DONE. BUT I LOVE THAT SHE SAID THAT. >> NOW TALKING ABOUT THE CALIBER OF THE CANDIDATES, TOO, LOOK AT THE NEVADA SENATE RACE. YOU KNOW. A CONTESTED RACE THERE THAT IS CONSIDERED THE MOST VULNERABLE REPUBLICAN THERE. SNATOR DEAN HELLER AGAINST JACKIE ROSEN RECRUITED INTO POLITICS. PEOPLE SAID SHE DOES A GREAT JOB. SHE SHOULD RUN FOR CONGRESS, AND JAMIE YUCCAS IS AT ROSEN HEADQUARTERS IN LAS VEGAS. ANY SENSE FROM THE CAMPAIGNS ABOUT HOW THEY THINK THIS RACE WILL TREND? >> Reporter: WELL, I HAVE TO TELL YOU, THERE'S A FEW ISSUES HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. POLLS CLOSE ABOUT THREE HOURS AGO HERE. BUT, IN RENO, THERE WERE TWO POLLING PLACES WHERE PEOPLE WAITED IN LINE TO VOTE ALMOST THREE HOURS. SO, WE ARE JUST GETTING THE RESULTS TRICKLING IN RIGHT NOW. IT'S BEEN A VERY LATE NIGHT. THE NUMBERS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE. WE HAVE SMALL COUNTIES REPORTING SHOWING BIG LEADS BY REPUBLICANS. THAT HAS THIS CROWD VERY ANXIOUS AWAITING THE LARGER COUNTIES. YOU CAN HEAR THEM CHEERING WHEN THEY SEE THE OTHER RACES POP UP IN TERMS OF THE DEMOCRATIC HOUSE. AND THESE RED TEE SHIRTS. THESE ARE UNION MEMBERS THAT WORK FOR THE CULINARY WORKERS UNION. 226. THEY JUST WALKED IN. THEY HAD BEEN CANVASSING FOR JACKIE ROSEN ALL DAY LONG. WE HEARD FROM ONE INDIVIDUAL WHO SAID HE WAS TAKING PEOPLE TO THE POLLS TEN MINUTES UP UNTIL POLLING TIME. THEY WERE REALLY TRYING TO WORK AND GET PEOPLE OUT AT THE VERY LAST MINUTE. THE DEMOCRATS VERY ORGANIZED IN THEIR GET OUT THE VOTE RALLIES. CAMPUSES LIKE THE UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS, I WANT TO GO AHEAD AND SEE, AS I HEAR MORE OF THE CROWD, WE ONLY HAVE TWO COUNTIES REPORTING WITH THE NEVADA SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFICE AT THIS POINT IN TIME. WE ARE STILL WAITING AND WATCHING BUT AS YOU SAID, DEAN HELLER IS AN INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN. HE WAS VULNERABLE IN THIS RACE. HE DID LARGE RALLIES WITH THE PRESIDENT AND HAS GONE BACK AND FORTH ON A FEW ISSUES INCLUDING HIS ALIGNMENT WITH THE PRESIDENT. JUST THREE YEARS AGO, HE RETURNED A CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION SAYING HE DIDN'T AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT'S POLICIES. BUT THEN, ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, FLIP-FLOPPED AND ENDED UP VOTING TO REPEAL IT. THAT HAD A NUMBER OF PEOPLE HERE IN NEVADA CONCERNED SINCE THE LAS VEGAS AREA IN NEVADA SPECIFICALLY HAD 400,000 PEOPLE IN NEVADA THEN INSURED UNDER THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. WE ARE WAITING AND WATCHING. THERE ARE FOUR HOUSE RACES UP FOR GRABS AND THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE. >> ALL RIGHT, JAMIE YUCCAS. THERE. ARIZONA AND NEVADA, WE CHECKED WITH OUR CORRESPONDENTS THERE. HOW DOES THAT AFFECT THE FINAL MAP IN TERMS OF THE SENATE? >> IT HAS BEEN A BAD NIGHT FOR DEMOCRATS ON THE SENATE SIDE. AND YOU KNOW, THEIR ONE LAST GREAT HOPE IS THE TWO STATES, NEVADA BEING THE BIGGEST HOPE REALLY. >> EVEN IF THEY PICK UP THOSE STATES. >> THEY WOULD HAVE LOST ONE. >> PRESIDENT OBAMA RECENTLY IN NEVADA AS WELL. >> WE TALK ABOUT PICKING UP THE TWO, POTENTIALLY ARIZONA. >> IF THEY PICKED UP ARIZONA AND NEVADA. YES. FROM WHAT THEY HAVE NOW. >>> MUCH MORE AHEAD RIGHT HERE ON CBS. >> THE BIGGEST NAMES IN POLITICS. >> I WOULD RATHER HAVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOCUSED ON OTHER THINGS. >> THE QUESTIONS YOU WANT ANSWERED. >> THANK YOU FOR ASKING THAT QUESTION. >> Reporter: FACE THE NATION, SUNDAYS. >>> SHOW THE COUNTRY HOW YOU DO THIS. SHOW THE COUNTRY YOU GUYS. >> WELL, WE HAD TO BEEP IT. THAT WAS BETO O'ROURKE. THEY SAY HE'S RELATABLE. >> HE MAY BE RELATABLE. >> I DIDN'T SAY THAT. HE IS RELATABLE. >> HE IS RELATABLE, BUT NOT COLLECTIBLE IN THE STATE OF TEXAS. >> NOT TONIGHT. >> CLEARLY CHEERING ON BECAUSE HE DID HAVE QUITE A FOLLOWING. NOT ONLY IN THE STATE OF TEXAS, BUT NATIONALLY, HE RAISED $40 MILLION IN THE THIRD QUARTER BUT IT DIDN'T WORK. ALL THE MONEY COULDN'T PULL HIM OVER THE LINE IN TEXAS. >> THIS WAS ANOTHER ONE WHERE THE KAVANAUGH HEARINGS MAY HAVE HAD AN IMPACT. I THINK THIS RACE WAS CLOSER BEFORE THE HEARINGS. THAN IT IS AND WOUND UP. >> THERE WAS A LOT OF INK SPILLED ON THIS. DID BETO O'ROURKE BLOW IT BY TALKING ABOUT IMPEACHMENT OR KAVANAUGH ISSUES. >> AND THE CARAVAN WITH TED CRUZ TALKING ABOUT IT SAYING BETO O'ROURKE SUPPORTS THIS CARAVAN. BUT TALKING TO HIM, HE SAID IN RESPONSE TO THE IMPEACHMENT THAT HE CALLED FOR AND SAID THAT THE PRESIDENT'S MEETING WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN IN HELSINKI WAS THE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE. HE DIDN'T TAKE ANY OUTSIDE ENDORSEMENTS. HE DIDN'T WANT SURROGATES COMING IN LIKE PRESIDENT OBAMA, OPRAH WINFREY OR HOLLYWOOD úCEL CALLING THEM. HE SAID HE WAS THERE TO RUN AS A TEXAN AND A DEMOCRAT. >> WENT THERE SO MANY CELEBRITIES WHO WENT THERE? >> YEAH. BEYONCE TODAY. >> YEAH. >> BEYONCE PUT IT ON INSTAGRAM. >> I HAVE NEVER SEEN THE DEMOCRATIC BASE SO EXCITED IN TEXAS FOR A LONG TIME. >> A REPUBLICAN WINNING BY THREE POINTS IN TEXAS IS NOT A RUN AWAY. >> AND TEXAS IS SO LARGE THAT A CONGRESSMAN FROM EL PASO IS ALMOST TOTALLY UNKNOWN EVEN WHEN YOU GET AS FAR EAST AS FORT WORTH. I MEAN, IT'S IN ANOTHER TIME ZONE OUT THERE. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK EL PASO IS IN NEW MEXICO. I NEVER WENT TO EL PASO UNTIL I WAS IN THE AIR FORCE. >> AND IT'S A GROWING CITY. >> YEAH. IT'S A BIG ONE. >> FOR A DEMOCRATIC PARTY THAT NEEDS YOUNG STARS THAT CAN RALLY PEOPLE WITH AN OLDER LEADERSHIP, BETO O'ROURKE PROBABLY HAS A FUTURE SOMEWHERE. >> OH YEAH, HE'S AN EXCELLENT CANDIDATE. >> RAISED A LOT OF MONEY. MUCH MORE TO DISCUSS HERE ON CBS AS WE TALK ABOUT ELECTION NIGHT IN AMERICA. >> WHAT'S YOUR GOAL FOR THE PUTIN MEETING? >> WOULD YOU SAY YOU AGREE WITH U.S. INTELLIGENCE THAT RUSSIA MEDDLED? >> I SAID THAT BEFORE.. >> BUT YOU DIDN'T CONDEMN PUTIN SPECIFICALLY. YOU HOLD HIM RESPONSIBLE? >> AND, A LIVE LOOK THERE AT OUR ELECTION DESK. AND TONIGHT, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME HISTORIC FIRSTS IN POLITICS. WE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHAT THEY ARE. BUT FIRST, SOME OF OUR CBS STATIONS WILL BE LEAVING US FOR A FEW MINUTES TO REPORT MORE LOCAL ELECTION RETURNS. FOR THOSE OF YOU STAYING WITH US, WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK. YOU ARE WATCHING ELECTION NIGHT HERE ON CBS. >>> GOOD EVENING, I'M EL PASO WITH CBSN AND THIS IS A CBS NEWS ELECTION NIGHT UPDATE. I'M ELAINE QUIJANO. WITH ME IS SABRINA CIDIKI FROM THE GUARDIAN. DO YOU EXPECT THE PRESIDENT WILL BE ABLE TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS TO CUT DEALS? >> THAT'S A QUESTION THAT WORKS BOTH WAYS. WILL THE PRESIDENT BE WILLING TO CUT DEALS WITH DEMOCRATS AND WILL THEY CUT DEALS WITH THIS PRESIDENT? THEY WILL FACE A LOT OF PRESSURE FROM THEIR BASE NOT TO WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT. A LOT OF DEMOCRATS BELIEVE THE GOAL HERE IS TO ACT AS A CHECK AND A BALANCE. RESTORING THE OVERSIGHT ROLE OF CONGRESS. LAUNCHING A SERIES OF INVESTIGATIONS AGAINST THIS PRESIDENT. BUT THE PRESIDENT CALLED NANCY PELOSI TO CONGRATULATE HER ON THE DEMOCRATS GAINS AND SUGGEST THEY WOULD BE WILLING TO WORK TOGETHER. THAT HAS OFTEN BEEN DIFFICULT ESPECIALLY ON ISSUES LIKE IMMIGRATION. THE PRESIDENT CAN STILL MAKE IT DIFFICULT FOR DEMOCRATS SO I THINK THE ANSWER IS WE WILL BELIEVE IT WHEN WE SEE IT. >> INFRASTRUCTURE HAS BEEN A CASE WHERE THEY MIGHT BE WILLING TO WORK TOGETHER. >> I THINK IF THERE IS GOING TO BE AN INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE PUT FORTH BY THE WHITE HOUSE, DEMOCRATS WILL SAY IT IS IN THEIR INTEREST TO WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT. BUT WHAT WE HAVE SEEN TIME AND AGAIN IS THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT MATERIALIZED SOME OF THESE POLICY PROPOSALS HE SAYS HE WSHES TO ENACT. HE IS SO EASILY DISTRACTED ON ANY GIVEN DAY. I THINK IT KIND OF IS A WAIT AND SEE MODE FOR DEMOCRATS. I THINK IT WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR THEM ON SOME OF THE MORE CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES LIKE IMMIGRATION TO CUT A DEAL. TO SEEM LIKE THEY ARE NORMALIZING THE WAY THE PRESIDENT HAS TALKED ABOUT IMMIGRANTS. I THINK A LOT OF IT WILL COME DOWN TO THE SENATE WHERE REPUBLICANS ULTIMATELY STILL MAINTAIN CONTROL AND WON'T HAVE THE SAME PRIORITIES THAT DEMOCRATS DO IN THE HOUSE. >> THIS IS SHAPING UP TO BE A HISTORIC NIGHT FOR WOMEN. 88 WON THEIR RACES AND MOST OF THEM ARE DEMOCRATS. >> THIS HAS BEEN BILLED AS THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN. A LOT OF THAT IS BACKLASH IN RESPONSE TO DONALD TRUMP. ESTABLISHED IN THE WOMEN'S MARCH. DEMOCRATS FIELDED A RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN CANDIDATES. THAT YOU ARE SEEING THEM ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE SPEAKS TO THE WAY IN WHICH THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS STRUGGLED TO RECRUIT WOMEN CANDIDATES. AND HOW WOMEN HAVE INCREASINGLY LEFT THE PARTY. THAT IS ONE OF THE UNTOLD STORIES AS MUCH AS WHITE WOMEN REMAIN BEHIND THE PRESIDENT. THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN TERMS OF THE VOTING AND THE EXIT POLLS. THEY HAVE STRUGGLED TO DIVERSIFY THEIR BALLOT. THAT WILL HAVE FAR REACHING CONSEQUENCES. >> SOMETHING TO WATCH DOWN THE ROAD. ALL RIGHT, SABRINA SIDDIQUI, THANK YOU SO MUCH. >> THANK YOU. >>> AND, WE WILL NOW RETURN TO OUR CBS NEWS MIDTERM ELECTION COVERAGE. COVERAGEED >> THE BIGGEST NAMES IN POLITICS. >> THAT IS A VERY FAIR QUESTION. >> THANK YOU FOR ASKING THAT QUESTION. >> FACE THE NATIONS. SUNDAYS. >> CBS NEWS, REAL NEWS. >> OKAY, WE ARE BACK HERE ON ELECTION NIGHT. A NUMBER OF NOTABLE FIRSTS. CONGRESSIONALLY HERE THIS YEAR. INCLUDING TWO MUSLIM AMERICAN WOMEN. >> BIG NIGHT FOR WOMEN GENERALLY. BUT NOW, ALSO, FOR MUSLIM AMERICAN WOMEN. RASHITA A KLI AND ILMA OMAR. THEY JUST HAPPENED TO BE RUNNING IN DISTRICTS THAT HAVE ENOUGH MUSLIM AMERICAN VOTES TO GET THEM OVER THE TOP. >> TWO MUSLIM AMERICAN WOMEN ELECTED AND TWO NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN ELECTED. >> DEB HOLLAND AND CHARICE DAVIDS WHO I ALSO BELIEVE WILL BE THE FIRST FEMALE MIXED MARSHAL ARTS PROFESSIONAL. >> NOW WE ARE REACHING INTO RANDOM TRIVIA TERRITORY. >> WE ARE SETTING ALL KIND OF FIRSTS HERE. >> WE CAN KEEP GOING WITH THIS. >> AS WE TALK MIXED MARSHAL ARTS. >> TWO UNDERACTIVE CRIMINAL INDICTMENT. IF YOU HAD THAT, FINISH YOUR DRINK. CHRIS COLLINS AND DUNKIN HUNTER. >> YOU WOULD THINK THEY WOULD GO DOWN, BUT THEY ARE FROM VERY RED DISTRICTS. THEY STAYED UNDER WRAPS THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN. DIDN'T DO A LOT OF TALKING TO THE PRESS. >> A LOT OF PEOPLE FINISHING ON THEIR DRINKS WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAD THAT ON THEIR BOARD. TWO FORMER NFL PLAYERS ELECTED TO CONGRESS. >> COLIN ALRED. HE PLAYED FOR THE TENNESSEE TITANS AN WORKED FOR THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. AND ANTHONY GONZALEZ WINS IN THE 60th DISTRICT OF OHIO. HE PLAYED FOR THE INDIANAPOLIS COLTS. >> AND, IF SHE WINS, YOUNG KIM OF CALIFORNIA'S 39th DISTRICT, ORANGE COUNTY, WILL BE THE FIRST KOREAN AMERICAN WOMAN ELECTED TO CONGRESS. THE RACE IS LEANING HER WAY RIGHT NOW. >> ONE OF THE OUTSTANDING RACES YOU ARE LOOKING AT? >> WE ARE LOOKING AT RACES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. IT WILL TAKE A LITTLE WHILE. AND WE'LL WANT TO SEE WHAT THE NEVADA SENATE RACE LOOKS LIKE. THE GOAL IS TO RUN UP THE MARGINS AS MUCH AS YOU CAN IN THE VEGAS AREA AND HOPE DEAN HELLER DOESN'T GET TOO FAR AHEAD OF THEM. >> ANTHONY MASON. KIDDIE CORNER ACROSS THE STUDIO HERE. TO DEEP PASS. SPEAKING OF NFL, WHAT HAVE YOU GOT? >> WE WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT FIRST TIME VOTERS. IT IS INTERESTING BECAUSE 16% OF THE ELECTORATE IN THIS MIDTERM ARE VOTING IN A MIDTERM FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME AND THEY ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THE REST. HALF OF THEM, 48% ARE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 18 AND 29. THIS IS ALSO A MORE ETHNICALLY DIVERSE GROUP. THIS IS INTERESTING. 55% WHITE, 12% BLACK, 22% HISPANIC, 9% ASIAN. THAT WHITE NUMBER IS SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE THE OVERALL ELECTORATE IS 71% WHITE SO IT IS MUCH LOWER IN THAT NUMBER. THE 22% HISPANIC ALSO IS SIGNIFICANTLY HIGHER NUMBER THAN THE OVERALL ELECTORATE. MAY NOT SURPRISE YOU WITH THE AGE OF THESE VOTERS. THEY WENT VERY STRONGLY DEMOCRATIC. 62%. FOLKS? >> ALL RIGHT. ANTHONY MASON. THANK YOU. WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE VOTE COME IN FROM CALIFORNIA BECAUSE THERE ARE A NUMBER OF HOUSE SEATS UP THERE THAT DEMOCRATS FEEL CONFIDENT THEY CAN PICK UP. CARTER EVANS IS IN NEWPORT BEACH CALIFORNIA. >> Reporter: WE ARE AT HARLEY RUDA'S HEADQUARTERS. THE POLLS CLOSED ABOUT TWO-AND- A-HALF HOURS AGO, AND THE VOTES ARE STILL COMING IN. WHEN IT COMES TO THIS RACE BETWEEN HARLEY, DEMOCRAT FOR CONGRESS, AND DANA, THE INCUMBENT, IT IS JUST TOO CLOSE TO CALL RIGHT NOW. IT IS SPLIT WITH ABOUT TWO TENTHS OF A PERCENTAGE POINT SEPARATING THE TWO CANDIDATES. FAVORING HARLEY RIGHT NOW. BUT IT IS REALLY TOO CLOSE TO CALL. NOW, THE QUESTION HERE IS, CAN RUDA UNSEAT THIS REPUBLICAN WHO HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR SO MANY YEARS? RORBACHER HAS REPRESENTED THIS COMMUNITY 30 YEARS. THIS IS A STAUNCHLY REPUBLICAN COMMUNITY. HERE WE ARE HOURS AFTER THE POLLS CLOSED IN CALIFORNIA AND THE RACE IS TOO CLOSE TO CALL. >> ALL RIGHT. CARTER EVAN THERE. THANK YOU FOR CLARIFYING YOUR LOCATION. WE ARE SLOWLY PUTTING IT TOGETHER ON THE EAST COAST. BUT JUST TO RECAP WHERE WE ARE. LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT FLORIDA. FASCINATING RACE. THIS WAS ONE, THE BEGINNING OF THE EVENING, DEMOCRATS FELT VERY COMFORTABLE THEY WERE GOING TO HOLD ONTO THIS SENATE SEAT. AND LOOK AT THIS, WITH 99% OF THE VOTE IN. THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE, RICK SCOTT, RECORDED MORE THAN $40 MILLION OF HIS OWN MONEY INTO THIS RACE. AT THIS POINT, HOLDS A VERY NARROW LEAD. BILL NELSON UNDERPERFORMED AMONG SENIOR CITIZENS. AMONG HISPANICS, THAT'S CONTRIBUTING TO RICK SCOTT THERE. A LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT THAT THE DEMOCRAT MAYOR OF TALLAHASSEE WOULD HOLD NELSON OVER THE TOP. AND HE ALREADY CONCEDED. >> WHAT A DIFFERENCE. >> WHAT A DIFFERENCE 12 HOURS MAKES. BECAUSE, WHEN WE WENT ON THE AIR THIS MORNING IT WAS VERY PROMISING FOR BETH OF THEM. >> GILLUM WAS THE ONE THAT WOULD BE TAKING HIM OVER. >> EXACTLY. EXACTLY. >> AND WE DON'T KNOW HOW THIS RACE WILL TURN OUT HERE. WHEN YOU THINK IF YOU ARE DONALD TRUMP AND YOU ARE COUNTING UP THE THINGS GOING WELL FOR YOU, IF YOU CAN HAVE A KEY PURPLE STATE IN WHICH YOU HAVE A REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR AND TWO REPUBLICAN SENATORS, THAT'S GOOD FOR YOU IN TERMS OF THE OTHER WAYS IN WHICH THIS REVERBERATES. >> BOTH SO CLOSELY ALIGNED WITH THE PRESIDENT. >> ANOTHER STATE, NEVADA. THAT'S STILL A TOSSUP AS JAMIE YUCCAS REPORTED. A NUMBER OF THOSE PEOPLE STILL IN LINE AT THE POLLS THERE. BIG TURNOUT IN NEVADA. THE EARLY VOTE SURPASSING, RIGHT? >> SURPASSING THE VOTE IN 2014. COMPLETE VOTE IN 2014. >> AND, JACKIE ROSEN RAN WHITE A CAMPAIGN THERE. AND ARIZONA, WHICH I KIND OF THINK IS REALLY THE RACE TO WATCH. NOT ONLY BECAUSE ARIZONA, A FASCINATING STATE POLITICALLY. THIS IS AN OPEN SEAT WITH JEFF FLAKE RETIRING, A MORE MODERATE REPUBLICAN. YOU HAVE TWO VERY STRONG CANDIDATES. WOMEN WHO HAVE WON THE IRON MAN COMPETITION. THAT'S A 15-20 HOUR RACE. AS SOMEONE SAID TONIGHT, I CAN'T EVEN SLEEP FOR 15 HOURS AND THESE WOMEN CAN RUN, BIKE, AND SWIM. >> AND YOU KNOW, MARTHA MCSALLY, IF SHE DOESN'T WIN, WILL PROBABLY GET APPOINTED TO FILL OUT JOHN MCCAIN'S RETURN. >> LOOK, STACEY ABRAMS IN GEORGIA. LET'S LISTEN TO HER REMARKS TONIGHT. >> STACEY, STACEY! STACEY! >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. I LOVE YOU TOO. WHEN YOU CHOSE ME AS YOUR DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE, I MADE YOU A WOW. IN OUR GEORGIA, NO ONE WOULD BE UNSEEN. NO ONE IS UNHEARD. AND NO ONE IS UNINSPIRED. BUT, WE KNOW A VOW. A VOW TAKES EFFORT. IT TAKES COMMITMENT TO HOLD TRUTH. REACHING OUT, REACHING ACROSS IS HARD WORK. BUT, AS I TOLD YOU THEN, HARD WORK IS IN OUR BONES. AND, WE HAVE PROVEN THIS EVERY SINGLE DAY, GEORGIA. WITH DOORS KNOCKED. WITH CALLS MADE. WITH MILES TRAVELED. WITH PRAYERS PRAYED TO THE HIGHEST HEAVENS. AND TONIGHT, WE HAVE CLOSED THE GAP BETWEEN YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW. BUT WE STILL HAVE A FEW MORE MILES TO GO. BUT, HEAR ME CLEARLY, THAT, TOO, IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THE WORLD WHO WE ARE. BECAUSE, IN GEORGIA, CIVIL RIGHTS HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN ACT OF WILL AND A BATTLE FOR OUR SOULS. AND BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING THIS FIGHT SINCE OUR BEGINNINGS, WE HAVE LEARNED A FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH. DEMOCRACY ONLY WORKS WHEN WE WORK FOR IT. WHEN WE FIGHT FOR IT. WHEN WE DEMAND IT. AND, APPARENTLY TODAY, WHEN WE STAND IN LINES FOR HOURS, TO MEET IT AT THE BALLOT BOX, THAT'S WHEN DEMOCRACY WORKS. BUT I'M HERE TO TELL YOU VOTES REMAIN TO BE COUNTED. THERE ARE VOICE TO BE HEARD. FOLKS ARE OPENING UP THE DREAMS OF VOTERS AND ABSENTEE BALLOTS AND WE BELIEVE OUR CHANCE FOR A STRONGER GEORGIA IS JUST WITHIN REACH. BUT, WE CANNOT SEIZE IT UNTIL ALL VOICES ARE HEARD. AND I PROMISE YOU TONIGHT, WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT EVERY VOTE IS COUNTED. EVERY SINGLE VOTE. EVERY VOTE IS GETTING COUNTED. BECAUSE, I'LL TELL YOU THIS, IN A CIVILIZED NATION, THE MACHINERY OF DEMOCRACY SHOULD WORK FOR EVERYONE EVERYWHERE. NOT JUST IN CERTAIN PLACES. AND NOT JUST ON THE CERTAIN DAY. BUT, WHAT LIES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF OUR EFFORTS? OUR BEST LIVES ARE WITHIN REACH. FULLY FUNDED PUBLIC EDUCATION IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA. MEDICAID EXPANSION. AND RAISING FAMILY INCOMES WITHOUT RAISING TAXES. EVERY GEORGIAN WE HAVE TOUCHED ALONG THE WAY UNDERSTANDS THE POWER OF THE VOTE. AND I WILL TELL YOU THIS ELECTION HAS TESTED OUR FAITH. I'M NOT GOING TO NAME NAMES BUT SOME HAVE WORKED HARD TO TAKE OUR VOICES AWAY. TO SCARE US AWAY. TO DISTRACT US. BUT, IF OUR VISION IS CLEAR AND WE SEE THE FINISH LINE. >> AND, THERE WE HAVE STACEY ABRAMS AT HER HEADQUARTERS IN ATLANTA PROMISING VOTERS THAT EVERY VOTE WILL BE COUNTED. WE CAN SHOW YOU THE BOARD RIGHT NOW BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE THE CURRENT SECRETARY OF STATE WHO IS HER REPUBLICAN OPPONENT IS LEADING SLIGHTLY IN THE POLLS. YOU SEE THERE. BUT IT IS ABOUT A MARGIN OF JUST OVER 100,000 VOTES. ACCORDING TO ABRAMS CAMPAIGN, THIS WAS RECORD TURNOUT. WE ARE TALKING 3.7 MILLION PEOPLE VOTING. ABOUT 1.2 MILLION MORE THAN IN 2014. THEY BELIEVE THERE ARE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS AROUND THE STATE THAT HAVE NOT YET BEEN COUNTED. SO, THEY WANT TO WAIT AND TRY AND PUSH THIS INTO A RUNOFF. >> HER OPPONENT WILL BE THE ONE OVERSEEING THE COUNTING OF THE BALLOTS AS THEY COME IN. >> YEAH. >> THAT'S A LITTLE DICEY CONSIDERING THE CHARGES ALREADY LEVELED AGAINST BRIAN KEMP. >> SHE HAS MADE THAT ARGUMENT SINCE THE GET GO. >> ABOUT VOTER SUPPRESSION. >> AND THERE ARE TWO COUNTIES WAITING TO HEAR FROM. DEKALB AND FULTON. THEY CLOSED THE GAP FROM 240,000 TO 104,000 VOTES WITH DATA COMING IN FROM DEKALB. THEY ARE HOPING THEY HAVE MORE VOTES TO COUNT. >> AND IN COBB COUNTY, 25 TO 26,000 VOTE BY MAIL THEY BELIEVE HAVE NOT BEEN COUNTED. CLEARLY, THEY WANT TO WAIT AND PUSH THIS AND YOU KNOW THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DEMOCRATIC LAWYERS ON THE GROUND AS WELL SAYING LET'S GIVE THIS SOME TIME. >> AND THIS RACE IS NOT JUST ABOUT GEORGIA. THIS RACE IS A RACE THAT ALL DEMOCRATS ARE LOOKING AT, THE ISSUE OF VOTER SUPPRESSION AND THE ISSUE OF RACE IN DEMOCRATIC POLITICS IS AT THE HEART OF THE PARTY. AND SO, THIS IS BEING WATCHED AND WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE PARTY AND TACTICS AND HOW YOU GET VOTES AND VOTERS IN THIS MIDTERM, THERE'S A LOT OF LEARNING GOING ON ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE ABOUT WHAT CAN WORK. AND HOW TO USE A RACE LIKE THIS GOING FORWARD TO MAKE A MESSAGE FOR DEMOCRATS TOO. THIS GOES WELL BEYOND THE BORDERS OF GEORGIA. >> ONE OTHER KEY RACE WE ARE FOLLOWING IS THE GOVERNOR'S RACE IN WISCONSIN. THIS IS PAUL RYAN'S HOME STATE. ONE OF HIS BEST FRIENDS IS GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER. A VERY CLOSE RACE THERE AT THIS HOUR. NOT ALL OF THE VOTE IS IN. TONY EVERS IS LEADING SLIGHTLY. >> TONY EVERS IS NOT A NAME MANY PEOPLE HAD HEARD OF UNTIL THIS EVENING. AND THE REPUBLICANS WERE TELLING ME THAT BEHIND THE SCENES THEY WERE MOST NERVOUS ABOUT THIS RACE IN PARTICULAR JUST BECAUSE SCOTT WALKER IS SUCH A RECOGNIZED NAME. >> AND EDUCATION IS A HUGE ISSUE IN THAT STATE. SCOTT WALKER SLASHED FUNDING FOR STATE EDUCATION AND THAT GAVE HIM A BIG HIT IN THE STATE. TONY EVERS IS THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT, WELL LIKED AMONG EDUCATORS IN THAT STATE. AND HAS BECOME SOMEBODY WHO DEMOCRATS ARE EVEN NOW SURPRISED TO SEE HOW WELL HE HAS DONE. >> AND WHEN YOU CUT THE BUDGET, THAT TURNED INTO A NATIONAL STORY. WE DID MANY STORIES ABOUT THE TEACHERS WALKING OFF THE JOB. AND HOW THAT TURNED OUT FOR HIM. >> COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. >> WE KNEW AT THE TIME HE WAS UNDER THE GUN. >> IT IS STILL TO ME THE BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE EVENING. >> SCOTT WALKER. >> UH-HUH. RIGHT. >> LET'S TALK BIG PICTURE HERE FOR A SECOND. WHY DON'T WE TALK ABOUT TURN- OUT FOR A MOMENT. ANTHONY AT OUR DECISION DESK. WE HAD 38 MILLION EARLY VOTERS. HUGE NUMBER. HOW MANY TOTAL VOTERS ARE WE LOOK AT AND WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THE ELECTORATE IS THAT? >> WE HAVE TALLIED 92 MILLION. WE HAVE SOME IN ARIZONA, A LOT OF CALIFORNIA LEFT TO COUNT. I'M SURE THIS GETS OVER 100 MILLION. WHICH WOULD PUT IT IN THE MID 40s , MAYBE IT APPROACHES 50. BUT CERTAINLY 45, 46, 47%. WHICH FOR A MIDTERM IS REALLY HIGH. BUT IT'S INTERESTING TOO, JEFF, IS THAT TURNOUT BOOST SEEMS TO HAVE HELPED BOTH SIDES IN THIS REGARD. IT PUSHED UP THE DEMOCRATS IN THE SUBURBAN AREAS. THE CLOSER TO CITY AREAS. THAT HELPED THEM FLIP THE HOUSE. BUT ACROSS THE RURAL COUNTIES, THE TURNOUT INCREASE HELPED THE REPUBLICANS HOLD ONTO THE SENATE. >> OKAY, THE HOUSE OVERALL, WHAT IS THE SPLIT YOU ARE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW? >> IT'S GOING TO GET AROUND 225, 226. MAYBE A LITTLE HIGHER THAN THAT FOR THE DEMOCRATS WHICH BY THE WAY I SHOULD SAY IS RIGHT ABOUT WHERE THE POLLS HAD IT. RIGHT ABOUT WHERE THE ESTIMATES HAD IT MOVING IN. MIGHT HIT 230. MIGHT GO LITTLE HIGHER. THAT'S PART OF THE HIGH TURNOUT BOOST WE THOUGHT THE DEMOCRATS WOULD GET. WHERE WE ARE HANGING IS SOME RACES OUT IN CALIFORNIA THAT MIGHT NOT BE SETTLED TONIGHT. THEY ARE PLACES THE DEMOCRATS THINK THEY CAN PICK UP. >> I WOULD HAVE SAID THAT FOR YOU. YOU HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB. WHAT I CAN TELL FORECASTING THIS. >> HAD TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT TO THE POLLING. >> BUT, WORTH NOTING, WELL DONE ALL OF YOU. ALSO, WORTH NOTING. THE SEVEN KEY HOUSE RACES, ALL OF THEM STILL UP FOR GRABS. >> YEAH. ALL OF THEM UP FOR GRABS. NOT SURE THEY WILL COUNT ALL THE BALLOTS. ALL OF THE RACES WE ARE WATCHING, IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, THE SUBURBS SOUTH OF LOS ANGELES, ORANGE COUNTY. THEY ARE STILL A NUMBER OF RACES WHERE THEY ARE NECK IN NECK. THEY ARE ALL BASICALLY TOSSUPS AT THIS POINT. MAYBE TOMORROW OR WITHIN A WEEK, WE WILL SNOW SOME OF THE ANSWERS THERE. >> FASCINATING. WHEN WE COME BACK, WE WILL CHECK IN WITH MAJOR GARRETT WHO IS AT THE WHITE HOUSE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP'S REACTION TO THE RESULTS TONIGHT. TRUMP'S REACTION TO THE RESULTS TONIGHT 6789 >> THE BIGGEST NAMES IN POLITICS. >> I WOULD RATHER HAVE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FOCUSED ON OTHER THINGS. >> THAT'S A FAIR QUESTION. >> I CAN'T ANSWER THAT QUESTION. >> THANKS FOR ASKING THAT QUESTION. >> FACE THE NATION. SUNDAYS. >>> WELCOME BACK TO CBS NEWS ELECTION COVERAGE. PRESIDENT TRUMP EXCITED ABOUT THE RESULTS TONIGHT. LET'S CHECK IN WITH MAJOR GARRETT WHO IS AT THE WHITE HOUSE. MAJOR? >> Reporter: SO WHY DOES THE WHITE HOUSE THINKS THIS WAS NET, NET A VICTORY? LET'S THINK ABOUT WHERE THE EVENING BEGAN. THOSE AT THE WHITE HOUSE FEARED HOUSE REPUBLICAN LOSSES COULD BE AS HIGH AS 40 SEATS. MAYBE MORE OF THAT. WON'T BE ANYWHERE NEAR THAT HIGH. THERE WERE FEARS NOT THAT THE SENATE MAJORITY WAS IN JEOPARDY, BUT CERTAIN SENATE SEATS MIGHT NOT GO THEIR WAY AND THE MAJORITY WOULD REMAIN VERY SMALL. YES. MONTANA, NEVADA, ARIZONA STILL TO BE DECIDED BUT THE WHITE HOUSE BELIEVES NOT ONLY WILL IT HOLD THAT MAJORITY BUT ENLARGE IT. LET'S PUT THIS IN HISTORICAL CONTEXT. LET'S LOOK AT MIDTERM OUTCOMES FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA AND PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH. WE PUT THIS GRAPHIC UP ON THE SCREEN. REALLY LOOKING TO FOCUS ON THE YEAR 2010. THAT WAS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FIRST MIDTERM. 63 SEATS WERE LOST IN THE HOUSE AT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FIRST MIDTERM AFTER WINNING HANDILY IN 2008. GEORGE W. BUSH LOST 30 SEATS IN 2006. THAT WAS THE SECOND MIDTERM OF HIS SECOND TERM. AND, 13 SEATS FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA IN 2014. BUT 2010 IS THE CONTRASTING NUMBER. IN THE WORST CASE SCENARIO, THE WHITE HOUSE LOOKS AT TONIGHT, MAYBE 0 HOUSE SEATS ARE LOST ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. MAYBE 30 HOUSE SEATS ARE LOST ON THE PRESIDENT TRUMP SIDE. HALF OF WHAT PRESIDENT OBAMA LOST IN 2010. THE WHITE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER THAT, THOUGH NOT AN OPTIMAL OUTCOME, LOSING CONTROL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES BUT CERTAINLY SOMETHING BETTER THAN THEY WERE FEARING AND ON THE SENATE SIDE, MUCH BETTER EXPECTATIONS. WHAT WILL THAT TELL THE WHITE HOUSE? RALLIES AND CROWD SIDES STILL MATTER. AND IMMIGRATION CUTS DIFFERENTLY IN DIFFERENT PLACES. BUT IT IS NOT A REPELLANT ISSUE FOR ALL HISPANIC VOTERS. THE FLORIDA VOTES SUGGESTLY SUGGEST THAT. OTHER PLACES DO AS WELL. THE WHITE HOUSE DOES CONSIDER THE PRESIDENT'S FOCUS ON THAT ISSUE DOWN THE STRETCH MORE HELPFUL THAN HARMFUL IN THE BIG PICTURE. BACK TO YOU IN NEW YORK. >> ALL RIGHT MAJOR GARRETT. THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU FOR STAYING THERE ON THE NORTH LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE SO LATE THIS EVENING DOING ALL THAT REPORTING AND THANKS TO EVERYONE HERE. AS WE WRAP UP OUR COVERAGE THIS EVENING, THERE'S A LOT TO HAVE BEEN LEARNED FROM THE NUMBERS THAT CAME IN AND THE VOTER'S VOICES WERE HEARD. THEY DID SEND A MESSAGE TONIGHT. SOME OF THE THINGS WE LEARNED? >> WELL, ONE OF THE THINGS WE LEARN IS THE COUNTRY IS SPLIT. IT IS STILL SPLIT AND THE SPLITS AND BOB TALKED ABOUT WE ARE A SPLIT COUNTRY. THERE ARE SOME ON BOTH SIDES WHO THINK THE OTHER SIDE CAUSED THE SPLIT TO GET WIDER. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING TO WASHINGTON NOW WHO HAVE GOT FASCINATING BACKGROUNDS. WHO LIVED LIVES OF PUBLIC SERVICE AND THINK POLITICS IS STILL THE PLACE TO GO AND MAKE A CHANGE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. >> I AGREE. I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF FINGER POINTING BUT BEN SAID IT BEST WHEN HE SAID YOU HAVE A LOT OF NEW BLOOD COMING IN. MAYBE THEY WILL WANT TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY. I AM CURIOUS TO SEE HOW THEY WILL PLAY WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE HOUSE. WILL NANCY PELOSI REMAIN IN CHARGE. AND WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THE SENATE REPUBLICANS? WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN THERE? >> AND NORA … >> PEOPLE COMING IN COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE. >> AND YOU WERE TALKING, GAYLE YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS AS WE HAVE BEEN GEARING UP FOR TONIGHT. WOMEN. WOMEN, WOMEN, WOMEN. REGARDLESS OF PARTY. WE HAVE SEEN MORE DEMOCRATS THAN WOMEN. BUT, WE HAVE SEEN WOMEN FROM ALL DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS REALLY SHOW THAT LISTEN, I CAN BE A MOM. I CAN BE A CAREER WOMAN. I CAN BE IN THE MILITARY. I CAN DO ANYTHING AND I CAN REPRESENT YOU. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE VOTED THESE WOMEN IN. >> AND THE STATISTICS SHOW WHEN WOMEN ARE IN CHARGE, IN TERMS OF CAMARADERIE AND INTERACTING WITH OTHERS, IN TERMS OF EFFICIENCY, NOTHING AGAINST THE MEN BUT STATISTICS BEAR OUT THE WOMEN IN POWER. IF YOU WANT TO BE A WOMAN IN POWER, EMPOWER OTHER WOMEN. AND THAT MAKES SUCH SENSE TO ME. >> BOB, THIS WAS YOUR 25th? >> MY 25th. >> HOW ARE YOU HOLDING UP? >> SO FAR SO GOOD. I THINK THE STORY OF WOMEN IS THE BIG STORY OF THIS NIGHT. I THINK THE COUNTRY IS STILL DIVIDED. BUT, YOU KNOW, I CAN REMEMBER BACK WHEN JOHN DICKERSON'S MOM WAS THE ONLY FEMALE CORRESPONDENT AT CBS NEWS. I REMEMBER WHEN I CAME TO WASHINGTON, WE HAD ONE FEMALE CORRESPONDENT. AND I THINK THAT'S A WONDERFUL THING. I HAVE TWO DAUGHTERS AND THREE GRANDDAUGHTERS. I'M GLAD TO SEE THIS HAPPENING. BUT, WE DON'T REALLY THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH THINGS HAVE CHANGED. NOT JUST IN OUR INDUSTRY, BUT EVERYWHERE. >> THAT'S RIGHT. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME, CONGRESS WILL LIKELY HAVE MORE THAN 100 WOMEN IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WE SAW WOMEN HOLD THE KEY TO POWER AND THE CHANGES. THEY SWITCHED THEIR VOTE. THEY WERE THE SWING VOTE IN TODAY'S ELECTIONS. IT HAS BEEN A HISTORIC NIGHT. CONGRESS WILL BE MORE FEMALE, MORE DIVERSE, MORE VETERANS. FOR ALL OF US HERE AT CBS NEWS, WE WILL TAKE A BREAK BEFORE WE SAY GOODNIGHT. FOR ALL OF US, AT CBS NEWS, THERE'S MORE TO SAY. [ LAUGHTER ] >> STAY TUNED. MORE RIGHT AFTER THIS. STAY TEUNDZ, MORE RIGHT AFTER >> IT HAS BEEN A HISTORIC NIGHT. LET'S GO TO THE DECISION DESK AND THANK ALL OF THOSE WHO SPENT ALL NIGHT. STILL SMILING, CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS. HELPING US TO UNDERSTAND THIS HISTORIC ELECTION. MIDTERM LIKE WE HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. CBS NEWS HAS NEVER SPENT SO MUCH TIME ON THE AIR BECAUSE SO MUCH WAS AT STAKE. TO ED O'KEEFE AND NANCY CORDES, YOU GUYS KNOW THESE HOUSE AND SENATE RACES LIKE NOBODY ELSE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ANTHONY MASON AND THE EXIT POLLS. CBS NEWS, THE BEST TEAM ON TELEVISION. PROUD TO BE A PART OF THIS NETWORK. JOIN US TOMORROW ON CBS THIS MORNING. >> IN TWO HOURS. [ LAUGHTER ] >> THE REST OF YOUR NIGHT. >> I'M GETTING A WRAP. MUCH MORE ELECTION RESULTS ON CBSN AND THE CBS EVENING NEWS. FOR SOME OF YOU, YOUR LATE LOCAL NEWS IS UP NEXT FOLLOWED BY THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT. FOR THE REST OF OUR TEAM. I'M NORA O'DONNELL. >> MIDTERM ELECTION USED TO BE BORING. >> I KNOW WHAT UNITES US IS THE FACT WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. >> I WOULD LIKE TO BRING DECENCY BACK TO AMERICA. >> DECENCY AND COMMON SENSE WITH WIN OUT OVER BAD. >> PAY ATTENTION. >> IT'S TOO UGLY FOR ME. >> I WAITED 30 YEARS FOR AMERICA TO CHANGE. >> WE ARE AMERICA. >> SHOW UP AND VOTE AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. >> WE ARE COMING TO MAKE DEMOCRACY WORK FOR THE PEOPLE. ARE YOU READY? >> HELLO EVERYONE. I'M TANYA RIVERO. >> I'M ERROL BARNETT. WHAT A NIGHT. >> INDEED. >> THIS IS CBSN'S 2018 ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE. POLLS HAVE CLOSED ACROSS THE NATION. AND, CBS NEWS PROJECTS REPUBLICANS WILL KEEP CONTROL OF THE SENATE. DEMOCRATS WERE DEFENDING SENATE SEATS IN TEN STATES PRESIDENT TRUMP WON IN 2016. >> DEMOCRATS HAVE SECURED A HOUSE MAJORITY FLIPPING AT LEAST 25 SEATS AND ENDING TWO YEARS OF COMPLETE REPUBLICAN CONTROL IN CONGRESS. EARLIER, REP NANCY PELOSI WHO COULD BECOME HOUSE MAJORITY SPEAKER AGAIN TOLD SUPPORTERS IN WASHINGTON THE DEMOCRATS WILL FOCUS ON HEALTH CARE AND DRAINING THE SWAMP OF SPECIAL INTERESTS. >> TODAY IS ABOUT MORE THAN DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, IT'S ABOUT RESTORING CHECKS AND BALANCES TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. IT'S ABOUT STOPPING THE GOP AND MITCH MCCONNELL'S ASSAULT ON MEDICARE, MEDICAID, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND THE HEALTH CARE OF 130 MILLION AMERICANS LIVING WITH PREEXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS. >> YOU HEARD NANCY PELOSI SAY THE KEY IS TO STOPPING THE PRESIDENT'S AGENDA. SO, A CHANGE HERE IN CONGRESS COULD SIGNAL GRIDLOCK FOR THE PRESIDENT'S AGENDA. MR. TRUMP CALLED THE NIGHT A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS. KELLYANNE CONWAY SPOKE TO REPORTERS OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE AND WAS ASKED IF A DEMOCRATIC HOUSE WOULD BE A CHECK ON THE PRESIDENT. >> THEY HAVE A BURDEN TO COME TO THE WHITE HOUSE AND PRESENT TO THE PRESIDENT. I THINK IT IS NO ACCIDENT THAT THE REPUBLICANS HELD AND WILL GAIN IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. THAT'S PRETTY REMARKABLE. IT'S HISTORIC. IT HAS ONLY HAPPENED EIGHT TIMES IN THE LAST 80 YEARS. THE FACT REPUBLICANS WILL GAIN MORE TONIGHT IS A REAL TESTAMENT TO THE FACT MANY VOTERS WANT THEIR STATEWIDE OFFICIALS TO BE PEOPLE WHO WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE THIS ECONOMIC BOOM GOING. FREEDOM AND FREE MARKETS AND I WOULD POINT OUT TO YOU, THE PRESIDENT WENT FIVE FOR FIVE IN HIS LAST TWO DAYS ALONE. >> AND A BREAKDOWN EVERYTHING WE KNOW AND WHAT THESE RESULTS COULD MEAN, WE ARE JOINED BY CBSN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTORS MICHAEL GRAHAM AND JOEL PAYNE. MICHAEL IS A COLUMNIST FOR THE BOSTON HERALD AND JOEL IS A FORMER SENATE LEADERSHIP AID AND DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST. THANKS TO BOTH OF YOU FOR BEING HERE. >> WOW. >> AND FOR STAYING WITH US. >> YEAH. MARATHON. JOEL, I WANT TO START WITH YOU. THE DEMOCRATS LOST SOME HIGHLY PUBLICIZED RACES. BUT IS IT REALLY AS BAD AS THAT MIGHT SUGGEST? >> NO. I MEAN LISTEN, THERE WERE CERTAINLY SOME GUT PUNCHES TONIGHT. I THINK THAT'S THE BEST WAY I COULD DESCRIBE IT. YOU KNOW. ANDREW GILLUM RAN SUCH A CAMPAIGN THAT GALVANIZED SO MANY DEMOCRATS AROUND THE COUNTRY. NOT JUST IN FLORIDA. THEY SAW HIM AS A RISING STAR, BETO O'ROURKE, THE SAME THING. SO THERE WERE DEFINITE GUT PUNCHES THERE, BUT OVERALL, DEMOCRATS HAVE TO FEEL GOOD. LISTEN, DEMOCRATS ARE NOW GOING TO CONTROL THE HOUSE. THEY WILL CONTROL THE GAVEL OF ABOUT A DOZEN COMMITTEES. THAT IS SUBPOENA POWER, BUT THAT IS ALSO A POWER TO HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE AND DIRECT THE PRESIDENT'S AGENDA. I THINK THAT IS A CHECK THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CLEARLY WANTED TO PUT IN PLACE TONIGHT. THAT'S A MESSAGE THEY WANTED TO SEND TO THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION. >> ONE OF THE REACTIONS I'M SEEING FROM PEOPLE IS THAT THIS IS ALMOST A CHOOSE YOUR OWN OUTCOME ELECTION. DEMOCRATS WIN THE HOUSE, REPUBLICANS WIN THE SENATE. CANDIDATES IN PLACES WHERE PRESIDENT TRUMP HELD THE RALLIES WON. BUT HE WAS FOUND TO BE PRETTY TOXIC IN THE SUBURBS AMONG SOB URBAN WOMEN. >> AND WOMEN MADE RECORD STRIDES IN THIS ELECTION. MORE WOMEN HEADED TO CONGRESS. >> SO IF YOU ARE PRESIDENT TRUMP, HOW DO YOU READ THIS? IF THIS WAS A REFERENDUM ON THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY. WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU EXPECT THE PRESIDENT TO TAKE? >> I WANT TO DECLARE THIS THE OPRAH ELECTION. YOU GET A WIN AND YOU GET A WIN. AND YOU GET A WIN. SO TRUMP WILL TAKE HIS WIN. HE WILL SAY YOU KNOW WHAT? BILL CLINTON LOST 53 SEATS. BARACK OBAMA LOST 63 SEATS. I LOST 30. WHATEVER. AND I PICKED UP SEATS IN THE SENATE. AND IT WILL BE EASIER FOR ME TO REPLACE RUTH BADER GINSBURG THAN TO GET IN KAVANAUGH. I WANT TO GO BACK. JOEL IS A GREAT GUY. HE IS RIGHT ABOUT THE MATH. HEY, YOU WON THE HOUSE. IT'S GOOD NEWS. YOU'LL HAVE CONTROL BUT DEMOCRATS DON'T FEEL, THEY ARE LIKE, I KNOW WE WERE GOING TO GO TO DISNEYLAND BUT WE ARE GOING TO THE MUSEUM. IT'S A LOT OF FUN. NO, I WANT DISNEY LAND. DEMOCRATS THOUGHT THIS WAS GOING TO BE ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS WHERE THEY COULD HAVE POLITICAL REVENGE AND STAND OVER THEIR POLITICAL COWORKERS. YEAH, YOU HAD 2016, BUT WE GOT YOU BACK. THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN. IT DOESN'T FEEL SATISFYING. >> WE ARE STILL GOING TO DISNEYLAND. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? WHETHER OR NOT NANCY PELOSI WEARS MICKEY EARS. [ LAUGHTER ] >> IT'S INTERESTING, 61% OF FIRST TIME DEMOCRATIC VOTERS VOTED DEMOCRAT OPPOSED TO 36% WHO VOTED REPUBLICAN. SO CLEARLY, THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT MORE ENTHUSIASM ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE, JOEL. >> THERE WAS ENTHUSIASM ON DEMOCRATIC SIDE NOT JUST BY THE NUMBER YOU CITE THERE, BUT JUST THE NUMBER OF DEMOCRATIC VOTES THAT WERE CAST TONIGHT. THERE WAS A 9 PERCENTAGE POINT GAP IN FAVOR OF DEMOCRATS WHICH BY THE WAY, DOES TRACK VERY CLOSELY TO A LOT OF THE PUBLIC POLLS WE HAVE SEEN ABOUT GENERIC BALLOT PREFERENCE. ALL THE TALK ABOUT POLLING. MICHAEL, I KNOW YOU HAVE STRONG THOUGHTS ON THAT. POLLING HAS SOME INTEGRITY. BUT DEMOCRATS FEEL GREAT. AND BY THE WAY, A LOT OF THOSE CANDIDATES ARE WOMEN. BY THE WAY, THAT IS WHERE DEMOCRATS REALLY SEE THE FUTURE. BECAUSE, LOOKING AT 2020, ELIZABETH WARREN. KRISTIN GILLABRND. THERE ARE A LOT OF STRONG, PROMINENT WOMEN AT THE HEAD OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. THAT'S A GOOD THING. >> I DEFINITELY THINK THIS WILL BE LOOKING AHEAD THE YEAR OF THE WOMAN. IT WILL ALL BE ABOUT WOMEN GOING FORWARD. BUT, DO YOU BOTH SEE COMMON THREADS THAT DROVE VOTERS THIS TIME AROUND? JOEL YOU FIRST, THEN MICHAEL. >> NO. YOU KNOW, IT'S SO INTERESTING. >> I COMPLETELY DISAGREE. >> WE HAD AN INTERESTING CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS. YOU SAID CHOOSE YOUR OWN OUTCOME. VOTERS DID NOT REALLY SEND A CONSISTENT MESSAGE HERE. YES, THEY SAID HEALTH CARE WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE TO THEM. ACCORDING TO EXIT POLLS AND ACCORDING TO ANECDOTAL INFORMATION. BUT THEY DIDN'T VOTE IN A WAY THAT SUGGESTED THAT. THEY VOTED IN A WAY THAT SUGGESTED BRETT KAVANAUGH WAS A SIGNIFICANT DECISION IN THE SENATE RACES. THEY VOTED IN A WAY THAT SUGGESTED THE PRESIDENT'S DEMAGOGUING ON IMMIGRATION WORKED. >> THE QUESTION I HAVE, WE LEARNED IN POLITICAL SCIENCE CLASS, DEMOCRATS SUCK AT MIDTERMS. THEY JUST DON'T SHOW UP. I THINK IT WAS A REALLY INTERESTING HYBRID. PRESIDENT TRUMP DID A GOOD JOB OF ENERGIZING THE REGULAR REPUBLICAN MIDTERM ELECTION FOLKS. AND ADDING SOME TO THAT. DEMOCRATS DID AN AMAZING JOB OF GETTING NOT PEOPLE WHO DON'T TRADITIONALLY VOTE AT MIDTERMS TO COME OUT. AN, AS A RESULT, THAT EQUALIZED THINGS. THAT'S WHERE THE MIXED MESSAGES SHOWED UP. YOU CAN'T SAY IF HEALTH CARE WON OR LOST IN FLORIDA. IT WAS A RAZOR'S EDGE. YOU DON'T KNOW THE ONE OR TWO PERCENT THAT WERE PART OF EITHER BASE. I WANT A LOCAL DEMOCRAT FOR CONGRESS, BUT I'M STICKING WITH A REPUBLICAN FOR GOVERNOR. YOU SAW THAT AROUND THE COUNTRY. IT WAS A HYBRID MIDTERM. THAT GAVE OUT SIZED INFLUENCE TO THOSE SWINGING VOTES. HE WAS TALKING ABOUT WHO WERE BOUNCING AROUND THE BALLOT. >> LET ME THROW OUT A CONTROVERSIAL CONCEPT HERE. IS THERE NOW AN INCENTIVE FOR SOME BIPARTISANSHIP, SOME COOPERATION ON ISSUES? INFRASTRUCTURE OR IMMIGRATION BECAUSE OF THIS NOW MIXED BAG OR A DEMOCRAT NOW IN A POSITION WHERE THEY WANT TO DOUBLE DOWN ON THEIR ANTITRUMP RHETORIC? >> THERE IS NO INCENTIVE TO WORK TOGETHER. >> NONE. >> THAT DOES NOT MEAN GOOD PEOPLE OF GOOD THOUGHT AND COMEDY SHOULDN'T TRY TO COME TOGETHER AND WORK TOGETHER. BUT, NEITHER OF THE BASES OF THE PARTIES WHICH CONTROLLED THE 2020 PRIMARY PROCESS, WHICH CONTROLLED THE MONEY, WHICH CONTROLLED A LOT OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT OF THE PARTIES, THEY DO NOT REWARD BIPARTISANSHIP. YOU GET PUNISHED FOR IT. GO ASK PEOPLE LIKE BOB BENNETT, DICK LUGER. YOU DO NOT GET REWARDED FOR BIPARTISANSHIP IF YOU ARE AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL AS A DEMOCRAT. >> HERE'S A DEAL WE COULD DO NOW. IF WE WERE THE PRESIDENT, WE COULD DO A DEAL, SOME MONEY FOR A WALL LIKE THING. BUT, YOU KNOW, SIGNIFICANT WALL WHERE YOU REALLY NEED IT. A WALL YOU CAN POINT AT AND MAKE PEOPLE FEEL GOOD. >> MORE THAN BASHED WIRE. >> NONO BARBED WIRE NEEDED AND DACA RECIPIENTS, PERMANENT LEGALIZATION. THAT'S LIKE A NAPKIN. WE COULD DO IT. BUT WHEN NANCY PELOSI AND CHUCK SCHUMER WERE IN THE OFFICE READY TO MAKE THE DEEM, IT'S WHEN THEY CAME OUT THAT THE DEAL ENDED BECAUSE THE BASES WERE LIKE YOU'RE NOT GOING TO WORK WITH THEM. WE'RE NOT GOING TO COMPROMISE. AND THIS ELECTION, SOMETHING FOR EVERYTHING, GAVE THE BASE ARGUMENTS TO SAY WHY WOULD WE MAKE A DEAL? WE ARE WINNING. NO DEALS. >> PARTICULARLY, ONE QUICK POINT. THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT NOW, WE ARE OFFICIALLY IN 2020 SEASON. >> THAT'S WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY. IT HAS STARTED. TONIGHT IT HAS STARTED. SO WHAT IS THE MAJOR TAKE AWAY? WHAT IS THE LESSON GOING FORWARD FROM TONIGHT? >> I THINK FOR DEMOCRATS THE LESSON IS THIS. DEMOCRATS WILL FOLLOW THE ENERGY. RIGHT NOW, THE ENERGY IS WITH WOMEN CANDIDATES AS I ALLUDED TO EARLIER. I WAS TALKING TO A HIGH PROFILE MEMBER OF ONE OF THE 2020s . ALL ABOUT WOMEN. THAT FAVORS SOME OF THOSE CANDIDATES RUMORED TO BE THE TOP CONTENDERS IN 2020 UNDER DEMOCRATIC SIDE. BUT FOR REPUBLICANS, THIS MIGHT BE POSITIVE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP IN THE SENSE HE GETS A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS TO RUN AGAINST. AND I DON'T THINK THAT CAN BE UNDERESTIMATED. THIS PRESIDENT LOVES THE OPORTUNITY TO RUN AGAINST SOMEBODY AND HE HAS A MORE PROMINENT OPPONENT TO RUN AGAINST. >> I FOLLOW THE TEACHINGS OF WC FIELDS WHO SAID I NEVER VOTE FOR ANYONE. I ONLY VOTE AGAINST. DONALD TRUMP DID NOT GET ELECTED PRESIDENT IN 2016. PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT STATES VOTED AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON. HE NEEDS ANOTHER AGAINST. NANCY PELOOF COLOR. ANTHAT BRINGS ANOTHER FIGHT. THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP FIGHT IN THE HOUSE. NOW, RIGHT NOW, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP TEAM IS NANCY PELOSI, HOYER AND CLABURN WHO AVERAGE 78.5 YEARS OLD BETWEEN THE THREE. THAT'S NOT EXAGGERATION. THAT IS THEIR AGE. I DON'T KNOW IF NANCY PELOSI WILL BE THE SPEAKER OR NOT. THAT WILL NOT BE THE LEADERSHIP TEAM. I CAN ALMOST ASSUREDLY TELL YOU THERE WILL BE ENERGY WITHIN THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS THAT THERE IS SOMEBODY OF THE MORE MILLENNIAL GENERATION. >> THE WIND DOES SEEM TO BE BLOWING IN THAT DIRECTION. >> AS A REPUBLICAN, I PRAY NANCY PELOSI STAYS IN GOOD HEALTH AND BECOMES SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, BUT IN THE INTEREST OF BIPARTISANSHIP, I HAVE A SOLUTION FOR THE DEMOCRATS. THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE SPEAKER'S JOB. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO BE SPEAKER. THAT IS NOT REQUIRED. THERE IS A GUY IN TEXAS LOOKING FOR A JOB RIGHT NOW. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, BETO O'ROURKE. HE NEEDS A JOB, THEY NEED A STRATEGY. >> BRILLIANT IDEA. >> I THINK HE IS TOO BUSY RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. >> WHAT BETTER PLACE TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT? >> WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST WILL BE THE IMPACT ON WOMEN VOTERS IN 2020? NOT WOMEN WHO RUN FOR OFFICE. BUT THE VOTERS. >> IF YOU ARE A WOMAN, YOU HAVE TO FEEL PRETTY GOOD. THIS IS THE ENERGY THAT STARTED THE DAY AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP'S INAUGURATION. AND WITH THE IMPRESSIVE FEMALE CANDIDATES WE SAW AND THE STRONG FEMALE TURNOUT NUMBERS. WOMEN WERE HURT TONIGHT AND I THINK THEY WILL BE HURT AGAIN IN TWO YEARS. WHILE IT IS NICE YOU CREATED THIS BASE STRATEGY, HE IS GOING TO HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO BREAK THE FEVER WITH WOMEN VOTERS. ALL WOMEN VOTER, THE SUBURB VOTERS AND COLLEGE EDUCATED VOTERS. THE PRESIDENT HAS TO FIGURE THAT OUT. >> THIS IS A PROBLEM ENTIRELY GENERATED BY DONALD TRUMP. WOMEN A ALWAYS VOTED MORE DEMOCRAT BUT YOU HAVE NEVER HAD THIS KIND OF GAP. AND THIS GAP IS NOT SURVIVEABLE. I DON'T KNOW HOW THIS PRESIDENT WITH HIS BAGGAGE AND HIS APPROACH IS GOING TO SOLVE THAT. WOMEN IN THE BASE LOVE THIS GUY. HE'S THE KIND OF GUY THEY LOVE, BUT THAT'S NOT CLOSE TO THE WORKING MAJORITY OF WOMEN VOTERS. >> THAT COULD BE HIS ACHILLES HEEL IF WOMEN FEEL HE IS TREATING THEM UNFAIRLY SIMPLY BECAUSE SHE'S A WOMAN. >> ANOTHER THING ABOUT 2020. YOU HAD THREE SIGNIFICANT CANDIDATES IN BETO O'ROURKE, STACEY ABRAMS, ANDREW GILLUM. SEEMS ALL THREE OF THOSE WILL NOT LEAVE THIS EVENING WITH A VICTORY. THAT WAS GOING TO BE THE NEW GENERATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. THAT DEMOCRATS WERE GOING TO BE EXCITED ABOUT POTENTIALLY BEING UNDER THE BANNER OF THE PARTY. ELIZABETH WARRENS, THE JOE BIDENS. THE BERNIE SANDERS. >> THAT'S THE AVERAGE AGE OF THEM? >> YOU DON'T SOUND TOO EXCITED ABOUT THAT. >> THAT'S NOT A VALUE JUDGMENT. BUT THAT'S A DIFFERENT GENERATION AN A DIFFERENT RACE AGAINST DONALD TRUMP. THAT WAS A SIGNIFICANT TAKE AWAY FROM TONIGHT FOR ME AS WELL. >> I THINK THE MORE I THINK ABOUT TONIGHT, THE MORE I THINK IT WAS REALLY WORSE FOR THE DEMOCRATS. THEY WON THE HOUSE. I DON'T WANT TO TAKE THAT AWAY. THAT'S SUCH A BIG DEAL. BUT SO MUCH DAMAGE WAS DONE. LOSING THE GOVERNORSHIP IN OHIO AND THE GOVERNORSHIP IN FLORIDA BEFORE 2020 IS A BIG DEAL. THEY WILL BE REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS FOR REDISTRICTING STARTING IN 2022. AFTER THE 2020 ELECTION I SHOULD SAY. SO, THERE WAS A LOT OF BAD NEWS HERE. >> TO EARL'S POINT EARLIER, WE ALSO WON A GOVERNOR'S RACE IN KANSAS, WE PERFORMED VERY WELL IN IOWA AND SOUTH DAKOTA. AND BY THE WAY, THE NIGHT IS NOT OVER IN ARIZONA AND NEVADA YET. YOU COULD SEE A POSITION WHERE DEMOCRATS ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT GOING TO WIN THE SENATE, BUT THEY COULD FLIP SENATE SEATS THEY WILL NEED TO EVENTUALLY HAVE TO HAVE THE MAJORITY. SO AGAIN, IT'S CHOOSE YOUR POISON. CHOOSE WHAT YOU WANT TO THINK ABOUT. >> YOU MAKE A GOOD POINT, THE STATES THAT ARE SO VITAL, THE REPUBLICANS JUST DID SO WELL. AND THE CANDIDATES WHO WERE THE MOST TROUBLESOME FOR THEIR FUTURE ARE THE ONES THAT HAPPENED TO LOSE. YOU KNOW, KANSAS, NOTHING PERSONAL TO THE FINE FOLKS OF KANSAS BUT DOES IT MATTER ABOUT GOVERNOR KELLY? I DON'T KNOW IF THAT IS A BIG DEAL. BUT BETO O'ROURKE AND GILLUM AND ABRAMS OFF THE MAP IS GOOD NEWS FOR REPUBLICANS. >> NO CLEAR MANDATE OUT OF THIS MIDTERM ELECTION. BUT WE APPRECIATE YOU GUYS KIND OF PROCESSING SOME OF IT. >> ABSOLUTELY. >> THANK YOU MICHAEL AND JOEL. CO-PRESIDENTS PERHAPS. WE WILL SEE NOW THAT WE ARE IN THE 2020 ELECTION SEASON. THANK YOU BOTH VERY MUCH. >> THANKS. >> MY PLEASURE. >>> COMING UP AFTER THE BREAK, VOTER TURNOUT WAS A MAJOR FACTOR ON ELECTION DAY, BUT WHO REALLY SHOWED UP AND WHO DID THEY VOTE FOR? >> AND IT WAS A NIGHT OF SEVERAL FIRSTS. MOSTLY FOR WOMEN. WE DISCUSS AHEAD. YOU ARE STREAMING CBSN. >> WELCOME BACK TO ELECTION COVERAGE ON CBSN. I'M TANYA RIVERO WITH ERROL BARNETT. WITH REPUBLICANS MAINTAINING CONTROL OF THE SENATE AND DEMOCRATS GAINING CONTROL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE QUESTION NOW IS WHAT ISSUES EACH PARTY WILL FOCUS ON WHEN THE 116th CONGRESS IS SWORN IN ON JANUARY 3, 2019. >> AND THERE IS ANOTHER MORE PRESSING QUESTION AS WELL. WHAT DO THE RESULTS MEAN FOR ONGOING INVESTIGATIONS INVOLVING THE PRESIDENT, HIS ASSOCIATES AND HIS PREVIOUS 2016 CAMPAIGN? JOINING US MORE TO TALK ABOUT THIS, MOLLY HOOPER AND SABRINA SIDDIQUI. MOLLY IS A CONGRESSIONAL REPORTER FOR THE HILL AND SABRINA IS A POLITICAL REPORTER FOR THE GUARDIAN. THANKS TO YOU BOTH FOR STAYING UP THROUGH THE LATE NIGHT HOURS. WHAT SHOULD WE MAKE OF THE DEMOCRATIC OUTCOME HERE? BECAUSE, THE ENTHUSE YAM WAS ON THEIR SIDE AS FAR AS A HOPEFUL MESSAGE AND A MORE DIVERSE ARRAY OF CANDIDATES WHO SEEMED TO FALL SHORT AT THE END OF THE DAY. AND HOW DOES THE FACT THEY WON THE MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE BECOME OVERSHADOWED BY THE LACK OF STAR POWER? >> WELL, I THINK THAT THERE WAS SO MUCH FOCUS ON SOME OF THESE LONG SHOT CANDIDATES LIKE BETO O'ROURKE IN TEXAS. EVEN ANDREW GILLUM AND STACEY ABRAMS IN FLORIDA AND GEORGIA, THE GUBERNATORIAL CONTESTS THERE. THEY WERE FACING AN UPHILL BATTLE. THE RACE IN GEORGIA HAS NOT YET BEEN CALLED BUT SOME OF IT HAS DISTRACTED FROM THE FACT THAT DEMOCRATS DID RETAKE THE HOUSE AND THEY WERE NOT EXPECTED TO ACTUALLY DO SO UNTIL 2020. SO, IF WE HAD BEEN TALKING ABOUT A PRESIDENT CLINTON, WE WOULDN'T EVEN BE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION TONIGHT. BUT, IT IS BECAUSE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND A WAVE OF REPUBLICAN RETIREMENTS THAT DEMOCRATS WERE ACTUALLY ABLE TO FLIP THE 23 SEATS. IT HAS PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS FOR WHAT REMAINS OF THE PRESIDENT'S FIRST TERM AND THE YEARS TO COME. >> THEY FLIPPED SEATS IN DISTRICTS THEY WERE NOT EXPECTED TO AND WHERE REPUBLICANS HAVE THE LEAD. SO MOLLY, CAN YOU WALK US THROUGH THE KEY RACES AND HOW THEY WERE ABLE TO OVERTAKE THE HOUSE? >> ACTUALLY, GOING TO THE POINT OF STAR POWER IN FLORIDA, WITH ANDREW GILLUM. THAT HELPED GET VOTER OUT TO VOTE IN RACES LIKE FLORIDA 26. YOU HAD CARLOS CARBELLO WHO WAS IN A TOSSUP RACE, BUT HE HAS BEEN A VERY VIABLE CANDIDATE IN THE PAST AND HE HAS WON, YET HE DIDN'T THIS TIME. YOU LOOK AT RACES IN TEXAS. JOHN CALBURSON IN TEXAS 7 AND PETE SESSIONS WHO USED TO BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN ARM. HE LOST HIS RACE. AND THAT IS IN LARGE PART DUE TO BETO O'ROURKE'S VOTERS WHO GOT OUT TO THE POLLS AND ACTUALLY ENDED UPTURNING THAT SEAT FOR DEMOCRATS. >> THAT IS PRETTY INCREDIBLE. >> WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER MAJOR HEADLINE OUT OF THIS? SO MANY FIRSTS, ALL UP AND DOWN THE CATEGORIES. YOU HAVE RASHIDA TLAIB OF MICHIGAN, THE FIRST MUSLIM WOMAN ELECTED TO CONGRESS. ALEXANDRIA OCASI O-CORTEZ, JARED POLIS. THE FIRST OPENLY GAY GOVERNOR. IS THIS IS MORE LONG TERM TAKE AWAY WE ARE SEEING? >> THERE IS NO QUESTION. THERE IS ALSO ILHAN OMAR IN MINNESOTA. NOW TWO MUSLIM WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN SENT TO CONGRESS. YOU ALSO HAD THE FIRST TWO NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN SENT TO CONGRESS. AND THERE ARE A LOT OF FIRSTS. IT IS ALSO A VERY BIG YEAR FOR WOMEN I THINK, ROUGHLY 90 WOMEN WON THEIR ELECTIONS AND THAT INCLUDES MORE THAN 20 CLOSE TO 28 WHO WILL SEE THEIR FIRST TERMS IN THE HOUSE. THERE HAS BEEN A RESPONSE AT THE BALLOT BACKSEAT TO DONALD TRUMP AND HIS PRESIDENCY. THE UPRISING OF PEOPLE OF COLOR, OF WOMEN WHO CERTAINLY HAD PROTESTED AND HAVE PROTESTED THE PAST TWO YEARS, MARCHED LITERALLY ON THE STREETS. AND YOU HAVE VOTERS ESSENTIALLY THE DEMOCRATIC BASE DEMANDING ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO ARE MORE REFLECTIVE OF THE DIVERSITY YOU SEE NOT JUST ACROSS THE DEMOCRATIC BASE BUT THE COUNTRY. >> KEEP IN MIND, IT'S NOT EASY TO RUN FOR OFFICE. I MEAN, WE COVER THESE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME. I MEAN, JUST LOOK. YOUR LIFE IS UNDER A MIKE SCOPE. FOR A LONG TIME, A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE STELLAR RESUMES, WHY WOULD THEY WANT TO RUN FOR OFFICE? THEY WERE IN WARS, SERVED IN INTELLIGENCE. YET I THINK THIS PRESIDENT GALVANIZED QUALITY CANDIDATES TO COME OUT AND RUN FOR OFFICE. YOU LOOK AT THE LOT OF THE DEMOCRATS. YOU LOOK AT SEVERAL DEMOCRATS WHO WON LIKE ABIGAIL SPANBURGER, A FORMER CIA OPERATIVE. FORMER MILITARY VETERANS AND COMBAT EXPERIENCE. >> FIGHTER PILOTS. >> YES. YOU LOOK AT THESE INDIVIDUALS AND THEY HAVE A RESUME OF A TYPICAL REPUBLICAN. BUT, THEY ARE DEMOCRATIC. YOU KNOW, THEY ARE DEMOCRATIC WINNERS. AND SO, THIS IS SORT OF A CHANGE I THINK, HOW DEMOCRATS GO ABOUT APPROACHING THE NATIONAL SECURITY ISSUES AND WHATNOT. BUT IT ADDS MORE DIVERSITY TO THE MILITARY ASPECT. FUNDING, IT IS A HUGE ISSUE FOR CONGRESS. >> WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ISSUES DEMOCRATS ARE LIKELY TO TAKE UP AS THEY ARE SWORN INTO CONGRESS? >> THERE'S THE ISSUES AND THE INVESTIGATIONS. BECAUSE I >> THEY ARE LIKELY TO SUBPOENA HIS TAX RETURNS. THERE'S POSSIBLE ETHICS VIOLATIONS BY SEVERAL OFFICIALS WHO WORK IN THE WHITE HOUSE. THE QUESTION OF SECURITY CLEARANCES THAT ARE GRANTED WITHOUT A CLEAR PROCESS. THE LIST GOES ON AND ON. THERE IS THE MISUSE OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS BUT SEVERAL OFFICIALS. SO THE WHITE HOUSE IS RAMPING UP ITS LEGAL GROUND WORK. THEY KNEW THIS DAY MIGHT BE COMING. WHETHER THEY ARE PREPARED FOR IT IS ANOTHER QUESTION. >> ISN'T THERE A RISK FOR DEMOCRATS THOUGH? MOLLY? BECAUSE OF THE MULTIPLE AVENUES THAT DEMOCRATS COULD PURSUE, ALREADY, WE SAW THE DEMOCRATS WEREN'T NECESSARILY TRYING TO CAMPAIGN ON IMPEACHING PRESIDENT TRUMP. >> NO. >> THEY FELL SHORT OF THAT BECAUSE THEY FELT LIKE YOU HAVE TO OFFER SOMETHING TO VOTERS IN ORDER TO REALLY GET GET LEXED AND REELECTED. >> I THINK GOING DOWN THE INVESTIGATION ROUTE IS NOT AS RISKY AS GOING FOR IMPEACHMENT. BECAUSE PRESIDENT TRUMP IS WAITING TO BE IMPEACHED. LOOK AT HIM. HE BROUGHT IT UP ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. IT IS SOMETHING THAT GALVANIZES HIS BASE. IT SCARES THEM INTO THINKING WE HAVE TO GET OUT AND VOTE. YOU DIDN'T HEAR DEMOCRATS TALKING ABOUT THAT AS MUCH. AND DEMOCRATIC LEADERS WERE TRYING TO REIN IN SOME OF THEIR MORE LIBERAL MEMBERS WHO WOULD PREFER THAT OPTIONBUT WHEN IT COMES TO INVESTIGATIONS, ELIJAH CUMMINGS SET TO BE THE NEXT GOVERNMENT OVERNIGHT CHAIRMAN PUT OUT A LIST OF 64 SUBPOENAS THE DEMOCRATS WANTED TO ISSUE TO VARIOUS MEMBERS OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION THAT THE REPUBLICANS HAVE DENIED. YOU GO BACK AND LOOK AT THAT LIST, THEY ARE ALL INVESTIGATIONS THAT THE DEMOCRATS COULD PURSUE. RIGHT NOW, THEY KIND OF NEED TO CALL TOGETHER WHAT EXACTLY WHICH ROUTES THEY WANT TO PURSUE AND WHICH COMMITTEES WILL PURSUE THEM. THE RUSSIA TIES, SECURITY CLEARANCE REVOCATIONS. SEPARATION OF CHILDREN FROM PARENTS AT THE BORDER. THESE ARE ALL ISSUES THAT THE DEMOCRATS WANT TO PURSUE, BUT AGAIN, AGAIN, THEY DO NEED TO TRY TO LEGISLATE. SO, PERHAPS, YOU COULD SEE DEALS. I HEARD DEMOCRATS TALKING ABOUT PERHAPS GUN CONTROL. ISSUES LIKE BACKGROUND CHECKS. ISSUES THAT THE PRESIDENT HAS INDICATED HIS WILLINGNESS TO PURSUE. THE QUESTION, HERE, IS WHAT DO REPUBLICANS DO? AND THIS IS WHERE YOU COME INTO A PROBLEM. JUST ASK GEORGE W. BUSH. WHEN HE WAS IN PRESIDENT AND THE REPUBLICANS LOST CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, HE HAD A TOUGH TIME GETTING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS BILL THROUGH. BECAUSE IT WAS REPUBLICANS THAT TOOK IT DOWN. THEY WEREN'T GOING TO VOTE FOR THE BAIL-OUTER BILL. THIS IS A COMPROMISE BETWEEN NANCY PELOSI AND GEORGE W. BUSH. AND IT WAS REPUBLICANS WHO BROUGHT IT DOWN. THEY VOTED AGAINST FUNDING FOR WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN BECAUSE IT WAS TOO MUCH. SO REALLY, THE PRESIDENT HAS TO FIGURE OUT HOW HE IS GOING TO REIN IN AND KEEP HIS TROOPS IN LINE AND WORK WITH DEMOCRATS ON SOME ISSUES BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT. THEY HAVE TO. >> ARE WE JUST HEADED TOWARD CONGRESSIONAL GRIDLOCK? >> IT IS FRANKLY NOT DISSIMILAR TO WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA SIMILARLY HAD A SENATE THAT WAS CONTROLLED BY DEMOCRATS. BUT, A HOUSE THAT WAS CONTROLLED BY REPUBLICANS. SO WHAT THAT WILL MEAN, IF THE PRESIDENT CUTS A DEAL WITH NANCY PELOSI, HOW ARE SENATE REPUBLICANS GOING TO RESPOND? YOU KNOW, ULTIMATELY, THERE WOULD HAVE TO BE A PROCESS THAT INVOLVES, YOU KNOW, THAT REPUBLICAN LEADERS IN THE SENATE AND DEMOCRATIC LEADERS IN THE HOUSE. THAT MORE DOABLE. THE MUST PASS LEGISLATION. FOR ANY BIG TICKET ITEM LIKE GUN SAFETY REFORMS OR IMMIGRATION OR EVEN INFRASTRUCTURE, REPUBLICANS DON'T WANT TO INCREASE A GREAT DEAL OF SPENDING. THEY THWARTED SOME OF TRUMP'S GRAND PROMISES. THAT'S WHERE YOU WILL PROBABLY SEE SOMEONE OF A POWER STRUGGLE. AND, THE BIG QUESTION MARK IS STILL, AND WILD CARD EVEN, PRESIDENT TRUMP. WE HAVE SEEN THE LAST NEARLY TWO YEARS NOW, HE TALKS A BIG GAME ABOUT WANTING TO CUT A BIG DEAL. HE GETS EASILY DISTRACTED WITH THE LATEST CONTROVERSY OF THE DAY. SOMETHING HE HAS TWEETED. THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION HE HAS BEEN FUNDAMENTALLY UNABLE TO FOCUS ON POLICY. IT COMES DOWN TO WHAT IS SENT TO HIS DESK AND WHETHER OR NOT HE WOULD SIGN IT. >> IT ALSO SEEMS LIKES HE DOES WANT TO CUT A DEAL. HE HAS TO WORK WITH REPUBLICANS AS WELL. IT IS GETTING THOSE REPUBLICANS ON BOARD WITH THE BACKGROUND CHECK ISSUES THAT WILL BE CHALLENGING. >> AS AN EX-CEO, HE HAD A LOT OF TROUBLE ADJUSTING TO THE CONGRESSIONAL COMPROMISE THAT IS NEEDED. >> IT'S INTERESTING IF YOU LISTEN TO THE PRESIDENT'S STUMP SPEECH, HE KEPT HINTING AT BEING ABLE TO REACH ACROSS THE AISLE AND WORK WITH DEMOCRATS. I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT ONE OTHER TOPIC, THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION. HE HAS HELD HIS CARDS CLOSE TO HIS CHEST BEFORE THE MIDTERMS. WE COULD SEE IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS SOME KIND OF CONCLUSION. SOME KIND OF OUTCOME. A NUMB OF ASSOCIATES CLOSE TO PRESIDENT TRUMP HAVE BEEN INDICTED OR PLEADED GUILTY. HOW DOES THAT MIX THE DYNAMIC FOR WHAT IS NOW CAMPAIGN 2020? DOES THAT GIVE PRESIDENT TRUMP SOMETHING TO RUN AGAINST OR DOES IT GIVE DEMOCRATS MORE OF A KIND OF LEGITIMATE BASE TO SAY THERE IS SOMETHING UP HERE? >> THIS IS WHERE IT GETS INTERESTING. ROBERT MUELLER IS EXPECTED TO STICK WITH NOT OFFICIAL POLICY, BUT GUIDANCE WHERE A SITTING PRESIDENT WOULD NOT BE INDICTED. HE WOULD DELIVER A REPORT THAT MIGHT RECOMMEND CHARGES AGAINST THE PRESIDENT THAT SUGGESTED HE IMPEDED JUSTICE. BUT IT WOULD BE LEFT IN THE HANDS OF CONGRESS. NOW DEMOCRATS DO CONTROL THE HOUSE. SO, WHAT WILL THEY DO WITH THAT? WOULD THEY TAKE THAT AND PURSUE FURTHER WHETHER IT IS INVESTIGATIONS AGAINST THE PRESIDENT'S INNER CIRCLE OR TRY TO IMPEACH HIM? THEY DON'T HAVE THE VOTES IN THE SENATE TO MOVE FORWARD ON THAT FRONT. BUT JUST FOR THE POLL SICKS OF IT, THAT REMAINS TO BE SEEN. THE POLITICS COVER. THE BATTLE LINES ARE ALREADY DRAWN. THIS IS A BATTLE WAGED IN THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION. >> THIS GIVES DEMOCRATS A HEADACHE INCLUDING JERRY NADLER COMING IN AS THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN. PRESIDENT TRUMP WAS DAREING THE DEMOCRATS TO IMPEACH ME SAYING THEY ARE GOING TO IMPEACH ME. IF THE HOUSE IMPEACHES HIM, THEN THAT IS JUST SOMETHING ELSE TO RUN ON. >> RIGHT. MOLLY HOOPER, SABRINA SIDDIQUI, THANKS TO BOTH OF YOU. >> THANK YOU. >> FOR COMING IN TONIGHT. >>> COMING UP AFTER THE BREAK, WE HEAR FROM THE CANDIDATES. WINNERS AND LOSERS OF ELECTION NIGHT 2018. >> YOU ARE STREAMING CBSN. CBS NEWS, ALWAYS ON. >> AFTER MONTHS OF CAMPAIGNING IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL NIGHT FOR BOAT THE BOTH THE WINNERS AND THE LOSERS. >> TEXAS SAW SOMETHING THIS YEAR. THAT WE HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. THIS ELECTION WASN'T ABOUT ME. AND IT WASN'T ABOUT BETO O'ROURKE. THIS ELECTION WAS A BATTLE OF IDEAS. IT WAS A CONTEST FOR WHO WE ARE, AND WHAT WE BELIEVE. IT WAS A CONTEST AND THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS DECIDED THIS RACE. WE TRAVELED EVERY PART OF THE STATE FROM EAST TEXAS TO WEST TEXAS FROM THE PANHANDLE TO THE VALLEY. I WANT TO ALSO TAKE A MOMENT TO CONGRATULATE BETO O'ROURKE. HE POURED HIS HEART INTO THIS CAMPAIGN. THEY DIDN'T PREVAIL AND I'M GRATEFUL THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS CHOSE A DIFFERENT PATH. BUT LET ME SAY TO ALL OF THOSE THAT WORKED ON HIS CAMPAIGN, ALL OF THOSE WHO WERE INSPIRED, THAT I AM YOUR SENATOR AS WELL. REPRESENT EVERY TEXAN. >> I'M SO [BLEEP] PROUD OF YOU GUYS. I AM AS INSPIRED, I'M AS HOPEFUL AS I HAVE EVER BEEN IN MY LIFE. AND TONIGHT'S LOSS DOES NOTHING TO DIMINISH THE WAY THAT I FEEL ABOUT TEXAS OR THIS COUNTRY. >> YOU MADE HISTORY TONIGHT. WEST VIRGINIA MADE HISTORY TONIGHT. NOBODY HAS EVER WON. NOBODY IN UNITED STATES HAS EVER WON IN A STATE THAT THE PRESIDENT IN THE PREVIOUS ELECTION WON BY 42 POINTS. THE OPPOSITE PARTY WINS. >> I JUST HAD A NICE PHONE CALL FROM SENATOR MCCASCAL. SHE CONCEDED THE RACE. I WANT TO THANK HER FOR HER SERVICE. AND I HAD A VERY NICE CALL WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN MISSOURI TONIGHT, THE PEOPLE OF MISSOURI HAVE DELIVERED. WHAT THE PEOPLE OF MISSOURI SAID TONIGHT IS THEY WANT A SENATOR WHO ACTUALLY STANDS WITH THE PEOPLE OF MISSOURI. WHO REPRESENTS OUR VALUES. WHO REPRESENTS OUR VOICE AND WHO WILL FIGHT FOR US IN WASHINGTON DC AND I WILL. >> I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT EVERY STEP OF THIS WAY, EVEN THOUGH I WON'T HAVE THE BLESSING OF SERVING AS THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, I STILL PLAN TO BE ON THE FRONT LINES RIGHT ALONGSIDE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU WHEN IT COMES TO STANDING UP FOR WHAT IT IS THAT WE BELIEVE IN. I STILL BELIEVE AND I STILL TRUST THE VOTERS. WE MAY NOT HAVE ALL SHOWN UP IN THE WAY THAT WE THOUGHT AND HOPED THAT WE WOULD. BUT, I STILL BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE STILL MORE OF US WHO BELIEVE IN WHAT IS COMMON AND WHAT IS DECENT AND WHAT IS RIGHT AND I BELIEVE IN THE LONG RUN, GOOD ALWAYS WINS OUT OVER EVIL. >> IT IS AN HONOR TO BE HERE TONIGHT AS THE GOVERNOR-ELECT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING GOING VERY, VERY QUICKLY AS WE JUGGLE TWO KIDS UNDER TWO AND ALL THAT GOES WITH THAT. BUT, I PROMISE YOU THIS. AS GOVERNOR, I WILL FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT. I WILL FINISH THE RACE. AND I WILL KEEP THE FAITH ON BEHALF OF THE GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA AND THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE WE HAVE HERE. THANK YOU. GOD BLESS YOU GUYS. >> A MIX OF EMOTIONS. >> INDEED. >> AFTER A LONG NIGHT. COMING UP AFTER THE BREAK, WITH A DEMOCRAT CONTROLLED HOUSE AND A REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED SENATE, WHAT WILL THE NEXT TWO YEARS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PRESIDENCY LOOK LIKE? >> WE HEAR FROM THE DEMOCRATIC AND REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE SPOKES PEOPLE AND GET THEIR TAKE ON THE RESULTS. YOU'RE STREAMING CBSN. >> THE GOP MAY HAVE LOST THE HOUSE, BUT SOME REPUBLICANS SAY THEY ARE STILL OPTIMIST ABOUT THE RESULTS OF ELECTION NIGHT. >> EARLIER, ELAINE QUIJANO AND I SPOKE TO RNC SPOKESPERSON CAYLEE. >> THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT NIGHT FOR REPUBLICANS IN ONE DIMENSION. GREAT NIGHT FOR DEMOCRATS IN ANOTHER DIMENSION. HOW ARE YOU INTERPRETING THAT AND ALL THE LOCAL GUBERNATORIAL RACES? >> IT WAS SPLIT. OF COURSE YOU NEVER WANT TO LOSE THE HOUSE, THAT SAID, WE ARE VERY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE GAINS ON THE HORIZON AND THE SENATE. IT IS WORTH MENTIONING THAT IN THE LAST 80 YEARS, THE SITTING PRESIDENT HAS ONLY PICKED UP EIGHT SITTING SEATS TOTAL. AND WE ARE POISED TONIGHT TO PICK UP THREE OR FOUR, WE WILL SEE HOW IT SHAKES OUT. THAT IS A VERY BIG THING. WE ARE VERY ENTHUSED ABOUT THAT. BUT THE HOUSE, WE LOST THE HOUSE. YOU NEVER WANT TO LOSE THE HOUSE, BUT NEVERTHELESS, IT WILL BE LIKE A SLIM MARGIN. I DON'T THINK OUR NUMBERS WILL BE ANYWHERE CLOSE TO THAT. SO WE CONSIDER THIS A VICTORY. >> YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE OPEN QUESTIONS GOING INTO TONIGHT WAS WHAT WILL THE EFFECT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP BE? THIS IS A PRESIDENT WHO DID NOT SHY AWAY FROM PUTTING HIMSELF INTO AS MANY OF THESE KINDS OF CONVERSATIONS AS POSSIBLE. AND, I WONDER, BASED ON WHAT WE HAVE SEEN, PARTICULARLY IN PLACES LIKE INDIANA, IN PLACES LIKE TEXAS AND PLACES LIKE FLORIDA WHERE THE PRESIDENT MADE LAST MINUTE PUSHES, YOU HAVE SEEN REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES, VICTORIA, WHAT IS THAT TAKE AWAY MESSAGE ABOUT THE POWER OF THE TRUMP EFFECT? >> THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION. PRIOR TO THIS EVENING WE NOTICED IN OUR RNC DATA WHEN THE PRESIDENT RALLIED, THERE WOULD BE QUANTIFYABLE SHIFTS IN THE POLLS. WE WONDERED WILL THIS BEAR OUT AND THE ACTUAL RESULTS? IT CERTAINLY DID. MARSHA BLACKBURN WAS DOWN BY FIVE. SHE ENDED UP WINNING THIS EVENING. LIKE WISE IN INDIANA. THE PRESIDENT WENT THERE. MADE THE DIFFERENCE. ALL THE STATES HE WENT TO, FLORIDA INCLUDED, HE MADE A VERY BIG DIFFERENT. WHEN HE CHOOSES TO RALLY, IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE REPUBLICAN INCUMBENTS WHO LOST IN CONGRESS WERE NOTED CRITICS OF THE PRESIDENT. IT MAY HAVE HAD THE OPPOSITE EFFECTS FOR THEM. >> HOW MIGHT THIS CHANGE THE PRESIDENT'S TONE OR STRATEGY MOVING FORWARD? SEEMS THE VERY THING THAT ENERGIZED REPUBLICANS TO SHOW OUT ON THE SENATE SIDE IS WHAT ENCOURAGED DEMOCRATS TO SHOW UP IN THE LOCAL RACE AS WELL. >> THERE WILL BE AN EFFORT TO ENGAGE IN BIPARTISAN MOVING FORWARD. KELLYANNE CONWAY SAID THERE WILL BE A MEETING IN THE DAYS WITH OUR DEMOCRATIC COUNTERFARTHERS. I THINK WE CAN MAKE CHANGES IN HEALTH CARE. THE PRESIDENT HAS INDICATED A WILLINGNESS TO BUDGE. NOW IT'S UP TO THE DEMOCRATS TO WORK ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. AT THE END OF THE, THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT. >> THE EARLY EXIT POLLING PUT THE ISSUE OF HEALTH CARE AT THE VERY TOP OF THE LIST WHEN IT CAME TO VOTERS CONCERNS. YOU HAD PRESIDENT TRUMP OUT THERE REALLY FOCUSING THE SPOTLIGHT ON IMMIGRATION. AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. OBVIOUSLY, IT HAS BEEN PA GOOD NIGHT. A SPLIT DECISION HERE. REPUBLICANS HAD A GOOD NIGHT IN THE SENATE. BUT NOT NECESSARILY SO IN THE HOUSE. WAS THAT IS A TACTICAL MISCALCULATION? >> I THINK YOU WILL SEE AN EVERY SIS GOING FORWARD. THE PRESIDENT SAID FROM THE BEGINNING I WANT TO PROTECT PREEXISTING CONDITIONS. HE TALKED ABOUT BRINGING DOWN THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. THESE ARE THINGS WE CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR DEMOCRATIC COUNTERPARTS IF THEY WANT TO WORK WITH US. I THINK IT WILL BE A BIG EMPHASIS THE NEXT TWO YEARS. >> AND TIME FOR INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK ONCE AGAIN. >> YES. >> IT NEVER SEEMS TO SHAKE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU BOTH. REALLY APPRECIATE IT. >>> ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, DEMOCRATS MAY HAVE WON THE HOUSE, BUT CAN IT REALLY BE CALLED A BLUE WAVE? >> WELL, MY COLLEAGUE AND I ELAINE QUIJANO ASKED DNC VICE CHAIR MICHAEL BLAKE WHAT VICTORY LOOKS LIKE FOR HIS PARTY. >> LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS BLUE WAVE. YOU KNOW. IT HAS NOT SEEMED TO MATERIALIZE HERE FOR THE DEMOCRATS. OVERALL, ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE WAY IN WHICH THESE CAMPAIGNS WERE RUN AND THE FOCUS THAT THEY HAD TONIGHT? >> WELL, I WOULD FIRST SAY THERE HAS BEEN A BLUE WAVE. IT IS NOT JUST WHAT HAPPENED IN THE HOUSE. IT IS ALSO THE GOVERNOR'S RACES. YOU LOOK AT MICHIGAN. YOU SEE IN KANSAS, YOU SEE THE GREAT PROGRESS HAS BEEN HAPPENING AND WE FLIPPED BACK CONTROL IN THE STATE SENATE IN COLORADO. WE FLIPPED BACK CONTROL IN THE STATE SENATE IN NEW YORK. WE HAVE HAD PROGRESS. LOOK, WE CAN'T IGNORE THE FACT WHEN YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENED IN FLORIDA AND GEORGIA, IT IS DISAPPOINTING BECAUSE IT IS CLEAR DOG WHISTLES PREVAILED IN THOSE STATES. THAT SAID, WE HAVE MORE PROGRESS TO MAKE IN THE COUNTRY. WE ARE DEFINITELY EXCITED. WE HAVE TAKEN CONTROL BACK OF THE HOUSE. >> WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE THE LIMIT TO THE DEMOCRATIC GAINS? THE PARTY HAS BEEN SPLIT ON A LOT OF THESE LOCAL RACES AS OF HOW INTENSELY TO CRITICIZE PRESIDENT TRUMP. SOME CANDIDATES SAID I WILL TALK ABOUT THE LOCAL ISSUES, HEALTH CARE CHIEF AMONG THEM. OTHERS HAVE TAKEN A MUCH MORE DIRECT ATTACK. AND IT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE CONSENSUS WITHIN THE PARTY, WHICH IS THE WINABLE APPROACH. BASED ON THE RESULTS NOW, HOW DO YOU SEE THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION? >> I THINK WE CAN'T IGNORE THE FACT THAT HEALTH CARE WAS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND EVERYWHERE WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THAT AND BEING VERY DIRECT ABOUT IT. SIMULTANEOUSLY, WE WERE DIRECT OF THE RACIST, SEXIST MISOGYNIESIC LANGUAGE OF DONALD TRUMP AND THE PRESIDENT TRUMP CANDIDATES ITSELF. IN SOME PLACES IT SEEMED LIKE BOTH PREVAILED. INDIVIDUALS DECIDED HEALTH CARE WAS IMPORTANT TO THEM. BUT SUPPORTING THE CANDIDATE AS WELL. THAT SAID, WHEN WE WERE ABLE TO TAKE BACK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE AND WE ARE GOING TO PICK UP MORE SEATS. WE PICKED UP ON GOVERNOR MANSIONS WE DIDN'T HAVE BEFORE. WE HAD STATE CONTROL IN THE STATE LEGISLATOR AS WELL. WE HAVE TO BE MORE DIRECT TO CONTINUE TO PROGRESS AHEAD. BUT WE HAVE HAD A GREAT NIGHT IN MANY WAYS. WE HAD PEOPLE SAYING TODAY, WILL DEMOCRATS TAKE BACK THE HOUSE? WE DID THAT BY A PRETTY CONSIDERABLE MARGIN. >> LET'S TALK TEXAS. WHAT'S THE TAKE AWAY THERE FROM WHAT HAPPENED WITH SENATOR TED CRUZ AND BETO O'ROURKE. IT GOT A LOT OF NATIONAL ATTENTION. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THERE WAS QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER WHAT HE WAS DOING WAS GOING TO PRODUCE RESULTS AND WE SAW IN THE END THERE, SENATOR CRUZ BROUGHT IN PRESIDENT TRUMP TO CAMPAIGN FOR HIM IN A RED STATE WHICH I THOUGHT WAS REALLY INTERESTING. IN THE END, SENATOR CRUZ PREVAILED. WHAT'S THE TAKE AWAY FOR DEMOCRATS? >> NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE A REMARKABLE CANDIDATE FOR BETO O'ROURKE, WE HAVE CONGRESSIONAL PICKUPS IN TEXAS AS WELL. BETO O'ROURKE HELPED A LOT OF THE HOUSE RACES THAT HAPPENED DOWN THERE. AND THE FACT THAT TED CRUZ NEEDED HELP TO GET TO 51% IS A DEMONSTRATION HE WASN'T A VERY STRONG CANDIDATE. BUT IT IS STILL A DEEP RED STATE. WE CAN'T IGNORE THAT REALITY. HOWEVER, WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN TEXAS, IT'S A CLEAR INDICATION WHILE YOU HAVE ONE AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET, YOU HAVE DOWN BALLOT VICTORIES AS WELL. >> THE REPUBLICAN IN THE MISSOURI SENATE RACE HAS PREVAILED OVER SENATOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL. THIS IS SOMETHING WE HAVE KEPT A CLOSE EYE ON BECAUSE OF THE QUESTION OF WHETHER OR NOT IN THIS STATE, MISSOURI, WHERE, YOU HAVE A LOT OF SUPPORT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP. A DEMOCRAT WOULD BE ABLE TO FOCUS ON A MESSAGE THAT DIDN'T HAVE TO DO WITH THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC KIND OF PLATFORMMENT BUT INSTEAD, VERY SPECIFICALLY FOCUSED ON THE ISSUE OF HEALTH CARE. IT APPEARS SENATOR MCCASKILL EAST STRATEGY DIDN'T WORK. >> SHE HAD SOME ADS SAYING I'M NOT A CRAZY DEMOCRAT. THE DEMOCRATS DIDN'T LIKE THAT. THIS IS EVIDENCE THAT THE MODERATE DEMOCRATS IN STATES PRESIDENT TRUMP WON THE LAST ELECTION ARE NOT BECOMING … HAVE NOT FOUND THE MESSAGE TO CARRY FORWARD. HOW ARE YOU READING THIS. >> I WOULD ACCOUNT TO THAT. MANSION WON IN WEST VIRGINIA. IT IS STATE BY STATE IN THAT MANNER BUT WE HAVE TO BE VERY DIRECT AND REAL FOR A SECOND. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT HEALTH CARE, WHICH WE SAW HAPPEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE CANNOT IGNORE THAT THERE IS A WAKENING WE HAVE TO REFLECT TON. DONALD TRUMP'S CLOSING ARGUMENT WAS A RACIST ARGUMENT OF A CARAVAN AND THAT REVAILE. IN THE END OF THE DAY. THE FACT YOU HAVE STATES THAT THE DEMOCRAT LOST AT THE TOP OF THE TICKET, IT IS CONCERNING TO SEE THAT REFLECTION. BECAUSE, CLEARLY HEALTH CARE WAS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE. ABOUT 44% OF VOTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SAID HEALTH CARE WAS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE. PEOPLE BELIEVE DEMOCRATS ARE STRONGER ON THE ISSUE OF HEALTH CARE. SO WHEN YOU SEE THAT HAPPEN IT IS CLEAR, THERE SEEMED TO BE AN OVERPERFORMANCE IN THE BASE ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE. CLEARLY, TURNOUT WAS REMARKABLE ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE BUT IT WASN'T ENOUGH IN SOME OF THESE PLACES. DO I BELIEVE YOU HAVE TO CONTINUE TO DRIVE THAT HOME? YES. WE WILL KEEP TALKING EDUCATION, HEALTH CARE, AND JOBS BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE ARE NOT IGNORING THE FACT THERE IS A CONCERN OF THIS NARRATIVE THAT IS HAPPENING ON THE OTHER SIDE. >> WHICH DEMOGRAPHIC BASED ON THE RESULTS THAT WE ARE SEEING NOW APPEAR TO BE THE ONES IN WHICH DEMOCRATS WEREN'T ABLE TO GET OVER TO THEIR SIDE? SUBURBAN WHITE WOMEN WERE SEEN AS THE GROUP THAT WOULD SWITCH ALLEGIANCES FROM THEIR PREVIOUS SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SUPPORT DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WHILE DEMOCRATS WERE TRYING TO PULL IN YOUNGER VOTERS. HOW WERE YOU IDENTIFYING WHICH GROUPS, DEMOCRATS WEREN'T ABLE TO CONVINCE WOULD CREATE A BETTER SITUATION? >> I THINK THE DEMOGRAPHICS CLEARLY PREVAILED IN THE MARGIN OF HOUSE SEATS WE WERE ABLE TO WIN. THE GOVERNOR SEATS WE WON. THERE WERE DIFFICULT STATES TO WIN STATEWIDE. AND WE LOOK AT THE STATES WE DIDN'T WIN ON TONIGHT. YOU LOOK AT MISSOURI WHICH IS DIFFICULT. NORTH DAKOTA WHICH IS DIFFICULT. AND HEIDI KEITCAMP DESERVES CREDIT FOR TAKING A STAND WITH KAVANAUGH. DIFFICULT STATES TO WIN. BUT THE DEMOGRAPHICS CLEARLY EMERGED. THERE WAS A HIGH INCREASED TURNOUT FOR WOMEN FOR THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE. PEOPLE OF COLOR. MILLENNIALS. THESE THINGS CLEARLY HAPPENED. IT WAS A CHALLENGE IN SOME OF THE STATES ITSELF. IT HAS VARIANTS. THE FACT MANSION WON NICELY IN WEST VIRGINIA IS A DEMONSTRATION OF THAT. >> THE PRESIDENT WAS FOCUSING, TRYING TO FOCUS THE SPOTLIGHT ON IMMIGRATION IN THIS FINE STRETCH. DEMOCRATS MAINTAIN THEIR FOCUS ON THE ISSUE OF HEALTH CARE. BUT I WONDER CONSIDERING WHAT WE HAVE SEEN TONIGHT, SHOULD THERE HAVE BEEN ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE A BIT OF PUSH BACK WHEN IT CAME TO IMMIGRATION RHETORIC? >> WE DID. IT'S RACIST. WE CALL IT WHAT IT IS. >> WE DIDN'T HEAR THE DEMOCRATS CAN KIND OF RESPOND NECESSARILY DIRECTLY TO SOME OF WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SEEING IN THE FINAL DAYS. >> I WOULD DISAGREE. I THINK WE WERE PRETTY CLEAR DECLARING THIS CARAVAN WAS A NONSENSICAL ARGUMENT AND SENDING OUR TROOPS DOWN THERE WAS IRRESPONSIBLE. WHAT WE SAW WAS THE REPUBLICAN BASE SEEMED TO OVERPERFORMED AND WE HAVE TO BE MINDFUL OF THAT, IN THAT MANNER. WE HAVE TO BE CONFIDENT WITH US TAKING BACK THE HOUSE, THE GOVERNOR'S RACE. >> VICE CHAIR OF THE THE DNC, THANK YOU VERY MUCH MICHAEL BLAKE. >>> LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE ARE COVERING OUR NEXT HOUR ON CBSN'S ELECTION COVERAGE. DEMOCRATS FLIP THE NUMBER OF SEATS NEEDED TO TAKE THE HOUSE, WHILE REPUBLICANS RETAIN CONTROL OF THE SENATE. >> WE BREAK DOWN THE RESULTS AND WHAT THIS COULD MEAN. WE ARE BACK AFTER A BREAK. YOU ARE STREAMING CBSN. CBS NEWS, ALWAYS ON. >>> MIDTERM ELECTIONS USED TO BE BORING. NOW IT'S LIKE THE HOTTEST THING. >> I KNOW WHAT UNITES US IS THE BELIEF WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. >> WE NEED TO MAKE SURE IT'S REPUBLICAN ACROSS THE BOARD. >> I'D LIKE TO BRING SOME DECENCY BACK TO AMERICA. >> DECENCY AND COMMON SENSE CAN WIN OUT OVER BAD. >> YOU, PAY ATTENTION. >> IT'S JUST TOO UGLY FOR ME. >> I'VE WAITED 30 YEARS FOR AMERICA TO CHANGE. >> WE ARE AMERICA. >> SHOW UP AND VOTE AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS AND BRING YOUR FAMILY. >> WE'RE COMING TO MAKE DEMOCRACY WORK FOR THE PEOPLE. ARE YOU READY? >>> HELLO EVERYONE, I'M TANYA RIVERO. >> I'M ERROL BARNETT. WHAT A NIGHT. >> INDEED. >> THIS IS CBSN2018 ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE — CBSN 2018 ELECTION NIGHT COVERAGE. POLLS HAVE CLOSED ACROSS THE NATION. DEMOCRATS WERE DEFENDING SENATE SEATS IN TEN STATES PRESIDENT TRUMP WON IN 2016. >> DEMOCRATS HAVE SECURED A HOUSE MAJORITY, FLIPPING AT LEAST 25 SEATS AND ENDING TWO YEARS OF COMPLETE REPUBLICAN CONTROL IN CONGRESS. EARLIER NANCY PELOSI WHO COULD BECOME HOUSE MAJORITY SPEAKER AGAIN TOLD SUPPORTERS IN WASHINGTON DEMOCRATS WILL FOCUS ON HEALTH CARE AND DRAINING THE SWAMP OF SPECIAL INTERESTS. >> TODAY IS MORE THAN ABOUT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS, IT'S ABOUT RESTORING THE CONSTITUTION'S CHECKS AND BALANCES TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. IT'S ABOUT STOPPING THE GOP AND MITCH MCCONNELL ON MEDICARE, MEDICAID, AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, THE HEALTH CARE OF 130 MILLION AMERICANS LIVING WITH PREEXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS. >> AND YOU HEARD NANCY PELOSI SAY THE KEY IS TO STOPPING THE PRESIDENT'S AGENDA. THEY COULD SIGNAL A GRIDLOCK FOR THE PRESIDENT'S AGENDA. MR. TRUMP CALLED THE NIGHT A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS. KELLYANNE CONWAY SPOKE TO REPORTERS OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE EARLIER, ASKED IF A DEMOCRATIC HOUSE WOULD BE A CHECK ON THE PRESIDENT. >> THEY HAVE A MURDER TO COME HERE TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO PRESENT TO THE PRESIDENT. I THINK IT IS NO ACCIDENT THOUGH THAT THE REPUBLICANS HELD AND WILL GAIN IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. THAT'S PRETTY REMARKABLE. IT'S HISTORIC. SO THE FACT THAT REPUBLICANS, THEY WILL GAIN MORE TONIGHT IS A REAL TESTAMENT TO THE FACT MANY VOTERS WANT THEIR STATEWIDE OFFICIALS TO BE PEOPLE WHO WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE THIS ECONOMIC BOOM GOING, ARE VOTING IN FAVOR OF FREEDOM AND FREE MARKETS. I WANT TO POINT OUT TO YOU THAT THE PRESIDENT WENT 5-5 IN HIS LAST TWO DAYS ALONE. >> AND TO BREAK DOWN EVERYTHING WE KNOW, WHAT THESE RESULTS COULD MEAN, WE ARE JOINED BY CBSN POLITICAL CONTRIBUTORS MICHAEL GRAHAM AND JOEL PAYNE. MICHAEL IS A COLUMNIST FOR THE BOSTON HERALD. AND JOEL IS A FORMER SENATE LEADER AIDE AND DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST. THANKS TO BOTH OF YOU FOR BEING HERE. WOW, WHAT AN EVENING. >> YES, STAYING WITH US MARATHON. JOEL, I WANT TO START WITH YOU. THE DEMOCRATS LOST SOME HIGHLY PUBLICIZED RACES. IS IT REALLY AS BAD AS THAT MIGHT SUGGEST? >> NO. I MEAN LISTEN, THERE WERE CERTAINLY SOME QUENCHES TONIGHT. THAT'S THE BEST WAY I COULD DESCRIBE IT, YOU KNOW, HAD ANDREW GILLUM RAN SUCH A CAMPAIGN THAT GALVANIZED SO MANY DEMOCRATS AROUND THE COUNTRY FRANKLY, NOT JUST IN FLORIDA, BUT THEY SAW HIM AS A RISING STAR, BETO O'ROURKE, SAME THING. SO THERE WERE SOME DEFINITE GUT PUNCHES THERE. BUT OVERALL THEY HAVE TO FEEL GOOD LISTEN. DEMOCRATS, THEY ARE NOW GOING TO CONTROL THE HOUSE. THEY ARE GOING TO CONTROL THE GAVEL OF ABOUT A DOZEN COMMITTEES THAT ARE ALSO POWER TO HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE, HELP DIRECT THE PRESIDENT'S AGENDA. I THINK THAT IS A CHECK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CLEARLY WANTED TO PUT IN PLACE TONIGHT, A MESSAGE THEY WANTED TO PRESENT TO THE PRESIDENT AND HIS ADMINISTRATION. >> ONE OF THE THINGS I'M SEEING, THIS IS ALMOST A CHOOSE YOUR OWN OUTCOME ELECTION. THEY WILL WIN THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. CANDIDATES IN PLACES WHERE THEY HELD THOSE RALLIES WON, BUT ALSO FOUND TO BE PRETTY TOXIC AMONG THE SUBURBAN WOMEN. >> AND THEY MADE RECORD STRIVES IN THIS ELECTION. CENTER MORE HEADING TO CONGRESS. >> YES. AND SO IF YOU'RE PRESIDENT TRUMP, HOW DO YOU READ THIS? IF IT IS A RECOMMENDATION, WHAT MESSAGE DO YOU EXPECT THE PRESIDENT TO TAKE FROM THIS? >> I WANT TO BE THE FIRST TO DECLARE THE OPRAH ELECTION. YOU GET A WIN AND YOU GET A WIN, YOU GET A WIN. SO TRUMP GOING TO TAKE HIS WIN AND HE'S GOING TO SAY HE LOST 53 SEATS. BARACK OBAMA, THE GREATEST POLITICIAN EVER LOST 63 SEATS, I LOST 30, WHATEVER, AND I PICKED UP THE SEAT IN THE SENATE. SO HE WILL CALL THAT A WIN. BUT I WANT TO GO BACK BECAUSE HE IS JUST A GREAT GUY AND I LOVE WHAT HE IS DOING HERE. HE IS RIGHT ABOUT THE MATH. HEY, YOU WON THE HOUSE. THAT'S GOOD NEWS. YOU'LL HAVE CONTROL. BUT I'M TELLING YOU, THEY DON'T FEEL IT. THEY ARE LIKE WELL, I KNOW WE WERE GOING TO GO TO DISNEY LAND, BUT WE ARE GOING TO GO TO THE MUSEUM AND IT WILL BE A LOT OF FUN. THEY ARE LIKE NO, I WANTED DISNEY LAND WHERE THEY COULD HAVE THE POLITICAL REVENGE AND STAND OVER THE CO-WORKERS AND GO YEAH, YOU'VE GOT 2016, BUT WE'VE GOT YOU BACK. NOW THAT DID NOT HAPPEN. IT DOESN'T FEEL SATISFYING. >> WE ARE STILL GOING TO DISNEY LAND. [ LAUGHTER ] WHETHER OR NOT SHE WILL BE THERE. [ LAUGHTER ] >> WELL, IT IS INTERESTING THOUGH. 61% OF THE FIRST TIME DEMOCRATIC VOTERS, THEY VOTED DEMOCRAT OPPOSED TO 36% WHO VOTED REPUBLICAN. AND SO CLEARLY THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT MORE ENTHUSIASM ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE. >> THERE WAS ENTHUSIASM, NOT JUST BY THAT NUMBER YOU SEE, BUT JUST THE NUMBER OF THE DEMOCRATIC VOTES THAT WERE CAST TONIGHT. THERE WAS A GAP IN FAVOR OF DEMOCRATS, WHICH TRACKS CLOSELY TO THE POLLS WE HAVE SEEN ABOUT THAT BALLOT PREFERENCE. AND SO ALL THIS TALK, I KNOW YOU HAVE SOME STRONG THOUGHTS WHERE THEY DO HAVE SOME INTEGRITY, BUT THEY FEEL GREAT. BY THE WAY A LOT OF THOSE CANDIDATES, THEY'RE WOMEN. BY THE WAY THAT, IS WHERE THE DEMOCRATS, THEY REALLY SEE THE FUTURE BECAUSE LOOKING AT 2020, ELIZABETH WARREN, KRISTIN GILLIBRAND, NEW FACE — KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND, NEW FACES, A LOT OF STRONG DEMOCRATIC PARTIES, THAT'S A GOOD THING. >> I THINK THIS WILL BE LOOKING AHEAD THE YEAR OF THE WOMEN. I MEAN, IT WILL ALL BE ABOUT WOMEN GOING FORWARD. DO YOU BOTH SEE COMMON THREADS THAT DROVE VOTERS THIS TIME AROUND? JOEL, YOU FIRST, THEN MICHAEL. >> NO. YOU KNOW, IT IS SO INTERESTING. >> I COMPLETELY DISAGREE. >> WE HAD AN INTERESTING CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS. YOU SAID CHOOSE YOUR OWN OUTCOME. VOTERS, THEY DID NOT REALLY SEND A CONSISTENT MESSAGE HERE. ACCORDING TO THE EXIT POLLS AND ACCORDING TO SOME INFORMATION. BUT THEY REALLY DIDN'T VOTE IN A WAY THT WOULD SUGGEST THAT OR A WAY THAT WAS A SIGNIFICANT RACE THAT SUGGESTED THE PRESIDENT ON IMMIGRATION WORKED. >> AND SO WHAT I WOULD SAY IS THE QUESTION I'VE HAD LEADING UP TO THIS, THIS WILL BE A TRADITIONAL MIDTERM. TO USE THE PHRASE WE USE IN SCIENCE CLASS, DEMOCRATS, THEY SUCK AT MIDTERMS, THEY DON'T SHOW UP, WILL IT BE MORE OF A GENERAL? HE DID A GOOD JOB OF ENERGIZING THE REGULAR REPUBLICAN MIDTERM ELECTION VOTES AND ADDING SOME TO THAT. THEY DID AN AMAZING JOB OF GETTING PEOPLE WHO DON'T TRADITIONALLY VOTE AT MIDTERMS TO COME OUT. AS A RESULT THAT WILL KIND OF EQUALIZE THINGS. SO PEOPLE IN THE MIDDLE SAY THAT IS WHERE THEY SHOWED UP. YOU CAN'T SAY THEY WON OR LOST IN FLORIDA. THE VOTE THAT YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT 1% OR 2% WEREN'T A PART OF THE BASE. THEY WENT IN AND DID PICK AND CHOOSE. I'M GOING TO STICK WITH A REPUBLICAN FOR GOVERNOR. YOU SAW THAT AROUND THE COUNTRY. IT WAS A HYBRID MIDTERM, I THINK, GIVING THEM THE INFLUENCE TO THOSE VOTES HE WAS TALKING ABOUT WHO WERE BOUNCING AROUND THE BALLOT. >> LET ME THROW OUT A CONCEPT HERE BECAUSE OF EVERYTHING THAT YOU BOTH LAID OUT, IS THERE AN INCENTIVE FOR THE BIPARTISANSHIP AND SOME CO- OPERATION ON ISSUES? >> AM I SUPPOSE TO WAIT UNTIL YOU'RE DONE? >> AND INFRASTRUCTURE OR IMMIGRATION BECAUSE OF THIS NOW MIXED BAG OR DEMOCRATS ARE NOW IN A POSITION WHERE THEY WANT TO DOUBLE DOWN ON THEIR ANTI- TRUMP RHETORIC. >> THERE IS NO INCENTIVE TO WORK TOGETHER. >> NONE. >> NOW THAT DOES NOT MEAN GOOD PEOPLE OF GOOD THOUGHT AND COMEDY SHOULDN'T TRY TO COME TOGETHER AND WORK TOGETHER. BUT NEITHER OF THE BASES OF THE PARTY, WHICH CONTROL THE 2020 PRIMARY PROCESS, WHICH WILL CONTROL THE MONEY, THE INFRASTRUCTURE, ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT OF THE PARTY. THEY DO NOT REWARD BIPARTISANSHIP. IN FACT, YOU GET PUNISHED FOR IT. JUST ASK PEOPLE LIKE DICK LUGAR. GO ASK PEOPLE LIKE BOB BENNETT AND I'M SURE WE HAVE SOME ON OUR SIDE TOO. YOU DO NOT GET REWARDED FOR BIPARTISANSHIP IF YOU ARE AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. >> SO HERE IS THE DEAL RIGHT NOW. IF WE WERE THE PRESIDENT, WE COULD DO A DEAL, SOME MONEY FOR A WALL-LIKE THING. SIGNIFICANT WALL. THEY COULD POINT AT. AND YOU DO A DEAL. JUST THE KIND OF WALL THAT WORKS. AND DACA RECIPIENTS, PERMANENT LEGALIZATION. THAT'S LIKE A NAPKIN THAT WE COULD DO IT. BUT WHEN NANCY PELOSI AND CHUCK SCHUMER WERE IN THE OFFICE READY TO MAKE THE DEAL, IT'S WHEN THEY CAME OUT THAT THE DEAL ENDED. THE BASE IS LIKE YOU'RE NOT GOING TO WORK WITH THEM. WE'RE NOT GOING TO COMPROMISE. AND HAD ELECTION IS SOMETHING LIKE EVERYTHING THAT GAVE THE BASE ARGUMENTS TO SAY WHY ARE WE GOING TO MAKE A DEAL? WE ARE WINNING. WE WON THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. NO DEAL. >> AND PARTICULARLY FOR ONE QUICK POINT. THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT NOW, WE ARE OFFICIALLY IN 2020 SEASON. >> THAT'S WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY. IT HAS STARTED. TONIGHT THEY HAVE STARTED. WHAT IS THE MAJOR TAKEAWAY AND THE LESSON GOING FORWARD FROM TONIGHT? >> I THINK FOR DEMOCRATS THE LESSON IS THIS. DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO FOLLOW THE ENERGY. RIGHT NOW THE ENERGY IS WITH WOMEN CANDIDATES AS I ELUDED TO EARLIER. I WAS TALKING A PRETTY HIGH- PROFILE MEMBER OF ONE OF THE 2020 HOPEFULS. THE MESSAGE WE TOOK FROM TONIGHT IS ALL ABOUT WOMEN. THAT CERTAINLY DOES FAVOR SOME OF THOSE CANDIDATES WHO ARE RUMORED TO BE THE TOP CONTENDERS OF 2020 ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE. FOR REPUBLICANS, I ACTUALLY THINK THIS MIGHT BE POSITIVE FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP IN A SENSE HE NOW GETS A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS TO RUN AGAINST. AND I DON'T THINK THAT COULD BE UNDERESTIMATED. THIS PRESIDENT, HE LOVES THE OPPORTUNITY TO RUN AGAINST SOMEBODY THAT HE'S GOT A MORE PROMINENT OPPONENT TO RUN AGAINST NOW. >> I FOLLOW THE TEACHINGS OF THE GREAT POLITICAL PHILOSOPHER WHO SAYS I NEVER VOTE FOR ANYONE. I ONLY VOTE AGAINST. DONALD TRUMP DID NOT GET ELECTED PRESIDENT IN 2016. PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT STATES HE NEEDS ANOTHER AGAINST. NANCY PELOSI WOULD BE A GREAT AGAINST. A LOT OF US BELIEVE ELIZABETH WARREN WOULD BE A GREAT AGAINST, SO WE WILL SEE. BUT HERE IS WHAT'S INTERESTING TO ME. YOU TALK ABOUT THE YEAR OF THE WOMEN. 100 WOMEN IN CONGRESS IS AMAZING. >> MORE THAN THAT, WHICH IS INCREDIBLE. >> YES. >> AND WHAT I'M WONDERING ABOUT THE LINGERING EFFECT OF THIS, THINK OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN INVOLVED IN THE RACE BEFORE. MANY OF THEM YOUNG PEOPLE OF COLOR. AND THEY GOT INVOLVED IN GEORGIA AND FLORIDA AND TEXAS AND THEY GOT ALL HYPED UP. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME. THEY DON'T KNOW HALF OF THEM. BUT THEY BELIEVE THE DEBATE THAT WILL WIN AND THEY BELIEVE THIS IS ALL GOING TO HAPPEN AND YOU WONDER WHAT IS THE IMPACT GOING TO BE? ARE THEY GOING TO TAKE AWAY ALL THAT EFFORT, ALL THAT WORK AND IT DIDN'T MATTER? IS THAT THE LESSON THEY LEARNED? EVEN THOUGH RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE VOTING DEMOCRAT BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT STARTED PAYING TAXES YET. BUT I HOPE THAT'S NOT THE LINGERING IMPACT OF TONIGHT AS THE DISAPPOINTMENT. >> THAT'S AN INTERESTING POINT YOU RAISE ABOUT NANCY PELOSI, BRINGING US TO NOW ANOTHER FIGHT, WHICH IS GOING TO BE THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP FIGHT IN THE HOUSE. RIGHT NOW THE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP TEAM IS NANCY PELOSI, THE STEMMING LAWYER. AND ALL OF THEM HAVE DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB OF PUBLIC SERVICE, BUT THEY AVERAGE 78.5 YEARS OLD BETWEEN A THREE. THAT'S NOT THE EXAGGERATION. THAT IS THEIR AGE. AND NOW I DON'T KNOW IF NANCY PELOSI WILL BE THE SPEAKER OR NOT AND MAYBE THAT HAS BEEN DECIDED, GNAW WILL NOT BE THE LEADERSHIP TEAM. I COULD ASSURE YOU THAT THERE WILL BE ENERGY IN THE HOUSE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS TO ENSURE THERE WILL BE AT LEAST SOMEBODY WHO WILL BE OF THE MORE MILLENNIAL GENERATION AND PROBABLY AT LEAST SOMEBODY WHO WILL REPRESENT A MINORITY GROUP. >> THEY DO SEEM TO BE BLOWING IN THAT DIRECTION. >> AS A REPUBLICAN, I PRAYED NANCY PELOSI WOULD EAT YOUR THE HOUSE. TO BECOME SPEAKER OF- BUT IN THE INTEREST OF BIPARTISANSHIP, A SOLUTION FOR THE DEMOCRATS. THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE SPEAKER JOB. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF CONGRESS. THAT IS NOT REQUIRED. THERE'S A GUY IN TEXAS WHO IS LOOKING FOR A JOB RIGHT NOW. THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, BETO O'ROURKE. NEED A JOB, THEY NEED A LEADER. THAT'S THEIR WINNING STRATEGY. >> IT WILL BE A BRILLIANT IDEA. WHAT BETTER PLACE TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT? >> WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST WILL BE THE IMPACT ON WOMEN VOTERS IN 2020? NOT WOMEN WHO RUN FOR OFFICE, BUT THE VOTERS? >> I THINK IF YOU'RE A WOMAN, YOU DO FEEL TONIGHT, YOU HAVE TO FEEL PRETTY GOOD, RIGHT? THIS IS THE ENERGY THAT STARTED THE DAY AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP'S INAUGURATION AND IT CAME TO A BOIL TONIGHT. CERTAINLY WITH THE IMPRESSIVE FEMALE CANDIDATES THAT WE SAW AND THE STRONG FEMALE TURNOUT NUMBERS, WOMEN WERE HEARD TONIGHT. I THINK THEY'LL BE HEARD AGAIN IN TWO YEARS. IF YOU'RE THE PRESIDENT, WHILE IT'S NICE YOU HAVE CREATED THIS BASE STRATEGY, HE IS GOING TO HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO BREAK THE FEVER WITH WOMEN VOTERS. ALL WOMEN VOTERS IN PARTICULAR, THOSE COLLEGE EDUCATED WOMEN VOTERS. THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO HAVE TO FIGURE THAT OUT IF HE'S GOING TO REPEAT IN 2020. >> THIS IS AN ENTIRELY PROBLEM GENERATED BY DONALD TRUMP. WOMEN HAVE ALREADY VOTED, ALWAYS VOTED MORE DEMOCRAT THAN REPUBLICAN AND VICE VERSA, BUT YOU HAVE NEVER HAD THIS KIND OF GAP AS IT IS NOT SURVIVABLE. I DON'T KNOW HOW THIS PRESIDENT WITH HIS BAGGAGE AND HIS I MEAN WOMEN IN THE BASE, WOMEN WHO WOULD LISTEN, THEY LOVE THIS GUY. HE'S THE KIND OF GUY THEY LOVE. BUT THAT'S NOT EVEN CLOSE TO THE WORKING MAJORITY OF THE VOTERS. >> AND IF THERE IS AN ELIZABETH WARREN AND IF THEY FEEL THEY WILL BE TREATING THEM UNFAIRLY SIMPLY BECAUSE HE'S A WOMAN. >> ANOTHER THOUGHT ABOUT 2020. SO YOU HAVE THREE REALLY SIGNIFICANT POTENTIAL 2020 CANDIDATES. I DON'T THINK THAT WILL BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT IN BETO O'ROURKE AND STACEY ABRAMS AND ANDREW GILLUM WHO HAS SOME VOTES TO COUNT, BUT SEEMS LIKE ALL THREE OF THOSE WILL NOT LEAVE THIS EVENING. THAT WAS GOING TO BE THE NEW GENERATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, DEMOCRATS WERE GOING TO BE EXCITED ABOUT POTENTIALLY BEING UNDER THE BANNER OF THE PARTY. BUT NOW YOU HAVE TO GO BACK TO ELIZABETH WARREN AND THE JOE BIDENS, THE BERNIE SANDERS. THE AVERAGE AGE. >> YOU DON'T SOUND TOO EXCITED ABOUT THAT. >> THAT'S NOT MEANT TO BE A VALUE JUDGMENT, BUT A DIFFERENT GENERATION AND A DIFFERENT KIND OF RACE YOU'RE RUNNING AGAINST DONALD TRUMP. SO THAT IS A SIGNIFICANT TAKEAWAY FROM TONIGHT FOR ME AS WELL. >> IN FACT THE MORE I THINK ABOUT TONIGHT, IT WAS WORSE FOR THE DEMOCRATS. ONCE AGAIN THEY WON THE HOUSE. I DON'T WANT TO TAKE THAT AWAY, IT IS SUCH A BIG DEAL. SO MUCH DAMAGE WAS DONE. LOSING THE GOVERNORSHIP IN OHIO AND FOR 2020 IS A BIG DEAL. THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS FOR REDISTRICTING THAT WILL START IN 2022. AFTER THE 2020 ELECTION I SHOULD SAY. >> TO ERROL'S POINT EARLIER, WE WON A RACE IN KANSAS WHERE WE SHOULDN'T HAVE WON. WE PERFORMED VERY WELL IN SOUTH DAKOTA, IOWA, I MEAN THE NIGHT IS NOT OVER IN ARIZONA AND NEVADA YET. SO YOU COULD SEE A POSITION WHERE OBVIOUSLY DEMOCRATS ARE NOT GOING TO WIN THE SENATE, BUT THEY COULD PERFORM VERY WELL AND FLIP SENATE SEATS THAT THEY ARE GOING TO NEED THE MAJORITY. SO IT'S CHOOSE YOUR POISON, CHOOSE WHAT YOU WANT TO THINK ABOUT IT. >> YOU MAKE A GOOD POINT. IT IS SO VITAL THAT THEY JUST DID SO WELL AND THE CANDIDATES WHO WERE THE MOST TROUBLESOME FOR THEIR FUTURE ARE THE ONES THAT HAPPEN TO LOSE. YOU KNOW, THE FINE FOLKS OF KANSAS, BUT REALLY DOES IT MATTER WHO IS THERE, GOVERNOR KELLEY. I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WILL BE A BIG OF A DEAL. BUT HAVING BETO AND ABRAMS OFF THE MAP IS GOOD NEWS FOR REPUBLICANS. >> NO CLEAR MANDATE OUT OF THIS MIDTERM ELECTION, BUT WE APPRECIATE YOU GUYS KIND OF PROCESSING SOME OF IT. >> ABSOLUTELY. >> AND FOR US, MICHAEL GRAHAM AND JOEL PAYNE. CO-PRESIDENTS PERHAPS. WE WILL SEE NOW THAT WE'RE IN THE 2020 ELECTION SEASON. THANK YOU BOTH VERY MUCH. >> MY PLEASURE. >>> COMING UP AFTER THIS BREAK, VOTER TURNOUT WAS A MAJOR FACTOR ON ELECTION DAY. BUT WHO REALLY SHOWED UP AND WHO DID THEY VOTE FOR? >>> AND IT WAS A NIGHT OF SEVERAL FIRSTS. MOSTLY FOR WOMEN. WE DISCUSS AHEAD. YOU'RE STREAMING CBSN.

What's happened to the truth under President Trump?



JUDY WOODRUFF: And, as we heard, Michael Cohen's
recordings contradict what the Trump campaign said they knew about model Karen McDougal
at the time. It is one of a number of false statements
that, over time, have come from President Trump or a member of his team. At the "NewsHour," we do not report on all
of them. But, tonight, we want to take a moment to
step back and look broadly at President Trump's record on truth-telling and what it means
for our democracy. We start with some background. DONALD TRUMP, President of the United States:
We're putting America first again, and we're seeing the incredible results. JUDY WOODRUFF: When weighing what's true and
what isn't, one of the president's favorite targets is the news media and the many news
organization he attacks. That was the case last night when he spoke
to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Kansas City and stirred up the crowd. DONALD TRUMP: Just stick with us. Don't believe the crap you see from these
people, the fake news. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) DONALD TRUMP: Just remember, what you're seeing
and what you're reading is not what's happening. JUDY WOODRUFF: But in just the last few weeks
alone, the president has made a number of misleading or inaccurate statements on subjects
ranging from Russian interference in U.S. politics to farmers and trade to how much
member NATO countries spend on defense. Mr. Trump's statements on Russia have gotten
the most attention, particularly after his news conference with President Putin in Helsinki,
where he seemed to agree with Putin, instead of U.S. intelligence. DONALD TRUMP: I will tell you that President
Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today. JUDY WOODRUFF: That brought condemnation from
both political parties, including Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, a frequent
critic. SEN. JEFF FLAKE (R), Arizona: We have indulged
myths and fabrications, pretended that it wasn't so bad, and our indulgence got us the
capitulation in Helsinki. We in the Senate who have been elected to
represent our constituents cannot be enablers of falsehoods. JUDY WOODRUFF: The next day, Mr. Trump said
he stood with U.S. agencies, but even then he put in a caveat: DONALD TRUMP: I accept our intelligence community's
conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place. Could be other people also. There's a lot of people out there. JUDY WOODRUFF: But a declassified intelligence
report shared with Mr. Trump before he became president concluded that Putin personally
— quote — "ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election." U.S. agencies have not suggested any other
country intended to disrupt the election. Earlier this month, in a tweet about the impact
of foreign tariffs on farmers, the president wrote that farmers have been on a downward
trend for 15 years and "A big reason is bad, terrible trade deals." But that statement is not accurate. Farmers have earned less in the past few years,
but that's not been the case for 15 years. In fact, net income adjusted for inflation
reached a record in 2013. And many experts say the problem has not been
trade deals, but commodity prices. The Washington Post, a news organization the
president regularly criticizes, keeps its own list. It found the president has made more than
3,200 false or misleading claims while in office. And that was before the start of summer. It also analyzed a speech Mr. Trump gave in
Montana earlier this month and found 76 percent of the claims the president made in the speech
alone were false, misleading or unsupported by evidence. The latest "NewsHour"/NPR/Marist poll asked
whether voters think the president generally tells the truth; 58 percent said only some
of the time or hardly ever; 36 percent said almost all of the time or most of the time. Republicans believed the president by a large
margin. The poll also asked whether President Trump
tells the truth more often or less than prior U.S. presidents; 56 percent said less often;
32 percent said more often. For a closer look President Trump and the
matter of truth, we turn to Peter Wehner, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy
Center in Washington. He served in the last three Republican administrations,
Presidents Reagan and both Bushes. Lara Brown is director of the Graduate School
of Political Management at the George Washington University. She's also the author of several books on
presidents, including "Jockeying For the American Presidency." And Domenico Montanaro, he's the lead political
editor for NPR. And we welcome all of you back to the "NewsHour." Domenico, I'm going to start with you upon. We were just sharing with the audience some
of these poll numbers; 58 percent of those polled say they think the president tells
the truth some of the time or hardly ever. How does that break down among the electorate? Who are we talking about here? DOMENICO MONTANARO, Political Editor, NPR:
Well, and if you add never into there, you get to 61 percent. So you have a full 60-something percent of
the American people who think that this president either never, hardly ever, or only some of
the time tells the truth. You know, and when you look particularly in
the suburbs, where there's going to be all these key House races, you wind up with seeing
that, you know, three-quarters of people who live in the suburbs, including especially
suburban women, who are going to be so key to this election, really not having a lot
of faith in this president or his ability to tell the truth. JUDY WOODRUFF: Peter Wehner, the fact that
we're even having this conversation tells us that something different is going on. As we said, you worked in the Bush White House
41, 43, you worked for President Reagan. What is different? PETER WEHNER, Ethics and Public Policy Center:
Well, what's different is that we don't have a run-of-the-mill liar in the White House. We have a pathological liar. This is a man who lies on personal matters,
political matters, domestic, international. He lies morning, noon, and night. And it just is never — never-ending. So that's one thing. We have never had a president who is so pathologically
— lies so pathologically, and lies needlessly often. That's one. The other thing is the number of people in
this country who believe in the lies, who have accepted them. This has tremendous damaging effects on the
political and civic culture of the country. A self-governing nation can't run if you can't
have a common set of facts, if you can't agree on common realities. What you have got is a man in the White House
who is engaged in not just an assault on truth, but an effort to annihilate truth. JUDY WOODRUFF: Annihilate truth. PETER WEHNER: Yes. JUDY WOODRUFF: That's an incredible statement. PETER WEHNER: It's true. It's not just the lies. It's that he's trying to destroy the categories
of truth and falsity. And that's really why he goes after the media,
right, because the media has always been the institution in American life that has kept
presidents accountable when it comes to what's true and what's not. And he knew from the outside of his presidency
that he had to delegitimize the media, so he could get away with this kind of thing. And this has an enormous seepage effect in
the life of a country. JUDY WOODRUFF: Lara Brown, we all know — we
talked about this before — politicians exaggerate. Presidents exaggerate. They stretch the truth. Sometimes, they have been found to be lying. Why — what is different about right now? What — we hear Pete Wehner saying this is
an assault on the truth. How do you see it? LARA BROWN, Director, George Washington University
Graduate School of Political Management: Well, I would actually agree with that. I think one of the things that you see with
this president and really across the administration is just a desire to lie on everything. I mean, there is such a volume of lies, that
it actually becomes difficult to catalog. And it creates confusion among the public. And, as a result, many people end up trying
to understand what is true, what is not. And that whole conversation about what is
truth is precisely what allows his base to continue to support him and to believe his
version of reality, and not the news media's actual version of reality. JUDY WOODRUFF: And yet, Domenico, you watch
these polls over time, going back to the campaign. Among the people who support President Trump,
they have been willing to pretty much embrace everything he's done and said. DOMENICO MONTANARO: Absolutely. And when, you know, Lara talks about being
able to categorize untruths or mischaracterizations, "The Washington Post" has tried to do that,
and it's found some 3,200 misleading statements or false claims by the president. That isn't something, as you note, that's
really had any effect on his base, obviously. In this poll, the NPR/"NewsHour" — "PBS NewsHour"/Marist
poll, 85 percent of Republicans still support this president. Now, when it comes to independents, which
is a really key group, they sort of turned on this president a year ago. And two-thirds of them say that they are not
— they do not approve of the job that he's doing, and they don't believe him. And a lot of this also has to do with a lot
of his personal attributes, his personal characteristics. You have 60 percent of people in this poll
also saying that they're embarrassed by the president's conduct. Now, there are a couple caveats I want to
put in here, because I went back and looked at the 2016 exit polls. And you might remember there that some 60
percent said that President Trump didn't have the temperament to be president. They said that he wasn't qualified to serve
as president and that they would be concerned or scared if he won. And yet he won. And here we are. JUDY WOODRUFF: Pete Wehner, as we look back
over the last year-and-a-half of the president in office, are there moments, are there statements
of — where something wasn't borne out by evidence that you think in particular stand
out? PETER WEHNER: Yes, there are several. I mean, there's so many, it's hard to — I
would say the Charlottesville event was very important, when he said that there were good
people on both sides. I think the attacks on the Mueller investigation
are extremely important, because this is an investigation trying to discern truth, and
he's trying to destroy it. The one where he said that Hillary Clinton
one because three million illegal votes were cast. I will tell you one that might strike people
as trivial, but I think, in retrospect, was extremely important, that was the original
lie at the dawn of the presidency of Donald Trump. And that was the crowd size, when he insisted
and sent his press secretary out to insist it was larger than Barack Obama's. In one sense, people will say this is a trivial
matter. What is it? Who cares? The reason it mattered is that this was right
out of the box, not just a lie, but it was an assault on empirical, demonstrable facts. There were pictures that showed the difference. And that was the tell, as they say, in poker. That said that this guy was something different. He was going to go after truth in a way. And it's been a sustained, relentless assault
on truth. LARA BROWN: I would like to, just for a moment,
kind of put some of this into historical context. When you look back at other presidents who
have lied, because most presidents have in some at least minor ways, sometimes justifiable
ones, and sometimes categorically wrong ones, ones that were morally problematic, you still
don't see anything like the sheer kind of volume that President Trump is doing. I mean, what we have, when we look back at
FDR, he even admitted that he would be perfectly willing to mislead and tell lies if it were
to win the war. And, of course, he was talking about World
War II. When you look at Richard Nixon with Watergate,
that was obviously an obstruction of justice. And that became a problem for the presidency,
and it created a great deal of cynicism among the public. When you look at Lyndon Johnson or you look
to the Pentagon Papers, we know that there was lying. JUDY WOODRUFF: Right. LARA BROWN: But, again, most of these things
were limited by topic or limited in damage. This is not that kind of a situation. JUDY WOODRUFF: Pete Wehner, finally, what
does this mean for our democracy? People talk about a democracy is built on
a foundation of accepted truths, reality. What is this doing? PETER WEHNER: It is hurting democracy. It's weakening the foundations. And that's why people have to stand up and
speak out. Democracy is about persuasion, right, not
coercion. And you can't persuade people if you can't
agree on facts, you can't even agree on common problems. Beyond that, when you enter this realm, it
deepens polarization, it deepens the sense of political tribalism. All of the anger, all of the divisions are
made worse. But I would say a couple of things. Viruses create their own antibodies. And the public can do something about this. You can do it in your individual lives. People can do it in social media. They can make a commitment not to put party
loyalties ahead of the truth when they're in conflict. They can vote against… JUDY WOODRUFF: And you think that is happening
now? PETER WEHNER: I think you are starting to
get a reaction. I'm sure you're getting a reaction against
it, because people understand both the disorienting effect of this — that's one thing But there's something else going on as well,
which is everybody knows in your individual life you can't live if you don't have a common
understanding of truth. And that's true in a national life as well. I think Donald Trump, the effect of all of
this is exhausting on the public. I think they're embarrassed, as was said earlier. And I think they're ashamed of what's happening. And I think there will be in 2020 and maybe
in 2018 a reaction against. This is not as if America has a terminal disease
and nothing can be done. Individual lives matter. If one person does something, it may not,
but if a lot of people act together, you can change the political and civic culture. That's happened before, and it can happen
again. JUDY WOODRUFF: Pete Wehner, Lara Brown, Domenico
Montanaro, we thank you all. LARA BROWN: Thank you. DOMENICO MONTANARO: Thank you.

Women Showing Significant Preference For Democrats In 2018: Poll | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC



okay here's something that caught our attention check this out in July of 2010 the solid middle-of-the-road Quinnipiac poll asked voters about the upcoming congressional elections the first since Barack Obama was elected president they asked voters whether just generically speaking respondents preferred Republicans or Democrats for Congress this is the generic congressional ballot poll it's broken down by gender each year I can tell you that men have tended to prefer Republicans in July of 2010 men preferred Republicans by a margin of 13% women voters preferred Democrats by 2% the distance between the two the gender gap was 15 points next up the midterm congressional elections of 2014 men again preferred Republicans this time by 6 points women again preferred Democrats by 9 points and even with some shifting around you get the same gender gap again 15 points okay now look at this brand new polling still from Quinnipiac men say they lean toward Republican candidates for Congress by eight points down but fairly par for the course but women women say they lean toward Democrats by 25 points 25 that is a statistically huge number which gives us a gender gap of 33 points even among the wild things we've seen in US politics that is remarkable the divide between women and men over who should represent us in Congress in this result in Quinnipiac is not the only poll that we've seen pointing to a yawning divide we've seen the new the pupil put the gender gap at 22 CNN has said it was 34 percent in a new poll from NBC says it's 28 points now to be clear or seeing here four months out from the election is not just men typically going read and women typically going blue this is men leaning toward Republicans a little bit and women going for Democrats by a mile and that's without even breaking the poll out by gender and race how this plays out in November is anyone's guess but the election is remarkable already we'll be right back hey there I'm Chris Hayes from MSNBC thanks for watching MSNBC on YouTube if you want to keep up to date with the videos we're putting out you click subscribe just below me or click over on this list to see lots of other great videos

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