Donald Trump wins South Carolina


(CNN)Donald Trump will win the South Carolina Republican primary, CNN projects, a tremendous show of strength in the heart of the Deep South that validates his status as the GOP’s national front-runner.

Trump’s win, following his victory in New Hampshire earlier this month and a second place finish in the Iowa caucuses, gives the former reality television star a critical burst of momentum heading into Nevada’s Republican caucuses Tuesday and the sweep of 13 states voting on Super Tuesday, March 1.

His performance could unnerve the Republican establishment, since South Carolina has been a reliable barometer of conservative opinion after siding with the eventual nominee in every GOP presidential race since 1980, apart from in 2012. And, following his risky attack on George. W. Bush’s handling of terrorism and the Iraq war, Trump’s win provides more evidence that he can take positions that would undermine virtually any other politician.

A battle for second place is unfolding between Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who dueled over evangelical voters and exchanged bitter taunts in a feverish final week of campaigning in the Palmetto State.

  • David Murrell

    Yes but Marco Rubio has now slipped into second place, CNN now reports. Go Rubio!!

    • According to the Guardian Rubio and Cruz are virtually tied at around 21 %

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Cruz ain’t winning a single county in South Carolina.

        • You don’t like Cruz? I mean, I know he’s not Trump. Still, I don’t mind him. He’d be far and away my second choice (if you Yanquee bigots would let me vote in your elections).

          • Javelina Harker

            I know, right?! I sometimes think I’d make a better American than a Canadian in our current climate.

            I have to content myself with just yelling at the TV. 🙂

          • Well that’s fun too;)

          • FIREBRED

            Hey, Javelina. I live in US, and I too used to yell at the TV set daily, which prompted me to abandon the networks broadcast altogether. Now I get
            my news exclusively on my computer from the net. Switching channels
            is much easier! 😉

          • Javelina Harker

            🙂 I too rely on the Net for my information; I don’t have proper TV, so I wire to my television.

            But this is the progression:

            1. I watch my semi-trusted sources, but even then I am compelled to fact check.

            2. I fact check. 99% of the time they’re accurate.

            3. Cue yelling.

            Were it not for the fact that I won’t subject my family to being Doxxed and targeted, I’d be on YouTube too. I swear, the second my kid turns 18…

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I don’t trust him to restrict Mexican immigration, but he’d be the best second choice we have, by a long-shot.
            I used to support him before Trump entered the race, so I don’t hate him.
            You know, you could STILL vote for Cruz as PM of Canada.

            Actually, it’s like choosing between steak and lobster when the alternative is a soy burger.
            There is nothing wrong with Cruz other than he’s not the best dish on the menu.
            I’d still like to see him as the PM of Canada.
            He would do a very good job, in fact, I think he would be considered one of your “greats” as far as PMs go.
            “Cruz, it’s Cuban-Canadian for MacKenzie!”

          • Bataviawillem

            Cruz is a religious fanatic and I am a firm believer of separation of church and state.
            You might as well elect a snake handler.

          • I don’t dislike Cruz, but Trump has beat him to the punch on some big issues including “free trade”.

            I drank that kool-aid, I spit it out now, it has benefited the elites at the expense of the common man.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Bless you my son for seeing the light for it shall guide us all to that shining city on the hill.

          • Notice the giant collective yawn over Jeb calling it quits?

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            No kidding. it’s like that unpopular relative that no one cared about who valiantly fought to live, for far too long… and then finally died.

          • Ouch!

            Three-Quarters of SC Voters Support Trump’s Temporary Muslim Ban

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            It seems that Muslims are the only thing less popular than Jeb Bush!

          • I was about to say, ¡Jeb!manium isn’t going as planned.

          • He’s forgotten already. Spent truckloads of money as well.

          • Exile1981


          • andycanuck

            Jeb Clark. Former Canadian Prime Minister.

          • Martin B

            A picture is worth a thousand words…

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I got one of those.
            Several, actually.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I liken it to the Vancome lady on MadTV.
            ‘Cha, you know what? Uh-uh.’

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Fine, we’ll arrange a mail-order marriage, get you a rushed citizenship, and I think you should be able to vote come November.
            I mean if you really wanted to.

            Just an FYI, if you cut my head off in the wrong state, you could face the death penalty, in spite of your dual citizenship.
            I’m just throwing that out there.
            ‘Just so you know.

          • It would be triple-citizenship actually. I’m part-limey.

            Billy wouldn’t approve.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            I think as long as you were voting for Trump, you would be OK.
            I’m willing to go halfway and say that women can vote, but only with the permission of their husband.
            That seems like a fair compromise.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I could be part limey but I have so far declined to pursue it.
            Mom was born in Middlesex.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Limey by birth, or limey by lifestyle? 😉

          • Birth. My dentistry’s Canadian, though.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            That was a close one.

            Funny story, we make fun of the British for their teeth and I only noticed them to be just somewhat worse and discolored than average, but a lot over 30 were always missing a couple or more, but THEY made fun of Americans (and me) for being OBSESSED with perfect teeth.
            “You can always tell an American by their teeth?”
            My answer was: “How, because we have them?”
            They didn’t like that answer.

            The other one they liked to say was “you can always tell an American but never tell them much!”.
            That was usually just after someone would ask me if I was an American.
            Then I started telling them to never ask a man if he’s “an American”.
            If he is, he’ll let you know, and if he isn’t, its not right to embarrass him like that.
            That usually got me a look like I had just stepped off an alien starcruiser.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            “I went out with this American once, I couldn’t look at him directly, or I’d have afterimages burnt on my retinas for weeks.”

            Real Americans are like that in that we have the glory of freedom shining through us at all times.
            Hell, you could read by our angelic radiance!

          • Bataviawillem

            After the election in Iowa Cruz held a speech where he sounded like a snake handler from the Appalachians, that is the point where I dropped him.

    • dance…dancetotheradio


      • Polo. Italian, the great explorer first to discover the “silk road” to India and China and open trade with the Far East. More than a millennia before Richard Nixon.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Kids play a game in the swimming pool called Marco Polo.
          For the five years that I managed the sunday brunch on the second floor of a hotel I heard it being played.
          Polio is a nasty disease.
          My uncle had it and continues to struggle with its after effects to this day.
          He’s the only man I handshake left handed.
          Polio rhymes with Rubio.
          Therefore, Marco Polio.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Turn on the TV now!
    His victory speech is rocking!

    • Ha!

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Love it when a candidate attacks special interests rather than pandering to them.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Cruz is promising a flat-tax and the abolishment of the IRS.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Ivanka is preggers.
      She shouldn’t be on stage.

  • Brett_McS

    OK, so get ready for President Hillary, the first President in an orange jump suit.

  • BillyHW

    Republican voters did the right thing and dumped Bush, now why can’t Democrat voters do the right thing and dump Clinton?