New Hampshire held its first-in-the-nation primary on Tuesday, following shortly after Iowa’s caucus declared for former Republican President Donald Trump with the largest margin of victory in the state’s history.
The New Hampshire primary was called for President Trump with only 18 percent of the vote counted, but his victory was not upset by further votes, with 54.5 percent supporting Trump compared with only 43.2 percent for Nikki Haley, after over 90 percent of the votes were counted.
“What we saw tonight is America First defeating America Last,” said Vivek Ramaswamy. “If you want America last, you can go to Joe Biden.
“You’ve got another candidate still apparently in the Republican Primary,” Ramaswamy added, in an obvious jibe at former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Ramaswamy is a former competitor of Trump who has since endorsed him, and who was asked by Trump to give a comment during his victory speech.
Unlike Iowa’s caucus, New Hampshire’s primary was held for both Democrat and Republican candidates, and voters registered as undeclared are allowed to vote in either party’s primary.
That semi-open primary rule set the stage for left-leaning independents to vote in the GOP primary in an attempt to undermine the leading candidate.
Following Trump’s victory in the Iowa caucus, other significant Republican candidates Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida) and Ramaswamy dropped out of the race and endorsed Trump.
Their departure left the New Hampshire primary essentially a two candidate race between Trump, who has a significant lead in polls, and Haley, who has made opposition to Trump a key part of her campaign.
The first town to cast a vote in New Hampshire, Dixville, voted unanimously for Haley, which gave hope to her supporters. However, Dixville only has six registered voters.
Unlike Maine, which requires candidates to receive 2,000 signatures to appear on the primary ballot, New Hampshire allows people to appear with little demonstration of support.
As a result, alongside the serious candidates, the New hampshire ballot includes a number of “joke” or “satirical” candidates such as “Paperboy Prince” whose preferred pronouns are “God/Goddess” and “Vermin Supreme” who campaigns with a boot on his head, both of whom are running as Democrat candidates.
Interestingly, President Joe Biden’s name did not appear on the Democrat ballot in New Hampshire, because the Democratic National Convention (DNC) chose to move South Carolina before New Hampshire, and New Hampshire refused to give up its first-in-the-nation status.
President Biden has been criticized by U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), who nevertheless urged Democratic primary voters to write-in Biden’s name.
U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), a Democratic candidate who has spoken out against the Biden Administration, and who does not believe that Biden can defeat Trump in a general election, hopes to defeat the incumbent who will not appear on the ballot.
Despite not appearing on the ballot, Biden’s write-in campaign received 51 percent of the votes, compared to the next candidate, Phillips’ 19 percent.
During the voting the Maine Wire headed out to interview voters at the polls in Manchester, New Hampshire’s largest city.
The Maine Wire encountered multiple people campaigning for smaller candidates such as Marianne Williamson, who received 4.7 percent of the vote on the Democrat side and Ryan Binkley, a Republican who managed to accrue only 265 total votes.
One small candidate, Mark Stewart, a self-described Libertarian Democrat, was interviewed by The Maine Wire, and asked why he chose to run against Biden as a Democrat.
He said that he believes there needs to be a strong Democratic Party, and that the current state of the “woke” Democratic Party does not represent the interests of Democrat voters of past eras.
“Biden is the weakest possible Democrat nominee,” said Stewart.
The Maine Wire made an interesting discovery while interviewing a woman, Tiffany James, campaigning for undeclared voters to support Haley in the Republican primary.
“Haley is the best candidate in this race, and we believe that Haley stands for democracy,” said James.
After the interview, The Maine Wire discovered that James is from South Carolina, not New Hampshire, and that she works for an organization specifically dedicated to weakening Trump.
She also previously served on the campaign of Democrat Pete Buttigieg.
The trend of non-Republican voters supporting Haley was not limited to James, however, and was responsible for over half of the votes Haley received.
According to exit polling conducted by CNN, only 27 percent of Haley voters were registered Republicans, with 70 percent of her support coming from undeclared voters.
In New Hampshire, it is very easy to switch party affiliations before a primary, and simply switch back after, so, conceivably, Democrat voters could easily have switched their affiliations to “undeclared,” voted for Haley, then switch back in time for the general election.
The data also means that, although Trump defeated Haley with an 11 point lead in New Hampshire, he defeated her by at least 50 points among registered Republicans.
This data bodes very poorly for Haley in coming primaries in states with fewer independent voters than are present in New Hampshire.