Following the Iowa caucus, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Hilary Clinton were no more the frontrunners for their individual parties. The winners of the New Hampshire caucus: real estate magnate Donald Trump (Republican) and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (Democrat).
While Bernie Sanders has seen a steady rise in popularity as the democrat candidate, the contest to stand as the primary on the republican end just keeps heating up. At the Iowa caucus, Ted Cruz was on top of the chart – with Donald Trump a close second and Florida Senator Marco Rubio at (a strong) third position. The succeeding caucus in New Hampshire has seen the rise of Trump to the number one spot with 35 per cent votes, followed by Ohio Governor John Kasich at 16 per cent and Ted Cruz with 11 per cent. This trend suggests that the contest to become the part primary is going to get much uglier in the upcoming caucuses.
Donald Trump did not only win the New Hampshire caucus, he won in a landslide. The Ted Cruz campaign felt the heat, as he slid down to third position. However, the worst hit was mainstream favourite Marco Rubio, whose campaign didn’t stumble, but spiraled into a roller coaster dive. Rubio’s downfall had become imminent following the last GOP debate, when Chris Christie mauled his arguments. Christie called out Rubio on repeating the same 25-second pre-rehearsed line “Contrary to what people think, President Obama knows exactly what he is doing…” Rubio repeated the same sentence four times in the debate and was left a puddled mess when Christie called out his robotic-repeated response.
On the other side, Trump’s (who has been called a lot of things during his campaign, of which none of them was nice) victory has rocked the American politics and his critics to the core. It was predicted that Trump’s bigotry remarks and loud rhetoric would lead his campaign to an early grave. It was also believed that Trump’s defeat in the Iowa caucus would leave his voters confused – who would eventually abandon him. But, the result of New Hampshire shows that it is too early to have clear bets on who the republic candidate at the primary will be.
For the democratic side, Bernie Sanders also witnessed a landslide win against his sole contender, Hillary Clinton. While Sanders and Clinton were neck and neck in Iowa, Sanders was able to garner 60 per cent votes in New Hampshire, against Clinton’s dismal 38.4 per cent.
Clinton’s defeat at the hands of Sanders was something that was unimaginable a year ago. The result is a big win for the ‘democratic socialist’ - who has consistently talked about increasing taxes across the board and taking out Wall Street money out of politics. Sander’s campaign has come a long way since it started. The slogan ‘Feel the Bern’ (a play on Sanders first name) is resounding among most democrats and independents.
While some argue that Sanders’s win was a testament to the power of his economics-focused campaign, others believe that his win at New Hampshire was owing to Vermont being a neighboring state. Clinton’s campaign on the other hand has seen a lot of set-backs, with pundits stating that the her campaign is demanding people to vote the first woman to the presidential position after choosing its first black president. Who comes out as the democratic primary? – It’s too early to call!