Here are five quick takeaways from Saturday’s Democratic presidential primary:
Sanders’ first appearance in Charleston was in April 2014 as he set out to build momentum for his agenda of affordable college, inclusiveness and strengthening the middle class.
By 2015, Sanders’ South Carolina rallies were drawing thousands of people at a time — young, old, black, white.
The question becomes: Is the movement sustainable and who will lead it?
With support from U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, two former governors and most Statehouse Democrats, Clinton was tireless on the trail as she cruised to an easy win bolstered by the black turnout. But while her pro-racial justice message resonated, there were few memorable moments to illustrate South Carolina’s bounce in her possible march to the White House.
After Barack Obama won the national election in 2008, he gave tribute to South Carolina, recalling how he campaigned on “the front porches of Charleston.” Clinton connected with many but there wasn’t a lasting image from the week.
Who wouldn’t expect a husband to promote his wife as a candidate? The former White House occupant was out on the stump for Hillary Clinton’s campaign during the last weeks of the race with multiple stops and speaking to hundreds of people.
Other than one incident with a Benghazi protester in the crowd, Bill Clinton didn’t stumble or say anything that attracted much attention beyond local media coverage about getting out the vote.
Democrats didn’t care about these. Exit polling showed that voters in South Carolina feel jobs and the economy are their biggest concerns as the country moves forward and even more so than Democrats who were surveyed in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada on the day of their turnouts this year.
Clinton and Sanders clashed on the debate stage but their fight never became nasty by South Carolina standards.
Positive commercials dominated the airwaves from both sides, whether it was Sanders talking about a just America or actor Morgan Freeman in support of Clinton.
Without the millions of dollars spent on the Republican side a week earlier — most of it negative — TV viewers were largely spared a barrage in the past week. “We have grown-ups over here,” S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison said. “And they have reality show stars.”