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this is an abc news special report. the south carolina primary. now reporting -- george stephanopoulos. and we are coming on the air with breaking news in the race for the white house. democrats voting in south carolina and abc news projects hillary clinton will win the primary in that key state. she is riding a wave of overwhelming support in the african-american community, about 6-10 south carolina voters, scoring a decisive victory in the state where barack obama dashed her hopes eight years ago. covering that campaign from the start and the clinton team counting on this victory today a sign of things to come in those seven southern states voting super tuesday. >> not just hoping for a big win in south carolina but to crush
bernie sanders. that's what's happening. didn't want to head into super tuesday, and wanted serious momentum. she's on her way with support of black voters from that state and exactly who she'll target heading into the super tuesday states. george, you know, bernie sanders says he's not going away anytime soon. >> and jon karl with us. the way democrats written rules, once you get a delegate lead, hard to catch up? >> a big win in south carolina. absolutely. this means a big win in southern states on super tuesday. she'll begin to get that lead, because in every state for the democrats, it's proportional. bernie sanders can continue to win some states, but if he doesn't win decisively, it's nearly impossible to catch up mathematically. that happened eight years ago when hillary clinton fell behind barack obama. that's it for us for now. i'll see you tomorrow on "this week" our special guest, chris christie coming off a surprising endorsement of donald trump and tune in tuesday, primetime
special at 10:00 eastern. have a good night. welcome to "world news tonight." breaking news on the showdown in south carolina -- hillary clinton projected to win the first democratic primary in the south. it is a decisive victory over bernie sanders. clinton heading into super tuesday with momentum on her side. a new republican tag team hits the trail. chris christie and donald trump together. the frenemies now doubling down on marco rubio. >> rubio stole from the republican party. >> reporter: the school yard taunts, and tonight, the new comeback. >> we cannot nominate a con artist to become the head of the party. >> the factory working coming face to face with a gunman. a man he thought was he friend. what that shooter told him right before he opened fire.
the new concerns an e-cigarettes tonight, exploding in pockets, setting cars on fire. one woman talking about her frightening ordeal. and risky business. chris rock getting ready to rock the oscars, hosting in the middle of a controversy promising a black-out is on the way. good evening, and thank you for joining us on this saturday. i'm cecilia vega and we begin with breaking news from south carolina, as you just heard. based on exit poll data, abc news projects hillary clinton will win the south carolina democratic primary. preliminary exit polls also revealing that six in ten voters were african-american. of those voters, 84% went for clinton. 16% for bernie sanders, and abc's david write ght is live a clinton headquarters. is the celebrating already under
way? >> reporter: absolutely. the crowd erupted as soon as that announcement was made, the projection hillary clinton would win this thing. already her campaign and bernie sanders' is looking forward to the super tuesday states. tonight hillary clinton was quick to claim victory in the pal mate palmetto state. hillary clinton in fairfield, alabama today looking past bernie sanders and straight at the republican front-runner. >> i am not going to ask taxpayers to provide free education to donald trump's youngest child. >> reporter: sanders was in austin, texas. south carolina already in his rearview mirror. >> i think we have a surprise comin' for some people on tuesday! [ cheers ] >> reporter: the clinton, bill and hillary, invested heavily in the palmetto state. 23 stops here in this past week alone. today bill clinton face add
heckler in bluffton. >> the thing is, four lines in benghazi killed and your wife tried to cover it up. >> reporter: sanders invested less time here. at his event in orangeburg, plenty of empty seats. are you in this up to -- >> obviously, oh, no, no, no. california, 20% of the kel gide come from california. 20%. >> reporter: today many voters said they got history with the clintons. >> been around the world and everything. she knows something. >> reporter: even some sanders supporters like richard scott, say they could tell which way the wind was blow wering here. >> hillary will be the one that wins the state of south carolina, but i have to, in all full consciousness and just -- put my support behind the person that i believe in. truly believe in. >> reporter: voting your heart? >> voting my heart. >> reporter: david wright from inside clinton's event in
columbia, south carolina. still waiting for hillary clinton to take that stage, david, but it appears she was on track for an even bigger win than her campaign was expecting? >> reporter: that's right, cecilia. those margins matter, because in most of these democratic contests the delegates are portioned out in proportion to the vote. the bigger she clobbers him here, the more difficult it is for sanders to catch up. >> david wright leading us all tonight. thank you. we turn now to the republicans. all eyes on super tuesday now just three days away. chris christie campaigning with donald trump one day after that bombshell endorsement. teaming up to pummel marco rubio. but the florida senator is doubling down, branding trump a con artist, but is it too late to stop the billionaire businessman? here's abc's mary bruce. >> reporter: with his high profile weapon by his side, new jersey governor chris christie, donald trump unleashed a verbal assault on marco rubio. >> and i watched his lightweight
rubio, total lightweight, and a little mouth on him, bing, bing, bing. bing, bing, bing, bing, bing. >> reporter: rubio trying to beat trump at his own game hurling personal insults. >> donald trump likes to sue people. he should sue whoever did that to his case. >> reporter: armed with this new line of attack. >> con artist. con artist. friends, don't let friends vote for con artists. >> reporter: in georgia, at his largest campaign rally yet rubio called trump a con man more than a dozen times. trump pushed back. >> trump's a con man. the last man i am is a con man. i built a great business, okay? >> reporter: also under fire, trump university, the defunct school facing a $40 million lawsuit. >> i paid $30,000 to trump university, and all i got was a picture of myself with a cutout of donald trump. >> reporter: rival ted cruz is piling on, hammering trump for not releasing his tax returns.
>> but maybe his tax returns show she doesn't have quite at much money as he says he has. >> reporter: and trump is taking aim at the media threaten being to weaken first amendment protections for reporters so he can sue them. >> the media, the most dishonest human beings on earth. i'm telling you. >> reporter: supporters in tennessee aren't bothered by the attacks. all the new attacks we're hearing from rubio and cruz going after donald trump? >> ain't phasing me a bit. >> reporter: -- >> and mary bruce joins us. so much endorsement and hope for a spot at the white house, has the christie campaign given indication he's after a new job? >> reporter: well, chris christie is here tonight with donald trump, and he has been asked that exact question, cecilia. >> and it looks like we lost mary's signal. mary, thank you, though, and a complete wrap-up on "this week"
with george in the morning and stay with abc news for full coverage on super tuesday with special editions of "good morning america" and, george, and the entire powerhouse political team on the air beginning at 10:00 p.m. eastern on tuesday night. we move on to our other top stories now, that deadly workplace shooting in kansas. the gunman's own video posted on facebook showing him firing an automatic weapon at a shooting range. he is accused of turning a gun on his co-workers, including one who thought he was his friend. here's abc's eva pilgrim with the latest. >> reporter: tonight, a new arrest in the wake of that deadly workplace rampage. 28-year-old sarah hopkins, a former live-in girlfriend of the alleged gunman sedrick george, charged with giving a firearm to a felon. she gave ford her own ac 47 and glock pistol. after the breakup, taken them back and later returned both
guns because ford had threatened her. just a month later, ford posting this video to his facebook page, firing an ak-47. ford killed three of his co-workers and injured 14 more before being killed by police chief doug schroeder. adam miller was trying to evacuate his co-workers when he came face-to-face with ford. >> i told him he needs to run, there's a fire, and he -- just looked confused, i told him again. he said, i know and he shot me. >> reporter: miller still recovering in the hospital was shot four times, says he still feels for ford. >> i don't know what he was going through, but -- obviously he felt this was the way out. and so -- my heart just aches for him. >> reporter: just 90 minutes before the shooting, ford was served at work with a restraining order to stay away from another ex girlfriend who claimed he was in desperate need of medical and psychological help. cecilia, excel industries
remains closed tonight. no word on when the plant will reopen. cecilia? >> okay, eva. thank you. we want to turn overseas to syria. defying all expectations. a cease-fire there holding 24 hours now. here's abc's report from a strangely quiet damascus. >> reporter: children playing tonight in an empty lot on the edge of damascus. none from here, all forced from a home in a war for as long as they can remember. tonight they told me they didn't bomb. replaced for now a quiet that hasn't been heard in years. few believe it can last, but many are praying it does. you're tired of the war? >> i, in my heart, on my baby, all. >> reporter: tired of this war? scattered fighting continued today. members of the aid group known at the white helmet rushed to
save from barrel bombs. here in the south post aring a picture joking that the cease-fire meant they got a day off. today exceeded all expectations. even if this truce falls apart tomorrow it can still be considered a success. a model to build on that could one day bring peace back to this country. cecilia? >> alex, thank you. back here at home, police in california say a drag race on a freeway near los angeles ended in this -- a deadly inferno lighting up the night sky for miles. three people were killed. one of the speeding cars apparently lost control, hitting a big rig, sending the tractor trailer through the divider, and into oncoming traffic. now to a new phenomenon we are seeing more and more. those popular e-cigarettes. some of them exploding suddenly without warning. here's abc's gloria riviera with one woman's frightening story. >> the carp going to explode. >> hang on. where are you? >> reporter: this frantic 911 call coming just in after an
e-cigarette exploded inside this car in naples, florida. >> it's huge. an e-cigarette blew up while she was smoking it, i guess. >> reporter: authorities say she told them she was smoking a modified e-cigarette when it exploded in her mouth, burning her face and damping two teeth. >> i pushed the button and it literally, like, i felt an impact in my face. i saw, like, sparks fly off into the -- passenger side. >> reporter: the government saying millions of americans smoky cigarettes. so far more than two dozen fires and explosions reported. at this kentucky gas station this week, josh hamilton says his e-cigarette exploded in his pocket causing second-degree burns, and in new hampshire, fire officials say another explosion nearly set a bedroom ablaze. experts say problems often begin when the device's lithium battery is overcharged. >> 80% happened during the
charging phase. >> reporter: currently the fda does not regulate the health and the safety of all types of e-cigarettes. there is legislation under review at the white house that would expand fda oversight. cecilia? >> gloria, thank you. and still ahead tonight -- the big shock for one mom as she drove down the freeway. when herred to le ed ttoddler m this. and arming yourself against high-tech thieves lurking at the atm. what you need to be on the lookout for. coming soon from progressive, it's "savin' u," the new hit single from the dizzcounts. ♪ cash money ♪ the biggest discount and understand... ♪ the dizzcounts. safe driver, paperless, paid-in-full, multi-car and joey fatone. ♪ savin' you five hundred ♪ i'm savin' you five hundred
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chris say? spike lee, jada pinkett smith, will smith -- all boycotting because of the total lack of african-american acting nominees, but chris rock will be there hosting. >> his brand of comedy is to absolutely go there. >> reporter: even before the nominations, rock wrote in "the hollywood reporter," "it's a white industry." >> and this year, that's what everyone wants to hear, that's what everyone sort of recognizes they have to hear. so he is sort of perfectly suited for this job. >> our host for this evening, chris rock! >> reporter: last time rock hosted in 2005, he went there. >> it's a great night tonight. we have -- wait. four black nominees tonight. so great. it's kind of like the def oscar jam tonight. >> reporter: since this year's all-white nominations were announced, he's cancelled all interviews, said nothing. >> chris has been out there, he's been testing his monologue material on audiences at comedy clubs. i think he's been testing just how far he can go with it. >> reporter: how far? well, the show's producers told
our own lara spencer, maybe even rock doesn't know yet. >> he's a perfectionist. >> he'll tweak up until sunday night. >> reporter: tweeting this week, "see you sunday. #blackout." nick watt, abc news, los angeles. and we will be watching. the big oscar show airs tomorrow night right here on abc. but we do want to recap that breaking news tonight based on exit poll data, abc abc projects hillary clinton will win the south carolina democratic primary with overwhelming support from african-american voters. thank you for spurnedi ingspend saturday with us. i'm cecilia vega in new york. have a great night.