Donald Trump has lashed out as Republican supporters of his rival for the party’s presidential nomination Nikki Haley, raging on Truth Social that anyone who has made a financial contribution to her campaign will be excommunicated from his Make America Great Again (MAGA) movement.

“Anybody that makes a ‘Contribution’ to Birdbrain, from this moment forth, will be permanently barred from the MAGA camp,” he declared.

“We don’t want them, and will not accept them, because we Put America First, and ALWAYS WILL!”

Mr Trump added to his win in the Iowa Caucus last week by comprehensively beating Ms Haley in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday but was infuriated by her insistence that the race is “far from over” and refusal to drop out.

The frustrated winner appeared to threaten the former state governor in his victory speech, calling her an “imposter” and saying that she will soon be under investigation for “stuff she doesn’t want to talk about”.

By contrast, Ms Haley graciously congratulated him on his win but insisted he had a poor electoral record since 2016.

She also vowed to fight on, telling her supporters “I’m a fighter and I’m scrappy.”

Key Points

  • Donald Trump warns Nikki Haley donors will be ‘permanently banned from the MAGA camp’

  • Maine Supreme Court refuses to weigh in on Trump 2024 ballot eligibility

  • Trump cruises to victory in New Hampshire primary

  • Haley says Republican race is ‘far from over’ despite latest defeat

  • Can South Carolina save Haley’s bid for the White House?

United Auto Workers union formally endorses Biden for president

12:30 , Joe Sommerlad

This is a blow to Trump as he attempts to appeal to blue collar America by insisting President Biden is not the right man to steer the country’s economy back to pre-pandemic prosperity.

United Auto Workers union formally endorses Joe Biden for president

Haley’s chances written off by Biden campaign as it turns ‘laser focus’ on Trump

11:30 , Joe Sommerlad

With Trump appearing to have a cemented himself as the Republican Party’s preferred candidate in their effort to retake control of the White House, President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign is moving into a general election mode that will see him and his allies ramp up their attacks on the ex-president and present voters with the choice of four more years of stability versus a descent into Trumpian extremism.

Top officials with Biden’s campaign say the results of last night’s New Hampshire primary combined with last week’s Iowa caucus make clear that it is Trump — not ex-South Carolina governor Nikki Haley — who will be their opponent in November’s presidential election and are directing their resources accordingly.

Speaking on a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, just hours after Trump garnered support of more than 54 per cent of GOP voters in the Granite State, Biden campaign communications director Michael Tyler said Biden’s re-election apparatus wasn’t paying much mind to Haley in the wake of Trump’s twin victories.

Andrew Feinberg reports from Washington, DC.

Biden campaign writes off Nikki Haley’s chances as it turns ‘laser focus’ on Trump

Truth Social: Trump warns Haley donors will be ‘permanently banned from the MAGA camp’

10:30 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s our man playing the mob boss and issuing a Mafia-style decree banishing anyone who has made a campaign contribution to his rival from his orbit.

“We don’t want them, and will not accept them, because we Put America First, and ALWAYS WILL!” he frothed last night.

Martha McHardy has more.

Trump warns Nikki Haley donors will be ‘permanently banned from the MAGA camp’

Trump issues ominous threats of ‘investigations’ against Haley

09:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump threatened that Nikki Haley would be “under investigation” if she beat him in the Republican primary after defeating her in New Hampshire.

The former president appeared to threaten his former UN ambassador after she vowed to continue her fight for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

“Just a little note to Nikki, she is not going to win, but if she did she would be under investigation by those people in 15 minutes. I could tell you five reasons why already, not big reasons, little stuff that she doesn’t want to talk about, but she will be under investigation in minutes,” said Mr Trump to a crowd of his supporters on Tuesday night.

“And so would Ron have been, but he decided to get out.”

Continue reading…

Trump issues ominous threats of ‘investigations’ against Haley if she stays in race

Can Nikki Haley’s bid for the White House be saved by her home state?

08:30 , John Bowden

New Hampshire has voted. Donald Trump has won, again.

Tuesday’s contest — the second of the 2024 Republican nominating contest, is over. Donald Trump was the clear winner, and remains firmly atop both polls of GOP voters nationally as well as the delegate count necessary for securing his party’s nomination.

And after throwing it all against the wall in the Granite State, Nikki Haley has lost her first head-to-head matchup versus Mr Trump. Despite endorsements from the state’s governor, largest newspaper and even the conservative opinion board at the Wall Street Journal, Ms Haley could not pull out ahead of the former president, who in many of his supporters’ minds should still be considered an incumbent.

So where do we go from here? Why isn’t Nikki Haley dropping out, as did Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy after their respective failures to “shock the media”, in Mr Ramaswamy’s words, in Iowa?

There are a few reasons:

Can South Carolina save Nikki Haley’s bid for the White House?

Trump’s key weakness exposed in New Hampshire primary vote

06:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump may have resoundingly won the New Hampshire primary, but the race’s exit polls revealed demographic weak spots in his voter appeal.

Mr Trump defeated Nikki Haley in the New Hampshire Republican primary by an 11-point margin. Ever since he jumped into the race, Mr Trump has maintained a sizable lead among his GOP competitors. His recent victories in Iowa and New Hampshire have underscored his popularity among Republicans, but they have also uncovered some weaknesses.

Kelly Rissman takes a look at what was discovered in the first two states to vote in 2024.

Donald Trump’s key weakness exposed in New Hampshire primary vote

Trump’s New Hampshire victory speech was full of false claims

04:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Former president Donald Trump’s New Hampshire victory speech was riddled with false claims and inaccurate statements, prompting networks to fact-check him in real-time.

Both CNN and MSNBC were forced to fact-check Mr Trump after his win in the first-in-the-nation primary.

Specifically, Mr Trump spewed inaccuracies about previous elections.

Kelly Rissman was watching:

Donald Trump’s New Hampshire victory speech was full of false claims

Haley campaign fires back at Trump’s ‘angry rant’

02:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Nikki Haley hit back at Donald Trump’s criticism following the former president’s win in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday,

Trump attacked his last-standing Republican rival in his speech

Mr Trump carved out part of his victory speech to address Ms Haley, seemingly unhappy that she had not dropped out of the 2024 race, emphasising that she had a “very bad night.”

He blasted Ms Haley as an “imposter” who’s still “hanging around” despite coming third in the Iowa primary last week and failing to secure a win in New Hampshire.

Kelly Rissman has the story…

Haley campaign fires back at Trump’s ‘angry rant’ after New Hampshire win

Watch: UAW president slams Trump

01:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Voices: Trump’s victory in New Hampshire solidifies his conquest of the GOP

00:30 , Eric Garcia

In the days after the attack on the US Capitol, former president Donald Trump seemed on the verge of becoming a politician in exile.

Many Republicans directly blamed him, including Kevin McCarthy, who said “the president bears responsibility” for the attack. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell excoriated Mr Trump by saying that “people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president”.

Mr Trump’s decision to spread the lie that Democrats stole the election from him to whip his supporters into such a frenzy that they breached the US Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election offered Republicans — particularly ones who never particularly liked Mr Trump — the opportunity to get off the wagon. It gave them the chance to remove the virus of Trumpism, tell their voters it would not be allowed in the party, and keep the focus on weakening Joe Biden.

But the ex-president’s dominant win in the New Hampshire primary on 23 January, a week after a decisive win in Iowa, makes crystal clear what has been obvious all along – Donald Trump is going to be the 2024 Republican nominee.

Continue reading…

Trump’s victory in New Hampshire solidifies his conquest of the GOP

Haley says GOP race is ‘far from over’

Wednesday 24 January 2024 23:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley says that the party’s primary race is “far from over” despite another defeat to Donald Trump.

The former South Carolina governor remained upbeat at her primary night rally in New Hampshire on Tuesday, with predictions that she will pick up more delegates than expected from the Granite State.

“This race is far from over,” Ms Haley told the crowd in Concord, New Hampshire. “There are dozens of states left to go … and the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina.”

Graeme Massie reports:

Haley says GOP race is ‘far from over’ despite latest defeat to Trump

McConnell is the main reason Trump is back

Wednesday 24 January 2024 23:00 , Eric Garcia

Shortly after Donald Trump won in New Hampshire, Senator John Cornyn announced his support for him. Why does that matter? Because Cornyn is far from a Trumpist. In fact, the square-jawed Republican from Texas negotiated a gun bill alongside Democratic Senator Chris Murphy and then-Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema that Trump vehemently opposed. Cornyn’s support today shows that all Republicans — from the furthest right to the most moderate — are now falling into line behind the former president.

In fact, Trump continues to have Republican leaders get behind him save for one major voice: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Continue reading…

Mitch McConnell is the reason Trump is back

Trump cruises to victory in New Hampshire primary

Wednesday 24 January 2024 22:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Former president Donald Trump won the New Hampshire Republican primary on Tuesday night, taking another step towards securing his party’s nomination for the 2024 presidential election.

The Associated Press called shortly after polls closed in the state. With less than 20 per cent of results in by 8pm, Mr Trump had an insurmountable lead against his opponent Nikki Haley, with 54 per cent of the vote.

The former president, who is currently the 2024 Republican frontrunner, was expected to perform well in the Granite State given his stronghold over the majority of the Republican Party. However, unlike his performance in Iowa last week, Mr Trump’s margin of victory on Tuesday was much smaller.

With a larger-than-expected independent voter turnout, Ms Haley performed well in more liberal-leaning counties like Dover, Concord and Keene – early data indicated.

Although Ms Haley lost the primary, her campaign said they would continue campaigning to the next primary in her home state of South Carolina.

Read the full article…

Voices: The last line of defence against Trump 2.0: Nikki Haley (and 91 felony charges)

Wednesday 24 January 2024 22:00 , Joe Sommerlad

“Haley isn’t intimidated by Trump, which is a qualification for high office in itself, because we know the punishment that he and his devout followers in his undeniably substantial base of support can mete out to anyone who gets in Trump’s way,” writes Sean O’Grady.

“They’ll even invade the Capitol for him and try to overthrow the government, so chucking some abuse at Haley’s no big deal. They do, indeed, ‘fight like hell’ when prompted to.

“Yet Haley is unflinching, and rightly pledges to carry on and on and on. It’s obviously true that Trump is the favourite for the nomination, and it could all be over in a couple of weeks. It’s not immediately obvious that Haley has the funds to sustain a campaign, even if she’s obviously got the spirit to do so. She might not do so well even in her own sweet home state of South Carolina; but she did rather better than expected in New Hampshire, even if she still lost.

“The sourness of Trump’s victory speech suggests that she has more momentum than he would like, and he resents it – he’s never been great at disguising his emotions or his all-too-brittle ego. So she is still in the race, and there are a couple of very good reasons why she has to stay in for as long as she can.”

The last line of defence against Trump 2.0: Nikki Haley | Sean O’Grady

Major Haley donor holding off on new investment in campaign

Wednesday 24 January 2024 21:55 , Oliver O’Connell

Rachel Scott of ABC News reports that Reid Hoffman, the billionaire co-founder of LinkedIn is holding off on new investments in the Nikki Haley campaign after her loss in New Hampshire.

“I would be happy to raise more funds for Governor Haley if someone can show me a path for her to win the primary,” an advisor told Scott.

Biden wins New Hampshire primary despite not being on ballot

Wednesday 24 January 2024 21:30 , Oliver O’Connell

President Joe Biden won the New Hampshire Democratic primary, despite his name not appearing on the state’s presidential primary ballot.

The Associated Press called the race for Mr Biden shortly after polls closed on Tuesday night, as a majority of voters wrote in the president’s name.

Mr Biden’s campaign purposefully did not file the president’s name for the ballot within the deadline in an act of solidarity with the Democratic National Convention’s (DNC) decision to make South Carolina the first state to hold a primary.

Ariana Baio reports:

Joe Biden wins New Hampshire primary despite not being on ballot

Santos admits he wasn’t invited to Trump’s victory party

Wednesday 24 January 2024 21:00 , Joe Sommerlad

“I came to have fun. It’s Maga time, baby, it’s 2024.”

Here’s Gustaf Kilander with more on the former congressman’s surprise cameo in New Hampshire last night.

George Santos admits he wasn’t invited to Trump party: ‘It’s a public event’

The real winner of the Republican primaries? Trump’s bogus election denial movement

Wednesday 24 January 2024 20:30 , Oliver O’Connell

The winner of the Republican primaries is Donald Trump’s bogus conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was stolen from him, with a vast majority of his supporters in Iowa and New Hampshire agreeing, falsely, that Joe Biden was not legitimately elected.

Eighty-six per cent of New Hampshire primary voters who supported Mr Trump believe that the current president is an illegitimate one, according to exit polls.

In Iowa, where caucusgoers were asked whether they believed Mr Biden was legitimately elected to the presidency, more than two-thirds said no. That includes 69 per cent of Iowa caucus-goers who supported Mr Trump. Only 11 per cent of his supporters in Iowa and 13 per cent of supporters in New Hampshire believe the sitting president was legitimately elected.

Alex Woodward reports:

Donald Trump’s bogus election denial movement is the real winner of the primaries

Biden hails ‘made in America’ future as he nabs endorsement from powerful autoworkers union

Wednesday 24 January 2024 20:11 , Oliver O’Connell

President Joe Biden touted his administration’s progress in promoting American-made automobiles and other manufactured goods that will be produced by union labour as the future of US industry as he scored a coveted endorsement from the United Autoworkers Union on Wednesday.

Mr Biden, whose allies have billed him as the most pro-union of all American presidents, praised UAW members for having stood up for their right to share in their employers’ success during their recent strike as he spoke from the stage at the UAW’s annual meeting in Washington.

“You made sure the future of the world will be made in America,” he told the assembled autoworkers, adding that his administration has pushed for stricter enforcement of “buy American, hire American” requirements in federal contracting.

Andrew Feinberg has the latest from Washington, DC:

Biden hails ‘made in America’ future as he nabs endorsement from autoworkers union

Watch: Senators react to Trump victory in New Hampshire

Wednesday 24 January 2024 20:00 , Joe Sommerlad

CNN’s Manu Raju spoke with Texas senator John Cornyn of Texas and his South Carolina compatriot Lindsey Graham at the US Capitol this morning and asked for their reaction to Trump’s win in the New Hampshire primary and what happens next as the campaign moves on to the Palmetto State.

Here’s what they had to say.

Trump blasts McEnany after she calls New Hampshire a ‘good night for Joe Biden’

Wednesday 24 January 2024 19:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Add Kayleigh McEnany to the list of former Trump White House officials spurned by the former president after a perceived betrayal.

The final press secretary of the Trump administration appeared on Fox News on Tuesday as part of the network’s primetime New Hampshire primary coverage. At one point during the broadcast, Ms McEnany described the night as a positive one for Joe Biden due to the relatively competitive turnout in the Republican primary while Mr Biden himself won a write-in campaign for the Democratic ticket.

“This was actually a fairly good night for Joe Biden,” she said. “When you look at our voter analysis, only 10 per cent said, ‘I would not vote for Joe Biden if he’s the nominee.’”

John Bowden has the story:

Trump attacks his former press secretary over her comments about Joe Biden

DeSantis admits ‘warning signs’ for Trump and Republicans

Wednesday 24 January 2024 19:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Florida governor and erstwhile Republican presidential contender Ron DeSantis has sounded the alarm over Trump’s chances in the 2024 election.

Speaking to conservative radio host Steve Deace in his first interview since dropping out of the Republican primary, DeSantis said he saw a “lack of enthusiasm” among GOP voters in the Iowa caucuses last week and that Trump’s declining appeal among moderates is “a huge warning sign” for the Republican Party’s election hopes.

“When I have people come up to me who voted for Reagan in ‘76 and have been conservative their whole life say that they don’t want to vote for Trump again, that’s a problem,” DeSantis said.

“So he’s got to figure out a way to solve that. I think there’s an enthusiasm problem overall, and then I also just think there are some voters that have checked out at this point that you got to find a way to get them back.”

Martha McHardy has more.

Ron DeSantis admits ‘warning signs’ for Trump and Republicans

Trump’s New Hampshire victory speech ‘full of false claims’

Wednesday 24 January 2024 18:30 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s Kelly Rissman to fact-check the winner, a known blusterer with a mighty long track record of falsehoods.

Donald Trump’s New Hampshire victory speech was full of false claims

Does a double-digit New Hampshire win for Trump mean Haley’s White House bid is doomed?

Wednesday 24 January 2024 18:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Trump may have won New Hampshire but Nikki Haley has vowed to stay in the battle for the Republican nomination.

“This race is far from over,” she told her supporters in Concord last night.

Trump’s own victory address was peppered with insults, the candidate particularly annoyed that Haley the “imposter” had been giving a speech, as he saw it, “like she won”.

Amelia Neath has this assessment of the challenger’s prospects moving forward.

Trump supporters claim his New Hampshire win means Haley White House bid is doomed

Biden campaign writes off Nikki Haley’s chances as it turns ‘laser focus’ on Trump

Wednesday 24 January 2024 17:30 , Joe Sommerlad

With Donald Trump appearing to have a cemented himself as the Republican Party’s preferred candidate in their effort to retake control of the White House, President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign is moving into a general election mode that will see him and his allies ramp up their attacks on the ex-president and present voters with the choice of four more years of stability versus a descent into Trumpian extremism.

Here’s the latest from Andrew Feinberg.

Biden campaign writes off Nikki Haley’s chances as it turns ‘laser focus’ on Trump

Tim Scott tells Trump he ‘loves him’ during New Hampshire campaign speech

Wednesday 24 January 2024 17:00 , Joe Sommerlad

More astonishing grovelling last night from the freshly-engaged South Carolina senator, who joined Vivek Ramaswamy and Eric and Lara Trump, among others, in stumping for the front-runner in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Was Trump’s key weakness exposed in New Hampshire primary vote?

Wednesday 24 January 2024 16:30 , Joe Sommerlad

Trump may have resoundingly won the New Hampshire Republican primary but the race’s exit polls revealed demographic weak spots in his voter appeal.

Ever since he first jumped into the race, the front-runner has maintained a sizable lead over his GOP competitors.

His recent victories in Iowa and New Hampshire have underscored his popularity among conservatives but they have also uncovered some weaknesses.

Kelly Rissman takes a closer look.

Donald Trump’s key weakness exposed in New Hampshire primary vote

New Hampshire vote count update: Trump beating Haley by 11 per cent

Wednesday 24 January 2024 16:24 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s the latest look at last night’s vote count, which is still ongoing but is around 95 per cent complete now.

Trump looks like finishing with a double-digit lead over Haley.

And here are Biden’s numbers from the Democratic race, where the write-in campaign appears to have triumphed on the president’s behalf.

DeSantis criticises Trump after leaving race

Wednesday 24 January 2024 16:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Florida governor Ron DeSantis is talking like a newly liberated man now that he’s no longer running against Donald Trump.

On Tuesday, ahead of the New Hampshire primary, DeSantis spoke to Iowa conservative talk show host Steve Deace, who had endorsed him, and pointed out a number of weaknesses for the former president going into the general election.

DeSantis dropped out on Sunday after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses and endorsed Trump.

Nevertheless, it’s been a very ham-fisted endorsement since then. He said his campaign noticed not only the low turnout in the caucuses but also the lack of enthusiasm.

“It turned out these are folks who did they were conservative, but they did not want to see Trump nominated again,” he said on the show.

“But they had basically been told that it was inevitable, that it was over, that why even bother, and they just totally dropped out of the process.” DeSantis noted that 110,000 people showed up the caucuses last week while 186,000 people had turned out in 2016.

“That shows you there’s a lot of our voters who have checked out,” he said, overlooking the sub-zero temperatures and snow in Iowa that will also have kept people away from the caucuses.

DeSantis also took a swipe at Trump by saying that he won an overwhelming re-election victory in 2022 whereas Trump made a series of endorsements of losing candidates in that year’s midterms.

Ron DeSantis announces the suspension of his campaign on Sunday (Ron DeSantis/X)Ron DeSantis announces the suspension of his campaign on Sunday (Ron DeSantis/X)

Ron DeSantis announces the suspension of his campaign on Sunday (Ron DeSantis/X)

“I think that when you when I got into the when I thought about running after my re-election, that was when Trump’s candidates had wiped out in the midterm,” he said.

“I think there were a lot of Republicans at the time, who were like, you know, ‘the governor has shown that these bold policies not only do they work in practice, they work politically. We can win big Trump’s candidates did and then I think they’re like, you know, maybe not the nominee. Again, thank him for his service.’”

DeSantis repeated a line that my colleague Gustaf Kilander and I heard in our write-up of DeSantis’s last stand: that the indictment of Trump in Manhattan and elsewhere weakened him.

Similarly, he repeated his criticism of conservative media.

“I think he had strong support from Fox and conservative media,” he said.

“And so structurally that was just something that was very difficult to deal with.”

DeSantis also warned that many Republicans are tired of Trump.

“I observed voters who are conservative voters who voted for Trump and 16 and 20. And he said, you know, they’re just not doing it again,” he said.

He also warned Trump would generate turnout among Democrats.

“I think you just have the effect that the Democrats have a very effective playbook on some of these independent voters when they caricature our candidates or can run against Trump directly that even if they don’t like some of the what the Democrats are doing, that’s enough to get them to default back to Democrats,” he said.

Of course, DeSantis is likely still frustrated about Trump beating him – to say nothing of Trump’s constant insults toward him where Trump even hinted that DeSantis preyed on teenaged girls – and he is likely lashing out.

Similarly, now that he’s no longer trying to compete for the same pool of voters, he’s likely trying to set himself up to be – as my colleague John Bowden has said – Trump’s successor should he lose to President Joe Biden.

Can South Carolina save Haley’s bid for the White House?

Wednesday 24 January 2024 15:30 , Joe Sommerlad

Here’s John Bowden’s analysis on why Trump’s challenger is hanging on in there when, to the casual observer, all hope appears to be lost.

Can South Carolina save Nikki Haley’s bid for the White House?

George Santos attends Trump’s New Hampshire victory party

Wednesday 24 January 2024 15:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Speaking of loveable rogues, the disgraced former New York congressman was there too.

He told a member of the German press that he has no intention of lobbying to be Trump’s veep: “No! I don’t want to! I’m 35 years old, leave me alone!”

Trump lawyer seen at victory party after saying she had possible Covid

Wednesday 24 January 2024 14:30 , Joe Sommerlad

The former president’s attorney Alina Habba was seen at his New Hampshire victory party a day after she said she was feeling unwell and displayed possible Covid symptoms.

Hmmm.

Habba is representing the former president in the New York civil defamation case brought by E Jean Carroll after he was found liable for sexually abusing her, which is currently set to resume on Thursday after Monday’s postponement.

Namita Singh has more.

Trump lawyer seen at New Hampshire party after saying she was exposed to Covid

New Hampshire Democrats urged to write-in ‘ceasefire’ instead of Biden in primary

Wednesday 24 January 2024 14:00 , Joe Sommerlad

A US grassroots organisation encouraged Democrat voters in New Hampshire to write “ceasefire” instead of Joe Biden as it looks to put pressure on the government to restrain Israel in its war on Hamas in Gaza.

“Vote Ceasefire”, an offshoot of the campaign group Action Network, posted dozens of pictures of New Hampshire voters holding up their ballots, on which they have written “Ceasefire”.

A statement on Instagram read: “Our volunteers have been out at the polls all morning, and will continue to talk to people about writing in CEASEFIRE until polls close!

“If you’ve seen our stories, you know just how many Granite Staters have already gone out today and cast their ballot for a ceasefire!”

Here’s more.

New Hampshire Democrats urged to write-in ‘ceasefire’ instead of Biden in primary

RNC boss urges Haley to suspend campaign and endorse Trump

Wednesday 24 January 2024 13:30 , Joe Sommerlad

This appearance by Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, on Fox only serves to validate Haley’s point yesterday about the “political class” within the conservative movement rushing to “coronate” Trump.

“That’s not democracy,” the candidate argued, quite rightly, on the very same network’s flagship breakfast show Fox and Friends on Tuesday morning.

Frustrated Democratic candidate warns party has ‘nine months to prevent disaster’

Wednesday 24 January 2024 13:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Minnesota congressman Dean Phillips lost out in the Democratic race in New Hampshire yesterday following the success of the write-in campaign in favour of Joe Biden.

Sounding a little bitter, he now issues this warning about the unwanted rematch America appears to be hurtling towards in November.

Haley campaign fires back at Trump’s ‘angry rant’ after New Hampshire win

Wednesday 24 January 2024 12:50 , Joe Sommerlad

One of the candidate’s better arguments in her speech last night was that the front-runner is in fact a serial election loser whom the Democrats think Biden can beat.

Her staff have been on typically aggressive form in their messaging this morning too, hitting back at Trump’s attacks overnight.

Kelly Rissman has this on their retorts to the former president.

Haley campaign fires back at Trump’s ‘angry rant’ after New Hampshire win

Joe Biden wins New Hampshire primary despite not being on ballot

Wednesday 24 January 2024 12:30 , Joe Sommerlad

President Joe Biden won the New Hampshire Democratic primary, despite his name not appearing on the state’s presidential primary ballot.

The Associated Press called the race for Biden shortly after polls closed on Tuesday night, as a majority of voters wrote in the president’s name.

The president’s campaign purposefully did not file the president’s name for the ballot within the deadline in an act of solidarity with the Democratic National Convention’s (DNC) decision to make South Carolina the first state to hold a primary.

New Hampshire, which hosts the first in the nation primary per state law, refused to budge on moving their primary date, creating tension with the DNC.

The DNC said those who ran in Tuesday’s primary would not be awarded delegates, prompting Biden’s campaign to comply.

But in an unusual move, voters still chose to write in Biden’s name rather than vote for the two names who did appear on the ballot, Minnesota representative Dean Phillips and self-help author Marianne Williamson.

The president’s win is likely to reassure Democrats that the president still holds support from a majority of voters in the party.

Ariana Baio has this report.

Joe Biden wins New Hampshire primary despite not being on ballot

Recap: Donald Trump cruises to victory in New Hampshire primary

Wednesday 24 January 2024 12:00 , Joe Sommerlad

In case you overslept, here’s your reminder that former US president Donald Trump won the New Hampshire Republican primary on Tuesday night, taking another step towards securing his party’s nomination for the 2024 presidential election.

The Associated Press called shortly after polls closed in the state. With less than 20 per cent of results in by 8pm, Trump had already secured an insurmountable lead over his opponent Nikki Haley, with more than 54 per cent of the vote.

The former president, who is currently the 2024 Republican front-runner, was expected to perform well in the Granite State given his stronghold over the majority of the Republican Party. However, unlike his performance in Iowa last week, Trump’s margin of victory on Tuesday was much smaller.

With a larger-than-expected independent voter turnout, Haley performed well in more liberal-leaning counties like Dover, Concord and Keene – early data indicated.

Although she lost the primary, her campaign said they would continue campaigning to the next primary in her home state of South Carolina.

Minutes after his win, Trump took to Truth Social and wrote, “Haley said she had to WIN in New Hampshire. SHE DIDN’T!!!”

Here’s Ariana Baio with a full report.

Donald Trump cruises to victory in New Hampshire primary

Watch: Trump threatens ‘investigations’ against Haley if she does not drop out

Wednesday 24 January 2024 11:30 , Joe Sommerlad

‘Trump’s victory in New Hampshire solidifies his conquest of the GOP’

Wednesday 24 January 2024 11:00 , Joe Sommerlad

In the days after the attack on the US Capitol, former president Donald Trump seemed on the verge of becoming a politician in exile.

Many Republicans directly blamed him, including Kevin McCarthy, who said “the president bears responsibility” for the attack.

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell excoriated Trump by saying that “people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president”.

But an awful lot has changed since then.

Here’s Eric Garcia on Trump’s stunning revival.

Trump’s victory in New Hampshire solidifies his conquest of the GOP

‘Could somebody please explain to Nikki Haley that she lost’, Trump fumes on Truth Social

Wednesday 24 January 2024 10:30 , Joe Sommerlad

Clearly delighted to chalk up another victory, Donald Trump has spent the early hours of the morning flooding his social network with clips from Fox News glorifying his New Hampshire triumph and assuring their viewers the Republican presidential nomination is all but his.

However, he has also been expressing annoyance that Nikki Haley has refused to fold and announce the suspension of her campaign.

He also attacked her in his address in Nashua last night, calling her an “imposter” and declaring: “She’s doing a speech like she won. She didn’t win, she lost… Let’s not have somebody take a victory when she had a very bad night.”

Another observation: he appears to have pivotted to attacking her intelligence, calling her “Birdbrain” rather than the rather more racist “Nimbra” (see also SNL’s “Ron DeStupid” from last weekend’s opening monologue).

Supporters, including his son Eric Trump, have meanwhile been circulating this gloating tweet from favourite conservative poster Catturd.

Haley says GOP race is ‘far from over’ despite latest defeat to Trump in New Hampshire primary

Wednesday 24 January 2024 10:00 , Joe Sommerlad

Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley says that the party’s primary race is “far from over” despite another defeat to Donald Trump.

The former South Carolina governor remained upbeat at her primary night rally in New Hampshire on Tuesday, with predictions that she will pick up more delegates than expected from the Granite State.

“This race is far from over,” Haley told the crowd in Concord, New Hampshire. “There are dozens of states left to go… and the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina.”

Graeme Massie has more.

Haley says GOP race is ‘far from over’ despite latest defeat to Trump

Watch: Donald Trump beats Nikki Haley in New Hampshire

Wednesday 24 January 2024 09:30 , Joe Sommerlad

Trump leads Haley by 11.5 percentage points with 91% votes counted

Wednesday 24 January 2024 09:06 , Adam Withnall

With 91 per cent of the vote counted on Wednesday morning, Donald Trump was leading Nikki Haley in the Granite State by 54.6 per cent to 43.1 per cent, or his 163,396 votes to her 129,104.

That would be roughly in line with the 11 percentage point gap estimated by the final opinion polls before the primary, which had Trump on 50 per cent to Haley’s 39 per cent.

Despite all other candidates suspending their campaigns before Tuesday’s vote in New Hampshire, thousands of people still opted for someone other than Trump or Haley, according to the latest Associated Press results.

Top of the list is Ron DeSantis, who dropped out of the race on Sunday night, with 2,041 votes. Chris Christie, the fiercest Trump critic among the early field, received 1,263 votes despite dropping out two weeks ago.

And Vivek Ramaswamy, who appeared on stage at Trump’s victory party last night, managed 686 votes in his own right.

Trump’s victory in New Hampshire solidifies his conquest of the GOP

Wednesday 24 January 2024 09:00 , Eric Garcia

In the days after the attack on the US Capitol, former president Donald Trump seemed on the verge of becoming a politician in exile.

Many Republicans directly blamed him, including Kevin McCarthy, who said “the president bears responsibility” for the attack. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell excoriated Mr Trump by saying that “people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president”.

Mr Trump’s decision to spread the lie that Democrats stole the election from him to whip his supporters into such a frenzy that they breached the US Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election offered Republicans — particularly ones who never particularly liked Mr Trump — the opportunity to get off the wagon. It gave them the chance to remove the virus of Trumpism, tell their voters it would not be allowed in the party, and keep the focus on weakening Joe Biden.

But the ex-president’s dominant win in the New Hampshire primary on 23 January, a week after a decisive win in Iowa, makes crystal clear what has been obvious all along – Donald Trump is going to be the 2024 Republican nominee. Despite more than 90 felony charges in four separate jurisdictions, Mr Trump retains an iron grip on the Republican Party. New Hampshire was Nikki Haley’s best shot at taking on Mr Trump, but the results were decisive and the Associated Press called the race for Mr Trump shortly after polls closed at 8pm.

Trump issues ominous threats of ‘investigations’ against Haley if she stays in GOP race

Wednesday 24 January 2024 08:00 , Graeme Massie

Donald Trump threatened that Nikki Haley would be “under investigation” if she beat him in the Republican primary after defeating her in New Hampshire.

The former president appeared to threaten his former UN ambassador after she vowed to continue her fight for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

“Just a little note to Nikki, she is not going to win, but if she did she would be under investigation by those people in 15 minutes, I could tell you five reasons why already, not big reasons, little stuff that she doesn’t want to talk about, but she will be under investigation in minutes,” said Mr Trump to a crowd of his supporters on Tuesday night.

Why Nikki Haley says she won’t drop out after losing New Hampshire

Wednesday 24 January 2024 07:00 , John Bowden

New Hampshire has voted. Donald Trump has won, again.

Tuesday’s contest — the second of the 2024 Republican nominating contest, is over. Donald Trump was the clear winner, and remains firmly atop both polls of GOP voters nationally as well as the delegate count necessary for securing his party’s nomination.

And after throwing it all against the wall in the Granite State, Nikki Haley has lost her first head-to-head matchup versus Mr Trump. Despite endorsements from the state’s governor, largest newspaper and even the conservative opinion board at the Wall Street Journal, Ms Haley could not pull out ahead of the former president, who in many of his supporters’ minds should still be considered an incumbent.

So where do we go from here? Why isn’t Nikki Haley dropping out, as did Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy after their respective failures to “shock the media”, in Mr Ramaswamy’s words, in Iowa?

Trump vows to ‘get even’ with Haley in New Hampshire victory speech

Wednesday 24 January 2024 06:00 , Ariana Baio

Despite Donald Trump declaring victory in the New Hampshire Republican primary on Tuesday, he spent most of his speech and time on social media bashing his political opponent, Nikki Haley.

Rather than thank voters or commend Ms Haley’s performance – which is what the former UN ambassador did in her speech – Mr Trump said Ms Haley “failed badly” and mocked her for giving a speech.

Joined by former presidential candidates Vivek Ramaswamy and Tim Scott, Mr Trump invited Mr Ramaswamy to give his own remarks about Ms Haley, saying he was “the only person more angry, let’s say than me”.

“But I don’t get too angry, I get even,” Mr Trump added – a commonly used threat by the former president.

Later on in his speech, the former president claimed that Ms Haley would “be under investigation within minutes” if she won.

MSNBC cuts away from Trump victory speech to fact-check election lies

Wednesday 24 January 2024 04:30 , Gustaf Kilander

Exit poll shows Trump’s weaknesses: Independents, married and college-educated white people

Wednesday 24 January 2024 04:15 , Eric Garcia

Former president Donald Trump may have won the New Hampshire primary, getting the majority of the vote. But exit polling shows he faces serious structural weaknesses.

As always, understand that exit polling is not a wholly accurate picture and even CNN’s polling editor Ariel Edwards-Levy said they are a holistic depiction of the electorate. In addition, New Hampshire, like Iowa, is overwhelmingly white, so it’s hard to see who wins various racial demographics. That being said, they can show some important demographic breakdowns. With that caveat out of the way, here are some alarm bells for Mr Trump.

Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley made an aggressive play for New Hampshire’s independent voters, who can vote in the state’s primary contest. And it looks like it paid off, given that 60 per cent of self-identified independents voted for the former UN ambassador. In 2016, Mr Trump won roughly the same amount of independent voters that Hillary Clinton did, according to the Pew Research Center and President Joe Biden beat Mr Trump among independents four years later.

If Mr Trump continues to have a poor showing among independents, he will need to make it up elsewhere.Unsurprisingly, given the multiple allegations of sexual harassment and being found liable for the sexual assault of writer E Jean Carroll as well as nominating the Supreme Court justices who killed Roe v Wade, Mr Trump has a huge woman problem.

While he beat Ms Haley among women 50 per cent to 48 per cent, that breakdown gets even worse when factoring for marriage level. Ms Haley beat Mr Trump 51 to 48 per cent among married women compared to 41 per cent of unmarried women who voted for Ms Haley as 55 per cent voted for Mr Trump. Conversely, while 45 per cent of married men preferred Ms Haley and 52 per cent preferred Mr Trump while 66 per cent of unmarried men voted for him.

Similarly, Mr Trump struggled with voters who have college degrees. Much has been made about Mr Trump’s unique appeal among voters without college degrees and that persisted in New Hampshire, as 58 per cent of white voters with college degrees voted for Ms Haley while 40 per cent voted for Mr Trump. Conversely, Mr Trump won 66 per cent of voters without a college degree while Ms Haley won 33 per cent.

This is not to say Mr Trump will automatically lose, nor that he needs to win an outright majority of them, but rather to say that Mr Biden will likely target these types of voters while he’ll need to shore up some on the margins.

‘The fundamental problem with any primary challenge to Biden’

Wednesday 24 January 2024 04:00 , Gustaf Kilander

Haley brands Trump as a ‘loser’

Wednesday 24 January 2024 03:30 , Gustaf Kilander

Trump’s victory in New Hampshire solidifies his conquest of the GOP

Wednesday 24 January 2024 03:00 , Eric Garcia

In the days after the attack on the US Capitol, former president Donald Trump seemed on the verge of becoming a politician in exile.

Many Republicans directly blamed him, including Kevin McCarthy, who said “the president bears responsibility” for the attack. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell excoriated Mr Trump by saying that “people who stormed this building believed they were acting on the wishes and instructions of their president”.

Mr Trump’s decision to spread the lie that Democrats stole the election from him to whip his supporters into such a frenzy that they breached the US Capitol in an attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election offered Republicans — particularly ones who never particularly liked Mr Trump — the opportunity to get off the wagon. It gave them the chance to remove the virus of Trumpism, tell their voters it would not be allowed in the party, and keep the focus on weakening Joe Biden.

Why Nikki Haley says she won’t drop out after losing New Hampshire

Wednesday 24 January 2024 02:30 , John Bowden

New Hampshire has voted. Donald Trump has won, again.

Tuesday’s contest — the second of the 2024 Republican nominating contest, is over. Donald Trump was the clear winner, and remains firmly atop both polls of GOP voters nationally as well as the delegate count necessary for securing his party’s nomination.

And after throwing it all against the wall in the Granite State, Nikki Haley has lost her first head-to-head matchup versus Mr Trump. Despite endorsements from the state’s governor, largest newspaper and even the conservative opinion board at the Wall Street Journal, Ms Haley could not pull out ahead of the former president, who in many of his supporters’ minds should still be considered an incumbent.

So where do we go from here? Why isn’t Nikki Haley dropping out, as did Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy after their respective failures to “shock the media”, in Mr Ramaswamy’s words, in Iowa?

Trump says Haley spoke like ‘she won’

Wednesday 24 January 2024 02:28 , Gustaf Kilander

The two New Hampshire towns named after a single place

Wednesday 24 January 2024 02:03 , Gustaf Kilander

In Northern Ireland, Londonderry and Derry are the same place – subject to a naming dispute between nationalists and unionists.

Meanwhile, New Hampshire has both a Derry and a Londonderry, situated right next to each other south of Manchester.

As of 9pm ET on Tuesday, no votes had yet been reported from either Derry or Londonderry, but Mr Trump, who was declared the winner earlier in the night was leading in neighbouring Manchester by 57 to 42 per cent with 68 per cent of the votes reported.

Donald Trump goes on Truth Social post spree blasting Haley

Wednesday 24 January 2024 01:46 , Gustaf Kilander

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Biden campaign says ‘election denying, anti-freedom MAGA movement has completed its takeover of the Republican Party’

Wednesday 24 January 2024 01:40 , Gustaf Kilander

Haley says GOP race is ‘far from over’ despite latest defeat to Trump in New Hampshire primary

Wednesday 24 January 2024 01:38 , Graeme Massie

Republican presidential hopeful Nikki Haley says that the party’s primary race is “far from over” despite another defeat to Donald Trump.

The former South Carolina governor remained upbeat at her primary night rally in New Hampshire on Tuesday, with predictions that she will pick up more delegates than expected from the Granite State.

“This race is far from over,” Ms Haley told the crowd in Concord, New Hampshire. “There are dozens of states left to go…and the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina.”

VIDEO: Nikky Haley says ‘the race is far from over’ after losing New Hampshire to Trump

Wednesday 24 January 2024 01:35 , Gustaf Kilander

‘A Trump nomination is a Biden win and a Kamala Harris presidency,’ Nikki Haley says

Wednesday 24 January 2024 01:34 , Gustaf Kilander

Ms Haley said on Tuesday night that “with Donald Trump Republicans have lost almost every competitive election. We lost the Senate. We lost the House. We lost the White House. We lost in 2018. We lost in 2020 and we lost in 2022. The worst-kept secret in politics is how badly the Democrats want to run against Donald Trump”.

“They know Trump is the only Republican in the country who Joe Biden can defeat,” she added.

“You can’t fix you can’t fix the mess if you don’t win an election. You can’t fix you can’t fix the mess. If you don’t win an election,” she said.

“A Trump nomination is a Biden win and a Kamala Harris presidency. I defeat Biden handily. With Donald Trump, you have one bout of chaos after another. This court case, that controversy, this tweet, that senior moment, you can’t fix Joe Biden’s chaos with Republican chaos,” she said.

Nikki Haley speaks after losing NH primary

Wednesday 24 January 2024 01:30 , Gustaf Kilander

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley waves during her New Hampshire presidential primary election night rally in Concord, New Hampshire (REUTERS)Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley waves during her New Hampshire presidential primary election night rally in Concord, New Hampshire (REUTERS)

Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley waves during her New Hampshire presidential primary election night rally in Concord, New Hampshire (REUTERS)

Republican presidential candidate former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley walks on stage to speak at a New Hampshire primary night rally, in Concord, N.H., Tuesday Jan. 23, 2024 (AP)Republican presidential candidate former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley walks on stage to speak at a New Hampshire primary night rally, in Concord, N.H., Tuesday Jan. 23, 2024 (AP)

Republican presidential candidate former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley walks on stage to speak at a New Hampshire primary night rally, in Concord, N.H., Tuesday Jan. 23, 2024 (AP)

Republican presidential candidate former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley delivers remarks at her primary night rally at the Grappone Conference Center on January 23, 2024 in Concord, New Hampshire (Getty Images)Republican presidential candidate former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley delivers remarks at her primary night rally at the Grappone Conference Center on January 23, 2024 in Concord, New Hampshire (Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley delivers remarks at her primary night rally at the Grappone Conference Center on January 23, 2024 in Concord, New Hampshire (Getty Images)

VIDEO: Trump wins New Hampshire primary

Wednesday 24 January 2024 01:29 , Gustaf Kilander

Nikki Haley says race is ‘far from over’

Wednesday 24 January 2024 01:27 , Gustaf Kilander

Speaking after losing the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday night, Nikki Haley said: “I want to congratulate Donald Trump on his victory tonight. He earned it. And I want to acknowledge that.”

“Now you’ve all heard the chatter among the political class. They’re falling all over themselves, saying ‘This race is over’. Well, I have news for all of them,” she added. “New Hampshire is first in the nation. It is not the last. This race is far from over. There are dozens of states left to go. And the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina.”

Ron DeSantis criticizes Trump after leaving race

Wednesday 24 January 2024 01:23 , Eric Garcia

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is talking like a newly liberated now that he’s no longer running against Donald Trump.

On Tuesday, ahead of the New Hampshire primary, Mr DeSantis spoke to Iowa conservative talk show host Steve Deace, who had endorsed him, and pointed out a number of weaknesses for the former president going into the general election.

Mr DeSantis dropped out on Sunday after a poor showing in the Iowa caucuses and endorsed Mr Trump.

Nevertheless, it’s been a very ham-fisted endorsement since then. He said his campaign noticed not only the low turnout in the caucuses but also the lack of enthusiasm.

“It turned out these are folks who did they were conservative, but they did not want to see Trump nominated again,” he said on the show.

“But they had basically been told that it was inevitable, that it was over, that why even bother, and they just totally dropped out of the process.”Mr DeSantis noted how 110,000 people showed up the caucuses last week while 186,000 people had turned out in 2016.

“That shows you there’s a lot of our voters who have checked out,” he said.

Mr DeSantis also took a swipe at Mr Trump by saying that he won an overwhelming re-election victory in 2022 when Mr Trump made a series of endorsements of losing candidates.

“I think that when you when I got into the when I thought about running after my re-election, that was when Trump’s candidates had wiped out in the midterm,” he said.

“I think there were a lot of Republicans at the time, who were like, you know, ‘the governor has shown that these bold policies not only do they work in practice, they work politically. We can win big Trump’s candidates did and then I think they’re like, you know, maybe not the nominee. Again, thank him for his service.’”

Mr DeSantis repeated a line that my colleague Gustaf Kilander and I heard in our write-up of Mr DeSantis’s last stand, that the indictment of Mr Trump in Manhattan and elsewhere weakened him.

Similarly, he repeated his criticism of conservative media.

“I think he had strong support from Fox and conservative media,” he said. “And so structurally that was just something that was very difficult to deal with.”

Mr DeSantis also warned that many Republicans are tired of Mr Trump.

“I observed voters who are conservative voters who voted for Trump and 16 and 20. And he said, you know, they’re just not doing it again,” he said.

He also warned Mr Trump would generate turnout among Democrats.

“I think you just have the effect that the Democrats have a very effective playbook on some of these independent voters when they caricature our candidates or can run against Trump directly that even if they don’t like some of the what the Democrats are doing, that’s enough to get them to default back to Democrats,” he said.

Of course, Mr DeSantis is likely still frustrated about Mr Trump beating him–to say nothing of Mr Trump’s constant insults toward him where Mr Trump even hinted that Mr DeSantis preyed on teenaged girls–and he is likely lashing out.

Similarly, now that he’s no longer trying to compete for the same pool of voters, he’s likely trying to set himself up to be–as my colleague John Bowden has said–Mr Trump’s successor should he lose to President Joe Biden.

Donald Trump lashes out at Haley after New Hampshire win

Wednesday 24 January 2024 01:23 , Gustaf Kilander

“Haley said she had to WIN in New Hampshire. SHE DIDN’T!!!” Mr Trump wrote on Truth Social after winning the state’s GOP primary.

Texas Sen John Cornyn backs Trump after New Hampshire win

Wednesday 24 January 2024 01:12 , Gustaf Kilander

Donald Trump cruises to victory in New Hampshire primary

Wednesday 24 January 2024 01:11 , Ariana Baio

Former president Donald Trump won the New Hampshire Republican primary on Tuesday night, officials called shortly after polls closed in the state.

With less than 20 per cent of results in by 8pm, Mr Trump had clearly won the Republican primary with 54 per cent of the vote so far.

The former president, who is currently the 2024 Republican frontrunner, was expected to perform well in the Granite State given his stronghold over the majority of the Republican Party. However, unlike his performance in Iowa last week, Mr Trump’s win was not by a massive margin.

With a larger-than-expected independent voter turnout, Mr Trump did not perform well in more liberal-leaning counties like Dover, Concord and Keene – early data indicated. Many of those votes were picked up for his political opponent, Nikki Haley.

Ms Haley, trailed closely behind the former president while votes came in throughout the evening.

Although Ms Haley lost the primary, her campaign said they would continue campaigning to the next primary in her home state of South Carolina.

Mr Trump’s win signals he is one step closer to obtaining the Republican National Committee (RNC) nomination.

RNC chairwoman, Ronna McDaniels, told NBC News that if Mr Trump came out “strong” then the Republican Party would need to unite behind one candidate.

Trump campaign confident of victory

Wednesday 24 January 2024 01:00 , Gustaf Kilander

New Hampshire exit polls compared to Iowa

Wednesday 24 January 2024 00:58 , Gustaf Kilander

Exit poll: Trump vs Haley voters

Wednesday 24 January 2024 00:44 , Gustaf Kilander

George Santos attends Trump’s New Hampshire party

Wednesday 24 January 2024 00:38 , Gustaf Kilander

Trump claims to poll better against Biden than Haley

Wednesday 24 January 2024 00:30 , Gustaf Kilander

Just as the polls began to close on Tuesday, Mr Trump wrote on Truth Social: “I GET MUCH BETTER POLL NUMBERS AGAINST BIDEN THAN NIKKI HALEY, NOT EVEN CLOSE!!!”

The exit polls aren’t indicating the strong showing from Mr Trump that was expected going into tonight’s primary.

For instance, 64 per cent said they weren’t part of the “Maga movement”.

‘I don’t care if she stays in,’ Trump says of Haley

Wednesday 24 January 2024 00:20 , Gustaf Kilander

A confident Donald Trump told the press a few hours before polls closed on Tuesday that he doesn’t care if Nikki Haley stays in the race beyond New Hampshire.

“Let her do whatever she wants. It doesn’t matter,” he said, according to The New York Times.

“At a certain point, she’s going to be, I believe, forced to leave,” he added in a radio interview.

“She won’t leave easily,” he added. “I think she’ll probably stay as long as she can and longer, maybe, than she should.”

When asked about polling showing that some Republicans remain opposed to his candidacy, Mr Trump, said, “Oh, they’ll all vote me. They’re going to all vote for me again, everybody. And I’m not sure we need too many”.

Trump appears to try to tamp down expectations

Wednesday 24 January 2024 00:10 , Gustaf Kilander

In an all-caps rant on Truth Social on Tuesday night, Mr Trump lashed out at the New Hampshire primary rules, writing: “SO RIDICULOUS THAT DEMOCRATS AND INDEPENDENTS ARE ALLOWED TO VOTE IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY, ESPECIALLY SINCE CROOKED JOE BIDEN HAS ABANDONED NEW HAMPSHIRE—BUT WORD IS WE ARE DOING REALLY WELL!!!”

Both registered Republicans and unaffiliated voters, which includes independents and some who may view themselves as Democrats but who haven’t registered as such, may vote in the GOP primary.

Registered Democrats must vote on that party’s ballot.

Garbled ‘death penalty’ remark fuels cognitive concerns about Trump

Wednesday 24 January 2024 00:00 , Oliver O’Connell

President Joe Biden’s 2024 campaign rolled out a series of videos featuring gaffes and nonsensical phrases from his Republican rival Donald Trump, adding fuel to the fire over concerns about the former president’s cognitive ability.

One clip started mid-sentence, showing Mr Trump speaking in New Hampshire: “Which is incapable of solvin’ even the sollest… smallest problem. The simplest of problems we can no longer solve.”

“We are an institute in a powerful death penalty. We will put this on,” the 77-year-old Mr Trump blundered.

Kelly Rissman has the story:

Trump fuels cognitive concerns with garbled ‘death penalty’ remark

Most New Hampshire GOP voters satisfied with either Trump or Haley as the nominee

Tuesday 23 January 2024 23:50 , Gustaf Kilander

More than half of New Hampshire primary GOP voters say that they would be satisfied with either Donald Trump or Nikki Haley as their nominee, an early exit poll by NBC News shows.

Fifty-six per cent said that would satisfied with Mr Trump as the nominee and 43 per cent said they would be dissatisfied.

Meanwhile, 55 per cent said they would satisfied with Ms Haley as the nominee – 43 per cent said they would be dissatisfied.

Nearly half of New Hampshire voters think Biden didn’t legitimately win in 2020

Tuesday 23 January 2024 23:40 , Gustaf Kilander

Tuesday 23 January 2024 23:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Former Trump voter switches to Haley to avoid ‘dictatorship’

New Hampshire electorate more moderate than Iowa’s

Tuesday 23 January 2024 23:20 , Gustaf Kilander

New Hampshire voters list immigration and economy as top issues

Tuesday 23 January 2024 23:10 , Gustaf Kilander

New Hampshire voters listed immigration and the economy as their top issues, a CNN exit poll showed on Tuesday night.

Fewer voters pointed to issues such as abortion and foreign policy, even as President Joe Biden campaigned on his support for reproductive rights in Virginia.

About seven in ten said they think the economy is poor and half responded that they would like most undocumented immigrants deported.

Unlike in Iowa, a majority of voters in New Hampshire said they wouldn’t back a federal abortion ban.

Around four in 10 said they would like to see the US take a less active role in foreign affairs, and three in 10 said they want the US to take a more active role.

Democrats frame 2024 against ‘extremist’ GOP plans to ban abortion nationwide

Tuesday 23 January 2024 23:00 , Oliver O’Connell

Another January 22 has come and gone without Americans’ constitutional right to abortion care affirmed by the US Supreme Court.

The dissolution of Roe v Wade’s decades-long precedent 18 months ago unleashed a wave of anti-abortion laws across the US, including more than a dozen states where abortion is effectively outlawed in all cases – stranding millions of women without adequate healthcare and exposing the scale of legal and medical minefields for patients and their providers.

President Joe Biden’s administration intends to frame the fight for abortion rights in unflinching terms as he campaigns for his re-election. Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking to supporters in the battleground state of Wisconsin on Monday, made it clear who was responsible: Donald Trump.

Alex Woodward reports:

Biden and Harris frame 2024 against ‘extremist’ GOP plans to ban abortion nationwide

Initial exit polls show majority non-GOP electorate

Tuesday 23 January 2024 22:56 , Gustaf Kilander

Haley snaps back at Fox News hosts suggesting she should drop out of race

Tuesday 23 January 2024 22:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley tore into the hosts of Fox and Friends, and accused them of trying to “coronate” Donald Trump ahead of the New Hampshire primary.

Ms Haley is running against Mr Trump in the Republican presidential primary. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who was also running for the nomination, suspended his campaign this week, leaving Ms Haley the only candidate other than Mr Trump polling at double digits.

Mr Trump soundly defeated Ms Haley and his other challengers in the Iowa caucus, earning 51 per cent of the vote. Ms Haley came in third with 19 per cent.

During her appearance on Fox and Friends, the hosts asked Ms Haley about the New Hampshire primary, and asked if she would continue her campaign if she lost to Mr Trump again.

Graig Graziosi reports on what she said in reply:

Nikki Haley snaps back at Fox News hosts suggesting she should drop out of race

ICYMI: Haley sweeps to victory… with six votes from Dixville Notch, New Hampshire

Tuesday 23 January 2024 22:00 , Oliver O’Connell

The first New Hampshire primary votes are in – and they are all for former UN ambassador Nikki Haley.

All six eligible voters in Dixville Notch, a small New Hampshire town that has a tradition of opening its polling place just after midnight on Tuesday, cast their vote for Ms Haley, reported CNN.

Four voters were registered Republicans and two were registered independents, the outlet wrote.

Kelly Rissman reports…

Nikki Haley sweeps first New Hampshire primary with six votes from Dixville Notch

Tuesday 23 January 2024 21:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Judge Judy endorses Nikki Haley in 2024 presidential race

Will a last-minute boost to Nikki Haley’s campaign matter?

Tuesday 23 January 2024 21:00 , Oliver O’Connell

This is either Nikki Haley’s moment or her last gasp.

A flurry of positive headlines on Monday gave the impression of a last-minute jolt in the arm for Ms Haley, the last remaining Trump alternative running for the Republican nomination. An endorsement by the conservative Wall Street Journal’s editorial board was released today, coinciding with 24 hours before voting began in neighbouring New Hampshire.

At the same time, that state’s Republican governor, Chris Sununu, published a pointed op-ed in New Hampshire’s biggest newspaper dubbing the former president “a loser” and blaming him for poor electoral performances by the GOP in 2020 and 2022.

Lastly, there’s the DeSantis equation. Despite the Florida governor dropping out after a failure to win the Iowa caucuses (faced with the prospect of an unfriendly primary calendar and stagnating donations) and endorsing Donald Trump, it appears that Mr Trump’s last remaining rival may have gotten the last laugh.

An official with the Haley campaign told The Dispatch’s David M Drucker that Ms Haley’s campaign had seen a surge in donations — more than a half million dollars — since Mr DeSantis dropped out on Sunday.

Continue reading the full article…

Trump rally speech derailed by heckler — again…

Tuesday 23 January 2024 20:30 , Oliver O’Connell

Donald Trump once again suffered multiple interruptions from hecklers at a recent campaign rally in New Hampshire.

Shortly after taking to the stage in Laconia on Monday, the former president was shouted at, causing him to pause and laugh.

“She’s back!” he told supporters gathered at the event. “She’s going home now. Where have you been darling?”

He added: “You know we don’t have that like we used to. We used to have that all the time.”

Mike Bedigan reports:

Trump rally speech derailed by heckler – again

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