TONIGHT ON METROFOCUS

In less than 24 hours a nation divided by politics and party goes to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. We are highlighting the races to watch nationally. We’ll also offer insight into which candidates have momentum locally. We’ll discuss the key statewide issues that are turning out the vote. What the results will mean for President Trump, his administration and his agenda. We examine the case of the two Saudi sisters found dead, taped together and floating in the Hudson River. We’ll discuss the NYPD’s conclusions about what likely happened to the pair, and the detective work that went into cracking the case.

Aired on November 5, 2018. 

TRANSCRIPT

> TONIGHT ON 'METROFOCUS' -- IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS, A NATION DIVIDED BY POLITICS AND PARTY GOES TO THE POLLS TO VOTE IN THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS.

WE'RE NARROWING DOWN THE RACES TO WATCH NATIONALLY.

WHICH CANDIDATES HAVE MOMENTUM LOCALLY AND THE KEY ISSUES THAT ARE TURNING OUT THE VOTE.

> PLUS, WHAT THE RESULTS WILL MEAN TO PRESIDENT TRUMP, HIS ADMINISTRATION, AGENDA, AND THE BALANCE OF POWER ON CAPITOL HILL.

> AND LATER, THE SAD CASE OF TWO SAUDI SISTERS FOUND DEAD, DUCT TAPED TOGETHER FLOATING IN THE HUDSON RIVER.

IN MOMENTS, THE NYPD'S CONCLUSIONS ABOUT WHAT LIKELY HAPPENED TO THE PAIR AND THE DETECTIVE WORK THAT WENT INTO CRACKING THE CASE.

THOSE STORIES AND MORE AS 'METROFOCUS' STARTS RIGHT NOW.

> THIS IS 'METROFOCUS' WITH RAFAEL P.

ROMAN, JACK FORD AND JENNA FLANAGAN.

'METROFOCUS' IS MADE POSSIBLE BY JAMES AND MERRYL TISCH, SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM, III, SYLVIA A.

AND SIMON B.

POYTA PROGRAMMING ENDOWMENT TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM, BERNARD AND IRENE SCHWARTZ, ROSALIND P.

WALTER, BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG AND BY -- CORPORATE FUNDING WAS PROVIDED BY MUTUAL OF AMERICA, YOUR RETIREMENT COMPANY.

AND BY PSE&G, SERVING CUSTOMERS, STRENGTHENING THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND INVESTING IN THE FUTURE.

> GOOD 'ING AND WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.' I'M JENNA FLANAGAN.

> VOTERS HEAD TO THE POLLS TOMORROW ACROSS THE NATION TO CAST BALLOTS IN WHAT'S EMERGES AS THE MOST CONSEQUENTIAL MIDTERM ELECTION IN MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY.

VIEWED BROADLY AS A REFERENDUM ON PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PERFORMANCE, DEMOCRATS ARE FOCUSING ON RESTORING CONTROL OF BOTH THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE.

ALL 435 HOUSE SEATS ARE UP FOR GRABS WHILE 35 OF THE SENATE'S 100 SEATS WILL BE DECIDED.

THE BALANCE OF CONGRESS ISN'T THE ONLY MATTER AT PLAY.

35 GOVERNOR RACES ARE ON THE BALLOT THIS YEAR, WITH A RECENT POLL FROM COOK POLITICAL REPORT FINDING MORE THAN HALF OF THOSE CONTESTS ARE RATED AS COMPETITIVE.

A SURGE INNERRY VOTING AS SEEN MILLIONS CAST BALLOTS IN UNPRECEDENTED NUMBERS HEADING INTO ELECTION DAY.

A LOT IS AT STAKE, AND TO PUT IT INTO PERSPECTIVE, I'M PLEASED TO WELCOME JOURNALIST AMY HOLMES AND ELLIS HANNIGAN.

WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM.

SO WE HAVE A LOT ON THE TABLE FOR TOMORROW.

DO YOU FEEL THE EXCITEMENT?

I DO FEEL THE EXCITEMENT.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I ACTUALLY DO.

THAT NEVER HAS SEEMED TO BE THE CASE FOR MIDTERMS.

SO GOING IN, WHO HAS THE WIND AT THEIR BACKS?

WELL, IT SEEMS THE DEMOCRATS DO IN TERMS OF THE POSSIBILITY, THE POTENTIAL OF TAKING BACK THE HOUSE.

MOST FORECASTERS, NATE SILVER, 538, ALL THEM SHOW HOUSE DEMOCRATS IMPROVING THEIR SEATS.

THERE ARE SOME OPTIMISTIC REPUBLICANS WHO SAY THEY CAN KEEP THEIR LOSSES BELOW 23.

23 IS THE MAGIC NUMBER.

IF DEMOCRATS GET 23 PLUS, THEY GET CONTROL.

IT LOOKS LIKE -- I'M NOT GOING TO MAKE ANY HARD AND FAST PREDICTIONS, BUT THAT'S WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.

ON THE SENATE SIDE, REPUBLICANS ARE OPTIMISTIC THAT THEY'LL NOT ONLY KEEP CONTROL BUT MAY PICK UP A COUPLE OF SEATS.

BUT IT'S A NAIL BITER DOWN TO THE WIRE, AND THAT'S WHY THE TENSION IS SO HIGH.

TIP O'NEIL SAID ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL.

WRONG AGAIN.

ALL POLITICS IS TRUMP IN 2018.

SO YOU CAN CAST YOUR GAZE ACROSS THOSE 435 RACES AS WELL AS THE SENATE ELECTIONS AS THE GOVERNORSHIP.

BUT IT REALLY IS IN ALMOST ALL CASES ALL ABOUT TRUMP.

AND THAT'S TOUGH NEWS FOR REPUBLICANS.

WHAT'S INTERESTING IS IT BEING ABOUT TRUMP, TRUMP WANTS IT ALL ABOUT TRUMP.

WE SAW HIM CAMPAIGNING --

WE'VE SEEN PRESIDENTS STEP BACK AND ALLOW THESE THINGS TO OCCUR AS LOCAL CONTESTS, BUT NO, NOT DONALD TRUMP.

HE IS SUCH A HUGE PERSONALITY.

THERE'S NOBODY LEFT IN AMERICA THAT HAS NO OPINION ON DONALD TRUMP.

SO DEMS HAVE THE ADVANTAGE, BUT BELIEVE ME, THEY CAN STILL BLOW IT.

WHICH I BELIEVE MIGHT BE SOME SORT OF SLOGAN SOMEWHERE.

GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE PRESIDENT IS SUCH A HUGE PRESENCE IN ALL OF THESE CONTESTS, THERE ARE SOME HE'S SPECIFICALLY ENGAGING WITH, SOME OF THESE CAMPAIGN EVENTS HE'S GOING TO AND SOME THAT HE'S INTENTIONALLY SKIPPING.

AND STEPPING BACK.

ONE OF THEM INTERESTINGLY IS CONGRESSMAN STEVE KING FROM IOWA.

NOW, STEVE KING IS IN A BIG CONTROVERSY OVER, ONCE AGAIN, UNFORTUNATELY, SEEMING TO PROMOTE WHITE ETHNO NATIONALISTIC POLICIES.

HE GAVE AN INTERVIEW ENDORSING A PARTY WITH NAZI ROOTS.

SO PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ADVISERS SAID STAY AWAY FROM THAT RACE, STEVE KING, IT LOOKS LIKE THE LAST POLL SHOWS HIM ONE POINT AHEAD.

MY ADVICE FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS, IF YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE HOUSE, CLEAN HOUSE AND SHOW HIM THE DOOR.

LISTEN, WE TALK A LOT ABOUT THE TRUMP BASE.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'RE LEARNING IN THE MIDTERMS, THERE ARE SEVERAL SLICES OF THE TRUMP BASE.

THE OLDER, WHITE GUYS, AND THE SLOWER, EDUCATED FOLKS -- WHAT'S A NICE WAY TO SAY THAT?

NON-COLLEGE DEGREE.

THEY'RE HANGING TOUGH.

WE'LL CIRCLE BACK --

WE'LL INSULT THEM IN A MOMENT, BUT THEY'RE HANGING TOUGH AND SEEM TO BE VERY REVVED UP, LIKELY TO TURN OUT THE PLAYS TO THE CARAVAN, THE KAVANAUGH.

HOWEVER, ANOTHER PART OF THE TRUMP BASE, WHICH IS SO SUBURBAN WOMEN WHO REALLY DID TURN OUT FOR TRUMP TWO YEARS AGO, SEEM TO BE GETTING THE WILLIES A LITTLE BIT AND THAT'S WHERE DEMOCRATS ARE MAKING GAINS.

I WANTED TO GET INTO THE ISSUES WE'RE SEEING ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL.

WHILE PEOPLE WHO ARE CAMPAIGNING WITH THE PRESIDENT HAVE VERY MUCH WANTED TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE SEEN AS ALIGNED WITH THE PRESIDENT AND ALL OF HIS POLICIES, EVERYTHING THAT WE'VE SEEN IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, WHEN IT COMES TO DEMOCRATS, THEY SEEM TO BE REALLY FOCUSED ON HEALTH CARE, ON MEDICAID, ON -- WHAT ARE THE ISSUES THAT WE'RE SEEING THAT ARE RISING TO THE TOP?

WE SAW EARLY ON WITH DEMOCRATS THAT HEALTH CARE WAS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE THEY WERE CAMPAIGNING ON.

IF YOU LOOK AT LOCAL ADVERTISEMENTS, IT'S ALL ABOUT HEALTH CARE.

AND POLLING SHOWS THAT'S SMART.

THAT THIS SPRING, ACROSS THE BOARD AMONG REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC VOTERS, HEALTH CARE WAS THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE.

IF YOU REMEMBER, WHEN REPUBLICANS AND THE PRESIDENT WERE FIRST IN OFFICE, IN 2017, REFORMING OBAMACARE WAS THEIR FIRST AGENDA ITEM.

AND THEY FELL FLAT ON THEIR FACES AND DIDN'T DO IT.

PREMIUMS ARE STILL HIGH, DEDUCTIBLES ARE STILL HIGH, PEOPLE ARE STILL VERY WORRIED IF THEY CAN MEET THEIR HEALTH CARE COSTS.

SO DEMOCRATS HAVE BEEN VERY SMART ABOUT THAT.

YEAH.

AND THE QUESTION REALLY IS, DO YOU TAKE THE BAIT ON THE HOT BUTTON TRUMP STUFF?

RIGHT?

HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO THE HARSH IMMIGRATION RHETORIC, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THAT WHOLE ME TOO, KAVANAUGH THING.

DEMS HAVE STRUGGLED WITH THAT.

INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, MICHAEL AVENATTI OF KAVANAUGH FAME, HE TWEETED HE THINKS THE DEMOCRATS SHOULD HAVE BEEN STRONGER ON THE CARAVAN SAYING WE NEED TO STOP THEM BEFORE THEY EVER ARRIVE AT THE BORDER AND PUT PRESSURE ON MEXICO.

A LOT OF DEMOCRATIC CONSULTANTS AND ANALYSTS ARE SAYING DEMOCRATS FUMBLED THAT ISSUE.

REALLY?

THE OTHER THING IS THE PRESIDENT HAS INSERTED HIMSELF INTO A LOT OF THE CULTURE WAR ISSUES.

THAT'S WHAT HE'S DOING.

AND BY THE WAY, DON'T FORGET THESE GOVERNOR RACES.

THEY'RE KIND OF THE THIRD TIER HERE.

IF WE'RE TAKING THE LONG VIEW HERE, NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT TO THE FUTURE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY THAN HAVING DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS ACROSS AMERICA.

BECAUSE THAT'S GOING TO LEAD TO BE WHO DRIVES THE REAPPORTIONMENT ISSUES, THE QUESTION OF WHAT THOSE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS ALIKE, WHETHER THEY'RE FAIR DISTRICTS OR WHETHER THEY'RE JERRY MANLDER -- GERRYMANDERED AS SO MANY ARE.

YOU HAVE YOUR EYE ON FLORIDA.

GEORGIA AND FLORIDA.

THOSE ARE THE TWO THAT GOT THE MOST ATTENTION.

ANY OTHER GOVERNOR RACES FLYING BELOW THE RADAR BUT EQUALLY IMPORTANT?

GOVERNOR KATE BROWN IN OREGON.

SO OREGON, OF COURSE, BEING A BRIGHT BLUE STATE IN PORTLAND, AND YET, SHE IS IN THE FIGHT OF HER POLITICAL LIFE.

SHE WAS ELECTED IN A SPECIAL ELECTION IN 2016, AND HER REPUBLICAN OPPONENT, IT LOOKS LIKE IS NECK AND NECK FOR WINNING THAT GOVERNORSHIP.

AND INTERESTINGLY, THIS IS A RACE WHERE IT IS ABOUT LOCAL ISSUES.

AND A LOT OF DEMOCRATS IN OREGON ARE SICK OF THE CRIME, THE HOMELESSNESS, AND OREGON ARE RANKED 47th IN EDUCATION WHEN IT COMES TO HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION.

SO THEY'RE LOOKING AT THE GOVERNOR, THEY SAY SHE'S MISMANAGED, SHE HAS HAD VERY HIGH UNFAVORABLES, AND SHE'S TOO FOCUSED ON SYMBOLIC IDENTITY POLITICS AND NOT WILLING TO MAKE TOUGH DECISIONS.

INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, IN OREGON STATE, YOU HAVE PROGRESSIVE 2KR59 DEMOCRATS WHO ARE WILLING TO GIVE THE MODERATE REPUBLICANS A CHANCE.

THAT'S FASCINATING YOU'RE SAYING THAT ABOUT OREGON AND NOT NEW YORK STATE.

I THINK DEMS ARE SMILING MORE ABOUT THOSE GOVERNOR RACES THAN THE SENATE.

FLORIDA REALLY IS -- FLORIDA IS SUCH A SWING STATE, SUCH A BELL BELLWETHER.

AND ESSENTIAL TO 2020.

THE CHOICE CAN BE NO MORE STARK THAN IT IS THERE, WHERE MAYOR ANDREW GILLUM, PROGRESSIVE, A FRANKLY OPENLY PROGRESSIVE AGAINST RON DESANTIS, WHO MAY BE THE ULTIMATE TRUMP SURROGATE.

FOR THE MOMENT, FINGERS CROSSED, GILLUM LOOKS LIKE HE MIGHT PULL IT OFF.

WE'RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME, BUT I WOULD BE REMISS IF WE DIDN'T TALK ABOUT THE YOUNGER GENERATION.

DO WE HAVE ANY IDEA?

YOU WERE TELLING ME BEFORE THE SHOW 'THE NEW YORKER' DID A PROFILE, AND SOME MILLENNIALS SAY MAILING IN THEIR BALLOT OR GOING TO THE BALLOT IS TOO STRESSFUL.

WE HEARD ALL KINDS OF ISSUES WHY SO MANY DON'T WANT TO VOTE, BUT WE'RE SEEING -- I DON'T KNOW IF THEY COUNT AS MILLENNIALS, BUT THE TEENAGERS WHO JUST TURNED 18 WHO ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING TO THE POLLS.

HOW CRUCIAL IS THAT VOTING BLOC?

HUGE, RIGHT?

I WOULDN'T SAY IT'S CRUCIAL.

IT TENDS IN THE MIDTERMS, IT'S AN OLDER VOTING BLOC AND LEANING MORE REPUBLICAN.

BUT THAT DIDN'T NECESSARILY HURT DEMOCRATS IN PREVIOUS MIDTERMS WHEN THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO WIN BACK CONTROL OF THE HOUSE.

IT HAS MORE TO DO WITH INTENSITY, GETTING YOUR BASE OUT AND SOME OF THE SWING VOTERS, THE SUBURBAN WOMEN.

THERE'S AN ANSWER.

LOOK AT TEXAS, WITH BETO O'ROURKE WITH HUGE MILLENNIAL TURNOUTS.

HE'S FLAT LINED TO 44%, 45%.

THAT'S A TOUGH RACE.

IF HE GETS ANYWHERE NEAR --

EVEN WITH $70 MILLION.

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF A MORAL VICTORY?

GUYS, UNFORTUNATELY, WE'LL HAVE TO LEAVE IT AT MORAL VICTORY.

I'M NOT SURE HOW THAT WORKS WHEN WINNING IS THE POINT.

BUT THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

SO MUCH MORE TO TALK ABOUT, BUT WE HAVE RUN OUT OF TIME.

GO VOTE.

GO, ALL OF YOU.

EVEN THE OLD PEOPLE.

THANK YOU.

> THIS HAS ARGUABLY BEEN ONE OF THE MOST AGGRESSIVE POLITICAL SEASONS.

THERE HAVE BEEN PERSISTENT AD CAMPAIGNS TO ENCOURAGE VOTERS TO RUN TO THE POLLS.

AND NEW YORK HAS BEEN NO EXCEPTION.

WHEN IT COMES TO THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, NEW YORK IS NOT EXACTLY A BATTLEGROUND STATE.

BUT PRETTY MUCH EVERY MAJOR ELECTED OFFICIAL FROM THE GOVERNOR TO SENATORS, TO ASSEMBLY MEMBERS IS UP FOR RE-ELECTION THIS YEAR.

WHICH MAKES THIS MIDTERM A PARTICULARLY CRUCIAL ONE.

BUT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR NEW YORK?

HERE WITH THE ANSWER IS MATT RYAN, MANAGING EDITOR AND CO-HOST OF NEW YORK NOW.

MATT, WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.

HI, JENNA.

GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

IT'S BEEN A MINUTE SINCE I'VE BEEN IN ALBANY, SO I WANT TO GET YOUR OPINION ON WHETHER OR NOT A BLUE WAVE IS REALLY GOING TO CRASH INTO THE STATE CAPITOL.

IT KIND OF LOOKS THAT WAY.

HERE AT THE CAPITOL, WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT, ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE LOOKING AT IS THE STATE SENATE.

RIGHT NOW THE REPUBLICANS HAVE HELD CONTROL OF THE CHAMBER VIRTUALLY EVERY YEAR FOR THE LAST 50.

SO A LOT OF THESE PROGRESSIVE PIECES OF LEGISLATION HAVE REALLY STALLED.

IF THE DEMOCRATS TAKE OVER THE STATE SENATE TUESDAY NIGHT, WHICH A LOT OF PEOPLE EXPECT, YOU CAN SEE THINGS LIKE VOTING REFORMS, NEW YORK IS ONE OF 13 STATES IN THE NATION NOT TO HAVE EARLY VOTING.

THAT WOULD LIKELY CHANGE.

YOU WOULD LIKELY SEE THE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT PASSED.

THAT WOULD CODIFY ROE VERSUS WADE INTO THE STATE'S CONSTITUTION AND PROTECT NEW YORKERS IF THAT CASE WAS OVERTURNED BY THE SUPREME COURT.

AND MONDAY MORNING, KEN LOVETT OF THE DAILY NEWS SAID THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WOULD BE OPEN TO ALLOWING THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN ABUSED IN THE PAST TO SEEK JUSTICE THROUGH SOMETHING THAT'S CALLED THE CHILD VICTIM'S ACT, WHICH IS, AGAIN, STALLED THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

BOY, THAT WAS A SIGN TO ME THAT SAYS MAYBE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH THINKS THE DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE SENATE TUESDAY NIGHT.

ONE OF THE RACES THAT SEEMS TO BE IN THE BAG QUOTE UNQUOTE, WOULD BE THE GUBERNATORIAL RACE.

I MEAN, ANDREW CUOMO HAS A SUBSTANTIAL LEAD OVER HIS MAIN CHALLENGER, MARK MOLINARO.

OF COURSE, THERE'S A FEW OTHER CANDIDATES IN THE MIX.

BUT THE REASON I BRING THAT UP IS BECAUSE ONE OF THE COMPLAINTS THAT CAME FROM A LOT OF PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS WAS THAT THE GOVERNOR WASN'T PUTTING TOO MUCH THAT WAS NEW IN HIS PLATFORM.

THERE WASN'T ANY NEW IDEAS TO BRING FORWARD.

SO WHAT I'M WONDERING IS, WITH THE DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY AND STATE SENATE, CAN WE REALLY EXPECT PROGRESSIVE LEGISLATION TO GET THE GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE?

I THINK SO.

THESE THOSE THREE SXACHLES I JUST GAVE, THOSE WOULD ALL PASS.

BUT YOU'RE RIGHT, GOVERNOR CUOMO HAS ALMOST EXCELLED IN THE FACT THAT HE'S BEEN ABLE TO GOVERN IN A BLUE STATE IN A REPUBLICAN CHAMBER.

IF YOU WERE SEEKING HIGHER OFFICE, THAT HAS CERTAINLY ANGERED A LOT OF THE PROGRESSIVES HERE IN THE STATE.

THOSE THREE PIECES WILL DEFINITELY PASS AFTER THAT.

WE COULD SEE SOME INTERESTING SCENARIOS HERE THAT WE HAVEN'T SEEN IN A WHILE.

SPEAKING OF THINGS WE HAVEN'T SEEN IN A WHILE, ONE WOULD BE A WOMAN POSSIBLY BECOMING THE THIRD MAN IN THE ROOM, AND THAT'S STEWART-COUSINS.

SHE REPRESENTS THE YONKERS.

IT WOULD BE A HISTORIC MOMENT.

A LOT OF THE REPUBLICANS TOOK HEAT IN THE FACT THAT SHE WASN'T IN ANY OF THE DISCUSSIONS.

SO THAT WILL BE AN INTERESTING DYNAMIC IF THAT HAPPENS FOR SURE.

DO WE KNOW WHAT IS LEFT OF WHAT WERE THE UPSTARTS OF THE IDC?

WE KNOW THEY'VE BEEN DISBANDED, AND EVEN THEIR LEADER LOST HIS PRIMARY RACE.

BUT DO WE KNOW WHERE ANY OF THE RETURNING MEMBERS MIGHT STAND?

I WOULD THINK THAT THEY'RE GOING TO PUSH THE GOVERNOR FOR THESE PROGRESSIVE PIECES OF LEGISLATION.

THAT'S WHAT THEY GOT ELECTED ON, FROM THE QUEENS, THE BRONX, WESTCHESTER, ALSANDRA BEJAJI, THE STAR OF THAT CLASS.

GOVERNOR CUOMO IS GOING TO BE PUSHED TO THE LEFT LIKE HE HASN'T BEEN PUSHED TO THE LEFT SINCE 2011.

I WANT TO PIVOT TO THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATIONS.

WE HAVE MORE THAN A FEW RACES WHERE WE HAVE INCREDIBLY CLOSE NATIONALLY WATCHED CONTESTS, OR SOME UNEXPECTED WINS FOR DEMOCRATS.

ABSOLUTELY.

THE TWO THAT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT THE MOST, AND NOT JUST IN NEW YORK BUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WOULD BE NEW YORK 19.

THESE WHERE FRESHMAN REPRESENTATIVE JOHN FASO, A REPUBLICAN, IS TAKING ON ANTONIO DELGADO, A DEMOCRAT.

THIS RACE HAS DRAWN NATIONAL ATTENTION, MOSTLY FOR THE ADS THAT HAVE BEEN RUNNING ALMOST NONSTOP IN THE CAPITOL DISTRICT SINCE THE END OF JULY.

A LOT OF THEM ARE CONTROVERSIAL PRODUCED BY THE NRCC.

'THE NEW YORK TIMES' IN LATE SUMMER CALLED THEM RACE-BAITING.

THEY FOCUS ON DELGADO'S CAREER AS A RAPPER IN 2007.

DELGADO IS ALSO A RHODES SCHOLAR AND WENT TO HARVARD.

SO THAT'S BEEN DRAWING A LOT OF ATTENTION.

THE LATEST POLLS SHOW DELGADO SLIGHTLY AHEAD WITHIN THE MARGIN OF ERROR.

THE OTHER BIG ONE IS IN NEW YORK 22, FROM THE EASTERN END OF LAKE ONTARIO DOWN TO BING HAMPTON.

CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN KRCLAUD TENNEY REPRESENTS THAT DISTRICT.

SHE'S IN A TIGHT BATTLE WITH ANTHONY BRINDISI.

THOSE POLLS SHOW A DEAD HEAT.

THEY HAVE ALL BEEN CAMPAIGNING FOR TENNEY.

SO THOSE ARE THE TWO BIG ONES.

I WOULD ALWAYS SAY ELECTION NIGHT IS SOMETHING TO WATCH, BUT IT FEELS LIKE IT'S FULL OF LOTS OF BIG SURPRISES FOR THIS YEAR.

SO MATT, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.

AND OF COURSE, GIVING US THE CRUCIAL AND ALWAYS ENTERTAINING REPORTING FOR LEGISLATION COMING OUT OF ALBANY.

THANKS, JENNA.

THANK YOU.

> MYSTERY STILL SURROUNDS THE CASE OF TWO SAUDI SISTERS FOUND DEAD ALONG THE BANKS OF NEW YORK CITY'S HUDSON RIVER LAST WEEK.

BOUND TOGETHER BY DUCT TAPE IN WHAT APPEARS TO BE A DOUBLE SUICIDE.

IT'S BEING REPORTED THAT THE SISTERS HAD SAID THEY WOULD RATHER KILL THEMSELVES THAN RETURN TO SAUDI ARABIA.

ACCORDING TO THE SAUDI CONSULATE GENERAL, 16-YEAR-OLD TALA FAREA AND HER 22-YEAR-OLD SISTER ROTANA, HAD BEEN LIVING IN VIRGINIA.

LAST WEEK, THE FORK TIMES REPORTED THE SAUDI EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON CALLED THEIR MOTHER TO INFORM HER THAT HER DAUGHTERS APPLIED FOR ASYLUM.

THE KINGDOM IS PUSHING BACK ON REPORTS THAT IT'S ORDERED THAT ANYONE RELATED TO THE SISTERS RETURN TO THE KINGDOM.

IN RESPONSE, THE SAUDI EMBASSY HAS CALLED THAT CLAIM 'ABSOLUTELY FALSE, ' AND THAT DETAILS ARE STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION AND WILL BE SHARED IN DUE COURSE.

THE NYPD SAID AT THIS POINT, A CRIME DID NOT TAKE PLACE IN NEW YORK CITY, BUT THAT THE SISTER'S DEATH IS STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.

HERE WITH AN INSIDER'S VIEW INTO HOW INVESTIGATORS ARE PIECING TOGETHER THIS CASE AT ONE POLICE PLAZA IS RETIRED LIEUTENANT DR. ARREN PORCHER.

WELCOME BACK TO THE PROGRAM.

AS ALWAYS, A PLEASURE.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

ABSOLUTELY.

AN INCREDIBLY SOMBER CASE THAT INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING AT.

AND IT SEEMS LIKE THERE'S SO MANY DIFFERENT THREADS AS TO WHERE THIS CAN GO.

SO GIVEN WHAT I JUST SAID IN THE INTRO, WHAT IS IT THAT INVESTIGATORS, YOU WOULD SAY WERE MOST LIKELY WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?

THIS IS A VERY COMPLEX ISSUE.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I REVERT BACK TO WHEN I WAS A DETECTIVE IN THE NYPD, DROWNING INVESTIGATIONS ARE VERY DIFFICULT.

WHEN I SAY VERY DIFFICULT, WE THINK OF THE POST MORTEM EFFECT THAT A BODY TAKES ON IN THE WATER IS VERY DIFFERENT THAN THE POST MORTEM EFFECTS THAT THE BODY TAKES ON WHEN THEY'RE ON THE GROUND.

GENERALLY SPEAKING, RIGOR MOTIS KICKS IN MAYBE TWO HOURS AFTER A PERSON PASSES AWAY.

THAT'S IN A WARM CLIMATE.

WHEN THE BODY IS IN THE WATER, IT DECREASES THE WATER TEMPERATURE AND NOW EXPANDS THE TIME THAT RIGOR MOTIS WOULD KICK IN.

SO THAT POST MORTEM RESULT IS VERY ESSENTIAL FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, BECAUSE WHAT THAT WILL TELL THEM IS WHEN THE POSSIBLE TIME OF DEATH OCCURRED.

WHEN WE CAN BACKTRACK THE TIME OF DEATH, THAT CAN MORE OR LESS LEAD US DOWN THE PATHWAY OF POSSIBLE ISSUES OR INSTANCES WHICH MAY HAVE CAUSED THE DEATH, WHERE THE PERSON WAS.

ONE OF THE THINGS WE LOOK TO IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, WAS THERE ANY VIDEO THAT WE CAN LOOK TO WHERE THESE TWO INDIVIDUALS WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY OR WHERE THEY LOST THEIR LIVES.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE HERE, AND THIS IS AN UNCORROBORATED SOURCE, BUT THERE WAS A JOGGER THAT WAS IN THE PARK, BECAUSE THIS HAPPENED OFF OF 68th STREET ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE.

THE JOGGER SAID HE SAW THE TWO GIRLS APPROXIMATELY 30 FEET APART IN PRAYER.

BUT HE NEVER SAW THEM IN THE WATER.

THAT'S SOMETHING THE NYPD WOULD TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHEN DOING THE INVESTIGATION.

THEN WE LOOK BACK AT THEIR FINANCIAL RECORDS, I WANT TO SAY THEIR CREDIT CARD RECORDS FROM THE TIME THAT THEY WERE HERE IN NEW YORK.

THERE WAS AN EXCESSIVE SPENDING, SO TO SPEAK.

THEY WERE STAYING AT THE HYATT REGENCY HOTEL, AND THEY -- WHAT THEY DID -- AND THE HILTON, AS WELL.

AND THEY MAXED OUT THE CREDIT CARDS.

SO THEY WERE LIVING SOMEWHAT IN A STATE OF OPULENCE.

WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT A SUICIDE, LESS THAN 30% OF ALL SUICIDES HAVE A NOTE THAT ACCOMPANIES THE DEATH.

SO IT'S -- A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT BECAUSE THEY WERE BOUND AND THEY WERE IN THE WATER, IT'S JUST VERY DIFFICULT -- IT IS -- IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO MAKE THE ASSESSMENT IF THESE PEOPLE WERE MURDERED.

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, I DON'T BELIEVE THEY WERE.

WE HAVE TWO TYPES OF INVESTIGATIONS.

WE HAVE MURDER INVESTIGATIONS AND SUICIDE INVESTIGATIONS.

THE INVESTIGATIVE PATH IS VERY DIFFERENT FOR THE TWO.

WE DON'T HAVE ANY FORENSIC EVIDENCE THAT HAS BEEN INTRODUCED THAT WOULD LEAD US TO BELIEVE THAT THIS WAS AN ACTUAL MURDER INVESTIGATION.

SO JUST BASED ON WHAT WE HAVE, IT APPEARS TO BE A SUICIDE.

THAT'S BASED ON WHAT WE HAVE.

THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT THREADS BEING LOOKED AT.

ONE OF THEM IS INFORMATION THAT IS BEING GARNERED AND ISN'T BEING GARNERED FROM THE SAUDI CONSULATE.

WE'VE RECENTLY SEEN AN INCIDENT WHERE GETTING INFORMATION WAS SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT.

HOW IS THAT PLAYING OUT INTO THIS CASE?

WELL, ONE OF THE THINGS IS, THE TWO SISTERS, IT APPEARS THAT THEY APPLIED FOR ASYLUM AND THEY WERE DENIED.

THE SAME HOLDS TRUE WITH THE MOTHER.

THE MOTHER'S ASYLUM WAS DENIED HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.

SO THEY WERE BEING CALLED TO COME BACK TO SAUDI ARABIA.

THAT'S SOMETHING IN THE SAUDI GOVERNMENT IS REFUTING THIS.

THEY'RE NOT GIVING US CLEAR INFORMATION IN RELATION TO THEIR ASYLUM REQUEST.

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, THERE'S BEEN STATEMENTS FROM THE TWO SISTERS THAT THEY WOULD RATHER DIE THAN GO BACK TO SAUDI ARABIA.

THIS IS UNCORROBORATED INFORMATION, BECAUSE THIS IS INFORMATION THAT'S COMING FROM PEOPLE THAT HAVE PASSED AWAY.

WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING WRITTEN OR A VERBAL -- SOMETHING THAT'S VERBALLY VIDEOTAPED THAT SUPPORT THAT CONCLUSION.

SO WE HAVE TO GO WITH WHAT WE HAVE.

AND BASED ON THE FORENSICS THAT I'VE SEEN, IT APPEARS TO BE A SUICIDE.

ONE OF THE THINGS WE TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION IN DOING AN INVESTIGATION FOR A DROWNING VICTIM, WATER IN THE LUNGS.

IT APPEARS THERE WAS WATER IN BOTH OF THE GIRL'S LUNGS WHEN THEY WERE IN THE WATER.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE DON'T HAVE SIGNS OF TRAUMA TO THE BODY.

WHEN CONDUCTING A POST MORTEM INVESTIGATION, ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS WE LOOK TO IS THE EYES -- IF A PERSON DIES ON LAND, THE EYES ARE ONE OF THE FIRST POINTS OF THE BODY -- FIRST BODY PARTS THAT YOU'LL SEE AN EVAPORATION OF WATER OR LIQUID.

SO THE EYES WILL BECOME CONDENSED BASED ON THE EVAPORATION OF THE WATER IN THE EYES.

SO EVEN IF THE PERSON IS DUMPED IN THE WATER, THAT STATE OF THE EYES DOES NOT CHANGE.

SO THAT'S A TELLTALE SIGN THIS WAS MORE THAN LIKELY A SUICIDE, AND THE PERSON WAS DUMPED IN THE WATER, AND WE DIDN'T HAVE THAT ISSUE.

IT'S A TRAGIC STORY, WHATEVER THE OUTCOME IS OF THE INVESTIGATION.

BUT THANK YOU FOR JOINING US AND GIVING US INSIGHT AND UNDERSTANDING INTO HOW INVESTIGATORS ARE ABLE TO DETERMINE SOMETHING SO DIFFICULT AND SEEMINGLY CONFUSING, AT LEAST ON THE SURFACE TO PEOPLE WHO AREN'T IN THE NYPD.

THANK YOU, JENNA.

ALWAYS A PLEASURE.

ABSOLUTELY.

> BEFORE WE LET YOU GO TONIGHT, WE WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A SPECIAL MOMENT SENT IN BY ONE OF OUR VIEWERS FOR YOUR 'METROFOCUS.'

THIS IS THE HALFWAY MARK FOR THE NEW YORK CITY MARATHON.

I'VE SPENT MORE WHOLE LIFE SUPPORTING ANY SISTER.

FRANKIE WAS ON HAND AT THE HALFWAY MARK TO CHEER ON HIS SISTER JENNA AS SHE RAN HER VERY FIRST NEW YORK CITY MARATHON.

IT WAS TRULY A SPECIAL MOMENT, AND WE'RE SO PLEASED THAT THEY SHARED IS IT WITH US ON FACEBOOK.

REMEMBER, 'METROFOCUS' WANTS TO PUT YOU AND ALL YOU SEE INTO FOCUS.

SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE FEATURED ON THE SHOW, SEND US YOUR PICTURES AND VIDEOS THAT CAPTURE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

THE ADDRESS IS PHOTOSMETRO FOCUS.

UNTIL NEXT TIME, I'M JENNA FLANAGAN.

GOOD NIGHT.

'METROFOCUS' IS MADE POSSIBLE BY JAMES AND MERRYL TISCH, SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM, III, SYLVIA A.

AND SIMON B.

POYTA PROGRAMMING ENDOWMENT TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM, BERNARD AND IRENE SCHWARTZ, ROSALIND P.

WALTER, BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG AND BY --

Funders

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

WNET

© WNET All Rights Reserved.

825 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10019