By Jake Peter
The South Carolina Democratic Primaries were held on February 27 in Colombia. Candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, and Willie Wilson all did their best to appeal to the masses in their speeches. However, the real head-to-head matchup to watch was between Sanders and Clinton.
Hillary Clinton thoroughly dominated Sanders, winning 73.5% of the votes and 39 of the 53 delegates. Sanders finished with just 26% and 14 delegates. O’Malley’s and Wilson’s numbers were negligible.
Data also shows that Clinton is highly favored by African american voters and also by those who voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Voters chose her because they want someone to continue Barack Obama’s work and believe Clinton will be more like him than Sanders would be. Sanders was expected to get the majority of the young voters, but Clinton surprisingly won that part of the primary as well by receiving 56% of those votes.
Clinton did her best to tap into the people’s emotions by quoting a Bible passage and praising the courage of the mothers of gun violence victims. She quoted First Corinthians 4-8 when she recited, “Love never fails. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” She then proceeded to recognize the mothers of nationally known gun violence victims. Clinton commended the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Dontre Hamilton, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland.
Such efforts by Clinton ensured that those African American voters who deserted her eight years ago would return to back her up and take her side. Not only that, but she narrowly beat out Sanders for a higher percentage of the white vote too. With such an overwhelming victory over Sanders and the other Democratic candidates, she has begun looking at her real foe: Donald Trump. The irony in her quote from First Corinthians lies in the fact that Trump botched a passage from Second Corinthians during the Republican Primaries. She took another underhanded shot at Trump when she disagreed with his slogan by saying, “Despite what you hear, we don’t need to make America great again. America has never stopped being great.”
Hillary Clinton’s main message was love and kindness, and how our country could be improved dramatically through the use of these virtues as agents for change. If elected, her plans include creating better jobs, breaking down economic barriers for women, improving education, and confronting racism.
As the Democrats move on to Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia in the coming weeks, Clinton is still favored to top Sanders. She is certainly taking the right steps to becoming the first woman to take up residence in the White House.