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welcome to a special edition of "world news tonight." breaking news on this showdown saturday. election battles on two fronts. hillary clinton with a much-needed win over bernie sanders in nevada after a tense neck and neck fight. but sanders trouncing her on the issue of trust. tonight, the long lines and the celebrations. showdown in south carolina. donald trump firing away until the very end. >> so, it's crunch time, folks. it's crunch time. >> ted cruz and marco rubio with their last-minute push. can they still catch trump? >> it's in god's hands and in the voters' hands. >> the first test for republican candidates in the south. the results coming in right now. and what donald trump said just as justice scalia was being laid to rest. tonight, his comment about president obama not attending
the funeral, as thousands pay their final respects. good evening. and thank you for joining us on this saturday. i'm cecilia vega. tonight, candidates from both parties are one step closer in this race for the white house. two very close contests. in south carolina, voting in the republican primary has just ended. still too early to make a projection there, but based on our analysis of the exit polls, right now, it's looking like a three-person race. trump, cruz and rubio. but in the democratic caucuses in nevada, based on our analysis of the vote, abc news is projecting hillary clinton be win the caucuses, with more than 80% of the vote already in, clinton holding about a four-point lead. secretary clinton celebrating just moments ago, before a cheering crowd in las vegas. >> i am on my way to texas. i'm on my way to texas. bill is on his way to colorado.
the fight goes on, the future that we want is within our grasp. thank you, all. god bless you! >> and turnout very high in those caucuses. republican voters lining up across the state in south carolina, all day, too. we have team coverage on both races, but we begin with abc's chief anchor george stephanopoulos with me now. let's start with the democrats. what are you seeing. what does this mean for hillary clinton moving forward? >> reporter: puts her back on a clear path to the nomination. it is clearly hers to lose. she she invested a lot of money in nevada. we have some insight into why the voters went that way. they were voting with their heads. the ones that cared about experience broke very heavily right there, for hillary clinton. also, those who voted in the last three days broke heavily for clinton. you see it there, 51% to 37%. so, she's on her way now, heading into states very strong for her. south carolina, next saturday,
and the big super tuesday states on march 1st. >> the republicans, polls closing, what are you expecting there? >> reporter: a three-person race. too close to call right now. trump, rubio and cruz. but one of the things that was most interesting numbers in the exit polls there, the number who feel betrayed by republican politicians, 53% of republican primary voters feel betrayed by their own politicians. that's fueling this outsider sentiment. >> okay, george. and you will have more following all of this tomorrow on "this week." thank you for being here tonight. let's go to nevada. cheers inside clinton's headquarters. here in brooklyn, first, when the results came in. but sanders did some damage tonight. a huge victory for young voters, and with those looking for a candidate who is honest and trustworthy. sanders, the favorite by a wide margin in that one. but it was not enough. mary bruce is live in the clinton campaign, where clinton just wrapped up that victory speech, mary. big celebrations there tonight. >> reporter: big celebrations and a huge sigh of relief here. hillary clinton just moments
ago, thanking her supporters here, as what was supposed to be a simple caucus event turned into a victory party. >> this is your campaign. and it is -- it is a campaign to break down every barrier that holds you back. >> i believe that on super tuesday, we have got an excellent chance to win. >> reporter: locked in a tight race for nevada, the candidates took no votes for granted. >> the next president of the united states! >> reporter: hillary clinton spent the day getting out the vote with every handshake, hug and selfie. at her headquarters, volunteers leaving nothing to chance. sanders today, not missing a single opportunity to make his case to voters. >> thank you very much. thanks for coming out. >> reporter: sanders practically bumping into clinton at this casino. as they crisscrossed from one caucus site to another. here's something that you'll only see in nevada, hundreds of
people lining up to caucus in a casino ballroom. both candidates fighting for the key support of union workers and latinos. this union member telling us, he's backing bernie. >> because he's a president that wants change. he's going to stand up for the middle class, for the students, for health care, affordable. >> reporter: but this hillary clinton supporter has something else in mind. what would say to the bernie supporters? >> he'll make a great vice president. >> reporter: one precinct using a classic sin city tiebreaker. a deck of cards. clinton winning this one, drawing the highest card. and cecilia, clinton not dwelling on this victory for now. she's off to texas tonight, and then onto south carolina for that next big contest. cecilia? >> okay, mary, thank you. and we turn next to south carolina, the polls now closed in the republican primary there. turnout steady across the state all day long. lines and long waits of up to an hour for some voting sites. abc's tom llamas is covering
this side of the story. he joins us from a trump watch party. so, tom, how confident are they feeling in there tonight? >> reporter: well, cecilia, trump sounded very confident last night, and tonight, this room is energized. and what an interesting week for donald trump. first, he tangled with the pope and then doubts were raised about his stance that he was against the iraq war before it started. and finally, last night, a bizarre historical reference to how he would deal with isis. tonight, donald trump hopes to end a week of wild headlines with his biggest news yet -- winning the south carolina primary. >> you have to get out and vote. because we have a movement going. we have something very special. >> reporter: trump, wrapping his south carolina campaign up, citing a ghoulish myth of general john pershing in the philippines, killing muslim prisoners with bullets dripped in pig blood. >> and he lined up the 50 people
and they shot 49 of those 50 people, and he said to the 50th, you go back to your people and you tell them what happened, and for 25 years, there wasn't a problem. >> reporter: senator marco rubio someday saying, that's more evidence trump's not fit to be president. rubio hoping the backing of some of south carolina's most powerful republicans leads to a surprise showing. senator rubio, how are you feeling about south carolina? >> i feel great, we have a good team here. >> reporter: a super pac supporting senator ted cruz on the offense, sending out this robocall, telling voters trump was critical of the confederate flag. >> trump talks about our flag like it's a social disease. >> reporter: cruz in washington today for supreme court justice antonin scalia's funeral. last night, telling voters to ignore any news that isn't pro-cruz. >> if there are phone calls, you should listen to them. if they're anyone else's, hang up. >> reporter: and jeb bush fighting hard to survive in south carolina. looking forward to nevada, but not ruling out changing his
plans if he has a weak finish. what's the plan going forward? >> the plan's to go to vegas around noon. >> could anything change that plan? >> we'll see. we'll see. i don't think so. >> and tom is back with us now live inside donald trump's camp there in south carolina. tom, you were saying how confident is his team is feeling tonight. what about the others now trying to cut into that lead? >> reporter: well, look, cecilia, the rubio campaign feels very confident, as well. you saw, they got all those endorsements. they would love a second place finish. but senator tez cruz so far has run the more effective campaign. he's got very aggressive super pacs that are supporting him, and of course, everyone is going to be watching to see what happens to jeb bush. cecilia? >> tom right there waiting for him to take the stage. tom, thank you. trump aiming to keep that lead ahead of the challengers and win a second victory in a row. abc's jon cathan karl is with u from washington. what would a trump win mean for his candidacy going forward, and what would -- would it give him the momentum he needs to come
out ahead on super tuesday and beyond? >> reporter: look, cecilia, a trump victory in south carolina would be, in a word, huge. if he wins tonight, following that landslide victory that he had in new hampshire, trump would solidify his standing as the clear no doubt about it front-runner. in fact, we have never had a republican presidential candidate to win both new hampshire and south carolina and not win the republican nomination. he would go into super tuesday with momentum and a sizable lead in delegates. but cecilia, things could get harder for trump in the coming weeks. right now, there is an anti-trump vote, but it is divided among five other candidates. i expect one, maybe two of those candidates could drop out over the next week. trump may win big when the field is large and divided, the question is, whether he can continue to win, and the vote against him is not so divided. >> jon karl watching it all for us tonight. jon, thank you. the presidential race edging into the solemn funeral for supreme court justice antonin
scalia. president obama and the first lady paying their respects yesterday. vice president biden going to the funeral. that prompted donald trump to tweet, "i wonder if president obama would have attended the funeral of justice scalia if it were held in a mosque." but during the funeral mass today, at least, politics were left outside. abc's devin dwyer for us at the supreme court tonight. >> reporter: it was hardly the simple parish mass he wanted, but for justice scalia, a fitting farewell. his cloak-draped casket given high catholic honors at a mass celebrated by his son. >> dad understood that the deeper he went in his catholic faith, the better a citizen and public servant he became. >> reporter: father paul scalia recalling how, even in a devout family, there was little that blunted his father's sharp wit. >> he had found himself in my confessional line. and he quickly departed it. [ laughter ] as he put it later, like heck if i'm confessing to you.
>> reporter: more than 3,000 packed the basilica to say good-bye. justice clarence thomas, who's famously silent from the bench, read scripture. >> we have now received reconciliation. >> reporter: as scalia's laid to rest, the political battle to replace him is under way. >> have a good weekend. >> reporter: president obama -- armed with a binder of research -- spending the weekend preparing to choose his nominee. but top senate republicans say his pick should be blocked with no confirmation until 2017. if scalia's seat is not filled until the next president takes office, it would be the longest vacancy on the court in more than 40 years. cecilia? >> okay, devin, thank you. and we do want to turn to other news tonight. the most powerful storm on record, striking fiji. cyclone winston battering that pacific island chain. winds of over 160 miles an hour. the government declaring a state of natural disaster there. and next, to that standoff between the fbi and apple over accessing the san bernardino
shooter's iphone. well, tonight, a possible solution, from one of america's most fore most experts on cyber security. who now claims he can break into that phone, and all he needs is three weeks. here's abc's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight, a proposal to break the stalemate between the fbi and apple over the government's demand the tech giant hack into the iphone of the san bernardino shooter. cybersecurity pioneer, john mcafee, offering to do it himself, for free, in three weeks. >> i guarantee, you give me the phone, i will give you the data. >> reporter: mcafee defending apple, saying the fbi's request to create a so-called backdoor into the phone's operating system puts hundreds of millions of iphone users at risk. his plan involves physically taking apart this phone and only this phone, eliminating any risk to others. >> using social engineering plus the hardware and the software, we perform our magic with the wands, and it comes out, this is how it works. there are 10,000 hackers in the world who could easily do what i
am suggesting myself. >> reporter: but the government has said it needs apple's help to get into syed farook's phone. cecilia, no word if the fbi is considering his offer. but mcafee is so confident in his ability to crack that phone, that he told me, very colorfully, if he fails, he will eat his shoe on live tv. cecilia? >> okay, eva, you get to stay on this story for us. thank you. and we turn to louisiana tonight. the man who spent more time in solitary confinement than anyone else in u.s. history is getting used to life outside. albert woodfox was placed in a solitary cell more than 43 years ago, convicted in the death of a prison guard. yesterday, on his 69th birthday he was set free. here's abc's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight, family members say albert woodfox is overwhelmed, but feeling great. shown here celebrating with members of the black panther party, just after his release from prison, where he spent more than four decades in solitary
confinement, in a nine by six-foot cell. >> how does it feel? >> uh, i really haven't decided yet. >> reporter: the last of the so-called "angola 3" prisoners freed yesterday, on his 69th birthday. >> right now, i'm just trying to adjust to being free. >> reporter: after taking a plea deal in the 1972 murder of louisiana state penitentiary guard, brent miller. his conviction overturned twice, woodfox was set to be tried a third time, when he pleaded no contest to lesser charges yesterday, while maintaining he is innocent. >> this plea agreement was a means to bring this case to an end. >> reporter: an end to a punishment woodfox claims was because of his ties to the black panthers. the group joining him here as he starts his life outside of prison. marci gonzalez, abc news, new york. still ahead tonight on "world news tonight," the customer website used by millions. a business suing a client for thousands of dollars.
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