Yesterday, the people of South Carolina went to the polls and cast their votes for their preferred Republican candidate in 2016.  Even on the weekend, we like to keep you updated on all of the happenings of the election season, so read on for the results of yesterday’s battle in the Palmetto state!

Going into Saturday’s election, frontrunner Donald Trump was still doing just that, running in the front. However, endorsements from Senator Tim Scott and Governor Nikki Haley, both of South Carolina, were announced for Marco Rubio, which was expected to give him a boost in the polls. With only six candidates still in the race, the results of South Carolina had the chance to help us narrow the field even farther, and they did not disappoint.

For a little history on the South Carolina Primary, Newt Gingrich won 40% of the vote in South Carolina in 2012, beating eventual nominee Mitt Romney. In 2008, John McCain, the eventual nominee, beat Mike Huckabee with 33% of the vote. South Carolina voters have correctly picked the Republican nominee every year since 1980 except 1996 and 2012.  They have successfully picked the Democratic nominee most recently in 1992, 2000, and 2008. In 2004, they picked John Edwards, who would actually end up being the Vice-Presidential nominee under his runner-up in the race, John Kerry. Obama won South Carolina in 2008 with 55% of the vote, besting Hillary Clinton who only garnered 26% of the vote.

The winner of the South Carolina Republican Primary was Donald Trump with 32.5% of the vote.

Second place went to Marco Rubio behind by just 10% with a total of 22.5% of the vote

The official ranking of the candidates, when the ballots were finally tallied read something like this:

Donald Trump 32.5%

Marco Rubio 22.5%

Ted Cruz 22.3%

Jeb Bush 7.8%

John Kasich 7.6%

Ben Carson 7.2%

As the results came in, Donald Trump was quickly declared the winner, which the final results proved further.  Jeb Bush decided last night to end his presidential campaign, leaving only five GOP candidates left in the race. It is worthy to note that the two men who placed below Bush are still, as of the writing of this article, in the race.

Republicans will face off on Tuesday in Nevada, where yesterday they held their Democratic Caucus, with Hillary taking 52% of the vote and Bernie taking 47% of the vote.

Only time, and votes, will tell who the Republican nominee will be.

Stay tuned for our Nevada Caucus results on Wednesday, after the five remaining Republican nominees have faced off in the Silver State.


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