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it's the first contest in the south for democrats in the south and the first where they are competing for the african-american vote. on this business night. clinton and sanders find themselves competing for attention with a republican candidate. our team has it covered. first to south carolina carolina. >> reporter: clinton campaign officials feel confident. they are hoping to match or beat senator sanders' win in new
that would give second clinton big momentum heading into super tuesday. >> thank you so much, columbia. >> reporter: secretary clinton coasting to an expected win in the first southern primary. for clinton, south carolina is a key part of her southern firewall. it's a test for whether she can reclaim what was lost here in 2008. >> i want to congratulate senator obama. >> reporter: after her defeat here in barak obama that all but ended her white house bid. >> i think what happened, she wants redemption and voters here in south carolina want redemption. there are thousands of voters here in south carolina that were planning on voting for her. then barak obama won iowa. they don't regret who they voted for, but now they are able to vote for who they thought they were going to vote for. >> reporter: many of the african-americans who propelled obama to victory casting their ballots for clinton. given you voted for obama, how does it feel to vote for clinton today?
excitement. just ready to get the country moving in a more of a positive direction. you like hillary? >> i believe she's the most qualified. >> reporter: some feeling the bern. why did you decide to vote for bernie? >> he said he will raise the minimum wage. i'm a big fan of that. >> reporter: african-americans make electorate here and in some super tuesday states. blacks comprised more than 50% of voters in georgia and alabama and nearly 30% in virginia and tennessee. even while south carolinians voted, clinton and sanders campaigned in super tuesday states where they lobbed their sharpest attacks at republicans. >> it does bother me when i hear some of the rhetoric coming out of the republicans. you do have to be careful about what you say and how you say it. [ applause ]
soundly. >> reporter: clinton officials are hoping that a big win here will help to put this race out of reach with more than half of the democratic delegates up for grabs over the next month, many of them for the taking on tuesday. lester? >> thanks. a loss by sanders in south carolina would deprive him of much needed momentum going into the super tuesday contests. casey hunt is with the sanders campaign tonight in austin, texas. >> reporter: lester, good evening. the sanders campaign is bracing for the worst as polls are set to close in south carolina. sanders has hardly campaigned in south carolina this week. his advisors are downplaying expectations. instead, he is looking ahead to super tuesday states. he is sharpening his attacks against hillary clinton. >> if you are going to give a speech to goldman sachs or other wall street institutions and if you give that speech
why don't you make those transcripts public? >> reporter: even more telling than that, he is going to be in minnesota as polls close in south carolina. that's one of the states he is looking to on that super tuesday map. he also wants to do well in massachusetts, vermont, colorado. all places where there's a lower share of minority voters. lester? >> casey, thanks. let's bring in our political director, chuck todd. he has been looking at exit polls for insights into today's election. what are you seeing? >> i can tell you, it's older, more diverse, less leb iberal. it does not favor bernie sanders. as you can see here, voters in south carolina just 32% are under the age of 45. look at the number in new hampshire. over 40% were under the age of 45.
breakdown among race. the election oral te in 2008, 55% african-american. look at the number. over 60% at 61%. there's some evidence it may be higher than that. then look at the difference between south carolina and the first three states here when it comes to the idea of continuing obama's policies. 70% in south carolina want to continue president obama's policies. in the other three states, you had a t had closer to 50 and under in new hampshire. and then there's the overall ideology. this is the least liberal electorate of the first four states so far as you can see there. south carolina just 52% of democrats identify themselves as liberal. 70 in nevada, near 70 in new hampshire. this is an electorate that looks more like democratic electorates across the country. much less like an electorate that bernie sanders can do well in. >> coming into south carolina, hillary clinton and bernie
tailer their messages to african-american voters who as chuck pointed out make up more than half the electorate. i spoke to some black voters in south carolina who wanted the candidates to know that not every issue should be framed in black and white. the need you? >> they need my vote. >> which is why when we spoke to kara she was taking her time deciding between hillary clinton and bernie sanders. >> for me, i have to feel brought in. no one tap mid interest. >> bernie is solid. >> voters like this barber, the issue sanders built his campaign on are african-american issues. healthcare. everything he stands for are the same things dr. martin luther king stood for. >> south carolina is the first of several crucial tests in the african-american influence. >> the key constituency for both would be african-american women.
>> people like kara, a millennial who works for a non-profit and are a a schoolteacher. you were a supporter from 2008? >> i have been a hillary clinton. >> the fact that you were supporting hillary clinton and not obama in 2008 speaks against the notion that african-americans it's a mono linlic vote. >> absolutely not. the issues that impact my life personally may be the same as a white american. >> do we do ourselves a disservice when we talk about it in terms of african-american vote versus the rest of the vote? >> we do. many of us have the same challenges. i think of society and the media puts that -- the separation. many of us, we're things. we have the same concerns. >> there remain issues that resonate more communities. >> for example,
the incarceration. those two are tied together. >> they are the issues clinton and sanders are largely in agreement on how to tackle. can they convince voters that they mean what they say? >> it feels good to finally be acknowledged and recognized to know we now you need our voice. you have to listen. we're going to make some noise and hold you accountable. >> as we pointed out, clinton and sanders face more contests in the south where the african-american vote could prove key during this coming week's super tuesday primaries. for the republicans, donald trump is being fed some of his own medicine tonight. insults and taunts as his competitors struggling to gain traction with pulling out stops to halt his momentum as the candidates make a push. we get the latest from katie tur. >> reporter: marco rubio is getting personal. >> he is flying around on hair force one.
makeup. it's like he is putting it on with a trowel. >> amazing to me that a guy with the worst spray tan in america is tacking me for putting on makeup. won nothing. he couldn't get elected dog catcher in >> it's time to open our eyes. we cannot allow a con artist to get access to the nuclear codes of america. >> reporter: the race getting dirty going into super tuesday. trump has all the momentum. he continues to lock up voter support with a campaign built around a border wall. >> who will pay for that wall? >> reporter: the wall between the new yorker and republican establishment is starting to crack. first with the chris christie endorsement. now with endorsements from former arizona governor january brewer and maine governor paul lepage who two weeks ago was meeting in secret with party leaders to try and stop trump according to the "new york times." now on a radio talk show saying we could
>> i think he could be one of the greatest presidents ever if he sits down and puts together a good team. >> reporter: the kasich and rubio campaigns are talking about taking it to the convention. >> i don't care if i get in my truck and drive around like did i when i ran for senate. donald trump will never be the nominee. >> reporter: cruz is trying to attack trump from the right. questioning why he won't release his taxes. >> maybe his tax return shows that he doesn't quite have as much money as he says he does. in addition to that last year he wrote a big check to planned parenthood. >> reporter: in the last month, trump has proved he can turn out politically varied voters. what may have started out as a political joke in washington is looking more and more like a political reality. as you can see, donald trump has just landed here in tennessee. a super pac supporting marco rubio is on the
super tuesday states spending more than $6 million on negative ads against donald trump. marco rubio himself has released his taxes. in it they say that rubio has made over 500 grand for the last four years that he was in national office. most of that money coming from book deals. >> katy tur, thank you. in southern california, a big collision left three people dead and several in critical condition. police had two cars rr racing on the i-5 free way in commerce when one of them lost control and ran into a ups semitruck. the truck then hit the center median, crossed the divider and struck several other vehicles. the truck driver was among those killed. overseas, a temporary cease-fire went into affect in syria. it was a long awaited pause in the deadly conflict between the government and rebel forces. was worked out with the help of u.s. and russia. it's considered a test of whether the sides are committed to broader negotiations
transition. dan rivers is on the ground for us in damascus. >> reporter: here in damascus, things have been calmer than they have been for a very long time. yesterday, we witnessed this intense bombardment from jets circling the skies above the capital. today, we haven't seen or heard any aircraft. both sides are claiming there have been some low level breaches of the cease-fire. the syrian army is claiming that the square, a notorious square where a lot of mortar attacks have happened, was mortared at 8:00 a.m. this morning. they claim in breach of the cease-fire. we went down there. we spoke to one local man who says his house was hit by mortar fire early this morning. in fact, while we were there we heard one mortar explosion going off. on the other side, the rebels claim there have been numerous breaches of the cease-fire by the syrian government.
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