Trump drew closer to the nomination but showed signs of potential weakness.
CHARLESTON, South Carolina | Donald Trump’s trouncing of Nikki Haley on her home turf Saturday put on full display his dominance across the demographic spectrum of the GOP. It also put to rest whatever lingering beliefs there were that this primary may still have some drama left in it.
Here was Haley, the first candidate to get Trump in a head-to-head matchup, and she could not deliver, neither in moderate New Hampshire nor her home state.
But Trump’s effortless win in the Palmetto State — he visited just three times in recent weeks, four if you count a fundraiser — was as much of a demonstration of his total control of the party as it was South Carolinians’ repudiation of Haley.
“It’s a testament to how red South Carolina is as a state,” said former Republican Gov. Mark Sanford. “It’s a testament to people being squeezed at lower socio-economic levels … and wanting something different.”
And Haley, he said, “probably didn’t mind the home fires as full as she should have.”
Here are six things South Carolina told us about the primary as it moves Michigan, Super Tuesday, and beyond.
IT'S HARD TO FIND A GOP DEMOGRAPHIC THAT DOESN'T LOVE TRUMP
If you really need more evidence of Trump’s dominance over the Republican Party — well, South Carolina had it in spades.