New Hampshire 2016
February 10, 2016

Jim Gilmore has a theory as to why he's virtually unknown among the Republican presidential candidates.

"I entered the race having been out of office for a considerable amount of time," he told USA Today. "I wasn't a sitting governor, my father wasn't president, and my brother wasn't president." Gilmore, the former governor of Virginia, was upbeat at his primary party in New Hampshire on Tuesday, attended by less than a dozen people. "I don't think we'll win this thing," he told one supporter, "but let's see if we can get some recognition."

With 88 percent of precincts reporting, Gilmore received 125 votes, or 0.0 percent. It was, however, a major victory compared to how he did in Iowa, where he was backed by just 12 caucusgoers, and Gilmore said he's looking forward to campaigning in South Carolina on Wednesday. New Hampshire state senator Sam Cataldo told USA Today Gilmore has a "hell of a background," but is practically invisible because "the media keeps playing Trump, Trump, and Trump. There's more to life than just Trump." Catherine Garcia

February 10, 2016

On Monday, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg confirmed that he's considering an independent run for president this year, telling the Financial Times that he finds "the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters." He'll decide soon, he said, and is "listening to what candidates are saying and what the primary voters appear to be doing." That's widely considered code for Bloomberg waiting to see if Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are likely to win the Republican and Democratic nominations, respectively.

Both Trump and Sanders notched solid victories in New Hampshire on Tuesday night. And a potential Trump-Sanders race is "a dream scenario for those — most notably Bloomberg himself — who dream of a real chance for the former mayor," says Chris Cillizza at The Washington Post. "I wouldn't fall down dead if later this week 'a Bloomberg insider' leaked either polling numbers or some sort of internal memo designed to stoke the fires for the former mayor’s independent bid." Since a Bloomberg run would probably ensure a Republican win in 2016, maybe this should be scored as two wins for Trump. Peter Weber

February 10, 2016

Both CNN and The New York Times have called Donald Trump the winner of the New Hampshire primary, where he holds 35.1 percent of the vote with 88 percent of precincts reporting. Giving his first victory speech of the election, Trump vowed "to make America so great again. Maybe greater than ever before."

A number of news organizations have called John Kasich the second place winner with 15.9 percent. Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio are locked in a battle for third place, virtually tied between 11 and 10 percent. Jeva Lange

February 10, 2016

Carly Fiorina isn't going to change anything about her campaign, despite coming in seventh in the New Hampshire Republican primary, her deputy campaign manager said.

Sarah Isgur Flores told Politico Fiorina has no intention of exiting the race, and is following the "same plan" put in place before New Hampshire. Fiorina's public calendar shows her campaigning in South Carolina this weekend, then heading to Nevada more than a week before the state's GOP caucuses on Feb. 23. Catherine Garcia

February 10, 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is the longest-serving political independent in Congress, so perhaps it's no surprise that he won the support of independents who voted in the New Hampshire Democratic primary by nearly a 3-to-1 margin, 72 percent to 27 percent, over Hillary Clinton, according to exit polls. But those independents, who made up 40 percent of voters in the Democratic primary, also accounted for Sanders' sizable margin of victory. Among registered Democrats, Sanders and Clinton spit the vote, 49 percent to 49 percent.

Overall, the voters who participated in the caucus were more liberal than in previous years, with 26 percent calling themselves very liberal, 42 percent somewhat liberal, and only 27 percent politically moderate. Sanders won among female voters and every age bracket except for those 65 and older, and trounced Clinton among voters who consider the most important candidate quality that he "cares about me" and is "honest and trustworthy"; Clinton won heavily among voters who listed "can win in November" and "has the right experience" as the most important attribute.

On the Republican side, primary winner Donald Trump and runner-up John Kasich also both outperformed with independents, with Trump winning 38 percent and Kasich 18 percent, according to the exit polls. Independents made up 35 percent of the GOP electorate, and "without these votes, second place in the Republican primary would be a virtual tie among Mr. Kasich, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Sen. Ted Cruz," notes David R. Jones at The New York Times. Peter Weber

February 9, 2016

With the results showing him in fifth place in New Hampshire, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said he wasn't happy, but "our disappointment tonight is not on you, it's on me."

A dejected Rubio cut a much different figure than the jubilant Rubio who came in third in Iowa one week ago. He pinned the New Hampshire loss on his performance at the Republican debate on Saturday, but told supporters: "Listen to this: That will never happen again. That will never happen again. Let me tell you why: It's not about me, it's not about this campaign, it's about this election. It is about what is at stake in this election." Rubio said he will end up winning, and he "must" because otherwise, "we may lose our country." Catherine Garcia

February 9, 2016

John Kasich's second-place finish in New Hampshire prompted a feel-good speech full of tears and hugs and Chicken Soup for the Soul-esque advice about slowing down and living in the moment. It also had a fabulous super villain cackle:

Many people watching were put off by the laugh. "Whoa, Kasich sounded a little unhinged with that evil laugh," tweeted Fusion's Collier Meyerson. American Interest's Peter Blair agreed: "That Kasich laugh was the best thing so far shown on CNN tonight." Jeva Lange

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