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tonight, a special edition of "world news tonight." the showdown in iowa is here. the first votes cast in the race for president. after months of fiery attacks, neck and neck battles, it all comes down to this. >> get out of bed and caucus. hillary clinton with her final pitch. a razor-thin lead in the latest poll. >> i'm so excited! >> on both sides tonight, the polls so close, it all comes down to the ground game. >> we will win tonight, if the voter turnout is high. >> we're with the crowds as they head to caucus. many still undecided. and many watching the major storm now bearing down from the west, hitting iowa tonight before heading east.
beat each other. "world news tonight" begins now. and good evening tonight from des moines. every four years, this country finds itself laser focused on iowa, where the first votes are cast. the election of the next president begins tonight. and the polls on both sides are very close. who will emerge the winner and who will be forced to dust off and quickly move onto new hampshire next? the polls showing the three top republicans heading into tonight -- donald trump, senators ted cruz and marco rubio. even trump, known for his bravado, admitting he's a little bit nervous. on the democratic side tonight, hillary clinton and bernie sanders in a dead heat, both trading places atop the iowa polls in recent days. we've seen long lines and huge turnouts for campaign rallies. the test tonight? which candidates will have the best ground games? it's your voice, your vote, and abc's powerhouse political team
abc's tom llamas leading us off on the republican side, donald trump and his wife melania and their final push. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump telling his supporters, it's now or never. accepting no excuses. >> if you're in bed, if you're sick, if you can't walk, if the doctor says you cannot leave -- i don't care. you got to do it. >> reporter: his prediction? a huge win. >> make sure you all caucus tonight. we're going to have a tremendous victory. we love you. thank you very much. >> reporter: trump's final iowa strategy -- run just like his company. a family affair. wife melania by his side in republican red. >> the man who will work for you, who will work with you, and who is that man? >> trump! >> i agree. he is the man. >> reporter: daughter ivanka stars in a how-to caucus video. >> just write down the name trump, and you are done. and that's it. very exciting. >> reporter: and tonight, she'll
no pressure from her dad. >> if she doesn't do a good job, i'll say, ivanka, you're fired. >> reporter: even trump's sons in on the action. sounding a bit more cautious than dad. >> the love we felt is incredible. listen, people have to get out the vote, right? >> reporter: joining the family for this final push? trump's star endorser, sarah palin. >> so iowa, are you ready to fix the problem? >> reporter: palin telling me, she's confident. so governor palin, any predictions for today? >> you know, i think for the first time, i'm going to say, we can believe the polls. usually, i say that polls are only good for strippers and cross country skiers, but this time, i think the polls are right. >> reporter: trump's toughest hitting a goal today. counties. cruz has made more than 120 stops in iowa, compared to trump's 39. >> and i got to tell you, this race right now is neck and neck. it's all about turnout. >> reporter: cruz saying trump
>> he already bellowed, how stupid are the people of iowa? just yesterday, he says, if he doesn't win iowa, then everything here was a big, fat and very expense i waste of time. >> reporter: senator marco rubio hoping for at least a strong third place finish. family, as well. even shopping for toys with his children. >> now you're undecided. he's like a caucus-goer. he can't make up his mind. >> reporter: palin telling me, she'd be comfortable supporting either senator in november. >> in a heartbeat, i would support whichever gop candidate rises to the top. you just got to do your basic abcs on this. anybody but clinton. >> and tom is with us live here in iowa tonight. tom, donald trump with his secret weapon today, his wife. many say ted cruz needs a first place finish tonight, but what about marco rubio? a lot of talk this evening of some late momentum? >> reporter: that's right, david. there could be a surprise tonight. the rubio crowds have been
but beyond that, sources within the rubio campaign, but also the cruz campaign, tell us, their polling shows this is not a two-man race. this is actually a three-way race, a dead heat between trump, cruz and rubio. there could be a very big surprise. now, rubio putting the pressure on cruz, saying he has so many resources here, this is a must-win state for him. david? >> tom llamas leading us off tonight. tom, we'll see you a bit later. meantime, on the democratic side, the stakes are enormous, as well. hillary clinton does not want a repeat of iowa eight years ago. her stunning loss then. and bernie sanders needs a win to keep momentum going. secretary clinton with a very slim lead in the final "des moines register" poll before tonight. but there is also a major challenge for sanders tonight. can he turn all of that enthusiasm into votes? those first-time caucus-goers. abc's cecilia vega takes us inside the ground game on both sides tonight. >> reporter: hillary clinton's final push, energizing volunteers first thing this morning.
thank you for everything you're >> reporter: hoping to avoid another upset. the words she wants to hear? >> thank you, senator. >> reporter: bernie sanders on the same mission. >> we will win tonight, if the voter turnout is high. >> reporter: telling his supporters what they need to pull off a win. >> let's go get them. >> reporter: for the candidates, there is nothing left to do. now, it's all up to their armies of you have volunteers. this is how close this race is. two campaigns, one building. today, we paid a visit to both campaigns. knock, knock. >> hi, welcome. >> reporter: hi. i guess this is the hillary office. inside, frantic last-minute calls to get supporters out to caucus. >> can we count on your support for hillary? fantastic. that's great to hear. >> for a lot of us, this is the big moment. >> reporter: are you nervous at all? >> no. i'm just really excited. >> reporter: just down the hall, bernie sanders' campaign.
almost empty. everyone out, knocking on doors, trying to convince people to do show up tonight. is he going to do this? >> it's in the bag. >> reporter: it's in the bag. >> it's done. >> reporter: it's done. confidence. clinton confident, too. her whole family right there for her final rally. >> hello, des moines! >> reporter: they remember her devastating iowa loss in 2008. >> i congratulate senator obama and senator edwards. >> reporter: this time, clinton says, she's learned her lesson. >> i think that i have a much better organization, to just be really clear about it. i think i'm a better candidate. >> and cecilia with us live tonight, as well. and cecilia, you pointed out there, their campaign offices across the hall from one another. imagine the awkward conversations in the hallway. but this really does come down to who has the better ground game tonight. >> reporter: that's right, david. all those door knocks and phone calls we saw today lead to turnout and whoever wins the
the polls here have been fluctuating for weeks. the latest one shows hillary clinton on top, david, just barely. >> all right, cecilia, we'll see you later, as well. in these final hours, the closing arguments. every minute is planned. except for the ones when they try to take a break and grab a bite for themselves. but then, our jon karl just happens to be sitting a table away. >> reporter: go out for coffee in des moines on caucus day, and there's a good chance you'll run into somebody running for president. how's it going? >> great. taking a little break. getting refueled. >> reporter: you're like a regular here. >> i am, actually. love this place. find somebody who already was president. des moines and you run into bill clinton. mr. president, how does it feel? is she going to pull it off? >> great. >> reporter: some candidates in the back of the pack are already pulling up the stakes. you're going to be at a town hall meeting in new hampshire by the time this is going on. >> when this is going on, i'll meeting in new hampshire. >> reporter: but tonight, as
expected to show up at some 2,000 caucus locations across the state. they'll pile into schools, senior centers and churches. in malcom, iowa -- population 277 -- the caucus is in a grain elevator. in hayesville, republicans will caucus in a gun shop. and off a dirt road in boone county, the democratic caucus -- rural precinct number 3 -- is in the living room of mary and gary weaver. >> we're so rural, we're really doing it almost as a convenience for ourselves and our neighbors. >> reporter: so, tonight, mary bakes for her caucus guests, treating them, she says, to some iowa nice. >> the weavers' living room, the place to be tonight. and jon, that's what we love about iowa. the living rooms, the schools, so many diving into this tonight. >> reporter: yeah, and by some estimates, nearly half of those that vote on the republican side will be people who are never been to a caucus before. david, those are exactly the people that donald trump needs to turn out big-time if he's to pull off a win here in iowa. >> all right, jon karl, part of the political team on the ground here in iowa tonight.
and though caucus-goers are finally gathering tonight, the debate within families, among neighbors here began long before. so many telling me today, they take their first in the nation role very seriously here. as the iowa caucuses are held tonight, it's likely some of the debate started here. see you the old tractors out front, the machine shed is part of the iowa caucus tradition. the machine shed restaurant in des moines, among the many morning stops on the big day. so, every four years, iowa is the focus of the country. what do you think of that? >> it's good and bad. >> reporter: their phone hasn't stopped ringing. but it doesn't stop them. >> it puts iowa on the map. a lot of times, they'll say, oh, idaho. >> reporter: it's iowa. >> it's iowa. >> the potato people, right? >> reporter: idaho's great, too, but let's claim your state. >> it really is. >> reporter: melinda is ready for tonight. her daughter izzy by her side. do you know what today is? what's today? >> today's the caucus. >> reporter: what's today? >> the caucus. >> reporter: the caucus day.
organizing tonight. every four years, the country is studying the hawkeye state. >> right. >> reporter: how important is that to you guys? >> it's very important to us, yeah. we love our first in the nation status. >> reporter: how are you doing over here? and meredith with her family, helping to her run her precinct tonight. though many are still undecided. >> they get really passionate sand they even stress about making the decision, like my friends who are undecided, or -- >> reporter: until when? still? >> yeah, i still have friends who are undecided. >> reporter: they may be undecided going in, but the order here tomorrow morning, easy to predict. the famous cinnamon roll. this is the may famous cinnamon roll? >> yes, it is. >> reporter: made in america, at the machine shed since 1978. what is special about these? >> they're the best cinnamon rolls ever. >> reporter: no campaigning needed. >> already been decided. >> the cinnamon rolls really the only thing we can predict with any certainty, at least for now. let's get right to george stephanopoulos, who will lead the team tonight, as these results come in and george, no
course, but for bernie sanders on the democratic side, and ted cruz on the republican side, is iowa a must-win? >> i think that's especially true for per see sand bernie sanders. if he wins, it is going to be a very big deal. but he'll still have a hard road to the nomination. secretary clinton is better organized in the big states. she's got a lot of support from minority voters and the support of the political establishment and if she wins in iowa tonight, they are going to close ranks behind her big-time. as for ted cruz, i think he can survive a close second to donald trump in iowa. but if trump opens up a big lead over cruz, or even worse, his nightmare scenario is that marco rubio slips by him, then it's going to be very hard to imagine how he recovers from that. but if he's close, he's got money, he's well organized in the southern states, got some support there, he can survive. >> all right, george, looking forward to joining you later tonight. george and the entire powerhouse political team standing by. we have continuing coverage throughout the night and we will break in live with results.
hampshire and the next big debate after iowa, and right before the new hampshire primary. join marth as we moderate the republican debate next saturday night, right here on abc. and from the political storm hitting tonight, to the other one. a major winter storm set to hit right here in iowa overnight, and then move east. in fact, alerts from california to michigan tonight, already powerful storm winds knocking over this massive tree in san diego. the driver of that car did not survive. snow and ice causing a 25-vehicle pileup, shutting down i-80 near lake tahoe. snow falling across 1,600 miles. and here's abc's clayton sandell now. >> reporter: the storm now taking aim at iowa, already leaving a trail of weather woes. in colorado, another day of icy roads. spinouts and crashes. airlines canceled more than 500 flights through denver. near truckee, california, interstate 80 shut down.
trees. a giant oak killing that woman in san diego. >> and i saw their cars my stomach ck stomach just dropped. >> reporter: and a tv news crew affiliate, kgtv, was seriously down. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> clayton, thank you. abc meteorologist rob marciano standing by tonight with the storm track for us. >> reporter: good evening, david. tremendous snowfall totals in the mountains, now blizzard warnings into iowa. the snow, it looks like, won't begin there in earnest until after midnight. here we are by 5:00 p.m. tomorrow. thunderstorms in chicago, but the accumulations of snow will be impressive in the plains, too. could see five to ten inches of snow, minneapolis, just to the south and even more than that, over a foot, across southwest nebraska. severe weather component to this? you bet. mostly across the mid-south, memphis to jackson, all the way up to louisville. strong tornadoes a possibility.
caucus was a day later, say tomorrow, we'd have some real problems on our hands. >> rob marciano tracking it all for us. rob, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. much more from iowa, and also tonight, the 13-year-old kidnapped and murdered in virginia. and now, we're learning nor details about the star student now charged in the case. his college friend charged, as well. the new headline breaking tonight about chipotle and the outbreak that sickened customers across the country. and then this -- >> thank you, all. there's a fire starting in my heart >> why adele is suddenly weighing in on donald trump, or, at least his choice in music. what she now says about trump using her songs to begin his rallies. thousands of people came out today to run the race for retirement. so we asked them... are you completely prepared for retirement? okay, mostly prepared? could you save 1% more of your income? it doesn't sound like much, but saving an additional 1% now, could make a big difference
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virginia tech students behind bars, held without bond in connection to the death of a 13-year-old girl from blacksburg, virginia. thousands had been searching for her. nicole lovell was last seen on tuesday night. her parents say she pushed a dresser up against her bedroom door before climbing out of her window. saturday, police discovered her body about 80 miles away in north carolina. in court today, charges that the two students dumped the child's body here on wednesday, the day she went missing. david eisenhauer was charged with kidnapping and premeditated murder. police say he knew the victim. >> eisenhauer used this relationship to his advantage to abduct and then kill her. >> reporter: eisenhauer was a track star. well liked, goal driven. >> he was one of our good students here for sure. >> reporter: tonight, authorities continue to search for clues in this pond on the virginia tech campus. the student second, natalie keepers, charged as an accessory, accused of helping eisenhauer get rid of the girl's body. david, neither was charged with
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finally tonight, from here in iowa, the running mates. supporting the candidates from the very beginning. abc's linsey davis with the spouses tonight, and what they revealed about the candidates who want to be president. >> reporter: perhaps the best way to get to know the candidates -- >> what people don't see is how much fun ted is and how thoughtful he is. >> reporter: is to hear from the people who know them best. their spouses. >> we got married in 1988. i had three teenage children. not once did he question having to send them all to college. >> reporter: for the people who just see chris christie and want to say, he's a name-caller, he's brash, he lacks self-control --
name-calling that has been caught on video sometimes, there was always a purpose to that. >> we fight all the time. i've taught her to debate. >> reporter: for those who say your husband was a phenomenal surgeon, but that doesn't necessarily prepare you to be president. >> what we need is people who know how to really solve problems. >> reporter: and their partners' greatest asset? >> his steadfastness. >> patience. >> sincerity. >> her ethics. >> reporter: his greatest asset? >> me! >> thank you for watching tonight. we'll break in live with results from the iowa caucuses throughout the night. i'm david muir. i'll be joining george a little later here. until then, have a good evening.
denver 7 on the scene, breaking news in parker north of e 470. a serious accident there blocking the area at parker road. >> reporter: it looks like several cars were involved. let me step out of the way. the accident sceneeis just beyond where you can see the emergency lights, and i want to get to you video to get you a better view. four people were taken to the injuries. northbound paaker road is about .50 of a mile north of cottonwood or e470. closed. we did see an xfinity truck flipped on its side, and seven cars were involved, four people taken to the hospital and roads are slick.