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Braves Win 1st World Series in 26 Years; Youngkin Wins Virginia Governor Race; New Jersey Governor's Race Too Close to Call; Minneapolis Rejects Overhaul of Police Department; Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger is Interviewed about 2021 Elections. Aired 6- 6:30a ET

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JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: The Atlanta Braves, world champions! They beat the Houston Astros for their first title in, well, a long time.

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Andy Scholes, a grieving Houston Astros fan, is in his hometown with more in this morning's "Bleacher Report." Some days, Andy, the job isn't as fun as others.

ANDY SCHOLES, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT/ANCHOR: That's very true, John. And this is one of those mornings: sad for my Astros. But certainly, happy for this Atlanta Braves team. First World Series title since 1995.

This is one of the greatest runs we've ever seen in baseball history. The Braves did not have a winning record until August 6. They lost their best player, Ron Acuna Jr., to injury in July. But they never gave up.

They traded for four outfielders, and those outfielders coming through big time in this post season. One of them was Jorge Soler. He was the first player ever to lead off the World Series with a home run. And boy, did he hit another one last night in game six. A three-run shot in the third inning.

This actually left Minute Maid Park. Just an incredible, incredible home run.

Shortstop Dansby Swanson chipping in with a two-run home run, as well, in the fifth inning, and that was more than enough for starter Max Fried. He was fantastic through six shutout innings.

A dominant performance. The Braves win in a shutdown, 7-0, to take the series in six games.

Soler named the World Series MVP, just capping off an incredible run. And I asked the team, what made this group so special?

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FREDDIE FREEMAN, ATLANTA BRAVES FIRST BASEMAN: This team went through everything possible. It hit every pothole, every bump you could possibly hit on a road, and we overcame every single one of them. And we're just team (UNINTELLIGIBLE) since the deadline. We're investing in baseball. And we played like it in post season, and that's why we're here.

BRIAN SNITKER, ATLANTA BRAVES MANAGER: Rage Country is real. It is a real thing. You've see now all the people that are here, that traveled here to watch the guys -- watches. They come every night. They helped these guys with the emotion, the energy, and it's just so -- I'm just so happy for the city of Atlanta.

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WIRE: Yes, and you've got to be happy for Atlanta. Brian Snitker there, as well, watching at Truist Park. You know, this win really big for them. They had so much sports misery over the years, watching the Falcons blow a 28-3 lead to the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

But now the city has another championship, and John, it was one that no one really saw coming. And making it extra special, they did it in a year where we lost Braves legend, and baseball legend Hank Aaron.

BERMAN: Very special for that reason, to be sure. Andy Scholes, thank you so much for that. Congratulations to Braves fans around the country.

"NEW DAY" continues right now.

ANNOUNCER: This is CNN breaking news.

BERMAN: And good morning to our viewers here in the United States and all around the world. It is Wednesday, November 3. And breaking right now --

BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN ANCHOR: It's still election night.

BERMAN: It is still election night in America. Too early to project one of the most closely-watched races in the country. This is the governor's race in New Jersey.

Well, the difference separating the two candidates, 61 votes. Sixty- one votes over more than two million counted at this point. The Republican challenger, Jack Ciattarelli, neck and neck with the incumbent governor, Democrat Phil Murphy.

Now, there are still plenty of votes outstanding. Mostly, it seems, from Democratic areas. We'll show you exactly where in just a moment.

Well, the fact this is even close is seen by many as a success for Republicans.

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JACK CIATTARELLI (R), NEW JERSEY GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE: We have sent the message for the entire country. Every single time it's gone too far off-track, the people of this state have pushed, pulled and prodded it right back to where it needs to be. Sometime real soon, we're going to do this again like we're doing it right now. And we will declare a victory.

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KEILAR: There have been some themes of election night that become clear. Will Democrats agree on them? We will have to see. But a sizable swing to Republicans. And this is going to be a wakeup call for Democrats.

CNN projecting the Republican Glenn Youngkin will be the next governor of Virginia. Youngkin made education a centerpiece of his campaign against Democrat Terry McAuliffe, and he might have just educated fellow Republicans on how to succeed in the 2022 midterms.

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GLENN YOUNGKIN (R), VIRGINIA GOVERNOR-ELECT: Together, together we will change the trajectory of this commonwealth. And, friends, we are going to start that transformation on day one.

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KEILAR: We're going to have so much more on the Virginia race and the implications of it for the 2022 midterms here in a moment.

But first, Berman is at the Magic Wall to walk you through New Jersey, which is too early to project, Berman. And also, we're kind of waiting to see when these votes start getting back up and going with the count to see if things change from this very narrow margin.

BERMAN: Yes. Time for some coffee in New Jersey. Let's get these ballots counted right now.

Sixty-one votes, 61 votes separate the two candidates with more than 2.2 million counted so far. That's almost mathematically impossible.

But I want to take a look at where the outstanding votes are this morning. About 84 percent reporting right now. So where are there votes still to be counted?

I want to look at the counties that have about 80 percent. Let's say 79 percent or less counted at this point.

Look at the map here. Almost all the counties where there are still significant votes to be counted are blue, are predominantly Democratic counties. How Democratic? Let's look at Hudson County. That's where Jersey City is.

In Hudson County, 76 percent of the vote is in so far. They're still counting. Phil Murphy has nearly 75 percent of the vote there. So if you're in the Murphy campaign, you'd think there's more votes coming in from Hudson county, it could give you an edge there.

Let's pop around and look at some other counties around Trenton. That's the capital. Mercer County, Phil Murphy is at 57 percent. Just 61 percent of the vote counted there. As more votes come in, Democrats hope it gives Murphy the edge.

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Now, you're looking at this map right now -- actually, look at Camden, right here. Philadelphia. People know that you have New York City suburbs. You have Philadelphia suburbs in New Jersey and surrounding areas.

Camden, New Jersey, right now, Phil Murphy at 60 percent, just 78 percent in. Again, as more votes come in, Democrats hope it gives Murphy the edge.

You look at this map, you do see one Republican county. Let's take a look at that. That is Cumberland County, where Jack Ciattarelli there has an edge of about 12 points, just 79 percent in. But you can see, the number of overall votes there, not that high.

So Democrats have more of an opportunity to add votes from their counties than it seems Republicans do at this point.

OK. I want to take a look now at New Jersey [SIC]. Because there is a really interesting story to be told there.

Glenn Youngkin right now, CNN has projected that he will be the next governor of Virginia, leading by about 2.1 percent right now.

A lot's been made about the suburbs. You have the surrounding Washington, D.C., area. Fairfax, Loudoun County. Also, the area around Richmond, Virginia. A lot has been made -- and I'll show you right now -- Glenn Youngkin, in Loudoun County, which was one of these Washington, D.C., suburban areas, he managed to lose by only 11 percent. That doesn't sound great. But Joe Biden won by more than 20 percent just one year ago.

But one thing I want to point out. While Glenn Youngkin did well, he held his own in the suburbs, if you want to know where Youngkin picked up the most ground over Democrats in the last few years, I want to show you. I want to compare it to the last Virginia governor's race, 2017. That was a race Ralph Northam became the governor.

And I want to look at areas where Terry McAuliffe underperformed Ralph Northam by more than five points. And look at this. It's not the suburban areas. Terry McAuliffe basically did about as well as Ralph Northam did four years ago in the suburban areas.

Where Terry McAuliffe had a real problem in bled votes was in the Republican rural counties. Well, how can that be? Those are predominantly Republican already.

Well, take a look at Smith County right now. You can see Terry McAuliffe got just 17 percent of the vote: 16.9 percent. You're getting ever closer to zero if you're a Democrat right there.

And if you want to compare it to what Ralph Northam did four years ago, Ralph Northam got 22 percent. It's not great, but it's still more than 17 percent.

And if you pop around the state and you pop around these rural areas, you know, county to county, you can look there. Grayson County, Glenn Youngkin got 82 percent. Democrat Terry McAuliffe got 17 percent.

So yes, Glenn Youngkin was able to hold his own in these suburban rural -- in these suburban areas here, I should say, around Washington, D.C., and Richmond. And that's substantial for a Republican.

But just in these rural areas, Republicans continue to make huge gains there. And that's a problem for Democrats going forward -- Brianna.

KEILAR: Yes. It's all in the margins, getting the message out and appealing to voters, even in places, maybe, that don't necessarily go for one party over the other.

OK, Berman. Well, you get your steps in coming back to the set here. That's how we get our cardio in on election day, or morning, or still election night, continuing here.

Let's bring in CNN's Jason Carroll. He is live for us in Ft. Lee, New Jersey. Burning the midnight oil, now into the early morning.

JASON CARROLL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: That is very true. I mean, it is a real nail-biter here.

I mean, Murphy, as you know, Brianna, has been saying all along, if his team, if his base did not get out and vote, it was going to be a, quote, "coin toss." And that's exactly what we're seeing here.

I mean, if you look at where I am now in Bergen, Ft. Lee, suburb, northern New Jersey, Murphy is really underperforming here if you compare it to how he did last go around.

The last go round during the gubernatorial race, he won Bergen County by 15 points. At this point, again, votes still to be counted, he's ahead by just four points.

What's the difference this go around? Well, of course, it's Ciattarelli. Ciattarelli has really been hitting him very hard on a number of issues, including mask mandates; things like his COVID response, things like property taxes.

Despite all of that, Murphy basically says, Look, when all the votes are counted, he is going to come out on top.

Ciattarelli, for his point, for his point of view, spoke to his campaign. They are saying, Look, they are very encouraged by what they are seeing in places like Bergen County, in the suburbs.

I said, Well, where are you seeing the votes come in?

They said they are very encouraged by seeing more votes come in from women this time, more votes coming in from minority communities, as well. So that is where Ciattarelli stands at this point. They say they still have a good shot of pulling out a win. Both sides saying, We just have to wait for all the votes to be counted -- Brianna.

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KEILAR: All right. And we'll wait until they get started again this morning. Jason, thank you for that report.

Let's talk about all of this with CNN political commentator Mark McKinnon. He is the former senior adviser to the George W. Bush and John McCain presidential campaigns, as well as co-host of "The Circus" on Showtime; and CNN senior political analyst, Kirsten Powers with us. She is the author of a wonderful new book called "Saving Grace: Speak Your Truth, Stay Centered, and Learn To Co-Exist With People Who Drive You Nuts." Just in time for Thanksgiving, I will say. Very important timing here.

OK. Takeaways. I mean, what -- what is the postmortem for Democrats and for Republicans coming out of this?

KIRSTEN POWERS, CNN SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST: Well, so I think just a little perspective. I mean, both New York and New Jersey are states who typically will vote for the out-of-party -- you know, if there's a Democrat in the White House, they're going to tend to vote for a Republican. So that -- that actually is a trend.

That said, I think the lesson here really is for Republicans, is you have two candidates who kind of did the same thing, which is they were able to use Donald Trump where they needed to use Donald Trump but keep him at arm's length and still be able to appeal to voters who necessarily wouldn't love Donald Trump. And so it's kind of a model, I think, for Republicans moving forward.

And, you know, in Virginia, look, I think that Terry McAuliffe, that what he said about parents not having a say about -- you know, over what happens in schools was -- was definitely something that I think really hits parents right in the heart, right?

Because most parents feel very stressed out, very concerned, like things are very out of control and they don't have control over their children's lives, whether it's what they're seeing on social media, or what is happening in schools, or what's happening with COVID, or all of these other things.

And so I do think that that -- that probably did play into it. It doesn't mean that he necessarily would have won if he didn't do it, but I definitely think it hurt him.

BERMAN: What is America telling us?

MARK MCKINNON, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: This is a brand-new playbook for Republicans. That's the main takeaway.

Youngkin is a very good candidate. He had the message. He had momentum. McAuliffe had the math. But the momentum overwhelmed the math.

And so the big winner, of course, was Glenn Youngkin. But the big loser is Terry McAuliffe, obviously; Joe Biden, the Democrats; but also Donald Trump. Glenn Youngkin held him at arm's distance very artfully. And he was not invited to the party.

So it's pretty clear what can happen for Republican candidates if they put Trump in the rear-view mirror, rather than on the windshield.

BERMAN: Can I say -- and Glenn Youngkin appears to have won. We have projected that race for Glenn Youngkin. Terry McAuliffe lost. It looks like a 12-point swing from one year ago in Virginia. Joe Biden won by 10, Glenn Youngkin winning by 2.

In New Jersey, well, look, I think things look pretty good for Phil Murphy. It probably will be more than a 12-point swing.

MCKINNON: That's right.

BERMAN: It will be a bigger swing in New Jersey. So I'm not sure you can just put this all on Terry McAuliffe or all on schools. There seems to be something going on in the country.

MCKINNON: Sure. There's an anxiety out there. And I think Youngkin particularly tapped not that among parents. I mean, parents just feel a loss of control, whether it's through COVID or Kirsten was saying, through social media. They just feel like they've lost the ability to have any control over their children's lives. And Youngkin really tapped into that.

KEILAR: And so -- sorry, go on.

POWERS: No, and I also think there's -- you know, the playbook also is obviously, there was all of this, you know, talking about critical race theory and representing it as if it was happening in elementary school, which of course, it's not even being thought there.

But it's -- there were a lot of these hot-button cultural issues, I think, that -- that Youngkin was really able to use it to his advantage. I don't think that that's right, because I think it was misrepresented. But this is now, I think, also the Republican playbook, is to use these issues to scare people, basically. Feeling out of -- that everything is out of control with their children, and they need to be protected from these people with this sort of -- demagogues and this agenda. Right?

KEILAR: Let's be clear: Some of it was dog whistle.

POWERS: Yes.

KEILAR: Some of it was dog-whistle racism.

POWERS: A thousand percent.

KEILAR: But for a lot of voters, that's not what it was. It was more this -- this anxiety when it comes to schooling, having had their children out of school for so long. And obviously, those not being choices that they made, but that were dictated for them. They may have agreed with them, but many clearly disagreed. POWERS: Yes. I do think, and I've been saying this for a long time. I

do think that a lot of times, we look at these things, and we -- we read a lot into them. When my ultimate takeaway is that, whether it's Democrats or Republicans, everybody is pretty unhappy.

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And we tend to go back and forth between. And so -- so yes, Joe Biden won. And so what happens? Republicans win. And then Republicans go, See, we have a mandate. Everybody likes us.

And it's like, you know, I really don't think that's the takeaway here, because I -- what it is is people just keep saying, like, this isn't it. We're going to go and try to do this. And no, this isn't it, and we're going to go and try and do that.

MCKINNON: Yes, it's just like who's in charge of the hellscape now?

POWERS: Yes.

BERMAN: Well, Joe Biden is in charge of the hellscape now.

MCKINNON: Yes.

BERMAN: And Joe Biden will be in charge of the hellscape -- and I'm using your language, not mine. He'll be in charge of the hellscape in one year. The fact of the matter is that Joe Biden is not a popular president as we sit here this morning.

In Virginia, a state he won by 10 points, he's at 45 percent approval rating right now.

MCKINNON: Yes. Way underwater, and that obviously didn't help. And the midterms were already at a disadvantage, just for historical purposes. And so now with the Youngkin victory and sort of the wind at their back, I think Republicans are looking in really good shape for next year.

KEILAR: And a reminder, the last time Republicans won in Virginia, what happened in Congress in the next midterm election. I mean, now what does this spell for that?

MCKINNON: Yes. Well, again, I think it just says it's probably going to be double-digit Republican wins.

And John, you did a great job at the board there, particularly pointing out that -- I mean, I think there's a lot of narrative about how well Youngkin did in suburban areas. But the real story is just how the Democrats have abandoned the rural areas. And Democrats better get a clue about that.

BERMAN: I mean, if you're going to lose the rural areas by as much, you have to just so hugely overperform in the suburbs. McAuliffe held his own there, but he didn't overperform to be sure.

MCKINNON: It was like they weren't even on the ballot in the rural areas.

BERMAN: You have to work hard to get less than 20 percent anywhere, and McAuliffe did it in county after county after county.

Stand by, if you will. We have a lot more to discuss. Voters in Minneapolis deciding on the future of its police department in the wake of George Floyd's murder. We're going to take you there live, coming up.

KEILAR: Plus, the new deal on Capitol Hill that promises to lower the cost of prescription drugs, or at least some of them.

And QAnon followers gathering in Dallas, waiting for the impossible.

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KEILAR: Voters in Minneapolis have rejected a ballot measure to overhaul policing in the city. This is a measure that was drafted in the wake of George Floyd's murder at the hands of police.

CNN's Omar Jimenez is live for us in Minneapolis. This was a pretty resounding result here, Omar.

OMAR JIMENEZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, Brianna. It was the first electoral test for the city of Minneapolis since the murder of George Floyd a little under a year and a half ago at this point.

And yes, when you look at the poll results from this, it wasn't really close. The yes votes at this point were at 43 percent, and the no votes took 56 percent.

Of course, voters rejected replacing the police department with a wider encompassing public safety department with about 56 percent participation of the total registered voter base here in Minneapolis.

Now, to be clear, this was never going to get rid of police officers with a single vote. But one consistent thing I heard from those who were planning to vote no in recent days, was that they didn't believe the ballot language was specific enough about what this public safety department would be and what exactly it would do.

Proponents of it told me, well, this is going to -- or it would at least make it easier to add services like mental health support, violence prevention services, things like that into the public safety mix, therefore allowing or helping efforts to reform policing.

Of course, the ballot language failed in this case, so the police department stands as it is for now. But this likely won't be the last attempt from people here in Minneapolis to reform the police department -- Brianna.

KEILAR: All right. Omar, thank you so much for that.

Voters in New York City have elected former police captain Eric Adams as their next mayor. He is going to join us live.

BERMAN: Plus, we're going to speak live with the Republican secretary of state who stood up to Donald Trump. His reaction to the election results.

This is CNN's special live coverage as election night in America, it's still on.

KEILAR: In the morning. Election morning, the morning after.

BERMAN: Election night in the morning.

KEILAR: Election night in the morning. It doesn't roll off the tongue.

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BERMAN: The morning after election night in America, still too early to project a winner in the New Jersey governor's race. The Democratic incumbent, Phil Murphy, and Republican Jack Ciattarelli separated still by just 61 votes.

In the meantime, a big Republican win in Virginia. Glenn Youngkin has defeated the former governor, Terry McAuliffe, a state that Biden won by ten points in 2020. CNN projects that Youngkin will be the next governor.

Joining us now is Brad Raffensperger. He is the secretary of state in Georgia, a Republican, and the author of a new book called "Integrity Counts," in which he writes forcefully against the former president, Donald Trump's, false claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Mr. Secretary, thank you so much for joining us. First, let me ask you, as a Republican elected official, Glenn Youngkin, CNN projects, will be the next governor of Virginia. He ran a campaign where he tried to keep some space between himself and the former president, Donald Trump. How instructive do you think that is or should it be to other Republicans around the country?

BRAD RAFFENSPERGER (R), GEORGIA SECRETARY OF STATE: Well, I believe that Governor-elect Youngkin ran his own race. He ran a positive race, aspirational. He understood that we stood on our values. And he also said parents had, really, a key role in raising their children and be involved in the school system. And so he really turned everything upside-down in Virginia, and congratulations. He did a tremendous job.

It's Reaganism, rebranded for the 2020s, and he did, I just think, it was a great job. And we're excited as Republicans and conservatives throughout the country.

BERMAN: What about Trump, though? What about the idea of putting space between yourself and the former president as a Republican candidate?

RAFFENSPERGER: Well, Mr. Youngkin was a very successful businessman before he began this. He really spoke to everyone and really can bring people together. I think he gave us a great message and a great model for moving forward as Republicans, as really Ronald Reaganism brought forward 2020, updated for the needs we're facing today. Pocketbook issues, you know, raising their family, having parents involved. All good things.

But also talks about election integrity, why it's so important and will get you results out there quickly. And I think everyone is really pleased with the results.

And we're also pleased that the Braves won 7-0.

BERMAN: Yes.

RAFFENSPERGER: A great day for Georgians.

BERMAN: You know what? Congratulations on that. I buried the lead. The Braves are World Series champions, which I know matters to you as much as anything this morning.

I want to ask you about your book, because you write extensively about the phone call where the former president called you. It was, what, an hour and 10 minute phone call.