MANCHESTER, NH – Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire Primary in a crushing blow to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
The race was called just after 8 p.m. when the final polls closed in the Granite State. The U.S. Senator from Vermont thanked the people of the state, lauding them with a “huge turnout” that put his camp way over the top.
“Tonight with what appears to be a record-breaking voter turnout, because of a huge voter turnout…we won.” ~ Sen. Bernie Sanders
Sanders was favored to win early on in his sister state, but overwhelming voter turnout and a substantial following of young voters pushed his numbers beyond expectations.
Clinton, in her concession speech acknowledged the road ahead.
“I know I have some work to do, particularly with young people, but I will repeat again what I have said this week,” Clinton said. “Even if they are not supporting me now, I support them.”
On the Republican side, New York real estate mogul, Donald Trump won easily with 35 percent of the GOP vote. The race for second place was decided with John Kasich taking 16 percent of the vote. Third place had Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio all within one percentage point.
Sanders and Clinton now move on to the Nevada Democratic Caucus on February 20, while the GOP candidates caucus in the state on February 23.
Sanders said he was heading first to New York City, assuring his supporters that he would not be attending Wall Street fundraisers.