After a hiccup at the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump has apparently got back on track. The Republican candidate won the South Carolina primary, leaving his rivals far behind.
People (pundits) gave me no chance in South Carolina. Now it looks like a possible win. I would be happy with a one vote victory! (HOPE)
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 21, 2016
With 13.5 percent precincts reporting, Trump was declared a winner. The total number of votes was 118,351, and the real estate tycoon got 31.2 percent in his share. It was enough to win the South Carolina primary, as his nearest rival Marco Rubio got 22.9 percent.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who beat Trump at the Iowa caucuses, was at the third position with 20.9 percent. While the Republican candidates seem to be fighting only for the second spot, Jeb Bush dropped his presidential campaign after the results.
Bush, with only 9 percent votes, suspended his campaign. He, however, did not reveal his future plans. The former Florida governor started his campaign with $103 million, but his famous last name did not prove out to be helpful this time.
Bush, with two former US presidents in his family, failed to make any mark in this election season. “Our country deserves a president for everyone,” Bush said while suspending his campaign. “I firmly believe the American people must entrust this office to someone who understands that whoever holds it is a servant, not the master.”
Trump thanked volunteers in his victory speech. He vowed to protect the Second Amendment, which gives the American people right to “keep and bear arms.”
The comment comes as US President Barack Obama promotes gun control. He earlier had tears in his eyes when he talked to the press about children who became victims of school shootings.
Trump seemed excited while addressing a cheerful group of supporters. “We’re going to build our military so big so good so strong so powerful that nobody is ever going to mess with us,” he said.