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decision day. voters across america head to the polls for midterm elections, with control of congress hanging in the balance. tea party test. will tea party candidates win enough seats to push their mandate on capitol hill? >> and feeling frisco? the san francisco giants win their first world series in more than 50 years. >> for the first time since 1954 than 50 years. >> for the first time since 1954 the giants are world champions! captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody, and thanks for joining us, i'm betty nguyen. it's been 56 years, but this morning the san francisco giants are the world series champions. the giants beat the texas
rangers monday night 3-1, winning the series 4 games to 1. it is the first time the giants hoisted the world series trophy since they were the new york giants back in 1954. fans in san francisco took to the streets, celebrating their first world series championship ever. we'll have much more on this ahead in sports. now, today's midterm elections. as the battle to control congress moves to the ballot box. all 435 seats in the house, and 37 senate seats, are in play. it's an election that will shape the legislative agenda for the next two years. and shape the political landscape, as the president considers a second term. control of congress should come down to a handful of critical contests. most polls indicate republicans are very likely to regain control of the house. they need a net gain of 39 seats. in the senate, republicans have it harder. they need a net gain of ten seats to reach 51-seat majority. the latest gallup poll paints a bleak picture for democrats.
55% of likely voters plan to vote for the republican congressional candidate. 40% say they'll vote for the democrat. facing an anti-incumbent electorate, worried about the economy, and a surprisingly strong tea party movement, democrats are still trying to rally the troops. randall pinkston is in washington with much more on this. good morning, randall. >> reporter: good morning, betty. well, as you indicate, the pollsters and the pundits have spoken, and now the voters will speak, at the polls, to decide if predictions of republican takeover of the house and gains in the senate will, indeed, come true. democrats are counting on voters to turn out big to save their majority in congress. >> if we show up and vote, we win. it's as simple as that. >> reporter: the party's brightest stars worked the campaign trail late into the night monday, in a last-ditch effort to rally supporters. >> i keep looking for this enthusiasm gap the republicans say exists. and i can't find it to save my life. >> reporter: but by the time
polls close tonight, nearly every political observer believes republicans will take control of the house. the only question is, by how much. >> we have a great ticket and we're going to have a great night. >> reporter: major gains are also projected in the senate, although the gop is not expected to win control. even if democrats manage to hold on to the senate, losing the house would be a heavy blow to president obama. and his agenda. >> you've got a chance to change your community, and your country. >> reporter: the president taped a get out the vote message monday, and will do a series of radio interviews today. democrats hope their efforts will make the difference in tight races. especially senate battles in illinois, pennsylvania, and california. but republicans insist voters have had enough with democrats. >> the truth is, people are kind of tired of professional politicians. >> reporter: and will send that message loud and clear at the polls. john boehner is in ohio, but is
expected to return to washington to watch the returns come in. which are likely to place him in the speaker's chair the next term of congress. meanwhile the current speaker nancy pelosi and her team will also be in washington. they will be watching the results, along with members of the tea party movement, who played such an important role in this year's election cycle. betty? >> i have a feeling we all will be watching. randall pinkston, joining us live in washington. thank you, randall. as randall reported, if republicans take control of the house, john boehner will replace nancy pelosi as speaker, making him second in line to the presidency. boehner has represented ohio in congress for 19 years. in his home state last night, he criticized the president, but democrats may not be his only problem. he will have a rough time uniting a very independent-minded group of incoming republicans. >> john boehner, he's a creature of the town. he knows how to make the system work. but maybe as many as 60 people in his caucus have come to washington to break that system apart. >> boehner helped draft the 1994 contract with america, but also
got caught distributing campaign contributions from tobacco lobbyists on the house floor. as democrats battle to retain control of the senate, one of the key battles being watched today is the close race in nevada. there, senate majority leader harry reid faces a tough challenge from tea party favorite sharron angle. kendis gibson has the latest. >> reporter: foreclosure and for sale signs outnumber the trees in las vegas' mountain edge community. the housing boom had its biggest bust here in nevada. the state's also wrestling with the country's highest unemployment rate. 14.4%. many residents are directing their frustration at one man. >> any change is better than what we've got going on now. >> reporter: polls show harry reid, the most powerful democrat in the senate, running dead even with republican challenger sharron angle. democrats are pulling out all the stops to help reid hang onto his seat. they packed this school for an 11th hour rally featuring one of the party's most popular campaigners.
>> harry didn't grow up with much, like many of us, and he knows what it means for our families when times are hard. >> reporter: statewide, democrats hold the majority, and plenty are sticking by reid. >> we need somebody who can stand up for us. >> reporter: but two weeks of early voting confirms republicans are fired up for a change. >> man up, harry reid. >> reporter: angle, a tea party favorite, who's advocated ending social security, has gained lots of traction with republicans and independents, eager to vote for anybody but reid. >> if sharron angle gets in to office, she'll be a newbie, she won't have any power, she won't be able to do anything, but she won't be harry reid. >> reporter: angle is making her closing arguments on conservative talk shows and is using smartphone technology to provide volunteers with maps, voter names, and addresses. >> does anybody need a ride to go vote? >> reporter: reid claims he's assembled the best get out the vote operation in the country and is comfortable his supporters will show up tuesday.
kendis gibson, cbs news, las vegas. there are also 37 gubernatorial seats on the ballot today. governors play an important role in redrawing congressional districts, helping members of their own party get elected. sandra hughes has a preview. >> i'm ready. are you? >> reporter: california's campaign for governor is the most expensive one in u.s. history. republican meg whitman has spent $142 million of her own money. but polls show the former ebay ceo is still running behind state attorney general jerry brown. >> if we're going to get people to work, we've got to create some jobs. >> reporter: jerry brown was already governor 35 years ago, when he served two terms, and polls show he has the upper hand to get his old job back. meg whitman isn't giving up. >> do you want to get california moving again? >> reporter: a record 37 states will vote for governor on tuesday. and republicans believe they can make major gains in as many as 12 states.
some of those races made national headlines, sometimes for bizarre reasons. in california, meg whitman's former housekeeper, an illegal immigrant, stole the show. >> you don't me, and i don't know you. >> reporter: in rhode island, the democrat, frank caprio may have sabotaged his own campaign when he learned he wouldn't get president obama's endorsement, he told the president to shove it. and new york's only gubernatorial debate featured a strange cast of characters, including a former madam and a candidate with a one sentence platform. >> rent is too damn high. >> reporter: but these races carry high stakes for both parties. governors will play vital roles in the 2012 election. remember out of the last six presidents, four were governors. sandra hughes, cbs news, los angeles. a reminder, cbs news will have special campaign 2010 election updates tonight at 10:00 eastern, 9:00 central. and again at 1:00 a.m. eastern, 10:00 p.m. pacific. just ahead, frightening new
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the ban is unconstitutional. for now, gays and lesbians who disclose their sexual orientation still cannot enlist, and can be discharged from the military. former congressman gary condit testified in the chandra levy murder trial. condit was once the primary suspect in the disappearance of the washington intern in 2001. after reports they had an affair. but on the stand monday, he evaded direct questions about whether he had an intimate relationship with levy. police later charged a 29-year-old man with levy's murder. on the "cbs moneywatch" stocks in asia edged up. ashley morrison is here with more on that. good morning, ashley. >> good morning, betty. asian markets were cautious ahead of midterm elections here at home. japan's nikkei gained a fraction while hong kong's hang seng was also mostly higher. today wall street gets october sales figures from the automakers. on monday stocks touched their highest levels of the year before finishing about where they started the day off. the dow gained six points while the nasdaq lost 2 1/2.
the federal reserve opens its two-day meeting this morning in washington. they're all but certain to launch new efforts to try and boost the economy. analysts are expecting the fed to buy back more government bonds to try and help jump-start spending. but many worry the buyback program isn't big or bold enough, and won't do enough to help. bp is back in the black. this morning the oil giant announced a third quarter net profit of $1.8 billion. despite spending almost $8 billion in the past three months in the wake of the gulf oil spill. there was a big return to profitability for bp. in the second quarter, the company lost $17 billion. well, t-mobile is adding a new, cheaper data plan option. the wireless carrier said monday it will soon introduce a $10 a month plan with a two-year contract. $15 a month without the contract. it would provide 200 mega bytes of data per month, which is more than enough for most users. at&t and verizon offer a similar option. and going brown will soon
cost you more green. u.p.s. will raise their rates almost 5% next year for ground and air express shipping, both domestic and international. the new rates take effect on january 3rd. and the great girl scout uniform controversy is over. the girl scouts of america say their uniforms will continue to be made right here in america. there was an uproar worthy of america over reports that the organization was considering bids from overseas manufacturers. a girl scout spokesperson says the organization is still taking bids for the job, but only from u.s.-based companies. that's probably a good idea. betty? >> yeah. all right, ashley morrison joining us live here in new york. thank you, ashley. actor charlie sheen has filed for divorce. sheen is seeking to end his 2008 marriage to real estate investor brooke mueller. this comes less than a week after sheen was hospitalized after security at a luxury new york hotel reported he was being disorderly. sheen was able to avoid jail
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53. sunny in denver, too. 68 degrees there. and l.a., sunny, 90 degrees. time now for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows clear skies in the southwest and northern plains. and some thunderstorms in the southeast. later today, a mix of sun and clouds replaces showers in the northwest. in the southeast, thunderstorms continue to roll in. and the northeast will be chilly, with brisk temperatures. in sports, the san francisco giants became world series champions with clutch hitting and strong pitching. game five was decided by edgar renteria's three-run home run in the seventh inning. he was named world series mvp. the giants pitcher tim lincecum gave up only three hits and struck out ten. he won two games in the series. closer brian wilson got the last out on a nelson cruz strikeout. catcher buster posey tried to explain the feeling. >> you play the game as a little
kid, hoping one day to be in that situation, and get the last out in the world series. i mean, it's unreal. >> the giants players started celebrating the 3-1 victory on the field as they captured the best of seven series in five games. the team last won the world series back in 1954. they played here in new york. in the nfl, indianapolis is now in first place in their division. colts quarterback peyton manning threw two touchdown passes against the texans. and indianapolis beat houston 30-17 on monday night football. and wide receiver randy moss has been released by the minnesota vikings. moss had only one catch for eight yards against the patriots on sunday, and was critical of the vikings for not taking his game planning advice. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. and the female stars of the tea party movement find out their fate on this election day. y. okay, i need a better pizza. one made with only real cheese.
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on the "cbs morning news" here's a look at today's weather. the southwest has more warm temperatures on the way. the northwest still chilly. thunderstorms are on the way out of the southern plains, and into the southeast. and showers in the northwest have come and gone. today's midterm elections will be known for, among other things, the election that saw the rise of a grassroots tea party movement. manuel gallegus reports. >> reporter: it's a final push for delaware senate republican candidate christine o'donnell. >> i want to go to washington and do what you would do. >> reporter: the tea party helped pay for the 30-minute heartfelt commercial, hoping to relate to voters. democrat chris coons is taking a more direct approach. >> of all the scary things you'll see today, this might be the most frightening. >> reporter: polls show coons in the lead for joe biden's former senate seat.
o'donnell is one of several women in the tea party movement banking on its now-familiar rallying cry. less government, and lower taxes. leading the way, tea party favorite sarah palin, who predicts a political earthquake tuesday. tea party-backed sharron angle could start the rumbling in nevada. polls show she is neck and neck with senate majority leader harry reid. in california, republican carly fiorina is pushing the tea party agenda, attacking democrat incumbent barbara boxer for pushing president obama's policies. >> it's unsustainable to have 2.3 million californians out of work. >> and if we raise our voices together tomorrow, we will win and california will win. >> reporter: despite so many women running, analysts say the overall number of women in congress may decline for the first time in 30 years. since so many female democrats are in tough races. manuel gallegus, cbs news, washington.
this morning on "the early show," continuing coverage of the campaign 2010 elections. i'm betty nguyen. this is the "cbs morning news." [ female announcer ] treat yourself to something special for lunch. how about a coastal soup and grilled shrimp salad combination at red lobster? or maybe skewers of tender, wood-grilled shrimp. or your choice of shrimp paired with wood-grilled chicken. all served with unlimited, freshly-baked cheddar bay biscuits. seafood lunches starting at just $6.99
here's another look at this morning's top stories. it is election day. voters go to the polls, where more than 500 house, senate and governors races are on the ballot. most polls indicate republicans are very likely to take control of the house. they need a net gain of 39 seats. in the senate, republicans have it a bit harder. they need to gain ten seats to reach a 51-seat majority. the internet has played key roles in this midterm election, so cbs news has teamed with google and youtube to see which candidates and issues seem to generate the most interest online. sharyl attkisson reports. >> reporter: she's trailing in the polls, but trending online. delaware republican candidate for senate christine o'donnell has the most popular youtube channel of the 2010 contenders.
and there are 450 of them on the site. >> i'm not a witch. >> reporter: the biggest draw, this o'donnell ad. >> i'm you. >> reporter: about a half million views and counting. the biggest political ad of the campaign season comes from a man you've probably never heard of. >> i'm dale peterson. >> reporter: a republican who ran for agriculture commissioner in alabama, criticizing his primary opponent dorman grace. >> dorman grace bragged on his facebook page about receiving contributions from industries he would regulate. >> reporter: peterson lost, but his video lives on. it's been viewed nearly 2 million times. >> we're republicans. we should be better than that. >> reporter: over at the google insights page, information about the most searched terms heading into tuesday's election. tea party edges out republican. republican leads democrat by 9%. what issues are most searched? the words economy, jobs and budget far outpace health care or the environment for google users.
stroll down even further to find the most important regional issues. type in the word foreclosure and you see the term is the most popular in the state of nevada which has the highest foreclosure and unemployment rate in the nation. >> my opponent says it's not her job to create jobs. what in the hell is her job, then? >> reporter: that's made an economy the major factor in the key nevada senate race between incumbent majority leader harry reid and tea party favorite sharron angle. >> and these aren't just numbers. >> reporter: both are on the list of top ten search candidates at google news, along with republican candidate for senate linda mcmahon and rand paul. who is number one? >> i'm ready. are you? >> reporter: meg whitman. a republican running for governor of california. it remains to be seen if more than $140 million in campaign spending can win her an election. but it has certainly won her a great deal of attention online. sharyl attkisson, cbs news, washington. coming up a little bit later on "the early show," complete election-day coverage as voters across america head to the polls this morning.
also, money saving tips on where to go to find the best deals during the holiday shopping season. and harry smith kicks off a special dream job series as he helps a viewer cook up his fantasy job. that's the "cbs morning news" for this tuesday. thanks for watching. i'm betty nguyen. have a great day. ,,,,