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tonight, the long lines and the celebrations. showdown in south carolina. donald trump firing away until the very end. >> so, it's crunch time, folks. it's crunch time. >> ted cruz and marco rubio with their last-minute push. can they still catch trump? >> it's in god's hands and in the voters' hands. >> the first test for republican candidates in the south. the results coming in right now. >> what donald trump said just as justice scalia was being laid to rest. as thousands paid their final respects. this is abc "world news tonight." good evening and thank you for joining us on this saturday. i'm cecilia vega. tonight, candidates on both sides coming one step closer in this race for the white house. at this hour, the results of the democratic caucuses in nevada
based on our analysis of the vote, abc news is projecting hillary clinton will win that contest with more than 80% of the vote already in, clinton holding about a four-point lead. enthuse i am for the caucuses so high, the lines wrapping around this high school in henderson. hillary clinton celebrating the win. the battle neck and neck in south carolina, too. the drama still very high. republican voters at this hour, still at polling stations. 30 minutes to go. donald trump topping all the polls going in, but tonight, the urgent question who will take second and third place. we have team coverage in both races. we begin with abc chief anchor george stephanopoulos here with me. george, those democratic caucuses, you're following them all, what are you seeing? >> she's back on a solid path to the nomination. it's hers to lose right now. nevada did what it had to do for her.
new hampshire. we have some clues as to why from voters. the voters valued experience and electability. she won 92% of the votes of those who wanted experience. 80% valuing electability. look at this number as well. those who made up their minds in the last three days, head over hearts, hillary clinton 51% to 37%. she now heads into south carolina, big lead there, next saturday, and has a huge lead in a lot of those big super tuesday states in march. >> fire wall right there. you're also following early republican numbers. the exit polls telling you what so far? >> the polls are open until 7:00. one of the striking numbers, from those exit polls, a full 53% of voters in that south carolina primary feel betrayed by republican politicians. that's one of the themes we have seen all year long. it's helping the outsiders. >> you'll have more tomorrow on "this week." let's go to nevada, cheers inside hillary clinton's headquarters here in brooklyn as
bernie sanders did some damage. huge victory with young voters and this, with those looking for a candidate who's honest and trustworthy, sanders the favorite by a wide margin. but it wasn't enough. abc's mary bruce is live at the clinton campaign. mary, what's the mood in there right now? >> reporter: well, it's certainly a victory. sigh of relief here tonight. secretary clinton thanking the her supporters. telling them the future they want is now within reach. >> this is your campaign. and it sis it is a campaign to break down every barrier that holds you back. >> reporter: locked in a tight race for nevada, the candidates took no votes for granted.
>> reporter: hillary clinton spent the day getting out the vote with every handshake, hug and selfie. at her headquarters, volunteers leaving nothing to chance. >> this is what it comes down to it. >> knocking on doors until the very end. >> absolutely. >> reporter: sanders, today, not missing a single opportunity to make his case to voters. >> thank you very much. thanks for coming out. >> reporter: sanders practically bumping into clinton at this casino. as they crisscrossed from one caucus site to another. here's something that you'll only see in nevada, hundreds of people lining up to caucus in a casino ballroom. both candidates fighting for the key support of union workers and latinos. this union voter telling us he's backing sanders. >> because he's a president that wants change. stands up for the middle class, care. >> reporter: but this hillary clinton supporter has something else in mind. what would say to the bernie >> he'll make a great vice president. >> reporter: the tiebreaker a deck of card.
drawing the highest card. sanders has spoken with clinton and congratulated her. in a statement, he thanks the people of nevada for the boost they have given him, saying he has the wind at his back as he heads toward super tuesday. >> mary, thank you. we turn now to south carolina. the polls still open in the republican primary there. turnout has been steady across the state all day long. lons long lines at voting sites, and abc's tom llamas is covering this side of the story. he joins us from trump watch party in spartanburg. how confident are they feeling in there tonight, tom? >> reporter: very confident. it was a very interesting with him. first, he tangled with the pope. doubts on his stance on iraq. last night, a bizarre historical reference on how he would handle isis. tonight, donald trump hopes to end a week of wild headlines,
primary. >> you have to get out to vote. because we have a movement going. we have something very special. >> reporter: trump, wrapping his south carolina campaign, citing a ghoulish myth of general john pershing in the philippines, killing muslim prisoners with bullets dipppp in pig blood. >> and he lined up the 50 people and they shot 49 of those 50 people, and he said to the 50th, you go back to your people and you tell them what happened, and for 25 years there wasn't a problem. >> reporter: senator marco rubio saying that's more evidence trump's not fit to be president. rubio hoping the backing of some of south carolina's most powerful republicans leads to a surprise showing. senator rubio, how are you feeling about south carolina? >> i feel great, we have a good team here. >> reporter: a super pac supporting ted cruz on the offense, sending out this robocall telling voters trump was critical of the confederate flag. >> trump talks about our flag
>> reporter: cruz in washington today for supreme court justice antonin scalia's funeral. last night telling voters to ignore any news that isn't pro cruz. >> if they're our phone calls, you should listen to them. if they're anyone else's, hang up. >> reporter: and jeb bush fighting hard to survive in south carolina. looking forward to nevada, but not ruling out changing his plans if he has a weak finish. what's the plan going forward? >> the plan's to go to vegas around noon. >> could anything change that plan? >> we'll see. we'll see. i don't think so. >> cecilia, the rubio campaign is feeling confident. but the cruz campaign has shown they're running a very efficient campaign with a very good ground game and a super pac that's very aggressive that may give them the edge. >> tom, thank you. as trump heads into south
challengers, a win, his second victory in a row, jonathan karl joining us from washington. would this give him momentum to come out ahead on super tuesday. >> a trump victory in south carolina would be in a word, cecilia, huge. if he wins tonight, following that landslide victory he had in new hampshire, trump would solidify himself as a front-runner. with a big lead in delegates. but sececilia could get harder for trump in the coming weeks. i expect one, two of the candidates could drop out in the coming week. trump may win quite easily in a large divided field.
can continue to win when the vote against him is not so divided. >> jon karl tracking it all. thank you. the presidential race edging into the solemn funeral for supreme court justice antonin scalia. president obama and first lady obama paying their respects yesterday. prompting donald trump to tweet this, i wonder if president obama would have attended the funeral of scalia if it was held in a mosque. during the funeral mass in washington, at least. politics were left outside today. abc's devin dwyer atathe supreme court for us tonight. >> reporter: it was hardly the simple parish mass he wanted, but for justice scalia, a fitting farewell. his cloak-draped casket given high catholic honors at a mass celebrated by his son. >> dad understood that the deeper he went in his catholic faith, the better a citizen and public servant he became. >> reporter: father paul scalia recalling how even in a devout family there was little that blunted his father's sharp wit.
confessional line, and he quickly departed it. [ laughter ] as he put it later, like heck if i'm confessing to you. [ laughter ] >> reporter: more than 3,000 packed the basilica to say good-bye. justice clarence thomas, who's famously silent from the bench, read scripture. >> we have now received reconciliation. >> reporter: as scalia's laid to rest, the political battle to replace him is under way. >> have a good weekend. >> reporter: president obama -- armed with a binder of research -- spending the weekend preparing to choose his nominee. but top senate republicans say his pick should be blocked with no confirmation until 2017. if scalia's seat is not filled until the next president takes office, it would be the longest vacancy on the court in more than 40 years. cecilia. >> okay, devin, thank you. and in other news tonight the most powerful storm on record striking fiji, cyclone winston battering that pacific island chain.
the government there declaring a state of natural disaster. and next to that standoff between the fbi and apple over accessing the san bernardino shooter's iphone. tonight, a possible solution from one of america's foremost experts on cybersecurity who claims he can break into the phone, all he needs is three weeks. here's abc's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight, a proposal to break the stalemate between the fbi and apple over the government's demand the tech giant hack into the iphone of the san bernardino shooter. cybersecurity pioneer, john mcafee offering to do it himself for free in three weeks. >> i guarantee, you give me the phone, i will give you the data. >> reporter: mcafee defending apple, saying the fbi's request to create a so-called "backdoor" into the phone's operating system puts hundreds of millions of iphone users at risk. his plan involves physically taking apart this phone and only this phone, eliminating any risk to others. >> using social engineering plus
we perform our magic with the wands, and it comes out, this is how it works. there are 10,000 hackers in the world who could easily do what i am suggesting myself. >> reporter: but the government says it needs apple to get into syed farook's phone. cecilia, no word if the fbi is considering his offer. but mcafee is so confident in his ability to crack that phone, that he told me very colorfully, if he fails, he'll eat his shoe cecilia. >> okay, eva, you stay on this one for us. thank you. from louisiana tonight, the man who spent more time in solitary confinement than anyone else in u.s. history is getting used to life outside. albert woodfox was put in solitary cell more than 43 years ago. convicted in the death of a prison guard. yesterday, on his 69th birthday he was set free. here's abc's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight, family members say albert woodfox is overwhelmed, but feeling great. shown here celebrating with
party just after his release from prison, where he spent more than four decades in solitary confinement in a 9 x 6 foot cell. >> how does it feel? >> uh, i really haven't decided yet. >> reporter: the last of the so-called "angola 3" prisoners freed yesterday, on his 69th birthday. >> right now, i'm just trying to adjust to being free. >> reporter: after taking a plea deal in the 1972 murder of penitentiary guard, brent miller. his conviction overturned twice, woodfox was set to be tried a third time, when he pleaded no contest to lesser charges yesterday, while maintaining he is innocent. >> this plea agreement was a means to bring this case to an end. >> reporter: an end to a punishment woodfox claims was because of his ties to the black panthers. the group joining him here as he starts his life outside of prison.
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