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New Hampshire Primary Blog: A Good Night For Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders & John Kasich

  • by: Alan Duke
  • (Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:51:11 Z)

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

A heavy voter turnout and unusually high numbers of independent citizens casting ballots in New Hampshire's Democratic and Republican primaries Tuesday helped the two non-mainstream candidates -- billionaire Donald Trump and Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders -- win. Ohio Gov. John Kasich's second place finish gave his lagging campaign a new lease on life. Scroll down to see the latest developments.


: Donald Trump is now heading south.

: Republican establishment is now taking a closer look at John Kasich as their candidate to stop Trump and Cruz.

: Ted Cruz, who is 3rd just ahead of Jeb Bush, is apparently under the impression he won New Hampshire.

and... and.. And...

: John Kasich celebrating his 2nd place finish in New Hampshire promises a vigorous campaign in South Carolina and beyond: “If you don’t have a seat belt, go get one.”


: Donald Trump comes out for his victory speech to the Beatle's "Revolution" Watch Live.

: Historical note: While Ted Cruz became the first hispanic to win a presidential caucus last week in Iowa, Bernie Sanders becomes the first jew to win a primary with his New Hampshire victory.

: Bernie Sanders victory speech: “The people of New Hampshire have sent a profound message to the establishment…The people want real change.” “When we make it to the White House, the pharmaceutical industry will not continue to rip off the America people.” Sanders vows to destroy ISIS without “perpetual warfare in the quagmire of the Middle East”

: Bernie Sanders: We won “because of a huge voter turnout, and I say HUUUGE, we won. Because we harnessed the energy and the excitement that the Democratic Party will need to succeed in November.”

: Now CNN agrees Kasich is #2:

: Hillary Clinton: “I know I have some work to do, particularly with young people, but even if they are not supporting me now, I support them.”

: More from Hillary's speech:


: Hillary Clinton conceding New Hampshire, as Bill and Chelsea Clinton stand next to her: “I still love New Hampshire and I always will,” Clinton said. “Here’s what we’re going to do. Now we take this campaign to the entire country. We’re going to fight for every vote in every state.”

: CNN exit polling says Bernie Sanders got 55% of Democratic WOMEN against Clinton, who won 45% of them. Sanders did even better among younger women who were independent. Does Hillary have a female voter problem?

: ABC calls 2nd for the Ohio governor. This is a big deal.

: Hillary Clinton tweets a congratulatory message to Bernie Sanders:

: With 21% counted in the GOP race, it is Trump 34%, Kasich 15%, Cruz 12%, Bush 12%, Rubio 10%, Christie 8%, Fiorina 4%, Carson 2%.

: With 21% counted in the Democratic race, Bernie Sanders has 58% to Hillary Clinton’s 40%, although Clinton has already called Sanders to congratulate him on his primary win.

: With 16% counted in the GOP race: Trump 35% Kasich 16% Cruz 12% Bush 11% Rubio 10% Christie 7% Fiorina 4% Carson 2%


: With 13% counted in the GOP race: Trump 34% Kasich 16% Bush 12% Cruz 12% Rubio 10% Christie 8% Fiorina 4% Carson 2%

: Don't write Jeb Bush's political obituary yet. He's just behind Kasich in the battle for second in New Hampshire. If he can beat Kasich, it would be a big deal for Bush. That's the race we are closely watching at this point. Who will become the establishment GOP's best hope to beat Trump and Cruz? The sudden slide of Rubio could be the boost Bush needed. Clap, please.


: With 9% of the GOP votes counted: Trump 34% Kasich 16% Bush 12% Cruz 11% Rubio 10% Christie 8% Fiorina 4% Carson 2% In the Democratic race, with 16% counted, it is Sanders at 56% versus Clinton's 42%

: With 8% counted, the only question is who will take second for the GOP. Trump 34% Kasich 16% Bush 12% Cruz 11% Rubio 10% Christie 8% Fiorina 4% Carson 2%

: Bernie is not declaring victory yet.

: Just moments after the poll closing time, CNN sends this:

: With 3% of the GOP vote counted, it is Trump 34%, Kasich 15%, Bush 12%, Cruz & Rubio 10%.


: No surprise here:

: With 3% of Democratic votes counted, Bernie Sanders is at 54% and Hillary Clinton has 44%.


: With 1% of the GOP votes counted, Donald Trump leads with 42% Cruz & Kasich are next at 11%, followed by Rubio & Bush at 9%.

: Bernie Sanders gets 58% and Hillary Clinton wins 38% of first 1,000 real votes counted in New Hampshire. No GOP votes announced yet.

: Lots of buzz from politicos reading exit polls suggesting Ohio Gov. John Kasich could be the surprise tonight by winning 2nd behind Trump and giving him the best chance of being the "establishment" GOP candidate. Sorry, Jeb!

: New Hampshire's secretary of state tells CNN the turnout is likely to set a record for the state. Polls are also likely to remain open late because of the long lines of citizens still waiting to cast ballots. Again, the heavy turnout is apparently great news for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

: Ted Cruz wants you to see this ad his campaign released today targeting Donald Trump. It uses kid actors.

: Carly Fiorina is still fuming over be shunned from the ABC GOP debate.

: Gridlocked traffic near some polling places as closing time nears, signaling a heavy turnout in New Hampshire.

: New Hampshire polls in some areas are closing now at 7pET.

: While Pivit gives Trump an 83% probability of winning New Hampshire they offer a surprise 2nd place favorite -- John Katich.



: Donald Trump posted his own video urging supporters to turn out at the polls.

Vote New Hampshire

A message to the great people of New Hampshire on this important day: Thank you for all of your hospitality and support. I need you to go out and vote today! Together we will #MakeAmericaGreatAgain!

Posted by Donald J. Trump on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

: Bernie Sanders showed his optimism in a video to supporters predicting he would win if there is a heavy turnout.

About the author:

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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