tv America Votes 2014 Midterm Election Coverage Al Jazeera November 4, 2014 10:00pm-11:01pm EST
stories, a second jamaat islam levia person has been sentenced to death for the torture of fighters during the liberation welcome back everyone. what happens about is about more than the individual races, it's about the real-life issues behind the votes. stephanie sy is at the returns deck, bringing the latest vote totals. tony harris is here with the panel of experts. ali velshi looks at the financial impact, the congressional campaign history, and the team of 20 correspondents will cover the
impact of those votes at home and around the vorld. david shuster breaks the victories and losses down, and what it means for americas. now it's 10 o'clock on the east coast. polls closed in four states, including iowa, where republicans are looking to grab a senate seat. they picked up four, and need six to take control of the senate and congress. senator mitch mcconnell - here he is a short while ago. >> friends, this experiment in big government lasted long enough. >> the democrats could hold off the republican advance. let's go to stephanie sy at our returns desk. >> okay. let's start with the g.o.p. pick-ups. in west virginia, in the senate race, it was expected republican candidate shelly moore capito beat natalie tenant. 62% to 35%. 81% reporting.
turning to arkansas. another g.o.p. pick-up, freshman congressman tom cotton. he beat mark prior this that race. another g.o.p. pick-up, and in south dakota, former governor mike rounds is the winner in this 3-way race. he maintained that seat for south dakota. tim johnson's seat. in michigan, the democrats held on to carl levin, gary peters beating out his opponent. >> let's look at new hampshire. jeanne shaheen pulling this out for the democrats, incumbent senator. winning 51%. a close one there, with 48% of the precinct reported. louisiana at this point, a run off between republican candidate bill cassidy and incumbent
senator, going to the run off with rob mann us, probably syphoning off some votes. let's look at the close race in north carolina right now. senator kay hagan against republican challenger thom tillis. you can see it there. neck and neck. 48% to 48%, a few - 10,000 votes separating the race with 68% of the precincts reporting. in virgin, a fascinating race. it looked to be a safe seat for the democrats. senator mark warner, a popular politician, a governor in the state of virginia. only a few thousand votes separating him and the republican. >> even though everyone expected a run off. and mary landrieu not to get to
50%, she is behind right now. >> she is behind, and a lot of that depended on vote tonne out for the democrats. i forget we can call another race, and that is the montana race. this is the seat vacated by the ambassador to china. the race that the associated press rejects will go to the republican. another good one, it is getting closer and closer. >> we have one left. >> one left. >> one left before the republicans take over. or two left. >> it's two. montana was not unexpected, and as stephanie pointed out. it's a race that the republicans spoke about. the senator john walls was in or had to pull out of the race
because of plaijerrism charges. congressman dans was something of a shoe in. she had no political experience. it was an asset. but turned out to be a liability. two was the number. somewhere tonight when you look at colorado, iowa, alaska, minnesota, oregon and louisiana. was the run-off. the numbers are surprising david, stephanie, ashar quraishi is in demoyne where there's a big senate race as well. >> that's right, this is another race that is super close, too close to call. the latest poll before the election had joni ernst and her democratic challenger bruce
braley at a dead heat. 44%. very, very tight race. what could make a difference is something we are looking at over the next couple of days. they received 455,000 absentee ballots. the strongest absentee early voter turn out that we see in iowa history. the breakdown is interesting. we have seen 184 returned ballots from democrats, compared to 175,000 from republicans, and 95,000 from no party voters. we are waiting for 33 thous from democrats as -- 33,000 from democrats, and are waiting for republicans and independence. it may be a race decided in a couple of days. >> ashar quraishi in iowa. thank you. i want to go to mike viqueira in washington d.c. there's a lot of talk about whether the president of the united states will have to
change the way he deals with the united states senate if republicans win, and that looks more like they might. >> there's a conventional wisdom that is congoaling in the cap -- congoaling in the capital. it may be a good thing in terms of alleviating gridlock. a president will be forced to negotiate with republicans. a lot of people were skeptical. the president gave a speech a couple of months ago, a major speech before the u.n., and spoke of a pervasive unease, talking about international relations. that is reflected in the electorate, and an unease with the policies of president obama, or fatigue with president obama and the administration. if you look at a race in neighbouring maryland, it is a state where democrats enjoy a 2-1 advantage over registered voters. republicans, anthony brown, incumbent lieutenant governor to
take over martin o'mallee is now deadlocked in a race with someone no one heard about, larry hogan. this race going down to the wire. no one expected that, simply because, and one of the reasons is because the tax rate in maryland on citizens has gone up steadily over the course of the last couple of years, and we are seeing a revolt. coupled with what we see in virginia, mark warner, no high negatives, everyone likes the man, he is squeaking one ot. it will be close with returns from northern virginia, which is over the course of the last decade a democratic strong hold. what we are seeing is a reflection - we can't call it a republican wave, but a strong night and feeling among the electorate. >> it's exactly right. mike viqueira, thank you. it also is the most expensive midterm election ever.
ali velshi is back to talk about - we talked about sock money, dark money. >> it's a distinction, it's moved to dark money, there's a reason. $3.7 billion, that is what the nonpartisan center for responsive politics project will be pent by the time the last race is call. making it the most expensive midterms, not by a couple of bucks, but millions, they'll have the spending range, look at that. the last two elections were 3.6 million. the republicans have the spending, spending 1.75 billion, compared to 1.64 billion by democratic groups. let's go to the next one. all of that projected spending, 2.7 billion comes from the usual suspects. that's candidates, parties. 519 million - let me show you
this here, is expected to come from outside groups. we are talking double the amount over the last midterms from four years ago. republicans have the spending edge with the outside groups. $329 million to $315 million. democratic billionaire is the single biggest donor of the election. 73 million so far. the most expensive race by a long shot is one we don't have a decision in yet, the senate seat, not surprisingly covered by senate races. alaska is the priciest per capita, $120 for each voter. we have been talking about congressional spending. money spent on state level races, $380 million. florida, illinois, and
pennsylvania are the three most expensive races. pennsylvania has been decided. tom corbett lost his seat. $120 million on state and local ballots all four are leading, the proponents of increasing minimum wages are winning. colorado is dealing with gambling, and are talking about requiring genetically modified foods. marijuana legalization, and alaska has to make is decision on that. these are different areas. this is interesting. a little money can go a long way. when was the last time you heard someone say they donated to a judicial election. >> this is one to keep in touch with. most individuals don't donate. this is about corporate interest. a group of nuns - you'll be talking about that.
this judicial stuff is fantastic. >> that both for the next election. the amount has been rising, and republicans in particular have focused on judicial elections. >> you don't do this for one elections. you do it for election after election until you have a state supreme court. >> these numbers - you talk about $100 million, it has gone up dramatically, what does it say about the 2016 election, and how much hillary clinton may have to spend, predictions of billions. >> yes, and that's why we changed to talk about soft money to dark money. the concept of dark means people don't have to disclose who the donors are. that could mean a major concern. a group of nuns were on a mission this season as ali mentioned, travelling across the
country exposing hidden campaign donations, encouraging people to register to vote. kimberley hall cum met up with them. >> reporter: it's after sunrise, and this sister and fellow nuns are heading to a political rally in kentucky, they organised a bus tour to tell residents on election day the issue of ordinary voters still matter. >> what big money is doing is scaring people to keep them away. >> reporter: residents have been bombarded with tv ads paid for by rich voters. hoping to persuade kentucky. the catholic issues say charles and david coke are footing the bill for -- david koch are footing the bill for ads in kentucky, to influence how voters cast their ballot. >> it's not just the political right that is flooding the campaign with super spending,
it's the last. liberals and conservatives are spending tens of millions to influence the elections outcomes. >> according to data filed with the u.s. federal election, a liberal group calling itself patriot majority is doing its bet to sway the vote. >> cutting social security may be mitch mcconnell's plan. >> untraceable spending is eight times greater than four years ago. >> a small number of wealthy elites is having an incredible deal on the process. >> i think the corporations are taking over. more of a state of kentucky. we can use the money somewhere else. >> that was kimberley reporting. >> let's go to joie chen. watching closely the races for senate and governor in the state of kansas where joie chen spent some time. >> we did that. we were in kansas, and watching
the battle for kansas on two fronts, on the governor's race and the senate race. first of all. we talk about the senate race, this is one where you look at a long-term incumbent. facing off against the candidate. the democrat dropped out of the race. this is as fight as it comes, and kansas had a big turnout. pat roberts leading. 4%. that is only with a quarter of the votes out there. tight in kansas. the other big one is the race for governor. that is senator sam brown. we'll see a little of this john. be careful what you wish for, i may get it. greg ormond in the senate. running as an independent. but that meant he didn't have the infrastructure to go through his campaign, looking for the
senate race. you have the governor sam brownback, who has been - certainly has been a long-term senator, popular figure and got election and did people who he promised to do - cut taxes. when he did that, however, there were repercussions that people didn't anticipate. significant loss for the state of kansas. it was cut particularly in education spending. you see here a tight race between paul davis and governor sam brownback there. paul davis leading. this has been expected to be a very tight race. it has brought in a lot of attention nationally. the republican governor's association put $4 million into advertising to try to get governor brownback reelected there. the big factor are teachers coming out against governor brownback, because they are concerned about the cuts to schools, public education in the
state of kansas. jacob ward has been following that issue, and the spending in kansas on education. >> that's right. last year governor brownback's unprecedented cuts went into account. according to the state's estimate, by the end of 2014 kansas would have collected 424 less than in 2012. that's a loss of roughly 14%. and total state revenue is expected to drop nearly a billion dollars, between the 2012 and 2014 fiscal years. the amount of state aid allocated to each student is lower than the recession. during the 2008, 2009 school year, the base state is 2400. compared to less than 3900. >> adjusting for inflation, 16% mer student. the cuts mean fewer textbooks,
music programs, jan tors and fewer schools. >> governor brownback argues when all state aid is accounted for, the total investment per student is 7,175, a $10 increase per student. the additional spending is almost entirely tied to teacher pensions, and school district improvements, repairs. if you take out pension spending, kansas schools are left with about $100 million less than they were budget in 2009. the maths is complicated. the result is straightforward. the bottom line here is things that have an immediate effect on students have been hit hard in kansas. back to you. >> jacob ward reporting. thank you very much. of course, we have a couple - at least a couple of very close senate races that we are watching in virginia, north carolina, and what impact will the election night have on the relationship with the president
let's take a look at the board. we have a projection in colorado. cory gardner, the republican, defeating mark udall, another one of the make or break races for the republicans. that means they have one more senate seat to pick up before they take control of the senate. tony harris standing by with the contributors. >> appreciate it. before we get to the panel, i
want to bring in david shuster. give us an updated analysis, balance of power. >> with mark udall losing in colorado to cory gardner, the republican challenger it's down to a magic number of one. for the republicans to take control, they need to turn one democratic seat from blue to red, out of iowa, north carolina, virginia, alaska, or louisiana, which is heading for a run off. republicans are feeling strong. the iowa race, that is one that democrats had been increasingly worried about over the last couple of weeks. it was a state where if you came down to iowa, the democrats are in trouble. it looks like it will come down to iowa, and the democrats are in trouble. >> if you would, stand by. it will bring you back into the conversation. let's go to michael shure, some of the races that you see. do you want to start with
colorado. >> the democrats are also hoping to bring that one more senate seat back by winning kansas. that is the only one that can flip now. from republican to democrat. the other notion is that there hasn't been a surprise. you can - there are close races. virginia is the biggest surprise. it's a razor thin margin, i was speaking in the warner campaign, texting, not speaking to them. they are saying that so moan of the votes coming from fairfax country, it's a county that is readily from mark warner, it's why the race hasn't been called. there hasn't been the surprise, but the democrats need to make that in iowa in order to have a prayer. >> what do you say. >> it doesn't look good so far. i will not sugar coat it or spin it. i do think, for the democrats,
there are some issues that are not being counted. some of the ballot initiatives are issues that the democrats championed. minimum wage, which has passed in a few states. marijuana, which has fallen in florida, medical marijuana, these are issues that democrats gained on. if we are looking for hope. the issues are still on the side of the democratic party, if they are looking for hope out of this. >> i'm leapfrog ray suarez, and betina. your thoughts. >> what we see in the different races is cory gardner. they needed to win in the blue and purple states. from what i heard on the ground. this is a state where the war on women was front and center. it was fascinating.
women were trending. they had an aggressive out reach. we are hearing from the udall camp, it was a little too late. it will be fascinating to see the numbers on what the republican ground game was, and winning on issues that the republicans usually don't talk about, about attracting women and hispanics. is it interesting to see that in the grimes race, in kentucky. how she did like mary landrieu. >> mitch mcconnell was trending with the women, up by 4 points. >> that's something the democrats will have to look at. >> quick last thoughts? >> we haven't seen big surprises tonight. one quasi surprise is the bright lights for the democrats on a fight like this is supposed to be in the government races, and states that are solidly
democratic, that governors candidates are not pulling ahead. they are tight. they are tight in places like massachusetts. pick-up opportunities have been fluffed. cases where john had problems, and a strong opponent may have run a better race. it's not looking good for charlie crist in florida. >> you can make some calls. >> we have a call. >> one of the closest governors races. >> it was a nail-biter. the associate press is projecting that the republican incumbent governor rick scott beat charlie crist, the former republican governor of florida. now, with 99% of the precincts reporting. this was a 1-point race. the incumbent wins in the state. in pennsylvania, the incumbent
was ousted. losing to democratic challenger comkufl. a candidate who never held public office. as the c.e.o. of the biggest kitchen cabinet maker. in texas, no surprise, greg abbott defeating wendy davis. this was a closely watched race, because wendy davis is a rising star known for her filibuster of an abortion bill in texas, when she was in the state legislature, but breg abbot coming out -- greg abbott coming out ahead. >> and close races in georgia. nathan deal against the grandson of jimmy gua carder. dale has the lead. >> in maine, paul lepage is leading. it's a 3-way race. mike with 46%. it looked like he is - lepage is
leading by a couple of hundred votes. that we'll watch closely. >> in colorado, let's take a look at this race. again, very tight governors race. more than 70% of the reporting. that race very tight. back to you. >> thank you. >> we are here to talk more about the florida governor's race. what is your reaction? >> this is a nail-biter to the end of the the fact that rick scott was able to pull this out in the past moments of the campaign after everything that has occurred in the race. let's not forget how important the race is. the person that wins florida is something of a king maker. they had a lot of support of people that ran through office
like chris christie and others. >> ever since 2000. we had florida, and tonight just a few thousand votes separating. >> and always a key state to watch, and it does seem as divided as the rest of the country. >> we got used to looking at florida. we see rick scott, the incumbent governor up by of,000, and the race is very, very tight. >> the environment plays a big role in several races. >> a new report says damage with climate change is locked on an irreversible course. it calls for an effort to similar emissions. >> if reduced. experts warn consequences could last for centuries. >> we have a limited window of opportunity. i think the global community must look at the numbers. >> i am sure it will bring about
changes. the panel says ocean will warm. sea levels will rise. the u.n. calls this the most comprehensive study on climate change. as we move and get later tonight and move out west. allen schauffler will take this issue in seattle. >> yes, the environment on a smaller scale being debated in alaska during the midterm elections, john. there's a measure on the ballot that laskans will be -- alaskans will be voting op. it's part of a war between two classic activities, two things that defined the state. one is getting valuable minerals out of the ground, turning them into oil, gold, copper. the other is fishing, salmon fishing, and the salmon grounds of bristol bay. it's about the pebble mine, proposed mine in the head waters
of bristol bay. opponents say it can damage the fishing industry. the measure on the ballot is a little confuse of course, a little arcane. it's the latest squirmish in a 10-year battle. the pebble mine could be as deep as the grand canyon. there could be $500 billion worth of gold and copper. the mine site is in the mountains of bristol bay. one of the richest salmon fisheries, many worry the mine could damage the streams where salmon sponsor. >> we go to the paf marine services where a lot of boats are on docks. the fishing fleet is high and dry. the short but lucrative salmon season is over. for more than a decade tommy til don and others opposed the mine. >> there's nothing wrong with
mining. it's in the wrong place at the wrong time. >> in the midterm elections tommy and others faced a ballot giving the state legislature the final say. >> can we preserve what is here and go after what is on the ground. >> mining interests say it poll it sizes a science-based process, slowing investment and development. >> state of alaska - teacher revenue - it's unfair to future job opportunities, it's an economic region in the state. mining industry say they have nothing against mining, and the salmon community have nothing against mining, they are fighting over the one mine in the bristol bay region, it would give the state legislature a final say. if you want a mine, plan, permit, licence, you need all your permits approved, and
submitted to the state legislature, where there'll be public hearings, pressure to bear, et cetera. a lot of confusion too about whether alaskans will understand what they are voting on. a yes on this measure is essentially a no vote against the pebble mine. there's a question about whether folks have time to study this issue, whether the senate race in alaska squeezes everything off the air waves, and pushing this and other issues to the back. we'll learn more when the polls close up in ang ridge. >> it closes 1 eastern time. we go down the coast to melissa chan, live in berkeley, live at u.c. berkeley, to talk about issues that students and folks are talking about. >> you know, these are the midterm elections. even here, a politically active
campus. a lot of students said midterm elections, i'm more concerned about the midterm exams. having said that, one the major things here in california this evening is the water bomb. that is proposition one. i want to pull up a visual to show you how dire the situation is. we are in the worst drought. we have covered this, reported on this, the worst in a century. reservoirs are low. there's political will to push the water bond through, because people are aware. it's essentially $7 billion that would change california water policy for the next few decades, it's to important that governor jerry brown is not running for his own campaign. in fact, he is spending time pushing for the prop one. >> melissa chan, thank you.
we have international coverage on three continents giving reaction, talking about midterms and what is means for foreign policy. first, nick schifrin from istanbul. let's talk about the fight against i.s.i.l., u.s. strategy received a lot of criticism in the midterms. talk about the impact and what it means for the fighters. >> well, the criticism has not just been in the u.s., but locally here, in turkey, along the border of syria, within syria, and it is widespread. the training programme that the u.s. is spending $500 million, the u.s. allies that they need - they say the training process is not fast for big enough, and the air strikes - priorities are wrong. it's focussed on smaller towns, right on the turkish border,
instead of symbolic it has for many years. they have been overrun by the syrian government, and by al qaeda in syria. al nusra, and i.s.i.l. they turned to the u.s. saying they need to help more, otherwise they won't be able to fight against i.s.i.l. they are hoping that if the senate becomes republic. senator john mccain will be the senator. he has a personal state, pushing a lot to improve and increase the weapons, there's no talk from the white house or the rebels, that they expect the programme to change. >> what about the impact on the middle east. >> the main thing is not syria, it is iran. there's a fear among some u.s.
officials who deal with the trying to get iran to sign a nuclear deal with in the next few weeks. there's a fear once the senate is more republic, there'll be more skepticism. it will bring back negotiations with iran. especially if the perception is that that deal is not a good one. and a more republican senate will pull back the deal or criticize the deal. it does depend on the kind of deal that comes back. if there is a deal that most believe is a good one. all of the analysts that i talked to or the democratic senate, everyone will get on board behind the president and support him on that. that is one of the main things, as well as israel. a lot of people in the senate and the house interested in u.s. foreign policy on israel. that has been stretched by the iran talks.
fundamentally, whether it's republican or democratic congress, the expectation is that congress will continue its support for israel, and the state department will criticise some of the israel's actions, especially the building of settlements in east jerusalem and the occupied west. >> thank you very much. >> james bays is al jazeera's diplomatic editor, and he joins us in the studio. if the president is seen as weak, what impact does it have on foreign relations. >> it is a problem. if you try to influence or encourage people to listen to the u.s. line, it will be hard. remember we have a situation now that is not like the situation in previous years, where russia was talking to the us and ingrediently. different now. we are almost back to prer time arrangements.
>> the president's policy against i.s.i.l., even people in the coalition are complaining about it. >> absolutely. i think the focus is is air power enough. there are limits to what you can do. everyone knows that air power has an effect, and you can nudge things with airpour. can you win with air power it's worth remembering that the u.s. has taken on an incarnation of i.s.i.l. called al qaeda in iraq, and using interrogation, intelligence and special forces, the u.s. basically defeated al qaeda in iraq. there's one big different. there are over 170,000 u.s. boots on the ground because the american military are in iraq. >> you are at the united nations and you listen to the leaders talk about the united states. are they watching the midterms. >> i think they are watching them for several reasons.
they know that we are at a key point in the obama presidency. we are coming to a point where the president is setting its legacy. if you look at all the problems the world is facing, the u.s. is mainly fighting fires. the only area where perhaps there's a foreign policy legacy for the president is the one nick mentioned, the iran talks. november 24th. i expect i'll be heading to vienna. everyone i have been speaking to is sum bling blocks, and they are closer. the senate could be a big challenge, a big barrier. that is the big problem after you get the deal. once you get the deal, you have to implement the deal, part of the deal is if iran does what the west wants, which is to show that it can't turn the nuclear programme into a military youse, you have to give iran what it
was. >> maybe the most impact of the election. good to see you. >> president obama called russia one of the world's biggest threats. rory challands is in moscow, with more on what the u.s. is trying to do to contain it. >> when president obama addressed the united nations. he mentioned three global threats, ebola, i.s.i.l. and russia. ebola may be contained. i.s.i.s. could overreach itself, and russia is not going anywhere. >> the economy is creeping under the rate of sanctions. it is upgrading military as fast as they can. it's challenging u.s. on a number of fronts. most notably in syria and ukraine. the u.s. has to work out what it is going to do about this. it is very unlikely that the united states will go to war with russia. so what else could to do.
>> many think that's the policy of containment. and may work against russia. what this might look like is a linked system of asian and european alliances. stretching from ball ticks, romania. trying to keep russia hemmed in, hoping that the economy is too weak to do anything about it. >> president obama and britain's david cameron seemed to be working closely on several issues. what about beyond the u.k. and the rest of europe. >> well, there's a number of things that europeans are going to look at as a result of the midterm elections. you heard them talk about russia and ukraine.
we heard them talk about folks from i.s.i.l. they are major issues. i want to touch on another issue that is affected by what happens in congress. that is an upcoming trade agreement with europe. it is a huge multibillion trade agreement that the legislature will have to sign off on. congress will have a direct vote on whether or not the united states and the european union come to an agreement. that is something the europeans will take close attention to because there'll be a vote in congress. >> the europeans are concerned about america. it appears there's no sense of leadership. for all intents and purposes, it's a lame duck president.
phil ittner, thank you very much. >> we want to switch gears a bit and talk about another issue important to americans and around the world. "real money"'s ali velshi is back with us to talk about energy. >> let's talk about the energy boom in america, fuelled in part by advances in hydraulic fracturing, that's fracking. national average price for a gallon of gasoline has fallen 10%. more money from the oil sands is helping, sourcing energy from fracking, and oil sands is controversial with environmentalists and democrats, which is where a candidate falls on the debate. which may decide some of the tight races. let me tell you about the keystone pipeline. it would bring an extra half a million canadian oil from alberta into the united states, crossing into montana, snaking
through the great plains, existing with pipelines through kansas, and all the way down to the gulf of mexico. the president obama administration held the project up in part because of environmental concerns. it's announced by republicans, including those in office. the pipeline will help america become more energy independent and drive the economy by creating jobs. it's a standard republican opinion on this. independent challenger greg ormond supports a proper evaluation of the economic impact of keystone xl before approving construction. that is not popular with candidates in monusco. in montreal, amanda curtis fought to keep the seat in democrat's hands, but tried to buck the keystone. it did not help her beat steve danes, he is now the projected
winner in montana. those issues about energy continue to play very much into this election. interestingly enough. what we didn't hear a lot of it touting the gas prices that are cheaper than they were two years ago. >> thank you. we are focussing on the issue. immigration is a major issue facing the next congress. rachel levin is in mexico city, how does this affect u.s./mexican relations? >> it is a big issue. president obama vowed to change an over haul immigration policy by executive order if he needs to. if the republicans take the senate, and gain control of the congress, that will be a tough battle and some republican senators have already vowed to change that. that will be something that
people mexico are keeping their eyes on. during president obama's presidency, more people have been deported than before. it's a touchy issue. all eyes are on what happens in the remaining years of his presidency, and if the prime minister sis of immigration -- promises of immigration reform come to fruition. a record number of child migrants crossing into the u.s. come mostly from central america. teresa bow is in washington with that part of the story. >> we'll be spending a decent amount of time not only at the border with mexico, but highly militarized border between the united states and mexico. we see how people desperately try to enter this country, and how they are trying to stay. we travel to central america, where children are sent by their
parents here because of the situation in the country, and it's not only poverty that drives them, but the amount of violence that exists in central american countries. which visited a morgue in the central city, and around 12 bodies are brought every day. of them, seven are teenagers, we witnessed how people identified their children, telling us they were trying to send them to the united states. but it was too late. that's the situation on the ground. but for those children that made it across the border. they are a currency of the united states, and are fighting to stay for the next two years. obviously they'll be crucial to what's and what the president does next. of course, this is an issue that the president decided he would not take on before the election. mike viqueira in washington with more on that. >> i think the way this is
shaping up, republicans will talk about a mandate. it will be disputed. this is not a nationwide election on the issue of immigration, it was seen as something that the president would have as a major accomplishment. you look at the first term, the hallmark signature. the affordable care act, obama care, talking about immigration. this were signs that republicans wanted to make a deal. that has crashed and burnt. now you have the president talking about going around congress, the white house insisting that that would go forward. they'd use an executive order, and it would incense republicans, it would not be a good por tent of things to come. we look at what happened, and we sift through the election. things that happened in the last two years of president obama's second term conspired to knock the white house off message, whether it was the rise of
i.s.i.l. the website debacle. what happened in ukraine, and the outset of the interpret, the incident in sandy hook connecticut, and the lack of the president and democrats passing gun control through the senate. we are going to start to have to look through this. see what is possible. what is significant majorities in the house of representatives on the part of republicans, and republican controlled senate. continuing on the issue, ground zero in the state of texas, heidi zhou-castro is live in austin. this is a story you spent a lot of time covering, heidi. >> that's right. people in texas, and polls show here that immigration are the top two issues. among the republican majority. 89" say the government should strip people coming to the
country, and 74% say that 11 million undocumented immigrants in the u.s. should be deported. these are the voters. grag abbott the predicted winner, and the crisis over the summer. and unaccompanied children suffering into texas only held the campaign. >> heidi zhou-castro reporting from austin. we want to go back to the panel of experts. >> let me start. your thoughts - the question for the panel, do you believe the president will follow through. executive action after the midterms. what i have been hearing is that he wants to do something. republican senate and republican - that calculation may change. republicans want - have talked a
lot about passing immigration reform. a lot of people are frustrated with both parties and polling showed that 50% of the population would be fine. the status quo is not going anything. the president promised to do something, and so many times he let people down. has the language been harsh. >> in the isn't aid they passed a bipartisan bill. they supported various things. they meet in the middle. and now that the house has passed, they'll pass a bill - there'll be a bill talking about various things addressing all the different issues in immigration, including worker visas, the people in this
country illegally. it's oversimplified. >> has there been disappointment by hispanics that went out to vote. big numbers. that he hadn't done more. that he hasn't followed through on his promise. i think if you look at the time line for the national election. if the president had gone ahead and done something as promised, that frustration would have been lower. coming out of the middle of last year, he said the department of homeland security and justice. his people. those people combing the laws to see what the limited power was. obviously it can't change laterally. he was going to work with within the limit of his power as president. then we get to spring 2014, and
announces nothing after the election. it was because those were hopes raised in itself. they are not hopes created by activists, by others, where he was silent on the issue. he promised and didn't deliver. if this was done in the hopes that you could save people in dodgy seats. they are going down anyway, you may have taken mark warner down, you may have helped charlie crist. if he comes within a hair of beating rick scott. i am sure that when they do the post more tem on this, this may be a missed opportunity. that's what he'll here from the supporters. if he goes to the senate and gives them an executive order, what he'll do with that is set
the republicans up. when they vote out, take it apart, piece by piece by piece, giving the democrats that issue. it's the only way to get it, if the republicans are taken apart. the president's indecision. it will be looked as a huge mistake. it's unfair to say the president did anything at all. he had an executive order in 2012. to say he has not acted at all is unfair and not telling the whole story. i think the senate passed the cir and the foreign bill. and it was passed basically with the support of democrats in the senate. it was the house that refused to act on the bill. they can act on the bill. it can be resurrected. they chose not to. i think let the republicans off
the hook, and everything left on the shoulders of the president, and waive a want and make it happen. in an ideal world what should happen is we should work in a bipartisan fashion to bring immigration forward. what we can bring is the scary ads, and people going down to the border, yelling at children when you had the crisis of kids coming from central african countries, fleeing violence. >> thanks to the panel and back to you. >> the wisconsin race and a close race in virginia. >> it's getting down to the wire, starting out with the race in wisconsin, another incumbent governor is holding on to his seat. governor scott walker, runs away with this against democratic challenger mary burke. he stays in the government mansion. he is talked about a 2016
presidential candidate, and this keeps that open. taking a look at the results out of virginia, and surprisingly close race between incumbent senator. look at the numbers. 4,000 votes separate these two, 0.1% difference now. the rules of virginia that are, that 1% - difference between these two, it will be a recount. >> more to talk about. coverage of election night continues after this.