John McCain has just been projected as the winner of the South Carolina Republican primary, beating Mike Huckabee who has just accepted second place. It could be a crucial win, as South Carolinians have picked the eventual nominee in every contest since 1980. Given the assortment of winners in the Republican contests to date, this, the first primary in the South could be a vital momentum-maker.
McCain joins Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney, who also won delegates in Nevada earlier today. According to The New York Times, Hillary Clinton has just revealed that she will make "a significant campaign announcement" tomorrow. The Democrats hold their primary in South Carolina in a week.
In other news, Duncan Hunter has ended his bid for the White House.