Sanders and Trump Triumph in New Hampshire Primaries

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UPDATE (9:15 p.m. EST) — ABC News and NBC News have projected that Ohio governor John Kasich will finish second in the New Hampshire Republican primary.

After weeks of intense campaigning, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and New York billionaire Donald Trump have prevailed in the New Hampshire primaries. according to projections from the Associated Press, CNN, ABC and NBC News.

With 22 percent of precincts reporting, Sanders appears headed for a landslide victory with a 58.3%-39.6% lead over Clinton. On the Republican side with 19 percent of precincts reporting, Trump dominated the field with 34.6%, trailed by rivals Ohio governor John Kasich, Texas senator Ted Cruz, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Florida senator Marco Rubio. As of publishing time, none of Trump’s opposition had more than 16 percent of the vote.

Network television captured scenes of jubilation as cheers erupted at headquarters for both campaigns once polls closed. Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton has conceded defeat to Sanders by telephone in the Democratic race, the Washington Post reports.

For Trump, New Hampshire represents a recovery from his second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses the week before and will likely bolster his position in the next contests ahead. He holds large leads over his two closest rivals in South Carolina.

Heading into tonight, Trump lay low during the ABC News Republican debate while the surging Rubio suffered a blow for appearing “robotic.” The billionaire businessman had also attacked Texas senator Ted Cruz on Twitter for illegally “stealing” the election in Iowa.

For Sanders, the self-described “Democratic socialist” who represents the neighboring state of Vermont, tonight’s substantial victory was long-anticipated and serves as a concerning sign for the once-inevitable Clinton after the close results in Iowa; Clinton has sought to play down expectations tonight by casting New Hampshire as a race to lose in Sanders’ backyard.

Sanders and Clinton clashed in the MSNBC Democratic debate just days before tonight’s contest over the definition of the word “progressive,” and the Clinton campaign had been bracing for defeat. Clinton has been on the defensive over her ties to Wall Street and paid speeches to Goldman Sachs, as well as the continuing controversy over her use of a private email server during her time at the State Department.

Sanders had a 99% chance of being the winner tonight on the Democratic side, according to FiveThirtyEight’s “polls-plus” forecast. Trump had a 69% chance of winning. For both outsider candidates, tonight’s commanding leads represent a remarkable moment in American politics as they successfully tap into anger against their party establishments.

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