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join governor newsom. vote yes on 15. captioning sponsored by cbs ♪ ♪ >> o'donnell: tonight from our new cbs news election night headquarters in times square, >> o'donnell: judge judge to justice, amy coney barrett to the supreme court. barrett is the 9th justice on the nation's highest court, and oernl the fifth woman to have the honor. the event is reminiscent of the nomination ceremony which became a super spreader event, and more with kamala harris. with eight days to go, the final push, and why both candidates campaign today in pennsylvania. the keystone state becomes the corner stone for both for the path to win. the second outbreak at the second outbreak at the white house. this time in the vice president's office. so why is mike pence still campaigning after five of his
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aides test positive for coronavirus. covid surge across the nation. not a single state is seeing a decrease in infections and as hospitalizations increase, the state that maybe forced to ration i.c.u. beds. georgia, the unlikely toss up, could the state vote to send a democrat to the white house for the first time in three decades? emergency evacuations in southern california. multiple firefighters injured as at least 70,000 are told to get out. as hurricane force winds whip up the wildfires. and great news for the head coach of the washington football team. why you don't need to be a fan to cheer for ron rivera. this is the "cbs evening news" with norah o'donnell, reporting tonight from cbs news election headquarters in times square. >> o'donnell: good evening and thank you for joining us. we're going to begin with breaking news, and the newest justice on the u.s. supreme court.
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tonight a deeply divided senate confirmed judge amy coney barrett along with party lines. moments later she was sworn in on the south lawn of the white house one month to the day that her nominating ceremony became a super spreading event. judge barrett becomes justice barrett, and tonight they're running through pennsylvania with eight days until the election president trump and vice president biden fry to win over the voters in the state they both believe is the key to the oval office. with new cases on the coronavirus the highest since the crisis began, the pandemic is center stage on the in a surprise visit to a voter center, joe biden pointed to the surge of infections saying president trump is the worst person to manage the nation's response to the virus. for his part, president trump downplayed the crisis, holding three large rallies and saying no one would be talking about covid after the election, even
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as his own white house is dealing with a second outbreak of it. tonight five of the vice president's aides have been infected. that's not stopping the vice president from campaigning in minnesota after testing negative. tonight's swearing in. a lot of new reporting. our team of correspondents is standing by. nancy cordes is going to lead off coverage. good evening. >> it's a big republican victory, one week before election day cementing a 6-3 on the court. democrats called it an act of partisan theft at a time when 60 million americans already cast their ballots. >> tonight the newest supreme court justice is being sworn in at the white house just an hour after senate republicans voteed to confilm her. >> the nomination of amy coney barrett of indiana is confirmed. [ applause ]
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>> at 48, barrett becomes the yumgest justice on the court by five years. conservative majority for decades to come. >> this is the most hopely pro-life judicial nominee to the supreme court in my lifetime. >> and she'll be seated in time to hear pivotal cases including religious freedom against gay rights and another involving the fate of obama care. >> >> we must listen to americans right now who are saying openly, i'm going to the polling because of my fear on health care. >> reporter: the g.o.p. power play worked because the party controls the senate and the white house. but all that could change. >> a lot of what we've done over four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election. we won't be able to do much about this for a long time to come.
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>> now that she is on the bench, justice barrett could play a key role in the election itself with the court already set to consider urgent ballot counting cases from north carolina, pennsylvania, and possibly other states as >> o'donnell: >> o'donnell: nancy cordes, thank you. both presidential candidates were laser focused on the keystone state which both consider a must win on election night. cbs' paula reid reports from the white house. >> reporter: president trump told pennsylvania voters his future was in their hands. >> by the way, we win pennsylvania, we win the whole thing. >> reporter: down by seven points in the latest cbs news battleground tracker poll, president trump blanketed the keystone state with three separate stops. his goal, turn out long time republicans and overcome joe biden's gains in philadelphia and pittsburgh. >> we're all kind of fight to get back to where we should be. >> reporter: not to be outdone, biden too showed up in pennsylvania, calling attention to chief of staff mark meadows
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admission this weekend that the administration would not get control of the virus. >> we're not going to control the pandemic. we are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics. >> he said we're not going to control it. not going to control it. the bottom line is donald trump is the worst possible president, the worst possible person to try to lead us through this pandemic. >> reporter: with another covid outbreak inside the white house, the vice president's top aide marc short tested positive along with four others in pence's circle. president trump still told supporters in allentown the pandemic was nearing its end. >> and we're rounding the turn, all they want to talk about is covid. >> reporter: but the u.s. saw a record number of infections nationwide in recent days. >> you know, mr. president, you have to have a little bit of shame, just a little bit of shame, because people are dying. >> reporter: vice president pence campaigned in minnesota today, despite his recent exposure.
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>> it is great to be back in the rth star state.e. >> reporter: but health experts disputed the official justification from the white house that mr. pence's campaign work was essential and in accordance with c.d.c. guidelines. >> i don't think any of us think campaigning as important as it is critical infrastructure for our country. he should really be in quarantine. >> reporter: health officials have already connected at least 23 covid cases in minnesota to events put on by the trump campaign. they have also connected at least one case to events put on by the biden campaign, norah. >> o'donnell: paula reid, thank you. turnout is already smashing records with eight days to go before polls close. and today we saw long lines greeting voters in maryland as it became the 41st state now open for in-person voting. we get more now from cbs's ed o'keefe. >> reporter: it is a scene unprecedented in modern history. >> good morning, thank you for voting. >> reporter: millions of americans and long lines almost
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everywhere having their say as a bitterly contested election nears its end. >> i think election day will be crazy, look at it already. >> reporter: the more than 62 million early votes tallied top all early votes in 2016. democrats have the advantage so far. >> these are troubling times. >> reporter: but republicans are starting to show up, including deborah rhodes of ohio who waited an hour to cast her vote for the president. >> when i look at the opposition, i don't see much change there from the past years of obama. >> reporter: a record number of young people are also casting ballots this year. and so far, one out of every four voters is a new or infrequent voter. meaning overall turnout could be historic. with so many votes already cast, president trump this week is targeting the remaining voters in must-win swing states. he is tied or trailing biden in all of them. the former vice president is holding fewer events but his campaign is playing offense. he will stump in georgia, iowa and wisconsin, where democrats
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hope to pull off an upset and running mate kamala harris will campaign in texas, a state democrats haven't won in 44 years. the two candidates continue to appeal to and bicker over the suburban female vote. >> suburban women, will you please like me. >> reporter: the president told lesley stahl on "60 minutes" he was joking when he said that. >> i said kiddingly, suburban women, you should love me, i got rid of a regulation that would bring low-income housing into suburbia, that is destroying, that would destroy suburbia. >> reporter: biden told norah o'donnell the president has an outdated view of the suburbs. >> he wouldn't know a suburb if he took a wrong turn, go to the suburbs now, it not 1950s. there are black and white families living next door to one another and driving each other's kids to soccer practice. >> reporter: as his numbers continue to slip with suburban women and older voters expect him to keep focus on the economy, the top concern of republican voters and he will visit the most republican parts
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of those key battleground states women and older voters in order to shore up support. >> o'donnell: all right, ed o'keefe, thank you. the surge in covid cases in the u.s. and overseas sent stocks tumbling today. new cases averaged 68,000, each day for the past week, the most since the start of the pandemic. the dow fell 650 points on the news. a loss of more than two and a quarter percent. in parts of the u.s. where hospitals are now overwhelmed, officials are taking drastic measures. cbs' mireya villarreal reports tonight from the texas border. >> reporter: tonight, el paso, texas is overwhelmed by the surge and hospitals are in crisis after hitting capacity with 853 covid patients. a new record for the city that has seen a more than 400% spike since the start of the month. these are the newly assembled overflow tents at university medical center where the i.c.u. is completely full, along with every other i.c.u. in el paso county.
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the situation is so dire that a new stay at home order has been issued along with a night time curfew for all nonessential workers. >> it is the first time i have seen her since a week. >> reporter: el paso resid >> reporter: el paso resident and author ron stallworth is recovering at home. when is the last time you saw ron? >> eight days ago. >> reporter: while his wife patsy is battling the virus at a hospital. >> wednesday, was a bad day. >> reporter: how bad was it. >> enough to start saying your good-byes. if it weren't for oxygen i don't think i would be here. >> reporter: nationwide, coronavirus cases are on the rise in 44 states. with more than 41,000 covid patients hospitalized. a 40% increase in the past month. no states are seeing declines. in utah, administrators are already warning of the possibility of rationing access to critical care, using standards that would favor younger patients. back on the border in south
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texas, with death rates at nearly five percent, dr. ivan melendez says that vaccine can't come soon enough. >> people that are uninsured, we have all the perfect parameters for a tsunami, for a perfect storm. >> reporter: could it get worse? >> oh, absolutely. >> rporter: tonight, texas has the second highest number of cases in the country, just behind california. and as the virus cases continue to spiral out of control, along the border, one el paso official is saying they have reached a crisis stage. norah? >> o'donnell: all right, mireya villarreal, thank you. turning now to weather out west, hurricane force winds have prompted urgent red flag fire warnings tonight in southern california, where a new wildfire has forced tens of thousands from their homes. cbs's jonathan vigliotti reports from the fire lines in irvine, california. >> reporter: the winds came with a vengeance. flames and thick smoke darkening the sky.
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this southern california wildfire exploded in a matter of minutes. residents ordered to get out. >> please evacuate the resident, this is the orange county fire authority. >> reporter: the flames being pushed by powerful santa ana winds, the strongest all year, gusts topping 70 miles per hour. the fire that started up in the hills will be pushing into neighborhoods like this. this because the wind is so strong, there are no air drops so fire crews are on foot trying to stop these flames from spreading. it has already jumped two major highways, erratic winds already taking a toll, tonight at least two first responders injured fighting this blaze. and this is what fire crews are up against tonight, a wall of flame and smoke being whipped around by these hurricane force winds. there is a neighborhood, believe it or not, on the other side of all of this, that fire crews right now simply can't get to. this fire event is expected to last through the night with more hurricane force winds until tomorrow afternoon.
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norah. >> o'donnell: jonathan vigliotti, thank you. the new tracker poll shows a tight race in reliably red state of george a. joe biden is tied with president trump. but a democrat hasn't won the peach state since 1992. cbs' mark strassmann now with the how the state could turn blue in 2020. >> reporter: voting early in georgia can take stamina, wait times of up to 10 hours. but already, nearly 3 million georgians have persevered and cast ballots. >> this is definitely important. this is how we get heard and especially in this election. >> reporter: this state is growing younger, more diverse, less reliably red, since president trump won by five points in 2016, another 1 million people have registered to vote. >> i love georgia. i love being with you. >> reporter: the president has campaigned here twice since last month. >> we won macon, georgia, we will win it again.
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>> reporter: our cbs battleground poll shows for trump voters the economy and immigration matter most. for biden voters it is about covid and character. most georgians have already voted support biden. most who have yet to vote favor trump. any georgia voter can roll to the polls with volunteer drivers and a nonprofit called naca they have taken 15,000 voters already. >> republican, democrat, independent, you know, snow white, i don't care. >> reporter: with so few undecided left, it's all about turnout. a group called black voters matter plans to hang election information on a quarter million doorknobs. >> we know that there is power in numbers. and when we work together we win. >> reporter: the party message is you have got to be in it to win it. >> you have be to be in the game to win it, you have to be in it to win it. >> reporter: former vice president biden will campaign here in georgia tomorrow. and potentially at stake in georgia on election night, control of the u.s. senate.
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here's why, georgia is the only state with both of its u.s. senate seats on the ballot. both held by republicans who could rise or fall with the president at the top of the ticket. norah? >> o'donnell: which could lead to one of the big cliffhangers on election night. mark strassmann, thank you. now the senate democrats have lost the nomination of amy coney barrett, where does that leave the party. kamala harris in the 60 minutes interview. amy coney barrett is going to be the ninth justice of the supreme court and cement the majority for generations to come. what can you do about it? >> well, right now i'm asking everybody to vote. and vote early. where's the camera, which camera should i be looking at. vote early. because the american people can make a decision about what the future is going to look like. >> o'donnell: but if they vote for you, what can you do about it. >> well, the future of the court
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is always going to be a function of who is in office in the white house. and i believe that the american people can trust that if joe biden had the requirement to fill a seat on the court, he would do it in a way that would respect precedent like roe v. wade. and that's what is at stake in this election, as much as everything else. >> o'donnell: and there is still much more news ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news." a new hurricane threat along the storm-ravaged gulf coast. we'll tell you where and when hurricane zeta could hit. and a big time buzz kill, scientists capture a nest of murder hornets in a high-tech take down that involved, get this, dental floss. rows.-- floss. bon appetit. hey kim, you now earn 5% on travel purchased through chase!
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>> o'donnell: tonight we thought we would give you a quick tour >> o'donnell: tonight we thought we would give you a quick tour of our new home for the next two weeks. our cbs news election night headquarters will have an all- star team at the desk, latest exit polls, and i wanted to show you this-- this is where the magic happens-- it is our decision desk. for the first time, we will have more data at our fingertips than ever before with our director anthony salvanto. all of that when the polls close. something you will find only here at cbs news. and just a reminder, if you can't watch us live, don't forget to set your dvr to watch us later. that is tonight's edition of "the cbs evening news." i'm norah o'donnell at our cbs news election night headquarters in new york. pretty awesome, right? see you back here tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh who's supporting prop 15?
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