tv Election Day 2016 MSNBC November 8, 2016 12:00pm-1:01pm PST
>> two candidates. one aiming to shatter the glass ceiling. >> deal me in. >> the other to shatter the system. >> our country is rigged. it's crooked and it's broken. >> the election that has defied prediction finally comes to a vote. today history will be made. hello, everyone, i'm kate snow. here we go. i don't think i need to hype this up for you. it is election day 2016. you already know how historic it is today. 3:00 east coast time right now. just a few hours until polls close in these parts. we have got you completely covered on this huge news day that is changing by the minute. if you were just with us, you saw gadi schwartz in phoenix. there's a protest under way in the city of phoenix. explain what's happening. >> reporter: well, these are high schoolers. they have walked out of their
high school, north high school here in phoenix, and they are following an effigy of joe arpaio, very controversial sheriff here in phoenix, one of trump's biggest supporters. as the effigy comes down in the truck, they don't want to drive in traffic. we're on a less traveled road. the crowd stretches from over here and this high school -- probably about four or five blocks down that way, all of these kids getting out of school, walking out of school. we saw security encouraging them to stay at school. they ended up going. a lot of them saying this election is too important for them to sit out. it's too important for them to be in school. so, a lot of them expressing how they feel about joe arpaio. many of these students seem to be latino. they're also shouting, chanting about donald trump, saying -- i doane hope you didn't hear what they said but a lot of
expletives being hurled toward trump's direction. we understand they may be going to a neighborhood to actually try to canvass those neighborhoods, get people out of their houses and to the polls in phoenix. but we're looking at about 100, 200, 300, easily, students marching from north high school here in phoenix. we understand there may be another high school with a similar walkout happening right now. back to you. >> gadi, if you can hear me okay, give viewers a sense -- joe arpaio is the controversial sheriff of maricopa county. he's up for elections today. so, that giant inflatable we see behind you of joe arpaio and their protest against him are political. he's running and the latest polls don't show him doing well. >> reporter: that's absolutely right. joe arpaio is under criminal indictment right now for his role in a racial profiling case. you've got some students coming up to the street, so i'm going to keep an eye on what's happening. loud chanting. we have kids coming up this way.
joe arpaio has been a long-time sheriff here in phoenix. he's been somewhat untouchable. this election cycle, though, we see a lot of latinos coming out. there's been a concerted effort to get -- to vote joe arpaio out of office. obviously, these kids can't vote but they're planning to go to neighborhoods to try to get people to go out to the polls. most of them with the signs against joe arpaio. you hear them saying, joe arpaio has to go. >> i'm going to let you get across the street safely. gadi schwartz in phoenix with local high school kids taking to the streets. thank you. news already of a protest from the trump campaign. that's out of nevada. a lawsuit filed there. team trump accusing clark county, which is the county where las vegas is situated, of keeping the polls open beyond close time on the final night of
early voting. i want to bring in msnbc news justice correspondent pete williams. he's tracking developments on that story us. what's the latest out of this nevada suit? >> reporter: the latest is the judge just held a hearing on the request from the lawyers for donald trump. they argued that the polls were allowed to stay open improperly in four polls places in las vegas on friday, the last day for early voting. they make two claims, basically. they say that the election officials decided early in the process, basically o that day, to let the polls stay open until 10:00 instead of 8:00. they say that's a violation of the law because the county had to post in advance what the closing times were. they say doing it later was illegal. secondly, they say it's unfair to let some polls stay open and not others. that disadvantaged one political party to the comparison of another. secondly, they say people who showed up late were allowed to vote even if they got in line
after the scheduled closing time. both of those are problems, they say. they wanted the judge to order those county election officials to set the voting machines in those precincts and the ballots aside and hold them until later so they could contest them if it was setting up to contest the election later in those polls places. the judge at a hearing a short time ago said they're already going to be set aside. that's what election officials always do. so the judge seemed uncertain about what the relief was they wanted. as for the significance of this, it's hard to tell how many actual votes are going to be at issue here. perhaps a thousand or so, maybe several hundred. it's hard to tell. it seems like a desire by the trump campaign to lay down a marker about fairness and, secondly, in essence, previewing what they might argue if they decide to contest the election in those precincts later. >> i was wondering the very thing you just addressed about
what the judge said. what would be the remedy? what do they do if they find, yes, they did keep polls open too late? historically what's been done in a case like that, do we know? >> that's something we've been talking about here, trying to figure that out. because if the court were to say, yep, voting should have stopped at 8:00 or should have stopped after this person was the last in line, how do you determine what votes were cast after that? it's not clear to us that the votes are time-stamped or that people have to put a time in the poll book. it may be there's a simple answer to that question, i just don't know what it is. >> we'll keep on. pete williams, appreciate it. just moments ago donald trump spoke to fox news and addressed that lawsuit. >> i have great representatives in nevada. and, you know, a lot of other places. and they felt it was pretty bad situation out there. you have harry reid, he's a guy who is -- you know, he plays pretty loose, let's face it.
you know how he deals, you know probably better than i know. they brought a lawsuit and sounded like a good one to me so i let them bring it. >> let's bring in peter alexander, covering the trump campaign for months now. he's here in set with me in new york. i feel like i've seen you in every city of the country over the past months. how is team trump feeling this afternoon? when we played that sound bite, he went on in that interview and raised the words voter fraud at one point. how are they doing? >> that's been fundamental to his campaign. he's gone after what he called a rigged system inspect an interview talking about this idea that there's widespread vote are fraud out there and also acknowledging he may not concede defeat if he loses. he wants to wait and see what happens before he goes ahead with that. but this is fundamental to what he's done throughout the course of this campaign. in fact, presenting himself as this sort of insurgent outsider. we spoke to campaign aides a short time ago. they insist they feel good. donald trump has said that as
well. obviously, you're supposed to project confidence when you work for a campaign. they're a little more specific. they say they're well positioned in a couple of key states. they talk about florida, north carolina, new hampshire, and michigan. pennsylvania not one of the states we heard them mention, at least in our conversation. all those states, obviously, would be crucial. donald trump, his aides say they have six separate paths to carve out their way to 270 votes right now. it's unclear what they think their strongest path has been. michigan and new hampshire have been principle. north carolina as well. those were among the last stops he made. just yesterday 14 stops in ten states over the last 72 hours. this breakneck pace, as they described it, as well. the bottom line is, we've done everything we can, left it all on the field. now it's up to america to take our lead. >> up to the voters now. let's stay in new york for a second. quite a busy place tonight because both presidential kae candidates, about two miles from each other. kasie hunt is on the phone as
she's on her way to new york city from clinton's hometown of ch ch . >> reporter: clinton campaign is supremely confident. when she makes the drive to manhattan tonight and to write her speech that the version of the speech she is writing a concession and victory speech, but they believe at this point that she'll be giving a victory speech. they would be shocked, i think, if she ended up giving a concession speech. that confidence comes from a couple of corners. they feel like they had a strong last week and being out on the campaign trail has over the course of the last seven days, since midweek last week, there was a little lull, everyone was grinding it out because of the news that came out with james comey and the tightening in the polls. since then they've had big event after big event, big name after big name.
last night rally in philadelphia where president obama almost passed the torch to her. you had her spokesman brian fallon talking about how she stood behind the podium with a presidential seal on it because she had been proceeded by two -- one former and then the sitting president of the united states. that is the mood in the clinton campaign right now. the second piece of this is the data they already have early voting. if there's a place where there's any nervousness or surprises, it's in states we don't have early vote yet, like pennsylvania and michigan, where they spent some of their last remaining time. i think they're pretty confident about florida. they think they could win there by a larger margin than president obama did in 2012. and florida was the closest state in 2012, less than one percentage point and 174,000 votes separating president obama from mitt romney. they're hoping and they think they have early vote totals. the one real nail-biter, they
believe, is going to be north carolina. they think that could go late into the night. of course, if, in fact, that comes down to deciding the election, we've seen trump already willing to file these lawsuits. clinton herself out there trying to preempt that a little bit on stage in philadelphia, saying she wants to win this election. big enough that there are no questions about the winner. kate? >> kasie, just to ask, you probably have not been able to ask them yet, but is there any reaction from the clinton campaign to this lawsuit that we just reported on with pete williams out in nevada? >> reporter: at this point, we've asked for comment. i have not yet seen anything cross. if i am behind on an e-mail or a tweet, it's possible that has come by in the flurry of election day e-mails. right now i have the inquiry in and i have not received a response back directly. the one response i did get is democrats believe over 10% of the democrats who showed up to
vote early in nevada have never voted in early 2014 or in 2012. so, that, i think, gives you a sense of the confidence they have that whatever were to happen with this lawsuit, it would not fundamentally question the bottom line result. they are expecting and not even bothering to be very secretive about anymore expecting a large victory in nevada. >> kasie hunt on the road coming from chappaqau to new york city. >> reporter: appreciate it. talk to you soon. >> thanks, kasie. let's look at what we'll be watching tonight and maybe into the early, early hours of tomorrow morning. let's check in with steve kornacki. we basically have you chained to the big board this afternoon. nobody knows this like you do, steve. tell us the best case scenarios for each of the candidates. >> hillary clinton just walks into this with a much bigger built-in advantage. she doesn't need too much.
we see her sitting at 268, where she seems to be in pretty good shape. basically you win one of these gray states, battleground states, toss-up states. she wins one of them, that's it. she would be over 270. trump is walking a tight rope here. let me look at it from the trump standpoint. he's the underdog and needs a lot more to break his way. it means he's basically got to win, first of all, all the grays here. there's this congressional district up there in maine, rural district, that's winnable, new hampshire, ohio. he'd be north carolina, that's real iffy. he'd need georgia, florida, another huge if for donald trump. he'd need this congressional district in nebraska, that's omaha. he would need never. in this scheme, that just gets him to the number he needs, 270. zero margin for error right there. the problem for donald trump, if you have been following this early votes along with us the last week or so, you've seen bad news for him. we don't know for sure, but the news has not been good out of
nevada in particular. let's say hillary clinton were to win nevada. even though all this other stuff we're seeing, even if trump gets that to break his way, that still pushes clinton over 270. that forces trump to try to pull a rabbit out of the hat here tonight on election night. where they're looking for that is they need to take one of these big blue states and flip it red. make it a surprise to everyone. so, michigan is the one the trump campaign has been focusing on. you've seen the clinton campaign playing defense to make sure this doesn't happen. if trump didn't take nevada, he'd need a blue state. if he gets michigan, that would put him over 270. the problem is, again, zero margin for error. think of this, florida, there's been sign in the early vote of high latino turnout. that could be very good news for clinton. that could be bad news for trump. if that were to translate into an early win for clinton in florida -- she's easily over 270. if you're trump you need to pull out pennsylvania or a couple other blue states. we get into the land of very, very unlikely, improbable
scenario. for donald trump it's not zero margin for error what i just took you through but pretty close to it. >> it's going to tb such an interesting night. steve, i know you'll be with us through the whole thing. over the weekend, by the way, trump made a surprising stop, a state steve didn't mention, minnesota. joining me from minnesota, senator al franken, a democrat, hillary clinton supporter. nice to see you. >> great to see -- i don't see you, but good to be talking to you, can kate. >> good to be talking to you. we just mentioned minnesota. trump was there in our state on sunday. mike pence was there monday. they seem to think they have a shot at minimum pin. your response? >> look, i'm the poster child for close elections. i won in 2008 by 212 votes. so, my message to democrats is go out there and vote. that's it. i'm not --
>> don't count your chickens. >> i'm not overconfident -- yeah. i remember in 2004 at this time of day everyone was thinking kerry was looking awfully good. so, i just -- just go out there, democrats, and vote. >> you were out early today. i think we saw a picture of you on twitter that we can pull up, voting. you weren't voting up. actually early voted, right, but you were helping others get out to vote. >> i early voted but i was encouraging -- i went to the university of minnesota and was encouraging students there to get out and vote. a lot of them, of course, already had. it seemed very pro-hillary at the university. >> so, you endorsed hillary clinton way back in 2014. you were one of the early supporters. if she wins tonight, would you want a place in her administration? >> i really like my job representing the people of t tthe minnesota in the united states senate. i'm not being coy here.
i really like my job. no i don't think i'm on any list to be in the cabinet or something like that. >> senator al franken of minnesota, great to see you. thanks for being with us on election day. >> good to talk with you, kate. >> good to talk with you. because we are the place for politics, tonight is really our super bowl here. we have special election team full coverage tonight. that's going to start at 6:00 p.m. eastern time right here on msnbc. coming up, battleground ohio, the latest polling showing trump ahead there, but clinton is counting on her last-minute push to win that state. she hosted events with jay z, beyonce, cleveland favorite lebron james, in hopes of really energizing the crucial african-american voting bloc. chris jansing is out there in cleveland. she'll see if turnout is strong enough to keep clinton's hopes alives. i really did save hundreds of dollars on my car insurance with geico. i should take a closer look at geico...
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for republicans today, one of the key states, ohio. no republican nominee has ever won the white house without the critical state. the polling has the race extremely close there. let's get to chris jansing at a polling place in cleveland. what are you seeing? >> reporter: first of all, the intensity of what's going on on both sides is incredible. i've been working the phones and talking to people. i just got off the phone with clinton folks. as we see, not a lot of people here right now. we had a little surge. it's down now. the original report from the board of elections here in cuyahoga county, which is so critical to hillary clinton, was that voting was down. now some of the democrats i'm talking to are saying they haven't counted the mail-in ballots. they're not so sure that number is right.
here is also the argument they're making. in montgomery county, dayton area, is far outpacing what it was in 2012. we know in franklin county, around columbus, that's a place where the population has been growing, as opposed to cuyahoga county, where it's shrinking. this is still the most populous county. they're looking heavily at what the turnout is in some swing counties where they believe donald trump has turned off not just women voters in general but even republican women. let me take you and show you what's going on over here. they have had people in and out of here all day. we've never seen -- i think this is actually the slowest we've seen it. two poll watchers who have been inside this building, one outside the building. absolutely no problems whatsoever. talking to the board of elections, they say throughout cuyahoga county they don't seem
to be having any problems. but there's also a woman outside, and it's raining now, by the way. in fact, in some places they're bringing people in out of the rain into the hallways, but she traveled here from cal xifornia. she want to volunteer on the campaign. she says the logical place people go to is nevada but they had so many people in nevada. she bought herself a plane ticket, flew to ohio and volunteering, doing whatever the campaign wants her to do. one more interesting little thing from what we have seen in the past, kate, is that usually they have a lot of volunteers going door to door. today out of 400 locations they have people going door to door but they put the volunteers in the offices. they're manning the phones. they actually have the paid staff, which numbers now about 400 on the ground here in ohio, they have them going almost exclusively door to door, making sure anybody who might be home, they're reaching them and if they're not home, they go to each door twice. they believe the race is that
close, that every little thing counts. and it is conventional wisdom, you know this, kate, they think the better ground game can make up one, two, even three points. that would be within the margin of what many of these recent polls have shown. >> chris jansing, thanks so much, out in ohio. a quick note, we're getting news in from nevada, that case we told you donald trump's campaign filing a suit in the county surrounding las vegas, nevada, arguing polls were kept open too late on friday night on that last night of early voting, they were letting people come in who weren't already in line. we're told the judge out there judged donald trump's claim. the judge has now denied a hearing, i assume, for that claim. we'll get some details from pete williams and guidance on that in just a moment. for now i want to turn to hugh hewitt, an nbc and msnbc political analyst, host of "the
hugh hewitt show." good to see you. >> good to be here. >> you've been covering this election since the very start. we've seen so many twists and turns and ups and downs. i wonder what you think voters are really thinking about, what of the many storylines are they thinking about heading into the polls? i've seen two assessments. morning consult, early exit polls, legit, saying there's a streak of the electorate wants a strong leader. twice as many made that indication four years ago. in the new york city "times" there's an interesting bit on exhaustion and despair, almost to the point of depression for a third of the voting population. there's so wrung out, worn out and ready to be done. that's not just in this building. it's not just in the media generally. it's actually in the electorate at large. can't come soon enough. >> i can't tell you how many people have stopped me, they're
ready for this to be over. earlier on fox news trump said he considered it a tremendous waste of time if he loses tonight. he said it before and stood by it again today. i wonder what your reaction is to that comment, that if he loses it's a big waste. >> that's not a traditional approach to politics. one always looks in politics f you're outside of yourself and not a party of one, you're looking to what happens to the party down the road, if you lose. you're worried about your congressional majority. republicans are feeling very good about the senate already. they think ayotte is doing well and they know portman put it away, byrd and pulling it out, and toomey. you'd be worried, even if you lost. mitt romney was very happy that republicans continued to control the house at that time. that's an unusual perspective for a nominee. >> considering the movement he likes to talk about, that he created, i wonder what your perspective is on the future of the party, if he doesn't win tonight f he sort of walk as way from all these folks?
>> that question is being asked a lot. it won't be answered until after the new congress sits and speaker ryan, who be the speaker of the rin, and leader mcconnell, get together. if donald trump doesn't win, they are the undisputed leaders of the party. if donald trump wins, it will be an even actual tougher road for the republicans because there will be two parties within one party. the ryan/mcconnell party and the trump party. that will be interesting to see. >> you want on to make a prediction before you go? >> no. those 2004 exit polls taught me, never -- >> never predict. not even going to go with an electoral number for tonight. >> no, no. >> hugh hewitt, we won't hold you you -- thanks so much. breaking news out of pennsylvania. some issues with voting machines. cynthia mcfadden will join me to explain. let's take a look at democracy plaza in new york where tonight we'll be tallying the election results in real time.
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let's get right to breaking news and go to cynthia mcfadden in our election center and has reports of voting machines in pennsylvania. what do we know? >> kate, i can tell you there have been 19 complaints we've been able to gather so far in pennsylvania. the concern is from voters who say they are trying to vote for donald trump. they press the button on these scan machines and it persistently records as hillary clinton. one voter we spoke to said she had to do it four times before she was allowed to vote for donald trump. the question is, are these -- either have they been tampered with or not performing the way they're supposed to? one of the questions is whether those particular machines should be taken out of service for the remainder of the election and
paper ballots substituted for them. we understand an actual lawsuit is going to be filed by donald trump and the republican party to take those machines out of action for the rest of the day and to substitute that with paper ballots. now, whether or not that happens and whether or not that will have an effect when the finally tallies are done, remains to be seen. i can tell you pennsylvania isn't sensitive just because it's one of the swing states, it's sensitive because two-thirds of the voting machines do not have a paper backup. in other words, most voting machines you could go back and recount based upon the paper generated by the machines. not so in pennsylvania. so, this could be a very sticky wicket if we continue to hear of these machines malfunctioning. >> to clarify, you said 19 reports? >> 19 reports? >> all over the state or one particular area? >> originally three counties reporting. we're now up to five counties and checking out a sixth. so, this could be a significant
moment in the count in pennsylvania. >> we're talking about automated machines? a computerized program? >> we're talking about touchscreen machines where you go to touch -- the candidate your voting for, without paper backup, you touch and it lights up for your candidate. multiple voters saying when they touched donald trump, hillary clinton's light is still light. as i say, that's -- now, these machines are known for this problem. one of the things, you have to -- there's a stylus and your finger. you're supposed to use the stylus and be right in the middle of the dot. so, there could be a little -- >> operator error. okay, we'll let you go report more on that. check back with us. thanks so much. appreciate it. let's do a quick check-in with three reporters out in three crucial battleground state. we have jacob in-p pennsylvania, morgan in north carolina, gabe gutierrez in florida. first let's start with jacob in philadelphia. hi, jacob. >> reporter: kate, just quickly
to speak to what you you and cynthia were talking about, all throughout pennsylvania, all 1.1 million registered voters are voting on electronic machines. they're not touch screen machines but they don't have a paper ballot that could be used as a backup. every machine inside here is direct recording electronic and every machine throughout the jurisdiction of philadelphia is direct recording electricity. we've heard smattering of reports like cynthia but nothing widespread. we're in northeast philadelphia. at one point this could have been sylvester stallone's polling place. he called this place home. it's not quite as busy as early in the day. i was talking to florence earlier in the day. handing out flyers for hillary clinton. how are you feeling about the turnout here today? >> great. >> reporter: that's it? >> yeah. >> reporter: what do you think? you think hillary clinton has a shot here in pennsylvania?
if she wins here, odds are pretty great. since 1948 every president has won pennsylvania. >> yes. >> reporter: florence, a woman of few words. after my own heart. i want to throw it to my friend morgan radford who's in charlotte. >> reporter: things have been going smoothly at this particular polling station, in the heart of charlotte, north carolina, mecklenburg. there's been pretty quick lines. people were coming in before work and there were lines wrapped around the building. we've seen thousands of people come to this particular polling station. this polling station is usually pretty indicative of what's going to happen in the rest of the state. let's come outside and talk to jonathan. we just caught him. he finished voting. i hear you are a first-time voter. >> i am, first time. >> reporter: how old are you? >> 20. just turned 20 on the th. >> reporter: a lot of young people, millenials, were telling me they weren't super excited
because of the candidates. how do you feel? >> i think it was a pretty difficult election to make a solid opinion on but watching the debates helped me sway my vote, watching all three debates. >> reporter: you watched all three? >> i definitely did. >> reporter: did you know who you were going to vote for until after you watched the debate? >> no clue until after the third debate. >> reporter: what do you want to see tonight? >> it's not completely up to me. it's up to america, but i think what's going to happen for the country, the best will happen. and everything happens for a reason. >> reporter: what about your friends, who are they leaning for? >> they're rooting for trump. i go to university of south carolina, so that seems to be a common theme down there. >> reporter: you heard from the millenials. we've talked to a lot of millenials and they say they're excited because now is the time for north carolina to have their choi voices heard. let's go to gabe gutierrez in hialeah, florida. >> reporter: we've been
traveling to several polling places. the lines here have been pretty much calm because there were so many early voters and absentee voters that we haven't seen a huge turnout, at least throughout the day here. that's because so many people voted early. as you know, morgan, in florida, and i'm joined by jose, anchor of telemundo as well as msnbc, the latino vote is really the story here in florida this time around. >> gabe, it's going to be the story around the country and florida is no exception. the fact is that when we look at the early vote by the latino community in the state of florida, 38% of the latinos that voted before today had never voted in an election before. 38%. >> reporter: that's particularly significant, here where we are in miami, it's not just the cuban-american vote anymore that had the huge influx of puerto rican voters in the i-4 corridor that clinton campaign is encouraged by the early voters. >> you and i spoke about this in the florida primaries when we
were covering this state. the latino participation is going to be the untold story for some, unless you've been watching spanish language television for the last year, where we've been covering this. telemundo has had a voter registration. i decide. >> reporter: why do you think donald trump has had a tough time reaching out? if you had to pinpoint it, what would it be? his controversial comments? >> three things. controversial comments when he announced for the presidency, the magistrate issue, and then the wall. if hillary clinton wins, it may very well be that latino voters build a wall around the white house and donald trump is going to have to pay for it. >> reporter: however, jose, we have spoken to several voters in miami-dade county, cuban-american voters, they feel despite his comments on latinos, they feel his business ba backgrou background, they -- >> cuban-americans, venezuelans,
ni they think hillary clinton's policies have hurt them here. >> reporter: thank you. >> good to see you. thank you. >> reporter: kate, back to you. >> i'm going to call you gabrielle from now on. nice to see you, my friend. thank you. gabe, thank you. >> reporter: kate -- >> i'm coming down. jacob and morgan, thanks, guys. it's so interesting to do that quick travel from state to state. thanks so much. we will be right back after this campaign moment. >> can i mess your hair up? >> the answer's yes, but the people in new hampshire, where i'm going to be in about an hour from now, i hope they're going to understand. >> did you say yes? >> go ahead. approve this message.
i could stand in the middle of 5th avenue and shoot somebody and i wouldn't lose any voters, okay? and you can tell them to go f**á themselves. you know you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming
out of her wherever. you gotta see this, i don't know, i don't remember. he's going like 'i don't remember.'
big question today, beyond the top of the ticket, what happens to republican control of the senate? does it shift to democrats? let's turn to nbc's kelly o'donnell at a polling location in house speaker paul ryan's hometown, janesville, wisconsin. an important senate race right there in wisconsin. what could that mean for the balance of power we're talking about? >> reporter: well, kate, this is one of those races that has really changed overover time. the rematch between incumbent ron johnson and russ feingold, who previously served as senator, it was seen that feingold would be able to retake
his seat inspect in the last few weeks the race has tightened, in part, big money pouring into the state and the ground game of state wide republicans here in wisconsin. governor walker, reince priebus working to help johnson. that's about one of a half dozen must-watch races tonight. republicans currently hold 54 of the sigh the seats in the senate. they have 24 seats up for vote today. that makes it much harder than democrats to defend their territory. much focus on who will be the next president but many people watching to see who will be the next senate majority leader. for speaker ryan there will be that challenge, who will he be working with in congress after the election when the new congress, the 115th, goes to work in january? it gets a little less excitement but it has enormous consequences for either new president. how they will be able to work
with a new congress and what that balance of power will be? democrats have a shot of changing things in the senate and taking over control. they only need a handful of seats to flip. and republicans are defending all over the country. tough spot for them. some of these races have been among the most expensive in history. when we look at pennsylvania, it's upwards of $140 million from candidates raising money and outside groups and party. big battle there, that's republican pat toomey and katie mcgint y the choice of democrats. she may benefit from the coattails of hillary clinton, if clinton does well in pennsylvania. >> kelly o'donnell watching the senate races. thanks so much. new video in, mike pence landing in new york city at laguardia airport. he cast his ballot in indianapolis, indiana, on a bike earlier today. two weeks ago pence's plane slid off the run way at laguardia.
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so, it's election day in the u.s., but people are paying attention all over the world. russia has played a prominent role, of course, in this election amidallegations of hacks and leaks and escalating tensions. my colleague is in moscow gauging the reaction to today's u.s. election. you have been monitoring television there and speaking to people. what do you hear? >> reporter: i've lived in russia for several years and i have never seen a u.s. election fochld as closely as this presidential campaign. it has been front and center on the state-controlled television channels, really described as a chance to sort of portray the united states as dysfunctional and divisive. they have been harping on the
more negative elements of this campaign. largely because of the propaganda value. now, is this resonating with ordinary russians? our team hit the streets of moscow today. take a look at what they had to say. >> i'm not sure it will be good for the united states. any of them. >> i think this is a big game, you know. i think everybody knows how to finish this game. i think with hillary clinton. >> that is largely the exception
to the rule. those were the english speakers you heard. the russian speakers were for trump or completely indifferent to this election. what's clear from the media coverage is that there is more positive coverage of trump than clinton. the kremlin said they are not picking favorites or sides in this election, but they are going to keep a close eye on the results. live coverage expected all night on the state controlled cameras here. >> up next, we are heading back out to pennsylvania. montgomery county, the third largest county in the state and a crucial one for donald trump.!
>> election day is the day we stop guessing about what the voter is thinking. election day is the day the voter stands up and says this is what i want. >> the last republican to win pennsylvania was george h.w. bush in 1988. it hasn't gone red in a long time. that is not stopping donald trump from trying. thomas roberts is at a polling
place outside philly. montgomery county, pennsylvania. hey, thomas. >> a perfect day for election day. 65 degrees and sunny. we are here at penn valley elementary school. they expect a bigger flow after 5:00. these are the ballots. a sample from the republican and the democrat. jim conor is one of the polling judges. this is a double polling location. they have been talking about spots in pennsylvania and experiencing voter irregul irregulariti irregularities. >> we had what we thought might be a problem and we had somebody check that everything is fine now. >> and the main complaint was? >> the person who came in and was voting either party, there was one question on the ballot that was lighting up. it was lighting up within the question not on the yes or no and people were thinking it was lighting up saying yes.
>> for the example here where it said straight party pick at the top, was that the issue? >> i don't know whether that was the issue, but probably that was the issue. it wasn't a problem really. people assume something is what happened. >> this is just finger touch. they did have issues here this morning. one of the judges here. have been doing it for over 15 years. they got it fix and they are good to go. we expect more folks after 5:00. they said that the line was out to the parking lot. that's not typical. back to you. >> and we will do a baton handoff. i will be headed down there as soon as i get off the air. >> they are having a bake sale here. >> i'll bring money. back after this. om earned 1% cah back everywhere, every time.
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that's going to do it for this hour. i will be talking to voters in pennsylvania. steve picks up the coverage. >> today, two candidates poised to make history. to shatter the highest of glass ceilings. >> he said i am playing the woman card. deal me in! >> the other to shatter the system. >> our country is rigged, crooked and broken. >> they defied prediction and comes to a vote. today history will be made. and add afternoon live here in new york. we have been doing a countdown every day. there is no more countdown. here it is. we made it election day after 19 long and contentious months of campaigning. this really has been an