November 3rd, 2010
09:47 PM ET

Who Voted & Why: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight we're getting a much better picture of how the votes broke down for each party in the midterm elections. John King will show us who voted for whom and why. Plus, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Keeping her honest, see how Anderson tried get her to be specific about how she'd cut the deficit.

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  1. Lori

    Salmon crossing the street? Wow! Smart dog. Mine likes salmon too.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  2. lisal -canada

    late nite and early mornings for many last night – hope everyone got caught up adequately on their sleep and such ... gnite

    November 3, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  3. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Interesting panel of guests tonight analyzing the election results. Hope everyone has a wonderful evening!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  4. Emily

    Good night Anderson, 360°Team, Jo Ann, David, Megan, Nicole, Nancy, Gloria, Nina, Starr, & Bloggers! & moderator(s)
    A great Table discussion & blog tonight!

    That's a very cute shot!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  5. Miriam

    Daria, Pittsburgh PA, you are correct about our manufacturing jobs. The government can't do that. It's up to our so called American businesses that have moved our manufacturing sector to Communist China for slave labor. Those people work 12 hour days and 6 day weeks for about $50 a week. Our goods are no cheaper because the profit goes for multi million dollar bonuses for executives.

    So how can an election be determined because of high unemployment and big government, when the government can't create job growth?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  6. michael

    goodnight everybody, don't forget the GOP/tea party have a job for everybody tomorrow

    November 3, 2010 at 10:56 pm |
  7. Richard Sutton

    8 years of Republican policies drove this country into a recession, and we just voted them back in. Are we crazy? I guess the majority of Americans make 250,000 a year because that's who the Republicans will represent.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  8. Ann Hall

    As a business woman, I understand why the "Democrat's" were defeated. I listened to the President today, and he said that the "Democrat's" did not explain to the American people what they were trying to do with health insurance, taxes, etc. Well, the public understands. Does the DNC need to hire a translator? The President and the DNC needs to understand that the people voted "against" his policies. Also, the President needs to learn to " talk less, and less more". Just maybe, he will then understand what happened on November 2, 2010.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  9. Sharon Hastings

    I'm afraid we're in for 2 years of the blame game. Each party blaming the other for a lack of support for their agendas. I think the American people would be ecstatic if there was a bipartisan committee formed with some real experts and together they developed a plan to increase jobs and improve the economy.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm |
  10. Doug

    Is Obama supposed to say that all his policies have failed? He said he took responsibility for part of the blame, but lets not forget the Republicans didn't support him and give him credit for much of anything he has done. Shouldn't the focus be on getting people back to work and not merely on trying to destroy Obama in 2012.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  11. Sue

    I just wish I could sell my house and move to Alaska. Sarah and her ilk seem to be leaving that state.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  12. Rissa

    To see President Obama to day was dishearting after last night but the under current began when he took office to help all Americans. There is nothing wrong with his communication it is the way citizens choose to receive and use it. Trust me he gets it.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  13. Paolo

    Ari hit the hammer on the nail's head: that with all this talk of what lies ahead and how Democrats can crawl their way back, it will be about bringing jobs back. Until the President and his party do so, voters will make the politicians feel what it is to lose their job.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  14. Lynda

    How come no one is talking about the jobs that have been sent from our country to others? Does it only make sense to me that if we kept the companies here in the US that more American's would have jobs?

    My comment on President Obama and how this election has gone, in his own words, "Politics is a contact sport".

    November 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  15. Sheila Nichols

    Sheila- The problem is you have a poor economy. in which people who are out of jobs and others,- they will will vote for a change. Unfortunately. they believe it will change their situation. But it will not, because their are so many variables effecting the economic problems, (including American Corporation's profitability, who refuse to eitther loan money or hire workers, because it will hurt their bottom line.) Usually, the general public does not have a clue or the correct information on what they are about, because misinformation put out by both end of the right and left extremes. The Tea Party solutions are just sound bites and no substance. I am a 50 year Moderate Republican (who has been drummed out of the party) and I guess what you would call an independant, who wishes we could have some intellegent discussions of the problems that we face.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  16. Bonnie

    Jobs will NOT return to the United States until the Healthcare issue has been addressed!

    American Corporations choose to outsource jobs into countries who provide Universal Healthcare and Canada has been a very major recipient of those jobs. It means billions in Labour Cost Savings and as a Canadian I can assure you that our country has been a major recipient of those jobs!

    I know you won't post this but the truth is what it is and it's time to take the blinders off if you really wish to save the American Economy.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  17. john

    I agree Atiyah

    November 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  18. Lori

    I am really hoping that things get better fast. I know that President Obama can work with the newly elected officials to do what needs to be done. We have to do it together.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  19. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Lori, "Most people were really hoping that President Obama could fix everything fast;"

    I think voters were hoping he would listen to the people, but he ignored their wishes so the Democrats paid the price.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  20. michael

    I say let sit back and watch what the GOP do what they always done. sit back and watch the tea party and the GOP run a crash course.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  21. Emily

    Gloria, Brooklyn, NY
    "I don't think you all want to hear; what I have to say!"
    Say it Gloria!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:51 pm |
  22. Joe Lillard

    you are all talking about politics, but no one is talking about what needs to be done as a government.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  23. mona

    just want to know if that women is talking about the cost of president obamas trip is in rupies ,the hotel rate is al posted in rupies so it could be that much

    November 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm |
  24. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Emily, "It will be interesting to see what happens now that the Republicans in power. I hope that they will come to the table with ideas, etc."

    They better or they will get voted out as well.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  25. Lisa in Louisville

    Let's get rid of 1/2 of the "big government." Government is the largest employer in the United States...hmmm

    November 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  26. Ann

    I think that the news media has missed the story in Massachusetts. The election was a clean sweep for the Democrats. Governor, US House, auditor, attorney general, etc. I believe strongly that this was a reaction to the election of Republican Scott Brown to the Senate from Mass. This could happen nationwide in the 2012 elections – Republicans this time, Democrats the next. There seems to be a single drumbeat to this election story and the nuances are being lost.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  27. Emily

    That was an interesting point that David just made. Have to keep an eye out on the unemployment rate and the 7.5% marker!

    November 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
  28. Paul Stewart

    A good question to ponder... how many voters came out for mid-term elections verses the presidential election 2 years ago?

    November 3, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  29. Diane Wright

    Jules, the TP and GOP have no plans until the Corporate entities that bought their seats tell them what to do and that is why they have already started talking about Corporations not paying any taxes.

    Does anyone see what this would mean to our economy? The talk about privatizing SS & Medicare, but never discuss closing unnecessary overseas military bases.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  30. Carolyn

    The main Tea Party money came from Dick Army and Karl Rove who are both Republican lobbying machines under the disguise of grass roots. Sarah Palin is her own money machine and I am sure LOL all of the way to the bank to cash her speaking pay checks. She will make more money as a speaker then as a President. If she can keep us guessing for the next 2 years she will continue to earn money then as Forest Gump did when he stopped running he just stopped, turned, and went home.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  31. Diana Spatz

    My next peeve: Republicans squacking about the deficit. There was no deficit under Clinton. The Bush regime left us with a deficit, a war, and an economy in shambles. And now the Republicans/Tea Party expect us to believe that the same tax breaks to the wealthy and trickle down economics will fix things? I think that as taxpayers, we deserve to know how many new jobs are created each rich person creates and how much of a tax break it cost to create those jobs

    November 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  32. Emily

    Need to update your map of governor races...Oregon went with democrat Kitzhaber. Dudley just conceded.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  33. Luther walker

    I voted but I think it's all a big joke now, the republican party has done a great job making the President look so bad. It's all about power now and who controls what, instead of paintting a picture of failure both party needs to work together, they spend more time fighting than trying to get the country back on track. This is not what our country was built on.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
  34. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    @Kenneth, "What does everyone make of over half of the Blue Dog Coalition being wiped out?"

    It is unfortunate that the Blue Dogs got wiped out last night, but they were on the menu so they paid the price for the extremists on the left.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  35. Will

    Who voted and Why? American people taking someone's word at face value without educating themselves on facts of the matters at hand.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar- Shoreline, WA

    I agree with you, Everyone haven't chance our president Obama, I always I can follow his policy are. I don't like taxes higher and others as well.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  37. Carmella

    CNN is playing musical chairs tonight.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  38. Maureen Philly, PA

    Anderson Please address the issue that the USA wants their jobs sent back to the USA. We need our jobs back now. We need companies to employ people in the USA. Stop the companies from sending jobs overseas and making goods for peenies. Our country has gone down the tubes. We need jobs and goods mfg. here in the USA. Thanks, Maureen Phila. Pa

    November 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  39. Tom O'Brien

    Anderson, I am among the 90% of Americans that has a job. While I agree that job creation and stimulating the economy is an imperative because it will help us generate more tax revenues and ease the burden of fellow Americans, my primary concern is the national debt and the ever-increasing government spending. I don't care if taxes increase as long as it's part of an austerity plan that includes reducing spending and buying down the national debt. My issue with raising taxes is that it's like increasing the spending limit on the political credit card that's already maxed. Regards, Tom

    November 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  40. Dr. Julian Gothican


    Another question to ask is if by 2012 things are worst then what does that mean for Presidential election? What will piss me off is if Republicans begin to bark, "Well it's only been two years you need to give our new policy time!" If they start spewing this then I quit, FOREVER!

    Dr. Gothican

    November 3, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  41. Samantha Rowley - Nashville, TN

    Excellent explanation by John King of the changes from last night. The time is now to start campaigning for 2012. Two years time does change things and may possibly do the same this next two years. Should be interesting to see. Speculation on who may run is interesting, but I think in one year, a more clearer view may indicate this.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  42. Jim Handke

    Also to cut spending, no special benefits for legislature, same health care as normal Americans, same pension plans, they have to pay the same taxes

    November 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  43. Monica M. Williams

    Here's a "Keeping them Honest" premise. Have our buddy John King do a magic board on campaign ad spending from all parties.

    Analyze This – How that money could have helped our national debt. How that money could have been invested in commerce. How that money could have helped create real jobs and rescue the economy.

    That's not party politics. That's just straight-up money talk. And at then end of the day that's what this election was about. No job equals not money.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  44. Joyce

    I am so sick and tired of people focusing on the number(60+)of house seats democrats lost. I just heard it again on AC360, articulated by a former Bush aid. It is a big deal, but someone needs to point out that part of the reason the number is so large is because democrats had such a extreme majority in the house before the election. Just look at the new splits, they are far from the lopsided numbers before the election. I like the fact that it is going to be a much more balanced house. Plus, it took away the excuses from the party of no for not doing their job.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  45. Kelly - Harrisburg, PA

    PA historically switches parties with governors every 8 years, and the state seems to have serious Rendell fatigue (the Democratic candidate couldn't get out of Rendell's shadow) so I wouldn't read so much into the PA gub switch.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  46. Diane Wright

    Michelle I completely agree – what people are not talking about is the real issue, age of voter turn-out. 2008 23 million young folks this time 8. So of course they are more conservative in their views and easily influenced by fear mongering.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  47. Nancy in Oregon

    You're right, Anderson....amazing what a difference 2 years makes. And by extension, will make again. I'm afraid we are on a course of being trigger-happy now.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  48. Franz Safford

    Many people who are commenting tonight are rightfully citing big money behind many campaigns and advertising. You should all read the book "13 Bankers" by Simon Johnson and James Kwak. It is a factual description of the current real power structure of the United States, non-partisan. It will blow you mind. And hopefully stir you to action.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:45 pm |
  49. Sue R. Canton MI.

    I would have liked to see just a little more blue on that map John.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
  50. Carmella

    The best thing that can happen to the Dems in 2012 is Sarah Palin gets the Republican nomination. President Obama gets Hillary Clinton as his VP and President Obama and Hillary win the 2012 General Election. That would be history in the making. If the Pres. is smart he will do it. He can't lose w/Hillary on the ticket.

    November 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
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