Trump, Sanders win big in New Hampshire primaries
MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
UNITED States billionaire Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders achieved runaway victories in their respective Republican and Democratic presidential primaries in New Hampshire this week, spawning predictions of another win for the former and strong contention by the latter in their first battles in the south next week.
Both won on Tuesday the second key test in their race to be nominated for the presidential election in November, following the Iowa caucus last week, by tapping into anti-establishment anger, reported Agence France-Presse.
The second victory by Vermont Senator Sanders drove former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, the otherwise presidential hopeful, to admit she had some work to do in Nevada, where the next Democratic caucus will be held on Feb 20.
Mr Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist advocating a "political revolution", crushed Mrs Clinton by 60 per cent to 38 per cent.
Exit polls showed he beat Mrs Clinton among virtually every group, among women and men, in all age groups under 45, among those with and without college degrees and among gun owners and non-gun owners, the New York Times reported.
Prediction has been that Mrs Clinton will have a better chance of putting together a series of wins and ending Mr Sanders once and for all after the battle moves south next week, where the electorate is not predominantly white, reported Washington Post.
But according to the newspaper, a lot could have changed in Nevada since the last high-quality survey showed Mrs Clinton leading Mr Sanders by 22 points - thanks largely to support by blacks and Latinos.
Nevada might turn out to be a competitive state for Mrs Clinton, one that could extend her misery for just a little while longer before she finds her winning streak, said the Post.
On the Republican side, Mr Trump's visceral assault on American politics galvanised voters who brought him his first victory in the race, keeping him in pole position.
With 90 per cent of precincts reporting in New Hampshire, Mr Trump swept 35 per cent of the vote to Ohio Governor John Kasich's 16 per cent.
Iowa winner and Texas Senator Ted Cruz bagged 12 per cent, narrowly ahead of Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
Mr Trump did what he had to do: Secure a solid win after his second-place showing in Iowa called into question his showmanship strategy and his image as a born winner.
Meanwhile, polls done in South Carolina, where the next Republican primary will be held on Feb 20, show he is leading by double digits, reported the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
"Middle America is suffering," John Vassallo, a retired computer programmer and South Carolina voter told WSJ.
"Every single person I know is supporting Trump," added Mr Vassallo, who has gone to two Trump rallies and predicts that the businessman will win in South Carolina, where he has tapped into the prevailing mood of economic uncertainty. AGENCIES