New Hampshire primary rundown
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tuesday's winners in the New Hampshire primary might have gained momentum but they didn't pick up many delegates. That's because there weren't many delegates at stake, and both parties awarded them proportionally, meaning even the losers got some.
Bernie Sanders picked up a total of 15 Democratic delegates and Hillary Clinton won nine. Clinton holds a sizable lead in the overall race for delegates because of strong support from superdelegates, the party officials who can back the candidate of their choice. Overall, Clinton has 394 delegates Sanders has 44. It takes 2,382 delegates to win the Democratic nomination for president
Among Republicans, Donald Trump won 10 delegates in New Hampshire and John Kasich won four. Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio each won three. Overall, Trump has 17 delegates, Cruz has 11 and Rubio has 10. Kasich has five delegates, Bush has 4 and Ben Carson has three. It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination.
WBUR in Boston has a county-by-county breakdown of the vote in New Hampshire. In nearby Cheshire County, Bernie Sanders received 11,341 (70.4 percent) votes to Hillary Clinton's 4,619 (28.67 percent) votes. Statewide, Sanders received 142,041 (60.01 percent) votes while Clinton received 90,678 (38.31 percent) votes.
On the Republican side, in Cheshire County Donald Trump received 4,084 (34.02 percent) votes to second-place finisher John Kasich's 1,895 (15.79 percent) votes. Ted Cruz was a close third with 14.43 percent of the vote. Statewide, the tabulation was 94,821, 42,699 and 31,425 for the top three Republican finishers, with Trump receiving 35.17 percent of the vote.
Marco Rubio's campaign manager says the Florida senator's New Hampshire setback could extend the Republican nomination fight for at least another three months, if not longer. "We very easily could be looking at May — or the convention" before there's a "functional nominee," Terry Sullivan said. "I would be surprised if it's not May or the convention."
There hasn't been a contested national convention since 1976. But Republican National Committee officials have already had preliminary discussions about just such a scenario given the possibility no candidate secures a majority of delegates in the state-by-state contests to come. This year's Republican National Convention will take place in July.
One of the first voters to ask a question at Kasich's lead-off South Carolina town hall on Wednesday says she's a lifelong Democrat who plans to vote for the Ohio governor. But she has one concern: "I keep reading that you have a prickly personality...Can you really bring people together to get things done?"
Kasich has pledged to run a positive campaign, but he's been known at times to be short-tempered in his home state of Ohio. After jokingly telling the woman "No, I probably can't" get things done, Kasich says he's "mellowed out" since his early days in politics. He says his record in Congress and as governor serves as evidence that he can deliver on his promises.
Jeb Bush says New Hampshire voters "pushed the pause button" on anointing any candidate as the favorite to win the Republican nomination. Bush told reporters Wednesday after a campaign rally in Bluffton, S.C., that the New Hampshire primary had cancelled "the coronation after a third-place finish" — an apparent reference to GOP rival Marco Rubio, who slipped from third in the Iowa caucus to finishing fifth in New Hampshire. Bush finished fourth in New Hampshire's contest Tuesday night.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is joining Bush on the campaign trail in his home state. Graham endorsed the former Florida governor last month after ending his own presidential bid. Graham introduced Bush to a crowd of about 300 people as "a guy who's been tested and will be ready on Day 1 to be commander-in-chief."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to drop out of the 2016 race for the White House after finishing sixth in the New Hampshire primary. That's according to a two people familiar with his plans, who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
Christie had banked his presidential prospects on a strong finish in the early-voting state, but finished behind most of his Republican rivals in Tuesday's election. It was the final blow for a candidate who spent more than 70 days campaigning in New Hampshire.
Chris Christie fundraiser Ken Langone isn't crying over the New Jersey governor's sixth-place finish in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. The billionaire Home Depot co-founder says, "'yesterday was a great day for America, a fabulous day for America," though "it wasn't a great day" for conventional political candidates, including Christie.
He says, "the American people are effectively saying to both parties: We're sick and tired of the current situation."
Marco Rubio says his campaign is moving into a more aggressive phase after a disappointing finish in New Hampshire. He told reporters on the flight Wednesday from New Hampshire to next-up South Carolina that it was a mistake during Saturday's debate to revert to talking points instead of engaging with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. He says he won't start intra-party fights but will be more willing to respond when necessary.
He said: "We're going to have to point out the differences in our records in a sharper way," adding that his fifth place finish in New Hampshire means he doesn't have "the luxury any longer to basically say, 'Look, I don't want to argue with Republicans."'
Ted Cruz is going after Donald Trump again, this time in South Carolina over who is an authentic conservative on health care, abortion and more. The Texas senator, who came in first in Iowa and third in New Hampshire, said he's the only candidate in the crowded GOP nomination fight who will stand against abortion and defend gun rights. Cruz revived his criticism of Trump as a defender of President Barack Obama's health care law. Trump has called that a "lie." Cruz spoke in Myrtle Beach, S.C. as the race shifted to the next state to vote in the contest.
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