A self-described democratic socialist and a reality TV star scored big victories in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday.
On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders coasted to a solid win over rival Hillary Clinton.
Sanders swept majorities of men, women, independents and young people. He used his victory speech to restate his platform for economic reforms and tuition-free public college.
Donald Trump says his win in New Hampshire shows that America is going “to do something so good and so fast and so strong and the world is going to respect us again.”
The normally verbose real estate mogul could only repeat “wow” when he stepped before his supporters.
Polling shows Trump was favoured by Republican voters, who wanted an outsider and someone who “tells it like it is.”
Ohio Governor John Kasich finished second ahead of Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, who are tightly bunched. Kasich says his strong second-place finish could be a sign that the page is turning on what he calls “a dark part of American politics.”
Both Sanders and Trump have seized on Americans’ anger at the Washington political establishment.
The next votes are in Nevada for the Democrats and South Carolina for Republicans on February 20th.