South Carolina main: Donald Trump simply defeats Nikki Haley in her house state

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  • By Sam Cabral
  • BBC Information, in Columbia, South Carolina

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Donald Trump is one step nearer to the Republican presidential nomination after a large win over Nikki Haley in South Carolina.


The previous president gained his main opponent’s house state by a 20-point margin, his fourth consecutive victory.

As he celebrated Mr Trump made no point out of Ms Haley, who vowed to remain within the race. As an alternative he set his sights on the final election in November.


“We will look Joe Biden proper within the eye,” he informed supporters minutes after US media projected him because the winner on Saturday night time. “He is destroying our nation – and we will say ‘get out Joe, you are fired’.”

Mr Trump lauded his occasion’s “unity” after Saturday’s end result, saying: “There’s by no means been a spirit like this. I’ve by no means seen the Republican Social gathering so unified.”

It marked a shift from his response to final month’s main in New Hampshire, the place he raged in opposition to Ms Haley for “doing a speech like she gained”.

Ms Haley, who as soon as served as a well-liked two-term governor of South Carolina, congratulated her opponent on his victory in her speech.

She promised to not stop, nevertheless, saying the roughly 40% of the vote she obtained was “not some tiny group”.

“There are large numbers of voters in our Republican primaries who’re saying they need an alternate,” she mentioned, emphasising that her continued marketing campaign was not about her personal political ambitions.

“I am not giving up this struggle when a majority of People disapprove of each Donald Trump and Joe Biden,” she added.

She has re-committed to staying within the race till a minimum of Tremendous Tuesday – 5 March – when voters in 16 states will solid their ballots on the identical day.

“I am a lady of my phrase,” the previous UN ambassador mentioned. “We’re headed to Michigan tomorrow, and we’re headed to the Tremendous Tuesday states all through all of subsequent week.”

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Nikki Haley’s mentioned she wouldn’t bow out of the race in her speech after the South Carolina main on Saturday

The Trump marketing campaign has predicted the previous president will accumulate sufficient delegates to formally clinch the nomination throughout the subsequent month.

Ms Haley doesn’t have a transparent path ahead – her opponent has a big lead within the delegate rely and is polling far forward in all future contests.

And but the Haley marketing campaign remains to be standing, largely as a consequence of contributions from deep-pocketed donors. That movement of money has continued regardless of her going through lengthy odds.

Ms Haley raised $16.5m in January alone, marketing campaign officers mentioned. That was her largest month-to-month complete thus far, and rather more than Mr Trump’s numbers.

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Almost two dozen allies flanked Mr Trump throughout his victory speech after the South Carolina main

Mr Trump actually has a lot to boast about with this win. Exit polling carried out by the BBC’s US companion, CBS Information, reveals that the ex-president bested Ms Haley with each women and men, and amongst all age teams.

The previous president additionally stays beleaguered by his many authorized troubles, and faces the primary of 4 felony trials subsequent month.

As Mr Biden racks up a sizeable money benefit over him in what is going to probably be the most costly presidential race in US historical past, Mr Trump is more and more counting on donations to cowl his hovering authorized prices.

It seems the Republican Social gathering might come to his help. He has consolidated his maintain over it by endorsing key allies to guide its nationwide committee.

His daughter-in-law Lara Trump, his choose to take over as co-chair of the Republican Social gathering, has pledged to “spend each penny” of occasion funds on his authorized defence.


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