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developing news tonight. party panic as donald trump wins big on super tuesday. republican leaders revolt. mitt romney set to lead the charge against trump, but is it too late? also tonight, hillary clinton surges ahead, but bernie sanders says he's not going anywhere. mystery debris found. nbc news breaks the story. a piece of a boeing 777 that could be from that missing malaysian airlines flight discovered by an american. could he help solve one of the world's most baffling puzzles? a major abortion fight at the supreme court. the biggest new battle in years that could have sweeping
across the country. and automatic money back when you shop online. the new way so many consumers are saving cash. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this the "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. he proved last night that he is the undisputed republican front-runner, yet the target on donald trump's back tonight comes not just from fellow candidates or even from the left but from the heart of the republican party establishment. in fact, the man who last won the republican nomination, mitt romney, about to join the fight to stop him. it comes as trump vanquishes another opponent, a winless dr. ben carson, effectively throwing in the towel tonight. trump won seven out of is 1 states on super tuesday. on the democratic side hillary clinton with 7 victories of her own.
delegates needed to seal the deal and that is keeping hope alive for those determined to stop them. nbc's hallie jackson starts us off with the latest. >> reporter: looking to november, donald trump's looking presidential down to the gold chairs and shant leer chandeliers at his press conference, and trump more measured is sounding presidential too. >> we have a very, very dynamic party, and i think we're going to be able to unify the party. i hope to be able to get along with everybody. >> reporter: four years after he endorsed mitt romney -- >> governor romney, go out and get them. you can do it. >> reporter: the former nominee's far from returning the favor. at a speech tomorrow, romney is expected to hit trump hard. even though he's the one driving record republican turnout in almost every state. the mirror image to what democrats saw in 2008. now for the gop, the will of the people pitted against the will of the party. >> i'm not going to slot
>> reporter: more and more republicans publicly speaking out against trump. governors, congressmen. >> i reject trump and i'm encouraging other republicans to do the same today. >> reporter: rnc members and more. >> if you don't know where you stand on the ku klux klan every time you're asked, i got a real problem supporting you. >> i would never vote for donald trump. >> reporter: nbc news learning from anti-trump donors they're scrambling to pool their cash. today following up with questions like how can i wire the money so it arrives as fast as possible? >> thank you, texas! >> reporter: and in the battle to be the anti-trump pick, ted cruz in second place is getting a second look from the insiders he rails against, fresh off wins in three states. >> he may be in a position where we have to rally around ted cruz as the only way to stop donald trump. >> reporter: a cruz campaign aide predicts they will pick the party. >> it remains a divided field.
nomination remains much more likely. >> reporter: the field less divided today with ben carson withdrawing from tomorrow night's debate hinting he will suspend his campaign. most of his support likely to slide to cruz. and marco rubio after winning happy to be the underdog. >> we wanted to do well enough to get to the stage we're at now. we feel great about florida and moving forward after that. >> reporter: rubio and cruz are both looking at the math because while donald trump has more delegates, it's not a runaway lead, not yet. his rivals can make up some serious ground with the march 15th primaries, but on the flip side, that's when trump could put this race away, lester, just two weeks left for his competitors to try to stop him. >> hallie jackson. thank you. meantime, there is word the trump campaign is already busy making overtures, reaching out to gop establishment leaders. katy tur is following the trump campaign in palm beach. what's the latest from there? >> reporter: donald trump has
republican establishment. last night even threatening speaker paul ryan to get along with him or else ryan would, quote, pay a big price. now getting closer to clinching the nomination, it appears donald trump could be trying to make nice. a source within the ryan political team telling nbc news trump has called the speaker, but the two have not yet spoken. so far trump hasn't been hurt in his battle with washington. the candidate and the campaign arming themselves with trump's vow to sell fund and proof he is growing the party. trump seeing himself as uniting the voters against politicians. now, he hasn't yet clinched the nomination but he's already acting like he has vowing to relentlessly go after hillary clinton for benghazi, her e-mails, even saying he will go after her with her husband and his history with women if he is pushed. lester? >> katie, let's talk about hillary clinton on the democratic side. she is, of course, in command after sweeping the south on
states to bernie sanders' four victories and locking up a lot more delegates as she tries to put the nomination out of reach for sanders. but as nbc's andrea mitchell reports, sanders is making it clear he is not going anywhere anytime soon. >> reporter: hillary clinton celebrating her super tuesday victories over bernie sanders. >> i thank you from the bottom of my heart. >> reporter: and before all the polls were even closed pivoting toward a strategy against donald trump. >> trying to divide america between us and them is wrong, and we're not going to let it work. >> reporter: her strategy to be the voice of inclusion, a deliberate contrast to trump's tough rhetoric. although clinton aide joel benenson saying her message hasn't changed but laying out the choice they want to present to voters. >> take the measure of both of these people and who have been fighting to help children and families their whole lives and who has really been in it for
>> reporter: clinton won seven states sweeping the south and holding a strong advantage over sanders with african-americans, ers voters, but she's still struggling with key voting groups. sanders won voters under 30. clinton trying to win them over without alienate ing sanders' supports who she will need in the fall. >> together we can break down the barriers that face working class families across america, especially in struggling rust belt communities. >> reporter: sanders after winning four states last night vowing to stay in all the way to the convention. but the delegate math is against him. clinton now has 1,017. he only 424. a hard lead to overcome. still, in maine today sanders is not letting up. again demanding clinton release street speeches.
closed doors to gold man saks. >> reporter: clinton will join some of her biggest high rollers at a concert fund-raiser featuring katy perry and elton john. she has ground to make up. new numbers released today show that sanders outraised her last month by $10 million. lester? >> all right, andrea. thank you. there are new developments tonight in one of the world's biggest mysteries, the disappearance of malaysia airlines flight 370 almost exactly two years ago it vanish vanished with 239 people on board. now an american adventurer claims he found what looks like a piece of the airplane wreckage off the coast of east africa. and investigators say there is a high likelihood it could be from the missing boeing 777. nbc's tom costello broke this news exclusively and has new details. >> reporter: from the coast of east africa a potential clue into the disappearance of flight 370.
airplane debris that i found on february 27. >> reporter: allen gibson said he found the debris on a sandbank on the mozambique channel. the lettering immediately raised suspicions. >> it has no step on it as is written on many aircraft wings. >> reporter: gibson sent his photograph to the search command center in australia which sent them to malaysia, the u.s., and at boeing. sources close to the investigation tell nbc news there's a high probability the debris is part of the skin of a horizontal stabilizer on the tail of a boeing 777 and very possibly from mh-370. last july the first confirmed piece of mh-370 washed ashore at reunion island just east of madagascar. thousands of miles from the primary search area off australia. but oceanographers say it's very possible the same ocean currents could carry debris past madagascar and all the way to the coast of africa.
wealthy adventure traveler living in asia who is intensely interested in finding mh-370, even blogging about it and meeting with families. but in an interview from mozambique, he insisted he wasn't out looking for the plane on saturday. >> last thing i expected was i would actually find a piece of it. >> reporter: tonight the malaysian transport minister tweeted high possibility debris found off mozambique belongs to a boeing 777 but cautioned against undue speculation. >> gibson tells me at the turned that debris over to australian and mozambique government officials. the command center says it's arranging for a more thorough examination. while boeing is declining to comment, crash investigators say it does look like it might come from a boeing 777 and, lester, there's only one of those missing anywhere in the world. >> all right, tom. thank you. high drama at the supreme court today as the justices took up the biggest abortion case in 25 years. it's a fight over a tough new texas law, one that many other
as our justice correspondent pete williams reports, the outcome could have sweeping implications for women across the country. >> reporter: when candace russell of texas realized she was pregnant, it was so hard to get an appointment at an abortion clinic she went to california. >> it was about there being too many people for the few clinics that were in the area. >> reporter: women's groups say a new texas law has forced a number of abortion clinics to fall from 42 to 19 and it could drop to 10. the law says abortion clinics must meet the same building standards as outpatient surgical centers and clinic doctors must have hospital admitting privileges. >> these minimal, common sense regulations that were put in place are exactly what's needed to improve women's health care. >> reporter: but clinic doctors say complications are so rare the real purpose is to make it harder to get an abortion. >> i think politicians are trying to enforce these laws in order to close clinics and decrease women's access to
have passed similar laws, some now on hold. their future depends on how the supreme court rules. one reason the case is attracting such intense interest, including from actress amy brenneman who had an abortion at age 21 and joined a friend of court brief. >> it was legal and safe. it was the right decision for me, and i have no regret. >> reporter: with justice scalia gone, the court is split, four conservatives, four liberals. the court's liberals were clearly skeptical. justice beginsburg asked what's the point of tougher building standards for medical abortions that require taking just two pills? justice kennedy, likely the deciding vote, said the texas law seemed to be increasing the number of surgical abortions which may not be medically wise. with justice scalia gone, the most texas could hope for was a 4-4 tie which would let the law remain in effect but judging from today's argument, that seems unlikely.
sending the case back to gather more facts on how the law lester? >> pete williams, thank you. now to a new twist in the $75 million lawsuit brute by sportscaster erin andrews after she was secretly taped in her hotel room by a stalker. there are new allegations that an executive of the company that owned that hotel who just testified in the case was seen in public last night watching that stalker's video with friends while they commented on it. nbc's morgan radford has that executive's response. >> reporter: erin andrews arriving in the courthouse with her parents for day six of testimony. but there would be a delay and a bombshell. >> do you have any comment? >> it's incorrect. >> reporter: neil is an executive with west end hotel partners which owned the hotel where erin andrews was secretly filmed by stalker michael barrett. he had testified on monday. >> so the owner was the >> correct.
two friends were at a nashville restaurant where andrews' naked viral video was played openly from a cell phone. a waitress at the restaurant told nbc he and his friends were making fun of andrews' body, also tweeting. he said if it was going to cost him millions, he was going to watch it and show everyone. >> we heard the statement. >> reporter: in a statement, he says his friends started viewing the video. i asked them to stop and while they did so, it was not as quickly as i had hoped. i would never disrespect miss andrews. i sincerely apologize for my participation in what happened. exposure like this is what andrews has emotionally emphasized all week. >> this will always be on the internet. this will always be there. there will always be a reminder every single day. >> reporter: her worst nightmare morgan radford, nbc news, nashville. still ahead tonight, getting money back automatically even after you've made your purchase. wait until you see the new way people are saving cash when
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on the one side donald trump and the millions of supporters who back him. on the other, the republican establishment. all of it raising the question many are asking is it the people or the party who should choose the nominee? here's tom brokaw. >> bigger and better than ever. >> reporter: his popular reality tv show portrayed him as a take-charge guy. >> you're fired. >> reporter: and his campaign was an extension of that. >> i will be winning, because i win. i win. >> reporter: at huge rallies he was like a wrestling promoter, promising to take on washington. >> how can i describe our leaders better than the word stupid. >> reporter: washington pundits were appalled. >> we're building a wall. >> reporter: and they were wrong. he won in seven states just last night, brought a record number to the polls and his momentum picked up pace. trump continues his barroom style, taking on the speaker of the house from his own party for criticizing
>> paul ryan, i don't know him well, but i'm sure i'll get along great with him and if i don't, he'll have to pay a big price, okay. >> reporter: through all of it trump supporters have stood by him showing up in ever larger numbers. whatever else the establishment thinks, he has become the voice of a large part of the republican electorate. >> we need change, and i think right now we need someone that's not what we've been getting. >> he has his own money, and i think he will represent the people in this country. >> reporter: so if the gop establishment tries to silence their voices, would that be an attack on the basic principles of why we have elections? if trump voters are denied their choice, what then? where do they go? lester, were eve been here before. you're too young to remember this and we don't know what romney said tomorrow but in 1964 the republican establishment tried to keep barry goldwater from the republican presidential nomination.
he lost massively to lbj in the '64 election. four years later richard nixon made his famous comeback so you never know with politics. recall and good to have you here. that will do it for us on this wednesday night. i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. this is 9 news. >> wind, snow, and warm temperatures, quite the contrast between the high country and the metro area today. there's down here in denver, warm with temperatures in the 60s. wind gusts hit 50 miles per hour today.
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