tv ABC World News With David Muir ABC February 9, 2016 6:30pm-7:00pm EST
great night. breaking news tonight as we come on the air. what the exit polls are already telling us, right here in new hampshire. the first primary in the nation. votes being tallied. for some, a make or break moment. after months of and neck battles, it all comes down to this. >> polls are open! polls are open! >> our political team out in force tonight. we're one-on-one with donald trump. >> is tonight your night? >> we're with marco rubio. with jeb bush. does he need a strong showing here to survive? and john kasich. does he have late momentum? >> we're getting pounded by everybody. bernie sanders and hillary clinton battling it out. >> i love this process. i love this primary. >> her uphill battle in sanders' backyard. and we're with the voters tonight. the late deciders revealing to
"world news tonight" starts now. good evening from new hampshire, where every four years, the nation watches and waits for the results from the first in the nation primary. and some of the conditionandidates have acknowledged already, if they don't do well here tonight, it could spell the end. the stakes could not be higher. you are looking live at pictures from across new hampshire tonight. voters lining up. the first exit polls coming in right now. more than 9 in 10 republican voters saying they are, quote, angry or dits satisfied with the way the federal government working. and they are looking for a candidate, quote, outside the political establishment. we are one-on-one with donald trump tonight, and the new controversy over something he repeated at a rally here overnight. and then calling hillary clinton, quote, evil. even bernie sanders' wife defending clinton tonight. we're also one-on-one with marco rubio, with jeb bush. abc's political team spread out across new hampshire at this hour, and we begin tonight with abc's tom llamas. >> reporter: tonight, a trump
and we are right there with him. is tonight you're night? >> well, we'll find out. you tell me. i think we have certainly big crowds. i'm hearing good things, but you never know. >> reporter: trump taking no changes, visiting with voters in manchester. >> very excited, huh? >> i love it! >> reporter: i van ka greeting supporters in windham. >> we are going to make america great again because of your father. >> thank you for saying that. and thank you, you're right here with us. >> reporter: the whole family here, sitting down to dinner at a manchester steakhouse. trump begging voters to make him a winner. >> your wife is disgusted with you, she said, i'm leaving. no matter what, she says, darling, i love you, but i've fallen in love with another man. i don't give a damn. you got to get out to vote. >> reporter: in the final hours, the billionaire turned reality star turned politician putting the full trump on display, when a supporter mocked senator ted
>> you're not allowed to say, and i never expect to hear that from you again, she said, i never expect to hear that from you again. he said he's a [ bleep ]. that's terrible. terrible. >> reporter: cruz not amused. >> donald does not handle losing very well. he didn't like that he lost in iowa. >> reporter: do you regret the p-comment? >> no, we had 5,000 people, the place was going wild. i didn't say it. this was a repeat of a woman who was screaming it from the audience. >> reporter: but closing in on trump? ohio governor john kasich. today, pouring coffee at the red arrow diner. >> let me warm that up for you. >> reporter: he spent more time in new hampshire than any other candidate. 64 days. 165 events. last night, hundreds of kasich supporters rallying out in the bitter cold. today, kasich telling me, his opponents see him as the real threat. >> we're getting pounded by everybody. i would love to know how many millions of dollars have been
>> reporter: today, abc news obtained this script. some of his volunteers are using it in their phone calls to voters, reminding them that, quote, jeb bush is trying to running. saying you don't want jeb bush business. is this kind of the same thing? >> i mean, come on. that's a pat on the hand compared to the anvils they've been dropping on my head for the last two weeks. >> reporter: tonight, senator marco rubio is struggling to come back from that dismal debate performance. >> let's dispel once and for all with this fiction that barack obama doesn't know what he's doing. he knows exactly what he's doing. >> reporter: minutes later. >> let's dispel with this fiction. >> reporter: and later still, when asked about immigration, he went back to the president yet again. >> anyone who believes that barack obama isn't doing what he's doing on purpose doesn't understand what we're dealing with here. >> the governor wasn't talking about the president. >> no, he talked about barack obama. >> reporter: rubio today, trailed by a pair of robots, clashed with supporters. in manchester, rubio telling me, he's staying the course.
even in the debate they're criticizing you for? >> we're not going to change our message the entire campaign. >> reporter: tonight, chris christie, the man who took rubio down in the debate, hoping it will pay off. he may need a new hampshire miracle to keep his campaign alive. >> and tom llamas is live with us tonight from outside trump's headquarters. and tom, donald trump so often loves to talk about the polls, but today, he was sounding a bit more cautious. >> reporter: that's right, david, and for two reasons. polls in new hampshire historically sometimes are way off. and, also, the trump campaign learned their lesson after iowa. some polls there had them winning and trump came in second place. david, i can tell you this, though, the donald trump i encountered after the iowa caucuses clearly wounded. but tonight, donald trump, full of confidence. david? >> all right, tom llamas, leading us off again tonight. tom, thank you. many believe it is make or break for governor jeb bush tonight. spending more than any other candidate here in new hampshire, $30 million.
on the campaign trail, finding himself suddenly driving behind jeb bush's bus. and jon had a few questions for the candidate, counting on new hampshire to survive. >> reporter: we're driving through manchester and, of course, run into the jeb bush bus. we're going to follow along because i bet he's going to a polls station. and sure enough, he was. bush wading through a sea of cameras to make one last pitch for votes. so, governor, what do you say so somebody who is still undecided right now? >> what have you been doing, man? no, look, what i say is, i've got a proven record of accomplishments, the most reform conservative record of anybody running. >> reporter: once the front runner, he's now fighting for survival. >> vote for jeb. >> reporter: even bringing his 90-year-old mother to campaign during a snowstorm. that prompted a withering personal attack from the man who's been his nemesis from the start. >> poor, poor jeb bush who brings out his mother because he needed help. mommy, please come, walk in the
>> i know jeb. >> reporter: bush's superpac has tapped his brother for a tv ad during the super bowl, no less. >> experience and judgment count in the oval office. >> reporter: jeb bush bet the ranch on new hampshire. he and his superpac spending almost $30 million just on tv ads. more than any other candidate. ten times as much as donald trump. and now he is predicting a comeback. >> i've been written off, which is great. i always like that. i love the fact the pundits may not have gotten this right. makes me feel good. >> and jon karl is live with me tonight. clearly there's a lot at stake for bush tonight. his aides telling you that no matter what happens in new hampshire, the campaign moves forward? >> reporter: that's right. he says he is moving on. in fact, they have eight events scheduled over the next few days in south carolina, where they will also be campaigning with former president george w. bush, his brother, and they have one big advantage, still, david, they have more campaign cash
tonight. jon, thank you. meantime, on the democratic side tonight, an uphill battle for hillary clinton, who did well here eight years ago. new hampshire voters gave her new life after iowa, but this in. trailing bernie sanders by double digits going into the primary. here in his own backyard. clinton has struggles to engaj younger voters, where sanders has excelled. and here's what we're learning from the exit polls coming in right now. 3 in 10 voters saying honesty and trustworthiness are the characteristics most important to them. 7 in 10 voters describe themselves as liberals. that's higher than in the past. and more saying that income inequality, the economy and jobs are their top issues. abc's cecilia vega out with the sanders team and one-on-one with clinton tonight. >> reporter: hillary clinton's sprint to the finish line today started right here in manchester. what is your prediction for tonight?
new hampshire does this thing. they focus in on the issues and they keep coming back. >> reporter: those supporters cheering outside polling stations. >> thank you, all! >> reporter: bernie sanders feeling like a rock star in his own backyard. the vermont senator swarmed by supporters when i caught up with him today. senator sanders, your prediction for tonight? >> if there's a large voter turnout, we're going to do just fine. >> reporter: now, in the final hours, the race comes down to this. >> go out the door and -- >> reporter: volunteers hitting the streets -- >> all right, here we go! >> reporter: these clinton supporters planning to knock on 50 doors today alone. minds? >> we took two people and got them over. >> reporter: but will it be enough? here in this state that has brought the clintons so much. in 1992 -- made bill clinton the comeback
>> reporter: and again in 2008. >> i listened to you, and in the process, i found my own voice. >> reporter: this year, new challenges. today, donald trump piling on, when asked what comes to mind when he thinks of hillary clinton. >> she went to your wedding. >> she did. she did. she did. in a certain way, evil. in a certain way, evil. >> whoa. >> reporter: but coming to clinton's defense? none other than her own rival's wife, jane sanders. >> that has no place in politics today. we're not going to play that game. >> reporter: tonight, a new question -- can the clintons pull off a comeback once again? >> and cecilia vega is live from outside the clinton headquarters. campaign sources telling you, cecilia, they are bracing for a tough night? >> reporter: oh, they sure are, david. unlike before the iowa caucuses, what's happening here tonight is party. they have been long bracing for an upset here, in fact, today, clinton's team sent around a
south carolina, a sign, david, they are already looking to move past this state. >> all right, cecilia vega on this campaign every step of the way. thank you. and a telling number tonight, by one estimate, 44% of voters here in new hampshire saying they could still change their minds in the hours leading up to the primary. today, i met some of those late deciders who told us which way they went and why. across new hampshire today, voters determined to have their voice heard. we take you inside bartlett elementary school in goffstown. see the activity right in here. votering including michael clark jr., a veteran bringing his son and his mother. how important is this day in new hampshire? >> very important. >> reporter: he told us, he voted for hillary clinton, because of her experience. his mother says clinton hasn't forgotten the veterans. >> because we have a lot of vets that are coming home. going over and coming home and -- >> forgot about when they come back. >> yeah, so, that's a very, very important thing. for all of them, not just my son. >> reporter: it was not clinton
never misses the new hampshire primary. how important is the new hampshire primary day? >> it's a must. >> reporter: he said trump, christie and rubio topped his list. and today, he decided -- donald trump. and to the people who might say he uses colorful language from time to time? >> i'm the same way. >> reporter: he got your vote today. >> i tell it like it is. >> reporter: vincent smith, a veteran, came all the way from ohio to rally supporters for governor kasich. he says they're seeing late momentum. so you came all the way from ohio to get out the vote? >> oh, yeah, we got an ohio brigade. >> reporter: and meredith hungerford, a junior in college, her first vote. hillary clinton. her decision? >> bernie sanders. >> him. >> i just think he's very relatable. he knows what people want. and for me, climate change, he supports that, and he supports the middle class. i support hillary clinton, too, so, it was a difficult choice. i think i just resonate a little
>> reporter: how you doing? >> good, how are you? >> reporter: primary day is here, huh? >> primary day is here. >> reporter: and outside, we met some long-time new hampshire voters, who take pride in their role. you love your role as first in the nation primary? >> of course. >> reporter: why is that? >> because we get to vote. we set the pace for country. >> some of those late deciders and conflicted voters deciding between candidates at the last minute here. let's get right to george stephanopoulos, who will lead our coverage of the results tonight as they come in and george, first off, the republicans. what are you watching for? >> can donald trump close the deal? he's led in new hampshire for 200 straight days. most of those days in double digits. but we saw, as tom llamas mentioned before, that in iowa, his performance didn't match his poll numbers. will that happen again or will he reverse that? if he reverses it, he is the strong front runner again. and then, secondly, do the results on the republican side force people out of the race or give them more incentive to stay in? and those governors, jeb bush,
they either go ahead of marco rubio or stay close to him, they're going stay in this race, no matter what. and that could be good news for donald trump, if he's got this split field. >> and george, on the dimmic icdemocratic side, bernie sanders way ahead. so, what does hillary clinton have to do here? >> what they were hoping for coming in tonight was pulling within double digits. the other number to watch for, does she have a clear win over bernie sanders. remember, 4 in 10 of the voters are going to be independents. most of the big contests, those are open only to democrats, if she has a clear lead among democrats, that's a sign of hope for her. if she falls short there, it's going to be a tough night for her and a real long fight ahead. >> all right, we'll be watching right along with you, george, thank you so much. i'll see you as the results come in. stay with abc news throughout the night. george stephanopoulos and our powerhouse political team will break in live as the results come in.
tonight, we are also watching a major storm brewing. 18 states from georgia to maine seeing snow. a system from the midwest, all the way to the east. a blast of cold air behind it. new images tonight, a dangerous come mute in harrisburg, pennsylvania. cars sliding off the road in dayton, ohio. so, let's get right to rob marciano with the new track tonight. rob? >> reporter: good evening, david. a little fresh snow on the ground in new hampshire. wasn't enough to stop the voting process there. we have winter advisories all the way down into the deep south. part of a large trough that is bringing snow squalls from the great lakes into central georgia and see some random accumulations from one to four inches. so, be aware of that. behind that, we have big-time cold air. these are wind chills wednesday morning. it does get to the northeast. minus teens and minus 20s over the weekend, so, snow does fall, david, will stick around. >> brutal cold. rob, thank you so much. still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. we have new images coming in of
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dits satisfied with the way the federal government is working. and nearly half of republican voters saying tonight, they are looking for a kpd, quote, outside the political establishment. and one other number. 46% of republican voters saying they decided in the last few days. thank you for watching here on a tuesday night. we'll break in live with results from the new hampshire primary throughout the night. i'm david muir. i'm be joining george a little later here.