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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

On the Next Episode of The Lead

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

The latest on national protests. Plus, what went wrong in Yemen rescue attempt?

politics lead

November 5th, 2013
11:43 PM ET

Chris Christie - A Republican governor in a blue state

Did New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie just provide the GOP with a template for winning? CNN's Jake Tapper reports.

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politics lead

November 5th, 2013
11:41 PM ET

Terry McAuliffe: I always said it was going to be close

(CNN) - Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe always knew the race would be close.

"I always said it would be a couple points from the day I got in," McAuliffe told CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.

For months McAuliffe held a small, consistent lead in public opinion polls over Republican state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who was considered a hero by many tea party supporters and other grass-roots activists, thanks to his very public conservative crusades, including his push against Obamacare.

"It's been a 35-plus year curse, so whoever wins the White House, the other party wins the (Virginia) governor's mansion, so we knew it was going to be tough," said McAuliffe.

"It's a great win, we're happy, now we've got a lot of work to do," he said.

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politics lead

November 5th, 2013
11:26 PM ET

Analysis: What election results mean for midterms and 2016

It was a night of few surprises, but enormous consequences, especially for the Grand Old Party.

CNN's Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash and CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger join CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper to discuss Tuesday's election results.

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world lead

November 5th, 2013
06:28 PM ET

Toronto Mayor Ford admits crack cocaine use, won't step down

(CNN) - Despite the call for him to step aside after he publicly admitted Tuesday using crack cocaine, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said he will not step down and will run for re-election next year.

"I was elected to do a job and that is exactly what I am going to continue doing," he said during a news conference Tuesday at his office. "We live in a democracy and on October 27, 2014, I want the people of this great city to decide if they want Rob Ford to be their mayor."

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national lead

November 5th, 2013
06:17 PM ET

Sen. Rand Paul faces new allegations of plagiarism

Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, announced he is "restructuring" his office, and he's not talking about moving around the furniture.

The changes come after yet another accusation of plagiarism. Paul's allegedly lifted lines came from a September op-ed piece written by "The Week's" Dan Stewart, as BuzzFeed.com reports.

"By design, mandatory-sentencing laws take discretion away from prosecutors and judges so as to impose harsh sentences, regardless of circumstances," Stewart wrote.

Those exact same words, with the exact same punctuation, were then published under Paul's name just six days later.

The Kentucky senator has said in the past that many different voices went into his speeches. So restructuring his office in the wake of these allegations, appears to be a move to protect his staffers, said BuzzFeed political reporter Andrew Kaczynski, who spotted the duplication.
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