Former President Donald Trump won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, solidifying his position as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination.
Trump beat out former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley in the two-person race.
The big picture: As of Wednesday morning with 96 percent of the votes reporting, Trump had secured over 54 percent of the vote, compared to 43 percent for Haley, giving Trump 12 delegates while Haley walks away with nine.
- After winning the Iowa caucus, Trump’s performance in New Hampshire makes it increasingly likely that he will have a rematch with President Joe Biden in November.
- On the Democratic side, Biden won New Hampshire’s primary through a write-in effort after the state party held its own contest.
Driving the news: Despite facing multiple criminal charges and impeachment, Trump has been able to turn these vulnerabilities into an advantage with GOP voters, who view the legal cases as politically motivated.
- According to AdImpact data, Haley spent over $43 million advertising in New Hampshire, compared to about $16 million from Trump, yet her advertisements and campaigning in the state failed to deliver.
What they’re saying: After the primary was called, Haley spun her loss like a victory, similar to what she did in Iowa when she finished in third.
- “New Hampshire is first in the nation – it is not the last in the nation,” Haley said, adding that the race was “far from over.”
- Trump took the stage shortly after to blast Haley.
- “You can’t let people get away with bullshit,” Trump said. And when I watched her in the fancy dress that probably wasn’t so fancy, I said, ‘What’s she doing? We won.’”