By Kara Mihm
Boston University News Service
Donald Trump has won over Granite State voters to defeat Nikki Haley in a victory that further fuels his chances as the 2024 Republican nominee.
Dueling in their first one-on-one contest after Ron Desantis dropped out, Trump snagged the overwhelming vote, although the margin to which he won still needs to be finalized.
Hosted in a hotel ballroom in Nashua, Trump’s celebration speech consisted of sharp criticism of the former South Carolina governor, repeatedly mentioning that she had a “very bad night.”
Yet, in response to the results and her opponents’ critiques, Haley remains steadfast in her commitment to winning the Republican nomination.
To a room of her supporters, Haley curbed speculation that she will be dropping out of the race, stating that “New Hampshire is first in the nation. It is not the last.”
Trump’s win follows a crushing victory in Iowa’s Republican presidential caucus. Winning in both Iowa and New Hampshire has historically been seen to make or break a candidate’s presidential momentum.
On the other side of the party decision, qualms over the lack of enthusiasm in President Joe Biden’s campaign were squashed with his victory.
The unofficial write-in campaign found success in the Democratic New Hampshire primary.
The respective victories of Trump and Biden spark the high potential for a returning rematch of the 2020 presidential election.