Beating out Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz at the South Carolina GOP Primary by 10 percentage points, Donald Trump said goodbye to presidential contender Jeb Bush, while Hillary Clinton edged out opponent Bernie Sanders in the Nevada Democratic primary.
Winning his second straight primary, billionaire Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump felt his momentum shift forward as he handily beat out his opponents, proving that he can win in the deeply religious South and grab a significant portion of the evangelical vote.
“We are going to start winning for the country,” Trump told cheering supporters in South Carolina Saturday night as his 10-percentage point lead over former Sen. Marco Rublio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) remained steady. “Let’s put this thing away. When you win, it’s beautiful.”
Trump found more reason to relish his South Carolina victory, as the GOP winner in Palmetto State primary has proceeded to win the nomination for the Republican presidential ticket every election year since 1980 — barring 2012, when Newt Gingrich won the state but then lost the race to former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.).
Other big news for the night was former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) announcing that he is suspending his presidential campaign after a disappointing fourth place finish in Saturday’s South Carolina Primary — leading to the question of which remaining candidates will pick up his supporters’ votes.
“[T]he presidency is bigger than any one person,” an emotionally charged Bush said when surrendering his bid for the White House, according to Newsmax.com.
At the other end of the country at the Nevada Democratic Primary, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s margin of victory over her runner-up opponent was only half of Trump’s, beating Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) by just five percentage points.
Recovering from a significant loss earlier this month in New Hampshire to Sanders, the former first lady got a shot in the arm before heading to South Carolina for the next Democratic primary.
“I am so, so thrilled and so grateful to all of my supporters,” Clinton exclaimed to her supporters at her victory rally in Las Vegas.
Take a look at rundowns from both of Saturday’s primaries below:
South Carolina Republican Primary results
x-Donald Trump─ 32.5 percent
Marco Rubio─ 22.5 percent
Ted Cruz─ 22.3 percent
Jeb Bush─ 7.8 percent
John Kasich─ 7.6 percent
Ben Carson─ 7.2 percent
Nevada Democratic Primary results
x-Hillary Clinton─ 52.7 percent
Bernie Sanders─ 47.2 percent
The fight for GOP runner up
With Rubio and Cruz scrapping for second place, the battle for evangelical votes in the South and elsewhere continues to escalate.
After sustaining two losses following his narrow Iowa Primary victory over Trump, Cruz declared to his supporters that his campaign has the ability to defy “expectations” and come out a winner, noting that he is the only remaining GOP candidate who can overcome Trump … and then either Clinton or Sanders.
“[I]’m the best candidate to run against Clinton or Sanders] or whatever other socialist they nominate [for the Democratic ticket],” Cruz asserted, according to Fox News. “Indeed, the screaming you hear now from across the Potomac is the Washington cartel in full terror that the conservative grassroots are rising up.”
Nudging Cruz out for second place in South Carolina by less than a percentage point, Rubio insisted that he is on the rebound after performing poorly earlier this month in New Hampshire — both behind the debate lectern and at the polls.
“After tonight, this has become a three-person race, and we will win the nomination,” Rubio announced, promising a comeback in the race — now with the backing of Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.).
Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) is now the only governor left in the GOP race after Bush’s announcement that he is dropping out of the White House run.
The other Republican candidate, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who received the least amount of votes of the six contenders in the South Carolina Primary, promised that he would continue on until the end.
Grabbing gold in the Silver State
The remaining five Republican candidates are already setting their sights on the next primary in Nevada, where Hillary Clinton hung on to a five-percentage-point win to beat her self-proclaimed socialist competitor for the Oval Office, Bernie Sanders.
After narrowly winning Iowa and suffering a substantial double-digit loss to Sanders in the Granite State primary just over a week ago, Clinton was relieved to have more Nevadans in her corner as Saturday night’s competition came to a close.
“To everyone who turned out in every corner of Nevada with determination and heart — this is your win,” Clinton expressed to her followers on Twitter after the announcement was made that she had won the state. “Thank you.”
Clinton is still facing the ongoing controversy about her private email account during her four years serving as Secretary of State during the first term of the Obama administration.
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