Trump triumphs again in New Hampshire GOP primary as dynamics shift in 2024 presidential race.The voters in New Hampshire's GOP presidential primary on Tuesday displayed distinct characteristics, diverging from the Iowa caucuses held last week, according to early results from CNN's exit poll.
Even in a state less naturally aligned with former President Donald Trump, GOP primary voters leaned toward him over his remaining opponent, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
The early exit poll results indicate that about two-thirds of New Hampshire GOP primary voters described themselves as conservative, with most not identifying with the MAGA movement. This marks a notable shift from Iowa's more conservative electorate.
A significant educational divide emerged among GOP primary voters in New Hampshire, with Trump gaining strong support from voters without college degrees, while college graduates favored Haley. Registered Republicans overwhelmingly supported Trump, while undeclared voters leaned toward Haley.
Exit poll data revealed that around 8 in 10 of Trump's voters denied the legitimacy of President Joe Biden's 2020 election win, highlighting the persistent election denialism within Trump's supporter base.
Trump's voters largely made up their minds early, with three-quarters deciding on him more than a month ago. In contrast, Haley's voters decided later, with about 4 in 10 attributing their support to distaste for her opponents.
The top issues for New Hampshire's GOP primary voters were the economy and immigration. Trump and Haley supporters diverged on key policy positions, including immigration, foreign policy, and the role of the U.S. in world affairs.
The overall mood of the GOP primary electorate in New Hampshire was predominantly unhappy, with about 8 in 10 expressing dissatisfaction with the state of the country. Trump supporters, however, were more likely to describe themselves as angry about the current state of affairs.
While exit polls offer valuable insights into the demographic profile and political views of primary voters, it's important to note that they are estimates and not precise measurements. The preliminary exit poll numbers provide a glimpse into the types of voters participating in the primary.
Former President Donald Trump secured a victory in the New Hampshire primary, reinforcing his position as a frontrunner in the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Despite Nikki Haley's resilience, Trump's dominance prevailed.
Nikki Haley, despite her loss in New Hampshire, expressed determination to continue the race through the South Carolina GOP primary. In contrast, Trump criticized Haley for taking a "victory lap" despite her defeat and emphasized that the race was far from over.
On the Democratic front, President Joe Biden was declared the winner of the Democratic primary in New Hampshire, securing his position as the party's candidate for the upcoming elections.
The New Hampshire GOP primary showed a diverse voter profile, with Trump dominating despite a less conservative landscape. Educational divides, election denialism, and differing policy priorities were evident among Trump and Haley supporters.
Exit polls revealed unhappiness within the GOP electorate. Trump's victory and critique of Haley's response highlighted the evolving dynamics of the 2024 Republican presidential race, while President Biden emerged as the Democratic nominee in South Carolina.