Sanders, expecting defeat in SC on Saturday, left the state even before voting was finished and turned his attention to some of the states that vote in next Tuesday's delegate-rich contests. There are 878 delegates and 156 super-delegates up for grabs, over a quarter of the number needed to lock down the Democratic nomination. Data from the national General Social Survey has tacked party identification and ideology since 1972, allowing us to see how political attitudes have evolved by race. I can only attribute it to loyalty, that African-Americans feel loyal to Hillary. Still supporters in North Carolina are confident he's the candidate to win over Democrats here.

"Ohio is what we think we will win", campaign spokesman Rob Nichols said. But he did criticize Republicans, including GOP front-runner Donald Trump. "This campaign is just beginning", he said in a statement after results came in.

A growing sense that the connection between effort and reward is breaking down in the USA economy gives Sanders' economic message particular resonance, especially as Americans claw their way back from the harsh recession linked to the financial crisis in 2008.

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In the Southern states that vote Tuesday, Republican candidates will face an electorate that is overwhelmingly white.

Nixon made frequent references to the "silent majority" and the "forgotten majority".

He said of people who like Donald Trump because of his candor, "Bigotry is not telling it like it is". That was more than any of his rivals, including Texas Sen. Plus, widdle away as many votes as he can from Southern states where Clinton is expected to do well. Texas, which also votes Tuesday, lags slightly behind with about 31 percent of voters describing themselves as evangelicals.

She said she favored raising the federal minimum wage, adding, "If you work full-time in America, you should not end up at the end of the year still in poverty". Clinton replied: "Despite what you hear, we don't need to make America great again, America has never stopped being great", she told cheering supporters in Columbia after the win.

Exit polls in South Carolina showed African American voters who represented 61 percent of all Democratic voters in the primary backed Democratic presidenti

Sanders, who has energized the party's liberal wing and brought young people to the polls with his message of attacking income equality and reining in Wall Street, needs a breakthrough win in a key state in the next few weeks to keep his hopes alive. In Alabama, it was 44 percent white and 51 percent black.

 African-American voters in SC overwhelming supported Ms. Clinton by 87% to 13% - more than voted for President Obama in 2008, when he won the support of 78% of black voters.

Former Gen. Wesley Clark said he didn't have any doubts about Clinton's chances. Mark Pryor thrived as centrists willing to buck the national party.

Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, agreed with Ausmus that Clinton's momentum will be nearly unstoppable by the time Florida weighs in. Sanders, I-Vt., who has built his campaign on money from small donors, also is being helped by super PACs, but they're less involved in his campaign and have far less money.

She pledged that if elected president she would take action against corporations that "rip off their employees" or "go oversees to avoid taxes".

Advisers to Clinton increasingly believe Trump is more likely than not to be the Republican nominee, which injects a considerable dose of uncertainty into any fall contest. His best-case scenario is to nab a handful of delegates in states such as MA and Virginia, enough to justify staying in the race until his home state votes on March 15. Democratic candidates have found favor not only with minorities but also white northerners who have moved to the Washington, D.C., suburbs and the Research Triangle area of North Carolina.

Clinton's wide margin in SC could validate her claims that her base of minority voters ultimately beat Sanders' more homogeneous support. This year, it was more than 6 in 10.

Moderate Democrats see a path back to the center.

Iranian Moderates Make Big Gains In Parliamentary Elections
In his first comment since the polls, Iran's deeply anti-Western Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the high turnout. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged for privatizing the country's auto making industry.