'Morning Joe' Panel Questions Odds of Northam Winning Gubernatorial Race

November 6, 2017

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" panelists on Monday expressed doubt that Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam would win in Tuesday's election.

Co-host Joe Scarborough went around the table and asked the panelists whether they believed the Democrats were going to win the governorship in Virginia.

"I don't know and I'm alarmed," co-host Mika Brzezinski said.

MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan shook her head and said "nope."

"I don't think so. I think it's [Ed] Gillespie," New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore said.

"It doesn't look like Northam wins," MSNBC host Ari Melber said.

"Oh my God," Brzezinski said.

Former Democratic congressman Harold Ford Jr. (Tenn.) said he believes the race is a toss-up and he wonders whether Democrats, after Tuesday, will be asking themselves if they lost the gubernatorial race on the crime and public safety issue. He went on to say that if it ends up being the case, the party needs to do something about it. His comment prompted Brzezinski to interject.

"You're losing on the party issue," Brzezinski said. "The [Democratic] party is weak."

Monday's "Morning Joe" panel members were not the first media members to express doubt Northam will win in Tuesday's election. Krystal Ball, a liberal pundit and former Democratic House candidate, told MSNBC's Joy Reid on Saturday that people "don't know where Northam stands on issues" and that there is a "tremendous lack of enthusiasm" for his candidacy.

MSNBC host Kasie Hunt said on Sunday that Democrats in Virginia are making the same mistakes they made in 2016 by having "their heads in the sand."