Sanders, Trump Come Out on Top of New Hampshire Primaries, Republican Candidates Get Surprise Runner-Up


Democratic candidate Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Republican candidate Donald Trump won the New Hampshire primaries on Feb. 9, following their second place wins during the Iowa Caucus on Feb. 1. The New Hampshire primaries, widely known as a landmark event for presidential candidates, always tend to shake up the political playing field, as proven by the “resurrection” of former President Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign. The two winning candidates represent extremely opposite sides of the political spectrum, with Trump representing the far right and Sanders representing the far left.

Perhaps the most surprising turnout of the night was candidate Governor John Kasich of Ohio placing second in the Republican primary. Kasich has been struggling in recent polls, lagging behind front runners such as Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. 

“I was surprised at Kasich’s sudden rise in [New Hampshire] because of his low national rank in the polls,” Nivi Nataraj ’16 said. “But I was more surprised at the fact that around 62 people still voted for Rand Paul, even though he isn’t even running anymore.”

Democratic candidate and former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took second place in New Hampshire despite a narrow win during the Iowa Caucus, in which she won 49.9% and Sanders won 46.6% of Iowa Democratic voters.

Candidates that fail to court New Hampshire voters may drop out by the end of the night, as Democratic candidate and Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley and Republican candidates Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and former Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas did after the Iowa Caucus showed dismal support for the three candidates. Those that haven’t placed in the Iowa caucuses and/or New Hampshire primaries and are already polling at extremely low levels in the Republican Party may find themselves in dangerous waters soon.

“Following Rand Paul, I think Carly Fiorina might drop out,” Nataraj said. “Jeb Bush probably will too after South Carolina.”

After the results of the New Hampshire Republican Primary came in, candidate Carly Fiorina announced that she will suspend her campaign for the presidential nomination today, while candidate Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey said last night that his campaign “will make a decision on our next step forward based on the results that come in here in New Hampshire.”

Both parties will have their national conventions in late July, where they’ll pick a presidential nominee.