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2016 GOP South Carolina primary

Donald Trump wins South Carolina

With nearly all the votes counted, Donald Trump is the clear winner of the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, leading with roughly 33 percent. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) remained in a near-tie for second, with each candidate between 22 and 23 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush dropped out of the race after getting a disappointing 8 percent. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson were right on Bush's heels, with between 7 and 8 percent each.

The big win clearly distinguishes Trump, who finished a close second in Iowa and won convincingly in New Hampshire, as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination.