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Trump Takes South Carolina, Clinton Wins Nevada

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Trump Takes South Carolina, Clinton Wins Nevada

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By Luciana Lopez and Steve Holland

LAS VEGAS/COLUMBIA, S.C. (Reuters) – Republican Donald Trump rolled to victory on Saturday in South Carolina to solidify his status as the front-runner and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton beat back a strong challenge from Bernie Sanders in the Nevada caucuses.

Trump, who in the final days of the primary battle got entangled in a controversy with Pope Francis, easily defeated Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who were fighting for second place and the right to declare themselves the main anti-Trump alternative.

“People (pundits) gave me no chance in South Carolina. Now it looks like a possible win. I would be happy with a one vote victory! (HOPE),” Trump tweeted shortly before the television networks declared him the winner.

It was Trump’s second victory in a row, after New Hampshire on Feb. 9, an outcome that frightens establishment Republicans but thrills the “throw-the-bums-out” conservative base of the party that has long been fed up with Washington.

A poor showing for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who was running in a distant fourth place, could mark the end of the Bush campaign and an end to his dreams of becoming a third Bush president after his father and brother.

After South Carolina, the Republican presidential campaign is about to rapidly pick up steam in March when dozens of states hold nominating contests. Another candidate, Ohio Governor John Kasich, is concentrating on midwestern and northern states in the state-by-state contest to pick nominees for the Nov. 8 election.

Clinton’s victory in the Nevada Democratic caucuses could help calm Democratic Party worries about the strength of her campaign.

Her win denied Sanders the breakthrough win he sought in a state with a heavy minority population, but his ability to close a one-time double-digit polling lead for Clinton suggested the Democratic nominating race would be long and hard fought.

With 84 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton was leading with 52.4 percent of the vote to Sanders’ 47.5 percent. Vote counting was delayed in Nevada by heavy turnout.

Clinton’s victory buoyed worried supporters and gave her fresh momentum as she heads into the next contest in South Carolina on Feb. 27, where polls show her with a double-digit lead largely as a result of heavy support from black voters.

“Some may have doubted us, but we never doubted each other,” she told cheering supporters at a victory rally in Las Vegas. “This is your campaign.”

Sanders vowed to fight on and set his sights on the 11 states that vote on “Super Tuesday,” March 1. He predicted that when Democrats gather for their nominating convention in Philadelphia in July, “We are going to see the results of one of the great political upsets in the history of the United States.”

“The wind is at our banks,” he said. “We have the momentum.”

After routing Clinton in New Hampshire and finishing a strong second in Iowa, states with nearly all-white populations, Sanders had hoped to prove in Nevada that he could win over black and Hispanic voters and compete nationally as the race moves to states with more diverse populations.

But entrance polling in Nevada showed he badly lost among black voters, by 76 percent to 22 percent, a bad omen for South Carolina and other southern states with big black populations. He did win among Hispanics by 53 percent to 45 percent.

Clinton’s campaign has argued she would assert control of the Democratic race once it moved to more diverse states with black and Hispanic populations who have traditionally backed Clinton and have been slow to warm to Sanders.

Trump, the bellicose New York billionaire, created some last-minute drama in South Carolina after Pope Francis said on Thursday his views on U.S. immigration were “not Christian.” Trump initially called Francis “disgraceful,” but later called him “a wonderful guy.”

The Vatican later clarified the pope’s remarks, saying they were “in no way” a personal attack and were not an indication how to vote.

Trump also called for a boycott of Apple Inc products until the tech company agreed to help the U.S. government unlock the cellphone of one of the killers in last year’s San Bernardino, California, shooting.

(Reporting by Luciana Lopez and Steve Holland; Writing by John Whitesides and Steve Holland; Editing by Andrew Hay)

Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a rally with supporters at the convention center in North Charleston, South Carolina February 19, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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14 Comments

  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 20, 2016

    Yawn! Let’s see—What else is in the funny pages?

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    1. Jmz Nesky February 21, 2016

      It won’t be so ‘funny’ if the wrong GOP clown takes front stage.. Wait a minute! Wrong clown? Which one?.. They’re ALL clowns (damn we’re screwed).

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      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 21, 2016

        Nice post!! I love it. (I see that they all are nattily dressed and have their formal clothing on, just like the “little boys” in SC—how impressive).

        As for which “clown” gets the nod, I and others feel that there is a deeper wisdom involved in order to give America a “dope slap” to awaken us to see the pitiful and abysmal state we’ve allowed ourselves to descend into over the past few centuries.
        So, all is not as bleak as it appears. (There is another “movement” and process happening in parallel to this clown show, and which is gaining in strength in a quiet yet visible way).

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        1. Jmz Nesky February 21, 2016

          And I’m all for it (always have been from it’s start) however, even the left is trying to dump him* giving us the implication that it’s not just the goppers who play underhanded games.. If HRC wins then let her win honestly, none of this gerrymandering in order to keep her on top. The people should have a say in who runs this country, NOT the system. Tic this: https://dev.nationalmemo.com/he-never-voted-for-intervention-iraq-except-twice/

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          1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 21, 2016

            Keen and discerning people like yourself, young and old, both genders, and of every ethnic, racial, class are going to be the key to bringing to fruition a replacement.

            As I posted elsewhere, both sides of the “aisle” are afflicted by the divisive nature of a system that needs a major overhaul.
            A house that is rotten to the core is better off being leveled to the ground and a new structure built on a “new” foundation.

            Back-door dealing by both Parties, and all fringe groups in between are decayed beyond repair—for now, the goal is to choose the lesser of the evils.

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          2. Jmz Nesky February 21, 2016

            And this lesser has awakened many to realize there is no such thing as a ‘lesser’ evil just as there’s no such thing as a lesser murder or a lesser rape. This realization has started people to think and those who don’t, who continually spew the fear of socialism and compare it to communism should instead find the definition behind a lesser of two evils. This nation was changed for the better when equal pay for equal work, social security and even the highway system and parks and recreation came on the scene.. This was socialism at it’s best as a democracy can not function on capitalism alone. It really upsets me to watch these empty suits compare their success on how much money they can invest or raise.. it creates a continual process that involves even those who wouldn’t otherwise follow that trend.. What I say is:
            ” We can succeed with unity. Money doesn’t vote, citizens vote and if the people unanimously vote for a leader but money decides the winner then in unity we must challenge that wrong and demand that those who manipulate in opposition to the voters be striped of their position and put behind bars..”

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          3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 21, 2016

            For centuries now, people in America, and indeed the entire world, have been faced with limited choices as far as a body of governance to choose from. In some cases there have been enlightened people to choose; but too often the choices were either a tepid or disastrous one.
            Since we have a responsibility to participate, and given the choices presented for the time being we have to do the best we can when voting.

            Some day, our culture will be transformed in order to have a much better selection, but it won’t happen by the wave of a magic wand. Instead, it will require commitment to be transformed, both by the individual and in parallel a willingness of society to transform itself and in the process encourage and “have the back” of the individual(s).
            One participant(the individual) w/o the other participant(the community and its institutions) results in a “lame” community.

            Many would say that’s a pipe-dream. but I and others like me are doing just that in an organic manner on a small scale; my “compatriots” in the US, Mexico, Japan, Russia, Nigeria, Yemen, Iran, Oman, etc. (I’ve had the opportunity to visit locales in Nigeria, Liberia, France, Brazil, Oman, and Israel and confer, with and learn from them).

            Just my Baha’i perspective.

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          4. Jmz Nesky February 21, 2016

            Well I don’t see that as a pipe dream, as a matter of fact Bernie Sanders is teaching us to amass into one voice and become a part of governance.. So long as we stand with and behind him such things as miracles can happen and if he becomes president our jobs won’t be completed as we will continue to back him up with policies that concern this nation and those who disagree and fight will be helpless by the numbers that he presents to them. If we indeed stand with him then great things can be accomplished while disruption and filibustering will be laid to the wayside and once we gain control of our future it’s example just may spread throughout the globe.. Here’s hoping for a brighter future, one where disagreements and refusals turn into progressive compromise.

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  2. yabbed February 20, 2016

    Trump is going to win the GOP nomination. It’s a contest of anger and bigotry and he will win that because he’s older and more experienced than the creepy Cruz and minor league Rubio. Hillary Clinton will win the Democratic nomination and she will wipe the floor with Trump because she is the only qualified candidate in the race.

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  3. 1standlastword February 20, 2016

    Bush IS OUT folks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Stay tuned!

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    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 21, 2016

      SNL NEWS FLASH! “Generalissimo Franco is still dead. On another note, Bush is out cold and can’t get up to beat the count, and the GOP is still dead but rigor mortis has yet to set in—the corpse still shows signs of some residual electro-chemical activity.”—GOOD NIGHT, AND HAVE A PLEASANT TOMORROW.

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  4. Rippie February 20, 2016

    No more Sprout. We had a Bush. We had the Shrub. That’s MORE than enough, so he has thrown in the burlap sack! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  5. FireBaron February 21, 2016

    I’m still trying to figure out how a guy who had 64% of Republicans voting against him can claim to have “won”. Oh, well. At least with Dubya’s “smarter brother” out of the race, that’s more votes for Marco and Kasich. Meanwhile, THE DONALD and the worthy Senator from Canada can continue splitting the knuckle-dragging, mouth-breathing vote.

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  6. johninPCFL February 21, 2016

    Wow. A GOP clown calling for a boycott of Apple products because Apple has the temerity to back the fourth amendment. Why doesn’t The Donald support the Constitution?

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