Sanders, Trump triumph in NH primary


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By Katie Sittig-Boyd
Staff Writer

In New Hampshire on Tuesday, Democratic nominee Bernie Sanders won the state’s primary over other contenders Hillary Clinton, who came in a close second, and Martin O’Malley in a distant third.

Businessman Donald Trump also won a commanding victory in the Republican primary. Ohio Gov. John Kasich claimed second place, while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush battled for third, along with Ted Cruz.

Entering Tuesday’s contest, Trump and Sanders were heralded as New Hampshire favorites, but both needed to deliver on expectations following their recent second-place finishes during last week’s Iowa caucuses.

Sanders appealed to those seeking a candidate who they felt cared about people like them; Trump relied on voters who were seeking a candidate with an alternative political background, which is to say no political background whatsoever.

After the Iowa caucuses, the Republican field dwindled, though there still remain several contenders, most notably Trump, Rubio, Cruz, and Bush.

Businesswoman Carly Fiorina took to the stage. “I’m not going to sit down and be quiet, and neither are you,” Fiorina addressed the crowd.
Although Clinton’s 2008 bid for the presidency saw a revival in New Hampshire, this year did not bode similarly.

Clinton congratulated Senator Sanders on his win and acknowledged that she still has “some work to do particularly with young people.”
According to exit polls, Clinton’s backers were primarily voters aged 65 and older and those with incomes over $200,000.

Meanwhile, Sanders’ Democratic presidential primary win resulted from votes from both men and women, independents, and voters under 45.
Following the primary on Tuesday night, Sanders took to Twitter. “When we stand together, we win. Thank you, New Hampshire!” wrote Sanders.