S.C. Rural Voters Break nearly 7 to 1 for Clinton

The former secretary of state won South Carolina by a margin of about 3 to 1. In the state’s rural areas, her popularity was even higher.

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Hillary Clinton didn’t need much help from rural voters in her 3 to 1 victory over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in Saturday’s South Carolina presidential primary.

But she got it anyway.

A message from the Rural Assembly

Former Secretary of State Clinton won each of South Carolina’s 46 counties in the Democratic primary.

Her landslide lead among metropolitan voters (71% to 29%) only got bigger as the contest moved to the states small cities and rural areas. In micropolitan counties (counties with a city of between 10,000 and 50,000 residents), she won by a margin of more than 4 to 1. And in the state’s most rural counties, her advantage grew to nearly 7 to 1.

The South Carolina primary was the first southern contest for Democrats. Southern voters become a much more prominent part of the contest this week on Super Tuesday, when more than a dozen states hold their primaries or caucuses. About half of those states are in the South.

Turnout for the 2016 South Carolina contest was off by a third from the 2008 primary, the last time there was a contested Democratic presidential primary in the Palmetto State. That year, then-Senator Barack Obama beat Clinton by a margin of 2 to 1 en route to winning the Democratic nomination and the White House.

A message from the Rural Assembly