Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump Win New Hampshire Primary


Thomas Schwartz, Opinion Beat Editor

    Republican candidate, Donald Trump, emphatically belittled Democratic victor Bernie Sanders in his New Hampshire primary victory speech on February 9. On the Democratic stage, Mr. Sanders had a Trump-like performance that topped former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s votes by over 20 percent. Although there were clear winners in New Hampshire’s primary, it has led to further uncertainty about either party’s probable nominee.

    Mr. Trump stole the show in New Hampshire, doubling runner-up, John Kasich’s poll numbers (35.8 percent to 15.8 percent). Mr. Trump seized his victory as an opportunity to obliterate democratic ideologies in his victory speech. He blasted Mr. Sanders’ healthcare plan and jeered at president Barack Obama’s inadequate leadership.

    “I heard parts of Bernie’s speech and he wants to give away our country, folks, he wants to give away our country. We’re not going to let it happen,” said Donald Trump as supporters booed at the mention of Sanders’ name.

    Although many New Hampshire citizens support Trump, many political pundits believe Mr. Trump is not suitable or “conservative” enough to be the Republican nominee. The leading conservative magazine, The National Review, released an edition boldly labelled “Against Trump.” 22 openly conservative editors declared their disdain in abbreviated editorials calling the leading Republican candidate “emotionally immature” and “shallowly narcissistic.”

“I know Donald Trump. He’s been a frequent guest on my radio and television programs…He has always been amiable and complimentary. I genuinely like him. But not as my presidential pick,” said National Review staff writer, Dana Loesch.

    Mr. Trump has aggravated the establishment picks squeezing them into the fourth, fifth and sixth spots on Tuesday. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina suspended their campaigns after poor performances in New Hampshire. Former Ohio governor John Kasich finished in second place pushing himself above the other establishment picks. Despite the fact Mr. Kasich is a perfect moderate candidate for New Hampshire, his continued success in the next primaries is unclear.

    Mr. Kasich has been branded as the liberal pick out of the Republican pool. The New York Times editorial staff endorsed Mr. Kasich for the Republican nomination. This has served as both positive publicity and a liability for him. Nevertheless, liberals fear Mr. Kasich because of his ability to appeal to independents. Mr. Kasich deliberated after the contest on Tuesday with an overwhelmingly positive speech projecting his momentum forward into the next primaries.

    “There’s magic in the air with this campaign because we don’t see it as another campaign. We see this as an opportunity for all of us, and I mean all of us, to be involved in something that’s bigger than our own lives,” said Mr. Kasich, “Tonight the light overcame the darkness of negative campaigning.”

    On the Democratic side, Mr. Sanders left Mrs. Clinton in the dust, trumping her percentage total by 22.4 percent (60.4 to 38.4 percent). In his victory celebration, Sanders energized his base vowing he would win the nomination and defeat his Republican counterpart in November.

    “The people of New Hampshire have sent a profound message to the political establishment, to the economic establishment, and by the way to the media establishment,” said Bernie Sanders while deafening applause cut off his sentence.

    Mrs. Clinton calmly and collectively accepted the loss with a constructive speech that declared she is going to fight for “every vote” and “real solutions.” But a Democratic race that seemed one sided is no longer solely on Mrs. Clinton’s end.

    The outcome of New Hampshire’s primaries has electrified the race heading forward. But the close results for establishment picks on the Republican side and the Sanders surge for the Democrats have done nothing to establish a clear nominee for either party.