With Super Tuesday right around the corner, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton clinched another caucus win, taking Nevada, Saturday night from her opponent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. While it was a much-needed win, it was far from a landslide: Clinton won a 52.7 percent of the vote to Sanders’ 47.2 percent, giving Clinton 19 delegates and Sanders 15. This win, comes after being blown out by Sanders in the New Hampshire primary a few weeks back.
In her victory speech “Clinton repeated a line that has worked well for her over the past two weeks against Sanders,” CNN pointed out. “The truth is, we aren’t a single-issue country. We need more than a plan for the big banks; the middle class needs a raise and we need more jobs. We need jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced, jobs that provide dignity and a future,” she said.
According to Politicus USA, Sanders wasn’t petty about his loss and even called Clinton to congratulated her. In a statement, he told his supporters that he was “proud” of the campaign they ran, thanked them for their hard work and reminded them that being the underdog isn’t always a bad thing.
“I am also proud of the fact that we have brought many working people and young people into the political process and believe that we have the wind at our back as we head toward Super Tuesday. I want to thank the people of Nevada for their support that they have given us and the boost that their support will give us as we go forward,” he said.
She had to win Nevada to avoid an establishment panic that could have jeopardized her standing in South Carolina and the March 1 and March 15 states. And she got it. Clinton’s team proves its organizing mettle despite the fact that all of the reporting coming out of Nevada in the final days before Saturday’s caucuses suggested that the race was tied but that Sanders had the momentum edge. In her victory speech, Clinton name-checked both Flint (Michigan) and Ferguson (Missouri), a not-so-subtle signal to black voters that she is attuned to their concerns and is their candidate. She also made sure to note that she is not a single-issue candidate and this is not a single-issue campaign — a clear shot at Sanders going forward.
South Carolina’s Democratic primary may be heavily in Clinton’s favor thanks to African-American voters, there are plenty of other states down the pipeline that Sanders can win, narrowing Clinton’s lead.
On the other side South Carolina Republicans handed Donald Trump a much-expected win in their state’s primary.
Speaking of South Carolina, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump continues his dominance by winning the southern state with 33 percent of the vote, compared to 22 percent for both Rubio and Cruz.
Trump has now won two out of the first three states to vote and is very likely — if you believe polling — to cruise in Nevada’s caucuses Tuesday as well. Trump is also ahead in virtually every one of the 13 states set to vote March 1. There can be no doubt now: Donald Trump is the favorite to be the Republican nominee for president. The GOP establishment needs to come to grips with that fact — and figure out whether there is anyway they can stop him.
Confident that he will take a majority of the 10 primaries and caucuses happening on Tuesday, Trump said at this victory speech, “We’re going to start winning for our country because our country doesn’t win anymore.”
Trump leads delegates with 55, Ted Cruz has 11, Marco Rubio has 10, John Kasich has five, Jeb Bush has 4 and Ben Carson has three, the Associated Press reported.
One Republican who won’t even see 5 delegates in total is Jeb Bush, who suspended his campaign after coming in a distant dismal fourth place in the S.C. primary, NBC reported. Bush said, “I’m proud of the campaign we have run, but the people of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken and I respect their decision, so tonight I am suspending my campaign.”
South Carolina was a state the former Florida governor needed to surprise some people. He didn’t. To his credit, he acknowledged the obvious soon after the polls closed and ended his candidacy. That the end came for Jeb in South Carolina — a place that he and his campaign touted as “Bush Country” — amid a full frontal assault by Trump on the legacy of George W. Bush, is particularly painful for the Bush family and a remarkable testament to the fact that the GOP of the Bushes is no more.