New Hampshire got Trumped! Donald Trump resoundingly won the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary Tuesday night, giving the billionaire mogul his first victory in an improbable and brash campaign that already has turned American politics upside down.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, on the strength of his optimistic focus on economic renewal and lifting people out of the shadows, finished a distant second, while former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Sens. Ted Cruz (Tex.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) headed toward a photo finish for third place.
Trump galvanized voters here with a visceral fixation on immigration and economic populism, affirming that even after last week’s setback in the Iowa caucuses, his candidacy has genuine appeal with the GOP base as well as with the independent voters who were part of his winning coalition.
The NY Times reported:
Two-thirds of New Hampshire Republican primary voters agree with Donald J. Trump’s proposal to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the United States. And they overwhelmingly express fear of another terrorist attack.
On the Democratic side, young voters and those most concerned about inequality and political integrity gave Bernie Sanders a convincing victory.
Those concerns helped drive Mr. Trump and Mr. Sanders to victory in New Hampshire on Tuesday night. Exit polls offered a portrait of the first wave of American voters to cast ballots in a 2016 election that has already defied expectations and posed a sharp challenge to leading political dynasties.
Democratic voters valuing honesty or empathy over experience or electability propelled Mr. Sanders to a solid victory. As in Iowa a week ago, the Vermont senator trounced Hillary Clinton among young voters and among those who said trustworthiness and “caring about people like me” were critical to their votes.
A quarter of Democratic voters said the right experience was most important to them, while slightly more than one in 10 said it was someone who can win in November. They strongly backed Mrs. Clinton.
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