Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders Win Big in New Hampshire
Ohio Governor John Kasich comes in a strong second for Republicans.
After tight races in the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primaries weren’t even close.
On the Republican side, New York businessman Donald Trump won with more than 30 percent of the vote. On the Democratic side, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders won with about 60 percent. The results were not surprising. Both Trump and Sanders had been leading in polls before the election. Also, Sanders is from Vermont, a state next to New Hampshire.
But even if the results weren’t surprising, they were important. The victory was a comeback for Trump after he came in second last week in Iowa. His opponents hoped that a poor showing in New Hampshire might completely derail his campaign. But that did not happen.
Trump is seen as an outsider because he has never held political office, and he has been very critical of his own party. He’s also taken positions that many see as extreme, such as wanting to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to keep out immigrants. But Trump says his campaign has started a new kind of political movement that will sweep the Republicans to victory. “What we’re doing hasn’t been done before,” he told cheering supporters Tuesday night.
Like Trump, Sanders was once seen as a long shot to win. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, is nationally known as a former first lady, U.S. senator, and secretary of state. She was also a top candidate to become the Democratic nominee for president in 2008, but Barack Obama won that spot and ultimately the presidency. Meanwhile, Sanders is not well known and has less money for his campaign.
But Sanders placed a surprisingly close second in Iowa behind Clinton last week. Sanders said his strong showing there and his victory in New Hampshire prove he can win the Democratic nomination. “We’ve said from the beginning of this campaign that people should not underestimate us,” Sanders said. “I don’t believe anyone will now.”
In the Republican race, several candidates battled for second place. Ohio Governor John Kasich came in second, giving his long-struggling campaign a boost. Kasich now has a chance to become Trump’s main rival. But he still has plenty of competition. He was followed in the New Hampshire vote by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.
Other states will hold their own elections throughout the rest of the winter and spring. The next elections will be held in South Carolina and Nevada later this month. These state-by-state elections will determine who will represent the Republicans and the Democrats in the general election. Election Day will be on November 8.