Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump grabbed a big win in the South Carolina primary on Saturday, while Democrat Hillary Clinton breathed life into her sluggish campaign with a victory over Bernie Sanders in Nevada.
The wins for the brash billionaire and the former secretary of state give the candidates a major boost heading into the next major phase of the White House race — Super Tuesday on March 1, when about a dozen states go to the polls.
In South Carolina, the 69-year-old Trump triumphed, capturing about a third of the votes, according to early counts, but all major networks projected he was the winner.
His supporters erupted in a roar when CNN called the contest in his favor — his second win of the nominations race after New Hampshire and an important test of the strength of his bid to succeed President Barack Obama.
Hundreds of supporters at the Trump watch party in Spartanburg waved Trump signs and chanted “U-S-A! U-S-A!”
A real battle was brewing for second place in the Palmetto State between two first-term senators, Ted Cruz — who defeated Trump in Iowa — and Marco Rubio.