South Carolina chooses Trump, according to projections

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points towards guests during an campaign event with employees at Trump National Doral, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Residents in solidly Republican South Carolina have chosen billionaire businessman Donald Trump for president.

Trump wins the state’s nine electoral votes Tuesday. He needs 270 to win the presidency.

Gov. Nikki Haley and other Republicans reluctantly supported Trump. Haley initially backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio before saying she’d back Ted Cruz of Texas over Trump.

But when Trump’s nomination became inevitable, the second-term Republican said she’d support her party’s nominee.

Other Republicans, like U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, said they’d back neither Trump nor Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Republicans hold all statewide elected offices in South Carolina and control both legislative chambers. U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn is the state’s sole Democrat in Congress.


More than 6 in 10 white voters cast ballots for Trump, while 9 in 10 blacks chose Clinton. Trump and Clinton were nearly evenly split among voters with college degrees while Trump carried slightly more than half of those voters who said they had no college degrees.

A vast majority of those who consider themselves to be white, evangelical voters – more than 8 in 10 – backed Trump, while about one-tenth supported Clinton.

Clinton and Trump were largely split among voters ages 18-44, while about 6 in 10 voters 45 and older backed the Republican.


Two-thirds of South Carolina voters said they didn’t view Clinton as honest and trustworthy, with more than half saying the same of Trump.

In choosing a president, nearly 5 in 10 voters said they cared most about the ability to bring about needed change. Otherwise, voters were largely split among caring about good judgment, the “right experience” and a candidate who “cares about people like me.”


More than 5 in 10 South Carolina voters chose to send Republican Tim Scott back to Washington for his first full term in the U.S. Senate. In winning re-election, Scott carried about 7 in 10 of voters in the state’s traditionally conservative Upstate, which carried the race for him. Voters in other parts of the state were largely split between Scott and Democratic challenger Thomas Dixon.

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