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that wraps up the hour for me. i'm jose diaz balart. follow the show online. thank you for the privilege of your time. craig melvin picks up with more news right now. a good tuesday morning to you. craig melvin here from msnbc world headquarters in new york city. breathe it all in, folks. smells like another election day. polls are open. we are watching several critical races. the big one, the bell weather battleground in virginia. president biden is on the trail for mcauliffe. former president trump has thrown his weight behind youngkin. steve kornacki at the big board ready to dig into the state of
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play. also in a few moments i'll talk to virginia congresswoman abigail spanberger who represents a major swing district in virginia. we're also following new jersey's governor's race. phil murphy looking to become the first democratic governor to win reelection since 1977. president biden is still overseas. he just wrapped up a speech on green energy at the unite nations climate summit. how he's trying to flex america's leadership muscles this morning. and we know what the jury is going to look like in the trial of kyle rittenhouse. of 20 jurors, there's one person of color. we'll have the latest ahead in kenosha. we start with the governor's race in virginia. steve kornacki is here. he brought along the big board. also with us is katie beck in
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richmond outside a polling center. steve, what trends are we watching for this hour in virginia? >> the polls show in this basically tied up. the backdrop here, you're seeing that joe biden won virginia by double digits. a couple things we're asking tonight, number one, we're going to be looking up here at the blue counties. right outside washington, d.c. for democrats that's been the mother lode in terms of votes. take a look at loudoun county, northern virginia. look at that, joe biden won here by 25 points over donald trump. let's roll back the clock to the
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last presidential election that did not have donald trump in it. it was a totally different world in loudoun county. mitt romney gave obama a fight here. donald trump comes along, republicans are losing by 20. you see patterns like this throughout northern virginia. can youngkin win back a critical number of suburban voters who republicans gave up during donald trump's presidency? another key question tonight, we say trump cost the republicans votes in these high population areas. he gained them votes in this part of the state, southwestern virginia. trump did better than republicans historically there. not as many people here. but without trump on the ballot, those rural areas that surged toward trump, can glenn youngkin get that same level of support? he needs inroads in the suburbs and he needs to hold onto what
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trump brought into the republican party. >> katie, what are you hearing on the ground there from vote ers in richmond? >> reporter: this is an off year gubernatorial race in the state of virginia and typically not one that sees massive turnout. we are already seeing over a million people in the state of virginia early voting. that is six times more than 2017. there is a lot of interest in this race, obviously because it is a predictor for midterms and sort of the tide here in virginia. it's testing how blue is this state. one thing about trump and his impact, trump was not a popular presidential candidate for republicans in virginia, obviously biden winning the state for ten points is indicative of that. glenn youngkin has not had trump
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at campaign rallies or in his ads. trump did do a telerally for youngkin but youngkin has kept a comfortable distance. that is on purpose. he is trying to tell virginians i am a different brand of republican. so far it seems that has been fairly effective. we have watched youngkin close the gap. they are neck and neck and some polls even have youngkin slightly ahead. will republicans turn out? that is the question. there are more registered democrats in the state of virginia. if there is significant turnout, youngkin does have a shot in this race. >> steve, richmond specifically, what are we looking at? >> let's zoom in. rich monday itself is a core
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democratic area. joe biden, more than 80% of the vote here. this is a city that's about 40% african-american. virginia as a whole is a little bit less than 20% black. a core democratic area. if you're a democrat, you want to see how close can the democrat get to the turnout in richmond. just north of richmond, this is an extension of what i was talking about in northern virginia. look at henrico county. biden won it by 27 points. pre-trump, it was only 12. if you're a republican and you're losing henrico, you can't
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compete. >> does turnout help democrats or republicans? >> if republicans match that trump level enthusiasm out there, are they getting to 3 million? 3 million would be enormous for a governor's race. are they getting there? >> thank you. i'm joined now by someone who understands the dynamics of this race better than most, democratic congresswoman abigail spanberger. thanks for your time. you represent virginia's seventh district, central virginia including the suburbs of richmond stretching north to culpepper, a district that was represented by republicans dating back to 2000 until she
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flipped it blue in 2018. you've been out campaigning for terry mcauliffe. what are you hearing from your swing district constituents about this governor's race? >> happy election day to all virginians watching. what i've been hearing on the ground is a level of excitement about the progress we've made in virginia over the past many years, but particularly since flipping the house of delegates in the state senate. we went from being one of the bottom of the barrel states in terms of voting rights and installation of solar panels to the leader of the pack. we've been a leader as a state because of our incredible house of delegates members, all of whom we have to bring back and a
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couple seats we intend to flip. terry mcauliffe brought billions of investment to the commonwealth, brought thousands of jobs to virginia. people on the ground know that. we've been the best state in the nation for business two years in a row. we want to make that a third. we need great democratic leadership at the top of the ticket and in our state legislature to make that happen. >> i want to ask you something you reportedly said a year ago this week. the "washington post" said you reportedly told your caucus, quote, we need to not ever use the word socialist or socialism ever again. we lost good members because of that. if we are classifying tuesday as a success, we will get efing
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torn apart in 2022. so going into this election, do you think your party has heeded your warning? >> i have to first apologize to my mother for that use of language. i think we've become better at telling people what we're for. that was the longer comment that i made, is we cannot talk in bumper stickers, we cannot talk in slogans. we are a party of actual policy. we are a party that puts forth policy and enacts that policy that makes meaningful change. the american rescue plan is a shining example of what it means to help people and small businesses recover on that trajectory out of covid. in virginia we've seen it with the good laws we have put forth. the reason we have had 1.1 million people vote early is
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because our house of delegates prioritized access to the ballot for all virginians. because of that, we have 45 days of early voting which allows for the truck drivers and the emergency room nurses to have the certainty of knowing they can cast their ballot no matter what their workday may look like. it's those policies that i continue to talk about and the plans that terry mcauliffe has for virginia he's been talking about. it's the obvious breadth of experience that mark herring has as our current attorney general. it's all about telling people what we are, the policies we put forth. >> speaking of the hill and
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speaking of policy, when voters look to see what democrats have accomplished so far, looming over everything is that on going fight on the hill over the spending bill, over the infrastructure bill, which still has not been passed. how concerned are you that that's denied terry mcauliffe and other democrats a big when to campaign on? >> speaking to the infrastructure bill, we have a bill that passed the united states senate with 69 votes. it's a bill that would replace every lead pipe and service line in all of america, it would make billions in roads, bridges and internet connectivity. i represent many rural. counties where we had kids going to school sitting in a parking lot. the results this bill will deliver to virginia are incredible. sure, it would have been
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fantastic if terry mcauliffe could have been talking about how he's going to lead the way in the country for how we utilize those federal investments in the commonwealth. i think broadly what i'm talking about with constituents back home is what that bill will deliver. for the build back better act, we're still in the final stages of negotiating that piece of legislation, but it will make important foundational investments in our communities, in providing pre-k to children across the nation. these are the sorts of investments we're making in our country and our community. >> most consider you to be a moderate democrat. are progressives yielding an outsized portion of power right now in your party? >> i consider myself a pragmatist. i'm focused on getting things
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across the finish line. i hope all democrats on capitol hill are united in our desire to bring legislation to the president's desk. so i'm a success begets success kind of person. i've been advocating for us to bring the infrastructure bill for a vote, get that bill signed into law. excited people across the country would be able to see this is what we're doing for the american people as we continue working towards what we are now in, which is the final stages of getting a negotiated plan for the build back better act, which we'll be taking a vote on very soon. >> what's very soon? it's been very soon for a few weeks now. >> i have been wrong every time i've made a guess or estimation on time frames for votes.
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we will get it done. >> congresswoman abigail spanberger of virginia. meanwhile in d.c., some new clues from speaker pelosi about how quickly that big democratic spending bill could pass. we'll have the very latest. also, it is the decision millions of parents have been waiting for. right now a cdc committee talking about whether to approve the vaccine for children as young as 5. when we could start to see kids getting vaccinated. and we'll be tracking everything you need to know this election day, the key races across the country and how soon we could see results. s the country and how soon we could see results. feel stuck with credit card debt? move to sofi and feel what it's like to get your money right. ♪
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have to do to protect the environment and the future. it's an enormous opportunity for all of us to create jobs and make meeting climate goals a core part of our economic recovery. >> nbc's josh letterman is in ed borrow, scotland. >> reporter: this needs to be a decisive decade for innovation. yesterday he was talking about how this is the decisive decade to deal with climate change. today the focus on what are the technologies that can get us there. the president also putting a big emphasis on reducing methane, saying that is one of the most significant ways we can meet the global goals of limiting climate
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change to 1.5 degrees celsius and averting the most catastrophic effects of climate change. the president has been announcing with europe they now have 80-plus countries joining this pledge to reduce methane emissions within the decade. here at home, he is announcing the first federal regulations on existing oil and gas wells that are leaking methane, which is a very potent greenhouse gas, far more powerful at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. also shadow boxing a bit with china, which is not here at the summit. we saw president biden on the sidelines meeting with some of the over g7 countries to talk about build back better world, which is kind of how the president is taking his infrastructure message for the
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global stage, talking about how wealthy countries can help developing countries with their infrastructure, aiming to encourage them to look to the west for help instead of to china. you see the president juggling climate and foreign policy goals as he finishes out his day here in scotland. we will have a few more meetings before his final news conference at the end of the day. he'll then get on air force one and head right back to washington. >> josh, thank you. back here in washington, house democrats just left a closed-door meeting and they talked about the next steps in passing the president's build back better spending plan and infrastructure bill. this is what speaker pelosi told reporters about lingering issues as the meeting ended. listen very closely, because it's quick.
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[indiscernible] >> not going to announce a vote, could get something by the end of the day. nbc's ali vitale is following the negotiations for us once again. what do we know about what was talked about in that meeting? what do we know about the next steps in getting these bills passed? >> reporter: craig, the speaker speaks quickly, but that's how things are moving on the hill. while no one is speaking specifically about a timeline for voting, if the speaker says that the outstanding issues could be resolved by the end of today, that means they'd be on track to have that bill text written, sent over to the house rules committee. once the committee debates it, they could theoretically vote by thursday. whether they're ready to do that, though, is a separate question. we've heard progressives say
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they want to do both of these bills in tandem. if you talk to congresswoman pramila jayapal she is laying this at the feet of the president saying she trusts he can get 50 senators on board, including senator joe manchin, who said he didn't feel ready to commit to this plan and framework until he could see the future effects of it economically. he's talking about the congressional budget office score from the senate. that's not going to happen immediately. if you listen to manchin yesterday, listen to our exchange. >> until we have an ironclad agreement, it's not my expectation that we'll vote. when does an ironclad agreement go to the floor? >> reporter: yesterday if you listen to senator manchin, there
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was nothing ironclad about what he said. that's one piece of this. in terms of that rules committee, that's going to be really important. if we see that slide, that means they don't have the last pieces of this ironed out. among those pieces are things like prescription drug pricing, the last details on climate. they're also looking at medicare expansion. while it seems like a lot of these items are still on the table, things like immigration as well, one thing that's not coming back on the table, paid leave. advocates there are on the hill today holding what they're calling a vigil for this policy. >> so what are they doing? they've been talking for weeks. it's hard for a lot of folks to
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understand. they're having meetings, they're having conversations. they hold these news conferences, but nothing. >> reporter: as one person who knows the hill very well said earlier, the screaming is typically the loudest right before things are about to come together. at the end of last week when it looked like things fell apart, leadership and rank and file said, hey, if you've got concerns, voice them now. clearly that was happening over the weekend. progressives held a phone call on sunday thatlasted about two hours as they figured out their strategies going forward. people appealing to senators manchin and sinema. it's like the door is coming down and they're just trying to get in under there.
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this election day one of the key races we'll be watching it went is the number number governor's race. incumbent phil murphy trying to be the first democrat to be reelected in 30 years. this is in bergen county. rehema, what are voters feeling this morning? what counties in the garden state should we be keeping an eye on? >> reporter: it really depends on who you're talking to. the issues they're talking about are taxes, the economy, education, climate change, women's issues. new jersey has 1 million more registered democrats than republicans. and there are four counties you've got to keep ap eye on in this race, hudson, essex, union
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and camden. while these candidates are trying to keep this issue from being something talked about around the country, they keep saying let's keep it local. take a listen. >> i know people keep asking me about the national implications about this race. i understand there's only two governor races in the country. i'm only concerned with number nj's future. >> if we're successful, the stuff they're debating in washington is not abstract. we know it works because that's what we're doing in new jersey. >> reporter: there has been national attention. murphy has invited obama and kamala harris here to campaign for him.
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the polls close at 8:00. >> let's go south now. >> we knew from the start it was going to be close, but that we were going to run an aggressive race and that terry was the right candidate for this type of race. in the end, we'd pull out a squeaker. we think that's going to be the case tonight. >> heidi przybyla is in virginia beach. what are you hearing from voters there precisely about what's driving them to the polls, why are they voting?
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>> reporter: we're really witnessing what the polls are telling us that's happening, which is for republicans the main motivating issue is education, the idea that parents need to have more control over education curriculum here, some talk about critical race theory, which we couldn't find any specific evidence of. the dueling closing ads here from both campaigns really focused on education. for democrats, it's also about tying youngkin to trump and other republican governors who handled issues like covid protocols in ways democrats found objectionable. about women's reproductive health. >> the important issue this year was education. of course we've got to make sure we have the right people doing the right things for our education. >> the biggest issue is what we're doing about the pandemic,
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the situation with the abortion. i have in the past voted democrat, but sometimes if somebody has a better policy or something like that, i may go over, but normally democrat. >> reporter: the wind has felt like it is blowing in youngkin's direction. he has history on his side. the state likes to elect the party that's out of the white house. there's only been one governor of virginia since 1851 who have got reelected. democrats are banking on a heavy turnout. they have more of their voters by population in this state. this just in from the mcauliffe campaign. they tell me by the end of today they will have knocked on a half a million doors in four days, craig.
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of the jury. what can we expect from the trial? and for folks not familiar with the demographics of kenosha, does this jury accurately reflect those demographics? >> reporter: hi, craig. good morning. as you mentioned, 20 jurors seated. a bit of a high number, but yes, 12 jurors will decide this case. eight will eventually be dismissed as alternates. 11 women, nine men, only one person of color. kenosha is about 65% white, so that one person of color is beneath that threshold. this jury selection process went very quickly yesterday. it was a perspective jury pool of about 150 jurors that was narrowed quickly throughout the day, the judge asking a variety of questions, also their thoughts on guns. the second amendment appears to
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be a theme in this trial. this is a case that has drawn nationwide attention. opening statements are underway, the prosecution trying to make the case that of the hundreds of people involved in the demonstrations here in kenosha, that kyle rittenhouse is the only one who killed someone. the defense is trying to make the case he acted in self-defense when he was attacked. yesterday we spoke with jacob blake's uncle, the black man shot multiple times by a white police officer. this town erupted in protests after that shooting. we asked him about his thoughts about the case and the ruling by the judge in pretrial hearings that the people that rittenhouse shot should not be referred to as victims but they could be referred to as arsonists or looters if evidence was presented proving those claims. take a listen what jacob blake's
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uncle had to say. >> it's ridiculous. it's him pointing his finger at the law and demeaning the law. there is no way in hell they could not be referred to as victims. they didn't make it home. they had no choice in the matter once he pulled that trigger. he's a murderer and he should be found guilty. >> reporter: opening statements underway right now. the prosecution is still making its opening statement. that will be followed by the defense. then we expect to hear testimony from the man who helped kyle rittenhouse get that gun. this trial is expected to last at least two weeks. >> gabe will be following the case closely. thank you. meanwhile, today could mark one of the most consequential days for parents in our fight against this pandemic. that's because a cdc panel is
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who wins, boston will be electing their first woman and first person of color as mayor. meanwhile, bill deblasio leaving after two terms. now two candidates fighting to lead our largest city. ron allen following that particular race in the big apple. take us through the issues that have been driving new york city voters to the polls. >> eric adams is the big faye rite here. the real contest for him may have been the primary a few months ago when he beat several other democratic challengers. there is an advantage in this city and it has been a long time since a democrat has been elected. adams would be the second african-american mayor in the city. he is from brooklyn, one of the so-called outer burros of new
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york. not manhattan. he has been stressing his working class roots, raised by a single mother. a former police officer, a a former senator, a man of the people that will fight for the people. on the other side, curtis sliwa has been the head of the guardian angels. in the final stages of his campaign, the issue that has emerged is the covid vaccine mandates that have been in place. adams says that he supports them but he would have gone about it differently and sliwa says he is against them, basically. a huge democratic majority in the city, and every indication that new york will have a new african-american mayor come some time tonight, not even tomorrow
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morning. we don't expect this to take very long. >> ron allen, thanks as always, my friend. it has been a year and a half now since the murder of george floyd hit up nation wide calls in how we support our citizens. how would today's ballot initiative remake the police department? >> i will tell you first that many of the voters tell me this is something they have been studying. it has been a hard decision for many of them because they know how consequential this is. this is a city where it is the first local reelection. so this will be a competitive race. and under normal circumstances,
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but especially with thisball lot question involving the police department. we will see this right here. it would eliminate the police officer, it would create the department of public safety. the police chief position would go away, the mayor and the city council would share control of it. the key thing here, hearing opponents mention this, it eliminates the funning requirement. there is many people saying they are saying they are focusing on this extremely closely. thereon what a couple voters are telling me this morning. >> the all terntive, there is no explanation of how it would be, how it would be changed, so it
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is voting for who knows what. >> for me as a public voter, i need something different because what we had is not keeping us safe in the way that we need it. >> this is being emphasized by both sides that no matter what happens the police department will still be on the beat. they will start the process of recreating this new department, and by the way i spoke to the secretary of state and he told me they have seen record early voting turnout for this question here in minneapolis. they are projecting turnout to be near 50%. >> on the ground once again in minneapolis, shaq, thank you. thank you for joining us this hour. stay with msnbc for election
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and good day, this is andrea mitchell. i'm hearing the election music in my ears. well good day, it is a big election day for voters from minneapolis to atlanta with the center of the political universe today is virginia. voters go to the polls to decide if terry mccauliffe will win his job back or if glenn youngkin will win for the first time in a decade. they are putting the state up for grabs just one year after


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