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First Read's Morning Clips: Big Wins in New Hampshire

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day.
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A woman exits a voting booth in Laconia. MICHAEL REYNOLDS / EPA

OFF TO THE RACES: About last night

Full New Hampshire primary results are here on

From "The 2016 presidential campaign has transformed from business as usual into a new moment in American politics, with implications that could be far-reaching, disruptive and transformative. The voters of New Hampshire confirmed what polls have been suggesting for months: Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are serious candidates for president, with large coalitions in each party behind them."

The Union Leader: "Primary turnout takes some by surprise"

The New York Times lead: " Donald J. Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont harnessed working-class fury on Tuesday to surge to commanding victories in a New Hampshire primary that drew a huge turnout across the state. The success by two outsider candidates dealt a remarkable rebuke to the political establishment, and all but guaranteed protracted, bruising races for each party’s presidential nomination."

More from the Times: "If any strong alternative to Mr. Trump is to emerge, senior Republicans say, it will most likely come only after a long nomination fight, spanning dozens of states and costing many millions of dollars. At this stage, his most formidable rival appears to be Ted Cruz, the hard-right Texas senator who won last week’s Iowa caucuses, and who is even less acceptable to traditional party leaders than Mr. Trump."

The Washington Post: "Trump galvanized voters here with a visceral fixation on immigration and economic populism, affirming that even after last week’s setback in the Iowa caucuses, his candidacy has genuine appeal with the GOP base as well as with the independent voters who were part of his winning coalition."

And here's the Washington Post on what comes next for Kasich: "Kasich had maintained that he had “my own lane” in the GOP field, bristling at the suggestion that he should be lumped in with fellow establishment-friendly candidates, including the two others with gubernatorial experience, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, as well as Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Tex.). For now, his finish puts him on top of that pack."

The Wall Street Journal notes: "With the results now in from New Hampshire’s primary, what’s striking is how little those two states, the ones that often launch new front-runners and bring leaders crashing down to earth, have actually settled."

BUSH: He has a little bit of wind at his back after defeating his home state rival, Marco Rubio.

He's up with a new radio ad featuring his brother.

CLINTON: Alex Seitz-Wald writes on how Clinton's loss underscores the underlying weaknesses of her candidacy.

POLITICO asks whether she can come back from the bruising loss to Sanders. MORE: "If Iowa answered many questions about the strength of her field organization, New Hampshire raised just as many about the weakness of her message. Perhaps not enough to send her supporters to the exits, or to hear faint echoes of the Joe Biden drumbeat, but if she doesn’t pull it together in time for Nevada on Feb. 20 and South Carolina on Feb. 27, it’s going to be flop sweat time for the Democratic establishment." "Hillary Clinton's campaign is planning to formalize a key role for Jen O'Malley Dillon, the former deputy campaign manager for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, a source confirms to NBC News."

CHRISTIE: He's headed home after New Hampshire, with a departure from the race looking likely.

KASICH: He says his campaign is "on to something" after a surprise second place finish.

The Cincy Enquirer hed: "N.H. Gambit Bears Fruit"

RUBIO: Benjy Sarlin writes on his collapse after Saturday night's debate. On the TODAY Show, he pledged that his robotic debate performance would "never happen again."

TRUMP: The Daily News does its thing with another cover taking aim at Trump.


*** Wednesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: Andrea Mitchell interviews at 12:00pm ET – NBC’s Kasie Hunt, Katy Tur and Peter Alexander join us on the campaign trail the day after the New Hampshire primary. Reverend Al Sharpton also joins to discuss his interview with Senator Bernie Sanders. Other guests include NBC Director of Elections John Lapinski, The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and The New York Times’ Nick Confessore. Congressman James Clyburn will also join to preview the South Carolina primaries.