NBC News–Donald Trump will win the South Carolina Republican primary, NBC News projects, with a tight battle for second place still undecided between Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Despite slipping in the polls in the Palmetto State over the final days, Trump was able to hold on for a victory that gives him an added boost as he heads to the Nevada caucuses in three days and Super Tuesday one week after that.
Meanwhile, Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who entered the race amid high expectations, is suspending his campaign after a finish far behind the leaders.
Trump’s win is his second of the cycle, coming off a win in New Hampshire that reignited his campaign. He placed a disappointing second in the Iowa caucuses on February 1st behind Cruz, whose organization propelled him to victory there.
South Carolina is said to be the state where presidents are made. The candidate that won there went on to the nomination in every Republican primary since 1980 except for the last one.