It was not so long ago that we had some surprising results coming from the Iowa caucus, and now we are seeing a wild variance from those results in the New Hampshire primary.
You’ll remember that in Iowa, Ted Cruz was the winner for the Republicans, which led to allegations from Trump about apparent fraud. This time, however, it was the controversial Donald Trump that won amongst the Republican candidates.
Trump got 35.1% of the vote, handily beating the other main contenders by a comfortable margin. Kasich got 15.9%, and Cruz and Bush trailed with 11.6% and 11.1% respectively. Rubio narrowly missed out on the top four at 10.6%, with the other public face of the Republicans Ben Carson netting a small result of 2.3%.
After his defeat in Iowa, Trump was naturally pleased with these results and spoke to those present with a beaming smile as the crowd chanted “USA! USA! USA!”
“Wow, wow, wow,” Trump said. “We are going to make America great again. […] We’re going to beat all of these countries that are taking so much from us.”
The main thing that was interesting about the Iowa caucus, however, was the extremely close results between Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. As you may recall, the two of them were virtually tied, with only a few points between them.
Here in New Hampshire, though, we are seeing a very different result. Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton resoundingly this time around, netting 60.0% of the votes, with Hillary only getting herself 38.4%. As for O’Malley, he saw only 0.2%.
Such a defeat is undoubtedly a blow to Hillary’s campaign, but what probably makes this worse is that historically, New Hampshire has been kind to the Clintons. This was the state that made Bill Clinton the “comeback kid” back in 1992, and Hillary herself beat President Obama there back in 2008.
Bernie, however, was obviously more than happy with this result, especially after the close call in Iowa.
“Tonight, we have sent a message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington, from Maine to California.”
He then addressed his rival Hillary directly, most likely rightly predicting that the battle between them was only just getting started.
“They are throwing everything at me except the kitchen sink and I have the feeling that the kitchen sink is coming pretty soon as well.”
Hillary, while undoubtedly disappointed, seemed to have her eyes fixed on the long term of this Presidential race and addressed Bernie’s bold claims of a revolution in Wall Street.
“Now we take this campaign to the entire country. We are going to fight for every vote in every state. People have every right to be angry. But they are also hungry. They are hungry for solutions. But I know how to do it.”
Naturally, all eyes are turning to the next location for the race: South Carolina. It is there that the back and forth, tightly bunched race between the Republicans will really be interesting.
For an overall track of the delegates and an explanation of how primaries and caucuses work, click here. Look below for a chart of the New Hampshire primary results.