President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump secured significant victories in New Hampshire’s primaries on Tuesday, positioning themselves for the upcoming general election.
Despite lingering questions, particularly for Republicans, Biden’s write-in campaign, prompted by a conflict over the 2024 primary order, triumphed over a formidable challenge from Representative Dean Phillips of Minnesota.
On the Republican front, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley pledged to persist, focusing on South Carolina, her former governorship, despite Trump’s perceived front-runner status.
The key takeaways from the New Hampshire primary night encompass Trump’s push to conclude the primary campaign, the warning signs for Trump in the general election, the impact of governors’ endorsements, and Democrats’ continued support for Biden.
Trump’s victories in both Iowa and New Hampshire marked him as the first nonincumbent Republican presidential candidate to achieve such a feat, leading him to advocate for an end to the 2024 primary campaign.
While some GOP voters sought an alternative to Trump, he maintained a significant lead. The call for party unity was echoed by Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, suggesting formal consolidation around Trump if he secured a substantial victory. However, Nikki Haley remained committed to her campaign, emphasizing South Carolina.
Despite Trump’s success over Haley, the results revealed warning signs for the general election. Notably, Trump faced challenges among self-identified “moderates,” crucial swing voters in key states. Exit polling indicated a loss among independents, raising concerns about Trump’s appeal in the broader electorate.
Governors Kim Reynolds of Iowa and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, who opposed Trump’s nomination, had varying impacts.
Reynolds’ endorsement of Ron DeSantis had little effect, while Sununu’s support for Haley positioned her as a viable alternative to Trump. Despite Sununu’s efforts, Trump maintained his lead, highlighting Trump’s prevailing influence in the party.
On the Democratic side, Biden’s write-in campaign in the unsanctioned primary demonstrated his strong support, winning around two-thirds of Democratic votes, despite challenges from Representative Dean Phillips, who argued against Biden’s electability, New Hampshire Democrats overwhelmingly chose Biden.
This victory, reminiscent of President Barack Obama’s performance in 2012, indicated Biden’s enduring support within the party.
The New Hampshire primaries showcased Biden and Trump’s dominance in their respective parties, while also revealing challenges and warning signs for the upcoming general election.