South Carolinians confused why Trump won

Lauren Fleming, contributer

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Businessman and Republican nominee hopeful Donald Trump won the South Carolina Republican primary, and some South Carolinians wonder how.

South Carolina is a winner-takes-all state, so Trump won 50 delegates. Trump won every county but Richland and Charleston.

But even those from the other 44 counties are wondering who voted for Trump.

“I was very surprised that Trump did as well as he did,” said Christina Dunn, 19, a political science major at Columbia College. Dunn is originally from Summerville, South Carolina.

Dunn said she honestly did not know anyone who voted for Trump.

Before the voting on Feb. 20, South Carolina polls had Trump in the lead with 36 percentage points, followed by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz with 18 and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio with 16.

Regardless of the predictions, some Republican voters were unhappy with the final results.

“I was sad Trump won by such a landslide compared to Cruz or Carson. Trump could only help our economy, and we need more than that,” said Taylor McGarity, 20, a Converse College math major from Boiling Springs, South Carolina.

“He is playing this character of a non-politician wanting to shake up Washington. Well, I think he is full of hot air,” said Travis Newman, 29, an employee at Amazon in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Newman, who is originally from Tryon, North Carolina, voted for Cruz.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tried to make a comeback after only single-digit percentages in the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary. In order to increase his votes in South Carolina, Bush brought in the support of his older brother and former U.S. President George W. Bush.

Bush received only eight percent of the vote. Consequently, Bush dropped out of the race after the South Carolina primary’s results.

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