Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders win New Hampshire primaries: U.S. TV networks

Xinhua News Agency


Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders on Tuesday handily won New Hampshire primaries, according to multiple U.S. TV networks.

Shortly after all polls closed at 8 p.m. local time, Trump, the billionaire developer from New York who upended the party establishment in this presidential election cycle, was declared winner of the Republican field by almost all major U.S. TV networks.

As the voting results continued to trickle in, the battle for the second place continued among the crowded establishment lane, including Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Ohio Governor John Kasich and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

On the Democratic side, Sanders was also declared winner immediately after all polls ended. Clinton had already conceded the race, according to a statement released by her campaign.

In an attempt to downplay the significance of the defeat in the New Hampshire primary, the statement said the nomination "will very likely be won in March, not February," adding that Clinton was well positioned to build a "strong- potentially insurmountable- delegate lead next month."