Trump to rest of field: You're Fired!
Tracking the rest of South Carolina, Laurens County gave its vote of confidence Saturday to Donald Trump as the next President of the United States.
The Democrats will have their presidential preference primary Feb. 27 in South Carolina, but the turnout likely will be much less than today's Republican vote. Winning South Carolina gives Trump momentum going into a falling like dominoes list of states voting on March 1. Ted Cruz and Marcio Rubio are in a too close to call second place race in South Carolina.
Trump won SC with 34% of the Republican votes cast. Laurens County results (34/34 precincts reporting) are:
J Bush 765 votes 8%
T Cruz 2,745 28%
M Rubio 1,580 16%
D Trump 3,321 34%
B Carson 791 8%
J Kasich 435 5%
Trump won Laurens County without setting foot here. None of the other candidates visited, either. Former candidates Rick Santorium, Rand Paul and the wife of Mike Huckabee made appearances in Laurens - all have dropped out. SC US Sen. Lindsay Graham also ran for president as a Republican, and dropped out. Jeb Bush - the son of former president George HW Bush and brother of former president George W. Bush, his mom, Barbara Bush, campaigned for him in South Carolina - has suspended his campaign, as well. The Republican field started out at 17 and was cut down to 6 by the South Carolina primary - now 5 with Bush deciding not to campaign for now.
Trump, nationally, continues as the frontrunner to run for the presidency against Democrat Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. Clinton/Sanders face off in the Democratic SC primary Feb. 27 - people who voted today in the GOP primary are prohibited by law from voting next Saturday in the Democratic primary. Clinton is the wife of former president Bill Clinton - Sanders is the junior US senator from Vermont. The Republicans and Democrats are seeking to nominate candidates to take over from President Barack Obama, who cannot seek re-election after two 4-year terms in office.
Cruz tried an 11th hour robo-call in SC that attacked Trump's "values" in supporting the state legislature's decision to remove the Confederate flag from a place of honor on the State Capitol grounds. Gov. Nikki Haley, who endorsed Rubio, initiated the flag removal in response to 9 people being shot to death in Mother Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, allegedly by a young man who posed with the Confederate flag in social media posts. Authorities believe he wanted to start a race war. Trump said the flag belongs in a museum, and the General Assembly is considering a measure to pay for installing the flag that was taken down last year in a museum.
An ad on Cruz's behalf said Trump was "sticking his nose into other people's business." See a blog post about the Cruz ad elsewhere on this website.