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Republican Glenn Youngkin Projected to Defeat Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia Gubernatorial Race; New Jersey Gubernatorial Race between Republican Jack Ciattarelli and Democrat Phil Murphy Still Too Close to Call; History Made in Mayoral Races; Now: Children Get First Authorized Vaccine Shots Across U.S. Aired 8-8:30a ET
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JOHN BERMAN, CNN ANCHOR: Let me tell you what happened. It was Hudson County, New Jersey, home to Jersey City, where you can see Phil Murphy has got 73 percent of the vote, 80 percent reporting here. We just got a new batch of counted votes there. It is 6,000 new votes there. And let me tell you how the 6,000 votes broke down -- 3,889 for Phil Murphy, and 2,157, that's a five, not an eight, I apologize, mom, for that, 2,157 for Jack Ciattarelli. So you can see where Phil Murphy is starting to pick up votes in some of these Democratic counties as more votes are coming in.
I'm going to move this right now and take you through the state to show you how there is 85 percent reporting now in total. I want to look at the counties where they're, say, 84, 85 percent less votes counted so far to see where there are still votes left. Hudson County, where we just were, you can see there's 80 percent reporting, Phil Murphy way ahead there. Essex County, where Newark is, 72 percent reporting, Phil Murphy has got 72 percent of the vote, so a lot more votes to count there from Democratic areas.
Just two counties with a significant part of Republican votes left. That's Somerset county, not too small, you have 82 percent reporting, Jack Ciattarelli with a four-point lead there. He might be able to keep the margin narrow-ish there. And then down here in Cumberland County, where you see there is only 79 percent counted now, but not as many votes there. So if Ciattarelli wants to chip away at Phil Murphy's lead now, it might be hard there.
Let's talk about Virginia, the state where we know, at this point, who the winner is. CNN is projecting that Glenn Youngkin will be the next governor of Virginia. A lot of focus has been on the suburban areas, the areas surrounding Washington, D.C., Fairfax and Loudoun County, and also the area surrounding Richmond, Virginia. And in these suburban areas, Glenn Youngkin, the Republican, did well, trailing Terry McAuliffe by just about 11 percent there. If you compare that to how Joe Biden did in that county just one year ago, you can see Biden won by 25 points. So Glenn Youngkin has shrunk that margin there pretty substantially, and that matters.
But there is something I want to point out here, which is that when you're talking about the margins, yes, Glenn Youngkin did better in the suburbs than Republicans had in the past, but his big pickups were in different areas. I want to compare his victory to the last gubernatorial race which was won by the Democrat Ralph Northam. These are the counties where Terry McAuliffe did worse, more than five points worse than Ralph Northam. And you can see, it is not the suburban counties. Terry McAuliffe held his own in the suburbs compared to Ralph Northam four years ago. Where he got crushed was in these Republican rural counties where Democrats aren't doing well to begin with, the so-called Trump counties. I've been picking on Smith County all morning long. You can see, Terry McAuliffe got just 17 percent of the vote in this county. It is small, but 17 percent, compare that to Ralph Northam, Ralph Northam got 22 percent, which as I've been saying to Brianna, 22 is lousy, but 17 percent is even lousier.
And you go around, and it's not just Smith County. You go county to county here, and you can see that Glenn Youngkin getting more than 80 percent, Terry McAuliffe less than 20 in all the rural areas. This has to be a worry for national Democrats. These areas that are already doing badly, they're just bleeding even more votes, Brianna.
BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN ANCHOR: Democrats can be lousy there. Don't go for lousier, which is what we saw here in this. Berman, thank you.
I want to go back to this neck and neck race that we're seeing in New Jersey, where CNN's Jason Carroll is awake for us, standing by there in Fort Lee where the sun is finally out, Jason.
JASON CARROLL, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The sun is finally up, and Murphy supporters can finally wake up with a bit of good news now that it seems as if he has taken the lead. But, still, when you look at the lay of the land here, Brianna, still some troubling signs for folks like Murphy and Democrats in general. When you look at Bergen County, where we are, and you compare Murphy to how he's doing this time compared to how he did last time, he still is underperforming here in Bergen County, in northern New Jersey. Last go around, if you look at how he did, he won Bergen County by 15 points. This time around he's ahead by about four points with 86 percent reporting.
There is a lot of feeling here in this state that Jack Ciattarelli really hit Murphy hard and chipped away at his lead by really hammering home on a number of points, including property taxes, mask mandates, Critical Race Theory.
When you look at Murphy and his pandemic response though, a number of folks here in the state feel as though he basically did a pretty good job in terms of his pandemic response. Murphy, for his part, running on his progressive accomplishments, things like raising the minimum wage, expanding paid family leave. Murphy and for his point and from his point of view and from his campaign, they're feeling that, look, what we're seeing now this morning, more will come and that things will move in his favor.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) GOV. PHIL MURPHY, (D) NEW JERSEY: 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: Now, despite these most recent numbers, the Ciattarelli team is still feeling encouraged by their performance when it comes to how they had more folks coming out to support them like women, more folks in the suburbs coming out to support them as well. It is in their estimation in terms of what really made the difference in closing the lead was property taxes. People here in New Jersey pay the highest property taxes in the country, and it's their feeling Murphy really didn't have an understanding of that.
But, again, Murphy's folks are saying what we're seeing this morning, more will come later on today. And what will eventually happen is he will be declared the winner. Brianna?
KEILAR: Jason Carroll live for us from New Jersey, thank you.
BERMAN: So joining us now, New Jersey's own CNN chief political correspondent and co-anchor of STATE OF THE UNION Dana Bash and CNN political analyst David Gregory, man of the world.
DAVID GREGORY, CNN POLITICAL ANALYST: And I've traveled to New Jersey.
BERMAN: Who has been to New Jersey.
GREGORY: Thank you.
BERMAN: So, listen, Glenn Youngkin, CNN projects, will be the next governor of Virginia. The race in New Jersey still too early to project. But one thing I do want to point out, a 12-point swing in Virginia from Joe Biden's victory there to Glenn Youngkin's victory there. And in New Jersey, even if Phil Murphy wins, it may be more than a 12-point swing away from the Democrats. So something's happening nationally, Dana. What is it?
DANA BASH, CNN CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: There is a lot happening nationally. First and foremost, it is just that the post pandemic, or I guess at the end of the pandemic, fatigue. People are exhausted. They are angry. They are upset. They are worried. And especially for parents, we are all parents, in the school situation, they are able to -- there is genuine frustration about schools being closed. And they're able to channel that frustration in education. And what Glenn Youngkin did in particular in Virginia, and I watched him do it on the stump and got wild applause in Alexandria, Virginia, which Joe Biden won by 80 percent, by the way, is channel that, and say I hear you.
And some could say exploit it, but others could say, listen, he understood where the electorate was in the places that mattered, and spoke to them and spoke to that issue. Whether or not that is Republicans are going to be able to replicate that in other areas, particularly as we look ahead to the suburbs, there are a lot of factors he had, that other Republicans might not have, which we can talk about, which is Donald Trump left him alone. Which is unheard of for Republicans.
KEILAR: Unheard of, and it's weird to think of him doing that again. Because the lesson coming out of this, if you hear Berman going through the counties and he's saying that Youngkin outperformed Trump in Trump counties, Trump is going to hate that.
GREGORY: Yes. First of all, I like to refer to him as John. I'm going to put that out there.
KEILAR: I know. I don't.
GREGORY: But I think it is notable, and you've been saying it this morning, and I think it is true that Trump takes all this on board and his ego gets in the way, instead of recognizing that what he did was really, really helpful to Youngkin, which is help build that enthusiasm among his supporters, but stay out of the way, because Youngkin understood that there is something of Trumpism that survives, that is even a touchpoint for suburban voters, but that he himself has a level of toxicity that hurts a newcomer, a conservative guy, businessman, who as Dana says, I think tapped into frustration about the schools, around schools not getting back, around teachers unions bucking the science and not getting back to teaching.
And then appropriating what I think is this kind of gross use by politician of attacking the equity discussion in schools and in our society, and claiming it's things that it is not, like Critical Race Theory, which they don't even know the definition of. But it's a -- it is a touchpoint for people to say, oh, yes, it reminds me that I got tired of Trump, but you know what, Democrats are too liberal, and they don't have their act together.
BASH: I will say, you're right about the Critical Race Theory. He said that in every stump speech. He said we will ban Critical Race Theory, which the people who needed to get it got it, because they watch conservative and listened to conservative media.
But the other thing that he did, which was so different, I think, from any Republican I have heard is there was a nod to the reality of 2021, meaning that we realized that, all of us, the history that we learned was very narrow and very focused on the founding fathers and from the perspective of the white people who settled this country. And he said I understand that Virginia has a complex and complicated history. And we should learn all of that history, the good, the bad, and the ugly. So that was a nod to those who say, like, let's look at things differently, independents.
BERMAN: I think this is all interesting, and certainly very true about what happened in Virginia. What interests me more though, or as much, I should say, is that the overall swing was about the same in New Jersey. So it's not just education. And the education thing wasn't a big of a deal in New Jersey. The commonality between the two states is Joe Biden, is Joe Biden is president and he's underwater.
GREGORY: I think, and you talked about it earlier, I think with Jason, which is things like property taxes, bread and butter issues about taxes, about government. One of the things, the pandemic fatigue we can break down in lots of ways. The government had a huge response and put a lot of money out into the economy, which did a lot of good. But there is a lot of people who say, OK, enough already. And when Joe Biden and Democrats come in and say, no, we want to basically reengineer society around Build Back Better, which, by the way, they can't even get passed. They couldn't do it the first time, they can't even agree among themselves. People look at this and go you guys just don't have your act together. And you're just too liberal.
And so these kinds of -- I think your typical suburban voter is saying, look, just because we didn't like Trump didn't mean that we became a liberal overnight and all that that entails, which you're seeing play out among Democrats. So I think you're right. I think New Jersey is significant. And I think there is an enthusiasm issue here, for Scott Jennings earlier talked about boilerplate conservative issues. That's what the Republicans have wanted. Can we get back to fighting about the culture, fighting about ideology, and getting away from the toxic personality contest.
So, we look at Virginia, and of course it is our business to overreact to certain results and trends. But Trump versus Biden in Virginia is a very different proposition than a new upstart conservative guy, businessman, running for governor.
BASH: It is so true, David. And what you said specifically about the bread and butter issues, that is a big through line in Virginia and New Jersey. Taxes, education is part of that, what happens to your children. But all of those issues are, the way I call it, normal Republican, the Republicans that we used to cover, that all of us used to cover pre-Trump.
And one of the -- I was trying to figure out why the former president left Glenn Youngkin alone. And I asked somebody who knows him well, who still does work for him, who said that in his mind, he sees Virginia, New Jersey, of course, also, as a place where even he doesn't think he won. So the expectation that he has for Republicans to have fealty in these places are lower. That's why it is not clear that that is -- that is a playbook that Republicans can replicate in Ohio or, God forbid, in Arizona or Georgia or the places that he really thinks that he won.
GREGORY: And the legacy stuff, to your point, which is there would be nothing -- even if Trump doesn't run again, and I'm not convinced he will, the idea that something of Trumpism survives that politically is a big legacy too.
But I just want to underline something you said earlier when you were talking to Tony Fauci which I think is really important. Parents are living in a lot of fear right now about this pandemic, and the fear is their kids are going to lose years in school. My kids have lost valuable time in high school. And, yes, I'm frustrated with the schools they go to. My kids go to private school, not public school. But I'm frustrated with teachers' unions, and I think a lot of parents are. And you voiced that. Look, we can't make this mistake if something like this happens again. We're talking about kids and a mental health effects of that, which have not been properly really studied yet and realized on a societal level. Voters were speaking to that anxiety. And you know what, they're not waking up every morning just obsessing about Donald Trump everywhere.
KEILAR: Parent-teacher conference season, too, I will tell you, right. So if your kid is behind in reading, this is around the time that you're finding that out.
BASH: It is that, but it is, David, when you talked about the mental health aspect of this, that is probably something that parents who might have voted for Glenn Youngkin or voted for Ciattarelli in New Jersey didn't even do it consciously. But it's this overwhelming feeling of desperation that a lot of parents have that they couldn't help their child, or they couldn't. Now schools are open. But the effects of it, and the "it" being homeschooling and being home and being away from their friends for so long.
I mean, it is what it is. It was a pandemic. But there were a lot of moments that a lot of parents think that schools could have been more forward leaning and opened up.
GREGORY: And socialization, once they come back to school. How do they socialize with each other? Do they know how to do that? How do they react to the isolation? There's disciplinary issues.
All of this gets back into culture, get backs to response on the part of schools and how politicians use this moment, which I just think is so divisive, it is not really productive. But in this case, you know, Youngkin, yes, had a more nuanced point depending on his audience, but certainly touched that button.
And I just don't know that McAuliffe was, you know, up to it, at another go around here harkening back to an earlier time in politics, which is over.
BERMAN: The evidence is that it wasn't.
GREGORY: Thanks, captain obvious.
BERMAN: Glenn Youngkin is the next governor of Virginia.
David Gregory, who has been in New Jersey, Dana Bash of New Jersey, thank you, both.
KEILAR: New Jersey woman, Dana Bash, thank you.
Up next, the write-in candidate, a write-in candidate for mayor declaring victory this morning in a big American city.
BERMAN: Plus, younger children getting their first approved vaccine shots across the country right now. I haven't seen this picture before.
It is adorable. He doesn't care. Bring it. Bring it on. We're there live. Shot by shot. I want my lollipop.
And why QAnon believers are gathering near the grassy knoll in Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Goodness.
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ERIC ADAMS (D), NEW YORK CITY MAYOR-ELECT: I say this over and over again, can't be so philosophical and theoretical that we just simply give out and throw out terms instead of looking on the ground what people need. That's what I'm hoping the party that I love, the Democratic Party realize, we must get back on the ground and impact things that are important to people.
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BERMAN: That is the next mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, moments ago here on NEW DAY.
Mayoral races in major U.S. cities producing historic results.
CNN's Miguel Marquez joins us now with that -- Miguel.
MIGUEL MARQUEZ, CNN SENIOR NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Hi there, John.
So, look, Eric Adams win wasn't exactly surprising. But it is worth remembering that the former NYPD campaign and political moderate beat out a crowded field in the Democratic primary including several progressive candidates. He's the second African-American to become his honor in the nation's largest city. But there were firsts to go around last night nationwide.
Boston elected Michelle Wu, the first woman and person of color, she is the mayor there, she beat out a somewhat more centrist Democrat, Cincinnati elected Democrat Aftab Pureval, the first South Asian to become mayor there. He beat a fellow Democrat long time party fixture.
Democrats also now control the city council there as well. In Durham, North Carolina, it elected its first African-American woman, a former judge, Elaine O'Neal. And Ed Gainey was elected the first mayor of Pittsburgh.
And the most surprising result of all last night is in buffalo, in New York, where Democratic socialist candidate India Walton may have lost to a write-in candidate, and that write-in is likely the incumbent Democratic Mayor Byron Brown, who lost the primary to Walton in a shocker. He's declared victory. But that majority write-in vote needs to be counted.
In Minneapolis, a proposition to replace police department with the department of public safety, that has failed by a wide margin. This was a voter proposition coming out of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police with calls to defund the police, a call that wasn't well received with voters who may want to see police reform. But the idea of radically changing public safety just isn't in the cards, particularly when crime is up in many cities.
Lots of firsts across the country, a lot of young, new people of color, but not necessarily progressives winning at the local level. Back to you guys.
BERMAN: Yeah, a lot of pretty clear trends, pretty clear story out of this election moment.
Miguel Marquez, thank you so much for that.
So parents waited to get their kids vaccinated. The time is now! Oh, look at her eyes there. It is going to be okay! It really is. Children lining up for their first approved vaccine shots across the country.
KEILAR: I feel her. I do not love shots either.
Plus, the new deal on Capitol Hill that promises to lower the cost of prescription drugs. We'll break it down.
BERMAN: I can't get enough of the video. Kids getting shots.
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DR. ROCHELLE WALENSKY, CDC DIRECTOR: You know, this is really just a time for parents to celebrate. We now have vaccine that is eligible for 28 million children between the ages of five to 11. Really now we have parents who can have the peace of mind that when they get their kids vaccinated they will be protected.
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BERMAN: That's CDC Director Rochelle Walensky sharing good news this morning, right now, as of now, pediatricians are giving the nation's first shots to children of the coronavirus vaccine.
If we can get a live look at the action right now. Well, there are reporters. Rosa Flores is in Houston. First, though, Brynn Gingras in New York City -- Brynn. BRYNN GINGRAS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yeah, I mean, John, peace of mind
is so clutch for parents, but I got to tell you, I've been talking to some kids who have come into this New York City office and they're just as excited to take their masks off at the playground, as simple as that.
We're in here in the doctor's office. You're going to see this brave Ivani (ph) get her vaccine, her first dose with her dad Ryan Steinberg.
Go ahead, you guys. Thank you so much for letting us come here.
Ivani (ph), you're so brave. You're doing to do such a great job. Dad, I want to talk to you while that happens. Tell me what was part of this decision-making coming in today?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: My wife and I were expecting our second, she's due on Friday. So to help protect the baby, her, our family and loved ones and just to get back to normal lifestyle.
GINGRAS: Congratulations on that. That's so exciting.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Thank you.
GINGRAS: For Ivani (ph), was there a conversation you had together to get to this point?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She's excited to go to the movies again, to go to the playground, run around without her mask on and have --
GINGRAS: You did it! You're done!
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You're done!
GINGRAS: That's it.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Now we can go to the movies.
GINGRAS: We got a band-aid. Everything is better.
Ivani (ph), you did a great job.
If parents are seeing this this morning, hesitant, what would you say to them?
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I would say think about it and do what's best for you to get your child vaccinated. We all want to get back to normal life and to live happily again. So --
GINGRAS: Thank you so much for letting us. Ivani, thank you for being so brave. This is so big for so many kids. There is a whole waiting room here wait -- of kids waiting to get this vaccine. Exciting to get life back to normal again -- John.
BERMAN: All right. Brynn Gingras, give our love, it goes away, it doesn't hurt for very long. GINGRAS: I know. I know. I want to give her a hug.
BERMAN: Rosa, you're in Houston.
ROSA FLORES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I am, John. And we actually just witnessed two children get their vaccines. They had therapy dogs for them. And their actually in observation now, what is going on behind me now is the doctors are give a debrief. I talked to the chief pathologist here, so for all those parents watching or perhaps worried, some of the trials happened here at Texas Children's Hospital.