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condemn the kkk's former leader. what he's saying now and what we found him saying years ago. plus, tensions boil over at trump's rally, and tonight some republican leaders are scrambling to stop him. school shooting emergency. all-out chaos as police say a 14-year-old suddenly opened fire in the cafeteria. taking the stand, an emotional erin andrews tells the jury about her hotel nightmare as a stalker secretly taped her and posted the video for the world to see. craving sleep. a wake-up call tonight for millions struggling to lose weight and trying to get more rest. and hollywood rocked as controversy takes center stage at the oscars. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is ennightly news with lester holt. good evening. from our election headquarters on the eve of super tuesday, one of the biggest
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presidential contest, in an election season filled with lead-shaking moments, spray tans. the kkk and ear piece malfunctions are abeing mott topics driving the conversation about the republican race. outside of texas, donald trump seems poised to score some very big wins in tomorrow's primary contest despite some conflicting and curious answers to a question that's left him expos over very sensitive racial ground. nbc's katy tur starts our coverage tonight. >> reporter: tensions virginia. secret service body slamming a "time" photographer who ted to leave the campaign mandated press pen. trump on edge, too. this morning blaming his refusal to condition dem the kkk and david duke i a ear piece. >> i'm sitting in a house in florida with a very bad earpiece that they gave me, and you could hardly here what he was saying. >> reporter: a complaint he did not interview. >> i don't know duke, okay.
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about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists, so i don't know. >> reporter: trump disavowed the cline's infamous former leader last week. david duke and robo calls, white supremicist movement supporting you. any words for that? >> i disavow it and didn't know it. >> reporter: trump cited the one-time grand wizard as the reason he wouldn't run in the reform party ticket in 2000. >> david duke just joined, a bigot, a racist, a problem, not exactly the people you want in your party. >> reporter: since he kicked off his campaign trump has been repeatedly accused of stoking racial fears, first with mexicans and then africans and muslims. >> donald trump is doing his best to appeal to the constituency of david duke and people like david duke while pretending he heegs not doing that very thing. >> he should be more of a statesman. it wouldn't cost him anything with his supporters, and it hats chance of actually bringing more republicans into his fold. >> reporter: this weekend trump championed the
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senator jeff sessions, the first u.s. senator to join trump, this as mud. >> how can a person tan in america? you know what they say hands. you can't trust them. >> reporter: hours from super tuesday and time is running out for trump's competitors to make their case. >> i will go to all 50 territory. i will continue to speak out until i literally have no voice left. i will go anywhere to speak to anyone before i let a con artist get ahold. republican party. >> donald trump represents everything you're mad about washington, the deal-making that doesn't stand with the working men and women. >> reporter: despite it all, trump is poised to win big. >> mexico, everybody talks -- >> reporter: as you can hear, donald trump is on stage here in georgia behind me. this is another controversy is brewing. both rubio and cruz calling on trump to press the "new york times" to release a transcript of an off-the-record meeting after buzzfeed
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may have expressed flexibility on his plan. lester? thanks. as the trump train rolls into super tuesday full of steam, some republican leaders are now openly expressing deep concerns about the prospect of donald trump as the party's nominee. one gop senator even saying he won't support him, and as nbc's andrea mitchell reports, the anxiety has reached a fever pitch. going on. this isn't normal. >> reporter: donald trump packing in thousands on the trail again today, but behind the scenes nbc news has learned trump has many top republican officials scrambling, looking for a way to block him from getting the nomination. >> a lot of people who are worried donald trump can't win in november. new poll out today that shows that he's behind hillary clinton where in almost every other poll, virtually any other republican beats hillary clinton so there's concern there. >> reporter: adding to the alarm, trump's response on the ku klux klan, prompting
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nominee mitt romney. a disqualifying and disgusting response by real donald trump to the kkk. his coddling of repugnant bigotry is not in the character of america. >> are we choosinging a president like "american idol"? is that the system and what kind of democracy will it produce? there's a lot of people i think legitimately worried. >> reporter: one big concern for republicans, would trump at the top of the ticket, if he loses, take down with him 24 gop senate candidates, and tonight the first republican senator to say he won't vote for trump if he's the nominee. nebraska's ben sass. in a facebook post he wrote conservatives will need to find a third option other than trump. >> this is a guy who says things again and again that sound a lot more like vladimir putin than abraham lincoln. >> reporter: there are two key worries among many republican officials if trump gets the nomination. first, if he wins in november, would he govern as a conservative? and, second, would he
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if democrats are able to successfully attack his past statements and his business record. lester? >> andrea mitchell, thanks so much to talk about. let's bring in our political director, the moderator of "meet the press," chuck todd. chuck, if trump does well tomorrow, what are the points in which they can -- other republicans can stop him? >> the only way they can stop him within the party is to deny him the delegates he needs to get the nomination. to do that, he does well tomorrow night, then it becomes imperative that they defeat trump in march 15 in ohio meaning every other candidate other than john kasich decides to campaign there. maybe rubio says i'll let kasich go there and rubio has to win his home state of florida and maybe they find somebody else to rally around and beat him in illinois and north carolina. that's the only way they can do it within the party, but if they don't succeed by march 15th, there's nothing they can do, can't deny the nomination so then it's the third-party route. i've heard rumors of finding a candidate, mitt romney's name. there's a constitution party out there that has ballot access. if they want to start
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have to do it within the next couple of weeks to actually get ballot access, but this stuff is real, and it gets very real on march 16th if to roll. >> haven't ever seen anything like it. >> not since 1860 and the wigs. the republican party another conservative party the whigs breaking apart. maybe history is truly repeating it self. >> chuck todd, thank you. on the democratic side fresh off her landslide victory over bernie sanders in south carolina hillary clinton is look ahead to super tuesday as an opportunity to pull away in this race. nbc's kristen welker is with the clinton campaign in virginia. kristen, what can you tell us. >> reporter: lester, good evening. clinton campaign officials say they feel confident heeding into super tuesday after that big win in south carolina, fueled african-american support. build on that tomorrow. senator sanders vowing not to give up, but he does have a steep climb, particularly if you look at the
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the official nbc news delegate count shows clinton with 519 delegates and sanders with 86. if you only take into account super delegates, typically party leaders who get to choose who they will support, clinton gets 428 to sanders 21, a 20-field advantage. clinton is up with ads in all of the super tuesday states and sanders with ads in five of them, smaller, less diverse states li corond massachusetts. still, sanders has a lot of cash on hand which means no matter what happens tomorrow that could allow him to stay in this race indefinitely. lester? >> kristen welker tonight, thank you. for many of you the stations will be carrying the live hour-long editions of "nightly news" with all the results as they come in and special primetime coverage across the country starting at 10:00, p.m. eastern time. there were terrifying moments today inside an ohio school when police say a teenaged student
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injuring two others. tonight the suspect is in custody as students and their parents cope with the aftermath. nbc's blake mccoy now with details. >> reporter: it was in the cafeteria of madison junior senior high school where authorities say a student opened fire on his classmate. one student managing to call 911 from a high school. >> i'm at madison high school. there's a shooting. >> okay. >> he's got a gun. he started shooting people. >> how many people did he shoot? >> i'm not sure. he just pulled out n ataed ti r:wo at luncime, twoers juth chs. eoo lodownraic fm had g he. do usdsnd jury iet and kp yby else a me. te c i in lewn, rth . th ttunt a r- boyser
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