By Ben Kamisar
Exit polls from South Carolina’s Democratic primary are trending in favor of Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump gives Lester Holt a C grade for debate Congress departs for recess until after Election Day House approves stopgap funding, averting costly shutdown MORE, who is expected to defeat Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Finance: Congress poised to avoid shutdown | Yellen defends Fed from Trump | Why Obama needs PhRMA on trade Trump mocks Clinton for stumbling while sick with pneumonia Brent Budowsky: Sanders and Warren shine MORE when the dust settles Saturday night.
Six in 10 primary voters are black, according to exit polls tabulated at 5 p.m. and subsequently released by ABC News. Clinton has held a major lead over Sanders with black voters in all of the polls released ahead of the vote.
Clinton’s chances are also boosted by the 70 percent of primary voters who believe that the next president should “generally continue” President Obama’s policies.
The former secretary of State has repeatedly pitched herself as a devotee to Obama’s agenda, with only smaller changes.
Just 19 percent are looking for more liberal policies, the point-of-view generally embodied by Bernie Sanders’s populist campaign.
Sanders could be buoyed by voters looking for empathy, honesty, and trustworthiness — all characteristics where he’s polled better than Clinton. For 31 percent of voters, picking a candidate who cares about those values was the most important issue.
Twenty-eight percent believed that honesty and trustworthiness was the most important factor determining their vote, the same number looking for someone with the right experience.