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welcome back, the top stories, a second jamaat islam levia person has been sentenced welcome back to the midterm election coverage, it's 11 in the east. polls are closing in five nor states. republicans are on the verge of
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taking the house. it's down to one, and we are keeping a close eye on races in virgin, north carolina and iowa. wins in any of those will put the g.o.p. over the top. we update you on the latest returns. we'll look at the surprise election issue, ebola. first our reporters are live in cities across america and around the world for a sense of how the election is playing out. let's start with tony harris. >> a terrific panel in new york city, and we are diving down on the issues that america say are important. that's the economy, jobs, health care. we'll be talking about issues. now let me send it to joie chen in washington. >> tony, thanks, we are closely still watching the battle for kansas. it is a big fight there. big turnout. big fights for both the senate and the governors seats as well. watching very closely and it's racing neck and neck for kansas
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governor, and governor sam brownback hanging on to the seat against paul davis. it is going back and forth. it's a race that many contest how conservative kansas is and how much the power of losing supply side economics, and the impact it is making on revenues will make a difference. ali velshi, it is all about the money. >> it really is. here is the interesting thing. democrats have not been able to play off of the fact that the economy is stronger than it was two years ago today. unemployment is almost two percentage points lower. we create jobs at the rate of 192,000 per month. interest rates are low, and, in fact, in many states, four at least. minimum wage initiatives that supported democratic platforms, and been supported by democratic candidates have been advanced yet the democratic can't dates have not succeeded. they have lost the republican.
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let's go mike viqueira in washington. >> thank you. behind me in the white house we understand at this hour that president obama is making calls to democrats and republicans, and mostly republicans, merm after the last midterm in 2010, democrats were whipped out. president obama caught a shell acting. we expect to hear about him. he'll have to find a new advective. the night where if they diverted defeat - it looks like a whip out cross the bored for democrats. over to david shuster. >> organised labour is taking it on the chin in wisconsin, illinois and michigan. democrats need a victory in kansas, a run off in indiana and protecting north carolina, virginia and iowa.
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the future looks bright for mitch mcconnell to become the next senator. let's go to case. >> here in kentucky mitch mcconnell trounced alison lundergan grimes. he says washington is - it's time for now leadership. kentuckians want to see a change, not in his seat, but in the democratic seat and the u.s. senate. he said this race may be won, but he's looking at a race to take over the country. he's one seat away from becoming majority leader. overseas now to nick schifrin in istanbul. >> midterm elections are not normally about foreign policy, but this year they are. judging the handling of foreign affairs and syria. u.s. allies inside of syria are criticizing the policies, saying the air strikes are not hitting
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the right training. iran is the point. it could limit things if it feels the u.s. has too much. the deadline is three weeks away in california, the interesting race is between two democrats, mike honda in silicon valley and mike row. >> mike honda a 7-term is challenged by ricona backed by silicon valley, it's a test of californian future, the democratic party and the direction it will take. will it be ninesed by the power -- influenced by the power of silicon valley. now to ashar quraishi in drummoyne. >> it's close here in iowa. no surprising the governor's race for the associated press says the inkem bant republican -- incum band republican has won the race. we are looking at republican
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joni ernst, and her democratic challenger bruce braley, too close to call. 26% reporting in at this time. the poll, the last we have seen, they are a dead heat. 47%. looks like this could come down to the early voters. 455,000 early voters. the most in iowa history. submitting the ballots as of monday. it could be a couple of days if we don't get a clear answer as to who will win the senate race. off to allen schauffler in seattle. >> we should have results in oregon and washington within a couple of minutes. we are following food labelling and legalizing marijuana, predictable and fascinating governor's race. in washington gun rights versus gun control. and this alaska, a couple of hours in the senate race. >> thank you very much. let's get to the results.
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>> stephanie sy. >> we have a nail-biter in north carolina. let's look at the race between senator kay hagan, and businessman - speaker of north carolina thom tillis. that race 2 points, with thom tillis leading 94% of the precinct reporting another chance for a pick up. >> tom harkin's seat in iowa. bruce braley and joni ernst. tied at 48%. another comment for a g.o.p. pick-up. in louisiana, that election will head to a run-off. the top two go getters. bill cassidy and mary landrieu. that will not be decided until december. taking a look at the race in giorgio, associated press predicting that republican david prideaux has won the race in
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georgia, with 55%. this is chandler's defeat. that seat staying in republican hands. looking at the close, close race in virginia right now, senator mark warner, 49%. ed gillespie 49%. again, if the differential between these two candidates is less than 1%, there'll be a recount in virginia. >> looks like it in virginia. >> thank you. let's go to robert ray in atlanta. watching the race in georgia. when the night began, it could go in a run off. everything shows that. this is neck to neck between michelle nunn, the democrat, and the republican. neither one of the candidates held a public office. they've been at each other with the most ads in all of the
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country. 55,000 commercials. david prideaux taking this with no problems. 64 years old, never in office. an ex-c.e.o. of rebook and dollar general and called michelle nunn, the democrat, a puppet for president obama. clearly that was his agenda the entire time running against, and georgia voters came out and made their voice heard. >> robert ray, obviously the senate will be controlled by the republicans. david shuster's standing by in the studio with more on that. it's 11 o'clock, but it's happened. >> not yet. we are waiting on kansas, and georgia - it's republican to begin with. let's take a look at virgin, an interesting race -- virginia, an interesting race. it's within 12,000 votes.
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there can be a recount. but the candidate has to request this. the last time virginia went to a recount was in 2006. in the senate race between jim webb and george alan. the republican senator. he was behind by 12,000, guess who his campaign manager was. yes, ed gillespie who said "you're 12,000 behind, doesn't look like you'll make it up", george allen decided not to go with the recount. gillespie is possibly in the same position, but as the candidate, and may not be a race that matters in terms of control of senate. if they are looking at 12,000 votes, thinking ed gillespie, you know the state well, do you ask for a recount or go back to what you told your own candidate. >> so we are close, but not
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quite there yet. >> sorry, i couldn't hear the question. >> i said we are close, but not quite there yet when it comes to republicans in the senate. >> that's right. i think the writing is on the wall. i don't want to get too far ahead of this. democrats pretty much have to put up with what is out there. president obama. president obama having to live wh what happens. there'll be a press conference at the white house to sift through the wreckage. when you look at the communications on twitter, emails from democrats and republicans, democrats with chins low, and republicans ecstatic. how does that translate to the issues br congress, and --
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before congress and the agenda. >> there's a school of thought saying republicans will have to demonstrate they can conference and more importantly they have to get president obama to sign them. it will require them to roll over. they will not be inclined to let it happen. it will be difficult. ironically with a huge majority. they have to satisfy the base saying this is what the voters sent us here to do. no more excuses. we'll here that a lot. lowering taxes, all the things, the stawell warts of the republican agenda. the first order of business of republican congress is to pass them and roll over the president. veto them and make him look like the obstruction of the. >> mike viqueira, i want to look at kansas, and the associated press called kansas for pat roberts. it does not change the numbers.
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we are not a six. we need one more in order for republicans to take over the senate. libby casey is at the senate. you covered the hill. give us a sense on how the tone might change tomorrow, if the dust settles and if republicans take over. >> well, senator mitch mitch mcconnell struck a conceal industry tone in one respect. he gave about not just getting second of two party and always fighting. he called for more unity, and we saw a display of unity. he was standing with rand paul, a fellow republican from kentucky, but they have different ideologies, and it will require republicans to come together and work together on capitol hill, so they can forge an agenda that is cohesive, makes sense of the american
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public and makes sense to the republican party. rand paul basically called the republican grand broken, because it needs to be rebooted. he has been here supporting mitch mcconnell who may be the majority leader if the numbers juggle out. if mitch mcconnell struck a let's work together tone, he talked about making sure a lot of bills are put on the president's desk and if he vetos them, making the president look bad. >> we'll go to mary landrieu. >> against domestic violence, where was bill. when louisiana needed students to help student loans. they paid 50%. governor jindal slashed higher education by $700 million in this state, the largest cut in the nation.
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we went looking for our congressman to join the effort, to make college more affordable. here we go again. where was bill. trout fish farmers came to me in 2000 and said "mary, the chinese are dumping an inferior product in the mark, it's costing jobs and livelihood"... >> bill will be in a run off with mary landrieu. the bill is bill cassidy. it's a close race. according to recent numbers, 42% for cassidy, 40 for mary landrieu, december 6th is the run off date. there's questions about whether or not the third candidate, which way the votes will go, to republicans or the democrats, a close race in louisiana, headed for a run-off. tony harris is standing by with the panel of contributors. >> appreciate it. we'll go to the panel. let me start with you. i want to know trends, themes -
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what is happening, and why? >> i think the big trend that we are seeing, it's a good year for republicans, but it's because of the successfully making it an election on president barack obama. people are not happy with the economy. many are feeling it. median incomes are low, stagnant. that is what we are seeing, frustration that we are not going in the right direction. that's a bigger trend that we are seeing. we see republican governors successful. they want a new direction, and they are taking out anything that has to do with what is going on now in washington. >> by the president. michael sure says by every economic measure we are better off now than when we took office. it's indisputable that millions of americans do not feel enough benefits from a growing economy
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where it matters in their own life. >> the second part is what the president heard, the first the president failed to say "you know what, the candidates did not want us campaigning or the president with them", part of that is yes. it was a referendum on president obama. because of how widespread it was. i was loathe to say that was the case because the geography. when you see na brown has not conceded and how well scott walker did in wisconsin, and how pat quinn is struggling in illinois, it was more about the president. and the white house will say "you should have brought us in to explain about jobs." >> and why didn't they, tara, michelle nunn i'm thinking about, bring the president on board? >> well, this is the problem. a long-term problem from my perspective that the democrats had. when you look at alison lundergan grimes, let's take her as an example. >> great. >> when she refused to say who
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she voted for. people, democrats, they feel like the party doesn't have enough of a backbone. so when you stand there and everyone nose you probably voted for -- knows you probably voted for president obama given your participation in his campaign and you stand there and say you are not going to say who you voted for, that reinforces the narrative that they don't have a back bone. why that is problematic is now people do feel it. the president has lifted us out of the depths of the worst recession, but at the same time for the past 35 years, we have seen 825% t average worker pay has gone up 5%. people are feeling that in a viscerale and acute way. they are going to look to the people in power and say this is
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your problem, why is this not addressed. >> i want you in on this. >> one of the things that michael shure and i were talking about is if you look at the 1% of democratic candidates, gary peters initiative walked away. it was a competitive race until a month ago, and there you are looking at a state where michigan is going republican, but in the senate race, barry peters is walking away with it. a lot of democrats are saying that's an example the democratic party should follow, a candidate willing to embrace the president and explaining health care and being defensive with the president. that is what the white house will point democrats to. >> playing off of what david said, it will be interesting to see. it doesn't seem to matter if mary landrieu invite the president to louisiana for the
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run-off. >> again, i'll give you the final word on this, ray. >> right now, the economy is playing out 40 years of trends. this is not anything that president obama did or caused or didn't. the fact that median family incomes has been declining throughout the 21st century, including the years before we knew who president obama was, should give people cause. why didn't the democrats make a sale on their own record, and talk honestly to voters about what was happening. it would be dismissed by republicans as excuses, alibis, but it's the truth. at least when you campaign on the truth, you don't have to have regrets. >> the problem with the obama coalition, all the groups are doing worse than the economy.
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black unemployment is doubled. youth unemployment is high. >> it always is. >> why isn't it better. >> you have to be able toable for leadership. it's hard for president obama and the democrats to say vote for me. they are not seen in the community. it's a harsh case. there's a loft step with obama. >> it's a hard case. >> we'll leave it there. it's starting to heat up with this battle. back to you. more of our special coverage of "america votes 2014" 2014, right after this. >> on the next "talk to al jazeera",
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hi, everyone, i'm john ve. seigenthaler, election coverage continues. one of things we focused on is young voters, what drives them to the polls, what keeps many away. melissa chan is live in berkeley california, on the campus of u.c. berkeley. melissa. >> well, this is one of the most politically active campuses in the country. some students gathered to look at election results with soda and pizza. as well, here, as we walked around earlier, and talked to students about the midterms, some of them said they were worried about the midterm exams, it underscores that at the campus, even though they registered 2600 voters. it's not a big number in the context. here, it's hard to get people out to vote. in some ways it's acronystic.
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you ask the students to go to a polling station. filling out a ballot with a pen and paper, and anyone under the age of 30, graduates included. they do everything online. they communicate online, work online and book doctor's appointments online. there's anachronism with that i want to go to stephanie sy, who has another calm. >> this is important. the republicans won the seat they needed to gain control of the senate. the associated press is projecting that thom tillis beat senat kay hagan, the democratic encum bond in north carolina. >> let's go to david shuster. you say it, i have jumped the gun twice. >> the republicans now have official taken control of the
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u.s. senate - kansas is about to be called for pat roberts, i think we made the call. what that means is democrats don't have any more pick up opportunities. republicans have the six they need. there's iowa, colorado - that doesn't matter. the republicans have the six they need. the only question is how big will the margin, pad, be in terms of control. >> how will that matter in the senate. explain? >> it matters to a certain extent that in order to get anything done, you need 60. with mitch mcconnell, the senate majority leader, he gets to control as of january. he gets to control what comes to the floor. he controls the calendar, and the agenda, and the amendments added on to legislation. the idea that president obama and democrats pushing certain things, they won't.
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it will be up to mitch mcconnell, it's a big deal. now - until now, and perhaps through december, they could say okay, there's a judge coming up, they need 51 vote, and the president could put forward a nomination. that will not be the case. republicans will control the senate. it's a big deal even if you have the 51 that republicans have. >> if you have 50, they can get beyond the philly butter. will they filibuster the way republicans do it. >> the play book worked for republicans, why not. it's a reasonable conclusion. another reasonable conclusion is that the hard core base of the republican party - i'll say it again - will see it as a mandate. the bigger the wipe out.
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we are looking at 53, 54 votes senate majority for the republicans, the less incentive there'll be for the republican party to compromise, because their base will say "why?" "why should we?" voters have spoken. voters will interpret this rightly or wrongly. and they'll not see a need to compromise on the minimum wage. as we have seen in conservative states like arkansas and nebraska, there's republican sentiment more raising the minimum raise. bush tried to put it forward and conservatives thought he should be impeached or other issues, tax reformers. there's a school of thought that there's an incentive for both sides to come together. that the president should be
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mindful of its legacy. >> i think that the bigger the margins get, the less liking that becomes. >> let me bring in michael shure, and we talked about this last night. republicans have control. what do they do with it? >> it's an important thing that mike just said is whether or not they feel they have a mandate, and if they do, what kind of a mandate. what they do. what the republican party, ted cruz, mike lee. if you see thom tillis, or tom cotton, whether they'll investigate the president. whether they'll start hearings, continue to go after his abuse of power. you remember bow bergdahl, a prisoner trade. that is what you'll hear a lot. when is comes to obama care, they may not be able to repeal it, but ted cruz will make it a big priority to go in and take
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it apart, piece by spees, trying to get the senate to vote on it. a lot of it good frustrate mitch mcconnell. >> democrats - at least it's someone they know well. mitch mcconnell mentioned this. it was mitch mcconnell and joe biden who struck the biggest deals in the obama administration, in terms of budgets and government funding. they have done this before. the question is to what michael is saying, how much room will mitch mcconnell give senator ted cruz in the senate in terms of the agenda of holding a series of votes, and mitch mcconnell, the pragmatic senator, he may not think it's worthwhile at this time. is the purpose to set up the republican party for a win? >> absolutely. look at florida, and the
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republicans controlling florida. with rick scott controlling the operation in florida, and jed bush getting a lot of credit. he lent rick scott his campaign help. in terms of scott walker, it he wants to run, and controlling the legislative agenda, making it the most favourable. >> mitch mcconnell may have set the tone when he delivered the victory speech. >> he did, and he had a more conciliatory tone, but he talked about sending bill after bill to president obama, and making president obama be the one to rejected him, be the no. he's talking about gaining momentum and moving forward. you saw both of those men here
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in the campaign pumps. on the trail with senator mitch mcconnell yesterday, bringing this up. they'll try to be the yes guys and push the president into being cornered saying no. what the president will work on, being a lame duck president. do they start crafting deals now and will we see the ground work for next year. >> wajahat ali has been gauging rehabilitation in the online community. >> twitter is blowing up. this says: however: a lot of cynicism on twitter:
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those watching at home, tweet me your reactions about the republicans taking the senate. use the hashtag america votes 2014. your avatar will be on the awesome wall, and i'll bring you the live conversations. >> tony harris's panel is anxious to get in on this. >> appreciate it. over to ray suarez. the moment that many predicted for a while now. the moment has happened. what are your thoughts? >> look, as was said on my programme when i had a former senior advisor to majority leader bill crist.
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there'll be a period as mitch mcconnell recovering nices the senate, conservatives want their due. they won everything, all the close races. and not just run of the mill republican politicians, but in thom tillis, tom cotton, joni ernst - some of the more conservative members of the 114th congress. they are not going to submit to legislative tack tirns and engineers, and hide their light under a bushel basket. they'll want their due, and there's going to be a lot of symbolic votes, a lot of pressure on the president, and a lot of pressure on mitch mcconnell. it will be interesting to watch. >> what is the incentive to get something down, to prove that republicans can govern? >> absolutely.
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republicans have been making the case that give us the power, we can govern, we can make change, make america better. now they have that opportunity. how can they make a case that they can win in 2016 if they can't govern now during the time. >> what does that mean, legislation on two tracks, legislation that points outs ideological difference between the parties and legislation saying "look, we can come promise." >> republicans are going to talk about tax reform... >> is that to reduce the number now 5%, or wherever is goes. >> the average american shouldn't need a tax expert to figure out tax. there's a lot of loopholes, and simplifying the tax code. education. the keystone pipeline will be talked about. >> there's democrat icts support. -- democratic support for that.
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>> absolutely. >> they'll have a conservative agenda. it behooves republicans to pass legislation and shot the americans that they can govern. >> michael shure, jump in on this. >> some of the republicans that we talked about, that ray brought up are the types of republicans that will not sit lightly and be back benchers. ted cruz broke the mould. if you are a republican, the joni ernst, tom cotton's, thom tillis will be out front more so. that is going to make this tricky. it will be great political theatre to watch how mitch mcconnell deals with that. >> tara, next round. >> we'll be back with you, but first we'll take a break. back after this.
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the senate. we are focused on the issues, voters in colorado raejed mandatory -- rejected n plant tri labels for modified food. they are battling that in oregon. we look at measure 92. >> reporter: this food fight has been fought before. genetic voters lost votes in california and washington. we are with dave rosenthal, a developer. >> people in favour of new labelling say genetic engineering could present health risks. opponent say there's no proof, and it would be expensive for food producers. >> is every banana going to have to be individually labelled. >> no, this is importance. there's a label on the bin. you need two words saying "genetically engineered." >> reporter: most of what you see in the grocery store would
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have to be relabelled. >> virtually all products, products labelled natural, they have significant levels of ingredient. a lot of food wouldn't be covered, like restaurant food, food packaged to go, and some food for animals. >> financial backing is the same as in the two west coast initiatives, the cash coming from the organic food and farming industry. the nos funded by farming and grocery giants like monsanto and general mills. >> they are trickier with the language, but it's the same flawed measure. >> that's allen schauffler reporting, now joie chen joins us from washington are more. joie chen. >> yes, a note on what politicians think, it's what the people care about, ebola.
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a great surprise. here are the headlines, and it takes over the political advertising as well. 734 ebola spots ran between october 21st, and the 22nd. 534 political commercials something to do with ebola. c.b.s. mentioned ebola. averaging 35 times per hour. all of the viewers in my state saw the apps built around politics and ebola. democrats were trying to detect ebola as an issue of republican obstructionism. republicans were trying to say that this was a matter that was really a simple fail by the administration to protect. in any case, it doesn't seem that the voters brought it on any measure. in a couple of places it was used, georgia was a place it was
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used, 250 plus times. in identifying, and leading up to this, it's a race they lost out in georgia, robert ray is standing by in atlanta. we'll get to him. >> we'll make a call. associate press made a call in iowa for the senate race, and joni ernst won the race 51% to 45%. david shuster - based on - let's look at the governor races and senate races - is this a sweep? >> it's a huge sweep. the republicans are up to 52, there are races left to go in alaska. i mean, look at the governor's races, look at the midwest, which should be a democratic stronghold. wisconsin, governors race, illinois, the democrats have an ideal candidate, a billionaire, spending $140,000 to be a member
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of the a wine club. this guy still won in illinois. the next governor of illinois. rick schneider in michigan, bruce rorter and it will not be close in illinois. the republicans look to pick up between 13-15 house seats, larger than expectations. the house majority that the republicans have will be the largest since harry truman. a key house race - the democrats thought this was competitive. it was a guy by the name of mike bost, known as meltdown mike. he shot and killed a neighbour's dog, and admitted that he did that. he was renowned in the legislature for freaking out, throwing papers in the air. the democrats got a crazy commercial, using the sound of mike bost. he coasted to victory in a
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competitive race. that is how big the wipe out is for democrats, what a big wipe out and gain for republicans across every level. >> you say this is an anti-departmentic vote. >> it's an anti-democratic vote, an anti-obama vote. the country is angry. people are infuriated at washington and are taking it out on the democrats, and some of the elected leaders. president obama can't pay with pat quinn in new york. it was thought it would norge. but, no, it norgeed republicans -- engineered republicans. >> ashar quraishi is in drummoyne. >> this is an historic win on the part of joni ernst, the first woman to win a federal seat out of iowa. that leaves mississippi as the only state that hasn't done that.
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this will be a tough loss for the democrats leading into this. this is a dead heat between the democratic challenger bruce braley and joni ernst. coming in at this point. with associated press showing joni ernst has taken the seat. republicans have that. it's been a tough loss. there's a lot of issues coming to the forefront, obama care, abortion, minimum wage, dyo metrically opposed when it comes to that issue. joni ernst made a big splash as she went on. she was little known in this campaign early on, but made a big slash with the ad, and that shifted a lot of balance. braley's relations with federal affairs. that pushed the momentum.
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coming into the election day, we saw a dead heat. and now she's taken the senate seat. >> let's turn to mike viqueira in washington. an rejection of democrats across the board, do you agree? >> yes, there's a tendency on the part of the base, the true believers, whether you are republican, liberal, to say look, if they only adhered to the core principles of the party, everything would have been better. you face up to it, own it. people come along and they see it your way. i'm not sure that that is the case. i think that this is a rejection of president barack obama. whether he showed up to campaign with you or didn't. i want to echo. dave was talking about pat quinn, president obama's home state. look no further than maryland. i have to come back to the race. it's stunning.
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anthony brown, the governor. 2-1 advantage that democrats hold. president obama came to campaign with him in prince george's county, known through the nation as the home of one of the - one of the prime examples of middle class african american communities, the president fired up the base. no one saw this coming. anthony brown look like he's doing down in the state of american against an unknown larry hogan. he's at the top of the ticket and a repudiation of maryland taxes, a lot of citizens not happy to see taxes going up over the course of the last 10 years. it's part and parcel, hand in glove with a trend we are seeing, and it's an antiadministration trend. >> mike, wajahat ali has been following what the online community is saying. what are you hearing?
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>> twitter is blowing up. there's a national trending hashtag. this is lifetime, a map of the united states, where the hashtag is trending. you see a lot in california, the south, east coast. here is shaun: wendy davis lost to greg
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abbott. we have convinced a community member to leave for canada. sara said: our community is talking to me using the hashtag america votes 2014. i'll keep bringing you into the live conversation. >> maybe a bit of an overreaction. >> slight. >> now to jake word. he was science behind the politics. >> we are looking at change, shift, a different perspective in office. studies showed that conservatives and liberals don't just hold different opinions, they have different structures entirely. one measured the brain activity of 82 people, making the decision involving risk and uncertainty. researchers looked at the voting records. the study found that conservatives found more
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activity, and liberals had activity in the left insular. the two groups used different cognitive processes when talking about risk. what is the difference. >> the enigular is for deciphering external cues, part of the mind scanning the environment. the left insular is central to the theory of mine. it's the part of the brain that helps to define who we are. it's letting us sense the emotions of people around us, telling us how we fell about something and empathizing with others. the group is different. researchers said they could predict the leanings of 82.9% of participants based on the brain. but the important thing to understand is researchers found that these were hard wired differences, they were built,
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developed, and could evolve. just as red and blue brains are built differently, science shows us that we can still change our minds. >> gridlock over the past few years left a host of judicial vacancies. we'll find tout more about that. >> reporter: judge jon jones was nominated to the federal court in pennsylvania in 2002. and confirmed six months later. two judges left the bench. >> the case load was doubled. >> in texas, judge ferguson cas confirmed, never thought it would take years to appoint his replacement. >> i think we have two republican senators, and a democratic president. they don't necessary see eye to eye. >> we see politics come ahead of
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the interests of the states, and the individuals and businesses that rel on them. >> last year senate majority leader harry reid initiated the nuclear option, allowing a majority of 61 or 50 nominees, excluding supreme court nominees. >> this is not a proud day in the history of the senate. >> the democratic controlled senate confirmed more judges, but there's more than 60 court vacancies. >> i have seen estimates that indicate billions are lost in our economy every year because cases lag in the court system. >> these are allocated funded full boat district judgeships, and they ought to be filled. >> whatever the outcome, judge ferguson and judge jones agrees both parties must find a way to
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make the judiciary work. >> one of the issues facing president obama is who he will nominate. now that republicansar in control, it be likely that he'll have to nominate candidates for the bench who will be acceptable to the republican majority. >> randall pinkston, thank you joining me is communication director sean spicer. let me read you a tweet from senator lindsay gram. blow out. wake up mr president. get engaged. >> give me your reaction to what has happened tonight? >> it's a fantastic night at every level of government. state legislative races the house of representatives, senate, governors, and as you pointed out, we look at states like maryland, as blue as you can get that are in there fighting. this couldn't be a better night
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for the g.o.p. the president said his policies were on the ballot. we take him at his word, and it's time to listen to g.o.p. policies. >> you think it's all about the president? >> no, i think that's one peace, but he was clear that my policies are on the ballot. and in the case of a senate, if you like my policies, these are the people you can vote with. if you don't. book the other folks in. it's not just in the senate. you see maine to massachusetts, republicans taking over state houses, a big might for the g.o.p. people brought into a lot of what we were selling at every level of government. you see house members from one end of the country to the other fall to the g.o.p. this is a big night or the republicans. we ran a fantastic race. talking about how the ground game was revamped, and the data,
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and digital. it was confirmation that it was working. the other thing is we put great candidates on the field. house races, senate races recruited great candidates, i think you saw that tonight. >> what happens - first of all, what are some of the issues that you think led though that? obama care? >> i think obama care was one. i think, jean, the other issues is there were several things in government, ebola, i.s.i.s. - people - what we saw in the polling was people lost confidence that the government was doing the job they expected. they didn't feel secure, that the government was doing what they needed to do in terms of security. i don't know if it was a germ feeling that the government was not running in a competent manner, and the other party need to take a shot. >> the number one issue is the
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economy. how will republicans be different with running of the senate when it comes to the economy? >> right. first you have to look at the house. the house, up until tonight, was the only branch, or part of the branch of government that we ran. they passed 330 bills, sent them over and harry reid let them die. mitch mcconnell will take up the bills, focussing on regulations, growing the economy, creating jobs, keystone pipeline, reining in zellous federal regulations, they'll be the things you see moving and on the president's death. you'll see a lot more stuff going to the president focused on the economy. >> i have less than a minute. what does it say about the tea party, what do the results say about the tea party? >> i think what it says is the republican party came together for all of discussion in the media and pundits on how the tea
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party was a piece of party. like all parties and families, we have internal discussions. at the end of the night we came together. this is not one place, it's throughout the country, red states, blue, purple. it's a republican party, a lot of democrats coming together united for change. >> we'll see how you get along. john spicer, good to have you in the programme. >> we wanted everyone to know we invited mr spicer's counter part from the democratic national committee to join us, he cancel. more special coverage, "america votes 2014" 2014 after this.
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>> for the better... >> i was arrested for another false charge that she had made up... >> america tonight's special report sex crimes on campus: one year later on al jazeera america hi, everyone. i am john siegenthaler. welcome back. for the republicans t doesn't get much better than this. the party seized control of the u.s. senate for the first time since 2006. they picked up seven ceased. it's a big democrat for democrats and for the president w let's go to stephanie cy now following the results. there are lots of them. ceph knee? >> john, let's go through all of the g.o.p. races at this point. north carolina where republican tom 'til is defeated senator kay hagan. this was the


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