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>> building a better bay area, moving forward, finding solutions, this is abc 7 news. >> you are watching getting answers live on abc seven. we are asking experts your questions everyday at 3:00 to get answers for you in real time. today, a northern california woman is going viral for her hunting rendition of the national anthem at the a's game when she played it on a saw. trust me, you haven't heard the anthem like this before. she will play for us live in 20 minutes. the warriors are gearing up for game three of the nba finals tonight right here on abc seven. the finals run is thrilling for dubnation but what does that pressure feel like for the players?
a sports psychology expert will join us to discuss. the ballots are in and the voters have spoken, though not many. yesterday's primary election day saw extremely low voter turnout. but the races will still have a big impact. joining us to talk about that is political pollster paul mitchell. welcome back to the show. we talked on monday. we had the primary election and we are recapping everything. let's go over the voter turnout first. it is disappointing given there were some big decisions made in this primary election. how do you feel about the lack of voter interest? >> we are in a state that has more voters registered than ever before. at least not in a hundred years or so. 22 million voters is a larger percentage of eligible voters since somewhere around 1910. we have made voting easier than almost everywhere in the country.
mailing everybody a ballot and still allowing them to be dropped off at polling places. allowing them to turn in ballots without having a stamp. there are things we have done to make the process easier. but clearly not all voters are interested in voting in this particular primary election. we don't know the final turn out so it is with a little bit of a caveat. the secretary of state's reporting 3.5 million ballots tabulated. we know that as of 4:00 on election day, we had recorded 4.1 million ballots that the county said were returned. there is still more to count. l.a. county has upwards of a million ballots they still need to count. her current turnout is likely to grow to 5 million or 6 million which will put us right in the realm of a traditional gubernatorial primary with 27% to 28% turnout.
but still, given the magnitude of importance, that is rather surprising. we are hoping we will see a turnaround for the general election. karina: you have talked about how california has tried to make it easy for people to vote. is there anything else that can be done to get more people to vote in the primaries? paul: when we think about turnout, there are two silos. there is the mechanics. how many polling places are there? how easy to stay registered when you move? how easy to vote by mail. or say you aren't registered. all of these things in the mechanical silo, the state has done really well. the other silo will be enthusiasm, excitement, agitation, or anxiety around what is happening in our politics. it seems as though this election did not spark the same interest
as we had even in the recall election nine months ago. and definitely not the same kind of enthusiasm. maybe too much enthusiasm with the 2020 general election when we were holding an election for president amid social unrest and a among many californians that the future of the country was at stake based on how people voted. in this election, we didn't have that same kind of energy. that is what i think might be something that gets fixed between now and the general election. going to the general election, voters will get the message that not only are we like statewide governor on down, but these congressional districts and congressional races around the state will likely determine who controls the house of representatives, what party has control over the agenda setting for the next two years until we
elect a new president. the real lack of enthusiasm is something that hopefully will change as we get toward what voters hopefully perceive to be a more meaningful election. karina: let's talk about the big story today, the recall of san francisco d.a. jason medina. what happens next? paul: london reid, the mayor of san francisco, will be in a position to appoint. the voters will be able to select an actual permanent replacement. this is also an issue in los angeles where voters are considering collecting signatures for a attentional recall of george gascon. there are other counties that had similarly hard-fought races for d.a. around issues of crime and incarceration.
we will see some of those races are still too close to call. and it will be interesting to see whether or not these issues really become the focus in five months or so from now when we go to the general election. between now and then, there could be a lot of things that intervene and change the focus. the supreme court is going to be deciding on roe v. wade, potentially eliminating the federal protections for abortion and allowing 26 states to implement some form of a ban on abortion. that might really crystallize the voter sentiment around that issue. there's also for the potential to have decisions on states to regulate guns and lgbtq rights. part of the question going forward is whether or not the
kind of issues that drove that recall and are driving this issues around public safety will be front of mind in november or if other issues will take front stage. karina: you are talking about getting people to the polls and what will energize them. a couple viewers are weighing in. anna says there were not enough hot button issues to energize people to go through the trouble of voting. it was a ho-hum election cycle. one other person said if people don't vote, then they have no reason to complain of the outcome of the election. and very true. we should all exercise our right to vote. in san jose, voters have chosen the top contenders for mayor. what can you tell us about that race and those candidates? paul: in san jose, they had contests for city council under new district lines. they had a contest for mayor,
and that looks like it has been fairly well decided with cindy chavez. the other races around the bay area have included a number of legislative districts, state legislative and congressional. even instances where there were vacancies and a open seats where people were running to be first-time legislators are first-time members of congress. and instances where incumbents were having to run against each other. we saw a lot of spending even in this low-turnout election to affect kind of candidates that would make it into the top two. some of those gave us some surprises. you saw a couple instances where because of the low turnout, the republican vote was a little bit outsized. you have some republicans that have slipped into those positions to be able to make it to the top two. in a lot of these districts, it
will make the general election even less interesting than if it were to democrats on the ballot in november. karina: what can we expect come this fall based on what we saw on the primary for the mayoral race? paul: we are trying to figure out what we did see in the primary and some of these races. in los angeles, rick caruso is a billionaire developer of malls in l.a. and is right now ahead of karen bass, who is a congresswoman in l.a. that even people in the bay area may have heard of because she was the speaker in the state assembly and with somebody considered by biden for the vice president spot. and when kamala harris was selected, she was considered by gavin newsom to potentially be our next u.s. senator. she has been thereabouts for a long time. and now is looking to be pretty
clearly one of the top two that will go into the runoff in november. but like i said, it's not exactly all done. one million ballots and l.a. county have yet to be processed. we see rick caruso up right now, but it's possible by the end of the day that karen bass will be up. the same thing is true on the statewide ballot. a race like insurance commissioner. not a lot of people will think a lot about that. but a republican has made it to the second spot in the insurance commissioners race. but we will have a democrat from the bay area running against a democrat from the l.a. area and what might be a pretty hotly contested race. karina: it's always a pleasure talking to you. i have to wrap it up but i have a dozen more questions. we will save it for another time when we can talk some more. paul: thank you.
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karina: abc 7 is her home for the nba finals as the warriors try to steal a win on the road in boston. dubnation is on the edge of their seats but we are asking what it's like for the players and how they handle all that pressure. joining us to talk about that his mental skills coach and founder of train the mind, thank you for being here.
>> thank you for having me. >> you have a pretty interesting expertise. what is train the mind? can you explain what that is and what you do? >> i am a mental skills coach so we work on mindset, focus, dealing with pressure. it is a mental skills training jim for parents, athletes, and coaches. >> going into the nba finals, i know you have worked with the nba before. >> i have worked with a ton of nba players. karina: let's talk about the warriors. some of them have been there in the past. how do they mentally prepare? physically we know what they are doing but mentally, how do they prepare for so much pressure? we have heard from steph curry who said he even gets nervous those first couple minutes. >> totally. everyone feels it.
it's all about how you respond to the feelings you have inside of you and the warriors are doing a great job at it. one of the great things the players will be work on is being present. it pulls you away from the moment, so learning to be present, learning to be where your feet are is how layers deal with pressure. karina: for someone like raymonde, what would your advice be? >> he is amazing using emotions to his advantage. they can cook your food, keep you warm, or they can burn your house down. he does a good job of cooking his food and staying warm. that's what makes him so great. that's what makes certain players so special as they use those emotions and thrive in the present moment.
he's doing an amazing job at it. >> it is interesting when you watch. the athletes will show emotion and you can see it on their face. and other players just nothing, right? talk about that difference? it is probably how all of us handle stress in general. >> we are all unique. someone might be really energized at the sounds. and someone at their best might be quiet. the key is to figure out what makes you wet your best. draymond is being himself and it's a totally different experience than steph curry. there's not one way that brings out your best, it's about understanding your own zone of optimal functioning and figuring out how to get yourself into that tone. karina: what about clay -- klay? how tough is it to overcome that? graham: it's one of the toughest but he did an amazing job of
continuing to show up. when you look at him in the last game, he missed four for 19, and that is a much better focus and confidence then only four for 10 and he stopped trusting himself. so mentally, clay is doing all the right stuff and doing amazing. it's just a matter of time before the ball starts going in. karina: does age affect how they approach their mental health? graham: after a while, you are more skilled at this. i call myself a mental skills coach. all of these practices are skills. the more you practice, you get better and better at them. when a lot of athletes start to figure it out mentally, they are oftentimes on the back half of their body. they are so sharp and so present. they are so there.
karina: what are some of the skills that you teach on how to be mentally strong? athletes are great at their craft. but what are tools you give them? graham: here are the basics. focus on what you can control. 99% of the stuff is totally out of our control. focus on what's in control. and what's in control as you in this present moment right here, right now. you start to bring your focus and pay attention to what is happening right here, right now. another skill we teach called palms down. people are reacting to the initial emotion. palms down means you are choosing your response, taking the breath, and i realize there
is emotional stuff happening but i will choose my response. i will work on being present and not just reacting mindlessly but being mindful. palms down is a great one with body language where you focus on being present and focus on what is in your control. that is the start of mental skills training and that is what i teach everybody. karina: that's great advice. how do you train people to handle loss? that first game had to be really tough on those guys. how did they handle that mentally? graham: we call it next play speed or the ability to bounce back. you can't control winning and losing, but you can control how well i bounceback. how well do i bounceback after a mistake or after a loss? so i'm not thinking about the past, i'm right here, right now. that is a skill you do have to practice.
you have to get good at when things are not going your way so you can bounce back and move forward. the more you do that, you get better and better at it. that is the skill you practice and you can do it every day in your life. if you find yourself stuck on something out of your control, just tell yourself, next play. you work on coming back to this moment and operating right here, right now. it's about progress, not perfection. karina: hopefully the warriors don't have to use that skill for the rest of the series. graham: i love it. karina: it was great to talk to you. very fascinating and some great advice that all of us could use. thank you so much. hopefully we will be talking to you again soon. graham: take care. karina: abc 7 is the only place to watch the warriors. the nba finals starts tonight with the pregame show and larry beil.
karina: wow. the national anthem like you've never heard it before. a northern california native's going viral for a haunting rendition at the a's game over the weekend where she played the song, as you saw, on a saw. video on social media has racked up more than one million views and she is a two-time international musical saw champion and has performed with the san francisco symphony. she is joining us now and will wow us with a live rendition. but first, we have so many questions for you.
how did you discover your talent of playing music on a saw? >> i first heard the saw when i was a kid. my family was listening to the radio. i already played the violin for a couple of years and when my dad heard this, he thought caroline will really get a kick out of this. he came and got me and i took a couple of steps into the living room and just froze. i couldn't figure out what the sound was. my dad got me one for my birthday a couple months later and the rest is history. karina: is it a special saw or is it the one you had in the shed? >> that's a great question. i get that a lot. i started on my dad's saw from the garage to see if i could get a feel for it. this one in particular is a black hawk special.
it was sold to me by the grandfather of the post vaudeville charlie blacklock and i chose this particular length of saw because i'm a little bit smaller than him. there are all different sizes and ranges and i chose this one because i can get about 2.5 octaves out of it without it being a little bit too big. it does have teeth. it is sharp. you can see the teeth that they put backstage to keep from tearing my ball gown. karina: twitter wants to know if you've ever hurt yourself. >> yes. i have. i am kind of clumsy. i don't play in shorts anymore. and i also -- when i was rehearsing, my thumb slipped. i was playing carmen and i went
back up like this in my thumb slipped off and it actually slapped me right in the face. the whole cello section was sitting there going -- they all gasped. the conductor didn't even notice, i think. >> not how we thought you were going to say you injured yourself. and what about the bow? it has to be different than the one you have to play for a violin. caroline: that's a great question. it's a little bit safer for the bow. the same horsehair and everything that i do, this is the bow that i use. karina: i do have a million more questions for you but we want to hear you play live right now.
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