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breaking news tonight. the first major clues coming in right now. the super tuesday showdown. as we come on the air, the first exit polls are in. what the voters are saying. what's driving them at the polls. can donald trump be stopped? the high stakes battle across a dozen states. trump and his 11th hour pitch. >> i can do practically anything. >> marco rubio and ted cruz, battling to take trump cown. >> donald trump will be an >> donald trump could be a disaster. and hillary clinton tonight, and her pivot to the national race. how she would take on trump and the republicans. >> they're now running their campaigns based on insults.
will there be record-setting turnout? and scout voer could voters be sending clinton and trump on a collision course this november? abc's powerhouse political team on it all. it's your voice, your vote. "world news tonight" begins now. good evening. and it's great to have you with us on this super tuesday. and let's get right to it. the single biggest day of voting in the presidential primaries. at this hour, voting still under way. long lines. the stakes enormous. a record turnout is expected tonight. straight to the pictures coming in at this hour from arlington, virginia, lining up at a fire station there. steady turnout at a church in atlanta, the south playing a major role tonight. and in ft. worth, texas, that state possibly pivotal on the republican side. the line snaking out the door. in all, voters weighing in in 12 states. here is what we're just learning in from republican voters in that key state of texas. preliminary exit polls coming in
looking for a political outsider. that's fewer than other states we've seen so far. more than two-thirds of texas republicans favor building that wall along the border. our political team covering it all tonight. the winners, as soon as we get them. and we begin with abc's tom llamas on donald trump's final pitch, trying to seal the deal. >> reporter: tonight, the biggest moment yet in the republican race for president and donald trump feeling invincible. >> every poll shows i can do practically anything, maybe even anything and nobody's going to leave. >> reporter: in ohio state, trump gushing about his throngs of supporters. >> there is such love in those rooms and those stadiums and those areas that i speak. it's actually easy. there's love. it's like a family. it's love. >> reporter: but love, not a word to describe the nasty current running through some trump rallies. in virginia, the billionaire asking one protester if she's mexican. >> are you from mexico?
right smack in the middle of my punch line. >> reporter: a "time" magazine photographer trying to capture the protests thrown to the ground by a secret service agent. the agent claiming the photographer wasn't following the rules. the agency still investigating. and on the trail, campaign rhetoric hitting a new low, for trump and marco rubio, the road to super tuesday winding right through the playground. >> i watched this lightweight marco rubio, total lightweight, little mouth on him. bung, bing, bing, bing. bing, bing, bing, bing. >> i don't understand why his hands are so small, have you seen his hands? you know what they say about a man with small hands. you can't trust them. >> i never heard that one before. i've always had people say, donald, you have the most beautiful hands. right? >> reporter: but the moment
trump's response to receiving the support of former ku klux klan grand wizard david duke. trump, first saying this. >> i didn't even know he endorsed me. okay, all right. i disavow, okay? >> reporter: but then, saying this. >> i don't know -- honestly, i don't know david duke. i don't believe i've ever met him. i'm pretty sure i didn't meet him. i just don't know anything about him. >> reporter: now, the country's two most powerful republicans saying they've heard enough. delivering an extraordinary rebuke of their party's front-runner. >> let me make it perfectly senate republicans condemn david duke, the kkk and his racism. nominee of the republican party, there can be no evasion and no games. they must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry. >> translator: on the stump, trump's rivals joining the chorus. senator ted cruz speaking with abc's byron pitts. >> i think anyone should have
denounce the klan, and it was unfortunate that he didn't do he's better than that. fight trump until the bitter >> i will get into my pickup truck and drive around this country if i have to, before i allow the hair by of lincoln and reagan to fall into the hands of a conman. >> reporter: the only candidate who doesn't sound rattled, trump himself. brushing all criticism, in an interview with "gma." >> there's nobody that's done so much for equality as i have. you take a look at palm beach, florida, i built the mar-a-lago club. totally open to everybody. a club that frankly set a new standard. a new standard in clubs and a new standard in palm beach. morning. tonight. and tom, we saw it from marco rubio there and from ted cruz, trump. but the question, is it too late? >> reporter: david, we'll know in just a few hours. now, senator rubio's closing argument was that donald trump was a conman, who has conned the republican party. and senator ted cruz saying he's
trump in the past, and he will beat him in the future. but so many states had early voting record turnout, it's tough to tell if those attacks will stick. david? >> all right, tom, we'll be coming back to you as soon as results come in. tom, thank you. now, to the m theic ic deckic ic ic ic ic democratic side. a signal hillary clinton is pivoting to donald trump today. what she said about trump and the republicans, as senator bernie sanders vows to take this all the way to the convention. abc's cecilia vega with the candidates' final sprint. >> hi, everybody. >> reporter: hillary clinton making her final push today in the super tuesday battle ground of minnesota. >> i'll work really hard for you, okay? >> reporter: shaking every last hand. taking every last selfie. >> you want to get a selfie? >> i would love to. >> let's do it. >> reporter: she may be running against bernie sanders, but clinton's strategy now, taking on the gop, namely donald trump. >> i'm just speaking out against
hear it, and i hear a lot of it from the republican candidates. forgotten about issues and they are running their campaigns based on isults. >> reporter: clinton even slogan. >> what we need to do together is make america whole again. >> reporter: but the man on the on. >> but i haven't even started on hillary yet. great. she was talking about something whole. no, no. i don't want whole. i want great again. >> reporter: back home in vermont, sanders and his wife, jane, casting their votes today, hoping for some surprise victories tonight and vowing to stay in the fight. >> this is a campaign that's going to the philadelphia convention in july. >> reporter: but now, it all comes down to the voters. >> it is a very tough choice, but today is voting day and i have to make a decision, so, i've got to vote for one candidate.
>> i am leaning towards hillary. >> reporter: in this virginia diner today, this group has their minds made up. the prediction in virginia, who wins? hillary or bernie? >> hillary. >> close margin. >> the laughter on super tuesday. cecilia vega live in our election headquarters as well tonight. you've been talking to your sources inside the clinton camp. tempering expectations, saying there will be some losses tonight? >> reporter: that's right, david. they believe bernie sanders will win some states, but they are feeling confident. we have learned that bernie sanders has raised a stunning $42 million in the month of february alone. that is more than marco rubio has raised this entire campaign so far. but one clinton aide telling me tonight, it is not about raising money tonight, it is about winning tell gases. >> all right, cecilia say fwa with us. thank you. let's get right to george stephanopoulos, who will be leading our coverage in primetime tonight, and george, first up, the republicans. so many asking, is trump unstoppable? so, bottom line, what are we watching tonight? >> reporter: no question, david,
states and most of the delegates tonight. but the question is, are marco rubio, ted cruz and even john kasich going to do well enough in some states to find a reason to stay in and then what kind of signal is that going to send to the rest of the republican party? we've seen the party really splitting apart over the trump question. some coming around to accepting the fact he's going to be the nominee. some resisting it, being partal of this never trump movement. trump will be the front-runner at the end of the night, but will he be firmly in command of the gop? >> big question, and a similar one for hillary clinton. what are you watching there? >> reporter: she'll have big wins in the south, no question about that. strong with the african-american vote. and cecilia just talked about, though, would bernie sanders do well enough in those other states outside of the south, places like massachusetts, minnesota, maybe even oklahoma, well enough to give him momentum and prevent hillary clinton from turning her sights fully on dounld donald trump or the republicans after tonight? >> all right, george, we'll see
you heard me talking about turnout earlier. they are expecting a record number of voters. nearly 14 million people expected to cast a vote. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl standing by with us tonight at the super tuesday wall, and jon, first of all, for the republicans, you've got the map what are you watching on that side? >> reporter: well, the biggest thing to watch is the state of texas. the single biggest delegate prize tonight. 155 delegates. that's ted cruz's home state. he absolutely must win there. but it is also an essential state for marco rubio. if he falls below 20%, he can be shut out and not get a single de delegate out of texas. they have to find somewhere else to beat trump. the best prospects for that will be somewhere in the south, for ted cruz, he's predicated his south. for marco rubio, he's worked very hard in the state of virginia, campaigned there in the final days. and also in the state of minnesota. the only state on here, david, that donald trump did not even visit.
republican side. >> all right, but the big state of texas, we'll be watching for all the republican candidates there. meantime, on the democratic side, jon, what are you watching? >> reporter: well, the democratic side, bernie sanders can't afford to watch hillary clinton romp through the south the way she did in south carolina. she trounced him in south carolina, and now, you have all south carolina's neighbors voting. she needs to find a way to either beat hillary clinton down there or at least remain close. >> all right, jonathan karl with us tonight. jon, we'll be back with you throughout the night. our thanks to you. in the meantime, we want to get to abc's paula faris at trump headquarters in palm beach, florida, tonight. what is the mood there? you have word about a tweet sent by trump? >> reporter: yes, we do. and to give you a sense how confident donald trump is today, he was in ohio before heading to florida, a little bit later tonight. david, none of these are super tuesday states. so, that should tell you, he's
trump got in hot water earlier this week, if you remember, for retweeting a mussolini quote. look what he posted today. trump at a huge rally, attached began gandhi that says, "first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." we should say, we're unclear if gandhi even said this, but david, it's become even more clear that trump has a chance to build a huge lead tonight. we're going to be tracking it all here from trump headquarters at the mar-a-lago club. >> all right, mary, thank you. matt gutman is at clinton headquarters. >> reporter: you can see people starting to pack it in. and all day, david, we've been seeing that huge political juggernaut of her steaming into place. they've set up 35 field offices in ten states. 5 million calls made today. there's a toll free number to call if you didn't know how to vote. there's a number to text if you didn't know where to vote.
questions, there was this group around that table, look at those faces, david. so young. hillary clinton did very well until south carolina, with minorities, now she's stepping into bernie sanders territory, going for that deck mographic of 18 to 29-year-olds. david? >> matt gutman, we'll see you as the evening progresses. in the meantime, the super tuesday storm we're tracking, as well. severe weather making trouble for some voters tonight. a damaging hailstorm in oklahoma, moving across the south at this hour. heavy snow like this near flint, michigan, stretching all the way to new england. in chicago, this plane sliding off the runway, no injuries reported. but meteorologist rob mars ciano tracking this for us tonight at the weather wall. rob? >> reporter: good evening, david. we do have a severe weather threat. not a huge outbreak, but it's going to impact some states that are having primaries right now. including alabama, northern georgia, parts of tennessee, maybe even virginia. birmingham to atlanta, chattanooga, knoxville, certainly some cities that'll be impacted over the next few hours.
the appalachian mountain chain, with those showers and thunderstorms. snow is from chicago to detroit, upstate new york. but tomorrow morning the rush from new york to dc will be a bit of a mess. david? >> all right, rob marciano, tracking the storm tonight. and primetime coverage at 10:00 p.m. eastern. in the meantime, there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this tuesday. erin andrews, tears on the stand today. the sports reporter and "dancing with the stars" host, breaking down again. suing over an invasion of provety. prove privacy. also ahead tonight, the kidnapping suspect, chased by police. escaping during a standoff with officers. the manhunt under way at this hour in the west. and, this image, a gift from someone coming back after a long journey from home, and a final shot outside that window before coming back to earth. one incredible tale, as we
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this image from vienna, virginia, tonight. voters lining up before sunrise this morning on a day that could see record turnout. next tonight, though, new developments in the erin andrews case. the sports reporter and "dancing with the stars" host, facing a grueling cross examination today. suing a hotel and her stalker for $75 million. the defense asking, if secret recordings from her hotel room truly hurt her career. here's abc's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: a second emotional day on the stand for erin andrews. >> do you believe you will ever get over this? >> no. >> reporter: detailing how her life has changed since a stalker posted a naked video of her on the internet. andrews is suing the man who secretly recorded that video, michael david barrett, as well as the owners and managers of this nashville marriott, for $75 million. claiming the hotel made it easy for him to film her as she got out of the shower naked.
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this is an abc news special report. super tuesday. now reporting, george stephanopoulos. >> and we are coming on the air with breaking news in the race for the white house. it is called super tuesday because so many states and so many parts of the country are in place tonight. the single biggest day of voting before november. polls have just closed in three states. georgia, virginia and vermont. abc news projects that hillary clinton be win georgia. strength of the african-american vote there. she will win virginia. her ally, the governor there. bernie sanders will take his home state of vermont, in a big way. we don't have enough information