Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders win in New Hampshire primary

Donald Trump's win solidifies his front-runner status in the race to be the party's White House nominee for the Nov. 8 election

By: Reuters | Manchester | Updated: February 10, 2016 8:26 pm
trump_sanders_759 Donald Trump (left) and Bernie Sanders won the respective Republican and Democratic primaries in New Hampshire (Reuters photo)

Riding a wave of voter anger at traditional politicians, billionaire Donald Trump won New Hampshire’s Republican presidential nominating contest on Tuesday and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont won the Democratic primary.

The results, though decisive, did little to clear up confusion about who would emerge as the establishment contender to Trump on the Republican side, and there were signs that the campaign of Sanders’ rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was defensive about her future prospects.

Watch video: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders claim victory in New Hampshire

Trump’s win solidifies his front-runner status in the race to be the party’s White House nominee for the Nov. 8 election. The former reality television star, 69, has campaigned to deport illegal immigrants and temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich was projected to win second place in the Republican race, ABC News and MSNBC reported.

Sanders, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, has called for eradicating income inequality, breaking up the big banks and providing free college tuition. He had 58 percent of the vote based on about 29 percent of the vote, ahead of former Secretary of State Clinton, who had 40 percent, CNN said.

“You can be certain that our victory tonight will prompt a desperate response from the nation’s financial elite and the political establishment who want to stop our campaign to transform America,” Sanders said in an e-mail to supporters.

Clinton had for months been the front-runner nationally. But a Reuters/Ipsos poll done Feb 2-5 showed Clinton and Sanders now in a dead heat.

Clinton, 68, congratulated Sanders, 74, in a speech to supporters. She defended her progressive stances and vowed to be the candidate who fixes problems and not just state them. She acknowledged she had work to do winning over young voters.

“People have every right to be angry but they’re also hungry, they’re hungry for solutions,” she said. “I will work harder than anyone to actually make the changes that make your lives better.”

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a memo they had “split” the first two nominating contests – Clinton won Iowa last week – and said the Democratic nomination would “very likely” be decided in March.

The Clinton campaign said the support of black and Hispanic voters would be key to victory. The next primary races are in Nevada and South Carolina later this month.

“It will be very difficult, if not impossible, for a Democrat to win the nomination without strong levels of support among African-American and Hispanic voters,” Mook wrote in a memo titled “March Matters.”

Trump was in first place with 34 percent of the vote. Ohio Governor John Kasich, who staked the viability of his campaign on the New Hampshire outcome, was in second place with 15 percent, CNN said, based on an estimated 27 percent of returns.

A logjam of Republican candidates were in a dead heat for third place. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the son and brother of former presidents, had 12 percent; U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who won the Iowa caucus last week, had 12 percent, and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida had 10 percent.

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    IML sood
    Feb 10, 2016 at 9:14 am
    Trump a Lion of America is sure to get Presidentship only heartburning from anti nationalist because they never remain loyal to the country they live.Why some in this country have any objection the only reason seems to be that they are made of such traits to think evils for others while they are no better to the country the live.Shame, shame and shame to them.
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      ak dev
      Feb 10, 2016 at 1:25 pm
      I support Donald Trump. This guy has the courage to speak truth and call a spade a spade.
      1. R
        Feb 10, 2016 at 9:47 am
        The pressutes have painted to this false image of Trump, which is something they often do to right-wing nationalists, but the reality is the opposite. Just analyze the line, "campaigned to deport illegal immigrants and temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States"... Illegal immigrants is not even a debatable topic. The very first word is ILLEGAL. Deport them. End of discussion. Regarding Muslims, Trump said that for as long as Islamic terrorism is a major threat and people are jihadis are plotting to attack US, entry of Muslims should be temporarily banned. Not only does every country have the right to decide who they will admit and who they wont. What is wrong in this? Muslims hate America, American culture and regard them as kafirs. Why allow such people into your country?
        1. R
          Feb 10, 2016 at 7:16 am
          Run, jihadis, run...President Trump is coming.
          1. R
            Feb 10, 2016 at 5:59 pm
            Imagine how jobless you have to be to follow me around, eh, b****d? lol. Its not sad, its pathetic.
            1. B
              B P
              Feb 10, 2016 at 5:57 am
              Politicians with a nationalistic approach are doing better in election like Mr. Trump. B P Singh
              1. I
                Feb 10, 2016 at 2:10 pm
                Modi and Trump would make a nice pair.
                1. S
                  Feb 10, 2016 at 5:54 am
                  TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP 2016
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