New Hampshire Primary: Trump, Sanders Win

5:12 PM 2/9/2016

by Ryan Parker and Jackie Strause

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders both finished second-place at last week's Iowa caucuses. Here, a roundup of the night's significant events.

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The 2016 New Hampshire primary marks the first time in the presidential election that voters cast ballots for party nominees. The primary traditionally serves as a critical determining factor in the ultimate race for the White House.

Candidates spent the day campaigning at polling locations to earn last-minute votes, as Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders had early leads in the GOP and Democratic polls, respectively, going into the day.

During last week's Iowa caucuses, GOP candidate Ted Cruz beat Trump, and Democrat Hillary Clinton edged out Sanders.

Most of the polls opened at 7 a.m. ET on Tuesday and closed at 7 p.m. ET, with the last polls closing at 8 p.m. ET.

Here's is a roundup of significant events, updated throughout the night.

  • Donald Trump Fired Up After Win

    Donald Trump was all smiles Tuesday night.

    The GOP presidential candidate won the New Hampshire primary by a sizable some and thanked his campaign staff and family for all their work.

    In addition to boasting that he will be the "greatest jobs president that God ever created," Trump said once elected, he was going to "knock the hell out of ISIS."

    Trump was gracious in his speech and began by thanking the other candidates, who he said were "terrific."

    "A number of them called."

    Saying he heard the end of Bernie Sanders' speech, he first wished the candidate his congratulations before telling his supporters: "He wants to give away our country."

    Trump closed his speech by saying to all in New Hampshire, he loved them.


    Donald Trump Congratulates Bernie Sanders

    Donald J. Trump after winning New Hampshire primary: "Congratulations to [Bernie Sanders]... we may not like it.... He wants to give away our country."

    Posted by CNN on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

    After his victory speech, Trump told CNN: "To win every single category was, perhaps, the greatest honor of all."

    He later shared a family photo on Instagram before heading to South Carolina, which hosts its primary on Feb. 20. "Tonight the VOTERS decided," he wrote. "Next stop is South Carolina!"

  • Second-Place Kasich Cracks Sanders Joke During Speech

    7:20 p.m. PT:

    John Kasich finished second place in the New Hampshire GOP primary, behind Donald Trump, called the AP. But during his speech to supporters, the Ohio governor took aim at Democrat winner Bernie Sanders.

    Making a crack about Sanders over his long-winded victory speech, Kasich, while being prompted to wrap up, told the crowd: “Listen folks, I know the networks want to go. You know, Bernie talked so long I thought he was going to hit his 77th birthday before he got off the stage.”

    The GOP race for third — among Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio — remains too close to call.

    Rubio pledged to his supporters that his poor performance "will never happen again," while declared that New Hampshire voters had "reset the race."

    Meanwhile, Chris Christie says he's heading home to New Jersey to "take a deep breath" and will for the final results before making any decisions about the future of his bid.

  • Sanders Rally Lends "Yuge" Support

    The crowd present for Bernie Sanders' victory speech showed support for their presidential pick, as well as his pronunciation of the word "huge."

    While touting what he said appears to be a record-breaking turnout, Sanders stressed the pronunciation of the word and the crowd erupted in an echoed chant.

    Sanders began, "Because of a yuge voter turnout—" and the crowd followed suit, chanting "Yuge" while Sanders smiled.

    Last week, Sanders visited Saturday Night Live, where he used his now-infamous pronunciation of the word while appearing in a skit with host Larry David.

    Sanders began his long victory speech by congratulating Hillary Clinton and her supporters for the "vigorous campaign" they ran, adding that Clinton called him moments after the results and was "very gracious."

    "Together we have sent the message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington," said Sanders to a fired up crowd, "from Maine to California – and that is that the government of our great country belongs to all of the people and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors and their super PACS."

    Watch the "yuge" moment below:

  • Hollywood Names React

    Supporters for the presidential candidates were quick to react on social media after Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders were announced as winners.

    "Our boy takes the cake in Go Bernie!" tweeted actor Mark Ruffalo.

    While media head Rupert Murdoch commented on Hillary Clinton's concession speech, calling it "awful point after point." 

    More reactions on social media below:

  • Hillary Clinton Concedes Defeat to Sanders

    6:12 p.m. PT:

    Hillary Clinton concedes defeat in the New Hampshire primary to winner Bernie Sanders.

    She wrote on Twitter: "To , congratulations. To New Hampshire, thank you. And to our volunteers: I’m so grateful for what you built. Now, onward. -H"

    While speaking to supporters in New Hampshire, Clinton was joined by husband Bill and daughter Chelsea for her concession speech.

    “I don’t know what we would have done tonight if we actually won,” she said to her supporters about the night's turnout.

    “I want to begin by congratulating Sen. Sanders on his victory tonight.”

    She then added: “I still love New Hampshire and I always will.”

    “Here’s what I promise,” she continued while rallying the crowd about equal pay for women and equal rights for the LGBT community. “I will work harder than anyone to actually make the changes to make your lives better.”

    The crowd continued to cheer as Clinton shouted, “Human rights across the board for every single American.”

    To young voters, her message was: “Even if they are not supporting me now, I am supporting them."

  • Sanders Shoots Hoops Before Victory Speech

    6:09 p.m. PT:

    Bernie Sanders was shown playing basketball with his grandchildren in Concord, N.H., as the state's primary polls came to a close.

  • Trump and Sanders Declared as Winners

    5:20 p.m. PT:

    Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders won Tuesday's New Hampshire primaries, reported the Associated Press.

    Both candidates, who finished second-place at the Iowa caucuses, were leading in the state for months ahead of the primary.

    Sanders' victory means he's assured a majority of the state's pledged delegates.

    "When we stand together, we win. Thank you, New Hampshire!" Sanders tweeted. 

    Meanwhile. supporters at Trump's campaign headquarters shouted his name while waving foam fingers saying his signature phrase, "You're Hired."

    Trump, who started the night trailing Ted Cruz by one delegate, will take the lead in the race for delegates for the Republican National Convention winning at at least nine. The final tally depends on how many candidates get more than 10 percent of the vote, reports the AP.

  • Trump, Sanders Projected as Winners

    5:15 p.m. PT:

    Multiple networks, including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, are projecting GOP candidate Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders as winners of the New Hampshire primary.

    The GOP race for second place remains too close to call.

    Television footage showed a lively Sanders headquarters as the news was announced.

  • Fox News Accidentally Reports Trump as Winner

    For a few minutes early on Tuesday, Fox News reported Donald Trump had won the New Hampshire primary on its website.

    The network quickly apologized for the mistake, which was due to a technical error.

    "During routine testing in preparation for the New Hampshire primary a malfunction occurred which briefly showed errant data on our website. This error has been rectified. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused," the statement read.

    The billionaire businessman was leading in the Republican presidential primary race polls prior to today's primary vote. As of Tuesday morning, Trump was polling at 29.5 percent, according to Real Clear Politics polling data. 

    Ted Cruz is in second place with 21 percent and Marco Rubio is in third with 17.8 percent, according to the data. Read more>