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NH Wrap-Up: Trump’s Record Win, Biden’s Setback, and Haley Faces Donor Woes

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The former president Donald Trump won Tuesday’s New Hampshire Republican Primary. With an approximately 11-point advantage, he beat Nikki Haley. This is his second decisive victory after Iowa.

Last night, I noticed the difference between the votes for Trump and Haley. Trump was elected with 70 percent of Republicans registered in the primary, and 27 percent were undeclared. Haley, on the other hand, lost with a reverse percentage: 27 percent Republicans, and 70 percent undeclared.

There were also reports that people voted for Haley to put Trump and Republicans in a difficult position. This strategy was suggested by David Plouffe. In addition, some people reportedly voted for Haley in an attempt to undermine Trump.

The number of votes cast for the GOP primaries was a record. More than 320,000. Trump received 54 percent or a majority, with 166,000 votes. Trump did much better than he did in 2016, in almost every town, by double-digit margins. For example, he scored nearly 20 points higher in Concord, Nashua, and Manchester.

Joe Biden was embarrassed by the DNC’s manipulation of the primaries.

The DNC designated South Carolina as the first state, believing that Biden would perform better there. However, New Hampshire refused the delay, so Biden was not on the ballot and New Hampshire’s delegate count won’t be used to determine the nominee. Some Democrats ran a write-in bid for Biden, hoping his numbers would look better.

There was also the question as to how many people were playing into the undeclared vote for Haley to hurt Trump. Kornacki’s report highlighted the percentages. However, this may have been a factor that contributed to Biden’s lower number.

Rep. Dean Phillips, Biden’s primary opponent (D-MN), outlined his views on what would be best for him at the end of the day and worst for Biden.

Phillips said to NBC News, “If we were in the twenties, that would have been extraordinary.” 

Phillips, however, said that Biden would be disappointed if he achieved anything less than 81% or 84% of the votes won by Barack Obama and Bill Clinton respectively when they ran for re-elect in 2012 and 1996.

It’s difficult to compare it with norms, given the current situation. But at 11:01 p.m., Phillips was just below 20 percent at 19.9 percent.

Biden’s support is at only 72 percent even when you include all of the unprocessed written-in votes.

I find that embarrassing.

Haley’s performance in New Hampshire has brought some bad news to donors and her supporters.

Reid Hoffman, a LinkedIn employee, has reportedly decided to stop giving money to Haley. Hoffman gave $250,000 last year to a PAC that supported her. Hoffman, a longtime Democratic donor, was close to Jeffrey Epstein.

And on top of that,

 According to a Republican fundraiser who spoke with CNBC on Tuesday, three clients that each raised to $100,000 in support of Haley’s campaign have now decided not to continue their financial support for the former UN ambassador.

If Haley wins South Carolina, then expect to see more of the same. Right now, according to RCP’s average, she is 30 points behind her home state.

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