Two non-establishment candidates were victorious Tuesday evening during the New Hampshire primary in the Democratic and Republican presidential races after both finishing second in last week’s Iowa Caucuses.
Republican billionaire candidate Donald Trump won the Republican New Hampshire primary with 35.1 percent of the votes followed by Ohio Governor John Kasich and Texas Senator Ted Cruz in third place.
Democrat Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was favored to win the Democratic primary on Tuesday evening since he is a New Englander and has some regional support with his liberal views.
Sanders ended up winning in convincing fashion with 60 percent of the votes compared to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who got 38.4 percent.
Establishment bases in both parties are now seeking to regroup and gain more support ahead of the primaries in March across several key U.S. states that will largely determine which candidate gets the final nomination in their party.
Both Trump and Sanders have raised concerns among their establishment bases due to their anti-establishment positions that have appealed to Americans who have grown increasingly frustrated with Washington politics and special interest groups that seek to control the political system.
A former independent, Sanders is a self-described Democratic Socialist whose anti-capitalism views and rants about the economy being “rigged” have allured some Americans but also turned off others.
Sanders has pledged to raise taxes, break up big banks, re-impose the Glass-Steagall Act, and tax Wall Street “speculation “enough that it would subsidize free tuition for Americans attending college.
Sanders favors replacing the Affordable Care Act with a new Medicare for all single plan model that expands the government’s role in healthcare, provides universal coverage, and raises taxes on Americans while eliminating monthly healthcare premiums and co-pays.
Some respected economists have already raised some flags about Sanders’ health care plan which his campaign is reportedly working to revise.
Moderate Democrats question if Sanders’ bold health care plan stands a realistic chance of approval in a Congress that is dominated by Republicans who already fought hard against the Affordable Care Act and whose primary mission is to reduce the size of government.
Clinton’s Establishment Image
Hillary Clinton thanked her supporters Tuesday evening in New Hampshire and spoke about how she is the candidate who knows how to get things done.
Clinton preformed poorly Tuesday night in New Hampshire among males and young female voters earning under $50,000 who are more drawn to Sanders’ brand of socialism and liberal views about the economy.
Even though she is unique by attempting to become the first female U.S. presidential candidate, Clinton is perceived as an establishment candidate and has less popularity among younger liberal Americans and Millennials who are drawn to Sander’s calls for bold new changes in politics.
During the weeks ahead, Clinton will attempt to reinvigorate her campaign and appeal to younger Americans while also gaining more support from male voters.
Sanders will try to build on his momentum from his win in New Hampshire and hope that he can win during the next primaries in Nevada on February 20th and South Carolina on February 27th.
Both states are more ethnically and economically diverse than New Hampshire and favor Clinton who has good backing among African Americans and Hispanics whose votes she will depend on if she plans on winning the nomination.
Here is Clinton’s tweet on Tuesday evening.
This is only the beginning. We fought hard for every vote—now we take this campaign to the entire country. https://t.co/YDbo2wiWJf
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 10, 2016
Republican billionaire and former reality star Donald Trump plays by his own rules and appeals to angry Republicans fed up with establishment politicians.
Over the past several months, Trump has made headlines for a host of controversial statements that vary from him saying that former POW Senator John McCain was “not a war hero” to other claims that Mexico was sending America their criminals, rapists, and “people that have lots of problems.”
Trump also took a jab over Jeb Bush’s Mexican born wife.
Besides claiming that he’ll build a new border wall and somehow make Mexico pay for it, Trump said that he would deport 11 million illegal immigrants and “let the good ones back in.”
Trump has made public spectacles over citizenship issues of President Obama and Senator Ted Cruz.
One of his latest controversies occurred in late 2015 following a wave of terrorist attacks when he said that all Muslims should be temporarily banned from the United States.
His latest controversies stem over a feud with Fox News that led to him boycotting a Fox News Debate and causing a stir over his use of the word “pussy” during a campaign meeting.
After losing in Iowa to Ted Cruz last week, some Republicans have questioned whether Trump’s staying power is for real and whether he is capable of getting widespread Republican support in other states.
Trump won decisively on Tuesday evening in New Hampshire, a small state in the northeast.
Trump will need to build on his momentum and hope it spreads to South Carolina where Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio have ties among the Republican base.