Clinton takes S.C. by wide margin, looks ahead to general election
In what was treated as a foregone conclusion by many observers and pundits, Hillary Clinton won the South Carolina Democratic Primary over Bernie Sanders by a large margin.
When the candidate hit the stage to give her victory speech, she was winning 78 percent of the votes to Sanders’ 21.4 percent (with 12 percent of total votes reported). By the time 50 percent of the votes were in, she was ahead of Sanders by more than 100,000 votes.
In her victory speech, the former Secretary of State seemed to look ahead of the 50 plus remaining contests between her and the Democratic National Convention.
“Tomorrow we’re taking this campaign national,” she said during her speech in Columbia, S.C.
Key to Clinton’s victory in the state were in demographics. Exit polls in South Carolina showed that around 62 percent of voters who came out Saturday were African-American. NPR reported that she was able to capture 84 percent of those voters.
CNN provided a breakdown of voters by age. According to their exit polls, voters 30 and over tended to vote for Hillary. Sanders still captures the majority of younger voters.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 28, 2016
There was very little mention of Sen. Sanders in Clinton’s victory speech. Instead she took a veiled shot at the Republican party front-runner Donald Trump.
“Despite what you’ve heard, we don’t need to make America great again,” Clinton said in her speech. “America has never stopped being great. But we need to make America whole again. Instead of building walls, we need to be tearing down barriers.”
Sanders, who was campaigning in Minnesota as the S.C. results were announced, released a statement early in the night where he conceded to Clinton.
“I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victory in South Carolina,” he said in the statement. “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. Now it’s on to Super Tuesday.”