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this is a decision 2016 update. >> good evening. it's 7:00 eastern. the polls have closed. the democratic presidential primary in south carolina. at this hour, nbc news is projecting that hillary clinton has defeated bernie sanders winning with a majority of voters. this is the first test for democrats ithe south and the first where african-americans make up more than half the voters. next up, next tuesday's super tuesday primaries. let's go to chuck todd. what do you make of this? >> let me show you something inside the exit polls that show the dominance of hillary clinton. it's among the breakdown by race. a majority of the electorate, over 60% is african-american. she won 84% of
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african-americans. despite losing the white vote, as she has been doing to bernie sanders throughout the early states, when you have a lot more african-american vote, it makes a huge difference for her. this could foreshadow a big night for her super tuesday. half the states being contested super tuesday have electorates that are anywhere from 30% to 50% -- over 50% non-white. this could be the beginning of a march to the nomination for hillary clinton if tuesday looks anything like tonight. >> chuck todd, thanks. more on tonight's south carolina results on nbcnews.com. nbc news projects hillary clinton is the overwhelming winner in the south carolina primary. i'm lester holt, nbc news. on this saturday night, southern showdown. hillary clinton expecting a big boost. bernie sanders hoping it keep it close in
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tonight's south carolina democratic primary. both already looking ahead to the delegates up for grabs on super tuesday. is he unstoppable? trump gets key endorsements. the battle gets uglier between republicans. out of cuba. another side of this country's immigration debate as tens of thousands of cubans are being admitted to the u.s. some now say it's time to change the law. room for rent. how $10 will get you a night inside a famous van gogh painting as life imitates art. "nightly news" beginning right now. >> decision 2016. this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. the polls have just closed in south carolina's democratic primary. nbc news projects hillary clinton will come away with an overwhelming victory in the primary over bernie sanders. in doing so, clinton
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solidifies her front-runner status in the democratic race for president. it was the first contest in the south for the democrats. the first where they competed for the african-american vote. even on this big night, clinton and sanders also find themselves competing for attention with the republican candidates who have taken thee at tricks and drama to a new level. our team has it all covered. first to south carolina and nbc's chrkristin welker. >> reporter: good evening. the crowd erupted into cheers when this victory was announced. the clinton campaign wanted a victory and boy did they get it. they say this will give secretary clinton significant momentum heading into super tuesday. this is an important win for a number of reasons. for one, it underscores she has big support among african-americans. they make up more than 50% of the electorate here in south carolina and they make up a big portion of the electielecto electorate throughout a number of the super tuesday states. this is also about
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redemption. secretary clinton trounced by then senator barak obama back in 2008. tonight, she proves she can win back so many of those votes that she lost eight years ago. finally, the campaign is hoping that this win will help her to put this race out of reach with more than half of the democratic delegates up for grabs over the next month, many of them for the taking on tuesday. lester? >> no doubt that sanders' loss in south carolina tonight deprives him of much needed momentum going into tuesday's contests. casey hunt is with the sanders campaign tonight in austin, texas. hello. >> reporter: lester, the sanders campaign is absorbing a bruising defeat in south carolina. the candidate not there. he is actually about to take off for minnesota where he will hold a rally later this evening. that, of course, is a super tuesday state. his campaign advisers telling me that they are looking ahead to those states where they think they can do
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well on super tuesday. vermont, massachusetts, colorado among them. they are looking farther down the line to states where they think demographics, fewer minority voters might help them, kansas and maine later in march. no matter what, they insist that sanders is in this race all the way to the convention. lester? >> let's bring in our political director and the moderator of "meet the press" chuck todd. he has been looking atat the exit polls. >> race mattered more than age. there had been a big age gap between clinton and sanders. let me show you, not tonight. on the age front, while clinton did just as well as she has been doing in other states among voters over the age of 45, look at this, for the first time this year, she has actually won among voters under 45. why has she won among voters under 45? because she did so well among african-americans. let me show you this breakdown now by race. while she lost among
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white voters, as she has been doing in iowa and in new hampshire and even in nevada, she won overwhelmingly among african-americans. 84% of african-americans. over 60% was african-americans. that's why she won on the age front. also important inside this exit poll is the idea of continuing president obama's policies. 70% want a candidate do that. clinton won among those voters, 79%. it was only among 30% of the entire electorate sanders won. a bit of good news for the general election. this issue of being the most -- of honest and trusty worthy. those folks that care about this, sanders has been winning this throughout the primary season. in south carolina, he won 54-45. in nevada, iowa and new hampshire, he won with over 80%. so this again shows you that among african-american voters, hillary clinton has a connection and even on trust she has a connection.
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that's what has helped propel her to this big victory tonight. >> chuck, with new momentum after today's vote in south carolina, let's take a closer look at what it means for hillary clinton going forward to super tuesday and beyond and the impact on bernie sanders. andrea mitchell is in our washington newsroom. what are your observations? >> reporter: this is a very big victory for her. although this is the state that has the largest african-american vote in the democratic primary, larger than any of the super tuesday states, half of those states do have large african-american votes. by doing it with such a huge margin over bernie sanders, she is showing that she is speaking the language, especially of the southern states which are so important in super tuesday. bernie sanders tried with income disparity, trying to talk about closing the economic gaps. he didn't understand the language from the people i talked to down there having been there on and off for the last couple of weeks. he was talking about campaign finance reform. he was talking about wall street.
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they were talking about kitchen table issues. it's largely the african-american women who dominate the primary vote. it turns out that it could well be a larger african-american turnout than barak obama had. he beat hillary clinton 2-1 eight years ago. this is a big victory for her. >> andrew a, thanks. donald trump is being fed some of his own medicine, insults and taughts. the candidates make their final push ahead of tuesday, we get the latest from katy tur. >> reporter: marco rubio is getting personal trying to beat trump at his own game. >> flying around on hair force one. tweeting -- >> i see him with makeup and it's like he is putting it on with a trowel. >> amazing to me that a guy with the worst spray tan in america is attacking me for putting on makeup. >> rubio has won nothing. he couldn't get
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elected dog catcher in florida. they hate him in the state of florida. >> it's time to open our eyes. we cannot allow a con artist to get access to the nuclear codes of the united states of america. >> reporter: the race getting dirty going into super tuesday. trump has all the momentum. he continues to lock up voter support. >> who will pay for the wall? >> reporter:le wall between the new yorker and the republican establishment is starting to crack. first with the chris christie endorsement. now with endorsements from former arizona governor january brewer and maine governor paul lepage who was meeting with party leaders two weeks ago to try and stop trump according to "the new york times." now saying we can do a lot worse. >> i think he could be one of the greatest presidents ever if he sits down and puts together a good team. >> reporter: the kasich and rubio campaigns are talking about taking it all the way to the convention and contesting trump on a
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second ballot. >> i don't care if i have to get in my truck and drive around like i did when i ran for senate. donald trump will never be the nominee. >> reporter: cruz is tracking to attack from the right questioning why he won't release his taxes. >> maybe his tax return shows that he doesn't have as much money as he says he does. maybe last year he wrote a big check to planned parenthood. >> reporter: in the last month, trump has proved he can turn out politically varied voters from the north, the south and the wild west. what may have started out as a lit cpolitical joke in washington is looking like a reality. a super pac is spending nearly $6 million blanketing super tuesday states with negative ads against donald trump. rubio releasing his tax returns. they show he made over 500 grand a year for the last four years that he has been in
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national office. most of that money coming from book deals. >> katy tur, thanks. more on super tuesday tomorrow on "meet the press." chuck todd will talk with bernie sanders, john kasich and ted cruz. here in south everyone california, a collision last night left three people dead and several in critical condition. police say two cars were racing on the free way in commerce when one of them lost control and ran into a u.p.s. semi. the truck hit the center median, crossed and struck several other vehicles. the truck driver was among those killed. overseas, a temporary cease-fire went into affect in syria. it was a long awaited pause in the deadly conflict between the government and rebel forces and was worked out with the help of the u.s. and russia. it's considered a test of whether the sides are committed to broader negotiations on a political transition. correspondent dan rivers is on the ground tonight in damascus. >> reporter: here in
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damascus, things have been much calmer than they have been for a very long time. yesterday we witnessed this intense bombardment from jets circling the skies above the capital. today, we haven't seen or heard any aircraft. both sides are claiming there have been some local level breaches of this cease-fire. the syrian army is claiming that a square, a notorious square where a lot of the mortar attacks have happened was mortared at 8:00 a.m. this morning. they claim in breach of the cease-fire. we spoke to a local man who said his house was hit by mortar fire early this morning. in fact, while we were there we heard one mortar explosion going off. on the other side, the rebels claim there have been numerous breaches of the cease-fire by the syrian government, something the syrian government denies. they say there has been shelling of rebel-held areas in breach of the cease-fire. look, overall things
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are still much calmer and quieter than anyone dared to hope. the aid agencies are hoping that this will last now. it will give them a crucial opportunity possibly to get into some of the areas and to start delivering aid to people who have been cut off for far too long. >> dan, thank you. when "nightly news" continues saturday, tens of thousands of cubans pour into the united states. the question is growing louder. is it time to change the open door policy? we will look at hollywood's most important night. the big stars up for oscars. the big controversy. folks oute diabetic nerve pain... shoots and burns its way into your day, i hear you. to everyone with this pain that makes ordinary tasks extraordinarily painful, i hear you. make sure your doctor hears you too! i hear you because i was there when my dad suffered with diabetic nerve pain. if you have diabetes and burning, shooting pain
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diplomatic relations, thousands of coubans have headed for the u.s. illegally. tens of thousands through south and central america and mexico. hundreds a day are flown to the u.s. border from co-sta rica where for months they were stuck. the cubans are processed by u.s. customs and border protection in a few hours. then receive a coveted parole stamp allowing u.s. entry. walking out the door, they are quickly met by cuban american arrangers who for a fee provide a place to rest, then a ride to join relatives. most head for miami. since the mid 1960s, cubans have enjoyed a special immigration privilege in the united states. cubans arriving in this country, even if he this are undocumented are almost all allowed to stay, unlike other immigrants who are often detained and turned back. central american migrants fleeing gang violence must prove
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their u.s. asylum claims. many are deported. >> the irony is that the cubans are not fleeing violence. they are fleeing pure economic refugees. >> reporter: calls for an enter to the protective immigration law are increasing. >> there's an underlying current of frustration and tension building up as to why cubans are given preferential treatment. >> reporter: rumors in cuba the u.s. could change convinced this man and many others to leave right away. >> warning. come on. we need to go to the united states. >> reporter: u.s. officials say there are no plans to change the laws. more and more cubans now head for the u.s. border. mark potter, nbc news. up next, look who showed up for a free concert today here in los angeles. ♪song: "that's life"
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nominated. the host, chris rock, posted a cryptic tweet about a blackout at the oscars. morgan radford look s aat the controversy. >> reporter: could this be leo's year? he is a front-runner for best actor. >> i'm worried about him. >> reporter: alongside him, brie larson. >> three, two, one. >> reporter: speaking of which -- >> this year, we all know there's an elephant in the room. >> reporter: there are no actors of color among this year's 20 nominees. causing dozens of hollywood celebrities to boycott. >> this is bigger than they are. >> reporter: which is why all eyes are on the host, chris rock. will let's do this. >> reporter: he hasn't said much simply tweeting see you sunday, blackout, oscars. >> he has always skewered the entertainment industry
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and he has always skewered race relationships. this year, he has both to work with. >> reporter: in terms of presenters, this could be the most diverse show ever. this issue goes beyond the red carpet. it's about the industry as a whole. right now, 18% of films have no black characters at all. only 12% of film directors are minorities. in fact, the academy is 91% white. half of movie tickets are sold to minorities. >> this is a conversation that we have been needing to have. >> we need to focus on the institution. >> reporter: a conversation less about the oscars and more about opportunity. morgan radford, nbc news, hollywood. when we come back here tonight, life imitates art. how some are spending a night in the van how some are spending a night in the van gogh's you know the symptoms when they start. abdominal pain. urgent diarrhea. now there's prescription xifaxan. xifaxan is a new ibs-d treatment that helps relieve your diarrhea and abdominal pain symptoms.
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finally tonight, it's one of the most famous bedrooms in the history of art. a series of three works by the dutch painter van gogh depicting the bedroom in his house in the south of france. the paintings are on display right now at the art institute of chicago. if seeing isn't enough, our kevin tibbles tells us, if you want, you can spend the night. >> reporter: chicago art lovers have been lining up for their bedtime, ever since vincent van gogh came to town. >> i can feel his presence. >> reporter: the troubled dutch artist painted three unique versions of his bedroom in the late 1880s. perhaps in an attempt to find some inner peace. >> the bedroom is a
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very unusual subject to paint in the 19th century. but we all have bedrooms. we all can identify with the bedroom. >> reporter: this is really rare. in fact, it's the first time all three paintings have even been together in north america. the folks at the art int institute of chicago said, why stop there? visitors to air bnb started noticing that some guy named vincent has been renting his bedroom out for cheap. i'm charging $10 for no other reason than i need to buy paint. >> everyone fantasizes about what it would be like to step into a painting. now you really do have that opportunity. >> reporter: it took about a month for two painters and two cass pen ters c carpenters to recreate it. the bed is a little bigger. the brush and pitcher of water are glues down. otherwise, welcome to
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vince's place. >> so cool. >> reporter: one of the first lucky guests is chicago photographer kyle bur buckland. >> the weirdest is waking up in the middle of the night. wait a second. where exactly am i? >> reporter: the art institute says the response to its post impressionist slumber party which ends in may has been overwhelming. would you be able to leave with your ears intact? >> i hope i wouldn't be chopping any appendages off. >> reporter: three rare van goghs in one place, an art connoisseur's dream. to sleep in his bed, sweet dreams. i'm in a painting. kevin tibbles, nbc news, chicago. that will do it for us on a saturday night. i'm lester holt reporting from los angeles. for all of us as nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. ==peggy/2-shot==
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and'terry mcsweey. te good evening, thank you for joining us. east bay, another deadly freeway shooting. chp says the driver pulled alongside another driver, opened fire, causing a crash that shut
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down part of i-80 for hours this morning. nbc bay area's christie smith is live in richmond with the latest on the investigation and the troubling trend. sgrsh. >> reporter: it has happened once again. gunfire on an east bay freeway. we're talking about interstate 80. this time what police are saying is the man who was shot went off the road just before the hilltop mall exit. the car went off the hillside here then bounced forward and rolled down the hill. the drive ir, a man in his 40s, was ejected from the jeep. he died at the scene. this happened at about 1:00 this morning. chp says the driver was heading westbound near richmond parkway when another car drove by and fired multiple rounds at the jeep. westbound lanes were closed for hours while the investigation went on. the chp says the victim was specifically targeted and there is no danger to the public at this time. this is the seventh, possibly eighth shooting on the

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