Trump Wins NH GOP Primary, But Who Finished Second May Matter More

[DIGEST: MSNBC, NPR, CNN, NBC News, The New York Times, Politico]

As expected, billionaire businessman Donald Trump soared to an easy win in the New Hampshire GOP primary, the first primary of the 2016 presidential campaign. But with first place out of sight for the rest of the packed field, all eyes have been on who would take second. That honor went to Ohio governor John Kasich.

Credit: Source.
Credit: Source.

Like the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary will likely help cull the field of candidates. After poor showings in Iowa, candidates Rand Paul, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee all suspended their campaigns, bringing the number of GOP hopefuls down to nine.

Before Saturday’s debate, many were expecting the post-New Hampshire field to narrow to Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

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However, Kasich’s very strong finish in New Hampshire on February 9th will, at the very least, postpone his exit.

While Kasich is likely to stay put, the fate of some of the other establishment candidates

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