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CHARLESTON, S.C. – Donald Trump is the winner of the South Carolina Republican primary.
With 99 percent of all precincts reporting, Trump came out on top with 32.5 percent of the vote and is expected to win at least 44 of the state’s 50 delegates, according to the Associated Press.
Trump won amid a nasty campaign that included numerous robocalls, photoshopped images and vicious insults exchanged between 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.
[score]Ted Cruz[/score] and [score]Marco Rubio[/score] 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. [score]Jeb Bush[/score], [score]John Kasich[/score] 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.