Trump takes South Carolina
Donald Trump has won the South Carolina Republican primary, after a tremendous show of strength in the heart of the South that validates his status as the GOP’s national front-runner.
Following his victory in New Hampshire earlier this month and a second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, businessman Donald Trump who has self-funded his entire campaign has had a critical burst of momentum heading into Nevada’s Republican caucuses Tuesday and the slate of 13 states voting on Super Tuesday, March 1.
Trump’s performance could unnerve the Republican establishment, since South Carolina has sided with the eventual nominee in every GOP presidential race since 1980, apart from 2012. And, following his risky attack on George W. Bush’s handling of terrorism and the Iraq War, Trump’s win provides more evidence that he can take positions that would undermine virtually any other politician.
“I want to begin by thanking the people of South Carolina,” Trump said in a victory speech. “This is a special night.”
Bush Pulls from Presidential Race; Cruz and Rubio still holding in there…
South Carolina marked the end of Bush’s presidential ambitions. Once the front-runner, he struggled for months to make inroads against Trump, who constantly mocked the former Florida governor’s “low energy” and for spending tens of millions of dollars on his campaign.
“The people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken and I really respect their decision, so tonight I am suspending my campaign,” Bush said, before being overtaken by emotion.
A battle for second place is currently unfolding between Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who battled over evangelical voters and exchanged bitter taunts in a feverish final week of campaigning…..
Clinton takes Nevada
Earlier Saturday, Hillary Clinton won the Nevada Democratic caucuses, a huge victory that could lessen concerns about her ability to secure the party’s nomination.
Clinton’s win provided a boost in momentum to the former secretary of state as she heads into the February 27 South Carolina Democratic primary and Super Tuesday.
Clinton faced a surprisingly spirited challenge in Nevada from Democratic rival Bernie Sanders. The two were in a virtual dead heat in recent days. A win by Sanders, who trounced Clinton in the New Hampshire primary, would have dealt Clinton a dramatic setback, but she pulled this one out with 52% support