Trump Wins New Hampshire, Haley Insists Race Isn't Over

AP called the race as soon as polls closed
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2024 6:46 PM CST
Updated Jan 24, 2024 12:00 AM CST
Polls Closing Across New Hampshire
Drivers follow the arrows to cast their vote at Auburn Village School, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in Auburn, N.H.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

This story has been updated throughout with the latest details. Donald Trump has won the New Hampshire primary over Nikki Haley, reports the AP. The outlet called the race as soon as the final polls closed at 8pm Eastern on Tuesday. Many saw the first-in-the-nation primary as do-or-die for Haley, but the candidate told supporters at an election night rally in Concord that she was not dropping out. "You've all heard the chatter among the political class," she said, per Politico. "Well, I have news for all of them: New Hampshire is first in the nation, it is not the last in the nation. This race is far from over. There are dozens of states left to go."

  • With 91% of results in, Trump led 54.9% to 43.2%, reports the New York Times, which notes that no GOP candidate has ever won the first two states in the primaries and failed to secure the nomination. In fact, per CNN, this is "the first time in the modern primary era that the same non-incumbent candidate" took both the Iowa and New Hampshire Republican contests.
  • "Haley said she had to WIN in New Hampshire. SHE DIDN'T!!!" Trump wrote on Truth Social after the race was called, per the Hill. He later offered more tempered remarks to Fox News, saying he was "very honored" by the win and calling the GOP "very united." He also said Haley "should" end her campaign so he can stop "wasting" money fighting her that he could be using to fight President Biden.
  • Haley donors are reportedly unsure of their next steps after New Hampshire, and sources tell NBC News some are looking for an exit.
  • Next up are the Nevada caucuses and the US Virgin Islands primary, both in early February, though the truly important contest on the horizon is the South Carolina primary on Feb. 24, per CBS News. That's Haley's home state, where she was once governor. Michigan's primary is three days later.
(On the Democratic side, Biden won in New Hampshire thanks to write-in votes.)

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