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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Fresh off his victory in the Granite State, Donald Trump told a crowd at Clemson University in South Carolina it’s now their turn to deliver the billionaire another win.

“Believe me if you vote for Trump, and again I don't want your money, I want your vote,” the real estate mogul said, predicting a win here would eliminate his competition for the GOP nomination.

"You vote for Trump, we win here, we’re going to run the table.”

With nine days left until voters in the Palmetto state go to the polls, the Trump campaign has staff and volunteers hitting the phones and the streets to get out the vote – even driving around several RVs with Trump’s face and his “Make America Great Again!” slogan pasted all over.

“People are tired of stupidity,” Trump said of his victory Tuesday night. “We’re not gonna have it anymore!.”

In his speech, Trump took a harder hit than usual at former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

“He’s a schlepper,” Trump said about Bush. “Spent 38-39 million in New Hampshire. I spent 3 and a half, I’m number one. He’s at the bottom. Think of it!”

Bush finished fourth in the field, ahead of Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie and Ben Carson.

The billionaire earlier in his remarks said “the last thing we need is another Bush” to which is crowd booed.

Trump is set to campaign Thursday in Baton Rouge, LA.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A 4-year-old boy experienced his first political disappointment when he realized he couldn't vote for Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, and it was all caught on video.

Aiden Gerety, of Manchester, New Hampshire, went to the polls with his mother and, when he overheard his mom had not voted for the Democratic candidate, he started crying because he couldn't vote for her himself.

"I want to vote for Hillary Clinton," Aiden is heard saying in a video his mother, Amanda Gerety, took of the moment.

"I think he must have seen a commercial, one of her ads. I don’t know where it came from, it was very random," Gerety told ABC News, declining to share who she voted for. "He got very upset and said 'No, I want to vote for Hillary Clinton' ... and he got more and more upset about it."

Clinton ended up losing the country's first primary to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by about 20 percentage points after a close victory in the Iowa caucuses.

Gerety recorded the video of the heartbroken Aiden for her husband and family members, and then decided to post it online. In mere hours, the video has gotten more than 2,000 views on Facebook, plus hundreds more on YouTube.

"I thought it’d be funny to show my family and people started sharing and sharing," the 39-year-old nurse said.

So how did she calm young Aiden down? "I literally had to pretend to call the place to tell them I wanted to change my vote to get the tears to stop!" Gerety wrote in the Facebook post.

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BernieSanders.com(NEW YORK) --  Sen. Bernie Sanders believes Bill Clinton’s attacks on him have been inaccurate, he told ABC News Wednesday.

And when asked whether Clinton has hit below the belt, Sanders said, "I think so."

“Look, I know he’s going to be out there defending his wife; trust me, my wife will be out there defending me,” Sanders said.

Sanders also pointed out that he has defended Hillary Clinton “against some unfair attacks” in the past, “but I felt that President Clinton said things that were just not accurate and I hope we get" beyond that, he said.

But the Vermont independent said he will not change his tactics on stage as Thursday’s Democratic debate approaches.

“I hope we can debate the issues and how we propose to bring about the changes that America needs,” he said. “That’s the kind of debate I think American people would like to hear, not nasty.”

Sanders comments come after Bill Clinton attacked his supporters who he alleges aim sexist comments at Hillary Clinton supporters.

Sanders won the New Hampshire primary by 22 points Tuesday, the largest margin in the state since 1960 when John F. Kennedy won 85.2 percent of the vote.

Coming off the landmark win in the New Hampshire primary, Sanders is gearing up for the next big tests in the presidential race later this month: South Carolina and Nevada.

But if the elections were held tomorrow in those states, Sanders said, he would lose.

"No. Fortunately for us the election is not tomorrow," Sanders told ABC News' Cecilia Vega. "Fortunately for us, we have now ended the campaign in New Hampshire. We can now devote our resources to Nevada and South Carolina. And when Election Day comes there, I do think that we can win."

He went on to discuss his meeting with the Rev. Al Sharpton while in New York City today.

Sanders said the two discussed the needs of the African-American community, and while his rallies may lack diversity in the crowd, he said, he expressed confidence in “see[ing] more diversity.”

“I think what the polling is showing is that we are doing better and better with the African-American community and with the Latino community," Sanders said.

South Carolina is prominently African-American and, according to a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Jan. 28, Clinton had 74 percent of the black vote compared to Sanders’ 17 percent.

But Sanders says he confident his message will reach the black community.

“I think we are especially focusing now on a broken criminal justice system and the need for real police reform,” he said, “which I think will result in a lot of African-Americans and Latinos paying increased attention to our campaign."

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie formally suspended his presidential campaign Wednesday.

The New Jersey governor held a meeting with his campaign staff at 4pm Wednesday afternoon to thank them and announce the news, a spokesperson to the campaign confirms to ABC News.

The decision comes a day after the New Jersey governor came in a disappointing 6th place in New Hampshire, despite a heavy investment of time and funds into the first-in-the-nation primary contest.

"We bet the ranch on New Hampshire, and no one ever anticipated the Trump phenomenon," a source familiar with Christie’s plans told ABC News. “He’s a realist.”

Christie launched his bid for the White House last June, encapsulating his straight-talking style with a campaign slogan of "Telling It Like It Is” and focused the majority of his efforts in New Hampshire, where he was hoping for a far better showing.

In 2012, he turned down calls to seek the presidency, saying at the time that he wasn't ready. Following his successful reelection in 2013, Christie was widely considered a front-runner for the Republican nomination this year. But his political capital was spoiled after scandal over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.

Christie will return to New Jersey with almost two full years remaining in his second gubernatorial term.

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Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) -- In a not-so-subtle jab at Donald Trump, President Obama on Wednesday railed against low-brow political discourse, calling for a “modicum of civility.”

Rather than reward the most extreme voices or whoever is best at “launching schoolyard taunts,” the president told Illinois lawmakers in Springfield that “we should insist on a higher form of political discourse that is based on respect.”

Being president is a “big deal” and something we should “revere,” Obama said.

Returning to the site where he launched his presidential campaign nine years ago, the president bemoaned the state of American politics in a lengthy, more than hour-long speech.

Though he did not mention any of the presidential candidates by name, his message to them, and to all politicians, was clear.

“What can we do, all of us together to try to make our politics better. And I speak to both sides on this, because all of you know it could be better. And all of you would feel prouder of the work you do if it were better,” Obama said.

"Our children are watching what we do. They don’t just learn it from school they learn it by watching us the way we conduct ourselves, the way we treat each other. If we lie about each other, they learn it’s OK to lie. If they make up facts and ignore science, then they just think it’s their opinion that matters,” he said.

“If they see us insulting each other like school kids then they think well I guess that’s how people are supposed to behave. The way we respect or don’t this -- each other as citizens -- will determine whether the hard, frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government continues," he added.

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ABC/Donna Svennevik(WASHINGTON) -- In an interview with ABC News' Jonathan Karl on his charter plane to South Carolina, Marco Rubio said that he had made the decision at last Saturday's debate not to attack Republicans, but that "in hindsight, maybe that was a mistake."

"I shouldn’t have done it that way because what it did was it moved me to a message that pivoted away from the question and gave this perception that I tried to evade it," Rubio told Karl Wednesday afternoon. "The truth is, I just didn’t want to get into a Republican-on-Republican fight but in hindsight that probably wasn’t the best way to approach it."

Rubio's performance at the Feb. 6 GOP debate, hosted by ABC News, was criticized for being robotic, after he repeated an attack line against President Obama four times.

Rubio placed in the middle in the New Hampshire primary, and he acknowledged that his debate performance "didn't help" him win supporters in the state.

"It’s disappointing because I know we could have done better and I believe we would have done better had it not been for a poor 90-second moment in the debate on Saturday," Rubio said.

He continued: "But you got put that move forward. You can’t change the past. All you can do is influence the future. And that’s what I’m focusing on. In the future, if there’s a conflict at a debate, you’re going to have to engage likewise on what’s happening."

Rubio then pivoted to GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

"[Trump] is now clearly the frontrunner for the Republican nomination," he said. "So Donald has to begin to outline clear ideas on issues like national security and foreign policy and the economy. It’s no longer enough to continue to say the great things you’re going to do, but you won’t tell us how you’re going to do them."

He said he agreed that the longer Jeb Bush -- and others -- stay in the race, the more likely Trump wins the nomination.

Rubio said he's confident he will win the Republican nomination and be back on the New Hampshire ballot in the general election.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Carly Fiorina is suspending her presidential campaign, she announced on Wednesday.

"While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them," the former Hewlett-Packard CEO wrote in a statement released Wednesday.

Fiorina gained some traction in the Republican primary last fall following a strong performance in the first televised Republican presidential debate. After participating in the undercard debate, Fiorina saw a jolt to her poll numbers and earned a spot on the main debate stage for several forums thereafter.

She was ultimately unable to sustain the momentum and her poll numbers began to slip.

Florina's opposition to abortion and Planned Parenthood became a central issue of her campaign, with the candidate repeatedly accusing the women's health organization of supporting the harvesting of fetal body parts for profit.

Fiorina launched her long-shot bid for the Republican nomination last May, touting her business credentials and status as a political outsider. She has never held public office but mounted a failed challenge to California Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- On Tuesday night, the polls proved to be right. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders emerged as the winners of the New Hampshire primary by a huge lead.

Here are five things to know about how New Hampshire changed the race leading into the next contests in Nevada and South Carolina:

Trump Gets His Groove Back

The real estate mogul was hoisted by New Hampshirites seeking a political outsider who “tells it like it is.” Amid doubt after the Iowa caucuses that public opinion polling was inflating Trump’s actual support at the polls, Trump was able to drive voter turnout in New Hampshire, fending off questions, at least for now, that he can deliver in future contests.

Despite facing backlash after calling in December for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States, Tuesday’s exit polls show two-thirds of GOP voters in the Granite State are in favor of Trump’s proposal.

As of Wednesday morning, Trump locked in a little over 35 percent of the vote in New Hampshire. The race for the White House continues in South Carolina, where Trump holds a significant lead over the pack.

What John Kasich Needs to Do After New Hampshire

The Ohio governor is a “new” candidate on voters’ radar after a surprise second place finish. He’s come a long way from being a candidate whose name no one knew how to pronounce correctly.

Though second overall, Kasich finished first against the other governors in the race -- Chris Christie and Jeb Bush -- shaking the Bush campaign and possibly a factor in Christie’s expected end to his candidacy.

While Kasich celebrated Tuesday night, he’s well aware that this is a long, long race, and winning the New Hampshire Republican primary doesn’t secure the GOP nomination.

Rubio, Cruz, Bush Get Stuck in the Middle


Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio all placed in the middle in the New Hampshire primary.

Cruz, one of the most conservative candidates, did well among the most conservative Republicans within the two states, but he has yet to prove he can appeal to voters outside his base.

Bush’s fourth place finish is enough to keep his campaign alive, especially considering the amount of resources he has in South Carolina.

Rubio’s rise was short-lived. Rubio may have botched his chances to be voters’ solidified pick for president after his performance in last Saturday’s GOP debate, which he even admits he “did not do well.”

Clinton Gets ‘Berned’ in Nearly Every Category

Bernie Sanders smoked Hillary Clinton, finishing over 20 points ahead of her.

Exit polls showed Sanders won the majority of registered Democratic voters and independents.

While Clinton may have expected to lose the primary, she may have not anticipated losing the women’s vote: 53 percent of women voted for Sanders, while 46 percent voted for Clinton.

And with voters under the age of 30, Sanders beat Clinton by a whopping 84 to 15 percent.

Clinton will have to find a way to reboot her campaign and reach out to young voters.

Other Candidates May Get the Boot

It might be time to pack it in for the candidates in the lower tiers.

Ben Carson, who placed fourth in Iowa behind leading contenders Cruz, Trump and Rubio, finished in eighth place in the Granite State.

Carson was quick to dismiss rumors he would be “taking time off” from campaigning when he announced he would be heading home to Florida for “fresh clothes.”

Also showing no signs of throwing in the towel is Carly Fiorina.

After a projected seventh place finish in the New Hampshire primary, she told a crowd in Manchester: “Our fight is just beginning.”

As for long-shot GOP candidate Jim Gilmore, he said he hopes for a stronger finish in South Carolina.

"We've got a lot more work to do," the former Virginia governor said in reaction to his finish in Tuesday's first-in-the-nation primary.

The South Carolina primaries are on Saturday, Feb. 20, for Republicans and on Saturday, Feb. 27, for Democrats.

The Nevada caucuses are on Feb. 20 for Democrats and on Tuesday, Feb. 23, for Republicans.

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US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. James Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat and influential South Carolina leader, said in an interview Wednesday that he may soon endorse one of the two Democratic presidential contenders after previously pledging to remain neutral.

Clyburn, who did not make a public endorsement ahead of the South Carolina Democratic primary in 2008, said that he is getting pressured to "take a stand" on the 2016 race for the White House.

Clyburn didn’t say definitely if he was leaning toward endorsing Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. He plans to discuss an endorsement this weekend with his close family, who have exerted the most pressure on him, and has ruled out an endorsement before next week, according to a source close to the congressman.

"I have a wife and three daughters, so you figure it out," Clyburn said, laughing. "They are my family, they are my consultants."

Clyburn said he has also had conversations with colleagues about an endorsement. He said he’s spoken with former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Dick Harpootlian, who recently endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders.

"We’ve had conversations," he said of Harpootlian. "He’s a good friend."

Clyburn previously said he would likely stay neutral in the race. He is a leading Democrat in South Carolina and his endorsement could help solidify support for Clinton in the state, particularly among African-Americans, at a time when voters may be giving Sanders a closer look.

Clyburn was upset in 2008 at what he called "bizarre" statements made by Bill Clinton during the heat of a tough primary fight between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He felt the comments crossed the line and were offensive to African-Americans.

Clyburn later recalled in his 2014 memoir, Blessed Experiences, that he received an angry 2 a.m. phone call from Bill Clinton following the 2008 South Carolina primary.

"If you bastards want a fight, you damn well will get one," Clinton said.

He told ABC News at the time that: "He was very upset," and added, "His wife had just suffered a major defeat in the South Carolina primary, and I had not been involved in it, but Bill Clinton thought otherwise."

Since then, Clyburn has said his relationship with the Clintons has improved.

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US Congress(NEW YORK) -- Bernie Sanders finally tasted the specialty ice cream flavor that Vermont sweet-makers Ben and Jerry made in his honor on ABC’s The View Wednesday morning.

Sanders confirmed it was the first time he had tried the creamy dessert, named "Bernie’s Yearning." It was “excellent,” Sanders said.

But the ice cream was not the only treat in store for Sanders. The Vermont senator shot some hoops with the hosts, as he did Tuesday night in New Hampshire to celebrate his primary win.

Asked by Whoopi Goldberg how he could keep his momentum going as the race heads to Nevada and South Carolina, Sanders replied, “A lot of effort.”

“I can tell you there is a lot of hard work in front of us,” he added.

Sanders and the group talked about student loan debt, Wall Street, Flint and gun control. He argued that he is “very much in step” with where American people are on gun control and “resented” any insinuation otherwise.

As the race heated up between the two campaigns over the past week, Bill Clinton had some tough words for the senator. Sanders said on the show he was “disappointed” by the attacks and hoped the race did not “degenerate” into personal jabs.

During a fun rapid fire, Sanders was asked to say something positive about a list of politicians. He called Ohio Gov. John Kasich “an old friend” but could not find kind words for Donald Trump.

“What can I say?” Sanders sighed. When pushed, he joked, “humble.”

Sanders didn't hesitate though when asked about his primary challenger, Hillary Clinton. “Intelligent,” he replied.

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Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ahead of his victory in the New Hampshire primary, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said his campaign was getting “great signals” that he would win in the Granite State.

“Whatever rally, you know, many, many people would show up -- many more than we ever anticipated,” he said in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America Wednesday. “It’s a great place – New Hampshire – you know I love the people and they were reflective of it. It was a great evening.”


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As polls closed in the Granite State Tuesday night, ABC News projected Trump would win the New Hampshire Republican primary. And, as of Wednesday morning, Trump had garnered more than 35 percent of the vote, holding onto a nearly 20 percentage point lead over second-place finisher, Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Trump said he expects to absorb some of the other GOP candidates' support as they exit the race.

“I’m going to get some of those votes also,” he said. “A lot of them.”

Of his rivals, Trump said “they’re all good” but he said his message was “better than their message.”

Though Trump had long been favored to win the first-in-the-nation primary, rival Ted Cruz’s victory in the Iowa caucuses as well as Marco Rubio’s better-than-expected finish there raised questions about the Trump campaign’s organizational prowess.

“You know, we learned a lot about ground games in one week I have to tell you that,” Trump said in victory speech last night, sounding a note of confidence for the primaries ahead.

“We are going to start winning again and we're going to win so much, you are going to be so happy,” Trump told a cheering crowd. “We are going now to South Carolina. We're going to win in South Carolina.”


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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Coming off a strong second place finish in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said that he's prepared to fight for the GOP presidential nomination.

"It's a long race. We're going to go through South Carolina, ultimately to the Midwest," Kasich told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America Wednesday. "This is a long, long race."

"Everybody always underestimates me," he added.

Kasich also insisted that he can unite the Republican party — including backers of Donald Trump, who won the New Hampshire contest by a wide margin.

"We can attract the Democrats," he said, talking about the general election. "We're Americans before we're Republicans and Democrats."


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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — When President Obama travels to Illinois this week to speak in front of the state legislature, it will be nine years to the day since he announced his bid for the presidency from the same spot.

“By ourselves, this change will not happen. Divided, we are bound to fail,” Obama said in 2007 to the thousands of supporters gathered that blisteringly cold Saturday in Springfield. “But the life of a tall, gangly, self-made Springfield lawyer tells us that a different future is possible.”

Obama's nostalgic return to Springfield comes with a bittersweet reality check: by his own admission in his final State of the Union address last month, those hopes of a unified country during his tenure have failed to materialize.

“It’s one of the few regrets of my presidency,” Obama said. “That the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better.”

Nowhere is that divide felt more viscerally than where Obama began his legislative career.

“This is an unprecedented time for Illinois,” said David Yepsen, the director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University. “The bond rating is the worst in the country. There’s no budget. It’s grim times financially in the state and there’s a crisis going on in Chicago.”

The visit also comes the day after a decisive victory in New Hampshire for Sen. Bernie Sanders. Similar to Obama in 2008, Sanders has found popularity campaigning against Hillary Clinton with a populist message and his early rejection of the invasion of Iraq.

Yepsen said that while no reliable polls have been produced in Illinois to get a read of how the state's voters feel between Sanders and Clinton, income inequality continues to be a chief concern in the state.

The state could also be a crucial test to see whether Illinois voters will again connect to the candidate promising change by upending the “establishment.” Though a bleak editorial headline out Tuesday from the Chicago Tribune previewing Obama’s visit reads “No Hope Of Change In Illinois.”

“There’s going to be, in both parties, a primary that means something,” Yepsen said, noting that the state’s March primary often takes place when the Republican and Democratic fields are already settled.

According to the White House, President Obama’s message to the Illinois General Assembly will be “about what we can do, together, to build a better politics — one that reflects our better selves.”

Democratic strategist and ABC News contributor Donna Brazile said a reflection of Obama’s presidency shows a nation ready to move forward on progress already made in the nine years since Obama’s announcement.

“Bringing an economy back from the brink, providing millions access to health care, keeping the American auto industry alive, climate change, Iran accords, and much, much more,” Brazile said. “Americans are no longer looking in the rear view mirror, we turned a page, and it's time to write a new chapter."
 
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ABC News(NEW YORK) — A powerful pushback against the established political order lifted Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders alike in New Hampshire, underscoring deep splits both within and between the Republican and Democratic parties.

Trump was boosted to victory by broad support among voters seeking a political outsider, anger at the federal government, strong worry about the economy and terrorism and substantial backing for some of his controversial proposals. He did best with less-educated voters, those looking for blunt talk and those who see better days ahead – classic elements of a populist movement.

Sanders, for his part, crushed Clinton on the personal attributes of honesty and empathy, whaled among independents and liberals and won young voters – including young women – by extraordinary margins. He prevailed by a vast 70-29 percent among voters focused on income inequality and ran very close with Clinton in two of her strongholds – mainline Democrats and nonwhites, as rare as the latter are in New Hampshire.

The question is where Sanders goes from here. While off their peak for New Hampshire, independents accounted for 40 percent of voters in the Democratic primary, far more than is customary in other states. Just 7 percent were nonwhites – a group likely to exceed half the Democratic electorate in South Carolina on Feb. 20. And a record 69 percent in New Hampshire were liberals, turnout that, again, may be hard to replicate.

Trump’s performance may be less difficult to repeat; while his support peaked among particular groups, he showed strength across the board, winning mainline Republicans and independents; men and women; and conservatives, as well as running competitively among moderates. Still, as in Iowa, he was weak among voters focused on a candidate who “shares my values,” an attribute that may gain salience elsewhere, especially in Southern states where evangelicals predominate.

What remains to be seen on the GOP side is whether the two-thirds of Republicans who didn’t back Trump coalesce around another candidate – perhaps as the field narrows – or remain fragmented. For the Democrats, it’s whether Clinton can pull herself up in the party’s mainstream, sharpen her appeal to young voters and overcome her longtime weakness on honesty and the common touch.

A detailed summary of exit poll results follows, analyzed for ABC News by Langer Research Associates.

The Republican Race


Among Trump’s accomplishments was appealing to a New Hampshire electorate that was far more conservative than usual for the state. A record 71 percent of GOP voters were conservatives, up dramatically from 53 percent in the 2012 primary. Trump won 36 percent of all conservatives and 35 percent of very conservatives, the latter 14 points better than in Iowa.

Most fundamental was his appeal as a disrupter: Half of GOP voters said they wanted an outsider rather than a candidate with political experience; 61 percent in this group backed Trump. (The next closest was not close – Ted Cruz, at just 10 percent).

Trump benefited from anger and apprehension, as well. Four in 10 said they were angry with the Obama administration, seven in 10 were very worried about the economy and six in 10 very worried about terrorism. Trump won 42 percent, 38 percent and 39 percent in these groups, respectively.

Further, reflecting Trump’s resonance on a controversial policy, 64 percent of Republican voters supported his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country. He won 44 percent of their votes. Fewer, but still four in 10, supported deporting undocumented immigrants; in this group Trump won 50 percent.

Trump’s blunt-spokenness was another source of strength. A quarter of Republican voters said they were chiefly looking for a candidate who “tells it like it is”; Trump’s single best group, he won 65 percent of their votes. He also won 36 percent of those focused on a candidate who can “bring needed change.”

As in Iowa, Trump did much less well among voters looking for the candidate who “shares my values,” winning just 13 percent in this group – and it was the most-cited candidate attribute, selected by slightly more than a third of voters. Last on the list was electability, tops to barely more than one in 10 – a group Trump split with Marco Rubio.

Trump was notably strong among voters who haven’t gone beyond high school, winning 46 percent of their votes. His support fell as education increased, to 23 percent among voters with a post-graduate education – though he was highly competitive even in that group.

Trump did well in one further group – winning 44 percent of those who said they’re optimistic about life for the next generation of Americans. Successfully combining deep discontent with current conditions, an outsider image and optimism for a better future are powerful elements of populism – making them well worth watching as the campaign proceeds.

As for the distant second-place finisher, John Kasich looked like Trump’s opposite in many respects. His best groups included those who oppose banning Muslims or deporting undocumented immigrants, moderates, more-educated voters, those who are “somewhat” rather than very worried about the economy and terrorism, who are dissatisfied rather than angry with the federal government and those focused on experience rather than an outsider.

Among these, a substantial 45 percent preferred a candidate with political experience – and Kasich got 28 percent in this group, followed by Bush and Rubio, with 20 and 18 percent, respectively.

A third of Republican voters opposed Trump’s call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States; Kasich won this group, with 27 percent support. Kasich virtually tied Trump among moderates and liberals, 29 percent of the electorate (almost all of them moderates) – 31 percent for Trump, 29 percent for Kasich. But Kasich’s support plummeted among conservatives, to 11 percent, and they accounted for seven in 10 voters.

While Trump peaked among less-educated voters, Kasich followed the opposite pattern. He did best, 22 percent, among post-graduates, and worst, 9 percent, among those who haven’t gone beyond high school.

Nearly half of GOP voters decided in just the last few days, and Kasich was competitive with Trump in this group – 22 percent for Trump, 21 percent for Kasich. Trump, though, did much better with early deciders.

Finally, beyond vote preferences, Kasich finished second to Trump in trust to handle the economy – 40 percent picked Trump, 19 percent picked Kasich. Far as that was from Trump, it left Kasich with bragging rights over the rest of the field.

In the scrum for third place, Cruz’s best groups were strong conservatives, evangelicals and values voters – just as in Iowa. But there were fewer of them in New Hampshire, and they tilted less strongly to Cruz. Rubio did his best on electability and experience, and among voters younger than 45. Jeb Bush likewise did his best among voters focused on experience, but trailed Kasich in this group.

The Democratic Race


Sanders, as noted, prevailed in New Hampshire by way of his broad advantages on honesty and trustworthiness and empathy, as well as with support from an unusually liberal electorate. He beat Hillary Clinton among women as well as men, and split mainline Democrats with her while broadly winning independents.

As noted, Sanders also won by a huge margin among voters chiefly focused on income inequality, his signature issue – 32 percent of Democratic voters, they backed him by 70-29 percent.

As in Iowa, liberals showed up in force, accounting for 69 percent of Democratic voters, a record in New Hampshire. They backed Sanders by 60-39 percent.

Sanders won women by 55-44 percent, as well as prevailing far more widely among men, 66-32 percent. Sixty-nine percent of women under 45 backed Sanders (including 79 percent of women under 30), while Clinton won women 45 and older, by a comparatively narrow 53-46 percent.

Among all voters under age 30, Sanders beat Clinton by a huge 83-16 percent margin, another result similar to Iowa.

Also as in Iowa, Sanders won independents by a vast margin – 47 points, 72-25 percent. Unlike Iowa, he was competitive among mainline Democrats as well; they split, 52-48 percent, Sanders-Clinton.

Clinton’s challenges were perhaps most clearly revealed on candidate attributes. Six in 10 Democratic voters were most focused on the candidate who’s most honest and trustworthy (34 percent) or “cares about people like me” (26 percent) – and they backed Sanders overwhelmingly, by 91-5 and 82-17 percent, respectively.

Just more than a quarter of Democratic voters – half as many as in the GOP race – said they wanted an outsider. But they backed Sanders, again by a whopping margin, 86-7 percent.

While Clinton benefited from Obama’s coattails in Iowa, he was less helpful to her in New Hampshire. Forty-two percent said they want a president who is more liberal than Obama, and those voters backed Sanders by 81-18 percent.

Sanders also won big among those who are struggling financially, who are very worried about the economy, who think life for the next generation will be worse than it is today and who are dissatisfied with the federal government.

Clinton, for her part, did best among voters focused on experience (85-15 percent), electability (79-19 percent) and among those who want to see Obama’s policies continued (62-37 percent). But she only split the vote with Sanders among those who wanted an experienced politician (50-49 percent). Seniors were a comparatively strong group for Clinton – she beat Sanders 55-44 percent among those 65 and older.

One good way to see these differences is in a profile of each candidate’s support. Consider:

  • Sixty-five percent of Clinton's supporters want Obama-like policies to continue. Fifty-six percent of Sanders backers want more liberal policies.
  • Seventy percent of Sanders’ supporters have a negative view of the government, and 21 percent feel “betrayed” by Democratic politicians. The comparable numbers for Clinton are just 45 and 4 percent.
  • Forty-eight percent of Sanders’ backers are independents, compared with 27 percent of Clinton’s.
  • More than half of Sanders’ supporters pick honesty (52 percent) as the key candidate attribute; more than half of Clinton's pick experience (57 percent).
  • Sixty percent of Clinton’s supporters think Sanders is too liberal; 48 percent of Sanders’ supporters think Clinton is not liberal enough.
  • Just 8 percent of Clinton’s backers are under 30, vs. 26 percent of Sanders’.

Lastly, whites – 93 percent of the electorate – backed Sanders by 61-37 percent. Nonwhites divided, 50-49 percent, Clinton-Sanders. To prevail beyond New Hampshire, doing better among nonwhites – and in states where there are more of them – will be key for Clinton. So, though, is her need to broaden and deepen her appeal to discontented Democratic groups – and to address the persistent doubts about her honesty and empathy that, in New Hampshire and nearly in Iowa, gave Sanders the opening he needed.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders walked away with a double digit win in the New Hampshire Democratic primary Tuesday.

Sanders led former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in recent polls in the Granite State and following a close race in Iowa between the two contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, which Clinton barely won, both campaigns ramped up their attacks in New Hampshire.

The Sanders campaign invested heavily in the Granite State and aggressively advertised on televisions from the north to the suburban Boston enclaves in southern New Hampshire.

In a state that values retail politics, both Clinton and Sanders spent time knocking on doors and greeting patrons at local coffee shops in the days leading up to the primary. But no matter how many selfies Clinton took or country roads she crisscrossed, she was unable to catch the Vermont senator.

According to preliminary exit polls, Democratic primary voters ranked “honesty” and “trustworthiness” as the most important candidate attributes. Far more voters polled recognized those values in Sanders than Clinton.

In New Hampshire, Clinton was on the defensive.

The Sanders campaign pressed Clinton on her Wall Street connections, calling into question her ability to separate corporate from public interests. Out on the trail, Sanders presented himself as an underdog who is not beholden to pressures from big banks.

In an interview on This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Clinton directly addressed attacks by Sanders. “I have never, ever been influenced in a view or a vote by anyone who has given me any kind of funding,” Clinton said.

During her first presidential campaign in 2008, Clinton was able to successfully win the New Hampshire primary against another candidate with widespread support among young people -- then Senator Barack Obama.


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