Takeaways from New Hampshire: Donald Trump a serious candidate

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- New Hampshire voters have made their picks: Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders. They are choices with implications for next-to-vote South Carolina, Nevada and beyond in the 2016 race for president.

See Full Article

Here are some takeaways from the results in the first primary state:



He needed a strong victory. Trump got one Tuesday in New Hampshire.

The longtime Republican front-runner proved he can do more than just top preference polls by posting a dominant victory in the nation's first primary state. And with it, he could become difficult to stop as the nomination battle moves forward.

The brash billionaire was already far ahead of the fractured GOP field in polls of next-to-vote South Carolina before Tuesday's win, and it should be expected that he'll get a boost of momentum coming out of New Hampshire.

Also to be expected: the GOP establishment's worries about Trump will deepen. Those Republican leaders who fear Trump is unelectable in a general election - and there are many - publicly suggest they have until mid-March to coalesce behind a viable alternative.

But the continued strength of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, along with Marco Rubio's lackluster performance in New Hampshire, suggest that most of the Republican field will be locked in a messy muddle for weeks to come. And as they fight among themselves for second and third place, Trump may get a relative free pass to grow stronger.



Hounded by Chris Christie in the final debate before Tuesday's primary for what the New Jersey governor argued is his thin record of accomplishment, Rubio repeated a line from his standard stump speech four times.

And for the next two days, Rubio defended doing so - even as the whiff of momentum he had carried forward from a strong third-place finish in Iowa's caucuses was evaporating. The Florida senator finally fessed up after voters delivered their verdict in Tuesday's primary.

"I want you to understand something. Our disappointment tonight is not on you. It's on me. It is on me. I did not do well on Saturday night," Rubio said. "Listen to this: That will never happen again. That will never happen again."

The question for Rubio is how long the damage will last. He moves on to South Carolina no longer ready to emerge as the prospective alternative to Trump and Cruz. Instead, he's back among the pack of GOP hopefuls looking to break out.



Sanders' blowout victory over Hillary Clinton exposed significant weaknesses in the former secretary of state's White House bid. Sanders won an overwhelming majority of young voters, a significant part of the coalition that twice helped elect Barack Obama. And Sanders and Clinton were evenly divided among women, a major setback for a candidate who aims to become the nation's first female president.

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook wrote in a memo that her campaign is well-positioned among black and Latino voters who are prominent in Nevada, South Carolina and the March contests. But the resounding loss in New Hampshire, which Clinton won in 2008 and where her husband revived his flagging campaign in 1992, creates the potential for the party's diverse electorate to give Sanders a second look.



Among Democrats, voters said they valued honesty over other qualities in a candidate - including experience, caring about people like them and electability. That loomed large for Sanders. Less than half of Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire said Clinton is honest and trustworthy. Asked which of the two Democratic candidates had those qualities, half said only Sanders had them - and more than 9 in 10 of those people voted for him.

About 4 in 10 said both of the Democrats were honest and trustworthy, but very few said only Clinton has those traits.

Seven in 10 self-identified independents voting in the Democratic primary supported Sanders, while self-identified Democrats were evenly split between the two candidates.

On the Republican side, voters who wanted an outsider made a big difference for Trump. Half said they want the next president to be outside the political establishment - 6 in 10 of them voted for Trump. Among those saying they want a candidate who "tells it like it is" over other qualities, two-thirds voted for the real estate mogul and former reality TV star.



Money is about to get tight for several candidates who just unloaded much of their campaign coffers in New Hampshire, a state where it costs a lot to broadcast TV ads.

And some of the biggest Republican donors who'd been hoping for a clear signal from voters as to which of several candidates would be the strongest competitor to Trump and Cruz will have to keep waiting.

That means fortunes aren't likely to dramatically rise for any of those would-be alternatives: Rubio, John Kasich and Jeb Bush.

Kasich, the second-place finisher in New Hampshire, began the year with just $2.5 million, about one-third as much as Bush and a quarter of Rubio's available cash. Kasich senior adviser Tom Rath said Tuesday he expects an infusion of donations based on the New Hampshire results. "We have a lot of people who have been promising money if we perform," Rath said. "Tonight, we performed."

As for Rubio and Bush, both campaigns were working hard to portray to donors their middle-of-the-pack finishes as a "win" of sorts. Yet both ended up well behind Trump and Kasich and were in a battle for third place with Cruz. The results leave little incentive for prospective donors looking for someone to take on Trump and Cruz to act now.


Associated Press writers Ken Thomas, Emily Swanson and Julie Bykowicz contributed to this report.


Latest Canada & World News

  • Mike Pence continues to massage Trump's controversial remarks

    World News CTV News
    RENO, Nev. -- It's become a familiar routine for Mike Pence. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says something headline-grabbing, dubious or outright false, and his mild-mannered running mate sets out to refashion the boss's argument. Source
  • Taliban brief Pakistan about talks with Kabul

    World News CTV News
    ISLAMABAD - Three senior Taliban members travelled to Pakistan this week and held a series of meetings with Pakistani officials in Islamabad, mainly to brief them about the recent talks held in Qatar between the Taliban and Kabul, a senior Taliban official, an Afghan diplomat and a Pakistani official said Saturday. Source
  • Boston water main floods trench, killing 2 workers

    World News Toronto Sun
    BOSTON — Two workers in Boston were killed when a water main gave way and flooded a deep trench where they were working. The Boston Fire Department recovered the bodies Friday night in the South End neighbourhood after several hours of painstaking work. Source
  • Montana judge sparks outrage with no prison time for man charged with incest

    World News CTV News
    HELENA, Mont. -- A judge's decision not to order prison time for a Montana man who raped his 12-year-old daughter has sparked outrage from afar and calls closer to home to toughen the state's law, which allows such lenience in certain circumstances. Source
  • At least 53 killed after overloaded train derails in Cameroon

    World News CTV News
    ESEKA, Cameroon -- An overloaded train derailed along the route that links Cameroon's two major cities on Friday, killing at least 53 people and injuring more than 300, the government said. The injured could not be evacuated until rail travel is re-established, said government spokesman Issa Tchiroma, adding that the death toll is likely to rise. Source
  • No discipline for Minneapolis cops in Jamar Clark slaying

    World News Toronto Sun
    Minneapolis’ police chief says two officers followed proper procedure in a confrontation that led to the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark in November and won’t face discipline. Chief Janee Harteau said Friday that an internal investigation found the officers were warranted in using deadly force in the death of the 24-year-old black man. Source
  • Syrian government carried out chemical attack on citizens: report

    World News CTV News
    An international team has determined that the Syrian government carried out a third chemical attack in the conflict-wracked nation, according to a report released late Friday. In August, the team from the United Nations and the chemical weapons watchdog blamed President Bashar Assad's government for using chlorine gas in two attacks and Islamic State fighters for using mustard gas in one attack. Source
  • Chris Christie knew of plan to shut N.J. bridge, aide testifies

    World News CTV News
    NEWARK, N.J. -- Republican Gov. Chris Christie approved of a traffic study on the George Washington Bridge, his former deputy chief of staff testified Friday in her criminal trial, but federal prosecutors say it was actually a cover story for a political payback scheme designed to cause traffic jams. Source
  • Convicted pedophile faces new charges of public nudity, mischief

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    Ottawa police have laid new charges of public nudity against a convicted pedophile who is currently appealing the court ruling against him. Jeffrey Wills, 42, of Ottawa, was arrested on Thursday following a police investigation which took place between Oct. Source
  • Former $10-million lottery winner fined $5,000 after giving OxyContin pill to undercover cop in prostitution sting

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    An Edmonton man who once won a $10-million Lotto 6/49 jackpot was fined $5,000 Friday for giving an OxyContin pill to a female undercover police officer posing as a prostitute. Cecil Underwood, 67, was also placed on probation for two years after earlier pleading guilty to drug trafficking. Source