Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took the South Carolina primary Saturday, besting her opponent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
Clinton beat Sanders 73.5 percent to 26 percent, taking 39 delegates in the state while the senator received 14. The former Secretary of State's substantial win comes just days before 13 states and a U.S. territory hold their primaries, in a busy election day known as Super Tuesday.
"After today's victory, I know we're ready to fight even harder these final three days before Super Tuesday. With more than a dozen contests and more than 800 delegates at stake, this will be our toughest test yet," Clinton wrote in an email to supporters.
African-American voters were critical to Clinton's success in South Carolina, with an ABC exit poll showing 84 percent of black voters supported the candidate. Sixty percent of Democratic voters in South Carolina are reportedly black.
In a statement following today's primary, Sanders said he is looking forward to the primaries on Super Tuesday.
"This campaign is just beginning," Sanders said. "We won a decisive victory in New Hampshire. She won a decisive victory in South Carolina. Now it's on to Super Tuesday."