Clinton Rolls to Big Win in South Carolina
Hillary Clinton secured a massive victory in South Carolina on Saturday, crushing Bernie Sanders 3 to 1.
Clinton brought home 74 percent of the vote to Sander’s 26 percent.
“Tomorrow, this campaign goes national,” she said. “We are going to compete for every vote in every state, we are not taking anything and not taking anyone for granted.”
“Despite what you hear, we don’t need to make America great again — America hasn’t stopped being great. But we do need to make America whole again,” she said Saturday.
“Instead of building walls, we need to be tearing down barriers. We need to show, by everything we do, that we really are in this together.”
The Hill reports:
Sanders was quick to congratulate Clinton, releasing a statement just after 7 p.m. He noted the results meant both had a single decisive win.
“Let me be clear on one thing tonight. This campaign is just beginning. We won a decisive victory in New Hampshire. She won a decisive victory in South Carolina,” Sanders said. “Now it’s on to Super Tuesday. In just three days, Democrats in 11 states will pick 10 times more pledged delegates on one day than were selected in the four early states so far in this campaign. Our grassroots political revolution is growing state by state, and we won’t stop now.”
Sanders also took a shot at GOP front-runner Donald Trump, stating that “when we come together, and don’t let people like Donald Trump try to divide us, we can create an economy that works for all of us and not just the top 1 percent.”
Clinton came into the race holding an overwhelming polling lead over Sanders in South Carolina.
She worked assiduously to ensure she retained the support of black voters in the face of a major push by Sanders.
MSNBC reported that Clinton won 87 percent of the black vote based on exit polls, beating Obama’s margin with black voters in the state in 2008.
Clinton surrogates repeatedly bashed Sanders’s racial justice record by casting him as a political opportunist whose interest in the issue came after he launched his bid. Clinton also worked to align herself with President Obama, while castigating Sanders for not always standing by the president’s side.
Sanders’s surrogates responded by noting civil rights work throughout his career — former NAACP head Ben Jealous, academic Cornel West, producer Spike Lee and rapper Killer Mike all lent a hand to help boost the Vermont senator’s credibility with black voters.
Clinton also beat Sanders by about 6 percentage points among white voters.
The loss makes it more difficult for Sanders to regain momentum in the near future, as Clinton holds double-digit leads in six of the 11 Super Tuesday states. Those states alone make up a majority of the day’s delegate haul, so Sanders would have to sweep the contested states and pull off at least one major upset to come out of the day ahead.
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