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Donald Trump Wins South Carolina Primary

Donald Trump Wins South Carolina Primary

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Almost overshadowing the strong, double-digit victory by the New York tycoon and New Hampshire primary winner is the tight race for second-place.

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With his second consecutive primary win under his belt, Donald Trump appears to now have solid control of the Republican field of candidates vying for the GOP nomination.

"Let's put this thing away," he told cheering supporters at a post-primary rally in Spartanburg, S.C.

His victory in South Carolina Saturday night echoed Trump's double-digit win in New Hampshire. The results, with 99 percent of precincts reporting according to the Associated Press, show Trump with almost 33 percent, and a 10-point lead over his nearest competitor. The AP called the race for Trump at 7:33 p.m. EST.

The real drama, however, was the race for seond place. The AP has Ted Cruz trailing Marco Rubio by 1,113 votes, 22.5 to 22.3 percent. Those two candidates earned more than double the votes of Jeb Bush, who decided enough was enough after netting less than 8 percent. Bush announced he is suspending his campaign within two hours of the polls closing in South Carolina. Gov. He had barely 1,600 votes more than Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who ended with 7.6 percent. Ben Carson was close behind with 7.2 percent. Click here for more about Bush's withdrawal from the 2016 campaign.

In his victory speech, Trump returned to a favorite topic of his and his supporters: Mexico. To cheers, he declared, "Mexico is killing us," and then shouted at the top of his lungs to the crowd as they called for him to deliver on one of his campaign promises. "We're going to do the wall! And by the way," he asked those gathered, "Who's going to pay for the wall?" "Mexico!" they shouted as one.

Watch Trump's Mexico comments below via CNN, and scroll down to watch more from his victory address in South Carolina, courtesy of USA Today.

Click here to read about the Democratic caucus in Nevada. South Carolina's Democratic primary is Saturday.

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