Clinton's big victory
Laurens County Democrats favor Hillary Clinton as the party's nominee and next President of the United States by a 78 to 21 percent margin over liberal US Sen. Bernie Sanders.
In primary voting Saturday, Clinton gathered 2,952 votes to Sanders' 799 votes in Laurens County. Clinton held a similar margin among SC Democrats as she won the state - neither candidate campaigned in Laurens County, despite some obvious tie-ins. For the SC primary winner, of course, the City of Clinton and for the second-place finisher, Sanders Middle School in Laurens.
Just 10% of the county's registered voters went to the polls Feb. 27, in the Democratic primary, compared to 25% of the county's registered voters who cast ballots (most in favor of billionarie NY businessman Donald Trump) in the Feb. 20 Republican primary. South Carolina's governor, two US senators, all but one of its US Congressmen and most of its state Senate and House members are Republicans. Most of Upstate SC voters identify as Republicans, so Clinton and Sanders spent most of their time campaigning in Columbia and Charleston. Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, campaigned at a few Upstate locations.
Clinton said the SC win will help her take on Trump as the GOP front-runner as the primary process moves to March 1 when 11 states will pick their nominees for president. Sanders said victories on March 1 will be the start of his push for the White House.