Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton pummeled her opponent Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) in Saturday night’s South Carolina Democratic Primary before announcing at her victory speech that her campaign goes national Sunday — in preparation for Super Tuesday.
In the last presidential primary before Super Tuesday, Clinton left her self-proclaimed socialist rival in the dust in the Palmetto State, upping her confidence to win the Democratic ticket for the November election.
South Carolina Democratic Primary Results
Here is how Clinton stacked up against Sanders at the end of Saturday night’s contest in South Carolina*:
- Hillary Clinton (victor)- 73.5 percent; 271,367 votes; 39 delegates
- Bernie Sanders- 26.0 percent; 95, 840 votes; 14 delegates
*53 total delegates; 99 percent reporting
Landslide for Hillary in Palmetto State among blacks
Even though Democratic candidate Sanders still continues to add delegates and contributions to his flagging presidential campaign, Clinton proved that her platform has gained more resonance with black voters, who gave her a so-called “firewall” in the South for Saturday night’s presidential primary.
Clinton was even more popular with blacks than whites in South Carolina, where almost 90 percent of black voters casted their ballots for the former first lady.
The decisive victor expressed confidence that this showing will be indicative of a trend among Democratic voters in the rest of the South, where she plans on eliminating Sanders as a viable opponent.
After suffering a blow in New Hampshire from Sanders in her campaign, Clinton is now riding South Carolina and Nevada victories that she hopes will build her momentum in the South and nationwide.
“Tomorrow, this campaign goes national,” proclaimed the former secretary of state from the podium during her Charleston, S.C., victory rally Saturday night, according to FoxNews. “We are going to compete for every vote in every state. We’re not taking anything, and we’re not taking anyone, for granted.”
Clinton’s speech was met with the chant “Hillary! Hillary!” after the results were announced showing that she blew out her Democratic rival by nearly 50 percent at the polls.
Looking toward Super Tuesday
As Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was campaigning in Alabama with his new endorser, Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), Clinton also spent the early part of Saturday on the campaign trail in the Yellowhammer State before returning to South Carolina for the polling results and ensuing victory rally.
Also expanding his campaign, Sanders seemed to concede the battle for South Carolina early by taking to Austin, Texas, on Saturday. There, he reached approximately 10,000 of his supporters during a speech he gave at a Formula One racetrack before trying to rack up more voters in Minnesota in anticipation of Super Tuesday.
Eleven states, plus American Samoa and Democrats abroad are at stake on Super Tuesday for Clinton and Sanders. They are fighting for 1,033 delegates among them, including Alabama (60), Arkansas (37), Colorado (79), Georgia (117), Massachusetts (116), Minnesota (93), Oklahoma (42) Tennessee (76), Texas (251), Vermont (26) and Virginia (109), along with 10 for American Samoa and 17 for Democrats outside the United States.
In comparison, 594 delegates spanning 11 states are on the line for the Republican presidential candidates on Super Tuesday, who include Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), former Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Ben Carson, and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio). The states (and delegates) being fought for are: Alabama (50), Alaska (28), Arkansas (40), Georgia (76), Massachusetts (42), Minnesota (38), Oklahoma (43), Tennessee (58), Texas (155), Vermont (15) and Virginia (49).
In the races for both parties on Tuesday, losers in the states are still able to pick up delegates (which are determined by the number of votes received).
Many candidates — especially Republicans— have targeted delegate-rich Texas as a major campaign stop to rack up the votes, but Sanders is specifically setting his site on his native section of the country in the Northeast, as well as the Midwest, where he believes his socialist ideals are embraced the most.
Besides South Carolina, Clinton is looking to pile up her support in the seven states in the South participating in Super Tuesday.
Clinton’s confidence that her campaign has turned the corner against Sanders came through while she gave her speech at the victory rally in Charleston Saturday night. Her words challenged Trump — the leader in the race for the Republican ticket — spurring her supporters to believe that she has a more optimistic view of America.
“Despite what you hear, we don’t need to make America great again,” Clinton declared — referring to Trump’s campaign slogan. “America has never stopped being great — but we do need to make America whole again.”