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U.S. presidential candidates face crucial contests

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 01:32

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will try to solidify his status as front-runner in the South Carolina primary, while the Democrats test their appeal with minorities in the Nevada caucuses. Diane Hodges reports.

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This is a key day for the nation's presidential candidates. Republicans are facing off in the South Carolina primary, where the main battle will be between Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio for second place. Donald Trump has a 20-point lead over the rest of the field in the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll. On Friday, he ignited controversy again when he repeated a story about how General John Pershing, during World War II, executed dozens of Muslims in the Philippines. (SOUNDBITE)(ENGLIGH) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "He took fifty bullets, and he dipped them in pig's blood. And he had his men load his rifles and he lined up the fifty people, and they shot 49 of those people. And the fiftieth person he said 'You go back to your people and you tell them what happened.' And for 25 years there wasn't a problem, okay?" In Nevada, HIllary Clinton is fighting to reassert control over the Democratic primary race, after losing to Senator Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire. Minorities make a large percentage of the Democratic base in Nevada and Clinton promised to make immigration reform a priority. (SOUNDBITE)(ENGLISH) HILLARY CLINTON, SAYING: "I want people to come out of the shadows under comprehensive immigration reform. I want them to register. I want them to be on a path to citizenship." A win in Nevada would help halt Sanders' momentum and position Clinton well for the upcoming Super Tuesday primaries on March 1.

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U.S. presidential candidates face crucial contests

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 01:32