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Trump takes majority of delegates at SC

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- The Latest on the 2016 presidential election and two crucial contests Saturday: South Carolina's Republican primary and Nevada's Democratic caucuses (all times are Eastern Standard Time):

7:55 p.m.

Donald Trump has won a majority of the delegates in the South Carolina primary -- and he has a chance to take them all.

Trump will win at least 38 of the 50 delegates at stake.

South Carolina Republicans award delegates for being the statewide winner as well as for winning individual congressional districts.

More votes are needed in individual congressional districts to award the final 12 delegates.

Trump leads the overall race for delegates with 55. Ted Cruz has 11 delegates, Marco Rubio has 10, John Kasich has five, Jeb Bush has 4 and Ben Carson has three.

It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination for president.

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7:45 p.m.

Donald Trump's supporters erupted into cheers as they learned their candidate had won South Carolina's GOP primary.

Supporters gave each other high-fives and held Trump signs high above their heads as they celebrated. Some chanted "USA! USA!"

Hundreds of people are gathered in a ballroom at the Spartanburg Marriott for Trump's watch party, where they're snacking on cubed cheese and cruditΘ, and sipping beers from plastic cups.

Trump is expected to deliver a victory speech later tonight.

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7:25 p.m.

Donald Trump has won the South Carolina Republican primary, a second-straight victory for the billionaire real estate mogul after his first-place finish in New Hampshire.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are in close race for second.

Exit polls taken in South Carolina found that about three-quarters of Republican voters support a temporary ban on Muslims who are not American citizens from entering the United States. That's one of Trump's signature proposals.

A majority of voters looking for an outsider candidate supported Trump, providing a boost to the first-time candidate for office.
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7:10 p.m.

Bernie Sanders' campaign says it raised more than $21 million in January, bringing its total for the campaign to almost $95 million.

That's according to fundraising reports through Jan. 31 that Sanders campaign is filing on Saturday.

The campaign says the average donation amount was $27.

Sanders has made campaign finance reform and ending what he calls corruption in politics a major focus of his campaign.

Rival Hillary Clinton's campaign says it raised roughly $15 million in January.

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