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happening now in the newsroom. >> last night was truly the beginning of the real republican primary. >> it's going to be between hilary and myself. >> the only campaign that can beat donald trump and that has beaten donald trump is our campaign. >> the truth is that for a campaign that started off as a fringe campaign at 3% in the polls, we have enormous momentum. >> i understand that voters have questions. i'm going to do my best to answer those questions. >> all in the newsroom. >> hello again everyone and thanks for joining me. we have new developments in the republican south carolina primary results. donald trump takes all 50 delegates in south carolina. a decisive victory.
this is important because south carolina has an almost perfect record of predicting who will win the republican nomination since 1980. also enthusiasm is high. voter turn out records were shattered last night with more than 700,000 republican votes cast and take a look at the people lining up for trump's rally in atlanta today. he is expected to address a crowd of thousands in the next hour. and trump told cnn's jake tapper that he expects it to be a trump-clinton race. >> bernie's not going to make it in my opinion. i never thought he would. hilary won't make it. if she gets indicted that's the only way she'll be stopped. it's going to be between hilary and myself. they say it will be the largest voter turn out in the history of united states elections. >> all right. today's headlines speak for themselves. take a look right here. is there any stopping donald trump? is he inevitable? if trump can't stop trump, who
can? let's go to jeremy dimon at the trump rally in atlanta. what's likely to be the message. >> sorry, just one moment as they do the pledge of allegiance here. hi. i'm sorry. the pledge of allegiance just beginning here at donald trump's rally here today. it's his first rally since his victory in south carolina and certainly a focus here is going to be atlanta, sorry, georgia is one of the states that's going to vote on super tuesday on march 1st and donald trump and other candidates looking to this state and other southern states as the key places to pick up other delegates to go into the republican nominating fight and donald trump here has been going to southern states and going to states like oklahoma, like texas and that's certainly where he thinks that he's going to play strongly going into and trying to forge his path toward the republican nomination. >> okay. and then clearly it looks like a pretty sizable crowd there.
by your best estimates and you are been to so many trump rallies, how does this compare to some in the past? >> it's certainly starting to build up. we're about an hour and a half away from -- sorry an hour from this rally beginning but it's filling up already. fire marshall just told me here that they have already almost 2,000 people showing up. the whole capacity here is about 9500 people and it's possible that could fill up as we have long lines outside coming into this rally. >> wow, people still lined up. thank you so much. we'll check back with you. appreciate it. so even though donald trump had a big win in south carolina it's still relatively early in the race with plenty of action yet to come following the wbig win n south carolina. john king breaks down what it would take for trump to win the nomination. >> on we go into nevada next. here for the sake of this hypothetical. we're assigning this to donald
trump saying he's going to win 35%. the other candidates getting 20, 20, 20. that's what you would have after nevada. four states in. then you come ahead to super tuesday. >> which is a week from tuesday. >> a week from tuesday when you have a dozen states voting and under this scenario trump wins them all. some of you are saying no way. if they won them all he would start to pull away in the delegate chase. you say no way ted cruz will win in texas. let's do it that way. cruz catches up a little bit. then governor kasich is in massachusetts. let's just say for the sake of argument either kasich of rubio wins that. 2, 3, 4 don't matter as you see. even if you do that, if trump wins most he starts to pull away a little bit in the dell fwat chase so this is where it's really interesting as we go forward because the map.
you have so many states voting at once. donald trump has such an advantage. cruz has a descent amount of money. rubio is trying to raise money fast. kasich doesn't have that much money. he has 100% name i.d. and money if he wants to spend it. with the momentum he has now you assume that trump is in the lead about everywhere. the question is the other candidate versus to pick and choose and if you're ted cruise you have to worry about it. >> they call it super tuesday. 11 or 12 contests. a quarter of the delegates are awarded on super tuesday, march 1st. that's going to be a huge prize. >> if you run it out, this is a hypothetical. we're assigning these to trump. if you run it out, that's super tuesday. by the end of march, 50% of the delegates will have been assigned. if you assign them to trump this way he could pull out a stretch. trump would still have a big league. doesn't mean he's going to be the nominee. at the moment the challenge for
the other candidates as the calendar gets busy pick your targets and for several of the candidates they have to raise money and raise it fast. you need resources to win when the map expands so quickly. >> let's talk more about this. he is the political reporter and the director of the center for politics at the university of virginia back with us now. >> you wrote about this last night for politico saying that the win looks big but the math remains daunting so some are thinking that trump is not so inevitable. >> that's right. and if you look at prediction markets, betting markets, he has about 50% chance at the nomination. i think that that's roughly in the correct ballpark. he is winning now. he is likely to hall away the most delegates on super tuesday. but someone like marco rubio is unlikely to run out of money. he is unlikely to face pressure about at this race any time soon so if ted cruz can have a strong
showing on march 1st and marco rubio can hang on in this race, they may be able to deny trump a majority of delegates even if they can't win out right. they could force it through a convention. >> what do you think about that? about that potential? because i know listening to you before saturday, you had said that if donald trump wins south carolina, that he is virtually unstoppable. do you still believe that or do you think just like ben said that, you know, there are things that could stand in the way. meaning donald trump not getting enough delegates? >> i certainly don't think he's unstoppable. -lots of scenarios by which trump could be denied the nomination. they woen necessarily be good for the republican party but look it's a long and winding road to cleveland in july. and the problem for donald trump is he still doesn't have much support. maybe any support in the higher
part of the republican party. they want to stop him. >> how potentially problematic is that, then? >> it's very problematic simply because they can fund and encourage probably rubio, maybe cruz, but definitely rubio to stay in all the way through. continuing to get delegates and as ben was saying if they can keep trump below a majority of the delegates then they have the opportunity to stop him at the convention. so it would be very bloody and damage gop attempts to win the general election. >> and so that really isn't very much in concert with the scenario that you're playing out. do you think when you talk about inevident b inevitibility. >> it would be fun for it but it's a very real possibility and
increasingly it may start to look like the best possibility for those power brokers in the party that don't want to see trump as the nominee to stop him from getting there. >> how significant do you think that machine is within the gop. the establishment to stop trump as best they can by throwing that kind of money and support behind marco rubio as you just layed out so that he could stay in as long as possible? >> well it certainly hasn't been impressive so far. they have done a pitiful job of stopping trump and they have various candidates with varying pieces of the establishment support. but now that the field is narrowing, i think they'll try. they seem to be speaking up and it's almost as though last night as trump won south carolina they awakened from a long sleep. realizing that trump could be their nominee and they were horrified. >> and then, you know, the message from donald trump has
been the antiestablishment. we're seeing that, you know, in both parties. the antiestablishment that is really getting people fascinated and engaged in this race. but does donald trump have to bring more than that in this final stretch of the primary caucus season? really in the throws of the primary caucus season? >> he certainly is going to have to at some point be competitive in the establishment. we've seen bits and pieces of that. >> he is a business man. he's long been a donor to many of these people. he really has demonstrated the ability to get along with them. it's clear that many, many people, senior officials in the republican party view trump as someone they can work with more than cruz. so it would not be impossible for him to make himself amenable to the establishment if it becomes clear that there's no way to stop him but i do think that they will put up a fight
before they get to that point. >> we're going to leave it right there. thanks so much gentlemen. appreciate it. >> and of course cnn is the place to be for the 2016 election. join us tuesday at 8:00 p.m. eastern time. hillary clinton and bernie sanders answering your questions from south carolina. at the next cnn town hall. and then, the same week, thursday night, cnn holds the final debate before super tuesday for the republicans. all the gop candidates on stage. all five now thursday night 8:30 eastern right here on cnn. hundreds of crash simulations. thousands of hours of painstaking craftsmanship. and an infinite reserve of patience... ...to create a vehicle that looks, drives and thinks like nothing else on the road. the all-new glc. the suv the world has been waiting for.
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fighting for their lives. brian dalton was arrested early this morning. it appears all the shootings were random. >> the connection between these three incidents between these three races is the defendant. it was mr. dalton. there is no connection that we're aware of between the three differ sets of victims to each other or any of the victims to mr. dalton. they appear to have been chosen at random because they were available. >> joining me now with more on this troubling story is nick with the latest on this, nick. >> hey there. i just spoke with a source who has knowledge of the investigation not authorized to speak to the media but that source does tell me that the suspect was an uber driver and picking up fairs in between those shootings. eventually caught about 12:30
overnight and they believe he was still looking for fairs at the time of his arrest. police describe him as being even tempered when he was taken into custody without incident. this nightmare began yesterday at 6:00 p.m. on saturday night when the suspect was driving by an apartment complex. open fire on a woman that was with her three children. that woman was critically injured and about four hours later he moved on to a car dealership where he opened fire killing three people there. he moved on to a third and final location. killing four people and grave ri injuring a 14-year-old girl. that girl was injured so badly as a matter of fact that police announced her as one of the seven victims that were killed in this shooting. and police say they believe this suspect acted alone and still no indication of what caliber of weapon used and that weapon was seized from the suspect and neighbors, we spoke to neighbors of this suspect who described
him as mild tempered man that was very quite and liked guns but very few details were offered other than that. we are being told that he has no record. no criminal history that police know of. this community just really shaken to the core at the sheer senselessness of this violent act that happened on saturday. >> and then nick, we said that 14-year-old and the mother of three are fighting for their lives. what's the latest on their condition? the prospects for them? >> we haven't heard back from the hospital. we just know they're in critical condition. we don't even know if they're expected to survive. that 14-year-old probably the most seriously injured between the 2. police telling us initially that she was so badly injured that she actually squeezed her mother's hand and until that point they believe she was a victim of this shooting. but this community again no threat to this community. the suspect is in custody and police believe he acted alone.
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is. evangelicals like that. let's remember. donald trump is ridiculed for a lot of things he says in public. many evangelicals are ridiculed for their faith when they speak about how jesus is the only way to heaven and all of that. there is a comradery between the two and i pay to watch it. >> how do you explain the dust up with the pope and how that didn't seem to hurt donald trump. >> well, first of all, remember the pope in evangelical world is considered more of a left leaning pope so to get into a dust up with the pope doesn't hurt him at all. not to mention the fact that the pope and donald trump were talking about immigration or they were having a tweet fest over immigration and that is donald trump's wheel house. especially as it relates to those evangelicals and one of the very interesting parts of the dynamic last night in south carolina is that donald trump was winning blue collar workers and many of them are evangelical
and it's very very important to them. and that's why when the pope and donald trump got into that tweet fest it wasn't too bad for him. >> what about ted cruise? he's been counting on that evangelical vote and at least in south carolina that was split in half with ted cruz getting half of the support. donald trump getting the other half. what does this mean for a ted cruz moving forward. particularly as it pertains to who he can count on in terms of evangelical voters? >> he'll have to do better. the feeling within the ted cruz campaign was the throw the liberal policy kitchen sink at donald trump and hopefully some of that would stick and the answer has really been a resounding no it's not going to stick. so many people have thrown things at tonld trump. as a matter of fact, donald trump is like the only candidate that brings up his own research on himself. he doesn't care. we're seeing a very untraditional candidate. for ted cruz it's not that he did poorly we van gel cals.
obviously he did well enough but i should say he did well enough. if you're losing a donald trump in south carolina evangelicals in houston we have a problem. when i say houston in texas, march 1st, that's the key. that's going to be the alamo moment. he needs to do well. >> at least his camp's expectation is he would do well but i wonder from your point of view i guess sort of a defeat from south carolina in those evangelicals does that in anyway set the tone moving forward from where that commitment lies? >> i don't think there's any question about that. but let's also remember that a lot of the polling down in the sec states march 1st, tennessee, alabama, georgia, trump is up in double digits. solid double digits. it's a real issue for ted cruz going in there already and a lot of politics has to do with defining the narrative and ted
cruz is starting to have this narrative defined against him in a negative way. rubio and trump are really hitting him on some of the phoniness and donald trump already had this narrative and the art of the deal. a lot of people believe what he says at face value. that's a lot of why evangelicals are willing to at least look at this guy because christianity is under attack and he's being believed. ted cruz says the same thing and he has the track record to prove it but donald trump forged an emotional connection and in politics it's all about the emotional connection. >> fascinating. thank you so much. >> pleasure. >> all right. still ahead. now that jeb bush is out, will he endorse marco rubio? we'll talk about that, next.
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welcome back. jeb bush once considered the republican establishment heavy weight with his multimillion dollar war chest has suspended his campaign and got emotional as he thanked his supporters. he also made subtle references to rival donald trump. >> in this campaign, i have stood my ground. refusing to bend to the political winds. we put forth details, innovative conservative plans to address the mounting challenges that we face because despite what you might have heard, ideas matter, policy matters. i firmly believe the american people must entrust this office to someone who understands that whoever holds it is a servant. not the master. someone who will commit to that service with honor and decency. >> and now then there were five. trump, rubio, cruz, kasich and carson. who will pick up jeb bush's supporters now that he is out and furthermore super pack
money? joining me now to talk more about this is the chairman of the american conservative union and rachel who is national spokesperson. i believe she is on the phone with us. so matt let me begin with you. you have been talking to some jeb bush supporters today. are they already deciding who they will throw their support behind? >> well, first of all, they're sad. their candidate is out of the race and they put their heart and soul into this and that's always a tough moment in politics. most of them are trying to consider what to do. he has a lot of big donors from texas and it's inevitable that a lot will move to ted cruz. he has a lot of supporters in florida. some will move to marco. others are upset for challenging jeb. florida folks thought this was jeb's time to run. it's a bit of a mixed bag. we had to give it some time and jeb's son is a statewide elected official from texas which has implications to what he does in
the future. it's a very interesting question. >> that really is something and then there's all the big donor money that would traditionally have gone to jeb bush. one has to wonder if it will automatically go to a marco rubio or if those donors are having a difficult time knowing the strained relationship that was on display. >> yeah, that's exactly right and basically what i have learned about most donors is they like to go with a winner. one of the reasons jeb bush had them is he was the front runner. he was the guy he was supposed to win. a lot are going to want to pick a winning candidate as they make their next decision. >> some already conveyed that they would go for like a marco rubio if he were the second runner up, right? >> yeah. that's exactly right. most people assume that more of the establishment money will go to marco and marco will be seen as this establishment candidate. but because they hail from the
same state look from the florida donors to have a decision on this. the texas donors will go through this as well. i really believe almost all of them go to marco. maybe some to kasich. >> now we get to see you. i'm glad you're able to join us here. what do you see in that crystal ball? that was a very tenuous display between what was once mentor and mentee. you know, jeb and marco. how soon before you even see jeb bush making a decision about who he would support, if anyone. >> i'm not sure but i think one thing that's really obvious to me is that i don't think that the animosity that you're describing between maybe how jeb feels about marco really goes toward the donors and i think a lot of people who like marco were torn between marco and jeb. whether it's people working for that campaign. do i go with marco or do i go
with jeb ooecheven some of the voters. so many of these voters are going to go to marco and so many of the donors are also going to go to marco. if you were in the trump camp, i think that marco is pretty much the establishment next choice. >> okay. and, well, but isn't marco, you know, rubio already trying to change his dialogue a little bit as if he is trying to distance himself from the establishment? just listening to his, you know, talk this morning and even last night after that second runner up win in south carolina, rachel. >> yeah but one of the things that was so interesting to me was the way he positioned it. he had tim scott behind him. nikki haley. i think he's really -- i think it's a really attractive thing to see this new face of the republican party and even donors and i think a lot of voters are excited that, look, we had the
most -- republican hearsay the most diverse multicultural field of presidential candidates in the history of the united states and they often don't get credit for that and i think that marco put that face forward in a very clear way that this was going to be a new -- a new way of looking at the republican party. one that actually reflected the people that are coming up in the party. that's very attractive to voters and to donors. that's something that no other ticket has. >> it may be a little bit early for everyone to kind of see who the bush supporters will soon be backing. i wonder if now we can kind of look back. a little evaluation of jeb bush and what happened when he was supposed to be or at least there were high expectations that he was going to potentially win that nomination. take a look at just this quick reel of jeb bush on the campaign trail. >> so 40 years ago i smoked marijuana and i admit it. my mom's not happy that i just
did. my mom is the strongest woman i know. >> you find a democrat that's for cutting spending $10 i'll give them a warm kiss. >> let me show you something, the party that i believe in -- >> you get back in the business of creating a more peaceful world. please clap. >> okay. these were memorable moments but maybe they also kind of highlight there were a few awkward moments too. so how do you evaluate what happened with jeb bush? how do you kind of evaluate his demeanor even? >> i would say this. this is not a cycle where the endorsements of elected officials are all the same old names that are going to make an impact. what conservatives and republicans want to see is
characteristics. they want to see strength and resolve and independence. somebody that will take on washington. that's why the individual characteristics are trumping everything else. jeb bush and his campaign whiffed on what is the political moment in 2016 and that 2016 moment is so much different from what we have seen in previous presidential cycles and they ran a campaign like the previous presidential cycles and they didn't run the campaign that would win this year. >> rachel, looking at that video going to strike any notes for you as to what happened as you evaluate? >> it's painful to watch but what it really shows is that jeb bush was always a donor class creation of a candidate. i don't live in washington d.c. i live in wisconsin so i'm very close to i think what the average, every day republican primary voter looks like and thinks about and i think that there was never an appetite for jeb bush from the beginning. it was -- the idea was that, you
know, it sounded good on paper and looked good in a big play book that they put together and they thought they could just really raise a lot of money and create an appetite for it. i think the good news for america sadly for jeb bush is that this proves that money does not buy elections. he had more money than god and he could not convince more than 6% of whatever primary he was in to vote for him. so i think in a sense we can all be happy that elections cannot be bought in the united states. they're really the voice of the people that have to be listened to and i would say from the beginning that there never was on the ground in the base in the grass roots an appetite for a jeb bush campaign. >> we have to leave it right there. thanks so much to both of you. appreciate it. >> thanks for having me. >> and then on the democratic side there's bernie sanders. fresh off a pivotal primary night, caucus night and we'll be hitting the campaign trail now.
sanders has a rally a little bit later on today in greenville south carolina. he is laser focused on a victory there after his very close loss to hillary clinton in nevada. i spoke to sanders wife jane yesterday about what sets him apart from the front runner. >> what's your best sell to people? what's the characteristic about bernie sanders that you believe makes him deserving of being in the white house? >> sincerity, integrity, commitment, and hard work. he basically, if he's on your side and on the side of all the working people and the middle class in this country as anybody that needs anything at any time. he seems to be there for them and if he's with you, he's with you to the max. he will work on every issue for as long as it takes to implemented it. >> all right. the conversation with jane
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investigators in michigan continue to search for answers following a random series of shootings last night. an uber driver, 45-year-old jason brian dalton is accused of killing six people all while he picked up passengers in between the killings. he was arrested this morning. let's talk more about this with our cnn legal analyst. good to see both of you. so phillip, you first, the suspect was an uber driver but had no known criminal record. so what can be done in terms of evaluating drivers by, you know, uber. evaluations at the same time hold any real liability against uber? >> the question becomes whether and to what extent uber actually does any meaningful background investigation on drivers. presumably and i think it's been reported they do driving history and things like that and we now know this shooter had no history. so they wouldn't have found
anything if they had looked but the question is though do they have to do on going evaluations? do they have to do anything that will assure the public that they are continuously monitoring the wellbeing. even the mental wellbeing of their drivers. people that basically are representatives of the uber brand. so it raises questions of whether uber might have been negligent in supervising and or hiring this individual in the first place. >> of course the investigation continues. it really is heightening trying to figure out the motivation. how he allegedly was able to carrie this through. what do you see the sequence of events right now in this investigation? >> well, as you know, this individual killed people and went back to work and dealt and interacted with more people. the police have to interview his family his friends, his close associates and they have to try to determine what happened here. we understand a background check
was done for him to drive for uber. was he suffering from mental illness? was he taking medication? did something happen to cause him to go into this psychopathic rage. >> and then how would in the state of michigan this kind of case be prosecuted? he is in custody. >> it's interesting to note that michigan doesn't have the death penalty. the maximum he can get is life in prison. the most he could get effectively is a life sentence. but to the point of how this is going to be investigated, yes, i think it's probable that investigators are going to look back to background in the recent past and see if there's some dramatic event that caused a psychotic break because you don't go from giving somebody an uber ride and letting them out and going down the street. >> that behavior in between has to be notable. >> it has to be but it's easy documented because uber is gps
based. they know who it was that he picked up and drove so it's going to be easy to identify them and talk to them to find out just what his state of mind was. so if there is any good news it's that the police will be able to identify what probably was going on with him psychiatrically. >> and then of course as investigators do reach out to the people, those fares in between the alleged, these killings by this alleged gunman here, how might that dictate or even help determine his mental state and that of course could potentially then dictate the road of prosecution. >> when they speak to those people in that car they may or may not say that they notice anything that was out of the ordinary. we all agree that it was very psychotic to pick up passengers, kill someone, pick up passengers and go back and kill someone but police are going to be on the trail. the fbi is involved right now and hopefully over the next
couple of days or weeks they'll determine what this motive was and why this happened. >> all right. thank you so much to both of you gentlemen. appreciate it. >> next the apple fight. the government wants apple to unlock encrypted messages on a phone used by the san bernardino shooters. next why apple says it's not going to do that.
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apple has until friday to respond to a court order to help the fbi hack into an iphone in a terrorism case. the tech giant was ordered by a judge to unlock the iphone belonging to farook, he and his wife killing 14 people last december in san bernardino. christina is here with more on this, so what can apple do at this point? >> it's going to continue to fight the judge's order and try to appeal the court's decision. and say, look, we're not sure the fbi has the power it make this request because congress hasn't decided on this issue. at the core of apple's argument is if you allow us to make a weakness in our own operating system then it compromises the security of everybody's iphone. in other words, it opens up a pandora's box that can't be closed again.
that is what apple argues. the fbi says we are asking for apple to make the exception. they can do it, they just don't want to do it because this is a good marketing opportunity for them to say they stand by their customers and their product. two very opposite ends of the spectrum here. it is going to be very hard for the two sides to meet in the middle and this battle has been brewing for quite sometime. >> and what is said about who's right here? >> the experts are really split on this. most of law enforcement not surprisingly sides with the fbi. the manhattan d.a. had harsh words for apple. take a listen. >> this has become, ladies and gentlemen, the wild west in technology. apple and google are there own sheriffs. there are no rules. for this one person's opinion, when you are dealing with
matters that have such consequence and are so ubiquitous in terms of the use of electronic devices, this is a decision of where to draw the line between public safety and privacy and needs to be made by independent players, legislature and courts. not by two companies. >> the rest of silicon valley companies like google and twitter and facebook all came out in support of apple saying, look, this is going to compromise not just privacy. this is matter of safety. so we will see how it plays out. but certainly politicians are weighing in. we have donald trump saying there should be a boycott of apple products. on the other side, protests being planned in support of apple. so heated arguments on both sides of this issue. >> and then what's at stake for apple if it were to, say, comply? its best argument would be? >> well, its best legal argument
is nis that the fbi doesn't hav the legal ability to do this. apple says you are forcing us to break a promise to our customers and we have customers around the world. customers in china and russia who do not want us to cooperate with the u.s. government every time it asks us to get into an iphone. >> christina, thank you so much. and we'll be right back.
all right. welcome back. checking top stories. pope francis is calling on world ledders for a one-year suspension of the death penalty. the pope will lead an international conference tomorrow in rome called a world without the death penalty. he said he hopes the conference will bring renewed energy to his mission to end capital punishment. and another american town is having problems with dirty water. resident of crystal city, texas reported black sludge coming out of their faucets. they say they cleaned out their towers and this is the sediment. clean water is being trucked in. a storm brought in 80 mile per hour wind, causing power outage and building damage. schools will remain closed for a
week. australia and new zealand stepped in to help with the country's recovery effort. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts right now. hello again and thanks for joining me. i'm fredricka whitfield. fresh off a pivotal primary win in south carolina. donald trump is wasting no time on the campaign trail. take a look at people lining up for trump's rally in atlanta. he is expected to address a crowd of thousands at any moment. those are the lines outside, inside, there are thousands of people who have already gathered and as it takes place, as donald trump steps out, we will bring that to you live as it happens. first, new developments in the south carolina results. donald trump taking all 50 delegates in south carolina a decisive victory. this is important because since 1980, south carolina has an almost perfect record of predicting who will win the republican nomination.