The New Hampshire Primary: Sanders and Trump Dominate

The Progressive Cynic

© Josh Sager – February 2016

Yesterday, the voters of New Hampshire slogged through a snow storm and cast their votes in the state 2016 primary. This was the second primary contest of the season and, while it was one of the least populist races, it could have significant ramifications on the rest of the race.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Trump makes a point as he formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination at Trump Tower in New York

On the Democratic side of the ticket, New Hampshire voters delivered an overwhelming victory to Bernie Sanders. Bernie won 60.4% of the vote while Hillary won 38%, giving him the largest margin of victory (22.4%) in a New Hampshire Democratic primary since JFK obliterated Paul Fisher in 1960 (with a 71.8% margin). Almost all of the polling predicted a Bernie victory in New Hampshire (unsurprising giving the proximity to Vermont), but they dramatically underestimated the margin of victory, predicting a 9% margin.

Exit polling of the Democratic electorate drew several clear patterns which…

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