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Clinton scores commanding win in South Carolina

7 months 3 weeks 3 days ago February 27, 2016 Feb 27, 2016 Saturday, February 27 2016 February 27, 2016 6:12 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Julie Pace and Lisa Lerer

COLUMBIA - Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic presidential primary in South Carolina. She won the overwhelming support of black voters on her way to a commanding victory over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The win for Clinton is her third in the first four contests of the 2016 campaign. And it gives her a blowout to match Sanders' dominating triumph in New Hampshire.

Early results of exit polls taken for The Associated Press and television networks find that Clinton won the support of 8 in 10 African-Americans, who made up the majority of voters in Saturday's primary.

That bodes well for Clinton headed into Super Tuesday contests across the South, where several states are home to large populations of black voters.

Moments after she clinched a win in the South Carolina Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton tweeted: "To South Carolina, to the volunteers at the heart of our campaign, to the supporters who power it: thank you."

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