Here's What's Happening:
- Hillary Clinton coasted to a victory in South Carolina on Saturday.
- Here were the final results: Clinton won 73.5% of the vote, while Sanders garnered 26%. She won 39 delegates and he earned 14, according to official Associated Press results.
- Polls leading up to Clinton's final victory showed the candidate was popular among black voters, who made up 60% of the voters who turned out on Saturday, according to early Associated Press exit polls.
- This win for Clinton will help her further staunch Sanders's momentum. He won by a wide margin in New Hampshire, but Clinton came back and won in Nevada. After Saturday's primary they'll head to Super Tuesday, when 11 states vote.
- Clinton and Sanders were effectively tied in terms of earned delegates heading into South Carolina — the number they win at primaries and caucuses. Clinton has a big lead in superdelegates, who can change who they are supporting. There are 59 delegates up for grabs in South Carolina.
At Least There Was A Bar At The Bernie Sanders South Carolina Watch Party
COLUMBIA, South Carolina — "I hate the fucking music."
Those words, from a Bernie supporter, rang just minutes after Hillary Clinton addressed her supporters a few blocks away. No one knew, exactly, what the music was. Or what had happened on Saturday.
Sanders' watch party, sans candidate, was held in the upstairs lounge of a restaurant and jazz bar called Pearlz on a well-populated strip downtown. The music was percussive, and yet sad — the handiwork of David Cosgrove, the campaign's scheduling and advance director for South Carolina.
For the crowd of about 85, the drinks were strong, at least. A bartender named Guy Lugenbeel, a Bernie supporter from Columbia, had no idea he would be working for an event. He found out on Facebook and came into work an hour earlier than scheduled after deejaying a rave until 6:15 in the morning. Then, he went to vote for Bernie.
"I just happened to work here and I saw it on Facebook and just hauled ass in here," Lugenbeel said. "Hey, we gotta go vote, it's time to shut it down." He was conflicted about the results.
"I don't know, man," he said. "The best thing we could have hoped for was, like, a small victory, which would have been a 30-point loss. A victory would have been a 20-point loss. Obviously it didn't seem to work that well."
— Darren Sands
South Carolina, What South Carolina? Bernie Focuses Totally On The Future In Minnesota
ROCHESTER, Minnesota — Bernie Sanders did not mention his defeat in South Carolina in his first campaign event following the end of that state's primary.
Speaking before a crowd of more than 2,500 in this southeast Minnesota city for 50 minutes, Sanders delivered a standard version of his current stump speech, featuring sharp jabs at Hillary Clinton over Wall Street speaking fees, her speech transcripts, and a vote for the Iraq War.
Sanders spent the day on Saturday outside South Carolina, campaigning at huge rallies in Texas and Minnesota, Super Tuesday states the Sanders campaign hopes will give him a large number of delegates next week.
"There's no way we are going to lose Minnesota," Sanders said to the cheering crowd. "I can see that. You are just too smart."
Just before the Rochester event began, Sanders addressed the South Carolina results in a brief statement to reporters on the tarmac outside his charter jet.
"On a given night, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose," Sanders said. "Tonight we lost."
He vowed to fight on through Super Tuesday.
Bernie Sanders: "Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose"
ROCHESTER, Minnesota — Bernie Sanders delivered brief remarks to his traveling press corps here Saturday night after touching down in his charter jet to news that his campaign had been soundly defeated by Hillary Clinton in South Carolina.
"On a given night, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Tonight we lost," Sanders said. "I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her very strong victory. Tuesday, over 800 delegates are at stake and we intend to win many, many of them. Thank you very much."
Sanders spent Saturday campaigning in Texas and Minnesota, two of the Super Tuesday states he hopes to do well in after the South Carolina loss.
State Party Chair: "We've Been Able To Put The South Carolina Democratic Party Back On The Map"
COLUMBIA, South Carolina — "Based on our performance as the first in the South primary, we've been able to put the South Carolina Democratic Party back on the map," said Jaime Harrison, the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party.
The office — loft-style — looks like the office of tech startup, and politically, the Democratic Party is just that. Harrison, 40, has been charged with the unenviable task of rebuilding the Democratic Party here and has emerged in the months leading up to the primary as its loyal, nonpartisan fresh face.
All was quiet at party headquarters Saturday afternoon: only he, executive director Jason Perkey, and a spectacularly coiffed intern named Bridge remained. As Clinton cruised to victory here, Harrison said he's proud of the work his team has gone getting out the vote, and making sure people know there was a primary. For all of his (very) apparent fatigue, he perked up while going over the party's 2015 political atlas, a 21-page memo full of data serving as a roadmap for Democrats to recruit candidates to run in each of the state's 46 counties — many of which are heavily conservative.
"Folks nationally have really taken notice of what we have been able to contribute to the party on a national scale," Harrison said. "And based on that I hope this gives us momentum going forward."
Much like Bernie Sanders, trounced by Clinton early Saturday night, Democrats are facing an uphill battle in South Carolina. Harrison said he hoped that the primary helps national Democrats get more invested with helping the state's party infrastructure, technical assistance with essential tools like polling, and an overall investment in the nuts-and-bolts of making the SCDP a force nationally.
Harrison is a collector of Democratic National Convention memorabilia with his name or likeness; he had plenty of items from Obama's momentous victory in South Carolina eight years ago.
He remained uncommitted throughout the primary, saying whoever the majority of Democrats elected was the candidate he'd be with.
But the seemingly ubiquitous "I voted" sticker was on the lapel of his jacket, too. –Darren Sands
Hillary Clinton Sweeps to Victory in South Carolina
Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders in a decisive win in South Carolina, a victory that underscores the candidate's strong support among black voters.
Polls leading up to Clinton's final victory showed the candidate was popular among black voters, who made up 60% of the voters who turned out on Saturday, according to early Associated Press exit polls.
This support played a central role in the theme of Clintons victory speech at her South Carolina headquarters, which focused on equality and calls for criminal justice and immigration reform.
"When we stand together there is no barrier too big to break," said Clinton to cheering crowds. "We can build ladders of opportunity and empowerment so every single American can have their chance to live up to his or her God-given potential and then, and only then, can America live up to its full potential too."
Clinton continued to say "systemic racism...still plays a significant role in determining who gets ahead in America and who gets left behind."
She called for a renewed investment in communities of color as well as criminal justice and immigration reforms "to guarantee opportunity, dignity and justice for every American."
In a more somber moment, Clinton paid tribute to five black mothers who lost children to violence and have publicly supported her campaign — Sabrina Fulton, Lucy McBath, Maria Hamilton, Gwen Carr, and Geneva Reed-Veal.
"They all lost children, which is almost unimaginable," she said. "Yet they have not been broken or embittered. Instead, they have channelled their sorrow into a strategy and their mourning into a movement. And they are reminding us of something deep and powerful in the American spirit."
With 99% of the precincts reporting as of 9:50 p.m. ET, Clinton bested Sanders by more than 47 points with 73.5% of the vote to 26% for Sanders.