Donald Trump wins New Hampshire primary despite sole rival Nikki Haley’s early victory in first votes

Donald Trump wins New Hampshire primary despite sole rival Nikki Haley’s early victory in first votes

DONALD Trump has earned another victory in the race for the 2024 Republican nomination, taking shots at his sole rival, Nikki Haley, in the process.

The former president went home with the win on Tuesday but was blasted by the Biden campaign over his “MAGA takeover.”

Donald Trump wins New Hampshire primary despite sole rival Nikki Haley’s early victory in first votes
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Donald Trump has won the New Hampshire Republican Primary[/caption]

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His main rival Nikki Haley had started the night positively with early votes[/caption]

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Haley addressed her supporters following the loss, sending congrats to Trump[/caption]

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Trump called out Haley in his victory speech, saying she made it sound as if she won[/caption]

“Word is we are doing really well!!!” Trump shared on Truth Social before the results.

Trump was declared the winner by the Associated Press based on an analysis of initial vote returns and a survey of Republican primary voters.

He fought for the win, taking 54.8% of the vote against Haley’s 43.6%.

Haley, the only remaining candidate outside of Trump, started strong in the New Hampshire polls, sweeping the former president in a six-person midnight vote in Dixville Notch.

The tiny town in northern New Hampshire opened and closed its polls just after midnight after six registered voters – four Republicans and two Independents – participated in the vote.

Haley also snagged Concord, Dover, Rye, Keene, Franconia, and Newmarket.

She also received a lot of support by many unaffilaited voters who chose to cast their vote in the Republican primary.

However, the short-lived victory came crashing down by Tuesday evening after Republican voters again showed up to back Trump as the clear-cut favorite in the race.

Just before the polls closed, Trump shared another post on Truth Social: “Haley said she had to WIN in New Hampshire. SHE DIDN’T!!!”

The Biden campaign released a statement blasting Trump’s victory while failing to mention the President’s own win in the Democratic Primary.

“Tonight’s results confirm Donald Trump has all but locked up the GOP nomination, and the election denying, anti-freedom MAGA movement as completed its takeover of the Republican Party.

“Trump is offering Americans the same extreme agenda that has cost Republicans election after election: promising to undermine American democracy, reward the wealthy on the backs of the middle class, and ban abortion nationwide.

“Joe Biden sees things differently. He’s fighting to grow our economy for the middle-class, strengthen our democracry, and protect the rights of every single American.”

President Biden won the New Hampshire primary despite his name not even appearing on the ballot.

This is the first time a White House incumbent has not appeared on the primary ballot of their party in New Hampshire.

‘FAR FROM OVER’

Haley addressed her supporters after the votes were counted, congradulating Trump on his vicory.

“He earned it. And I want to acknowledge that,” she said.

At the start of the race, there were 14 candidates running against Trump with Haley becoming the last one standing.

“I’ve always been a fighter and I’m scrappy,” she said. “We still have a ways to go but we keep moving up.

“This race is far from over.”

The ballroom rang out with a chorus of “Nikki, Nikki” chants as Haley called for Trump to meet her on the debate floor.

“With Donald Trump you have one bout of chaos after another. This court case, that controversy, this tweet, that senior moment,” said Haley.

“You can’t fix Joe Biden’s chaos with Republican chaos.”

Haley’s next stop is South Carolina, her home state where she served as governor from 2011 to 2017.

“South Carolina voters don’t want a coronation,” she said in her closing remarks. “They want an election.

“We are just getting started.”

Trump didn’t seem to like Haley’s words, calling her “DELUSIONAL” in a Truth Social post.

TRUMP’S VICTORY LAP

Trump addressed his supporters later in the night with the song God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood.

The former president was flanked by Vivek Ramaswamy and Tim Scott, former candidates who have given him their endorsements, along with his son, Eric Trump.

He appeared to mock Haley’s speech, saying she made it sound that she won despite coming in second place.

“I can say who the hell was the imposter who went up on the stage before and claimed a victory?”

Trump added: “This is not your typical victory speech but lets not let someone take your victory when they had a very bad night.

“We had an unbelievable week last week in Iowa. It was the best in the history of the caucus. We beat her so badly – Ron beat her also. Ron came in second and he left. She came in third and she’s still hanging around.”

Ramaswamy came forward to share some words in support of Trump’s “double-digit victory.”

“What you saw tonight was America first defeating America last,” he said.

“The fact that Nikki is pressing ahead exposes the ugly underbelly of this race: There’s no way she can defeat Trump through the front door, so her donor puppet masters are propping her up long enough while plotting to eliminate Trump from the ballot.”

Trump also took shots at New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, who endorsed Haley, calling him “very unpopular” and accusing him of going back on expectations of Haley’s performance in the state.

Trump said he was ready to compete against Haley in South Carolina, where he’s still the frontrunner in the polls.

“I did hear Nikki say now it’s off to South Carolina. Well, I love South Carolina,”

“We love you!” shouted a supporter from the crowd.

Trump then reminded his supporters that the next state on the calendar is Nevada, however, Haley isn’t eligible to pick up delegates there since she is taking part in the state-run primary rather then the party-run caucus.

“We are going to have the greatest election success. We are going to turn our country around,” he said.

Trump also vowed to reduce energy costs by 50% in New Hampshire, saying: “We are going to drill, baby, drill.”

He closed his speech with: “We are going to win this. We have no choice. If we don’t win our country is finished. We have an opportunity to do something so amazing. the reason we have support is because they are so bad at what they are doing.”

MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS

Trump brushed off a potential upset by Haley before the official tally was announced, telling his supporters at a polling site: “I think she’s worked very hard, but I couldn’t care less if she drops out. That’s fine.”

Ten communities requested additional GOP ballots, according to the New Hampshire secretary of state.

The communities include Hanover, Hopkinton, Holderness, Amherst, Brentwood, Concord, Hollis, Newmarket, Windham, and Manchester.

Trump’s campaign, which was already flying sky-high, earned an extra boost after GOP candidates Vivek Ramaswamy and Ron DeSantis suspended their campaigns and endorsed the former president.

Disgraced former congressman George Santos was spotted at a pro-Trump watch party at the Sheraton Nashua Hotel.

Santos was seen mingling by the bar for a few moments with a line of people waiting to chat with him.

“Let her do whatever she wants,” Trump told reporters in Londonderry on Tuesday afternoon about Haley’s declaration that she will stay in the race through Super Tuesday.

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Trump supporters made themselves heard in the Granite State[/caption]

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Trump has likely cemented his posiiton as the GOP frontrunner despite a hefty fight from Haley[/caption]

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Former New York congressman George Santos was spotted at a Trump watch party, where he was mingling with other guests[/caption]

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