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thank you for joining us. we begin with a surprising result of the senate election in alabama. what it could mean for the 2018 admit terms and the progression of the "me too" movement with some in washington turning their attention to accusations against president trump. >> let me just start out by saying how thrilled that my family and i are for this win last night. it has been a fun campaign. >> reporter: today doug jones taking a victory lap after his historic defeat of roy moore in the deeply red state of alabama. >> i've said it over and over, that the people of this state have more in common than they have to divide us. >> reporter: sending a message of unity after a divisive campaign. jones by most accounts was the underdog. >> the results from that dramatic and consequential senate race in alabama, the democrat doug jones who has defeated republican roy moore -- >> reporter: winning by a whisper, 1.5%, 20,715 votes. he's now the state's first
democratic senator in 25 years. republican candidate roy moore has yet to concede the race. >> good evening. >> reporter: late tonight moore issued a video statement. >> and the battle rages on. in this race we have not received the final count to include military and provisional ballots. this has been a very close race and we are awaiting certification by the secretary of state. >> reporter: last night his tough-talking campaign reduced to a hail mary technicality. >> when the vote is this close, it's not over -- >> reporter: attributing his historic upset to bad press surrounding multiple allegations of sexual misconduct with young girls. >> part of the problem with this campaign is we've been painted in an unfavorable and unfaithful light. >> reporter: president trump, who had thrown his support behind moore in the waning weeks of the campaign -- >> so get out and vote for roy moore. >> reporter: today quickly
congratulating doug jones in a tweet. a win is a win, the people of alabama are great, and the republicans will have another shot at this seat in a very short period of time. it never ends. and later made it clear he's unhappy with the results. >> a lot of republicans feel differently. they're very happy with the way it turned out. but i would have -- as the leader of the party, i would have liked to have had the seat. >> reporter: the victory in alabama reverberating across the nation, 58% of women and 96% of african-american voters bolstering jones' win. >> the african-american community, thank you! >> reporter: perhaps an early indicator what was to expect in the 2018 midterm elections and beyond. moving forward, who won, who lost? >> the president's lost big. he's no longer what anybody thought he was, a political gorilla. the ability to take him on in congress i think is raised. going forward into 2018, the democrats i think are likely to take back the house. now for the first time have a shot at taking the united states
>> reporter: what groups won this race for jones? >> black voters was a huge part, more black voters turned out percentage-wise than turned out for barack obama. >> reporter: in particular, african-american women. like at salon per situation 97 birmingham. >> i was very excited and happy to see that doug jones won. >> i believe because roy moore's allegations, people saw how serious. we needed a difference in alabama. >> what used to represent the south, which was white male voters, are the group of voters that are dropping every single election year. we're going to see a different south over time and i think this represents women, african-american, and latinos, represent a different rising south. >> reporter: one of the people playing a role in this political upset for the ages, beverly young nelson. >> it is a relief to know he's not going to be in the office. and that this may not happen again. hopefully. >> mr. moore reached over and began groping me -- >> reporter: nelson, seated next to
of nine women who came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against moore. >> it has been an amazing day for me. i've had people in california and elsewhere who have sent me congratulations, who have wrote notes of enthusiasm. i've had people in alabama that has gone out that has never voted before to vote in my honor. >> reporter: moore has denied the allegations. young hopes moore's defeat does not mean the end of a movement. >> i think there's going to be a lot more women come forward from the workplaces and other surroundings. i don't think this is just going to be a political thing, i think it's going to open it up worldwide. >> sexual harassment and the "me too" movement is apolitical. >> reporter: gretchen carlson, whose book delves into the topic, was at the forefront, settling a landmark case against former fox chief roger ailes. >> the way i look at this is it's not democrat and republican, ts
speak up. >> reporter: amongst a national reckoning on the issue of sexual harassment. five women accuse celebrity chef mario batali of sexual misconduct. he's taking a leave from his restaurant empire. a spokesperson says, we have asked mario batali to step away from the chew while we review the allegations. tonight tavis smiley suspended by pbs. he has not responded to our request for comment. just last week, michigan democratic congressman john conyers was the first member of congress to step down amidst allegations of sexual harassment. days later minnesota democratic senator al franken stepped down after multiple female senators called for his resignation. >> there is some irony in the fact that i am leaving while a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the oval office. >> reporter: a reminder of how such allegations of
reverberating across the political spectrum. >> this isn't a partisan issue. this is how women are treated every day. >> reporter: on monday, three of the women who have publicly accused president trump of sexual misconduct before he ran for office called on congress to investigate. >> i am hoping that this will come forward. and produce enough pressure on congress to address it. >> they were not heard. the president as a candidate called them liars. i can't believe that 19 women are liars. and i do think it needs to be investigated. >> reporter: jackie speier, along with other democratic congress women, is taking that fight directly to the white house. >> the base recognizes that what is happening in this country right now and to the leadership of president trump is not in the best interests of the american people. >> reporter: as for doug jones, today he offered the nation something we've rarely seen in recent times in our
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from living any parent's worst nightmare. here's abc's amy robach. >> reporter: it happened again. last thursday, gunfire piercing through the sanctity of a classroom at aztec high school in new mexico. >> we could hear casings hitting the floor. >> scohool shooting -- >> another school shooting -- >> reporter: a scene too familiar in a country grappling with one mass shooting after another. more than 300 a year on average since 2013, according to the gun violence archive. nine killed at umpqua community college in oregon. four at marysville high school in washington state. and of course the one seared in all of our minds, sandy hook elementary school. the mass shooting many hoped would be the last. 26 gunned down. 20 of them 6 and 7-year-old children.
mark barden's son daniel was only 7 years old when he was murdered. mark called him his special little buddy. >> this is jackie and daniel on his last thanksgiving with us. you just never know. which of those precious moments. daniel was an exceptionally sweet, compassionate little soul. he literally used to look out for other people. we used to call him the caretaker of all living things. >> reporter: while the million reese of daniel are everywhere, the absence he left behind is immeasurable. another life lost that day, nicole hockley's 6-year-old son dyl dylan. >> dylan was just pure love. he had these gorgeous blue eyes and this amazing smile and this laugh, this giggle that people used to tickle him just to hear him giggle. >> i see you've got several butterflies. >> yes. so being
repetitive movements that dylan had was to flap. and he would flap his arms up and down whenever he got excited. which is pretty much all the time. and i asked him once, why do you flap? and he said, because i'm a beautiful butterfly. and at his funeral, i talked about how the theory of a butterfly flapping its wings on one side of the world can cause a hurricane on the other side. >> reporter: in their sorrow, nicole and mark found a new purpose, to prevent school shootings, not through legislation but by thwarting the path of a would-be shooter, starting sandy hook promise. >> i'm here at the scene of tomorrow's shooting -- >> reporter: the foundation uses psas and grassroots efforts training schools to recognize the warning signs and act before it's too late. because gun regulation, nicole says, is too controversial. >> there's so much of a fight that occurs whenever you mention the word gun. we need to reframe this conversation, take the gun out of the discussion, and focus on what do we need to do to keep
>> reporter: in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, a storm of outrage was felt across the country. >> shame on nra! >> reporter: many called for regulation to curb gun violence. >> we are killing each other. >> reporter: saying that the loss of so many young delicate lives must lead to change. >> we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action. >> reporter: momentum seemed to be building toward gun control. first a push to renew the ban on assault weapons. >> together we are introducing legislation -- >> reporter: then a bipartisan bill introduced requiring background checks on all commercial gun sales. but five months after the devastation and fury of sandy hook, these efforts were defeated. >> a minority in the united states senate decided it wasn't worth it. >> reporter: and even as president obama turned to console nicole and mark, they had already hatched another plan. >> after every shooting or every suicide, there are signs and signals given off in advance.
columbine, people have been looking for what they call a profile. really, there is no such profile. >> reporter: psychologist peter langman has studied school shootings extensively and say while every shooter is different, many let their intentions be known. >> for example, sometimes students will brag to friends about what they're going to do. another type of leakage is when students try to recruit someone to join them in the attack. >> he told some of us that his dad kept a gun in his closet, and he always talked about using it on, you know, the people that bullied him. >> reporter: those warning signs front and center in sandy hook promise's provocative new psa, featuring a hypothetical school shooting set in the future. >> someone is expected to tell us after the shooting that the shooter has been posting on social media about doing this for weeks. >> reporter: this video is approaching 1 million views since its release this week, according to the foundation. >> it is not a comfortable piece to watch. but you know what? gun violence isn't comfortable. our country needs to wake
>> reporter: on the ground, sandy hook promise says they have trained more than 2.5 million students and teachers across the country. >> hey, is that an imaginary sketch book? >> reporter: at this middle school assembly in goshen, new york, students are learning a different way to connect with one another. >> yeah, why? >> reporter: to make sure no one is isolated. >> there's a fantastic art club on tuesdays -- >> reporter: born from an unimaginable tragedy, a simple yet remarkable and sometimes even joyous lesson. >> there's been a number of school shootings we know we've thwarted. >> reporter: bill sherlock's wife of 31 years, mary, had been working at sandy hook for nearly two decades and nearing retirement. but when the shooting began, she ran towards the gunfire. >> if there was something going on, she was going to be in the middle of it. >> it's not possible to confirm numbers of foiled shootings. but the foundation says their approach has been effective. one example, at the school where bill's daughter now teaches.
came to the school administrator's and said, there's two different people we think are at risk of harming themselves. and they were able to get those kids some help. >> reporter: langman says there needs to be more emphasis on prevention and a system of threat assessment. >> attention, this is a drill, we need to lock down -- >> it seems that all schools have lockdown procedures in place. but very few have the preventive threat assessment procedures. educating your staff and students about those warning signs and what to do when they see them and having a trained team in place within the school to investigate those threats and intervene as necessary. >> reporter: mark and nicole say each shooting occurring now in a seemingly endless stream feels horribly raw. but until that torrent comes to an end, they will come to fight. >> i hope that we're not becoming desensitized to
of our fellow countrymen and women and children. so i'm hoping that people will be inspired with the knowledge that it's preventible. >> i know so many people feel that same sense of hopelessness, that it keeps happening. but then i have to channel that frustration, that anger, but also my love, into this work that i know is going to save lives. >> you're never going to give up? >> never going to give up, why would i? there's still too many people dying, and i know these acts are preventible. for dylan i will always keep going. >> reporter: for "nightline" i'm amy robach in danbury, connecticut. >> our thanks to amy. next, the star-studded cast of "jumanji: welcome to the jungle" tells us why this is a movie you're sure to get sucked into.
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"the rock" johnson there with you. here's abc's t.j. holmes. >> reporter: welcome back to the jungle. two decades after the beloved robin williams classic, a new cast of characters is dropping into "jumanji." it's not a remake, it's not a reboot. all together, it's a? >> continuation! >> the first film is so beloved by so many people, it's a film i grew up watching, a huge fan of it myself. >> you were 3 when it came out. >> still enjoyed it, though. >> he was a mature 3-year-old. >> reporter: nick jonas joined jack black, along with real-life best buds gain the rock johnson and kevin hart, who all play teenagers who discover the magical jumanji video game while in school detention. >> i think we got sucked into jumanji and we've become the avatars we chose. >> we weren't trying to outdo or redo the original. >> how are we going to be different from the first one
still show respect to alan par require, the character robin williams so brilliantly played and portrayed. >> reporter: most of the new film was shot in hawaii and required the cast to spend a lot of time, well, outside. who in this group was the least jungle-ready? really? really? >> tell them, tell them. >> come on, billy. >> i'm not an outdoor guy. >> get on my back! >> i would rather die. >> jump on my back! >> i'm going to die. >> reporter: for "nightline," t.j. holmes. >> looks like fun. it was the late robin williams who said, comedy is acting out optimism. thank you for watching "nightline." . as always we're online 24/7 on >> coming to you from caesars entertainment studios, it's beginner's luck week. our players today are in las vegas for the first time in their lives, and they're about to put it all on the line for a possible jackpot of $1 million. it's time to play "who wants to be a millionaire." [dramatic
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