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Virtual Tie in New Jersey Governor race, Big GOP Wins in Virginia; Eric Adams Elected as New York City's Second Black Mayor. Aired 7-7:30a ET

Aired November 03, 2021 - 07:00   ET

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BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN NEW DAY: The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments today in the biggest gun rights case in more than a decade, and this centers on a centurial (ph) provision in New York that requires people to prove a special need for self-protection if they want to carry a gun in public.

CNN's Jessica Schneider is live for us at the Supreme Court with more. This is -- you know, this case can have major ramifications.

JESSICA SCHNEIDER, CNN JUSTICE CORRESPONDENT: It will, Brianna. It will be closely watched. And a big day at the court because this is the first time the Supreme Court is considering the scope of the Second Amendment in more than a decade. It was back in 2008 that the justices ruled that individuals do have the right to keep guns inside their homes for self-defense.

Well, this case involves a New York law setting strict parameters on when people can carry their guns outside the home. This New York law says that if you want to carry the gun outside the home and get a license, you have to show proper cause, specific and special circumstances about why you need this gun for self-defense.

Well, two men who were denied the license they sought, they sued. They brought their case all the way to the Supreme Court. They say that this law violates the Second Amendment. They say the Second Amendment specifically states that you have the right keep and bear arms, saying that it applies to outside the home.

But the justices to watch here are Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh. They had previously written opinions saying that courts should look to the intent of the framers and not necessarily balance the interest of individuals and the government here.

A big case, Brianna and John. Arguments set to begin at 10:00 this morning.

KEILAR: All right. We know you'll be watching, Jess. Thank you so much for that.

And New Day continues right now. JOHN BERMAN, CNN NEW DAY: And good morning to our viewers here in the United States and all around the world. It is Wednesday, November 3rd. I am John Berman alongside Brianna Keilar.

And Election Night in America is not over yet. Night has become morning. We are getting new vote totals in by the minute. One of the two most closely watched races is still too early to project. The one in New Jersey where the difference is separating the two gubernatorial candidates is 65 votes, 65 votes. And you can see that is more than 2.2 million votes already having been counted. Just 65 votes separate from Republican challenger Jack Ciatterelli and the incumbent Democratic governor, Phil Muprhy.

Now, this is important. There are still votes outstanding, mostly it seems from Democratic areas. We will show you exactly where in just a moment. But the fact that this race is even this close is being claimed as a success for Republicans.

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JACK CIATTERELLI (R), NEW JERSEY GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE: We have sent the message to 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 are doing right now and we will declare a victory.

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KEILAR: Well, the themes of election night are crystal clear. A huge upswing for Republicans and a jarring wakeup call for Democrats. CNN projecting that Republican Glenn Youngkin will be the next governor of Virginia. Youngkin made education a centerpiece of his campaign against Democrat Terry McAuliffe and might have just delivered a roadmap to fellow Republicans for the 2022 midterms and beyond.

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GLENN YOUNGKIN (R) 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 ahead and its implications for the 2022 midterms in a moment.

But, first, Berman is at the magic wall. And New Jersey, as you have been pointing out, Berman, is the swing there from how Biden performed to how Murphy is performing right now. It's pretty big.

BERMAN: Bigger than Virginia. In fact, as we sit here right now, just 65 votes separate the two candidates with more than 2.2 million votes counted right now. The eagle-eye viewers out there are going to say, hey, it was 61 votes an hour ago. What changed? Well, so votes came in from Sussex County. About 15, literally, 15 votes came in, which now makes the margin 65 instead of 61.

But the story about where we might be headed in New Jersey is a little bit different. Where are their votes remaining? Right now, we have about 84 percent reporting. I want to take this down and look at the counties that have about 80 percent or 81 percent or fewer votes counted at this point.

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And you can see the counties that still have votes to count are largely Democratic counties. How Democratic? Very.

Let's look at Hudson County. This is where Jersey City is. Right now, just 76 percent counted at this point. Phil Murphy has got 74 percent of the votes there. So, this number gets from 76 closer to 100 percent, the Murphy campaign thinks that the governor will get a lot of votes in that county.

Some of the other counties outstanding, Essex County, that's where Newark is, the most urban of the counties in New Jersey, again, just 72 percent reporting. Phil Murphy is at 72 percent of the2 vote there. So, as more votes come in, the Democrats hope that will help them in their column.

As you look at this map, one of the things you will see is there is one Republican county, right? There is one Republican county still with less than 80 percent of the vote. That is Cumberland County with just 79 percent counted. But you can see the vote totals aren't that high. So, Democrats think there is much more opportunity for Phil Murphy to grow over the next few hours.

All right, let's look, if we can, at New Jersey -- sorry, at Virginia, and figure out what lessons can be learned about where the votes were in New Jersey. There was a lot of talk about the suburbs, and rightfully so, right? Look at the suburban counties here. Loudon county, Washington, D.C. suburbs, look at Loudoun County, Terry McAuliffe leading Glenn Youngkin by 11 points.

11 points might seem like a lot, but I want to compare it to the presidential race one year ago. You can see it was a 25-point margin there, 25 points from Joe Biden. And you can see that Glenn Youngkin was able to shrink that margin.

But the story isn't just in the suburbs. What do I mean? I want to compare Terry McAuliffe's race this year to the race that Ralph Northam won four years ago, the Democrat won four years ago in 2017. And I want to look at the counties where Ralph Northam overperformed Terry McAuliffe. Well, McAuliffe did 5 percent worse than Ralph Northam.

And you can see it's not the suburban counties. Terry McAuliffe didn't do that much worse than Ralph Northam did when he cruised to a nine- point victory for years ago. What changed? Look at the sea of red here in these rural counties, and counties where Democrats don't do well to begin with, they are doing even worse now. How much worse? It's almost impossible really when you look at this. Glenn Youngkin in Smith County, which is in the western part of the state, Youngkin got 82 percent of the vote, Terry McAuliffe just 16.9 percent. Compare that to Ralph Northam four years ago, Northam got 22 percent. That's lousy. But when you're dropping from 22 percent to even lower, there's something going on here. And you can see the Democrats are just struggling, really struggling in these rural areas, which is something that has to concern them nationally going forward, Brianna.

KEILAR: Yes. You want to do lousy maybe in Southside, you want to do lousy in some of these rural areas. You don't want to do lousier. That is the key. Stay away from lousier.

Okay. So, Berman is getting his cardio in today by walking over to the set, which is a sad day for his cardio.

I want to bring in CNN's Sunlen Serfaty. She is live in Arlington, Virginia. A tough day for Democrats, Sunlen.

SUNLEN SERFATY, CNN WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: It certainly was, Brianna, a devastating gut punch for Democrats in Virginia and certainly a big win for Republicans here in this commonwealth, Glenn Youngkin defeating Terry McAuliffe to become the next governor of the commonwealth, but notably the first Republican to do so in 12 years.

Now, Youngkin was successful in creating his own personal brand for himself, a brand that was very separate from former President Donald Trump, all the while making sure to not alienate Trump voters, making sure to appeal to the base, and attracting moderate voters into his side.

Now, he certainly was tapping into a lot of state and local issues too. A big part of his speech was on education, on crime. That is something that last night in his victory rally he gave a nod to the part education in the core part of his candidacy.

Now, meantime, Terry McAuliffe, he really made the centerpiece of his campaign all about tying Youngkin to former President Donald Trump, and put frankly, that simply did not work. So, certainly, Brianna, as Democrats are looking at the aftermath of last night, the aftermath of Election Day in the campaign, certainly race assessing that strategy going forward to midterms as they are licking their wounds this morning. Brianna?

KEILAR: Yes, huge postmortem to be done. Sunlen live from Arlington for us, thanks.

BERMAN: So, let's go back to New Jersey, where, right now, just 65 votes separate the two candidates. CNN's Jason Carroll live in Ft. Lee with the latest, Jason.

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JASON CARROLL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: And good morning to you, John. You have to wonder if these candidates have any nails left to bite on this one, because this is the nail biter. I mean, Murphy did say, he has been saying all along that he needed all of his people, all of his team, all of his supporters to show up at the polls, otherwise it is going to be a coin toss, and that's exactly what we are seeing right now.

And if you look at where we are right now in Ft. Lee, Bergen County, Northern New Jersey suburbs, I mean, this is an area where right now Murphy is underperforming if you compare to how he did last go round. Last go around in this particular area in Bergen County, he won it by 15 points. At this point, again, again, votes still to be counted, he's leading by four points. But still 86 percent has been reported so far.

So, again, he's underperforming in places like this. And what's the big difference? Of course, it's Jack Chiattarelli. Throughout the campaign, he hit Murphy hard on a lot of issues, such as mask mandates. I mean, if you also look at property taxes, you look at critical race theory, so, hitting him hard on a number of these issues.

Murphy supporters say, look, when all the votes are in, he is going to end up on top.

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GOV. PHIL MURPHY (D-NJ): We're all sorry that tonight could not yet be the celebration we wanted it to be. But as I said, when every vote is counted, and every vote will be counted, we hope to have a celebration.

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CARROLL: Well, the Ciattarelli camp is feeling optimistic, optimistic about how they're doing in the suburbs, places like where we are right now in Bergen County. They say that they are also encouraged by seeing support from women, support from groups like people of color, so seeing support from those areas as well.

But in terms of what really made a difference here when I was speaking to a campaign representative early this morning, she basically told me it was three things, property taxes, property taxes, property taxes. Folks here in New Jersey pay more property taxes than most people throughout the country. And it is their feeling that Murphy just really didn't have an understanding of that. But, again, Murphy's team is saying wait until all the votes are counted. Ciattarelli is saying the same thing. So, all we have to do at this point is stand by and see what happens. John?

BERMAN: And, Jason, I have one eye on the screen, seeing the votes as they come in, one eye on you. I'm trying to give people updates in real-time as it happens. We appreciate your reporting. We'll talk to you again shortly.

CARROLL: You bet.

KEILAR: So, did Glenn Youngkin in Virginia provide a blueprint for future GOP campaigns in the Trump era? Joining us now at the magic wall Chris Cillizza, our CNN Politics Reporter and Editor-at-Large.

In this case, he really was able to thread a needle between the Trump supporters and maybe the not so Trump supporters.

CHRIS CILLIZZA, CNN POLITICS REPORTER: Yes, Brianna. He did something we have not seen anyone do well in the Trump or post-Trump era, which is exactly that. Do enough to keep the Trump vote with you but not so much that you lose the independents and suburban voters.

All right, let's go through it. Let's start with the baseline. Okay. So, this is one year ago. This is plus ten for this guy. Okay. This is a state Virginia was once a swing state, was once a red state, has moved to a blue-leaning Democratic state. So that's where we were a year ago.

How did Youngkin do it? All right, step one, he found an issue. This is Terry McAuliffe from the debate in September. He said, I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach. He was talking about what books should be in there. But Glenn Youngkin took this and ran with it, relentless on ads, on messaging, on speeches, basically saying, Terry McAuliffe thinks you, the parents, should not be involved in kids' education. Again, not exactly what Terry McAuliffe but a really bad quote.

All right, let's move on. As you said, Brianna, he did enough to appeal to the Trump base. He said Trump represents so much of why I'm running. He said he was honored to have Trump's endorsement. He's welcomed some comparisons to Trump. They are both outsiders, they're both businessmen. But he wasn't too Trumpy. He said, well, this is about Virginia, when he was asked why he didn't want Trump to come in. He it was weird and wrong for people to pledge allegiance to a flag connected to January 6th. That's about an event. That was a tele-rally held, Donald Trump called into a flag from January 6th whose pledged allegiance to, Youngkin walked away from that. That was last month.

And he didn't attend anything that had Donald Trump in it. Yes, Donald Trump put out some statements, yes, of course, claimed credit for Youngkin's for his win. But Donald Trump never stepped foot in Virginia. And that was good news for Glenn Youngkin.

Last thing, Donald Trump did a really good job, whether you like him or hate him, politically by making cultural social issues front and center. We don't say Merry Christmas anymore, that sort of thing. We were still saying, Merry Christmas, but regardless. So what did Youngkin do? Talked about mask requirements, talked about transgender bathrooms, teaching on race, talked about Toni Morrison and the book Beloved. All of this sort of fell under this broad education.

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I was going to write ed because I don't want to write the whole thing -- education banner. That -- and, by the way, I should say, too, woke. Education and wokeness, this idea that Democrats want to teach kids things that shouldn't be taught, that they think that all of this stuff is fine and parents may not think that all of this stuff is fine.

It also fell under this broad banner. It is very weird that education was the issue that a Republican in Virginia ran and won on. But I do think you're going to see a lot of anti-woke rhetoric coming out of campaigns, Republican campaign. And you're going to see a lot of Republicans try to walk that line between you Trumpy enough for the Trump base to stay with you, not too Trumpy for independent and especially suburban voters to leave you.

Youngkin showed that a blueprint does exist. But given credit, he ran an excellent campaign. If everyone could do this, Republicans would have been doing this and winning during the Trump era, which we obviously saw they were not. So, it's not as easy as it looks but at least a blueprint now does exist out there in the post-Trump era, show Republicans in how they can win in a swing state, even a state leaning blue. Brianna?

KEILAR: Yes, if Donald Trump lets them do it --

CILLIZZA: That's exactly right. And that's so important Remember, Donald Trump put out a few statements supporting Glenn Youngkin but he did not put his presence known in the state. And that would have been more problematic for Glenn Youngkin if Donald Trump had done a rally, two rallies in the state.

KEILAR: All right. Chris Cillizza, Merry Christmas.

BERMAN: All right. Joining us now, CNN Political Commentator Scott Jennings, who, if I'm not mistaken, was sitting on an election set in New York a few hours ago.

SCOTT JENNINGS, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Yes, a mere handful of hours ago.

BERMAN: I'm not quite sure how you're here now but I'm glad you are, because You are a Republican strategist. And you watch this stuff very carefully. So, what have you learned?

JENNINGS: Well, I agree with a lot of what Chris said, and I think education is going to become a massive issue for with Republicans. But I think you left off one bullet point, and that was that the schools were closed in Virginia for 18 months. And if there is one thing you heard from parents out there, it's that they wanted the schools to open. And so there were a lot of education issues, but that's where it started. It wasn't just one thing. It was a cascade of issues.

I also think that what Youngkin showed is that, you know, call me old fashion, but I agree, platforms work. When you actually run on issues that people care about, they tend to listen to what you have to say. And we know in the Trump campaign last year, there was no platform. Literally, the Republicans didn't write a platform. And so when you run on a set of issues that are responsive to the matters of the day, people tend to listen to you. So, I think finding those issues, actually sticking to it and then being your own person, like Youngkin did, and not letting himself be defined by Trump, and not letting the Democrats suck him in to taking debate on Trump every day, because they tried to were critical factors.

So, this state, a blue state, required someone to do exactly what he did. Other jurisdictions could be different. They may be redder to start out with. But in a state like this with big suburban areas, and we're going to have some in Senate races, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia, you think about those big suburban areas that did drift away from the Republicans. If I were running a race in those states, I would be saying, how did Glenn Youngkin get suburban women, say, to swing 15 points in his direction? And I would be trying to copy that.

KEILAR: So, do you think that other Republicans will be able to copy that? And do you think Trump is going to let them? He does not like to be ignored, right? He doesn't.

JENNINGS: Yes. But yet he was in this particular race. Youngkin did everything, everybody have ever said they wanted a Republican ,renounce January the 6th, run on issues, you know, really sort of be the traditional conservative Republicans that we were used to before Trump. He did all of these things and he was mightily rewarded. He did better in rural counties than Trump did. And so if you're campaign out there asking yourself that question, Brianna, when you look at these results and say, I used to think maybe there was a political cost to ignoring him, if that's the word you want to use. But there may be even a bigger cost to letting him define you and say you can do what Youngkin did.

It is obvious to me the Republicans in the rural areas have totally -- I'm sorry, the voters in the rural areas have totally abandoned Democrats. They're all-in on the Republicans. And there's something to be said for showing everybody else I'm my own person.

BERMAN: Youngkin did better than Trump in the Trump counties.

JENNINGS: Yes, he did.

BERMAN: He did substantially and maybe. I mean, Terry McAuliffe might have done almost well enough in the suburbs to win this race if not for the fact that he bled even more votes in the rural counties.

JENNINGS: There was pent-up demand to make America boring again. And that is exactly what Youngkin did. It's the traditional kind of politics where you run on issues and you put it out there and see what happens. And it works.

BERMAN: The problem though is in 2022, you have primaries. You're going to have primaries.

JENNINGS: He did get to avoid that. Although, I will say the convention in Virginia was contentious. He did have opponents. One lady, I remember, I described herself Trump in heels.

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And so we do have primaries going on, and that could drag certain people. But, of course, Democratic politics in their primaries have drug people to the left, which we all saw was clearly rejected last night. So, it's a situation where I think both could find themselves doing things in primaries that prevent them from doing what they do in a general. But take your lessons from Glenn Youngkin. You don't necessarily have to give in to that if you don't want to.

KEILAR: Trump listening to this morning, he's not going to like what he hears, that this was the successful pathway for Youngkin, to kind of ignore him, keep him at an arm's distance. He really does like to be center of things and he likes his candidates to be aligned with him, to style themselves after him, to agree with him.

I just wonder what you think he may, just judging from the past, we have seen his response to things when it comes to other candidates. What do you think might come off that and how is that going to affect the picture?

JENNINGS: Well, he certainly has already started to involve himself in some of these Senate races. He endorsed Herschel Walker in Georgia, he's gotten endorsed a candidate in North Carolina, Ted Bud. He's already put himself out there. My advice to him would be pick the jurisdictions that make the most sense to you.

Just unlike what other presidents in post the past presidents that had to do it. I remember after the early '06 midterm when I worked for George W. Bush, there were some places we could campaign. We did a couple of rallies in the south. We had a few places where we could. It's just smart politics. Go where you're most useful and where you're most wanted and do the things where you're most useful. Don't interject yourself in a way that's going to hurt your own party. But we know he doesn't really care as much about the health of the party as he does about the health of himself. And he thinks the health of his own future is dependent upon getting credit for this. So I assume he will continue to try to credit --

BERMAN: Yes, he's already taking credit.

JENNINGS: But no mistake. This is Youngkin's victory. And I think national Democratic and, frankly, Joe Biden's failure had little to do with Trump, candidly.

BERMAN: One last thing we never really talk about, but there was record turnout for a governor's race in Virginia --

JENNINGS: Yes.

BERMAN: -- which might show Republicans they shouldn't be so afraid making the vote more accessible, more early voting, more mail voting that we've ever seen in a governor's and they were able to win.

JENNINGS: Absolutely. It's never been easier or more en vogue to vote. And as an American political person in the business, it's a good thing. Republicans should embrace it. Trump didn't do that last year. Remember, he didn't want folks to vote early. Youngkin's campaign and other Republican campaigns down ballot last year did encourage people to vote early. It's a good thing to do. And so I'm happy about seeing higher turnout leaded to Republican victory. So, the party ought to embrace all of this new access to the polls. In Virginia, McAuliffe got like 200,000 more votes than Northam got when he won. This wasn't an enthusiasm issue, it was a persuasion issue, at least for some voters, I think, especially in these suburban counties where you saw the margins change.

BERMAN: Thank you for however the heck you managed to get here from New York over --

JENNINGS: I'm getting in a cargo to Wichita and I'll be out there for a few hours in about four hours.

KEILAR: He needs to learn how to teleport. That's key for you, I think.

BERMAN: Thanks so much, my friend.

All right, we are seeing new fallout from Election Day, which is still frankly going on, including several history-making wins across the country.

Plus, the winner of the New York stay mayor's race joins us live on what his win says about policing and being a more moderate Democrat.

KEILAR: And kids as young as five will begin getting COVID vaccines today. Dr. Anthony Fauci joining us with what parents need to know.

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ERIC ADAMS (D), NEW YORK CITY MAYOR-ELECT: We are so divided right now. And we're missing the beauty of our diversity. Today, we take off the intramural jersey and we put on one jersey, Team New York.

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BERMAN: That was Eric Adams, who CNN projects will become the next mayor of New York City. He won a decisive victory last night in that heavily Democratic metropolitan area.

Joining us now is the New York City's mayor-elect, Eric Adams. Congratulations to you, sir. What does this victory tell you?

ADAMS: It tells me that while others were attempting to be heard by New Yorkers, I wanted to be felt. I wanted to give my narrative, my story, not talk about my glory of being a former captain, a state senator, a borough president. I wanted people to know my story, being a dishwasher, having learning disability, being arrested as a child, going to school at night, working in a mail room. That was the story I wanted to send New Yorkers and they felt me. And because of that, I'm now going to be the mayor of one of the greatest cities on the globe.

BERMAN: What lesson do you think Democrats around the country can take from your victory? ADAMS: Practical is progressive. Practical is progressive. I am progressive in my policies. When you go online and see my 100 steps forward for New York City, you see how progressive I am. But we have to be practical. Let's not talk about closing our jail building when we need the pipeline that feeds (ph) the jail open. 55 percent of our prisoners have a learning disability? Why aren't we talking about that? We can't talk about housing when we're not dealing with affordable real housing for middle and low income New Yorkers. We have to deal with public safety.

And when you talk about disbanding the police departments when crime is increasing, you are not being progressive because you're not dealing with the safety of people who are impacted by that. So, let's be practical and progressive, not preach to people but provide services to people.

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BERMAN: There have been critics who say that the national Democratic party right now is suffering from some runaway wokeness.