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Liveblog: Primary Night in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Residents Vote In The First-In-The-Nation New Hampshire Primary
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Welcome to Daily Intelligencer’s liveblog of the New Hampshire primary! There are a lot of questions heading into tonight’s event: How big a lead will Bernie Sanders have over Hillary Clinton in the Granite State? Do New Hampshirites love Donald Trump more than Iowans? And is America ready to embrace its first robot president? Stick with New York’s political team throughout the night for the answers to these questions, and all the other developments in the first-in-the-nation primary.

The Latest

  • Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have won the New Hampshire primary. With 89 percent of precincts reporting, both have double-digit leads.
  • Kasich will finish second with about 16 percent of the GOP vote. Bush and Cruz follow close behind and are essentially tied for third.
  • Marco Rubio had a terrible night. He finished fifth and blamed his poor debate performance.
  • No one dropped out of the race on Tuesday night, but Christie headed home to New Jersey to think about the future of his campaign.

4:02 a.m. ET: It looks like we won’t know which Republican eked out a third-place finish until later this morning. Here are the results, with 89 percent of precincts reporting.

Trump: 35.1 percent
Kasich: 15.9 percent
Cruz: 11.6 percent
Bush: 11.1 percent
Rubio: 10.6 percent
Christie: 7.5 percent
Fiorina: 4.2 percent
Carson: 2.3 percent
Gilmore: 0.1 percent

Sanders: 60.0 percent
Clinton: 38.4 percent

1:44 a.m. ET: Marco Rubio took responsibility for his fifth-place finish, telling supporters it’s his fault for having a bad debate performance on Saturday night. He said “that will never happen again,” which is a weird promise, considering that he repeated his mistake just last night.

1:36 a.m. ET: By the end of Iowa caucus night, we were down several candidates, but so far no one has dropped out due to their poor showing in New Hampshire. However, it looks like Christie may be close. On Tuesday night, he told supporters that he’s heading back to New Jersey rather than moving on to the next primary race in South Carolina. “Mary Pat and I spoke tonight and we’ve decided to go home to New Jersey tomorrow and we’re going to take a deep breath and see what the results are tonight,” Christie said. “By tomorrow morning or tomorrow afternoon we should know.”

11:56 p.m. ET: With 81 percent in, there are still just over 2,000 votes separating third-place Republican Ted Cruz from fifth-place Marco Rubio. The order of finish could change and, with it, a lot of consequences. — Ed Kilgore

11:02 p.m. ET: It’s still unclear if Bush or Cruz will wind up in third place, but the Bush team is already attacking Kasich. According to BuzzFeed, Bush spokesperson Tim Miller called Kasich the “leading Republican advocate for expanding Obamacare.” “He doesn’t have a constituency past New Hampshire,” Miller added. “He does not have a viable path to the nomination, and he certainly does not have a viable path in South Carolina.”

10:40 p.m. ET: Here are the results, with 67 percent of precincts reporting.

Trump: 34.3 percent
Kasich: 16.4 percent
Cruz: 11.5 percent
Bush: 11.2 percent
Rubio: 10.5 percent
Christie: 7.7 percent
Fiorina: 4.3 percent
Carson: 2.3 percent
Gilmore: 0.1 percent

Sanders: 59.7 percent
Clinton: 38.6 percent

10:18 p.m. ET: With all of these candidate speeches, we almost missed an important campaign development: Chris Hayes dubbing Bernie Sanders “Bernie Sandwiches.”

10:13 p.m. ET: The networks are covering Kasich’s speech rather than the sad state of affairs at Rubio HQ.

10:05 p.m. ET: Trump congratulates Sanders on his win, but notes, “He wants to give away our country. We’re not gonna let it happen!”

Otherwise, he’s just riffing on the usual Trump themes: He’s self-funding his campaign, he’s going to take care of the vets, Obamacare “is gone,” “we’re going to knock the hell out of ISIS,” “we don’t win anymore,” “it’s going to be so great!” He’s playing all the hits!

9:56 p.m. ET: Donald Trump takes the stage and proclaims, “We are going to make America great again!” He kicks things off by thanking every one of his family members: his late parents, his siblings, his wife, his kids, etc. He also congratulates “the other candidates” without mentioning any by name.

9:37 p.m. ET: CNN projects that John Kasich will finish second in the New Hampshire primary. Here are the results, with 39 percent of precincts reporting.

Trump: 33.9 percent
Kasich: 15.7 percent
Cruz: 11.8 percent
Bush: 11.4 percent
Rubio: 10.5 percent
Christie: 8.1 percent
Fiorina: 4.4 percent
Carson: 2.3 percent
Gilmore: 0.1 percent

Sanders: 59.0 percent
Clinton: 38.2 percent

9:36 p.m. ET: Unsurprisingly, the Daily News is not thrilled about tonight’s results.

9:27 p.m. ET: Sanders begins his address by thanking Clinton for a gracious congratulatory call, and commending her supporters “for the vigorous campaign they ran in New Hampshire.”

Together we have sent the message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington, from Maine to California,” Sanders says. “And that is that the government of our great country belongs to all of the people and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors and their super-pacs.” He adds, “We are taking on the most powerful political organization in the United States of America.”

Sanders attributes his success to “huge voter turnout — and I say yuge!” The crowd responds by chanting Trump’s catchphrase.

9:14 p.m. ET: Clinton begins address to supporters by congratulating Sanders and says, “I still love New Hampshire, and I always will.” Then she looks ahead to future primaries: “Now we take this campaign to the entire country. We’re going to fight for every vote in every state.”

Next she turns to Sanders’s two key issues, getting money out of politics and making Wall Street accountable. She calls Citizens United one of the Supreme Court’s worst decisions ever, and notes that the case was actually about her. “So yes, you’re not going to find anyone more committed to aggressive campaign-finance reform than me,” she says. Clinton adds that when it comes to reining in Wall Street, “I know how to do it.”

9:12 p.m. ET:

9:07 p.m. ET: Bad times at the Rubio watch party.

9:02 p.m. ET: The results, with 26 percent of precincts reporting.

Trump: 33.8 percent
Kasich: 15.5 percent
Bush: 11.6 percent
Cruz: 11.5 percent
Rubio: 10.5 percent
Christie: 8.3 percent
Fiorina: 4.4 percent
Carson: 2.3 percent
Gilmore: 0.1 percent

Sanders: 57.7 percent
Clinton: 40.2 percent

8:58 p.m. ET: Hillary did not do well with young women in New Hampshire. New York’s Marin Cogan explains.

8:49 p.m ET: Clinton has reportedly called Sanders to congratulate him on his victory. Meanwhile, her campaign released a memo downplaying the importance of the first two races, noting that the electorates in Iowa and New Hampshire “are largely rural/suburban and predominantly white,” while “the March states better reflect the true diversity of the Democratic Party and the nation.”

8:39 p.m. ET: Somebody’s definitely feeling the Bern.

8:32 p.m ET: Updated results, with 14 percent of precincts reporting. The Republican race:

Trump: 33.9 percent
Kasich: 16.3 percent
Bush: 11.9 percent
Cruz: 11.1 percent
Rubio: 9.8 percent
Christie: 7.8 percent
Fiorina: 4.4 percent
Carson: 2.3 percent
Gilmore: 0.1 percent

The Democratic race:

Sanders: 57.4 percent
Clinton: 40.7 percent

8:29 p.m ET: Newt Gingrich needs to focus.

8:25 p.m ET: Chris Christie, who threw most of his resources into New Hampshire, is currently in sixth place. And according to the criteria CBS News released tonight, he probably won’t qualify for Saturday night’s GOP debate. Come on, CBS. Don’t hit a guy while he’s down!

8:19 p.m. ET: If Kasich holds on to second place, it will be a huge boost for his campaign. So far he’s taking the news in stride. Shortly before the polls closed, the Ohio governor’s campaign told Fox News he was eating dinner, adding, “he’s at total peace.” 

8:14 p.m. ET: Things are looking grim for Marco Rubio. With 10 percent of precincts reporting, he’s currently in fifth place, with 10.1 percent of the vote.

8:12 p.m. ET: They’re playing “It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock at the Sanders rally. Discuss.

8:07 p.m. ET: Last week Hillary became the first woman to win the Iowa caucuses, and now Bernie has made history too.

8:01 p.m.: CNN has already called it: Trump wins the GOP race, Sanders wins the Democratic race.

7:52 p.m. ET: While only 3 percent of precincts are reporting, so far Donald Trump has a big — okay, huge — lead among Republicans:

Trump: 34.3 percent
Kasich: 14.8 percent
Bush: 11.7 percent
Cruz: 10.3 percent

And on the Democratic side:

Sanders: 53.6 percent
Clinton: 44.2 percent

7:27 p.m. ET: Traffic problems in Merrimack have caused long delays for voters, and BuzzFeed reports some have abandoned their cars to get to the polls in time. The delays started earlier in the day, and likely have something to do with there only being one polling place, Merrimack High School, for the town’s 27,000 residents.

There’s no shortage of parking at the high school, and the lines inside are short.

7:20 p.m. ET: On the other hand, exit polls show many GOP voters who turned out tonight agree with a certain candidate’s philosophy on how to make America great again.

7:10 p.m. ET: Small gleaning from exit polls: About one-third of Republican voters are “undeclared” (registered independents). That number was 47 percent in 2012. Not a great sign for Trump. — Ed Kilgore

7:05 p.m. ET: And here are some more (likely inaccurate) exit-poll findings.

6:50 p.m. ET: The polls are still open in some districts, but you can mull over these exit-polls results.

Liveblog: Primary Night in New Hampshire