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great for him to be home. >> always think of him as a niner. sorry. facebook and twitter. tonight, victory lap. ted cruz reshapes the race, handing a surprising loss to donald trump in iowa while marco rubio's strong showing gives hope to mainstream republicans. but it's a photo finish for hillary clinton. declared the winner in a very late call by the party with a razor-thin margin over bernie sanders. new zika fears. the first confirmed case of sexually transmitted zika in the u.s. and questions over whether the virus can cause paralysis in adults. social media murder. young college students accused in the death of a 13-year-old girl. was she lured to her death online? and nightmare at 10,000 feet. a massive hole ruptured in the side of a plane midair. a harrowing scene inside the cabin as passengers brace for an emergency landing.
"nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" news with lester holt. good evening. there is some big and intriguing new story lines in the race for president tonight after iowa voters reshuffled the race. there were just two winners, of course, but at least twice that many victory-sounding speeches after last night's results, followed by the mad overnight dash to new hampshire. ted cruz arriving with a surprise tail wind after defying the polls to defeat donald trump. marco rubio, a close enough third to add a new dynamic to the race. for the democrats, it was razor close, but the iowa democratic party has declared hillary clinton the winner over bernie sanders, who is calling it a virtual tie. the new hampshire primary, a week from tonight, just got a whole lot more interesting. let's start with the cruz-trump headline and hallie jackson. hello, hallie.
>> reporter: hi, lester. the center of the political universe has shifted here less than 24 hours after iowa set a record with 50% more republicans caucusing than ever before. now, it's new hampshire's turn with some candidates under pressure. not used to losing. >> we're going to win. we're going to win so much. >> reporter: donald trump finally did, today making headlines with the winning story line all ted cruz. >> what a victory last night. >> reporter: he's deploying the same strategy in windham, new hampshire, as he did near windham, iowa. shake lots of hands. >> i'm a local volunteer with the ted cruz campaign. >> reporter: make lots of calls and take on donald trump. >> donald trump was saying every day that i was his friend, that he loved me and now i'm an afrnchor baby. i do think differences on policy, on record, on substance, that's fair game. >> reporter: our conversation coming just after cruz's victory speech last
night, which trump today slammed for being too long, too flamboyant, taking a tone very different from his gracious one last night. >> and i want to congratulate ted, and i want to congratulate all of the incredible candidates. >> reporter: trump now in new hampshire where he leads by double digits. his edge here, more independent voters, and fewer evangelicals. a crucial group for cruz in iowa. and by the time new hampshire votes tuesday, trump's decision to bail on the des moines debate may not resonate anymore. >> anything can happen because new hampshire voters really make up their mind on that final weekend. >> reporter: while cruz hopes to frame this as a one-on-one duel, one point behind trump in iowa was marco rubio, a strong third. >> isn't this a three-man race now? >> listen, that's going to be up to the voters. i have to say i'm amused at listening to the media talking about what an impressive third place finish. >> reporter: but a new state means a new race, now just one week away. hallie jackson, nbc news, windham, new hampshire. >> reporter: this is
gabe gutierrez covering the rubio campaign. rarely has a third place finish felt so much like a victory. today marco rubio fought to keep that momentum. >> i'll see you in the morning, i wasn't kidding. >> reporter: thanks to a ground game that situated undecided voters, rubio shattered expectations in iowa, surging into the top three of the republican field. >> this is the moment they said would never happen. >> reporter: and emerging as the first viable gop alternative to cruz and trump. >> they told me that we have no chance because my hair wasn't gray enough and my boots were too high. >> reporter: even polling at 15%, yet he raked in a surprising 23%, just one percentage point behind trump. >> so are you the real establishment candidate here? >> i think people always use that terminology. i've had to run against the establishment. that said, i want to unify the party. >> reporter: now the question is how much will that establishment rally behind him, or will donors support other candidates? today, christie took rubio head on.
>> this isn't the student council election, everybody. this is an election for president of the united states. let's get the boy in the bubble out of the bubble. >> some strong words from christie. >> i think it's been a tough couple days for chris and for some of the other guys. >> reporter: rubio also looking past new hampshire. >> i'm putting my confidence and my trust in marco rubio. >> announcing an endorsement from the south carolina senator. >> rubio wants to make the case in new hampshire that unlike ted cruz, he can appeal to republicans in a much more moderate state. so that's how he wants to position himself as the anti-cruz. >> reporter: many analysts are predicting a 3, 2, 1 strategy for rubio. if he finishes third in iowa, second here in new hampshire, and first in south carolina, that could be the most likely path to his nomination. lester. >> gabe, thank you. for the democrats, it was the closest race in iowa caucus history. so tight, iowa's democratic party did not declare hillary clinton the winner, and by a narrow
margin, until late this afternoon. bernie sanders has not ruled out contesting the count. we've got both campaigns covered starting with nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: in new hampshire today, hillary clinton was sounding triumphant. >> i am so thrilled that i'm coming to new hampshire after winning iowa! >> reporter: but the stark reality is after starting out 40 points ahead of bernie sanders, she ended up with a razor-thin victory. >> tails. >> tails. >> reporter: it even took coin tosses to get there, and the delegates will be virtually evenly split. clinton today telling msnbc's chris matthews, she was relieved at the outcome. >> everybody said if there were a big turnout, that would advantage senator sanders. there was a big turnout, and we won. >> reporter: but the iowa entrance poll reveals her weaknesses. among the biggest, her crushing defeat among young voters, losing them by 84 to 14. >> why are young
voters going for sanders? do you understand that dynamic? >> can you hang on a second? can you move back? >> vote for me. i'll break down the big banks, tax the millionaires. >> reporter: after squeaking out a win in iowa, clinton is now sounding more like sanders. >> i know that we can finish the job of universal health care coverage for every man, woman, and child. >> reporter: she's now trying to lower expectations here in new hampshire where sanders, from neighboring vermont, has a double digit lead, hoping her husband, who was once the come back here will help her avoid at least too big a defeat. andrea mitchell, nbc news, new hampshire. >> reporter: i'm kasie hunt with the sanders campaign in new hampshire, where they're hoping to turn iowa momentum into his first 2016 victory next tuesday. >> last night, we began the political
revolution not just in iowa, not just in new hampshire, but all over this country. >> reporter: sanders criticizing clinton after this comment last night. >> i am a progressive who gets things done for people. >> reporter: do you think hillary clinton is a progressive? >> some days, yes. except when she announces that she is a proud moderate, and then i guess she's not a progressive. >> reporter: the vermont senator still riding high after this near miss in the iowa caucuses, which the campaign says was anything but a loss. >> it looks like we are in a virtual tie. >> reporter: according to entrance polls, that performance was powered by first-time caucus-goers, who went for him 59% to 37%. but those polls also show a steep challenge for sanders. iowa democrats who are most concerned about which candidate can win in november backed hillary clinton by 60 points. >> they say i like you bernie, i want to vote for you, but i just don't think you can win. well, i think that
today we took a giant step to overcome that kind of doubt. >> reporter: it was a whirlwind night for sanders. a red eye flight to new hampshire where hundreds of supporters rallied for him at 5:00 in the morning. >> what time is it? it's amazing. >> reporter: another sign of that enthusiasm, after his speech last night, bernie sanders raised over $1 million. lester. >> kasie, thanks. let's turn to chuck todd, nbc news political director and moderator of "meet the press." chuck, what impact will last night have? >> i think now we see a shift in the burden of proof on candidacies. in iowa, the burden of proof was on donald trump and hillary clinton and ted cruz. ted cruz passed his test. hillary clinton barely passed her test. now that the burden of proof shifts to bs bsz and donald trump. bernie sanders and donald trump have had
double digit leads in new hampshire for weeks. now they have to win here. well, hillary clinton might have a little bit of momentum, the clintons have done well in new hampshire in the past, and now we know everything could be thrown up into the air on the republican side of things. so i think that's the big change here is suddenly must-win states for sanders and trump. >> chuck, thank you. there are a pair of troubling new developments in the zika virus outbreak. doctors in the u.s. are reporting the first known case of the virus being sexually transmitted. while in brazil, experts are trying to determine whether the virus could be linked to a rare condition that causes paralysis in adults. nbc's rehema ellis reports from brazil. >> reporter: mosquitos are the primary way the zika virus is transmitted, but today the cdc confirmed the first case acquired by sexual contact in texas. as a result, the cdc tells nbc news it will now issue a new advisory this week. >> if a man comes back, gets sick with zika, and then has
sexual intercourse with a whom who is pregnant or may be pregnant, there is the theoretical risk that woman could then become infected with zika. >> reporter: as health officials study transmission, the cdc is also investigating other serious illnesses zika may cause, beyond microcephaly in babies. in brazil, 27-year-old dave gomez is recovering from sudden paralysis he woke up with a month ago after having zika like symptoms. he was diagnosed with guillain-barre syndrome, a rare and potentially life-threatening attack on the nervous system, causing paralysis. debilitating but often treatable, with blood cell infusions and physical therapy. >> last year, we have 55 cases. >> this neurologist says that's four times higher than normal at her hospital. you think the zika virus is connected with the syndrome? >> yes, absolutely. >> who's at risk? >> everybody.
>> reporter: the cdc is on the ground in brazil, looking into the possible link. >> we're doing a study so we can determine if there's a relation and if so, which people are most at risk. >> you're saying he could be disabled for the rest of his life? >> yes. >> this 59-year-old farmer, paralyzed for a month with guillain-barre syndrome, showing no signs of recovery as scientists race to solve this unfolding medical mystery. rehema ellis, nbc news, recife, brazil. >> much of this country is under severe weather threat this evening. nearly 14 million people are under tornado watches in the south w450i8 blizzard conditions continue to pound the plains in the midwest. nbc's jacob rascon is in the threat zone. >> reporter: the massive winter storm pummeled the midwest and plains, blizzard conditions in iowa and beyond. >> this will be a big snow. maybe some of the worst since 2008-2009. >> reporter: 11 inches of snow in the hawkeye state.
more than a foot in colorado. and in nebraska, where whiteout conditions choked more than 100 miles of interstate 80, 15 inches of snow. airports scrambling to keep up. nearly 2 million americans under blizzard warning tonight with 21 million at risk for severe storms. >> we could have wind, hail, even tornadoes today. >> go, go, go. >> reporter: late today, startling images, a monster tornado barreling down on alabama. >> get to the water tower. >> reporter: reports of at least six other tornadoes and damage to homes, a church and a college in alabama and mississippi. tornado watches from louisiana to kentucky. in memphis, parking lots and intersections flooded in minutes. meanwhile, in pennsylvania, a bold prediction. >> there is no shadow to be cast. an early spring is my forecast. >> reporter: only the 18th time punxsutawney phil has not seen his shadow since the late 1800s. and with el nino
bringing temperatures up to 25 degrees above average, an early spring is not out of the question. but for millions of americans, it can't come early enough. and tonight the storm is on the move with new reports of tornadoes and tornado damage coming in by the minute, and the threat of tornadoes, lightning, hail, and damaging winds continues tonight and into tomorrow for millions of americans. lester. >> jacob rascon tonight, thank you. comedian bill cosby appeared in court today for his first hearing in the criminal case against him. cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. the former district attorney who declined to pursue charges in the case back in 2005 testified today. he said the accuser had credibility issues, but he also says he supports the decision now to prosecute cosby. the defense wants the case dismissed. still ahead tonight, they're accused of a shocking crime. a pair of virginia tech students charged in the killing of a 13-year-old girl. why it's raising new
explains. >> reporter: the grief stricken mother of nicole madison lovell, living the unimaginable. >> nicole touched many people throughout her short life. >> reporter: authorities tonight say the 13-year-old was stabbed to death, and the connection to two promising college freshmen from virginia tech charged in her murder may be social media. the seventh grader was active on twitter and a facebook forum called teen dating and flirting. the night she disappeared, nicole reportedly showed a friend texts from an 18-year-old man she was supposed to meet. they came on a messaging app called kick. >> we will not let this violence define us. >> reporter: police say 18-year-old david eisenhauer, a track starr and engineering student, kidnapped and murdered nicole. 19-year-old natalie keepers was originally charged with helping him get rid of the body, authorities now
say she was involved before nicole died. >> natalie keepers will be charged today with being an accessory before the fact to the first-degree murder of nicole lovell. >> reporter: the seventh grader went missing last week after climbing out of her bedroom window. her body found 80 miles away in north carolina. >> these two individuals took my daughter from this planet, and i want to know why. i want all the information i can get. >> reporter: a family, a community without answers, shaken to its core. janet shamlian, nbc news. >> we're back in a moment with a major change military leaders want to make regarding the draft.
to make an emergency landing. officials say at least two people were injured. the cause of the rupture is under investigation. should young women have to register for the draft? the top officers in the army and the marines both told congress yes today about two months after the pentagon opened all combat positions to women. even though no draft is currently in place, almost all young men ages 18 to 25 are required to register for it. the white house has announced a new recipient for the medal of honor, but the navy has not released a photo of him because he's a member of the elite and covert s.e.a.l. team 6. senior chief special war fair operator edward buyers will receive the medal for his bravery in a drama rescue mission to free an american doctor from the taliban in 2012. when we come back, on ward to new hampshire. how voters are making up their minds there ahead of the very first primary. >> announcer: nbc nightly news is brought to you by
of the newscast, the center of the political universe as now officially shifted from iowa to new hampshire. a week from now, the state holds the very first primary in the nation. what's weighing on the minds of voters there? we asked our kevin tibbles to visit a town in new hampshire to find out in our series, "we, the people." >> reporter: in the shadow of the rugged white mountains sits littleton, new hampshire. the town that gave america the story of polyanna and where you can still feel her optimistic spirit on main street. >> it's a opposetive mood. it's people collaborating, working together. >> reporter: but littleton also embraces new hampshire's motto of live free or die. at shutters candy store, owner jim alden savors his role as an independent like some 40% of the voters here. >> they're going to make the decision on their own. not really influenced by the crowd. >> reporter: inside
northern lights music, dan solomon and family have a rhythm all their own. >> i will decide when i cast my vote. >> reporter: son asher wants his candidate to be as interest as he is. >> not having those views dictated to him by people who are advising him. he's truly independent. >> reporter: but while much of new hampshire has fared well out of the recession, many say it has come from hard work and sacrifice. >> i'm not looking for a handout. i don't want anything from government, and i want my fellow neighbor to feel the same way. >> reporter: art thai runs the local frame shop. while his mind is made up, his independent spirit runs deep. >> at the end of the day, the world isn't a polyanna. we do have to make tough decisions. >> the granite state will make up its mind when it's good and ready. and by golly, as pollyanna would say, that is something to be glad about. kevin tibbles, nbc news, littleton, new hampshire.
and that is going to do it for us on this tuesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. i think that if a law enforcement officer acts in a criminal capacity, there should be an arrest. >> right now at 6:00, more possible criminal conduct by jail deputies. the exclusive information we're learning that could trigger more arrests of deputies in sarasota county. good evening, i'm raj mathai. >> the embattled santa clara jail and staff will be back in the legal spotlight and we are told the department is bracing for another blackout for
deputies. in a story only on nbc bay area, we are joined by robert handa to tell us what charges are expected again, robert? >> reporter: jessica, as you know, there's a lot of scrutiny on the jail ever since three correctional deputies were charged with murdering an inmate last august. this time it's the sheriff's own investigation that could lead to more arrests. sources say although no one can predict exactly what the district attorney's office will do, some investigations that just completed are expected to put more correctional officers behind bars. the santa clara county sheriff's department has been investigating numerous cases with inmates being beaten by jailed deputies as well as reviewing every deputy grievance since 2010. >> some have revealed significant results. >> reporter: although the sheriff's office won't comment on specifics, sources say they have wrapped up cases and now anticipate more correctional officers to be arrested soon. again, sheriff lori smith wouldn't talk ab