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Big votes out of South Carolina and Nevada, and what they mean for Republicans, for Democrats.
The presidential primaries are about to shift gears. After all the months – years! – of speeches, debates, single state votes, a week from tomorrow is Super Tuesday. A pile of delegates. This weekend, Trump took it in South Carolina. Clinton in Nevada. Cruz and Rubio slugging it out for second. Bernie Sanders’ people, determined to roll on. The stakes climb very quickly now. This hour On Point, the battles of message and momentum on the road to Super Tuesday.
-- Tom Ashbrook
From Tom’s Reading List
The Guardian: Clinton clinches Nevada while Trump wins big in South Carolina — "In a dramatic and potentially pivotal night for both parties on Saturday, Trump, the billionaire property mogul and political outsider, won in South Carolina by a wide margin, while Clinton, the Democratic party establishment’s pick, clinched victory in the Nevada caucuses."
New York Times: Donald Trump’s Victory Spurs Renewed Scrambling Among Republicans — "Mainstream Republicans arose on Sunday reeling from Donald J. Trump’s sweeping victory in South Carolina, with some refusing to accept that he could be the eventual nominee and others acknowledging that his insurgent candidacy might soon be unstoppable."
Huffington Post: What Donald Trump's Win In South Carolina Says About The Republican Party -- "Trump's resounding victory isn’t simply a boon to his prospects for winning the Republican presidential nomination, an outcome once thought impossible that is looking increasingly more plausible. It is also an embarrassing repudiation of conservative orthodoxy that has dominated Republican politics for decades. It suggests that the party's intellectual leaders, who organized the base around the National Review/Weekly Standard consensus — small government, free trade, pro-Israel, deregulation, low taxes, social conservatism and an aggressive foreign policy — have been generals of a phantom army."
This program aired on February 22, 2016.
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