Donald Trump may be a presidential candidate who is almost without precedent, but history is now on his side.
The billionaire businessman who has never sought public office before scored a decisive win in the South Carolina primary Saturday night, solidifying his standing as the unlikely front-runner who is now on a path to claim the Republican presidential nomination in July. The first-place finish came on the heels of a near-record victory in the New Hampshire primary earlier this month.
Since the South Carolina contest moved up on the political calendar in 1980, no Republican has carried both New Hampshire and South Carolina and then failed to win the nomination. Two of those three predecessors, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, went on to win the White House.
“Let’s have a big win in Nevada,” Trump told a triumphant victory rally, congratulating Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. “Let’s put this thing away.”