During her victory speech in Columbia after a huge win in the South Carolina Democratic primary Saturday, Hillary Clinton said the campaign now “goes national.”
Clinton played the part of frontrunner following a commanding win which saw her receive nearly 74 percent of the Democratic vote to just 26 percent for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“In America, when we stand together, there is no barrier too big to break,” a joyful Clinton told supporters less than 45 minutes after polls closed. “We’ve now gone through four early states… and tomorrow this campaign goes national.”
Listen to Clinton’s full speech below:
Clinton took a swipe at GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. “Despite what you hear, we don’t need to make America great again. American has never stopped being great,” Clinton told the cheering crowd in a clear reference to Trump’s campaign slogan.
The former First Lady and Secretary of State was introduced by US Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-SC. “We tonight have started Hillary Clinton on her way to the White House,” Clyburn said.
Eight years ago, Clyburn remained neutral for the primary by not endorsing any candidate. Clinton lost that primary to then-US Sen. Barack Obama. Clyburn, South Carolina’s only Democrat in Congress, endorsed Clinton just a week before the primary this time around.
Clinton briefly acknowledged Sanders during her speech. “We’ve now gone through four early states and I want to congratulate Senator Sanders on running a great race,” Clinton said.
Clinton never trailed Sanders in any of South Carolina’s Democratic polls, but she managed to perform better than they indicated over the past two weeks. The Real Clear Politics polling averages showed Clinton beating Sanders by around 20-30 percentage points, although her final margin ended up being 48 points.