Hillary Clinton Wins the South Carolina Primary as All Candidates Focus Their Attention on Super Tuesday
Clinton drew on her base of black and female voters
Hillary Clinton took home another victory on Saturday night when she was declared the winner of the South Carolina primary almost as soon as the last polls closed.
According to The New York Times, Clinton’s South Carolina win was due in a large part to the support of black voters, who support the former secretary of state over her competitor Sen. Bernie Sanders by a 5-to-1 ratio, according to early exit polls. ABC News reports that Clinton also drew in support from most women voters and people aged 30 and older.
Clinton’s victory comes one week after she triumphed over Sanders in the Nevada caucuses last Saturday and will likely be a welcomed boost to her campaign as they gear up for Super Tuesday.
In terms of delegates, Clinton has a big advantage over Sanders with a total of 505 – including South Carolina’s 53 delegates. Sanders currently has 71 delegates.
However, Clinton’s early advantage does not mean that Sanders is done yet. He recently drew a crowd of 10,000 people for a rally in Austin, Texas, shifting his campaign focus on the Super Tuesday prizes. Texas, with a whopping 155 delegates, is considered the biggest prize for both Republican and Democratic candidates come Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the GOP candidates continue to prepare for the upcoming contests after Donald Trump nabbed the Nevada caucuses earlier this week. Out of the four contests that have taken place for GOP candidates, the former Apprentice star has won three, with Sen. Ted Cruz nabbing the initial caucus victory in Iowa earlier this month.