(CNSNews.com) - Projections based on exit polls say that Texas Governor George W Bush has decisively beaten Senator John McCain in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary Saturday. The other candidate, radio talk show host Alan Keyes, is expected to come in a distant third.
The victory in South Carolina gives Bush 37 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, where 1,035 will be needed to win the nomination. However, the win in South Carolina gives Bush some much needed momentum after suffering a large defeat against McCain earlier this month in New Hampshire.
"I think we're going to win," an ebullient Bush told supporters just before polls on Saturday. "The last couple of days there's been an unusual amount of enthusiasm."
McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said that the McCain campaign is looking forward to Tuesday's primary in Michigan, where he hopes voters will be more receptive to his candidate.
"We're looking forward to going to Michigan and other states because we're never going to face as tough an environment as South Carolina again, where Bush threw 19 days of negative campaigning at us," said Davis.