Billionaire Donald Trump has won the 2016 South Carolina Republican primary with over 33% of the vote, defeating his second and third place GOP opponents by over 10%.
According to early polling numbers (22% reporting), Trump won 34% of the vote while Florida Senator Marco Rubio with Texas Senator Ted Cruz remain neck-and-neck for second place at 21% of the vote each. Trump picks up 38 delegates from South Carolina and now has a total of 55 delegates for the GOP nomination for President of the United States.
Although tied with Ohio Governor John Kasich for a fourth place finish at 8%, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is being called the biggest loser of all the candidates in the South Carolina GOP primary because of the heavy establishment spending in support of Bush that only resulted in single digit support from voters.
Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is in last place with 6% of the vote.
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