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Trump carries S.C.; Mulvaney ousts challenger

Residents in solidly Republican South Carolina have chosen billionaire businessman Donald Trump for president.

Trump won the state’s nine electoral votes. With 73 percent of precincts reporting, he had garnered 57 percent of the vote (698,459) as of press time Tuesday .

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.

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.

U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney easily won a fourth term representing South Carolina’s 5th District, earning 59.1 percent of the vote (73,059).

Mulvaney on Tuesday defeated Democratic challenger Fran Person and a third-party challenger. The district is comprised of the Republican-leaning suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina, and has trended more conservative since Mulvaney defeated longtime Democratic Congressman John Spratt in 2010.

Person was South Carolina’s best-funded congressional challenger. His former boss, Vice President Joe Biden, has campaigned with him across the district, most recently a week ago.

Mulvaney easily defeated GOP challenger Ray Craig in this summer’s primary elections.

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