US Election 2016: Trump Wins South Carolina, As Clinton Takes Nevada

" Donald Trump has won the South Carolina primary in the republican race for the US President.

In the democratic contest, Hillary Clinton also defeated Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders, in a tight race in Nevada.

Both results would be key ahead of the “Super Tuesday” round on March 1, when a dozen more states would make their choice.

Trump’s victory claimed a major scalp when former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, dropped out of the race.

He finished a distant fourth, days after former President, George Bush, made a rare political appearance to boost his brother’s campaign.

Republican Senators, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, were locked in a battle for second place in the state.

For Republicans, Trump is the one boasting a winning streak. He had a second-place finish in Iowa and double-digit victories in New Hampshire and now in South Carolina.

Donald Trump Praises Pope Francis

Donald TrumpRepublican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has commended Pope Francis hours after the pontiff questioned his Christian faith.

Earlier, the Pope said that Mr Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the US border with Mexico was not Christian, provoking a strong response from the businessman.

Mr Trump issued a statement in which he called the comments “disgraceful.”

But hours later, at a town hall event in South Carolina, the billionaire hotel developer, was more conciliatory.

He said that he has respects for the Pope and that the pontiff was misinformed when he criticised the proposed wall, because he was not aware of the drugs coming in and the other security problems that makes a strong border a necessity.

Mr Trump, who has no political experience but won in New Hampshire, is the clear frontrunner in Saturday’s Republican vote.

At the town hall event on Thursday hosted by the CNN, Mr Trump backed down from comments made at the weekend when he said former President, George Bush, lied about the existence of weapons of mass destruction before invading Iraq.

Mr Bush’s younger brother Jeb Bush is one of Mr Trump’s rivals for the White House, but his main threat comes from Texas, Senator Ted Cruz, who won the Iowa caucus.

The Democratic race in Nevada has Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders neck-to-neck.

Mrs Clinton, speaking in Las Vegas on Thursday evening, condemned Mr Trump for his “prejudice and paranoia.”

US Election: George W Bush Campaigns For Brother Jeb

BushThe race for the White House is getting tougher and in a bid to ensure that Jeb Bush stays in the race and eventually succeeds, former President George W Bush has hit the campaign trail.

On Monday, he met veterans and appeared at a rally in South Carolina, ahead of Saturday’s primary election.

Jeb bush, the former Florida Governor, has spent a lot of campaign cash but failed to make an impact.

He is struggling to catch up with Mr Trump and Texas senator Ted Cruz, who won the New Hampshire and Iowa contests respectively.

However, George W Bush’s legacy has come under fierce attack from Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

The rally comes after Jeb Bush’s most forceful debate performance of the campaign, when he pushed back on Donald Trump for attacking his brother’s national security record.

“I’m sick and tired of him going after my family,” Jeb Bush said Saturday night. “My dad is the greatest man alive, in my mind. While Donald Trump was building a reality TV show, my brother was building a security apparatus to keep us safe and I’m proud of what he did.”

 

Trump Tangles With Rival In Republican Debate

Republican-debateThe Republican candidates for President traded sharp verbal blows over foreign policy and the future of the Supreme Court in an often unruly and chaotic debate.

After Iowa and New Hampshire, the race has now moved to South Carolina before the February 20 primary.

Front-runner, Donald Trump, repeatedly tangled with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, in a series of tense exchanges.

The lively audience repeatedly jeered and booed the candidates who were shouting down and interrupting each other.

US Election 2016: Trump And Sanders Win New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders and Donald TrumpRepublican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders have shaken up the US presidential race with decisive victories in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.

Ohio Governor, John Kasich, came second in the republican vote, with former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, Texas Senator, Ted Cruz and Florida Senator, Marco Rubio all vying for third place.

In the democratic race, Senator Bernie Sanders, who beat rival Hillary Clinton by a huge margin, said his victory showed people want “real change”.

Analysts said that both candidates were riding on a wave of discontent with mainstream politics.

New Hampshire is the second state to choose delegates in the long nomination battle following last week’s Iowa caucuses, which were won by Mr Cruz for the republicans and Mrs Clinton for the democrats.

With close to 90% of the votes counted, Senator Sanders has a lead of more than 20 percentage points over Mrs Clinton in the two-horse race for the Democratic nomination. He had topped polls in New Hampshire in recent months, but it is still a significant victory for the self-described Democratic socialist candidate.

The result gives momentum to the winners ahead of the next contests in South Carolina and Nevada.

The CNN reports that New Hampshire also delivered a painful personal blow to Hillary Clinton, who squeezed out the narrowest of victories in Iowa last week.

The scale of her defeat by more than 20 points is likely to fuel signs of growing internal rancor in her campaign and complaints by Democrats that her message as a progressive, who gets results, is no match for Sanders’ heady demands for a political revolution, which has inspired younger Democratic voters.

The loss was especially rough because New Hampshire has long been kind to the Clintons.

It’s the state that made Bill Clinton the “comeback kid” in 1992. Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama there in 2008, salvaging her campaign after a third-place showing in Iowa.

Republican Candidates Clash Over How To Counter ISIS

Donald Trump and CruzUS Republican presidential candidates have held another fiery TV debate; the first since the terror attacks in California and Paris.

The candidates clashed over national security issues and how best to counter the Islamic State (ISIS).

Front runner, Donald Trump was on the defensive, with Jeb Bush calling him a “chaos candidate”.

Mr trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the US put him on the defensive in the early minutes of the debate.

Insults, attacks and policy critiques were all part of the mix as the candidates squared off in Las Vegas.

“Donald is great at the one-liners, but he’s a chaos candidate, and he would be a chaos president”, Bush, the former Florida governor, said, calling Trump’s idea after the San Bernardino terrorist attack to block all Muslims from entering the U.S. not serious. That set off one of the most strident exchanges.

Trump said Bush’s candidacy was a “total disaster”. At one point, he boasted: “I’m at 42 and you’re at 3”, referring to each candidate’s best and worst standing in the national polls.

“Jeb is a very nice person. But we need toughness”, Trump said.

“Donald, you are not going to be able to insult your way to the presidency. And I do have strength”,  Bush countered.

On the issues of national security and immigration, Mr Rubio faced off against his two congressional colleagues in often acrimonious exchanges.

Given how all the candidates assiduously avoided the subject, one would never have guessed that it was a story that merited global headlines and ignited a firestorm of controversy.

But the top nine candidates disagreed over the scope of government surveillance and how to end the civil war raging in Syria.

“If terrorists strike again, the first question will be, ‘Why didn’t we know about it and why didn’t we stop it?” said Mr Rubio, taking aim at Mr Cruz, who had voted to curtail government surveillance powers.

Speaking to reporters after the debate, Trump said Mr Bush’s attacks were because he was having a “hard time” in the polls.

Trump Urges Ban On Muslims Coming To US

Trump Urges Ban On Muslims Coming To USAs the United States tries to clamp down terrorism, republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has offered the government this advice: “Stop Muslims from coming into the country”.

In a campaign statement, he said a “total and complete” shutdown should remain until the US authorities “can figure out” Muslim attitudes towards them.

Mr Trump,  who is a New York businessman repeated the pledge at a rally in South Carolina and the crowd cheered him on.

‘Contrary To US Values’

However, criticism from the White House and other republicans was swift.

A statement from the Presidency said Mr Trump’s comments were ‘contrary to US values’ and its national security interests.

While republican contender, Jeb Bush, asked the New York businessman to go for a checkup last week, a Muslim couple believed to have been radicalised, opened fire and killed 14 people at a health centre in San Bernardino.

US Republicans Spar In Heated Presidential Debate

US Republicans Spar In Heated Presidential DebateThe United States (US) Republicans have once again locked horns in a fiery 2016 presidential debate in Colorado.

Right from the start, front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, who have no experience in politics, were under attack.

BBC says that Ohio Governor, John Kasich, condemned their “fantasy tax plans” and ridiculed their lack of political experience, stressing that “we cannot elect someone who does not know how to do the job”.

Mr Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who has edged past Mr Trump in national polls, had a quiet night in Boulder.

His tax plan, which is based on biblical tithes, was decried as “fantasy” by Mr Kasich, who also condemned Mr Trump’s plan to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and build a wall on the Mexico border.

Political friendships were also strained by some of the testy exchanges, notably between former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush and Florida Senator, Marco Rubio.

Trump Pummelled By Republican Rivals In Debate

trump-usOne of the presidential candidates for 2016 election in the United States (U.S), Donald Trump, has been attacked from all sides in a fiery debate between the top Republican candidates.

The party’s candidate, a billionaire businessman with no political experience, refused to apologise over comments about the wife of Jeb Bush, saying he said nothing wrong.

“No, I won’t do that because I said nothing wrong, but I do hear she’s a lovely woman.”

And he was on the receiving end when Carly Fiorina drew huge applause facing up to his recent jibe over her looks.

Fifteen republicans are vying to be the party’s White House nominee in 2016.

The debate was hosted by CNN.