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Bernie Sanders: 'We Got Decimated' In South Carolina

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 28/02/2016 Sam Stein

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) didn't sugarcoat things Sunday morning when discussing the results of Saturday night's Democratic primary in South Carolina, where Hillary Clinton defeated him by a margin of 73 percent to 26 percent.

"We got decimated," he said on ABC's This Week. "We got decimated.  The only positive thing for us is we won ... the 29 years of age and younger vote.  And that was good.  But we got killed."

Clinton even did better with African-American voters in the state than Barack Obama did in 2008.

Sanders attempted to spin his loss during an appearance on CBS’ "Face The Nation" by pointing to the Clintons' history in the state.

“Remember, this is their fourth campaign in South Carolina,” he said. “Two for Bill Clinton, two for Hillary Clinton.  They had it well organized, they did well and I congratulate them.  We came into that state at something like 7 percent, 8 percent in the polls."

Sanders went on to say that his campaign is "confident in the future." But the confidence may be misplaced. The states voting this week on Super Tuesday largely favor Clinton as well, especially if Sanders can’t make up ground in the next several days with the minority voters that make up a large portion of the Democratic electorate.

Sanders on Sunday predicted wins in Minnesota, Colorado, Oklahoma and Vermont, as well as a strong showing in Massachusetts. And then, he said, it would be on to big states like California and New York.

“So I think we do have a path to victory,” he told "Face The Nation" host John Dickerson. “Now I won't tell you that we didn't get beaten and beaten very badly yesterday in South Carolina.  I congratulate Secretary Clinton on her victory. But John, I think for us that is about as bad as it's going to get.”

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