Shiny S. Patel | General Sections Editor
The results of the 2016 New Hampshire primary show the frontrunners of the Democratic and Republican primary as Sanders and Trump respectively. The New Hampshire primary is the first primary for every presidential election. Here, the voters elect their preferred candidate that their party delegates will be sent to vote for at the national conventions. Though a small state, this primary is so crucial due to the high volumes of media coverage it receives. It gives an insight on how the rest of the election process will unfold.
On the Democratic side, Senator Bernie Sanders won the primary over Hillary Clinton by roughly 20% while Trump also crushed every candidate on the Republican side by 20%. Though, these results are not much of a surprise based off of the polls that have been conducted predicting this result.
Senators Sanders will have an additional 15 delegates supporting him in the election and Clinton, 9. 2382 delegates are needed for either candidate in order to win the nomination. And though Senator Sanders has been making a promising case as the choice of the people based off of the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire primary, the allocation of votes amongst the Superdelegates are proving otherwise. Of the 4763 delegates, 394 have already aligned with Clinton in contrast to the 44 sided with Sanders.
Senator Sanders’ victory margin was the highest in history for a non-incumbent since John F. Kennedy’s election in 1960. This overwhelming result was 60% Sanders to 38% Clinton. Furthermore, he is now the first Jewish-American to ever win a primary. Hillary Clinton has a history with New Hampshire through her past campaign against President Obama, and even back when her husband, former President Bill Clinton, was running for office. This historical tie seemed to do little as Sanders’ platform drew support from a vast group of voters, mainly support from the Millennials and women. His liberal agenda of raising taxes for the corporate world while promoting reforms like universal education and healthcare seem to be enough to gauge support from the Democrats of New Hampshire.
Mr. Sanders, who has proposed an emphatically liberal agenda to raise taxes and impose regulations on Wall Street, drew support from a wide cross-section of voters, even edging Clinton out among women, boosted by his appeal among the young.
The split amongst the Republican Party is more evenly divided, however, with Trump leading by a notable amount. The Republicans have 2472 delegates and 1237 are needed in order to win the nomination. Of those delegates, Trump has accumulated 17, Cruz 11, and Rubio 10. Less popular but in still in the running are Kasich with 5, Bush with 4, and Carson with 3.
By appealing to vast majority of voters those with only a high school education, Trump was able to use his blunt and slightly hateful rhetoric, and constant reminder of being a “businessman” to grasp roughly 35% of the votes. The main issues that appealed to Trump voters is the fear of illegal immigrants, the prevalent economic struggles, and the ongoing conflict with ISIS leading to a potential terrorist attack on home soil.
Though this vastly spread out field on the Republican side was won by Trump, his voters may not be as passionate about their choice as it may seem. According to NPR, 46% of Republicans admitted to having made up their minds within only the last few days of the election. Less than 15% of Democratic voters recently made up their minds, and most had been sure of their vote well in advance.