Clin­ton wins big over San­ders in S. Carolina

Business Mirror - - THE WORLD -

COLUMBIA, South Carolina— Hil­lary Clin­ton over­whelmed Bernie San­ders in the South Carolina pri­mary, draw­ing stag­ger­ing sup­port from the state’s black Democrats and putting her in a strong po­si­tion as the race bar­rels to­ward cru­cial mul­ti­state con­tests on Tues­day.

Clin­ton’s lop­sided win on Satur­day— she led by 48 points with nearly all precincts counted— pro­vided an im­por­tant boost for her cam­paign and a mo­ment to wipe away bit­ter mem­o­ries of her loss to Barack Obama in South Carolina eight years ago. She won the sup­port of nearly 9 in 10 black vot­ers, cru­cial Demo­cratic back­ers who aban­doned her for Obama in 2008.

Dur­ing a rau­cous vic­tory rally, Clin­ton briefly rev­eled in her sweep­ing sup­port from South Carolina vot­ers, hug­ging back­ers and pos­ing with them for selfie pho­tos. But then she piv­oted quickly to the con­tests to come.

“To­mor­row this cam­paign goes na­tional,” she said. “We are not tak­ing any­thing, and we are not tak­ing any­one, for granted.”

Taken to­gether, 865 Demo­cratic del­e­gates are up for grabs in the March 1 Su­per Tues­day con­tests in 11 states and Amer­i­can Samoa.

Clin­ton’s cam­paign hopes her strong show­ing in South Carolina fore­shad­ows sim­i­lar out­comes

Hil­lary Clin­ton’s lead over Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Bernie San­ders

in states like Ge­or­gia, Alabama, Ten­nessee and Vir­ginia that vote on Tues­day and have large mi­nor­ity pop­u­la­tions. San­ders, ex­pect­ing de­feat in South Carolina on Satur­day, left the state even be­fore vot­ing was fin­ished and turned his at­ten­tion to some of the states that vote in next Tues­day’s del­e­gate- rich con­tests.

In a state­ment, San­ders vowed to fight on ag­gres­sively. He drew 10,000 peo­ple to a rally in Austin, a lib­eral bas­tion in con­ser­va­tive Texas, the big­gest March 1 prize.

“This cam­paign is just be­gin­ning,” he said. “Our grass­roots political rev­o­lu­tion is grow­ing state by state, and we won’t stop now.”

Clin­ton’s vic­tory came at the end of a day that saw Repub­li­can can­di­dates fir­ing insults at each other at ral­lies in states vot­ing on Su­per Tues­day. Don­ald Trump, work­ing to build an in­sur­mount­able lead, was cam­paign­ing in Arkansas with for­mer ri­val New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and call­ing Florida Sen. Marco Ru­bio a “light lit­tle noth­ing.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was ask­ing par­ents in At­lanta if they would be pleased if their chil­dren spouted pro­fan­i­ties like the brash bil­lion­aire. And Ru­bio was mock­ing Trump as a “con artist” with “the worst spray tan in Amer­ica.”

Clin­ton made a stop in Alabama, a Su­per Tues­day state, on Satur­day be­fore re­turn­ing to Columbia, South Carolina’s cap­i­tal, for an evening vic­tory party.

San­ders has en­er­gized young peo­ple and lib­er­als with his im­pas­sioned calls for break­ing up Wall Street banks and mak­ing tu­ition free at pub­lic col­leges and univer­si­ties. But the sen­a­tor from Ver­mont, a state where about 1 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion is black, lacks Clin­ton’s deep ties to the African- Amer­i­can com­mu­nity.

Exit polls showed six in 10 vot­ers in the South Carolina pri­mary were black, by far the largest pro­por­tion in any of the con­tests so far.

About seven in 10 said they wanted the next pres­i­dent to con­tinue Obama’s poli­cies, and only about 20 per­cent wanted a more lib­eral course of ac­tion, ac­cord­ing to the pol ls con­ducted by Edi­son Re­search for The As­so­ci­ated Press ( AP) and tele­vi­sion net­works.

Clin­ton’s sweep­ing vic­tor y sug­gested South Carolina vot­ers had put aside any lin­ger­ing ten­sions from her heated 2008 con­test with Obama. For­mer Pres­i­dent Bi l l Clin­ton made state­ments dur­ing that cam­paign that were seen by some as ques­tion­ing the le­git­i­macy of the black pres­i­den­tial con­tender.

Clin­ton’s se­cond White House bid lurched to an un­even start, with a nar­row vic­tory over San­ders in Iowa and a crush­ing loss to the sen­a­tor in New Hamp­shire. She pulled off a five- point win over San­ders in last week’s Ne­vada cau­cuses, a cru­cial vic­tory that helped stem San­ders’s mo­men­tum.

Clin­ton will pick up most of South Carolina’s del­e­gates, widen­ing her over­all lead in AP’s count. With 53 del­e­gates at stake, Clin­ton will re­ceive 39, San­ders at least 14.

Go­ing into South Carolina, Clin­ton had just a one- del­e­gate edge over San­ders. How­ever, she also has a mas­sive lead among su­per del­e­gates, the Demo­cratic Party lead­ers who can vote for the can­di­date of their choice at this sum­mer’s na­tional con­ven­tion, re­gard­less of how their states vote.

Be­cause Democrats ap­por­tion del­e­gates pro­por­tion­ally, San­ders is sim­ply hop­ing to stay close to Clin­ton in the South. But he’s fo­cus­ing most of his at­ten­tion on states in the Mid­west and North­east, in­clud­ing his home state of Ver­mont. On the Repub­li­can side, vot­ers will cast bal­lots in 11 states, with 595 del­e­gates at stake on Su­per Tues­day.

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