First Trump won and he won big. Winning by ten points is a big deal. He likely won all 50 of South Carolina’s delegates. He’s in a far stronger position going forward than the talking heads would lead you to believe. The Five Stages of Grief continue.
Second, Jeb Bush’s withdrawal is a huge moment. He was the Establishment candidate. They are in shock. More importantly, Trump now has the gravitas in this three-way race. His opponents are two first-term senators. He is the most qualified candidate now.
Lastly, we see no scenario where either Cruz or Rubio defer to the other since their constuencies are so different. If they stay in, Trump wins. If either one gets out, Trump gets more of the spoils and wins.
Trump fans have every reason to be ecstatic tonight.