Trump Wins in South Carolina While Clinton Takes Nevada
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News February 20, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took a strong victory in South Carolina's Republican primary Saturday, deepening his hold on the GOP presidential field as the race headed into the South.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton edged out a crucial win over Bernie Sanders in Nevada's Democratic caucuses, ease some of the tension of her supports. At a victory rally in Las Vegas, she praised her supporters and declared, "This one is for you."
The victories put Clinton and Trump in strong positions as the 2016 presidential election moves towards Super Tuesday contests March 1, a delegate-rich voting event.
South Carolina marked Trump's second straight victory this one by 10 points and strengthened his unexpected claim on the Republican nomination. No Republican in recent times has won New Hampshire and South Carolina and then failed to win the nomination.
"There's nothing easy about running for president," Trump said at his victory rally. "It's tough, it's nasty, it's mean, it's vicious. It's beautiful — when you win it's beautiful."
Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, were battling for second place, while Bush and others lagged far behind which ultimately ended with Bush announcing he was suspending his campaign.
"This has become a three-person race," Rubio declared.
Cruz harked back to his win in the leadoff Iowa caucuses as a sign he was best positioned to take down Trump. He urged conservatives to rally around his campaign, saying pointedly, "We are the only candidate who has beaten and can beat Donald Trump."
As for Cruz, the state was his first test of whether his, get-out-the-vote operation could overtake Trump in a Southern state, where the electorate seemed tailor-made for the Texas senator.
Rubio used his top-tier finish to bill himself as the mainstream alternative to Trump and Cruz, candidates many GOP leaders believe are unelectable in November.
But South Carolina was the final stop for Jeb Bush, who campaigned alongside members of his famous family, which remains popular in the state.
Also in the mix was Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who continues to run a positive campaign is now looking toward more moderate states that vote later in March. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson vowed to stay in the race, despite a single-digit showing.
Democrats and Republicans will swap locations in the coming days. The GOP holds its caucus in Nevada on Tuesday, while Democrats face off in South Carolina on Feb. 27.