Trump, Sanders winners in New Hampshire primary races

Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders scored big wins in the New Hampshire presidential primaries.

Both races were called at the close of the polls. Trump and Sanders each finished second in the Iowa Caususes two weeks ago.

The battle for second in the Republican race was where the drama resided Tuesday. With 71 percent  of the results in, Trump had 35 percent.

Grabbing second place was Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 16 percent according to a FOX News projection.

In third was Ted Cruz (12 percent).  The rest of the field included Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (11) Marco Rubio (10), Chris Christie (8), Carly Fiorina (4) and Ben Carson (2 percent).

In his victory speech, Trump praised the people of New Hampshire and spoke of defeating other countries like China, Japan and Mexico that have "taken so much" from the United States economically.

"We are going to make America great again," he said, repeating his campaign slogan. "We are going to repeal and replace Obamacare, we are going to get rid of Common Core. We are going to preserve our sacred Second Amendment. 

"I am going to be the greatest jobs president that God ever created. And we are going to knock the hell out of ISIS."

In the Democratic race, Sanders had 60 percent of the vote and Hillary Clinton 39 percent with 69 percent of the results in.

"We won because of a huge turnout," Sanders said in his victory speech, in which he praised Clinton. "Democrats win when voter turnout is high, Republicans win when turnout is low, when Americans are demoralized."

Sanders also said that government belongs to the people and not the wealthy.

"The right-wing Republicans we oppose must not be allowed to gain the Presidency," Sanders said. "The last time a Republican was in the White House we saw the biggest turndown in the economy since the Great Depression."

While New Hampshire is known for its political surprises, Trump and Sanders led in the state for months. Still, both needed to deliver on expectations after second place finishes in last week's lead-off Iowa caucuses, where Ted Cruz topped the Republican field and Hillary Clinton narrowly edged Sanders in the Democratic race.

For some Republican leaders, Trump and Cruz's back-to-back victories add urgency to the need to coalesce around a more mainstream candidate to challenge them through the primaries. However, it was unclear whether New Hampshire's contest would clarify that slice of the field, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush all locked in a tight race, along with Cruz.

Sanders pulled from a broad coalition of New Hampshire voters, gathering a majority of votes from men, women, independents and voters under the age of 45, according to exit polls. Clinton won the majority of those over 65 and those with incomes over $200,000 a year, according to early exit polls conducted by Edison Research for the Associated Press and the television networks

Clinton's campaign argues she will perform better as the race heads to more racially diverse, including Nevada and South Carolina. Both New Hampshire and Iowa are overwhelmingly white states that are far less diverse than the nation as a whole.

"A Democrat who is unable to inspire strong levels of support in minority communities will have no credible path to winning the presidency in the general election," Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a memo released as the polls closed.

Both Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, and Trump, a real estate mogul who has never held political office, have tapped into the public's frustration with the current political system. Even if neither candidate ultimately becomes his party's nominee, whoever does will have to reckon with those factions of voters.

Nearly half of voters in the Republican primary made up their mind in the past week, a.  Republican voters were more negative about their politicians than Democrats, with about half of GOP voters saying they felt betrayed by party officials.

In a sign of Trump's impact on the race, two-thirds of GOP voters said they support a ban on Muslims entering the U.S., a position the billionaire outlined last year amid rising fears of terrorism emanating from the Middle East.

After finishing behind Cruz in Iowa last week, Trump accepted some of the more traditional trappings of presidential campaigns, including smaller town halls with voters. Still, he closed the final full day of campaigning with a vulgar insult of Cruz.

The Texas senator brushed off Trump's comments, saying the reason the businessman engages in insults "is because he can't discuss the substance."

The large Republican field was winnowed after Iowa, but there remains a crowded grouping of more traditional candidates, including Rubio and the governors.

Rubio appeared to be breaking away after a stronger-than-expected showing in Iowa, but he stumbled in Saturday's debate under intense pressure from Christie. The New Jersey governor has relentlessly cast the young senator as too inexperienced and too reliant on memorized talking points to become president.

Rubio played into Christie's hands by responding with the same well-rehearsed line each time he was challenged by the governor. Rival campaigns hope the moment was enough to give voters pause.

Kasich, who has prided himself on avoiding attacks on his rivals, said he hoped New Hampshire voters were "fed up with the negative."

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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