Donald Trump has solidified his lead in the Republican presidential primary race after winning the New Hampshire primary against Nikki Haley. Trump won 54.6% of the vote and secured 11 of the 20 delegates allotted, while Haley won 43.2% and received 8 delegates. However, Trump’s victory in New Hampshire wasn’t as sweeping as his win in Iowa, and he struggled to win over key groups of swing voters.
Haley, on the other hand, despite her defeat, has vowed to stay in the race and has her eyes set on the primary in her home state of South Carolina on February 24. She hopes to serve as a vehicle for anti-Trump forces who are still hoping that the former president might be forced out of the race by his legal problems.
In New Hampshire, President Joe Biden won among Democrats, even though he wasn’t on the primary ballot. This win showed that Biden still has a strong base of support among voters, despite not having any delegates allocated to him from the primary vote due to a dispute between the Democratic National Committee and the New Hampshire governor.
Looking ahead, Haley’s campaign team believes that she could perform well in states with open or semi-open primaries, as she aims to rally support among independent and moderate voters. Trump, on the other hand, faces challenges in winning over these groups and is also dealing with legal issues that could affect his campaign, including a federal trial tentatively set to begin on March 4, the day before Super Tuesday.
Overall, Trump’s victory in New Hampshire solidified his position as the Republican frontrunner, but the race is far from over, with Haley and Biden still actively in the running.