The two New Yorkers arrived here by different routes. For Clinton, her solid victory over Bernie Sanders in Saturday’s caucuses in Nevada provided a circuit breaker on her rival’s weeks-long run of momentum, punctuated by his landslide win in the New Hampshire primary.
Such is the inexorable power of the expectations game in determining the meaning of election results that what would have, only a few weeks ago, been seen as a miraculous showing by Sanders in Nevada (losing to Clinton by just 5 points) is now a potentially candidacy-ending loss. The Vermont senator’s campaign compounded some bad luck with some bad judgment.
First, after a long period without any credible polling in the Silver State, a CNN survey released three days before the caucuses showed the race effectively tied. Then, Sanders’ team made it clear to reporters that they were playing hard to win on Saturday and their body language suggested they thought they would prevail. Thus, Clinton’s victory was seen as a reassertion of her hold on non-white voters, seniors, and other elements of a majority coalition that can be replicated in almost every upcoming contest.
It is crude and irrational, but the impact of the CNN poll and Team Sanders’ misplaced display of confidence was to take the full measure of his momentum and transfer it to the former secretary of state in one fell swoop Saturday night. Now, Clinton has regained the Big Mo just in time for a three-week stretch after South Carolina and created a potential killing field for Sanders.
Hillary Clinton is the projected winner in the South Carolina Democratic primary, according to multiple media outlets. It appears that Black voters were a key factor in what's predicted to be a huge win for Clinton.
If the polling stays the same in the South, this prediction will prove true. Clinton has big leads in three states voting on Tuesday: Texas (26.3 points), Georgia (36.8 points), and Virginia (19.5 points), according to RealClearPolitics' polling average.
Initial exit polls show that Clinton won 84 percent of Black voters in South Carolina, carrying 86 percent of Black women. Clinton won Black voters younger than 30, but by a lesser margin, 57-43, according to ABC News.
The Clinton campaign, according to CNN's Dan Merica, is hoping for a 22-point win overall when the votes are all counted in South Carolina.
Hillary Clinton is nearly half way to clinching the Democratic presidential nomination after her strong Super Tuesday. With 865 delegates at stake, Clinton is assured of gaining at least 490 for the night, having won seven states and the American Samoa. Her double-digit wins in delegate rich states in the South were able to overcome Sanders, who won four states. He picks up at least 323 delegates.
Clinton’s lead widens substantially when including superdelegates, the party leaders who overwhelmingly support her. Her total delegate count is now at least 1,038, giving her 71 percent of the delegates that have been awarded so far. Sanders has at least 410 delegates. It takes 2,383 delegates to win the Democratic nomination for president.
Hillary Clinton has agreed to appear at a town hall-style telecast airing Monday on Fox News Channel. It will be Clinton's first appearance on the channel since her book tour in 2014.
The front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination will be moderated by "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier. She will take questions from audience members at the Gem Theatre in Detroit, where the program will be staged.
Clinton's primary opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, previously agreed to be a part of the program, which airs live at 6 p.m. Eastern and repeated at 11 p.m. Eastern. Sanders recently appeared on "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace."
The Democratic front-runner attacked her rival for being insufficiently critical of George W. Bush and excessively ideological. She also suggested that the Vermont senator was supportive of vigilantes policing the Southern border and auto workers losing their jobs.
So much for pivoting toward Donald Trump and the general election. Clinton’s surprise loss in Michigan seems to have prompted another change-up in her strategy. Her over-reaction during the eighth Democratic debate, which was sponsored by Univision and The Washington Post, is one of four reasons that she lost.
The former Secretary of State had some very good moments, connecting with an immigrant who wants to be re-united with her husband and opening up about not being naturally good at politics. But the night will likely be remembered for a stream of over-the-top attacks on her insurgent challenger that undermined the credibility of more effective – and legitimate – hits.