Hillary Rodham Clinton won Saturday's South Carolina Democratic presidential primary.

Clinton trounced her Democratic rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, with 73.5 percent of the vote, compared to Sanders' 26 percent.

Polling going into the contest showed Clinton with a strong lead. Exit polls revealed that African-Americans and women over 30 overwhelmingly backed Clinton.

“Together we can break down all the barriers holding our families and our country back,” Clinton said in her victory speech. “We can build ladders of opportunity and empowerment so every single American can have that chance to live up to his or her God-given potential. And then, and only then, can America live up to its potential, too.”

Alluding to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, Clinton added: “America has never stopped being great. But we do need to make America whole again. Instead of building walls, we need to be tearing down barriers.”

In conceding defeat, Sanders congratulated Clinton and criticized Trump: “When we come together, and don't let people like Donald Trump try to divide us, we can create an economy that works for all of us and not just the top 1 percent.”