- Associated Press - Saturday, February 27, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Latest on Saturday’s South Carolina Democratic presidential primary (all times local):

9:20 p.m.

About 363,000 voters have given Hillary Clinton a dominating win in South Carolina’s Democratic presidential primary.

Clinton got about 74 percent of Saturday’s vote with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders getting 26 percent.

The turnout didn’t set a record. In 2008, about 530,000 voters went to the polls for the Democratic primary, and Clinton got only 27 percent of the vote against Barack Obama.

Last week, in the six-way South Carolina GOP presidential primary, more than 740,000 voters cast ballots, which did set a record for turnout.


8:50 p.m.

Hillary Clinton’s sweeping South Carolina victory suggests voters in the state put aside any lingering tensions from her heated 2008 contest with Barack Obama.

In 2008, former President Bill Clinton made statements during the campaign that were seen by some, including influential South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, as questioning the legitimacy of the black presidential contender.

This time around, Clyburn endorsed Hillary Clinton, and her husband was well-received as he traveled the state on her behalf. She focused on issues with particular resonance in the black community and held an emotional event with black mothers whose children died in shootings. She won overwhelming support from black voters in the primary Saturday.


8:45 p.m.

After her big victory, Hillary Clinton has won at least 37 delegates in South Carolina. Bernie Sanders has gained at least 12.

Four delegates remain to be allocated in four congressional districts.

Including superdelegates, the party insiders who can back a candidate of their choice, Clinton holds a much bigger advantage.

She now has 542 delegates, according to AP’s count. Sanders has at least 83.

It takes 2,383 delegates to win the nomination.


8:30 p.m.

Updated exit polling from the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary indicates Hillary Clinton won a large majority of black voters, most women and voters 25 and older. She was backed by both highly educated voters and those without a college degree, by those with high household incomes and the less affluent.

Rival Bernie Sanders was supported by voters under 25 and those who identified themselves as independent.

In earlier contests, liberals tended to support Sanders. But in South Carolina, Clinton received a majority regardless of ideology: she got 7 in 10 liberals - including those who consider themselves very liberal - 7 in 10 conservatives, and 8 in 10 moderates.


7:50 p.m.

The Democratic front-runner is taking a swipe at the Republican one.

In her South Carolina victory speech, Democratic contender Hillary Clinton said America does not need to be made great again, because “America has never stopped being great.” She said America needs to be made “whole again.”

In addition to keying off of Donald Trump’s slogan, Clinton denounced the idea of building a wall, as Trump wants to do along the Mexican border. She says the country needs to be tearing down barriers, to equality and opportunity.

Clinton was speaking at her victory rally after scoring a commanding win in the South Carolina Democratic primary.


7:45 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is relishing her big South Carolina win.

She’s telling her victory rally that “tomorrow this campaign goes national” as she and rival Bernie Sanders compete for the Super Tuesday states.

To cheers, Clinton said: “When we stand together there is no barrier too big to break.”


7:25 p.m.

Hillary Clinton’s victory in South Carolina means she will pick up most of the state’s delegates, widening her overall lead in AP’s delegate count.

With 53 delegates at stake, Clinton will receive at least 31. Bernie Sanders will pick up at least 12.

Clinton already holds a large lead among superdelegates, the party leaders and members of Congress who can support any candidate. Including superdelegates, Clinton now has at least 536 delegates, according to AP’s count. Sanders has at least 83.

It takes 2,383 delegates to win the nomination.


7:20 p.m.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is congratulating Hillary Clinton on her victory in South Carolina. But he says the campaign is just beginning.

Sanders notes that he won a “decisive victory” in New Hampshire and she did the same in South Carolina.

Now it’s on to Super Tuesday, he says. Sanders says his “grassroots political revolution is growing state by state,” and he “won’t stop now.”


7:10 p.m.

Moments after she clinched a win in the South Carolina Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton tweeted: “To South Carolina, to the volunteers at the heart of our campaign, to the supporters who power it: thank you.”


7:05 p.m.

In the South Carolina Democratic primary won by Hillary Clinton, about 6 in 10 voters were black. And more than 8 in 10 black voters were supporting her over Bernie Sanders. That’s according to exit polls.

Black primary voters were more likely to say they trust Clinton than Bernie Sanders to handle race relations, 45 percent to 6 percent. An additional 44 percent said they trust both.

Among all Democratic primary voters Saturday, 8 in 10 said race relations were important to their vote. Among black primary voters, a third said it was the most important issue to them.

7 p.m.

Just after polls closed for the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary, The Associated Press has declared Hillary Clinton the winner.

She won the overwhelming support of black voters on her way to a commanding victory over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The win for Clinton is her third in the first four contests of the 2016 campaign. And it gives her a blowout to match Sanders’ dominating triumph in New Hampshire.

Early results of exit polls taken for The Associated Press and television networks find that Clinton won the support of 8 in 10 African-Americans, who made up the majority of voters in Saturday’s primary.

That bodes well for Clinton headed into Super Tuesday contests across the South, where several states are home to large populations of black voters.


6 p.m.

With the final voters making their way to polling places, South Carolina election officials are reporting few problems with the state’s Democratic presidential primary.

State Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire says turnout appears to be lighter in 2016. He says precincts have reported fewer problems Saturday than in the Republican presidential; primary a week ago.

Turnout was large in one area. Whitmire says 54,000 absentee ballots were cast in this primary, compared to 35,000 in the last Democratic presidential primary in 2008.

But Whitmire says that doesn’t mean a record overall turnout, because the number of absentee votes cast in all South Carolina elections has been increasing rapidly in recent years.


5:45 p.m.

Black voters may make up an even bigger share of the electorate in the South Carolina Democratic primary than they did in 2008, when Barack Obama was running. Early exit polls in the contest Saturday suggest about 6 in 10 voters are black.

In the surveys, nearly half of voters - whether black or white - say racial relations have deteriorated in the last few years. Voters in South Carolina are more worried about jobs and the economy than people who voted in previous Democratic contests.

Income inequality, though, is less of a worry in South Carolina than it has been elsewhere. That issue is the centerpiece of Bernie Sanders’ campaign against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.


1 p.m.

Election officials say the turnout for the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary is light so far.

South Carolina Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire says there have not been any reported problems with voting and that the commission usually hears if there have been long lines or other issues.

State Democratic leaders say that between 350,000 and 400,000 voters may go to the polls. Last week, a record 740,000 voters cast ballots in the six-way GOP primary in the state.

Whitmire says, on paper at least, the Democrats could surpass that. The GOP turnout represented about 25 percent of registered voters. So that means there are more than 2 million voters eligible to cast ballots on Saturday.

Voters in the state can choose which primary that want to participate in, but can’t vote in both.


11:25 a.m.

South Carolina voter Robert Bennett Terry says Democrat Hillary Clinton can beat Republican Donald Trump in the presidential election - but Democrat Bernie Sanders can’t.

So who got Terry’s vote in the state’s Democratic primary on Saturday?


The special education teacher from Mount Pleasant says he wanted to send “a strong message” that many people “are hurting.”

He says Sanders is someone “who will bring change to all the people who need change in this great nation of ours.”


11:25 a.m.

Poll workers across South Carolina are dealing with the challenge of handling their second statewide election in a week.

That’s unusual because even with a runoff in a statewide race in South Carolina there are two weeks between voting.

Republicans voted in their presidential primary last week and Democrats are voting Saturday.

Chris Whitmire of the South Carolina Election Commission says that during the past week elections offices were fielding questions about two elections. He said hundreds of voting machines had to be reprogrammed and there can be a challenge getting poll workers to work two Saturdays in a row.

But Whitmire says that everything has been going smoothly on Saturday and the upside to having two elections in a row is any kinks in the process were worked out a week ago.


11:05 a.m.

“She’ll say anything to get votes.”

That’s what a University of South Carolina professor says about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on primary day in the state.

Birgitta Johnson says candidate Bernie Sanders’ stances on education appealed to her. She says Sanders “deals with structural issues rather than talking points” on education and other issues.

Johnson thinks Clinton is saying the same things as she did when she campaigned against Barack Obama in 2008 - and lost the primary.

Johnson - who voted at a recreational center in suburban Columbia - is concerned about her students and the cost of higher education. She says some of her students have had to quit because they’re trying to go to school while working one or more jobs.


8:20 a.m.

South Carolina Democratic Party officials are expecting a good turnout during Saturday’s voting. But the totals are not expected to reach the numbers during the last contested Democratic presidential primary eight years ago.

Back in 2008 Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton and South Carolina native John Edwards were all on the ballot. During that primary, about 530,000 voters went to the polls.

State Democratic Party Chairman Jamie Harrison said this week he’s expecting a turnout of between 350,000 and 400,000 voters statewide on Saturday.

Polls are showing that Hillary Clinton has a sizeable lead over Bernie Sanders going into the primary.

Last week, in the six-way South Carolina GOP presidential primary, more than 740,000 voters cast ballots.


7:00 a.m.

Polls are open across South Carolina as Democrats get their chance to weigh in on the presidential race.

Voters can cast their ballots through 7 p.m. Saturday. Anyone who is registered and did not vote in last week’s GOP presidential primary can cast a ballot.

Weather should not keep any voters away from the polls.

The National Weather Service is calling for a perfect late winter day with lots of sunshine and temperatures ranging from the 50s in the Upstate to the lower 60s along the coast.

Voters are choosing between Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Chicago businessman Willie Wilson. The name of former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is also on the ballot although he has ended his presidential bid.


4:05 a.m.

South Carolina Democrats now get their say.

Voters go to the polls on Saturday to choose a Democratic presidential nominee just a week after the state’s GOP presidential primary. The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Most polls indicate Hillary Clinton has a sizeable lead heading into the primary, but she wasn’t taking any chances.

She has appeared frequently around the state in recent days, including a number of appearances before audiences of predominantly black voters among whom she is expected to do better than rival Bernie Sanders. Former President Bill Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea, also campaigned in South Carolina.

Sanders has spent some time in recent days campaigning in the Midwest where several states hold primaries next month.

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