Billionaire Donald Trump has bounced back in the race to the White House after he won the New Hampshire Democratic primary for the Republican party. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders pulled off a huge victory by defeating Hillary Clinton.
Sanders received 60 per cent votes and Clinton managed 38 per cent votes of the Democratic votes.
69-year-old Trump defeated runner up John Kasich, the Ohio Governor, by more than 50,000 votes. Other Republicans, including Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Florida Senator Marco Rubio were all battling for a third-place finish when one-third of the Republican votes were counted.
The New Hampshire primary came as a shocking defeat for Clinton, who had won in the state eight years ago against US President Barack Obama. Until a few weeks ago, Clinton was leading against Sanders in all polls.
Sanders described his win as “political revolution” while Clinton in an assertive speech after conceding defeat said that she is not going to give up.
“Here’s what we are going to do. Now we take this campaign to the entire country. We are going to fight for every vote in every State. We are going to fight for real solutions that make a real difference in people’s lives,” Clinton said, with the former president and her husband Bill standing by her side.
“We are going to make America great again,” Trump said in his victory speech.
“He (Sanders) wants to give away the country folks, we are not going to let this happen,” Trump told a cheering audience as he criticised the top Democratic winner in New Hampshire.
Trump who is leading in all the national polls with an impressive margin had received a stunning defeat at the hands of Cruz, the Senator from Texas, at the Iowa Caucus last week.
However, Trump remains the front-runner in the race to be the party’s White House nominee for the November 8 elections. He had campaigned to deport illegal immigrants and temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States. Sanders had called for eradicating income inequality.
Next week, the race to White House moves to South Carolina and Nevada.
(With inputs from agencies)