Riding a wave of voter anger at traditional politicians, billionaire Donald Trump and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won decisive victories in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night.
Trump beat the Republican field by double digits. He got 34 percent of the vote, well ahead of surprise second-place finisher John Kasich, who pulled in 16 percent. The Ohio governor was followed by Ted Cruz at 12 percent, Jeb Bush at 11 percent and Marco Rubio, who, after a poor debate performance Saturday, faded to fifth just shy of 11 percent.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who helped take Rubio down during Saturday’s debate, finished a distant sixth, and reports said he was headed home to “take a deep breath” and reassess his campaign.
Together we have sent a message that will resonate from Wall Street to Washington ... that government belongs to all of the people.
“We are going to make America great again,” Donald Trump told a packed Manchester victory rally, repeating his insurgent campaign’s trademarked mantra.
On the Democrats side, it was a disappointing night for Hillary Clinton as Sanders swept to a decisive win, beating her by 22 points, 60 to 38 percent. Voters hungry for what Sanders calls “political revolution” turned out in large numbers to vote for the Democratic socialist.
The Clinton campaign dismissed the potential results in the state during the run up to the primary, saying that Sanders was from a neighboring state.
Sanders took to the stage at his victory party and wasted no time going straight to the theme that appears to have dominated the election year: campaign finance.
“Together we have sent a message that will resonate from Wall Street to Washington … that government belongs to all of the people,” he said to huge applause and foot-stomping from a fired up audience of mixed ages.
But he warned of the brickbats ahead as the campaign now prepares to move to the national stage.