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breaking news tonight. a dramatic fight to the finish. polls in new hampshire. can donald trump score a big victory. our interview and a side you haven't seen. why he said he'd act differently as president. the rest of the gop crowd, rubio, kasich,uz, bush, are we headed for a surprise? is bernie sanders headed for his first victory against clinton? olympic fears, tonight the american star that said right now she wouldn't go to rio because of concerns over zika. slashing your
big money. brothers who made their entire business just that now sharing how they do it with amazing results. tom brokaw joins us with something important that's suddenly gone missing. "nightly news" starts right now. >> announcer: decision 2015, the new hampshire primary. this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt reporting from manchester. >> good evening, we're 30 minutes away from the last of the poll closing in new hampshire. the evening's drama in full swing. do trump and sanders become the big story or will new hampshire's independent minded voters defy the polls and reset the game. one polling place in mire yra mack, the line stretches for miles. anyone in the traffic jam will be considered in line and will get to vote. our team has it all covered, the last
let's start with nbc's katy tur covering donnell p trump. >> reporter: as most of the candidates crisscrossed across the state to visit polling sites, donald trump was crisscrossing the airwaves. >> drug problems, who is going to pay for the war, the whole place goes crazy. mexico, mexico. >> how much will it cost? >> probably $8 billion. >> the billionaire pitching himself as spinning headlines he made last night while criticizing ted cruz on waterboarding. the show sent a crowd of 5,000 in hysterics, a woman shouting from the floor. >> i never expect to hear you that again. new hampshire is much less trump's style, far less religious than iowa, where trump can be trump. the billionaire is comfortable here. he's led in 75 polls going all the way back
his broad message, big insults. >> ted cruz. >> nasty. >> hillary clinton. >> in a certain way evil. >> his daughter ivanka trying to get out the vote. >> a lot of people coming out so far. >> absolutely. >> nine months pregnant, she was playing ambassador for her dad. stopping at five polling stations and working the phone bank with volunteers. [ applause ] >> thank you. >> as the minutes going down trump shaking hands and hoping his moment is now, not never. donald trump has upended this race, broken all the rules. if he wins here, it will be a big deal. dare i say huge, especially considering he'll be able to say all this enthusiasm we've been seeing does actually translate into votes, lester. >> okay, katy, away
much more reflective trump than the one we've seen on the exactly the one you'd see in the white house. i began by asking him if he believed the polls, which have him digits. >> no, i don't believe so anything. i really want to see. there's only one poll that counts and that poll is taken today. we'll see what happens. i think we're doing well. we have great popularity. i go around and everybody is liking what we do. we had an arena with 5,000 people in it and it was during a blizzard. so we'll see what it's going to be pretty soon. nervous. >> i'm tentative. you just don't know. i have these wonderful wonderful numbers. as you know, lester, it doesn't mean that much. certainly an indication you're doing okay. >> if you and bernie sanders do well here, what does that say about the american electorate right now, the mood of the company. >> it's very opposite, although we're very much the same on
can't do anything about it. what is killing on both sides people are fed up with the people governing, democrats, the people governing, they have done a terrible job. they look at him as an outsider, i guess, another word, they look at me as an outsider. they look at me as somebody who has had great success and can turn the country around. >> you have said a lot of shocking things on the road here, and i'm not going to go through them all. it no long eshocks us. last night you used a vulgar term, repeating something someone in the crowd had said. i'm wondering to myself would you say that as president of the united states. >> much different. >> are you going to be a different guy as president? >> i went to the best school. i was a good student. i have an uncle who is one of the top, top professors at m.i.t. there's good gene pool right there. i have to do what i have to do. >> is it an act? >> no, it's not an act.
of people, we had a great time. it wasn't my word. it was a word a woman kept shouting. i only repeated the word. the place was wild. standing ovation. >> that doesn't mean it was a good thing? >> i'll tell you what, when you're president or about to be president, you would act differently. right now i'm running against -- i started off with 17 people, now down to a smaller number. soon down to five probably. a lot of people. you want to do -- it's not a question of acting. i want to be different. you're being hit from 15 different sides. i want to be different. when you're president you act in a different way, there's no question about that, and i would do that. >> so the man we see behind the podium right now in the campaign, who pretty much says whatever comes to mind. >> no, i don't say whatever comes to mind. in this case almost like a repeat. >> you've said a lot of things that have shocked. >> sure. sometimes i do that for effect to be honest with you. i think that's fine. >> any undecided voter
thinking, i like him -- >> some are saying i love him because he's not politically it wasn't a particularly bad word, by the way. some are saying i love him because he's not politically correct. lester, people are so tired of people that are politically correct. >> there's political correctness but also plain old rude. >> i don't think so. look, i got a standing ovation. it wasn't my word, it was the woman's. i said the standing ovation is for you. aid standing ovation, everyone was having a good time. time. good time in life. >> some of my donald trump. if he wins in new hampshire, who will play second with that all important momentum. that could be the most evening. a tie with ted cruz, after rubio's much criticized performance in the last debate. nbc's halle jackson tells us, other establishment
>> reporter: in new hampshire, here by supporters and chased by robots, it's marco rubio with the most to lose, looking less certain to pull away from the establishment pack now. >> we're going to do really well. we're going to leave here with more delegates than we came in. >> his campaign had been hoping new hampshire would winnow the field. strong showing from governors could keep them in the race longer than expected. john kasich telling me he's ready to trade snow shoes for flip flops for south carolina and beyond. >> do you have the money and organization for this? >> we'll be fine. we'll have the money and organization like we always do. sometimes we put it together with bailing wire and duct tape but we always get it done. >> if jeb bush surprise wall street a top three finish, he could be the comeback kid carrying resources into later states. >> that's what this is about. it's not being disrespectful to someone to point out
>> reporter: bush hoping undecided voters will show up for him like this man did. >> the initial reaction, that's the way it happened. >> chris christie polling in single digits today pushing back against the idea new hampshire is make or break for him. >> we'll know it when we see it tonight. we want to do really well. i don't think anything is do-or-die tonight. >> least amount of pressure, more moderate new hampshire not seen as a natural fit for the social conservative. >> i think a week ago a lot of people predicting trump and rubio might be at the very top. we'll see what happens today. >> reporter: cruz already has a win under his belt in iowa. for the rest of the candidates bunched up behind donald trump, what happens tonight could be all important. for them it's a function of moving on to south carolina. there could be little incentive for them to get out of the race unless there's obvious separation tonight. lester. >> hallie, thank you. there's no shortage of drama on the democratic side where
hillary clinton are locked in a bruising contest and it's turning increasingly ugly in recent days with poll numbers showing sanders possibly, possibly headed for a big victory in the state that famously made bill clinton the comeback kid. we get more from nbc's kasie hunt. sanders isn't used to being the front-runner. >> usually i like to take a nice quiet walk but apparently not >> reporter: but he's the favorite in new skipping the handshakes and sticking to his quirky campaign style. planning to meet voters but instead leading reporters on a polock. >> i haven't had a chance to do much walking. >> are you still the underdog? >> what i think is, if there's a large voter turnout, if a lot of folks come out to vote, we're going to do just fine. >> reporter: rival hillary clinton starting her day early, the old-fashioned way. clinton had a double
but went into the primary day far behind sanders in the poll. >> we're doing to keep working until the last vote is cast and counted and go from there. >> reporter: it's a wrenching turn of events in a place where she bounced back with a win eight years ago. in 1992, voters here resurrected bill clinton. >> new hampshire tonight has made bill clinton the comeback kid. >> reporter: this time hillary clinton hoping for a comeback in next up nevada and south carolina where her campaign is already focused on turning out african-american voters. >> you have to face up to the hard truth of injustice and systemic racism. >> reporter: the question now, whether the sanders campaign is capable of going big. the sanders campaign is a small team. are you ready to expand across the whole map. >> we have a big team. it's a grassroots campaign. we have a lot of people on the ground. we had them in iowa and new hampshire, and we're redeploying them in the state. >> reporter: already planning to air
tuesday states. if it turns out to be a big night for him, expect clinton campaign to escalate their attacks. lester. >> thank you. let's bring in chuck todd and andrea mitchell. you've seen some of the exit polling data released. what are we learning? >> look, on the democratic side, the biggest divide is not gender as some thought. it continues to be age. look at this, voters under 30, bernie sanders has a 70 point advantage over hillary clinton. among voters over 65, hillary clinton has an advantage just 17 points. in iowa she had an advantage on seniors by nearly 50 points. moving to issues here, this sounds like bernie sanders message, the number one issue for democratic voters income inequality, followed by economy and then health care. terrorism a distant fourth in priority. among republican primary voters, the number one issue was the economy. number two, government spending.
a distant fourth, immigration. that's somewhat surprising given dobld trump's focus. as for when folks made a decision. on the democratic side, a majority of folks 55% told us they made their decision more than a month ago. that would mean potential good news if you're bernie sanders. on the republican side, nearly half said they made their decision in the last few days. that's why we think, lester, it could be a little topsy-turvy night when it comes to what happens below donald trump. >> andrea, let me turn to you. if bernie sanders leaves new hampshire with a big victory, what's next for him and hillary clinton. >> if that trend does continuish the next few weeks are going to be sheer hell for hillary clinton. he's already outraised her in january. if he wins here, he'll be getting much more money in february. he's got more television ads on the air. he will try to compete with her in south carolina, which she thought would be her firewall. she's announce agnew group, african-american
about gun reform with her and he's going to go right to the heart of that constituency, having breakfast in harlem and expecting an announcement later today from harry belafonte. it's going to be a head-to-head slugfest from here on out. >> andrea and chuck, thank you. we've got more of the day's other news ahead, a clever pair of brothers will fight your battles for you and slash your bill and share the secret to saving. the star american athlete said if she had to decide today, fears over zika would
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top u.s. intelligence officials warned on capitol hill that isis is determined to attack inside the u.s. this year. among those testifying, director of national intelligence james clapper. he told congress that home grown extremists continue to pose the biggest threat to u.s. homeland security. a new turn tonight in the increasing concerns over zika with the olympics in rio six months away, one of america's biggest stars has reservations about going, at least as of now.
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finally tonight we mentioned something at the top, talking about something that seems to have gone missing. increasingly it is civility that has gone out the window in this 2016 race for president. politics can be a rough contact sport, it always has been. as tom brokaw reports the name calling this time around feels as though it has reached a whole new level. >> in so many ways new hampshire quintessential new england state, polite. can trump style win traditional values.
rubio. >> jeb is a lightweight. >> really a nasty person. people don't like him. >> reporter: as he has so often, donald trump set the bar, repeating this about ted cruz last night. >> she said he's a -- >> reporter: we've never seen a presidential candidate use this kind of language and tactics before and keep this up. >> i have to get this off my chest, donald trump is a jerk. >> reporter: for his part he says he's having fun and of course won't behave this way as president. >> my uncle was a professor at medical i.t. -- m.i.t., i know what i have to do. >> reporter: what does an uncle at m.i.t. have to do with the campaign. >> memorized speech. >> reporter: chris christie going after marco rubio for repeating the same thing. >> this isn't student
bubble out of the >> reporter: become attacking -- >> too profane often, not to mention sexist to repeat. >> reporter: but in trump world, that's softball. >> they are losers, losers. >> reporter: it's hard to imagine any other week using his language and style but it is working for him, the echo chamber of television. tonight we'll know if the trump take no prisoners style adds up to a big victory. >> tom brokaw tonight. that's going to do it evening. a reminder, continuing coverage of new hampshire primary on nbcnews.com. for now i'm lester from all of us at nbc news, thank you for