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Hitlery Wins SC Primary In Massive Landslide, Proving That Dems Still Prefer Neo-Socialist Felons To Outright Communists

Hillary Clinton Wins South Carolina Primary In A Rout Over Sanders – NPR


Hillary Clinton has won the South Carolina Democratic primary, notching a decisive win in a state where she suffered a devastating loss just eight years ago.

The Associated Press called the race for the former secretary of state over rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders just seconds after the polls closed at 7 p.m. ET. With 88 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton was leading Sanders by a nearly 50 point margin, 74 percent to 26 percent.

“Today you sent a message in America that when we stand together, there is no barrier too big to break,” Clinton declared in her victory speech in Columbia, S.C. “Tomorrow this campaign goes national. We are going to compete for every vote in every state. We are not taking anything for granted.”

Clinton struck a populist tone as she spoke too, backed by younger voters behind her on stage – a demographic she’s struggled to capture over Sanders.

“Together we can break down all the barriers holding our families and our country back. We can build ladders of opportunity and empowerment so every single American can have that chance to live up to his or her God-given potential,” Clinton thundered. “Then and only then can America live up to its full potential, too.”

“We’re going to work together to give people – particularly young people – the tools you need,” she added.

A Clinton victory in the first Southern primary had long been expected, and even the Vermont senator’s campaign seemed resigned to a loss as voting began. Instead of remaining in the Palmetto State to wait for results, Sanders opted instead to turn his eye toward Super Tuesday states voting March 1. He was campaigning in Minnesota on Saturday night.

Sanders congratulated Clinton in a statement but cast attention toward the other contests in just three days.

“Let me be clear on one thing tonight. This campaign is just beginning. We won a decisive victory in New Hampshire. She won a decisive victory in South Carolina. Now it’s on to Super Tuesday,” Sanders said.

“In just three days, Democrats in 11 states will pick 10 times more pledged delegates on one day than were selected in the four early states so far in this campaign,” he continued. “Our grassroots political revolution is growing state by state, and we won’t stop now.”

Still, the South Carolina victory is an important one for Clinton and gives her a boost of momentum heading into Super Tuesday, when voters in more than a dozen states will go to the polls and 865 delegates are up for grabs.

South Carolina was the first contest in which a majority of the electorate had been made up of minority voters, and Clinton won black voters handily.

According to early exit polls, a record 62 percent share of Democratic voters were African-American, an increase from even the previous 55 percent benchmark eight years ago. Clinton was on track to capture 84 percent of those votes.

Clinton won all women voters by 58 points and carried black women (37 percent of the electorate) by 78 points. Clinton carried white women 18 points, while Sanders won white men by 14 points.

Younger voters – a key part of the Sanders base – were a much smaller share of the electorate than in previous contests this year. In Iowa and New Hampshire, voters under 30 made up just under 20 percent of the primary vote.

The South Carolina electorate was heavily supportive of President Obama, who beat Clinton in the state in the 2008 contest. Seventy-four percent of the Democratic electorate said the next president should generally continue Obama’s policies, and Clinton won those voters 81 to 19 percent, per exit polls. Sanders carried the 17 percent of voters who wanted the next president to implement more liberal policies.



It’s The Empty Lectern In A Landslide (Charles Hurt)

It’s The Empty Lectern In A Landslide – Charles Hurt


For the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States of America, I hereby officially and wholeheartedly announce my endorsement for – The Empty Lectern!

Debate hosts CNN and Facebook announced earlier this week that they were saving an extra debate podium just in case a liberal knight in shining armor rode in at the last minute to provide desperately-needed legitimacy to the stable of lame donkeys on stage.

But I say forget the knight. The Empty Lectern alone stands head and shoulders above the five candidates now running for the Democratic nomination.

In fact, one does not even have to have watched Tuesday night’s debate to know that the most honest, capable and inspiring leader in the Democratic field is, hands down, The Empty Lectern.

Not since Clint Eastwood introduced us to The Empty Chair at the 2012 Republican Convention has a piece of furniture captured the hopes and dreams of such a despondent electorate.

Let’s not waste time on all the sad and sordid negative reasons that disqualify the rest of the Democratic field to hold the highest office in the land. Let’s just focus on all the positive attributes of The Empty Lectern and why she would be so great as America’s first woman president.

Probably the single greatest thing about The Empty Lectern is that she is NOT married to a sex predator. She truly stands for women’s rights.

The Empty Lectern also never voted to send American troops to die and get disfigured in a war that she didn’t really actually believe in – a war that she later determined was so disastrously hopeless that she was instrumental in surrendering it to the most dangerous jihadi terrorists the world has ever seen.

Nor did she spark protests that killed countless people around the world by falsely blaming a coordinated terrorist attack at an American Embassy on outrage over a two-bit crank film about the Prophet Mohammad that nobody saw – until she made it famous.

The Empty Lectern is open, true and honest. She has never hidden Rose Law Firm records or stashed an unsecured server in her bathroom to keep her employer from reading all the dastardly dealings she was doing over government email.

She is still clean and sturdy and has not weathered the public eye for a quarter of a century.

And that is just comparing The Empty Lectern to the Democratic front-runner!

Consider the rest of the field such as The Gray-Headed Hoot Owl that is nipping at her heels.

At the very least, The Empty Lectern does not describe herself as a “socialist Democrat.” I mean, what is that, anyway? An unprincipled Communist?

Nor has she been a professional politician for 35 years from a politically crackpot state and been a member of Congress since 1991.

The Empty Lectern also has never surrendered the stage to angry Black Lives Matter protesters, or even worse, apologized for saying “all lives matter.” And nor was the city she governed in the state she governed literally in flames earlier this year as a testament to the failure of her government policies.

So, you can sit around waiting for a white knight in shining armor to ride in, but I am going with The Empty Lectern for the Democratic nomination.



Obama-Endorsed San Diego Mayoral Candidate Loses To Republican By Landslide

Republican Beats Obama-Endorsed San Diego Mayor Candidate In A Landslide – Right Scoop


Obama endorsed the Democrat a mere few days ago and polls showed it’s a tight race but here is how it worked out:

San Diego voters opted for a return to Republican leadership on Tuesday as they elected a city councilman backed by the downtown establishment to succeed ex-Mayor Bob Filner, a Democrat who resigned amid a torrent of sexual misconduct allegations.

Republican Kevin Faulconer garnered nearly 55 percent of the vote to defeat his City Council colleague, Democrat David Alvarez, who was vying to become San Diego’s first Hispanic mayor but finished the night with just over 45 percent.

Faulconer, 47, declaring victory at a downtown hotel, is expected to take the oath of office in early March to serve out the nearly three years that remained in Filner’s term as mayor of California’s second-most populous city.

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Popular Carnival Singer Is Elected President Of Haiti In A Landslide

Popular Carnival Singer Is Elected President Of Haiti In A Landslide – New York Times

One of Haiti’s most popular entertainers, a provocative Carnival singer previously best known for disrobing and swearing on stage, was elected president in a landslide, according to results announced Monday, placing him at the helm of a nation still struggling to recover from last year’s earthquake, a cholera epidemic and chronic poverty.

The singer, Michel Martelly, 50, known as Sweet Micky or Tet Kale (bald head), won 68 percent of the vote in a runoff election two weeks ago that he nearly did not qualify for.

He defeated Mirlande Manigat, 70, a college professor and former first lady, who won 32 percent of the vote. She had cast herself as a mother figure to soothe Haiti’s ills, in contrast to Mr. Martelly’s image as a rebellious son bent on shaking up the establishment.

When the results were announced at the election commission offices on Monday evening, firecrackers went off outside, hundreds of people ran chanting Mr. Martelly’s name through the streets and people danced in an earthquake tent camp across the street.

Election officials did not immediately disclose the election turnout.

If the results hold up, Mr. Martelly will take office in May, after President René Préval, who could not seek another term under the Constitution, steps down. The final results, allowing for a period of appeals, are expected April 16.

Mr. Martelly, who posted a message on Twitter thanking supporters “for your trust,” planned to speak to reporters on Tuesday. A spokesman for Ms. Manigat did not return a message.

United Nations peacekeepers had increased their patrols on Monday in anticipation of the type of civil disorder that greeted the initial results in December, after a first round of voting on Nov. 28 that was marred by fraud and disarray at the polls.

Ms. Manigat and the governing party’s candidate, Jude Célestin, won the top two spots in the initial count of that election, qualifying them for the runoff.

But supporters of Mr. Martelly took to the streets crying fraud, igniting days of violence that culminated in an international investigation of the results. After a report by the Organization of American States and pressure from international donors, Haitian officials removed Mr. Célestin from the ballot and replaced him with Mr. Martelly.

Before the runoff, international observers fretted over the arrival of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the popular former president who returned to the country two days before the voting after seven years of exile. They worried that his presence alone could disrupt the election or suppress turnout.

Upon landing, Mr. Aristide said he regretted the exclusion of his party, Fanmi Lavalas, which election authorities had disqualified on a technicality. But otherwise, he has kept a low profile.

Election observers from the Caribbean Community and Organization of American States said the runoff, while far from error- or confusion-free, had proceeded more smoothly than the initial round, and the counting of ballots endured much more scrutiny for fraud and irregularities. That delayed the posting of preliminary results, which had been expected last Thursday.

With tens of thousands of people displaced by the quake still living in camps, only a fraction of the rubble cleared and more than 4,600 killed by cholera since the epidemic began in October, it appears Haitians believed only a political outsider like Mr. Martelly could change the country’s direction.

In the campaign, Mr. Martelly eschewed the skirts, underwear and other outlandish outfits of his musical career in favor of tailored suits and talk of reforming education and agriculture, streamlining delivery of humanitarian aid and restoring law and order by restoring the military, disbanded over a decade ago after a history of abuses.

Now he faces the challenge of speeding the rebuilding of a country that, long before the quake, was the poorest in the Western Hemisphere and one of its most unstable politically.

Haiti is heavily reliant on foreign humanitarian aid, dispersed through thousands of nongovernmental organizations that operate in effect as a shadow government. It also relies on United Nations peacekeepers for security.

Mr. Martelly will have to share power with a prime minister picked by Parliament, where Mr. Préval’s party is strong.

“Whoever the new president is, this presents massive challenges and profoundly circumscribes how much room they will have to maneuver and pursue new projects,” said Laurent Dubois, a Duke University professor who helps direct a team of scholars studying the recovery.

Mr. Martelly, in particular, faces high hurdles, lacking relations with, and in some cases raising suspicions of, power brokers here.

“The outsider status of Martelly has been an important part of his self-presentation as a candidate,” Mr. Dubois said. “The question is whether, and in what ways, this might shape how he governs once in power.”

Both the Haitian government and international donors have acknowledged the slow pace of rebuilding, attributed mainly to bureaucratic delays and a lack of follow-through on pledges. Only about a quarter of the $5.3 billion pledged at a donors’ conference more than a year ago has been delivered.

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