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Trump & Sanders Win New Hampshire

February 10th, 2016

Image courtesy Donkey Hotey via Flickr CC

A little state was a big deal last night in the presidential election process.

Republicans in New Hampshire voted for their choice out of all the Republican presidential candidates — of which there are many, still about a dozen.

And Democrats did the same thing except there are only two people in that contest — Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

New Hampshire is the second state of all the states to go and they’re the first state to hold a  primary  — one of the two kinds of ways to vote. So there are a lot of people who pay attention to what happens there.

After all 50 states vote, the Republicans will have one candidate left. And same with the Democrats. Then they’ll run against each other and one of them will be elected the President of the United States of America on November 8.

So what happened last night?

On the Republican side…

Images of Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio courtesy of Donkey Hotey via Flickr CC

Donald Trump won there by a lot.  He won 35% of the Republican vote. So, about 1 in every 3 Republicans in New Hampshire voted for him. Here are CBS News highlights from Mr. Trump’s victory speech.

John Kasich (pronounced K-sick), who is the current governor of Ohio but is running for president came in second with 16%.

Those numbers may seem low but there are a lot of Republicans running which means the votes are divided up among more candidates.

On the Democrat side…

Bernie Sanders & Hillary Clinton image credit: Donkey Hotey via Flickr CC

Bernie Sanders soundly beat Hillary Clinton there.

Sanders won 60% of the vote to Clinton’s 38%.

Here are ABC News ‘ highlights from Senator Sanders’ victory speech  last night.

This was a disappointing loss for Hillary Clinton because she had won the New Hampshire primary the last time she ran for president in 2008.

Were these results a surprise or expected?

A bit of both.

Last night’s results were expected. We know going into these things how the candidates are doing because people are polled (asked) ahead of time to see how they’re planning to vote. Last night’s results reflected the polls.

But a number of months ago not many people would have guessed that Mr. Trump and Senator Sanders would be doing this well.

Both are considered outsiders and both have gained a lot of momentum over the past few months. By voting for them, people are rejecting candidates who represent the way the government currently works and their role in it. Those “establishment” candidates traditionally do well but now? … not so much. Mr. Sanders called it a “political revolution” in his victory speech last night.

And then there’s this…

A man who wears a boot on his head and calls himself Vermin Supreme has been running in New Hampshire the past few presidential elections. He says he’ll give every American a free pony if he wins. Last night he got more votes than Republican candidate Jim Gilmore. Ouch.

Vermin Supreme. Photo credit: Marc Nozell via Flickr CC

A bit more on the process…

You can read more about that from a previous HTE story  here .

Next up is South Carolina and Nevada at the end of February.

Then it’s Super Tuesday on March 1 when 14 states go all at once!

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