People gathered in Iowa in townhouses statewide to declare their favorite candidates’ names, huddled together by nomination preference in different corners of the room, voting by body count — an oddity otherwise known as a Democratic caucus.
Over in New Hampshire, they use a more traditional voting style, as the Republicans do in all states.
Former Gov. Martin O’Malley has officially suspended his campaign, making it a two-person race between Democrats Larry David, Bernie Sanders that is, and Hillary Clinton. For Republican voters, the real contenders are coming into focus from a wide field of candidates.
Democrats: Following a race so close a recount was held, Hillary Clinton held on with 700.47 state delegate equivalents (49.84 percent), just edging rival Bernie Sanders’ 696.92 delegates (49.59 percent), in a virtual tie.
1) Ted Cruz- 8 delegates, 27.6 percent of the vote
2) Donald Trump- 7 delegates, 24.3 percent of the vote
3) Marco Rubio- 7 delegates, 23.1 percent of the vote
Democrats: Sanders, 13 delegates (60.1 percent) topped Clinton, 9 delegates (38.2 percent). Previously in Democratic primaries, five out of six candidates running from one of New Hampshire’s neighboring states — Massachusetts, Maine or Vermont — won the New Hampshire primary.
Republicans: Trump, Kasich and Cruz faired well, while Rubio took the biggest fall, notching zero delegates. There was also a Jeb! Bush sighting.
1. Donald Trump- 10 delegates, 35.4 percent of the vote
2. John Kasich- 3 delegates, 15.7 percent of the vote
3. Ted Cruz- 2 delegates, 11.7 percent of the vote
4. Jeb! Bush- 2 delegates, 11 percent of the vote
Donald Trump: After his second place finish in Iowa, Trump Donald threw heavy shade at first place finisher Ted Cruz via Twitter.
“Ted Cruz didn't win Iowa, he stole it,” Trump tweeted. “That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated. Bad!”
He was more complimentary of the Republican field after winning in New Hampshire.
Donald J. Trump: "We are going to win so much, you are going to be so happy."More on Trump's win in New Hampshire: http://nyti.ms/1KaZiur
In his New Hampshire victory speech he said the harrowing words, “Remember, you started it.”
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Jeb Bush: His campaign has rebounded after getting into the mix in New Hampshire. Next up for Bush and the Republicans are primaries in South Carolina, followed by Nevada. Please clap.
Hillary: The Clintons have history in New Hampshire — it was there in 1992 that Bill Clinton finished second, beating predictions and giving him the “comeback kid” moniker that charged his White House run. Hillary also finished second, but unlike Bill, she entered primary season as the established favorite.
Bernie (Rabbi Mani Schewitz): Clinton is not alone in looking to break the presidential prototype in 2016, as Sanders became the first non-Christian/Catholic to win a state primary in American history after winning New Hampshire. His game looked strong has looked strong so far, but the challenge going forward for Sanders is that Iowa and New Hampshire don’t look like the rest of America — they are overwhelmingly white states and, up to this point, Clinton has polled better among minority voters. Next up: Nevada and South Carolina.