New Hampshire Primary: Full Coverage and Live Updates

Tuesday marked the country's first primary — and New Hampshire plays a critical role in the race to the White House.


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We're wrapping up our live blog for the night, but don't miss out on all our New Hampshire coverage from the field, the NBC News decision desk and more.

For the latest New Hampshire primary numbers go to our full results page here.

For news updates, analysis and videos go to the Decision 2016 page here.

And from the exit polls: How Donald Trump Won / How Bernie Sanders Won

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New Hampshire Exit Poll results: Democrats Will Be Satisfied with Eventual Nominee

New Hampshire Democrats are likely to support the eventual Democratic nominee, whether it's Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, according to the NBC News Exit Poll.

More than three-fourths of Democrats voting today indicate they will be satisfied if Sanders is the party's nominee in November, and only 20% (mostly Clinton supporters) will be dissatisfied with Sanders on the ballot.

A majority of New Hampshire Democrats also indicate they will be satisfied with Clinton as the party's candidate this fall, indicators of both party loyalty and respect for Clinton. In fact, two-thirds say they will be satisfied if Clinton is the eventual nominee, and 36% (nearly all Sanders supporters) will be dissatisfied with Clinton on the ballot.

For Clinton, More Than a Problem of Geography

For Clinton, More Than a Problem of Geography

HOOKSET, New Hampshire - A longtime bastion of the Clinton dynasty has fallen, just the latest, most ominous sign of Democratic discontent with Hillary Clinton's candidacy.

Bernie Sanders soundly defeated the former secretary of state Tuesday in New Hampshire, a state that in the past had salvaged the presidential dreams of both Hillary Clinton in 2008 and Bill Clinton in 1992. But not this time and not even close, as nearly every demographic group soundly rejected Clinton's candidacy in favor of a 74-year-old socialist barely known to most Americans.

Chris Matthews: Clinton is on defense 2:10

To be sure, the Democratic Party has moved to the left since 2008, when Clinton edged past Barack Obama to claim a win in the Granite State. And the outcome of this race was predicted by both campaigns, since Sanders was boosted by New Hampshire's proximity to his home state of Vermont.

But physical proximity is only a small part of the story. Sanders' double-digit victory was an undeniable blowout, and it speaks to the many unresolved, underlying weaknesses of Clinton's candidacy and her campaign. The flaws were initially revealed by her narrower-than-expected win in Iowa last week and are unlikely to go away even in states with more diversity.

Read the full article here.

Carrie Dann

Clinton Falters With Women in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, NH — In the end, the sisterhood didn't come through for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire.

Despite her team's pointed references to Clinton's history-making potential — and even some chiding of younger women in Bernie Sanders' camp — the former secretary of state lost among women in New Hampshire by eleven points, according to exit polls.

In 2008, women helped fuel Clinton's comeback win against Barack Obama, backing her by double digits over her Democratic rival. A late-contest moment of exhaustion when her voice became thick with emotion was widely credited with winning over the sympathies of women who related to her tenacity in the face of hard times.

But there was no such renaissance for the aspiring first female president this time around.

Clinton's gender had been front-and-center during the final days of the primary contest in the Granite State, and her top surrogates did not shy away from questioning the younger generations of women who have flocked to support rival Bernie Sanders' campaign.

Read the full article here.

Kasich to NBC News: "We Plugged Away"

Kasich: 'We Plugged Away' 1:30

New Hampshire Exit Poll Results: Democratic Voters Say Economic System Favors the Rich

No wonder Bernie Sanders struck such a strong chord with New Hampshire primary voters on Tuesday. One of Sanders' core campaign platforms to confront income inequality intersects exceptionally well with strong beliefs among Granite State voters that the U.S. economic system is not fair to all Americans.

According to the NBC News Exit Poll results, a whopping 90 percent of New Hampshire Democratic primary voters think the U.S. economic system generally favors the wealthy. Just under one-in-10 New Hampshire Democrats (9%) think the economic system is fair to most Americans.

Democratic Primary voters who believe the economic system is stacked in favor of the wealthy voted for Sanders, 63 percent versus 36 percent for Clinton.

New Hampshire Democrats also expressed significant concerns about the direction of the nation's economy and what life might be like for future generations of Americans.

According to the NBC News Exit Poll, eight-in-10 Democrats say they are worried about course of the U.S. economy during the next several years. Indeed, 29% of Democrats casting votes today indicated they are "very worried" about where the economy might be headed.

One-quarter of New Hampshire Democrats (25%) are optimistic that life will be better for the upcoming generation. Yet nearly four-in-10 (38%) are pessimistic thinking the next generation of Americans will have it worse off than generations today. A third think life will be the same.

Jeb!: 'This Campaign Is Not Dead'

Jeb!: 'This Campaign Is Not Dead'

Jeb Bush -- who gave his primary speech in New Hampshire at the same time a triumphant Donald Trump took a different stage -- declared, "this campaign is not dead, we're going on to South Carolina."

The former Florida governor, who was defeated by a large margin at the first projection call, said to his supporters that New Hampshire voters have "reset" the race since the Iowa Caucuses.

Bush Calls For Washington to Be Servants, Not Masters, After Losing N.H. 0:35

"The pundits had it all figured out when IA caucuses complete, they said the race was now a -three-person race between two freshman senators and a reality TV star, and while the reality TV star still doing well, it looks like you all have reset the race and for that, I am really grateful," Bush said.

In a clear dig at the Republican front-runner, Bush added, "We need a president with a steady hand, with a proven record, who has a servant's heart, who doesn't believe it's all about him."

New Hampshire Exit Poll Results: Age Tops Gender in Democratic Primary

Bernie Sanders may have won majority support from both male and female voters in New Hampshire's Democratic primary, but the NBC News Exit Poll found a sharp age divide in how women voted on Tuesday.

Sanders enjoyed a sizable 68 percent to 31 percent advantage over Hillary Clinton among women under the age of 50. He lost, though - 43 percent to 55 percent- among women age 50 and older.

This age gap among women is much larger than what happened in the 2008 Granite State primary that Clinton won over Barack Obama and others. Eight years ago, Clinton enjoyed similar levels of support among women under 50 (45 percent) and women age 50 and older (48 percent). In fact, the only female group that she lost that year was the youngest cohort of women under 30 years old.

It is also noteworthy that while Clinton lost among men of all different ages, she did make it a close race among men of both her and Sanders' generation. Men age 65 and older preferred Sanders over Clinton by a slim 51 percent to 47 percent margin.

Democratic women younger than 50 years old (32 percent) are more likely than women age 50 and older (25 percent) to call themselves very liberal - a finding that mirrors the ideology gap among men. And when New Hampshire Democrats decided how they were going to vote on Tuesday, age trumped gender despite the pointed entreaties of prominent feminists Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright in the final days of the campaign.

These appeals included an ominous warning from Albright about what the afterlife would hold for women who did not vote for their fellow woman. However, a recent Gallup study rated New Hampshire as the least religious state in the country, so perhaps that message was directed at the wrong audience.

Andrew Rafferty

Ted Cruz Shifts Focus to South Carolina

Ted Cruz quickly turned his attention to South Carolina after failing to eclipse Donald Trump and John Kasich in New Hampshire.

Cruz congratulated Trump and said Kasich had "a good night," but that the real winner was "the grass roots."

The Texas senator can take solace that rival Marco Rubio did not have a strong night. After a strong finish in Iowa, the Florida senator looked poised to surge heading into South Carolina. But a modest showing may slow that momentum.

Cruz: 'Tonight's Outcome is a Victory for We the People' 1:06
Jane C. Timm

Christie Heads Home to Weigh Campaign's Future

NASHUA, N.H. - Gov. Chris Christie gave a concession speech at victory party here, a nod to his seemingly imminent departure from the presidential race after a dismal finish in the New Hampshire primary.

Chris Christie Going Back to N.J. to 'Take a Deep Breath' 1:01

"We came here to say that speaking your mind matters, that experience matters, that competence matters, and that it will always matter in leading our nation," Christie told supporters on Tuesday night at 10:30. "That message was heard by a lot of folks and it was stood for by a lot of folks here in New Hampshire just not enough. Not enough tonight."

Christie said he and his wife will go to home to New Jersey on Wednesday to decide whether or not to proceed forward, instead of heading to South Carolina as planned.

"We want to see exactly what happens," he said. "Then it's going to allow us to make a decision tonight."

Read the full article here.

Rubio Blames Himself for N.H. Loss

Rubio Blames Himself for N.H. Loss

Marco Rubio who did not have a strong showing in the New Hampshire primary contest took the blame for the defeat, acknowledging that his debate performance hurt him in the contest.

"Our disappointment is not on you. It's on me. I did not do well on Saturday night so listen to this, that will never happen again," the GOP candidate said. "And let me tell you why it will never happen again. It's not about me, it's not about this campaign, it's about this election and what's at stake in this election."

It was the first time the junior senator from Florida admitted that he flubbed the debate last Saturday. Rubio has been railed from all ends since then for repeating the same lines from his speeches. He even inherited the nicknames "Marco Roboto" and "Robot Rubio" and faced protesters in costume earlier in the day.

Rubio had previously defended his repetition, insisting that he was only saying the same lines over and over and over because "it's true!"

Watch Rubio defend his debate performance below:

Rubio Discusses Debate Performance With Lester Holt: 'We Did Excellent' 2:52
Andrew Rafferty

Kasich Thanks New Hampshire for Second Place Finish

A grateful John Kasich thanked New Hampshire, the state where he based nearly all his campaign resources, for his strong second place finish in the first-in-the-nation primary on Tuesday.

"Something big happened tonight," Kasich told the crowd.

The Ohio governor was the Republican runner-up to Donald Trump, a spot heavily fought for by two other governors who also spent extensive amounts of time in the state. But Jeb Bush and Chris Christie failed to garner the type of support Kasich did in the final days of the campaign.

Kasich has touted running a positive campaign, something that seemed to resonate in a state inundated with political ads.

"That campaign has changed me, the wonderful people of New Hampshire have changed me," Kasich said.

"How can any man be so happy to have all of you?" he added.

Kasich in N.H.: 'There's Magic in the Air With This Campaign' 1:32

Trump Gives Very Trump Victory Speech

Trump Gives Very Trump Victory Speech

"We are going to make America great again!" Donald Trump declared in the first line of his victory speech in New Hampshire, where he thanked his family and campaign manager -- and especially his wife, Melania. "What she puts up with…" he joked.

The GOP front-runner then thanked his fellow GOP candidates but not for more than a breath - "now that I got that over with," he joked, again.

At the same time, a diminished Jeb Bush was giving a speech of his own in the Granite State.

Trump exclaimed: "Who do we really want to thank? We want to thank the people of New Hampshire!"

Donald Trump Celebrates Victory in N.H. 1:06

The business mogul reiterated his standard messages on being a self-funder and the great wall he plans to have Mexico build on the southern border. "We're repealing and replacing Obamacare," he said, adding that Common Core is also getting nixed. "We're going to rebuild our military. It's going to be so big, so strong," Trump said.

"Nobody is going to mess with us. Nobody. Nobody."

Trump was projected the winner of the New Hampshire primary by a landslide at 8 p.m.

In his speech, the candidate also acknowledged Bernie Sanders' win in New Hampshire on the Democratic side, but quickly added, he wants to "give away our country."

To the supporters chanting Trump's name, the candidate took a brief pause. "That's so beautiful," he said.

Trump is headed to South Carolina, where he declared he is going to win.

Andrew Rafferty

Sanders Makes Case for Electability in N.H. Victory Speech

Bernie Sanders used his victory speech on Tuesday to make the case for his electability, arguing that the passion surrounding his surging campaign is what Democrats will need to be successful in the general election.

"Because of a huge voter turnout, and I say huge, we won," Sanders told a crowd in hysterics. "Because we harness the energy and excitement that the Democratic party will need to be successful in November."

The senator from neighboring Vermont comfortably defeated Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary. He said the former secretary of state called him shortly after 8 p.m. ET to congratulate him on the win, and he thanked her for the well fought primary battle.

Sanders On N.H. Primary Win: We Harnessed Energy, Excitement 1:15

Sanders mostly stuck to his standard stump speech, railing on Wall Street, the influence of outside money in politics, and advocating for universal access to health care and college education.

"Together we have sent the message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington, from Maine to California," Sanders said. "And that is that the government of our great country belongs to all of the people and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors and their super PACs."

Despite his early success in his battle against Clinton, Sanders still has a tough road ahead. He now must compete in Nevada and South Carolina, states with much heavier minority populations that have so far indicated support for Clinton.

Sanders said he has gotten everything short of the kitchen sink thrown at him this campaign.

"And I have a feeling the kitchen sink is coming right at us," he said.

Cruz Calls Trump to Congratulate Him on N.H. Win

Cruz Calls Trump to Congratulate Him on N.H. Win

The Senior Communications Advisor for Ted Cruz shared a photo of the Texas senator making a call to GOP front-runner Trump, who tonight won the New Hampshire primary contest.

New Hampshire Exit Poll Results: Sanders Wins Big With Gun Owners

Among Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire today, 30% say someone in their household owns a gun.

And according to the NBC News Exit Poll, New Hampshire Democrats with guns in their household are solid supporters of Bernie Sanders—69 percent cast votes for Sanders today versus 28 percent for Hillary Clinton.

Clinton and Sanders have been at odds over gun control policies, with Clinton challenging Sanders' votes on legislation supported by the NRA. Sanders has defended his gun policy positions saying the people of Vermont view gun control differently because of its rural environment.

Sanders also did well with voters who do not have guns in their households—57% voted for Sanders, while 43% voted for Clinton.

When asked who they trust more to handle gun policy, Democratic primary voters appear to trust both Democratic candidates. Just under half - 47 percent -- express confidence that either candidate can address gun policy issues. Still, 18 percent say they only trust Clinton to deal with gun policy. Twenty-two person trust only Sanders to handle this issue.

Jane C. Timm

Chris Christie Is 'Digesting' Results

Chris Christie Is 'Digesting' Results

Christie's NH chair Wayne MacDonald told the governor's watch party that the candidate is still "digesting" the results and will come down to speak at his party later.

"He just wants to see a little more," he said. "Hang in there for a little while longer."

The mood here is grim: the line for the bar is constant and despite some cheerful music, no one seems to be having that much fun.

Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" started playing a minute later.

Ben Carson: 'I will carry on this fight'

Ben Carson: 'I will carry on this fight'

Ben Carson in a statement released following the New Hampshire primary results said he will "carry on this fight for as long as the people stand with me," adding that he's on his way to South Carolina, Nevada and the Super Tuesday states.

NBC News projected the GOP candidate at the bottom of the pack with just 2 percent of the vote.

"I'm honored and humbled to have the generous backing of so many citizens of The Granite State, and I thank everyone for their kind hospitality and support," Carson wrote. "Across New Hampshire I heard from people who were sick and tired of D.C. insider political games and manipulation. Voters around the country are looking for new leadership in Washington, which is why I'm working so hard to return 'We the People' to the White House."

Republican front-runner Donald Trump won nearly every voting bloc in New Hampshire Tuesday, according to the NBC News Exit Poll.

The Mood in Marco Rubio's Watch Party

The Mood in Marco Rubio's Watch Party

The Marco Rubio watch party was not exactly packed with rabid supporters. There were political tourists present, including one man who was a Christie supporter and told MSNBC he was just there to see the look on Rubio's face.

But among Rubio voters, was a lot of heartburn over New Hampshire primary winner Donald Trump and concern about last Saturday's GOP debate, in which the junior senator from Florida repeated the same line about Obamacare four times -- which led to the nickname "Robot Rubio."

Attendees at Marco Rubio's election night party watch as Donald Trump's victory is announced onscreen.
Attendees at Marco Rubio's election night party watch as Donald Trump's victory is announced onscreen. Benjy Sarlin, MSNBC

Kurt Wright, a Vermont state rep backing Rubio, said he feared the debate dragged down Rubio. "If it continues to stay muddled [after NH] it's advantage Trump," he said. "That's what I'm concerned about."

Robert Ruben, a 62-year old Portsmouth resident who chose Rubio over Kasich this week, sounded stunned by Trump. "Democrats are beatable, but not by Trump, not by Cruz," he said.

His wife, die-hard Rubio volunteer Anne Caplin, 60, predicted a "virtual landslide for Hillary" if Trump won.

Bedford resident Anne Hammer, 44, said she voted for Rubio after seeing him in a town hall on Sunday where he put to rest her debate concerns. But she also saw Trump's rally last night -- and came away terrified.

"I'll be really happy if it's Rubio" she said. "After last night, I'm frightened by Trump. I can't stand Hillary, but if it's Trump versus Clinton I don't think I could vote."

Andrew Rafferty

After Disappointing Finish, Fiorina Asks Supporters to 'Fight With Me'

In very brief remarks, Republican Carly Fiorina asked supporters to continue to "fight with me" after a disappointing finish in New Hampshire.

Fiorina will finish near the bottom of the pack in the Granite State, but vowed to continue on with her campaign. She will focus now on Nevada, where her campaign reserved $1 million in television ads.

The former Hewlett-Packard executive has struggled in the polls and failed to meet ABC News' criteria to make the final debate before the New Hampshire primary.