'This campaign is just beginning': Bernie Sanders reacts to South Carolina loss

NBC News Projects Hillary Clinton as Winner of South Carolina's Democratic Primary

Sen. Bernie Sanders said Saturday that the Democratic presidential primary campaign is far from over despite several recent state losses.

Following what looked like landslide victory for Hillary Clinton in the South Carolina Democratic primary, Sanders congratulated the secretary of state. But he made clear that the campaign was still in its infancy.

"Let me be clear on one thing tonight. This campaign is just beginning," Sanders said in a statement distributed by his campaign.

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Sanders attempted to cast the race as even, emphasizing his massive victory in the New Hampshire primary earlier this month. The senator also pointed to "Super Tuesday" primaries and caucuses next week that award a solid chunk of the delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

"We won a decisive victory in New Hampshire. She won a decisive victory in South Carolina," Sanders said. "Now it's on to Super Tuesday. In just three days, Democrats in 11 states will pick 10 times more pledged delegates on one day than were selected in the four early states so far in this campaign."

"Our grassroots political revolution is growing state by state, and we won't stop now," he added.

Sanders did not stay in South Carolina on Saturday night. He was set to hold a rally in Minnesota, one of the states that caucuses next Tuesday.

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'This campaign is just beginning': Bernie Sanders reacts to South Carolina loss

Killer Mike of Run the Jewels 

The rapper has been very vocal within the hip-hop community about his endorsement of Sanders, and even introduced him at an Atlanta rally. 

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Danny DeVito 

In August 2015, the 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' actor took to Twitter, saying, "Bernie Sanders...you're our only hope Obi-Wan Kenobi". 

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Mark Ruffalo

Ruffalo used Twitter to share his political stance on January 17th of this year, saying, "@BernieSanders is preferred 2-1 by young people because they know his means what he says."

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Susan Sarandon 

In June of last year, Sarandon posted a video titled 'Flashback: Rep. Bernie Sanders Opposes Iraq War' along with the caption "We need a leader who is courageous and levelheaded in times of crisis:Bernie Sanders ‪#‎Bernie2016‬.

The liberal activist has since been seen campaigning for Sanders in Portland, Maine and introducing him on the campaign trail. 

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Belinda Carlisle

Back in August of last year, the lead singer of The Go-Go's tweeted, "yes, I switched teams...my candidate!" above an announcement that Bernie Sanders would be joining CNN's State of the Union. 

Ever since then she has been an avid supporter on social media. 

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Justin Long 

The 'Dodgeball' actor introduced Bernie Sanders at a campaign event in Des Moines shortly before the Iowa Caucus. 

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Sarah Silverman 

Sarah Silverman was among other celebs who headlined a fundraiser for the presidential candidate at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory on January 26th. 

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George Lopez 

After tweeting "WATCHA I Am #feelingthebern. Today I'm proud to officially endorse @BernieSanders for President" late last year, the actor has made headlining appearances at Sanders' fundraising events. 

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Spike Lee 

After citing his endorsement on a radio show recently, he elaborated on his commitment to Sanders, saying: “Bernie was at the March on Washington with Dr. King. He was arrested in Chicago for protesting segregation in public schools. He fought for wealth and education equality throughout his whole career. No flipping, no flopping. Enough talk. Time for action.”

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