South Carolina Election Results 2016: Donald Trump scores victory over Hillary Clinton

South Carolina Election Results 2016: Donald Trump scores victory over Hillary Clinton
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A key win for Donald Trump in the Republican primaries, South Carolina again delivered a majority of its votes to the Republican presidential nominee. Trump's victory over Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton was called just after 8 p.m. Eastern Tuesday. 

South Carolina has only voted for the Democratic presidential nominee once since 1964. Mitt Romney won the state by more than 10 percentage points in 2012, a margin Trump did not achieve. Polls showed a tighter race in South Carolina than in past presidential elections, a sign of Trump's difficultly marshaling traditional Republican voters to support him. 

The state's nine electoral votes are considered a guarantee for any Republican presidential candidate. The state is substantially more conservative than North Carolina, South Carolina's larger, more strategically important neighbor. 

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Will Drabold

Will Drabold is a policy writer at Mic. He writes Navigating Trump's America, Mic's daily read on Donald Trump's America. He is based in Washington, D.C., and can be reached at wdrabold@mic.com

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