Sanders, Trump projected to win New Hampshire

ABC's projection is based on exit poll data and vote analysis

Published 02/09 2016 08:15PM

Updated 02/09 2016 08:15PM

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ABC News projects Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will win the New Hampshire Democratic primary, based on exit poll data and vote analysis.

Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, led former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in recent polls in the Granite State. Following a close race in Iowa between the two contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, which Clinton barely won, both campaigns ramped up their attacks in New Hampshire.

Sanders thanked his supporters in a tweet posted just after the polls closed at 8 p.m. EST and went on to celebrate his win by playing basketball with all of his grandchildren in a basement gym below his victory party.

Donald Trump is projected to win the New Hampshire Republican primary, based on exit poll data and analysis of the vote that's in so far.

ABC News projects that John Kasich will finish second and third place is currently a three-person race between Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.

Based on the exit polls, ABC News also projects Chris Christie to finish in sixth place, and Carly Fiorina is expected to come in seventh and Ben Carson eighth.

Trump's numbers were lifted in New Hampshire by broad support among voters seeking a political outsider, anger at the Obama administration and strong worry about the economy and terrorism, along with substantial backing for some of his controversial policy proposals, exit polls indicate.

The business mogul did particularly well among voters looking for a candidate who "tells it like it is," and among those with less education. He also appealed to a New Hampshire electorate that was far more conservative than usual for the state. He did better among strong conservatives and evangelicals than he did in Iowa.

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