New Hampshire primary results 2024: Trump defeats Nikki Haley

They repeated that call, insisting Haley did not have a viable path to victory. Speaking in Nashua, a furious Trump lashed out at his main rival, questioning why she was “still hanging around” and claiming she had given a victory speech despite having “a very bad night”.

“I don’t get too angry. I get even,” he added.


Taylor Budowich, chief executive of Make America Great Again Inc said: “Every day she stays in this race is another day she delivers to the Harris-Biden campaign. It’s time for unity, it’s time to take the fight to the Democrats, and for Nikki Haley: it’s time to drop out”.

While most of New Hampshire’s primary contest focused on the battle between Trump and Haley, Democrats also had two-long shot presidential candidates on the ballot: Minnesota Congressman Dean Phillips and self-help author Marianne Williamson.

The incumbent, Biden, was noticeably absent, however, after supporting a move by the national party to move the Democrats first primary election to South Carolina.

Despite this, New Hampshire supporters could still vote for Biden because the state is one of many that allow voters to write down the name of a candidate who is not officially running.

As expected, he ended up winning the New Hampshire Democratic primary with plenty of write-in votes — but many Democrats nonetheless viewed his absence on the ballot as a snub.

Trump supporters cheer at an election night rally for the former president.Credit: AP

“It’s a bit of a bit of a slap in the face,” said Melissa Hinebauch, who stood outside a polling booth in Concord urging people to vote for the president nonetheless.

“And yet we still believe that Joe Biden is our best chance to defeat Donald Trump in the general election so that’s why we’re here.”

Asked if she was concerned about the president’s age (Biden is currently 81 and the oldest person to occupy the Oval Office) she replied: “I try and give everyone the benefit of the doubt. I think he’s our best choice right now.”


Trump supporters, on the other hand, were far more forgiving about the former president’s age – he is only four years younger than Biden – and his myriad of legal woes.

“They’re trumped up charges, no pun intended,” said Benjamin Grelle, a self-described libertarian who voted for Trump in the past two elections.

“But the more they try to do what they’re doing to him, the more support he’s getting. What are his enemies so afraid of? It’s election interference. I’m sure he’s a bad man in many ways, but he’s not a lifetime politician.”

Trump’s victory comes on the heels of his dominance in the Iowa caucuses, where he won with more than 50 per cent of the 110,000-odd Republican votes. Florida governor Ron DeSantis came a distant second, followed closely by Haley.

This time in New Hampshire, with DeSantis out of the race, Trump had secured more than 54 per cent of the vote by 8.45pm (12:45pm AEDT), with votes still being counted.

In a fundraising email sent out immediately after Trump’s victory, Biden warned that Trump “has all but locked up the 2024 Republican presidential nomination”.

“We cannot run the risk of Trump – or any MAGA extremist – stepping foot in the Oval Office,” he wrote.

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