Mike Pence: I Believe in Second Chances

Mike Pence said Monday he remains "honored" to be the Republican vice presidential nominee and that he believes in second chances.

"I believe in redemption. I believe in second chances, and I think Donald Trump in expressing genuine contrition and remorse, apologizing not only to his family but to the American people for the words that he's used, I think - and saying that he was truly embarrassed about all of it on national television last night, you know, merits grace," Pence said in an interview on MSNBC.

The Indiana governor said he believes Trump never engaged in any of the lewd conduct towards women he was caught talking about in a recently surfaced recording from 2005.

When asked if he would remain on the GOP ticket through Election Day, Pence said, "We're going to work our hearts out to bring home a great, great victory."

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Public Sector Union Doubles Spending on Senate Races in 2016

The largest public sector union, AFSCME, has spent more money in the 2016 election to elect Democrats to the Senate than in the past two elections combined.The union has spent $24 million on television advertisements and ground game.

In the 2012 and 2014 election, the group spent around $18 million combined.

Shirin Bidel-Niyat, the assistant political action director for AFSCME, said that they are spending so many resources on the Senate because it's where they think they can have the most impact.

"We think it's really important to make sure we are communicating clear messages and it's really hard in a presidential year to shuffle through the noise," Bidel-Niyat said.

The union has focused on the races in Pennsylvania, Missouri, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, and Indiana - races that will determine if control of the Senate turns to Democrats.

The group has also invested $5 million in the Democratic coalition For Our Future, which is running a massive ground game operation in battleground states.

Early Voting Across the Country

Here are the states where in-person early voting is currently underway, as of October 27.

Trump Tweets About 'Vote Flipping' in Texas, but Officials Can't Verify

After Trump tweeted about apparent reports of "vote flipping" in Texas, NBC News talked to Toni Pippins-Poole, the elections director for Dallas County, where some of the reports of vote flipping have occurred.

Pippins-Poole said that in no case have administrators been able to replicate the error reported by a voter, and every voter who complained has ultimately been able to vote successfully.

In terms of any kind of conspiracy to benefit one candidate and hurt the other, as some on social media are suggesting, Pippins-Poole said: "That is not happening."

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Trump Campaign Says 'Voter Suppression Efforts' Are Underway

With Donald Trump behind in the polls, a senior campaign official says his team is working on a series of "voter suppression" efforts.

"We have three major voter suppression operations under way," the unnamed official told Bloomberg Businessweek. According to the report, the aim of those efforts is to discourage African-Americans, young women, and "idealistic white liberals" from heading to the polls and voting for Hillary Clinton.

The tactics involve highlighting Clinton's 1996 suggestion that some African-American men are "super predators" to turn off African-Americans, bringing up the women who claim they were sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton to turn off young women, and bringing up WikiLeaks emails and Clinton's praise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to turn off those who backed Bernie Sanders over Clinton the Democratic primaries.

Leigh Ann Caldwell

Pro-Trump Super PAC Fundraising Off Fellow Republicans

Political fundraising appeals usually demonize the opposite party. But one pro-Trump super PAC is asking for support to beat "disgruntled establishment Republicans." The Great America PAC, one of half a dozen super PACs created to support Donald Trump, sent an email to supporters Thursday morning, warning that "Donald Trump is in trouble, and we need to take IMMEDIATE action!"

Tim Kaine Attends World Series Game 2 While in Cleveland

CLEVELAND — There are clear perks to visiting the swing state of Ohio this October.

While in the Cleveland area to attend campaign events, Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine stopped by Progressive Field to take in a portion of Game 2 of the World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs.

Kaine watched the game with Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and his wife, columnist Connie Schultz. They sat in Box 309 and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred stopped by to say hello, a campaign aide said.

Kaine said during interviews with Cleveland sports radio stations earlier this month that he would be rooting for the Indians and he hoped to attend one of the games. His running mate Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has called herself a longtime Cubs fan.

Actor James Franco Endorses 'The Most Interesting Woman in the World'

If you were waiting to confirm how James Franco felt about the presidential election, the 38-year-old actor finally made his allegiances crystal clear Wednesday in a new Instagram video.

In a spoof of the "Most Interesting Man in the World" Dos Equis beer ads, Franco endorsed the Democratic candidate with a list of hyperbolic presidential characteristics.

"The smartest guy in the room is always her," he proclaims at the start.

The brief video features a series of photos of the former secretary of state, as well as one of Harry Potter character Hermione Granger.

Near the close, Franco lands on the following proclamation, "She's the Most Interesting Woman in the World."

Whether you agree or disagree with the actor's political predilections or grandiose statements, Franco does provide one solid piece of advice with a wink: "Vote wisely, my friends."

If Trump Loses, Former Congressman Joe Walsh Says He'll 'Grab His Musket'

Former Republican Illinois congressman Joe Walsh stirred up controversy Wednesday afternoon as he apparently invited Americans on Twitter to join him in open revolt of the U.S. government if GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump loses.

After stating that he would be voting for former reality TV star on Nov. 8, Walsh wrote, "On November 9th, if Trump loses, I'm grabbing my musket."

Walsh, who represented Illinois' 8th district from 2011 to 2013, then posed a question to his followers, "You in?"

When asked to clarify, in a tweet from CNN's Jake Tapper, Walsh wrote, "It means protesting. Participating in acts of civil disobedience. Doing what it takes to get our country back."

Walsh, now a conservative radio host, deleted a July tweet that responded to the Dallas shooting in which multiple police officers were shot and killed that said, "This is war. Watch out Obama. Watch out black lives matter punks. Real America is coming after you."

In the past, Walsh has said that President Obama was only elected because he was a "black man who was articulate" and has been booted from the radio for using racial and ethnic slurs.

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Khizr Khan: 'We Will Continue to Speak'

Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq, explained why he stepped into the public eye while campaigning for Hillary Clinton at a Virginia Mosque on Wednesday.

"People have asked me, why all of this noise, why did you stand up, why did you make your family so public, your grief so public. We have grieved for 12 years in privacy and dignity of our privacy of our family and our home," Khan said.

"We will speak. Doesn't matter what the cost is, we will continue to speak," he later added.

Khan got the nation's attention during the Democratic National Convention after he and his wife delivered a powerful speech slamming Donald Trump's proposed Muslim ban. The GOP nominee then fueded with the Gold Star family, against the advice of many in the Republican Party.

Clinton to Hold Election Night Event at Javits Center in Manhattan

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will hold her election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan, a senior campaign official told NBC News.

Located in Hell's Kitchen, the Javits Center is one of the busiest convention centers in the country. It is also has a large glass ceiling, which could be a nod to Clinton splintering "the highest, hardest glass ceiling" should she become the first woman president.

Decades ago, Republican opponent Donald Trump was involved in the construction of the Javits Center. Trump offered $200 million for its construction on the condition that he could name the building after his family, according a 1987 New York Times report.

The state ultimately declined the offer and the convention center was completed by the State Urban Development Corporation.