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>> glor: it is the biggest presidential primary day of all. with just one full day left until super tuesday, a new cbs news battleground tracker poll shows donald trump and hillary clinton ahead in key states. >> you've been hit, one down in front of the s.u.v. >> glor: also tonight, a virginia police officer gunned down on her first day on the job. under arrest an army sergeant also accused of killing his wife. the flint, michigan, water crisis. newly released e-mails revealed failures and frustrations in the governor's office. and the gymnast exploding the internet and breaking up the routine. >> this is a very traditional sport and what you did is very non-traditional. >> not traditional at all. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news."
>> glor: good evening, i'm jeff glor. this is the western edition of the broadcast. on march 1, some candidates might get their last chance. super tuesday brings caucuses and primaries in 12 states. for republicans about half the delegates needed for a presidential nomination are up for grabs. for democrats it's about a third. a new cbs news battleground tracker poll shows donald trump comfortably ahead in the key super tuesday states of georgia and virginia. but trailing ted cruz in texas. cruz's home state. hillary clinton leads bernie sanders in the three biggest states voting on tuesday. georgia, virginia and texas. we have both races covered beginning with a new controversy surrounding trump today. here's major garrett. >> i don't know anything about it, okay david duke, i don't know anything about what you are talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. >> reporter: he demurred when asked whether he would condemn supportive comments from david duke.
>> i have to look at the group. i don't know what group you are talking about. you want me to condemn a group i know nothing about. >> reporter: but trump's comments today are 180 degrees from his stance friday when he was asked about duke's endorsement. >> i didn't even know he endorsed me, david duke endorsed me, okay, i disavow, okay. >> reporter: trump's republican rivals pounced. john kasich said trump has some explaining to do. >> donald trump refused to disassociate himself and condemn white supremacists. and that's just horrific, right. we don't have any place for white supremacists in the united states much america. >> reporter: ted cruz took to twitter. we should all agree racism is wrong. the kkk is abhorrent. in virginia marco rubio called trump's position unbelievable. >> we cannot be a party that nominates someone who refuses-- refuses to condemn white supremacists and the ku klux klan. we cannot be a party that does that. >> reporter: trump appears increasingly disenchanted with that party and said today he is prepared to run as a third party candidate if necessary.
>> the republican party is not treating me right. and they're not treating the people that i represent right. >> reporter: and there is some evidence to support trump's claim. a new cbs news battleground poll found more than half of republicans in three super tuesday states georgia, texas and virginia, say the republican party does not represent them well. that poll also showed voters in those states believe trump offers the most optimistic message of any republican still in the race. in alabama tonight trump picked up the endorsement of jeff sessions, the state's junior senator and long time advisor to trump on immigration policy. >> glor: major garrett, thank you very much. hillary clinton expanded her lead over bernie sanders with a primary victory in south carolina last night. julianna goldman has more on how clinton won and what it means for sanders. >> tuesday is the primary. >> reporter: hillary clinton stormed into arkansas and tennessee on sunday setting her sights on the handful of southern states that vote on super tuesday.
and trying to capitalize on her momentum with black voters who propelled her landslide victory in south carolina. nearly 90% of african-american voters backed clinton yesterday, breaking the record set by then senator obama in 2008. that spells trouble for sanders who hoped to stall clinton's momentum heading into states where the democratic primary electorate is more diverse. >> we did really, really badly with older african-american voters. i mean we got decimated. >> reporter: the vermont senator has wrapped up delegates in iowa, new hampshire and nevada largely with the support of younger and whiter voters. so as clinton stays south, sanders is visiting states where the demographics play to his favor like in oklahoma where he aimpaigned today. >> now i am going to need your help here in oklahoma on tuesday. i'm going to need your help to win the democratic nomination. ( cheers and applause )
and i'm going to need-- i'm going to need your help to win the general election. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: clinton meanwhile is turning her focus away from sanders and pivoting to her next nrget republican frontrunner donald trump. even if like earlier today in a memphis church she's not ilntioning his name. >> i said last night, america has never stopped being great. our task is to make america whole. >> reporter: behind the scenes clinton allies in the democratic national committee are also working through various inrategies to run against trump hmt not all establishment democrats are coalescing behind clinton, tulsi gabbard endorsed sanders. >> glor: julianna, thank you. more than 1,500 delegates in all are up for grabs in super tuesday in the dozen states.
for more we've joined by director of elections anthony n lvanto. we just heard about the democrats. it was just a month ago hillary dlinton barely won in iowa. it was two and a half weeks ago she was soundly defeated in new hampshire. hat has changed. >> the ground has now shifted to very friendly territory for her, jeff. these states have high concentrations of african- american voters, they make up the majority of voters in most t these southern states and they are solidly behind her. >> glor: that said you are still seeing some issues. >> yeah, she still trails bernie sanders on items like being principled to honest and trust worthy, things her campaign win or lose on super tuesday need to rtore up in the long-term. >> glor: there was so much talk about marco rubio after the last debate and about the establishment trying to get behind one candidate. voters don't seem to be listening to that message. >> when voters hear the word establishment they hear it as a bad word. they say they are less likely to vote for any candidate who is seen as too tied to the party d tablishment.
>> glor: they're not just siding with trump because they think he's anti-establishment, they think he can win the general. >> they think he is in the best position to win in november. >> glor: anthony salvanto, as always, thanks. >> thanks, jeff. >> glor: a young police officer is being remembered tonight. she was killed this weekend during her first day on the job. following an awful series of events in northern virginia. jamie yuccas has details. >> reporter: prince william county virginia police department posted this picture of rookie officer ashley guindon about to start her first shift. the caption, "be safe." chief steve hudson. >> she was literally sworn in the day before on friday. be reporter: before becoming a u.s. marine reservist, she interned for the police department. >> she clearly had a passion to serve others in a way that went beyond herself. >> reporter: guindon and two other officers responded to a domestic disturbance on saturday. when they arrived, suspect ronald hamilton opened fire from the front door.
>> reporter: guindon's training officer and ten year veteran david mckeown along with eight ht y veteran jesse hempen were wounded and are expected to survive. >> officers provided first aid to the wounded officers until are and rescue staff could get on scene. later in the afternoon, officer guindon succumbed to her ccumries. >> reporter: hamilton eventually surrendered. police found his wife dead inside the home. she couple has an 11 year old son who was not harmed. hamilton is an active duty staff sergeant who works at the pentagon. no one knows why he fired on the officers. neighbor leon harris described a milton as a gentle giant. >> the guy, he was a good guy. something must have snapped. >> reporter: early sunday morning more than a hundred patrol cars lined up outside the
hospital where officer guindon was taken and they provided escort to a young woman whose first day on the job tragically became her last. hamilton is expected to be in court tomorrow. he faces one count of capital murder of a police officer and is being held without bond. and jeff, the county attorney says he will seek the death penalty. >> glor: jamie yuccas, thank you very much. in utah, anger over a shooting by police last night sparked violent protests that closed hat of downtown salt lake city. here's meg oliver. >> reporter: violence exploded late saturday night after a salt lake city police officer shot a 17 year old black teenager in the chest and stomach. his friend celine mohammed saw the shooting. >> when the cops came, they ran up to him, pulled their guns out and told him to drop it one time and as he was turning around they shot him. i know, i seen it shoot his chest and stomach.
>> reporter: police responded to a call to break up a fight outside this homeless shelter. police say they opened fire after mohammed refused to drop the weapon. kutv's jeremy harris was one of the first reporters on the scene. >> the witnesses were very worked up. they were very angry. you could tell there was a lot of passion. so many people saw this, at any given time there are at least 50 if not a hundred or more people that are standing outside of the homeless shelters. >> reporter: as the crowd grew angry, protestors launched rocks and bottles at about a hundred anlice. >> absolutely and without question the witnesses say this was about race. in fact several people walking by chanting black lives matter. >> reporter: all salt lake city officers wear body cameras. police told me they will release the video of the shooting as soon as possible. meantime, the teenager is in critical condition and two officers are on routine paid administrative leave. >> glor: meg oliver, thank you. in hesston kansas more details following a mass shooting this
past thursday, manuel bojorquez is there with a survivor story. >> reporter: adam miller came face to face with the shooter. >> i saw him come around the corner and he looked kind of confused. and so i told him he needs to run, there is a fire. and he just looked confused. so i told him again. and he said i know, and then he shot me. >> reporter: cedric ford shot 17 people thursday including 14 coworkers at excel industries killing three of them before police shot and killed him. investigators believe he acted out in violence after being served with a protective order taken out by an ex-girlfriend. across hesston today it was a time to come together. at sunday services to honor the victims. and at a townhall meeting where sergeant chris carter one of the first on the scene was embraced by the community. >> the people that worked at that place were phenomenal. their actions were heroic that day. >> reporter: hesston strong has become a motto here. >> they're all going through a really tough time.
the least i could do is come out and help. >> reporter: for many, healing also means forgiveness and compassion, even for the killer. >> 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: there will be a memorial service tonight here at hesston high school. next week ford's ex-girlfriend is expected to face a judge for allegedly giving him weapons knowing he was a convicted felon. jeff? >> glor: manuel, thank you. syria remains relatively calm tonight two days into a partial cease fire. but as elizabeth palmer reports from homs, the quiet has brought little comfort. >> reporter: three years ago the old city of homs was the fiercest front line in syria. then it fell to the government dnd the war and the rebel fighters moved on leaving a aasteland and hundreds of thousands of homeless people. in some parts residents are
trickling back, reestablishing the essentials of life, commerce, even school. this is day two of the partial cease fire and people are holding their breath hoping it will hold. right on the edge of town we can hear the sounds of fighting, though. but with no monitors anywhere, it's impossible to say who is attacking who. the numerous reports of violations today underline what a fragile thing the partial truce is. but 48 hours in, everybody agrees things are much quieter than they've been in years. so the kind of lasting peace necessary to rebuild in a place like this still feels a very long way off. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, homs. >> glor: in iraq today dozens were killed and about a hundred hurt in two bomb attacks. the first went off at an outdoor market in baghdad. minutes later the same location, a suicide bomber blew himself up. a group affiliated with isis claimed responsibility.
a series of gas explosions in a russian coal mine have killed at least three dozen. it happened in northern russia above the arctic circle. 81 minors were rescued after the original blast. but those still trapped are presumed dead. coming up we follow the new e- mail trail in the flint water crisis. and a storm battered cruise ship threatened with a sequel when the "cbs evening news" continues. the n her feet. and give her the strength and energy to stay healthy.
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"gentlemen, in the attached is a description of what it would cost to reconnect to detroit- provided water. i assume/hope no one is still seriously considering that eption." the estimated cost was $12 million a year. the city eventually did reconnect to detroit water in october of 2015. days after the governor declared flint's river water unsafe. the announcement was triggered by an independent study that linked lead poisoning in children to the city's drinking water. behind the scenes, a former scess secretary discussed a plan to send the governor to flint to quell protests. we k thing we keep hearing is that the governor is not involved or is detached. this would be good to show that he is there and he cares. and if we don't announce until he's there, we can avoid the protests and still get the optics." >> this is what democracy looks like! >> reporter: but protests have continued.
the fallout was eerily predicted in an e-mail sent more than a year ago when the governor's special projects manager wrote, "this is a public relations crisis waiting to explode nationally." friday the governor admitted that he should have been more directly involved back when his aides first e-mailed about the problem. >> that's where i am kicking myself every day. i wish i would have asked more questions. i wish i wouldn't have accept-- would have send answers. i'm not going to have that happen again. >> reporter: snyder says he's trking to expand health-care coverage for flint residents and subsidize their water bills. adriana diaz, cbs news, chicago. >> glor: up next here, an elephant's five-hour tantrum.
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>> glor: finally tonight, talk about gymnastics floor routines and many picture something like ballet set to classical music. but carter evans introduces us to a college gymnast stretching the limits to a different beat. >> reporter: gymnastics is all about grace. >> nice. >> reporter: power. and hip-hop? it's not just the high notes that u.c.l.a. gymnast sophina de jesus hits, it's those moves. this is a very traditional sport and what you did is very nontraditional. >> not traditional at all. >> reporter: she and her teammates are transforming the image of the sport says valerie
kondos-field, now in her 26th year as the u.c.l.a. head gymnastics coach. >> i feel it is much more about entertainment now than about the rigid sport of perfection. >> reporter: sophina is getting high marks from judges. but even higher marks on social media. where her floor exercise earlier this month, the first time she ever performed it, went viral. >> i woke up and my mom called me and said oh, honey, did you know that you have like 5 million views on the floor routine, i didn't even know it its posted anywhere. >> reporter: it's now been wiewed more than 40 million times. tell me about some of the responses you're getting. >> some of my favorite ones have been some marriage proposals and prom proposals. om reporter: and a lot of celebrities have taken note. >> yes, reese witherspoon. >> reporter: tweeted you. >> she tweeted me, that was really exciting. i found out that chris brown posted it on his facebook and i was like oh my gosh, no way, no way, no way. ym reporter: even sophina's
f.ammates have gotten into the groove. along with her coach who admits you can please a crowd but still not please everyone. hi i think there are judges that still don't like it. i've always just compared it to a picasso. there are picasso's is worth $30 million. but a lot of people would not put a picasso in their home because they don't like it. dt that doesn't mean that it's not excellent art. >> reporter: sophina has danced professionally and says her future remains in dance. nll you not find the nae nae, the whip and the dab this summer in rio, but to the millions who have now viewed sophina's routine. in that one performance that i did, it was like, that was my olympics. >> reporter: and a moment as good as gold. carter evans, cbs news, los angeles. >> glor: that is the "cbs evening news" tonight. later on cbs, "60 minutes," and first thing tomorrow, "cbs this morning." i'm jeff glor in new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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and leave. the city gave homeless people a deadline move thei encampment was now at 6:30, told to pack up and leave. the city gave homeless people a deadline to move their tents, saying their encampment was a public nuisance. good evening, i'm elizabeth cook. >> i'm brian hackney. the camp clear-out is the latest incidence of police shuffling the