New Hampshire is the Past, New Race Amidst Shuffling of Candidates
After two decisive wins by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Tuesday night in New Hampshire, the two presidential campaigns were seeking on Wednesday to build on their momentum while others were left to reassess strategies amidst races that have been reshuffled.
While Trump was making the rounds on morning television shows, Sanders was given a big welcome by Reverend Al Sharpton in Harlem. The backing of Sharpton might boost the senator’s standing within the Democratic Party base.
Sharpton hugged Sanders prior to them heading to a breakfast of soul food.
At the same time, some of the primary’s underperformers such as Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie were looking inward.
Clinton was seeking to bounce back from the loss in the South Carolina primary, where she will likely be on much friendlier turf.
New Jersey Governor Christie, who was sixth in the New Hampshire Republican primary, headed to his home to mull over if he was going to push forward or not.
Candidates are now retooling pitches for the primaries ahead for the GOP, as on February 20 they will be in South Carolina with Nevada on February 23.
The calendar is reversed in for the Democrats with the caucus in Nevada on February 20 and the primary in South Carolina on February 27.
The two candidates in the GOP who found footing in Tuesday’s primary – John Kasich the Ohio Governor, who finished second and Jeb Bush the former Governor of Florida, who was fourth – argued on Wednesday that they had defied the pundits and would be going to fight to regain the political center of their party.
Kasich said he finally had broken through because he had provided an upbeat assessment about how both of the parties could work well together.
Trump appeared more than confident that his new popularity would carry him onwards.
While he did not name a main rival, he said on television that the crowds he attracted in New Hampshire as well as last week in Iowa would be translating into votes around the country.