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Trump wins in South Carolina

November 9, 2016 GMT

COLUMBIA – Donald Trump wins 9 electoral votes in solidly Republican South Carolina in quest for presidency.

He needs 270 to win the presidency.

Gov. Nikki Haley and other Republicans reluctantly supported Trump. Haley initially backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio before saying she’d back Ted Cruz of Texas over Trump.

But when Trump’s nomination became inevitable, the second-term Republican said she’d support her party’s nominee.

Other Republicans, like U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, said they’d back neither Trump nor Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. He instead voted for independent conservative Evan McMullin.

Republicans hold all statewide elected offices in South Carolina and control both legislative chambers. U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn is the state’s sole Democrat in Congress.