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ELECTION HEADQUARTERS IN THE HEART OF NEW YORK CITY AND OUR COVERAGE OF A MID TERM ELECTION LIKE NO OTHER. >>ELECTION NIGHT 2018. AMERICA VOTES AND DECIDES ITS FUTURE. TWO VERY DIFFERENT MESSAGES.>>CAN YOU BELIEVE WHAT’S GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY?>>WE HAVE THIS INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE HISTORY.>>THERE IS SO MUCH AT STAKE. WHO WILL CONTROL THE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND DOZENS OF STATEHOUSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. >>AND WHO WILL WIN THE ADVANTAGE FOR 2020 AND THE RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE?>>GET OUT IN 2018 BECAUSE YOU’RE VOTING FOR ME.>>THE PRESIDENT SAYS TONIGHT IS A REFERENDUM ON HIM, AND THE DEMOCRATS AGREE. >>IT’S OUR TIME TO FIGHT BACK. ARE YOU READY TO FWIET BACK?>>THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION YOU HAVE EVER VOTED IN NO MATTER HOW OLD OR YOUNG YOU ARE. >>A DIVIDED COUNTRY AT A CROSSROADS. AN ELECTION MARKED BY HATE, VIOLENCE AND TRAGEDY. TONIGHT THE MOMENT OF TRUTH.>>FROM NBC NEWS, “THE VOTE, AMERICA’S FUTURE” LIVE FROM DEMOCRACY PLAZA IN NEW YORK. HERE’S LESTER HOLT AND SAVANNAH GUTHRIE. >>GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. WELCOME TO OUR COVERAGE OF THE 2018 MID TERM ELECTIONS. JOINING US ARE CHUCK TODD AND ANDREA MITCHELL. IT PROMISES TO BE A LONG AND EXCITING NIGHT AHEAD. IT’S NOW 8:00 IN THE EAST. POLLS HAVE CLOSED HERE IN THE EAST. WE ALREADY HAVE SOME RACES WE’RE ABOUT TO CALL. >>BREAKING NEWS RIGHT NOW. FIRST LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT TO WATCH FOR TONIGHT. AS WE KNOW, REPUBLICANS CONTROL CONGRESS WITH MAJORITIES IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE. SO FOR THE DEMOCRATS, WINNING BACK CONTROL REALLY COMES DOWN TO THESE TWO NUMBERS TONIGHT. 23 AND 2. THE DEMOCRATS BEGAN THE NIGHT NEEDING TO PICK UP 23 SEATS TO GAIN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE. TWO SEATS TO CLIP THE SENATE. LET’S TAKE A LOOK WHERE IT STANDS AT THIS HOUR. AS YOU CAN SEE, DEMOCRATS HAVE ALREADY PICKED UP TWO SEATS, THEY NEED 21 MORE TO GO IF THEY’RE GOING TO GET CONTROL. LET’S SHOW YOU WHERE THOSE WINS HAPPENED FOR THE DEMOCRATS. NORTHERN VIRGINIA, BARBARA COMSTOCK THE INCUMBENT IS BEAT OUT BY JENNIFER WEXTON. DONNA SHALALA, FORMER HHS SECRETARY UNDER PRESIDENT CLINTON NOW GOING TO BE THE SECOND OLDEST FRESHMAN TO ENTER CONGRESS IN HISTORY.>>WE’RE WATCHING A COUPLE OTHER BIG FLORIDA RACES OF COURSE. THE FLORIDA SENATE RACE, BILL NELSON TRYING TO HANG ON THERE. RIGHT NOW THAT’S TOO CLOSE TO CALL. THE FLORIDA’S GOVERNOR’S RACE, ANOTHER ONE THAT’S GENERATED NATIONAL ATTENTION, TOO CLOSE TO CALL. LET’S SEE HOW THINGS ARE DOING IN THE MISSOURI SENATE RACE. AS OF RIGHT NOW, THAT IS TOO CLOSE TO CALL. CLAIRE McCASKILL IN A VERY TOUGH FIGHT TO KEEP HER JOB. >>TOUGH FIGHT IN INDIANA. BIG MIDWESTERN BATTLEGROUND, JOE DONNELLY THE INCUMBENT. IT IS TOO CLOSE TO CALL. WE’LL CONTINUE TO WATCH THAT ONE. TENNESSEE SENATE VERY TIGHT RACE THERE. TOO EARLY TO CALL. WE DON’T HAVE THE NUMBERS TO GIVE YOU AT THIS MOMENT. AND WEST VIRGINIA, TOO EARLY TO CALL. SENATOR MANCHIN IN A BIG FIGHT THERE TO RETAIN THAT SEAT. >>THE GEORGIA GOVERNOR’S RACE. A LOT OF STAR POWER. STACEY ABRAMS AND BRIAN KEMP THE REPUBLICAN. THAT IS TOO EARLY TO CALL IN GEORGIA. 8% RIGHT NOW IN IN GEORGIA. VERY EARLY.>>LET’S BRING IN CHUCK. NOTHING SHOCKS YOU. ANYTHING SURPRISING SO FAR TONIGHT?>>NOT SO FAR. IT IS SORT OF GOING AS THE NATIONAL POLLS HAD INDICATED. WE’RE NOT SEEING EVIDENCE OF A TSUNAMI NOR ARE WE SEEING EVIDENCE OF SORT OF A BOUNCE BACK FOR THE REPUBLICANS. IT’S GOING ABOUT HOW WE PROJECTED IT. LOOK AT THE FIRST TWO PICKUPS BEING VIRGINIA AND FLORIDA. LET ME SHOW YOU WHY WE’RE SEEING SOMEWHAT OF A PREDICTABLE NIGHT. IT’S WHAT OUR EXIT POLL SAID ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S STANDING. HIS APPROVAL RATING WAS SITTING AT 47%. 13 AND 31, 44, BUT HERE’S WHAT’S AMAZING. THE STRONGLY DISAPPROVE AT 47 IS ACTUALLY A BIGGER NUMBER THAN THE COMBINED APPROVE AND, BY THE WAY, THERE’S ANOTHER 8% WHO SUPPOSEDLY SOMEWHAT DISAPPROVED OF HIM. OUR POLLSTERS WILL TELL YOU, THE PRESIDENT’S JOB RATING WILL TELL YOU WHERE THE HOUSE IS GOING FOR CONTEXT IN 2010 PRESIDENT OBAMA’S JOB RATING WAS 47%, IT LED TO 60 PLUS SEATS LOSS AND BILL CLINTON IN 1994 HAD A JOB RATING OF 48% AND IT LED TO A 50 PLUS SEAT LOSS IN THE HOUSE. DONALD TRUMP, 44, WHAT’S IT GOING TO BE? LET ME SHOW YOU WHY DEMOCRATS SHOULD BE FEELING REALLY GOOD ABOUT TONIGHT. IT’S NOT THAT THEY WON VIRGINIA TEN, IT’S HOW WE WERE ABLE TO CALL THIS RACE BEFORE THE WEALTHIER PART OF THE DISTRICT’S VOTES WERE EVEN COUNTED. WE CALLED THIS RACE WHEN LOUDOUN COUNTY CAME IN, IF YOU WILL. LOUDOUN COUNTY IS MORE OF A MIDDLE CLASS SUBURB. SHE WON LOUDOUN COUNTY BY NEARLY 20 POINTS. IF THAT — IF YOU EXTRAPOLATE THAT OUT, THIS IS GOING TO MEAN THERE ARE 30 TO 40 SEATS THAT HAVE SUBURBAN COUNTIES LIKE LOUDOUN THAT WOULD GIVE THE — WE KNEW THAT IN THE WEALTHIER COUNTIES LIKE FAIRFAX COUNTY THAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO WELL. THAT WOULD BE A BIG DEAL. LET ME TAKE YOU TO A FEW OTHER OF THE VIRGINIA RACES WE’VE BEEN WATCHING. THERE’S TWO WE HAVEN’T CALLED, VIRGINIA 7 AS YOU CAN SEE HERE. THIS IS AS TIGHT AS CAN BE. I THINK THIS WILL TELL US A LOT ABOUT THE NIGHT IF THIS NIGHT IS GOING AS WELL FOR DEMOCRATS AS THEY THINK IT IS GOING TO. THIS IS THE TYPE OF SEAT THEY SHOULD EKE OUT. 56. WE HAVE A LOT MORE TO REPORT. HER LEAD HAS BEEN HOLDING. THEN THERE’S THE SECOND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHICH IS VIRGINIA BEACH HERE. THIS IS AS SWINGY AS THEY GET. REPUBLICAN SCOTT TAYLOR NARROWLY HOLDING ON HERE. OVERALL SO FAR I WOULD SAY WHAT WE’RE WATCHING IS A NIGHT THAT WE THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO SEE. A GOOD DEMOCRATIC NIGHT. DOESN’T LOOK LIKE A TSUNAMI WAVE JUST YET, BUT REPUBLICANS PROBABLY AT LEAST HAVE A FIGHTER’S CHANCE IN THE SENATE. >>WE SHOULD DEFINE ALL OF THIS OCEANOGRAPHY TERM CHUCK USES. THE BLUE WAVE IS WHAT PEOPLE USE TO REFER TO DEMOCRATS COMING BACK AND TAKING BACK CONTROL. WILL IT BE A RIPPLE, WAVE, ANDREY A WHAT DO YOU HAVE? NOTHING AT ALL?>>WHAT DEMOCRATS ARE SAYING IS THEY ARE CONFIDENT NOT ONLY IN TAKING BACK THE HOUSE BUT IN DOING A LITTLE BIT BETTER THAN SOME MIGHT EXPECT. NOT A BIG WAVE SO FAR, BUT WHAT THEY DID THIS TIME WHICH WAS THE FIRST TIME THEY’VE EVER DONE THIS, 85 SEATS THEY PUT MONEY IN, THEY PUT MORE MONEY COMPETITIVELY THAN DID THEIR REPUBLICAN COUNTERPART COMMITTEE. THEY EXPANDED THE BATTLEFIELD. THEY HAVE MULTIPLE WAYS TO GET TO THE 23 SEATS. >>LET’S LOOK AT OTHER RESULTS WE HAVE COMING IN. MASSACHUSETTS SENATE RACE, LET’S PUT IT UP HERE. NBC NEWS PROJECTS ELIZABETH WARREN WILL WIN IN MASSACHUSETTS. ALSO OHIO SENATE, SHARON BROWN WILL BE RETURNING TO THE SENATE. WE PROJECT HE WILL WIN IN THE OHIO SENATE. >>CONNECTICUT SENATE RACE. CHRIS MURPHY, THE INCUMBENT, GOING BACK TO CONGRESS. THE SAME STORY CAN BE TOLD IN DELAWARE, TOM KARPER, THE INCUMBENT, AND HE IS HEADED BACK TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE. >>MARYLAND SENATE RACE, BEN CARDEN WILL BE RETURNING. PENNSYLVANIA SENATE, BOB CASEY, LOU BARLETTA. BOB CASEY WILL GO ON TO WIN.>>RHODE ISLAND, SHELDON WHITEHOUSE INCUMBENT GOING BACK.>>LET’S BEGIN WITH HALLIE JACKSON AT THE WHITE HOUSE. WE UNDERSTAND THERE WAS A VIEWING PARTY TO BE HAD AT THE WHITE HOUSE TONIGHT. >>Reporter: STILL HAPPENING AT THE WHITE HOUSE. IT IS A WHO’S WHO OF TRUMP WORLD. WE UNDERSTAND THAT MAJOR GOP DONORS, FRIENDS OF THE PRESIDENT, HIS FAMILY HAVE ALL JOINED HIM AND THE FIRST LADY INSIDE THE RESIDENCE TO WATCH THESE RETURNS ROLL IN. SO PRESIDENT TRUMP IS SEEING THE SAME NUMBERS AS THE REST OF AMERICA RIGHT NOW. WHAT’S THE MOOD? LISTEN, FOLKS THAT I’M TALKING TO INSIDE AND AROUND THE WHITE HOUSE SAY THEY’RE FEELING PRETTY GOOD ABOUT THE SENATE. THAT’S BEEN THE MOOD SO FAR. AS CHUCK POINTED OUT, NO REAL SHOCKERS YET. THE MOOD IS MUCH MORE GRIM WHEN IT COMES TO THE HOUSE. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS INDICATED TO ALLIES THAT HE WOULD BE WILLING TO WORK WITH A HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI IF, IN FACT, DEMOCRATS FLIP THE HOUSE AND NANCY PELOSI REMAINS IN CHARGE THERE, THAT’S DESPITE HIS ATTACKS AGAINST HER ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. YOU’VE GOT THE PRESIDENT REALLY LOOKING AT WHAT IS GOING TO BE A REFERENDUM ON HIM. HIS ALLIES ARE SAYING, LISTEN, VOTERS ARE VOTING BASED ON THE PRESIDENT’S AGENDA, NOT ON THE PRESIDENT AS A PERSON. THE PRESIDENT HAS LINKED THESE MID TERMS TO HIS OWN PERFORMANCE SO FAR. THE RACES THE PRESIDENT IS WATCHING I’M TOLD FLORIDA IS A BIG ONE HE IS KEYING IN ON AS WELL AS INDIANA, MISSOURI AND ARIZONA. THESE ARE BIG RACE THAT IS COULD DETERMINE CONTROL OF THE SENATE AS THE PRESIDENT IS KEEPING AN EYE ON THOSE AS WELL. >>I THINK WE’RE LOOKING AT MANY OF THE SAME ONES. >>LET’S GO OVER TO GARRETT HAKE. SENATE RACES THERE. YOU ARE AT BETO O’ROURKE’S HEADQUARTERS, THE DEMOCRAT TRYING TO JOIN THE SENATE. GARRETT, WHAT’S UP THERE?>>Reporter: SAVANNAH, THE O’ROURKE CAMPAIGN HAS CAPTURED THE IMAGINATION OF DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE NOT HAD ANYTHING TO CHEER ABOUT IN THE ROUGHLY LAST 25 YEARS. THE LAST TIME THEY ELECTED A DEMOCRAT TO ANY STATEWIDE OFFICE. THE POLLS ARE STILL HERE IN EL PASO WHERE HE IS STILL OUT ON THE TRAIL DRIVING AROUND THE CITY, TALKING TO VOTERS, TALKING TO HIS SUPPORTERS AND VOLUNTEERS. POLLS WILL STAY OPEN A LITTLE BIT LONGER IN SOME PRECINCTS, HARRIS COUNTY, THAT’S HOUSTON. IF O’ROURKE IS GOING TO BE THE FIRST DEMOCRATIC SENATOR FROM TEXAS SINCE 198 LE, HE NEEDS TO HAVE A HUGE NIGHT THERE AS WELL. HE’S UP AGAINST JUST INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT MATH IN THIS STATE AND THE TED CRUZ CAMPAIGN WHO HAS BASED A LOT OF THEIR CAMPAIGN ON THE SENATOR’S IMPROVED RELATIONSHIP WITH TRUMP AND THE TEXAS ECONOMY AND SAYING BETO O’ROURKE IS TOO LIBERAL FOR THE STATE OF TEXAS. >>GABE GUTIERREZ IS AT THE REPUBLICAN TED CRUZ HEADQUARTERS IN HOUSTON, GABE?>>Reporter: HI THERE, LESTER. EXCITEMENT IS BUILDING AT TED CRUZ’S HEADQUARTERS. ALL OF THIS TALK OF A BLUE WAVE, THESE REPUBLICANS DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT EVEN THOUGH THEIR OPPONENT HAS RAISED $69 MILLION, THEY SAY THE MATH JUST DOESN’T ADD UP FOR DEMOCRATS HERE IN TEXAS. NOW THIS CAMPAIGN, OF COURSE, FOR TED CRUZ COMES JUST TWO YEARS AFTER THE HEATED 2016 CAMPAIGN WHERE HE CALLED THEN CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP A NARCISSIST AND A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR. WELL, DURING THIS CAMPAIGN TED CRUZ ACCEPTED THE PRESIDENT’S SUPPORT. MAJOR ISSUES HERE IN TEXAS, IMMIGRATION AND BORDER SECURITY. AND HIS CAMPAIGN FEELS THAT THAT COULD PUT HIM OVER THE TOP. RIGHT NOW WE’RE WATCHING THE TURNOUT IN SOME OF THOSE SOUTHERN COUNTIES, THOSE BORDER COUNTIES AND WONDERING WHETHER THAT WILL BREAK FOR DEMOCRATS OR REPUBLICANS. 4.8 MILLION EARLY VOTERS HERE IN TEXAS. A RECORD. REPUBLICANS FEEL THE MATH JUST NOT — DOES NOT ADD UP FOR DEMOCRATS. LESTER?>>GABE, THANKS VERY MUCH.>>LET’S GO TO NBC’S RAHEMA ELLIS. SHE’S REPORTING FROM STACEY EDWARDS HEADQUARTERS. WHAT’S THE MOOD THERE?>>Reporter: THIS IS THE CALM BEFORE THE WATCH PARTY. THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF STACEY ABRAMS SUPPORTERS HERE. PEOPLE SAY THEY’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THE SECURITY BEFORE FOR A GOVERNOR’S RACE. HISTORY COULD BE MADE HERE. IF SHE WINS SHE COULD BE THE FIRST DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR IN THE STATE AND THE FIRST BLACK FEMALE GOVERNOR IN ALL OF THE UNITED STATES.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE’LL BE BACK TO YOU A LOT TONIGHT. >>GO TO NBC’S KERRY SANDERS COVERING THE FLORIDA GOVERNOR’S RACE. HE JOINS US FROM DEMOCRAT ANDREW GILLUM’S HEADQUARTERS. >>Reporter: I’M HERE AT FAMU WHERE ANDREW GILLUM ACTUALLY GRADUATED IN 2003. HE IS A RATTLER AND HE HAS A LOT OF SUPPORT HERE. IF HE IS ELECTED, HE WILL BECOME THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT — SORRY, HE WILL BECOME THE FIRST BLACK GOVERNOR HERE IN FLORIDA. MEANTIME, DOWN IN ORLANDO RON DeSANTIS, THE REPUBLICAN WHO HAS GOTTEN THE ENDORSEMENT OF DONALD TRUMP, IS ANXIOUSLY WAITING AS HE EXITED TODAY FROM THE POLLS HE SAID, WE’LL SEE WHICH WAY IT ROLLS. THE COOKIE CRUMBLES THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLES. SOME REPUBLICANS SAY THEY THOUGHT THAT WAS A LITTLE BIT OF A DEFEATIST ATTITUDE. THEY’RE WAITING FOR THE POLLS TO BE ANSWERED AND ALL THE VOTING IS DONE. WE HAVE TWO TIME ZONES HERE, GUYS. EVERYONE IS FINISHED THEIR VOTING. IT’S TIME FOR ALL OF THOSE ELECTRONIC VOTES. >>IT’S ALL OVER BUT THE COUNTING, RIGHT?>>KERRY, THANKS. >>LET’S GO TO NBC’S JACOB SOBEROFF. HE’S IN SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA. COULD BE A LATE NIGHT. >>Reporter: IT COULD BE. THIS IS THE FRONT OF THE LINE. SHE WANTS TO GET OUT OF THE BUILDING. COME WITH ME. IF THE HOUSE DOESN’T FLIP ON THE EAST COAST OR CENTER PART OF THE COUNTRY, IT COULD GO DOWN OUT HERE AND WE COULD GO LATE INTO THE NIGHT. A WEEK OR PO DAYS 30 DAYS. FOUR DIFFERENT TOSSUP DISTRICTS ARE BEING DECIDED AND VOTED ON HERE. THE INTEREST IS JUST OUT OF CONTROL. THE REGISTRAR REPORTED HERE IN ORANGE COUNTY, CAREFUL AS WE GO UP THE STAIRS, HAS SAID THIS IS THE HIGHEST TURNOUT HE’S EVER SEEN IN THE MID TERM ELECTION. HE’S 15 YEARS ON THE JOB. THE LINE CONTINUES TO STRETCH DOWN HERE. THERE ARE 200,000 PEOPLE EXPECTED TO VOTE IN PERSON. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS. THERE’S AN ENTIRE OTHER LINE DOWN THERE. >>SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA. A LOT OF CONTESTED RACES. >>GO TO CHUCK. YOU’RE LOOKING AT FLORIDA. ARE WE SEEING THE SENATE AND GOVERNOR’S RACE MIRRORING EACH ORE?>>THEY’RE TOTALLY MIRRORING EACH OTHER. NOW DeSANTIS, WELCOME TO FLORIDA, RIGHT? DeSANTIS IS UP BY 30,000 VOTES HERE. LET ME SHOW YOU IN THE SENATE RACE. RICK SCOTT IS UP ABOUT 10,000 VOTES. THEY’VE PRETTY MUCH BEEN IN SYNC OFF AND ON. LET ME SHOW YOU WHY IT’S BEEN VERY INTERESTING. WHEN GILLUM WAS AHEAD, HE’S OVER PERFORMING IN A COUPLE OF REPUBLICAN COUNTIES. DeSANTIS, LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT’S GOING ON IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY. ANDREW GILLUM IS WINNING BY 25 POINTS. LOOK AT THIS WHEN YOU COMPARE IT TO CLINTON/TRUMP NUMBER HERE. GILLUM IS UNDER PERFORMING CLINTON IN DADE COUNTY, ONE OF THE FEW PLACES WHERE GILLUM IS UNDER PERFORMING AND DeSANTIS IS OVER PERFORMING TRUMP. THEY PLAYED THE SOCIALIST CARD, THE VENEZUELA CARD, THAT WHOLE THING. THERE IS SOME CONSERVATIVE LATIN VOTERS. WHEN THEY HEAR THE S WORD, SOCIALISM. THIS IS LIKE, OKAY, THAT IS ONE EXPLANATION THERE. LET ME TAKE YOU TO WHY GILLUM HAS BEEN HOLDING PRETTY WELL. HE IS OVER PERFORMING, DEMOCRATS SLIGHTLY, IN SEMINOLE COUNTY. THAT’S A MIDDLE CLASS SUBURB JUST NORTH OF ORLANDO. IT’S ACTUALLY WHERE MY MOTHER LIVES FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH. AS YOU SEE THERE, GILLUM’S NARROWLY AHEAD. ALMOST ALL OF THE COUNTY IN. THIS IS A COUNTY TRUMP NARROWLY WON. IT’S FLORIDA. THIS THING IS GOING TO BE WHAT EVERY RACE IN FLORIDA IS, DECIDED — RICK SCOTT WON BOTH OF HIS GOVERNORSHIPS BY LESS THAN 1% OF THE VOTE. I HAVE A FEELING WE’RE GOING TO SEE BOTH FLORIDA RACES DECIDED BY LESS THAN 1% OF THE VOTE. >>GREETINGS TO MRS. TODD. >>HI, MOM. >>GO AHEAD AND DO THE HIGH MOM.>>I HAVE MADE SURE SHE LIVES IN A SWING COUNTY. AS SOON AS IT’S NOT, I’M GOING TO MAKE HER MOVE. >>YOU WERE BORN FOR THIS. >>KASIE HUNT JOINS US AND SHE WORKS CAPITOL HILL. HOW ARE PEOPLE FEELING? HOW ARE BOTH PARTIES FEELING AS THEY HEAD INTO THIS NIGHT?>>I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SAY HI MOM, ALSO IN A SWING DISTRICT. THE REALITY IS THAT DEMOCRATS THAT I HAVE BEEN TALKING TO HAVE BEEN INCREDIBLY NERVOUS TO PREDICT A BIG NIGHT. THEY JUST FEEL SO BURNED BY WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM IN 2016, BUT THAT SAID, ALL THE INFORMATION THAT’S COMING IN TO THEM IS TELLING THEM THAT THEY ARE GOING TO TAKE BACK THE HOUSE AND POTENTIALLY WITH A SIGNIFICANT MARGIN. EVERYBODY THINKS THAT NANCY PELOSI IS GOING TO BE THE NEXT SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE. THE SENATE MAP, IT’S A MUCH DIFFERENT STORY. AS I’M TALKING TO PEOPLE AS THESE VOTES HAVE STARTED TO COME IN, INDIANA IS ONE EARLY SIGN WHERE PEOPLE FEEL — REPUBLICANS FEEL, I SHOULD SAY, THAT THEY ARE COMING IN PERHAPS MORE STRONGLY THAN THEY THOUGHT THEY MIGHT. JOE DONNELLY HAD BEEN THE DEMOCRAT. HE’S AN INCUMBENT. HE HAD BEEN ONE THAT THEY WEREN’T TERRIBLY WORRIED ABOUT. THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING TO NEED TO BE MORE WORRIED ABOUT HIM. THESE INITIAL SIGNS COULD NOT BE GOOD.>>2016 LOOMS LARGE HERE?>>VERY, VERY MUCH SO. >>WE’VE SEEN THE MOVIE BEFORE.>>AND EVERYONE JUST FEELS A LITTLE SCARED, A LITTLE WORRIED NOT READY TO FEEL GOOD. >>REPUBLICANS HAVE PICKUP OPPORTUNITIES AS WELL IN THE SENATE. THEY MAY WELL INCREASE THEIR NUMBERS TONIGHT BY THE TIME IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE. A FEW MORE RESULTS TO SHOW YOU SORT OF. GEORGIA’S GOVERNOR’S RACE. WAY TOO EARLY TO CALL THIS ONE. WE COULD GO LATE INTO THE NIGHT COUNTING THESE VOTES, PERHAPS TO A RUNOFF. MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR, CHARLIE BAKER WE CAN CALL A WINNER. HE’S THE VICTOR TONIGHT. >>A LOT OF GOVERNOR’S SEATS OPEN HERE. PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR, TOM WOLF THE PROJECTED WINNER. TENNESSEE IN THE GOVERNOR’S RACE THERE, BILL LEE, THE REPUBLICAN IS THE PROJECTED WINNER. >>LET’S GO FOR THE GOVERNOR’S RACES, WE’VE BEEN TALKING SO MUCH ABOUT CONGRESS, BUT THE GOVERNOR’S RACES, WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE STATEHOUSES ON THIS ELECTION NIGHT IS HUGE. >>WELL, IT IS BECAUSE THIS IS — FAST FORWARD FOUR YEARS AND WE GO TO 2022. WHAT HAPPENS IN BETWEEN ’18 AND ’22? AH, WE REDRAW THE MAPS. DEMOCRATS ARE HOPING IF THEY CAN GET GOVERNORSHIPS IN SOME OF THE BIG STATES, FLORIDA, PENNSYLVANIA, MICHIGAN, OHIO, THINK ABOUT THOSE, HOW BIG THEY ARE, HOW MANY CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS THEY ARE. MOST OF THEM WERE SOMEWHERE IN REPUBLICAN CONTROL WHEN THEY DID IT. THE LEGISLATURES MAY ALL BE IN REPUBLICAN CONTROL. IF YOU HAVE A DEMOCRATIC CONTROL YOU MAY HAVE A BETTER MAP OR FAIRER MAP DEPENDING ON YOUR POLITICAL PERSUASION. THAT’S WHY THESE GOVERNOR SHIPS TONIGHT MAY HELP DRAW THE MAPS THAT WE DO IN 2022. >>WE’LL BE CONNECTING THE DOTS ALL NIGHT LONG. WE’LL TAKE A BREAK AND COME BACK AND LOOK AT THE SENATE BATTLEGROUND. STAY WITH US. WHEN WE HIT THE 8:30 HOUR EIGHT MINUTES FROM HERE THERE WILL BE A POLL CLOSING IN ARKANSAS. WE’LL BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU A CHARACTERIZATION OF THAT RACE.>>OUR COVERAGE CONTINUES. CHUCK, THIS IS WHERE YOU’RE THE FIRST CANARY IN THE COAL MINE. YOU’RE STILL LOOKING AT FLORIDA.>>WE HAVE 9%. WE HAVE A 40,000 VOTE MARGIN. WHERE IS THERE VOTE LEFT? I’M GOING TO PUT OUT THE PRESIDENTIAL COMPARISON NUMBERS SO YOU CAN SEE. JUST A REMINDER, IT’S FLORIDA. DECIDED BY LESS THAN A PERCENTAGE POINT IN ’16 AND IT LOOKS LIKE WE’RE GOING TO DO THAT HERE. LET ME SHOW YOU DADE COUNTY, WE STILL HAVE 25% OF THE VOTE TO COME IN. IF DeSANTIS NARROWLY EKES THIS OUT THIS WILL BE WHAT WE LOOK AT, THE FACT THAT GILLUM UNDER PERFORMED CLINTON IN DADE VOTE. >>WHERE’S THE MISSING VOTE?>>25% OF DADE COUNTY HAS TO COME IN. BROWARD, NEARLY HALF OF BROWARD, THAT’S A GOOD SIGN IF YOU’RE GILLUM THAT HALF OF BROWARD IS IN. THAT’S — SOMETIMES YOU DON’T KNOW IF HALF IS EXACTLY DOUBLE OF WHAT’S THERE OR IF THERE’S MORE THERE. IN BROWARD GILLUM HAS BEEN OVER PERFORMING THERE. PALM BEACH ALMOST ALL IN. YES, HE OVER PERFORMED CLINTON. NO MORE VOTE THERE. ALAWACHWA COUNTY — GET GAINESVILLE RIGHT HERE. IT’S SITTING OVER MY — I THINK IT’S GAINESVILLE. MAYBE IT’S — THERE WE GO. ALACHAWA, GAINESVILLE, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, ONLY 1% IN. THIS COULD BE A BIG GILLUM COUNTY. HE WAS TRYING TO DO WELL IN THE UNIVERSITIES HERE. THAT APPEARS TO BE THE RAINING VOTE. I’M NOT GOING TO BE HERE AND SIT HERE AND CALL ANY RACE. IT LOOKS LIKE THERE’S MORE GILLUM VOTE THAN DeSANTIS. THE GOVERNOR’S RACE AND THE SENATE RACE IS SIMILAR. >>WHAT ARE YOU SAYING, CHUCK?>>I’M JUST SAYING IT’S FLORIDA. GOING TO BE DECIDED BY LESS THAN A PERCENTAGE POINT. >>IT’S FLORIDA. >>I KNOW. I KNOW. IT’S STILL FLORIDA. IF YOU’RE WONDERING HERE, IT LOOKS LIKE THERE’S MORE GILLUM VOTE THAN DeSANTIS BUT LET’S BE REALISTIC. >>THE PRESIDENT WENT TO FLORIDA FIVE TIMES SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. >>THAT’S RIGHT.>>ONE LESSON WE’RE GOING TO BE TAKING AWAY FROM FLORIDA IF ANDREW GILLUM PULLS THIS OUT IS RUNNING AS A PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRAT IS THE WAY FOR DEMOCRATS TO WIN. IN 2020 THAT IS GOING TO BE A LESSON. AND, FRANKLY, IT’S GOING TO BE A DIVIDE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BETWEEN THOSE WHO BELIEVE THEY NEED TO WIN BACK — >>LET ME INTERRUPT HERE. WE HAVE A FLIP. ILLINOIS GOVERNOR’S RACE AND — LET’S SEE WHERE WE’RE AT. ALL RIGHT. LOOKS LIKE J.B.PRIDSKER IS GOING TO CARRY THE NIGHT IN ILLINOIS. THAT’S A FLIP FOR DEMOCRATS. MARYLAND GOVERNOR. >>MARYLAND GOVERNOR, LARRY HOGAN, WHO TAKES THE RACE THERE. AGAIN, MARYLAND ANOTHER SO-CALLED BLUE STATE WHERE YOU HAVE A RED GOVERNOR WINNING TONIGHT. RHODE ISLAND, LET’S LOOK AT IT. GINA RAIMONDO, SHE TAKES IT. WE HAVE A FEW MORE RESULTS TO GET TO. WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE WATCHING THESE RACES COUNTY BY COUNTY, PRECINCT BY PRECINCT. JUST GETTING STARTED. SO MUCH MORE TO COME. WE ARE WATCHING RACES IN FLORIDA, GEORGIA, TEXAS, MISSOURI. THE BIG EPIC PERENNIAL BATTLE GROUNDS IS COMING DOWN TO THE WIRE.>>>8:30 IN THE EAST. THIS IS ELECTION NIGHT. NOTHING SHORT OF CONTROL OF CONGRESS AT STAKE TONIGHT. WE’LL SEE HOW THEY DO. WE HAVE SOME CALLS TO MAKE. >>POLLS CLOSED IN ARKANSAS. THE GOVERNOR’S RACE THERE. NBC NEWS PROJECTS THAT ASA HUTCHINSON WILL GO ON TO VICTORY. IN OHIO, TOO CLOSE TO CALL. RICHARD CORDRAY AND MIKE DEWINE. TOO CLOSE TO CALL. GEORGIA RACE, STILL TOO EARLY TO CALL. YOU SEE 16% OF THE VOTE IN THERE. >>FLORIDA GOVERNOR, TOO CLOSE TO CALL. A LOT OF VOTES COUNTED BUT NOT ALL OF IT. FLORIDA SENATE, TOO CLOSE TO CALL AT THIS HOUR. INDIANA SENATE RACE, TOO CLOSE TO CALL. YOU SEE QUITE A DIFFERENCE IN THE VOTE THERE AT THIS HOUR. HERE IS A BATTLE FOR THE AGES. MISSOURI, CLAIRE McCASKILL TRYING TO HANG ON TO HER SENATE SEAT IN A STATE THAT IS BECOMING REDDER AND REDDER. THAT IS TOO CLOSE TO CALL. >>LET ME WARN YOU BOTH ON MISSOURI AND INDIANA. THEY HAVE THE DEMOCRATIC VOTE, THE COUNTIES THAT THEY GET PRETTY MUCH THE LAST COUNTIES THAT REPORT THEIR RETURNS. >>YOU THINK THAT’S A REFLECTION. >>THAT’S WHY WE’RE NOT CALLING INDIANA. YOU SEE THAT WIDE — YOU SEE THE WIDE DISPARITY THERE. THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, GARY, INDIANA, A BIG DEMOCRATIC AREA. THAT IS LITERALLY THE LAST COUNTY TO REPORT. YOU HAVE TO FIND OUT HOW MUCH IS THERE. >>SORRY, ANDREA. WE HAVE A CALL TO MAKE. SENATOR MENENDEZ IN NEW JERSEY, BLUE NEW JERSEY, HE HANGS ON DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE WENT ON FOR A CORRUPTION TRIAL. WE ARE SAYING THAT HE IS GOING TO WIN ALTHOUGH OUR GRAPHIC IS FRANKLY CONFUSING TO ME RIGHT NOW BECAUSE IT SHOWS BOB HUGIN AHEAD. IT’S MENENDEZ WHO WON. THAT’S OUR PROJECTION. BOB MENENDEZ. CHUCK WAS EXPLAINING HOW WE WAIT FOR THE NUMBERS TO COME IN.>>NEW JERSEY, EXIT POLL, WE HAVE OUR OWN EXTRAPOLATION. WE MATCH IT UP WITH ACTUAL RETURNS IN THE KEY PRECINCTS MPS SOMETIMES THE FIRST VOTE COMES IN COMES FROM A VERY PARTISAN COUNTY IN ONE DIRECTION. IN THAT LITTLE UPPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER YOU’LL SEE IN THE CASE OF NEW JERSEY, 100% OF THE VOTE IN.>>A GRAPHIC THAT POPPED UP, WE’RE WATCHING THE ONE DRAMA OF THE NIGHT AS TO WHETHER THE DEMOCRATS WILL REACH THE 23 SEATS THEY NEED TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE. THEY HAVE ADDED TWO. DEMOCRATS NOW NEED 21 TO — A NET GAIN OF 21 TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SPEAKING OF WHICH, WE HAVE DATA COMING OUT OF VIRGINIA. VIRGINIA FIFTH DISTRICT. LET’S SEE. PUT THAT UP. DENVER WRIGGLEMAN IS THE PROJECTED WINNER THERE, REPUBLICAN. >>THIS IS SIGNIFICANT. THAT WAS OUR TSUNAMI WATCH RACE IN VIRGINIA. OPEN SEAT. REPUBLICAN DISTRICT. LESLIE COBURN THERE WHO IS A LONG TIME JOURNALIST, PROGRESSIVE JOURNALIST HAD THAT FLIPPED. THEN YOU WERE LOOKING AT SOMETHING WE HAD NEVER SEEN BEFORE ON A DEMOCRATIC SIDE. THAT IS SORT OF THE SIGH OF THE RELIEF FROM REPUBLICANS. THIS COULD BE A KNIFE FIGHT TONIGHT. WE’LL SEE. WE GO TO THE OTHER TWO. VIRGINIA SECOND. THIS IS THE SWING — THE OFFICIAL SWINGIEST DISTRICT IN VIRGINIA TECHNICALLY IF YOU LOOKED AT IT ON A 50-50. THE HOUSE RACE LOOKS EXACTLY WHAT A SWING RACE HOUSE DISTRICT LOOKS LIKE. >>RIGHT. FASCINATING RACE. >>VIRGINIA 7. HE KNOCKED OFF ERIC CANTOR. >>HE WAS THE SITTING MAJORITY LEADER. POLITICAL EARTHQUAKE. UNSEATED BY THIS. >>BEFORE THERE WAS TRUMP THERE WAS DAVE BRACK. NOW HE’S CLAIMED DEFENSE, ABIGAIL SPANBERGER. THIS IS TOUGH FOR DEMOCRATS. IT’S A COIN FLIP. DEMOCRATS, THEY CLAIM THEY ONLY NEEDED ONE OUT OF VIRGINIA. IF THEY DON’T GET TWO OUT OF VIRGINIA, THIS IS GOING TO SUDDENLY HAVE EVERYBODY TIGHTEN UP. >>HERE’S THE ONE THEY GOT. >>ONE THEY GOT. >>JENNIFER WEXTON WINNING, DISTRICT 10, BARBARA COMSTOCK THE INCUMBENT LOSING HER RACE. THAT’S ONE OF THE PICKUPS WE’VE SEEN. >>FIRST OF ALL, COMSTOCK WAS BEHIND FROM THE BEGINNING IN THIS RACE. THIS IS SUBURBAN WASHINGTON, D.C., SHE WAS TOO CONSERVATIVE FOR THE FEDERAL WORKERS. SHE STUCK WITH DONALD TRUMP EVEN THOUGH SHE DIDN’T CLAIM SHE WAS A REPUBLICAN. SHE STUCK WITH THE PRESIDENT. SHE WAS BEHIND FROM THE BEGINNING. THE REAL RACE IS DAVE BRACK’S RACE. DEMOCRATS ON THE HOUSE SIDE WERE ALREADY COUNTING THEIR VICTORIES. THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP RACE. I’M GETTING ALL SORTS OF E-MAILS WHETHER PELOSI CAN WIN. >>THAT MEANS DEMOCRATS ARE CONFIDENT.>>THIS MAY BE ENTIRELY TOO CONFIDENT. IT COULD BE A LOT CLOSER THAN THEY HOPE. >>WE SAW THAT FROM CHUCK’S BELL WEATHER.>>I CAN DO THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS. I CAN TAKE YOU TO A HOUSE BELL WEATHER THAT WILL TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT THE VERY TIGHT SENATE FLORIDA RACE AND GOV I DON’T REMEMBER’S RACE. THIS IS FLORIDA 26, TIGHT RACE. THIS IS WHERE I GREW P. I DON’T MEAN TO BE TAKING YOU TO CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS WHERE I GREW UP. SOUTHWEST PART OF DATE COUNTY. CARLOS CURBELLO. HE DID EVERYTHING HE COULD TO SEPARATE FROM DONALD TRUMP. THIS IS A DISTRICT THAT HILLARY CLINTON CARRIED BY A WHOPPING 16 POINTS. THESE ARE THE TYPE OF DISTRICTS THE DEMOCRATS BELIEVE THEY’VE GOT TO WIN IN ORDER TO WIN THE HOUSE. WHAT I WOULD JUST TELL YOU AS WE WAIT FOR THIS VOTE TO TRICKLE IN IN DADE COUNTY, WHICH WILL TELL US A LOT ABOUT THIS RACE, IT’S ALSO GOING TO HELP TELL THE STORY OF FLORIDA GOVERNOR AND FLORIDA SENATE AS WE WAIT FOR MORE DADE COUNTY VOTE TO COME IN. THIS TELLS YOU IT’S EARLY.>>HAS A TRUMP FACTOR EMERGED HERE?>>NOT SO FAR I MEAN OTHER THAN IN TURNOUT. YOU KNOW, LOOK, WHEN YOU WIN OR LOSE A RACE BY LESS THAN 1% WHICH IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. IF YOU WANT TO BLAME TRUMP, YOU CAN BLAME TRUMP. IF YOU WANT TO CREDIT TRUMP, YOU CAN CREDIT TRUMP. RICK SCOTT HAS WON BOTH RACES BY LESS THAN 1% AND DONALD TRUMP WASN’T PRESIDENT. I CAN’T SIT HERE SAYING WE’RE SEEING A TRUMP EFFECT. >>TWO OUT OF THREE VOTERS SAID THAT TRUMP WAS A FACTOR IN THEIR VOTING AND 26% SAY THEY WERE VOTING IN FAVOR OF TRUMP, 38% VOTING AGAINST TRUMP. >>EARLY YET. YOUR TEA LEAVES DON’T SHOW A BLOWOUT FOR THE DEMOCRATS. >>NO. >>GOOD NIGHT, GREAT NIGHT OR DISAPPOINTING NIGHT FOR DEMOCRATS?>>THERE YOU GO. >>LET’S GO TO MORGAN RATNER. SHE’S AT HEADQUARTERS FOR CLAIRE McCASKILL. SHE IS IN THE FIGHT OF HER LIFE, MORGAN. >>Reporter: THAT’S RIGHT. WE’RE WAITING FOR SENATOR McCASKILL TO ARRIVE. SHE IS TRYING TO HOLD ON TO HER SEE THE DESPITE JOSH McCALLUM. WE HAVE BRAND NEW STATISTICS. THEY EXPECT TO SEE RECORD TURNOUT. IT COULD IN FACT BE HIGHER THAN THEY’VE SEEN IN MORE THAN 20 YEARS. THEY EXPECT TO SEE MORE THAN 2.3 BILLION BALLOTS PASSED. WE WERE TALKING TO PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE. DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS UNDERSTAND WHAT’S AT STAKE HERE. CONTROL COULD COME DOWN TO THIS STATE IN MISSOURI. MISSOURI DOES NOT HAVE STRAIGHT TICKET VOTING NOR DO THEY HAVE EARLY VOTING. EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON THE FINAL HOURS IN ONE OF THE CLOSEST SENATE RACES IN THE COUNTRY. BACK TO YOU. >>I LIKE THAT. GOOD OLD-FASHIONED ELECTION DAY. EARLY VOTING IS GOOD BUT THESE FOLKS ARE GOING TO THE POLLS. >>GODDI SCHWARTZ IN TESTIMONY — TEMPE. >>Reporter: WE’VE GONE FROM EXTRAORDINARY TO UNPRECEDENTED. THAT WAS OUR VOTING BOOTH THAT THEY JUST SET UP OUTSIDE. THAT IS HOW BIG THE TURNOUT HERE, VERY UNEXPECTED. TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE, THIS LINE STOPPED THERE IN 2016. NOW IT IS EXTREMELY DARK RIGHT NOW, BUT THIS LINE STRETCHES AT LEAST TWO, TWO AND A HALF HOURS STUDENTS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR QUITE SOME TIME TO CAST THEIR VOTE. THEY’RE GOING TO VOTE. THEY HAVE A D.J. OVER HERE. MUSIC PLAYING. MID TERM CRAMMING. SOME SAY THEY HAVEN’T MADE THEIR DECISION ON WHO THEY’RE GOING TO VOTE FOR. WE KNOW HERE THE MAIN SENATE RACE IS MARTHA McSALLY VERSUS KYRSTEN SINEMA. >>THIS SAYS FYI VOTE MARTHA. ENDORSED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. PRESIDENT TRUMP LOOMING LARGE OVER WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY THEY ARE VOTING FOR McSALLY BECAUSE SHE HAS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ENDORSEMENT. A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE SAYING THEY ARE ALSO VOTING FOR KYRSTIN SINEMA BECAUSE SHE IS INDEPENDENT. >>THANK YOU. IF THERE WAS A RULER ON A SET MY KNUCKLES WOULD HAVE BEEN RAPID. >>TEMPE, ARIZONA. DON’T SAY TUCSON, IT’S TUCSON. NEVADA SENATE RACE IS HERE AT THE MALL THIS AFTERNOON OR EVENING IN NEVADA. STEVE, TELL US ABOUT IT.>>SAVANNAH, I AM AT THE MALL SINCE THE CONTROL ROOM STARTED THEY TOLD ME TO STAND BY HERE AT THE MALL. I WAS AT THE END OF THE LINE. NOW I CAN’T TELL YOU WHERE THAT STARTS. IT SNAKES ALL THE WAY INTO THE MALL. CHECK THIS OUT. THIS LINE GOES ALL THE WAY AFRPD THE CORNER. DEMOCRATIC STRATEGISTS HAVE TO FEEL EMBOLDENED. THAT’S BECAUSE THE STRATEGY FOR THE DEMOCRATS IS TO BUILD UP A BIG FIRE WALL OF VOTES IN CLARK COUNTY. THAT’S WHERE WE ARE. THAT ENCAPSULATES LAS VEGAS AND TO BUILD UP THE VOTES TO BRACE FOR MODERATE LOSSES IN PLACES LIKE WASHEAU COUNTY, THAT’S WHERE RENO IS. AS THE VOTES COME IN, WE CAN SNAKE AROUND THIS AND SHOW YOU MORE OF THIS LINE. IT STRETCHES ALL THE WAY DOWN. REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN SAYING, HOLD ON, NOT SO FAST. YOU DON’T PAY ENOUGH ATTENTION TO THE RURAL DISTRICTS. THERE WILL BE BIG VOTES AS THE REPUBLICANS COME OUT AND SHOW THEIR SUPPORT AS THE NIGHT GOES ON. THERE’S RAZOR THIN MARGINS BETWEEN DEAN HELLER AND JACKIE ROSEN, THE DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER. WE’VE BEEN WATCHING THE POLLS. THEY’VE BEEN IN THE MARGIN OF ERROR EVER SINCE WE’VE BEEN WATCHING THIS RACE. IT’S EXCITING TO WATCH THE LINE. EXCITING TO WATCH THE RACE. WE’LL CONTINUE TO DO SO. BACK TO YOU GUYS. >>THANK YOU SO MUCH, STEVE. >>AND NBC’S GARRETT HAKE IS COVERING THE TEXAS SENATE RACE. HE’S AT BETO O’ROURKE’S HEADQUARTERS IN EL PASO. WHAT ARE YOU HEARING THERE, GARRETT?>>Reporter: LESTER, AS THE NUMBERS ARE COMING IN MY REPUBLICAN SOURCES ARE POINTING ME TOWARDS THE DFW AREA. 1 MILLION VOTES COUNTED SO FAR. REPUBLICANS ARE NERVOUS ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE SEEING THERE. BETO O’ROURKE PERFORMING WELL GETTING 2/3 OF THE VOTES THERE. SUBURBAN COUNTIES, COLLIN AND TARRANT COUNTY, CRUZ IS LEADING JUST BARELY IN TARRANT COUNTY. FORT WORTH, ARLINGTON. BEEN TRENDING TOWARDS DEMOCRATS IN THE LAST COUPLE OF ELECTIONS. THAT WAS ESSENTIALLY TIED. THAT’S NOT GOOD NEWS FOR TED CRUZ. OVERWHELMINGLY IN THE STATE OF TEXAS THE MATH FAVORS CRUZ. REPUBLICANS I TALKED TO AREN’T IN ANY KIND OF PANIC YET BUT THEY’RE WATCHING WHAT THEY’RE SEEING IN DALLAS A LITTLE BIT NERVOUSLY. WE’RE STILL WAITING TO SEE ANY NUMBERS BY HARRIS COUNTY, HOUSTON. THE O’ROURKE CAMPAIGN IS EXPECTING BIG, BIG TURNOUT. >>A LOT OF MONEY SPENT IN THE RACE, A LOT OF NEW VOTERS. >>BETO O’ROURKE I BELIEVE RAISED MORE MONEY THAN ANY SENATE CANDIDATE IN HISTORY. WE’LL FIND OUT IF MONEY CAN GET YOU A WIN IN DEEP RED TEXAS. WE’RE GOING TO BE RIGHT BACK WITH INSIGHTS FROM ELECTION NIGHT. VETERAN TOM BROKAW. OUR COVERAGE CONTINUES LIVE IN JUST A MOMENT. >>REGARDLESS OF WHERE WE LIVE, WE SHARE A COMMON BELIEF THAT GEORGIA CAN DO MORE, CAN BE MORE FOR ALL OF US.>>YOU GET A VOTE AND YOU GET A VOTE. >>I’VE GOT A MESSAGE FOR ALL STACEY ABRAMS LIBERAL FRIENDS COMING TO GEORGIA, THIS AIN’T HOLLYWOOD.>>>WELCOME BACK. WE HAVE A CALL ON A RACE THAT HAS BEEN WATCHED VERY CAREFULLY. SIXTH DISTRICT IN KENTUCKY AROUND LEXINGTON. ANDY BARR THE REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT WILL HOLD ON THERE. PROJECTED WINNER IN THE SIXTH DISTRICT. >>THIS IS ONE OF THE RACES THEY WERE WATCHING MOST CLOSELY BECAUSE IT WAS SO TIGHT EVEN THOUGH THAT’S A DISTRICT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP CARRIED BY 16 POINTS. A GREAT RECRUIT, PEOPLE SAID, ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE BUT IT’S INTO THE ENOUGH. >>IT ISN’T. IT’S FUNNY. DEMOCRATS WERE TRYING TO WAVE NATIONAL REPORTERS OFF OF THIS RACE OVER THE LAST 48 HOURS AS THEY SAW NUMBERS COMING IN. SHE RAN A DIFFERENT KIND OF RACE. SHE DIDN’T WANT TO DO SUPER NEGATIVE ADS. SOME PEOPLE ARE BACK SEAT DRIVING SOME OF THE DECISIONS SHE MADE. THIS IS A LARGER ISSUE OVERALL AND WHY I THINK WE MIGHT BE IN FOR A KNIFE FIGHT FOR THE TWO PARTIES. THIS IS LEXINGTON, COLLEGE TOWN, YES, BUT IT’S A RURAL AND EX-URBAN DISTRICT AROUND IT. IT’S THE SPLIT DISTRICTS THAT HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF SUBURBS AND A LITTLE BIT OF RURAL THAT ARE ABOUT 50-50 EACH. DEMOCRATS HAVE TO WIN SOME OF THOSE IN ORDER TO GET THE MAJORITY. NOT ALL OF THEM, BUT THEY HAVE TO GET SOME OF THEM. VIRGINIA 7 IS WHAT WE’RE WATCHING. SO FAR REPUBLICANS HAVE TO FEEL GOOD THAT THE RURAL AND EX-URBAN TURNOUT IS THROUGH THE ROOF. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS A WAY TO GET HIS PEOPLE OUT. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE SEEING IN FLORIDA AND THE RURAL PARTS OF — >>SHE WAS A TERRIFIC CANDIDATE?>>YES. >>SOMEONE FROM THE MILITARY BACKGROUND, TERRIFIC CANDIDATE. >>FORMER MARINE PILOT. >>LET ME BRING TOM BROKAW INTO THE CONVERSATION. WHAT ARE YOUR OBSERVATIONS AS WE NEAR THE 9:00 HOUR IN THE EAST?>>GOING INTO TODAY THERE WAS A LOT OF HOPE ON BOTH SIDES, ESPECIALLY THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE, THAT THIS COULD BE A BIG NIGHT. WE’RE GOING TO WAKE UP IN THE MORNING THE COUNTRY WILL STILL BE VERY DEEPLY DIVIDED, NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. THERE ARE SOME NEW PLAYERS ON THE FIELD, NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT AS WELL, ESPECIALLY ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE. THEY ACTIVATED MORE WOMEN CANDIDATES, AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE DOING WELL WHERE THEY’RE RUNNING. AT THE END OF THE DAY, DONALD TRUMP AND HIS POWERS ARE STILL INTACT IF IT STAYS THE WAY THAT WE’RE SEEING IT RIGHT NOW. BIG REASON FOR THAT I BELIEVE FOR SOME TIME IS THE ECONOMY. THE FACT IS THE ECONOMY IS CHUGGING RIGHT ALONG. THE GREATEST JOB CREATION SINCE THE 1960s. THAT’S A BIG FACTOR WHEN YOU’RE IN A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OR ANY KIND OF ELECTION YEAR. TOMORROW MORNING THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION FOR 2020 WILL BEGIN BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY NEW PLAYERS THERE. THERE’S SOMEBODY MISSING FROM TONIGHT THAT WE’LL BE HEARING ABOUT IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE, THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR, MR. MUELLER. HE’LL HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY. >>HE’LL HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY IF THE DEMOCRATS CONTROL THE HOUSE THEN WHAT HE HAS TO SAY TAKES ON EVEN GREATER IMPORTANCE. ANDREA YOU WANTED TO ADD?>>THEY WILL HAVE INVESTIGATIVE POWERS, SUBPOENA POWERS, THEY CAN GO AFTER HIS TAX RETURNS. PELOSI, THE LEADERS IF THEY ARE THE LEADERS WILL FIGHT BACK AGAINST A PROGRESSIVE OR MORE LIBERAL CHALLENGE TO TRY TO GO AFTER IMPEACHMENT. THEY DON’T HAVE THAT KIND OF POWER. TO TOM’S POINT, WHAT’S REALLY INTERESTING IS IN THE EXIT POLLS IT SAID THE ECONOMY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MEMORY WAS NOT THE BIGGEST ISSUE, IT WAS HEALTH CARE. THE ISSUE THAT DEFINED THE DEMOCRATIC RACES AND NOT IMMIGRATION WHICH IS WHAT THE PRESIDENT KEPT RETURNING TO DESPITE PAUL RYAN SAYING LOOK AT THESE JOB NUMBERS. TALK ABOUT THE ECONOMY. DON’T TALK ABOUT IMMIGRATION. IT MAY PROVE THAT THE PRESIDENT WAS RIGHT TO TRY TO GET THAT BASE OUT AND TRY TO TURN OUT THIS VOTE. IT’S STILL EARLY TO MAKE THAT CONCLUSION. >>I AGREE WITH THAT. THE ECONOMY HOLDS THE VOTER IN PLACE IF THEY’RE DOING WELL AND ESPECIALLY IN THE INDUSTRIAL STATES WHERE HE SURPRISED EVERYBODY BY WINNING THE RACE. WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. THERE IS NO COOMBAYA MOMENT AT THIS POINT. >>SO FAR, LOOK, WE’RE BASICALLY GETTING TO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. THERE IS A WHOLE NOTHER PART OF THE COUNTRY WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI LAST I HEARD. SO FAR THIS IS A MIRROR IMAGE OF THE LAST FOUR ELECTIONS WE’VE COVERED HERE. I MEAN, IT HAS BEEN BASICALLY, YOU KNOW, THERE’S A SLIGHT ADVANTAGE FOR ONE PARTY OR THE OTHER EACH NIGHT, BUT WE’RE 47% PERCENT NATION WITH THE LAST 6% TIPPING THE BALANCE EACH TIME. >>I WILL SAY THIS ABOUT DONALD TRUMP AND HIS PARTY, THEY ARE MUCH BETTER ABOUT HOLDING THEIR PEOPLE AND THEY HAVE AN IDEA WHAT THEY WANT TO HOLD AND THEY’RE HOLDING TOGETHER. DEMOCRATS ARE MUCH MORE SCATTERED. THEY ARE BRINGING IN NEW PEOPLE BUT THE LEADERS ARE THE SAME PEOPLE WHO LOST THE CONGRESS THREE ELECTIONS IN A ROW AND THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE IN AMERICA SAYING THE DEMOCRATS, I NEED A UNIFIED MESSAGE ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE GOING TO DELIVER FOR ME BEYOND HEALTH CARE. >>AND A LOT OF THE DEMOCRATS RUNNING IN RED STATES HAVE SAID THE DEMOCRATIC BRAND HAS BEEN A PROBLEM FOR THEM.>>YEAH, EXACTLY. >>THEY ARE RUNNING MODERATE RACES. THAT WILL BE THE BIG DEBATE AS WE GO FORWARD, WHAT KIND OF DEMOCRAT RACE THEY SHOULD RUN, A PROGRESSIVE ONE TO THE LEFT OR ONE TO THE MIDDLE. WE’RE GOING TO CONTINUE WITH TOM AND OUR PANEL WHEN WE COME BACK. SHORT BREAK. STAY WITH US.>>>WELCOME BACK. A LOT OF BIG QUESTIONS BUT OF COURSE ONE OF THE BIG DRAMAS OF THE NIGHT IS CAN DEMOCRATS REGAIN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE.>>THIS IS THE NBC DECISION DESK AT WORK LOOKING AT THE RACES AND LOOKING AT THE VOTES. THE VOTE THAT HAS NOT BEEN COUNTED. RIGHT NOW NBC IS PROJECTING A 65% CHANCE THAT DEMOCRATS WILL, IN FACT, TAKE BACK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. CHUCK, THE QUESTION FOR YOU TONIGHT AND FOR ALL POLITICAL WATCHERS IS, EVEN IF THE DEMOCRATS TAKE CONTROL, WHAT WOULD THE MARGIN BE? IT IS NOT A TOTAL BLOWOUT ON THE PART OF DEMOCRATS?>>NO, I CAN’T IMAGINE THIS GOING MORE THAN THE OVER/UNDER LINE, 35, I WOULD HAVE TAKEN THE OVER BASED ON POLLING, AT THIS POINT I’LL TAKE THE UNDER. I THINK WE’RE LOOKING AT SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 20 AND 35 SEATS. THAT’S WHY WE’RE ONLY AT 65%. 20 WOULD MEAN THEY CAME UP SHORT. >>EXACTLY.>>THAT’S WHY I’M SAYING — >>OUR METER WOULD GO BACK — >>THAT’S WHY THE METER IS BARELY OVER THE MAJORITY LINE. >>WE ARE JUST A LITTLE BIT AWAY. 14 MORE STATES INCLUDING KEY ♪♪>>Announcer: FROM NBC NEWS, “THE VOTE, AMERICA’S FUTURE” HERE’S LESTER HOLT AND SAVANNAH GUTHRIE.>>WELCOME BACK TO OUR LIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2018 MID-TERM ELECTIONS. IT IS 9:00 N. IN THE EAST. POLL VERSUS CLOSED IN 14 MORE STATES IN THE COUNTRY, LEAVING TEN STATES WHERE POLLS REMAIN OPENED.>>THIS IS THE BATTLE IN CONGRESS PLAYING OUT TONIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE GOT RACES TO CALL IN A MOMENT. FIRST LET’S REMIND YOU, DEMOCRATS WOULD NEED 23 SEATS IF THEY WANT TO GAIN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE. THEY PICKED UP TWO. RIGHT NOW NBC NEWS PROJECTS THERE IS A 65% CHANCE THAT THE DEMOCRATS DO TAKE BACK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE BASED ON THE VOTES THAT HAVE COME IN SO FAR.>>THAT IS JUST A METER THAT IS PROJECTING WHAT THE LIKELIHOOD OF THAT IS. WE HAVE A BIG CALL IN INDIANA AT THIS HOUR. BOY WAS THIS A FIGHT IN THE MID-WEST? AND JOE DONELLY IS THE FIRST DEMOCRAT TO LOSE HIS SEAT IN THE SENATE TONIGHT. MIKE BRAUN, THE REPUBLICAN, PICKS IT UP. THIS IS A STATE THAT WENT BIG FOR TRUMP. IT WAS A BATTLEGROUND. JOE MANCHIN A RACE HE HOLDS ON, RUNNING A LOCAL RACE AGAINST PATRICK MORRISEY. HE IS THE PROJECTED WINNER.>>A BETO O’ROURKE-TED CRUZ, RIGHT NOW THAT REMAINS TOO EARLY TO CALL. 54% OF THE VOTE IS TOO EARLY TO CALL IN TEXAS. THE ARIZONA SENATE RACE IS TOO CLOSE TO CALL. KEIR TIN CINEMA AND MICK SALLY. HEIDI HEITCAMP IN A TOUGH RACE TO HOLD ON TO HER SEAT, A DEMOCRAT.>>AMY KLOBUCHAR IS GOING BACK TO THE SENATE N. NEW MEXICO, SENATOR HEINRICH, THE INCUMBENT WINS THERE. THE RACE IN NEW YORK, SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND HOLDS ON RATHER EASILY AGAINST HER OPPONENT IN WISCONSIN, WE HAVE ANOTHER WINNER, TAMMY BALDWIN DIDN’T FACE TOO MUCH OF A RACE FROM THE REPUBLICAN OPPONENT LEAH BUCKNER.>>IN WYOMING, JOHN BARRASSO WILL HANG ON TO HIS SEAT. A REPUBLICAN.>>A QUICK POINT BY INDIANA THE SENATE RACE.>>THAT TO ME WAS AS GOOD AS A BELLWEATHER AS YOU WERE GOING TO HAVE. INDIANA IS A LEAN REPUBLICAN STATE IN MOST YEARS. FOR WAIVE YEARS, DEMOCRATS WIN INDIANA. THEY DIDN’T WIN INDIANA. IT’S NOT A WAVE YEAR.>>I FEAR INDIANA, I RAISE YOU TENNESSEE, MARSHA BLACKBURN THE REPUBLICAN WINS, BILL BREDESEN A POPULAR GOVERNOR, TRIED TO MAKE IT A RACE. TRIED TO RUN THAT LOCAL RACE. MARSHA BLACKBURN WAS SUPPORTED BY THE PRESIDENT. WE REMEMBER HIS STATEMENT AT THE RALLY A VOTE FOR MARSHA IS A VOTE FOR ME. TONIGHT THE PEOPLE HAVE VOTED A LONG-TIME CONGRESSWOMAN TO THE SENATE.>>LOOK AT THE RACES WHERE REPUBLICANS ARE ALREADY AT. WITH CALLED RACES ARE ALREADY AT 49. WE’RE SITTING HERE, NEVADA, ARIZONA, TEXAS, MONTANA, NORTH DAKOTA, FLORIDA IS WHAT’S LEFT. ALL THEY NEED IS ONE MORE WIN BECAUSE 50-50 PENCE BREAKS THE TIE. IF REPUBLICANS WIN, ARIZONA, TEXAS, NORTH DAKOTA, THE NORTH DAKOTA RACE LOOKS AT THE POLLS, THE SENATE IS DONE FOR TONIGHT AND THE REPUBLICANS HAVE HELD IT.>>THEY’RE HAVING A GOOD NIGHT IN THE SENATE.>>THAT IS WHERE PRESIDENT TRUMP FOCUSED HIS TRAVEL AND EFFORT.>>ABSOLUTELY. LOOK, LET’S GO TO FLORIDA. FLORIDA IS SHOWING, FLORIDA LOOKS JUST LIKE ELECTION NIGHT 2016. LET ME SHOW YOU WHY. IT SEEMS AS IF THE REPUBLICANS JUST, IF THE COUNTY DID NOT TOUCH WATER, REPUBLICANS TURNED OUT AND WENT THROUGH THE ROOF. I’LL GIVE YOU ONE EXAMPLE. HERE’S POLK COUNTY WHERE SCOTT IS LEADING HERE. HE’S OVERPERFORMING TRUMP IN POLK COUNTY, AN IMPORTANT REPUBLICAN COUNTY. HE’S OVERPERFORMING. NOW THAT SAID, IT IS NOT AS IF NELSON DIDN’T DO BETTER THAN CLINTON AND SAY IMPORTANT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WHICH IS TAMPA. BUT THE FACT IS, EVERY COUNTY THAT DIDN’T TOUCH WATER THAT’S RED IN HERE, DeSANTIS AND RICK SCOTT SEEM TO MATCH OR OVERPERFORM TRUMP. NOW, LET ME SHOW YOU THE OVERALL NUMBERS HERE IN THE SENATE RACE. AS CAN YOU SEE, THERE’S LESS THAN ABOUT 60,000 VOTES SEPARATE THE SENATE RACE. WE STILL GOT 60% OF THE RACE IN. IN THE GOVERNOR’S RACE IT’S MORE THAN THAT ABOUT 90,000 VOTES. IN FLORIDA, WE THINK THERE IS ABOUT 400,000 UNCOUNTED VOTE IN FLORIDA. WE THINK MOST OF IT IS SITTING IN DADE COUNTY AND IN BROWARD COUNTY. AS CAN YOU SEE, 30% OF THE VOTE REMAINS TO BE COUNTED IN BROWARD. YOU HAVE 13% OF THE VOTE REMAINS TO BE COUNTED IN DADE COUNTY. OUR ESTIMATIONS ARE THE DEMOCRATS HAVE TO CARRY PROBABLY GILLUM AND NELSON HERE 60 TO 62% OF THAT REMAINING VOTE. UNLESS THERE IS MORE VOTE REMAINING THAN WE’RE ESTIMATING FOR THEM TO HAVE A SHOT AT EEKING THE SOUTH. RIGHT NOW, WE’RE GOING TO WAIT FOR ALL THE VOTE TO BE COUNTED. BUT WE ARE LOOKING AT THIS THING TO BE DECIDED BY PROBABLY LESS THAN 100,000 ON EACH SIDE, MAYBE LESS THAN 50 THOUFT ON EACH SIDE.>>THE PERENNIAL BATTLEGROUND. THANK YOU, CHUCK. HALLE JACKSON IS LOOKING AT THE SAME THINGS WE’RE LOOKING AT. >>Reporter: AND THAT CALL FROM INDIANA IS A BIG ONE, LESTER AND SAVANNAH.>>THAT HAS BEEN CRITICAL TO THE WHITE HOUSE. SOURCES CLOSE TO THE PRESIDENT ARE ALREADY TOUTING THIS SAYING, HEY, LOOK, THIS WAS A PLACE OWE O’LISTEN I WAS IN FT. WAYNE, INDIANA, MIKE BRAUN WAS HOLDING A RALLY. THE PRESIDENT IS FEELING VERY GOOD RIGHT NOW. SOURCES ARE ALSO POINTING TO THAT WIN BY ANDY BARR. I WAS TALKING TO FOLKS EARLIER IN THE EVENING. THEY SAID THAT WILL BE AN EARLY INDICATOR FOR US AND HOW PRESIDENT TRUMP IS FEELING. SO VICTORIES IN THOSE TWO RACES ARE IMPORTANT AS CHUCK TALKS THROUGH THAT MAP, THERE IS A LOT OF CONFIDENCE A LOT OF OPTIMISM IN THAT SENATE RACE IN NORTH DAKOTA. THERE IS A SENSE CRAMER WILL BE DOING WELL AGAINST HEIDI HEITCAMP. IT’S LOOKING TO BE AS EXPECTED A VERY GOOD NIGHT FOR THEM OFF THE SENATE SIDE. ON THE HOUSE NIGHT, OBVIOUSLY A DIFFERENT STORY. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, FROM WHAT WE HAVE BEEN HEARING FROM FOLKS HERE CLOSE TO THE PRESIDENT, THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO COME OUT AND SAY, HEY, LISTEN, IF, IN FACT, THEY ARE ABLE TO HANG ONTO THE SENATE, WE GOT THE SENATE. WE BLOCKED DEMOCRATS, HE WOULD SAY FROM GETTING BOTH CHAMBERS OF CONGRESS. HE MIGHT BE SAYING HE IS WILLING TO WORK WITH, FOR EXAMPLE, NANCY PELOSI AND DEMOCRATS IF THEY DO FLIP THE HOUSE.>>THE POTENTIAL HALLE THAT THEY CAN PICK UP. THE REPUBLICANS WILL PICK UP SEATS IN THE SENATE TONIGHT.>>LET’S GO TO CHUCK NOW.>>WE HAVE OUR FANCY ORANGE ROOM HERE WHICH IS ALL OF OUR SMART PEOPLE DOING THE HOARD WORK HERE. INSTEAD YOU AND I WILL BE DOING THIS, CASEY I KNOW YOU GOT SOME SOURCES, WHAT ITSELF GOING ON IN FLORIDA?>>WE’RE TALKING TO SOURCES ACROSS THE MAP AND EVERY REGION IN BOTH PARTIES. IN FLORIDA WE’RE HEARING FROM DEMOCRATS AND THEY DON’T THINK IT’S LOOKING GOOD FOR GILLUM AND NELSON AT THIS STAGE. THEY ARE SAYING A HIDDEN UPSIDE MIGHT BE THAT GILLUM DID OVER PERFORM AND THEY MAY HELP SOME OF THE HOUSE CANDIDATES FURTHER DOWN THE BALLOT. OVERWHELMING SENTIMENT. THIS IS A MUCH BETTER NIGHT FOR REPUBLICANS THAN MANY EXPECTED. >>Reporter: VERY QUICKLY, I GOT AN EXPERT HERE. YOU DO A LOT OF FLORIDA POLLING. IT LOOKS LIKE EVERY COUNTY THAT DIDN’T TOUCH WATER PRODUCED A LOT OF DeSANTIS AND SCOTT VOTE.>>LOOK. I THINK WHAT HAPPENS IS WE TALKED ABOUT TRUMP APPROVAL. TRUMP APPROVAL IN FLORIDA IS 51. GUESS WHAT, IF ARE YOU A LIBERAL DEMOCRAT, CARRYING A STATE WHEN YOU HAVE TRUMP AT 51% IS A STRETCH. NOW THIS IS SO CLOSE IT’S ONE POINT. BUT IF YOU LOOK FOR WHAT WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT, IT’S WHEREVER TRUMP IS PERFORMING, THE REPUBLICAN VOTE IS HOLDING.>>YOU WILL BE BACK A LOT. THANKS VERY MUCH. SAVANNAH, BACK TO YOU. >>WE WANT TO BRING IN STEVE SCHMIDT, NBC AN LEST. GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE. WE HAVEN’T SEEN THE BUT WAVE. WE SEEN THE REPUBLICANS MAKE A STRONG STAND TO HOLD THEIR SEATS IN THE SENATE.>>I THINK IT’S EARLY ENOUGH IN THE EVENING WE CAN TELL THERE IS NOT A BLUE WAVE FORMING. THERE IS NOT A BLUE TSUNAMI THAT’S GOING TO REPUDIATE DONALD TRUMP ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IN THE STATES THAT TRUMP HAS CAMPAIGNED IN LATE IN THE CAMPAIGN, THOSE STATES HAVE DELIVERED AND PERFORMED FOR HIM. SO IF YOU ARE SITTING AT THE WHITE HOUSE RIGHT NOW, YOU KNOW A COUPLE OF THINGS FOR CERTAIN. YOU KNOW THAT THE WORST CASE SCENARIO HAS NOT MATERIALIZED. YOU KNOW THAT THE CHANCES ARE NOW OVERWHELMINGLY LIKELY THAT THERE WILL BE PICKUPS IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND CERTAINLY WHEN YOU LOOK DOWN RANGE AT THE HOUSE, TOW THE CHANCES ARE STILL MORE LIKELY THAN NOT THAT THERE WILL BE A DEMOCRAT MAKE MAJORITY AND A DEMOCRATIC SPEAKER, THE LOSSES DO NOT APPEAR AT THIS HOUR TO BE AS CATASTROPHIC AS THEY WERE PREDICTED TO BE.>>AND THEY GOT IN SOME OF THE RECENT COMMENTS, EVEN THE PRESIDENT, HIMSELF, NOTING THAT LOSING THE HOUSE WAS A HIGH PROBABILITY.>>ABSOLUTELY. AND THERE HAS ONLY BEEN THREE ELECTIONS IN THE LAST 118 YEARS WHERE THE INCUMBENT’S PRESIDENT’S PART’S PECKED UP SEATS IN THE MID-TERM. STRUCTURALLY THERE IS ALWAYS A STRONG HEADWIND. THE IMAPPLICATION, THOUGH, FOR AMERICAN POLITICS IS THAT IF DONALD TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN OF INCITEMENT HAS WORKED HERE THE RACIAL AN MUS THAT WAS UNLEASH LEASHED. THE NOTION THAT THERE THE AN INVADING ARMY MARCHING NORTH, DISEASE INFESTED ABOUT TO CRASH THROUGH THE SOUTHERN BORDER, ALL OF HAS TO THINGS, THE IDEA THAT THERE ARE MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS VOTING, IF IT IS REWARDED, IF THE LESSON IS THAT THIS WORKS, IT WILL HAVE AN ENORMOUS IMPLICATION ON OUR POLITICS GOING FORWARD INTO 2020 AND AN ENORMOUS IMPLICATION INSIDE THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES, WHICH BEGIN TOMORROW MORNING. >>STEVE, THIS IS LIKE THE CAVEAT THAT THIS TERRAIN, THIS SENATE BATTLEGROUND WHICH IS DOING SO WELL FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE REPUBLICANS RIGHT NOW, THESE WERE RED STATES. THESE ARE — THIS IS TRUMP COUNTRY.>>INDEED, IT IS.>>SO DOESN’T THAT IN ANYWAY TEMPER WE DON’T KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING YET IN SUBURBAN DISTRICTS? SO WE’LL SEE WHETHER THAT MESSAGE PREVAILS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY?>>WE KNOW THAT IN A WAVE ELECTION NATIONALIZED AROUND A NATIONAL REFERENDUM AROUND SAY TRUMP INDIANA GOES DEMOCRATIC, DOESN’T STAY REPUBLICAN. SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT AN EARLY HOUR ON THE HOUSE RACES, WE KNOW ENOUGH ALREADY TO BE ABLE TELL THAT THE NOTION OF A BLUE TSUNAMI CRASHING OVER DONALD TRUMP’S WASHINGTON DOES NOT LOOK LIKE AT THIS HOUR THAT IT’S MATERIALIZING. IN FACT, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE REMAINING U.S. SENATE SEATS AT PLAY, CHANCES ARE OVERWHELMING LIKELY THERE WILL BE PICKUPS IN THE SENATE.>>VERY BRIEFLY, IT’S ALSO NOT WHO IS GETTING ELECTED. BUT THE MAKEUP OF THIS ELECTION. BECAUSE MARSHA BLACKBURN IS THE FIRST REPUBLICAN FROM TENNESSEE WHO IS NOT A MODERATE. NOT A BOB CORKER. THEY ELECT MODERATE REPUBLICANS FROM TENNESSEE. LaMAR ALEXANDER. SHE IS A TEA PARTY ELECTED HOUSE MEMBER VERY MUCH A DONALD TRUMP –>>MAYBE IT’S THE RED WAVE ON THE SENATE SIDE AT LEAST.>>WELL, THAT EXIT POLL SHOWED FOR A DEMOCRATIC SENATOR OR REPUBLICAN IN TENNESSEE IT WAS A 30-POINT MAR J ININ FAVOR OF THE REPUBLICANS. SO I DO THINK TENNESSEE ONE THING WE HAVE LEARNED IF THAT, TENNESSEE AND TEXAS MAY LOOK LIKE THE SAME COLOR RED BUT THEY’RE DIFFERENT. TENNESSEE DOESN’T HAVE A RELIABLE FACE. TEXAS HAS A FACE WHICH IS WHY THERE IS I THINK A DIFFERENCE HOW BETO O’ROURKE WAS RUN VERSUS — >>WE WANT TO TURN AGAIN TO OUR CORRESPONDENTS RUNNING KEY RACES AROUND THE COUNTRY. LET’S GO TO NBC KERRY SANDERS COVERING DEMOCRAT ANDREW GILLUM’S HEADQUARTERS IN TALLAHASSEE. WHAT ITSELF THE MOOD THERE AS WE CONTINUE TO SEE A VERY TIGHT RACE?>>Reporter: KEL, THEY’RE NAIL BITING HERE. THEY’RE CHEERING AT MOMENTS. THEY’RE ALSO PRAYING. I’VE SEEN SEVERAL PEOPLE WITH THE EYES UP, THEIR THOUGHTS TOWARDS THE HEAVENS. WHEN I SPOKE TO ANDREW GILLUM, TODAY, I ASKED HIM DO YOU THINK IT WILL BE A LATE NIGHT? HE CONFIDENTLY SAID I DON’T THINK SO. IT WILL BE A LATE NIGHT. THOSE WHO ARE GATHERED HERE ARE EXCITED AND HOPEFUL THEY WILL BE ABLE DO WELL. BUT AT THE SAME TIME YOU HAVE TO GO OVER TO RON DeSANTIS WHO IS THE REPUBLICAN AND HE HAS HAD SO MUCH SUPPORT FROM DONALD TRUMP. IN FACT, DONALD TRUMP PUSHED HIM OVER THE LINE IN THE PRIMARIES AND SINCE THEN HAS BEEN REPEATEDLY CAMPAIGNING IN THE STATE. SO IN MANY WAYS AS YOU LOOK AT THIS STATE RACE RIGHT NOW FOR THE GOVERNORSHIP, YOU ARE ALSO LOOKING AT A REFERENDUM ON THE SUPPORT IN THIS STATE FOR DONALD TRUMP. AND DON’T FORGET, DONALD TRUMP SPENDS PART OF HIS TIME IN THIS STATE AT HIS PLACE IN MAR-A-LAGO. SO THERE ARE A LOT OF EYES ON THE THIRD MOST POPULAR STATE TONIGHT. I THINK IT WILL BE A LATE NIGHT AS WE HEARD. WITH ARE WAITING FOR BROWARD COUNTY AND MIAMI-DADE, BROWARD COUNTY, OF COURSE A HEAVILY DEMOCRATIC AREA, WHERE IT’S LIKELY GILLUM WILL PICK UP SOME VOTES.>>THANK YOU, KERRY. WE GOT CHUCK TODD CONTINUING TO CRUNCH THOSE NUMBERS IN FLORIDA. WE WILL BE GETTING BACK TO HIM.>>LET’S GO TO THE OTHER SIDE. KATIE BECK IS AT REPUBLICAN HEADQUARTERS IN ORLANDO. KATIE, HOW ARE PEOPLE FEELING THERE?>>Reporter: WELL, THERE CERTAINLY IS A SHOT OF OPTIMISM IN THE ROOM NOW AFTER DeSANTIS IS TAKING A NARROW LEAD. STILL WAITING FOR THE NUMBERS ON THE PANHANDLE. KEEP IN MIND THAT IS A DISTRICT THAT IS VERY RED.>>THAT BEARS WELL FOR RON DeSANTIS. I WAS IN THE PANHANDLE DOING STORIES ON EARLY VOTING. THEY HAD TO DOWNSIZE FROM 44 TO SIX POLLING LOCATIONS. SO, PEOPLE, THAT MAY HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE FACT THESE NUMBERS ARE COMING IN LATE. THE DeSANTIS CAMP IS FEELING OPTIMISTIC AT THIS POINT. FEEP E COULD EP IN MIND, FLORIDA RACES ARE OFTEN NAIL BITERS THE LAST TWO WERE DECIDED IN LESS THAN ONE POINT. IN FACT, RICK SCOTT’S WAS DECIDED BY LESS THAN 60,000 VOTES. SO THIS TYPE OF NARROW MARGIN IS NOT UNUSUAL FOR FLORIDA, WHICH IS WHY IT WAS A KEY AND PIVOTAL SWING STATE. KERRY SAID, THIS IS A STATE DONALD TRUMP HAS PUT A LOT OF EMPHASIS ON IN RECENT WEEKS. HE CONSIDERS THIS HIS SECOND HOME. HE SAID THAT AT RALLIES, HE CONSIDERS HIMSELF TO BE PART FLORIDIAN. SO THIS WILL CERTAINLY BE A TESTAMENT TO HOW MUCH HIS EFFORTS WORKED AND HOW MUCH THAT WORKED TO CLEAR THIS NARROW MARGIN BETWEEN THESE CANDIDATES. WE’RE STILL WAITING. THERE IS A LOT OF VOTES TO COME IN. THE ENERGY TURNED FROM TENUOUS TO FEELING A BIT MORE OPTIMISTIC AT THIS POINT.>>KATIE, WE WAIT FOR FLORIDA. THE PRESIDENT WENT THERE FIVE TIMES IN THE YEAR.>>YOU WANT DRAMA, PLENTY TO COME THROUGHOUT THE EVENING. WE WILL TAKE A BREAK AND COME BACK WITH MORE ON OUR ELECTION >>>WELCOME BACK. ELECTION NIGHT 2018. LET’S CHECK INTO SOME OF THAT FLORIDA GOVERNOR’S RACE. STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL ANDREW GILLUM AND RON DeSANTIS SEPARATELY BY A MAUL MARGINFUL STILL SOME VOTES TO BE COUNTED. IN THE GEORGIA GOVERNOR’S RACE, ABRAMS AND CAMP, ALL EYES ON THIS, IN TOO EARLY TO CALL IN GEORGIA.>>KANSAS GOVERNOR.>>KANSAS GOVERNOR, TOO EARLY TO CALL.>>LET’S GO TO WISCONSIN GOVERNOR. TOO EARLY TO CALL. WE DO HAVE TONY EVERS LEADING IN THE COUNT SO FAR. HERE’S THE CALL WE CAN MAKE RIGHT NOW ALABAMA’S GOVERNOR KAY IVY ELECTED THERE QUITE HANDILY, NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO. HE IS HEADED BACK TO THE STATE HOUSE IN ALBANY.>>CHECK OUT THE TEXAS GOVERNMENT’S RACE, GREG ABBOTT THE REPUBLICAN WILL RETURN FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS. THE OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR KEVIN STITTS WON HEAVILY. AND DONNA SHALALA. WE HAVE THE CHART. WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE DEMOCRATS NEED 21 MORE.>>THEY HAD TWO PICKUPS.>>WE HAVE BEEN SITTING HERE AN HOUR SINCE AND THEY’VE HAD TWO PICKUPS.>>THAT’S WHAT I SAID.>>AN HOUR AGO.>>I DID ALL MY HOMEWORK, CHUCK, WE HAVE 70 COMPETITIVE HOUSE DISTRICTS. ONLY TWO DEMOCRATIC PICKUPS SO FAR, THIS IS NOT A BLUE WAVE.>>IT IS NOT A BLUE WAVE. HERE’S ONE NEXT DOOR NO FLORIDA 27, 26. WHEN WE GET THE REST OF THIS VOTE IN, I HAVE A FEELING WE CAN GET THE GOVERNOR AND SENATE VOTE RACE IN. CAN YOU SEE HERE, THOUGH, THESE ARE JUST REALLY TIGHT RACES. LET ME SHOW YOU. WE LOOKED AT THE EARLY POLL CLOSINGS. WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING RACES IN NORTH CAROLINA. THESE ARE TIGHT. NONE ARE BLOWOUTS. IT DOESN’T MEAN DEMOCRATS MIGHT WIN SOME BY HALF OF PERCENTAGE POINTS. WE PUT YOU THROUGH HERE TO SOME OF THESE RESULTS. YOU CAN SEE, THEY’RE ALL VERY CLOSE STILL. SO THERE’S A LOT OWE O’THESE HAVE JUST TURNED INTO HYPERCOMPETITIVE RACES. REPUBLICAN TURNOUT WAS HIGH.>>WE HAVE BEEN CALLED ANOTHER DEMOCRATIC PICKUP, APPARENTLY, PENNSYLVANIA DISTRICT 5. MARY J. SCANLON.>>THAT IS A PICKUP.>>PENNSYLVANIA IS GOOD TERRAIN FOR DEMOCRATS RIGHT NOW. THERE WAS A COURT ORDER REDISTRICTING. WHICH MEANT THEY’VE REDRAWN THE MAPS.>>SUBURBAN PHILADELPHIA. DEMOCRATS ARE EXPECTING THREE, FOUR PICKUPS OUT OF PENNSYLVANIA IN ORDER TO GET TO THEIR 23. THEY WERE EXPECTING A LOT OF THINGS THEY HAVEN’T GOTTEN YET.>>I THINK THE BOTTOM LINE IS WE’RE IN FOR A LONG NIGHT, FOLKS. WE HAVE SO MUCH MORE. WE HAVE A LOT MORE TO COME. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK AFTER THIS. 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IF IT DROPS TO BELOW .5% IN THE MARGIN IT’S AUTOMATIC RECOUNT THE LIKELIHOOD THE SENATE RACE GOES INSIDE INTO RECOUNT IS VERY HIGH. WHEN YOU LOOK DADE COUNTY STILL HAS 9% STILL GOT TO COME IN AND IN BROWARD COUNTY, WE MY THERE IS OVER 100,000 VOTES COMING IN. YOU SEE NELSON WON THE COUNTY ALMOST 70-30 SPLIT. CAN YOU SEE THERE IS A PATH TO A RECOUNT FOR NELSON. YOU CAN SEE GILLUM HAS A LOT OF GROUND TO MAKE UP A FULL PERCENTAGE POINT. EVEN TO GET IT INTO RECOUNT TERRITORY.>>THERE WAS SOME THOUGHT GILLUM WOULD BE PULLING ALONG NELSON. DIDN’T HAPPEN?>>I HAVE TO SAY, THIS IS WHERE I WOULD SPEND A LOT OF MY TIME TRYING TO UNPACK WHAT HAPPENED TO ANDREW GILLUM. UNDER THE ONE PLACE — HE OVER PERFORMED HILLARY CLINTON IN JUST ABOUT EVERY COUNTY THE PLACE HE DIDN’T DO IT IS IN THE BIG COUNTY, MIAMI-DADE. HE UNDER PERFORMED HERE HERE. I CAN’T HELP BUT SAYING THE S-WORD, SOCIALISTS. A LOT OF HISPANICS.>>WE WILL CONTINUE TO WATCH THE RETURNS IN THE REST OF THE [ MUSIC PLAYING ]>>>WE ARE WATCHING THE VOTE COME IN HERE AT DEMOCRACY PLAZA, NBC HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK. JOINING US NOW LINDSEY GRAHAM OF SOUTH CAROLINA. OF COURSE, LINDSEY GRAHAM NOT ON THE BALLOT TONIGHT, HAPPY TO SHARE SOME TIME WITH US. SENATOR, YOU GOT ONE NEW REPUBLICAN COMING TO THE SENATE FROM INDIANA. YOU GOT A HOLD IN TENNESSEE. DO YOU FEEL LIKE THIS IS A VINDICATION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP’S STRATEGY, PARTICULARLY ON THE ISSUE OF IMMIGRATION AND SAYING THAT THERE WAS A CARAVAN ABOUT TO INVADE THE UNITED STATES AND YOU KNOW THAT KIND OF RHETORIC, DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE GIVING HIM CREDIT FOR DRUMMING UP THE VOTE FOR REPUBLICANS?>>I THINK THERE’S THREE THINGS. I THINK THE KAVANAUGH EFFECT WAS REAL. UNITED REPUBLICANS. I NEVER SEEN ANYTHING IN MY LIFE TO BRING THE REPUBLICAN PARTY TOGETHER MORE THAN KAVANAUGH HEARING. I THINK THE CARAVAN WAS A NIGHTMARE AND THE GROWING ECONOMY. WE WERE DEALT A GOOD HAND. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? THE CONSERVATIVE JUDICIAL TRAIN WILL KEEP RUNNING IF WE HOLD THE SENATE. I THINK WE L. BUT I THINK THOSE THREE THINGS WERE NIGHTMARE FOR TRUMP STATE DEMOCRATS, KAVANAUGH THE CARAVAN AND THE ECONOMY. >>SENATOR HAVE YOU SEEN ANYTHING SO FAR TONIGHT THAT WILL DISSUADE YOU THAT DEMOCRATS WILL LIKELY TAKE THE HOUSE AT SOME POINT TONIGHT?>>NO I THINK YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE WHAT PEOPLE THOUGHT, PROBABLY YOU KNOW A SMALL MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE. I THINK WE’LL PICK UP THREE OR FOUR SEATS. I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON IN TEXAS. C’MON, TED! BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY I THINK WE WILL HAVE A DEMOCRATIC HOUSE AND A MAJORITY IN THE SENATE. IT WILL BE A TIME FOR THE PRESIDENT AND US TO FIND A WAY FORWARD, IMMIGRATION AND PRISON SENTENCING REFORM ARE ALL POSSIBLE WITH A DIVIDED GOVERNMENT.>>ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT TED CRUZ?>>I’M NOT WORRIED. I’M CERTAIN CONCERNED. O’ROURKE IS DOING A HECK HOFF A JOB THE SOCIALISM THING ISN’T WORKING IN FLORIDA, BUT IT’S WORKING IN TEXAS. GO FIGURE. >>THE STATE IS TOO EARLY TO CALL. BUT –>>YEAH, IT’S TOO EARLY. BUT SOCIALISM IS BIGGER THAN TEXAS THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE.>>I GOT TO ASK YOU ABOUT ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS. A LOT OF FOLKS THINK THE PRESIDENT WHO HAS MADE NO SECRET OF HIS DISPLEASURE WITH HIS OWN ATTORNEY GENERAL. A LOT OF PEOPLE AND I PUT YOU IN THIS CATEGORY BASICALLY SAID SESSIONS IS LIKELY GONE AFTER THE MID-TERMS. DO YOU STILL BELIEVE THAT TO BE THE CASE?>>AH, I THINK JEFF WILL STEP ASIDE AFTER THE MID-TERM AND THE PRESIDENT WILL NOMINATE SOMEBODY –>>RESIGN OR BE FIRED?>>I LIKE JEFF BUT IT’S CLEARLY — WELL, WE’LL SEE. BUT EVERY PRESIDENT DESERVES AN ATTORNEY GENERAL THEY HAVE CONFIDENCE IN. I LIKE JEFF SESSIONS BUT THIS IS JUST NOT WORKING. SO IF WE HOLD THE SENATE, I THINK YOU WILL PROBABLY SEE A NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL SOMETIME NEXT YEAR.>>SENATOR GRAHAM, CHUCK TODD HERE. I’M CURIOUS.>>HI CHUCK.>>YOU WERE THE GANG OF EIGHT BACK AT A TIME, I BELIEVE YOU STILL ARE.>>YEAH.>>BUT I’M CURIOUS NOW, ON IMMIGRATION REFORM, DO YOU THINK THAT THINGS HAVE GOTTEN HARDER NOW TO FIGURE OUT THIS COMPROMISE ON IMMIGRATION? IT LOOKS TO ME THAT WAY WHEN YOU SEE HOW POLARIZED THE PUBLIC SEALS TO BE ON THE ISSUE.>>YEAH. RIGHT. WELL, LET ME TELL YOU, 77% OF THE PUBLIC BELIEVES THE DACA RECIPIENTS SHOULD YOU KNOW IT WAS EXECUTIVE OVER-REACH. BUT 70% OF REPUBLICANS BELIEVE THE DACA ELIGIBLE RECIPIENT SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO STAY IN THE COUNTRY BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO PLACE TO GO. 70% OF THE COUNTRY WANTS BETTER BORDER SECURITY. THAT’S A GOOD PLACE TO START THE ONE THING I CAN SAY, CHUCK, YOU ARE SMART ABOUT THIS. WE WERE DEALT A GOOD HAND IN THE SENATE. I THINK WE PLAYED IT WELL THE DEMOCRATS WERE DEALT A GOOD HAND IN THE HOUSE. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY WILL WIN THE WALL FOR DACA IS A GOOD PLACE TO START. TO THINK WE CAN’T SOLVE PROBLEMS WITH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE IS A MISTAKE.>>DO YOU THINK THE PRESIDENT ENDED THAT DEAL IN. >>I DON’T KNOW. BUT I’LL TELL YOU THIS, THE PRESIDENT WILL BE ON THE BALLOT IN 2020. I THINK HE HELPED US A LOT IN THE SENATE. BUT WE HAVE TO DELIVER PRISON REFORM AND SENTENCE REFORM WILL GET THROUGH BOTH BODIES, A DOWN PAYMENT ON COMPREHENSIVE REFORM AND DACA AND THE WALL AND AN INFRASTRUCTURE REFORM, I THINK DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE WILL BE RECEPTIVE TO THAT. IT’S UP TO THE PRESIDENT AND ALL OF US, IF THEY WANT TO IMPEACH THEM IT WON’T GO VERY FAR. IF THEY’RE READY TO WORK WITH HIM AND HE SAYS NO, HE’LL HAVE A PROBLEM. >>WE HAVE TO JUMP, BY THE WAY, WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE ATTORNEY GENERAL? IF ASKED, WOULD YOU SERVE?>>NO NO NO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>WE’LL LEAVE IT THERE, SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM, SOUTH CAROLINA. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. APPRECIATE IT.>>YOU KNOW, I HAVE BEEN TOLD PRETTY AUTHORITATIVELY JEFF SESSIONS IS GOING TO QUIT BEFORE HE IS FIRED.>>THAT THAT IS IN PLAY AND ALSO FROM PEOPLE VERY CLOSE TO THE SITUATION, THERE WILL BE A WHOLESALE SHAKEUP. THAT’S BEEN CERTAINLY PROJECTED. WE SEEN THAT COMING. IT WILL GO BEYOND JEFF SESSIONS. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH JIM MATTIS, THE DEFENSE SECRETARY HAS LOST FAVOR WITH THE PRESIDENT. HE IS NOT IN FAVOR WITH JOHN BOLTON, YOU KNOW THE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF POISONING OF THE WELL IF YOU WILL FROM PEOPLE INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE AGAINST JIM MATTIS. MATTIS IS NOT ONE TO QUIT, NOT ONE TO WALK AWAY. BUT HE’S BEEN REALLY MARGINALIZED IN THAT HE WAS AGAINST — WELL A LOT OF PEOPLE BELIEVE HE WAS AGAINST THIS BORDER DEPLOYMENT AND HASN’T SPOKEN UP. >>TALK ABOUT SESSIONS, THOUGH, IF YOU REMOVE HIM FROM THE EQUATION, WHERE DO WE GO WITH THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION?>>THAT IS A BIG QUESTION, WITHOUT SESSIONS YOU DO NOT HAVE A RECUSE ATTORNEY GENERAL. YOU CAN HAVE AN ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL WHO WOULD NOT BE RECUSE.>>THAT WOULD MEAN ROD ROSENSTEIN WOULD NOT BE IN CHARGE.>>SINCE THEY’RE HOLDING THE SENATE, THEY DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE CONFIRMATIONS.>>AND THE FIT EXIT POLL MORE PEOPLE DISAPPROVE. >>WHEN YOU CALL SOMETHING A WITCH HURRICANE OVER AND OVER AGAIN, DONALD TRUMP MAY BE THE GREATEST MARKETER IN HISTORY.>>THE MID-TERM SHAKEUP CERTAINLY IS SOMETHING THAT’S NOT UNPRECEDENTED AND IT’S CERTAINLY A PRESIDENT’S PREROGATIVE. WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN IN TERMS OF THESE POTENTIAL MOVES OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE?>>WELL, I THINK THERE WILL BE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TURBULENCE IN WASHINGTON. IT’S NOT JUST GOING TO BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE. WILL YOU SEE AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF CHANGE IN THE WHITE HOUSE AMONGST CABINET SECRETARIES. WE’LL SEE THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION, WAR BACK-TO-LIFE. IT’S BEEN QUIET AS WE HAVE BEEN IN THIS FINAL STAGE OF THE CAMPAIGN. IF DEMOCRATS TAKE THE HOUSE BY UNDER PERFORM FROM AN EXPECTATIONS PERSPECTIVE, THERE WILL BE A REVOLUTION AGAINST NANCY PELOSI’S REIGN AMONGST DEMOCRATS AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED HERE TONIGHT? THERE IS GOING TO BE A LOT OF INTERPRETATIONS OF IT AS THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY BEGINS AT SUNRISE TOMORROW. WHAT IS THE LESSON FROM THIS? IS IT THAT THE DEMOCRATS WEREN’T PROGRESSIVE ENOUGH? OR THEY WERE TOO PROGRESSIVE? THERE’S THREE CURRENTS IN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY EARLY DAYS. THERE IS A LEFT CURRENT. THERE IS A NEW CURRENT. THERE IS AN OUTSIDE CURRENT. HOW DOES ALL OF THAT SHAKE OUT? SO WE’RE GOING TO SEE TURBULENCE IN ALL OF WASHINGTON, D.C., NOT JUST AROUND THE WHITE HOUSE.>>BY THE WAY, I HAD A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, POTENTIAL ONE, SAY TO ME. I DON’T WANT SO THEY THEIR GENDER, IF ANDREW GILLUM WINS FLORIDA, IT WILL MAKE ME FEEL BETTER ABOUT RUNNING A PROGRESSIVE CAMPAIGN. IF HE DOES NOT WIN AGAINST A VERY TRUMP-LIKE CANDIDATE, ALL OF THE POTENTIAL DONORS GO TO JOE BIDEN.>>I GOT A TEXT FROM A DEMOCRATIC MEMBER SAYING WE ARE NOW NERVOUS WE WILL NOT WIN THE HOUSE.>>THEY SAID IT WILL BE A LONG NIGHT. >>LET’S LOOK AT MORE RESULTS. WE ARE KEEPING A TAB ON SOME OF THESE GOVERNOR RACES. AND WE CAN TELL YOU IN COLORADO IT LOOKS LIKE JARED POLIS WILL BE THE WINNER WITH 50%.>>FIRST OPENLY GAY GOVERNOR IN COLORADO. A HISTORY MAKER. WE HAVE A SENATE THE DEMOCRATS WOULD NEED TO FLIP THREE. ANOTHER WAY IS SAYING THE REPUBLICANS HAVE PICKED UP A SEAT TONIGHT. LET US GO TO TEXAS’ SENATE RACE. SO MANY PEOPLE WATCHING. SO MUCH MONEY POURING INTO THAT STATE. IT’S TOO EARLY TO CALL. TED CRUZ THE INCUMBENT, BETO O’ROURKE SOMETHING OF A SENSATION GETTING I THINK HE RAISED THE MOST MONEY IN SENATE HISTORY AS A CANDIDATE AND HERE’S FLORIDA SENATE RACE ALSO TOO CLOSE TO CALL. WE HAVE BEEN DIVING DEEP INTO FLORIDA TODAY. THERE’S VOTES TO BE COUNTED. NOT A LOT LEFT BUT THERE IS VOTES TO BE COUNTED.>>A MISSOURI SENATE, CLAIRE McCASKILL TRYING TO HOLD ON NO A TOUGH FIGHT. IN THE ARIZONA SENATE RACE TOO CLOSE TO CALL. KIERSTIN SINEMA, MARTHA McSALLY. THIS IS THE JEFF FLAKE SEAT THAT’S OPENED. NORTH DAKOTA SENATE TOO EARLY TO CALL. HEIDI HEITCAMP IN A TOUGH FIGHT. TOO EARLY TO CALL IN NORTH DAKOTA.>>WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE HOUSE NUMBERS CLOSELY. 23 WAS THE NUMBER TO WATCH DEMOCRATS. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY’VE PICKED UP FIVE.>>THAT MEANS THEY NEED 18 TO MAKE IT TO THEIR 23. CHUCK IS OVER IN OUR ELECTION CENTER. WHAT YOU GOT?>>YES, I AM. I GOT CASEY HUNT HERE. WHAT DO YOU GOT?>>WELL, AT THIS POINT REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING AT THE END OF THE NIGHT IT’S LIKELY WE WILL SAY YOU KNOW WHAT, A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKE PRESIDENT TRUMP.>>THAT IS FOR THEM WHY THIS MIGHT BE A BETTER NIGHT THAN EXPECTED. A LOT OF MY SENATE SOURCES ARE SAYING THE KAVANAUGH EFFECT WAS REAL. YOU SAW JOE MANCHIN HOLD ON IN WEST VIRGINIA.>>SINGLE DIGITS.>>STILL THE STATE THAT WENT FOR DONALD TRUMP IN MOST OTHER STATES. AS JOE DONELLY LOSING IN INDIANA. SOME DEMOCRATS STARTING TO ACKNOWLEDGE MAYBE THAT TOUR THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP DID IN THE FINAL WEEKS ACTUALLY WORKED, WHICH WAS NOT NECESSARILY OF THE CONVENTIONAL THINKING.>>ONCE AGAIN, THIS WILL EMBOLDEN PRESIDENT TRUMP, BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE TELL HIM, DON’T DO THAT, DON’T DO THAT, DON’T TOUCH THE STOVE ON IMMIGRATION. IT WILL MESS UP SUBURBAN VOTERS. HE’S TOUCHING THE STOVE GUYS.>>PUTTING THE HAND RIGHT ON IT.>>BOTH HANDS DIDN’T BURN HIM.>>NBC NEWS’ GIEB GUTIERREZ IS REPORTING TED CRUZ IN HOUSTON. GABE. >>Reporter: HI THERE LESTER. WELL, STILL A LOT OF ENTHUSIASM HERE IN TED CRUZ’ SUPPORTERS CHEER WHENEVER THE TV MONITORS COME ON WITH A BIG WIN OR ANOTHER REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE PULLING AHEAD IN A NATIONAL RACE. AS FOR THIS RACE, THERE WAS SOME CONCERN AMONG CORE REPUBLICANS A SHORT WHILE AGO WHEN THE EARLY RETURNS CAME IN, BETO O’ROURKE DOING A VERY STRONG SHOWING IN THE DALLAS SUBURBS AND THE EARLY VOTE TOTALS. I SPOKE WITH SOMEONE FROM TED CRUZ V CAMP WHO SAYS THE EARLY RESULTS WERE NOT AS GOOD AS THEY LIKED, BUT A STATE GOP SOURCE MAINTAINS THE REPUBLICANS ARE CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC HERE AND THAT REPUBLICANS TEND TO VOTE ON ELECTION DAY, WHEREAS DEMOCRATS TEND TO DO EARLY VOTING. SO AMONG CRUZ’ SUPPORTERS, THEY FEEL THIS RACE WILL BEGIN TO PULL AWAY. RIGHT NOW IT IS STILL NECK AND NECK IN THIS DEEPLY RED STATE, LESTER.>>ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU.>>LET’S GO TO JARED HA IG IN EL PASO, TEXAS. A BIG RACE DOWN THERE. HOW ARE THE O’ROURKE FOLKS FEELING AT THIS HOUR?>>Reporter: THE O’ROURKE CAMPAIGN HAS GONE QUIET ON ME, SPEAKING OF EXACTLY HOW TIGHT THIS RACE HAS TURNED OUT TO BE THE ATMOSPHERE AROUND ME RIGHT NOW IS AN ABSOLUTE PARTY THIS EVENT IS IN A MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STADIUM. THEY FILLED THE STANDS WITH O’ROURKE SUPPORTERS. THEY ARE CELEBRATING VERY EARLY. THEY ARE FEELING VERY HOPEFUL. I CAN TELL YOU IF THESE RESULTS HOLD UP, IT WILL HAVE CAUGHT A LOT OF PEOPLE BY SURPRISE. I THINK REPUBLICAN SOURCES APOLOGIZED TO ME FOR GETTING SENT ON THIS ASSIGNMENT AT THE START OF THE WEEK, BUS THEY THOUGHT TED CRUZ WOULD WIN BY DOUBLE DIGITS. NERVOUS FOLKS THERE. AS FOR THE O’ROURKE CAMPAIGN, THEY TOLD ME AT THE EARLY OF THE WEEK THEY WERE OPERATING ON A NARROW BAND, THEIR FLOOR WAS 47% OF THE VOTE THE CEILING 52. THEY ARE RIGHT IN THE MIX OF. THAT JUST LIKE THE OTHER PLACES, WE ARE LOOKING AT BIG CITIES, HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY, MORE THAN A MILLION VOTES WILL COME FROM THERE. WE DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THAT. THE ANOTHER 52 COUNTIES IN TEXAS THE CRUZ FOLKS EXPECT TO RUN UP THE SCORE TO BALANCE OUT THOSE BIG CITIES. THIS ONE IS GOING TO BE ON A NIGHT SAID, I GOT TO TELL YOU TEXAS DEMOCRATS I THINK ARE PRETTYEXCITED TO SEE WHERE WHERE THEY ARE IN THIS FIGHT. >>I DON’T THINK O’ROURKE LED IN THE POLLS?>>MAYBE ONE TOWARD THE END.>>I DON’T REMEMBER A SINGLE POLL THAT HAD HIM IN THE LEAD.>>HE WAS SINGLE DIGITS.>>THE WHOLE TIME. KI TELL YOU BY THE WEEKEND THEY SORT OF ADMITTED IT HAD SHRUNK BELOW FIVE POINTS.>>WHO HAD ADMITTED? TED CRUZ SIDE?>>AFTER WE SAW THE TEXAS PRIMARY WHERE DEMOCRATS SURGED AND, YET, WE ARE STILL 500,000 VOTES FEWER THAN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY AND THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY, YOU THOUGHT, THE NUMBERS JUST AREN’T THERE TO GET OVER THE TOP. BUT WE’LL SEE. HE HAS UNDER ESTIMATED HIM THE WHOLE WAY. THAT WAS THE WHOLE POINT OF HIS RACE.>>IN MANY WAYS IT WAS A NATIONAL RACE, WHETHER ALL THAT MONEY WOULD PLAY IN TEXAS.>>EXCEPT HE RAISED IT ON HIS OWN AND HE DID TRY TO KEEP IT TEXAS — LOOK THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATS STAYED AWAY. THEY FIGURED ANY — WHAT GOOD WERE THEY GOING TO DO? IT’S EXPENSIVE ANYWAY. HE DIDN’T NEED THE MONEY. HE RAISED MORE MONEY THAN I THINK ANY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IN A HISTORY AND PRIMARY OTHER THAN OBAMA AND CLINTON. IT’S AN ASTRONOMICAL AMOUNT OF MONEY HE RAISED WHO ISN’T PERSONALLY WEALTHY.>>WE HAVE TO TAKE A BREAK. WE WILL SHOW YOU OUR HOUSE METER, NBC NEWS PROJECTING AN 80% CHANCE THE DEMOCRATS WILL REACH THAT NUMBER OF 23 AND TAKE CONTROL OF THE UNITED STATES WE ARE JOINED AGAIN BY TOM BROKAW. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY TELL US WHAT DIVIDED GOVERNMENT WILL LOOK LIKE THAN WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN THE LAST TWO YEARS?>>IT’S GOING TO LOOK UGLY. AND BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, WE ARE TWO YEARS AWAY FROM A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. THERE IS A LOT OF FEELING WE NEED TO GET EVEN WITH THESE GUYS ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE TALKING ABOUT THE REPUBLICANS. THE REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING DEMOCRATS ARE TOTALLY OUT OF SYNC WITH THE COUNTRY AND THE VALUES AND WHAT THEY STAND FOR. SO IT’S GOING TO BE TOUGH. AND YOU’VE GOT TO REMEMBER, THERE ARE A COUPLE THINGS GOING ON. ONE IS THAT THERE IS A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION COMING UP IN TWO YEARS. GIVEN THE PACE OF CAMPAIGNS THESE DAYS. THEY START IMMEDIATELY.>>TOMORROW.>>PEOPLE ARE RAISING MONEY, FIGURING OUT WHAT TO DO. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHO THEY ARE AT THIS POINT. YOU KNOW, THE FACT IS THAT DONALD TRUMP CAMPAIGNING THE WAY HE DID HOLDING HIS MESSAGE, AS SECURELY AS HE DID HAS A CROWD OF PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO WILL FOLLOW HIM OVER A CLIFF, IF NECESSARY. >>COULD YOU ARGUE THAT HE HAS ALREADY BEEN CAMPAIGNING, THAT THESE RALLIES WE WATCHED OVER THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS, WHILE THEY ARE OSTENSIBLY ON BEHALF OF REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES, IT’S ABOUT ME?>>HIS WHOLE LIFE HAS BEEN ABOUT HIM. HE WON. I WILL MAKE MYSELF THE ISSUE HERE AND HE DID AND HE DOES. I HAVE BEEN OUT THERE IN THE WEST TALKING TO PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM. THERE IS NO KIND OF GIVE WHATSOEVER. THEY THINK HE’S OUR GUY AND HE’S HELPED BY THE ECONOMY AT THIS POINT. SO WE ARE IN FOR A DIVIDED TIME FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS AT LEAST AND HOVERING OVER ALL THIS AS I SAID EARLIER IS THE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT ROBERT MUELLER IS GOING TO HAVE TO SAY.>>TO YOUR POINT, TOM, IF THERE IS A BATTLE FOR THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NOW AND WHO IT IS, DOES THAT BATTLE ESSENTIALLY TAKE PLACE IN THE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR ITS PROSPECTS OF WINNING BACK THE WHO US?>>WELL, IT MEANS THERE WILL BE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO THINK HE OUGHT TO BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT ON THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE. THEY WILL BE DIVIDED IN MANY PARTS. IN BETO O’ROURKE PULLS THIS OFF. HE WILL AUTOMATICALLY GO TO THE TOP OF A TIER OF SOME KIND. IT’S TEXAS. HE’S AN APPEALING GUY. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF PEOPLE — THERE IS NO EFFORT ON THE PART OF NANCY PELOSI OR CHUCK SCHUMER FOR THAT PART FOR THAT MATTER TO PULL THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TOGETHER AT SOME RETREAT SAYING WE GOT TO GET OUR ACT TOGETHER, FOLKS. WE INSURANCE WE ARE A PART OF THIS. WE LOST THREE ELECTIONS IN A ROW. NOW IT’S TIME FOR US TO STEP ASIDE AND HAVE NEW LEADERSHIP. THEY’RE NOT INCLINED TO DO THAT. THEY THINK THEY CAN LEAD THEM TO THE PROMISED LAND.>>LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, IF THIS IS A NARROW HOUSE MAJORITY FOR THE DEMOCRATS, IF THEY PICK IT UP NORTH OF 23 BUT LESS THAN 35, I DON’T IT’S A GIVEN SHE’S A SPEAKER. I THINK THAT CHANGES THE EQUATION IN THE HOUSE FOR THE VERY REASON YOU JUST SAID, YOU WHETHER HAVE THE PEOPLE THAT GOT THERE SAYING, HEY, DO WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT A DIFFERENT DIRECTION?>>DOES IT MATTER?>>I’M SAYING THE SAME THING. I MEAN, THAT’S THE POINT.>>IN THE SENATE YOU ALREADY HAVE HALF HA DOZEN PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY SHOULD BE PRESIDENT AND CANDIDATES. SO THEY WILL BE ALIGN THEMSELVES. –>>WHO DOESN’T THINK THEY SHOULD BE PRESIDENT? IT’S A SMALLER NUMBER. THERE ARE HAVE BEEN HOUSE RACES, GRANTED IN PLACES WHERE THEY’RE CONSERVATIVE A DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE HAS SAID I WILL NOT SUPPORT NANCY PELOSI. SO IT IS SOMEWHAT A QUESTION WHETHER OR NOT SHE REMAINS SPEAKER.>>HERE’S WHAT’S INTERESTING. DEMOCRATS ARE EVENLY DIVIDED WITH THE LEFT AND WANT TO RUN AWAY, REPUBLICANS, MOST OF THEM RAN WITH TRUMP. VERY FEW OF THEM RAN AWAY FROM THEM. INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH THE ONES THAT RAN AWAY, THEY’RE LOSING RIGHT NOW. TOO.>>CARLOS CURBELO. THE WHOLE THING IS ABOUT DONALD TRUMP. HE PUT HIMSELF OUT THERE. HE WENT FROM RALLY TO RALLY. WE WILL HEAR A LOT MORE TOMORROW. >>MAYBE TONIGHT ON TWITTER.>>THE OVERALL LINE, IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS, UFO, THE UNFORESEEN WILL OCCUR. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT IS. BUT SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN TO DISRUPT US IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER FOR THE DEMOCRATS OR THE REPUBLICANS.>>ALL RIGHT. WE WILL TAKE A BREAK. WE WILL BE BACK WITH MORE OF OUR ELECTION COVERAGE ON NBC AFTER THIS.>>>CHUCK INVITED ME OVER TO THE BOARD. WE HAVE A BIG CALL TO MAKE.>>THIS IS KNOCKING OFF A REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT, WHICH ARE MUCH HARDER THAN WINNING OPEN SEATS HERE. SHE WAS A VERY — SHE RAN A VERY AGGRESSIVE CAMPAIGN, FRANKLY RAN AS AN UNAPOLOGETIC IG DISTRICT EVEN WHILE SHE WALKED THE LINE OF BEING A PROGRESSIVE AND A MODERATE IN THAT DISTRICT. IT’S A BIG WIN FOR HER. SHE’S GOING TO BE A QUICK RISING STAR IN THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE.>>LET’S DO OUR MAP. OUR HOUSE METER THEN. WE ARE NOW ACCORDING TO NBC DECISION DESK SAY IT’S AN 85% CHANCE WITH THAT PICKUP THE DEMOCRATS RETAIN OR EXCUSE ME TAKE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE.>>MAGIC NUMBER THERE.>>YES. SO INSIDE THE NUMBER, HOW WE GET TO THAT SENSE OF CONFIDENCE 85% THAT THE DEMOCRATS WILL GET THE HOUSE.>>WHILE? YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY? WE FLIPPED A NEW RACE. AS YOU WERE TALKING NEW JERSEY 11. WE JUST OFFICIALLY CALLED THAT ONE. SO THAT IS WHY. NEW JERSEY IS STARTING TO COME IN. THOSE VA RACES. DEMOCRATS LEAD, ALMOST ALL IS REPORTING. AS YOU CAN SEE, WE’RE ABOUT TO >>>FROM NBC NEWS “THE VOTE, AMERICA’S FUTURE” HERE’S LESTER HOLT AND SAVANNAH GUTHRIE.>>WELCOME BACK. THE DEMOCRAT’S WAY IN THE HOUSE.>>LOOK AT THE HOUSE METER, THIS IS TO SET THE STAGE. THEY NEEDED 23. IN THE SENATE TWO. THEY ARE GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION FOR THE SENATE. AS FAR AS THE DEMOCRATS ARE CONCERNED. LOOK AT THAT TEN PICKUPS, THEY NEED 13 MORE IF THEY WANT TO GET CONTROL OF THE HOUSE. THIS IS ONE OF THE RACES THAT JUST GOT CALLED. THIS IS A PICKUP. MIKEY SHARREL, A VETERAN, SHE PICKS IT UP. THERE IS A 90% CHANCE THE DEMOCRATS TAKE THE HOUSE. AS I SHOWED YOU. THIS IS THE RACE CHUCK AND I CALLED.>>IT FLIPPED AS WE WERE TALKING.>>IT SURE DID.>>IN NEW YORK, 11. A DEMOCRATIC GAIN, MAX ROSE THE PROJECTED WINNER THERE.>>STATEN ISLAND WITH A DEMOCRAT IN THE AGE OF TRUMP IS A BIT SHOCKING, BUT THIS IS — THIS WAS A WELL RUN RACE.>>A BELLWEATHER HERE.>>VIRGINIA AT TWO. LORRAINE HLARIO.>>GO OUT WEST. TOO CLOSE TO CALL A MONTANA SENATE RACE. THIS CAN COME DOWN TO THE WIRE. TOO EARLY TO CALL, A FORMER DEMOCRAT UP AGAINST DEAN HELLER THE INCUMBENT. TOO EARLY TO CALL TED CRUZ.>>GUYS, WE’RE 76% IN. WE CAN CHANGE THE CALL. IT’S TOO CLOSE TO CALL AT THIS POINT. YOU HAVE THAT MUCH VOTE IN.>>CHUCK IS PUTTING HIS ORDER IN LIKE IT’S A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT.>>ALL RIGHT. FLORIDA SENATE TOO CLOSE TO CALL AT THIS HOUR. UTAH SENATE, THIS IS NOT A SURPRISE. MITT ROMNEY, PERHAPS YOU’VE HEARD THAT NAME BEFORE. FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IS NOW GOING TO THE UNITED STATES SENATE. >>>ALL RIGHT, KANSAS GOVERNOR, IT LOOKS LIKE THIS IS A DEMOCRATIC PICKUP. LAURA KELLY WINS OVER KRIS KOBACH.>>THAT WAS A GOOD DEAL. HE WAS OVER THE VOTER FRAUD COMMISSION. THEY NEVER FOUND FRAUD. KRIS KOBACH GOING DOWN IN KANSAS.>>BY THE WAY, THAT WORKED A WHOLE BUNCH OF MODERATE REPUBLICANS ENDORSED THE CANDIDATE.>>. FINGER ON THE SCALE?>>BUT HE NEVER WENT BACK. HE NEVER WENT BACK AND CAMPAIGNED FOR HIM LATE. I WONDER IF KRIS KOBACH IS UPSET.>>THE IOWA GOVERNOR THAT RACE IS TOO EARLY TO CALL RIGHT NOW. THE REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT THERE.>>ALREADY. NEVADA’S GOVERNOR TOO EARLY TO CALL. WE GOT AN INTERESTING RACE THERE. THE GRANDSON OF A GOVERNOR THERE. GEORGIA’S GOVERNOR.>>A FORMER SENATOR.>>AND THE SON OF A FORMER SENATOR, YES, INDEED. A LITTLE SCANDAL THERE. WE WON’T GET INTO THAT. GEORGIA GOVERNOR, TOO EARLY TO CALL.>>WISCONSIN GOVERNOR TOO EARLY TO CALL. SCOTT WALKER, THE INCUMBENT TRYING TO FEND OFF A CHALLENGE BY TONY EVERS. AGAIN, TOO EARLY TO CALL THERE.>>WE GOT A CALL TO MAKE IN VERMONT AND THE REPUBLICAN PHIL SCOTT WINS HANDILY OVER CHRISTINE HALLQUIST WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN THE FIRST TRANSGENDER GOVERNOR OF VERMONT, BUT IT’S THE REPUBLICAN WHO HOLDS ON THERE, THE NUMBERED. >>>YEAH THIS RACE FOR THE DEMOCRATS TO GAIN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, ONE OF THE DRAMAS OF THE NIGHT. ONE OF THE BIG ONES, THIS IS THE NBC NEWS PROJECTION. THE METER SAYING THERE IS NOW A 95% CHANCE THE DEMOCRATS WILL TAKE THE HOUSE.>>ARE YOU FLIPPING BOARDS?>>WE HAD TWO MORE PENNSYLVANIA RACES GONE FROM RED TO BLUE. PENNSYLVANIA SIX, PENNSYLVANIA SEVEN. BOTH WERE OPEN SEATS. THESE WERE THE EXPECTATIONS OF DEMOCRATS TO DO WELL HERE. THIS IS WHY WE’RE UP TO 95% CONFIDENCE THE EAST COAST SEATS ARE STARTING TO FALL. WE’RE STARTING TO CALL THEM.>>IN NEW YORK.>>BUT THEY MAY PORTEND.>>SHE WAS A STRONG CANDIDATE. SHE WAS DOMINANT THROUGHOUT THAT RACE.>>DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE THAT HAS JOINED US? JOHN HEILEMANN, NBC NEWS POLITICAL ANALYST. YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING THESE RETURNS COME IN. WHAT’S YOUR TAKE?>>WHAT CHUCK SAID IS RIGHT. THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT GET NERVOUS WHEN THE DEMOCRATS EXPECT TO GET IN THE HOUSE DIDN’T COME QUICKLY ENOUGH FROM THEIR POINT OF VIEW. NOW THEY’RE STARTING TO COME THROUGH. YOU SEE THEM RECALLING THEM EVERY TEN, 15 MINUTES. YOU THINK ABOUT ALL OF THOSE PLACES STILL OUT THERE. ALL THOSE CLINTON WON CALIFORNIA DISTRICTS THAT FROM POTENTIAL IF NOT LIKELY PICKUPS FOR DEMOCRATS. YOU THINK ABOUT IOWA, WHERE I WAS OUT IN IOWA ON SUNDAY AND ANN SELZER IS LOOKING AT FOUR IOWA CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS. ALL REPUBLICAN, SHE THINKS THREE OF THE FOUR WILL GO DEMOCRATIC THE ONLY ONE THAT’S IN QUESTION IS THE STEVE KING RACE WHICH IS NOT OUTSIDE THE REALM OF POSSIBILITY.>>SO YOU SUGGEST THIS COULD BE BE IG?>>THERE ARE A LOT OF SEATS OUT THERE AS WE MOVE WEST THE DEMOCRATS EXPECT TO GET THE THESE ONES THEY EXPECT TO GET AND ARE IN NERVOUSNESS ABOUT AN HOUR AGO ARE ALL FALLING THEIR WAY RIGHT NOW, IT COULD BE NOT A VAST DEMOCRATIC WAVE IN THE HOUSE BUT A SUBSTANTIAL MAJORITY.>>CHUCK, CAN YOU CHIME IN, TOO, CAN YOU THINK OF A RACE TONIGHT THAT WAS REALLY FOUGHT IN A CONSERVATIVE STRONG HOLD, WHERE DEMOCRATS CAME IN BIG WITH THE CANDIDATE IN MONEY AND WERE COMPETITIVE IN A DISTRICT THAT OTHERWISE ONE WOULDN’T EXPECT THEM TO BE? HAVE THERE BEEN BIG UPSETS TONIGHT? YOU MENTIONED STATEN ISLAND?>>I THINK STATEN ISLAND IS THE BIGGEST UPSET SO FAR.>>PEOPLE TALK ABOUT AMY McGRATH. SHE COULDN’T MAKE IT HAPPEN. >>IT IS TOUGH RUNNING AS A REPUBLICAN IN A CONGRESSIONAL RACE WHEN THE TOP OF YOUR TICKET IS GETTING CLOBBERED. OKAY. IT WASN’T AS COMPETITIVE A GOVERNOR’S RACE. LOOK, THIS HAS BEEN A PROBLEM FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA REPUBLICANS, TOO. ALL THESE SEATS HAVE GONE OUT. THERE WAS NO COMPETITIVE STATE –>>THE ROSE IS A WEEKEND WARRIOR, IN THE NATIONAL GUARD, TOURS OF DUTY OVERSEAS, HE’S A VERY APPEALING GUY.>>ONE OF THE TRENDS IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RACES THIS YEAR SO MANY MILITARY VETERANS, NOT OF ANY PARTICULAR PARTY. WE HAVE SOME DEMOCRATS, SOME REPUBLICANS. WON’T IT BE GREAT TO HAVE PEOPLE WHO SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN UNIFORM NOW IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS?>>BREAK IT DOWN, CHUCK.>>WELL, LOOK THE DEMOCRATS NEED 12, RIGHT? LOOK I CAN FIND YOU 12 ON OUR BATTLEGROUND, JUST THIS LIST WE ARE LOOKING AT WITH A LEAD, THERE IS THAT FLORIDA 26 RACE. ALL THE VOTES, ALLLE BUT 1% IS IN. A 3,000 LEAD FOR THE DEMOCRAT. GEORGIA 7. THE DEMOCRATS LEAD HERE WITH HALF THE VOTES. SO THERE IS TWO WE KNOW OF WHERE THE VOTES STILL ARE BEING COUNTED. VIRGINIA SEVEN. THAT’S A — C’MON GUYS, LET’S GO, C’MON BOARD, HIT ME HERE. OH WELL, SOMETIMES STUFF IS NOT WORKING THE WAY YOU HOPE TO WORK. KANSAS THE OTHER ONE THEY WERE HITTING THERE. KANSAS THE LAST TIME CAME CLOSE. HE’S AHEAD THERE. YOU GO TO MAINE TWO. NO NUMBERS IN FROM THERE. SO MICHIGAN SIX IS ONE THEY WERE HOPING FOR. SEVEN, THEY’RE STILL AHEAD IN. EIGHT IS STILL, WE’RE WAITING TO SEE ABOUT HALF THE VOTE IN. SO THE POINT IS, THEY NEED 12. THEY GOT THREE OR FOUR IN CALIFORNIA. WE HAVEN’T EVEN GOTTEN TO YET. THERE’S A REASON WHY WE’RE AT 95% CONFIDENT. AND I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED WE GET TO 100% CONFIDENCE BY THE TIME WE HIT 11:00. >>WHAT ABOUT THE MARGINS?>>I THINK WE’RE LOOKING AT SOMEWHERE IN THE 30-35 RANGE.>>A NET GAIN OF 33. >>33-TO-35 SEAT. THEY’D HAVE TO HAVE SA LOT OF LAST MINUTE BALLOTS TO GET IT CLOSER TO 40. >>YOU HAVE THIS DISCUSSION IS THAT A WAVE OR NOT A WAVE? IT’S NOT A TSUNAMI. THERE IS NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. IT’S NOT JUST ON THE –>>SO MANY AQUATIC METAPHORS, IS IT A RIP HIM A PUD UNTIL. >>THE OTHER THING OF COURSE GOING ON IN THE SENATE WHERE YOU ALREADY SAID SO FAR YOU HAVE GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS FOR DEMOCRATS. YOU LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN INDIANA. DEMOCRATS EXPECTED AMONG THE ENDANGERED DEMOCRATIC SENATORS IN RED STATES. THEY THOUGHT THAT INDIANA WAS PROBABLY GOING TO STAY SAFE, BUT THAT RACE HAS NOW TURNED OVER AND THAT’S A BIG PROBLEM. >>WE HAVE A CALL TO MAKE. THIS WILL NOT SURPRISE MOST POLITICAL OBSERVERS. HEIDI HEITCAMP, A DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENT GOES DOWN. THE CONGRESSMAN WILL PREVAIL THERE.>>A BIG DEAL. BETTER THAN ONE SENATE SEAT.>>THAT’S NUMBER 50.>>NUMBER 50.>>THAT’S NUMBER 50 FOR REPUBLICANS. YES. THEY WILL CONTAIN CONTROL. IT’S OFFICIAL. EVEN IF THEY LOSE THE REST OF THE RACES ON THE BOARD HERE, AS CAN YOU SEE, WHETHER IT’S TEXAS, ARIZONA, NEVADA. THEY CAN LOSE ALL SIX CAN GO DEMOCRATIC. AT THIS POINT YOU WOULD SEE THE REPUBLICANS RETAIN BECAUSE OF MIKE PENCE.>>IN THE END, THE VICE PRESIDENT GETS THE DECIDING VOTE.>>HEIDI HEITCAMP WON BY 6,000 VOTES A LOT OF THEM NATIVE AMERICANS A HUGE CONTROVERSY OVER THE WAVE THE NATIVE AMERICANS WERE HAVING BALLOT DIFFICULTIES AND THE VOTE ON KAVANAUGH WAS ABSOLUTELY DETERMINANT.>>I THINK SHE’S POWERFUL IN A HUMAN STORY. I SPENT SOME TIME WITH HER A COUPLE WEEKS AGO. WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SAY ABOUT HER. SHE KNEW THE VOTE ON JUDGE KAVANAUGH WAS LIKELY GOING TO COST HER THE SEAT. SHE WAS BEHIND IN THAT RACE. SHE STARED IT DOWN AND SAID I GOT TO GO THIS WAY. SHE MADE A VOTE OF CONSCIENCE, WHATEVER YOU THINK OF THE MERITS OF THE VOTE, SHE KNEW THAT WAS THE HILL AND SHE TOOK THE VOTE ANYWAY. >>SHE TOOK A VOTE AFTER THE KAVANAUGH VOTE WHERE THEY UNFORTUNATELY DISCLOSED AND OUTED A WOMAN WHO HAD. >>SEVERAL.>>SEVERAL WOMEN, IN FACT, WHO HAD BEEN SEXUALLY ATTACKED WHICH WENT RIGHT AGAINST WHAT HEITCAMP SAID WAS HER VOTE OF PRINCIPLE.>>THERE WAS A CONTROVERSY OVER WHETHER OR NOT A NEW VOTER I.D. LAW, THE VOTE OF NATIVE AMERICANS.>>I’M STRUCK BY THE NUMBERS BEHIND THIS, 23 AND 2, THIS WAS A CASE WHERE 23 WAS LOWER THAN TWO. NOW THE SENATE NUMBER WENT UP TO 4. WE HAVE BEEN HAVING A COUNT UP. SO DEMOCRATS NOW NEED TO FIND FOUR MISSISSIPPI RUNOFFS, ALL THIS STUFF. THE POINT IS, THE NUMBER WENT UP.>>I’LL SAY THIS, T THOUGH, QUICKLY. WHEN I WAS OUT THERE WE WENT TO STANDING ROCK. THE ISSUE AROUND VOTER SUPPRESSION AND VOTER I.D. IN NORTH DAKOTA IS A SERIOUS ONE. THERE WERE SIGNIFICANT QUESTIONS TO ASK WHETHER THAT LAW IS UNFAIR AND DISCRIMINATORY THE MARGIN IN THAT RACE WOULDN’T HAVE MATTERED. SHE GOT CLOBBERED IN THAT RACE. AT LEAST HISTORICALLY, THERE IS NOT ENOUGH NATIVE AMERICAN VOTE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE TO MAKE UP THAT MARGIN SHE LOST BY. >>LET’S TALK ABOUT ANOTHER SENATE RACE WE ARE WATCHING CAREFULLY THE ONE IN TEXAS, TED CRUZ AND BETO O’ROURKE. LET’S GO TO TED CRUZ HEADQUARTERS, THIS THING WE STILL HAVE IT LISTED AS TOO EARLY TO CALL. 78% OF THE VOTE IN. BUT TED CRUZ STARTING TO GROW A LITTLE OF A MARGIN.>>IT IS TOO CLOSE. WE’RE AT 78% REPORTING. CALL IT TOO CLOSE.>>I KNOW, CHUCK, CHUCK IS GOING WILD HERE. WHAT ARE YOU HEARING, GABE, WHAT’S THE MOOD THERE?>>Reporter: HI THERE, SAVANNAH. THE MOOD HERE IS STILL CELEBRATORY. ALTHOUGH, MANY PEOPLE I HAVE SPOKEN TO HERE WISH THIS RACE WASN’T QUITE SO CLOSE AT THIS POINT. THEY ARE STILL CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC. THEY ARE LOOKING AT EARLY RESULTS FROM HARRIS COUNTY. IT SHOWS A SURPRISING STRONG SHOWING FOR BETO O’ROURKE IN THIS COUNTY. OF COURSE, THIS IS A VOTE-RICH COUNTY. IF THIS TREND CONTINUES, THIS COULD BE VERY SIGNIFICANT.>>SORRY, GABE, SORRY TO INTERRUPT. WE HAVE GOOD REASON, TED CRUZ HAS BEEN REELECTED IN TEXAS THIS LONG SHOT CAMPAIGN OF BETO O’ROURKE THAT WAS WELL FUNDED AND CERTAINLY GOT A LOT OF NOTICE AROUND THE COUNTRY, ULTIMATELY DID NOT PREVAIL. TED CRUZ THE INCUMBENT IS HEADED BACK TO THE SENATE. THERE WILL BE A LOT OF STORIES WRITTEN, JOHN HEILEMANN, ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED HERE. WHETHER HE EVER HAD A CHANCE AND WHETHER OR NOT HIS WAY, HIS APPROACH, WHICH WAS TO RUN TO THE LEFT, WHETHER THAT EVER WAS GOING TO WORK IN DEEP RED TEXAS.>>THERE ARE SO MANY STORY LINES ABOUT THIS. AGAIN, I KEEP SAYING I WAS WITH THESE PEOPLE. I WAS AT THE LAST RALLY BETO O’ROURKE DID IN EL PASO. THE ENERGY WAS PALPABLE. WE SAW IT THROUGHOUT THIS RACE.>>BY THE WAY, WE OFFICIALLY CALLED CONTROL FOR THE SENATE. WE HAVE OUR GRAPHIC UP THERE. WE WANT PEOPLE TO SEE IT.>>IF THAT RACE ENDS UP AS CLOSE AS IT LOOKS WITH 79%. HE HAS DONE SOMETHING INCREDIBLE. WHICH IS HE MADE TEXAS COMPETITIVE FOR A DEMOCRATIC STATE WIDE. IT HASN’T BEEN COMPETITIVE SINCE ANNE RICHARDS STATE WIDE. DEMOCRATS WILL STUDY THIS MODEL AND TRY TO FIGURE OUT, WHETHER THE WAY HE DID IT, WHETHER COULD AGAINST THE RIGHT CANDIDATE WITH THE RIGHT CANDIDATE MAKE TEXAS A BATTLEGROUND STATE IN 2020. HE OBVIOUSLY FELL SHORT. IT IS STILL A CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN STATE AND IF YOU HAD A MORE LIKABLE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE, BETO O’ROURKE WOULD NOT HAVE DONE AS WELL.>>WE ARE SEEING THIS SUN BELT OF THE UNITED STATES IS GOING TO BECOME WHAT THE MID-WEST HAS BEEN FOR THE LAST MOST OF OUR ADULT TIME >>THE BELLWEATHER.>>THE BELLWEATHER TO DECIDE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. WE HAVE A CYCLE AWAY, WHERE IT’S THE SUN BELT ORANGE COUNTY TO FLORIDA, GEORGIA, TEXAS AND ARIZONA WILL BE –>>LET ME BREAK AWAY. WE WANT TO BRING IN SARAH SANDERS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY. SHE JOINS US RIGHTS RIGHT NOW. SARAH THANKS FOR BEING WITH US.>>GOOD EVENING. GREAT TO BE WITH YOU.>>SO REPUBLICANS WILL CONTAIN CONTROL OF THE U.S. SENATE. IT’S LOOKING LESS AND LESS LIKELY TO RETAIN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE. ANY OF THE SURPRISES IF ANY FOR YOU TONIGHT?>>LOOK, I THINK A HUGE VICTORY FOR THE PRESIDENT TONIGHT WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SENATE LOOKING LIKE IT’S DEFINITELY GOING TO STAY WITH REPUBLICANS AND PICK UP A COUPLE OF SEATS. THE PRESIDENT SPENT THE LAST WEEK CAMPAIGNING HEAVILY FOR SENATE CANDIDATES. WE ARE SEEING THAT PAY OFF. CERTAINLY IN PLACES LIKE INDIANA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, ALL PLACES THAT THE PRESIDENT CAME IN, HELPED CLOSEST THE DEEM. CERTAINLY A GOOD NIGHT FOR THE PRESIDENT SO FAR. >>SARAH, I KNOW THE PRESIDENT IS HAVING A WATCH PARTY WITH 100 OF HIS CLOSEST FRIENDS. I AM SURE YOU ARE AMONG THEM. HAVE YOU BEEN WITH THE PRESIDENT TONIGHT? WHAT ARE YOU SAYING ABOUT THESE RESULTS? PARTICULARLY THAT HE’S ABOUT TO HAVE A DIVIDE GOVERNMENT FOR THE FIRST TENURE OF HIS PRESIDENCY?>>I HAVE. THE PRESIDENT IS HAPPY, HE THINKS HE HAD HA GREAT NIGHT WHEN IT COMES TO THE SENATE AND SOLID WINS IN THE HOUSE WITH FOLKS LIKE ANDY BARR. THE PRESIDENT WILL FIGHT FOR EXACTLY WHAT HE LAYS OUT, REGARDLESS OF WHO IS IN CONTROL IN THE HOUSE. THE PRESIDENT WILL BE ABLE TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS TO MAKE SURE WE’RE GETTING THINGS DONE. BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT HE CAME TO WASHINGTON TO DO. HE’S LAID OUT A BOLTD AGENDA. WE EXPECT HIM TO CONTINUE TO FOLLOW THROUGH AND HAVE ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL TWO YEARS JUST LIKE HE’S HAD THE PREVIOUS TWO YEARS.>>THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED REGRETS IN AN INTERVIEW ABOUT THE TONE HE HAS HAD AS PRESIDENT. WAS THERE OTHER — ANY REGRETS ABOUT GOING AFTER IMMIGRATION? IT LOOKED LIKE THE NUMBER ONE TOPIC FOR VOTERS THIS TIME AROUND WAS HEALTH CARE?>>NOT AT ALL. THIS IS A TOPIC AND A HUGE CRISIS ON THE BORDER. THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO FOCUS ON PROBLEMS THIS COUNTRY HAS. HE IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT. HE HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR A LONG TIME. AND WE WANT TO SEE SOLUTIONS ACTUALLY TAKE PLACE. WE HAVE TO SECURE OUR BORDERS. WE HAVE TO KNOW WHO IS COMING IN, WHAT THEY DO WHEN THEY GET HERE. WE CERTAINLY WANT TO BE IMMIGRATION IN THIS COUNTRY. THERE IS A RIGHT WAY TO DO IT. WE SUPPORT MERIT BASED IMMIGRATION AND A SECURE BORDER.>>THAT IS SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT NEVER HAS BEEN SHY ABOUT. HE WILL CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT IT. HOPEFULLY, DEMOCRATS WILL SHOW UP A AND DO THE JOB THEY WERE ELECTED TO DO TO BE WILLING TO WORK WITH THE PRESIDENT TO GET THINGS DONE. NOT JUST BE A PARTY OF OBSTRUCTION AND RESISTANCE AND COME AND BRING SOLUTIONS TO THE TABLE AND SOLVE REAL ROBS.>>IT’S A COMMON STORY AFTER MID-TERMS THE PRESIDENT MIGHT MAKE CHANGES IN HIS CABINET. WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THAT WE SEE SOME OF THOSE PERSONNEL CHANGES IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS?>>YOU KNOW, I’LL LEAVE THOSE DECISIONS TO BE BY THE PRESIDENT. I DON’T CERTAINLY HAVE ANY ANNOUNCEMENTS ON THAT RIGHT NOW. WE’RE FOCUSED ON THE NIGHT AHEAD OF US. AGAIN A GREAT NIGHT WITH THE SENATE. WE WILL CONTINUE TO WATCH THE OTHER RACES THROUGHOUT THE EVENING.>>SARAH, GOOD TO SEE YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SPENDING TIME WITH US TONIGHT.>>YOU BET. THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>WE WILL BREAK HERE AND BE AND THERE WAS A LOT OF HAND WINGING AND CONCERN AMONG REPUBLICANS AND CONDEMNATION FROM DEMOCRATS HEADING INTO THIS. BUT THAT HAS REALLY TURNED OUT THAT THE PRESIDENT CAN STILL GET HIS VOTERS TO THE POLLS. PEOPLE STILL LIKE HIM OUT THERE. THAT’S THE MESSAGE I AM HEARING FROM REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATIC SOURCES AT THIS HOUR. TO A CERTAIN EXTENT THIS IS WHAT THIS MAP SHOULD HAVE LOOKED LIKE. THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT MAP AT THE OUTSET. THESE ARE NOT NECESSARILY PURPLE STATES.>>WE GOT ANOTHER CALL TO MAKE. IT’S IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WE CAN NOW OFFICIALLY PROJECT DEMOCRATS WILL TAKE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE AS WE SAID AT THE START OF THE NIGHT, THEY NEEDED TO PICK UP 23 SEATS TO GET OVER THE MAGIC NUMBER OF 218. THEY’VE DONE IT. RIGHT NOW WE ARE TOLD THEY ARE AT 229. CHUCK. NOW IT’S A MATTER OF MEASURING THEIR MARGIN. >>NO DOUBT. LET’S TAKE A SECOND HERE TO REALIZE. FOUR STRAIGHT MID-TERM ELECTIONS WHERE AT LEAST ONE CHAMBER HAS FLIPPED.>>THAT HAS NOT HAPPENED IN THIS COUNTRY SINCE THE ’30s AND ’40s. WHAT WAS THAT DEPRESSION, WORLD WAR II. MASSIVE CHANGES. A NEW GENERATION. WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF — ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO ACCEPT WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS MASSIVE REALIGNMENT, WE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THINGS EVERY TWO YEARS. THINGS ARE SHIFTING.>>REPUBLICANS HELD THE HOUSE FOR EIGHT YEARS.>>THEY HAVE. IF YOU LOOK AT IT. EVERY FOUR YEARS. STARTING IN ’06 THERE HAS BEEN A FLIP OF THE HOUSE OR SENATE OR BOTH. ’06, ’10. ’14 AND NOW ’18.>>THAT IS MAJOR VOLATILITY IN AMERICAN POLITICS.>>YOU SEE A LOT OF WOMEN CANDIDATES, THEY HAVE THIS VERY BIG FIELD. MILITARY BACKGROUND, YOUNGER. THIS IS A NEW GENERATION COMING INTO THE HOUSE.>>IT IS BEING DONE THROUGH THE SUBURBS. THIS IS NOT THEM WINNING RED STATES. THIS IS NOT RED DISTRICTS. THIS IS THEM WINNING –>>WHAT’S THE MESSAGE FOR DEMOCRATS? THEN RUN FAR TO THE LEFT OF CENTRIST?>>VERY MIXED.>>IT DEPENDS VERY MUCH WHERE YOU RUN. I DO THINK THERE HAS BEEN — IT’S BEEN CLEAR THERE IS A PUSH FOR AUTHENTICITY. VOTERS WERE AUTHENTICS. FOR DEMOCRATS THAT’S ON THE PROGRESSIVE SIDE. WE ARE VERY OBVIOUSLY INTO THE VOTE COUNTS, JUST HOW MANY DEMOCRATS WILL CONTROL THE HOUSE. THE FACT THAT WE HAVE CALLED CONTROL OF THE HOUSE HAND POWER TO DEMOCRATS IN WASHINGTON IN A WAY THAT IS GOING TO DEFINE THE NEXT TWO YEARS OF COVERING THE PRESIDENT.>>WALK US THROUGH THE PRACTICALIIES OF DEMOCRATS NOT CONTROLLING THE HOUSE?>>THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE IS SUBPOENA POWER. WHEN REPUBLICANS CONTROLLED THE HOUSE THIS LAST GO AROUND, THEY ACTUALLY MADE IT SO THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO CONSULT WITH THE MINORITY IF THEY WANTED TO ISSUE A SUBPOENA. IT WAS LARGELY OVERLOOKED AT THE TIME. DEMOCRATS COMPLAINED ABOUT IT AT THE TIME. BUT IT’S A CLASSIC CASE OF YOU KNOW WHAT, WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND.>>JUST TO REALLY DEFINE OUR TERMS, YOU ARE TALKING DEMOCRATS WHO WILL HAVE CONTROL OF CHAIRMANSHIPS, THEN HAVE THE POWER TO INVESTIGATE AND AS PART OF THAT POWER TO INVESTIGATE, IT’S THE POWER TO SUBPOENA, WHICH IS THE POWER FOR CONGRESS TO COMPEL TESTIMONY OR DOCUMENTS?>>OR TAX RETURNS, FOR EXAMPLE.>>WE COMPARED DEVON NUNEZ WHO WAS AS NO OTHER INTELLIGENCE CHAIR HAS BEEN THE HAND MAIDEN OF THE WHITE HOUSE, HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN INDEPENDENT BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE. HE COMPLETELY POLITICIZE I’D IT FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE STATES INCLUDING THE MIDNIGHT RUN WHICH WAS THEN MISREPORTED. NOW HE WOULD GET REPLACED BY ADAM SCHIFF, A FORMER PROSECUTOR AND SOMEONE LEADING THE CHARGE AGAINST DONALD TRUMP.>>THAT IS A STRONGER COMPARISON AND ELIJAH CUMMINGS REPLACES TRAY GOWDY.>>NANCY PELOSI? THAT’S THE QUESTION AT THE MOMENT? DOES SHE HAVE THE VOTES?>>THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE TO NANCY PELOSI AT THE SPEAKER RIGHT NOW AND WHETHER OR NOT SHE HAS A MAJOR PROBLEM ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE, WE DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER YET. CHUCK, WE NEED TO SEE THE LEFT OF THESE RESULTS. THE GENERAL CONSENSUS HAS BEEN AMONG MY CONSULTANTS, IF THE MAJORITY IS LESS THAN THEN, THEN SHE AS IF THEY HAVE A MARGIN LESS THAN TEN, SHE COULD PROPERLY HAVE A PROBLEM. THERE IS A SENSE, NANCY PELOSI’S PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WORKING BEHIND THE SCENES TO MAKE SURE THIS PATH WAS GOING TO BE SMOOTH. THEY THINK THERE IS A FAR LOWER NUMBER OF HARD CORE ANTI-PELOSI THAN CANDIDATES THEY HAVE VOTING FOR HER THE PROCESS, THIS WILL ALL PLAY OUT. IT’S A LITTLE MORE COMPLICATED THAN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND. SO YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ON THE FLOOR. CAN YOU VOTE PRESENT, WHICH WOULD POTENTIALLY SAVE SOME DEMOCRATS THAT SAID THEY WOULD VOTE AGAINST HER, THEN THEIR VOTES WOULDN’T COUNT.>>THAT MAY SAVE HER A BIT.>>THE IDEA THAT THERE IS NO ONE ELSE OUT THERE. IT MEANS THERE IS NO ONE ANYONE WOULDCO COULD COALESCE AROUND?>>WHEN JOE CRAWLEY LOST THAT PRIMARY ELECTION TO OCASSIA CORTEZ, HE WAS SOMEBODY, HE’S 20-PLUS YEARS YOUNGER THAN NANCY PELOSI. HE SPENT TIME IN LEADERSHIP. HE UNDERSTOOD WHAT IT TOOK. THERE IS NOBODY ELSE WHO HAS THE KNOWLEDGE RIGHT NOW TO UNDERTAKE THE JOB. AVOID A RUNOFF.>>IT’S CLOSE, A DISTAL 49.9 YOU GET A RUNOFF. WE ARE BEING CAREFUL. WE KNOW KEMP IS LEADING. HAS AHEAD. WE THINK HE IS GOING TO.>>I THINK THE STAR POWER PUT INTO THAT RACE, OPRAH COMING OUT IN PFEIFFER OF ABRAMS. ANOTHER CELEBRITIES, PRESIDENT TRUMP WENT DOWN THERE. IS THIS A IN MANY WAYS A REFERENDUM ON –>>CELEBRITY SUPPORT?>>NO, I DON’T. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL LOOK AT FLORIDA AND GEORGIA. KEMP AND DeSANTIS. PRESIDENT TRUMP GOT INVOLVED IN BOTH AND PULLED THEM ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. THEY WILL PULL OUT AGAINST PROUD AFRICAN-AMERICAN DEMOCRATS.>>OBAMA WENT DOWN.>>IT IS INTERESTING THAT THIS, THEY WERE VERY MUCH SORT OF TRUMP-LIKE REPUBLICANS. NOT NECESSARILY SUBURBAN REPUBLICANS, CHAMBER OF COMMERCE REPUBLICANS, MORE TRUMP-LIKE REPUBLICANS AND STACY ABRAMS AND ANDREW GILLUM COME UP SHORT.>>HOW MANY GOVERNOR RACES YOU HAVE THE RIGHT OF THE PARTY AND THE LEFT OF THE PARTY.>>BUT THE MESSAGE THAT’S GOING TO SEND TO DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES AND MAJOR DEMOCRATIC DONORS ABOUT WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN’T, YOU KNOW, TO GET TO THE PRESIDENCY, YOU GOT TO WIN FLORIDA. SO IT’S JUST GOING TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON HOW DEMOCRATS THINK ABOUT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT WHEN THAT RACE STARTS TOMORROW.>>THE BOTTOM OF THE HOUR.>>THE TWO BIG STORIES OF THE NIGHT THE HOUSE IS NOW, WILL NOW BE IN THE CONTROL OF DEMOCRATS. THE QUESTION IS, BY HOW MANY, AND IN THE LAST THREE MINUTES, THEY CROSSED THE THRESHOLD. THEY HAVE THE 23 NECESSARY TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. AT THE SAME TIME, REPUBLICANS HAVE, OKAY, WE’RE LOOKING AT THE HOUSE ESTIMATE HERE OF HOW MANY SEATS WE’LL END UP WITH. SENATE CONTROL WILL BE RETAINED BY THE REPUBLICANS.>>ALL RIGHT. SO NOW WE’RE TALKING ABOUT, CHUCK, DEMOCRATS TAKING BACK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE. I GUESS THE BIG QUESTION IS BY MA MAR J IN?>>LOOK, THERE IS ANOTHER MAGIC NUMBER I WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT IN THE SENATE A LITTLE BIT.>>THAT IS THE NUMBER OF 54 FOR THE REPUBLICANS. IF THEY CAN SOMEHOW GET TO 54, RIGHT, IF MISSOURI CAME IN FOR THEM, LET’S SAY FLORIDA, THAT ONE LOOKS LIKE IT’S HEADED TO A RECOUNT, LET’S SAY THEY GET THAT ONE, THEY GET ONE OF THESE THREE, NEVADA OR ARIZONA OR MONTANA. LET’S GIVE THEM THIS ARIZONA ONE HERE, IF THAT HAPPENED, SOME SCENARIO LIKE THIS. WHY DOES 54 MATTER? 54 SENATE SEATS WOULD PROBABLY LOCK IN THE REPUBLICAN SENATE MAJORITY AT LEAST UNTIL 2022.>>THAT 2020 SENATE MAP ONLY INCLUDES ONE DOUG JONES AND A PRESIDENTIAL YEAR, A DEMOCRAT TRYING TO WIN IN ALABAMA AND THERE’S ONLY ABOUT THREE OR FOUR REPUBLICAN TARGETS IN SWING STATES, SUSAN COLLINS IS IN ONE. JONI ERNST. NORTH CAROLINA, MAINE THE POINT IS, KEEP TRACK OF THIS NUMBER TONIGHT. IF REPUBLICANS GET TO 54 SENATE SEATS, IT COULD LOCK THEM IN FOR FOUR YEARS, NOT TWO FOR SENATE CONTROL. IT’S A BIG DEAL FOR THE JUDICIARY.>>ALL RIGHT. CHUCK. THANK YOU. WE HAVE HALLE JACKSON?>>YES, SHE’S AT THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE WE SAW SARAH SANDERS A LITTLE WHILE AGO. THEY SEEM TO BE IN A GOOD MOOD. >>Reporter: THEY SURE DO WHEN IT COMES TO THE HOUSE. THIS IS WHAT THEY WANTED TO HAPPEN. LET ME PULL BACK THE CURTAIN. PRESIDENT TRUMP IS WITH FAMILY FRIENDS, DOZENS OF THEM WERE INVITED TO THE RESIDENCE TO WATCH THE RETURNS. THEY’RE WATCHING IT ON A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT CHANNELLES. THE SPIRITS SEEM TO BE HIGH FROM WHAT WE HEAR FROM SOURCES IN THE ROOM. HE IS SPECIFICALLY LOOKING AT TO THE SENATE MAP. I AM TOLD BY A SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL THAT I SPOKE WITH, THIS IS IMMIGRATION RHETORIC HE PUSHED IN THE CLOSING DAYS OF THE CAMPAIGN. THERE IS A SENSE IN THIS WHITE HOUSE THEY HAVE NOW BEEN VALIDATED BY THAT. THEY FELT IT WAS A GOOD STRATEGY. IT WAS A BET. RIGHT NOW THE SENSE IS THAT BET HAS PAID OFF. THEY ARE LOOKING AT THE HOUSE. YES, DEMOCRATS CONTROL THE HOUSE. BUT THERE IS A QUESTION BY HOW MUCH AND RIGHT NOW THE THOUGHT AT LEAST FROM THE PRESIDENT’S ALLIES, IT’S NOT AS BAD AS IT COULD HAVE BEEN. RIGHT? AT LEAST AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME, IT IS NOT GOING TO BE THAT BLUE WAVE LANDSLIDE THAT SOME DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN HOPING FOR. WHAT DOES HIS AGENDA LOOK LIKE MOVING FORWARD HERE? LET’S TALK NANCY PELOSI, YOU HAD THAT CONVERSATION WITH CHUCK WHETHER OR NOT NANCY PELOSI HAS A SPEAKER. I ASKED IS THE PRESIDENT GOING TO CALL NANCY PELOSI, TONIGHT, TOMORROW, THIS WEEK? HE SAID, WHY WOULD HE CALL HER WHEN SOME DEMOCRATS DON’T WANT HER TO BECOME SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE? FRAME THIS UP, THE PRESIDENT BY RETAINING CONTROL OF THE SENATE IS ABLE TO PUSH THE RESHAPING OF THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY HE HAS PUSHED ALONG WITH MITCH McCONNELL, REMEMBER THE SENATE CONTROLS THAT. NUMBER GO, LOOK AT THE PERSONNEL, RIGHT? CONFIRMATIONS FOR EXAMPLE, CABINET MEMBERS. THERE MAY VERY WELL BE AN OPENING INSIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FOR THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL SLOT IF JEFF SESSIONS DOES DEPART AFTER THE MID-TERMS AS HAS BEEN WIDELY ANTICIPATED HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C., HAVING CONTROL OF THE SENATE HELPS THE PRESIDENT ON THAT FRONT. ON THE FLIPSIDE, HE IS GOING TO BE FACING POTENTIALLY A LOT OF SUBPOENAS FROM THE HOUSE AS SAVANNAH JUST TALKED ABOUT A LITTLE BIT AGO, IF, IN FACT, SOME OF THESE FOLKS GO AFTER HIS TAX RETURNS, MORE INFORMATION FROM THE WHOUCHLTS IT WILL BE AN ONSLAUGHT. THE WEST WING IS PREPARING FOR THAT.>>LET’S GO TO CHUCK IN THE ELECTION CENTER. >>ALL RIGHT. CASEY. WHAT DO WE GOT HERE? OBVIOUSLY, WE ARE SEEING BOYANCY?>>I THINK THEY’RE PROBABLY OPTIMISTIC THERE COULD BE A COUPLE RACES THAT THEY’RE LOOKING OUT TO THAT MAYBE SURPRISES. THERE IS STILL QUITE A FEW — A COUPLE TIME ZONES, ANYWAY LEFT ON THAT FRONT. I DO THINK THE MARGIN IN THE HOUSE IS GOING TO BE IMPORTANT FOR THE UPCOMING LEADERSHIP BATTLES. BECAUSE, QUITE FRANKLY, IF DEMOCRATS CAN AVOID A BLOODY FIGHT OVER NANCY PELOSI LEADING THE PARTY, THEY WILL BE OFF ON A MUCH STRONGER FOOT. I THINK THERE IS A OUPLE QUESTIONS. OVERSIGHT POWER. YOU CANNOT OVERESTIMATE. EVERY E-MAIL, EVERY TAX RETURN. EVERY PIECE OF INFORMATION, DOCUMENT FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION NOW SUDDENLY KEY WHIMS OF THE CONGRESS. THE OTHER THING WE LOOK AT IS WHAT ARE DEMOCRATS GOING TO DO WITH THAT NEW FOUND POWER? ARE THEY GOING TO OVERREACH? NANCY PELOSI ALREADY SAYING, HEY, IMPEACHMENT, THAT’S NOT WHAT THIS CAUCUS IS ABOUT. >>BEER IN HERE WITH OUR BOILER ELECTION ROOM. I GOT MY POLLSTER HERE. I TALKED TO ME REPUBLICAN HALF. LET ME TALK TO MY DEMOCRATIC HALF, FRED YANG. YOU HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION, LOOK AT THE CAMERA, TURN TO ME HERE. DEMOCRATS GOT THE HOUSE. IN THE STATEWIDE RACES, NO SIGNATURE WIN FOR DEMOCRATS WHETHER IT’S FLORIDA, GEORGIA, TEXAS. WHAT’S YOUR EXPLANATION?>>FIRST OF ALL, THE AIL LOT OF CLOSE RACES. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE MISSOURI, WE HAVE MONTANA, WHICH WILL PROBABLY BE A WIN. I THINK SENATOR NELSON CAN PULL IT ON FLORIDA. LOOK I THINK THE DONALD TRUMP NUMBER, YOU KNOW, IN THE RED, DONALD TRUMP STATES, THAT MANAGED TO PUT THEM OVER THE TOP.>>ALL RIGHT. FRED YANG, OUR POLK TEAM HERE, CASEY HUNT. ALL RIGHT. GUYS, BACK TO YOU.>>ALL RIGHT. SO DEMOCRATS TO TAKE THE HOUSE BY HOW MANY? THAT’S WHAT WE’RE WAITING TO SEE. LET’S KIND OF LOOK AT THE ROAD, HOW THEY GOT THERE. LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE MINNESOTA — MINNESOTA 3. AND THE WINNER THERE WAS A DEAN PHILLIPS.>>IN COME VINCEING FASHION. THIS WAS A PICKUP.>>THIS IS A SUBURBAN SEAT. TWIN CITIES.>>SUBURBAN SIXTH DISTRICT JASON CROWE ANOTHER DEMOCRATIC GAIN.>>THIS ONE CAME EARLIER. ILEANA LEHTINEN DONNA SHALALA PICKS UP THE SEAT. THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SAYING SHE WAS THE URBAN HUMAN SECRETARY IN THE EARLY ’90s. THIS WAS THE ONE CHUCK WAS EXCITED ABOUT NEW YORK DISTRICT 11 MAT ROSE PICKS UP THIS SEAT. IS THIS STATEN ISLAND?>>YES. IN A YEAR WHERE IT LOOKS LIKE TRUMP PEOPLE WILL PAY. HE THINKS THAT ONE MIGHT HAVE STAYED REPUBLICAN.>>DAN DONOVAN WAS CONTROVERSIAL FOR NOTT PROSECUTING POLICE BRUTALITY.>>ALLRED, A DEMOCRATIC GAIN OVER PETE SESSIONS.>>I KNOW THEY WERE WORRIED ABOUT THAT SEAT. A LONG-TIME CONGRESSMAN. >>IT IS THE SON OF A FORMER CIA DIRECTOR BY THE WAY. PETE SESSIONS HELD THE DISTINCTION OF RUNNING UNOPPOSED IN 2016 IN A DISTRICT THAT HILLARY CLINTON CARRIED. A WHOLE BUNCH OF DEMOCRATS SAID, WAIT, DID WE NOT KNOW THIS DISTRICT WAS MOVING? ? THEY FINALLY FOUND A GUY.>>HALLE STEVENS. ANOTHER DEMOCRATIC GAIN.>>A FEW VIRGINIA STATES WILL BE BELLWHETHERS. THIS WAS ONE OF THEM. THIS IS THIS ONE THE 7th DISTRICT. A LOT OF FOLKS ARE WATCHING THIS ONE. THIS WAS THE SCENE OF AN ABSOLUTE POLITICAL SHOCKER A FEW YEARS BACK WHEN DAVE BRATT, A TEA PARTY REPUBLICAN, UNSEATED THE SITTING MAJORITY LEADER OF THE HOUSE ERIC CANTOR. WELL, A FEW YEARS LATER HE IS IN A TIGHT RACE WITH A FORMER OFFICIAL OF THE CIA.>>I CAN’T HELP BUT WONDER A TOP OF THE TICKET PROBLEM FOR REPUBLICANS IN THE TICKET. STEWART, MUCH MORE OF A TRUMP GUY DIDN’T CONNECT AND GOT BLOWN OUT BY TIM KAINE.>>THAT TRICKLED DOWN EFFECT, A LOT OF REPUBLICAN INCUMBENTS WERE RUNNING WITH A LOT OF WIND IN THEIR FACE BECAUSE OF COREY STEWART. YOU CAN’T HELP BUT WONDER DID THAT HURT HIM.>>WHO IS HERE IN NICOLE WALLACE. >>I WORKED IN THE REPUBLICAN HOUSE WITH A DEMOCRATIC CONTROLLED HOUSE. IT CHANGES EVERYTHING. I DON’T KNOW IF DONALD TRUMP NOT A STUDENT OF HISTORY, I DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH HIS LIFE CHANGED TONIGHT. ADAM SHEPPP IS ON THE INTEL COMMITTEE. I WAS REMINDED NO ONE EVER PASSED LEGISLATION TO PROTECT ROBERT MUELLER SO ANYONE WORRIED ABOUT GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF THE RUSSIA QUESTION NOW HAS DEMOCRATS IN CONTROL OF THE HOUSE INTEL COMMITTEE. EVERY, I THINK CHUCK YOU WERE SAYING THIS WITH CASEY, EVERY TAX RETURN, EVERY SCANDAL AND THERE HAS BEEN A LOT FOR A WHITE HOUSE TWO YEARS IN, THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH MORE CABINET SECRETARIES, TOO CORRUPT FOR DONALD TRUMP, WHICH IS SAYING SOMETHING.>>NICOLE, THE PRESIDENT TO HEAR SARAH SANDERS TALK ABOUT IT. TO HEAR OUR WHOSE CORRESPONDENT THE PRESIDENT HAS A SKIP IN HIS STEP. HE’S LANE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED IN THE SENATE. HIS BIG GAMBLE. IT SEEMS TO HAVE PAID OFF ON THE SENATE SIDE.>>IT’S BACKWARDS. HE WENT TO THOSE RACES BECAUSE IT WAS REALLY HARD FOR REPUBLICANS TO LOSE CONTROL OF THE SENATE. >>ULTIMATELY, THOUGH, REPUBLICANS PRE VAMD. I GO GUESS THE QUESTION IS DOES THIS IS THE UP AN OPPORTUNITY TO RUN ACROSS THE SENATE IN 2020?>>HE WOULD RUN AGAINST HIS PET IF HE WANTED. HE WENT TO TO THE SENATE RACES. >>>HE HURT A LOT OF THE PEOPLE HE WENT AND CAMPAIGN FODDER IN THE FINAL DAYS. SO I THINK THEY REVERSE ENGINEERED THIS, KNOWING THE SENATE IS MUCH MORE GETTABLE THAN THE HOUSE. I THINK IT IS PROBABLY A SAFE BET TO SAY THAT THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH THEIR LIVES CHANGED.>>BUT BY KEEPING CONTROL OF THE SENATE WHAT DO THEY GET?>>THEY GET, IN DONALD TRUMP’S LEGAL FOLKS TOLD, YOU KNOW, WOULD SAY THIS OUT LOUD, NOT ON CAMERA OR TO THEIR NAME IN NEWSPAPER STORIES, THEY AVOID IMPEACHMENT, THEY AVOID CONVICTION SHOULD THE HOUSE ULTIMATELY IMPEACH DONALD TRUMP.>>DO YOU THINK THE HOUSE WOULD MOVE TO IMPEACHMENT? NANCY PELOSI HAS BEEN SAYING IT IS WAY TO SOON TRYING TO STEM THE TIDE. SOME DEMOCRATS WHO CERTAINLY SHE HAS THAT FERVOR.>>YOU SEEN WHAT HAPPENED TO NEWT GINGRICH.>>I DON’T THINK THAT’S THE PRIORITY, THOUGH. I THINK THERE ARE MORE URGENT NATIONAL SECURITY AND ETHICAL QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED. I THINK THEY WILL MOVE QUICKLY TO PICK UP WHERE THE REPUBLICANS SHUT DOWN THE HOUSE INTEL INVESTIGATION INTO RUSSIAN MEDDLING. I THINK THEY WILL GET TO THE COUNTRY’S BUSINESS BEFORE THEY SET HIM SOME SORT OF INTERNAL DEBATE ABOUT IMPEACHMENT.>>BUT THE MESSAGE HE IS TAKING FROM THIS, IT IS VERY CLEAR IN WHAT SARAH SANDERS SAID, WHY SHOULD SHE AS HALLE JACKSON WAS REPORTING, WHY SHOULD HE CALL NANCY PELOSI? WE’RE NOT GETTING BACK TO CHUCK AND NANCY TALKING ABOUT A SOLUTION FOR THE DREAMERS. HE DOES NOT AT LEAST TONIGHT FEEL HE INTO EVIDENCE TO NEGOTIATE WITH THE DEMOCRATIC HOUSE. HE’D RATHER RUN AGAINST HIM THERE THAT’S MORE ABOUT HIM. HE DIDN’T CALM THE PEOPLE WHO RECEIVED 350I7 PIPE BOMBS EITHER. >>MIKE DeWINE THE REPUBLICAN WHO IS THE PROJECTED WINNER OF THE OHIO GOVERNMENT’S RACE.>>FIRST OF ALL A PRESIDENTIAL BATTLEGROUND AND JOHN KASICH TERM LIMITED. WE’LL SEE IF HE –>>DEMOCRATS WANTED THIS.>>REMEMBER THE CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BOARD.>>THAT NEW AGENCY THAT BARACK OBAMA HAD AND IT WAS BY ELIZABETH WARREN ORIGINALLY. >>HE FOLLOWED HER THERE.>>HE WAS THE GUY. HE WAS EARLY ON. THIS WAS A DEMOCRATIC PROJECT FROM THE GET-GO. GOOD OLD MIKE DeWINE.>>THE TOMORROWS, SENATORS.>>I STARTED COVERING CAMPAIGN POLITICS IN 1992 AND MIKE DeWINE WAS RUNNING FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE. MIKE DeWINE BECAME A UNITED STATES SNOWER IN ’94, LOST THE SENATE SEAT I THINK TO SHERROD BROWN, AND NOW MIKE DeWINE KEEPS CHUGGING ALONG.>>HE’S UNLIKE ANY REPUBLICAN THAT GOES TO OHIO ON A BUS TOUR.>>HE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE GOVERNOR.>>HE WAS LT. GOV. ATTORNEY GENERAL. ALWAYS WANTED TO BE GOVERNOR. CONGRATULATIONS TO MIKE DeWINE. THE GUY HAS LITERALLY HALF HIS ADULT LIFE HAS BEEN GETTING TO THE GOVERNOR S&H THE GUY FINALLY GOT THERE.>>HE HAS TAKEN THE BUS TO THE STATE HOUSE. WE WILL KEEP WATCHING AN EXCITING NIGHT HERE.>>>WELCOME BACK TO DEMOCRACY PLAZA. SOME OF THE DRAMA NOW HAS BEEN, WE’VE GOTTEN SOME ANSWERS TO, CERTAINLY NOT THE FLORIDA SENATE RACE. CLAIRE MISCASS KILL TRAILING JOSH HAWLEY. CLAIRE McCASKILL A DEMOCRAT. TOO CLOSE TO CALL.>>PEOPLE WILL BE SAYING WHAT’S THAT SPREAD ABOUT? MISSOURI IS NOTORIOUS. THOSE URBAN COUNTIES COME IN REALLY LATE.>>THAT MEMBER McCASKILL TERRITORY. >>YOU HAVE TO WAIT TO DOUBLE CHECK. YOU’D RATHER BE HAWLEY RIGHT NOW.>>A GREAT STATE OF ARIZONA, MY HOME STATE. HI, MOM. WE HAVE A TOO CLOSE TO CALL RACE. KIFR STEN CINEMA, MARTHA McSALLY. ANDREA POINTED OUT, THE DEMOCRAT WAS A FLIP. >>MARTHA, TWO MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THE FIRST WHO HIM TO FIGHT TO BECOME A COMBAT PILOT. A JET PILOT. I COVERED THAT ISSUE WITH THE PENTAGON. SHE FOUGHT ALL THE WAY UP TO FINALLY LEON PANETTA HAD TO LET HER DO IT.>>MONTANA, THE SENATE RACE. COUNT AND VOTE IN MONTANA. A BIG MATCHUP THERE.>>A BIT FARTHER WEST. TOO EARLY TO CALL THE NEVADA RACE. A LITTLE VOTING IN THERE. WISCONSIN GOVERNOR, REMAINS TOO CLOSE TO CALL. 4,000 VOTE DIFFERENCE. 64% VOTE. SCOTT WALKER TRAILING TONY EVERS.>>THINK ABOUT THIS. HE GOT ELECTED IN 2010.>>THE RECALL.>>REELECTED IN ’14. HIS FOURTH STATE WIDE CAMPAIGN IN 12 YEARS THE GUY KNOWS HOW TO RUN STATE WIDE. IT DID SEEM LIKE THIS IS GOING TO BE HIS TOUGHEST HE ILL TO — TOUGHEST HILL TO CLIMB. >>ALL RIGHT. FLORIDA GOVERNOR TOO CLOSE TO CALL. 99% OF THE VOTE IN. BUT THERE IS 1 ‘, THAT MIGHT MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. SAME SITUATION IN GEORGIA EXCEPT FOR THERE WE’RE TELLING YOU IT IS TOO EARLY TO CALL. WE WERE WATCHING THIS EARLIER, REMEMBER, WE SAID THAT OUR DECISION DESK FOUGHT, IT APPARENTLY BRIAN KEMP WOULD EXCEED THE 50% THRESHOLD AND NOT GO TO A RUNOFF. >>KEMP’S NUMBER HAS BEEN CREEPING DOWN AS THE VOTE COMES IN. BASICALLY A LOT OF THE VOTE COMING IN IS LIKELY GOING TO LEAN ABRAMS THE QUESTION IS, DOES IT CREEP DOWN BELOW THE 50 OR NOT BY THE TIME ALL OF IT COMES IN?>>I GUESS THAT’S WHY THEY’RE CALLING IT TOO CLOSE TO CALL. A POLL CLOSING JUST ABOUT NINE MINUTES. I CAN’T FORGET THE SUNSHINY WEST W. WE HAVE BIG RACES TO BE DECIDED THERE. WHAT IS YOUR BIG SURPRISE OF THE NIGHT, NICOLE?>>I THINK WE WERE SO CAUGHT UP IN THE HUMAN STORY THE BETO O’ROURKE CANDIDACY WAS SO EXCITING. YOU DON’T SEE DEMOCRATS COME THAT CLOSE. I THINK YOU KNOW IT’S SURPRISING TO SEE HOW CLOSE WE GOT. I THINK THE RACES WE HAVEN’T CALLED YET REMAIN SOME OF THE MORE EXCITING ONES. I THINK THEY’VE OB SKUFRD THE BIG HEADLINE AS YOU SAID WHEN I SAT DOWN, WE HAVE A DIVIDE GOVERNMENT. EVERYTHING CHANGES, TOMORROW WILL BE THE BIG DAY OF THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY WHERE ANOTHER PARTY CONTROLS ONE BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT AND WITH REPUBLICANS REFUSING TO DO ANY SEMBLANCE OF OVERSIGHT OR ANY SEMBLANCE OF TRYING TO BE ANY SORT OF AN HONEST BROKER WITH DISPUTES OF THE FBI, IT WILL BE A REMARKABLE CHANGE.>>I THINK WHAT FRUSTRATES PEOPLE, NA I WATCH ONE PARTICULAR PARTY IN POWER DO THINGS COMPLAIN AND COMPLAIN ABOUT AND WHEN YOU GET YOUR SHOT, DO YOU FOLLOW THE SAME PLAYBOOK IN THE IDEA OF PAYBACK?>>I DON’T KNOW. WE’RE ALL FAMILIAR WITH A LOT OF THE PEOPLE THAT WILL BECOME CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE. THEY MENTIONED ADAM SCHIFF AND OTHERS. I THINK THE DEMOCRATS AND YOU TALKED ABOUT NANCY PELOSI, I THINK THEY REALIZE THE.>>GARVIN:ITY OF THEIR CAST. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE. 60% OF THE PUBLIC DOESN’T APPROVE OF THE WAY DONALD TRUMP IS DOING HIS JOB THE 47% THEY LOVE HIM NO MATTER WHAT. FOR THE 60% OF THE PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE PRESIDENT, IT’S COMFORTING THE DEMOCRATS NOW HAVE SUBPOENA POWER AND OVERSIGHT POWER.>>THE BIG STORY, WHAT IS THE BIG PARTY IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS DONALD TRUMP’S PARTY. THIS IS NOT DONALD TRUMP. — HE MAY HAVE BEEN HIJACKING THE POLITICAL PARTY IN 2016 AND BORROWING IT. HE HAS REMAINED AND HE KNOWS HOW TO ACTIVATE. I MEAN, WE GOT CAUGHT. WHY IS ANDREW GILLUM LIKELY TO LOSE AND NOT WIN? WHY IS STACY ABRAMS TO LOSE AND NOT WIN? I WOULD ARGUE DONALD TRUMP FIGURED OUT HOW TO GET HIS BASE OUT THE RURAL COUNTIES, THEY SHOW UP IN BIG NUMBERS. WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A POLITICAL REALIGNMENT, DEMOCRATS WILL DO WELL IN THE SUBURBS. IT’S NOT ENOUGH.>>PEOPLE SHOW THEY WANT SOME CHECK, THEY WANT CHECKS AND BALANCES. IF PAUL RYAN AND THE REPUBLICAN CHAIRS HAD SHOWN ANY GUTS AND STOOD UP TO DONALD TRUMP, MAYBE THIS WOULDN’T BE THE RESULT.>>AS WE GO TO A BREAK, VIRGINIA 7 HAS FALLEN THE DEMOCRAT’S WAY. THAT WAS WHEN YOU WERE WATCHING.>>THREE OR FOUR OF THEIR TARGETS IN VIRGINIA. WE SAID THAT WOULD BE A BIG DEAL.>>>BREAKING NEWS AS WE COME ON, AN GREW GILLUM THE DEMOCRATIC GOVERNOR IS SAID TO BE CONCEDING IN FLORIDA. WE CAN GO LIVE THERE. TAKE A LISTEN. CLOSE TO CALL. APPARENTLY INTERNAL POLLSTERS KNOW MORE.>>I STILL BELIEVE WE NEED TO CLEAN UP OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR AIR, OUR WATER QUALITY. OUR BEACHES. OUR SHORES. I STILL BELIEVE WE NEED TO HAVE THE ECONOMY WHERE PEOPLE ARE ABLE WORK ONE JOB, INSTEAD OF TWO OR THREE JOBS IN ORDER TO MAKE ENDS MEET. I’M EXTREMELY PROUD THIS EVENING THE VOTERS OF FLORIDA DECIDED TO PASS AMENDMENT 4, PROUD ABOUT THAT. [ CHEERS ] .>>THAT IS JUST ONE STEP CLOSER TO GETTING US WHERE IT IS THAT WE NEED TO BE AS A STATE. YOUALL, I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU NOT TO GIVE UP. I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO STICK TO THE FIGHT. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT EVERY STEP OF THIS WAY, EVEN THOUGH I WON’T HAVE THE BLESSING OF SERVING AS THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, I STILL PLAN TO BE ON THE FRONT LINES RIGHT ALONGSIDE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU WHEN IT COMES TO STANDING UP FOR WHAT IT IS THAT WE BELIEVE IN. AS I SAID ALL ALONG THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, POWER SEES NOTHING WITHOUT A DEMAND. IT NEVER HAS AND IT NEVER WILL. WE STILL HAVE TO BE WILLING TO SHOW UP EVERY SINGLE DAY AND DEMAND OUR SEAT AT THE TABLE. WE GOT TO BE WILLING, INSIDE OF ELECTIONS AND OUTSIDE OF ELECTIONS TO SAY THAT OUR VOICES STILL MATTER.>>THAT WE STILL HAVE RELEVANCE. I STILL BELIEVE AND I STILL TRUST THE VOTERS. WE MAY NOT HAVE ALL SHOWN UP IN THE WAY THAT WE THOUGHT AND HOPED THAT WE WOULD. BUT I STILL BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE STILL MORE OF US THAT BELIEVE WHAT IS COMMON AND DECENT AND WHAT’S RIGHT AND I BELIEVE IN THE LONG RUN, GOOD ALWAYS WINS OUT OVER EVIL. I STILL BELIEVE THAT. [ CHEERS ]>>MANY OF YOU ALL ALONG THE TRAIL HEARD ME TALK RATHER REPEATEDLY ABOUT MY GRANDMOTHER. SOMEONE POINTED OUT THAT SHE WAS THE REAL WINNER OF THE GOVERNOR’S RACE.>>ANDREW GILLUM, THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR IN FLORIDA, CONCEDEING. WE HAVE IT AS TOO CLOSE TO CALL. CLEARLY, THEY SEE OTHERWISE. RON DeSANTIS WILL APPARENTLY GO ON TO BE GOVERNOR IN FLORIDA. >>WE WILL CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE TOP OF THE HOUR. THIS WAS AN ELECTION ABOUT HOPE AND ABOUT THE FUTURE OF TEXAS RENDERING A FUTURE OF MORE JOBS AND SECURITY AND MORE FREEDOM.>>HE’S ONE RELIEVED MAN. IT WAS A VERY CLOSE RACE. HE FOUGHT BACK A VERY ENERGETIC AND WELL FUNDED CHALLENGER BETO O’ROURKE. AT SOME POINT WE ARE NOT LOOKING — HE FOUND A FRIEND IN DONALD TRUMP AND PATCHED OVER WHATEVER DIFFERENCE THEY HAD.>>HE HAD A NEW NICKNAME. THE PRESIDENT SAYS HE’S BEAUTIFUL TED. THERE HE’S GIVING SHOUT OUT TO HIS WIFE. WERE THEY BITING THEIR NAILS OR DID THEY FEEL THAT RED TEXAS HAD COME ON HOME.>>IT IS ELECTRIC HERE YOU CAN SEE. REPUBLICANS, SOME OF THEM ARE SURPRISED THAT THIS RACE IS CALLED SO EARLY. MANY OF THEM PROVED THAT THIS WAS A LONG WAY, THEY DID NOT THINK THE BLUE WAVE IS REAL. TED CRUZ FOLDED OUT IN THE END, THIS IS THE FORCE DEEPLY OF RED STATE. I SPOKE TO TED CRUZ’S CAMPAIGN A SHORT TIME AGO. THEY DID NOT WANT TO SAY HOW MUCH PRESIDENT TRUMP SUPPORT AND HOW MUCH OF THAT CONTRIBUTED TO HIS SUCCESS HERE. THEY SAY THAT TED CRUZ IS TALKING ABOUT THE STRONG ECONOMY AND TAX CUTS AND THAT’S WHAT MATTERS TO CONSERVATIVE VOTERS HERE IN TEXAS AND THAT’S WHY THEY TURNED OUT IN LARGE NUMBER FOR TED CRUZ. STILL A CLOSE RACE IN SUCH A DEEP RED STATE. HOW MUCH O’ROURKE AND ENTHUSIASM HE WAS ABLE TO PULL OUT. WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP FOCUSING ON IMMIGRATION IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS OF THIS CAMPAIGN, IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY IS SUCH A HUGE SUPPORTER IN TEXAS AND HELP CURE THE SOUTHERN BORDER. TED CRUZ FOUND A FRIEND IN PRESIDENT TRUMP DURING THIS CAMPAIGN, ESTRANGED COALITION CONSIDERING THE HARD RHETORIC WHERE TED CRUZ REFERRED TO TRUMP AS A NARCISSIST OR A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR. HE WAS ABLE TO PULL OUT VICTORY.>>GABE, THANK YOU SO MUCH. SPEAKING OF DEEP RED TEXAS, AS I UNDERSTAND IN THE HOUSTON SUBURBS. THE DEMOCRATS HAVE OUSTED THE REPUBLICAN. THIS IS THE CASE WHERE YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE BETO O’ROURKE EFFECT. HE CLEARLY DID WELL IN THE URBAN AREA. TEXAS IS NOT THERE YET AS A SWING STATE BUT YOU CAN SEE THE MAKING OF IT AND THE SAME WAY THAT YOU SAW FLORIDA DEVELOPED IN THE SWING STATES AND SUBURBAN AREAS ARE GROWING. YOU ARE SEEING THAT IN TEXAS. I THINK FOR THE FIRST TIME WE ARE ACTUALLY NOW FOUR YEARS AWAY FROM TEXAS BEING APART OF THAT.>>HISPANIC FOLKS CAME OUT. HE’S FROM EL PASO. LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS. ALL RIGHT, CHUCK, I SAW YOU ON THE PHONE WITH FLORIDA AGAIN.>>WE HAVE A SENATE RACE.>>OH, CAN I JUST TELL YOU — I HEARD THE WORD PALM BEACH COUNTY AND PROBLEM.>>IT IS A TRIGGER FOR CHUCK. THEY JUST COUNTED NELSON’S VOTES FOR SCOTT’S AND SCOTT’S VOTES FOR NELSON. IT IS CORRECTED. THE CORRECTION DID NOT EXACTLY GIVE HIM WHAT HE WAS LOOKING FOR HERE. THERE IS .8% DIFFERENCE HERE. WE ARE STILL WAITING. MIAMI IS ALL IN AND BROWARD COUNTY IS ALL BUT 1% IN. WE THINK THERE IS ENOUGH VOTE THAT IT IS POSSIBLE THAT CAN DIP BELOW FIVE AND BECAUSE IT IS SITTING AT .8, WE ARE NOT CALLING THIS UNTIL WE GET EVERYTHING IN. IF IT DIPS BELOW .5, THIS MARGIN HERE AND YOU CAN SEE IT IS .8 RIGHT NOW. IF IT DIPS BELOW .5, IT IS A AUTOMATIC RECOUNT.>>I WANT TO BRING IN DORIS. >>PEOPLE ARE GOING TO WAKE UP AND THEY’RE GOING TO SEE BLUE WHERE IT USED TO BE RED. THEY THINK THAT AMERICA HAS FUNDAMENTALLY CHANGED. THE POLARIZATION IS CONTINUING. IT IS NOT WHAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WANTED. THE DIVISIVENESS IS STILL THE WORST IN MY TIME. I THINK A LOT OF NEW PEOPLE IS COMING INTO POLITICS FOR THE FIRST TIME WHEN POLITICS IS NOT CONSIDERED THE GREATEST ANYMORE. YOU HAD PEOPLE RUNNING FROM DOCTORS FOR THE FIRST TIME AND TEACHERS. VETERANS. THAT’S A REAL HOPEFUL THING FOR THE DIVISIVENESS. THEY HAVE BEEN A COMMON PURPOSE FOR A COMMON MISSION. WHEN BIPARTISAN IS TIGHT AND THE 50s AND 70s, SO MANY VETERANS FROM WORLD WAR II AND THE KOREAN WAR.>>I AM GLAD YOU SAID THAT. THE VOTER TURN OUT AND THE EXCITEMENT AND ENTHUSIASM AND ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I HAVE SEEN IN POLITICS FOR A LONG TIME. I DON’T KNOW IF YOU EXPERIENCED THIS, PEOPLE COMING UP AND IN A JUDGEMENTAL WAY. DID YOU VOTE?>>MIDTERM PARTICIPATION USED TO BE AROUND 38% OR SOMETHING.>>LOOKS LIKE WE MAY GET OVER 50% TURN OUT. THAT’S AN UNBELIEVABLE THING FOR THE MIDTERM.>>CITIZENS AWAKENING IS WHAT WE HAVE BEEN HOPING FOR. AS LINCOLN SAID WITH PUBLIC SENTIMENT, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. THE FACT THAT MORE PEOPLE HAVE COME OUT AND PEOPLE STOOD IN LONG LINES AND EXCITED ABOUT VOTING. WE WANT TO TAKE SOME POSITIVES ABOUT THIS DIVIDED GOVERNMENT THAT WE HAVE. IF YOUNG PEOPLE GET ACTIVE AND WOMEN COME INTO POLITICS, THAT’S EXCITING. I FEEL GOOD ABOUT THAT. I AM ALWAYS TRYING TO BE OPTIMISTIC.>>I LOVE YOUR OPTIMISM.>>A LOT OF IT, FIRST TIME MIDTERM VOTERS, THEY NEVER VOTED IN THE MIDTERMS BEFORE.>>YOU CAN CALL IT A DIVIDED GOVERNMENT OR CHECKS AND BALANCES WHICH IS WHAT THE FOUNDERS HAD IN MIND. THE SYSTEM IS WORKING.>>QUICKLY, DORIS, WE’LL HAVE A HOUSE — DEMOCRATS MAY PICK UP 40 HOUSE SEATS. I HAVE BEEN DOING THE MATH HERE. THEY HAVE A GOOD SHOT. THEY HAVE A HARD 22 THAT THEY ACTUALLY FLIPPED. THEY CAN GET TO 40 AND REPUBLICANS CAN PICK UP THREE SENATE SEATS. WE HAVE THE SUBURBAN WORLD DIVIDE THAT’S PLAYING OUT IN THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE. HOW PROBLEMATIC IS THAT?>>WHEN THEY THOUGHT IT MADE A HUGE BLUE WAVE? WHY IS THAT? THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION WERE BEING TALKED ABOUT AND INDICTMENT. THEN WHAT HAPPENS? THE KAVANAUGH’S HEARING AND HISTORIANS WILL LOOK AT THAT. TRUMP WAS RIGHT, MOMENTUM WAS THERE. MOMENTUM SEEMS TO BE LOSS AND OUT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AND CREATES THE CARAVAN AND THE IMMIGRATION CONCERNS AND SOMEHOW HE BROUGHT IT BACK AGAIN. WHEN WE LOOK BACK AT THAT THING, THAT’S THE WAY THE NARRATIVE WILL PLAY OUT. YOU WILL NEVER KNOW WHEN THE PEOPLE GO TO THE VOTING BOTH, HOW THEY’RE GOING TO WEIGH. SOMETHING MAY MATTER AND JUST LIKE TRUMP MAY MATTER. THAT’S THE MYSTERY OF ELECTION.>>YOU GAVE ME A PERFECT SEGWAY, DORIS, JACOB SOBOROFF IS TALKING TO VOTERS IN CALIFORNIA, 8:15 IN THE WEST AND PEOPLE ARE STILL VOTING THERE, JACOB.>>Reporter: 15 MINUTES AGO, CHUCK MENTIONED THAT DEMOCRATS COULD TAKE UP TO 40 SEATS. FOUR SEATS RIGHT HERE IN ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. THIS LINE IS STILL ABOUT THREE HOURS LONG. POLLS CLOSED 15 MINUTES AGO. PEOPLE DON’T CARE WHETHER OR NOT THE HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES OR CALLS. THEY CARE ABOUT THE LOCAL RACES HERE AND DRIVING UP THAT MARGINS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTS REPRESENTS — REPRESENTATIVES. YOU AND I TALK A LOT ABOUT HOW IT IS LOCAL HERE. THEY TALK ABOUT THE SEPARATION OF THE CHILDREN AND DOWN ON THE BORDER. THEY TALK PARTICULARLY IN ORANGE COUNTY OUT IN THE COAST WHERE CLIMATE CHANGE AND ALL OF THESE THINGS MATTER DEEPLY AND INDIVIDUALLY TO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. YOU CAN SEE IT IN THE LINE. THE IDEA THAT THERE IS STILL A THREE HOUR LONG LINE AFTER THE POLLS HAVE CLOSED, PEOPLE HAVE STAYING ON THAT LINE. IT IS NOT THAT IT IS UNEXPECTED BUT IT IS ADMIRABLEADMIRABLE. THIS IS THE TIME WHERE PEOPLE WANT TO SPEND HOURS ONLINE IN ORDER TO GET IN THERE. AND AGAIN, AS CHUCK TODD SAID, IT COULD GO A LONG WAY TO DRIVE UP THE MARGINS AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.>>JACOB, THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>I WANT TO GO OVER TO STEVE PATTERSON. HE’S COVERING THE NEVADA SENATE RACE. HE’S GIVING US THE LAY OF THE LAND THERE. HI STEVE.>>THE SAME SITUATION IN NEVADA THAT WE JUST SAW IN CALIFORNIA. WE JUST LEFT A MALL IN HENDERSON NEVADA. YOU CAN BARELY SEE WHERE THE LINE STARTED AND THE NEXT LINE ENDED. THAT’S GOOD NEWS FOR DEMOCRATS BECAUSE OF THIS. CLARK COUNTY IS WHERE THEY’RE LOOKING TO BUILD UP VOTES, BUILDING UP SO-CALLED FIREWALL OR A BUFFER SO WHEN THESE OTHER COUNTIES START COMING IN, THEY HAVE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF VOTE TO SORT OF STAGE UP REPUBLICANS. IT IS A BATTLE OF TERRITORIES AND CLARK COUNTY, THE LARGEST COUNTY OF 70% OF THE ELECTORATE. REPUBLICANS ARE PULLING GREAT THERE TONIGHT. ACROSS NEVADA THAT TENDS TO HAVE THE MOST AMOUNT OF TRUMP SUPPORTERS. THEY MUST BE FEELING EMBOLDEN. THE NIGHT IS YOUNG. THE PHRASE IS OPTIMISTIC AS WE GO ON THROUGH THE NIGHT. BACK TO YOU.>>STEVE PATTERSON. THE PRESIDENT TWEETED, TREMENDOUS SUCCESS TONIGHT, THANK YOU TO ALL. GLASS HALF FULL AND HE’S TALKING ABOUT THE SENATE WHERE REPUBLICANS RETAINED CONTROL. THE HOUSE AS WE KNOW IT IS GOING TO DEMOCRATS AND HALIE JACKSON IS AT THE WHITE HOUSE. WHAT ARE YOU HEARING?>>Reporter: SEVEN SHORT WORDS FROM TRUMP. THAT’S THE FIRST REACTION THAT WE HEARD FROM THE PRESIDENT TONIGHT. HE’S THE FIRST LADY HERE AT THE WHITE HOUSE ALONG WITH DOZENS OF FRIENDS AND ALLIES AND FAMILY MEMBERS AND OTHER SUPPORTERS. WHAT WE ARE HEARING IS MUCH OF THE OPTIMISM WHEN IT COME TO THE SENATE SIDE. I HAVE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH FOLKS WHO ARE APART OF THAT. LISTEN, IN THE FINAL DAYS, THEY POUR THEIR ENERGY INTO PLACES LIKE INDIANA AND MISSOURI IS STILL A STANDING PLACES AND FLORIDA WHERE RON DESANTIS IS. WITH THAT SAID, THE PRESIDENT IS CLEARLY FEELING GOOD AND EVEN THOUGH HE NOW HAS TO FACE SOMETHING HE HAS NOT YET TO FACE YET. AN ONSLAUGHT OF SUBPOENAS THAT’LL COME FROM DEMOCRATS WHO ARE EAGER FOR OVER SIGHT. THAT’S SOMETHING THIS PRESIDENT HAD NOT HAS TO FACE. WITH THAT, IT IS GOING TO COME WITH A LOT OF CHALLENGES FOR THE WEST WING AND FOLKS INSIDE ARE BRACING FOR THAT. I WILL TELL YOU THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE, IT WAS NOT THE WAVE THAT THEY EXPECTED. THAT WAS PART OF THE OPTIMISM FOR THEM AND KEEPING AN EYE FOR WHO ENDS UP ON THE TOP. THAT’S THE PRESIDENT’S AGENDA. WE TALKED ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS, JUDICIAL NOMINATION AND PERSONNEL, KEEP IN MIND WHERE HIM AND HIS ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO BUILD. ISSUES LIKE INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRADES, YOU HEARD THAT BEING DISCUSSED. DOWN TO THE ROAD WHEN IT COMES TO THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS, GUYS.>>HALIE JACKSON IS SETTING THE SCENE FOR US. WE’LL CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE OF THE 2018 ELECTION, HERE ON NBC RIGHT AFTER THIS.>>>IT HAS BEEN A TOUGH TWO YEARS. TOGETHER WE HAVE MARCHED, PERSISTED AND INSISTED THAT OUR VOICE BE HEARD AND THAT OUR VOTES BE COUNTED AND THAT OUR VALUES BE RESPECTED. ELIZABETH WARREN ADDRESSING THE CROWD AFTER BEING REELECTED TONIGHT. WE BRING TOM BROKAW BACK.>>CONTINUATIONS OF VARIATIONS OF THEMES ALONG THE WAY. DONALD TRUMP HAS BEEN TO THIS FROM THE BEGINNING KNOWS HOW TO SELL HIS STORY. HE SELLS FEARS. HE TEED UP IMMIGRANTS COMING INTO THIS COUNTRY AS THE WORSE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD OF THE BIGGEST MASS SHOOTINGS THAT WE HAD HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED BY AMERICANS. HE HAS A STRONG ECONOMY GOING. TAX CUTS HAVE FUELLED A LOT OF JOBS AND GOOD FEELING ABOUT THE COUNTRY. YOU CAN’T UNDER ESTIMATE THAT. HOW LONG IT LASTS? WE DON’T KNOW YET. THE FACT IS HE ALSO TAKES SOCIAL MEDIA AND HE HAS TAKEN IT FOR HIMSELF. HE’S THERE EVERYDAY. YOU CAN’T OVER ESTIMATE THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA ON OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM. PEOPLE READ IT AND THEY BELIEVE IT.>>I AM STRUGGLING ON THE ECONOMIC FRONT ON THIS ONE.>>REPUBLICANS ARE NOT FINDING ANY SUCCESS IN THE SUBURBS TONIGHT. THAT’S WHERE THE ECONOMY IS REALLY HELPING. THE CULTURE WAR IS JUST AS HOT AS EVER. IT FEELS LIKE THE PRESIDENT, I THINK CERTAINLY THE ECONOMY IS THERE AS A BACKDROP AND THE PRESIDENT SAYS IT IS HARD — THIS IS OUR CULTURE WAR. THIS IS RURAL AMERICA. HEIDI HEITKAMP SAID IT BEST. YOU ARE BEING DICTATED BY A SMALL GROUP OF PEOPLE TELLING YOU WHAT TO DO. DEMOCRATS HAVE TO SOLVE IT IF THEY’RE GOING TO WIN STATEWIDE RACES.>>THEY HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT. THEY GOT THE SUBURBS. IDENTITY POLITICS PLUS THE SUBURBS, IS IT ENOUGH?>>THERE ARE CONVERSATIONS GOING ON RIGHT NOW ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AMBITIONS AMONG DEMOCRATS. WHAT CAN THEY LEARN ABOUT THIS TONIGHT?>>IT IS INTERESTING. FIRST NAME I HEARD OUT THE BOX TONIGHT OF THE IDEA OF THE AREA, STEVE BULLOCK. TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HIM.>>HE’S A SKILLED MAN AND A REPUBLICAN STATE AS A DEMOCRAT. HE’S BEEN ABLE TO HOLD OFF SOME OF THE MORE EXTREME IDEAS OF THE MONTANA LEGISLATURES. HE DOES HAVE AMBITION. HE DOES NOT HAVE A BIG — I SUPPOSE ITENINARY.>>>ALL RIGHT IN THE EAST AND 8:30 IN THE WEST. HERE IS WHERE THING STANDS RIGHT NOW. DEMOCRATS HAVE RETAKEN CONTROL OVER THE HOUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN EIGHT YEARS. THEY HAVE A MAJORITY, 230 TO 205. THERE IS A LOT OF VOTES TO BE COUNTED SO FAR. THIS IS THE SECOND DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY. JEFF VAN DREW, THE DEMOCRAT TAKING THE SEAT AWAY FROM THE REPUBLICANS THERE. THIS IS UPSTATE NEW YORK, ANTONIO DELGADO. DEMOCRAT PICK UP ON THE WAY TO THE MAJORITY.>>A GOOD NIGHT FOR THE REPUBLICANS ON THE SENATE SIDE, THEY’LL RETAIN CONTROL OVER THE U.S. SENATE AND PICK UP A FEW SEATS ALONG THE WAY.>>TAKE A LOOK AT THE MISSOURI SENATE RACE, IT REMAINS TOO CLOSE TO CALL. THIS IS ONE THAT WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING FOR SOME TIME NOW, McCASKILL. A TOUGH FIGHT THERE.>>I WAS LOOKING AT THE OUTSTANDING RETURNS. I DON’T SEE ENOUGH FOR HER TO MAKE UP THAT 200,000 VOTE GAP. WE’LL SEE.>>THE VOTE TENDS TO COME IN.>>IT DOES COME IN LATE IN ST. LOUIS IN PARTICULAR. HER OTHER STRONGHOLD IN KANSAS CITY IS 100. I DON’T SEE WHERE THEY CAN FIND 220,000 VOTE TO NET THAT.>>SHE WILL HAVE TO RUN UP THE SCORES BIG TIME >>ARIZONA HAS A RACE ON ITS HANDS TOO CLOSE TO CALL. MARTHA McSALLY. NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS HERE, ARIZONA WILL SEND ITS FIRST FEMALE SENATOR.>>THERE IS PEOPLE THAT DROPPED OFF MAIL BALLOTS TODAY, THEY’RE NOT GOING TO COUNT THOSE VOTES UNTIL THURSDAY. WE ARE NOT GOING CALL ARIZONA SENATE TONIGHT.>>ALL RIGHT.>>I PROMISE.>>I HOPE YOU SAW MONTANA SENATE ANOTHER BIG CLOSE OUT IN THE WEST.>>WISCONSIN’S GOVERNOR RACE, REMAINS TOO CLOSE TO CALL. THEY’RE SEPARATED BY 6,000, THE DEMOCRATIC LEADING THE INCUMBENT SCOTT WALKER.>>OREGON, THIS IS A SURPRISING BATTLEGROUND FOR THE DEMOCRATS. KATE BROWN, THE INCUMBENT HOLDS ON BUT WITH IN THE RACE WITH BUELLER. KASIE HUNT IS JOINING THE TABLE. THE DEMOCRATS ARE TAKING CONTROL OF THE HOUSE.>>WELL, WE HAVE GOTTEN SOME NOTES FROM OUR SOURCES OF THE PEOPLE COUNTING THE PEOPLE ON THEIR WAY TO CONGRESS WHO SAWS THEY’LL OPPOSE NANCY PELOSI FOR SPEAKER. I COULD BE TEN MINUTES OFF ON THIS. WE THINK IT IS ABOUT EIGHT MEMBERS RIGHT NOW. IT IS LOOK LIKE IT IS NOT GOING TO BE ENOUGH TO PUT HER IN SERIOUS JEOPARDY FOR SPEAKER BUT CERTAINLY ARE SOME DEMOCRATS WHICH I THOUGHT WAS INTERESTING THAT THEY ARE PUSHING THE STORY LINE BEHIND IT.>>ONE OF THE THINGS APPAREL TO HER IS THE BIG PUSH OF THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS TO HAVE A MEMBER OF THE LEADERSHIP AND A HIGH LEVEL.>>IT IS GOING TO BE SOMESHAKE UP THERE. SHE MAY HAVE TO MAKE SOME CONCESSIONS TO OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CAUCUS.>>JIM CLYBURN WHO HAS BEEN NUMBER THREE. IT HAS BEEN THAT LONG STANDING TRIO. THE FRUSTRATION THAT’S BEEN BUILDING AMONG DEMOCRATS IN THE HOUSE IS THAT THESE ARE THE GENERATIONS THAT ARE ALL IN THEIR 70s. THERE ARE YOUNGER MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE WHO SIMPLY HAVE HAD NO OPPORTUNITIES TO MOVE UP AND THERE WILL BE MORE NEW FACES COMING IN.>>IT WILL BE INTERESTING IN WASHINGTON. DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN IN THE WILDERNESS AND COMING BACK TO POWER AND THERE WILL BE AN EPIC FIGHT TO HAVE SOME OF THESE CHOICES. WE TALK ABOUT THE STAKES BEING SO HIGH. WE CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE. THE DEMOCRATS RETAKE THE HOUSE. WE’LL PAUSE RIGHT HERE AND LET SOME OF OUR STATIONS JOIN US.N.>>WE HAVE DIVIDED GOVERNMENT. IN MY VIEW, SOMETIMES IT IS THE BEST. IF YOU ARE CONSERVATIVE, SOMETIMES HAVING DIVIDED GOVERNMENT WORKS QUITE WELL. I DON’T THINK IT IS A SURPRISE IN TERMS OF THE HOUSE OR THE SENATE, IF REPUBLICANS PICK UP A SEAT OR TWO, THAT’LL BE A BIT OF A SURPRISE. DOES IT CHANGE THE PRESIDENT TO FACE A DIVIDED GOVERNMENT.>>HE WILL WHETHER HE KNOWS IT OR NOT. INVESTIGATIVE POWER WILL MAKE LIFE DIFFICULT FOR HIM. I DON’T THINK HE’LL FULLY REALIZES WHAT’S COMING THERE. BUT, WITH THE SENATE, NOT HAVING THE HOUSE TO PASS LEGISLATION AND PASS OVER TO THE SENATE, YOU WILL HAVE A LOT OF GRIDLOCKS THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS. IT WILL BE MORE DIFFICULT IN 2020 FOR PRESIDENT TO POINT AND SENATORS TO POINT, THE REPUBLICAN SENATE ACHIEVEMENTS WERE MADE.>>SENATOR, YOU ARE WATCHING THE RACE TONIGHT. I AM SURE YOU GOT YOUR EARS ON THE GROUND. DID YOU HAVE ANY INSIGHTS WHERE YOU THINK THIS ONE IS HEADED.>>IT IS NICE TO BE A SPECTATOR.>>YOU ARE NOT IN THE STATE, YOU ARE IN L.A.>>I HAVE TO SAY IT HAS BEEN PRETTY NICE.>>YEAH, IT IS A GREAT INTEREST THERE. IT IS VERY, VERY CLOSE. I CAN SAY THAT YOU KNOW SIX YEARS AGO I WAS IN THE POSITION WITH ABOUT A FIVE POINT LEAD AT THE END OF THE NIGHT AND AS LATE BALLOTS WERE COUNTED, THAT LEAD WENT DOWN TO THREE PERCENTAGE POINT. IT IS NOT OVER AT ALL. IT IS GOING TO BE A LONG COUPLE OF DAYS AS THESE BALLOTS ARE COUNTED. IT WILL BE A LOT OF NAIL BITING GOING ON. IT IS VERY CLOSE.>>SENATOR, YOU ARE SO NICE TO JOIN US. CHUCK POINTS OUT — >>WELL, WE CAN’T LET HIM GO.>>SENATOR FLAKE. YOU ARE GOING UP TO NEW HAMPSHIRE A LOT MORE STARTING ON JANUARY 4th?>>YOU NO LONGER HAVE A DAY JOB?>>WELL, I CAN TELL YOU AND I HAVE SAID ON RECORD MANY TIMES THAT I HOPE THE REPUBLICANS DOES RUN. ENOUGH TO REMIND REPUBLICANS WHAT CONSERVATIVISM REALLY IS. I HOPE SOMEBODY DOES.>>IT DOES NOT SOUND LIKE NO.>>JOHN KASICH HAD TALKED ABOUT IT. I MAY HEAD THERE AGAIN. I THINK THERE IS VALUES IN REMINDING REPUBLICANS WHAT REPUBLICANS TRADITIONALLY HAS BEEN. BELIEVING IN FREE TRADE AND STRONG AMERICAN LEADERSHIP. THAT’S ABSENT NOW. CHUCK, YOU SAID IT EARLIER TONIGHT, THIS IS THE PRESIDENT’S PARTY. THERE IS NO DOUBT. IT IS GOING TO BE QUITE DIFFICULT NOW AND PROBABLY EVEN MORE POLARIZING AS THE HOUSE INVESTIGATES THE PRESIDENT AND SHUTS THE PLACE DOWN IN TERMS OF LEGISLATION BEING PASSED. THE SENATE PROBABLY BEING MORE DEFENSIVE ON BEHALF OF THE PRESIDENT AND YOU KNOW BEFORE THE ACCIDENTLY MANNING THE BARRICADE FOR HIM. THAT’S TYPICALLY HOW IT GOES AND IF YOU THINK IT HAS BEEN LIKE THAT IN THE PAST TWO YEARS, IT WILL BE MORE SO IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS. IT IS GOING TO BE VERY POLARIZING PERIOD AND EVEN MORE SO.>>SENATOR, WE KNOW WHY YOU GOT OUT OF TOWN.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US AND WE’LL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW YOUR MOVEMENT AND TRAVELER, HEADING TO NEW HAMPSHIRE AND IOWA.>>NANCY PELOSI, HERE SHE IS.>>TODAY IS MORE ABOUT DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS. IT IS ABOUT RESTORING THE CONSTITUTION, CHECKS AND BALANCES TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. IT IS ABOUT STOPPING THE GOP AND MITCH McCONNELL, MEDICARE, MEDICAID AND AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE ACT AND HEALTHCARE OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH PREEXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS. LET’S HEAR MORE FOR PREEXISTING MEDICAL CONDITIONS. IT IS ABOUT ENDING WEALTHY SPECIAL INTEREST FREE REIGN OVER WASHINGTON. MORE THAN ANYTHING. IT IS ABOUT WHAT A NEW DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY WILL MEAN IN THE LIVES OF HARDWORKING AMERICANS. DEMOCRATS WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE. LOWERING THE COST OF HEALTHCARE, LOWERING THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND WAGE WORKERS AND WAGES WITH STRONG ECONOMIC GROWTH BUY REBUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE OF AMERICA AND CLEAN UP CORRUPTION TO MAKE WASHINGTON WORK FOR ALL OF AMERICANS. WE’LL TAKE REAL VERY, VERY STRONG LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO LEGISLATE. WE’LL DELIVER A TRANSFORMATION INVESTMENT AMERICAN INFRASTRUCTURE TO CREATE MORE GOOD PAYING JOBS.>>NANCY PELOSI ADDRESSING A CROWD TODAY AND COMMENTING ON THE RESULTS SHOWING THAT DEMOCRATS WILL RETAKE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WE ARE WATCHING THAT MISSOURI SENATE RACE NOW WHERE CLAIRE McCASKILL HAD BEEN HANGING ON ALL NIGHT BUT TRAILING HAWLEY. LET’S GO TO MORGAN RADFORD, WHAT WHAT’S THE MOOD?>>Reporter: THE ROOM WENT FROM CONFIDENCE AND CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC. NOW, THEY ARE BECOMING VERY QUIET AS WE WATCH THE RESULTS COMING IN. WE DID NOT HAVE ALL THE VOTES COUNTED MAINLY KANSAS CITY AND ST. LOUIS COUNTY. McCASKILL WAS NOT SURE WHICH WAY THE ELECTIONS WILL GO. SHE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT VOTERS WANT SOMETHING NEW AND HAVING EXPERIENCED BEEN SOMETHING HAS COUNTIED AGAINST HER AND VOTERS WANT TO SEE FRESH FACES. HERE ON THE ROOM, PEOPLE ARE WAITING TO SEE IF cCASKILL IS GOING TO BE HOLDING ONTO HER SPEED OR HAWLEY.>>WE ARE WAITING KEY VOTES IN THE WEST. WE’LL CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE OF NBC RIGHT AFTER THIS.>>>WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS FOR A BIG REASON. THERE IS A LOT OF BIG RACES. IT IS A BATTLE. CHUCK IS POINTING AND LAUGHING AT 2000 VOTES THAT SEPARATED THE TWO. WAKASHAW COUNTY.>>IT IS A JOKE. WE JOKE AND IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS.>>THERE HAS BEEN SOME MISSED VOTES.>>IT IS WHERE SCOTT WALKER FOUND VOTES.>>IT IS. IT IS A PLACE WHERE WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING TO SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING. HE NEEDS BIG NUMBER. I AM SURE DECISION DESK HAVE THE LATEST ON THAT.>>WAITING ON IT.>>THIS IS PAUL RYAN’S SEAT, THEY LOST PAUL RYAN’S SEAT APPARENTLY. LET ME DOUBLE CHECK THAT.>>THEY LOST PAUL RYAN’S SEAT. WISCONSIN — >>WE HEAD NO HEAD BACK TO MISSOURI. CLAIRE McCASKILL IS SPEAKING TO HER SUPPORTERS RIGHT NOW.>>SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED TODAY AND HOW THE FUTURE IS BRIGHTER THAN WE ALL THINK IT IS RIGHT NOW. WE HAD SOME GOOD RESULTS TONIGHT. THE DEMOCRATS TOOK THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. WE HAVE GOVERNORS THAT ARE DEMOCRATS NOW BOTH ILLINOIS AND KANSAS. SO THERE WERE SOME BRIGHT SPOTS. OBVIOUSLY, WE FELL SHORT AND THAT’S DISAPPOINTING. NOT FOR ME. WHAT I FEEL THE MOST PAIN ABOUT TONIGHT ARE ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO FOR THE FIRST TIME, MANY OF THEM IN THEIR LIVES SAID I AM GOING TO DO MORE THAN JUST SITTING ON THE COUCH AND CUSS AT THE TV. I AM GOING TO SHOW UP. I AM GOING TO WORK HARD AND FOR THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO VOLUNTEERED ON THIS CAMPAIGN, THERE WERE LITERALLY THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF YOU, I AM SO GRATEFUL AND I WANT YOU TO KEEP THAT FIRE BURNING BECAUSE THERE IS JUSTICE AROUND THE CORNER.>>CLAIRE McCASKILL AT A CONCESSION SPEECH TO HER SUPPORTERS. NBC NEWS PROJECTS THAT HAWLEY WILL WIN. HE’S SPEAKING RIGHT NOW.>>THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BUILT THIS STATE AND I WILL — YOU KNOW THROUGHOUT THE CAMPAIGN, I FOUGHT MANY TIMES OF A LINE THAT PRIME MINISTER CHURCHILL SAID DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR, WHY IS THAT WE THINK OF HISTORY AS SOMETHING IN THE PAST AND FORGET THAT WE ARE MAKING IT. WELL, WE STAND TONIGHT AT A CRITICAL MOMENT IN OUR HISTORY. WE STAND AT THIS HOUR IN OUR NATION’S HISTORY. THE PEOPLE OF MISSOURI HAVE SAID WE ARE UP TO THE CHALLENGE. THE PEOPLE OF MISSOURI HAVE SAID WE ARE READY TO ANSWER THE CALL. TONIGHT WE SAY WE BELIEVE IN AMERICA AND OUR BEST DAYS ARE AHEAD AND WE BELIEVE IN OUR FUTURE AND READY TO FIGHT FOR IT. I AM READY TO GO TO WASHINGTON AND FIGHT FOR YOU.>>I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TONIGHT. THANK YOU FIRST AND MOST IMPORTANTLY TO MY WIFE, ERIN, WHO’S HERE WITH ME, SHE’S THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. SHE’S THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. JOSH HAWLEY PROJECTED TO DEFEAT CLAIRE McCASKILL WHO WE SAW MOMENTS AGO DELIVERING HER OWN CONCESSION SPEECH. THAT’S A BIG ONE.>>CLAIRE McCASKILL PULLED RABBITS OUT OF HER HAT BEFORE. SHE DID IT. SHE BASICALLY PUT MONEY BEHIND TODD AIKEN TO GET HIM THE NOMINATION BECAUSE HE HAD EXTREME VIEWS ON THE ISSUES OF ABORTION AND SHE WAS ABLE TO WIN AND WITH THE HELP OF BARACK OBAMA AND THIS YEAR IS NOT THERE. I WAS OUT IN MISSOURI A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO CHECKING ON THAT RACE. IT WAS INTERESTING TALKING TO TEAM McCASKILL, UNEQUIVOCALLY, THEY WOULD SAID IT AND I COULD TELL YOU THERE IS PERSONAL ANEMIST AMONG SOME OF THESE. TWO OF THEM HAVE LOS CONNELLY AND McCASKILL.>>McCASKILL WILL TALK MORE.>>SHE WILL HAVE STRONG CRITIQUE OF THE LEADERSHIP OF HER OWN PARTY.>>THE KAVANAUGH’S HEARING MAY BE A SAVING FOR THE REPUBLICANS.>>GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT IS SPEAKING RIGHT NOW. [ APPLAUSE ] I WANT TO THANK OUR DAUGHTERS, ALLISON AND JORDAN AND THEIR FAMILY. I LOVE MY FAMILY WITH ALL MY HEART AND EVERY FAMILY IN THE STATE. MY GOAL IS TO MAKE IT A BETTER PLACE FOR EVERY FAMILY IN THE STATE. THERE IS A COUPLE OF PEOPLE LOOKING DOWN FROM HEAVEN THAT I WANT TO RECOGNIZE. I HAVE THE MOST WONDERFUL MOM. WHEN I WAS BORN, MY MOM WAS A SINGLE MOM AND SHE RAISED FIVE KIDS. SHE WOULD NEVER BELIEVE I WOULD BE A GOVERNOR OR A U.S. SENATOR. THE SECOND PERSON. FOR EVERYBODY IN OUR OFFICE AND IN THIS CAMPAIGN TEAM. SHE WAS OUR BEST FRIEND. SHE DIED BEFORE THE DAY THE CAMPAIGN STARTED.>>RICK SCOTT, NOT CLEAR IF HE’S DELIVERING AN ACCEPTANCE SPEECH. YOU SEE THERE HE LEADS.>>WELL, WE CALL IT TOO CLOSE TO CALL BUT CHUCK YOU GOT SOME INSIDE INFO. THERE. THE QUESTION IS IS THE MARGIN GOING TO BE LESS THAN .5%. WE HAVE NOT CALLED IT. THE SCOTT’S THINK THEY’LL AVOID A RUN OFF THAT’S WHY THEY WENT OUT THERE AND DECLARED A VICTORY. THE PERCEPTION OF THE CANDIDATE, YOU ALWAYS WANT TO PLAY THAT GAME AND SINCE HE’S AHEAD, THEY WENT THROUGHOUT AND DECLARED VICTORY.>>PAUL RYAN WAS TAKEN BY A REPUBLICAN, RYAN STEEL. ALL RIGHT, WE ARE STILL GOING. WE GOT A LOT OF RACES TO WATCH AND STILL SOME TIGHT ONES TO CHECK IN ON.>>>WELCOME BACK TO OUR 2018 ELECTION COVERAGE, SOME OF THE THAT’S TOO CLOSE TO CALL. THE GEORGIA GOVERNOR, THIS IS ONE WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING ALL NIGHT LONG. CAMP AND ABRAMS.>>50% RULE AND THAT’S THE KEY. KANSAS LOSES ITS GOVERNORSHIP, THE DEMOCRATS WILL TAKE CONTROL OF THE STATE HOUSE. WE PAUSE SO WE CAN HAVE SOME STATIONS JOINING US.>>CHUCK SAID IF WE STAY HERE LATE ENOUGH, I CAN NERD OUT WITH HIM AT THE WALL. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT.>>LET’S LOOK AT THE HOUSE HERE. FLORIDA, NATIONAL BRAGGING RIGHTS GO TO THE REPUBLICANS. DEMOCRATS COULD HAVE A BIG NIGHT OF THE HOUSE. THERE IS A HARD COUNT OF 24 THAT THEY HAVE NOT GOTTEN. THEY ARE LEADING HERE. THIS WOULD BE ANOTHER PICK UP FOR THEM.>>I WANT TO TAKE YOU TO STEVE KING. I WILL TAKE YOU THERE. I THINK WE MAY HAVE CALLED STEVE KING. IT WAS RIGHT THERE. WE JUST CALLED STEVE KING.>>HE HAD A CLOSE RACE. THAT’S A CONSERVATIVE DISTRICT. I WAS FOR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS WHEN WE BEGAN THE NIGHT. THREE OF THE FOUR HELD BY REPUBLICANS AND WE’LL END THE NIGHT HELD BY DEMOCRATS AND INTERESTING SIGN OF THE GOVERNOR RACE AS WELL. WE ARE AT 24 AT A HARD COUNT FOR THE DEMOCRATS. THEY LEAD IN ANOTHER FOUR OR FIVE THAT WILL WE ARE KEEPING TRACK OF. WE HAVE NOT GOTTEN TO CALIFORNIA YET. THEY ARE PASSED TO 40 SEATS. I THINK THEY ARE NORTH OF 35. TALK ABOUT THAT. 40 SEATS.>>YOU GO BACK TO THE WAVE TERMINOLOGY. YOU CAN’T CALL IT A WAVE IF YOU DON’T HAVE A BIG STATE WIN ANYWHERE.>>HOW DO YOU CALL A WAVE IF YOU DON’T WIN MISSOURI OR INDIANA? WHAT IT IS, IS AS SUBURBAN TAKE OVER.>>LESTER, THAT’S THE SCENE OVER HERE.>>WE WANT TO LOOK AT THE SCENE IN ARIZONA, WE SAW JEFF FLAKE, THE TWO WOMEN WHO WERE COMPETING FOR HIS SEAT. MARTHA McSALLY, WE’LL GO TO HER HEADQUARTERS RIGHT NOW. RON HILLIARD IS THERE FOR US.>>Reporter: WE MAY NOT KNOW THE RESULTS AT THIS POINT. ALL THE WAY UNTIL THURSDAY NIGHT, RIGHT NOW MARTHA McSALLY IS LEADING ABOUT 57% OF THE BALLOTS BEING COUNTED. I WANT TO POINT TO MARICOPA COUNTY SPECIFICALLY. THIS IS THE COUNTY WHICH IS A GREATER PHOENIX AREA, IT MAKES UP 50% OF THE ELECTRIC. RIGHT NOW CINEMA HOLDS — USUALLY WITH MARICOPA GOES FOR THE REST OF THE STATE. MARICOPA SPECIFICALLY, HE WON BY 3.5 SPECIFIC POINTS. THE REALITY IS ABOUT 5 OR 10% OF THE VOTE WILL NOT BE COUNTED TODAY. IT WILL NOT BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW. IT WILL BE ANNOUNCED THURSDAY NIGHT, 5:00 P.M. LOCAL. THOSE WERE HAND DELIVERED, EARLY BALLOT. INDIVIDUALS BROUGHT THEIR BALLOTS TO THE LOCATION TODAY. THE COUNTIES HAVE TO GO TO VERIFY SIGNATURES ON THOSE BALLOTS. MARICOPA MAKES UP 50% OF THE STATE’S ELECTRIC WILL NOT ANNOUNCE THE RESULTS. AT THIS POINT, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A RACE THAT’SLESS THAN 1 PERCENTAGE POINT. ♪♪ >>>FROM NBC NEWS, “THE VOTE, AMERICA’S FUTURE.” HERE IS LESTER HOLT AND SAVANNAH GUTHRIE. >>THE HEADLINES OF THIS NIGHT ARE STILL BEING WRITTEN. GOOD EVENING AGAIN, EVERYONE. “THE TONIGHT SHOW” MIDNIGHT IN THE EAST, 9:00 P.M. PACIFIC TIME. WE WANT TO TAKE YOU THROUGH SOME OF THE RESULTS. ONE OF THE BIG HEADLINES, OF COURSE, IS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WILL NOW BE UNDER THE CONTROL OF DEMOCRATS. HERE IS THE ESTIMATE, 230 SEATS FOR DEMOCRATS, 205 FOR THE GOP AS OF RIGHT NOW. >>VOTES STILL BEING COUNTED. WE WILL SEE WHAT MARGIN THE DEMOCRATS RUN UP BY THE END OF THE NIGHT. HERE IS A VERY INTERESTING RACE. THIS IS GEORGIA HOUSE DISTRICT 6. WE HAVE NO CALL IN IT, BUT ESSENTIALLY ALL OF THE VOTES ARE IN. WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. HANDEL HAS FACED A SPECIAL ELECTION AND PREVAILED NOW IS UP AGAINST LUCY McBATH, A GUN CONTROL ACTIVIST WHO ACTUALLY LOST HER SON IN AN ACT OF GUN VIOLENCE. THEY HAVE A VERY CLOSE RACE. >>AS YOU REMEMBER, BASICALLY THE MIDTERMS BEGAN IN GEORGIA 6, YOU CAN ARGUE WE STARTED THIS CONTEST — >>A SPECIAL ELECTION TO ELECT THE DEMOCRAT. >>IT WAS TOM PRICE HAD BECOME APPOINTED TO HHS SECRETARY, HE’S NOT IN THE CABINET ANYMORE. KAREN HANDEL IS STILL IN CONGRESS, BUT HERE WE ARE, ALL OF THAT MONEY, ALL OF THAT — AND I GUESS DEMOCRATS GOT IT A LITTLE CLOSER. THEY GOT IT DOWN TO LESS THAN 1,000 VOTES IN GEORGIA 6 BUT STILL IN REPUBLICAN HANDS. >>WE WANT TO GO TO HALLIE JACKSON RIGHT NOW AT THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE WE UNDERSTAND THE PRESIDENT HAS PLACED A CALL. I THINK WE WILL WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT.>>Reporter: AN INTERESTING PHONE CALL, THAT’S FOR SURE, LESTER, TO NANCY PELOSI, OF COURSE THE DEMOCRATIC LEADER, POTENTIALLY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE NOW THAT DOCRATS HAVE FLIPPED IT BLUE. A SPOKESPERSON FOR PELOSI SAYS PRESIDENT TRUMP CALLED JUST ABOUT 15 MINUTES AGO TO EXTEND HIS CONGRATULATIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGED THAT CALL FOR BIPARTISANSHIP THAT PELOSI MADE IN HER REMARKS. THIS IS A FASCINATING GLIMPSE INTO WASHINGTON DYNAMICS, BECAUSE REMEMBER AT THE LAST FIVE, SIX, TEN, TWELVE RALLIES WE HAVE BEEN TO PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS RAILED AGAINST NANCY PELOSI. IN FACT, SHE IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST BOO LINES IN HIS CAMPAIGN SPEECHES, BEING IN THE ROOM THERE WHEN HE MENTIONS BOTH NANCY PELOSI AND MAXINE WATERS, WHO BY THE WAY MAY END UP WITH THE NEW CHAIRMANSHIP IN THE HOUSE, THE AUDIENCE ERUPTS. SHE HAS BEEN ONE OF THE BIGGEST FOILS HE HAS BROUGHT UP AGAIN AND AGAIN, AND THEY WILL BE IN THE AWKWARD D.C. POSITION OF HAVING TO WORK WITH EACH OTHER TO GET ANYTHING DONE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS. WHAT DO THOSE THINGS LOOK LIKE? WHAT COULD BE ON THE CHECKLIST? WE HAD A CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT’S SENIOR ADVISER, KELLYANNE CONWAY WHO WAS OUT HERE TALKING ABOUT, FOR EXAMPLE, INFRASTRUCTURE, SOMETHING VICE PRESIDENT PENCE HAS MENTIONED AS WELL. MAYBE THEY CAN FIND COMMON GROUND ON TRADE. CONWAY MENTIONED IMMIGRATION AND MAYBE A TOUGH SELL, PARTICULARLY GIVEN WHAT WE’VE SEEN FROM THE PRESIDENT AND HIS RHETORIC OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS. AN INTERESTING PHONE CALL. THE PRESIDENT IS STILL INSIDE. THEY HAVEN’T POPPED THE CHAMPAGNE BUT EVERYBODY IS IN A GOOD MOOD WE’RE TOLD. >>HALLIE JACKSON, THANKS VERY MUCH. >>LET’S GO TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE, TOM PEREZ. YOU GOT A SPLIT DECISION TONIGHT, CHAIRMAN PEREZ. LET’S TALK ABOUT THE HOUSE FOR A MOMENT. THE DEMOCRATS RETAKE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE. DO YOU CARE TO VENTURE A GUESS BY WHAT MARGIN YOU MIGHT END UP WITH AT THE END OF THE NIGHT?>>WELL, WE’VE GOT TO WAIT FOR THE RESULTS FROM THE WEST COAST. WE STILL HAVE A NUMBER OF SEATS, YOU CORRECTLY POINTED OUT, GEORGIA 6. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF OTHER — UTAH HAS A SEAT IN PLAY. LOOKS LIKE THE DEMOCRAT IS GOING TO WIN THAT ONE, BUT STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL. I THINK IT IS A GREAT NIGHT NOR THE DEMOCRATS, A GREAT NIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY, BECAUSE WE NEEDED CHECKS AND BALANCES. WE SEND A VERY CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT WE ARE GOING TO PROTECT THEIR HEALTH CARE. THAT WAS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE GOING TO THE POLL FOR AMERICANS, AND WE DID THAT. I KNOW WE’RE TALKING ABOUT THE HOUSE RIGHT NOW, BUT I’M VERY EXCITED ABOUT A LOT OF THE STATE HOUSE RACES BECAUSE WE’VE ALREADY FLIPPED FIVE STATE HOUSES FROM RED TO BLUE, INCLUDING MICHIGAN, NEW MEXICO, ILLINOIS, MAINE AND KANSAS. WE’RE A 50-STATE PARTY AGAIN. THERE’S ANOTHER FOUR OR FIVE STILL IN PLAY. NEVADA HAS NOT RELEASED VOTES BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE STILL VOTING. THOSE STATE HOUSE SEATS ARE 12-YEAR SEATS BECAUSE OF REDISTRICTING, AND WE INVESTED A LOT NOT ONLY IN THE FEDERAL RACES BUT FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD TO THE OVAL OFFICE. WE HELPED FLIP THE COLORADO STATE SENATE, THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE, AND THOSE ARE REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT THINGS BECAUSE YOU GOT TO BE ABLE TO GOVERN. >>ALL RIGHT. TOM PEREZ, CHAIRMAN OF THE DNC. SORRY TO CUT IT OFF THERE BUT WE HAVE TO JUMP TO A LIVE RIGHT NOW. >>WE HAVE TO GO TO TEXAS. WE ARE TOLD THAT BETO O’ROURKE IS SPEAKING AFTER HIS LOSS TONIGHT IN TEXAS SENATE RACE.>>– OR SCARED OF. WE ARE GREAT PEOPLE, AMBITIOUS, DEFINED BY OUR ASPIRATIONS, THE HARD WORK THAT WE ARE WILLING TO COMMIT IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THEM. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US, REPUBLICANS, DEMOCRATS, INDEPENDENTS, FROM THE BIGGEST OF CITIES TO THE SMALLEST OF TOWNS, THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS WANT TO DO AND WILL DO THE GREAT WORK OF THIS COUNTRY. I JUST NOW HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO SENATOR CRUZ AND TO CONGRATULATE HIM, TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON HIS VICTORY AND TO WISH HIM WELL GOING FORWARD. WHAT I SAID AND WHAT I PLEDGED ON BEHALF OF ALL OF US IS THAT THIS TIME OF DIVISION, WHEN THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN AS POLARIZED AS I CAN REMEMBER IT IN MY LIFE, ALL OF THIS BITTERNESS THAT DEFINES SO MUCH OF THE NATIONAL CONVERSATION, TODAY IF THERE’S ANYTHING THAT WE CAN DO TO HELP HIM IN HIS POSITION OF PUBLIC TRUST, TO ENSURE THAT TEXAS HELPS TO LEAD THIS COUNTRY IN A WAY THAT BRINGS US BACK TOGETHER AROUND THE BIG THINGS THAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE, WHETHER THAT’S MAKING SURE WE FACE ANY THREATS ARRAYED AGAINST THIS COUNTRY, WHETHER THAT MEANS WE ARE THERE FOR EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US WHO NEEDS A HELPING HAND SO THAT WE CAN LIVE TO OUR FULL POTENTIAL, THE ABILITY TO SEE A DOCTOR AND GO TO THE HOSPITAL, RECEIVE THE MEDICATION THAT YOU NEED TO BE ALIVE, I WANT TO WORK WITH HIM. I WILL WORK WITH ANYONE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN LEAD ON THAT. YOU AMAZING — YOU AMAZING PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATORS WHO WORK SO HARD AND DO SO MUCH — >>BETO O’ROURKE BROUGHT A LOT OF ENERGY TO THIS RACE AND BROUGHT A LOT OF NEW VOTERS BUT COULD NOT TURN TEXAS BLUE, GOING DOWN IN DEFEAT TONIGHT TO TED CRUZ, THE REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT. >>WE ARE HAPPY TO BE JOINED BY EUGENE ROBINSON, “WASHINGTON POST” COLUMNIST AND FRIEND OF NBC, CONTRIBUTOR TO NBC. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON WHAT WE’VE SEEN TONIGHT?>>YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT TOMORROW, THE NEXT DAY, DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO LOOK AT THESE RESULTS AND SAY, THIS WAS A GREAT NIGHT FOR THEM. I THINK REPUBLICANS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ASK THEMSELVES SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU GET 35 SEATS MAYBE, THEY MIGHT END UP WITH, COULD BE NORTH OF 35 SEATS, YOU MIGHT NOT CALL THAT A WAVE BUT THAT’S FLIPPING THE HOUSE. THAT’S TAKING CONTROL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. SO DEMOCRATS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THIS PRESIDENCY ACTUALLY HAVE SOME POWER. THEY ACTUALLY CAN DO THINGS. THEY ACTUALLY CAN HOLD THIS ADMINISTRATION ACCOUNTABLE. THEY CAN START TO WORK TOWARD AN AGENDA, THE AGENDA THAT THEY PROMISED ON HEALTH CARE, ON INFRASTRUCTURE, ON THINGS LIKE THAT. >>WILL THEY FIND A PRESIDENT MORE WILLING TO DEAL WITH THEM?>>OR NOT. BUT THEY CAN PUT THE ONUS ON HIM TO DECIDE WHETHER HE WANTS TO FIX HEALTH CARE OR NOT, WHETHER HE WANTS TO DO SOMETHING ON INFRASTRUCTURE OR NOT, AND HE WILL HAVE TO DECIDE WHETHER IT IS IN HIS INTERESTS TO WORK WITH THE DEMOCRATS AND ACTUALLY GET THINGS DONE OR TO SAY NO, AND I THINK THERE WILL BE A COST FOR SAYING NO. >>THEY CAN TAKE — THEY HAVE THE CHANCE TO TAKE SOME INITIATIVE HERE. >>LET ME JUST PAUSE YOU RIGHT THERE BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A CALL TO MAKE. IOWA’S GOVERNOR’S RACE, AND THIS WENT DOWN TO THE WIRE, BUT KIM REYNOLDS, THE REPUBLICANS, HOLDS ON, THE INCUMBENT. THIS WAS VERY TIGHT DOWN THE STRETCH. FRED HUBBELL WAS SHOWING SOME MOMENTUM. >>A LITTLE BIT OF AN UPSET, A MINOR UPSET. DEMOCRATS WERE FEELING CONFIDENT. >>THOUGHT HUBBELL WOULD BE ABLE TO PULL IT OFF. THERE’S THE MAP. KIM REYNOLDS HANGS ON IN THE IOWA GOVERNOR’S SEAT. CONTINUE ON, EUGENE ROBINSON. >>THE OTHER THING THAT I’VE BEEN LOOKING AT, AND WE DON’T HAVE ALL OF THE RESULT FROM THE STATE LEGISLATURES YET, BUT THAT’S ANOTHER PLACE WHERE DEMOCRATS WERE JUST NOT ON THE MAP AND THAT’S TAKEN SOME GOVERNORSHIPS, THEY’VE TAKEN, AS TOM PEREZ SAID, SOME STATE LEGISLATURES. THEY WILL BE IN A POSITION TO HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY ABOUT REDISTRICTING AFTER THE NEXT CENSUS. >>EUGENE, IT IS NOT WHAT IS MISSING TONIGHT, THERE’S NOT A BIG SIGNATURE STATEWIDE WIN. FLORIDA BRAGGING RIGHTS GO TO THE REPUBLICANS. MISSOURI SEN AT, IOWA GOVERNOR WAS ONE OF THE ONES THEY THOUGHT, OHIO GOVERNOR. WHAT IS INTERESTING IS THE PROGRESSIVE NOMINEES ARE STRUGGLING, ABRAMS, GILLUM, COMING UP SHORT. SO DID THE MORE CENTRIST, MODERATE NOMINEES COME UP SHORT. IT HASN’T MATTERED WHETHER THEY HAVE A PROGRESSIVE APPEALING TO THEM OR A CENTRIST. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS?>>YOU KNOW, WE’RE A DIVIDED COUNTRY. DONALD TRUMP WENT OUT THERE AND ENERGIZED AND EXCITED HIS BASE AND GOT THEM TO COME OUT AND VOTE, AND THERE ARE ENOUGH OF THEM THAT THEY, IN THE CASE OF FLORIDA AND IN THE CASE OF TEXAS, WHICH, YOU KNOW, IN A NORMAL SENSE YOU WOULD HAVE CERTAINLY EXPECTED TEXAS TO GO RED, BETO O’ROURKE CAME CLOSE BUT HE COULD NOT OVERCOME THE RURAL COUNTIES AND THE TRUMP SUPPORTERS. LOOK, FACE IT, TRUMP ENERGIZED HIS BASE AND GOT THEM TO THE POLLS. HE WAS — LOOK, THE REPUBLICAN ENTHUSIASM WAS NOT GOING TO BE ON THE FLOOR, YOU KNOW, WHERE IT WAS SIX MONTHS AGO. IT WASN’T GOING TO STAY THERE, IT WAS GOING TO RISE. >>WAS IT KAVANAUGH THOUGH THAT PUT — THAT CHURNED UP THE HEAT TO A NEW LEVEL?>>YOU KNOW, IN SOME STATES, IN SOME DISTRICTS THAT PROBABLY HAD AN IMPACT. IN OTHERS, IT PROBABLY DIDN’T. IT PLAYED BOTH WAYS I THINK. I THINK IF DEMOCRATS WANT — REALLY HAVE TO BE DISAPPOINTED ABOUT SOMETHING, THEY CAN BE DISAPPOINTED ABOUT FLORIDA. I THOUGHT IN THOSE TWO, YOU KNOW, BIG TICKET RACES IN FLORIDA, I THOUGHT GILLUM HAD A REAL SHOT AND I THOUGHT GILLUM, IF HE WON, WOULD PULL NELSON ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN. THEY BOTH FELL JUST SHORT. YOU CAN’T BE THAT DISAPPOINTED IF YOU ARE A DEMOCRAT ABOUT NOT WINNING A STATEWIDE ELECTION IN TEXAS AT THIS POINT. IF YOU CAME THAT CLOSE, YOU SHOULD FEEL PRETTY GOOD ABOUT THAT. >>CHUCK IS LOOKING AT THE BOARDS. WHAT HAVE YOU GOT?>>LOOK, WE’RE LOOKING AT WHERE WE ARE IN THIS MARCH. HOW MANY SEATS IS IT GOING TO BE? WHAT IS INTERESTING HERE IS THAT THIS WENT EXACTLY HOW WE DID. THESE WERE THE DISTRICTS THAT HAD A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF COLLEGE EDUCATED VOTERS IN IT THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE. AS YOU CAN SEE, IT IS A BIG CHUNK OF THE PICKUPS. THERE WERE 24 HARD PICKUPS SO FAR. 20 OF THE 24 ARE COMING FROM THESE DISTRICTS HERE THAT WERE HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE OF COLLEGE-EDUCATED WHITES, AND YOU CAN SEE WHAT IS COMING NEXT. WE HAVEN’T EVEN STARTED THE CALIFORNIA RACES. AS YOU CAN SEE, WE HAVE EARLY RETURNS COMING IN. THAT’S ONLY 4% RETURNS THERE, THE 45th. AMY WALTERS, ONLY 1% IN. DANA ROHRABACHER, LOOK AT THIS, 1% IN, A LOT OF VOTE, BUT A 50/50 RACE. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE FOLLOWING THAT. LOOK, AS FAR AS THE HOUSE WAS CONCERNED, GUYS, IT WENT EXACTLY HOW WE THOUGHT IT WOULD GO. THEY WOULD WIN THESE SUBURBAN DISTRICTS, AND THEY’VE WON EXACTLY THE ONES THEY THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO MODEL AND WIN. WHAT IS INTERESTING IS THAT IT HASN’T TRANSLATED INTO SOMETHING BIGGER AND IT DIDN’T TRANSLATE INTO ANY MAJOR STATEWIDE WINS. LOOK AT THE STATE OF IOWA. THREE OF THE FOUR DISTRICTS ARE HELD BY DEMOCRATS BUT THE GOVERNOR’S RACE WENT REPUBLICAN. THERE’S STILL CLEARLY THIS — WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT, AN EX-URBAN ISSUE FOR DEMOCRATS, AND IT IS THE REASON THEY’VE COME UP SHORT IN SOME OF THE STATEWIDE RACES. >>AND PEOPLE THINKING ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL, REALLY WANTED TO SEE THOSE GOVERNORSHIPS IN BATTLEGROUND STATES, DEMOCRATS WERE HOPING TO HAVE A HELPING HAND THERE. WE WILL BE BACK IN A MOMENT. WE WILL BE JOINED ONCE AGAIN BY TOM BROKAW. HERE IS A REMINDER THAT THIS IS NOT TOM’S FIRST RODEO. LOOK AT HIS COVERAGE OF THE MIDTERM BACK IN 1994.>>>GOOD EVENING. IF YOU ARE A POLITICAL JUNKY YOU WANT TO REMEMBER THIS NIGHT. IF YOU ARE A DEMOCRAT, YOU MAY WANT TO CRAWL INTO A HOLE AND PULL IT IN AFTER YOU. THERE IS A SWEEP, A BLOWOUT ON BEHALF OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY ♪♪ >>>AND THE VICTORY TONIGHT IS MORE THAN A VICTORY OF A CANDIDATE FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE. I BELIEVE IT IS A CALL FOR GREATER DIGNITY AND RESPECT. I BELIEVE IT IS AFFIRMATION THAT REGARDLESS OF ONE’S GENDER OR ETHNICITY OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR RACE OR PLACE OF BIRTH THAT WE ARE ALL EQUAL, NOT ONLY IN THE EYES OF GOD BUT ALSO IN THE RESPECT AND DIGNITY WE ARE DUE FROM GOVERNMENT AND FROM OUR FELLOW AMERICANS.>>FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY, NOW SENATOR ROMNEY. THE PROJECT EDWINER IN UTAH.>>I DON’T THINK ANYONE HAS DONE GOVERNOR OF ONE STATE AND SENATOR FROM ANOTHER, TO PULL IT OFF. I BELIEVE IT IS AN HISTORIC FIRST. >>AND A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE.>>WHAT WILL BE INTERESTING ABOUT THE PRESIDENT — NOW SENATOR ROMNEY, IS THAT HE IS A MAN WITH AN ENORMOUSLY IMPORTANT BACKGROUND BOTH IN BUSINESS AND POLITICS. HE ALSO, WHAT WE JUST HEARD FROM HIM, REALLY REFLECTS WHO HE IS. I MEAN IT IS HIS FAITH AND IT IS HIS IDEA ABOUT POLITICS. WE’LL SEE HOW HE FITS IN TO THE DONALD TRUMP NOW CAST OF CHARACTERS WHO WILL BE IN THE SENATE, WHETHER HE CAN HAVE ANY IMPACT AT ALL OR WHETHER OR NOT HE WILL BE WELCOME. I DON’T THINK HE’S GOING THERE JUST TO KEEP THE SEAT WARM, FRANKLY. >>YOU THINK THERE’S ANY CHANCE HE WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT AGAIN?>>JAMES CARGILL HAD THE LINE, RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IS LIKE HAVING — YOU DON’T JUST DO IT ONCE. >>IT WAS PAST MIDNIGHT SO I KNEW THAT LINE WAS COMING OUT. >>I’M SO GRATEFUL IT IS AFTER MIDNIGHT. >>I KNOW. >>ON THE EAST COAST. >>LET’S BE REALISTIC. MITT ROMNEY DOESN’T FIT IN THE DONALD TRUMP REPUBLICAN PARTY. HE JUST DOESN’T. >>YEAH. >>JEFF FLAKE, I THINK THE SMALL GOVERNMENT CONSERVATIVES REALLY MISREAD THE TRUMP BASE. THEY’RE NOT SMALL GOVERNMENT PEOPLE. THEY’RE CULTURE WARRIORS. THIS IS DIFFERENT. MITT ROMNEY WAS NEVER A COMFORTABLE CULTURAL WARRIOR. IT WILL BE VERY INTERESTING. HE IS AN ODD FIT IN DONALD TRUMP’S PARTY. >>HE IS A FISCAL CONSERVATIVE, A REAL OLD-FASHIONED REPUBLICAN SO HE DOESN’T FIT AT ALL. ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS THAT JOE BIDEN CALLED HIM TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON HIS VICTORY TONIGHT, WHICH IS AN OLD FASHIONED COURTESY YOU DON’T SEE VERY MUCH IN THE CURRENT SENATE. >>I THINK THE OTHER THING, I THINK YOU RAISED THE IMPORTANT POINT, THAT HE IS A CULTURE WARRIOR. HE’S GOING TO FIT IN, IN AN ODD WAY INTO A SENATE SURROUNDED BY TRUMP PEOPLE, WHO GOT THERE BECAUSE OF DONALD TRUMP. I MEAN 99% THEY’RE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT, AND THEN THE QUESTION IS WHAT DOES DONALD TRUMP HAVE IN MIND FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS? HOW OFTEN WILL WE SEE HIM OUT THERE? HE MADE THE COURTESY CALL TONIGHT, BUT I DON’T THINK THAT’S WHAT HE WILL BE ABOUT. THIS HAS WORKED SO WELL FOR HIM, TO GET ON HIS AIRPLANE AND GO FROM ONE RALLY TO ANOTHER RALLY AFTER ANOTHER RALLY, PICK OUT SOMETHING LIKE A GROUP TRYING TO COME TO AMERICA WHO ARE STILL, WHAT, 800 MILES AWAY AND ACTIVATING THE UNITED STATES ARMY WITH CONCERTINA WIRE BECAUSE IT PLAYED. IT WENT TO PEOPLE’S SENSE OF FEAR. >>NOW HE HAS NANCY PELOSI TO RUN AGAINST AS WELL IN A DEMOCRAT HOUSE. >>AND IT IS NOT ONE OF THE LESSONS OF THE NIGHT HERE, DON’T SEPARATE YOURSELF, IF YOU’RE A REPUBLICAN DON’T SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP?>>IT IS INTERESTING BECAUSE SOME OF THE INCUMBENTS THAT WENT DOWN, ESPECIALLY IN THE HOUSE DISTRICTS, THEY TRIED TO. IT IS DARNED IF YOU DO, DARNED IF YOU DON’T. >>I DECIDED TO TRY THAT, TO BE A LITTLE LESS COLORFUL AND LESS BLUE HERE AFTER MIDNIGHT, BECAUSE YOU NEED DONALD TRUMP TO GET THAT BASE GINNED UP. IT DOES TURN OFF SOME SUBURBAN VOTERS AND YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT — YOU HAVE TO PICK YOUR POISON. THE HOUSE CANDIDATES HAD NO CHOICE, THEIR WHOLE DISTRICT WAS SUBURBAN SO THEY HAD TO FIND A WAY TO DISTANCE. THE STATEWIDE CANDIDATES DON’T RUN AWAY FROM TRUMP FOR NOW BECAUSE IT IS A MISTAKE. ♪♪ >>>WE JUST TALKED ABOUT MITT ROMNEY WINNING THE SENATE SEAT IN UTAH. THERE IS A HOUSE RACE THAT IS STILL GOING ON, THE DISTRICT 4, MIA LOVE, REPUBLICAN WOMAN INCUMBENT, BUT IN A BATTLE RIGHT NOW. WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS THERE. IT MAY WELL BE A DEMOCRATIC PICKUP IN UTAH.>>>AND HOW ABOUT THAT GEORGIA GOVERNOR’S RACE? STILL NO RESULT THERE. NBC’S RAHIMI ELLIS COVERING THAT AND REPORTING FROM ATLANTA. TAKE IT AWAY. >>Reporter: THERE’S STILL A PARTY IN THIS HOUSE. A FEW MOMENTS AGO, A PERSON WITH THE ABRAMS CAMPAIGN CAME OUT AND ON THE STAGE BEHIND ME SAID TO PEOPLE, IT IS NOT 100% OF THE VOTE COUNTED YET AND THEY BELIEVE THAT THE VOTES THAT ARE STILL LEFT TO BE COUNTED WILL FALL IN THE DEMOCRATIC COLUMN. THAT MEANS THAT THERE’S STILL HOPE FOR STACEY ABRAMS. THIS CROWD ERUPTED WITH A CHEER WHEN THEY HEARD THAT. THEY ARE STILL STANDING SHOULDER-TO-SHOULDER IN THIS ROOM, VERY MUCH HOPEFUL, VERY MUCH OPTIMISTIC THAT THEY MIGHT BE ABLE TO PULL THIS THING OUT AND BRING IT TO A RUN-OFF. SO THEY’RE STANDING TALL. THEY WERE TOLD, DON’T LEAVE, DON’T GO AWAY, CONTINUE TO STAY IN THE ROOM AND BE HOPEFUL FOR STACEY ABRAMS. >>WE’RE LOOKING HOW CLOSE THE NUMBERS ARE. THANKS VERY MUCH.>>>WHY IS THE COUNT TAKING SO LONG?>>SO, LOOK, WE’RE THINKING THERE’S STILL A STATISTICAL CHANCE HE CAN DROP BELOW 50, WHICH IS WHY WE HAVEN’T CALLED IT. IT IS VERY TIGHT. WE DON’T KNOW HOW MANY PROVISIONALS THERE ARE. UNTIL WE KNOW THAT, WE WILL FEEL BETTER ABOUT WHERE TO GO. >>LESTER, IN A LARGER SENSE THIS ELECTION HAS BEEN VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE IT HAS BROUGHT INTO THE PROCESS.>>IT ABSOLUTELY HAS BEEN A HIGH TURNOUT ELECTION. WE WANT TO PAUSE AND LET OTHER STATIONS JOIN US RIGHT HERE AT NBC.>>>AND IF YOU ARE JUST JOINING US, THIS NBC ELECTION COVERAGE, DECISION 2018. IT HAS BEEN A CONSEQUENTIAL NIGHT. DEMOCRATS RETAKING CONTROL OF THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE REMAINS IN THE REPUBLICAN HANDS. CHUCK, YOU ARE LOOKING AT SOME HOUSE DISTRICTS THAT ARE SO CLOSE YOU CAN ALMOST COUNT THE DIFFERENCE IN A COUPLE OF HANDS.>>FIRST OF ALL, LET ME JUST SHOW YOU MY CATEGORY HERE. THESE ARE THE EARLY POLL CLOSING RACES, THERE’S STILL ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN OF THEM WE HAVEN’T COUNTED. I’M STARTING WITH GEORGIA 6, WHICH WE JOKED EARLIER IT IS WHEN THE MIDTERMS STARTED WITH THE GEORGIA 6 SPECIAL. THERE’S 100% IN BUT THE VOTE IS STILL COUNTING. LOOK AT THIS DIFFERENCE HERE. AS YOU CAN SEE, IT IS 169 VOTES. THAT’S THE DIFFERENCE. GUESS WHAT? WE’RE NOT CALLING GEORGIA 6 TONIGHT. PROBABLY NOT CALLING IT TOMORROW. THAT’S GOING TO RECOUNT LAND. NORTH CAROLINA, POLLS CLOSED AT 7:30. AS YOU SEE, 96% IN. LITERALLY, LESS THAN 2,000 VOTE DIFFERENCE THERE BETWEEN THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRAT. THIS WOULD BE A HUGE — MARK SAN SANFORD, LOST, THIS IS VERY LATE, THE DEMOCRAT TOOK THE LEAD HERE, IT IS LESS THAN 4,000 VOTES. WE STILL HAVE MORE VOTE TO COUNT THERE. MAINE 2, THIS IS STILL — MAINE IS JUST TAKING FOREVER TO COUNT THEIR VOTES. WHERE ARE YOU? WHERE IS ANGELA LANSBURY, GET HER IN THERE AND FIGURE OUT WHAT IS TAKING SO LONG, WHO IS COMMITTING THE CRIME OF NOT COUNTING THE VOTES IN MAINE. MICHIGAN, WE STILL HAVE THIS ONE. MICHIGAN 8, OUR COOK REPORT GURU IS HELPING ME CALL THIS, AND HE TOLD ME IT WAS THE SINGLE-MOST INTERESTING TO HIM. ABOUT 2500 THERE. NEW JERSEY 3 IS ANOTHER UNCALLED RACE, AS YOU CAN SEE, 2,400 VOTES THERE. SO WE’VE GOT A WHOLE BUNCH OF THOSE. I HAVEN’T EVEN GOTTEN TO CALIFORNIA. YOU CAN SEE HOW THIS — HOW WITH A SLIVER OF VOTE HERE, A SLIVER OF VOTE THERE, HOW DEMOCRATS COULD END UP WITH A 32-SEAT PICKUP OR A 42-SEAT PICKUP, AND IT MIGHT BE A DIFFERENCE OF LIKE 5,000 VOTES. >>WE MAY NOT GET A FINAL NUMBER TONIGHT?>>WE WON’T GET A FINAL NUMBER ON THE HOUSE UNTIL NEXT WEEK SOMETIME IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH BECAUSE OF HOW LONG SOME OF THE MAIL-IN BALLOTS IN CALIFORNIA AND WASHINGTON STATE, WHERE THERE ARE THREE RACES WE ARE WATCHING THERE AS WELL. >>CHUCK, WITH THE ANGELA LANSBURY REFERENCE — >>YOU LIKED THAT? THAT WAS OLD SCHOOL. >>”MURDER SHE WROTE.” CASEY IS BACK. WE ARE STARTING TO GET LOOSE HERE. >>I STARTED ABOUT 8:30. >>EXACTLY. YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE AN INTERESTING BEAT, CAPITOL HILL. IN A WAY IT IS CHANGING SO MUCH WITH JUST ONE HOUSE OF CONGRESS BECAUSE OF THE POWER OF INVESTIGATION AND, YOU KNOW, IN TERMS OF LEGISLATION, IT MAY ALL JUST GRIND TO A HALT. BUT IN TERMS OF WHAT DEMOCRATS CAN DO ONCE THEY ARE CHAIRING COMMITTEES, IT IS GOING TO BE A WHOLE NEW DAY. >>THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE WILDERNESS, IN THE AGE OF PRESIDENT TRUMP. THEY HAVE HAD VERY LITTLE RECOURSE TO FIGHT BACK, AND THAT HAS CHANGED ENTIRELY WITH THE NEWS TONIGHT. THE MORE SEATS THEY WIN, AS CHUCK WAS POINTING OUT — I’M SORRY. GO AHEAD. >>THE MORE SEATS THEY WIN, OF COUR>>>LET’S TAKE A QUICK LOOK WHERE WE ARE TONIGHT. DEMOCRATS HAVE SUCCEEDED IN LET’S LOOK AT THE BOARDS AND SEE SOME OF THE LATEST NUMBERS. WE ARE LOOKING AT THE ARIZONA SENATE RACE, STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL THERE. IT IS FOR THE SEAT THAT JEFF FLAKE HELD, RETIRING FROM THE SENATE. MONTANA SENATE, STILL TOO EARLY TO CALL THERE. YOU SEE THAT JON TESTER, THE INCUMBENT DEMOCRAT, LEADS WITH 46% OF THE VOTE IN. TOO EARLY TO CALL. NEVADA SENATE, TOO EARLY TO CALL. DEAN HELLER, THE INCUMBENT, FACING OFF AGAINST DEMOCRAT JACKY ROSEN. THE WISCONSIN GOVERNOR’S RACE, WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING THIS FOR QUITE SOMETIME. TONY EVERS LEADS GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER. THE DIFFERENCE IS JUST UNDER 12,000 THERE. LOOK AT THE NEW HAMPSHIRE GOVERNOR’S RACE. CHRIS SUNUNU IS THE PROJECT EDWINER AGAINST THE DEMOCRAT, MOLLY KELLY. THE HOUSE ESTIMATE AS WE LOOK AT THE NUMBERS COME IN, IS THAT PUTS THE DEMOCRATS AT 230, THE REPUBLICANS AT 205. AGAIN, THE DEMOCRATS WILL CONTROL THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. HERE IS THE ILLINOIS DISTRICT 4, THE DEMOCRAT, THIS IS A DEMOCRATIC GAIN. UNDERWOOD DEFEATS HULTGREEN IN DISTRICT 4. IT WAS ONE OF THOSE — >>EXACTLY. >>YOU MENTIONED THAT WE WERE WATCHING THAT CAREFULLY TONIGHT TO SEE WHICH WAY THINGS WERE GOING. GEORGIA 7, CAROLYN BORDEAUX PICKS UP A DEMOCRATIC SEAT AGAINST ROB WOODALL. IN THE IOWA DISTRICT 3, CINDY AXNE, ANOTHER PICKUP FOR DEMOCRATS. >>ANOTHER SUBURBAN SEAT IN THE DES MOINES AREA. >>LET’S GO TO HALLIE JACKSON WHERE WE ARE HEARING MORE APPARENTLY FROM THE PRESIDENT. >>Reporter: WE ARE VIA HIS PRESS SECRETARY, LESTER, IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT WE KNOW HAS BEEN WORKING THE PHONES. SO FAR WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN CAGEY ABOUT WHO HE HAS BEEN TALKING TO, BUT NOW WE HAVE A CLEARER PICTURE. WE ARE TOLD THE PRESIDENT HAS SPOKEN NOT JUST WITH NANCY PELOSI WHO WE MENTIONED LAST TIME WE TALKED, BUT ALSO BASICALLY THE REST OF THE LEADERSHIP CURRENTLY IN THE SENATE AND HOUSE. MITCH McCONNELL, IN THE WORDS OF SANDERS, TO CONGRATULATE HIM ON A BIG SENATE WIN. PAUL RYAN, CHUCK SCHUMER, THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE A SLEW OF CALLS TO CONGRATULATE, RYAN KEMP, RON DeSANTIS, OTHERS WHO HAVE DONE WELL. HE IS WORKING THE PHONES CALLING THESE FOLKS TO CONGRAT THEM. HE HAS BEEN RECEIVING A LOT OF CALLS. HE AND THE VICE PRESIDENT ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE DOING THIS TONIGHT AND TOMORROW MORNING AS THE PRESIDENT IS FEELING PRETTY GOOD ABOUT WHERE HE IS SITTING RIGHT NOW. AGAIN, OF COURSE, THE DEMS HAVE FLIPPED THE HOUSE. IT WAS MUCH OF THE EXPECTATION HEADING INTO THE NIGHT, BUT THE LOSSES AREN’T AS HEAVY AS THEY COULD HAVE BEEN. AS SOME INSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE HAD MAYBE BEEN BRACING FOR, THIS IS ABOUT WHAT THEIR EX PECULIAR PECULIAR — EXPECTATIONS WERE. THEY’RE NOT THRILLED WITH WHAT THEY’RE SEEING IN TEXAS, SOME OF THE DISTRICTS THAT WENT BLUE, BUT OVERALL IT IS IN LINE WITH EXPECTATIONS. THE PRESIDENT IS FEELING GOOD TONIGHT. >>HALLIE JACKSON, THANKS VERY MUCH. CHUCK TODD HAS TAKEN A BIT OF A FIELD TRIP ACROSS THE ROOM. >>HOW YOU DOING? OF COURSE I HAVE. I’M IN HERE IN OUR BOILER ROOM. DONTE CHENEY IS THE GUY WHO IS DEMOGRAPHICS. YOU ARE LOOKING AT THIS. YOU ARE THE ONE THAT GAVE US THESE GROUPING GOES WE HAVE HERE, THE COLLEGE-EDUCATED DISTRICTS, ALL OF THAT. EXPLAIN THE NIGHT FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE.>>IT IS WHAT WE THOUGHT WE WOULD SEE. WE THOUGHT EVENTUALLY WE WOULD SEE THESE SUBURBAN EDUCATED DISTRICTS SHIFT DEMOCRATIC, THEY HAVE. I WAS LOOKING EARLY TODAY, 2010 THE REPUBLICANS HAD THE HUGE WAVE. THE MAJORITY OF THEIR PICKUPS — NOT MAJORITY BUT PLURALITY OF THEIR PICKUPS WERE PLACES WITH BELOW AVERAGE FOR COLLEGE EDUCATION. THE DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO PICK UP TONIGHT, PLACES IT LOOKS LIKE ABOVE AVERAGE IN COLLEGE EDUCATION. WE ARE SEEING SOMETHING TONIGHT, BUT IT IS REALLY THE LARGER STORY OF THE REMAKING OF ELECTORATE, THE REALIGNMENT. WE ARE SEEING SOMETHING BIG HAPPENING. >>THIS IS A RESORTING OF THE SORT OF CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS CATCHING UP WHERE AMERICA HAD ALREADY RESORTED?>>BASICALLY, YES. IT HAS BEEN MOVING THIS WAY FOR A WHILE. NOW WITH EVERY ELECTION THIS THING IS GETTING BIGGER AND BIGGER AND WIDER AND WIDER. IT IS FASCINATING TO WATCH, AND IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT IS — EVENTUALLY IT WILL STOP, BUT WE’RE NOT THERE YET. MORE SORTING TO DO. >>WE WILL FIND OUT VOTERS ARE FROM MARS AND THE OTHER VOTERS FROM VENUS, THAT’S THE PROBLEM. WE HAVE DIFFERENT PLANETS WE ARE ON. PETER HART, YOU HAVE DONE A FEW ELECTIONS, MAYBE A FEW BEFORE I STARTED DOING THIS. PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE. >>OKAY. LET’S START. INSTEAD OF JUST TALKING ABOUT RED AND BLUE, HOW ABOUT RED, WHITE AND BLUE. WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT IS THE TURNOUT, AND THAT TELLS YOU A LOT ABOUT DEMOCRACY. IT WAS A GOOD DAY FOR DEMOCRACY. SECOND THING THAT YOU’VE GOT TO SAY ABOUT THIS ELECTION IS WHERE IT IS TOTALLY POLARIZED AS A COUNTRY, THAT’S WHAT WE’VE BEEN MEASURING ON OUR SURVEYS ALL YEAR LONG. BUT FOR DEMOCRATS, THEY WON THE BIG PRIZE. THEY WON BACK THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. ALSO, THEY MADE THEIR FIRST STAB BACK TO THE RUST BELT. SO THEY PICKED UP IN PENNSYLVANIA, THEY DID WELL IN ILLINOIS, THEY DID WELL IN MICHIGAN, AND POSSIBLY WISCONSIN. SO THE EXPECTATIONS WERE HIGH, BUT THE DEMOCRATS DID PRETTY WELL. >>ALL RIGHT. PETER HART, DONTE CHEENEY AND PHIL LANE. OUR TEAM MAKES US SMART. >>YES, THE STORY STILL BEING WRITTEN. LET’S LOOK AT WHERE WE ARE TONIGHT. DEMOCRATS SUCCEEDED IN WINNING BACK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE. BY HOW BIG A MARGIN REMAIN IT TO BE SEEN, BUT STILL A BIG VICTORY FOR DEMOCRATS. THEY WERE UNABLE TO PRY LOOSE THE SENATE, REPUBLICANS RETAIN CONTROL THERE, INCLUDING A WIN BY TED CRUZ IN TEXAS, AND A LOSS IN MISSOURI BY CLAIRE McCASKILL. TWO BIG RACES THAT CAUGHT ATTENTION, IN FLORIDA, DeSANTIS OVER GILLUM. FOR THOSE IN THE EASTERN AND CENTRAL TIME ZONES, WE WILL WRAP THINGS UP THOUGH WE WILL CONTINUE AND COME BACK WITH MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS. STAY TUNED BECAUSE A SPECIAL LIVE EDITION OF “LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MYERS” BEGINS RIGHT NOW. ♪♪ ♪♪>>>AND WE WELCOME THE REST OF YOU BACK AS WE CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE OF THE 2018 MIDTERM ELECTIONS. I WANT TO TAKE THE PULSE ON WHAT IS HAPPENING IN CALIFORNIA. THEY’RE BEING BROUGHT HERE FROM 1,000 LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT ORANGE COUNTY HERE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. IF WE TAKE A STEP INSIDE HERE, WHAT IS KNOWN AS THE CAGE, IT IS A SECURE AREA WHERE THE BALLOTS ARE ULTIMATELY COUNTED. WHEN IT COMES TO — HERE IS NEIL KELLY, THE REGISTRAR OF ORANGE COUNTY. NEIL, CRITICAL, CRITICAL JOB YOU HAVE TONIGHT. YOU HAVE GOT FOUR DIFFERENT TOSSUP CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS. YOU ARE COUNTING THESE BATTLE. HOW MANY SEATS THE DEMOCRATS GAIN IN THE HOUSE WILL BE DECIDED IN THIS ROOM TONIGHT. HOW DOES IT FEEL?>>IT FEELS GREAT. THINK WE PLAN FOR THIS FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR SO WE’RE READY FOR IT.>>Reporter: IT IS UNBELIEVABLE, LESTER — NEIL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IS THEY WILL COME OUT OF THE BOXES AND BE PUT INTO A TUBE IF I CAN SHOW YOU REAL QUICK. THEY GO INTO THIS PNEUMATIC TUBE OVER HERE, LITTLE CONTAINERS LIKE THIS. THE CHIPS FROM THE VOTING MACHINES GO INTO THIS BOX RIGHT HERE, GET SHOT UP INTO HERE AND ALL BE COUNTED MANUALLY. IT IS AN EXTRAORDINARY PROCESS. AGAIN, FOUR DIFFERENT TOSS-UP DISTRICTS WILL BE DECIDED IN THIS FACILITY, AND IT ALL WILL BE DONE BY HAND OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS. AS CHUCK WAS SAYING EARLIER, ULTIMATELY IT IS A 30-DAY COUNT PERIOD HERE IN CALIFORNIA, SO IT MAY NOT HAPPEN TONIGHT OR TOMORROW NIGHT. IT MAY TAKE QUITE SOME TIME. LESTER. >>THANK YOU.>>>I WANT TO BRING IN REPUBLICAN STRATEGIST AND POLITICAL ANALYST MIKE MURPHY. GOOD EVENING. THANKS FOR JOINING US. >>THANK YOU. >>BASED ON THE HEADLINES AS THEY’VE BEEN WRITTEN SO FAR, WHO HAS HAD A BETTER NIGHT, REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS?>>I THINK DEMOCRATS HAVE SIMPLY BECAUSE THE BIGGEST POWER SHIFT IS TAKING THE HOUSE FROM ONE PARTY TO ANOTHER IN AN ELECTION THAT WAS A REFERENDUM ON THE PRESIDENT. YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT IT ON TWO LEVELS, ON KIND OF THE SPIN, BRAGGING RIGHTS, MORALE LEVEL. THE DEMOCRATS UNDERPERFORMED. THEY DID NOT GET A BIG MARQUEE WIN. IF YOU X-RAY IT AND LOOK AT THE POLITICS OF IT, LOSING CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, NOT ONLY THE SUBPOENAS THAT MAY FLY, BUT LOSING CONTROL OF THE HOUSE SIDE OF THE APPROPRIATIONS AND BUDGETING PROCESS IS A REALLY, REALLY BIG THING IN THE POWER OF D.C.. THE OTHER THING IS THE MIDWEST IS NOT LOOKING SO GOOD FOR REPUBLICANS, PARTICULARLY MICHIGAN AND PENNSYLVANIA, AND THOSE WERE TWO OF THE THREE STATES THAT IN AN UPSET MANNER PUT DONALD TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE. SO I THINK THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO WAKE UP TOMORROW IN A SIGNIFICANTLY WEAKER POLITICAL POSITION THAN HE WAS, BUT HE WILL HAVE THE SPIN AND BRAGGING RIGHTS TO MAKE IT LOOK A LITTLE BETTER THAN IT IS AND CAUSE, I THINK, A BIT OF A MOREAL PROBLEM AMONG THE DEMOCRATS WHERE THERE WILL BE A LOT OF GROUCHING. >>REPUBLICANS COULD RETAIN CONTROL OF THE SENATE WITH A BIT OF A PICKUP. WHAT DOES IT SPELL GOING TO NOT ONLY 2020 BUT 2022?>>WELL, THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. I THINK WE WILL SEE MORE POLARIZATION. ON THE SENATE SIDE, IT WAS HOME GAME FOR THE REPUBLICANS BUT THEY DID REALLY WELL, AND LEADER McCONNELL DESERVES A LOT OF CREDIT. THEY KIND OF STRAIGHTENED UP THE ACCOUNTING. YOU KNOW, DEMOCRATS IN RED STATES WHERE THEY HAD, YOU KNOW, TO REALLY BE GOOD TO SURVIVE, WELL, A LOT OF THEM DIDN’T. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE SUBURBAN PROBABLY CAN POP UP IN A LOT OF PLACES WHERE WE HAVE A BIG MAP TO DEFEND, WE REPUBLICANS, IN 2020. I THINK IT WILL BE INTERESTING AND MURKY. INSIDE THE PARTY THE PRESIDENT’S GRIP WILL REMAIN STRONG, STRONGER THAN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN HAD WE LOST A LOT OF MARQUEE STATEWIDE RACES. BUT THE MAP — YOU KNOW, BUT THE STATEWIDE SENATE RACES, SOMETIMES YOU HAVE YEAR-TO-YEAR OPPORTUNITIES WHERE YOU ARE PLAYING ON THE HOME COURT, OTHER TIMES YOU HAVE AWAY GAMES, AND’ ’20 IS MORE OF AN AWAY YEAR. >>JEFF FLAKE HINTED HE MAY BE WILLING TO CHALLENGE THE PRESIDENT IN A PRIMARY. DID ANYTHING THAT HAPPENED TODAY MAKE HIM LOOK VULNERABLE?>>I DO THINK HE’S WEAKER, BUT NOT AS WEAK AS HE WOULD HAVE BEEN WITH A COMPLETE DISASTER. I THINK THERE PROBABLY WILL BE A PRIMARY, BUT AS EVERYBODY FROM TED KENNEDY TO RONALD REAGAN IN ’76 LEARNED, IT IS VERY, VERY HARD TO PRIMARY THE SITTING PRESIDENT OF YOUR OWN PARTY. THAT SAID, PRESIDENTS WHO HAVE A BIG, TOUGH PRIMARY AND PREVAIL OFTEN DON’T DO SO WELL IN THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION. I THINK IF YOU REALLY X-RAY THE RESULTS, THE PRESIDENT DID NOT HAVE A PARTICULARLY GOOD NIGHT, BUT IN THE SPIN BATTLES HE’S GOT SOMETHING TO WORK WITH. >>HEY, MIKE. BREDESEN AND BETO O’ROURKE, ONE LOST BY THREE POINTS RUNNING IN RED TEXAS, ALTHOUGH I THINK WE’RE LEARNING TEXAS MAY NOT BE AS RED. PHIL BREDESEN LOST BY A BIGGER MARGIN IN TENNESSEE. PHIL BREDESEN RAN AS A CENTRIST, YOU KNOW, DON’T CALL ME A DEMOCRAT DEMOCRAT. BETO O’ROURKE RAN AS A PROUD DEMOCRAT. WHAT IS THE LESSON DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO TAKE AWAY FROM WHAT THEY WATCHED, HOW THEY SAW BREDESEN COME UP SHORT AND HOW THEY SAW BETO O’ROURKE COME UP SHORT?>>THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. I THINK WHEN IN DOUBT, YOUR MESSAGING POSITION, YOUR IDEOLOGY COUNTS A LOT, BUT NOTHING IS BIGGER THAN THE TRIBALNESS OF THE STATE. IT IS HARD FOR A DEMOCRAT TO WIN STATE WIDE IN A RED STATE AND VICE VERSA. I HAVE TRIED WITH STATEWIDE REPUBLICANS HERE IN BLUE CALIFORNIA. IT IS IN THE SWING STATES WHERE I THINK THERE WILL BE AN ARGUMENT IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, AND A LOT OF PEOPLE — I THINK SOME PEOPLE WILL MAKE THE ARGUMENT ONE OF THE PROBLEMS THAT GILLUM HAD IN FLORIDA WHAT IDEOLOGY. A FAR-RIGHT TRUMP CANDIDATE WHO WOULD HAVE NORMAL TROUBLE IN A GENERAL ELECTION CAN STILL DO PRETTY WELL AGAINST A LEFT BERNIE CANDIDATE. BUT, YOU KNOW, THERE’S A CHURCH IN THE DEMOCRAT PARTY THAT’S ALL ABOUT MOBILIZATION THAT WE’RE GOING TO SEE. >>I DON’T MEAN TO CONTRADICT YOU, IN THE SAME STATE CENTRIST BILL NELSON AND LESS CONSERVATIVE RICK SCOTT ALSO ENDED UP IN LESS THAN A ONE POINT RACE, SO YOU JUST CHALK IT UP TO FLORIDA?>>YOU CAN MAKE THAT ARGUMENT, BUT I THINK THE GOVERNOR’S RACE IS NORMALLY THE MARQUEE RACE. THIS WAS AN INTERESTING ONE BECAUSE THEY BOTH CAME FROM IDEOLOGICAL WINGS OF THE PARTY. I THINK IF GWEN GRAHAM HAD WON THE PRIMARY, SHE WOULD HAVE DONE BETTER. BUT IF NAPOLEON HAD NUCLEAR SUBS, WE WOULD ALL BE SPEAKING FRENCH. WE JUST CAN’T KNOW. WINNING A SWING STATE WITH BASE POLITICS, YOU WILL SEE SUBURBAN DISTRICTS GO SOUTH BECAUSE OF DONALD TRUMP AND I GUESS WE GET TO RELITIGATE IN THE NEXT ELECTION. >>MIKE MURPHY, THANKS VERY MUCH. GOOD TO HAVE YOU ON TONIGHT. >>THANK YOU.>>>AND THE REST OF THE GROUP?>>YOU KNOW, WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE CHANGE IN THE HOUSE, WITH THE INVESTIGATIVE CLOUT, THE SUBPOENAS. THIS IS THE BIGGEST HEADLINE, AND THERE’S ALSO A POLICY ISSUE HERE. I’M WONDERING, YOU KNOW, ARE THE DEMOCRATS GOING TO TRY TO MAKE MOVES AGAINST THE IMMIGRATION POLICIES, THE VERY UNPOPULAR IN THE DEMOCRATIC CONSTITUENCY POLICY. >>YES. >>WHAT CAN THEY DO THOUGH?>>WHAT CAN THEY DO? IS IT USING THE APPROPRIATION MECHANISM? THERE WILL BE GRID LOCK ON THE BUDGET. THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A BUDGET SUMMIT OR A BUDGET DEAL. THE HOUSE AND SENATE WILL NEVER WORK TOGETHER ON ANYTHING LIKE THAT. >>IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO SEE THAT IN THIS KIND OF A CLIMATE. OBVIOUSLY THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF THAT UNDER THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY WHEN YOU HAD SOME SPLIT CONTROL AND YOU SAW MITCH McCONNELL AND JOE BIDEN CUTTING DEALS, BUT I THINK THERE WILL BE A LOT OF PRESSURE ON NANCY PELOSI TO — FROM THE LEFT BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, STARTING TOMORROW THERE ARE SIX DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, RIGHT? AND THEY’RE GOING TO BE DRIVING A LOT OF THE MESSAGING FOR DEMOCRATS AND THEY WILL BE SAYING, DON’T YOU DARE MAKE ANY DEAL, DO NOT PAY FOR THE PRESIDENT’S BORDER WALL. >>BUT LESS OF HER HOUSE CAUCUS.>>BUT DON’T FORGET WHERE THEY’RE WINNING TONIGHT. THEY’RE WINNING IN THE HEARTLAND OF AMERICA, IN SUBURBS, WITH WHO HAD — OFTENTIMES WITH MODERATE MESSAGES. YOU CAN HEAR PELOSI TALKING LIKE THIS IN HER INITIAL INTERVIEWS. THEY’RE GOING TO WANT TO TRY TO DO AN INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP. THEY’RE GOING TO WANT TO SEEN AS NOT STOPPING EVERYTHING, AND I . ♪♪ >>>WE ARE BACK. ALL RIGHT. KASIE, WE HAVE TWO SITTING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO ARE UNDER INDICTMENT SEEKING REELECTION. THE QUESTION WAS — >>WE MARKABLE. >>– HOW DOES THAT WORK. CAN YOU WIN REELECTION? WELL, DUNCAN HUNTER HAS WON REELECTION. WE CALLED THAT RACE. HE WAS INDICTED. IT WAS CLOSER THAN FOLKS THOUGHT, 7,000 VOTES HE WON BY BUT HE WON 54% TO 46%. THERE’S ONE. LET’S GO TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COUNTRY IN WESTERN NEW YORK, CHRIS COLLINS, THE REPUBLICAN UP THERE, THE FIRST MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO ENDORSE DONALD TRUMP, HE SURVIVED MUCH NARROWER RACE THERE. >>BARELY. >>ABOUT 3,000 VOTES, BUT ALL OF THEM ARE IN. CHRIS COLLINS, BOY, IT PAYS TO BE INDICTED IN VERY RED DISTRICTS. >>APPARENTLY IT DOES. CHUCK, YOU KNOW WHAT IT TELLS ME? IS THAT THIS WORLD OF ALTERNATIVE FACTS, AS I THINK WAS DEBUTED ON YOUR FINE BROADCAST, “MEET THE PRESS,” HAS REALLY SUNK IN WITH REPUBLICANS, THAT THE TRADITIONAL RULES OF WHAT MAKES A SCANDAL AND WHAT YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO DO IN PUBLIC LIFE ARE COMPLETELY OUT THE WINDOW AND THAT IT DOESN’T JUST APPLY TO DONALD TRUMP. >>WHO WOULD EVER RESIGN NOW? BOB MENENDEZ WON REELECTION TONIGHT. HE WAS ALMOST INDICTED, YOU KNOW. HIS TRIAL WAS SORT OF — HE COULD BE REINDICTED, BUT HE MAY NOT, BUT IT REALLY IS — WHAT MEMBER OF CONGRESS UNDER INDICTMENT WOULD QUIT IN THEIR RIGHT MIND RIGHT NOW? ANTHONY WEINER WOULD NEVER HAVE QUIT REALIZING YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH THIS STUFF. >>WELL, I WOULD SAY THE SALACIOUS NATURE AGAINST HIM WAS A LITTLE DIFFERENT. I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THERE’S A SHRED OF DECENCY OUT THERE. >>THIS WAS 22 VOTES A MINUTE AGO BUT WE HAVE ONE. MINNESOTA 1, ONE OF THE POTENTIAL PICKUPS FOR THE REPUBLICANS ACTUALLY. AT ONE POINT THERE WERE 22 VOTES DIFFERENCE HERE, BUT IT IS ALMOST 100-VOTE DIFFERENCE AS YOU CAN SEE. I’M GOING TO PLOW THROUGH. FRIENDS AT GEORGIA 6, STILL LOOKING THERE, 100% IN. OBVIOUSLY PROVISIONS THERE. NORTH CAROLINA 9, STILL WAITING HERE. ALWAYS YOU CAN SEE, 2,000 VOTES STILL THERE. NEW JERSEY, TOM MacARTHUR. >>AMAZING HOW CLOSE THESE RACES ARE, ALL OF THEM. A BREEZE JUST ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, YOU KNOW, WOULD HAVE AFFECTED ANY OF THIS. THAT TOM MacARTHUR DISTRICT YOU ARE LOOKING AT NOW IN NEW JERSEY, YOU KNOW, ONE THAT HE WAS SOMEBODY WHO HAS TAKEN A LOT OF HEAT OVER TAXES IN PARTICULAR. >>QUICKLY, THIS IS YOUR HOME STATE, MICHIGAN 8. IT IS A VERY CLOSE ONE. SLOTKIN IS UP ABOUT 2,500 VOTES.>>AND THE STORY THERE, WOMEN CANDIDATES AND VOTERS. THAT IS VERY REAL. WE HAVE SAID IT AD NAUSEAM BUT STILL TRUE. >>THE NEW DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY, THE MAJORITY LOOK LIKE THEY WILL BE WOMEN. WE WILL TAKE ANOTHER QUICK BREAK HERE. WE WILL BE BACK. LOTS OF UNCALLED RACES IN THE BIG STATE OF CALIFORNIA. WE HAVE THE ALASKA HOUSE RACE, WHICH WE KNOW IS A COIN FLIP RACE AS WELL. SOME DAY WE WILL START SEEING VOTES IN NEVADA SENATE, AND WE KEEP COUNTING VOTES IN WISCONSIN. ♪♪ >>>AND WELCOME BACK. AS WE CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE OF THE 2018 ELECTION, CHECK-IN OF THE ARIZONA SENATE RACE. SO WE GOT DAYS. >>AND CHUCK WILL BE HERE EVERY MINUTE. >>EVERY SECOND OF IT, I’M HERE. HE GETS TO GO HOME, I DON’T. THAT’S HOW IT WORKS. >>LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE MONTANA SENATE RACE. TOO EARLY TO CALL HERE. JON TESTER, THE INCUMBENT DEMOCRAT, LEADS HOWEVER. IN THE NEVADA SENATE RACE, WE HAVE THAT ONE TOO EARLY TO CALL.>>A QUICK UPDATE ON THIS ONE. THERE’S A REASON WE HAVE NO VOTE IN. THERE’S A RULE IN NEVADA, THEY WILL NOT RELEASE ANY VOTE UNTIL EVERYBODY IS OUT OF THE LINE WHO HAVE BEEN VOTING, AND PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WAITING IN LINE STILL.>>THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT IS COUNTED?>>NO, JUST THEY WON’T RELEASE THE VOTE PUBLICLY. >>AND HELLER IS CONSIDERED THE MOST VULNERABLE SENATOR. >>WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING THIS ALL NIGHT LONG. WISCONSIN GOVERNOR, STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL. SCOTT WALKER, THE INCUMBENT GOVERNOR, CONTINUES TO TRAIL TONY EVERS. >>THERE MIGHT BE 50,000 UNCOUNTED VOTES IN MILWAUKEE. IF THEY EXIST, EVERS IS GOING TO WIN AND IT IS OVER. IF THERE ISN’T 50,000 VOTES, IT IS OVER. LOOK AT THIS. THAT’S THE — IF THOSE EXTRA VOTES AREN’T THERE, THEN IT IS GOING TO BE LITERALLY A VOTE-BY-VOTE COUNT. >>WE WILL BE BACK IN A MOMENT. THIS IS “THE VOTE, AMERICAS FUTURE,” ON NBC>>>WELCOME BACK. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE MISSING 50,000. YOU KNOW, AT MOMENTS LIKE THIS, IT DAWNS ON US HOW DISPARATE OUR ELECTION SYSTEM IS AND HOW VOTES ARE COUNTED AND HOW THEY’RE COLLECTED. >>STATE-BY-STAY. >>I KNOW. >>CHUCK LOVES IT. >>I DO. IT IS LIKE SO NELSON DIDN’T CONCEDE, HE BASICALLY SAID I’LL SEE YOU IN THE MORNING.>>OKAY. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE FLORIDA SENATE. >>YEAH, EXACTLY. IT IS NOT A FULL CONCESSION. THEY’RE JUST WAITING TO SEE IF IT DROPS BELOW. >>OKAY. >>THAT’S THE FLORIDA SENATE?>>FLORIDA SENATE. >>WHAT’S THE STORY OUT OF MILWAUKEE?>>WE HAVE 100% IN, BUT OUR BOILER ROOM FOLKS, THEY’RE DOWN ON THE GROUND, THEY SAY THERE’S AT LEAST 50,000 UNCOUNTED VOTES.>>AND THAT’S FROM THE DEMOCRATIC SIDE OR — >>NO, IT IS MILWAUKEE. IT IS GOING TO FAVOR EVERS, WHETHER IT IS BY — I DON’T KNOW. >>GO AHEAD. >>I WAS GOING TO SAY THE BROADER STORY HERE, SCOTT WALKER HAS RUN — THIS IS HIS FOURTH RACE FUNCTIONALLY WITH THE RECALL. LOOK AT THE GOVERNOR’S RACE IN MICHIGAN, ANOTHER KEY STATE. WHAT IS THE PATH — WHAT WAS THE PATH OF PRESIDENT TRUMP IN 2016, WHAT WOULD BE THE PATH FOR SOMEBODY TO BEAT HIM IN 2020? IT RUNS RIGHT THROUGH THE HEART OF THE MIDWEST AND THIS RUST BELT. YOU KNOW, THESE ARE SIGNS THAT ARE NOT GREAT FOR HIM.>>WE WANT TO GO BACK TO THAT ARIZONA SENATE RACE. STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL. VAUGHN HILLYARD IS AT REPUBLICAN MARTHA McSALLY HEADQUARTERS IN SCOTTSDALE. WHAT IS THE MOOD THERE RIGHT NOW?>>Reporter: YEAH, McSALLY FOLKS TOLD ME HERE THEY’RE ABOUT TO — PLANNING TO ANNOUNCE HERE AT THEIR HEADQUARTERS THAT FOLKS SHOULD GO HOME BECAUSE THIS RACE IS TOO CLOSE TO CALL. WE EXPECT THAT ANNOUNCEMENT AT ANY MOMENT. YOU LOOK AT THIS, THIS IS LESS THAN 1 PERCENTAGE POINT, AND IF YOU LOOK AT MARICOPA COUNTY — WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT MARICOPA COUNTY, WHICH MAKES UP MORE THAN HALF OF THE TOTAL ELECTORATE HERE IN ARIZONA. RIGHT NOW KYRSTEN SINEMA HAS MORE THAN A PERCENTAGE POINT EDGE. BUT WHEN YOU TALK TO THE McSALLY FOLKS, THEY TELL ME THEY’RE OPTIMISTIC BECAUSE OF THE RURAL COUNTIES. THEY HOPE THEY’RE ACTUALLY ABLE TO INCREASE THE MARGINS THAT DONALD TRUMP PERFORMED IN THOSE COUNTIES AND ESSENTIALLY MAKE UP THE DEFICIT THAT THEY WILL ACCOUNT FOR IN PIMA COUNTY AND MARICOPA COUNTY. I KNOW THERE’S A DIFFERING OPINION OVER AT THE DEMOCRATIC HEADQUARTERS THOUGH.>>ALL RIGHT. VAUGHN, THANKS VERY MUCH. AS WE CONTINUE TO WATCH THAT RACE, THAT’S — A LOOK AT THE BREAKDOWN, 60% OF THE VOTE IN IN THAT RACE. >>LOOK, IT IS GOING TO BE — THIS ONE IS GOING TO BE — THIS ONE WILL BE HAND COUNTED. YOU HAVE THE MAIL-IN BATTLE, AND VAUGHN HAS BEEN TELLING US THIS. PART IS THE WAY ARIZONA CONDUCTS ITS ELECTIONS, ESSENTIALLY MOST EVERYBODY MAILS IN THEIR VOTE OR DROP OFF A BALLOT. IF THEY DROP IT OFF TODAY, IT WILL TAKE A WHILE TO COUNT. AS CLOSE AS IT IS, TO ME AS YOU HEAR IN ARIZONA ELECTIONS, AS MARICOPA COUNTY GOES, USUALLY SO GOES THE STATE. BUT WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING AT THAT SLIM OF A MARGIN IN MARICOPA, WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY A BIG CHUNK OF THE STATE, YOU KNOW, YOU NEVER WANT TO SAY, OH, I PREDICT RECOUNT, BUT IT IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING IN THE RANGE OF WE’RE GOING TO BE USING THE “R” WORD QUITE A BIT OVER THE NEXT WEEK. >>IT IS AN EXAMPLE OF POLARIZED POLITIC GOES. >>WE WILL TAKE A BREAK AND CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE OF THE ELECTION AFTER THIS. S. >>WE WILL TAKE A BREAK AND CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE OF THE ELECTION AFTER THIS.>>>WELCOME BACK. 1:00 A.M. IN THE EAST. 10:00 P.M. IN THE WEST AS WE CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE OF THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS. A LOOK AT THE ALASKA GOVERNOR’S RACE. TWO EARLY TO CALL. TO CONNECTICUT, THE GOVERNORS’ RACE THERE IS TOO CLOSE TO CALL. 28,000-VOTE DIFFERENCE. SCOTT WALKER AND THE REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT TRAILING AND THE GEORGIA GOVERNOR’S RACE REMAINS TOO EARLY TO CALL. 99% OF THAT VOTE IS IN AND THE GEORGIA — LOOKING AT ONE OF THE HOUSE RACES THERE WHERE WE WILL GET AN UPDATE IN A MOMENT. LOOKING AT THE GEORGIA GOVERNOR RACE, STACEY ABRAMS WITH A LOT OF HIGH-POWERED HELP. >>THAT IS STILL HOW MANY PROVISIONALS AND WHETHER KEMP, THERE’S ENOUGH THERE. WE STILL THINK — >>STATISTICALLY IT IS POSSIBLE THAT HE DROPS BELOW THE 50% MARK SITTING AT 49.9 BUT I’LL TELL YOU SOME OF THE LATE VOTE CLEARLY IS HELPING KEMP BECAUSE WE GOT A RACE THAT WE THOUGHT THE DEMOCRATS HAD WON IN GEORGIA, SEVEN AND IT TURNS OUT WITH 100% REPORTING, THE LAST BIT OF VOTE CAME IN AND THERE AND THE INCUMBENT LOOKS LIKE THEY’VE HUNG ON BUT THAT’S HOW — THAT’S HOW CLOSE, HOW FEW BALLOTS THERE ARE LEFT, LESS THAN A 4,000 VOTE DIFFERENCE BUT 100% IN. AGAIN, WE’RE NOT CALLING IT JUST LIKE WITH GEORGIA 6, SAME ISSUE. THAT ONE HAS LESS THAN 2,000-VOTE DIFFERENCE, SAME ISSUE AND WAITING TO SEE HOW MANY PROVISIONAL BALLOTS. WE KNOW — >>MICHAEL BESCHLOSS IS HERE. WE’LL LOOK AT A MAP THAT WILL SHOW, YOU KNOW, BLUE IN PLACES THAT USED TO BE RED AND VICE VERSA. DID AMERICA CHANGE AT ALL THROUGH THIS ELECTION OR JUST KIND OF REINFORCE OUR DIFFERENCES?>>MAY HAVE REINFORCED OUR DIFFERENCES BUT I THINK WE’RE LIVING IN A DIFFERENT COUNTRY IN ANOTHER SENSE BECAUSE IN HISTORY AS YOU KNOW WE’VE HAD A LOT OF MIDTERM ELECTIONS OVER 200 YEARS WHERE ONE OR BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS CHANGE HANDS BUT THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM I THINK ANYTHING WE’VE EVER SEEN BEFORE BECAUSE THIS IS HAPPENING WITH A PRESIDENT UNDER A SERIOUS INVESTIGATION WHERE THERE HAVE BEEN CHARGES OF CORRUPTION, ABUSE OF POWER, AND WHICH THERE HAVE BEEN LEADERS OF BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS WHO WITHIN THE STRETCH OF HISTORY HAVE BEEN AMAZINGLY COMPLIANT AND UNWILLING TO REALLY CHALLENGE THE INCUMBENT PRESIDENT, SO DONALD TRUMP IS GOING TO BE LIVING — HAVING AN EXPERIENCE I THINK THAT HE COULD NOT HAVE IMAGINED AND THE OTHER THING IS THINK OF ALL THE THINGS THAT MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED HAD THIS ONE HOUSE NOT CHANGED. YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN THE MUELLER REPORT BE CONCEALED UNDER EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE. YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN FURTHER THINGS NOT INVESTIGATED. JAMES MADISON WAS A PARTISAN BUT I THINK LOOKING AT THIS HE ALWAYS WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHEN THERE WAS MORE CHALLENGE TO A PRESIDENT RATHER THAN LESS. >>WE ALWAYS THINK OF THESE MIDTERM ELECTIONS AS BEING A REFERENDUM ON WHOEVER’S IN THE WHITE HOUSE BUT TO THE EXTENT THIS PRESIDENT OWNED IT, SAID, YES, THIS IS ALL ABOUT ME, HAS IT PLAYED OUT THAT WAY? WHEN WE LOOK AT THESE RESULTS IS IT ALL ABOUT DONALD TRUMP?>>I THINK YOU CAN GO FROM RACE TO RACE TO FIND DIFFERENT REASONS BUT OVERWHELMINGLY AS YOU KNOW, THESE MIDTERM ELECTIONS HAVE BEEN USED AS A WAY OF CHASTISING AN INCUMBENT PRESIDENT. FOR INSTANCE, I WAS GOING TO SAY LYNDON JOHNSON IN ’66 LOST 47 SEAT, A LOT OF THOSE WERE TO REPUBLICANS WHO WERE SAYING YOU’VE GONE TOO FAR ON THINGS LIKE CIVIL RIGHTS AND MEDICARE. >>TWO YEARS LATER HE DID NOT RUN FOR RE-ELECTION. >>ABSOLUTELY, HAD TO DO WITH THAT. >>IS THIS PRESIDENT GOING TO THINK THAT NOW HE SHOULD NEGOTIATE WITH NANCY PELOSI OR JUST KEEP DEMONIZING HER AS HE DID ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AND GO HIS OWN WAY?>>IF HE TRIES TO DO THE LATTER, I THINK HE’S CRAZY.>>WE GOT TO INTERRUPT. WE’VE GOT A CALL ON THE SOUTH DAKOTA’S GOVERNOR’S RACE. KRISTI NOEM THE PROJECTED WINNER OVER BILLIE SUTTON.>>THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE TWO GOVERNORSHIPS THEY WOULD KNOCK OFF. LINDSEY GRAHAM, CORY GARDNER CAME IN AT THE LAST DAY TO HELP HER OUT. BILLIE SUTTON A PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDER AT SOME POINT, I THINK. TOM WILL HAVE A LOT TO SAY. KRISTI NOEM, WOMAN GOVERNOR.>>WIN SOME, LOSE SOME, THAT KIND OF DEFINES THIS ELECTION. >>IT IS AND, MICHAEL, I’M CURIOUS, BECAUSE THERE IS A HISTORICAL FIRST OR AT LEAST A HISTORICAL FIRST IN A WHILE. FOUR STRAIGHT MIDTERM ELECTIONS. IN ’06 AT LEAST ONE CHAMBER FLIPPED. ’06, ’10, ’14, ’18. MY PARTNER IN CRIME LOOKED THIS UP. NOT SINCE BASICALLY THE ’30 ESTELL AND ’40s HAVE WE HAD THIS KIND OF VOLATILITY. WE WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF A REALIGNMENT THEN. WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF A REALIGNMENT NOW. >>THE PUBLIC IS UNHAPPY AND UNSETTLED AND DISSATISFIED. THAT’S WHY IF ANYONE THINKS THEY CAN PREDICT ANYTHING ABOUT 2020 IS OUT OF THEIR MINDS BECAUSE SO MUCH CAN HAPPEN BETWEEN NOW AND THEN. >>IT’S 727 DAYS. I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW, WE’VE ALREADY SHIFTED OUR BOARD AND AFTER MIDNIGHT — I HOPE WE’RE TAKING THAT, 727 DAYS. DON’T SAY TWO YEARS. WE’LL HAVE THE HOURS STARTING TOMORROW.>>LET’S GO TO THE WHITE HOUSE RIGHT NOW AND — >>SPEAKING OF THE WHITE HOUSE. >>AND KRISTEN WELKER. >>LESTER, I CAN TELL YOU PRESIDENT TRUMP TRYING TO CAST TONIGHT AS A VICTORY, TWEETING THAT IT’S A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS AS HE UNDOUBTEDLY HAS HIS EYE ON THE 2020 RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN. WE KNOW THAT HE REACHED OUT TO A NUMBER OF OFFICIALS TONIGHT INCLUDING LEADER MITCH McCONNELL, MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI AND REACHED OUT TO A NUMBER OF THOSE CANDIDATE THAT IS HE WAS OUT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL STUMPING FOR AS EVERYONE FROM DeSANTIS TO HICK SCOTT AND DeWINE AND CASTING IT AS A WIN AND TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE REPUBLICANS DID PICK UP SOME SEATS IN THE SENATE AND THE FACT THAT, YES, DEMOCRATS WON THE HOUSE BUT THAT’S WHAT THEY SAY THEY WERE EXPECTING THIS. IS WHAT WE’VE BEEN REPORTING FOR QUITE SOME TIME AND, LOOK, THE PRESIDENT WAS OUT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL AND SOME OF THOSE CANDIDATES THAT HE WAS STUMPING FOR IN PLACES LIKE INDIANA, TEXAS, TENNESSEE, CAME OUT ON TOP SO THEY ARE MAKING THE CASE THAT THIS IS A REAFFIRMATION OF TRUMPISM IN SOME SIGNIFICANT AREAS, BUT THEN WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT 2020 AND EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN BETWEEN, UNDENIABLY THIS IS A SPLIT DECISION AND WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. NOT WHEN YOU JUST THINK ABOUT THE RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN BUT GOVERNING. THERE WILL BE MORE OVERSIGHT. DEMOCRATS ALREADY SAYING THAT THEY WILL DEMAND TO SEE THE PRESIDENT’S TAX RETURNS, FOR EXAMPLE, AND WE SPOKE TO KELLYANNE CONWAY AND ASK FUNDAMENTAL THAT’S SOMETHING THE PRESIDENT WOULD COMPLY WITH. SHE SAID, LOOK, WE’LL HAVE TO TALK TO OUR LAWYERS BEFORE WE AGREE TO ANYTHING LIKE THAT. WE ASKED ABOUT WHAT AREAS OF BIPARTISANSHIP AGREEMENT MIGHT BE. SHE TALKED ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE AND POTENTIALLY IMMIGRATION, BUT CLEARLY 2020 LOOMING VERY LARGE OVER ALL OF THIS, LESTER. >>ALL RIGHT, KRISTEN WELKER, THAT TEES UP A CONVERSATION AND HIT IT TO YOU T FEELS LIKE THIS PRESIDENT HAS BEEN CAMPAIGNING FOREVER. HOW IS HE DOING ON THAT LEVEL?>>YOU WOULD THINK THAT IF HE WAS DOING EXTREMELY WELL HE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN BOTH HOUSES OF CONGRESS WHICH HE DID NOT AND THE OTHER THING IS, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING HAS BEEN NORMALIZED. USUALLY A PRESIDENT HAS RALLIES DURING THE MONTH OR TWO BEFORE A MIDTERM ELECTION OR MAYBE DURING A PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN IF HE’S RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION. THIS IDEA OF RALLIES ALL THE WAY THROUGH A PRESIDENCY, THAT POLITICIZES THIS IN A WAY THAT WE HAVEN’T SEEN THIS BEFORE.>>CHUCK, WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS TRANSFORMATION OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY? I MEAN, IT IS HIS PARTY. IT’S VERY DIFFERENT. YOU LOOK — YOU CAN’T HELP BUT LOOK AT THE SENATE RACES AND NOT, QUOTE, CREDIT HIM AND HE IS THE MAIN REASON SUBURBAN AMERICA IS REVEALING AGAINST HIM SO HE’S REMAKING THE PARTY IN ANOTHER IMAGE. >>I NEVER IMAGINED THAT THIS WOULD HAPPEN. I REALLY WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT YOU WOULD HAVE HAD THE REPUBLICAN SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE AND REPUBLICAN LEADERS OF THE SENATE SUPPORTING HIM ON OCCASION, CHASTISING HIM ON OCCASION, BUT KEEPING A LITTLE BIT OF THEIR DISTANCE. THERE’S ALWAYS A TENDENCY IN POLITICS WHEN A PRESIDENT IS ELECTED, EVERYONE ELSE IS RUNNING FOR OFFICE FIGURES THAT IF THE WAY HE’S OPERATING OR SHE’S OPERATING ONE DAY IS SUCCESSFUL, THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE SECRET OF THEIR SUCCESS IS AND BEGIN TO IMITATE THEM BUT I CAN’T THINK OF A CASE IN THE LAST 100 YEARS WHEN YOU’VE SEEN SO MANY LEADERS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY NOT ONLY IMITATE THE PRESIDENT BUT EVEN ALMOST CHANGE THEIR OWN POLITICAL PERSONA IN A WAY THAT WE HAVEN’T SEEN. >>THE EXIT POLLS SHOW IN MISSOURI JOSH HAWLEY DID WELL WITH VOTERS WHO CARED ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S IMMIGRATION STANCE. THAT IS TRANSFORMATIONAL IN THAT IT’S NOT JUST THE TRUMP REPUBLICAN PARTY DISAVOWS, YOU KNOW, BUDGET SOBRIETY AND A LOT OF OTHER THING, FREE TRADE BUT THIS IMMIGRATION STANCE IS SO ANTITHETICAL TO WHERE THE JOHN McCAIN AND THE PREVIOUS LINDSEY GRAHAM AND RONALD REAGAN — >>FRAMED AS A SECURITY ISSUE AS AN URGENT NATIONAL — >>COSTLY FRAMED THAT WAY. THE FACT HE’S BEEN PERMITTED TO MISSTATE THE THREATS AT THE BORDER, TO DISCREDIT IN TERMS OF WHERE MILITARY AND NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTS PUT IT THAT NO ONE WITH ANY KIND OF NATIONAL SECURITY EXPERTISE SEES — NEEDS MIGRANT MARCHERS. >>HE DIDN’T DO IT FOR POLICY. HE DIDN’T DO IT FOR POLICY. THIS IS A CULTURE WAR.>>THIS IS A SHOW. >>IMMIGRATION IS NOT A POLICY DEBATE. IMMIGRATION IS A CODE WORD FOR WHAT DO YOU WANT AMERICA TO BE? AND THAT’S WHAT HE — I THINK THAT’S WHERE DEMOCRATS LOOK AT IT AS, NO, NO, NO, LET’S HAVE A POLICY DEBATE. HE’S GOING, NO, NO, NO IMMIGRATION IS A CODE WORD, A DOG WHISTLE BUT IT IS ABOUT — IT IS SENDING A MESSAGE GOING, NO, NO, NO, THIS IS ABOUT KEEPING AMERICA — AGAIN, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. IT’S THE AGAIN. >>IT IS VALIDATED BY THIS ELECTION. >>LET’S GO TO A STATE THAT THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE IS VERY AT THE FOREFRONT OF MIND, COVERING THE SENATE RACE THERE, TOO CLOSE TO CALL AT DEMOCRAT KYRSTEN SINEMA’S HEADQUARTERS IN PHOENIX. WHAT HAVE YOU GOT THERE?>>YEAH, LESTER, WE GOT NEWS FROM MARTHA McSALLY’S CAMPAIGN AND SOUNDS LIKE THEY ARE CALLING IT A NIGHT. THIS RACE IS JUST TOO CLOSE TO CALL. WE REACHED OUT TO SINEMA’S CAMP HERE AND THEY HAVE NOT GOTTEN BACK TO US. WHETHER OR NOT THEY’LL CLOSE UP SHOP BUT HALF THE ROOM HAS LEFT, AGAIN, THIS RACE VERY CLOSE TO CALL. MEANWHILE, WE ARE HERE JUST LOOKING AT THESE NUMBERS, WE’RE WAITING FOR A PRETTY BIG BATCH THAT WE KNOW IS THERE TO DROP. WHEN IT COMES TO ARIZONA THIS IS A STATE THAT TRADITIONALLY EARLY VOTES SO 70% OF EARLY VOTING HAS ALREADY COME IN AND KNOW THE MAKEUP, THE POLITICAL MAKEUP OF A LOT OF THOSE EARLY VOTES AND KNOW THAT ABOUT 41% ARE REPUBLICANS. WE KNOW ABOUT 34% OF THEM ARE DEMOCRATS AND THAT LEAVES 24% OF THEM AS INDEPENDENTS SO WHEN IT COMES TO THIS RACE IT’S REALLY GOING TO BE THE INDEPENDENTS THAT CAN SWING THIS AND WHETHER OR NOT THEIR CHOICE IS GOING TO BE FOR A VERY INDEPENDENTLY LEANING DEMOCRAT KYRSTEN SINEMA OR WHETHER FOR A WOMAN WHO HAS PUT HERSELF RIGHT BEHIND TRUMP, MARTHA McSALLY, FORMER FIGHTER PILOT THAT’S FALLEN RIGHT IN LINE BEHIND THE PRESIDENT. THAT IS THE CHOICE THAT IS HERE IN ARIZONA. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO ARIZONA, THIS IS ALSO GOING TO BE A VERY HISTORIC RACE. WE’RE GOING TO SEE THE FIRST FEMALE SENATOR FROM HERE IN ARIZONA SO EITHER WAY YOU CUT IT WE’LL SEE HISTORY MADE.>>THAT’S ONE I DON’T THINK WE’LL HEAR RESULTS ABOUT. WE’LL TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND CONTINUE WITH OUR COVERAGE OF THE 2018 MIDTERMS AFTER THIS.>>>WELCOME BACK TO DEMOCRACY PLAZA AND THE FLORIDA SENATE RACE. STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL ALTHOUGH GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT HAS BEEN LEADING BILL NELSON FOR >>TELL ME THEY DON’T USE BUTTERFLY BALLOTS. >>HE’S LANDSLIDE RICK. LESS THAN A 1% VICTORY IN 2014 FOR GOVERNOR TWICE AND NOW IF THIS HOLDS AND DOESN’T END UP IN A RECOUNT IT COULD END UP WITH LESS THAN A 1% VICTORY FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE. LANDSLIDE RICK.>>RECOUNT — I DON’T KNOW WHERE WE ARE IN 2018. DO THEY HAPPEN RATHER QUICKLY THERE?>>DO THEY DO RECOUNTS QUICKLY IN FLORIDA?>>I SAID 2018. >>I KNOW. PTSD IS KICKING IN. >>I WAS THERE.>>THEY THINK YOU’RE STILL GOING TO BE THERE.>>I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IF IT GOES TO THE SUPREME COURT.>>I WOULDN’T BE SO — I WOULDN’T BE HANGING ON TONIGHT FOR THAT THAT WILL BE A TOUGH THING. LET’S LOOK AT SOME UNCALLED RACES HERE. THERE’S ONE DEMOCRATIC HELD GOVERNORSHIP THAT WAS VULNERABLE ALL YEAR LONG AND REPUBLICANS RIGHT NOW STILL LEADING CONNECTICUT, WE STILL GOT A LOT MORE TO GO. THE VOTE IS SPREAD OUT, 35,000-VOTE DIFFERENCE. STEFANOWSKI, NED LAMONT, HE KNOCKED OFF JOE LIEBERMAN BACK IN THE DAY IN ADEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ONLY TO LOSE TO HIM IN A GENERAL ELECTION THERE SO THAT’S AN UNCALLED RACE AND THINK TILL WE WAIT TILL 100% COMES IN. WISCONSIN, I TOLD YOU, THE GOOD NEWS FOR EVERS HERE IS THAT AS YOU CAN SEE WE’RE UP TO 96% REPORTING AND ESSENTIALLY HIS 1500 TO 2,000-VOTE MARGIN HASN’T BUDGED SO IF THERE REALLY IS 50,000 UNCOUNTED VOTES IN MILWAUKEE, IT’S HARD TO SEE WHERE SCOTT WALKER FINDS THE VOTES THERE — WE’RE TALKING SUCH A SLIM MARGIN, WE WON’T GO TOTALLY BONKERS THEN GEORGIA GUERRERO AND THE QUESTION, IS THERE ENOUGH TO DROP BRIAN KEMP BELOW 00%? WE STATISTICALLY BELIEVE THERE IS. THE ABRAMS CAMPAIGN QUIETLY THINKS THERE MIGHT BE. I WOULDN’T BE SURPRISED IF SHE AT LEAST DECIDES TO SLEEP ON THIS TONIGHT BEFORE DOING ANY CONCEDING BECAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW THAT 1%, SOMETIMES 1% REPRESENTS 50,000 VOTES AND SOMETIMES IT REPRESENTS 5,000 VOTES SO YOU CAN’T BE 100% SURE THERE. LET ME GO TO A FEW QUICK HOUSE RACES HERE. WE’RE SITTING IN CALIFORNIA. THIS IS ONE THAT I THINK WE’LL GET CLOSE TO CALLING. THIS IS THE DARRELL ISSA SEAT, THIS IS WHEN WHEN DEMOCRATS WERE COUNTING BEFORE THE VOTES WERE COUNTED. THAT LOOKS GOOD FOR THEM, CALIFORNIA, 48%. THAT’S ONE IF YOU’RE A RUSSIAN PHOBE AND DANA ROHRABACHER BUT THIS HAS BEEN 50/50 ALL NIGHT. MIMI WALTERS, CALIFORNIA, 39, YOUNG KIM IS A POTENTIAL STAR IF SHE WINS AS FAR AS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS CONCERNED ON THAT. JEFF DENHAM IS ONE I’VE BEEN CLOSING ON IMMIGRATION. AND THIS HAS BEEN — YOU CAN SEE HERE LESS THAN A THOUSAND VOTES SEPARATE HIM, 86% AND ONE OF THE FEW WE’RE NOT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THAT WERE COMPETITIVE IN CALIFORNIA. >>STILL A LOT TO WATCH HERE. CHUCK, WE WILL TAKE A BREAK AND CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE ON NBC NEWS AFTER THIS. CURSES MAKE IT PAST THE CENSORS.>>>TONIGHT IS A VICTORY FOR THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS. TONIGHT IS A VICTORY FOR ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN IN THIS ROOM AND ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN ACROSS THIS STATE THAT POURED YOUR HEARTS, YOUR PASSION, YOUR TIME, YOUR ENERGY TO RISING TO DEFEND TEXAS.>>THAT WAS TED CRUZ A BIT AGO CELEBRATING VICTORY OVER BETO O’ROURKE, A HARD FOUGHT AND EXPENSIVE CAMPAIGN THERE IN TEXAS. I SPENT A LITTLE TIME WITH BETO O’ROURKE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. WE WERE DOING THE BROADCAST IN TEXAS AND I ASKED HIM, I SAID, IF YOU LOSE BY A LITTLE BIT, IS THAT SOMEWHAT OF A VICTORY BECAUSE THAT’S A LOT OF DEMOCRATIC VOTES IN TEXAS? THAT’S A SCENARIO THAT, OF COURSE, HAPPENED. WAS THIS A ONE-OFF OR HAVE WE SEEN A FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE IN TEXAS?>>THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WHERE DEMOCRATS MADE A BIG DEAL OUT OF TEXAS AND ALMOST PULLED IT OFF SO YOU CAN START TO SEE THE CONTOURS AND GO BACK, TEXAS, 2018 REMINDS ME OF FLORIDA, 1996 WHEN BILL CLINTON WON IT AND AT THE TIME THEY THOUGHT, OH, BOB DOLE IS A WEAK CANDIDATE AND HE WON IT IN ’96, WOW, IS THERE ANYTHING TO THAT? AND THEN, OF COURSE, FOUR YEARS LATER WE GET THE INFAMOUS 2000 ELECTION AND FLORIDA THEN STARTS TO BECOME ITS LEGENDARY SELF-WHERE EVERY ELECTION IS A ONE-POINT RACE.>>BRING JOHN HEILEMANN IN. >>I THINK, YES, WHEN YOU — I THOUGHT ANYTHING UNDER FIVE, THERE’S SOMETHING AFOOT IN TEXAS. >>EVERYBODY I THINK HAS LOOKED AT TEXAS FOR A LONG TIME AND SAID IT’S GOING TO BE CALIFORNIA EVENTUALLY. THE QUESTION IS WHEN? I MEAN THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE STATE ARE GOING TO MAKE IT A MAJORITY HUMANITARIAN STATE. >>MAJORITY HISPANIC STATE.>>MAYBE BLUE IN THE LONG RUN. THE QUESTION IS WHEN EVENTUALLY COULD BE SHORT TERM — THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE’VE SEEN IN THE CONTEXT OF THAT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS THAT MAKES YOU THINK IT’S SOONER RATHER THAN LATER AND THAT THERE’S — IT’S MAYBE THE NEXT CYCLE, IS THIS A BATTLEGROUND STATE NOW OR IS IT FOR THE RIGHT CANDIDATE? COULD DEMOCRATS GO SPEND MONEY? MAYBE THIS. IS CLOSE. >>IT WAS A FEDERAL RACE. LIKE HAD IT BEEN A GOVERNOR’S RACE, YOU NEVER KNOW. PEOPLE PERSONAL LYZE A GOVERNOR’S PICK BUT THIS WAS A FEDERAL RACE. THIS IS YOUR BASIC RED JERSEY/BLUE JERSEY AND DEMOCRATS FOUND A LOT MORE BLUE JERSEYS IN A FEDERAL RACE THAN THEY HAVE SINCE LLOYD BENTSEN WAS ON — >>WE NEED TO LET OTHERS JOIN AND TAKE A QUICK BREAK. THIS IS “THE VOTE: AMERICA’S FUTURE”. THAT LITTLE BIT OF BUSINESS OUT OF THE WAY, ANDREA, PLEASE CONTINUE. >>HOW MANY YOUNG PEOPLE TURNED OUT. HOW MANY PEOPLE OF COLOR TURNED OUT. WHAT DID THE LATINOS DO? WE’VE SEEN THESE BIG TURNOUT NUMBERS. WE DON’T KNOW — I HAVEN’T SEEN YET THE DATA ON WHO VOTED IN THIS TEXAS RACE AND WHAT IS BETO O’ROURKE FUTURE? IS HE TRAPPED IN TEXAS OR HAVE A NATIONAL FUTURE BECAUSE YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO DISCOURAGE YOUNG, AMBITIOUS, SMART AND POLITICALLY BRAVE, WE SHOULD SAY, IN A RED STATE TO TAKE SOME OF THE POSITIONS HE TOOK. >>THERE IS AN ACTIVE CONVERSATION GOING ON AND I KNOW CHUCK — THAT’S BEEN THAT BETO O’ROURKE WAS NEW, THAT HE WAS FIGHTING A WIN BUT KNEW THERE WAS A DECENT CHANCE HE WOULD LOSE AND NOW THERE’S GOING TO BE A CONVERSATION IN THE O’ROURKE HOUSEHOLD ABOUT ARE YOU RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020? YOU MAY BE TOO LIBERAL BUT NOT FOR THE ELECTORATE IN 2020 AND GIVEN THE FUND-RAISING HE SHOWED HE PUTS HIMSELF IN THE CONVERSATION. THERE ARE A LOT OF DEMOCRATS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020. THERE’S NOT ONE WHO CAN RAISE MOIN OR HAS SHOWN THEY CAN RAISE MONEY AT THIS LEVEL SO IS THERE A REASON WHY BETO O’ROURKE WOULDN’T RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020 IN THIS FIELD IN THIS ERA?>>WHAT’S THE LESSON OF BARACK OBAMA AND WHAT’S THE LESSON — YOU DON’T WAIT FOR YOUR TURN. IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE A MOMENT, SO THERE’S PART OF ME THE OLD WAY I THOUGHT WOULD SAY, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE, YOUNG BETO O’ROURKE AND YOU’RE SITTING THERE GOING — AS YOU POINT OUT, HE BUILT HIMSELF A BRAND.>>YOU DO HAVE TO WIN SOMETHING.>>MORE THAN A HOUSE SEAT.>>THAT’S — LET’S SEE. HE DID BUILD HIMSELF A BRAND. >>HE MADE HIMSELF A NATIONAL FIGURE. >>I WOULD SEE BETO SHIRTS IN PHOENIX, TAMPA, WHEN I WAS OBVIOUSLY IN TEXAS BUT HAD THIS NATIONAL FOLLOWING. WHAT I WONDER IS ARE THEY DEMORALIZED THAT HE DIDN’T WIN OR IS THIS NATIONAL FOLLOWING ENTHUSED AGE LOOK AT THAT ON A NIGHT WHERE CLAIRE McCASKILL GOSS CLOBBERED AND ANDREW GILLUM DIDN’T WIN, BETO CAME CLOSE IN TEXAS.>>HOW MUCH DID RACE PLAY A FACTOR IN ANDREW GILLUM NOT WINNING?>>YOU KNOW, I HAD A REPORTER SAY TO ME ON FRIDAY HE HAD IT IN THE BACK OF HIS MIND, HE SAID, YOU KNOW, HE WAS VERY COMFORTABLE GOING AFTER DeSANTIS ON RACE AND MARCHE PUT TO SAID THIS TO ME IN POLITICO, YOU KNOW, IT’S NAGGING AT ME. I WONDER IF HE WENT A LITTLE TOO HARD ON RACE. I DON’T KNOW THE ANSWER. I STILL AM VERY CURIOUS ABOUT THE HISPANIC NUMBER IN DADE COUNTY. DADE TURNOUT WAS GOOD, NOT GREAT AND UNDERPERFORMED CLINTON. YOU KNOW, IS IT A LITTLE BIT OF RACE, A LITTLE BIT OF THE “S” WORD WITH SOCIALISM?>>WE’LL TAKE A QUICK BREAK AND BE BACK WITH MORE AFTER THIS.>>>IT IS 1:30 EASTERN TIME ON WEDNESDAY. RICK SCOTT CLEARLY OUT AHEAD OF ROSENDALE AGAINST JON TESTER.>>FIRST TIMES SAYING 60% HE TOOK THE LEAD THERE. A LONG NIGHT.>>DEAN HELLER, THE REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT THERE, JACKY ROSEN AND FINALLY SEEING NUMBERS, 4% IN. >>NOTHING IN CLARK COUNTY.>>CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR, TOO CLOSE TO CALL. THERE’S THE NUMBER THERE IS. >>THAT NUMBER KEEPS CREEPING TOWARD 100 AND STEFANOWSKI STILL LEADING.>>SCOTT WALKER, LESS THAN 2,000 VOTES SEPARATING HIM FROM TONY EVERS. WE CAN LOOK AT THE NEVADA GOVERNOR, TOO EARLY TO CALL. TOO EARLY TO CALL BUT ADAM LAXALT WITH AN EARLY LEAD. ALASKA’S GOVERNOR RACE AND DUNLEAVY OUT IN FRONT.>>THE RED STATES AND THE PRESIDENT, LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS, BUT, BOY, IF THAT — IF TESTER COMES UP SHORT THERE AND DEMOCRATS WERE REALLY CONFIDENT AND, LOOK, MONTANA IS A QUIRKY STATE AND TESTER HAS PULLED RABBITS OUT OF HIS HAT TWICE BUT TESTER, BRAUN, McCASKILL, THE RED STATE DEMOCRATS DID HAVE A HARD TIME. IMMIGRATION, IT DOES WORK IN THOSE STATES.>>THE PRESIDENT MADE IT PERSONAL WHEN HE WAS IN MONTANA. HE MADE IT ALL ABOUT HIS DOCTOR AND THE FACT THAT JON TESTER WENT AFTER HIS PERSONAL PHYSICIAN FOR THAT V.A. JOB AND HE JUST HAMMERED HIM IN ALL OF THOSE MONTANA RALLIES. >>WE’RE STARTING TO LOOK AT DEMOGRAPHICS AND GEOGRAPHY AS DESTINY. WE’RE WAITING AND, HUH, THE RED STATE SENATE RACES ARE ACTING LIKE RED STATES AND THE SUBURBAN SWING DISTRICTS ARE ACTING LIKE BLUE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS SO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. TO GO BACK HERE, IT’S ONLY 5,000-VOTE DIFFERENCE. BUT ONE KEY COUNTY, ROSENDALE WON AND SOMETIMES AN INTERESTING SIGN IN MONTANA BUT LET ME GO THROUGH A COUPLE OTHERS HERE. I WANT TO POINT OUT SOMETHING HERE BECAUSE WE WILL HAVE ELECTION OVERTIME AND THAT IS WANT TO GO TO THE MISSISSIPPI TWO SENATE RACES, THE APPOINTED SENATOR IS CINDY HYDE-SMITH AND MIKE ESPY HAS ADVANCED TO A RUNOFF. THE WILD CARD, CHRIS McDANIEL, THAT FIREBRAND IN MISSISSIPPI. ALMOST KNOCKED OFF — ALMOST PULLED OFF A BIG UPSET A COUPLE OF CYCLES AGO, NOT A BIG CINDY HYDE-SMITH FAN. MIGHT NOT ENDORSE ESPY BUT GET ESPY THERE. HE HAS A BETTER SHOT IN A RUNOFF IF THE SENATE CONTROL ISN’T ON THE LINE. SO IT’LL BE — THIS IS GOING TO BE AN INTERESTING RACE. THE RUNOFF IS NOVEMBER 27th. IF YOU CAN’T GET ENOUGH POLITICS TONIGHT — >>HE WOULD BE THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN GOVERNOR — >>U.S. SENATOR. >>THE ESPY FAMILY, A LOT OF CLOSE TIES THERE. THE UNCALLED HOUSE RACES WE’RE STILL PLOWING THROUGH. ON THE EAST COAST, WE’VE BEEN WAITING ON MAINE TOO, AGAIN WE’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR, YOU KNOW, MURDER SHE VOTED, YOU KNOW, WHERE IS THE VOTE BUT AS YOU CAN SEE JUST 12% IN MAINE SO THAT WILL BE A WHILE. THE MICHIGAN RACES UNCALLED AND WAITING FOR CLEARLY MISSING VOTE IN FRED UPTON’S DISTRICT. STILL NOT CALLED IN MICHIGAN 8. DEMOCRAT LEADING THERE. NORTH CAROLINA 9 IS ONE. LESS THAN 2,000 AGAIN. THERE’S JUST A WHOLE BUNCH OF VOTE THAT IT LOOKS LIKE WE WON’T SEE TONIGHT. VERY QUICKLY, ONE I’VE BEEN FASCINATED IN, THE EIGHTH DISTRICT. REPUBLICANS HAVE HELD THAT FOR IT SEEMS A CENTURY. WAS THIS THE YEAR THEY COULD LOSE IT. ONLY 1% IN SO A LONG WAY TO GO. >>THE GOVERNOR’S RACE IN GEORGIA GOT A LOT OF NATIONAL ATTENTION. A-LIST SURROGATES CAMPAIGNING THERE. WE HAVE NOT YET CALLED THE RACE AND REHEMA ELLIS IS AT STACEY ABRAMS’ HEADQUARTERS AND HEARING FROM THE FOLKS THERE YET?>>WHAT WE’RE HEARING IS THE STATE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIRMAN AND TALKING UP HIS CANDIDATE, STACEY ABRAMS. WE EXPECT HER TO COME OUT HERE ANY MOMENT NOW TO TELL PEOPLE TO HANG ON. HER FOLKS HAD TOLD US JUST A SHORT WHILE AGO THAT SHE IS NOT ABOUT TO CONCEDE. SHE SAYS THERE’S SOME ABSENTEE BALLOTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN COUNTED AND OTHER PROVISIONAL BALLOTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN COUNTED AND THINK THAT WILL SWING IN HER FAVOR. WHETHER IT WILL BE ENOUGH TO BRING IN A RUNOFF, THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE HOPING FOR. DON’T GO AWAY. DON’T GIVE UP HOPE. STAY WITH HER. WE’RE GOING TO SEE HER ANY MOMENT. >>WE’LL GO THERE IF AND WHEN SHE BEGINS TO SPEAK. STEVE PATTERSON IS COVERING THE NEVADA SENATE RACE, ANOTHER RACE NOT YET CALLED. AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF DEMOCRAT JACKY ROSEN IN LAS VEGAS. STEVE?>>Reporter: YEAH, YOU KNOW, LESTER, I THINK WE THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE A LATE NIGHT AND IT’S BEARING OUT TO BE TRUE. THIS IS QUITE A LATE NIGHT. WORTH REPEATING, I THINK, CHUCK SAID THIS A WHILE BACK. NEVADA WILL SIMPLY NOT RELEASE THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION UNTIL EVERYBODY HAS VOTED WHICH MEANS ONCE YOU’RE IN LINE, IF YOU MAKE IT IN LINE BEFORE 7:00, YOU WILL GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE. IT WILL MAYBE BE THE NEXT DAY BUT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO VOTE. THE POLLS HAVE CLOSED. WE’RE STARTING TO SEE SOME OF THE RETURNS COME BACK NOW AT THIS POINT. BUT YOU HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR THESE KEY COUNTIES, CLARK COUNTY IS NORMALLY DEMOCRATIC SO IMPORTANT TO SEE HOW WELL HELLER DOES IN THAT COUNTY. WASHOE COUNTY, GENERALLY A REPUBLICAN COUNTY AND IMPORTANT TO SEE HOW WELL ROSEN DOES IN THAT COUNTY AND ALL THE RURAL COUNTIES IN BETWEEN THAT USUALLY SKEW REPUBLICAN, VERY IMPORTANT TO SEE HOW INDEPENDENTS POLL IN THOSE COUNTIES SO OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A SENATE RACE THAT DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN WATCHING FOR QUITE A WHILE. THAT IS BECAUSE DEAN HELLER WAS THE ONLY GOP INCUMBENT RUNNING IN A TATE THAT WENT FOR HILLARY CLINTON IN 2016. JACKY ROSEN HAS SPENT A LOT OF TIME HITTING HELLER ON BEING BASICALLY A FLIP-FLOPPER. REMEMBER, THIS IS THE GUY THAT SAID HE WAS 99% AGAINST TRUMP AT ONE POINT AND NOW HAS BEEN SEEN AT SEVERAL TRUMP RALLIES SAYING THAT EVERYTHING THE PRESIDENT DOES TURNED TO GOLD. WILL THAT STRATEGY WORK? WE’LL FIND OUT TONIGHT. BACK TO YOU.>>STEVE IN NEVADA, THANKS. SWING BACK TO GEORGIA NOW AND CONCENTRATE ON THAT GEORGIA GOVERNOR’S RACE AND STACEY ABRAMS SPEAKING TO HER SUPPORTERS.>>WHEN YOU CHOSE ME AS YOUR DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE, I MADE YOU A VOW AND OUR GEORGIA, NO ONE WOULD BE UNSEEN. NO ONE IS UNHEARD AND NO ONE IS UNINSPIRED. BUT WE KNOW A VOW TAKES EFFORT. IT TAKES COMMITMENT TO HOLD TRUTH. REACHING OUT, REACHING ACROSS IS HARD WORK BUT AS I TOLD YOU THEN, HARD WORK IS IN OUR BONES. AND WE HAVE PROVEN THIS EVERY SINGLE DAY, GEORGIA. WITH DOORS KNOCKED, WITH CALLS MADE, WITH MILES TRAVELED, WITH PRAYERS PRAYED TO THE HIGHEST HEAVENS. AND TONIGHT WE HAVE CLOSED THE GAP BETWEEN YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW. BUT WE STILL HAVE A FEW MORE MILES TO GO. BUT HEAR ME CLEARLY THAT TOO IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THE WORLD WHO WE ARE. BECAUSE IN GEORGIA CIVIL RIGHTS HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN ACT OF WILL AND A BATTLE FOR OUR SOLES. AND BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING THE FIGHT SINCE OUR BEGINNINGS, WE HAVE LEARNED A FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH, DEMOCRACY ONLY WORKS WHEN WE WORK FOR IT. WHEN WE FIGHT FOR IT. WHEN WE DEMAND IT. AND APPARENTLY TODAY WHEN WE STAND IN LINES FOR HOURS TO MEET IT AT THE BALLOT BOX, THAT’S WHEN DEMOCRACY WORKS. BUT I’M HERE TONIGHT TO TELL YOU VOTES REHAND TO BE COUNTED. THERE ARE VOICES THAT ARE WAITING TO BE HEARD. ACROSS OUR STATE FOLKS ARE OPENING UP THE DREAMS OF VOTERS IN ABSENTEE BALLOTS AND WE BELIEVE OUR CHANCE FOR A STRONGER GEORGIA IS JUST WITHIN REACH. BUT WE CANNOT SEIZE IT UNTIL ALL VOICES ARE HEARD. AND I PROMISE YOU TONIGHT WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY VOTE IS COUNTED. EVERY SINGLE VOTE. EVERY VOTE IS GETTING COUNTED. BECAUSE I’LL TELL YOU THIS IN A CIVILIZED NATION THE MACHINERY OF DEMOCRACY SHOULD WORK FOR EVERYONE EVERYWHERE, NOT JUST IN CERTAIN PLACES AND NOT JUST ON A CERTAIN DAY. BUT WHAT LIES ON THE OTHER SIDE OF OUR EFFORTS, OUR BEST LIVES ARE WITHIN REACH FULLY FUNDED PUBLIC EDUCATION IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA. MEDICAID EXPANSION. AND RAISING FAMILY INCOMES WITHOUT RAISING TAXES.>>STACEY ABRAMS, THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR IN GEORGIA, NOT CONCEDING, NOT DECLARING VICTORY BUT SAYING WE WANT TO SEE ALL THE VOTING COME IN. YOU CAN SEE IT’S A CLOSE RACE, 51/49. TOO CLOSE TO CALL AND, AGAIN, JUST ENCOURAGING HER SUPPORTERS TO STAY IN THERE AND SAYING SHE WILL WAIT FOR THE VOTING TO BE COUNTED. SHE’S AN INTERESTING CANDIDATE. I ASSUME GOING FORWARD NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS WE’LL BE STUDYING HOW SHE CHOSE TO RUN THAT RACE. >>IT’S INTERESTING ABOUT THE RACE AND JOHN REMIND THE ME OF THIS AT “MEET THE PRESS,” EARLY ON, SHE HAS A PATH TO 47%, 48%, THE QUESTION IS CAN SHE GET OVER 50? THEY KNEW THERE WAS A PATH TO 48. THE QUESTION ALWAYS HAD BEEN IS THERE A WAY TO GET TO 50 WITH THE TYPE OF CAMPAIGN STACEY ABRAMS RUN, A MORE PROGRESSIVE CAMPAIGN, GET SOME VOTERS TO THE POLLS THAT HAVEN’T VOTED IN THE PAST. I THINK SHE SUCCEEDED TO A POINT BUT THEN SHE HIT THAT SORT OF, YOU KNOW, THAT CEILING THERE IN GEORGIA THAT’S VERY DIFFICULT FOR DEMOCRATS TO TOTALLY BREAK THROUGH. >>IT REMINDS YOU OF TEXAS. GEORGIA IS ANOTHER STATE THAT WE TALK ABOUT AS ONE THAT’S CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICALLY. A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE MOVING INTO THE SUBURBS OF ATLANTA, FOR EXAMPLE. CHANGING THE MAKEUP OF THE STATE BUT IT’S ANOTHER ONE WHERE DEMOCRATS KEEP HOPING THAT THEY’RE REALLY GOING TO SEE A CHANGE BUT IT’S JUST NOT QUITE THERE YET.>>SHE RAN A PROGRESSIVE CAMPAIGN. I MEAN, HOW WILL THAT BE VIEWED IN HINDSIGHT?>>FIRST OF ALL I THINK THERE’S GOING TO BE AS THIS RACE IS NARROWED AND WE WERE DOING THE — WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THE TOTALS ARE — >>UNLESS IT GETS UNDER 50%. >>UNLESS HE GETS PULLED DOWN UNDER 50% BUT IT DOESN’T SEEM THERE’S THAT MUCH VOTE LEFT OUT. SOME ARE GOING TO ASK UNLIKE THE NORTH DAKOTA RATE, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO ASK THE QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER KEMP’S EFFORTS OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST TWO YEARS AS SECRETARY OF STATE OR LAST 24 HOURS — IT’S TWO YEARS AND THERE ARE LARGE NUMBERS THAT GET — THAT PEOPLE WERE DISENFRANCHISED. THIS IS A RACE WHERE THERE WILL BE AN ACTIVE DEBATE ABOUT WHETHER HE STOLE THIS ELECTION IN RECENT HOURS BUT, AGAIN, MORE SYSTEMICALLY OVER THE COURSE OF TWO YEARS THROUGH A VARIETY OF SCHEMES. AS SECRETARY OF STATE IN A RACE WHERE HE WAS ALLOWED TO OFFICIATE AND I THINK THAT WILL BE SOMETHING ABOUT WHICH PROGRESSIVES ARE GOING TO RALLY AND A LOT OF DISCUSSIONS IN AN ANIMATED WAY IN THE DAYS TO COME. >>ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTING THINGS SHE SAID IN HER CLOSING ARGUMENT WHEN SHE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL SHE WON AN AWARD AS THE VALEDICTORIAN OF HER SCHOOL. AND SHE AND HER PARENTS GOT ALL DRESSED UP IN THEIR SUNDAY BEST AND TOOK SEVERAL BUSES TO GET UP TO THE BUCKHEAD PART OF ATLANTA TO GET TO THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION AND THEY WOULDN’T LET THEM IN BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T — ALL THE OTHER KIDS WHO WERE VALEDICTORIANS BECAUSE THEY WERE BLACK THEY WERE NOT PERMITTED IN AND WERE HUMILIATED AND STILL DOES NOT REMEMBER HAPPENED AT THE CEREMONY. FINALLY THEY PROVED THAT THEY QUALIFIED AND THAT SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN BUT SHE DOESN’T REMEMBER THE CEREMONY, SHE JUST REMEMBERS THAT HER PARENTS AND THE HUMILIATION THEY SUFFERED IN BEING KEPT OUTSIDE THE GATES OF THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION AND SO WHAT SHE WAS POSITING WAS, JUST THINK, I MIGHT BE ENTERING THOSE GATES AS THE ELECTED GOVERNOR. NOT YET. >>WELL, SHE’S OBVIOUSLY GOING TO WAIT UNTIL THE VOTES ARE COUNTED AND WE’LL TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE AFTER THIS.>>>HERE IS THE ESTIMATE AND THE NUMBER OF SEATS, 230 FOR DEMS, WE’RE STILL WAITING TO SEE OUR ESTIMATE IS THE GAME, THE NET GAIN RIGHT NOW IS A HARD COUNT OF 26. THEY NEEDED 23. 26. WE THINK IT COULD GET AS HIGH AS ABOUT 35 OR 36. WE THINK IT’S GOING TO END UP SOMEWHERE IN THE 32 TO 35 — >>SENATE — LOOKING AT THE BREAKDOWN IN THE SENATE, THERE’S THE UNDECIDED SENATE RACES BUT REPUBLICANS RETAIN CONTROL WITH A FEW EXTRA SEATS TO GO WITH IT IN THE U.S. SENATE. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE MONTANA SENATE RACE, TOO CLOSE TO CALL. WE’VE BEEN WATCHING IT FOR AWHILE. LESS THAN 2,000-VOTE DIFFERENCE. 67% OF THE VOTE IS IN. >>A LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN THAT RACE PERHAPS. >>GUESS WHO STAYED UP LATE. PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETING AND KRISTEN WELKER AT THE WHITE HOUSE FOR THAT. >>Reporter: IF YOU HAD ANY THOUGHT HE WAS SLEEPING, LESSER, YOU WOULD BE MISTAKEN. HE IS CLEARLY STILL WATCHING THE RESULTS, STILL SPINNING THE RESULTS, FRANKLY. HE’S QUOTING BEN STEIN WHO IS, OF COURSE, AN ECONOMIST AND AUTHOR. LET ME READ YOU THE PRESIDENT’S TWEETS. THERE’S ONLY BEEN FIVE TIMES IN THE LAST 105 YEARS THAT AN INCUMBENT PRESIDENT HAS WON SEATS IN THE SENATE IN THE OFF YEAR ELECTION. MR. TRUMP HAS MAGIC ABOUT HIM. THIS GUY HAS MAGIC COMING OUT OF HIS EARS. HE IS AN ASTOUNDING VOTE GETTER AND CAMPAIGNER. THE REPUBLICANS ARE UNBELIEVY LUCKY TO HAVE HIM AND I’M JUST AWED AT HOW WELL THEY’VE DONE. IT’S ALL THE TRUMP MAGIC. TRUMP IS THE MAGIC MAN. INCREDIBLE, HE’S GOT THE ENTIRE MEDIA AGAINST HIM EVERY DAY AND PULLS OUT THESE ENORMOUS WINS” AND, AGAIN, HE’S QUOTING BEN STEIN. WHAT ME MIGHT HEAR FROM HIM. IF NOT TOMORROW THE NEXT DAY. LOOK THIS, IS WHAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS GOING TO ARGUE. THERE WAS NO BLUE WAVE. THERE WAS A SPLIT DECISION. REPUBLICANS PICKED UP SEATS IN THE SENATE. YES, DEMOCRATS WON THE HOUSE BUT, OF COURSE, HE STILL RETAINS THE WHITE HOUSE AND, AGAIN, REPUBLICANS CONTROL SENATE, SO THIS IS WHAT DIVIDED GOVERNMENT IS NOW GOING TO LOOK LIKE AND WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE PRESIDENT’S MESSAGING PARTICULARLY HEADING INTO 2020 HE GOT A LOT OF ATTENTION FOR HIS MESSAGING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL BECAUSE HE REALLY DUG INTO HIS HARD-LINE IMMIGRATION STANCE. STOKING FEARS OVER THAT CARAVAN. WE ASKED HIS TOP ADVISERS TODAY IF HE HAD ANY REGRETS ABOUT THAT, IF HE’S GOING TO CHANGE AND THEY SAID, LOOK, HE HAS NO REGRETS SO WILL WE SEE MORE OF THE SAME WHEN HE HITS THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, ONE THING THIS SPLIT DECISION DOES GIVE HIM, IT GIVES HIM A FOIL OUT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. HE’LL HAVE AN ENTIRE CHAMBER OF CONGRESS. WE SAW FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA DEPLOY WHEN RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION AND QUITE SUCCESSFUL AND UNDOUBTEDLY WE’LL SEE IT FROM THIS PRESIDENT AS WELL. IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THAT HIS TOP ADVISERS HERE SAY, YES, HE IS READY TO WORK WITH DEMOCRATS IF THEY CAN FIND SOME BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT — >>KRISTEN WELKER, THANKS. NOBODY SPINS A NARRATIVE BETTER THAN — >>WHAT WAS BEN STEIN’S FAMOUS MOVIE? “FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF.”>>HARD TO TALK — THE PRESIDENT IS MAGIC. IF YOU’RE GOING TO DO IT, YOU HAVE TO DO IT.>>I THINK WE JUST GOT A HINT THERE BUT TO PLAY IT THROUGH HOW HE WILL SPIN IT. >>THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO BE EMBOLDENEDDA. HE WOULD HAVE TRIED TO SPIN THIS RESULT IN HIS DIRECTION NO MATTER WHAT BECAUSE THAT’S THE WAY HE DOES THESE THINGS BUT HE’S LOOKING AT A SITUATION WHERE HE CAN GO OUT AND SAY NOT ONLY DID THE REPUBLICANS MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE SENATE BUT GAINED SEATS IN A LOT OF THE PLACES HE CAMPAIGNED OVER THIS LAST TEN DAYS, HE — WHETHER THEY WOULD HAVE WON WITHOUT IT, WE DON’T KNOW BUT HE CAN POINT TO THE PLACES WHERE HE WENT. BRAUN IN INDIANA IS A GOOD EXAMPLE. HE HAD A GOOD WIN/LOSS RECORD AND ON TOP OF THAT ALTHOUGH IT IS A HUGE DEAL THAT DEMOCRATS TOOK BACK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE, IT IS NOT — AGAIN, WE GET CAUGHT UP IN THE METAPHORS BUT IT WAS NOT A TSUNAMI. THEY’LL END UP IN THE LOW TO MID-30s WHICH IS ENOUGH BUT IT’S NOT LIKE WHAT A LOT OF DEMOCRATS CERTAINLY A MONTH AGO AND THEN TOWARDS THE VERY END HERE IN THE LAST 48 HOURS THOUGHT MIGHT HAPPEN SO PRESIDENT TRUMP IS GOING TO BE I THINK ON THE RAMPAGE RHETORICALLY OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. >>LOOK AT THIS. LOOK WHAT THEY DON’T HAVE FROM THE VOTERS, A MANDATE TO IMPEACH HIM. THIS ISN’T A NARROW THING. IT’S A BIG NUMBER. THE MAJORITY WANTED TO SEE A DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS AND THAT SAME MAJORITY SAID THEY DON’T WANT TO SEE THE PRESIDENT IMPEACHED. A FEW OTHER NUMBERS I THINK IS WORTH NOTING. OBVIOUSLY MORE PEOPLE WENT TO THE POLLS SAYING THEY WERE CASTING A VOTE IN CONGRESS TO OPPOSE THE PRESIDENT. I THINK WE SEE THAT IN SUBURBAN AMERICA BUT IT WASN’T A BLOW-OUT ON THAT FRONT. THAT WAS 38% OF THE VOTE. A FEW OTHER — THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION, THIS IS ANOTHER ONE, GUYS, LOOK AT THIS. A PLURALITY DISAPPROVE OF IT. % VERSUS 41% THAT APPROVE. HE’S BEEN IN THE QUIET PERIOD, MR. MUELLER HAS. OBVIOUSLY THAT QUIET PERIOD MAY END TOMORROW. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS BUT, WOW, DO VOTERS HAVE MAYBE IT’S EXHAUSTION, MAYBE IT’S FATIGUE BUT, BOY, THE COMBINATION OF NO IMPEACHMENT, NET NEGATIVE ON MUELLER PROBE, PRESIDENT MUST LOVE THIS EXIT POLL. >>THAT NUMBER LOOKS TO ME AS THOUGH HIS APPROVAL RATING WHICH IS PERHAPS THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT IT’S A WITCH-HUNT. THAT TELLS ME THAT’S BREAKING THROUGH BUT TO GO BACK TO THE — THAT IMPEACHMENT NUMBER, I GUARANTEE YOU ONE PERSON LOOKING AT THAT IS NANCY PELOSI. SHE KNOWS THAT’S NOT WHERE THE COUNTRY IS. I HEARD THIS FROM VOTERS I TALKED TO ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL. THEY SAID ESPECIALLY THROUGH THE MIDWEST AND HEARTLAND THEY WANTED A CHECK ON THE PRESIDENT. IT DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN THAT THEY WANT TO THROW — >>SHE KNEW IT RIGHT AWAY. IT’S NANCY PELOSI RIGHT AWAY AGAINST MAXINE WATERS ON THE OTHER SIDE. >>AS MUCH AS SHE HAS BEEN TURNED INTO A BOGEYMAN NANCY PELOSI KNOWS WHAT SHE’S DOING. SHE IS AN EFFECTIVE LEGISLATOR AND SHE’S NANCY D’ALESSANDRO, WE JOKED, HER MAIDEN NAME GROWING UP — >>54% THINK THE RUSSIA PROBE IS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED. AGAIN, NOT ONLY NOT A MANDATE ON THIS, FRANKLY A MANAGEDATE IN THE OTHER DIRECTION. >>I MENTIONED A MOMENT AGO, THE PRESIDENT IS GOOD AT A NARRATIVE. ALMOST EVERY PUBLIC APPEARANCE, NO COLLUSION, IT’S A WITCH-HUNT.>>HE BRANDED THAT CLEARLY UP UNTIL THINGS WENT QUIET. WE’LL TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND CONTINUE OUR COVERAGE HERE ON NBC AFTER THIS. CREDITS ON THE POLITICS OF CHAOS AND THE POLITICS OF CRUELTY. NOW IT’S TIME FOR GOING FAR AND GOING TOGETHER. AND TO THOSE AGENTS OF ANGER DETERMINED TO DIVIDE US INSTEAD OF UNITE US, IT’S TIME TO PACK IT UP AND FOR YOU TO PACK IT IN.>>GAVIN NEWSOM, GOVERNOR-ELECT IN CALIFORNIA GREETING THE CROWD A SHORT WHILE AGO AND ACCEPTING VICTORY. HE BEATS JOHN COX, 57%/43. >>CALIFORNIA WITHOUT JERRY BROWN. I MEAN, I’M SORRY, YOU KNOW, WILL THE EARTH STOP SPINNING ON ITS AXIS? HE’S GOING TO RUN FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT.>>WE GOT TO SIGN OFF SHORTLY. AROUND THE BEND AND GET FINAL THOUGHT. >>MY TWO BIG QUESTIONS GOING FORWARD, WHAT NEW WILL WE LEARN ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP BECAUSE DEMOCRAT ALSO HAVE SUBPOENA POWER AND WHETHER IF HIS VOTERS WILL BELIEVE ANY OF THAT NEW INFORMATION AND CAUSE IT TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS BUT ALSO HOW ARE THE RECORD NUMBER OF WOMEN GOING TO CHANGE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE POLITICS OF OUR COUNTRY?>>CHUCK?>>LOOK, WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A POLITICAL REALIGNMENT AND, BOY, GEOGRAPHY WAS DESTINY. IT SEEMS AS THE RED SENATE, THE RED STATE SENATE RACES SORT OF TIPPED TO THE RED TEAM AND THE SUBURBAN SEATS WE THOUGHT TIPPED TO THE BLUE TEAM. WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF A REALIGNMENT. >>THE COUNTRY IS MORE DIVIDED AS EVER. WILL IT BE MORE GRIDLOCK OR WILL

89 Replies to “Watch Live: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage | NBC News”

  1. Give me a break. All red state Senate wins. No surprise. These tiny little Red states that get 2 senators many with under a million total population. That needs to be changed.

  2. trump LOST the House to Democrats. trump LOST six Governors' seats to Democrats. trump LOST his war on the Constitution. trump's doomed.

  3. Texas voters did our part!
    Now, we can protect Mueller's work and check trump the pervy traitor!

    Beto is such a great man! Texas Dems won (flipped) the State Senate seat-totally a giant win that would have been the biggest story except for "Beto vs Cruz" story. Allred won and Pete Sessions(in office for a half century) was finally defeated by a DEM-OMGosh, truly a Blue wave-then Texas Dems flipped 4 House seats, and elected all Dems in nearly all open local races! 5 Repub's who messed with immigrants lost their offices to DEMS.
    Really, a Blue wave in Texas-despite a somewhat predicted Beto loss.GO TEXAS BLUE wave!

  4. The democrats party Isis party Obama was king of Isis he stole tax payer money support Isis in Syria and he build Kenya schools and Hospital's all tax payer money Obama over Isis over

  5. Nicolle Wallace what a foul mouth pompous unprofessional ahole you are. Only condescension and pejorative comments being flushed out at Trump by her throughout the night. Please someone put a muzzle on that TDS windbag.

  6. If Dems get the House they'll pretend it's a blue tsunami even tho Republicans already won the Senate bc Dems can't logic & have no clue of the definition of words like tsunami. Plus Trump, a Republican, is still their President & he won't let the House implement any of the Dem's Commie fiascos.

  7. So Democrats won the House and Republicans won the Senate. Phew I was worried there might actually be a pathetic Blue Wave but there wasn’t. At least Republicans can continue to focus on the economy while Democrats focus on crying and insults,

  8. God bless President Trump. It makes my day how angry he makes snowflake scum. Please carry on ruining there day β™‘β™‘β™‘

  9. Its good to see the optimism and hope coming from Democrat talking heads, its a nice break from the race baiting, fear mongering, and vulgar accusations πŸ™‚

  10. the blue is the people who did not vote for trump the red is who did vote for trump there is a lot of red so trump might win

  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWVgDLDNp5w https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHDDQVZ-A98 never trust left bias deep state scripted fake news puppets

  12. What's all that water??!? Is it Noah's Flood? No! A hurricane surge? No … oh!! It's Trumpcultists' TEARS !!!! HARHARHARHARhARHRRRRRR!! Get ready for a whooooole lotta truth comin' out of investigations !!!!!

  13. I'm learning to find middle ground with some democrats. I've even got something in common with Jim Acosta! Neither of us have a White House press pass.

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  17. when does steve scmidt, get a word , he is different class than the others, todd the joker useless , andrea Mitchell boring where brian Williams different plant than the head boy. steve's interview ' all in ' was the best clip I have ever witnesses., brilliantly handled by chris hayes . no ' untruths ' or ' we are better than this ' joe biden, America you aint better, you elected t trump thanks to these stock semantics we are better than this tter Hilaryious ….the ex republican , scarboro, steve and Nicole wallce in my estimation played a big part in this win, with the words LIE, LIAR CORRUPTED, EVIL …YOU ARE STILL IN THE GUTTER Americas, and you fight from there until you rid yourself of your 1st dictator

  18. once again, the puppet show on MSNBC, began last week grinning flipping 80 seats [ districts, then gloom and oh no blue wave, said the glum presenters, if they had been paying attention to a republican strategist lady, name? butted in when another panellist was informing us that there were lots of races l 1 – 2 points difference…again it takes a republican to point out the rnc had walked away. from. .she also pointed out that these gains would be in the mid west and would not appear until later in the night ..she forecast a 35 40 seats gained.. how right she was well done hen [ a scots describing a term of endearment ] for women… not a derogatory SON crap eg a few good men

  19. why does that ogre habitual liar sanders is ever on MSNBC ..do you liberal lot, not recognised that this is a gutter fight and the nicey nicey presenters are far too polite, that's why hilary got thumped, by the worst ever president of your great but sordid country. lay into her and the focx propaganda machine.according to trump view of women then that fat, lying, hate filled, ugly, bucket erse's KITTY is 100% safe …his words not miner

  20. [ the top do are my favourite anchors, in order William – hayes , larry, , Wallace, kornaki , this lot are boring.. this was the most important election, regardless of it being a mid term, your country have EVER had ..that buzzard is now toast.. well done America the rest of the FREE world Theresa May Merkel , Macron, the Queen are very grateful , this was a message dems to every despot , or right wing surge in the former Warsaw pact … America this was your , and the worlds last hope yeah it was that IMPORTANT.. BY THE WAY I AM WAY LEFT OF MICHAEL MOORE, WHEN IT COMES TO POLITICS

  21. why did the mid terms matter so much to 2 scots, my wife and I ,and with the race seemingly a lot closer than predicted ….the simple answer is we are decent empathetic people.. hitler was once asked if he had a conscience, and he retorted conscience is a jewish invention.

    empathy and conscience are the most important emotions on earth and the following list contains monsters who had neither.:

    ADFOLPH HITLER
    JOSEPH STALIN
    POL POT
    DID AMIN
    DONALD J TRUMP

    I NEVER EVER THOUGHT IN MY LIFETIME, I could comfortably add a president of the united states, but he deserves to be on it, THATS HOW that vote was the worlds was the most important EVER …..good on you US decency will always triumph in the end phew

  22. murders , cor blimey yeah on the US side of your borders…' hey sarge is that toddler got a real gun in his hands ' naw sonnnnnnnn he is a Honduran not a Texan bang bang, her comes JEANNE, there is somrthing 100% sure none of the bang bangers will have the surname TRUMP

  23. why do you nicey nicey dems not tear into that fat git placid and bloody boring bubba, time to put newsman Brian Williams back to his rightful place

  24. you just announced that the dens take control of the house, without absolute no expression of glee, you boring shower should have been punching the air hugging each other GAME over wiggy, trump won because of FOX ferking news, while you were saying oh we cant call him a racist sexist a liar ..they were spouting and echoing that baldy baskets campaign of fear

  25. " propaganda should be confines to a few slogans
    repeated again and again
    until the last man understands them "
    ADOLPH HITLER
    BUILD THE WALL

  26. DID YOU LOT kc ERSEE , another political clown ,salivating IN THE MID WEST..IT WAS A BLUE TSNAMI IN THE END. .once again NBC got it badly wrong again

  27. take control of the 3 branches, in 2020 chucky baby, then get rid of the electoral college then you can stuff the rural area…when 3 and this case 6 million more Americans , voted against trump ,you can stuff the rural areas…there must be a way to rid Americans of this rigged set up, .when cattle outnumber people and they have 2 senators apiece you aint a democracy BUBBA, and nowhere near it. in my country the winner wins???????????

  28. Eugene Robinson needs to grow a spine and tell it as it is the Republikkans came out because of the racist fascist came leader told them so

  29. I love this, none of these people know modern politics… first off swings happen and sometimes big ones. The house usually goes for the house because of population differences and the senate goes for republicans for many of the same reasons. Also you the Democrats don’t have complete control of the branch of government and that means gridlock. And lastly trump can still sign executive orders and push his agenda less quickly, but not with any real consequences. You want to tell me it’s a win, no it’s a victory with no winner. And if there is no real winner then trump continues to win. See you guys in 2020.

  30. This wave will go on in 2020. More women and people of color will run and
    win . It's a defeat of trump and his lack of honesty.

  31. Trump had a lower job approval rating than Clinton and Obama in their 1st midterm, yet lost less seats than both President 42 and 44. So much for a wave.

  32. Did anyone notice they refused to call races where democrats lost till they already coincided like Missouri and Indiana

  33. BL- This is how insane Madison, WI is, a bill that will fine Businesses using Air Conditioning and leaving windows and doors open "to long" will be fined $50 to $100 dollars??? How Long is to Long?? Who is going to waste time counting the seconds?? What kind of ignorant fools do we have in WI???

  34. Now that there is sense of optimism hopefully we can accomplish the real big challenge in 2020 by voting Donald trump out for good #voteblue

  35. I find it surprising that Gillum did so well in a suburban county like Seminole–he's a self-proclaimed socialist and suburbanites are supposed to dislike extremists. Perhaps some of the suburban Republicans and Independents stayed home, and if it's more middle class as Chuck Todd says, then I could see how Gillum could get the county under those circumstances, since middle class voters are probably more receptive to socialism than the wealthy.

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