CHARLESTON, S.C. – Donald Trump is the winner of the South Carolina Republican primary.
With all precincts reporting, Trump won with 32.5 percent of the vote and is expected to win all 50 of the state’s delegates, according to the Associated Press.
Trump won amid a nasty campaign that included numerous robocalls, photoshopped images and vicious insults exchanged among candidates.
In his Saturday victory speech, the real estate mogul mocked media commentators who tried to downplay his win and said he’s hoping to wrap up the nomination soon.
“Let’s have a big win in Nevada. Let’s have a big win at SEC [primary]. Let’s put this thing away, and let’s make America great again. Thank you very much,” he told his supporters gathered at his watch party in Spartanburg.
[crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] and [crscore]Marco Rubio[/crscore] battled all night for second place in the first southern primary, but Rubio managed to squeeze by with 22.5 percent beating out Cruz’s 22.3 percent. Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Ben Carson all finished well behind with the candidates earning 7.8 percent, 7.6 percent and 7.2 percent respectively.
Bush announced he is suspending his campaign in his concession speech Saturday night.
South Carolina is the second state Trump has won in the primary after coming out on top in New Hampshire on February 9.
The next contest in the GOP primary is Tuesday’s Nevada caucus. Trump is currently leading the field in Nevada with a RealClearPolitics polling average of 42 percent.