Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have each emerged as the winners of the two presidential primaries which took place over the weekend.
ABC News reports that in the Republican primary in South Carolina, Trump came in first with 33. 5 percent of the vote. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio came in second with 22.5 percent, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came in third with 22.3 percent.
This was Trump’s second primary win. The billionaire businessman also won in New Hampshire.
Despite his success, Trump likes to paint himself as a political outsider and said in an interview after the South Carolina primary that he believes the Republican National Committee is not treating him fairly.
“I walk in and they all have special interest lobbyist and donors sitting in the room and I don’t have any donors because I don’t have any special interests and I don’t have any lobbyists,” Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “I walk in and it's dead silence except for my wife and kids, and these guys walk in and they say something that is stupid and not even good, and they get standing ovations when they open their mouths. It’s very unfair in terms of the debates.”
Trump added that Ted Cruz’s campaign was running negative ads against him on the day of the primary.
Trump said that he is competing against talented competitors and he does not have an easy road ahead of him.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton also gained a victory, beating Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Nevada Democratic primary.
CBS News reports that Clinton gained 52 percent of the vote in Nevada, while Sanders gained 48 percent. Clinton also won Nevada in 2008 by a similar margin when she was running against then Sen. Barack Obama.
Candidates from both parties now turn their attention to Super Tuesday on March 1 when many states hold their primaries.
Publication date: February 22, 2016
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.