Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Trump and Sanders win big in New Hampshire primary

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has won New Hampshire's Republican presidential nominating contest, while Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders seized the Democratic primary over Hillary Clinton.
With 15 percent of precincts reporting in Tuesday's race, Trump was easily winning, taking about 34 percent of the vote - compared to about 16 percent for second placed John Kasich.
Former Florida governor Jeb Bush was running third with about 12 percent, while Iowa caucus winner Ted Cruz was fourth with about 11 percent.
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Trump's win solidifies his frontrunner status in the race to be the party's White House nominee in 2016.Trump pledged to "knock the hell out" of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters [David Goldman/AP]
The reality television star's untraditional campaign has been marked by calls for the deportation of undocumented migrants and temporarily banning Muslims from entering the United States.
Sanders, 74, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, is the underdog in the national race against former US secretary of state Clinton. He is promising universal healthcare, better paying jobs, and student debt relief.
He had about 57 percent of the vote in early returns, ahead of Clinton, who had about 41 percent, according to the AP.
"What the people here have said is that given the enormous crises facing our country, it is just too late for the same old, same old establishment politics and establishment economics," Sanders told supporters at his
headquarters in Concord.
"Together we have sent the message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington, 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," Sanders said.


In his victory speech, Trump, 69, said Sanders "wants to give away our country." He pledged to have business experts negotiate better trade deals and to "knock the hell out" of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters.
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Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi, reporting from Sanders' Concord headquarters, described Sanders' victory as "a revolution".
"Hillary Clinton has a trust problem, we just haven't seen it manifested before. Clinton just didn't connect with many Democrats in the state," our correspondent said.
Clinton's campaign acknowledged it had lost in New Hampshire.
Campaign manager Robby Mook said in a memo they had "split" the first two nominating contests - Clinton won Iowa last week - and said the Democratic nomination would "very likely" be decided in March.
The Clinton campaign said the support of black and Hispanic voters would be key to victory. The next primary races are in Nevada and South Carolina later this month.
Al Jazeera's Alan Fisher, reporting from Manchester, New Hampshire, said the success of the two candidates showed that people were "fed up with the political establishment".
"This is a real display that American voters are fed up with the current system," Fisher said.
Lara Brown, of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, told Al Jazeera that the New Hampshire results showed a lot of people were looking at American politics "and they do believe the system is rigged".
"They do have a sense when Donald Trump says 'We're just not winning any more', or when Bernie Sanders talks about those people on Wall Street really controlling Washington; I think both of those messages are resonating," Brown said.
"And while neither (candidate) has a tremendous number of policy solutions that are achievable or realistic in any sort of understanding of the likely structure that will be in place in 2017, the message is still a heart one from voters who think they've been left out."
The presidential election is on November 8.
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