Nashua, US, Jan 23 (EFE).- Former US president Donald Trump won the Republican New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, according to media projections.
Trump is competing for the Republican nomination for the November presidential election against former South Carolina governor and ex-US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, whom he also defeated in last week’s Iowa caucuses.
With 35 percent of the votes counted in New Hampshire, Trump led with 53.4 percent and Haley on 45.5 percent, according to the Associated Press, which called the race in favor of Trump along with other US media outlets .
Haley acknowledged her defeat, congratulating Trump and adding: “He earned that, and I want to acknowledge that,” but that the race “is far from over.”
“New Hampshire is first in the nation. It is not the last,” she said.
After last week’s Iowa caucuses, in which Trump swept the board, this was the second stop of the Republican primaries.
Haley had hoped that her messages would resonate with the New Hampshire electorate, which is more moderate than that of Iowa. Despite not having won, the result looks to be closer than the latest polls projected.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden won the Democrat race in New Hampshire, despite not campaigning due to a change in the party’s schedule. While his name did not appear on the ballot, his supporters organized a write-in campaign.
It looked increasingly likely that the November election will be a re-match of the last Biden-Trump battle for the White House.
“Tonight’s results confirm Donald Trump has all but locked up the GOP nomination, and the election denying, anti-freedom MAGA movement has completed its takeover of the Republican party,” Biden’s campaign manager Julie Chávez Rodriguez said in a statement.
“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,” she added.
“One thing is increasingly clear today: Donald Trump is headed straight into a general election matchup where he’ll face the only person to have ever beaten him at the ballot box: Joe Biden.” EFE