The second stop on the 2016 campaign trail is New Hampshire, where voters cast ballots in more than 200 towns across the state. Some rural areas have already reported returns, but most results are not expected until after polls close at 4 p.m. Pacific.
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Donald Trump basked in his first election victory Tuesday night in the New Hampshire primary, striding onstage to the Beatles’ rock anthem “Revolution” and exclaiming to cheering supporters: “Oh, wow! Wow. Wow. Wow. So beautiful. So beautiful.”
“I am going to be the greatest jobs president that God ever created,” the New York billionaire told a banquet hall crammed with hundreds of supporters. “Remember that.”
“USA! USA! USA!” his supporters chanted over and over, along with “Trump! Trump! Trump!”
“I wanted to congratulate the other candidates, OK?” Trump said.
“Now that I got that over with,” the insult-prone candidate said to laughter. “You know, it’s always tough, and then tomorrow – boom, boom.”
In a 15-minute speech, Trump, surrounded by his wife, adult children and others, touched on his campaign’s main themes, including his pledge to crack down on illegal immigration and build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Build that wall!” the audience yelled. “Build that wall! Build that wall!”
Trump also mentioned his vow to build up the U.S. military. “We’re going to knock the hell out of ISIS,” he said.
Once he is president, Trump said, the United States will beat Mexico, China and Japan in trade.
“The world is going to respect us again, believe me,” he said.
In thanking his family, Trump struck an uncharacteristically personal note as he paid tribute to his late brother, Fred Trump Jr., whose alcoholism he has discussed on occasion during the campaign.
“What a fantastic guy,” Trump said. “I learned so much from Fred.”
At the end of his speech, Trump returned to his campaign slogan.
“You are going to be so happy,” he said. “We are going to make America so great again – maybe greater than ever before.”
Looking ahead to the next big primary, Trump shouted to the cheering crowd: “We are going now to South Carolina! We’re going to win in South Carolina! I love you all. Thank you very much.”
The driving electric guitar of “Revolution” then began playing once again as Trump walked off stage.
Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore is still kicking. The last-place candidate received 118 votes in the Granite State —roughly the same number as former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who dropped out of the race last week — with 81% of precincts reporting.
Will he drop out?
"That is a decision that we will assess, not tonight," Gilmore said in an interview with The Times on Tuesday three hours after polls closed. "We obviously did run as hard as we could in the state of New Hampshire. At the end of the day the exclusion from the debates was critical."
Gilmore never had a high enough standing in the polls to appear on a prime-time debate stage.
He visited voters at four polling places in Manchester, Londonderry and Bedford before attending his watch party, he said. USA Today reported that about 10 people showed up to his campaign headquarters to watch returns.
Never mind the number of people in the room, Gilmore said it was important for him to express his appreciation and warmth to staff and supporters.
Gilmore has had a tough go of it this campaign. He got the vote of just 12 caucusgoers in Iowa last week.
His home state of Virginia holds its primary on March 1.
This morning we gave you a list of the 13 New Hampshire towns that have correctly picked either the Republican or Democratic primary results in every election since 1952.
So far they've got it right again, based on unofficial returns reported by the Associated Press.
On the Democratic side there was little doubt. Hillary Clinton won only two towns with sizable populations - Bedford and Windham.
On the Republican side, the five towns out of seven that have reported results so far not only had Donald Trump as the winner but John Kasich in second place. Here's the breakdown:
- East Kingston: Trump 34%, Kasich 13.9%
- Lancaster: Trump 29.5%, Kasich 18.3%
- Newmarket: Trump 29.2%, Kasich 20.2%
- Sanbornton: Trump 36.6%, Kasich 15.3%
- Washington: Trump 47.1%, Kasich and Cruz 17.5%
Rochester and Pembroke are still outstanding as of midnight Eastern time.
San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich was not happy to hear the winners of the New Hampshire primary.
The five-time world champion coach is known to be a little grumpy during in-game interviews, but he perked up a little when reporter David Aldridge asked Tuesday night if he wanted to know the winners.
"Who is it, what is it?" asked an excited Popovich.
"Sanders and, uh, Trump," Aldridge said.
Popovich's face froze before he walked away, shaking his lowered head.
Hard to know which result upset him, but Popovich donated $5,000 to President Obama in 2012.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz noted that he’s currently in third place in New Hampshire’s primary, while speaking to supporters at a campaign rally in Hollis, N.H.
“That was the result all of us were told was impossible,” he said. “Together we have done what the pundits and the media said could not be done, and what the Washington establishment desperately hoped would not be done.”
Cruz reminded his supporters that the same naysayers also wrongly predicted he’d lose Iowa.
“I had opposed the ethanol mandate, taking on Washington and corporate welfare," he said. “My opponents attacked me, promising even more cronyism, and lobbyists spent millions of dollars in attack ads against our campaign. Yet the people of Iowa put their country first.”
He said his performance in New Hampshire has again discounted the media and “Washington insiders”
“This week history repeated itself,” he said. “Once again, the talking heads and the Washington insiders were confident that our wave of support would break against the rock of the Granite State; that a conservative, we were told, could not do well in the state of New Hampshire.”
In his speech tonight as returns showed him in sixth place with 7.7% in New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Christie signaled the end of his campaign might be near.
The New Jersey governor said he and his wife, MaryPat, would go home to New Jersey for the first time in two weeks. They plan to "take a deep breath [and] see what the final results are tonight, because that matters."
"We want to see exactly what happens," Christie said, as Twitter went nuts with posts saying he was "out" of the race.
But not so fast, the governor said: Waiting until all the votes are counted will "allow us to make a decision about how we move from here in this race."
He said there was no reason to "sit in a hotel room in South Carolina" to see the results. From New Jersey, the couple will "make a decision on our next step forward," he said.
John Kasich, who ran a largely upbeat campaign to a second-place finish in New Hampshire, used his victory speech Tuesday to prove his approach was the right one.
"Something big happened tonight," said the Ohio governor, criticizing the onslaught of negative ads against him. He finished second to Donald Trump.
"Maybe, just maybe, we are turning a page on a dark part of American politics, because tonight the light overcame the darkness of negative campaigning."
Kasich has been an underdog throughout the early nominating season and needed a substantial finish Tuesday to propel his campaign to the next contests.
Tuesday, he said, was just the beginning.
"You just wait," he told supporters. "There's so much going to happen. If you don't have a seat belt, go get one."
Marco Rubio took full responsibility for his disappointing fifth-place finish in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday night and apologized for an uneven debate performance that provided fodder to his Republican rivals.
"Our disappointment tonight is not on you. It's on me," the Florida senator told the crowd at a downtown Manchester hotel. "I did not do well on Saturday night. That will never happen again."
His supporters have been downcast for much of the night, but they cheered loudly for their candidate and chanted his name.
Rubio's speech left no doubt that he agreed with political commentators who said Saturday's debate harmed his candidacy.
"We did not wind up where we wanted to be," he said. "But that does not change where we will wind up at the end of the election."
Rubio said he would press on to South Carolina, which holds the next Republican primary on Feb. 20.
For former Rep. Carol Shea Porter, who endorsed Barack Obama in 2008, there was some unhappy deja vu Tuesday.
"It's always more fun to win, isn't it?" Shea Porter said. But she said Clinton's supporters in New Hampshire always knew it would be a tough fight.
"This is one state out of a lot of states," said Shea Porter, who is running to reclaim the seat she lost in 2014. "Everybody worked very hard on the Bernie side and on the Hillary side, and we'll see what happens in the next state. But it is the beginning. What I'm still proud of is we have two strong progressive candidates."
Privately some Clinton supporters said there was never any doubt, even as the former secretary of State campaigned aggressively across New Hampshire, that the deficit was too steep to overcome. Shea Porter said the time spent here was not wasted even as other contests loom. "She was connecting with people and had an opportunity to talk more about who she is and what her vision is," she said. "People know her better."
Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut, a more centrist Democrat who was one of several out-of-state lawmakers on hand, discounted the outcome as a "protest vote."
"I think this is less about Hillary than it is about residual anger with what happened in 2008," he said. "And I think we all are aware that this race really opens up once we get south of here into South Carolina and Nevada."
Elizabeth Lorris Ritter was one of many out-of-state supporters attending Clinton's event. She was bused up by the Human Rights Campaign to canvass over the weekend, and decided to stay through election day.
She said she thought Clinton's support for stricter gun measures hurt her in what she argued was a "solidly pro-gun state."
"I'm feeling pretty good about South Carolina, where the Clintons are beloved and Bernie is unheard of," she said.
Lorris Ritter rejected criticism of Clinton as insufficiently progressive. "Bernie's got vision, and that's great. I support Bernie's vision," she said. "I want a president who's got vision. But I also want a president who's got a plan. And unlike Bernie, Hillary's got both."
Donald Trump, confident and reflective as ever following his victory in New Hampshire’s Republican primary on Tuesday, extolled praise upon voters in the state.
“Do we love the people of New Hampshire?” said Trump at a campaign rally in Manchester on Tuesday night. “I said it and I said it a year ago – ‘I think I’m going to do well there, because I’m here a lot and it’s so beautiful.’”
“I have so many friends up here,” he said of his Granite State supporters. “New Hampshire, I want to thank you. We love you and we’re going to be back a lot.”
Trump also congratulated other candidates in the crowded GOP race, saying there’s some “real talent” among those in the field.
Some of Trump’s proposals seem to have resonated with New Hampshire Republicans.
Based on exit polls released Tuesday, two-thirds of Granite State GOP voters favor temporarily banning Muslims who are not U.S. citizens from entering the country.
In December, Trump announced a plan to ban foreign Muslims from entering the country.
The plan -- which was castigated by Democrats and Republicans alike -- came on the heels of terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris by people who had pledged an allegiance to Islamic State terrorists.
On stage Tuesday, flanked by his wife, Melania, and children, Trump also thanked his family.
“This is something very special,” he said grinning.
Jeb Bush celebrated what appeared to be a midfield finish in New Hampshire, declaring that his bid for the White House would continue.
“This campaign is not dead. We’re going on to South Carolina,” he told cheering supporters gathered at a community college in Manchester. They chanted “Jeb! Jeb! Jeb!” and waved American flags. “I know how to do this because I was a conservative reform governor in the state of Florida.”
In early returns, Bush appeared to be one of three candidates locked in a tight battle for third place in the New Hampshire primary.
He reiterated the fundamental argument of the campaign, which has fallen flat with a large bloc of restive GOP voters this year: that he has the experience to be an effective leader in Washington, and that he would be the most competitive against the Democratic nominee.
“We need someone who's been tested and I’m that guy,” Bush said.
Tonight, the light overcame the darkness of negative campaigning.
We did not wind up where we wanted to be. But that does not change where we will wind up at the end of the election.
As far as victory speeches go, Bernie Sanders did not cut corners.
Clocking in at 26 minutes, 13 seconds, on C-Span, which can be seen here.
Even Ohio Gov. John Kasich recognized it went on for a while, saying in his second-place victory speech, "Bernie talked so long I thought he was going to hit his 77th birthday before he got off stage."
We learned a lot about ground games in one week, I have to tell you.