February 25, 2024

Nikki Haley refuses to throw in the towel and looks towards South Carolina

During his victory speech, which was largely devoted to attacks on Haley, Trump ribbed the former South Carolina governor for her declaration that South Carolina was next on the GOP primary calendar, noting correctly that Nevada comes first. Then, he made a pronouncement that would usually seem peculiar.

“I’m pleased to announce we just won Nevada,” Trump said on stage.

What’s he talking about? Well, a new law enacted in 2021 requires Nevada to hold a state-run primary, but

The former president invited former GOP rivals-turned-allies to address the crowd during his victory speech after his projected win.

Vivek Ramaswamy called tonight’s results “America first defeating America last.” He went on to continue praising the former president and bashing Haley, arguing the general election starts tonight.

Later, Trump invited Tim Scott to address the crowd. Scott argued that it was “time for the Republican party to coalesce around our nominee.”

Both Ramaswamy and Scott have previously joined Trump on the trail after dropping out.

This is Biden’s first-ever New Hampshire win

“We won New Hampshire three times now, three. We win it every time, we win the primary, we win the generals,” Trump claimed on Tuesday night in his victory speech.

Trump has won three Republican primaries in New Hampshire, but he’s yet to win a general election there: he lost to Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Biden in 2020.

“If you remember in 2016, we came here and we needed that win and we won by 21 points and it was great,” he continued.

Trump won that primary by 19 points.

It’s like Trump knows the primary is over so he can be rally-Trump all the time. He said Gov. Chris Sununu is on drugs and falsely claims he won New Hampshire in the 2020 general.

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The Biden campaign slammed Trump in a new statement, saying tonight’s results show that “the election denying, anti-freedom MAGA movement has completed its takeover of the Republican Party.”

“Trump is offering Americans the same extreme agenda that has cost Republicans election after election: promising to undermine American democracy, reward the wealthy on the backs of the middle class, and ban abortion nationwide,” campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez said. “Joe Biden sees things differently.”

Chavez Rodriguez argued that Trump is heading toward the general election, pointing out that he will face “the only person to have ever beaten him at the ballot box: Joe Biden.”

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NBC News exit poll: Trump wins economy, immigration voters

George Santos, the disgraced former congressman from New York who

Biden greeted a campaign rally today by saying, “Hello, Virginia, and the real governor, Terry McAuliffe,” to scattered laughter from the crowd.

McAuliffe, a Democrat, was defeated by Republican Glenn Youngkin during the 2021 gubernatorial race.

The RNC seized on the remark, calling Biden an “election denier.” Youngkin tweeted separately,

Two-thirds (67%) of New Hampshire Republican primary voters said they oppose a federal law banning abortions nationwide, while 27% said they support one, according to early NBC News exit poll results.

Those results were nearly completely flipped in Iowa last week: 61% of GOP caucusgoers said they were in favor of a federal abortion ban, compared to 35% who said they opposed it, the entrance poll found.

When given a list of four issues, Republican primary voters today ranked abortion as the lowest on their priority lists, with just 11% saying it was the most important issue to their votes.

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Nearly two-thirds (64%) of New Hampshire Republican primary voters said they do not consider themselves part of Trump’s “MAGA” movement, according to early NBC News exit poll results.

Among Trump voters, 59% said they consider themselves part of the MAGA movement, while 36% said they do not. 

Last week’s Iowa entrance poll found that 46% of GOP caucusgoers said they were part of the MAGA movement.

Asked whether Trump would be fit to be president if he were convicted of a crime, 50% of New Hampshire GOP primary voters said he would be, and 47% said he would not.

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New Hampshire Republican primary voters were split over whether Biden legitimately won the 2020 election, according to early NBC News exit poll results: 49% said he did, and 49% said he did not.

That’s a stark difference from last week’s Iowa entrance poll, in which two-thirds of GOP caucusgoers said Biden did not legitimately win the presidency.

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The economy and immigration are the top priorities of Republican primary voters in New Hampshire, according to early results from the NBC News exit poll.

The survey found that 34% said the economy was the issue that mattered most in deciding their votes, followed by 31% who said immigration, 17% who said foreign policy and 11% who said abortion. Iowa Republican caucusgoers expressed similar opinions last week.

Just under half of Trump voters cited immigration as the most important issue to their votes, while a plurality (37%) of Haley voters cited the economy. 

Roughly 7 in 10 GOP voters so far today said the condition of the nation’s economy is not so good or poor. Three in 10 said it is good or excellent.

But when it comes to their own finances, 6 in 10 voters said their family financial situations were holding steady. Another 20% said their family finances were falling behind, while 18% said they were getting ahead financially. 

On immigration, 51% of Republican primary voters said undocumented immigrants in the U.S. should be deported to the countries they came from. Another 45% said undocumented immigrant should be offered a chance to apply for legal status.

NBC News exit poll: New Hampshire GOP primary voters prioritize candidate who shares their values

Trump has drawn the ire of another musician for his pre-rally playlist.

Johnny Marr, the legendary guitarist and songwriter for the influential English rock bad The Smiths, said today that he plans to stop Trump from using his music.

After reporters noted that Trump had made the band part of the mix (Trump appears to have

NBC News exit poll: Just under half of New Hampshire GOP primary voters are independents

HANOVER, N.H. — Three self-identified liberal-leaning undeclared voters told NBC News they’re voting for Nikki Haley today not necessarily because they’re huge fans of the Republican, but because they want to stop Trump from reaching the White House again.

“I’m more voting here today because I don’t want to see Trump win,” said Tommy Trowern, 19, a student at Dartmouth University. “I don’t care who it is, whether it’s Nikki Haley, or Biden, or Dean Phillips, I just can’t see Trump win again.”

Trowern is registered to vote in New Hampshire, but is originally from Washington, D.C. He said the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol is a top reason why he opposes Trump.

“I live in D.C. and Jan. 6 was a personally scary thing,” said Trowern. “I knew people that were down there, not supporting Trump, that obviously felt in danger.”

Trowern’s friend, Toby Bloch, 19, said that as more Republican candidates have started dropping out, his motivation to stop Trump has gotten stronger.

“It’s becoming more and more about stopping Trump,” said Bloch.

When these liberal-leaning undeclared voters were asked if they would vote for Haley or Biden in a general election matchup, they all seemed open to the idea of voting for Haley.

“It’s tempting to vote for a woman to be the first woman president,” said Mary Anne Rankin, 68, who’s a retired teacher from Hanover. “I do think Joe Biden is elderly.”

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LONDONDERRY, N.H. — Speaking to reporters and a crowd of supporters in front of a polling site, Trump expressed confidence, saying that he expects voters in the state to turn out for him.

“You’ve talked about trying to unify the party. How do you bring these Nikki Haley voters, some of whom voted for you in 2020, but say they don’t want to now? How do you bring them back into the tent?” NBC News asked Trump.

The former president predicted: “They’re going to all vote for me again.”

“I’m not sure we need too many. I think that Biden is the worst president in the history of this country,” he said. “But we’re gonna all come back. They’re all coming back. And I think you see that here.”

Closing ads: Haley stresses likeability, Trump hits her on Social Security

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Haley, 52, blasted Trump and Biden for their age during an appearance on CNN this afternoon.

“You can’t say that when you’re 80 that you’re not in decline,” said Haley, referencing Biden who is 81, and Trump who would be 82 by the end of his second term should he be re-elected.

Haley questioned Trump’s mental competency, pointing out recent slip-ups on the stump.

“We’ve seen him get confused. He was confused about me having something to do with keeping security away from the Capitol,” said Haley, referencing a recent moment when

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Trump described the U.S. border as “not so hot.” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said it’s the site of a worsening problem. And Haley said she would do whatever it takes to stop illegal crossings there, up to and including building a massive wall.

The rhetoric wouldn’t be out of place for Republicans in reference to the U.S. border with Mexico, a staple of Republican campaign speeches and the 

Two members of a prominent New York family are suing No Labels, alleging the centrist organization is misusing their contributions to fund the group’s potential third-party presidential campaign.

“The Dursts agreed to fund No Labels because it committed to promote bi-partisanship and bridge the political divide. They never imagined at the time that No Labels would pivot to becoming the organization behind a quixotic third-party candidacy that could skew the most consequential Presidential election of our lifetime,” an attorney representing Douglas and Jonathan Durst said in a statement on the lawsuit, which was

ROCHESTER, N.H. — A steady stream of New Hampshire voters have cast their ballots this morning at the James W. Foley Memorial Community Center, the polling location for Rochester’s fifth ward. According to Joelle Boumel, this precinct’s election moderator, there have been 608 ballots cast here as of 11:50 a.m. While their voter rolls show more than 3,000 potential voters, she expects the final number to hover around the 2,000-vote mark.

NBC News spoke with eight voters who arrived before 11 a.m. to cast their ballots in the community center’s gym.

Scott Brock, 61, and his wife, Connie Brock, 60, both voted for Haley this morning.

“I just think [Trump’s] going to be spending too much time protecting himself, arguing, fighting — there’s so many problems in this country and people are just brushing them behind,” Scott Brock said.

Ronald Rumberger, 81, is a registered Democrat but wrote in Haley on his ballot because he was too late to change his party affiliation before the October deadline. “I was just trying to keep him out of there, Mr. Trump,” Rumberger said.

Of the six Democrats interviewed this morning, three said they were planning on voting for Phillips. “I mean, nothing against Joe Biden, but he’s really old,” Lisa Gibson, 45, said.

10h ago / 5:10 PM UTC

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Haley grew increasingly defensive during an

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Outside groups made a final push to convince undeclared voters to vote for Haley in the final stretch before the polls close.

“People are still working out who they’re going to vote for in the last 72 hours. And it’ll come down to the undeclareds,” Ken Scheffler, co-founder of Primary Pivot, told NBC News outside a Haley campaign event in Exeter on Sunday night.

Scheffler said his group’s main goal is convincing center-left independent voters to vote for Haley in the GOP primary rather than in the Democratic primary, where Biden won’t be on the ballot and other Democratic candidates such as Phillips and Williamson are drawing low levels of support.

“There’s some people that are Dean supporters … and what we’re saying is like, that is a wasted vote. Biden will win. It’s like, he’s winning here in New Hampshire. He’ll certainly trounce Dean in South Carolina. So if you want your vote to make a difference, if you truly think Trump is a unique threat, then come vote on the Republican side for Nikki Haley,” Scheffler said.

Another group, Independents Moving the Needle, has spent more than $500,000 on campaign ads urging independent voters to vote for Haley, per AdImpact. Brian Wynne, an adviser for the group, told NBC News it has identified 178,000 persuadable independent voters who don’t usually vote in presidential primaries.

While Primary Pivot is appealing to voters who don’t want to see another Trump presidency, Independents Moving the Needle is more focused on pro-Haley messaging.

The founders of the group think Haley is “a next generation leader,” Wynne said, adding that they favor her positions on immigration and inflation.

And Wynne thinks the group has found the perfect pro-Haley messenger to convince these voters to come out and vote for her on Tuesday: GOP Gov. Chris Sununu, who endorsed Haley in December.

“The one notable individual these people really trust is Sununu,” Wynne said, adding, “We’ve really been making sure people know Sununu has endorsed her.”

Both groups believe that the unique role of undeclared voters in New Hampshire could help propel Haley forward through the rest of the primary states, if she’s able win here.

“There’s one person on the Republican side that can prevent a Biden-Trump rematch, which 70% of the country doesn’t want to see,” Scheffler said.

“If Nikki Haley wins in New Hampshire, I think it completely resets the narrative about what her ceiling is, what’s possible,” Wynne said. “People in these [upcoming] states, a lot of them are not all tuned in yet to the Republican primary, and I think a lot of Republican primary voters will start to reevaluate their positions.”

11h ago / 3:48 PM UTC

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Brian Wazlaw, a polling location official at Little Harbour School in Portsmouth, said that only 175 voters have cast their ballots between 7 a.m. when polls opened and 9:20 a.m. — a low turnout for this time of day, according to him. He mentioned that during former President Barack Obama’s years in office, people would be lined up inside and out.

But Wazlaw is optimistic that turnout will pick up as the day goes on. He said he expects to see 60% to 70% of the population turn out to vote. Portsmouth leans Democratic, he said. He provided a breakdown of voters for Ward 5, where there are almost 1,600 registered Democrats, more than 500 registered Republicans and more than 1,000 undeclared voters.

13h ago / 2:27 PM UTC

Final tracking poll shows Trump with wide lead over Haley

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The Democratic National Committee is bringing its day-of-event billboard campaign to New Hampshire, deploying a mobile billboard in Durham framing Haley and Trump as equally extreme on abortion.

“Trump and Haley: Ban Abortion Nationwide,” the billboard’s main text display reads, as it

Rep. Joe Morelle, D-N.Y., is calling on the Justice Department to immediately open an investigation into

MANCHESTER, N.H. — What counts as a good outcome Biden in New Hampshire’s unsanctioned Democratic primary today, where his 

New Hampshire is hosting the first presidential primary today — and the first big one-on-one contest between Trump and a Republican rival.

Three GOP candidates have ended their campaigns since Trump’s blowout win in last week’s Iowa caucuses, including the man once pegged as his toughest competitor, Ron DeSantis. The Florida governor bowed out Sunday, immediately endorsed Trump and left behind Haley in the two-person race she had been coveting.

Unlike in Iowa, Democrats will vote today, too. But Biden, who engineered a primary season shakeup that prioritized South Carolina, won’t be listed as a choice on their ballots. Biden’s allies have mounted a write-in effort to spare him the embarrassment of losing a race that really offers only moral victories — or, potentially, moral defeats. 

Ballot clerk Kathy Brooks directs a voter in New Hampshire's primary at the Academy in Gilmanton on Jan. 23, 2024.
Ballot clerk Kathy Brooks directs a voter at the Academy in Gilmanton.Matt Nighswander / NBC News

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