Trump tops Republican field while Democrat Sanders trounces Clinton in first primary of U.S. presidential election. Katie Sargent reports.
(Reuters) – “Wow wow wow”
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greeting his supporters after his decisive win in the New Hampshire primary.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DONALD TRUMP SAYING:
“You know, I said it, and I said it even a year ago. I said I think I’m going to do really well there because I’m here a lot and it’s so beautiful and I love it so much and I love the people and I said I actually think they like me a lot.”
The win for Trump re-establishes his front-runner status in the crowded G-O-P race for the party’s presidential nomination, following his loss to Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses earlier this month.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, BERNIE SANDERS, SAYING:
“Thank you, New Hampshire.”
On the Democratic side Bernie Sanders, who barely lost to Hillary Clinton in Iowa, posted a resounding victory over her in New Hampshire.
He told supporters to prepare for a long fight.
DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, BERNIE SANDERS,
“We will need to come together in a few months and unite this party and this nation, because the right-wing Republicans we oppose must not be allowed to gain the presidency.”
The victories by Trump and Sanders show voters who are disenchanted with the economy and Washington politicians responding enthusiastically to candidates they view as outsiders.
DAVID ZEVALLOS, COLLEGE STUDENT,
“The American public is kind of fed up with the establishment of politics and I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t even go so far as to say that Sanders is like a revolutionary, you know like he calls himself, but I think it’s just, he has stopped being like, perpetuating this cycle of politics where whoever has the most money wins.”
DONALD TRUMP SUPPORTER, KATHLEEN MARTIN,
“I’m so excited that he won, I’ve been his supporter forever and I’m all for Trump. I think he’ll make the greatest president ever. I love what his policies are for veterans, for jobs. There’s nothing that he doesn’t touch. He’s going to make America great again.”
The focus of the race now turns from chilly New Hampshire to warmer campaign grounds. The next primary contests are in Nevada and South Carolina later this month.