tv Early Today NBC November 6, 2012 4:00am-4:30am PST
good morning, and welcome to election day 2012. the candidates have spoken, the fundraising is done, and the campaign ads have run and run and run. polling stations across the country are gearing up for today's vote, and those in the wake of hurricane sandy's destructive path are doing the best they can. obama versus romney. democrats versus republicansnow the world is watching, and now it's your decision, america. captions paid for by nbc-universal television good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. well, millions of votes have already been cast and the candidates will do some last-minute politicking early today. in the swing state of ohio, nearly 1.8 million absentee ballots have already been cast. that's up from 2008.
in florida nearly 4.5 million people have voted early or by absentee coming very close to the number from last time. president obama voted early this year. he'll do some swing state interviews and then play in his traditional election day basketball game while awaiting the returns from chicago. mr. romney has added two last-minute campaign stops in ohio and pennsylvania after he votes in massachusetts. running mate paul ryan will vote in wisconsin before joining romney in boston. and vice president joe biden will vote in delaware before joining the president in chicago. nbc's tracie pots is in cincinnati, ohio. she has the details on the candidates' final frantic day of campaigning. tracie, good morning to you. >> reporter: we're at a polling place in ohio. already a busy day. a busy crowd back and forth. lots of people planning to vote here in ohio, but they weren't
the first to vote this morning. for the first time ever and with its lowest turnout in almost 50 years, a tie this morning in tiny dixville, notch. just after midnight they cast five votes for president obama, five for governor romney. a few hours south in manchester the governor ends his campaign. >> the last months of our campaign have seen the gathering of strength from a real movement across this country. it's evident in the size of these crowds like this tonight. my goodness. [ cheers and applause ] and i understand that there are a few thousand people outdoors that couldn't get in, too. >> reporter: after voting near boston this morning, the governor hits the road again thanking campaign workers in pennsylvania and ohio, two key states he hopes to win. president obama wakes up this morning back home in chicago.
he plans to continue an election day tradition. a game of basketball before watching results tonight. last night his final campaign rally ever in iowa, where he first won four years ago. >> as long as there is a child anywhere in des moines, anywhere in iowa, anywhere in this country languishing in poverty, barred from opportunity our work isn't done. our fight for change goes on. >> reporter: the president promised a better tomorrow if elected. that tomorrow may or may not begin today. today we will see people voting in ohio. there are 1.2 million ohioans not voting today. >> nbc's tracie potts in cincinnati.
we turn to mike taibbi who is in colorado where the polls show the candidates are in a dead heat. >> reporter: here's how important both sides think that colorado and its nine electoral votes could be. counting their running mates, the romney and obama teams have made 42 separate visits in this state. how tight is the race? the polls call it virtually deadlocked. the latest nbc "wall street journal" poll calling it 48-48. so good news for republicans. in early voting, which is huge in colorado, 1.7 million votes already cast, more self-identified republicans have gone to the polls than democrats. on the obama side of the ledger, one democratic strategist said they are meeting or exceeding all of their goals especially among hispanics. what both sides agree on is that if there's no projected winner by the time the counting starts in colorado, this state could be key. >> nbc's mike taibbi in colorado for us. well, tonight brian williams and our entire political team will be with you all night as election results come in. our special election coverage begins at 7:00 p.m., 6:00
central time right here on this nbc station. nbc meteorologist bill karins is down in democracy plaza. he has your weather channel forecast. good morning, bill. >> good morning to you, lynn. this tonight will be a wild scene, packed. everyone wondering who will reach the magic number first of 270. we have it on the side of the building. as the states are called and their electoral votes are added up, you'll see signs rising up near the billing. when it gets to the top, a big scene late tonight or maybe tomorrow morning. hopefully no lawyers involved. let's talk about the forecast. we have minor issues fror election day. we have light rain in the forecast around seattle and olympia and portland. it's not going to cause anyone harm getting out. down in florida, we're watching heavy rain moving in there early this morning, especially from the i-4, tampa to orlando. that's a very important swing state. we'll watch that. the weather should clear out there even late today.
the election day forecast goes like this. many areas of the west look good. the middle of the country looks good. we mentioned colorado being a swing state. you look fine. same with nevada. areas of ohio look clear, too. there's talk of the nor'easter heading through the mid atlantic and off the east coast. it doesn't look to be a horrible storm. regardless fshl regardless, power outages in, we will see a chance of showers out there. but precip amounts should be very light. everything looks good, lynn, pretty much across the country for election day. couldn't ask for anything much better. >> bill, thanks so much. in addition to the white house werks v, we'll take a look at the hotly contested senate
♪ ♪ a look there for you. bruce springsteen performing at an obama campaign event last night in columbus, ohio. speaking of the boss, it was in his home state of new jersey where officials are making sure voters can cast their ballots despite the devastation from hurricane sandy. voters whose polling places were flooded were busy filling out forms yesterday to cast provisional ballots. in florida and other key battleground states with early voting there are reports of robo calls incorrectly telling voters they can cast ballots over the
telephone. and during halftime of monday night football espn's chris berman interviewed both president obama and governor mitt romney. he asked mr. romney what he's learned about himself and then to mr. obama who likens politics to sports. we begin with mr. romney. >> this campaign process goes on a couple of years. lots of flights, lots of trips, and what i found that surprised me is the more events i did, the more energy i seemed to get. >> in sports it's about winning championships. interesting in politics, it's not winning elections, it's making sure that you're delivering for the folks who sent you. >> later the president predicted a super bowl win for his chicago bears while governor romney jokingly took credit for two new england patriots super bowl victories. all right. well, people in countries around the world pay a lot more attention to the american presidential election than you might think. nbc's michelle kosinski is in london with more on that.
michelle, good morning. >> reporter: absolutely, lynn. this has been the big story outside the u.s. today. we've seen coverage all over the television with foreign correspondence stations not just in washington and florida, but all over the u.s. extensive coverage in newspapers, websites. virtually every foreign news organization has on its website a prominent section devoted to the u.s. election. that's tough to imagine in the u.s., that we would pay that kind of attention to another country's political contest. in fact, "the times" in london said their u.s. election section is now their most clicked aside from their home page and the views of it have gone up about 500% since august. part of the reason for all of this global attention is that so many people in so many other countries are looking for a catalyst for change in their own nations coming from a strong decision in the u.s. tonight there will be watch parties all over the world lasting all night long. lynn? >> all right, michelle kosinski
for us in london. right now vice president joe biden is in line along with his wife jill and son beau. he is the first of the major candidates to make it to the polling place this morning. mr. biden is at a high school in greenville, delaware, not far from his hometown of wilmington where he spent the night. of course, the presidency isn't the only thing at stake today. nbc's kelly o'donnell looks at very close senate races happening across the country. >> reporter: the power struggle for control of the u.s. senate runs right through massachusetts where democrats see a big chance to gain ground with harvard professor and consumer advocate elizabeth warren. >> what i see is lots of enthusiasm, lots of momentum. mostly it's people coming up to me grabbing my arm and saying, girl, you've got to win this. >> reporter: up against a well-liked republican incumbent, senator scott brown, who won ted kennedy's seat two years ago. the rare republican who stresses his cooperation with president obama who's expected to easily carry massachusetts. >> i was just named the least
partisan senator, and i take great pride in that, in working with others trying to get things done. >> reporter: voters are deciding 33 senate races, and for much of the year republicans believed they had a good shot at picking up the three or four seats needed to take over the majority, but controversy slowed their momentum. republicans had banked on wins in missouri and indiana until gop candidates todd akin and richard mourdock made divisive comments about rape and pregnancy. >> those two races in particular, the republicans have done it to themselves, and those two races might be enough to cost the republicans control of the senate. >> reporter: in connecticut republicans had hoped former world wrestling entertainment ceo linda mcmahon could pull off an upset spending part of her own fortune, but polls show her behind. and in wisconsin former gop governor tommy thompson is locked in a nail-biter with democratic congresswoman tammy baldwin who could become the first openly gay senator. >> your voices will be heard.
>> reporter: when the votes are counted, analysts predict the new senate could be even more narrowly divided than it is now. kelly o'donnell, nbc news, cleveland. well, the chris christie, barack obama relationship grows even stronger. details are next. plus, the cast of the "jersey shore" is putting their stamp on hurricane sandy. just a little bit of rain in the northwest for election day. it clears out, though, for a really nice tomorrow. that forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
more than a week after sandy's historic assault on the northeast, many residents of the new jersey shore are starting to get their first up-close look at the destruction to their homes and their businesses. at one low-income housing project in brooklyn, new york, many still don't have power or heat as they cope with bitter cold. the unusual alliance formed between new jersey's republican governor chris christie and president obama took on yet another dimension monday. during a call from aboard air force one the president handed the phone over to christie's fellow new jerseyan, bruce springstein. >> bruce is apparently flying around with the president today on his last day of his campaign. bruce said to me how proud he was of his state and how proud he was of the people of the state and how tough they are and he'll be back to the jersey shore soon.
so we had a good conversation today, and it was great to talk to the president and even better to talk to bruce so -- >> picking bruce over the president. and the cast of mtv's "jersey shore" is planning to help its namesake rebuild. stars of the mtv reality show will be part of a fundraising special on mtv next week. now to your money. u.s. stocks edged higher monday, but what does election day hold on wall street? so looking back. the dow gained 3.3% on election day 2008. another note. historically, the dow and the s&p have both performed about 30% better under democrat presidents than republicans. elsewhere, we'll see how investors react to news a federal judge threw out apple's patent suit against google's motorola mobility yesterday just hours before trial. tesla jumped 9% as it ramps up production of its model s electric sedans. meanwhile, american suzuki filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy.
nike is reportedly in final talks to sell its cold hahn shoe brand to a private equity firm for $500 million. phillips 66 says its major new york gas refinery will remain idol for at least another two to three weeks for sandy-related repairs. good thanksgiving news for you. whole frozen turkeys cost only about 5 cents more than two years ago. and finally, anheuser-busch is asking paramount to remove the budweiser logo from future versions of its new denzel washington movie "flight." washington plays a highly functioning alcoholic pilot who in one scene is drinking a bud behind the wheel of a car. i'm sure they don't like that. well, just ahead, bill karins has your weather and steven kol colbert in the ultimate and on the ultimate voter. colbert in the ultimate
welcome back to "early today" at democracy plaza. we'll find out who the next elected president is in the united states. your forecast today, we are looking pretty nice in many spots of the west. lots of sunshine and warm conditions out there but in the northwest we have a frontal system coming in that will bring showers to the area. those will clear out tomorrow. whatever your plans are tomorrow, we're looking nice. there's going to be a big change in the west. looks like a significant cooldown and a bigger storm as we go throughout the end of this
week. we'll keep an eye on that. election day a-okay. >> bill, thanks so much. on this on-election-day-eve, stephen colbert looked at the last-minute campaigning. >> it is election eve, just hours left in the 2012 campaign. both candidates are pulling out all the stops. >> the president will be florida, new hampshire, colorado, ohio, wisconsin and ohio. lem show you the mitt romney schedule. he's trying to go into pennsylvania. it's florida, it's virginia, it's new hampshire. >> so if you live in one of these states, the colbert report is now issuing a severe candidate warning. be prepared with fresh water and flashlights and please, if you have a single working class female suburban undecided voter in your home, cover her with plywood.
or she could get sucked up into a vortex of pandering. and this comes to us from wptv news channel 5 where in nearby jupiter, some pint-sized students held their own presidential election. students at light house elementary have chosen their president. look at that little guy. he's proud of himself for voting. some voted to go forward with barack obama but the majority decided change was a better fit for the country. mitt romney came out on top by one vote. i'm lynn berry and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
well, a near fatal collision at a small texas airport was all caught on tape. it was remarkable. a student pilot on his first solo flight was moments away from a smooth landing when his plane's landing gear clipped a passing suv. the dramatic video was captured by the pilot's wife who as you can imagine, gasped the moment she saw her husband's brush with death. the student is four weeks away from receiving his license but has decided to quit flying. well, seven people came close to drowning after heavy surf caused their boat to capsize. four adults and three children were stranded in the bay without life jackets. they stayed afloat by clinging onto the overturned boat until air and marine units arrived. the emergency crew towed the boat to shore because there were two small children that were stuck in a cabin underwater so they cut through the hull and freed the children. some lucky kids there. and finally, even wildlife have setbacks when it comes to
keeping water ways confined. a cascade of water and mud flooded a washington community after a beaver dam gave way. the deluge from water from the nearby pond caused road closures and damage to one home. the homeowner had complained about the dam to county officials before it ruptured and was told the army corps of engineers had been notified. it's time for now for an early look at some of the stories we'll follow throughout the day on nbc. after negotiating over the weekend labor talks seem to be heating up between the national hockey league and the players association. both sides have agreed to return to the bargaining table today creating hope for a break through. a little presidential history for this tuesday in november. it was on this day in 1860 when former illinois congressman, abraham lincoln, defeated three other candidates to become the nation's 16th president. and happy election day birthday to actress emma stone. she turns 24. all day long you can stay on top of the very latest developments in those stories and others as they break on msnbc. and tonight be sure to watch
"nbc nightly news" with brian williams. and, finally, here's a look at what's coming up later this morning on the "today" show. as voters head to the polls, senior advisors to both presidential campaigns talk about their election day chances, and a detailed look at the electoral votes up for grabs in big swing states and the impact they'll have in deciding who will win. and now keep it on this channel for continuing local news, weather, sports, and more. i'm lynn berry. thanks for watching "early today," just your first stop of the day, today on your nbc station. have a good one.