Landslide: Clinton Routs Sanders in South Carolina

She benefits from strong black turnout
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2016 6:00 PM CST
Updated Feb 27, 2016 7:50 PM CST
Clinton Wins Easily in South Carolina
Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign event at Miles College Saturday in Fairfield, Ala.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The least suspenseful primary of the 2016 election year is in the books, with Hillary Clinton cruising to an easy win over Bernie Sanders in South Carolina. The AP and CNN called the race as soon as the polls closed at 7pm. Strong turnout by African-Americans sealed the victory for Clinton, who dominated among those voters and was up by nearly 50 points overall with most of the vote counted. The win bodes well for her in several Super Tuesday states with similar demographics. Sanders had essentially given up on the state this week, not even mentioning South Carolina in a campaign appearance earlier Saturday in Texas, notes Politico. "Tomorrow this campaign goes national," said Clinton after the race was called. "We are not taking anything, and we are not taking anyone, for granted." (More South Carolina primary stories.)

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