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sglfrnlingz. america votes 2014. the results are in with the republicans winning big. taking control of the senate, making a powerplay in washington. >> time to go in a new direction. >> our election night coverage continues. welcome back everyone to our special coverage of the mid-term elections. it's 1:00 a.m. here on the east coast but the celebrations are
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just beginning for the republicans. they have taken back control of the senate for the first time in eight years. and for the g.o.p., the victory was loud and clear. for the democrats, a lot of second-guessing, a lot of work ahead to figure out what went wrong. let's first go to stephanie sy who is following the news. >> democrats had to defend seats in seven states in which obama lost in 2012. all except alaska. the republicans have won all of those seats tonight. starting in north carolina, tom 'til is beating out kay hagan, the democratic incumbent in north carolina. that was thegol pick-up that chair changed the power in the senate? west virginia, this was an expected pick-up. shelly more capism to beating with 62% of the vote in west virginia. that was former democrat jay rockefeller's senate seat. another flip there. in the senate place arkan saw,
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representative tom cotton, a first term congressman unseats mark pryor, the democratic senate in arkansas. in south dakota, former govern mike rounds wins that three-way race with 52% of the vote in south dakota, another g.o.p. pick. in montana, the seat vacated by mac bachus, the ambassador to china, this was an exped pick-up, steve danes defeating amanda curtis in that race. in iowa, the seat vacated by the retiring democrat tom harkin, a rising g.o.p. star, iowa national guard american, johni ernst beating bruce braley 52 to 44. in colorado, representative core cori gardner, another g.o.p. rising star unseating mark udall, the democratic incumbent in colorado. john? back to you. >> stephanie, thank you. now, alan chauvler is the
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closely watched senate race in alaska. you spent time there could you evering this race. right, alan? >> absolutely. we have to say that this is perhaps a little less closely watched at this time than it was at the beginning of the evening or a couple of weeks ago when we were up in alaska. this is one of those races that figured to contribute to the grand national drama of control for the u.s. senate. now, it looks like a bit of an after thought. we could have mark begus win and be one of a very few bright spots for the democratic partytor tonight or have dan sullivan continue the g.o.p. beat down. we don't know right now. we haven't gotten initial results out of alaska. frankly, we don't expect anything like final figures tonight when the polls have closed and the alaska elections division has given out their numbers. the way they count ballots in alaska, there will be tens of thousands that remain to be
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counted in the next couple of days. we have spoken to both carts camps, both skafrpdz say their candidates are out can cam campaigning until the last minute. neither one you at any point during this stay willing to predict victory. we expect no one will be able to to do that tonight. this race was really about two things: it was about barack obama, and it was about who was the most alaskan of the two candidates. dan sullivan, republican doing everything he couldats every time to connect mark begus with barack obama and specifically with obamacare and both men going to great lengths to prove that they were the most alaskan of the two. begisch since 18. and dan sullivan married into a native alaskan family and served in the state there. this is husband first run at an
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elective. tonight, john, right now, we just don't know how this race is going to go. no election results out of alaska. when we get them, there will probably be preliminary indications. if it's not a blowout one way or the other, nobody will claim victory because there are a lot of votes left to count. >> it may be awhile. thank you. prwent wrong for the democrats? what was the biggest problem facing the democrats during this election? >> i think simply president barack obama. he is the person that defined campaign for the republicans. they turned this into what they had, a refer endsum on president obama. the democrats naught screaming and yelling. they said, no. let's make it about the local issues, all politics is local. let's make it about the issues in our state. spell like in north carolina, kay hagan trying to make it on
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tom hillis speaking of the general assembly didn't work. we saw in state after state. one interesting thing to me. what did. >> what did president obama do wrong? >> specifically, his smovl ratings are at historic lows. i think people are upset with his handling of isis, ebola, a lack of leadership, a sputtering economy. so you have issues plus don't forget, it's six years into the term. >> did he fail to promote his own successes? >> you ha've got success, obamae which is ironically enough something that drags him down. so his biggest achievement domestically in the policy points of view issing that's hurting him in many states. >> unemployment is down though? >> it is. >> why couldn't he make hay out of that? >> if he campaigned am with
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them, he could have hurt them more, the idea of not making an executive decision on immigration reform. he did a calculated decision. >> i thought the democrats gave up? >> they spent records amounts of money. i think he did what he thought would help his party. i think one thing we are going to look at is why didn't democrats do as well as they were polling. in certain states they were above one or two points higher. i don't think anywhere in the nation you saw democrats out get votes in what they were polling. i think republicans did better than they were polling it will be interesting to soo who turned out in this election. >> that's the key. >> thank you. ali velshi is back. i i want to talk about immigration. this is going to be the immigration coming up with this new congress. >> democrats were really critical of the behavior around budgets and detseal that is led to it and their criticism of
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republicans, of the far right republicans is that they wouldn't compromise. it was all or nothing deal. they wouldn't achieve deals they can get and ended up shutting down the government you. i think the i am grant have behalf on that sarring we need an all or nothing deal and that involves the parts of immigration reform that republicans find palatable as well as the parts that they don't, specifically dealing with the mexican border. at some point, they are now going to be force did to deal with immigration piecemeal which is the way republicans want to teal with it because there are hard liners who do not answer want a path to citizenship. they do not want amnesty. all they want is border security on the south and the ability for american corporations to get the visa workers that they need and now the democrats are going to have to sait, are we going to do all or nothing and believer if we do not get something in terms of amnisty we will get no deal or say, let's achieve something on the immigration grant. >> mike viqueira, do republicans
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really want to deal with this issue? >> they do. they recognize the way the map works, states like colorado, we talked about it all night long. if they are going to win nationally at the presidential delve, they will have to deal with immigration. no question about it. it will be a huge problem for them. look at the problem tonight. president obama dragging the ticket down? yes. how does it manifest itself? no enthusiasm in the democratic base. it collapsed tonight. they did not show up. how does the white house go about fixing that? appeals to the democratic base. things ali is talking about executive order of immigration. >> will come out soon. that was put off until after the election. one-other thing that was put off until after the election we are likely to see in the coming days, an appointment to be attorn attorney general. a highly volatile posting. you can expect >> i think -- this is my speculation, but given the macro politics after tonight, you are going to see the president go left on that, pick a fight with the republican senate. if they don't try to do in a lame duck with someone like tom
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perez. >> i was going to say. >> that will make a lot of sense. tom perez has been at the front of wage issues about equality, matters like that when there was a risk to democrats by putting a guy like tom perez forward, that wasn't going to happen. now, there is no risk. we haven't got 5 out of 5 states yet, but 4 out of the 5 states with minimum wage. >> yes. >> increases on the ballot went so people who voted for democratic ideas, ideas that were pushed forward. i think it will be interesting to keep a close eye on the labor secretary, tom perez who now, i think, jumps a few steps here he was yesterday. >> looking ahead to 2016, david shuster, the latino vote is critical. so how do republicans and democrats play this? in particular how to republicans approach this issue of immigration? >> i think then to be careful.
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if the president goes hard left on immigration and supposed he goes to executive order, just with the senate passing in bip bip fashion and which the house would not take up even in piecemeal fashion, the president does this by executive, you might say republicans start to take it apart once they have the senate majority in january. >> they do that at their own perrel because once the democrats have taken some sort of action in immigration reform, the republican party is hanging out there, the republicans are in trouble and you get the 15% of the voters in colorado for example who are hispanic, they start to get reenergized again but the republicans are energized for democrats. one of the issues that could affect the 2016 election is these voter id laws. let's go to new orleans where randall pinkston has a look at some of the new laws. >> john, the issue in this part of the country was in arkansas where there was a voter id law that had been passed by the legislature, but the arkansas state supreme court turned it
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down because they said that the state constitution did not require any form of voter id, then one should be a citizen, 18 years old, of duly registered and a citizen and a resident of the state. now, why was this important in arkansas? because senator pryor, the incumbent senator, was concerned that a voter id law would make it more difficult for his c constituents to come out and vote. namely for the most part, poor constituents, african-american constituents, whether or not the voter id would have made it, we don't know. we know that prior dit win. and so that voter id law was not in place and it didn't -- the fact that it wasn't in place knot help prior. around the country, we will hear about other voter id laws and the impact they may have had on this election. >> randall, thank you very much, randall. appreciate it. now, an update on young voters.
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melissa chan is live in berkly california. the reaction you are hearing tonight, melissa? >> well, john, this is one of the most politically active campuses earlier they were wrapping up here. a few students put out a project to look at the mid-term. they bought pizza and soda and anyone who passed by could take a look. even here as you are walking around talking to students, you get the sense a lot of them have not been too interested in the mid-term elections although i think it's imports to point out there is a difference between students not being interested in politics versus not being interested in electoral politics. they just don't think voting really matters for them but that doesn't mean that students don't pursue interest issues. they might become act visits or might even get, you know, involved in kick starter campaigns but just not political campaigns. john? >> all right. melissa chan, thank you. let's go to joie chen now.
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she is in washington. you have been looking at the role women voters played in this election. i guess democrats and republicans are going after them. but did they stay home or not vote for democrats? >> we will have to look at the numbers. >> what happened here is, yeah, right, john. the poles did suggest the gender gap between women and men, between republicans an democrats had narrowed significantly, but we haven't seen the final numbers yet and so it will be interesting to see as the number crunches go through everything and figure out the details exactly what women did in their voting. democrats have been pushing this idea that republicans were waging a war on women, they called it. they had made a very heavy emphasis in their play for women voters, a push to talk about reproductive rights as being a primary issue that they thought. >> that's a message that in fact had worked with women for the democrats in 2010 and 2012. did it work this time? look at the evidence on this. the colorado senator mark udall tagged with the nick nature,
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senator utures of all the talk he did. he went down to defeat. senator landrieu who said it was difficult for women to get taken seriously for their leadership roles. she is headed to a runoff coming from behind. tex texas's wendy dachts who became well known for her filibuster on reproductive rights issues, she has lost her campaign for governor. north carolina senator kay hagan who many said had run about as perfect a race as you could run in north carolina, by all accounts, a perfect campaign, she lost to tom 'til is. democrats unclearly resetting to do not only with the total electorate but with women and specific as they look forward to 2016, john. >> all right. joey chin, we will wamp those numbers. i wanted to go to waj. there was some talk tonight might have a
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big impact on the outcome. what have you been hearing on social media? >> the big question tonight: how far would you drive to vote? five miles? 10? 15? how about 52 miles? >> the roundtrip many native american voteners buffalo county south dakota had to take to the nearest early vote polling station. >> that's a trip that is unaffordable for most. the majority live in poverty, have no access to transportation and some don't have cars or driver's licenses. now, we just got this tweet in reflecting this i. he says, take my screen here, south dakota attorney general suppresses the indian vote according to the argus leader. buffalo county could have used the help america vote act funds to set up in person accent teeth voting awe but the county oughtedor claims there are six other available options and the funds don't need to be used for the site. i reached out for had a comment
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and received the following: no comment. advocacy groups for direction was able to secure votingnates back in 20s 12. so what happened? native american voter turnout increased from 55% to almost 75% in 2012. the largest increase among the state's 66 counties. native american communities in mont montana are facing a similar problem. >> the cheyenne tribe had to make a 157 mile round trib to the neefrt county to register to vote. we reached out to our native xhern communities to hear other stories. this is what our online community had to say. suzzetetete says they are redistricting and making it hard all over the country moving polling sites, requiring nothing short of what amounts to a poll tax, she says i honestly hate this supreme court. however, we have something positive here, native votes is a facebook page, all throughout the country. this night from congress, says
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native vote hash tag native vote, a great one from jordan. i voked for indian country today. my i voted sticker hash tag i vote. >> is this suppression? tweet me. you are the life situation and your twitter after tar will end up on this live wall. john, i want to see your face on the wall before the night is up. >> i haven't had a chance yet, waj. but i will say this. >> no excuse, my friend. >> all right. bulb i will say, you know, just that reaction to your story there which is one i don't think you will see anywhere else on any other network, but i mean simply maybe that's a reason that this country should make it a little bit he'd o easier for some people to vote. >> that's what voters in south dakota and montana are thinking. >> all right. waj, always entertaining. thanks very much. informative. let's go to jake ward for a look at the relationship between birth year and how you vote. jake? >> well, john, there is, you know, obviously a lot of talk.
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every election about change. is there sort of a shift in the country? it turns out you can't really be focused election by election. older americans vote iran and the young vote democratic. that's the assumption. it doesn't really work that way according to a study by the democratic data from catalyst and columbia university. the researchers there have instead discovered there is a sort of running tally of events that seems to build political leanings over our lifetimes. thosents and when in our lives they happen make all of the difference. so first of all, the experiences that we have at age 18 are roughly three times more formative than those we have later when we are 40. everything is unfamiliar and exciting when you are 18. as a result, those experiences still with us. it parents this picture of the political leanings of voters born in 1950. they are teenagers under eisenhower, come of political age under j.f.k. and vote for
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the first time when nixon is in. they then remain democrats throughout most of the their lives and mostly vote for obama in 2008. now, here is leanings of voters born 10 years later. they come of age under 40 and corder and vote when reagan sweeps into office and they remain firmly republican through the first -- from the first bush through today. so how will people vote in the years to come? >> with well, don't know yet. this is a pattern we are moment seeing in historical data. we haven't seen enough of it to predict the future but people born after 1986 seem to have consistent democratic leanings. they became teenagers under bill clinton first voted democratic when bush won and they have been democrats ever since. now, it should be working for white voters. black are by and large democrats throughout their lives. hispanic socialized politically in ways we don't study yet. the point is, however, we are learning through this that for
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many people, the year they were born, john, is the determining fact. >> jake ward, thank you very much. more of our special coverage, america votes 2014 right after this. .
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welcome back, everyone. i am tony harris. john will be back pretty quickly. i want to get to our panel. i am in a great position with a wonderful vantage point. at some point, several moments did you really the course of this evening, i have watched every member of this panel shake their heads. all right? let me start with michael schure. here your thoughts on the course of the even. one of the things that has struck me, i am listening to all of the analysis, and i feel like there is something that i am missing here as i see these results come in. you have talked about this being a rock solid south. pipping up on that. expand on that and let's tick it around the table. >> a separate in the country. look at the southern state. 12 southern states i mentioned before.
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absolutely, policy cnn now the and it's unusual, especially coming out of some elections when bill clinton was win, when barack obama won in 2008 where different cab dates could pick a spot here a senate here that doesn't exist anymore. tonight was really the icing on that cake with kay hagan's loss to north carolina presumably. we can't say for sure marylandrew is going to run hard into december to try to hold that seat. but she would be the end of that. remarkable when you look at it on its face especially and i am repeating myself but the democrats made a concerted effort under the leader chirp of howard deed add their party to strategy a 50 state sfrat gee to get everywhere. >> didn't happen. am i just to believe you are going to 40s feed me this and tell me it's because the president, the president has proven to be this much of a drag, i guess i will have to accept it. i will bring ali velshi but we look at a time number of jobs
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being lost when he entered the white house and where the economy is right now, no one is going to sake it's growing at that rate but my goodness. it's growing. >> growing. >> am i to believe, are you going to force feed me and ray, you, as well, on the idea that it is the president and he is this big of a drag? >> i am not here to force feed that on you. >> is not my position, not my official position. >> all right. >> but i will say this. i think it's a confluence of factors. i think oftentimes when these things happen we want to point to one or two things and say, this is why it happened. but i think this is really almost a perfect storm of factors. if you look at it. as i thought about this and process it more, you have a favorable map for republicans. you have the fact that they competed on the ground game. >> that's not something that typical happens. >> the map, you know, the party got wiped out all over the country. >> not new hampshire. not in virginia.
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>> the governors in maine. >> not in pennsylvania. >> in maine. >> there was a three-way race in maine. >> governor in illinois. >> she's been shaking her head, too, at the results tonight because this does feel like a beat-do beat-down. doesn't it? >> absolutely. i think across the map, red states, blue states, purple states, republicans have been winning in these states and they then we haven't talked about lem slafb races or house races at the state level. you are seeing republican wins across the board. a lot of it has to do with however you feel about the president, what you are seeing, what people are seeing in the media is just a list of all of these things that they think he has done wrong right. >> is it started with the irs. it has the va scandal. internationally with the beheadings. people are feeling a lot of this. it's insecurity financially,
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dpeft deliand internationally. i have to put it on someone. >> i understand there is a perception issue. when people feel insecure, when they are afraid, they blame the people in power. we have seen a breakdown and trust in all of our institutions across this country. not just in our government institution. i wanted to finish my point about the confluentions of factors. there are a lot of fact orders that came into play. to just blame it on one thing because it's the easiest low fruit, if i am advising, i wouldn't do it that way. >> next go around? to john? >> back to you. thank you. more of our special coverage. america votes 2014 after this. other ideologies. >> i am from the bay area. i plan on voting because that's what you should be doing when you live in the united states, part of your civic duty. >> america votes 2014, the
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results are in with republicans winning big. taking control of the senate, making a powerplay in washington. >> it's time to go in a new direction. >> our election night coverage continues. >> welcome back, everyone, to our special coverage. i am john seigenthaler in new york. the democrats seeing red and plenty of it. the republicans won in a landslide picking up key races taking control the senate for the first time eight years. it is a stinging though not surprising defeat for president obama and his party and a clear sign from voters they want a change in washington. stephanie sy.
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>> let's run through the string of republican vict odors in the senate starting with north carolina where republican tom 'til is defeated democratic kay hagan. this was the g.o.p. pick-up that tipped the balance of the senate. in west village, republican congress woman shelly moore capito, for jay rockefeller'sseat. one term congress won tom cotton unseating incumbent democratic senator mark pryor another g.o.p. pick-up. in south dakota former governor winning the three-way race for 'til johnson's seat in montana, an expected g.o.p. pick-up projected winner there, steve danes. in eyewa, johnny ernts defeating democratic congressman bruce braley. in colorado, rising g.o.p. star, cori gardner ousting a
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democratic incumbent mark udall. >> the biggest winner in the mid-term elections may be it senator mitch mcconnell reflected kentucky and in line to become the senator majority leader. more from headquarters in louisville. >> mitch mcconal beat by wad margins. he was accused of being the ultimate washington insider but in his victory speech, he said that will work to his advantage as he goes back for his sixth term representing kentucky. he promised to relentlessly push back against president obama's agenda. >> for too long, for too long, this as minstration has tried to tell the american people what's good for them and then blame somebody else when their policies fail. tornth kentucky rejected that approach. >> senator mcconnell told the
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crowds gathered to cheer him 0 over the past weeks and months, he has heard a lot frf kentuckians about jobs, the comet, and healthcare. allison grimes said she heard a lot about those issues too, and vowed to keep fightingly for the commonwealth of kentucky my hope is that the message has been sent to congress that we need to work to increase the minimum wage, to close the gender pay gap and to bring good paying jobs back to the commonwealth of kentucky. >> now, allison grimes got some praise from mitch mcconnell who said it took a lot of guts to take on this race. a couple of years ago, it was unclear whether any democrat would be able to seriously challenge this 5-term incumbent. allison grimes over the past month did just that. >> libby casey reporting. a lot of very interesting races and outcome did. let's go to david shuster with more. >>reporter: >> the governor's races, that
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was a wipeout of the democrats from wisconsin to illinois and maine to maryland. those were all states where president obama campaigned in receipt weeks for the democrats. in fact, the only state where he campaigned where a democrat won was in pennsylvania and that's where the candidate there beat tom corbett because corbett was down by double digits because he was tied to the penn state sex abuse scandal. that was the only case. it was it was a wipeout for democrats. they have lost historic margins down the u.s. house. it will be the biggest republican majority in the drunks house since harry truman some 70 years ago. of course, big questions about how will the republican congress govern? what will mitch mcconnell do now that conservatives are going to press him and press house speaker john boehner? and this has been a conservative republican mandate. john? >> all right. this isn't just a setback, though, for democrats. also, a very loudmental to
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president obama. mike viqueira is in washington with more on that. mike? >> reporter: john, i hate to tell you this but we are about 14 months away from the eyewa caucus. make no mistake, this is the opening bell of the 2016 race. nobody wants to hear that. right? this is going to encourage republicans. i was at the rnc a couple of days ago, john. i was in a top republican stamp's office on. on a white board, he had 19 names listed. those are 19 potential republican candidates that are reportedly thinking about the race or quite obviously thinking about the race. let's talk about one big winner from tonight. scott walker in wisconsin. a lot of people thought he was going to be defeated. a resounding victory for a republican as it was the republicans all across the country. scott walker tonight. ted cruz not endorsing the candidacy of mitch mcconnell to be the majority leader. he will make a lot of waves. randall paul tweeting tonight pictures of hillae clinton with candidates around the country, who have lost chris christy,
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ditto for him picking up a lot of chits, campaigning around the country. jeb bush, marco rubio and the usual folks on, some sort of repeat candidates. mike huckabee and rick santorum. ben carson is an individual a lot are talking about. moving over to the democratic side, the list is a lot shorter. might have some emerge. no one needs to be reminded of the likely candidacy and automatic frontrunner status of hillary rodham clinton. i am not buying the fact she is going to suffer from tonight's result. i think she gathered a lot of chits nationwide among democrats. joe biden mulling it over. martin o'malley a lose her because his protege, anthony brown as lieutenant governor weren't down to a shocking defeat. elizabeth warren who also campaigned for left-leading candidates around the country, she is, of course, a favorite of progressives. john. >> mike viqueira, thank you very much. there is a run-off in
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louisiana's razor-thin senate race. randall pickston is in new orleans with that. >> incumbent u.s. senator ma marylandrew is not get the first % plus 1 she ped needed to a void a runoff. she will face the number 2 vote getter, bill catany, the republican dr. from balton rouge. both totals were morlts equal. land renew getting 16 6 with 18,000. the important number is 202,000, picked up by rob maness amounted to some 14% of the vote. the person who manages to attract maness's voters will likely be the next united states senator of louisiana and, of course, the this upping is that sense those votes did not go for landrew, she probably won't get them in december. but, anything can happen. we will see.
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>> for sure, randall pinkston. thank you. one of the many senate republican pick-ups was in iowa. ashar kureshi has more. >> it was an impressive win from the little known state senator here, republican johni ernst who came from behind as polls suggested had he democratic challenger, bruce brailey was ahead early on. she took a lead and then it became a dead heat in the last few days here in eyewa. she then, however, being called the winner tonight, she responded by talking to her supporters and also talking to the supporters of her challenger in a concilat that time tory tone. >> lastly, i do want to think those eyewans who voted today for my opponent. i plan to workday and night to earn your trust and confidence in the years to come. so thank you. >> a lot of issues taking center
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stage in this race including obamacare, abortion, minimum wage, the abortion issue was at center stage because of her position on what she called the personhood issue. according to earn she supports the idea of life at conception 689 that was the something her democratic challenger tried to latch on to, appealing to the female vote here where he had a lead. it was not enough to win the senate seat. this is a historic win for earnet. she is abouts the first woman in eyewa to win a seat in cigarettes. cam is the land of voter initiatives. let's go to melissa chan in berkeley, california on the campus of uc berkeley, melissa. >> reporter: well, john, this water problem situation 1 is big. there is a lot of political will
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because we are in the worst drought the state has seen in over a century. the governor, jar brown who has been up for reelection didn't spend much time on his own ex campaign. he promise odd proposition 1 and it's $7,000,000 going to go changing the policy. $24,000,000,000 set aside for instra truckstuer that's reservoirs and dams. california hasn't seen a message reservoir built in a death aid and in terms of what's going to happen next, the environmentalists and the farm he remembers will have years to duke it out in terms of where those reservoirs and dams will be, john. >> thank you. from guns to reek recreational marijuana, voters in the southwest decided sever several see ini havetives. alan shoveler in seattle sglflths john, interesting night of guns, drugs and money in the pacific northwest. in the state of washington, there were two gun initiatives on the ballot for voter to
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consider. one gun control. one gun rights if you will. the measure that caused for dramatically expanded requirements for background checks for gun sales passes. that was initiative .594. >> will require background checks for sales at gun shows and online. it will require background checks for most gun transfers, gifts and loans of firearms are also going to require extensive background checks. a vote for legalizing marijuana passes. and at this point, a gno labeling requirement that foods containing genetically engineered material would have to be labeled as such is much too close to call. also, up in alaska, we have word that the initiative calling for a boost in the minimum wage over the next couple of years to 9.75 is well ahead and is passing. >> continues what we have seen around the country.
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another gun measure in the state of washington, we will go back to that. .591, which would have restricted background checks at whatever was prescribed by federal law, that is going down to defeat at this time. john? >> alan chauvler in seattle. thank you. tony haisz and our panel are still here in new york. they have been talking about the issues that matter to voters. tony? >> absolutely, john. let me turn to batina. a huge night for the g.o.p. talk to me about governing. it seems one of the easiest things it's sometimes difficult to articulate. talk to me about reports in 2016. >> an important thing for republicans that they needed to do during the mid-term elections was to win in the states, blue and purple states. >> blue and purple. >> to show they had power for 2016 going in. it's going to be a different map. they are going to govern and they have to pass legislation to show the american people that
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republicans can do it. give us the rein and we can help people get this done on this number one issue. jobs and the economy. 2016, you are going to see a lot of candidates positioning themselves early to show that they have leadership, that they can get the job done and put themselves in a good position because the 2016 election started the day the 2014 election ended. >> ray suarez, are there any mod rats? who negotiations? who works for the other side? it seems to me you have a couple of different camps, those cans who have aspirations for 2016. you have got the tea party fringe of the g.o.p. and are there any mod rats left to get the work done to legislate, to govern moving forward? >> not that many. it's long been known in this most recent era that the republican caucus is more right and the democratic caucus, more left than ever before. so that there are very now, if
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you diagram all of their votes, where there is a little overlap, where there is a little middle ground. there are a couple of left but not that many. the difficulty now and for all of them, i think, is that there are real differences. there are large numbers of members of the senate who don't believe human beings are accelerating climate change. when we make policy over the next several years, they are going to have to get up and declare that. >> jim imhoff. >> but there are many that believe you can cut taxes and raise revenues. sam brownback who proved in kansas that you couldn't won reelection. t the state is in serious fiscal trouble. reality will have to meet with fantasy. there are things voters are telling opinion researchers that they want and neither party seems prepared to give it to
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them. but now there is going to have to be goverance that involves what people really believe and what they really have to do. it's very easy to say yes, we ought to do this when you don't have the power to do it? >> right. right. >> now that you do, you better have the strength of your convictions and if you are going to pass legislation that the voters don't support, that's an interesting walk. >> ali velshi, i want your thoughts on this as well? >> it's what batina said, that the republicans have to prove in blue states and purple states that they can come to terms on the most important issues, which are jobs and the economy. let me go back to 2012 and remind you mitt romney made a statement back then, i can create 12 million jobs over four years. when be hours, stuff stephanie cutter of the obama administration came out and said the same promise. i don't know how much sense it made at the time but, in fact, the number of jobs being created or that have been created since the last election in 2012 have
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been exactly what mitt romney said they would be and what president obama said they would be. we are creating those jobs. we have an unemployment rate below 60 percent. 5% is considered to be full employment. we are creating jobs f am you know judgment is decreasing. the stock market is up 41%. i am not quite sure what spring sell dust they will put on the economy. this was lost by an administration that has met all of the promises that it made in 2012 with respect to jobs and job creation and the market so i don't know what the issue is. i don't know what the obama administration didn't -- signal they didn't send out. let's talk about wages for a second. we talked about alaska where the minimum wage increase is leading. 5 out of 5 states tonight where a democratic proposal -- remember, republicans are ambivalent or against the concept of a minimum wage.
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many are on record saying there should be no minimum wage. let the market decide. these are democratics that won in four and five states where the democrats didn't win. there is a remarkable disconnect in the economy that is performing to certain standards so i am puzzled about this. this goes baaing to a conversation you and i have a lot, tony. >> that's that half of the economy doesn't actually feel it. so the numbers say one thing. people don't feel t i am not sure how republicans solve that versus democrats soling this. this has been in the works since 1970. we have a broken system where a rising tied does not left all boats. this general alized suggestion that lower taxes and failure economics growth lifts all boats doesn't work. trickle down doesn't work in this economy. >> sure? >> ali is right and what the a lot of what he is saying has to do with the fact that this white house did not message it very well and has not messaged it, has refused to or bumbeled the message when given the opportunity. >> yeah. >> one of the thins and we have
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discussed this, too, is that the white house was not called upon to message it that much in the election season. i don't see, you know, the wisdom in that in certain places but again, this night may have been inevitable to a certain extent. one silver line price that the democrats have is immigration wasn't on the ballot tonight. it did not take place in areas where that was a big issue. it's an issue that they have time to wrap their arms around and figure out their path because in 2016, immigration absolutely will be on the ballot. >> what are your thoughts about the next two years, the president's lecacy? do i mention that word? and 2016? >> i think obviously tonight was a rough night. being captain obvious right now for democrats. i think moving forward, i don't think this has really any real impact on hillary clinton at a time presumptive nominee. i don't think it has an impact
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on her. the map changes. it becomes a more favorable map. things reset when you move from a mid-term on a presidential election. i will say this, though, on the point of the president. >> i am thomas from las vegas. i am going to vote this year because i feel that my vote counts to making a difference and a change.
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as we said a transfer of power and a wake-up call. stephanie sy. >> they needed a imagine 6. they got a magic 7. north carolina, the project winner, thom 'til is unseating kay hagan. in west virginia, the seat ve
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indicated by retiring democrat jay rockefeller went to shelly more capito who beat natalie tenant in that race. >> tom cotton unseating senator mark pryor in arkansas. >> south dakota, govern mike rounds, the projected winner winning another republican seat. in montana, the seat vacated by max bauchu is, the u.s. ambassador to china, an easy win for republican steve danes against amanda curtis. in eyewa, the seat vacated by tom harkin goes to g.o.p. rising star synni ernst, the first congress woman that iowa sends to washington. in colorado, representative cori gardner, another rising star in the g.o.p. beating senator mark udall, the democratic incumbent.
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>> quite a night, stephanie. from across the country to around the world, our team has been covering the lead-up to this mid-term election. now, the results are in, let's put it into pour expectative starting with joie chen in washington. ? >> think being all of this, wondering why the war on women did not win the war for women. >> that's late polls have been suggesting the republicans had been able to close the jnter gap with women, that they weren't really having the trouble that they had in the 2010, 2012. democrats used this particular mid-term to hang on to this message that republicans were staging a war on women it that reproductive rights were hanging in the balance here and this is a message that had worked for democrats in the past. clearly, this time t didn't do that. we will watch and see exactly what the number krifrnlingz say about what women did and why they went the way they did. republicans, democrats, they were both considered women, a
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vital vote in this mid-term race. we are going to find out what democrats are asking tonight: where did all of the women go, john? >> we don't know, joie. let's go to tony, carrying on some interesting conversations. >> john, i guess, a couple of things. i think for people who do what we do in this business, the next two years would be fascinating. one of the inc.'siest things we have been talking about in politics it so say what you are against gunow we get to see what the g.o.p. are for what time pieces of legislation are they going to put forward some what tracks are they going to pur see here? are you going to pursue one track where you are trying to foinlt out the immune lodgequal. >> differences with the democrats? are you also at the same time going to pursue a separate tract where you are actually trying to put together a record of legislate-off accomplishments? i think that's in that's if anything to be something fascinate to go watch. what is the president's role? what is the president going to do? are we going to see him break out the vito pen?
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two vetoes so far. will we see him break out the veto pen? and what would that mean for his legacy? what will he fight for over the course of the next two years? i can't wait to see headlines and the analysis later this morning in the papers across the country as to who voted. i want to see the demographics. who voted. what groups really participated in this mid-term e election and cycle and how did they vote? what was the real message? we were talking about the economy? is that what they voted on? i think the next couple of years will be fascinating for folks who do what we do in watching the country. >> a lot more to cover. ali, what struck me is the polsters got it wrong e semily. we didn't see this coming. >> no. we didn't. and, you know, tony's point about what will the president fight for now? here is what i hope happens. a lot of these problems we have talked about tonight are solvable. minimum wage is solvable. these economy issues are largely
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solvable. the problem that the sfwluns has that is intractable today is this growing gap between the rich and everybody else. and this is becoming a real challenge that we've got to figure out. it goes back to 1970 when we started to see people's wages separate. now, we see wealth separating. i really hope that that didn't come out in this election. this is what both parties need to concentrate on if this opportunity tree continues to be great economically. >> a lot of democrats on the hill have been talking about the way the president gets along with both republicans and democrats. >> yeah. >> the question is whether this election has challenged him to change the way he deals. >> the last mid-term is over, it could happen. >> mid-term elections are usually about enthusiasm. that was certainly the case with this one that republicans hp it in droves. democrats could not get their base of fired up or
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entuesdayiastic, whether it was women or latin os. there is a cautionary tail in all of this for republicans. that is republicans were tighting on very familiar territory, mostly conservative states at least in terms of the battle for the senate. >> changes dramatically in 2016 when the territory becomes more favorable to the droots and when you combine that with the idea that democrats need to find some enthusiasm somewhere, look for a possible primary challenge to hillary clinton in a democratic primary and watch out for the republican primary as well. 2016 will be here closer than you know it. >> thank you, david, schuster. join us 7:00 eat eastern time this morning for a special two-hour wrap-up of the vote and stay with us for a special edition of power politics at 11:00 eastern followed by a sheriff edition with antonio morrow, 11:30 a.m. eastern time. >> wraps up our special coverage of america votes 2014. for all of us here at "al
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