Jan 23, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Trump wins New Hampshire Republican primary, AP projects

Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. President Donald Trump points to supporters at the conclusion of a campaign rally at the Atkinson Country Club on January 16, 2024 in Atkinson, New Hampshire.

Former President Trump points to supporters at the conclusion of a campaign rally at the Atkinson Country Club on Jan. 16 in Atkinson, N.H. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Former President Trump will win the New Hampshire primaries on Tuesday, AP projects, accelerating his march to the Republican nomination.

Why it matters: Trump's New Hampshire victory comes on the heels of his historic victory at the Iowa caucuses, cementing his status as the prohibitive 2024 Republican front-runner.

  • His victory is also a blow to former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, whose presidential ambitions hinged on a strong performance in the first-in-the-nation-primary.

The big picture: The New Hampshire primary became a head-to-head race between Trump and Haley after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended his campaign on Sunday.

State of play: Trump won the Iowa caucuses by 30 percentage points and dominated across virtually every demographic. He won all but one of the state's 99 counties.

  • New Hampshire has a more diverse electorate than Iowa, with fewer evangelical voters, which made the Granite State a key test of his broad base of appeal to less conservative voters.

Zoom in: Haley, buoyed by late-stage, high-profile endorsements, sought to tap into her appeal to the state's independents voters, who are allowed to participate in a primary of their choice.

  • Haley also sought a boost from voters who had supported former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who campaigned heavily in the first-in-the-nation primary state but dropped out this month.

What to watch: The campaign next heads to Nevada, which is hosting a Republican caucus on Feb. 8.

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