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incoming fire. also breaking, the zika virus. the health emergency in the u.s. now widening. the spraying here at home. the troubling transmission. as we ask, is the u.s. ready? chilling new details tonight. the 13-year-old girl, murdered. and this evening, the college students and their alleged plot revealed. carefully planned and why they went to walmart. the hostage drama in the parking lot. the gunman taking 408d of a mother. officers forced to make a split-second decision. and, the smirk. the former drug company ceo, who raised the price of a life-saving drug 4,000%, laughing through it all today. we track him down. good evening. and as we come on the air tonight, the race for the next battleground is getting much tighter. the new poll late today from new hampshire, and it comes just two days before the big debate here on abc. donald trump in the lead, and
take a look here. in second place now, senator marco rubio, gaining steam, now pushing past senator ted cruz. and donald trump tonight, determined to come in first in new hampshire, after iowa, holding five events in one day. the stakes are enormous. super bowl weekend approaching, and so is the debate, the night before. abc's tom llamas in new hampshire, leading us off. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump trying to step up the pace. >> this is really crunch time. >> reporter: a jack-packed, one-day schedule. greeting volunteers at his campaign office, shaking hands with local police. barnstorming new hampshire for every last vote. right now, we're outside the trump event. we can't get in, because there are so many people in there and the fire marshall won't let anybody get in. there's donald trump, his motorcade coming in right now. trump's message? only an outsider can fix america's problems. >> no politician's going to solve it. no politician. these people -- i would like to use really foul language, i won't do it. i was going say they're full of
no, it's true. >> reporter: and trump still wailing away at senator ted cruz, under fire after his campaign spread misleading information suggesting that dr. ben carson was dropping out of the race after the iowa caucuses. tonight, new voicemails surfacing. the cruz campaign with this call on caucus day. >> hello, this is the cruz campaign with breaking news -- dr. ben carson will be planning to suspend his campaign following tonight's caucuses. please inform any carson caucus-goers of this news and urge them to caucus for ted instead. >> reporter: we just got the voicemails. this happened on caucus day. what type of pattern do you see with senator ted cruz or his campaign that you don't like? >> well, i haven't seen that. people have been talking about it. and it was very unfair to dr. carson. i guess probably i was the one that was hurt most by it, because maybe i would have won. >> reporter: but today, cruz saying trump's a sore loser. >> when you win in the state of iowa, your opponents want to tear you down. they want to attack you. they want to throw mud. >> reporter: and now cruz playing offense.
trump. i am not making that up. >> reporter: not an endorsement, but enough for a cruz attack ad. >> if i had a choice between cruz and trump, i think i would choose trump. >> reporter: cruz is out with a video with jimmy carter. what do you say to that? >> he's got good taste. >> tom, all of the campaigns aware of the shifting poll numbers in new hampshire tonight. it's crunch time. >> reporter: that's right, david. i just spoke with donald trump moments ago, who tells me, he's not going to rely on the polls this time. he needs his people to go out and vote for him. senator cruz is noticing a rubio surge. but he says he wants to remind voters here in new hampshire, he won the iowa caucuses. senator rubio came in third place and bronze is not the new gold. david? >> tom llamas with donald trump tonight. and with just about 48 hours now until the republican debate here on abc, senator rubio knows
the level of incoming fire will only grow as he goes up in the polls. tonight, a new endorsement. but the man who endorsed him had a hard time listing any of rubio's accomplishments. abc's jonathan karl with that moment, and his own one-on-one with marco rubio tonight. >> reporter: senator rubio. how is it going? we met marco rubio in stratham, new hampshire, just days before the primary. the senator seems to be on a roll. they couldn't fit them all in. >> we've got to get bigger rooms. >> reporter: with the spotlight glaring hotter than ever, we are with rubio backstage at this crucial moment in the campaign. >> the next president, marco rubio. >> reporter: he's drawing bigger crowds, and with them, more attacks from his rivals. >> marco rubio has been the most protected, coddled candidate in this entire race. and so, what i've said before is, let the boy come out of the bubble. >> reporter: he says you're the boy in the bubble. you're coddled. you're protected. you're a scripted candidate. >> well, ask me anything you want. you're sitting right next to me.
we'll do another one. people ask me anything they want. >> reporter: but questions about rubio's experience are intensifying. even rick santorum, who just dropped out of the race and endorsed rubio, struggled to name any of his accomplishments. >> can you name his top accomplishment? >> my feeling on marco is someone who has tremendous potential, tremendous gifts. if you look at being a minority in the united states senate? a year when nothing -- four years when nothing got done? i guess it's hard to say there are accomplishments. >> reporter: why do some of your supporters have a hard time naming your accomplishments? i mean, rick santorum -- >> i mean, rick just signed on to our campaign, i mean, he just literally signed on last night, and so, obviously, rick has been focused on his campaign, not on my record or what i've done. >> reporter: with rubio here in new hampshire, his wife jeanette and their four children looking for a snack. today, it's doughnuts. back on the bus, we talk about the campaign. so, do you ever give your dad any advice? >> i tell him to be the best and
you will succeed. >> that's good advice. that's what i tell you at volleyball, too. >> jon with us live tonight. jon, did senator rubio reveal any of his debate prep for that stage right behind you? >> reporter: well, he told me, he fully expects that bush, kasich and christie will gang up on him. but he says, with so many people still on the stage, there's only so much he can do to debate. in fact, david, he told me, he's not gone back to watch a single one of the previous debates that he's done. >> all right, jon car, thank you. can't wait to join you there in new hampshire. and we hope everyone will join us, the night before the super bowl. join martha raddatz and men, as we moderate the republican debate, saturday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern, right here on abc. meantime, on the democratic side, fight night for them. bernie sanders leading in new hampshire by double digits. hillary clinton says she's on sanders' home turf. but new hampshire has been good to her before. so, both will make their case tonight.
and abc's cecilia vega is there. >> reporter: just before the start of tonight's debate, bernie sanders firing up his supporters. >> apparently something has happened in the last nine months. >> reporter: after coming under fire himself in that town hall. the democratic socialist asked if elected, could he really work with congress? >> it is not acrid to say it's my way or the highway. where we can, we work with our republican friends. >> reporter: clinton put on the spot, too. >> did you have to be paid $675,000? >> well, i don't know. that's what they offered, so -- >> reporter: the once presumed front-runner, tonight, still trailing in the polls here. vowel er in vulnerable and showing it. >> everybody knows i have lived a very public life for the last 25 or so years, and so, i've had to be in public, dealing with some very difficult issues. so, regardless of how hard the
decisions are, be grateful. >> the town hall last night, the debate tonight. cecilia with us live in new hampshire. and cecilia, news tonight about other secretaries of state and the clinton campaign jumping on it? >> reporter: yeah, david. the state department now says colin poul and staffers for condoleezza rice, like hillary clinton, had information stored on private e-mail accounts that was later deemed classified. tonight, the clinton camp saying they want her e-mails made public, david, so people can see exactly what's in them. >> all right, cecilia vega, who covers the clinton campaign. thank you. we move on now to major new developments tonight in the zika virus. the health emergency declared in florida, now widening. they are spraying tonight. and now, a fifth county on alert. at least 12 known cases in florida. more than 50 nationwide. and now word of the first confirmed case contracted through a blood transfusion. abc's linzie janis in florida. >> reporter: tonight, the state of florida ramping up its fight
travel-related. the mosquito that causes zika virus is common in florida. >> reporter: the governor now declaring a state of emergency in five counties. so, are they prepared? florida has 20 million residents year. and right now, they have less than 1,000 kits to test for zika. the governor is requesting thousands more. do we think there are many people walking around with the have it? >> only 1 in 5 individuals who have been bitten and infected by a mosquito show any signs of symptoms. >> reporter: the symptoms of zika? fever, rash, joint pain and sometimes muscle pain and headache. in dallas this week, news that the virus was transmitted sexually has many officials concerned. and just tonight, another worry. the first case of zika infection from a blood transfusion reported in brazil. david, here at miami international airport, there are thousands of flights coming in
countries flagged by the cdc. more than 100 flights from brazil alone. david? >> which is why they are taking precautions now in florida. linzie, thank you. now, to stunning new details in the murder of a 13-year-old making national headlines. authorities say social media likely played a role in her death. this is one of the suspects you're looking at, a former high school track star. his friend in college is also charged and tonight, prosecutors say that friend has now revealed much of the alleged plot. abc's eva pilgrim is in virginia. >> reporter: tonight, chilling debates about the murder of 13-year-old nicole lovell. trying to make bail, the alleged accomplices used against her. a prosecutor telling the court 19-year-old natalie keepers helped plan the murder of the seventh grader she had never met or spoken to, saying she was, quote, excited to be part of something secretive and special with her friend, david eisenhauer. keepers' family leaving court, stunned. can you say anything about your daughter at all? last tuesday, nicole went missing.
she climbed out of her bedroom window, carrying only her phone and a minion blanket. investigators say they were able to track the last messages on her phone to eisenhauer. when officers searched his virginia tech dorm room, he admitted to communicating with the 13-year-old, driving to her house the night she disappeared, seeing her climb out of a window, even giving her a side hug before leaving to go to a close friend's dorm. that close friend? natalie keepers. when police found keepers, they said she told them, eisenhauer killed nicole and put her body in his lexus. the two then allegedly drove with the body in the car to walmart, where they bought supplies to clean up the crime. the prosecutor said she even told investigators a suitcase with the cleaning supplies and nicole's blanket was in her dorm room. david, keepers was denied bail. her mental health issue being called into question. her father saying in court today, something's wrong. not my daughter. david?
>> eva, thank you. now, to the storms on the move. tonight, boston already closing schools for tomorrow. winter weather advisories in ten states from virginia all the way up to maine. new york, up through new england. so, let's get right to rob, tracking this new system tonight. >> reporter: hey, david. the front that brought the severe weather to the east yesterday has stalled and a wave has developed along it. all the rain you see is going to move up into colder air. temperatures near 50 degrees tonight, but they should drop overnight to near freezing tomorrow from d.c. and philly through new york, hartford and boston. should see welt snow throughout the mannering, ingmorning, ending late in the day. four to eight inches, one or two inches new york to philly. a snow day for boston. could be another one on tuesday. still tracking that for next week. >> all right, rob, thank you. tonight, the so-called bad boy of pharmaceuticals stirring up trouble again. martin skreli laughing in washington. he sparked outrage when he hiked the price of a life-saving drug by more than 4,000%.
next tonight here, the deadly hostage drama in texas. the armed suspect, holding a mother at gunpoint. and you're about to see the split-second decision that saved her. here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: what ended with a single kill shot -- [ gun shot ] -- began with a heist at this check cashing store in irving, texas. police say christopher dew not only took cash from the check store, he took a hostage. >> he hit me in the head with the butt of the gun for a little bit. >> reporter: he hauled the mother to the parking lot, where these two officers were already waiting. there's a short standoff. as dew momentarily turns his back to the officer on the left. [ gun shot ] he's dropped. >> oh! shot him! >> reporter: it's caught on video.
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