Trump, Sanders Clean Up in NH

Cruz and Bush in tight race for third place
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2016 7:12 PM CST
Updated Feb 9, 2016 9:26 PM CST
Trump, Sanders Win Easily in NH
Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a primary night rally, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, NH.   (AP Photo/David Goldman)

No late surprises in the New Hampshire top spots Tuesday night: Both the AP and CNN called the winners as soon as the polls closed at 8pm Eastern, with Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump triumphing easily. The bigger questions will be who finishes in the secondary spots in the GOP—though John Kasich has locked up second place—and how big Sanders' margin of victory will be. In incomplete returns, Sanders had 59% to Hillary Clinton's 40%, while Trump (34%) was followed by Kasich (16%), Ted Cruz (12%), Jeb Bush (11%), Marco Rubio (10%), Chris Christie (8%), Carly Fiorina (4%), and Ben Carson (2%). While the wins by Trump and Sanders were predicted by recent polls, the New York Times takes note of the bigger picture: These are victories by two relative "outsiders" who have "rocked the political establishment."

The Washington Post has a similar line of thought: The night is a "remarkable victory for two outsiders who tapped into voter anger at the two parties’ establishments, each promising massive government actions to provide working people with an economic boost." After accepting a thunderous ovation from his supporters at his victory rally, Sanders called his win "nothing short of the beginning of a political revolution." Trump, meanwhile, said, "This is something very special," and told supporters that his late parents were looking down with pride. Clinton, for her part, called Sanders to congratulate him as soon as the race was called. "It's not whether you get knocked down that matters," she said at her rally. "It's whether you get back up." A spokesman added that the nomination "will very likely be won in March, not February," and predicted that Clinton would roll up a "potentially insurmountable" lead next month, reports Politico. (More New Hampshire stories.)

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