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donald trump tonight from his victory speech talking about when others drop out, he benefits. let's play that. >> tonight we had 45%, 46% and tomorrow you'll be hearing if they could just take the other candidates and add them up and if you could add them up because you know the other candidates amount to 55%, so if they could just -- they keep forgetting when people drop out we're going to get a lot of votes. they keep forgetting. they don't say it. >> it is just 2:00 a.m. here on the east coast. we're still watching the votes being coming in from the state of nevada. let's put the latest here on the board for you to look at here at the top of the hour. there you see it, donald trump a decisive lead, 45%, 19% of the vote in. marco rubio with 24.7% and ted cruz with 20%.
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again that's 19% of the vote in. we're live. our coverage continuing throughout this hour here on cnn. to donald trump's point again he is correct there is this assumption that many people have had that if only there was one other candidate all those votes would come together and it would be more than donald trump. >> not to make donald trump's head explode, but if you look at the national polls right now his average is 37%, so the non-trump vote is more than that. so obviously as he points out some of those votes, some percentage is going to go to trump rn trump, but it is true that the lack of consolidation in the anti-trump vote is putting him -- his only chance to beat him i think it's pretty safe to say is on a one-on-one race because the race has been trump against a bunch of people you
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have never heard of so he dom nats in a race like that. the only chance is trump with rubio or cruz and it's a big national story, they're debating, they're storming the states. >> in a general election against hillary clinton or bernie sanders how does trump match up. >> he does very well. >> if you look at it today, trump can make the case i can compete in michigan, a state that hasn't gone for a republican since 1988. trump can say i can compete there and pennsylvania because i can compete with blue collar white voters, democrats will say but we'll start running ads, there was an african-american protester at your rally and try to go after latino voters, but right now he loses to sanders in some polls, he's competitive in others, but forget general
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election right now but they're not advertising on the general election. he's not attacking hillary clinton or bernie sanders, but for those who say donald trump cannot win, you're wrong. >> you can win a major party nomination, you at least have a non-zero chance of winning a general election. >> if you put states like pennsylvania there's a reason why leaders have expressed concern that their members will defect to donald trump. tlaes a reason for that. survey poll taken shows donald trump wins the african-american vote. these are big indicators that he can do well in a general election. >> whe would be the major party nominee with the highest unfavorability ratings since they've been polling.
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>> i want to go back to jake who is getting some more entrance polling information in. >> with 21% of the vote in donald trump is up with 44.2%. rubio with 25.1% and ted cruz with 21.1%. we're expecting i guess about 70,000 or more voters to have turned out for the republican caucuses, which is a huge improvement in 2012. >> this is a relatively new process for nevada. this is only the third presidential election caucus in nevada, but we talked earlier about the kind of qualities that the voters were looking for in the candidates and now that we have more information on the results we know how each candidate fared based on those qualities.
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>> we can see why donald trump is getting near half the vote and why cruz and rubio are splitting. for voters that wanted to see a candidate that can bring change, donald trump wins. they make up about 23% of the electorate. donald trump the change candidate. how about the tell it like it is candidate? this category was basically created for donald trump. this is what his entire campaign has been about, 86%. that's about 20% of the electora electorate. if lure looking for a candidate who can win in november, 51% go with rubio that's looking for a candidate that can win in november, trump gets 33%. then shares my values which is the largest share of the electorate among these issues
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30% of the voters want a candidate who shares their values, cruz wins this category with 42%, rubio 26%, trump at 20% and carson at 6%. so what you see here you have an electability candidate, you have a values candidate and then you have this dominate front-runner who is telling it like it is and can bring change, you add those together and that's why you see trump so dominate. one thing worth noting donald trump -- marco rubio has won this category everywhere but new hampshire where marco rubio had a fifth place showing after that debate, this has been his category all along. this is donald trump's best score today among that electability number. >> a third of the electorate. >> a third want to go with him. all that talk about donald trump cannot win a general election, he's not winning this category yet, but he's improving. >> he's doing better as we've been discussing since we saw the early win tonight from donald
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trump that it's not just people here in washington kind of coming to terms with the fact that he very well could be the nominee, more importantly it's the voters out there who are looking at him in a different way. >> it's interesting also that the candidates who won those categories, that's their pitch. marco rubio is saying i'm the person that can defeat hillary clinton, i'm the one that's electable, ted cruz we heard him reciting a list of why he shares the values of the voters and donald trump doing what he does, so it's not as though voters aren't believing him, it's that a larger slice of the republican party cares more about being an outsider telling it like it is bringing change all the things that donald trump represents. anderson. >> it's also something that donald trump early on embraced the anger that he clearly -- his -- he does have -- for
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somebody who is not a career politician or has never been a politician before, he does have a finely tuned an tenia to what his potential supporters seem to want. he clearly understood the anger out there and whether he rode it or got in front have it, he made the most of it. >> all of all the candidates we were listening to tonight they were talking about process, i'm going go on and win this, trump did that too, but trump's the only one who has this sort of make america great again, bumper sticker kind of slogan that he stuck to a message and he has dug it in and everybody else is talking well, i could win this and that, he's like we're going to get this over with fast, i'm going to get to a general election and i'm going to be a great president. >> it's completely different. he talks about polls all the
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time. he didn't tonight, i don't think. a little bit. but he's moving away from being a pundit to a degree and talking about what he wants to do. >> and he said tonight you're going to be proud of your president and proud of your country. >> he knows for this last many years these voters have dismissed this president and haven't been so proud of this country so i think he connects with those voters there and throughout his speeches he's talking about the car plant moving to mexico so i think he more than any other candidate has improved vastly as a politician. >> what do you remember from the apprentice? you're fired. donald trump knows it. he has a brand. what does he do in this campaign, winning, winning, strong, winning within he brands hips and he brands the other guys. low energy, you're gone.
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agree or disagree he's been brilliant. >> we have to take a quick break.
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rubio, ted cruz with 22%, ben carson nearly 5.5% and john kasich with 3.8%, but only 23% of the vote counted in the state of nevada. let's go to john king and the magic wall and look at the numbers. >> we'll look at tonight and try to project it forward a little bit. 23% of the vote in, 44% for trump. ted cruz ringing these two smaller countries, but las vegas and clark county that's where most of the votes are. more than 70% of the population in the state. marco rubio with less than half of donald trump. again, donald trump approviprov can win where the people are.
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under 50% there, but now 35% of the vote counted out there. as you look at the map filling in it's mostly trump. he's proving he can win in suburban areas and win in other areas as well and you pull it out this is the result tonight. one, two, three. three wins for donald trump, one for ted cruz. remember, cruz started the race by winning iowa and then trump new hampshire, trump south carolina, trump nevada and can he project that going forward. let's switch the maps here. after tonight donald trump's going to be somewhere in the ballpark of 79, might be higher than that. this is a scenario giving him 35% of the vote in nevada so he may crack 80 tonight in delegates. long way to go to 1,200 plus that you need, but he's three for four so far. let's look to super tuesday. a dozen states fill in, we give
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ted cruz texas here. looking for other states, the rubio people, this is hypothetical, the rubio people say they'll win minnesota, even if rubio wins that donald trump is starting to pull away. maybe a couple of other states here that are competitive, but is this the state of the republican race, donald trump has won three of the first four states. in any other campaign, people would say he's unstoppable. kasich goes after rubio, cruz goes after rubio and nobody enjoys after trump the trump campaign feels they may lose texas on super tuesday, maybe they'll lose one or two others, but they believe by next tuesday night we're going to be talking about a big donald trump lead in the delegates. >> we heard that optimism in trump's victory speech tonight.
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i wanted to play that for you. we played it live. here is donald trump celebrating a massive win in nevada. >> oh, boy. we love nevada. we love nevada. thank you. thank you. this is a great place. thank you. thank you. [ applause ] >> thank you very much. great evening. we will be celebrating for a long time tonight, have a good time. have a good time. [ applause ] >> we weren't expected, a couple of months ago we weren't expected to win this one, you know that right? we weren't. if you listened to the pundits we weren't expected to win too
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much and now we're winning, winning, winning the country and soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning. so i want to thank the volunteers. they have been unbelievable. these people like worked endlessly. endle endlessly. we're not going to forget it. and we've had some great numbers coming out of texas. amazing numbers coming out of tennessee and georgia and arkansas and then in a couple of weeks later florida. we love florida. [ applause ] >> we're going to do very well in ohio. we're beating the governor. that's good. it's always nice to be beating the governor. and michigan, the whole thing. i mean, it's going to be an amazing two months. we might not even need the two months, folks, to be honest. so tonight we had 45%, 46% and
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tomorrow you'll be hearing, you know, if they could just take the other candidates and add them up and if you could add them up because you know the other candidates amount to 55%, so if they could just -- they keep forgetting that when people drop out we're going to get a lot of votes. they keep forgetting. they don't say it. so i want to begin by thanking my boys. eric has been all over the place making speeches. he's getting better than me so i'm a little jealous. [ applause ] >> and don went up to elco. this is serious rifle, this is serious nra, both of them. both of them. we love the second amendment folks. nobody loves it more than us, so just remember that.
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and corey and hope, the staff, the whole group and charles and dan and what a group we have. it's just been amazing. i want to thank a couple of friends of mine that are here. the owner of this incredible hotel, phil, stand up. great guy. phil said, donald, like for the last three months he's driving me crazy. he said donald, i want to put $10 million in your campaign. i said phil i don't want to do it. every time i see him it's hard for me to turn down money because that's not what i've done my whole life. i grab and grab and grab. i get greedy. we get greedy, right? now we're going to get greedy for the united states and we're going to grab and grab and grab. we're going to bring in so much money and so much everything, we're going to make america great again folks, i'm telling you, we're going to make america
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great again. another great friend of mine, somebody respected by everybody, a great friend too, steve, stand up steve. stand up. two great people. steve is always calling. he's always got advice, right steve. his advice i like to listen to, i'll be honest with you. so fill and steve and families we appreciate it, you've been great friends. thank you. thank you. so this was very exciting tonight, but i'll tell you, it looks like we won by a lot evangelicals, i love the evangelicals. and i have to tell you, pastor jeffris has been great. as you know, liberty university, do we love liberty university? jerry, an unbelievable guy and
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he has been with us since the beginning and i want to thank jerry and his family, it's been amazing, the relationship. so we won the evangelicals, we won young, we won with old, we won with highly educated, we won with poorly ededucated, i love e poorly educated. we're the smartest people. we're the most loyal people. you know what i'm happy about, 46% with the hispanics, number one with hispanics. i'm really happy about that. so -- thank you. so i'm very proud of you. this is an mazing night and i love the country. i love the country.
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we're doing -- [ applause ] >> we're going in the wrong direction, we're going to keep as you know going to load it up with a lot of bad dudes out there, we're going to have our boarders nice and strong. we're going to build the wall. you know that, we're going to build the wall. i have a lot of respect for mexico and you heard we won the hispanics, but let me tell you mexico is going to pay afor the wall. they know it. they know it. we have a trade deficit with mexico. they'll pay for the wall. they'll be very happy about it. believe me, i'll talk to them. they'll be thrilled to pay for the wall. we'll be the smart people. we're not going to be the people that get pushed around all over the place. you're going to be proud of your president an you're going be
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even prouder of your country, okay. so tonight folks this was a great evening. i love this place. i love this state. i love las vegas. i have spent and invested so much money over here. trump international hotel. i keep telling steve we have the best hotel in las vegas. he's fighting me all the time, but i just want to say it's a great state and there are great people. i went to caucus, i was all over the place tonight, the people are amazing, the enthusiasm, it was unbelievable to see. the people of this country are absolutely amazing. i love you folks very much. remember, make america great again. we're going to do it and it's going to happen fast. thank you very much everybody. thank you. thank you very much. we love you. we love you.
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[ applause ] >> thank you. thank you. [ applause ] >> u.s.a., u.s.a., u.s.a., u.s.a.. donald trump with both of his sons there. let's look at the vote where it stands in the state of nevada. there you see it, donald trump 43% of the vote. 25% of the vote is in. marco rubio in second with 24%, ted cruz at 22% and then ben carson and john kasich. your live coverage continues right here on cnn.
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state of nevada where donald trump has won his third presidential contest in a row. cnn projects trump will win the nevada republican caucuses by a wide margin, the only real question right now is who will finish in second. you can see the numbers there. rubio at 24.5% and cruz at 22.7%. now turn out was extremely high. some caucus sites reported running out of ballots. entrance polls showed caucus goers angry with the federal government and strongly favor a candidate from outside the establishment. trump spoke with his supporters in las vegas just about an hour after the polls closed. he says he's especially proud of winning in just about every cats goer of voters, including more than 40% of latinos. >> oh, boy. we won the evangelicals, we won
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with young, we won with old, we won with highly educated, we won with poorly educated. i love the poorly educated. we're the smartest people, we're the most loyal people. and you know what i really am happy about it because i've been saying it for a long time, 46% with the hispanics, 46%, number one with hispanics. [ applause ] >> i'm really happy about that. of course if you listen to the pundits, we weren't expected to win too much and now we're winning, winning, winning the country. and soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning. >> and right now marco rubio and ted cruz are battling for second place as we pointed out just like in south carolina's primary. cruz congratulated trump on his victory, but assured his supporters he is the only
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candidate who can beat hillary clinton. >> if you are one of the 65% of republicans across this country who doesn't think donald is the best candidate to go head to head with hillary, who believes we do better in elections when we actually nominate a conservative, then the first four states have performed a vital function of narrowing this race and presenting a clear choice. >> now a high voter turn out worked well for donald trump, but it caused some issues at the polls. that included reports of some irregularities. >> reporter: donald trump on rode to victory tuesday with cnn projecting a first place win. trump taking a swipe at ted cruz ahead of the win. >> this guy cruz lies more than any human being i have ever dealt with.
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this guy is sick. >> reporter: tuesday's caucuses got off to a rocky start like volunteers including a member of the rubio campaign checking in caucus goers without checking ids and a there was a warning to the state gop to keep a close eye on the cruz campaign after cruz staffers told the volunteers to record the votes. trump was favored before results started coming in, the real battle was between marco rubio and ted cruz. >> i frankly don't care what position donald decides to support today or tomorrow or the next day. >> reporter: rubio and cruz fighting for second place in the silver state. >> i'm a conservative that can unit this party. we can't win if we're divided. >> reporter: that fight a critical one in a narrowing presidential field. >> we wanted to bring in politics reporter who joins us
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now from washington and cnn's senior reporter for media and politics. thanks to both of you for joining us. donald trump emboldened with a huge win in nevada. how is the anti-trump republican establishment likely to be dealing with what appears to be the trump nominee? >> what they're doing is they're finally getting behind a single candidate and that candidate is florida senator marco rubio. are they doing it in time and then the second question is how aggressive are they going to be in terms of combatting donald trump and is it too little too late. rubio of course looking like he's going to come in second here in the state of nevada. he's trying to create and portray himself as this sort of anti-trump candidate. trump is trying to portray himself as the
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anti-establishment candidate. if both candidates are successful in doing so, it will move ted cruz out of the picture and then we'll be looking at a two-man race. >> when you look at marco rubio, he didn't speak in the aftermath. we heard the victory speech from trump and ted cruz got up and said he's the man to beat trump and hillary clinton, why wouldn't marco rubio at that point come out and at least speak to those people? they want to hear and see that he might be in the running here? he's shown when you look at the numbers at the moment that he might be taking second place, but why be silent at a critical time like this. >> it's interesting, he wasn't even in nevada at all today. he left this morning. he went to minnesota and michigan to campaign. he's looking ahead to super tuesday to some of these winner take all states that happen down the road. so he by all accounts was already in bed by the time donald trump was called as a the
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winner. what's interesting about that decision is he doesn't get to give his second place victory speech like he's done in iowa and in south carolina, but i is going to be on almost every morning show tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. well rested. we saw ted cruz tonight, but he seemed tired. marco rubio gets to get up tomorrow among and set the agenda for the day. it won't bring him more delegates, but it might help in the media spin. >> a lot of observers are saying either rubio or cruz need to drop out and make this a two-man contest, of course ignoring ben carson and john kasich here who is still hanging in, but should it be rubio or cruz to go, which one might stop the dominance of trump going forward? >> the first objective certainly for the gop establishment is getting kasich to drop out. we'll see if he's willing do
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that. he looks like he's going go through to march 1st. the question between rubio and cruz, there are three lanes right now in the gop primary, there's the trump lane which he has defined for himself which is includes this broad swath of republican voters, there's the cruz lane which is the conservative lane and then the rubio lane which is the establishment lane. obviously the republican establishment has a lot of money and fear and trep dash about either a trump or cruz nomination, let alone trump or cruz presidency so it seems like that's there's going to be a lot of pressure from the establishment to get cruz to drop out, but cruz is an anti-establishment candidate. i don't think he cares what they think. i think he's looking at how dominant trump has been and it's going to be very hard for him to see what his path towards the nomination is given that trump is taking up so much oxygen.
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>> and of course all the focus now a week from now it's super tuesday, 11 states up for grabs who do projects show us? >> it looks to be more of the same. donald trump is continuing to dominate in most of the polls. you have a must win for senator cruz in some ways. texas is going to be up and he's staked a lot of his campaign on performing well on super tuesday and what they're calling the scc primary a reference to college sports and you have many southern states voting that day. he's kpand a lot there. it was the theory of his campaign. so far donald trump has bested in the southern state of south carolina and if that holds it's a chink in his firewall and it's bad for ted cruz. marco rubio keeps saying that he's in it until the winner take all states when they start giving out delegates based on the winner and not percentages.
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he's hoping to hang in there as long as he can, stay close to donald trump and then pull ahead when the delegate count starts to go big for some of these states. so we'll see. super tuesday is going to be a make or break for the ted cruz campaign and certainly an kbo important moment for the marco rubio campaign. >> how do you think super tuesday is going to play out. >> there's no question that super tuesday is crucial for everyone involved. that said we're in uncharted territory. no one saw donald trump pulling off what he's pulled off yet and if it were any other candidate who had achieved the victories that he's achieved we'll be calling that candidate the nominee and unstoppable, what have you, it's different because he is so anti-establishment and because the establishment has so much to fear from him winning the nomination. so i think even if trump were to
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be dominate on super tuesday, there's still going to be a lot of money behind rubio to let him go the distance. so super tuesday is crucial, but i wouldn't make too much of trumping there because i think given the other states he will do very well. >> let's just for a moment bring out those numbers because there has been a change. look at second place, you can see marco rubio 23.9%, ted cruz 23.3%. this is very close and of course trump the big winner at 43%. the numbers have changed again. of course this is going to happen as we're stalkitalking, going back to you both, if you can talk to you now on marco rubio and ted cruz fighting over this second place, does it matter when you look -- when you nearly combine the support for both of them it's pretty close to trump, isn't it? >> once again, i keep coming
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back to this it's all about delegates. the percentages are kbanimporta the ability to claim a second place, third place vektry, but the end of the day if they're this close, depending on either way it goes, they're probably going to end up with the same number of delegates and both of them are going to have fewer than donald trump. so it's all about spin. it's about them being able to say i was in the top two, top three, i was really close to my main competitor, but it's not necessarily going to help them in the overall race for the nomination. it's all about moment at this point. >> if this does end up being hillary clinton face to face, toe to toe with donald trump who is going to come out on top? >> that's a great question. i think there's one thing we've learned from this primary process both on the republican
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and democratic side it's foolish to make predictions. i think there's a lot of anticipation among members of the media for a trump versus clinton general election. i think trump would spend a lot of time going after hillary clinton on some of the -- this baggage that she's been unable to drop off, this fbi investigati investigation, a lot of suspicion over her handling of benghazi, i think she would use donald trump to rally the base that she hasn't been able to generate enthusiasm with simply by the prospect of p you don't want a donald trump presidency, you have to vote for me. it would be an extremely exciting election athink it would get a lot of the electorate engaged. >> all right. stand by. we want to come back to you both very soon, but let's take a very short break right here. we'll have the latest updates on
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the nevada republican caucuses when we return. hear more of trump's victory speech including all the voter groups he won over.
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trump, trump, trump, trump, trump. a crowd at the donald trump victory rally in las vegas where he has scored a major victory in the republican contest for the presidency. cnn projects trump will win the nevada caucuses by a wide margin. the only real question right now is who will finish second and look at these numbers. so you've got marco rubio, 24.1%, ted cruz, 23.5%, 6,000 votes for marco rubio, 5,800 ted cruz. look at this dominance of donald trump, 42.4%. donald trump has sent out a tweet that said thank you
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nevada. trump touted his entrance poll numbers listing all the groups he won including latino voters. jim acosta has more from vegas. >> reporter: despite trump's attacks on marco rubio and ted cruz he barely mentioned them here. he says he will grow stronger as other candidates drop out. he touted his support among hispanic voters. >> we won the evangelicals, we won with young, we won with old, we won with highly educated and we won with poorly educated. i love the poorly educated. we're the smartest people, we're the most loyal people and you know what i really am happy about it because i've been saying it for a long time, 46% with the hispanics, 46%, number
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one with hispanics. >> reporter: next trump will focus on the super tuesday states that will have their say next week. his next stops virginia, texas, georgia and arkansas. he's posting a big presence in all of those states. cnn las vegas. >> the turn out for the investigate republican caucuses was much higher than expected with some caucus sites running low on ballots. we have more on the line from vegas to talk about that, but wanted to start with the numbers because it is extraordinary. if we bring those latest numbers up right now, second place. marco rubio 24.2%, but ted cruz not far behind at 23.4%. this is extraordinary as they vie for that second place position behind donald trump. >> reporter: it is extraordinary
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and what we noticed when we were in las vegas and throughout the state, state party officials were telling us that the pre-registration exceeded the total number of voters that came out in 2012. so they knew they were going to break records and you could really see it where we were at the high school near las vegas. people had come out just in throngs that officials had not seen before wi. i took a sample of the new caucus goers at our location as the line snaked down the parking lot, there were about 120 new first time caucus goers that i counsel counted and they supported donald trump. so you knew it was going be a big night for him, not only
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here, but south carolina and nrnew hampshire as well. >> they knew there were going to be large crowds so why was it so disorganized? >> reporter: they had an unorthodox way of tabulating the votes and getting everything together. also there was some confusion because a lot of people -- the caucuses started at different times and different precincts. so some people showed up at the wrong precincts at different times. they didn't have a uniform system for starting at a certain time. now in some of the caucus sites they probably didn't train some caucus workers quite well enough, although they said they had done a much better job of that than they had four years ago. i guess in some places they might have fallen short in that
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and were overwhelmed with the turn out. so that could account for some of the irregularities, but they seemed to -- where we were it went smoothly and you did hear from the state gop later in the evening that in most places it did go smoothly, although they did run out of ballots in some places and there were some other problems with checking identification. >> what are the chances in the hours ahead that some of the candidates might say i lost support because of the bad organization? >> reporter: you know, they could claim that, but honestly trump's victory was so dominant i don't think they could make a good case for saying that's why they lost. it may have cost them a few votes, but this was such a dominant victory by donald trump with the number of first time voters who came out and said they supported him, i don't think it would have made the difference. >> all right. joining us on the line there from las vegas.
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many thanks to you. you can probably go and have a snooze now. let's take a look at what factors contributed to donald trump's victory in nevada and here is cnn's anderson cooper with our panel of experts. >> there's no ceiling tonight, he busted through. >> conventional wisdom has proven to be wrong. this is a huge fact tonight that latino voters, 44%, broke for donald trump, more than the two latino candidates underneath him. >> it is a small -- >> i'm skeptical of that number. >> but the point is -- >> it's something that donald trump can use moving forward as he did tonight. >> it's a small sample size, but the point is that he did it and this myth that he can't win minority voters is not the case. he said this is someone who can win minority voters like reagan did. >> to her point, i think it was wrong for folks to assess that
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because donald trump was getting 30%, therefore 70% was anti-donald trump, i think this is a problem. the rest of these states are not sealed off from the momentum and all of the dynamics that are now shaping the view of this contest. so it's not like we're going to have two candidates and all of a sudden we're going to scramble this thing and start from zero again, donald trump's momentum -- i will tell you voters who don't like donald trump, many of them are going to at a certain point become resigned that he may be the nomination. >> they want to go with a winner. >> that's a big challenge for the other campaigns. >> in terms of enthusiasm, there's a lot of enthusiasm for donald trump. >> he was talking about how he's kind of broken through and now
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he's running toward, he hasn't just broken through ele electorately, he's broken through psyche logically. we have a front-runner who was threatening to punch somebody in the face in the rally. that is very dangerous. authoritian movements gain momentum by lowering the resistance to really outrageous stuff. i'm concerned about this development. >> all right. i want to bring up the numbers because we told you it was close for second place, ted cruz has now just moved into second place with 24%, 6,562 votes, marco rubio right behind at 23.6% and 6,446 votes. incredible. both these men fighting for that second place. you wouldn't think it's
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important, but for them it is, but when you look at donald trump's lead he is totally dominating, 42.7%, 11,688 votes there. we are live here on cnn so we're bringing you these numbers as the count continues and trump's acceptance speech fired up his supporters. some of his biggest cheers were on the boarder security and his love for nevada. >> this is an amazing night and i love the country. we're going -- [ applause ] >> we're going in the wrong direction. we're going to keep as you know keep that open and we're going to load it up with a lot of bad dudes out there. we're going to have our boarders nice and strong. we're going to build the wall. you know that. we're going to build the wall. i have a lot of respect for
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mexico and you just heard we won hispani hispanics, but let me tell you, mexico is going to pay for the wall, right? going to happen. going to happen. they know it, i know it, we all know it. we have a tremendous deficit. we have a trade deficit with mexico, they'll pay for the wall. they'll be happy about it. i'll talk to them. they'll be thrilled to pay for the wall. we're going to be the smart people. we're not going to be the people that get pushed around all over the place. we're going to be the smart people. you're going to be proud of your president and you're going be even prouder of your country, okay. [ applause ] >> so tonight folks this was a great evening. i love this place. i love this state. i love las vegas. i have spent and invested so much money over here, trump international hotel. i keel can telling steve we have the best hotel in vegas.
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he's fighting me all the time, but i just want to say it's a great state and they have great people and i was so proud. i went to caucus, i was all over the place tonight, the people are amazing. the enthusiasm, it was unbelievable to see. the people of this country are absolutely amazing. i love you folks very much. remember, make america great again, we're going to do it and it's going to happen fast. thank you very much everybody. thank you. thank you very much. we love you. we love you. [ applause ] >> thank you. thank you. >> u.s.a., u.s.a., u.s.a. >> donald trump and his victory speech there in nevada. you can get get in touch with me on twitter, but don't go anywhere, we are live for you on cnn with the results of the nevada caucuses much more coming your way. do stay with us. man 1: [ gasps ]
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welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world. this is cnn's continuing coverage of the republican caucuses in nevada. it is just after midnight in nevada and it has been a big night for trump winning his third presidential contest in a row among the republican candidates. cnn projects trump will win the nevada caucuses by a wide margin. look at those numbers, he's at 42.8% so far, but this second place, this has changed between
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marco rubio and ted cruz. you can see there marco rubio 23.8% and ted cruz at 23.7%, but we will keep an eye on that. we are live here on cnn watching those numbers. trump spoke with his supporters in las vegas just about an hour after the polls closed. he says he is especially proud in winning in just about every category of voters, including more than 40 percent of latinos. take a listen. >> of course if you listen to the pundits we weren't expected to win too much and now we're winning, winning, winning the country and soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning. >> all right. i want to go to the senior reporter and he joins us live from las vegas. of course donald trump has won, but what we are watching right now with these live numbers as
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they change is ted cruz and marco rubio vying for second position here. let's bring up those numbers again. ted cruz has now moved in there at 23.7%, but ted cruz has edged out with a number of extra votes there over marco rubio. that could change within the next hour or so. so talk to us about that second place, why it's so important for those two candidates to win that second place. >> it's actually -- it's a rare thing where you can actually win a contest in terms of the sort of larger media narrative without actually coming in first place and the reason for that is as we've discussed there are three lanes here in the republican primary. there's donald trump as the front-runner and ted cruz's lane as the conservative arm of the conservative base and then rubio's lane which is fast becoming the establishment lane
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and the lane that the gop establishment and that money is behind. coming in second as opposed to third, even if it's just a matter of a few thousand votes, a percentage point, what you're doing there is your able to tell the story that you really are the one candidate who should be able to go up against donald trump. it's a harder case for rubio to make because he hasn't won a contest yet, whereas ted cruz has won the iowa caucuses, but rubio has that establishment support, has that backing and so there's going to be a bitter contest between those two for the rights to be the anti-trump candidate. >> this plays into this narrative of some that one of them has to go if they want to somehow fight trump here, this inevitability of trump winning the nomination.
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which of the two has a better chance of doing that? >> well, it's hard to understand how cruz can make that argument and here is why. trump has solidified himself as the anti-establishment candidate. ted cruz is doing the same thing, but he's doing it differently. he's speaking for the evangelicals in a different way than trump. there's no question that the gop establishment has no interest in a cruz nomination or a cruz presidency. in fact there's been a lot of debate among republicans in washington over who they fear more, a president trump or president cruz. so that's sort of -- despite the fact that cruz is neck and neck with rubio for second place position and he's promising to go on and go the distance, it's very hard to see how cruz does that if the establishment is
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rallying behind rubio and if trump has assumed the role as the anti-establishment candidate. >> let's talk about this incredible win of donald trump it has most certainly emboldened him in investigate anevada and people are saying he's unstoppable, this must be sending the anti-establishment crazy. will they rally around him or do they have a plan for down the track? >> that's a great question and what they're starting to do is give rubio the endorsements and money, a lot of money that used to go to jeb bush, if you're a reporter covering this race what you've been dealing with almost every hour on the hour you're getting an update from a new gop senator or congressman bhwho is
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coming behind rubio, you're seeing that happen, but the argument that i think a lot of people would make and i think it's a fair argument is that they're doing this too late in the game. i think for a long time the republican establishment sort of stood back and they said there's no way -- a lot of people in the medicine k medici media said trump is not going to win and now they're looking at him winning victories in key states like south carolina and nevada and now there's this big freak out that's happening and the question is can they shift things quickly enough before trump picks up support in super tuesday and other states that will vote on march 8th and 15th. >> as we finish our conversation, let's look at those numbers again. vying for second place, ted cruz has moved into that position.
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he's at 7,209 votes, marco rubio's 7,137. 23.7% compared to 23.5%. that keeps changing. we are live on cnn bringing our viewers not only in the united states, but right across the globe these numbers as they are being counted. ted cruz of course his concession speech included a call for conservatives to rally behind him before super tuesday. cruz says each of the contests so far have narrowed the field to a race between him and donald trump. >> at this point we've had four prima primaries. history teaches us that nobody has ever won the nomination without winning one of the first three primaries. donald trump and us. and the undeniable reality that the first four states have shown is that the only campaign that
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has beaten donald trump and the only campaign that can beat donald trump is this campaign. cnn politics reporter joins us now from washington. let's bring up those numbers again because it is just intriguing. let's bring up those numbers. there they are as we watch ted cruz and marco rubio vie for this second place position. ted cruz 23.7%, marco rubio 23.4%. how long will it take do you think before the count is done and we will know who has taken the second place? >> well i've been watching these returns all night and the polls closed a few hours ago at 9:00 p.m. pacific time and since then we've only gotten less than 40% of the votes counted so there's a got chance that this is going to take some time and what you're seeing is when these leads change we're talking about
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less than 100 votes right now separating them and you might get in a precinct that's a suburban area for a major center and that's going sto kbgo rubiod then you might get a different conservative area and that might go cruz and that's why you're going to see the numbers go back and forth. i'm not sure we get clarity until late in the game and we're not ready to make a call yet for sure. >> it's certainly a nail biter and it's funny when we're talking about second place and you have donald trump at 43.3%. you add marco rubio's and ted cruz's numbers and it's under donald trump's at this point. we were talking about the fact that marco rubio had gone to bed a long time ago, he's not even watching this at this point or we don't think he is. you were saying ted cruz was looking very tired when he came out and spoke. talk to us about that.
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>> he gave sort of his usual rousing speech. we saw some pieces of it that he's the only one that can beat donald trump, but for those of who watch ted cruz every day we've seen him with more energy. he wasn't at his his highest energy today and it came off as defeated. it's possible he's tired having been on the trail and covered many of these candidates i can vouch with the fact that they put up with a grueling schedule and are going across states and bouncing back and forth and he's probably still on east coast time so he's reasonable he was exhausted as many of us are tonight, but you can't come off as exhausted. you can't give a speech that is supposed to reassure your supporters and that you're in it and you're not set back by this second or third place finish and sound like you are. so it wasn't a great night for him. i don't know that if he had given a rousing second place or
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third place victory speech it would have made any big difference for him, but perhaps in the morning he'll look back and wish he'd gone to bed just like marco rubio did. >> exactly. joining us live from washington. you can probably go to bed now. it is just after 3:00 in the morning. many thanks to you. we appreciate it. cnn's chief u.s. correspondent john king breaks down the results from the nevada caucuses and how some of the key counties voted. as you look at the map filling in ted cruz winning these two smaller koepcountriest las vegas, donald trump getting a majority in clark county so far. marco rubio less than half of donald trump in clark county. the largest area of the state, trump proving he can win where the people are, where you get the most votes. also winning the second largest
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county out here, 16% of the state population, at 46%, 35% of the vote counted out there. as you look at the map it's mostly trump. he's proving he can win in suburban areas, cities and win in other areas as well. you pull it out and this is the result tonight. one, two, three wins for donald trump and one for ted cruz. trump new hampshire, south carolina, nevada and can he project that going forward. let's switch the maps here. after p tonight trump is going to be somewhere in the ballpark of 79, it might be higher than that. that's giving him 35% of the vote in nevada. he may crack 80 tonight in delegates. a long way to go to the 1,200 plus you need for the nomination, but he's three for
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four so far. let's look to super tuesday, a dozen states fill in. we give ted cruz texas here. looking for other states, the rubio people -- this is it hypothetical, the rubio people say they'll win minnesota. let's give it to them. even that if rubio wins that donald trump starting to pull away. so you look at the end of the night, maybe a couple much other states, but this is the state of the republican race right now. donald trump has won three of the first four states. in any past campaign people are saying that's unstoppable. if you have a continued race like tonight, nobody goes after trump, the trump campaign feels strongly that maybe they'll lose texas on super tuesday, they're going to compete, but maybe they'll lose texas, but they believe by next tuesday night we're going to be talking about a big donald trump lead in the delegate. all right. john king on cnn a little
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earlier. don't go away. we will hear from cnn's political panel next about what they think the future holds for donald trump, marco rubio and ted cruz. our live coverage of the nevada caucuses continues in just a moment. we're going do very well in ohio. we're beating the governor. it's always nice to be beating the governor and michigan, the whole thing. i mean it's going to be an amazing two months. [ applause ] >> we might not even needs the two months, folks to be honest.
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caucuses. let's look at the latest vote tally and you can see ted cruz and marco rubio taking turns in that second place slot. at the moment ted cruz has it, 23.3% and marco rubio right behind him, 23% there with 8,003 votes. we are live on cnn bringing you the numbers. here is part of what trump had to say to his supporters during his victory speech. >> it's going to be an amazing two months. we might not even need the two months, folks to be honest, right. so tonight we had 45%, 46% and tomorrow you'll be hearing if they could just take the other candidates and add them up and
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if you could add them up because you know the other candidates amount to 55%, so if they could just -- they keep forgetting that when people drop out we're going to get a lot of votes. they keep forgetting. they don't say it. so i want to begin by thanking my boys. eric has been all over the place making speeches. he's getting better than me so i'm a little jealous. and don went up to elco and he loves the rifle stuff. this is serious rifle. this is serious nra, both of them. both of them. [ applause ] >> we love the second amendment, folks. nobody loves it more than us so just remember that. and corey and hope and the whole staff, what a group we have. i want to thank a couple of
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friends of mine. the owner of this incredible hotel, phil, stand up. great guy. phil said donald like for the last three months he's driving me crazy he said donald i want to put $10 million into your campaign. i said phil i don't want to do it. every time i see it he's hard for me to turn down my money because that's not what i've done my whole life, i grab and grab and grab. i get greedy. now we're going to get greedy for the united states. we're going to grab in and grab and grab. we're going to bring in so much money and so much everything. we're going to make america great again folks, i'm telling you. another great friend of mine,
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steve. stand up steve. stand up. two great people. steve is always calling, he's always got advice. donald, i think you ought to do this and that. his advice i like to listen to. i'll be honest with you. so phil and steve, we appreciate it. you've been great friends. thank you. this was very exciting tonight, but i'll tell you it looks like we won by a lot of evangelicals. i love the evangelicals and i have to tell you pastor jeffres has been great. do we love liberty university? jerry, an unbelievable guy and he has been with us from the beginning and i want to thank jerry and his family. it's been amazing, the relationship. so we won the evangelicals.
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we won with young. we won with old. we won with highly educated. we won with poorly educated. i love the poorly educated. we're the smartest people, we're the most loyal people. you and know what i really am happy about because i've been saying it for a long time, 46% with the hispanics, 46%, number one with hispanics. i'm really happy about that. so -- >> trump, trump, trump, trump, trump, trump, trump, trump, trump, trump, trump. >> thank you. so i'm very proud of you. this is an amazing night. i love the country. i love the country. we're going -- [ applause ] >> we're going in the wrong direction, we're going to keep as you know get keeping that open and we're going to load it
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up with bad dudes and we're going to load it up with a lot of bad dudes again we're going to have our boarders nice and strong and we're going to build the wall. you know that, we're going to build the wall. i have a lot of respect for mexico and you just heard we won hispanics, but let me tell you mexico is going to pay for the wall, right. going to happen. going to happen. they know it. i know it. we all know it. we have a tremendous deficit. we have a trade deficit with mexico. they'll pay for the wall. they'll be happy about it. i'll talk to them. they'll be very, very thrilled. they're going to be thrilled to pay for the wall. we're going to be the smart people. we're not going to be the people that get pushed around all over the place. wa you're going to be proud of your president and you're going to be even prouder of your country, okay. so tonight, folks, this was a
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great evening. i love this place. i love this state. i love las vegas. i have spent and invested so much money over here. trump international hotel, i keep telling steve we have the best hotel in las vegas and he's fighting me all the time. but i just want to say it's a great state and they have great people and i was so proud. i went to caucus -- i was all ov the place tonight. the people are amazing. the enthusiasm, it was unbelievable to see. the people of this country are absolutely amazing. i love you folks very much. remember, make america great again, we're going to do it and it's going to happen fast. thank you very much everybody. thank you. thank you very much. we love you. we love you. [ applause ] >> thank you. thank you. [ applause ] >> u.s., u.s.a., u.s.a.
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>> an emboldened trump at his victory speech and a short time again donald trump sentenc out tweet about his victory, it said thank you nevada. earlier anderson cooper asked our panel if there is a path forward for marco rubio and ted cruz as the primary season continues and here's what they had to say. >> knonot if they keep coming i second and third. it's called losing. even if cruz gets texas, look the only way to beat donald trump is to beat donald trump and the only way to beat him and stop him is to beat him in a lot of states. if donald trump wins eight states on tuesday, that means he's going to start building a delegate lead. if you start beating him consistently you can catch up. there are some big states out there. let's assume cruz wins texas.
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some people say rubio wins virginia or minnesota, it gets him a win and allows him to keep raising money. you have a bunch of states coming up, none of these people except for donald trump who can spend his own money and yes cruz and rubio has money, do you know how much it costs to do a presidential campaign and if you're losing do you think people are going to keep sending you checks? it doesn't work that way. they have to start winning. you cannot keep coming out and saying third place, thank you, thank you everybody. you lose, you go home. y you can't raise the money to stay in. >> victory speeches are concession speeches. this was a stated built for cruz. ron paul has won 20% of this state. he's done well with conservative voters in earlier states so
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getting 20% in third place is disappointing. >> it wasn't that long ago that cruz was complaining about rubio bragging about his bronze medal in iowa having come in third and tonight we heard ted cruz try and turn what is a third place showing into sort of a victory but he's the only one who can challenge donald trump. >> i thought he just sounds stale. he sounds like a stale politician who thinks that voters are looking for the candidate who can check off all the list of things that you want in a conservative candidate. >> some views there and thank you for your company. early start in next with more from the nevada caucuses. for everyone else i will be back in just a moment with more cnn newsroom. choose, choose, choose. but at bedtime... ...why settle for this? enter sleep number and the ultimate sleep number
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donald trump with a huge victory in nevada dominating the caucuses in that state. what is next for donald trump? can he be stopped? hillary clinton and bernie sanders shifting strategy for the voters on the cnn town hall stage this crucial south carolina primary just days away. welcome back to early start, a very busy night. a very busy and early start. we are live this morning because of the breaking news this
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morning, donald trump wins big in the nevada republican caucuses. you can look at the screen right there. it doesn't say how much of the vote is in, but you can see that donald trump is leading with 44.6% of the vote. as we speak, there is a heated, close race for second. ted cruz barely ahead of marco rubio right now, 190 votes by my math as they're counting. 52% of the vote in and only 200 votes separate ted cruz and marco rubio. we'll be watching that. behind them in single digits ben carson and john kasich. donald trump triumphing in nearly every county in the state. he was hugely popular among voters who say they are angry at the federal government. among those who say they want the next president to be an
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outsider, donald trump wins huge there as well. in his victory speech donald trump wassest static about the win across all these demographic groups. >> we won the evangelicals. we won with young. we won with old. we won with highly educated. we won with poorly educated. i love the poorly educated. we're the smartest people, we're the most loyal people. and you know what i really am happy about because i've been saying it for a long time, 46% with the hispanics, 46%, number one with hispanics. [ applause ] >> i'm really happy about that. he's right, the entrance polls did show trump leading among the latino vote. this win in nevada puts trump ahead in the delegate count.
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he has twice as many delegates. the next stop, the heap of delegates available on street tuesday just one week away. >> donald trump riding high until super tuesday. let's breakdown these results. good morning, a very busy night you have been following all of it it will what we see here in our cnn headline and longing for change is driving the electorate in nevada and they think donald trump is their man. >> we did a lot of entrance polling to talk to the voters about what they were feeling and once again we see donald trump sort of running away with it. we're talking about a close race for second place and about 20 points behind. that's the sillily thing. you've put up the delegate math a little bit ago, not many delegates have been proportioned out yet, but you still see trump with a huge lead and it's clear the voters are responding to
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what he's talking about. the roar from the crowd in my ear, it was quite loud. they're really pleased with donald trump. it didn't matter that by all accounts he didn't have that great a ground game in nevada, the voters came out for him. >> we are watching the votes come in live, just a few seconds ago a new heap of votes came in. marco rubio has jumped ahead of ted cruz. cruz had been leading for the last 30 minutes or so. marco rubio now in second place by about 400 votes. the battle for second is getting some attention, but the headline is the blow out for first place by donald trump. now he's won in moderate new hampshire, now he's won in the evangelical south and south carolina and now he's won in the wild west in nevada. he's won in several different places with several different voting groups there. this has go the to send panic
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through the republican establishment. >> absolutely. we keep hearing sort of victory speeches for second place from the finishers and there's this theory that if second place challenge can simply hang in there long enough they can eventually defeat donald trump because all the other votes will get behind them and it's getting harder to believe that theory of the case. yes, it's technically possible, but trump has only picked up steam. we haven't seen him lose steam. there's no reason to to believe that the electorate is going to change their mind. marco rubio seems to have the best shot of defeating trump and let's say if cruz and kasich and carson dropped out of the race it's possible some of those voters he would go to trump and it's not clear even if it were a two man race marco rubio would pull ahead. so it's a huge win for donald trump that is causing the republican establishment some fits.
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>> donald trump last night in his speech he sort of rolled his eyes and he said tomorrow morning they're going to be saying you add up the rest of them and they have more than me, he said no, a lot of those people when they drop out the voters are going to go and support donald trump. marco rubio not in the state. he left kind of early. he's moving forward. he is looking ahead to super tuesday. ted cruz, though, he did stick around. he gave some have said kind of a tired speech last night. let's listen to what ted cruz said. >> at this point we've had four primaries. history teaches us that nobody has ever won the nomination without winning one of the first three primaries. donald trump and us and the undeniable reality that the first four states have shown is that the only campaign that has beaten trump and the only campaign that can beat donald trump is this campaign.
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yet we are watching these numbers come in, 63% of the vote counted and it's a fight. it's not clear that ted cruz is going to be able to keep second place there. at least right now he doesn't have it. >> when he gave that speech he didn't have it either and i was life blogging all night as the results came in for cnn.com and i said there in some ways marco rubio might have made a smart calculated decision here, he went home and he's getting a good night of sleep. he's going to be on almost every morning show starting at 7:00 a.m. well rested and that's when he gets to deliver his sound bytes and ted cruz really did seem tired which is absolutely understandable at this point in the campaign, but he came off as defeated. meanwhile marco rubio is going to give his spin of a second place victory on all the morning shows and that's a sound byte that's going to be playing. he left nevada earlier in the
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day. he went to minnesota and michigan to campaign. he's moving on to super tuesday states. ted cruz may wake up tomorrow and wish he did the same thing. you made a joke about marco rubio and how much he loved second place, it's great for the rubio campaign every time they finish third or second it seems like a giants victory. donald trump has been asked why don't you talk about marco rubio. marco rubio has been asked why don't you talk about donald trump. if the race is going to come down to those two which the establishment would love, there's some mysteries about how that would shake down and donald trump spoke about that tonight. listen. rubio. who by the way i've been very nice to. i've been very nice. people say why are you so nice. because he hasn't hit me. when he does you will see what happens. >> you will see what happens. she complains that no one is
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going after trump, but her guy is not doing it either. they're scared to punch him. how does this look going forward as we head into super tuesday? >> it looks like more trump going into super tuesday. the polling isn't fantastic and some of the polls are unreliable, but donald trump is leading almost everywhere. we're going into a time where ted cruz has to opinion his home state. it's never a good thing when your concession speech is like we're going home so we can win a state. that's not a cry of victory or confidence and marco rubio has florida looming on the horizon and donald trump loves to talk about how he's been leading there. so it looks like we're going to have more of the same and to your point about hitting trump, we've seen over and over candidates who do so kind of suffer for it. jeb bush perhaps being the best
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example, but there hasn't been a candidate who has figured out an effective way to go after donald trump. so i don't know that suddenly the strategy to bring him down is going to emerge. >> they have spent so much time, money and advertising training their fire on each other and donald trump continues to solidify his lead. thanks for staying up for us. >> a lo the of people think what we're showing you on the screen is the last best chance to knock donald trump off his perch. the republican presidential debate tomorrow night. the five remaining candidates recollection they will debate on the stage there. wolf blitzer will moderate it. bernie sanders, hillary clinton, shifting their strategies, shifting their tones, their messages in this final pitch to voters in south carolina.
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they're on stage in a cnn town hall.
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the breaking news we're following the election results from the nevada caucuses, 68% of precincts in, donald trump ahead by a mile. that is a big win with big consequences. as we speak there is a battle right now for second place, not as important, but fairly important. marco rubio edging out ted cruz by 600 votes or so right now. and behind them ben carson and john kasich. we will be counting these all night, particularly the race for second place. >> donald trump winning almost every single category. the only category is voters who think he could win in the
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general election. >> also breaking overnight, bernie sanders and hillary clinton making their best case for the candidacies at a cnn town hall. both clinton and sanders confronting racial issues in a state where african-americans will play a major, major role in the outcome of the democratic primary. that's on saturday. right now polls show clinton with a strong lead in south carolina outpacing sanders nearly two to one. one tense moment at that town hall came when secretary clinton was asked why she has not released transcripts of the paid speeches she gave to wall street banks. senior washington correspondent has more on that from south carolina. >> reporter: wall street is one of the major issues of this democratic presidential campaign at least when it comes to some critics of hillary clinton. the topic of her paid speeches has been one of the issues throughout the course of this
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campaign. it was no exception that the democratic town hall, major differences between how bernie sanders and hillary clinton addressed this. >> i have not had a paid speech, it's against the law do give paid speeches. i have given speeches and money was do natd to chart. if i can find the transcripts i'm very happy to do it, but what secretary clinton said i will do it if other people do it. i am very happy to release all of my paid speeches to wall street. here it is chris. there ain't none. hillary clinton said a different standard is being used for her. she said she would only give up her transcripts if republicans did the same. >> all the more reason to move this as an issue. you know everybody is not going to bring up their transcripts. >> why is there one standard for me and not for at has really la
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there so this is a business of a transparent effort to address those two issues and i'm not quite sure that it fully res natd the way he played the race card there. it may be a feeling held by much of the democratic electorate rks but it comes. >> another shift i think from hillary clinton last night very specific she was trying to connect very specifically with these town hall voters about their issues and she was asked a question about student loans and she got very point by point about how she would help people with student loans and she got pretty high marks for how she
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answered this question. i want you to be able to to refinance your debt at much lower interest rates. it makes no sense that you're paying? do you know what your interest rate is? >> know i'm only $70,000 in debt and i'm only halfway through. >> she borrowed money for the principal and to be able to pay her fees to go to law school and i would bet that a good percentage of what you now owe is because of the interest, a 7% to 9% interest rate when we haven't had interest rates that high in years, it makes absolutely no sense. >> she asked what is your interest rate trying to show that she is connected sheesespey with this young voter. >> this was a woman who was introduced as leaning towards bernie sanders and her question was why are young people supporting him and clinton's
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response was even if you don't support me i support you and she launched into this response about college debt. the student was nodding along. everything clinton said seemed to resonate with her and the audience and she came across as warm and human which is a really important thing for her in this campaign. it seems sillily to talk about a human being needing to come across as human, but that's something that's dogd her along the way that she's not connecting and i think since her win in nevada we've seen her come across as warm and that is something that continued tonight. >> bernie sanders is offering free college. >> paid for with tax on speculation. >> we'll talk to you again in a little bit because there's a lot of news tonight. donald trump with a huge victory. winning by a mile in nevada. look at the race for second place. now a separation of 800, marco
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rubio extending that lead a little bit. we are counting live all morning long. first a deadly storm hits. we'll tell you about the damage done and bring you images.
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reporting. 72%. donald trump clearly the winner. this is a route, tromping the rest of the field. look at that. 45.1% for donald trump. he's dramatically ahead. marco rubio pulling ahead. not by much. >> 734 votes. i'm good at math. >> i saw you using your calculator.
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23.5%. and 22.3% for ted cruz. 72% of the votes are in. >> it's a employeeout. we also have more breaking news now. more than a dozen tornadoes. one confirmed fatality in mississippi, two others. a tornado ripped apart these homes in an apartment complex leaving six persons injured with leaking gas overnight. with this rv park near new orleans, you can see the devastation, more than 160 homes mangled by an apparent tornado. two fatalities reported with several others critically injured. residents there during the night. just horrifying. >> was lying down in bed with my dog and all of a sudden, i mean i heard like a big rumbling sound. the whole entire house started shaking and i just knew that,
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you know, that it was a tornado. and so i ran to go to the bathroom and my mom's fiance was running into the bathroom with his parents and i got in the balgt tub with my dog. they were praying. i was crying. the house was shaking. it was terrible. >> more devastation in lamar county, mississippi. a 73-year-old man was killed when his home was crushed by an unconfirmed tornado. >> all right. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com donald trump with a blowout victory in neve, just dominating the caucuses there. he won almost every demographic group, almost every county. how, will, is there any way to stop him. >> hillary clinton and bernie sanders shifting their strategy,

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