Former President Donald Trump is expected to pull off a double-digit victory in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, marking a second and crucial step toward securing the 2024 Republican nomination.
With more than 73% of the estimated votes as of late Tuesday, Trump was in first place with 54%, and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was in second place with 44%.
Although Haley highlighted her second-place finish in a speech after the polls closed — drawing mockery from Trump — she staked much of her campaign on winning votes in New Hampshire due to the state’s larger number of anti-Trump voters and its more conservative bases. Allows freelancers to participate. In primary school.
Polls show her trailing Trump by 10 points in various other parts of the country, including South Carolina, where they will face off next month.
On the Democratic side, a write-in campaign for President Joe Biden won his race handily, which the Democratic National Convention did not endorse after New Hampshire refused to move the race date to match the Democratic National Committee’s calendar of having South Carolina hold the nation’s first election. Basic.
Here are three takeaways from Tuesday night’s results.
Trump’s margin is expected to remain in the double digits
Experts have long said New Hampshire has the makings of a state that could dampen Trump’s momentum and help boost one of his primary rivals.
Among other things, the state boasts more moderate voters than Iowa, where Trump ran in the caucuses last week. By Tuesday, there was only one major opponent left, Haley, who could have allowed anti-Trump voters to rally around her.
However, in the end, Trump emerged victorious once again, dashing Haley’s hopes of a narrow win or second place finish really soon, and boosting his popularity in the Republican Party.
The next two contests are scheduled to be held on more favorable terrain for Trump.
He will enter the Nevada caucuses in early February with a wide margin among voters there, according to opinion polls, and Haley did not even compete in these elections. South Carolina will hold its primary on February 24 – and despite it being Haley’s home state, Trump currently has a lead of about 36 points in the average of 538 polls.
Trump’s allies reviewed the former president’s strong performance, pointing to the results as evidence that the primaries were never competitive in the first place.
“After President Trump’s landslide victory in New Hampshire tonight, people will say this primary is over. The truth is that tonight’s result proves it never was. President Trump was our candidate all along. Now is the time for the party to come together “We support our nominee to defeat Joe Biden in November,” Carrie Lake, the GOP Senate candidate for Arizona who is also rumored to be a potential vice presidential nominee for Trump, said in a statement.
“It’s time to unite, it’s time to take the fight to the Democrats, and for Nikki Haley, it’s time to walk away,” added Taylor Budwich, who chairs a major pro-Trump political action committee.
The Biden campaign did not disagree with this assessment of the race.
“It is now clear that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee. My message to the country is that the stakes could not be higher,” he said in a statement.
Haley is staying put for now
On Tuesday night, Haley downplayed the possibility of her dropping out of the race.
Her campaign has steadily lowered expectations in New Hampshire from predicting victory to saying she will settle for a respectable second place and hoping for a better result in South Carolina next month.
In a speech to supporters, Haley indicated she plans to stay in the race until the South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday on March 5, when the lion’s share of delegates will be up for grabs.
“In the next two months, millions of voters in more than 20 states will have their say. We must honor them and let them vote. And guess what? In the next two months, Joe Biden won’t get any younger or younger.” “Anything is better. We’ll have all the time we need to defeat Joe Biden. When we get to South Carolina, Donald Trump is going to have a harder time… attacking me,” she said.
“Voters in South Carolina don’t want a coronation. They want an election. We’ll give them one,” she said. “Because we’re just getting started.”
Haley also took sharp criticism of Trump, signaling an escalation of a feud between them that Haley had seemed reticent about engaging in early in the campaign.
“[Democrats] “I know that Donald Trump is the only Republican in the country that Joe Biden can beat,” Haley said. She added: “You can’t fix the mess if you can’t win the election. Trump’s nomination is a win for Biden and a Kamala Harris presidency.”
She also pointed to Trump’s reluctance to debate her and a recent mistake when he confused her with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — while also reiterating her call for mental competency tests for elderly politicians.
Trump is 77 years old, and Biden is 81 years old.
“Most Americans do not want a rematch between Biden and Trump. The first party whose 80-year-old candidate retires is the party that will win this election. And I believe it is the Republicans who should win this election. So our fight is not over yet because we have A country that must be saved.”
Biden’s write-in campaign easily defeats Phillips and Williamson
A write-in campaign created by Biden allies is expected to have easily unseated Democratic rivals Rep. Dean Phillips and author Marianne Williamson.
While the Democratic primary would not award any delegates after the Democratic National Committee disavowed it, party leaders were concerned that a win or close second place for any of the challengers would be a major embarrassment to the president, just as Democrats are trying to suppress the party’s primaries. Democrat. The pressure is on Biden’s age, his handling of the economy and his weak standing in early polls for the 2024 race.
However, in the end, Biden received 67% with write-ins while Phillips’ approval rating hovered around 20% and Williamson failed to break 5% as of late Tuesday, with more than 41% of the votes counted. (Williamson’s campaign manager, Carlos Cardona, quickly resigned, but told ABC News that there was no ill-will and that the campaign planned to continue.)
However, Phillips reiterated in a speech on Tuesday that he had concerns about a rematch between Biden and Trump, and said he would remain in the race, despite failing to beat a man who did not run in New Hampshire or even appear on the ballot.
“Joe Biden is a good guy. He’s a good guy. Yes, he’s everybody, he’s our president, but I gotta tell you, everybody, he can’t win. The polls say he can’t win, and his approval numbers say you can.” Phillips said. “I didn’t win, and the fact that a little-known congressman from Minnesota said two weeks before the election that I was going to come out here and run for president I got 21%, that says something.”
“We’re going to go to South Carolina, then we’re going to go to Michigan, and then we’re going to go to all the Super Tuesday states,” he added.
ABC News’ Isabella Murray and Brittany Shepherd contributed to this report.
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