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"Polls in west coast states closed in about forty minutes. CBS news special report, I'm Steve Dorsey. And I'm Bill Rakoff in New York with our panel of experts here in the studio CBS news White House. Correspondent Steven Portnoy has been watching the races. And now we can get to a point where we can make a rather significant announcement regarding the Senate a pretty obvious. Republicans will retain control of the Senate and the one hundred sixteenth congress. Here's one reason why in the state of North Dakota where an incumbent vulnerable democrat, Heidi Heitkamp was in the fight of her life. While she loses it to congressman Kevin Kramer. He we project will defeat Heidi Heitkamp and become the next Senator from North Dakota. That's net gain of two right now in the Senate for the Republicans as they expand their majority their high camp was in a world of trouble Lenny Steinhorn, before that accidental ad went out that name some people you'll involved in sexual abuse victims of such, but you know, a lot of people pointed that, but you know, she she had an uphill road the whole way very uphill. I mean, North Dakota's a very red state. The odds were against her a lot of people thought that she was the weakest of all the incumbents in terms of being able to win re-election. So she goes down and along with Donnelley's defeat in Indiana. The that's gotta be disappointing for the Democratic Party. They had hoped hoped hope. They they could run the table on these and possibly when the Senate it's not going to happen. Mitch McConnell will remain as majority leader the Democrats really face some of the worst math. They'd had in in decades. This time around in the Senate, and this is really big news for Donald Trump because he can continue to appoint judges at the federal bench level. And then of course, if there are any more supreme court openings, it makes it a lot easier for those to be confirmed. And I think we're expecting quite a shuffle in the Trump cabinet coming up which often happens at this point in a presidency, but probably even more so in this administration. So those people will have to be confirmed also, and this makes it frankly, a lot easier for Donald Trump when it comes to nominations and confirmation. Exactly, right. We had those two or three senators that we had to count on watch the whole time that he had to count on. And it was always a horse trading session to see what would happen in order to get those votes. But now we're there. Dean Heller is in a big fight in Nevada. And we want to go to K n K accent program director Paula hander out in Las Vegas. Paul. A welcome to our coverage. We appreciate you. How are things stacking up in the Vada this evening. Guys. It's been certainly a neck and neck race didn't for dealers the US Senate seat as a matter of fact, just about five minutes away from the station. There's a large building that actually says home to US Senator dean Heller it's unclear whether that's still going to be the case by the end of the night. A lot of voter turnout here in Arizona and Nevada with a monster turn out in terms of early balloting. Fifty five percent clearly surpassing any other election that we've had here in Nevada in the last several years, we still have a reports of long wait times in Las Vegas, and in Reno where there are still hundreds in line waiting to vote as the polls closed just less than thirty minutes ago here. So they're they're trying to get that message is a lot of people, especially they know these races are close in the state not just for Senate. But for governor as well polls closing at seven pm here local time, if you're aligned you still get a chance to vote all right can accent. He program director Paul II hander. Thank you very much for your time. CBS news. Military analyst Jeff McCausland who's been standing by for us this evening and Jeff glad we could get on their get you on here in terms of talking about this election from a military standpoint. And we talk about some of those issues that may not have been right top of mind for some of the voters, but for others it was, and, you know, we talk about the Saudi Arabia, the aftermath of the Jamal kashogi murder and some of the repercussions or maybe lack of them, depending on your point of view that's been going on there. But are you seeing anything in your in your results that indicate how big a factor that plane was early could be a big factor? Bill, you know, clears the administration sees me moving very slowly in response to the murder of Jamal kashogi, even Republicans such as Lindsey Graham have criticized the administration wanting to move more quickly with economic sanctions and certainly reviewing some of the military expenditures the Saudis in the support we have provided to the Saudis. And the three year now, ongoing war in Yemen. And clearly if the Democrats should say control the house, which it looks like a high probability, they may those type of questions, I think we have even greater resonance in the new congress. We another big issue that came up in the final weeks, of course. And it was one of the president played much to his advantage in two thousand sixteen is the immigration issue. And he took that everywhere. He went even as Republicans suggested. Hey, let's talk about the great economy. Let's talk about healthcare. Let's talk about you know, the markets and everything that's going on and he focused on troops on the border and even called up, you know, announced that he's going to send as many as fifteen thousand troops there it it may have been a political ploy. But you know, in some cases, particularly in those border states, and as we look at the Ted Cruz race, you know, it may have resonated. It'll be difficult to say because of course, that raised in Texas, even if Cruz nouns looks like he's going to win it's going to be very very close. But that was no doubt about it. That was the president's close. Arguments for the election, the so-called invasion by the mayor caravan and the movement already over four thousand active duty soldiers to the border, which really raises a lot of questions first of all under the posse Comitatus law. They can't really confront a legal immigrants. They can provide some kind of engineering support medical support. It's going to cost a great deal of money. And in the aftermath of that order, we've seen several senior retired military officers to former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Colin Powell, and Marty Dempsey saying this was largely if not exclusively a political stunt and even the Kurds serving chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Jo- done for saying that the legality of these deployments. We're going to be reviewed very very carefully by the Pentagon now in the aftermath of the election. Are you going to sustain fifteen thousand? That's the number of the president pig on the border for an indefinite period of time. When it's unlikely that many of these wagons will even make it that far CBS news military analyst, Jeff mccaslin campaign. Twenty-eight coverage from CBS news. News. Your news from the coffee county election commission office tonight is election coverage ninety wrong under and we want to run down the result. As we have right now. We're still lacking the grace Baptist. That's the only one we'd like that his district team. So we're down to one to go. And then we'll finish this up and say this really positive numbers tonight when it comes to turn out without where fifty six percent of the registered voters casting ballots in a midterm, that's really positive side.."