by James Buchanan
Donald Trump won the South Carolina primary by a ten point margin. Trump’s most serious competition, Ted Cruz, finished third, despite several polls that predicted him doing much better than that. The System candidate and pro-Amnesty candidate, Marco Rubio placed second.
A Yahoo news article reports “Donald Trump clocked a commanding primary win in South Carolina on Saturday, moving a step closer to becoming the Republican Party’s 2016 nominee for president.”
“Just ahead of the South Carolina contest, Trump had a cushy double-digit lead over his closest rivals, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, who were dogfighting for second place. The Associated Press projected a Trump victory at 7:29 p.m. Eastern, just a half hour after polls closed. He was leading with about 33% of the vote when the AP called the race.”
“Trump came into the Palmetto State fresh off a decisive victory in the Feb. 9 New Hampshire primary, where he won more than 35% of the GOP vote…”
“In carrying South Carolina, Trump scored more than just delegates. He arguably won a cudgel he can use to beat down those who’ve said his populist bluster could not — or should not — catapult him to the nomination.”
Not only did Trump win in South Carolina, it marked the death knell for Jeb Bush, who could only muster 8 percent of the vote, causing Bush to announce that he was dropping out of the race as noted here.
The next GOP election is a caucus in Nevada on February 23rd. Trump is polling 42 percent in Nevada according to Real Clear Politics. Given Trump’s two wins in a row, he has just gained considerable momentum. Nevada will be the last GOP election before Super Tuesday when 14 states will hold their primaries on March 1st. Things are looking extremely good for Trump at this point.