Columbia: With the US presidential race hotting up, controversial Republican front-runner Donald Trump today steamrolled his rivals to clinch the South Carolina primary while Democrat Hillary Clinton narrowly beat Bernie Sanders in Nevada to boost her lacklustre campaign.
69-year-old Donald Trump (above) won in South Carolina, while 68-year-old Hillary Clinton narrowly beat Bernie Sanders in Nevada. Pics/AFP
"There is nothing easy about running for president, I can tell you. It's tough, it's nasty. It's mean. It's vicious. It's beautiful. When you win, it's beautiful," Trump said in victory speech. In a tense battle for second place after Trump topped with 32.5 per cent votes, Rubio at 22.5 per cent edged past Cruz who bagged 22.3 per cent votes.
Meanwhile, at the Democratic primary in Nevada, 68-year- old Clinton and her supporters breathed a sigh of relief following a narrow win over Sanders. Clinton beat Sanders by bagging over 5 per cent votes more than her rival. Clinton said, "Some may have doubted us but we never doubted each other." Clinton's Nevada win comes just a week-and-a-half after she lost to Sanders by double-digits in New Hampshire.
Jeb Bush yesterday quit the Republican presidential race following a series of dismal performances in the primaries, after he came a distant fourth in South Carolina. “The people of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken. I respect their decision. So, tonight, I am suspending my campaign,” said a visibly disappointed Jeb.