Hillary Clinton wins big in South Carolina primary

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Hillary Clinton looked confident and assertive as she stood in front of her supporters, the night of the South Carolina primary.

"You sent a message that, in America, we stand together," she said.

That is the Hillary you are likely to hear a lot of, after her resounding defeat of Bernie Sanders in the South Carolina Democratic primary. Maybe not united with Republicans or conservatives, but blacks united with white progressives in a way that has been a major topic across the country, the past couple of years.

Hillary took the issue of race on, directly.

"We have to face the reality of systemic racism," she told the enthusiastic crowd, on the campus of the University of South Carolina, after the polls had closed. "That more than half a century after Rosa Parks sat and Dr. King marched and John Lewis bled, racism still plays a significant role in who gets ahead in America and who gets left behind."

Daria Dawson is a voter who was happy to hear that.

"I'm a woman and I'm black," she said. "With the combination of the two, there are issues that I care about that affect my community. Looking at her record, she is the one who has always been there protecting my issues."

Which explains why Dawson has always been a Hillary supporter, even when that meant having to choose between her gender and her race when President Obama was running.

"I volunteered in his campaign in 2012," Dawson said. "But, back in 2008 I thought Hillary was the best candidate and here we are, 8 years later, and she's still the best candidate."

See more on the South Carolina primary night in this report from senior political reporter, Bob Buckley.

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