Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders in the South Carolina primary, with huge backing from African-American voters,

She gained what was missing in 2008, when black voters chose Barack Obama over the former first lady. South Carolina is the first emphatic win for Clinton, who has vowed to continue the Obama legacy, if elected.

According to early exit polls, black voters chose Clinton over Sander by a 5-to-1 ratio, the New York Times reported. She also won the support from most voters aged 30 or older. The Vermont senator got a lot of support from white voters

Early exit polls show that the former US secretary of state beat Sanders by more than 35 percentage points. In 2008, Obama defeated her by 29 points.

“Support from African-Americans is going to be the key for Secretary Clinton across the South, and South Carolina is a good indication of that,” said former Gov. Richard Riley. “She has supported President Obama in a very serious way, and worked all out for him as secretary of state, and that matters a lot to many Democratic voters.”

Sanders had left South Carolina even before voting was over. However, his campaign invested a lot in the state. According to the Washington Post, the 74-year-old had 200 paid staff on the ground. He also carried out an aggressive advertising campaign on television.

Clinton’s victory in the primary puts her in a strong position to win the Democratic nomination. This victory is also a “comeback” for her, as black voters in the southeastern state did not leave her disappointed like they had done eight years back.

With 8 in 10 black voters supporting Clinton, a number of white Democrats went critical last week of the former secretary of state. They believe Clinton should not be trusted as she used a private email account. They also accused her of being responsible for the American deaths in Benghazi during her tenure.