Clinton: Losing women.
The win for Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire isn't only enormous in terms of momentum, it undermines the foundation of Hillary Clinton's campaign. NBC News reports 55% of female voters in New Hampshire chose Bernie Sanders, while 44% voted for Clinton. As potentially the first female president, Clinton still lost the women's vote to Sanders.
Sanders: Winning Ta-Nehisi.
Ta-Nehisi Coates, the celebrated author and correspondent for The Atlantic, said he plans to vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the 2016 presidential election despite their differing views on slavery reparations. "Just because that's who you are going to vote for, does not mean you then have to agree with everything they say," Coates said in an interview with Democracy Now! that aired Wednesday. "Yes, I will be voting for Sen. Sanders." Coates said he wanted to separate his work as a journalist from his life as a private citizen, but added he didn't "think much is accomplished by ducking the question."
Trump: Embracing Bernie.
On Morning Joe Wednesday morning, Donald Trump explained his—and Bernie Sanders’s—big wins in New Hampshire this way: “We’re being ripped off by everybody. And I guess that’s the thing that Bernie Sanders and myself have in common. We know about the trade. But unfortunately he can’t do anything to fix it, whereas I will. I have the best people in the world. We’re losing hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars a year. And we will fix it. And we’ll make it good. And we’ll bring our jobs back. Bernie Sanders can’t even think in terms of that. The only thing he does know, and he’s right about, is that we’re being ripped off; he says that constantly; and I guess he and I are the only two that really say that.”
Kasich: The Anti-Trump?
The revolving door of favored alternatives to Trump is spinning faster and faster, nurturing the chaos that has handicapped Republican opposition to Trump from the start. But if it stops with Kasich, there could be bright days ahead. Kasich is everything Trump is not. He's experienced—serving nine terms in Congress before becoming governor; bipartisan—the twice-elected chief executive of critical swing state Ohio; thoughtful—he's consistently touted realistic and detailed policy platforms, and even The New York Times endorsed him as "the only plausible choice for Republicans tired of the extremism and inexperience on display in this race." He'd be a formidable opponent to Democrats in the general election.
Bush: Hey, Big Spender!
After spending $2800 per vote in Iowa, Jeb Bush and his super PAC, Right to Rise, have continued the spree by paying about $1200 per vote in New Hampshire. Investing an egregious amount of money in ads landed Bush in fourth place with 11 percent of the vote... The next-highest spenders were New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who spent $852 per vote and came in sixth place, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who spent $508 per vote and came in just behind Bush in fifth place. Frontrunner Donald Trump is once again one of the more frugal spenders of the race when it comes to ad buys, spending $40 per vote.
Marco Rubio accepted the blame for his disappointing fifth-place finish in New Hampshire but also pointed to another culprit: the media. “What happened is obviously Saturday night the debate went the way it went, and then just the media coverage over the last 72 hours was very negative about it and so forth,” Rubio said Wednesday on “Fox & Friends.” “So the last thing voters heard going into the booth yesterday was, you know, something bad happened Saturday night. And so it made it very difficult for us to get any other message across.”
Christie: Parting shot.
In a vacuum, Christie’s departure would be easy to ignore. He placed tenth in last week’s Iowa caucus and sixth in this week’s New Hampshire primary—and is currently polling at about 2 percent in South Carolina, which will hold the next GOP nominating contest on Feb. 20. Still, given the current dynamics of the race, the New Jersey Republican will have one more chance to impact the contest in a way he was unable to when he was still in it: he could endorse one of his former establishment-minded rivals.
Fiorina: Over & Rout.
The presidential candidacy of former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is effectively over. She won’t admit it and will probably delay bowing out of the race until at least after the South Carolina primary 10 days from now, but there is no realistic scenario in which she can secure the nomination. Let’s start with her performance in Tuesday’s New Hampshire Republican primary. With 94 percent of the votes tallied, Fiorina secured 4.2 percent support, finishing seventh in a field of eight candidates. She bested only Ben Carson [and] finished one notch below New Jersey governor Chris Christie.