Trump wins South Carolina primary, Clinton wins Nevada caucuses
Donald Trump won the South Carolina Republican primary while Hillary Clinton won the Nevada Democratic caucuses in an important day to determine who will run to be the next President of the United States.
For Trump, it was a second-straight victory for the billionaire real estate mogul after his first-place finish in New Hampshire. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in close race for second.
Exit polls taken in South Carolina found that about three-quarters of Republican voters support a temporary ban on Muslims who are not American citizens from entering the United States. That’s one of Trump’s signature proposals.
Former Republican front-runner Jeb Bush dropped out of the race for president after a dismal showing in Saturday’s Republican primary.
It ends a bid that drew a staggering level of financial support from donors but failed to win over voters angry with Washington and leery of sending another member of the Bush family to the White House.
The victory for Clinton, the former secretary of state, over the Vermont senator gives her two wins to one in the race for the Democratic nomination.
Clinton eked out a win in the Iowa caucuses before Sanders posted an overwhelming victory in New Hampshire’s primary. A loss in Nevada to Sanders would have been devastating after the socialist senator has put up a surprisingly strong challenge and threatens to eclipse her.
The early results of an entrance poll in Nevada showed that female voters who earn over $50,000 are supporting Hillary Clinton. Her supporters are a majority of moderates, voters aged 45 and older, voters living in union households, suburbanites and non-white voters.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders did best with men, voters under 45, those less affluent and educated.
Sanders did particularly well with the quarter of Democratic caucus voters who identify themselves as independents, getting 7 in 10 of their votes. He was also backed by nearly 6 in 10 of the 3 in 10 voters who consider themselves very liberal.
Sanders and Clinton were neck and neck in polls heading into Las Vegas.
What is the difference between a caucus and a primary?
The short version: a caucus is when each voting district conducts a head count of its members to count votes whereas a primary sees voters cast a ballot.
With files from Associated Press
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