Here’s what you need to know:
- Republican businessman Donald Trump won his first political victory, beating a large field of candidates. Ohio Gov. John Kasich finished second.
- Democratic Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by a wide margin.
- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he will go home to reassess his campaign after a disappointing sixth place finish.
- In this weekend’s GOP debate, Rubio faltered under attacks from Christie. In last week’s Democratic debate, Clinton and Sanders argued over who’s the true progressive.
- New Hampshire voters have correctly picked the last two GOP nominees — Mitt Romney and John McCain — and last correctly picked John Kerry as the Democratic nominee in 2004.
Chris Christie Is Ending His 2016 Presidential Bid
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is suspending his presidential campaign after a single-digit finish in New Hampshire on Tuesday, a staffer told BuzzFeed News.
After place near-last in the Iowa caucuses, Christie had staked his campaign on a strong showing in New Hampshire, a state friendlier to more establishment-leaning Republicans.
His campaign touted his debate performance over the weekend — in which he aggressively attacked Marco Rubio for repeating the same line about President Obama — as a turning point for the governor.
While Christie may have damaged Rubio, who finished in a disappointing fifth place, the performance ultimately did not give his candidacy the boost it needed to deliver a victory in the granite state.
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— Kyle Blaine
Carly Fiorina Announces She Is Suspending Her Campaign
Ted Cruz: It’s A Two-Man Race, Me Or Trump
Ted Cruz says the Republican presidential race is now down to a choice between him and Donald Trump going into the South Carolina primary.
“South Carolina historically has played a critical role picking presidents. And I think Iowa and New Hampshire perform an incredibly important function in narrowing the field and in many ways this field is becoming a two-person race between me and Donald Trump,” the Texas senator said on the Mike Gallagher Show Wednesday.
“What Iowa and New Hampshire demonstrate is that the only person in this field who can beat Donald Trump is me. The other candidates are not able to beat Donald Trump.”
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— Andrew Kaczynski
Marco Rubio’s Meltdown Plunges GOP Race Deeper Into Chaos
MANCHESTER, N.H. — New Hampshire voters were supposed to anoint a prophet.
After nine nightmarish months of Donald Trump dominating the GOP race, party stalwarts had hoped Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation primary would end with the emergence of a consensus establishment standard-bearer ready to take the fight to The Donald. But when the polls closed in the Granite State, the billionaire was celebrating a blowout — while a distant cluster of also-rans jockeyed pathetically between second-, third-, and fourth-place finishes.
In a cast of presidential candidates once hyped as the most dynamic and diverse in the party’s history, not one could get within 19 points of Trump. And yet almost all of them declared Tuesday they were determined to soldier on.
Now, as the unruly Republican presidential field decamps for South Carolina, many in the party are predicting a drawn-out and damaging primary fight.
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— McKay Coppins
Clinton, Sanders Campaigns Grew At End Of 2015 While Diversity Hiring Remained The Same
WASHINGTON — The Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaigns went on a hiring spree over the last few months of the year, but the amount of minority hires for both campaigns remained steady, according to data provided to Inclusv, a group that monitors and facilitates diversity hiring in Democratic electoral politics.
In a round of data provided to Inclusv Tuesday and provided to BuzzFeed News, the Clinton campaign self-reported that minorities currently make up 30% of its staff, down slightly from 32.2% in October of last year. The Sanders campaign reported minority staff made up 30.9% at the end of 2015, down from 33% in October.
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— Darren Sands
Here Are Your Republican Runners-Up:
Just before 11 a.m. ET, the Associated Press finalized the list of runners-up in the Republican field.
With Trump first and Kasich second, third place officially went to Ted Cruz, followed by Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.
With about 95% of precincts reporting at 10:55 a.m. ET, here were the final results:
Trump with 35.3%, Kasich with about 15.7%, Cruz with 11.7%, Bush 11.1%, and Rubio with 10.5%.
Sanders Meets With Rev. Al Sharpton In NYC
The morning after his decisive victory in the New Hampshire primary, Bernie Sanders was in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood on Wednesday to meet with Rev. Al Sharpton.
The civil rights icon is an important figure in the black community, and a potential endorsement of the Vermont senator could help to shift African American supporters of Hillary Clinton towards Sanders.
Trump Bar Quiet On Primary Night
Only about a half a dozen people, including the bar tender and a waiter, showed up Tuesday night at Trump bar in NYC to take in the New Hampshire primary results. The bar, located in ground floor of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, has become a tourist attraction since Trump started taking off in the polls.
“There were more supporters here last week for Iowa,” the man in the gray suit said. That night, the man said, Trump supporters had gathered around the bar, excited at first but soon disappointed, as the caucus results showed a victory for Ted Cruz.
One of the men sitting on a leather couch in the bar was a former driver for the Trump family and now supporter of the presidential hopeful.
He said he believes in Trump and didn’t seem happy with Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly, saying “she got nasty with him,” while shaking his head when her face popped on the television screen.
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-Albert Samaha and Kendall Taggart
Trump Takes Victory Lap On Morning Shows
Fresh off his big win in New Hampshire, Trump took a gracious tone while taking his victory lap on the morning talk shows Wednesday.
The outspoken presidential contender was subdued when talking about his competitors, saying that everyone did well. When asked on the Today show who his biggest competitor is now, he said he “wouldn’t want to pick one.”
“I think we’re doing very well, we have something really special,” Trump said.
He’s now setting his sights on South Carolina, where he said he packed a stadium at an event two days ago. He also referred to his campaign success as a “movement.”
Trump avoided his usual grandstanding Wednesday and instead kept things very positive and refused to go negative on any of his competitors during his interviews. Instead, he called Kasich a “nice guy,” said Christie did “an amazing job” at the most recent debate and also said that he likes Rubio very much.
“As you get closer, you act a little bit differently,” Trump said on Today.
Meanwhile, John Kasich, who came up from behind to come in second for the Republicans in New Hampshire, said people always underestimate him but somehow it always seems to work out.
Speaking on the Today show, Kasich distanced himself from his competitors saying that he “was the only one with a really positive message” and that he “always thought that light could overcome darkness.”
But made sure to acknowledge that “it’s a long road…to the nomination.”
Vermin Supreme Is Getting More Votes In New Hampshire Than Jim Gilmore
Presidential candidate Vermin Supreme, who is known for wearing a rubber boot on his head, currently has received more write-in votes in the New Hampshire primary than former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.
— CJ Ciaramella
Kasich Takes Second In New Hampshire, But Now He Has To Keep His Campaign Alive
CONCORD, N.H. – John Kasich took second place behind Donald Trump in the New Hampshire Republican primary – but even his own supporters admitted they will struggle to carry his campaign’s success on to other states after focussing all their efforts on the first primary.
The Ohio governor held his party at the Courtyard Marriot in Concord where staff were overwhelmed with the sudden surge in media interest in the governor. Kasich was introduced to the stage at least six separate times but his supporters in the audience seemed uncomfortable chanting “Kasich! Kasich!” for prolonged periods of time. Instead they kept trailing off to silence.
Eventually some took to half-heartedly shouting “buy a seatbelt” in reference to Kasich’s pledge to get so much done in his 100 days as president that voters will be left breathless. But he’s got a long way to go. The main effect of his relative success on Tuesday night was to frustrate efforts to pick a single anti-Trump candidate from the Republican field.
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— Jim Waterson.
Jeb To Supporters: “This Campaign Is Not Dead”
Jeb Bush — who at the time of his speech to supporters was in a close race with Ted Cruz for a third place finish in New Hampshire — declared the presidential race “reset” on Tuesday.
“The pundits had it all figured out on Monday night when the Iowa caucuses were complete,” Bush said. “They said that the race was now a three-person race between two freshmen senators and a reality TB star. While the TV star is still doing well, it looks like you all have reset the race and for that, I am really grateful.”
Bush added later in the speech: “This campaign is not dead, we’re going on to South Carolina.” — Kyle Blaine
Defeated In New Hampshire, Clinton Camp Already Forecasting Closer Race In Nevada
MANCHESTER, N.H. — After a one-point win in Iowa and a double-digit loss in New Hampshire, the hopeful trajectory Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook charted some three months ago no longer seems probable.
Instead, as polls closed here on Tuesday, before Clinton greeted a crowd in Southern New Hampshire University’s athletic center, the campaign manager released a memo to reporters headlined, “March Matters,” signaling the long road ahead.
“Here’s what we’re going to do,” Clinton said on stage with her husband and daughter. “We take this campaign to the entire country. We’re going to fight for every vote, in every state. We’re going to fight for real solutions that make a real difference in people’s lives.”
Since she got in the race last April, Clinton and her advisers have directed the large share of the campaign’s time and financial resources on the first four primary states: Iowa and New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. But ahead of those remaining two contests, members of Clinton’s team sought on primary day to forecast close races there, too — particularly on Feb. 20 in Nevada, a state her aides once regarded with confidence.
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— Ruby Cramer
Ted Cruz Looks To Next Contest After New Hampshire Loss
Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz sailed to first place in the Iowa caucus last week — but as he faced what looked to be a third-place finish in New Hampshire on Tuesday night, he sought to reignite enthusiasm in his supporters.
“We need a proven principled leader who stands with the people,” Cruz told the crowd in Hollis just before 11 p.m., as polls showed that he was edging out Jeb Bush for third place. “We must defend the Constitution — defend life, marriage, and religious liberty — and always defend the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.”
He finished by pointing ahead to the next few contests — where, he hoped, he would regain his footing against Donald Trump.
“Who has the judgment, the temperament, the experience, the knowledge, the clarity of vision, and the strength of resolve to stand by our friends and allies and to defeat our enemies, to defeat radical Islamic terrorists?” Cruz asked.
“Iowa and New Hampshire together have gone a long long way to answering that question. Thank you for tonight’s results. Your victory tonight has left the Washington cartel utterly terrified. And so now on to South Carolina, on to Las Vegas, on to Super Tuesday.” — Stephanie M. Lee
Kasich On His Second Place Finish: “Maybe We’re Turning The Page On A Dark Part Of American Politics”
Speaking to supporters Tuesday after his second place finish in New Hampshire, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said there is “magic in the air” with his campaign.
Kasich bested the other establishment candidates in the race, including Jeb Bush and Chris Christie. He credited his positive message for his strong finish, and said his success shows that maybe a change is happening in the election.
“We never went negative because we have more good to sell than to spend our time being critical of somebody else,” Kasich said. “And maybe, maybe just maybe, at a time when clearly change is in the air, maybe, just maybe we’re turning the page on a dark part of American politics because tonight, the light overcame the darkness of negative campaigning. And you made it happen.”
In a speech that emphasized unity and civility, Kasich urged Americans to slow down and listen to their neighbors.
“That’s the America I know, where we slow down our lives. We slow down our lives, and let’s just leave this hall tonight, and I would ask you to just reflect on this. Because you see we’re all made to change the world. We’re all made to be a apart of the healing of this world,” he said.
He continued, “From this day forward, I’m going to go slower, and spend my time listening, helping, and bringing people together to fix our great country.” — Kyle Blaine
Reporting by Evan McMorris-Santoro, McKay Coppins, Rosie Gray, Ruby Cramer, Tarini Parti, and Jim Waterson in New Hampshire; Katherine Miller, Kyle Blaine, Ema O’Connor, Andrew Kaczynski, Chris Massie, Megan Apper, Nicolas Medina Mora, David Mack, Charlie Warzel, and Tom Namako in New York; Stephanie M. Lee in San Francisco; and Dan Vergano in Washington, D.C.
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