Tuesday night’s Republican and Democratic presidential primaries in New Hampshire were rife with surprising victories, especially for overall party winners and heretofore political outsiders Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, who both won by a considerable margin. While several of the candidates, including front-runner Hillary Clinton and republican Marco Rubio, had high hopes for a better outcome, the remaining contenders have committed to continue on with noses pressed hard to the grindstone as the campaign trail weathers on. Here are the top trending highlights from the event.
BERNIE SANDERS MARKED A HUGE MILESTONE IN THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM WHEN HE BECAME THE FIRST JEWISH CANDIDATE TO WIN A PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY.
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Huffington Post Politics –“It has provided real education to America about the fact that Jews come in all shapes and stripes,” Nafshi told HuffPost. “That no, we are not all keeping kosher or observing the Sabbath — that the way American Jews live our lives is as diverse as any group of people, perhaps even more diverse…” Read more.
SOME FEEL THAT TRUMP’S REAL STAMP ON THIS PRESIDENTIAL RACE, WHETHER OR NOT HE SECURES THE NOMINATION, WILL BE HIS DAMAGE DONE TO THE REPUBLICAN BRAND.
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Huffington Post Politics – It would take too long to list every instance from the past year when Trump showed contempt for other human beings […but] perhaps his most profound impact on the 2016 presidential race, however, has been to force more moderate, commonsense Republicans to lurch desperately rightward on issues like immigration… Read more.
THE SUBSTANTIAL VICTORIES OF THE TWO PRIMARY WINNERS LEND THEMSELVES TO THE IDEA THAT VOTERS ARE EXPERIENCING DEEP BIPARTISAN DISCONTENTMENT WITH ESTABLISHED POLITICIANS.
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CNN – Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders swept to thumping outsider victories in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, seizing on the fury of grass-roots voters to rock the elites who control American politics… Read More.
CLINTON’S SIZEABLE LOSS AGAINST SANDERS WAS A PAINFUL ONE, GIVEN HER ALIGNING POLICY IDEAS AND THE CLINTONS’ SUCCESSFUL RAPPORT WITH THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, BOTH IN 2008 AND IN 1992.
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New York Times – The win for Mr. Sanders amounted to a powerful and painful rejection of Hillary Clinton, who has a deep history with New Hampshire voters and offered policy ideas that seemed to reflect the flinty, moderate politics of the state… Read more.
MODERATE GOP CONTENDER OHIO GOVERNOR JOHN KASICH ABANDONED HIS POSITION AS FORMER ELECTION OUTLIER WHEN HE PLACED SECOND BEHIND TRUMP AFTER PRESSING HIS COMMITMENT TO BIPARTISAN COMPROMISE.
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NPR – “When the media kept saying, ‘Well, how are you going to do this? Can you finish high?’ You know what I said?” Kasich asked a crowd of supporters. ” ‘I have an insurance policy. It’s you…’ Read more.
DESPITE SANDERS’ WIN ACROSS A WIDE RANGE OF DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS—INCLUDING WOMEN—CLINTON’S CAMPAIGN EXPECTS SHE’LL OUTPERFORM HER COMPETITION WITH AFRICAN AMERICAN AND LATINO VOTERS IN MARCH.
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Washington Post – “Whereas the electorates in Iowa and New Hampshire are largely rural/suburban and predominantly white, the March states better reflect the true diversity of the Democratic Party and the nation,” Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook wrote in the statement… Read more.
THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARIES FURTHER PROVED SANDERS HAS THE YOUNGER DEMOGRAPHIC IN HIS COURT.
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New York Post – The 74-year-old Vermont senator’s biggest support came from the 84 percent of under-30 voters who cast their ballots for him. He did especially well among young women, getting 70 percent of the vote of those under 45… Read more.
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE MARCO RUBIO ADMITS HIS SHAKY DEBATE PERFORMANCE SATURDAY PROBABLY HEAVILY CONTRIBUTED TO HIS UPSETTING FIFTH PLACE FINISH IN THE PRIMARY.
New Hampshire primary results: Trump and Sanders win easily, Kasich places 2nd, Rubio admits debate hurt him
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Marco Rubio—“Our disappointment tonight is not on you. It’s on me,” the Florida senator told the crowd at a downtown Manchester hotel. “I did not do well on Saturday night. That will never happen again…” Read more.
EXIT POLLS INDICATED THAT A VAST MAJORITY OF BOTH REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC VOTERS FELT LET DOWN BY THE POLICIES OF THEIR CURRENT PARTY.
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The Oregonian Live – Exit polls indicate the top issues for New Hampshire Republicans are government spending and terrorism. 50 percent of Granite State GOP voters feel “betrayed” by their own party. Income inequality (“fairness”) and the economy/jobs are the top issues for Democrats… Read more.
FOURTH-PLACE PRIMARY CONTENDER JEB BUSH FEELS THE VOTERS IN NEW HAMPSHIRE SERVED TO “RESET” THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL RACE.
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AP – The former Florida governor — who’s in a fight for third place with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio — says he’s campaign “is not dead” and that’s he’s looking forward to the upcoming contest in South Carolina… Read more.