There was little suspense during Saturday’s S.C. GOP primary. With just 3 percent reporting, the race was already called for Donald Trump. He ultimately won with 32.5 percent of the vote, 10 percent ahead of second place finisher, Marco Rubio.
We reported on this trend with Fox News’ exit polls, but the CNN exit polls confirmed that Senator Ted Cruz won the youth vote. Cruz was declared the winner among those ages 17-29, at 28 percent, with Trump at 26 percent and Rubio at 22 percent.
Rubio and Trump both had 26 percent among those 30-44, with Rubio highlighted as the winner in that age group by CNN. Cruz was just slightly behind with 25 percent.
When age is broken down by 17-44 and 45 and older, Cruz and Trump performed equally with 26 percent for those under 45. With older voters it’s no contest.
Trump also wins with conservatives and moderates and liberals. But, it’s worth noting that those who are “very conservative” go to Cruz with 35 percent, to Trump’s 29 percent.