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Trump, Sanders prevail in NH

Kathleen Ronayne and Calvin Woodward
Associated Press

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders powered to victory in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, avenging their Iowa losses to keep the mad scramble of the 2016 presidential campaign alive with dozens of contests to come.

A knot of Republicans fought it out for second, an important perch as the campaign goes national, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich breaking through ahead of Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Iowa winner Ted Cruz. Sanders, the independent socialist senator challenging Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, and Trump, the political neophyte and provocateur of the Republican race, tapped New Hampshire’s occasional indulgence in political insurgencies to prevail in the nation’s second contest for the nomination.

Instead, Trump put beef behind his braggadocio, and celebrated his solid victory by vowing anew that “I’m going to be the greatest jobs president” and “beat all of these countries that are taking so much of our money away from us.”



And Sanders was full of fire at his victory rally, declaring, “We have sent the message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington, from Maine to California, and that is that the government of our great country belongs to all of the people and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors and their super PACs.”

Still, Sanders, from Vermont, moves on to tougher territory in South Carolina, where Clinton has been favored and where a racially diverse population serves up an electorate that looks more like America than rural, small-town and mostly white Iowa and New Hampshire.




Trump, too, will be tested on whether he can run a truly national campaign, despite preference polls that find him on top, and whether he can unleash the organizational skills needed to slog toward the nomination state by state.

HOW SANDERS WON

Sanders attracted a broad coalition of New Hampshire voters, gathering a majority of votes from men, independents and voters under 45, as well as a slim majority of women, according to early exit polls conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and the television networks

The polls found that Clinton won the majority of those over 65 and those with incomes over $200,000 a year.

The age gap first seen in Iowa, where younger voters backed Sanders and older ones, Clinton, appeared to be replicated to some extent in New Hampshire.

Nearly half who voted in the Democratic primary said that between Sanders and Clinton, they thought only Sanders is honest and trustworthy.

HOW TRUMP WON

Trump capitalized on disaffection and outright anger with Washington, which was more pronounced in the Republican race, the exit polls found.

He drew both from conservative and moderate Republicans. His hardline positions on immigration and national security appeared to help him as well. Although nearly 6 in 10.


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