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On Feb. 9, 2016, shortly after the polls closed, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump were declared winners of the New Hampshire presidential primary. According to 2016 Election Central, with 95 percent of the precincts reporting, Sanders had garnered 60 percent of the Democratic voters’ support, and Trump won 35.3 percent of the Republican votes.
There are 55 delegates available from the New Hampshire primary. The total for the Republican National Committee (RNC) is 23, with 20 awarded at the time of the primary and three not awarded until the convention in July 2016. For the Democratic National Committee (DNC), there are 32 delegates, 24 of which are awarded at the primary and eight during the convention in Philadelphia, Penn., also in July.
Pre-primary polling results indicated Sanders had a 54 percent advantage over Hillary Clinton’s 48 percent. The poll was conducted after the Feb. 4 Democratic debate and prior to the Republican. Trump was well ahead in the Republican field, holding 31 percent, whereas Marco Rubio held 15 percent, Ted Cruz had 13, John Kasich held 11, and Jeb Bush had 10 percent of the votes. According to a CNN report, the previous four have “been jockeying for second place in [New Hampshire] for some time.”
Winning Candidate Responses
Sanders’ victory speech began by thanking Clinton. According to reports, he referred to her as Secretary Clinton when she called to congratulate him. An upbeat Sanders extended congratulations to her and “her supporters for running a vigorous campaign.” The senator then thanked his “many, many thousands of volunteers in the Granite State” for making this victory happen. He acknowledged the tremendous energy and many hours they worked to earn the win. After thanking his campaign staff, Sanders thanked the voters.
Trump opened his victory speech with his tagline, “We are going to make America great again.” His first thank you went to his deceased brother, Fred, and then to his wife and children. Finally, he thanked his staff. Trump said he wanted to congratulate the other candidates, who ran great campaigns, and then thanked those who had called him. After several minutes of nodding and acknowledging those who commented from the audience, he thanked the people of New Hampshire for helping him win the primary.
Democratic Voter Breakdown
- Sanders was declared the winner with 60 percent and over 143,000 votes.
- Clinton received 91,440 votes and 38.3 percent.
According to an Associated Press report as of 11:18 p.m. EST, Sanders won at least 13 delegates and Clinton will be awarded at least nine. Two remaining delegates were not yet allocated.
Republican Voter Breakdown
- Trump won with over 95,000 votes, giving him 35.3 percent and 10 delegates.
- Kasich received just under 43,000 votes, 15.3 percent and three delegates.
- Cruz was awarded two delegates, with over 31,500 votes and 11.6 percent.
- Bush received 11.1 percent of the votes with 30,000 votes and was awarded two delegates.
- Rubio came in fifth with 28,575 votes, giving him 10.5 percent with no delegates awarded.
Chris Christie held 7.5 percent of the votes, Carly Fiorina received 4.2 percent and Ben Carson garnered 2.3 percent.
Chaos at One New Hampshire Polling Site
There were reports of traffic congestion on the roads leading to polling sites. This increased projections of a high voter turnout, in spite of the cold weather and snow. Images of people standing in long lines wrapped around buildings to cast their primary ballots were in abundance on Twitter throughout the day.
In Merrimack, New Hampshire, the automobile traffic was so backed up that the decision was made to keep the polling site open later than scheduled. The total number of registered voters is approximately 19,000. Lynn Christensen, who has been the town moderator for 27 years, told CNN that the situation was a “major fiasco.” She said there were moments when it appeared not everyone was going to have the opportunity to cast their ballot, but “she did not hear of police turning away voters.”
Still there were those who could not wait in the long lines and, after waiting in traffic, they chose to leave without voting. Renee Beijar said “she sat for an hour-and-a-half in a half-mile of traffic to cast her ballot.” She further stated she believed she would not have been able to achieve her objective so quickly had it not been for those who turned their cars around.
On Feb. 20, 2016, the next Republican primaries will take place in South Carolina and in Nevada. The next debate for the Democrats will occur on Feb 11. The Republicans will launch theirs on Feb. 13.
According to Time magazine, Cristie has decided to forgo further campaigning efforts and will not be politicking in upcoming caucuses and primaries. Fiorina also announced the suspension of her campaign on Feb. 10, according to NBC News.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Kasich told his supporters, “There’s magic in the air with this campaign. We see this as an opportunity for all of us – and I mean all of us.” We can make changes in America, to “re-shine” and restore the American spirit.
With the New Hampshire primary win, Sanders and Trump are preparing to maintain their leads in the upcoming caucuses and primaries. Kasich has renewed optimism and the other candidates will continue to strive for a greater number of the necessary delegates to win the nomination.
By Cathy Milne
2016 Election Central
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