Clinton Takes South Carolina
Hillary Clinton scores a huge victory ahead of the voting on Super Tuesday.
Hillary Clinton won the South Carolina primary by a wide margin on Saturday. She received 73.5 percent of the vote, nearly 50 points ahead of her only competitor, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The impressive win left little doubt that Clinton is the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president.
The former U.S. secretary of state has now captured three of the first four Democratic voting contests. She narrowly beat Sanders in Iowa and won another close race in Nevada. In between, Sanders scored a big victory of his own in New Hampshire.
A “Super” Showdown
Political experts say Clinton’s strong showing in South Carolina is a good sign for her campaign heading into what’s known as “Super Tuesday.” On March 1, voters in 11 more states will make their picks for the Democratic nominee for president.
“Tomorrow, this campaign goes national,” Clinton said in her victory speech on Saturday night. “We are going to compete for every vote in every state. We are not taking anything— and we are not taking anyone—for granted.”
The five remaining Republican candidates are also hoping to win over voters on Super Tuesday. They will be competing in primaries or caucuses in 12 states. With several big wins, the front-runner, billionaire businessman Donald Trump, could take a giant step closer to becoming the party’s nominee for president. But his two main competitors, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, both hope to overtake him with strong performances of their own.