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Donald Trump, fresh off of his win from the New Hampshire primary, has claimed that he could definitely beat Hillary Clinton in the bid for the White House. The BBC reported that the billionaire business owner has stated that not only could he win the upcoming states, he could “easily” beat Clinton and the polls show it. A CBS News Exit Poll revealed that 40 percent of voters believed that Trump is the best candidate to handle the economy, and 30 percent of voters believed that he is best equipped to handle an international crisis.
Trump seems to have disregarded rival New Hampshire primary winner, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who won in a similarly surprising victory against Hillary Clinton, beating her by 22 percent. During an interview with CBS, Trump brushed concerns about the Vermont senator aside, saying his proposed tax increase plan renders him harmless, and laid out his plan to take on Clinton in the race for the White House.
CNN has speculated over the fact that both of the New Hampshire winners are outliers, in the sense that they voice the concerns of both parties to a degree rarely seen by most politicians who try to stay middle-of-the-line. Trump and Sanders attract the most extreme margins of voters.
Sanders self-identifies as a Democratic socialist, attracting a number of zealous Democratic voters who are hopeful about his plans, notably one to upend the campaign financing system, wherein politicians receive super PACS and help from big companies. In the hours after his win in the New Hampshire primary, Sanders has since received $5.2 million in donations from individual contributors, breaking a record for the most money received in a day.
Trump has committed to a bold rhetoric that his supporters seemed to love, informing everyone that he is self-funding his campaign and making sweeping statements about taking America back, with outspoken claims that have shaken the GOP. Politifact has researched the self-funding statement and confirms that he largely funds his own campaign, having put up almost $13 million of the $19 million that his campaign cost in 2015. Small, individual contributions made up 23 percent and large donations made up 8.6 percent of his funding. Federal laws dictate that the cutoff for individual donations are $2,700 per candidate, per election.
However, Politifact also mentioned that Trump’s self-funding comes with some fine print. Trump only began self-funding in the last three months of 2015. Before that time, 67 percent of his funds were from individual donations. Additionally, about $12.6 million of the campaign funding he is talking about has been a loan, so he can get it back after the campaign is over, and the “Make America Great Again” clothing he has been selling will likely give him a profit.
The 69-year-old businessman told CBS the polls are revealing that he has a straight shot to take all of the required states to hold a lead, states that have usually gone with a Democratic nominee. The reality TV star boasted that he could easily take New York, Ohio, and Florida. He remarked that he could change the game because he has a real chance of taking Virginia and Michigan as well. As a result, he plans to take on Clinton in the race for the White House.
Trump is riding high on the wave of the New Hampshire Primary, and in the wake of his 36 percent victory, a few Republican hopefuls have suspended their campaigns. Former Hewlett-Packard Executive Carly Fiorina suspended her campaign at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 10. Fiorina only garnered four percent of the New Hampshire vote. She made a statement on her Facebook page that she will continue to fight for Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and “a status quo that no longer works for them.”
Chris Christie returned to New Jersey, where he has announced that he will formally suspend his campaign as well. Christie had a sixth place finish in New Hampshire, and told his supporters in Nashua that he and his wife would be going home to “take a deep breath.” Despite frontrunner Donald Trump telling CBS News that he was surprised about the outcome for the New Jersey governor, saying that he thought Christie had been “very effective.” Christie still has two years in his term as governor of New Jersey.
By Juanita Lewis
Edited by Leigh Haugh
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