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ed gillespie ran strong. competitive in the suburbs. very strong in ex-urban areas. again, a lot of people thought this state had gone blue. ed gillespie, making a statementstatemen statement, "oh, no it hasn't." >> polls about to close in hawaii, oregon and idaho. and we have got some projections. in hawaii we projected the democrat, will defeat the republican. and jim risch will get another six years. jim risch defeats his opponent, nels mitchell. let's take a look at the count right now after these three projections with the polls closing. 11:00 p.m. eastern.
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49 republicans are gar an tend they will be in the united states senate. 44 democrats are guarantee they'd will be in the united states senate the republicans getting incredibly close to that 51. that magic number of 51. if they get 51. they will be the majority in the united states senate. and they are very close there right now. but you see, several yellow states. several yellow states where the votes are very close. no projections there yet. meantime, quickly want to go to jake tapper. a governor's race. and a major projection. >> a major projection. red victory. blue obama state. cnn predicting, wisconsin governor scott walker will be re-elected. scott walker, republican incumbent governor re-elected. scott walker, more than 159,000 votes ahead. 57% to 42%. that is a big victory going to
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have ramifications for 2016. walker thought to be harboring presidential ambitions. now go to ted rowlands at walker headquarters in wisconsin. ted, must be a really big exciting night in that room. >> absolutely, jake. you can hear the response from, from your call right now. the crowd behind us. just going nuts. [ indiscernible ] this is a race that is very tight. i will get out of the way. you can see the crowd reaction here. incredibly tight race. up until the last week. scott walker had a lead going into the final week. according to the latest polls. people thought they would get the turnout. milwaukee. wisconsin. madison. scott walker, four more years, governor of wisconsin. more importantly for walker and supporters around the country. his presidential ambitions for 2016 still very much alive. he is a conservative favorite. a lot of people watching this
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election. jake. >> that's right. scott walker hoping to make the argument in 2016, one can govern as a conservative and still win election in a blue democratic state. you can see the excitement there at walker headquarters. a very, very, big night for scott walker. but let's move on. we have other projections to make. >> in california, cnn is projecting the incumbent, democrating governor -- democratic governor jerry brown will be re-elected. his fourth term. jerry brown re-elected. in new mexico. susana martinez, re-elected. that could have 2016 ramifications. lots of talk about her as a potential vice presidential candidate. we have two projections to make. and -- in wyoming. cnn projecting matt mead elected governor of wyoming. in arizona, open seat there,
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predicting, that cold stone creamery businessman, doug ducey, elected governor of arizona. a big pickup in arizona. let's look at the map. places we have no projections. hawaii, no projection. idaho, no projection. oregon, we have no projection. wolf, still lots of exciting governors' races. all the races we have not called. in maine, vermont, massachusetts, maryland, connecticut. lots of outstanding races. illinois, florida, lots of stuff. we have, we have, coming up for you. wolf, back to you. >> we have a key race alert for the senate. take a look. show our viewers what is going on right now. look at how close it is. in virginia. mark warner, getting a little more of a lead. 10,962. more than 2 million votes cast. 93% of the vote is in. he has 49%. ed gillespie, party chairman, formerly, 48.5%. 7% outstanding. in kansas right now.
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pat roberts. pulling ahead of the independent greg orman. 75% of the vote is in. he has 48,700 vote lead. 52%. 44%, greg orman. sure the republicans are breathing easier right now. taking a look at that. let's get some more votes. we have more votes coming in. in iowa. nearly half of the vote. 43%. the democrat has the 49%. joni ernst. difference of 9,000 votes. more than half of the vote outstanding. still close in iowa. in north carolina. we have made no projection. 95% of the vote is in. thom tillis. nice advantage. 51,000-vote advantage over kay hagan. democratic incumbent. 49%-47%. 5% outstanding. see what she can do. kay hagan. he has a road to climb. in florida. take a look at this. 97% of the vote is in.
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incumbent republican governor, rick scott ahead of the democratic challenger, charlie crist by 80,000 votes. nearly, look at that. 48% for rick scott. 47% for charlie crist. that's a nice little lead for rick scott in florida. right now. in new hampshire. we have projected, the democratic incumbent senator, shaheen. but scott brown is not conceding. she has not yet gone out and delivered a victory speech. anything along the lines. 81% of the vote is in. jeanne shaheen ahead by 6,000 votes. 51%-49%. we predicted, shaheen will be the winner. scott brown holding out hope. refusing to concede so far. take a look at some of these very, very close races. when scott brown in new hampshire. he is not ready to concede. does he have a shot there? it is 6,000-vote advantage for jeanne shaheen.
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>> does he have a shot? yeah, e-mailing, with thosen new hampshire, republicans, democrats. holding their breath. want to see the votes, consensus from democrats and republicans they believe she has a slight edge they believe she is likely to win. but no one is welling to bet much money on this in part because of the towns that are still out. you have places like here, in londonery. the surrounding communities. has the to do well in small townships across the massachusetts border. and part of this is filled in. hanover is filled in. and i was talking earlier. dartmouth a college town. filleden now at 100%. and with her getting 78% of the vote. if you look at all the small towns. it depend on what we are getting from the people of new hampshire tonight. if you look at the presidential race. remember where the open areas are. we don't have the votes yet. you see a lot of blue. right.
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president obama relatively close race. if you go back to the republican win against a weak challenger, weaker anyway, a lot of red in there. the question is how do the counties that are still out go. everyone up in the state. still says slight advantage. shaheen. they want to count the votes as you go forward. back done to state of virginia. stop. wolf, a projection >> another major projection right now. we project pat roberts, the long-time republican senator from the state of kansas will be re-elected defeating greg orman, the independent challenger, the projection, on the basis of, a lot of information coming in. 52% for pat roberts. 44% right now for greg orman. nearly a 50,000-vote margin. 75% of the vote already in. a significant win. pat robert in deep, deep trouble. but he has managed to hold on to the state of kansas. take a look at the map right now. with kansas. staying republican, as far add
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the race for the u.s. senate is concerned. the republicans now have a guarantee of at least 50 seats. 50 seats in the next senate. the democrats have a guarantee of at least 44. the republicans need one more, one more seat and they will be the majority assuming the democrats can pick up a republican seat. we are watching this very closely. anderson. you and your team over there. this is one of the moments that pat roberts, he was giving of a little while ago now. he made a dramatic comeback. beating greg orman, the independent. a significant gain for the republicans. >> significant victory for him. kentucky, obviously we, have seen republicans hold on to seats. georgia as well as kansas. paul begala, what do you make of what you are seeing tonight? >> you cannot deny. a very good night for the republican party. only person happier than me, my why who thinks she is married to jay carnie. a big deal at my house.
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>> going to be great disappointment when you show up. yes? >> begala now owes me a beer. look, republicans went into this night, kau sthuscautiously opti. to night work out better than they could have expected. outright wins in georgia. many were preparing for a run-off. earlier in the night thought there would be a recount in north carolina. we have seen closer races, virginia, new hampshire. that is just a great night. just shows the that the nrsc, their plan to go out and get really good candidates and make sure they were expanding the map during this whole, this whole, midterm election, that it did pay off. >> i think, exactly right. we have seen it slip through our fingers, republicans so many times. it was hard to be overly optimistic. everybodywas optimistic. making sure the best candidate that could run in general was
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the one out of the primary. also the rnc sending troops to the ground. they did a great job in colorado with hispanics. when they saw that, robert was in trouble in kansas they sent out the cavalry to help out what was not the best of campaigns not the best campaign. we saw that. understatement of the year. >> it is hard to escape any other conclusion. with the scott walker victory. and, democrats, holding on to, to, barely holding on to the virginia senate seat. we don't have a conclusion of that. this really does seem like a wave. not as much of a wave as 2010 felt. there were so many house member that fell and so man others that fell. but this is, this is incredibly strong night. one other thing i do want to say, we are not really doing house races this evening. but it does look like for the first time, history, 100 women are now in the house of representatives. which is a milestone that i think this bipartisan in nature
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we can all applaud. that there is, still not 50% in the house. but, 100 women in is, is much improved from, just -- >> gloria, do you see the wave? >> i do. is it a tidal wave or a wave-wave? i don't know. you have house wins that are going to be in the double digits you. have some big wins in governors' races, and you are going to have the, the, you know the pick up of the senate. also we don't know the results of iowa yet. >> point out, jodi ernst moved ahead. show our viewers. about 10,000 votes ahead right now. with 90%. >> if you talk about colorado. which was the obama brand, you know. colorado. and iowa. iowa, in particular, was created -- the brand of barack obama. colorado. he won. made it a purple state. iowa the same. if the two are losses. i think the democrating party has to sort of say "this is a
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problem for us. what did we do wrong here?" yes it was about the unpopularity of president obama. but it was about something else. >> let me actually. didn't have a message. >> let me give a little bit of meat on the bone. just got a note from senior democratic senate official who said that they actually saw in the past three to four days, everything move against them. and this official said that, he believes at the end of the day, when everything is tallied up it is actually going to be 46-47 for the democrats, 54, 53 for republicans. they'll have that many pickup. the only other point i want to make. the official is say, there was a net negative view of the president by 30 points across these tough battleground senate races. >> he was more unpopular than republicans? it just hurt the democrats. >> exactly. >> though republicans. >> not one thing you can look at when you look at who is winning -- that you can count as
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a democratic victory you can't say. well, shaheen is, declared as, projected as winner. but that was expected. a guy that he doesn't. not even from there. you know, so far for her to win there. was, was a bit of low hanging fruit. you look at virginia, that, that, mark warner is pulling it out is crazy. that's, so what it is broader than the numbers tell you. >> we heard rand paul earlier tonight, mitch mcconnell say hillary clinton has no coat tails, former president clinton out there a lot on the campaign trail. >> let's just think about this. a house impeachment manager against clinton is now the governor of the -- clinton home state. asa hutchinson. that should tell you everything you need to know. >> bill clinton spent a lot of time. he was in arkansas six times like since the spring. i mean he is sort of bunked
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there. this was kind of a personal race for him. as far as hillary clinton is concerned. if i won colorado. that's. >> promising. >> wait a second. >> barack obama. not about the clintons. this is about barack obama. you know what the clintons did. they picked up a lot of favors. that's what they did. this is not, they're going to hang it on her, because rand paul wants to start 2016. but she is going to be running in barack obama's world. >> absolutely she is. right now for this moment. to me, it was, you know it was a win-win game for them. they went out. they put in the time. they were out there. a lot more than any other democrat. doing favors. they can pick up the chits starting next year. >> this is a great night for republicans. a danger of overinterpreting this a little bit. let's be clear. democrats have a problem. the problem we have a boom-bust coalition. our coalition is awesome when we are awesome. we are not when we are not. problem the republicans have. they have not fixed it. that coalition that came
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together tonight to win can't win in 2016. >> you're good when you're good. bad when your's bad. >> when you have a presidential election year. gergen wrote a brilliant piece. we can put together a blue wall almost impossible for republicans to deal with. we can't govern. we can't reproduce the coalition on off year. >> why can't the republicans win with the coalition in 2016, right candidate. >> guarantee. dig into the numbers. you will see increasing division, republicans, democrats, on ground that do not help the republicans long term. in fact. you talk about 100 women. that's great. let me tell you something else. the last white democrat in the deep south just lost. so, you have the two parties moving away from each other on demographic terms. a boom-bust coalition. we have to fix that. don't think it is a hl thealthy
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coalition. >> truly making good demographic points. no republican doesn't think 2016 will be tougher in terms of the electorate than 2014. but there is also the point that this is very difficult to elect somebody from the same party after two terms of a presidency. george h.w. bush was the exception to this. when john mccain ran in 2008. he and george w. bush didn't get along on a lot of things. he was tagged by obama as running for the third bush term. we are seeing in maryland, the lieutenant-governor is running for governor. in maryland. one of the ways that the republican has gone after him is by saying this is just going to be the third term for the democrating governor. i think hillary clinton is seeing tonight, a rejection of president obama, a rejection of him in states that as gloria pointed out defined his presidency. his victory. that is going to say, she really need to distance herself from him. >> listen, all this stuff.
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>> this is what i am saying. >> what i want to say. >> sorry. >> here's what i want to say. love to hear, paul, doing it longer than i have. they will say hillary clinton is running for the third obama term. the book is already written. >> writ be in paul. >> third term. >> wasn't mccain was bad. >> but what i want to say is -- that i don't, i think there is danger for the obama camp not to take this seriously. also danger for the republican camp to think we got our on the ground stuff right. attacked obama. >> what should president obama -- [ all talking at once ] >> what does president obama do now? executive orders? >> he has to cooperate. wherever he can. confront when he must. it's in that order. it is good he announced leadership of congress to the white house. >> gingrich is saying that is talk. >> what would he have said if he
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had invited him down? the guy is just, not absorbed the loss yet. already invite him down there. so you have to work with him. you have to get it done. there are deals to be had, immigration reform. tax tree form. criminal justice reform. all which would help the republicans take the white house in 2016. i don't think they can do it. tea party friend are too powerful in the republican party to allow them. >> mcconnell said tonight that we got to reach out. got to make deals you. don't buy that? you don't believe -- >> he has to say it tonight. mitch mcconnell, the architect tough the resistance strategy against obama was awarded. politicians respond to stimulus. when i was a kid we had a chicken at the county fair she could play piano. she didn't know meozart, she go chicken pellet. >> they have proven they can bea
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congressional party here. what they haven't done. what they need to do. maybe tonight was the beginning of it. i don't know. depend on what happens in congress. they have to prove they could be a presidential party. they're not a presidential party at this point. they didn't need one hispanic vote. to win control of the senate. >> got to take a quick break. continue this discussion. and i want to find the chicken. republicans need a gain of one more seat to win control of the u.s. senate. one more seat. is there any silver lining for democrats now? stay right here. the next wave of results. ♪
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all right. time to check back at the top of the empire state building. the mast is red and blue. the color columns are rising. cnn projects senate races for republicans and democrats. let's figuren our latest projections and see what happens. here it goes. the red column reaching the 50 mark for republicans. antenna represents the 51st vote. that would mean the republicans take control of the senate. you see the red. a lot higher than the blue right now. atop the empire state building. we have got key race alerts right now. here is what we know in virginia. 93% of the vote in. mark warner, democratic incumbent maintaining 11,000-vote advantage over the republican challenger, ed gillespie. plenty of votes out there to count. 49% to 48.5%. in iowa, 61% of the vote is in. republican joni ernst, advantage over bruce braley.
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27,000 votes. still plenty of vets to count in the state of iowa. don't have a projection in iowa, we don't have a projection in virginia either. we have more votes coming in right now. north carolina. almost all of the votes are in. 98%. thom tillis. ,0 52,000-vote advantage over kay hagan. no projection in north carolina. governors race in florida. 97% in. rick scott, incumbent republican. 77,500 advantage over charlie crist. no projection in florida right now. charlie crist is obviously got problems over there. rick scott has got a nice little commanding 77,000 vote advantage. let's go to john king. we take a closer look you. know what? florida still 2% of the vote out
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there. wonder if charlie crist can find enough votes to overtake what 77,000 vote advantage that rick scott has. >> we have been stuck here a long type. we have seen this movie before. florida gets to a point. it just stops. almost always as it is tonight. down here. palm beach county. 99%. little vote left. charlie crist winning big. enough with tiny all. the vote. some votes. not enough to catch up. the other piece. broward, 100%. mami-dade. 99%. one percent in palm beach. first glance tells you not enough. still count the votes there. i have gone through the other place. every now and then you get an adjustment. county find votes they haven't counted go. around the states. red counties in for rick scott. >> 100% of the vote in. >> 100%.
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waiting most part two counties. may be a handful of votes in the state. look at it. when i look ate. i see a hard time. though not a huge lead. hard 77,000 votes. possible. but, tough. tough sledding there. switch to the senate races. a whole lot of wow. virginia first. >> hold on. want to go to mark preston at our decision, desk, he is our cnn politics executive/editor. you have an update on what is going on in florida, mark. >> i do, wolf. we haven't projected the race here at decision desk. spoke tine two sources down in florida, charlie crist called rick scott. conceded the race. told by top people e ein both s pains. taken this long. they're waiting to see where the vote was in south florida. hoping to try to make up enough, if not to when but to go to a recount. right now they realize that was not going to happen. i am told, charlie crist called
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rick scott. rick scott accepted the call. >> wolf. thank you. 77,000 votes. in florida right now. that is going to be almost impossible for charlie crist to overcome. as a result. he sees the handwriting on the wall. as a gentleman calls rick ask the to concede. >> debate within the party. shouldn't we wait to the morning? shouldn't we talk to the lawyers? charlie crist having been republican governor trying to run as democratic governor. did the math. looking. sure there were votes out here. 99%. you drop down to miami date. you are going to get 70,000 votes. final precinct or two come in. might get two, three. you are not going to get 70%. pretty much everything around the state is 100% reported. charlie crist. veteran. own close races in the past. veteran of being governor. making the decision, as mark concede. he can do the math.
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unlikely he will come up with the math. a lot of race in senate races. want to pick one. >> they're tat 50 right now. they -- they're at 50 right now. they need one more. probably get one more. at laes one more. probably get -- at lest one more. probably get one more. where do you think the other one will come? >> i will go east, virginia, north carolina. those are so close. yich uh look at this. looked at early results. braley was ahead. early results. poke county, des moines, cedar rapid. out east. look at what happened here. joni ernst. starting to open up. northwest. central ooh way up here. the biggest basket of democratic votes. 14% of the state population. 50-46 there. go back. relatively competitive presidential race in the state. 56 for the president. 50 for bruce braley. has to do better.
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watch this one fill in. this one tells me, barring a mirac miracle. joni ernst will win iowa. >> could be the 51st vote. democratic seat. tom harkin retiring. long time democratic senator. a pick up. >> that would be a pickup. believe they will be get alaska. >> 1:00 a.m. >> 5:00 or 6:00 a.m. the next day. >> we still have two races really close. 98% now. tillis. the lead. 50,000 right there. tillis leading. looking here. 87% of the vote is in. you see she has a big lead there. there are enough votes here to make up that difference. the question is, does that margin hold up with specific precincts how many votes do they have. watch the number. we have a couldn'ty done here. blank. waiting. it is tiny. tiny.
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it does matter in a close race. here, there. watch that one. we don't know. trying to call into the state. find out what is happening. you are looking for more, you are at 100%. waiting for the county. tiny county done here. >> if tillis hold on. beats hagan. republican pickup. >> a huge, huge pickup. come president tiff race. and had a three, four, point lead throughout the campaign. focusing on isis. ebola. you will have the county. going to decide this race. there are enough votes there for her to come back. it just depend on the size of the pref scincts and turnout ife hold the margin. >> if thom tillis hold on. a republican pickup. at the moment. watch this one play out. just come north. show you the results in virginia
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as we go. we have heard from our team. as we look at this one. 95% in. and mark warner, a small -- still out in virginia beach. ed gillespe is winning. warner campaign. out in fairfax county. >> we have a major projection to announce right now. cnn projects republicans will take control of the united states senate. they will be in the majority in the next united states senate. because we projected north carolina, will go to the republicans, or the challenger, thom tillis will defeat senator kay hagan. this is a major, major projection. the republicans are going to be the majority in the united states senate. thom tillis will defeat kay hagan. 98% of vote is in. thom till is has a 50,000 vote
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advantage right now. it is close. but not close enough. not close enough for kay hagan. take a look at the empire state building right now. taking a look at the red and the blue as a result of 51. republican seats. it is now red. people walking by empire state building are seeing, cnn right now. they see, the empire state build is red. because the, the cnn now proj t projecting the republicans will be the majority in the united states senate. thom tillis, the next u.s. senator from the state of north carolina. and kay hagan loses. andersen a lot to digest for republicans and democrats. >> we have 3 and a half hours to digest it. >> not really a surprise. what we anticipated. a lot of people anticipating. the reality is now. >> north carolina is a surprise.
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wouldn't you? >> we have been talking about how to make sense of this. newt made the point. sign of health for our democracy. i look at number. i don't know. 38% voter turnout. very low. people of color. 2008. 28%. 24%. 25%. people under age 19. 2008. 19% of the electorate. fell done to 13%. young people not participating. overall lower voter turnout. and then -- you still have to deal with the fact that you have big money in. little people out. i don't know if this is a seen of health for the country. you have this outcome. significant. so many people just not participating. >> got to tell me. my party. your party. we had enough money. we did. and we had enough, i think good candidates. republicans had better candidates this time. they had, they, probably should have won this a couple years ago. when they had the sland slide in
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2010. this time they got smart. establishment stepped in. they ran, 83% fewer. and nobody talked. why are you doing this, buddy? a better class of candidates. on our side i agree with all the statistics. democrats take a look, why did we get dropped like this? what happenedn't i would rather overinterpret and learn from it. >> is it enough, president obama saying the map wasn't in the democrat's favor this year. >> true, but not enough. >> do you feel it in your heart. twinge in your chest. probably just heartburn? i don't know. you know, it's like i think we should honor the threat from democrats. >> what should the message the president gets, the democrats? >> what van says. we did not do enough to met v-- motivate young people. >> we did not deal with the pain at the base of the party.
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you have african-americans who were hurting. we held on to this president. defended the president. economically we aren a free fall. you have things happening like ferguson. trayvon martin, you have a moment where criminal justice is actually a bipartisan issue. republicans, democrats. nobody is speaking to that. thing that would have brought people out at the base of this party. where is the job program for young people? criminal justice reform? >> but the message garnered from this, both sides, the electorate, the american people are disillusioned. distrustful of the government, they don't think they handle crises right. they held president obama accountable. he is president. when you have the bully pulpit. you are accountable. the buck stops with you. that doesn't mean there isn't the general feeling of malaise in the country. when it comes to the government. >> as happy and ann are tonight. >> is this your happy face?
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>> i would do a happy dance i don't want to show up a doll. we have been barking, chasing after this car the we caught it. there is a charge. a responsibility now for republicans to govern. you look at the folks about to lead the senate, leave the senate, leave the house. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell. speaker boehner. both at their heart, core, institutionalists. they care about the congress. they want to see the senate work for the american people. they want to see the house again work for the american people. i do believe the big question, the big equation is what is the message the president is going to get? he will have two choices. first choice, does he go on counter attack. we have seen signs of that from this white house. that this is what they want to do. but the second question is, i think this will be better for the country, is it legacy time. never going to be on the ballot again? can he go get big things done. with the two leaders on the senate and house. want to get big things done. tax reform. you name it. i think that will be the big question.
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the president is a key part of the equation. he has always shown he has ak aseashe -- he has actually been effective. >> who goes first? who throws out the olive branch? what the american public does not want to see? >> the president has the to go past the pageantry and build relationships he hasn't for six years. >> here is the other factor we ought to kid. mitch mcconnell has what, four presidential candidates. potential presidential candidates. in the, dana knows maybe more in the senate right now. he is behold in to rand paul who helped him out in the state of kentucky. >> yeah. >> waiting for this job. >> can i actually. >> i am glad you brought that up. i talked to mcconnell in kentucky a few weeks ago. i said the sort of, the rap on senators is they look at the
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mirror and they say "oh, you are going to be president." he said i never had that affliction. he always wanted to be senate majority leader. >> and boehner? >> i will give you a little color from somebody with him now entered a room full of staffers when they got this news. final news, at his hotel in kentucky. and they were screaming and yelling. you know. like he was a rock star. he has had this, the charlie brown football pulled out a couple timeses before. because the candidates on the republican side didn't make it. and he finally is, is here. i want to shift the conversation a little bit. i want to push a story line that i think we are going to be hearing about with your party. there is so much finger pointing going on. among democrats. on the story that i did, on your show the other night, andersen, on the distance. that democrats. put president obama on. >> getting on the christmas card. >> to the point that, the fact that the base didn't come out. so you are hearing a lot of
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obama loyalists. hearing, seeing, e-mails, saying "what do they expect? they expect turnout to be high when they say the things they say and do the things they do to the guy who actually still is popular with the base?" on the flip side. told you earlier, those who ran these campaigns are saying there is no way we could have brought obama in here. >> earlier conversation about hillary clinton. assuming she is running. does she distance from president obama. >> she is secretary of state. >> she was secretary of state. went on "60 minutes." they were having not a romance. they were having a, all for one, all for one moment. i think part of the problem for democrats now. both side are going to have this by the way. who is most powerful in the coalition. i remember when the president was inaugurated the second time.
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about to deliver his address. i talked to him. one of the things he said that stuck with me. what we don't know is if the obama coalition is about obama or the democrating party. >> neither do they. >> they have no idea. that's what he said. they have no idea. whether that coalition, the young, minorities, and bringing out people, whether that is just peculiar to him or whether the democratic party. this would suggest that it is. and don't think it is anything. >> another projection, go to wolf. >> major projection right now. take a look at this, everyone. joni ernst, republican next united states senator from the state of high uof iowa. defeating bruce braley. tom harkin, retiring senator from iowa left the seat open. joni ernst, first woman ever from the state of iowa to
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represent iowa in congress. 75% of the vote in. 51%%. she is a head by 57,600 t 75% of the vote in. she will be the winner. we project. joni ernst next united states senator from state of iowa. take a look at the map now. republicans, they only have a 51 majority seat majority in the united states senate. now 52. democrats, guaranteed 44. still a few seats undecided. see in yellow on the map. this is a big, big win. for the republicans. let's go to headquarters out there in des moines. pamela brown is standing by. i don't know if they know about this yet behind you. seem pretty calm. pretty excited for joni ernst. >> reporter: very exciting here.
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celebratory atmosphere. see right behind me. joni ernst is speaking. a few minutes ago the democrating contender in the senate race conceded. she is now declaring victory. she will be the fir wst mst womm iowa sent to washington to take federal office. first female combat vet in the u.s. senate. this was a hard fought campaign. extremely competitive. democrats initially thought they weren't going to have to worry about the race. ernst had the infamous, hogs castration, put her on the map. gained momentum. and really gave the bruce braley campaign a run for their money. as we see tonight. crossed the finish line a winner. talking to folk tuesday. asking why they think she, she was able to win in this race? a few reasons. she is some one, unflappable. teflon candidate.
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bruce braley threw negative things at her. seemed look nothing would stick. republicans feel they made a difference. wolf. >> well, over at ernst headquarters. ernst, the next united states senator from the state of iowa. let's check in with jake tapper. major projection on the governor's race. >> wolf, three projections. start with president obama's home state of illinois, projecting incumbent democrating governor will be defeated by republican bruce rauner. talk about a wave and repudiation for president obama. in a blue state. president obama campaigned in michigan. we are projecting that, incumbent republican governor rick snyder will be re-elected in the state. in nevada, projecting incumbent, republican governor, brian sandoval will be re-elected in the state as well.
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some of the vote counts we have coming in from traditionally democratic blue states where republicans are in the lead. strew blue maryland. larry hogan, republican up over anthony brown. 54% to 45%. with 70% of the vote in. in connecticut. a true blue state. republican tom foley up 51% against democrating governor dan malloy. let's go out to maine if we can. where another blue state. republican paul lepage up 47%. a three-way race. democratic, 44%. independent, elliott cutler. 8%. do not have a run-off. and the one that wins the most votes. wins. beauprez up over hickenlooper. a wave democratic governors were
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facing. very difficult to find off this tide. look at the, the states where the yell where we are not making a projection. in hawaii, cannot make a projection. in idaho. and in oregon. back to you. and now we are going to go to wolf blitzer. back to you. >> thank you very much. jake. let's bring in a special guest. senator ted cruz. the republican senator from texas in joining us now. let's talk about what is going on. senator cruz, thank you for joining us. got a big smile on your face. you should have a big smile. republicans have done well. you have going to be in the majority in the united states senate. quickly, will you support, mitch mcconnell as your leader in the united states senate? >> well that will be a decision for the conference and decided next week. tonight was a terrific night for republicans. it was a powerful repudiation of the obama agenda, economy which isn't working. now really the responsibility
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falls on republicans now that we have been handed the majority for us to stand up and lead if i very much hope that's what we do. >> will i know that you didn't want to answer the question. let me try one more time. because a few days ago you were reluctant to make it clear you would support mitch mcconnell. republicans in the majority. can you not tell us whether you will or won't support mitch mcconnell. what is standing in the way? >> wolf, i will give you the same answer the fir tooist time asked the question. a decision for the conference to answer next week. i'm focused on the results of the election. a resounding republican majority. i would point out that, as the am scan people, they're frustrated with what is happening in washington. now the responsibility falls on us to lead with a positive, bold, optimistic. i hope we see republicans unite. every republican unite in the senate. stand together and deliver on
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promises we've been making. a lot of voters are skeptical. politicians in both parties. i hope my party can validate and earn the trust placed in us. we can stand up. listen to the people. and come together for possible pro-growth economic legislation. >> you see an opportunity to work with the president of the united states in the final two years. get some compromises on some of the key, use so important to the american people. >> you know, wolf, i hope so. it seems to me economic growth should be a bipartisan objective. it should be the number one objective of everyone. certainly the number one objective of the 26 million texans i represent. all across the country, people are united across parties. outside of washington. and wanting jobs, economic growth. so if the president is willing to work with us, we as republicans are willing to work with him on tax reform, simplifying the tax code, reducing the burdens on
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regulatory reforms, simplifying regulations, reducing burdens on job creators, on constitutional rights. free speech. religious liberty. if the president is willing to work together we are willing to work with him. at the same time that doesn't mean republicans should run away from what we campaigned on. >> the two biggester use, nationwide, wolf, were number one stopping the train wreck that is obamacare. number two, stopping the president from illegally granting amnesty. >> you may be able to pass the legislation in the house and senate. you will be in the majority. he has the the veto. you well know. he will veto that legislation. you don't necessarily have a 2/3 overright. >> no doubt. i think we should stand together. we should use reconciliation, full appeal. the president will surely veto it. >> we should systematically,
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pass legislation that provide you can't have your health insurance canceled. we should change the law so that people aren't forced into part-time work. mail yunz of people, especially sing -- millions of people, especially single moms have been forced into part-time work. change the law to do that. prohibit insurance company bailouts. pass law, after law, after law. responding to the american people. put them up to the president. see if he is welling to veto every aspect of legislation that would protect the american people and provide relief to the people who are suffering. >> senator ted cruz, congratulations to the republicans, i don't know if it is shellacking. pretty close to what the president said when the republicans took the house in 2010. now the republicans have taken the senate. very impressive night for the republicans to continue our conversation. senator ted cruz who will now be in the majority in the united states senate. he is like all republicans, pretty happy guy right now.
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anderson. back to you. >> lot to digest with our panelists. dana bash earlier talking about messages she is getting, questions, fingers pointed. president obama saying should he have been used more. >> you are look iing. >> recalling that he went for governors. states like say, illinois. where quinn just lost. maryland, where republican, i live there, remarkable. not that we haven't had governors. not many. jake help me here, wisconsin have we called? >> wisconsin, scott walker. >> he wins there. connecticut. wolf in pennsylvania. win. >> right. that's one. maine and michigan. if the question is, would the
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candidates have within had the president shown up. well most of the candidates he did go off to campaign for. >> well, republican involved in a couple races said in fact that obama wouldn't have helped. it would have hurt. so, right? so they're making. >> paul, you are saying of course. >> he should have stayed out. they would have done worse if that's possible. >> i think ted cruz did something news worthy. >> why do you want to change the subject? such a good subject. >> he is going to run against mitch mcconnell. [ both talking at once ] >> ted cruz, class of isn't torz coming in. >> no it is not. no it is not. >> jodi ernst, endorsed the shutdown. said we should impeach president. he voted for the takedown. shelling more capital.
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senate candidate in west virginia. she voted for the shutdown. these are people who sided with ted cruz and most important. >> and can i just -- >> all of these senate candidates winning right now. flourish the most. flourish talking about coming to washington and offering solutions, new idea. new direction. and they're all going to support mitch mcconnell. >> you covered a lot of these. >> covered south some of the races. and the senate. so i can tell you that somebody like jodi ernst in her primary she was conservative. she was. called for all the things. most conservative members of congress did. the but. she is going to represent a purple state. if she goes down that path. >> the members of the caucus of, of three, that rand paul, mike lee and senator cruz. mike lee learned his lesson from
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the shutdown. numbers hilt the 30s. started to change his tune. now a rival of senator cruz. going to run for president. and has a step up with some of the conservative. and is singing. >> and support cruz, you know, cruz has. in his republican. >> let her finish the thought. >> they don't much like ted cruz as you well know. dana knows more than all of us. and they're suspicious of him after the strategy on the government shutdown which backfired against every republican. now they have an opportunity to become a governing party. if they blow this. then, who ever is the democratic nominee. hillary clinton or who ever it is, said that's what republican governance looks like. >> you have a statement. >> senator reed, former senate majority leader, issued a statement. congratulating, i would look to congratulate senator mcconnell
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who will be the new majority leader. the message is clear. i look for ward working with o'connell to get things done for the class. >> there is no question there. who knows if he will get a chal in j. i doubt it. first i don't wand anybody has taken from this that the american people want republicans and democrat to work together. why would that be. ? >> republicans opposed obama care. shut down the government. and they just, bep fitted from a huge -- benefited from a huge wave ushered in. republican governors of the home state. of president obama. and, and there are a few others, about to call. other blue states. >> i just don't. >> this is like.
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[ both talking at once ] >> van, answer that. i want to add to that. republicans have a big challenge. i hope they can meet it. serious. because we now. the problem is that they can against brid lock that they created. -- against gridlock that they created so. tough on obama. with the base. the base, expecting impeachment of obama. >> then how. >> impeachment. >> before we go on. >> guys. just conceded. just spoke ep there. just seeing him. he has conceded his race. it, it -- followed a little while ago. calling for a recount. he actually conceded. let's hear from some of the republicans why, why do you think the message is work together? >> if you lack ook at many race. the republicans that flourished. personalize their race. cory gardner.
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if there is anybody who embodied the 2012 election. it any body is embodying the 2014. he ran on energy. he had his first ads about the economy how he would help women voters. those are the type of republicans that want to cross the country. other thing too. take a look at states where you have places like new york. return of the blue state republican. a big deal. >> we have to take a big break. republicans winning control of the u.s. senate. how will president obama react to the defeat for his party? does he see it as a repudiation of himself. policies. will he take the blame. we will continue our conversation. can't say thank you enough.
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>> you're look at life pictures at the united states capital. the republicans will be the majority in the house and the senate as well. huge, huge night for the republicans. they not only go on to gain seats in the house of representative, they gone on to capture a number of democratically held seats in the u.s. senate. they will be the majority. we have another major projection to make. this is a good one for the democrats. tom udall will be re-elected as the united states senator from the state of new mexico, defeating the republican allan weh. our projection is that tom udall will be reelectriced as united states senator from the state of new mexico. that's a silver lining for the democrats. but the republican s have done
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really well. the republicans will have at least 52 senators in the next united states senate. they needed 51 to be the majority. they will have 52. might wind up with even more because there are still some race s that are outstanding. 45 in the united states senate, two independents. they need the republican, the republicans will be the majority in the united states senate. so this is a big, big night for the republicans as we go forward. and also, republicans have been doing well in governor races as well. >> we already reported that charlie crist, the democrat conceded to rick scott, the republican. but now cnn officially projecting rick scott has been re-elected the governor of the sunshine state of florida. two democratic victories to tell you about.
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minnesota governor mark dayton, a democrat, reeeffect willed. oregon governor, john kitzhaber eked it out. back to you. >> big, big, big night. big night for the republicans in the united states senate. they got 52 guaranteed. that number could go up. >> could go as high as 54. if they win alaska and the louisiana runoff, which is next month in december. we still haven't called the virginia race. ing loose like mark warner is going to hold on there. let's switch to the balance of power map so you can take a look at it as you take a look at the senate races. here we are right now with three outstanding at 52. mark warn e, the democratic incumbent, ed giless pea ran a closer race than anyone thought it would be. the republicans were already favored in the state of alaska. this one takes a while to count because of the remote areas, but republicans were already favored. there are exceptions to every rule, but it is really hard to
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see the republicans losing alaska on a night they're winning in colorado and they're winning in iowa and they ire winning in north carolina. it's just almost inconceivable, but we'll count the votes and see what happens in alaska. if the republicans win, that would get you to 53. we asked voters the question, in a runoff election cane cassidy and mary landrieu, who would you pick? and cassidy got the big h big majority. leaves republicans short of the 60 votes. you need to get most big things done in the united states senate, but it will be an interesting calculation to the conversation across the room. do they want to govern opinion reaching out to democrats from tough states on the ballot in 2016 to see if they can get business done. >> that number could go up to 55 if angus king, the independent
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senator from the state of maine decides he's going to caucus with the majority, and that would be the republicans. he hasn't necessarily completely ruled that out. >> he has not. although he has worked with the democrats for quite some time on most issues, not all issues, he's more likely a moderate democrat than he is a moderate republican, but sure, that's a question that will be on the table as well. if the republicans were a little bit higher, you could see them trying to bargain with angus king. a committee chairman at 54, 55. i'm sure their calculation on most issue, some issues you get, some you don't. but it is something to watch. then you start looking to 2016 calculations. i don't mean anyone is going to switch parties, but i do think some people would be more inclined to do business -- >> let's move back to the governor's map right now. because these republicans, they are taking over some pretty democratic states right now. big surprise. they're leading in a lot of these democratic facilita iic s. >> in my home state of massachusetts, we haven't called
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this race but he's at 48, 47% over democrat martha cokely. if you look at the parts of the map that are still out, we're going to watch and see how it goes. she won big in the city of boston, but charlie baker doing what he has to do otherwise for republicans. very close race there. down in connecticut, 50% to 49%. we're watching this race, this is a place where the president campaigned. you're seeing red on the map in places you haven't seen for a long time. maryland, this is a stunner. late, late, people noticed late that this one was close. for most of the years, everyone thought oh, maryland is a democratic state. a 52 to 46% lead. when you look at this map filling in. all indications are right now larry hoe gap is going to win this race. prince george's county, 92% in. montgomery county now. this is the biggest suburban area in the state of maryland. 54%. at that rate, there's still some
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math to be done there, but it doesn't look like there's enough. they would have to really run the table to make up the difference. >> go to colorado for a second. >> this is a hotly contested race. still a hotly contested race as we count the votes. john hickenlooper, some mentioned him as a presidential candidate. bob beauprez is now leading. >> kansas, let geese to kansas. >> this one here, another tight race here. 83%. the democrats really wanted to get sam brownback. he came in promising to cut spending. it's been a huge controversy in the state. this is one of the reasons greg orman thought opposition to sam brownback would help him in the senate race. 83%, we still got to count the votes. sam brownback with a very, very narrow lead right now. most of the close competitive races, what's happening? whether it's the senate race, not all, but most of these close race, republicans with narrow leads. i just want to make the point,
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the president, remember, back when he first made his name back in the national scene said there's no red america, no blue north america. there's one america. during the obama years, this is not to be cynical or sarcastic, we have an increasingly red america. you're looking at the senate races on the ballot this year. we're not done out in the west yet. these are the leaders in the house races. but i just want you to look at the map. you see a lot of red up here. not all of these races are called. republican candidates leading in the house districts. i want to go back in time. this is the united states of america at the house district level when the president was elected. look at all this blue. look at all this blue. and look at all the blue up there. there's the 2010 tea party year. a lot of that blue disappeared. here's 2012, a little came back. here's where we are tonight. increasingly republicans are stretching their house majority. and the question will be, as we look at what the final number is
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in the senate, that number will meter matter in the house, too. if john boehner is picking up moderate republican, if you go back and look at this map, very few up here. after 2012, none from new england. just none. so it's going to have a different composition in the house as well. when you get the final numbers, not just the map, it's the ideology of these people here. a lot of speaker in washington runnering if speaker boehner gets a bit of a longer leash. >> i think he's going to pick up a couple of seats in the house of representatives. the republicans will be the majority in the senate. they'll have the ability to be the chairman of these committees. they want to do investigations. they've got an advantage right now when they're majority as opposed to the minority. >> a democratic president twice elected in electoral college landslides and yet, as he enters the final two years of his term, that's a pretty red america. >> whether he meets with the press tomorrow, we believe he will meet with the press.
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will he say what he said after the democrats lost the house in 2010 in the med terms? then it was a shellacking. he conceded it was a shellacking. will he concede tomorrow morning when he meets with the press, it was another shellacking? >> it's a great question. a bit of a combative tone on background in white house officials tonight. but those are aides speaking. mr. carney is still across the room. they'll digest these results tonight, have their conversations and the president himself will decide the tone he wants to set tomorrow. it's important. whether you're democrat or republican or independent watching. it is important. you're entering the final two years of your presidency. people are going to start throwing duck term around. he has a dysfunction relationship with john boehner and nonexistent relationship with mitch mcconnell. he'll set part of the tone of that tomorrow. >> having said that, even though it was a shellacking in 2010, 2012, the democrats came back and president obama was re-elected. it might be a shellacking right now, we don't know what it's going to mean for 2016. >> no.
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what happened tonight tells you republicans will enter 2016 with an advantage in the senate and in the house, and they have done almost nothing to change their demographic problems to the point it was discussed earlier. the democrat also learning a lesson tonight. and that is that the obama coalition is not necessarily a democratic coalition. younger votes down, latino vote is down a bit in some key states. we're going dissect the african-american turnout. it was roughly on target in most places democrats wanted to be, but clearly wasn't enough in most of the key battleground states. but that is a huge challenge for the next democratic nominee. many people think we already know who it is. but we don't. we'll see how it plays out. how do you translate ott bama coalition, which was the winning coalition by quite convincing numbers. can you translate it, can you carry it over to 2016. if you look at results tonight, you have to put a big question mark. >> republicans wind up winning states like maryland and massachusetts and colorado, the governor's ras, that's a huge, huge setback for the democrats. let's go back to anderson for more.
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>> and i want to continue the discussion the panel was having earlier, where is the evidence that this is going to -- the results tonight are going to result in less partisanship and less division? i mean, do you see any evidence of that? >> you're not going to let me talk about charlie crist? do you know how long i've been waiting? >> well, in a minute, in a minute. >> don't do this to a hispanic woman. >> all right. >> i want to tell you, charlie crist now has a distinction of having lost under three different party labels and i have the distinction of having voted against him every single time under every single party. and i think it shows yo thoo you can not contort yourself into pretzel shapes in order to be what you think the people want you to be. you were making the point beforehand, elizabeth warren can go everywhere. i said yes, because she's comfortable in her own skin. she goes as who she is.
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she doesn't go to kentucky and try to talk southern and pretend to be somebody other than she is. and instead we saw all sorts of democrats try to contort themselves to not be part of the obama entourage. >> did you get that out of your system? >> i want to make sure that charlie crist is done, done, done. as anne romney would say. i just want to tell you this, charlie crist is, like, jason from friday the 13th. he just keeps coming back and back sequel. that's it. >> by the way, i just want people to know that when anna came on to the panel the first -- she was spitting out, and i've heard her out of my ear all for the last several hours mumbling charlie crist, charlie crist. get it out of your system. >> on the larger, more important issue, charlie crist aside, what
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is the evidence that there's going to be less partisanship, less division? >> i wanted to say, i think especially because there -- i said it before. the republicans did a weird thing. they ran against gridlock that they larnlly created. and now they have two promises to the american people. it's hard to keep both. they told the base they're going to end obama. they told the rest of the country they're going to end gridlock. you can't do both. i don't understand how they're going to thread this needle when you have a coalition of republicans. some are running for office. they're going to be jockeying. a hard core tea party that's bigger and stronger than before and some people who want to govern. i think republicans have a big incentive -- >> why do you say the tea party is bigger an stronger than before when they lost all the primaries? >> first of all -- >> look at the general election candidates. >> paul begala ran through the list of ted cruz style people who snuck past. not their rhetoric, but their voting record is hard core right.
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>> the promises that they made were to confront obama. i did not hear them say i will end gridlock. more than 50% of all the ads ran by republicans in the senate were anti-obama. it wasn't obama care, it wasn't minimum wage. and meanwhile, look at two candidates particularly who went down today. greg orman, the independent of kansas who said i will be independent, i will be nonpartisan. he was rejected. and michelle nunn in georgia who worked for president bush sr. for 20 years, whose ads -- zell miller was in her ads. and she was rejected. >> you're saying mitch mccome's talk of getting deals done is -- >> he's saying that 20 make them feel better. >> i know there's genuine interest in gting congress working again. you had many jobs bills passed bipartisan support over in the house. some were 300, 4 h 00 votes sent to the senate and nothing
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happened. this wasn't a do-nothing congress, it was a do-nothing senate. mitch mcconnell recognizes people have a very low fn of congress and the senate. and he wants to change that. the big ingredient that's missing. this president either has no relationships or bad relationships on capitol hill. he has two years to change that. >> can i just say joe biden might get along better with mitch mcconnell than he did with harry reid. >> tax reform. >> one at a time. >> you take a look at what everybody is saying about tax reform, there is an absolute core capacity there to get something done. >> they will move halfway -- >> the difference is is the president going to go up and work and build a giant legislative coalition that he needs to get something like that done along with mitch mcconnell, along with john boehner and the democratic leaders of the senate and the house? >> as a progressive democrat, our big complaint about obama
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has not been that he's been unwilling to work with republicans. i think there's this mythology that's now become common sense that somehow president obama does not and has not tried to work with republicans. that is not true. >> he hasn't working in a relationship sense. >> he doesn't have good relationships with democrats on capitol hill. we'll find that out tomorrow. >> just a couple of things. first of all, when it comes to governing and having some kind of bipartisan deal, lindsey graham, who also won tonight in south carolina made a speech saying that he spoke already today for an hour to joe biden about some of these things. about infrastructure, about tax reform, about some of the things that they can do. as you said, joe biden has relationships, he can take the lead if the relationships aren't there with the president. there's another person we should talk about who is potentially going to be a big player, angus king of maine. it was mentioned before he's now caucusing with democrats. he told me, i spoke with him a couple of weeks ago. he is completely open to caucusing with republicans.
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he wants to do, he said, what is best for the state of maine. now maine is not exactly, you know, blue. it's really a purple state. there are a lot of republicans who are successful there. but if he plays his cards right and is smafrt and 1 not just abe to get a chairmanship but also does what he wants to do which is actually to get things done. it won't be the majority maker, but if he is somebody who can help craft a centrist coalition which he said he is going to do, and if lindsey graham wants to join in or other people -- maybe i'm a pollyanna. >> they have what do you think, nine months to do something? nine months. that's probably the maximum. >> why? >> 2016 starts now. we're late. so it's already going. they have got nine months in there where they can do something together, be it tax
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reform, some kind of energy bill. but the question is do the republicans want to have an agenda? they now control the committees, now control the floor. do they want to put the agenda out there and have it all stop at the white house instead of the other way around? i think if boehner's got people he can let go if he has a bigger caucus. the question is, do they want to have an agenda or do they want to do stuff? i agree with you that boehner and at the heart of mitch mcconnell are deal makers. that's what people in the senate are like. so they want to do it. the question is, does their caucus want to do it. >> we've got to take a quick break. when we come back, we're going to look at of the candidates for 2016, how they are resonating in iowa, new hampshire and elsewhere. be right back.
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i'm right here. watch any channel live on any device around your home. download the xfinity tv app today. >> live picture of the u.s. capitol. big night for the republicans. we have a key race alert right now. look at this virginia contest for the united states senate. the incumbent democrat mark warner is ahead of ed gillespie, the challenger. he's ahead by almost 13,000 votes. 49.1% to 48.5%. still 5% of the vote outstanding. this is still too close for us to make a projection. no projection in virginia right now. in the governor's race in connecticut, look at this.
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look how close it is. what is this? seven votes separate dan maloy and tom foley the challenger. 49.4% to 49.4%. with 60% of the vote in. that is not a good sign for the democrats when the republican in connecticut is only seven votes behind the incumbent democrat. the republican with at least 52 senate seats. they needed 51. they got 52. the polls will close in alaska at the top of the next hour. president obama certainly has some explaining to do about his party's serious losses tonight. he's expected to speak out tomorrow hours after republicans won control of the u.s. senate
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let's go to our senior white house correspondent who is joining us. are we getting any indication of what the president might say? >> not just yet, wolf. amazingly, the white house is not putting out a statement tonight congratulating republicans on taking control of the senate. we're not expecting to hear more from the president tonight. any sort of paper statement according to fishes, he has been reaching out to politicians on both sides of the aisle in these gubernatorial and senate races throughout the country. and wolf, you were talking earlier with the panel there about whether or not it was a good idea for the president to be out on the campaign trail and whether or not the democrats will be re-examining that strategy and whether they should have been keeping it at arm's length. i think the question will be, were the arms long enough. even the states the president went into, the safe blue states like maryland, like connecticut, like illinois, his home state, those governors races that they thought were okay, these races are safe enough for the president to go into, those states are going down.
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they didn't see this as a referendum on the president. but clearly when you see the results, this is going way beyond what they were expecting. i talked to a couple of white house officials. they were saying as far as whether or not the president will be more conciliatory and willing to compromise, they were taking the attitude earlier this evening that well, what about the republicans? will they be willing to compromise. the president is still insisting that he is going to take executive action on immigration before the end of the year. the question, though, wolf, tomorrow is going to be, does that poison the well with this new republican majority in the senate, this new and stronger republican majority in the house? and what i heard from white house officials earlier this evening is that no, house speaker john boehner was given the chance to take up immigration reform. he didn't do it, so the president is going to keep his promise and do immigration reform on his own. how does that set the tone for
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the coming hear. and so the president is expected to come out tomorrow to give a news conference and talk to reporters and he's likely going to have to come up with a new word for shellacking. it was a not a tidal wave but a mez shoourable one. >> do we know what time the president will be speaking out tomorrow? >> we don't. we know josh earnest has a scheduled briefing around 1:00. so sometimes we've seen in the past, the president could come out in the morning and decide to get this out of the way. and keep in mind, he's going to asia next week, so he will get a chance to take a break from all of this. they've been calling that the asia pivot, as far as his foreign policy. this is the sort of pivot to the asia pivot. just to get away from all of this in washington. a really bad night for the president and the democrats over here at the white house. >> very bad night indeed. we'll see what type of president goes out tomorrow and speaks with reporter, explains what's going on. anderson, back to you. >> thanks very much.
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let's talk about what the president's next move may be. >> drubbing might be the word instead of shellacking. >> if he moves and makes -- we don't know what he's going to do, executive order wise on immigration. but if he makes a major move along the lines of what we've been hearing, which is to give some sort of status to keep millions in this country with some sort of special visa, that would be like just like throwing a grenade in the middle of the senate floor. >> talking to a senior administration official who said we're not going to sign a bunch of their bills, period. we're going to veto stuff. sure we'll have them down to the white house, but don't expect us to work with them to jake's point. on the other hand, this becomes a hillary clinton problem, i think, pretty soon. and i do blooe that they have to sort of walk this line. and you heard, you know, joe
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biden say we want to compromise and, you know, i do think at some point, hillary clinton has to worry about it. >> you hear a lot of sound about area where is they can work together, trade authority, tax reform theoretically, although i think the republican refusal to raise any taxes, even if closing loopholes will be a contentious issue and prevent that from happening. but in terms of hillary clinton, i want to talk for a second about the woman's vote, because one of the things that happened today was democrats kept an advantage with the women voting, but it was much smaller. and republicans had a much bigger advantage with men voters. and when you look at first of all, iowa has elected its first statewide woman. it's a republican, joni ernst. illinois has elected a latina as lieutenant governor, a republican. and then you look at mark udall in colorado who ran a race, a democratic incumbent senator who ran a race that was very much
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focused on trying to win the women's vote by talking about reproductive rights. to the point that democrats -- his own supporters were heckling him at events saying this not all that you stand for. and i think you have to start to wonder whether the democrats' playbook when it comes to the war on women, focusing on reproductive rights, whether that is now just a losing strategy. >> what the democrats saw in colorado in the data, you have these suburban women, i think in colorado they matter more than anywhere else, because they're swing voters, who voted for the president, not once but twice, and the only way for them to protest the president, who they have fallen out of favor -- he's fallen out of favor with them, was to vote against mark udall. >> look at some exit poll
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ers. i think john king as this that, about reaction to president obama, how toxic he was in some of these races. and then we'll talk about that. >> we' been searching for the word, shellacking, too. it's a repudiation. the president himself said i'm not on the ballot, but my policies are. let's go to some statements where the president was running. virginia, he won it twice. 58% of voters dis approapprovedw the president is handling his job. they voted overwhelmingly for ed gillespie. he's coming up just short in this race, but even in a place the president won twice, he was an issue and a huge negative for the candidate. north carolina, president won it once, lost it once. 55% disapprove. the democrats unable to put ott bama coalition together in the state of north carolina. 55% thom lilis from the state of north carolina. the president certainly toxic and harmful to the democrats there. iowa, the state that put barack
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obama on the national stage, 60% of the voters in iowa today disapprove of the president's job performance. they voted overwhelmingly almost 8 in 10 for joni ernst, the new republican senator from the state of iowa, a state many people assumed was deep blue. louisiana is not done yet. we have a runoff. but 6 in 10 of the voters today disapprove of how the president is handling his job. they voted overwhelmingly for two of the republican candidates, bill cassidy and greg maness. i want to show you one more, if if i could flied it over. it gets stuck sometimes. wisconsin, two more actually. wisconsin, campaigning in the governor's race, 56% of the voters approve in a blue state, wisconsin, the president carried twice. as they reelect the republican governor. 85% of the voters who disapprove of obama voted on scott walker.
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colorado, again, a state the president won twice 55% disapprove of the president's performance overwhelmingly, it went for cory gardner, including deep support in those denver suburbs. so he said himself, his policies were on the ballot, and if you look at states that were blue for the president in his election victories, particularly colorado and iowa, north carolina once turning red, you would have to call what happened tonight a repudiation. >> paul begala. i was just reading a "times" article where there was an anonymous quote in the white house, the president does not look at what happened tonight as a repudiation. how can he not? >> because he hasn't had time to digest it. he's an incredibly bright man. he's more dispassionate about this business than anybody i've ever known in this business. he'll come to this. he'll come toth data and arrive at this conclusion. since all my screaming about the tea party, he got 51, 52, 53%, in all the states that john king
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just show the us just stwo years ago. now he's down to 41, 442. so somewhere between 1/4 and 1/5 of the obama people no longer have faith in him in the swing states. many stayed home. particularly unmarried women. pe's going to have to find a way to fight back. he's a bright guy, but he has to look at the man in the mirror. >> how does a politician go about doing that? >> i watched a guy do it once upon a time. it begins with criticizing yourself rigorously. it's painful. we're going to look back at the good old days of newt gingrich as being bipartisan. they impeached them. but he worked with them. voters rewarded newt and bill
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for compromising now they're going to punish anyone who compromises on the republican side. >> the maryland republican will be larry hogan. anthony brown has conceded so larry hogan, the republican. let's take a look at the map, if we could, to see all the state where is there have been pickups by republican, as well as outstanding races. you can see red maryland right there. in addition, red illinois. also quite surprising for a lot of people watching these races. we're still waiting for results from connecticut and massachusetts. vermont and maine. there's a lot going on tonight. anderson, i have to say, i don't think very many people were predicting this evening that a governor of maryland and a governor of illinois would be republican. and this gets to what we were
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talking about earlier. this is a republican wave. there is no other way to look at it. and though there was anti-incumbent sentiment out there, the republican incumbents, snyder in michigan, scott in florida, scott walker in wisconsin, they won. >> it was a wave and a late-breaking wave. i just got an e-mail from somebody working in the maryland races who said that brown, the democrat, was up 13 points lsz eth less than two weeks ago. it's a late-breaking wave. the democratic sources doing the senate races have just saw the -- >> have they keyed in on particular issues? >> not yet. not yet. >> undecideds, too. in a lot of these races we would see, like, 15, 16% undecided and eventual eventually, they -- >> let's look at the numbers now for some of the races. connecticut governor, 104 are votes right now separating tom foley. actually in the lead there.
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104 votes ahead of dan malloy who, by the way, president obama campaigned for in massachusetts. charlie baker, the republican ahead 28,900. almost 29,000 votes with 88% of the vote counted. and take a look at vermont. the democrat ahead by 2,675. >> i believe in vermont, if no candidate gets more than 50%, it goes to the legislature. i'm pretty sure. so if neither break 50%, that's going to go to the legislature. >> and this is proving to be a good night for chris christie. the head of the republican governors association who traveled all over the country. he was all places at all times. he put in a lot of money. he put $18.5 million, the rga did, into florida. this is a night even they won. >> not to take anything away from chris christie and all the work that he did, but he ought to be calling president obama
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and thanking him for some of these races. because i guarantee you, chris christie did not expect to win the governor's race in maryland. >> it was quid pro quo for sandy. >> oh, okay. what do you think? >> people were saying, he's got to reach out to republicans. he's also got to reach out to his base. his base stayed home. it's not a left ring or right wing period in american politics. it's a turbulent volatile period. i'm going to tell you how this president can make a mistake. first of all, he made a promise to latino community on immigrati immigration. if this president throws that promise in the garbage can, this president will destroy the obama coalition forever. he cannot back down from that. number two, if the only olive branchs that come at our expense, for instance, minimum wage is popular with republicans. extending unemployment insurance is popular with republicans. he cannot come forward with only bipartisan stuff. he's got toby bipartisan stuff.
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>> he'll do an executive action on immigration. >> but if that -- >> no. >> depends on what it is. >> the idea that president obama now has to return to energizing his base is absurd. >> no, no, if you look at what paul said earlier about bill clinton's successful path back, bill clinton at his core was a centrist. bill clinton at his core was an amazing executive. at his core, he had very good relationships with capitol hill. you used to hear stories from folks on capitol hill that were no voigts and bill clinton would be on the phone with them. and they would get off the phone with him and say imagine what he's doing with the maybes. president obama is not a centrist. he has no relationships up on capitol hill. and those are going to be the
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really important things that he's going to have to -- >> respond to this. i'm saying that there are bipartisan ideas, a pathway to citizenship is popular in both parties. minimum wage, popular in both parties. there are bipartisan ideas that his base feels frustrated about that he needs to actually make sure he gins that up, too. do you think that's possible? >> if he does what everybody thinks he's going to do on immigration with an executive action, that will poison the well for any future cooperation on anything. >> why do you think he has to play to his base at this point? does he have to play to getting something done the last two years and not sitting around being irrelevant? >> the pathway to get something done, both parties have a challenge. the republicans have a tea party base they're going to have to deal with. and the art of leadership is to find those ideas, they get the base reengaged and also lets you reach across. if he fails to do that, he's going to have a hard time.
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2349 state of oregon, legalizing marijuana for recreational use has been approved. in oregon, the measure would legalize personal possession, manufacture, sale of marijuana per persons 121 years of age or older within certain limits and create a commercial regulatory
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system with the production, distribution and sale of marijuana in oregon, washington state and colorado already have that. in washington, d.c., the nation's capital, legalizing marijuana decisively. 69% say yes. 31% say no. possessing up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use is now legal. a whole bunch of other stuff they've approved as well. washington, d.c. legalizing marijuana. in florida, there was a measure to allow medical marijuana to be used. it needed 60% to get approval. it got 58%. so it doesn't get approved in florida, allowing medical marijuana goes down. but it does get approved in oregon and washington state. alaska has a similar measure on the boards. right now, the polls haven't closed in alaska so we don't know yet how they decided to do with marijuana. but it clearly has been approved not only in washington state and
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colorado, but now in the district of columbia as well as oregon. >> let's talk about with our panel, is it a surprise really for anyone here, both in d.c. and also in oregon? >> no. >> are you all stoned here? >> come on people. >> no one really has opinions on this. anything? >> i'm surprised if you said to me, well, between recreational and medicinal purposes, which one failed, i would say it's recreational that would have failed. the fact that in florida they said no to medical marijuana, there are a lot of folks in florida that could use it for medicinal value, that surprised me. in oregon, i know we've seen a number of ballot initiatives
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like that which don't exist elsewhere in the country. >> part of the reason it failed in florida is the ballot amendment required 60% of the vote. that's a high threshold. it just didn't get there. >> my recollection is that charlie crist's law partner, law colleague was a protagonist for getting that -- >> this is why i love the man whose last name i can't pronounce, bringing charlie crist back up. >> you would know better than i. but a person would come out and be supportive of that. >> younger voters. >> would be a likely crist supporter. >> he lost on two counts. >> one of the interesting questions about the marijuana initiative, the recreational use in washington, d.c. is since the house of representatives and the senate control washington, d.c. in so many way, are the republicans going to try to block that? or is there going to be more deference to the libertarian bent? and the fact that some of these senators, such as newly
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electriced senator elect gardner from colorado, perhaps the republican out of alaska, we don't know yet, are going to be from state where is it is legal. so that is an open question. are republicans going to step in and say no, you can't do that, washington. >> maybe bipartship will spring eternal. >> do you think it's likely republicans will step in? >> inside of d.c., this argument was made with the criminal justice element in mind that so many young people are going to jail and so many of the courts are back live because we have what people see minor drug offenses. and so i think that there are a number of republicans that are increasingly more interested in some of those criminal justice reforms as well. >> i'll tell you what happened in florida. knowing that it was going to be on the ballot and it was going to be an issue, the florida
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legislature addressed it in their last session and passed a medical marijuana law called charlotte's web. it passed. that also took part of the wind out of the sale out of this amendment. >> we have another projection. let's go to wolf for that. >> we have a projection on raising the nation's minimum wage in several states. take a look at this. in arkansas right now, raising the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour by the year 2017, that passes. 65% so far to 35%. 73% of the vote is in. so they're going to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 nationwide to $8.50 in arkansas. in illinois, similarly, raising the minimum wage to $10 in 2015, that passes as well. 67%, 33%, 96% of the vote is in. raising the minimum wage in illinois. the measure, similar measures were on the ballot in other states as well. let's take a closer look.
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in nebraska, similarly it passes. they're going to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour by the year 2016. 59%, 41%. so they're going to raise the minimum wage in nebraska. and in south dakota also they're going to raise the minimum wage. right now $7.25 nationwide to 7 $8.50 by the year 2015, which is obviously next year or so. those are all important measu measures. nebraska also, they raise the minimum wage to $9 per hour in 2016. that's nebraska. and there's another measure in colorado that went down to defeat. this was a measure in colorado to define person hood. a controversial measure that would amend the state constitution to include unborn babies under the definition of person in the colorado criminal code. so right now, the definition of person hood, that amendment in colorado goes down to defeat. let's take a look at the senate
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right now, here's where it stands as you know. 52 republicans at a minimum. they will be the majority in the next united states senate. the democrats right now are 45. the republicans needed 51. they got more than 51. so they will be the majority in the senate. louisiana is going to go to a runoff in december. we'll see what happens in louisiana. virginia, still too close. but those measures, raising the minimum wage, rejecting that person hood amendment in colorado, legalizing marijuana. lots of other stuff going on, anderson. >> we're also joined by peter henby, just coming out and joining the panel. just to get your thoughts on what you've seen play out over the last several hours. >> drubbing would be the word i use. it wouldn't be shellacking. but it exceeds, i thought it would be, we all expected it was going to be a big republican night. i didn't expect it to be as significant as it's turned out. the surprise for me is the success at the gubernatorial level. with the exception of my home
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state in pennsylvania, there was a lot more to that story. tom corbett, a republican. the first governor to be defeated republicans for reelection in the commonwealth of pennsylvania since we allowed that process to take place. so pa, an outliar. >> peter, you spent a lot of time covering these races on the road. >> my home state of virginia is still not called. i was talking to a bunch of democrats in virginia who worked on campaigns in the last cycle who are being very critical in mark warner who based on a strategy based on his 2001 romantic notion of how he won for governor. he spent the last two weeks with john warner. he brought in president obama to run up the african-american
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vote. mark warner didn't do that. not to say he didn't take this race for granted. when democrats say he comes as close to jesus in democratic politics as you can possibly get. but, you know, he ran a dated campaign. and democrats are being very critical that he ran this campaign and that we're still waiting for a call. >> let's take a quick look at the numbers in both those races. virginia, mark warner ahead 12,479 to ed gillespie. with 95% of the vote counted already there. althou although, i think ed gillespie surprising a lot of people with the race that he ran. >> right.. it's a combination of und underwhelming democratic turnout. they kind of left ed gillespie alone. i was watching monday night football last night and they started dropping the negative
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ads on him, but only in the last weekend. there was a competitive house race in northern virginia. and ed gillespie sort of outperformed cue which he willy in northern virginia. the national environment was troublesome. but this reaffirms, though, that virginia -- you know, we refer to it as a blue state and we've been referring to iowa and colorado as blue states. >> didn't ed gillespie say it's okay to call the redskins the redskins? that was his big moment. look, i think you can make the case that not only warner but other democrats ran the old race from 2012. just segmenting their constituency, including women in kro ro which failed for them. and that it was the republicans who improved their ground game, who figured out ways to get their voters out and took a page from the democrats' playbook and then beat them at it because they were aided but the unpopularity of this president, even though no one likes republicans either.
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>> we're not talking enough, i don't think, about what a lot of these republicans ads talked about a lot, which were things that americans were scared of. >> right. >> there were a lot of ads that talked about isis. there were a lot of ads that talked about ebola. and if you looked at the exit polls, most americans were afraid of a terrorist attack in this country. >> yeah. the republicans played into that, and there was concern about the incompetence of the obama administration with the crisis of isis, with the crisis of ebola. you have polls indicating that two of the most nonpartisan -- or at least perceived as nonpartisan government agencies, the centers for disease control and the u.s. secret service, both of whom have taken huge hits in the last few months, that there are questions about them. >> so i talked to a republican strategist involved in a bunch of races who said to me the turning point in this campaign and their numbers was when the president said he had no strategy on isis.
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and that their number -- they could see a shift in their numbers and democrats say the same thing. >> we have to take a quick break. we'll be looking at the tea leaves. the republicans have new power in their hands.
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with pg&e's business energy check-up. >> so far, a very big night for republicans as they now will be controlling the united states senate. they will have at least 52 senator, republican senators in the next senate. a huge, huge win for the
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republicans. we're about to see if they're going to be able to expand that number from 52 to 53, because they're getting ready to close the polls in alaska. we're going to take a look and see what we can report right now. in alaska right now, the race between mark begich and dan sullivan, the challenger, no projection. we don't have enough information yet to see if the incumbent democrat gets re-elected or if the republican challenger takes that seat. that would be another pickup for the republicans. here's the count where it stands. you see 52 republicans at least, will be in the next united states senate. 45 democrats. they're still waiting for virginia. we know there will be a runoff in virginia. none of the candidates there got 50%. so mary landrieu, the incumbent in louisiana will face bo
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cassidy, the republican. that will be on december 6. we'll see what happens in louisiana. let's take a look at the exit polls right now for alaska. these are based on exit interviews with a sampling of voters. that's the exit poll that we got. remember, these are estimates based on a survey of voters. the final outcome in alaska could be different. we use these exit polls to make projections only in noncompetitive races. we want to be fully transparent. make sure our viewers get the same information we have. let me update you now on what's going on in virginia right now. 95% of the vote is in. look at how close it is. mark warner, the incumbent democrat, he has a 12, 462 vote advantage over the republican
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challenger ed gillespie. 49.1% to 48.5%. 5% of the vote still outstanding. mark warner is strongly ahead of ed gillespie. march martha coakley, another democratic loe iic loss in a bl. it's projected sam brownback will be reelectriced. ultimately he will pull it out. in idaho, no surprise here, the man with the best name in republican politics, butch otter
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will be re-elected the governor of idaho. the incumbent governor, 47% against scott milne. that will go to the democratic-controlled legislature to decide. he is ultimately ahead, and so probably he will be elected governor, but we have to wait and see what the legislature does. now, let's take in some of the vote counts coming in from dn kn. we are not making a projection. tom foley, the republican, just 6,908 votes ahead of the democrat incumbent governor dan malloy. in colorado, we're not making a projection. bob beauprez ahead of john hickenlooper. and 48% against the democrat and the independent elliott cutler. let's take a look at the maps, what's still outstanding in this
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country in terms of governor's races we have not called. we're still waiting for maine, vermont, colorado. so there's still a lot going on. anderson, i have to say, this is a wave, not only in the senate, but in a lot of these governor's praps you look at maryland, you look at massachusetts. how close it is in places like connecticut. republicans are feeling good about rhode island, colorado, maryland. but honestly, they would say people are genuinely surprised tonight. maine surprises me. eliot cutler, the third party
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guy dropped out of the race and said don't vote for me and he's still getting 8% of the vote. >> i'm stunned by brownback. honestly, brownback was very unpopular in kansas. his tax cuts prompted standard & poor's to downgrade their bond rating in august. people were upset about spending in the state. they said this is a tea party experiment that has failed. and they re-elect him. >> what stands out to you? what do you expect president obama to say tomorrow? the races in virginia tightening. that's a big surprise. what is the president going to stay tomorrow? i would expect that he's going to say the american people have spoken, they don't like the way washington is working. they want better from us and it's going to take us
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collectively working together to do that. >> paul begala just said it's a matter of time before the president admit this is a repudiation of him. do you think he will come around to that? >> i think that he's going to see it as partly his responsibility and take that seriously, but he also is going to also acknowledge that part of what voters are saying is that washington isn't working. congress has a 60% disapproval rating. republicans, this is not exactly a love affair for republicans. this is a statement that the current system is not working. so republicans can learn that lesson and reach across pennsylvania avenue to work with the president, and i think you'll find a willing partner there. >> look, hats off to republicans. they had a good night. i sat at this desk enough times where i've been on the good side of the night to understand -- >> it feels better. >> you had a good night and you won some places. when you lose maryland, it's a
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wave. but also the bigger pick clur to me, we had a change election. i was on the winning side of that. the democrats picked up some states like wow, we picked up there? the electorate is still very volatile, still looking for change. i mean, they've given republicans the opportunity to sort of govern now in the senate. but do not mistaken this for a love affair, what you're saying is they're looking for some changes and shake-up. and the question is will they get it. in two years you're going to see again a changed electorate us r ushering in the same sweeps across the nation. >> i think you're going to see that anyway in 2016. just because it's a presidential year. coalition of people vote, changes dramatically much more in favor of democrats. you'll see republican senate seats in blue states up for
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re-election in the midst of a presidential year. if the republicans don't see this as a mandate or voters out there suddenly embrace them and realize how they have to govern differently also, i think that does put them in a different position going into 2016. boehner, maybe with an increased majority, with different types of candidates coming to washington after this election, might have a little bit more rope from the tea party to compromise with the president. we tried that back in 2010 after republicans took the house and the tea party yanked him right back. >> do you see this as different types of republicans coming back to washington? >> i don't think we know that yet. because the tea party folks, paul pointed this out, you have joni ernst who promised to impeach the president, cory gardner, who was a co-sponsor of the personhood amendment in congress. they were backing away of those
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things in the general election. let's see how they operate here in washington. whether they do want to get something done, reach across the aisle, or if they're going to start caucusing with the tea party. >> can i make one final point about the in the there's been a lot of back and forth. one of the things that's been difficult i know for the white house is quite frankly that they -- you all did a very good job of nationalizing the election, which is what we've would have done in the same position. the problem for the white house has been this -- arguably the best campaigner our party has was basically locked away in the white house. and, in fact, when they were leading attacks because the president was never able to come out of the white house and defend himself. and some of us now will make the case that when you look at the economic numbers, americans are still anxious, but when you look at the economic numbers and you look at the stock market and look at corporations and manufacturing jobs picking up again in a way they haven't since the '90s, there was a lot that the president could defend. >> he's never been good about
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articulating those things. >> we did win in 2012 on making that argument. >> he's also quite at odds of the northwestern people's perceptions. >> the way they feel. >> but let's look at some exit polls, though, that john king has, particularly in primary states, caucus states in terms of what we can learn for 2016. >> of course we asked the question, anderson. it's 2014. still a few races to sort through, but the next race will begin. let's start with the democrats and start with iowa. the first caucuses are held in iowa. 66% of the people voting, the democrats voting today in iowa said hillary clinton is their choice. it's eely. but she'll like those numbers. senator obama beat her there. elizabeth warren getting 11%. joe biden placing third at 8%, unless you consider other. democrats for others at 15%. so overwhelming, 66% for hillary clinton in iowa. 64% in new hampshire, which is the fist primary state. she won there in 2008.
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18% for elizabeth warren. 14% for other. and poor joe biden, 4% of the democrats in new hampshire picking joe biden. and let's move on to the third state on the calendar. that will be south carolina. again, 68% for hillary clinton. 16% for joe biden. take that, elizabeth warren. only 5% in south carolina. no breaking news here, in the first three states, the juggernaut at the moment, hillary clinton is the overwhelming favorite of democrats. we'll see if that one holds up as we go from now to then. >> and that certainly may soften the blow that some people have been already pointing to hillary clinton. we heard this from rand paul. >> immediately. >> he already said, you know, hillary clinton has no coat tail for the candidates she and her husband campaigned for. >> we were talking about earlier how president obama has this problem now. actually, i think hillary clinton has this problem now. if it's gong to be a problem. if something doesn't -- if
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democrats don't behave the way people want them to behave, she can -- it's a problem for her. if republicans don't behave in a way people want them to behave, she can run -- you know, she can run against them. but i think very quickly now, asood from the legacy issue for this president, it moves right to hillary clinton. and that's why you heard rand paul, first thing out of his mouth tonight was talking about hillary clinton. he wasn't talking about president obama anymore. that's kind of over for him. because he's running the next race. >> the numbers, i think some people look at that lead and think hillary clinton is an unbeatable front-runner. other piem should look at that lead and say there's a ton of running room there based on the elections tonight. i think there generally is a hunger out there for somebody who's a little bit different, not tied to washington, not tied to sort of cautious centrism or wall street or whatever. and that's why you see elizabeth
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warren who is organically at 13% without doing anything. people want that -- she's comfortable in her swin, know what is she's talking about, good at communicating. we're seeing attacks on each other already starting. a few days ago, ted cruz saying that dominating jeb bush would be like nominating moderates who have lost elections in the past. bob dole, john mccain, mitt romney. and then there's been this fight going back and forth. we talked about it earlier today between scott walker, who was re-elected governor of wisconsin, not so southerly digging at chris christie, the governor of new jersey who was head of the republican governor's association, basically faulting him for not doing enough to give money to him to be re-elected.
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you have to point out they gave a lot of money, and he was re-elected and chris christie had one hell of a night with republican governors. >> and democrats were really poking christie for wasting money in places like new hampshire where they didn't win, iowa where they didn't win. but going into connecticut, rhode island and maryland, that's arming christie with a very strong political talking point. >> this is an additional problem for hillary clinton or whoever the democrat nominee ends up being. now you've got a lot of statewide elected republicans. so instead of her having democrat allies in places like iowa, a democrat governor in a place like florida and state legislatures, you've got these places dominated by republicans. and so that limits are the amount of allies that you have coming into a campaign. >> and i believe the democrats in kentucky held on to the legislature, which means rand paul, if he should run for
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president, cannot count on kentucky changing the law so that he can run for reelection at the senate at the same time he runs for ps, which has happened in the past. connecticut when lieberman ran for vice president at the same time he ran for re-election in the senate. and mitt romney had a good night, too. the states that he campaigned in, he was out constantly. by the way, i don't think he's running for president, but this is a little resefrpgs tour for him. >> so many people are going to take credit for this. you know, romney, christie, chamber of commerce, americans for prosperity. everyone except the president. >> failure is an orphan, and success has a father. >> but the truth is, a lot of people do deserve credit for this. it wasn't just one entity or one person. >> let's take a look, we just looked at democratic exit poll
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numbers. let's look at republican exit poll numbers. >> with very different but clear theme, anderson. the juggernaut clinton was the overwhelming favorite among democrats. among republicans, look. yeah. it's anybody's field at the moment. this is iowa republicans, 15% for jeb bush. 12% for chris christie. 19% for mike huckabee, 14% for rand paul. 17% for rick perry, 23% for other. so other in the lead at the moment. you see you've got a split republican field. this is not all the candidates. you put your santorums, your cruzs and rubios, that's the state of iowa, no question. no question chris christie made friends. jeb bush at 22%, more main street. 15% for chris christie. the establishment about 37%. we'll see if they both run. mike huckabee getting 10%. rand paul, this to the point gloria is making. 21% in the state of new hampshire. rick perry, sflong iowa.
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29%, other at this early point in the state of new hampshire. number three is south carolina. remember, we go to south carolina and look at this. other in the lead with 28%. mike huckabee who most people think is unlikely to run. 20%. name i.d. there. 18% for jeb bush in south carolina. he campaigned down there for the governor. 12%. rand paul at 12%. rick perry at 10%. so a fractured field all around. we asked a different question in florida, which comes next on the primary calendar, if they keep the primary calendar the same, but it's a big battleground state. this is all voters in the state of florida. 31% said they want to vote for hillary clinton for president. 37% said the republican candidate and 29% gave what i think we all consider to be the most common sense answer, since it's november 2014 and not november 2016, it depends. >> it really does.
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>> what republican candidate should they take from that? >> i think republicans should sew it as a wide open field because that's what it is. and i think that each one of those candidates represents a different piece of the party. chris christie completely emboldened by this election. he was the head of rga. they won all of those governorships. many of them big surprises to democrats. he certainly takes up a lot of oxygen in a certain space of the republican party. rand paul is on the other side of the republican party and could catch on with a different demographic, particularly young people who are looking for change. i think the republican race is wud open. i think the last one in florida between hillary, some unnamed republican and yet to be determined, it depends reflects the state of the country. i don't think anybody should be taking anything for granted. >> can i just in here real quickly? all those polls right now are worthless.
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>> because it's too early? >> because the dynamics of this race have not yet begun to unfold. >> those are conceptual candidates. they haven't actually got into the race. >> let me make a pitch for what i think is the most interest thing to happen to the republican party. that's senator rand paul. why do i think it's the most interesting? rand paul is a republican who's been to the campus of howard recently and is reaching out and trying to reach across lines to minority voters. and this is the problem for republicans going into the next election. they won't have this electorate again. they still lost latino voters 64-34. and african-american voters 89-10. you cannot lose at that margin on the national scale going into a presidential year and hope to be president of the united states. rand paul becomes a real interesting candidate. >> but i wonder how much he -- he's obviously dong those things, and i think people give him credit for that, but he's criticized for not changing on the policy side of things. i mean, he's sort of -- he's not
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taking brave positions. he's talking about things that are sort of generally popular. keep the government out of my cell phone or sentencing reform. things like that .i was with him at the college of charleston when he was doing this campus outreach thing and i asked him about gay marriage, for example. a vast majority of people under the age of 30 support same-sex marriage. it's settled. and he opposes same-sex marriage. he thinks it should be up to the states. but on the policy side of the things, there's a lot of things where he doesn't exactly square with hispanic voters or young -- >> that's absolutely right. he still struggles to answer the question of whether or not who to vote for. however, it's courageous. again, i'm a partisan democrat. it's courageous for him to talk about, to say you look at the criminal justice system and think that it's color blind, there's something wrong with you. that's a courageous statement by a republican. >> the lesson for republicans are primaries matter. getting out a candidate that can be elected in a general election matters. and making the effort matters.
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we saw good research. a lot of these campaigns hinged on research. it was probably bruce railey dissing farmers that probably cost him in the election. >> you talked about opposition research? >> you asked what does the president say tomorrow. i'm wondering what do republicans say tomorrow. what i participate them saying is i anticipate the republican house leadership and the senate house leadership standing up and announcing joint initiatives, a a la newt with his contract with america. and recast themselves as being the party of no. you heard ted cruz say tonight to wolf blitzer, he hopes that agenda will pay some allegiance to the base that caused tonight's victory and at the top of his list, what did he say,
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obama care and illegal immigration. if dealing with illegal immigration becomes a hallmark of what these republicans seek to do, i think it's going to put them at odds with jeb bush. i'm interesting in seeing how those dynamics play out within the party. the victory and jeb being the candidate who's leading in several of those states. >> i'm not sure that's right. if you take a look at florida, for example. what did rick scott do this year preparing for this esflek he signed in state tuition. if you take a look at the positions that cory gardner took, now that he's running in the senate on immigration, they were much more reformist. if you take a look at mike kauffman, who was the most targeted house race in colorado in the country maybe, he was also a reformer on immigration. so i'm not sure if it's as black and white as you think. >> when jeb served notice that he was interested and he made that statement, he tried to make it appear that it was extemporaneous. i think it was completely
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deliberate when he says he interprets illegal immigration in certain circumstances as an act of love. i'm sure you remember those words. there was total blowback from the conservative community. i think that was his way of saying you want me in, this is what it's going to take. >> people don't understand jeb bush because frankly he hasn't been in the washington vortex for a long time and the media doesn't know him well and he's out of florida. he doesn't need people to tell him do you want me in. jeb bush is going to ask himself two questions. do i want to do this? and should i do this? i think he maybe has already answered the first one but not the second one. >> you may know him better than i do, but he's also the guy who said that his father and ronald reagan could never survive this primary and this caucus process, meaning on the republican side of the aisle. and i am i is aing, i think it's him saying i'm not playing crazy, you want me, this is the way i'm going to be. >> a showdown coming when it comes to the republican party.
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you're going to see the rand paul grassroots republicans and others and ted cruz in there, too. against the establishment republicans representing by perhaps jeb bush, perhaps chris christie, who knows. and there's goen to be a huge effort by the republican establishment to try to delegitimatize rand paul, as much as possible. they're going to bring out any crack pot who ever met ron paul, his father. they're going to talk about his isolationist stance. there's going to be a big effort. before democrats do anything to rand paul, the republican establishment is going to -- >> rand paul has a lot of power in the senate right now. he traveled to 32 states and his leadership pact ran all this money for republicans. he's playing an inside game for an outsider who portray himself as somebody who's different.
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he's very difficult. he's got a lot of power. it's difficult for him to compete in it. unless the anti-washington sentiment remains so immense. >> the problem for anyone who sieped the dream act is the sentiment that brought down rick perry in orlando in 2011 in the google debate has not changed. he cratered in the republican primary. people forget, the day before bridgegate popped, chris christie was in new jersey signing the dream act. it was heralded as -- >> children of illegal immigrants. >> right. that more than anything sort of
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tarnished his rep on the right. now in a republican primary, i in a big field, you know, remember john mccain championed immigration reform and won 25% in a bunch of states. you don't necessarily need to get those voters. those voters who are rapidly opposed to immigration reform, but that sentiment hasn't changed. no matter how many times the rnc talks about the growth in opportunity project -- >> but remember, though, that when rick perry made that case, he was like under heavy medication and very inarticulate about it. my hope is whomever does make that case in the next primary can do it -- >> if president obama takes executive action on immigration reform, what does that do to this entire debate on the republican side? but we've got to take a quick break. republicans won control of the u.s. senate for the first time since the bush presidency. how is that going to impact president obama's last two years in office? is his agenda an uphill climb?
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the republicans will be in the majority, not only in the house of representative, but in the united states senate based on all the wins they had tonight. in alaska, the polls closed about half an hour or so ago. the republican dan sullivan is ahead of mark begich. we have not made a projection there. let's go to connecticut.
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the governor's race in connecticut, we have not made a projection there either. dan malloy, he's got 51% over tom foley, the republican challenger. 70% of the vote is in. 85% of the vote in maine is now in. tapper has a speech update right now. >> thanks so much. in washington, d.c. is the intended destination tonight, but as we continue to monitor who exactly gets a ticket to the capital, winners and losers alike are all expressing frustration with the dysfunction that's come to define washington. >> the biggest and most serious problem is the dysfunction of our political system in
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washington. >> the most basic duties to keep them safe and protect the border and provide dignified and quality care for our veterans. a government that can't be trusted to do the basic things because it's too busy focus on things that it shouldn't be focusing on at all. >> we ran against the whole washington establishment. and kansans n and everyone in this room sent them a very strong message. you can't go to washington and hide behind your party label. you have to go there and get stuff done. >> what does it mean to go
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against dysfunction. we need to do things my way? >> and how does mitch mcconnell handle all this new crop of republicans in washington? >> he has no choice. i think he's got presidential candidates populating in the senate on his side of the aisle. ted cruz is going to go one way, marco rubio will be going another way. rand paul will be going in the direction that he tells mitch mcconnell to go. and so i think mcconnell has a very -- has a very tough job. they're seasoned leaders. mcconnell is not at the beginning of his career. neither is john boehner. talk about obama legacy. they've got legacies that they want to think about as well.
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but, you know, he's got to figure out a way to carve out things that can get done. whether it's roads and bridges or a part of corporate tax reform or securing the border or whatever it is. it's in their self-interest, and that's ultimately what motivates, i think. >> joni ernst has promised to her sweptcy that she's going to repeal obamacare. okay, take that vote. but if it approaches 40 times in the senate or house, know that they've gone too far in appeasing the base. >> we're going to have a vote. >> obah. macare is a widely unpopular law
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between republicans and independents and some democrats. so many of these candidates that are coming to washington, folks like joni ernst, represents a pretty battleground state. they ran on spending reform, energy issues. those are the issues that they care about. and look, mitch mcconnell knows that he has a very tough 2016 map. he's going to make sure that he has a process up on capitol hill in the senate that allows for some of these guys to vote on amendments. that's one of the biggest stories about tonight is that reid put so many of his senators that ran this year, 99% of the senators who supported barack obama 99% of the time because he didn't allow them to vote on amendments. he didn't allow them to vote against barack obama sometimes.
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>> there's two different relationships. one is the relationship between the house speaker and majority leader in the senate. until now, it's been dysfunctional. then there's the relationship between congress and the white house. i really think that john boehner and mitch mcconnell both understand that they have to come to agreement on a few priority agenda items and work on those. >> one of the big risks the president has right now is he's largely going to be tuned out. so many democrats and republicans, are going to turn to the 2016 election to say what's next for the party?
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that's important. right now we're talking about a few core staff that he listened to at the white house. is that message going to -- the repudiation he got tonight, is that message going to break through? >> so both of your points about the window that he has to do something, it's going to be a tough year for republican senators in 2016 and the political energy, the conversations moving through the presidential race very quickly. and now a tiny window to get something done. >> and not to get too weedy about it, they don't have a filibuster proof majority. but you can attach things to a budget bill because if you attach things to a budget bill, you only need 51 votes to pass
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them. you don't need 60 votes to pass them. it's been suggested to me by republicans on the hill, mcconnell could figure out ways to get stuff done. now it only takes a vote of 50 to get someone confirmed or not confirmed. >> let's talk about president obama's agenda over the next two years. there are things that he can do to move forward. like some of the step headquarters he's taken on lgbt rights. those three categories are things that he's looking at. you said something earlier that republicans are now like the dog that caught the car. and that's absolutely correct. you're no longer the minority party. you're responsible for what happens in washington.
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you have to assume tonight is the night to get robbed. that's what makes you very effective. i look at these results and i recognize that republicans still don't have this wonderful national brand that people are looking to. that has to get fix popped. >> in um ber of blue states voted red in this midterm election. what does that say for the democrat presidential hopes in 2016. is this lost ground they can actually recover? ♪
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>> welcome back. a big night for the republicans. they now have a majority in the united states senate. there's still a coup of races we're looking out for, no projections yet. in virginia, take a look at this. no projection in virginia with 95% of the vote in to mark warner, the incumbent democrat. he's got a slight advantage, 12,150 votes over the republican challenger ed gillespie, but still no projection in virginia. in alaska, we're not ready to make a projection either. dan sullivan, the republican, though, is slightly ahead of mark begich, the incumbent democrat, 44% for him, 50% for dan sullivan. once again, no projection in alaska.
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what president obama has lost over the course of his presidency. >> let's take a look at the senate chamber when barack obama took office. the republicans were completely on the ropes back then. 41 seats, the democrats had 57 plus two independents who caucused with them. in 2010, the democrats lost six seats. they gained a little bit back in 2012. but now the damn has burst. take a look at this. republicans with 52 seats so far, democrats down to 43. two independents, one who may cross over. we're still waiting on a few seats here. but a completely different chamber than when barack obama took office in 2008. and if you cross the rotunda and you go over to the house side, you find the same equation over here. if you look at 2008, barack
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obama was facing a republican party with only 178 seats. the democrats lost more than 60 seats. 236 on the republican side. 162 on the democratic side. is somewhere between 60 and 70 seats in the house compare that to what other incumbent presidents have lost out here. look, ronald reagan lost 31 seats. george bush, george w. bush, he lost 22 seats. bill clinton lost 49 seats. so if barack obama, in fact, comes up losing that many during his presidency, that will be the biggest loss by a president's
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party since harry truman. so wolf, huge, huge changes here. it has cost the democratic party a great deal over the past eight years or seven years now. >> we want to take a look at front page, the cover of the new york daily news right now. instead of hope, it says nope. daily news front page. anderson, back to you. >> what a difference a couple of years makes. with our panel, at this point for president obama, as he considers his legacy the last two year, we talked a little bit about what he says in the next couple of hours on wednesday. >> that report about how many seats he's lost, let's not forget 2008 when he came in, it
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was also a weave that he brought in with him. i'm actually giving him credit for. naen 2012, when they were supposed to take the senate again, they didn't take the senate and in 2012. whenever this guy was actually up for the election and campaigning, democrats did really well. when they put him in a box and put him away and didn't allow him to actually campaign, they didn't do very well. i think a lot of our democratic campaigns will question it out. we don't want to nationalize erections. so you've got to walk a thin line. you'll look at some of these states and say would the democrat have lost more if, in fact, we let the president go out there and at least motivate the base? >> the president campaigned in michigan he lost. he campaigned in wisconsin he lost. campaigned in i'll i, he lost.
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so that was what obama did for democrats on this campaign trail. >> it's difficult to make that argument on a national basis if you don't have the president out there doing it. he had the bully pit. he didn't use it. i think that in some way hurt our argument for democrats in re-election. >> what do you think the president wants to get done? >> well, i know he wants to finish the work he's started to tackle climate change. he's moving through executive action, working with the states will be the primary vehicle for that. i know he wants to get something done on immigration. he's looking at executive action, but i think he's also open to compromise to get something through congress. obviously tackling economic inequality and fairness, we saw
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minimum wage pass on ballot initiatives across the country. republicans changed their positions on minimum wage just to get through election. that's an opportunity where democrats and republicans can work together. that's a big part of the president's legacy, to make our economy a little bit more fair. >> i don't know what other legacy or additional legacy he will, or if he will have any, because let's face it, right now, he is a weakened president, a lame duck. and he's looking at 2016 with very little political capital. but what is, i think, you can't argue is that there are two legacy items that are his no matter what. one is that he is the first black president of the united states, and i think a lot of people feel that race relations have not improved. and had expectations that they would. that's something that he can work on frankly. that's something where he can give some of those inspirational speeches like he did in the 2008 campaign. i don't think he has to have al sharpton be his man with the
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african-american community. he can play a large role in that. he can work with republicans. at some point they've got to get together. they've got to acknowledge the problems that there are with obama care and address those problems. because if they're not going to repeal it, then fix it. >> he's made clear that we're going to continue implementing obama care. there's a lot left to be implemented. but if somebody has a good idea to fix it, he's open to that. but what we've seen from republicans, it's not wanting to fix it, it's wanting to repeal it. more than 50 times the house voted to repeal obama care. they have no health care agenda. the only candidate that put also an alternative to obamacare on the table was ed gillespie in virginia. nobody else had any ideas what to do on health care. if there are ways to improve upon obama care while still ensuring its protections and ensuring people get the coverage that they need and deserve, i
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think the president is open to it. but we just haven't seen that willingness from the republican party. >> we have a couple of projections. >> i do indeed. projections in two different corners of the united states. in maine, cnn projecting that incumbent governor paul lepage will be re-elected. and in hawaii, cnn projecting that david ige will become the democratic governor of hawaii. back to you guys. >> peter, let's continue this conversation about the legacy for president obama. do you think -- do you agree with stephanie that the issues that she pointed out, that the president could make -- >> sure. yeah, i think, look i think he can. we have to sort of deal in the real world now. and it's a whole new world.
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and so the president is going to have to get together with leaders, figure out what he can do on his own and then see what they can do together. one thing i want to see this evening is that you have to give a political party credit when it sees a brand -- this is the republican party, that's been tarnished. and the mistakes they made in the last election and fixing them in this election, which they did. they had better candidates. they had a more finely tuned message, even though et different from state to state. they had candidates who could finely tune their message. they had a better ground game. they knew how to get their voters out. >> who gets the credit for that? >> the campaign committee, the republican senate campaign committee did a good job on this. >> it's hard to judge who won the ground game on a wipeout like tonight. republicans -- >> the democrats didn't come out. >> yes. but even republicans had a
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better ground game. it's hard to tell. because that field stuff gets you two or three points around the margins. and there weren't a lot of races -- >> colorado mail-in ballot. >> but you're right. i went to the rnc the other day and they gave me a look under the hood of the data program. two years ago, they got totally smoked on gotv -- >> that's get out the vote. >> get out the vote, my bad. it's still an open question. >> how did they actually do it? how did they go about changing their program, changing their ground game? >> this is really geeky -- >> it's 1:53 a.m. if you're watching, you're geeky. >> republicans used to have a better ground game up until the last decade. organized labor did a number of field experiments and figured out how to reach voters specifically using data,
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microtargeting, et cetera. now republicans, they used to be able to score voters one, two, three, four, five, depending on their measure of support. they broaden that to basically 100. then layered on top of that voter files, consumer data, et cetera, et cetera. and then kind of pushed that out of the different campaigns. and the other thing, too. democrats have really been good about sharing information for a long time across campaigns, labor, you know, for-profit groups, whatever. what the rnc is touting now is that they have this voter information that they can share with everybody. they shared it with i360, run by the koch brother corporations. they shared it with other campaign committees. it's not perfect. there's field operations in different states. john kasich is good example in ohio. they didn't like what they were seeing from the rnc so they started their own data program. mitch mcconnell's people
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realizing early they would have a tea party challenge created their own program. >> but they also taught their candidate how to speak. >>. proving candidates. not only did they get rid of duds in the primary aggressively, the republican party, people that might cause them the kinds of problems that they had in 2012 when all of a sudden republicans were trying to explain their positions on whether or not a woman could get pregnant if she was raped. things that really had no business -- >> legitimate rape? i remember that. >> they also did a good job recruiting and supporting candidates who are going to help the republican party in the futu future. we see some veterans, joni ernst in iowa, these are veterans now holding senate seats for the republicans. in utah, the republican party has an african-american woman elected to congress. she's also, i believe, the first haitian american. i'm not saying the republican party doesn't have any diversity problems. they obviously still do.
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but that's going to help them. the lieutenant governor of illinois is a latina. she was running against a democrat who was just a white guy. no offense. >> a lot of white dudes here. >> but there are steps the republican party has been taking to make sure there was some diversity. >> south carolina tonight re-elected an indian-american governor and the first african-american senator from the south since reconstruction. >> one other thing they did as republicans was they really actively recruited women. they really actively recruited hispanics. in this election, we had two openly gay candidates running as republicans for congress. one lost in massachusetts. i don't know if won one in san diego. we had ten women. we had hispanics. it's some progress. >> we've got to take a quick break. rand paul says he is all smiles now that the republicans control the senate. possible presidential don'ter sharing his election reactiorea.
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>> i'm wolf blitzer in washington. we want to update you on outstanding races right now. a big, big win right now for the republicans. not only will they continue to be the majority in the house of representative, they will also be the majority in the united states senate. very important for the republicans. take a look at this outstanding races. we have not made a projection in virginia yet. 95% of the vote is in. the incumbent democrat mark warner has a slight lead over the republican challenger by
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12,150 votes. look how close it is. 49.1% to 48.5%. it was not expected to be as close as it is. no projection in virginia yet. in alaska, dan sullivan, the republican challenger to mark begich he's only ahead by 5,108 votes. we have still not been able to make a projection. the incumbent democrat dan malloy has a slight lead. 50% to 49%. in colorado, 88% of the vote is
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in bob dupray has a slight lead over john hickenlooper. 48% to beauprez. 47.6% for hickenlooper. very, very close in colorado. no projection there yet. very strong showing, though, by the republicans tonight. certainly has allowed them to take back control of the majority in the senate. here are some of the reactions tonight from the winners and the losers. >> for too long, this administration has tried to tell the american people what's good for them. and then blame somebody else when their policies didn't work out. >> tonight didn't bring us the result we had hoped for, this journey, the fight for you, it was worth it. >> i think it was a win we all hoped for and maybe expected, but perhaps a little earlier and bigger than any of us would have expected.
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>> i think ja made it loud and clear tonight that we want to stop the failed policies of this administration and harry reid. i have one thing that's come true. harry reid is the minority leader. >> let's take a look at some of the before and after john king is here at the magic wall. we remember what it was like before tonight and now it's after. quite a difference. >> dramatic change. you have to call it a republican wave and a big republican night and a bad embarrassing repudiation of the white house and the democratic party. 59 democrats were in the senate. 45 republicans. here's where we are right now. at least 52 republicans. democrats down to 45. and any betting person would tell you they expect that dan sullivan will win the race in alaska as we count the votes there. and odds are right now, mary landrieu trails in the polls. odds are republicans will take that seat as well. it looks like, although we haven't been able to call it,
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that mark warner is holding on to a narrow lead there. if you assume mark warner holds, and again, we haven't made that final call, but something in that ballpark, 54-46. a big flip in the united states senate. now let's switch a map to take a look at the united states house. another big change here. i'm going to start with this map. this is when the president took office. and at this point in time, the democrats had 257. remember that number. i want you to look at this again. just look at this. this is when the president took office. look at this blue, look at this blue. look at it everywhere. the northwest in the southwest, in the south, in the northwest and even up here in new england in the north. look at all that blue. this is where we are tonight. look at how much red in the house. these are the house districts. we now know republicans started at 234 tonight. they will be in excess of 246. they will pick up at least 13 seats and that's their previous high water mark.
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they will pass that tonight, exceeding that number. so dramatic turnaround, republicans take the senate. not just taking it, but a couple seat cushion. and a big boost to the republican house majority again. again, this will be the largest republican house majority, at least 246 members since world war ii. >> it's a huge win, not only did they expand their majority in the house of representatives, they dramatically take over the united states senate. there's going to be a new majority leader. they can subpoena members of the administration. they can have all sorts of investigations and committees. they can make the life of the executive branch quite miserably. presumably if they want to do that in the senate they'll have the votes to go ahead and do that now as well. ted cruz said let's have an oversight committee. he wants to have oversight hearings. mitch mcconnell will be looking at 2r0 16, looking to try to
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keep that majority. so no question, there will be some tensions there. not only is the balance of power, the map has changed, the balance of power in washington has changed. watch vice president joe biden, hillary clinton is the overwhelming favorite for the nomination. joe biden could be more important in the final two years. and i just talked about ted cruz. remember when republicans were in the minority how often he jumped in the way of getting things done. a lot of people wonder if the president will start negotiating with the republicans on issues like taxes and entitlements. here's the flip side. watch and see if elizabeth warren in a democratic minority could emerge as the new ted cruz. if the president tries to move to the center and cut deal, will the liberal democrats following elizabeth warren's lead stand up in the senate to fight it. >> they want to get rid of obama care. they don't have the votes right now to override a presidential
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veto but they're still going to go ahead and try to send legislation to the president doing what they want to do, passing the house, passing the senate. let the president veto. >> the republicans promised that to their voters. they promised that in the house race, they promised that in the senate races. so whether you agree or disagree with them, you fully expect them to keep their promises and try. the president does have that veto pen. even if they can get the votes in the senate to pass a full repeal, which is unlikely, a full repeal, the president would veto it. the question is what do they do next. are they willing to make some change once they realize they cannot repeal at all. the president said he's open to some. republicans will have some leverage in negotiations. i think that is the big question. is it all or nothing, which is what we've had in washington from both parties essentially the last few years. or does compromise suddenly come back in vogue. >> i'm not holding my breath. >> i wouldn't. >> all right, anderson, back to you.
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take a look at what political strategies work. there was a lot of talk on the so-called war on women. did that fail? >> yes. cory gardner got elected. >> mark udall, it's 1:30 in the morning. he was getting called mark uterus. he overplayed his hand and you had a candidate -- you had a candidate who fought back and frankly -- >> have democrats overplayed their hand on that? >> i think in some races they have, frankly. and look, the war on women is a lot harder to win when you don't have a todd achen or a richard murdoch saying stupid things. >> in midterm elections in 2010, there was actually no gender gap. the republicans -- >> it's not 2010 anymore. >> i know, but it's a midterm election where typical democratic coalitions come out less often than presidential years. and where the war on women, or
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women's issues were at play in this election, colorado, north carolina, iowa there was -- -- there was a big gender gap in those races where democrats won women. i wouldn't say it failed. i wouldn't say that republicans got a little bit smarter about it and changed their position, which -- >> they didn't change their positions. >> it tells me the war on women actually won. we got republicans to change their position. >> energy is a women's issue. >> cory gardner backtracked -- >> joni ernst recognized women's voters also cared about excessive spending in washington, d.c. the other thing, too, that emerged. and peter probably knows this as well, what really eemergencied is the national security issue and the confidence crisis so many voters had. that really helped republicans close the gap with women's voters. >> that actually got men out to vote. all of those candidates that you just mentioned, she may have wanted to talk about energy, but she still had to own her person
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hood vote. and she ran so far away from that vote. >> no, but what they are both saying is actually not that far from the truth, is as a democratic strategist -- as a strategist in general, when you have an issue you can't win on, you want to muddy the water on that issue. they didn't have necessarily pro women's policies and agenda. the personhood stuff, they tried to muddy the water on that. where democrats made a mistake, i will be a little contrary here. i think we're to a certain extent, we were too one-note on the women's issue. the women's issues absolutely helped us, but the number one issue was still the economy. when you get inside the polling and on the jobs, it was really interesting is that neither party had a big advantage on the issue of jobs and it was the number one issue.
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the republicans had a slight advantage on the economy overall. i would argue that going into 2012, one of the things that we made sure of was that mitt romney did not have -- or open up an advantage on us looking out the middle class and doing a better job on the economy. somewhere between that, we lost the sort of economic argument and the progressive economic argument that took -- >> in florida there was an ad play for crist targeting women. it was a woman of every color, shape and size looking at the camera. looking like somebody had just told them their puppy had died. talking about how if rick scott got elected, basically forget the idea that you're ever going to be able to have sex again. it didn't work. it was condescending and it was one note. was republicans want to pretend that women don't care about reproductive rights. and democrats want to pretend that that's all they care about. the true is that it lies somewhere in the middle. >> anna was able to bring it
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back to charlie crist. >> there's a theory that the political directorover the aflcio has -- it's very interesting, and it's that if you look at voters who make under $50,000 a year, democrats always win those folks. when they win big, as they did in 2010, they won that by 20 opponents. 2010 wave year, they only won that vote by 10 points. he e-mailed today and said we only won it tonight by 14 points. he said democrats didn't do a good job sort of relating women's issues to a broader economic theme. look at places where democrats did win. really stuck to economic populism. those are tough states for republicans anyway, but they did pull it out in michigan and that's interesting. >> it would be interesting to look at the voter -- the people who came out to vote in this
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midterm election than in a presidential year election. let's take a look. >> to me, no offense to the candidate, the first thing you look for in the exit polls, you can tell by the demographics of the electorate, you can tell who it's going to lean for in florida. we're going to compare -- there we go. we're going to cam pair 2014. this is your national electorate tonight. 51% women, 49% women. now you come over to 2012, more women, fewer women. this is a much more favorable climate for democrats. the president won in 2012, of course. now we look by race. 75% of the electorate tonight was white. a smaller slice of a nonwhite african-american latino electorate there. remember that number. 75% 2014. in 2012, it was 72%.
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might seem like a slight drop. the difference makes a difference. isle show you that in just a minute. that's vote by race. now we vote by age. this is 2014 in a national electorate. the electorate, a snauler percentage of younger voters and a higher percentage of older voters. older voters tend to vote republican. younger voters tend to vote democratic. here's the comparison. remember the 13 and the 22 in the presidential year, it was 19 and 16. huge swing there. just look at some of the battleground states. in north carolina, for example, democrats lost that senate seat. you had a smaller portion of younger voters and a larger portion of older voters. that makes the difference in a very close election. another race the democrats lost tonight. the iowa senate race, same thing thing. in a presidential year, that vote was significantly higher. this vote was a little bit lower. so what happens when that happens. in the presidential year, when you have more women, more young
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people voting, this is what you get. president wins an election, 51-47, relatively close in the math, but from the electoral college standpoint, it's a sweep. what do you get when you get the other turnout? you get this. republicans building their house majority, they take control of the senate and you have a vastly different outlook across the country. much less blue. that's a presidential year, that's this year. and this is two midterm elections in a row where the president has been trounced and his party have been prounsed. >> but in between those two midterms he did come back and win a second term rather handsomely. >> that's the channel for the democratic party how to make the obama coalition, younger voter, unmarried women, college educated women, african-americans, latinos, asians coming over to obama in the presidential years. how do they make the obama coalition a lasting democratic coalition? they have not been able to pass
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that test. and in fact tonight they failed that test. >> and the huge challenge for the republicans, take what they've learned tonight and build on it going ahead to 2016. whoever the republican presidential nominee might be, and whoever the democratic presidential nominee might be. we don't know who they're going to be. but we're going to study and get announcement fairly soon. >> and again, the demographics matter sometimes even more than the candidates. we don't know who the republican nominee will be. so as the republicans celebrate this map tonight, they have every right and reason to, they want a big election. as they celebrate the senate map tonight, the smart republicans will be mindful of this map. they will understand the reason in two consecutive presidential election, barack obama, first senator obama and president obama was able to win is because of the demographics. he won 90-plus percent of the african-american vote, 2/3 of the latino vote. if the republicans don't deal with their problems nationally at the presidential level with
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nonwhite voter, can they squeak out one win? maybe. but the demographics are changing way too fast. >> we don't know what's going to happen in 2016. we do know w457d in 2014, anderson. and the republican establishment, the republican leadership, they did a pretty good job in scoring these gains tonight. >> they certainly did. let's talk about this with our political panel. how do both sides learn the lessons of what happened tonight in regards to 2016? >> let me throw out a problematic note for the democrats. there was a funny conversation we had around a small table then with senator obama talking about if you're going to become president, if you're going to win the nominee to become president, you have to expand the map and bring more voters into it, we have to change the face of the electorate. and we went about doing that, doing crazy things like spending money targeting young voter. something that the establishment has never wanted to do. putting ads in video games. these voters, 11% of our
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electorate in 2008 was brand-new voters. these voters were obama voters. they weren't democratic voters. and the problem is, you know, for the party over the next couple of months is figuring out how to turn these obama voters into democratic voters. here's the problem. when was the last triem a democratic president won back to back terms with a majority? that's the obama coalition. and so whoever the nominee is, they have to be careful how far they distance themselves or how well they treat president obama. the majority he created is, in fact, a solid new majority. and there's not a -- there's not a mar joyty democratic majority anymore without the younger voters. and without those increasingly latino voters and still the strong back of the america. >> and there's not a republican constituency out there that can win a republican race if they're so dependent on white males as their core.
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the romney pollster in 2012 wrote a great piece on this in "the washington post" this week. he was on my radio program this morning, as a matter of fact, saying there will be a big gop celebration tonight, but the branding issues faced by the republican party and the demographic issues are still going to exist. so don't conflate this victory because it's a whole new dynamic. >> they've got to find a way to deal with the immigration issue, which means they have to deal with the ted cruzs of the world which drag them away from the right. if a republican wants to win a presidential election, they have to figure out how to inspire youth to be for them, how to solve their women's problem, and how to appeal to hispanics. and that's through an agenda, through rhetoric. and they've gotten part of the way there, but they're not -- >> this race in colorado was so
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important. and i was very excited about two races. iowa and colorado. after 2012, the republican party had so many gaps. a gender gap, a youth gap, a hispanic gap, an african-american. we had so many gaps we really should have been paying royalties to the brand company, to the clothing company. and we chipped away at those in this election. we have a long way to go still, but i think it showed republicans that if you put on a concerted effort, sustained effort, not just show up the last if uh weeks before the election, if you put the bodies on the ground, if you really go out and show up at the place, this guy mike kauffman in colorado who was the most targeted house race, he taught himself spanish. he did a debate on univision in spanish, which had me terrified. but he did it and he did just fine today. he was supposed to be one of the most as i recallnerable house seats in america. >> there are lessons to learn.
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i actually agree with everybody that, you know, while we had a very good night tonight, this was an event and the process starts all over again tomorrow. we have a 2016 election. 2016 map that isn't as favorable as the 2014 map was. but we also have some templates that republicans can take lessons from. and to moo kel's point, everybody is reading that piece and they all agree with it. it's not like it's being dismissed. ohio is like a microcosm of the country. like the mother of all swing states. how did john kasich win this? he ran a solutions oriented administration. he focused on reaching out to middle class voters. whenning those economic arguments in the state. so that provides a template. cory gardner provides a template in how you compete in the suburbs of around denver for other candidates that have to win there. because if we're going to win a national election, we're going to have to win ohio, which we lost last time and win places like colorado. >> the economic argument in ohio, he took medicaid expansion.
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and that is a poison pill in western iowa. >> only of those debates on health care and where we go forward as being -- rather than justifying ourselves by what we're against, but what we're for. and what more patient-centric health care looks like. >> basically dropped out of the race in ohio. if i was a republican, i would ask one question, does this help me win florida? whatever i do, does it help me win florida because everything that's changing in america with the growth of latinos, and still the strong voting power of african-americans, if it does not help you win florida, you should not be doing it. >> i'm a cincinnati bengals fan, are you going to hold that against me. >> i'm a redskins fan. >> we don't call them redskins anymore, haven't you gotten the memo? >> can we please stop talking about sports.
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rand paul seems to be setting the stage for 2016. his views on the results and a message democrats ahead.
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>> welcome back. let's review some of the races that remain outstanning. in virginia, we have not made a projection. mark warner, slightly ahead of his republican challenger ed gillespie. right now about 12,150 votes. that hasn't really changed a whole lot. lately it's a trickle of votes coming in.
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but still 5% remain outstanding. 95% of the vote is in virginia. no projection there. in alaska, more than half the vote is now in. dan sullivan to the incumbent mark begich, he has a slight lead, 8,500 or so. 56% of the vote is in. slightly for dan sullivan. we have not made a projection in alaska, at least not yet. we' got some other races we're following. the governor race in connecticut, dan malloy is the incumbent. he's got 50%. tom foley, 49%. 73% of the vote in. dan malloy has an advantage of about 14,600 votes. we have not made a projection there. similarly in colorado, even though 89% of the vote is in, we have not made a projection. look how close it is between the republican challenge to the governor john hickenlooper. bob beauprez 47.9% to 47.6.
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still not enough information to make a projectioprojection. only 500 votes separate these candidates in colorado. this year's campaign could be the starting point of something even bigger looking forward to 2016. here's what some of them had to say. >> i'm an optimist, i believe here in wisconsin and america, we want to be for something, not against something. but you know what, that's the difference between washington and wisconsin. they're all against something. we are for something. >> you see folk, we're now part of a movement. this is not just another election, another political campaign. this is a movement to restore hope in our state and maybe it can even become contagious with hope being restored all across the united states.
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>> we said we would not be pushed or pulled on the extreme forces on the left or right, that we would always remember the guiding star is service to the people. >> so how will tonight's results impact 2016? let's go to tom foreman. he's joining us now from our virtual studio. tom, what dpung? do you think? >> you know, wolf, you think about it, senate majority leader harry reid has had a unique advantage by having a president in the white house, barack obama, in the white house. when you have a president in the white house, it tends to quiet down people in your own party. they don't make too much noise about becoming president and they fall in 4r50i7b a little bit better. that is not going to be the case for mitch mcconnell. all he'll have to do is look across the room and see people with a lot of ideas about the white house in 2016, starting with his fellow kentuckyian rand paul. remember just last year, it wasn't clear if rand paul would
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endorse mitch mcconnell for reelection. back in the corn e, ted cruz, he has a way of getting headlines that republicans really don't know what to do with. marco rubio from florida is also back there. he has a way of getting attention. and what about the people outside this chamber. if you look across the hall and paul ryan comes in, you have to consider what ideas he has about the budget. and what about the governors and former governors. jeb bush and chris christie and people like sarah palin and mike huckabee. the bottom line is there are a whole lot of people out here in the republican party because they don't have the white house who would very much like to be in there, wolf. and those people can make it very difficult on mitch mcconnell because their ideas about what ought to be done with all this republican power could be very different than his, and very much focused on their own desires for 2016, wolf. >> a lot of people looking ahead to 2016 already. we'll see what happens on that front, tom. thanks very much.
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senator rand paul among them. he said voters sent a message today ands that aimed at the man at the white house and a certain woman who might like to live there once again. listen to what the republican presidential prospect, the potential one said about tonight's results. >> we're all smiles. big victory here in kentucky in i think it's really a repudiation of the president's policies, but also of hillary clinton. she was very active in kentucky. an interesting thing is, ms. grimes decided she was going to run as a clinton democrat. she wouldn't admit who she voted for president, but she was a clinton democrat. i think we soundly rejected that in kentucky, also in arkansas. >> i asked you that and you switched immediately to talking about hillary clinton. any reasonable person thinks you're preparing to take her on on a bigger stage. >> i think she put herself out as a face for democrats. they try to differentiate between obama democrats and
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clinton democrats. it doesn't look like it was very successful. in kentucky, we rejected that. in arkansas we rejected that. and i think you're going to find in iowa that we're going to reject that as well. >> when you look at what you're seeing across the country with these races, do you think that republicans are going to win the senate? >> yeah, i think there's every chance. if not tonight, we'll see. there may be some runoffs. but i think we're going to be very close if not there tonight. >> okay. so if not tonight, if it is later, if we're working under that asufrpg, what are republicans prepared to do. will republicans compromise with president obama? >> well, that is the real question. i think we're going to put legislation on his desk, and the question is, will he compromise with us, really? i think for so long they've wanted everything they want without any compromise. for the last two years in the senate, there's been no republican input. even on their signature achievement, obamacare and dodd-frank, really not much
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republican input at all on this. so what we will do, senator mcconnell said they he will allow them to have amendments. and we will paz bills and send them to the. the. >> what are the issues out of the gate that republicans want to work on, under the assumption they win the senate. what are republicans wanting tot right out of the gate? >> i think our number one issue, at least for me, is i would like to see a lot of american profit that's been earned around the world and oversea, let that american profit come home. there's $2 trillion oversea. and there's bipartisan agreement on this. in 2005, we lowered the tax and $300 billion came home. some people think nearly $1 trillion would come and stimulate business and bring jobs home with it. i think that's something we could do on a bipartisan basis. >> do you think president obama is going to go for repate yags? >> he voted for it in 2005. i talked to him about it about a
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month ago. he wasn't so enthusiastic, but he used to support it. there are many democrats, barbara boxer supports it. i'll work with barbara boxer. how many issues are there that rand paul and barbara boxer can work together on? i think we ought to do something when we have some agreement. it would be good for america and good for american jobs. be a big stimulus for the economy. >> are you looking, i'm assuming, at virginia. what are your thoughts? >> virginia is amazing actually. how close it is. and ed gillespie has a real shot. i campaigned for him down there. rand pull, by the way, he's opened up a whole new facebook photo album and it's called #hillarys losers. there you see hillary clinton
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with bruce braley, the loser in iowa. there's other pictures with michelle nunn. kay hagan in north carolina. another one of his losers and michelle, she's a loser as well. interesting that he's going after hillary clinton right now. rand paul is thinking very, very serious, he's looking ahead running against hillary clinton. >> he's done a number of interviews tonight. all of them immediately, he tacks on to hillary clinton. you had some thoughts? >> five hours ago, i received one of the more interesting tweets of the evening. here's what it said. republican control of the senate equals expanded neo-con wars in syria and iraq. boots on the ground are coming. maybe it wouldn't be so significant if it hadn't been sent from ron paul, rand paul's dad. part of the appeal of rand paul
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for many folks has been that he's a younger chip off the old block. but the closer we get to 2016, the more he looks to distinguish himself from dad. and i can't believe that this would sit well that he serves in the senate body. >> when he goes to iowa to talk to religious conservatives he sames something different. he tried to ingratiate himself with mitch mcconnell at the risk of his grassroots base. he's sort of straddling all of these lines. it's going to be really fascinating to watch which lane he kind of plays in in the republican primary. clearly he's trying to invent his own space, but the minute he sort of overcommits on one side to a policy or whatever, he's going to get flamed by somebody else. he's just sort of all over the
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place in a lot of different issues. >> to his point about hillary clinton, does any of this blow back on hillary clinton tonight? she campaigned for democrats. she's campaigned for democrats for a very long time. saying this has anything with her is just ridiculous. i understand rand paul is trying to tag her with these losses but it's just not accurate. >> it was a huge repudiation of president obama. and this current environment right now belongs to the next democratic leader, i think. so hillary clinton is going to have to navigate this environment. in order to do so, she's going to have to choose and put together a strategy where she start starts to draw contrast with the president.
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at the same time, she's got to stake out and actually develop a greater argument where she can take both the party and the country in a different direction. >> we're spinning this, right? but the truth is, you know, you had a woman lose resoundly in kentucky who self-described herself, ran away from president obama and self-described herself as a clinton democrat. if she had an ally in the florida governor's race, yes, that would be good for hillary clinton. if she had an ally in the massachusetts governor race, that would be good. if she had an ally in north carolina senate, if she had an ally in iowa senate, that would be good. so we may disagree on whether it was a good night or a bad night, but i think we agree that it wasn't a good night.
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>> i do agree with you that the results of tonight don't exactly help hillary clinton in terms of having allies out there. more republicans are in control. that doesn't help democrats get elect popped. >> or does it allow hillary clinton to run against -- >> exactly. now that republicans are actually in charge of government, they have to take ownership of these things. and there's going to be a big contrast between the republican agenda and what hillary clinton -- if she decides to run will be running on. >> two things. one, we should get time off the starship enterprise. >> tom foreman lives in a virtual reality world. >> kind of creepy. >> nobody puts ted cruz in a corner. >> what is it? 3:00? the other part of this is look, you can't run away from the president. you can't. i mean, ask al gore how well that worked out for him? yeah, you've got to be your own person, but here's -- if you
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look at the truth of the matter, if, in fact, democrats had embraced where our economy is right now and embraced where quite frankly even healthcare is right now, because healthcare costs right now are leveling off and we have more people insured. if people actually embraced that as opposed to trying to run away from it, i would argue we would be in better shape. the other point is this, we're not going to have the electorate in 2016 that we had tonight. if we had the same electric rat, yeah, hillary clinton is going to lose. and the last point is, here's a real problem for republicans. >> you said two points. >> i can't do math. my last point is this. hillary clinton will not lose white women by the same percentage at the same level 245 barack obama lost white women votes. >> is it a healthy process given a repudiation of the president that we're going to see a basically an anointment of one
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candidate? is that a healthy process to go through right now? >> you might disagree. i haven't talked to a single democrat activist, operative whatever who thinks that's a good thing. even clinton supporters want her to have a challenge. probably more like a gore-bradley challenge. like a 60-30 race. >> if you don't have it, the primary is between hillary clinton and barack obama again. >> and -- >> it's not clear this is going to be an anointment. there are many democrats who haven't said whether they're going to run or not. or whether they're going to step out if hillary does -- >> that's different from what many people said. they said the field has been cleared for hillary clinton. >> if i was a hillary clinton supporter, i would be hoping and praying right now for some sort of challenge. not a really serious challenge. not an elizabeth warren, but maybe somebody who can make you
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break into a slight sweat. let's face it, this is a woman, a candidate who has not debated since 2008. we saw the rollout of her book tour. it wasn't exactly perfect. >> to what you're talking about, what obama did in the primaries, and -- >> made him a better candidate. >> but the party also figured out what he was about. they built a party infrastructure. you know, they got e-mail addresses and they registered voters. and they kept people engaged in the process. and if it's just hillary clinton coming to iowa every few weeks. >> does she want to run if it's not an anointment? does she really want a rough and tumble campaign?
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>> i think they want -- i think they want to -- they would like a challenge from a jim webb or somebody that just has very little chance of beating her. not a real challenge. >> the dynamic isn't going to change that much from the way it is now. the minute she left secretary of state and started embarking on paid speeches and a book tour and then doing surrogate work like for the last few week, she was getting it from the media, she was getting it from republicans. it's -- it will be a lot hotter in the presidential, but still, she's already living in this world. >> she hasn't gotten that much better as a candidate. that's a big problem. that's why i wonder if this anointment process we're seeing right now is very healthy. >> i'm still waiting for cornell and stephanie to say something. >> it's only 3:00 in the morning. >> you do have a stool to sit
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on, don't you? >> isn't it time for commercial? >> this was a bad night for the president. but i think it transcends president obama. and take it from someone who answers the telephone for a living. because that's what i do for 15 hours a week. there is a funk out there. and it transcends obama. people are very nervous. i saw one statistic today that i think embodies the general sentiment out there. and it's this feeling that people no longer have the confidence that their children will exceed their station in life. that's just not about r's. that's not just about d's. >> we saw that in the exit polls as well. a. >> not all wins are created equal. the biggest winners and losers so far.
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>> i'm wolf blitzer. what a night it's been for the republicans in the senate. let's recap what the republicans have done. mitch mcconnell defeated alison lundergan grimes. he's presumably going to be the majority leard. right now, the republicans win. in georgia, david perdue defeats the democrat michelle nunn. that's another major win. he gets six years in the senate. shelley moore capito, that's a pickup. tom cotton, another pickup.
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he defeats incumbent democratic senator tom pryor in arkansas. let's go to south dakota. take a look at this. mike rounds win wins. similarly in montana, dave daines, this is another pickup for republicans in montana. colorado, another pickup. cory gardner defeats mark udall. and in north carolina, this is a pickup. thom tillis defeats kay hagan. major, major wins for the republicans in kansas. pat roberts survives and defeats the independent greg orman. he gets another six years in the united states senate. that's pat roberts. .in iowa, joni ernst defeats bruce braley. this is a pickup.
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and jeanne shaheen, she manages to hold on to democrats in the state of new hampshire, defeating scott brown, the former republican senator from massachusetts. we have not made a projection yet in virginia. it was not supposed to be this close but look how close it is. 7 49.1% for mark warner, 48.5% for ed gillespie. 12,5150 votes separate them. so far, warner slightly ahead. no projection yet in alaska. but dan sullivan, the republican challenger ahead right now over mark begich, the democratic senator in alaska. ahead by 8,500 votes. in louisiana, we do know there will be a runoff. none of the candidates managed to get 50% of the vote. so mary landrieu will face bill cassidy december 6. we'll see what happens in louisiana. but all the exit polls showed in a two-person race, mary landrieu versus bill cassidy in louisiana, at least according to the exit polls, bill cassidy
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would win. rob maness got 14% of the vote. here's where it stands right now. 52 republicans will be in the next united states senate. at least 45 democrats. 51 you knee. the republicans have more than 51. so they're in good shape to be the pla jorty in the united states senate. they expanded their majority in the house of representatives. po optimism is a part of politics. here is what some of tonight's losers said to console their supporters. >> this journey, this fight was for each and every one of you. and i will work my hardest to keep this amazing organization that we have built together intact to fight for a brighter and better future. we deserve that. >> we stood strong, we fought, even in defeat. we've got no business in
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politics unless you respect the judgment of the people. if you run for office, you've got able to take it either way. i accept the decision of voters and have already offered my sincerest congratulations and good wishes to senator shaheen. >> the genius and the beauty of our democracy is that ultimately the power rests with the people. even when the results don't go the way we want them to, we celebrate the fact that we live in a country in which the people get to decide their elected leaders. and tonight, the people of texas have spoken. >> i must confess that i have some sadness tonight. i'll miss waking up every day to go to work for the people of arkansas, but as one chapter of my life closes, another chapter begins. >> it's absolutely amazing that with everything aligned against us until 30 minutes ago, we
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>> welcome back. one of the favorite topics we're hearing from speeches from the winning candidates across the country is tomorrow. >> the word tomorrow? >>. ♪ tomorrow you know that song? >> really? okay. you were in a bad called the monkeys, weren't you? before the actual monkeys. >> that's correct. what does tomorrow bring? let's have a listen.
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>> this country is out of step, out of touch, and out of time. tonight, colorado became the fulcrum of the balance of power. >> tomorrow morn, my commitment to you about 5:00, i understand my first day starts as a senator-elect. and i'm very proud to be up tomorrow morning. i'm going to roll my sleeves up and get to work like i've done all my life. >> tomorrow, we get back to work, back to our regular lives, but tonight, tonight let's celebra celebrate! >> some things don't change after tonight. i don't expect the president to wake up tomorrow and view the world any differently than when he woke up this morning. he knows i won't either. >> tonight, we celebrate. tomorrow we go to work. >> i jump out of bed and i want
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to go. so tomorrow i'll be there figuring out what the hell do you do in a fourth term? >> we got a couple of minutes. let's talk about the winner, losers, or most important moments. for you? >> all right, i think the winner of this, and kevin is going to to go into septic shock. i think the big winner was mitt romney. became the most sought after surrogate after being, you know, the biggest loser obviously in 2012. and the biggest loser, i'm sorry, but i'm taking another damn shot at him. >> because it's been about 20 minutes. >> listen, when you lose as a democrat, you lose as an independent, and you lose as a republican, oh, hell, yes, charlie crist is the biggest loser of the night. but he still has his fans. >> mitch mccome is the biggest winner tonight. he's the majority leader now. hats off to him. be careful what you ask for. the biggest loser tonight i think for my part is you think
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you have to go out in persuasion and not pay attention to the base. republicans do almost the opposite. hopefully we will put that thinking to bed. >> about a minute left. >> i would say the biggest unheralded winner was rob portman who did a lot of raising money for and campaigning for so many of these candidates that surprised tonight. the biggest loser still has to be president obama. it was a repudiation of the president. >> the biggest winner is just quite simply the republican party. they're getting a second chance. and now we'll see if they'll take the opportunity that's been given to them. >> greg orman's loss is a lost opportunity for independents. we're 42% of this country and it would have been interesting to see if others would have stepped up. >> since we're out of time, i'm going to say the biggest loser is clay aiken. because why not? >> ten hours flew by.
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>> we're having a good time. >> i'm going to sit down. >> our coverage of election night in america continues right now. right now we're saying, john berman and christine roman, they're going to pick it up and have a good time. thanks very much for joining us. thanks very much for joining us. >> breaking news this morning. a tidal wave for republicans. the gop taking control of the u.s. senate, advancing their lead in house of representatives. and, and taking key governorships in states across the country. democrats suffering a major, major backlash this morning. what does this mean for president obama's agenda for the next two years? and will democrats' loss tuesday night


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