Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is our projected winner of today’s Democratic South Carolina primary. She will beat Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The Palmetto State offers 53 delegates to the Democratic National Convention, and they are parceled out based on the percentage of the vote the candidates receive.
Clinton is in line to grab the lion’s share of the delegates and put Sanders at a disadvantage in his hopes beating the Democratic frontrunner. The Clinton win will give her the big momentum heading into the all-important Super Tuesday 12 state primaries.
Sanders needed a close race to keep from dropping him ever further behind in the delegate count. It didn’t happen as Clinton rolled up big numbers in the African American community and also among women.
So far, Clinton has 502 delegates to Sanders’ 70, mainly due to her overwhelming success in the wooing of “Super Delegates,” party apparatchiks who can choose a candidate as they see fit, regardless of the vote. The candidate who gets to 2,382 delegates overall — pledged and “Super” — will win the nomination.
The win South Carolina gives Clinton a good chance of adding as many as 7 or 8 states come Tuesday. Sanders, needs to perform better than expected come Tuesday or might fall to far behind to catch up.
Coming up in around 72 hours elections will be help in Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wyoming and American Samoa. Clinton is expected to roll in the South including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Meanwhile, Sanders will win his home state of Vermont and is expected to do well in Massachusetts, Wyoming and perhaps in American Samoa.