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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
ruptured in the side of a plane mid-air, 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" with lester holt. good evening. there's 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 tailwind after defying the polls to defeat trump. marco rubio a close enough third to add a race. for the democrats it was razor close, but 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
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. >> so 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. >> a local volunteer with the ted cruz campaign. >> reporter: make lots of calls and take on trump. >> donald trump was saying every day that i was his friend, that he loved me, and now i'm an anchor baby. he or anyone else insults me i don't respond in kind. >> reporter: but you've attacked them? >> i do think
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? >> well, listen, that's up to the voters. i have to say i'm amused at the media talk about what an impressive third place fin snish but a new
race, now just run week away. h ha llie 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 swayed late undecided voters, rubio shattered expectations in iowa, surging into the top three of the republican field. >> so 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%, one percentage point behind trump. are you the real establishment candidate here? >> you know, 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
donors support other candidates, jeb bush, john kasich or chris christie? 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. >> reporter: some strong words from christie. >> i think that's been a tough couple days for chris and some of the other guys. >> reporter: rubio looking past new hampshire. >> i'm putting my confidence and my trust in marco rubio. >> reporter: announcing an endorsement from south carolina senator tim scott. >> rubio wants to make the case in new hampshire that unlike ted cruz he can appeal to republicans in a much more moderate state, and 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 in iowa and first in south carolina, that could be the path to the nomination. lester. >> for democrats it
in iowa caucus history, so tight that iowa's democratic party did not declare hillary clinton a 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 started 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 was a big turnout that would advantage senator sanders. there was a big turnout, and we won. >> reporter: but iowa entrance poll reveals
among the biggest, the crushing defeat among young voters, losing them by 84% to 14%. why are young voters going for sanders? do you understand what that dynamic is? >> absolutely? >> reporter: what is it? >> system is rigged against you, vote for me, i'll break up the big banks and tax the billion airs and give you free college and cut the cost of health care, end of story. >> 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 single 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 comeback kid here, will help her at least avoid too big a defeat. andrea mitchell, nbc news, manchester, new hampshire. >> reporter: i'm kasie hunt with the sanders campaign in new hampshire where they are hoping to turn
first 2016 victory next tuesday. >> and 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: vermont senator still riding high after that near miss in the iowa caucuses that the campaign says was anything but a loss. >> it looks like we are in a virtual tie. >> reporter: according to entrance poll, 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
>> well, 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? that's amazing. >> reporter: another sign of that enthusiasm? after his speech last night bernie sanders raised over $1 million. lester? >> all right, 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 it is a plays ought over new hampshire the next week? >> now we see a shift in the burden of proof on candidacies n.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 the burden of proof shifts in new
trump. donald trump and bernie sanders have had double-digit leads in new hampshire for weeks. now they have to win well, hillary clinton might have a little bit of momentum, the clintons have done 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 trump. 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
advisory this week. >> if a man comes back, gets sick with zika and then has sexual intercourse with a woman who is pregnant or may be pregnant, there is the theoretical risk that that woman could then become infected with zika. >> reporter: as health officials study transmission, the cdc is also investigating other serious illnesses seca may cause beyond microcephaly in babies. in brazil, 27-year-old dave gomez is recovering from sudden paralysis he woke up a month ago after having zika zika-like symptoms. he was diagnosed with gulan-barre syndrome, a debill interrogate and often treatable condition with blood cell infusions and physical therapy. >> last year we have 65 cases. >> reporter: this neurologist says that's four times
you think the zika virus is connected with the syndrome? >> yes, absolutely. >> reporter: who is 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. >> reporter: you're saying he could be disabled for the rest of his life? >> yes, yes. >> reporter: this 59-year-old farmer paralyzed for a month with guillan-barre syndrome showing no signs of recovery as scientist race to solve this unfolding medical mystery. raheem ark ellis, nbc news, recife, brazil. much of this country is under threat of severe weather overnight. under 13 million people are under tornado watches in the south while blizzard conditions continue to pound the plains and midwest where they have already been hit hard. nbc's jacob raskon is in the threat zone. >> reporter: the massive winter storm pummeled the midwest and plains, blizzard conditions in iowa and beyond.
snow, maybe some of the worst since 2008 and 2009. >> reporter: 11 inches of snow in the hawkeye state and 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. >> reporter: late today reports of at least two tornadoes damaging a church and a college in mississippi, reported sightings in alabama, 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
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the newscast, the center of the political universe has now officially shifted from iowa to new hampshire. a week from now the state holds very first primary in the nation, so what's weighing on the minds of voters there? we asked our kevin tibbles to visit a town in new hampshire to fine 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 pollyanna and where you can still feel her optimistic spirit on main street. >> it's a positive mood, people collaborating and working together. >> reporter: but littleton also embraces new hampshire's motto of live free or die. at chuter's candy store. >> wow. >> reporter: owner jim aldon savers his role as an independent, like some 40% of the voters here. >> they are going to make their decision on their own. not really influenced by, you know, the crowd.
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 independent 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 runs a local frame shop and while his mind is made up his independent spirit runs deep. >> at the end of the day the world isn't a pollyanna. we do have to make tough decisions. >> reporter: 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