The big surprise in the New Hampshire GOP race was Gov. John Kasich coming in second place. Sen. Ted Cruz was expected to fill that spot but came in third with 11.7%, followed by Gov. Jeb Bush with 11%. Sen. Marco Rubio, the rising GOP star who surprised critics last week in Iowa, ended up in fifth place with 10.5%, just ahead of Gov. Chris Christie with 7.4%.
But, as predicted, Donald Trump was the Republican winner on Tuesday night, declaring clear victory with 35.4% of the votes.
“We are going to do something so good, and so fast and so strong and the world is going to respect us again,” Trump said in his victory speech.
“The light overcame the darkness of negative campaigning, and you made it happen,” Kasich said pointing to the crowd.
On the Democratic side, Sen. Bernie Sanders won easily with 60.2%, to Hillary Clinton’s 38.2%. The former Secretary of State remained upbeat about her loss, noting that the primary elections are just getting started. However, she also conceded a lack of support among young voters, saying she has “some work to do, particularly with young people.”
Sanders received thunderous applause for his victory speech:
"Together we have sent a message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington, from Maine to California 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.”
Next week, the campaign trail leads to South Carolina, then Nevada.