South Carolina Republican voters have spoken, and they have made it very clear who they want as their nominee. Donald Trump came in with a huge victory and Jeb Bush finally decided to suspend his campaign. Check it out…
Wild cheers greeted Donald Trump Saturday night as he took a victory lap following a decisive primary election win that pushed his bitter rival Jeb Bush out of the race entirely.
With victories now in South Carolina and New Hampshire, Trump is the prohibitive favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination: No GOP candidate has ever won in both of those states without going on to represent his party in the general election.
The billionaire Republican front-runner struck an uncharacteristically genial tone toward his two main challengers Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. shushing his crowd when they booed them.
‘Ted and Marco did a really good job and they did quite well as I understand,’ Trump said during a victory speech that was beamed around the world.
‘No, just one minute,’ he said as catcalls rang out. ‘We go back to war tomorrow morning.’
He gave them both credit for enduring a grueling schedule and risking their reputations in a protracted slugfest.
‘There’s nothing easy about running for president!’ Trump exclaimed. ‘It’s tough, it’s nasty, it’s mean, it’s vicious. It’s beautiful.’
Second was Rubio with 22.5 per cent. Cruz was just behind him in the third-place position with 22.3 per cent, with barely 1,000 votes separating the two first-term senators.
Former Florida Gov Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson made up the bottom half of the Republican results table with 7.8 per cent, 7.6 per cent and 7.2 per cent, respectively.
The contrast between Trump’s triumphant speech and Bush’s more somber tones from moments earlier was striking.
‘I firmly believe the American people must entrust this office to someone who understands that whoever holds it is a servant, not the master,’ the former Florida governor said – someone with ‘decency.’
‘I’m proud of the campaign that we’ve run to unify the country, and to advocate conservative solutions … but the people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken and I really respect their decision,’ he said.
‘So tonight I am suspending my campaign.’
‘No!’ Bush’s audience shrieked.
Read more: Daily Mail