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breaking news tonight in the race for the white house. the new poll numbers just in from ohio and florida. what donald trump just said. if he wins ohio and florida next, his prediction -- going for a knockout. and the sanders surprise. what happened to hillary clinton in michigan? and get ready. how does clinton take on sanders tonight? zwri also breaking, the severe storms hitting right now. churn rescued. homes under water. from the gulf, all the way up to the northeast, where it's coming next. and the scene tonight, a major gas explosion rocking an american city. buildings levels. streeted covers in debris and glass. firefighters injured. the stunning moment, the cab driver held at gunpoint. the officer who happened to walk up to the car. and, the fifth beatle. celebrating sir george martin tonight, the songs that wouldn't
have been the same without him. ♪ love me do good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a wednesday night. the dust still settling after another critical night of voting, and already tonight, the focus now on next tuesday. overnight, donald trump winning three out of four states, and late today, vowing, if he wins ohio and florida next, he'll go for, in his words, a knockout. trump now has victories in 15 states, all of those in red. he leads in delegates. and next tuesday night could very well be a turning point. five major primaries, ohio and florida included. tonight, ohio governor john kasich promises he'll win his home state. a new fox poll out tonight shows kasich leading trump in ohio by five points, the only poll so far, showing kasich ahead. and senator marco rubio tonight, saying he'll win his home state of florida. but trump is leading rubio by 23 points in that same poll.
tonight, donald trump with that message about what's coming if he takes ohio and florida. and abc's tom llamas, leading us off now from florida. >> reporter: tonight, donald trump with a new message. predicting he'll get a knockout. >> you think you'll get all the delegates? >> i think so, yeah. i really think so. i don't see the convention going that route. i see -- i see probably getting the delegates. you know, it's like the fighters. that's the ultimate way of doing it. you knock them out. if you knock them out, nothing can happen. >> you want to go for a knockout. >> i'd rather go for a knockout, yes. >> reporter: trump talking like a brawler late today, just hours after promising his leadership style would be one of the most presidential ever. >> i would say more presidential and i've said this a couple of times, more presidential than anybody other than the great abe lincoln. he was very presidential. right? >> reporter: at the country club news conference, trump surrounded by some of his signature products including trump magazine, trump water, trump wine. even raw meat. >> we have trump steaks. and, by the way, if you want to take one, we'll charge you
about, what, 50 bucks a steak? no, i won't. >> reporter: problem is, trump steaks have actually been discontinued. the meat on that table from another supplier. but in that room, the gop front-runner was really selling something else. the idea of trump the uniter. >> i say, let's come together, folks. we're going to win. i say let's come together. >> reporter: today, as trump's lead grows, the anti-trump movement pushing forward. >> the next president of the united states. >> reporter: former candidate carly fiorina, now endorsing senator ted cruz. trump once attacking fiorina's appearance, saying "look at that face. would anyone vote for that?" >> i think women all over this country heard very clearly what mr. trump said. >> i think she's got a beautiful face and i think she's a beautiful woman. >> reporter: fiorina once had tough words for cruz, too. >> ted cruz is just like any other politician. he says one thing in manhattan, he sails another thing in iowa. he sails whatever he needs to say to get elected and then he's going to do as he pleases. >> reporter: but she now pleases he's the one to stop trump.
still in the game, ohio governor john kasich, and florida senator marco rubio. both banking on home state wins next tuesday. >> i believe with all my heart that the winner of the florida primary next tuesday will be the nominee of the republican party. >> and tom llamas live in florida tonight. tom, marco rubio with a miserable night. i asked him last week, did he regret going personal with donald trump and he told me that trump deserved a taste of his own medicine. but tonight, rubio is saying something else? >> reporter: that's right, david. he said, when he launched those attacks, the media was covering all his speeches, but that's not what it takes to be president. today, saying that his own kids were embarrassed when he went down that road and if he had the choice again, he would not do it. david? >> all right, tom llamas. thank you. next, to the democrats tonight, the candidates facing off this evening, and hillary clinton left answering this question -- what happened last night? after the sanders surprise. senator bernie sanders, the winner in michigan, despite the polls. clinton ahead, but so far,
unable to close the deal in this nomination fight. she did win mississippi, so, right to the map tonight. mrs. clinton winning 12 states, all those in light blue there. and half the delegates she needs to be nominated. so, why did she lose in michigan? abc's cecilia vega with senator sanders, who has his own explanation. and we ask, what's clinton's game plan tonight? >> reporter: tonight, instead of a victory lap, a rematch. >> you know -- >> excuse me, i'm talking. >> reporter: the second debate this week. hillary clinton and bernie sanders going head to head. fresh off that michigan stunner. the upset that no one saw coming. catching even sanders by surprise. the vermont senator throwing together a hastily called late night news conference to celebrate the victory. >> i just want to take this opportunity to thank the people of michigan. >> reporter: but the win now raising warning signs about possible cracks in clinton's political armor. sanders cutting into what had been her firewall,
african-american voters in the south. in michigan, she won by just a two to one margin, and the young black vote, nearly split. we caught up with sanders today during a break from his debate prep. why did she lose michigan? what'd she not do right? >> because we got more votes than she did. and i think it comes down largely to trade issues. i have understood from day one that these trade agreements, nafta, permanent normal trade relations with china, were a disaster for american workers. she supported them. >> reporter: but here's the math. clinton's delegate lead so strong that in all five states, voting on tuesday, she could lose by double digits and still win the nomination. sanders would have to win everything left by double digits. >> so, do i think we can win states by double digits? yeah, i do. >> cecilia live from florida tonight. and hillary clinton ahead in the polls in michigan. the stunning defeat last night. so, what are your sources telling you, how does the campaign explain the loss, cecilia? >> reporter: well, david, they concede that the sanders
campaign spent a lot of money in michigan, and that he campaigned very hard there. but look, they are talking about the delegates tonight. they say that despite that loss, they believe they have a delegate lead now that is close to being insurmountable. david? >> all right, cecilia, thank you. now, to the severe weather hitting at this hour. the state of emergency in louisiana. flash flood watches in nine states. the system hitting from the gulf, all the way up to the northeast. at least two people drowned. homes under water. cars almost completely submerged. nearby, the road washing away. in east texas tonight, this highway flooded halfway up to the guardrails there. heavy rain still falling. here is the system at this hour, and how far it reaches over the next 24 hours. 20 million people in its path. abc's phillip mena in louisiana with where this is headed. >> reporter: the massive storm system in the south just wont quit. after over a foot of rain in louisiana. swift water teams working around
the clock. in haughton, rescuers sending a boat inside this home to save the chavis family. >> my husband woke up about 5:00, went downstairs, he says, we are covered in water. >> reporter: more than 100 homes under water in bossier parish alone. the local sheriff using facebook to warn residents to be safe. >> i just can't urge people how seriously to take this. >> reporter: we found james petaway racing to shore up his home before getting out. >> let mother nature do her thing. >> reporter: roads becoming rivers. in minden, the driver of that suv left her car on a flooded road and came back to this she is safe tonight. this extreme flooding comes after a brutal 24 hours across the region. >> whoa! >> reporter: the everything from tornadoes to golf ball-sized hail. david, this area has already gotten over a foot of rain. just look at that stop sign. and not only is there more on the way, there's also the threat of more severe weather.
and even tornadoes tonight. david? >> phillip mena, thank you. and meteorologist rob marciano is tracking this system now over the next 24 hours. rob? >> reporter: just tremendous rainfall with this, david. not so much with the rainfall rates, but just the steady nature of this. look at it tapping moisture from the gulf of mexico and stretching all the way up the mississippi and really reaching into the northeast, which is where the block is, big warm ridge here, the spring-like air. and the ribbon of rain will feed across that stationary boundary with another wave developing, i think, tomorrow night into friday with heavy rain for new orleans. flash flood warnings for east texas up to memphis. five to eight inches of rainfall, maybe ten inches in some areas that have already seen, david, nearly a foot. life-threatening flooding ongoing for the next 48 hours. >> all right, rob, thank you. to the west this evening and a massive gas explosion rocking a seattle neighborhood. this is the scene from the air. a massive debris field. several businesses completely leveled. glass sent flying.
neighbors describing what felt like an earthquake. nine firefighters injured in the blast. investigations tonight looking at a common and invisible danger as the cause. abc's neal karlinsky at the scene. >> reporter: the blast was so powerful, a nearby business's surveillance camera captured the shock wave. immediately, seattle firefighters, who were already here checking on reports of a gas leak, were down. >> may day, may day, may day. battalion 6, we need a full response. i have firefighters missing. >> reporter: nine firefighters were caught in the blast at this local market. >> we've got two buildings that have been heavily damaged. >> reporter: the building, decimated by the powerful explosion. and surrounding businesses heavily damaged. >> at that moment, i was thrown on the ground and there was broken glass. >> reporter: again and again, we've seen the result. a gas leak, followed by a powerful explosion. like this house in new jersey. and firefighters, often the first ones on-scene, even before gas lines can be safely secured, risking their lives.
>> they had their protecting equipment on. otherwise, the gyres would have been more significant. >> reporter: the blast zone is massive. you can still see pieces of the building scatters up in the treatments there. amazingly, the nine firefighters tonight are out of the hospital with only minor injuries. david? >> neal karlinsky with us tonight. neal, thank you. now, to missouri, and to the murder spree that left five people dead in two states. the suspect appearing in court today, prosecutorials saying he was in the country illegally, and should have been deported. that authorities new he was here. abc's alex perez tonight on the warning signs missed. >> reporter: tonight, pablo serrano vitorino, behind bars. investigators revealing the mexican national wasn't supposed to be in the country. thorls believe the suspect, an undocumented immigrant, gunned down his neighbor and three other men monday night. the suspect then fleeing, driving more than 170 miles to montgomery county, missouri.
by tuesday, his dodge ram pickup found abandoned. 20 minutes later, another man shot dead at his home five miles away. choppers, canine units scouring the area until the suspect is finally cornered in a muddy ditch. >> confirming subject in custody. >> reporter: serrano vitorino was deported in 2004, but reentered the country undetecte undetected. after a traffic violation and an arrest for domestic assault last year, i.c.e. sought to have him detained, but local officials had already released him. >> something needs to be corrected so that the system works properly. >> reporter: the suspect has been arraigned on murder charges here in missouri, and still faces charges in kansas. the big question, a possible motive remains a mystery tonight. david? >> alex perez. alex, thank you. overseas tonight, and to the fight against isis, and the british government tonight now estimating that the u.s.-led air strikes on isis oil facilities have now cut the terror group's
income by more than a third. so, tonight here, an abc news exclusive. chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz in the persian gulf, where those fighter jets are taking off. she's about to give you an inside look at one of those dramatic bomb raids, targeting the oil. >> reporter: the mission? destroy a critical oil pipeline. an effort to cripple the financial resources of isis. >> we only have about a 30-minute window. >> reporter: their call signs wingnut and johnny kittens, and after a briefing, they gear up. wingnut gives the sign, and he's off, catapulted from 0 to 160 miles an hour in seconds. the night vision equipment casting an eerie glow as the fighter pilots cross iraq, into syria, with the enemy below and a gathering storm around them. before they hit their target, the jets must refuel, midair -- >> your left side joining.
>> reporter: connecting with a tanker to gas up. lightning striking all around. >> three, two, one -- >> reporter: the two pilots release their weapons simultaneously, hitting the target, causing a quick, intense flare. we met with the pilots seconds after landing, safely on deck again. >> isil was using that oil. and so that was just the stream of revenue that we wanted to turn off. >> reporter: the heart-pounding mission, a success in the long fierce fight against isis. martha raddatz, abc news, aboard the uss truman. >> our thanks to martha and the team overseas tonight. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday. the incredible scene, the cab driver held at gunpoint. and the surprise right behind them. the driver, fearing for his life, the deputy who happened to walk up to the car, suddenly recognizing what was playing out. you will hear from the driver and the deputy next. the new headline about bill cosby's wife.
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>> reporter: sir george martin, on the right. ♪ ♪ nothing you can do that can't be done ♪ >> reporter: and they did it with help from the fifth beatle. sir george martin. a classically trained composer, he met the beatles in 1962. the fab four playing "love me do" at abbey road studios. ♪ love ♪ love me do ♪ you know i love you >> reporter: an audition. and george martin once admitted that at the time, he wasn't impressed. >> well, it's funny, because, of course, one has to like the music and i didn't. but the answer was, their charisma. >> it was their weapon, and he helped them find the sound. >> george had done little of -- no rock and roll when we met him and he'd never been in the studio. we did a lot of learning together. >> reporter: the classic "yesterday." martin suggesting to paul mccarney to add a string quartet to his track. ♪ i'm not half the man i used to
be ♪ ♪ there's a shadow hanging over me ♪ ♪ oh yesterday ♪ came suddenly >> "yesterday" was recorded and he wrote on it, at the top here, by paul mccartney, john lennon, george martin. >> reporter: here, playing piano with paul mccartney. and tonight, mccartney remembering him, saying, if anyone earned the title of fifth beatle, it was george. sir george martin was 90. thank you for watching here on a wednesday night. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. good night.
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