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Trump wins South Carolina by defeating Nikki Haley in her home state

Trump wins South Carolina by defeating Nikki Haley in her home state

Donald Trump easily defeated Nikki Haley in the South Carolina Republican race on Saturday, extending his winning streak as he marches toward a third straight presidential nomination and a rematch with Democratic President Joe Biden.

The former president was widely favored to win the southern state, despite his litany of criminal charges and Haley's status as a South Carolina native who won two terms as governor, writes Reuters

The landslide victory bolstered calls from Trump allies that Haley, his last remaining challenger, should drop out of the race.

But Haley, who beat expectations based on opinion polls, defiantly insisted she would fight at least through "Super Tuesday" on March 5, when Republicans in 15 states and one US territory will vote.

Trump won with 59.8% support to Haley's 39.5% with 99% of the expected votes counted, according to Edison Research. National opinion polls before Saturday had given Trump an average lead of 27.6 percentage points, according to the tracking website 538.

 Trump has dominated all five Republican primaries so far — in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, the US Virgin Islands and now Haley's home state — leaving Haley with no apparent path to the Republican nomination.

 

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