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No barrier too big: Clinton takes South Carolina primary by a storm

world Updated: Feb 28, 2016 08:20 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times
Hillary Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters at her election night watch party after winning the South Carolina Democratic primary in Columbia.(AP Photo)

Hillary Clinton won the South Carolina Democratic primary by a massive margin on Saturday, posting her most emphatic victory days ahead of the crucial Super Tuesday contests.

Most of the 12 states holding their nominating contests on Super Tuesday -- March 1 -- are in the south such as South Carolina, with similar demographics and large number of African-American voters.

Though Clinton had led the polls in South Carolina, and was expected to win, experts and pundits had come to see the primary as a test of her hold on the African-American community, who were solidly aligned with Barack Obama the last time she ran in 2008.

Clinton beat Bernie Sanders, her only rival for the Democratic nomination, 87% to 13% among African-Americans on Saturday, according to CNN, flipping her 2008 numbers.

Overall, Clinton was leading 73.5% to Sanders’s 25.9%. Counting of votes was still on.

Clinton has now won three of the Democratic party’s four nominating contests so far — caucuses in Iowa, Nevada and the South Carolina primary. Sanders won the fourth -- New Hampshire primary.

“Today, you sent a message: In America, when we stand together, there is no barrier too big to break,” Clinton said in her victory speech. “Tomorrow, this campaign goes national!”

Sanders, who knew South Carolina would be tough, has moved on already, campaigning Super Tuesday states.

“Let me be clear on one thing tonight. This campaign is just beginning. We won a decisive victory in New Hampshire. She won a decisive victory in South Carolina. Now it’s on to Super Tuesday,” Sanders said in a statement. “Our grassroots political revolution is growing state by state, and we won’t stop now.”