New Hampshire Primary: Polarized Electorate Voted for Trump and Sanders


Time: 11:41 a.m.  CEST

New Hampshire primary results revealed changing in the political environment in the United States bringing opposites as winners of this voting phase of the 2016 presidential elections. Without surprise, Donald J. Trump and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire primary, even though media consider them as outsiders in the race, compared with political establishment. CNN evaluates that exit polls reflects the ideological sides of the parties, which represents a “polarized electorate.” Established candidates can expect better results in South Carolina, says CNN.

Despite Trump, other Republican candidates ended together with each getting less than 20 percent of the vote. Governor John Kasich of Ohio finished the night on second place, attracting voters, who described themselves as moderates and independents. Kasich passed 62 days in New Hampshire where he had 106 town halls, the New York Times reports. Contrary to Kasich, Florida Senator Marco Rubio did not perform well at New Hampshire primary after caustic comments by Governor Chris Christie toward him and Rubio’s almost disastrous debate on Saturday.

Democratic candidate for presidential nomination Hillary Clinton lost to Sanders in New Hampshire after the near-tie victory on Iowa caucus. “The defeat also powerfully captured the way the Democratic electorate has changed since the Clintons held power in the 1980s in Arkansas; in the 1990s in the White House; and through early 2009, when Mrs. Clinton gave up her Senate seat in New York to become secretary of state,” the Times says.

Next chance for Clinton are Nevada caucus, but as Times notifies, “Sanders is also hoping his proposal for a $15 minimum wage and attack on big banks will ensure support for Las Vegas and Reno, the places hit with the mortgage crisis during the financial crisis in 2008 and where people earn low wages.

The Times publishes Clinton concession speech where she tries to look beyond New Hampshire. “Now we take this campaign to the entire country,” Mrs. Clinton said. “We’re going to fight for every vote in every state,” she added, continuing, “I know I have some work to do, particularly with young people,” Clinton said, according to Times.

At Democratic primary, Sanders won 60% and get 13 delegates, while Clinton achieved 38,4 % and ensured nine delegates. During the Republican primary, Marco Rubio did not allocate any delegates after New Hampshire primary. Donald Trump ended with 10 delegates after winning 35, 1% of the votes.

The Washington Post reveals the next dates for the candidates. “Nevada, which is generally thought to be the fourth of the four early states, will actually be the third to vote. Its caucuses are next on the nominating calendar and will take place Feb. 20 — the same day Republicans hold a primary in South Carolina. South Carolina Democrats go to the polls a week later, on Feb. 27,” the Washington Post reports.

 

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