Sanders, Trump take NH primary

Posted at 8:07 PM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-09 20:40:24-05

After near-record turnout in the nation's first primary, Democrat Bernie Sanders holds off Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump tops a field of eight to take Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, the Associated Press projects.

Trump had been leading opinion polls since July. Sanders led opinion polls in the state since the fall.

Trump had a disappointing second-place finish during the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1. Sanders came in just .2 percent behind Clinton in Iowa.

In early results, Trump had 34 percent of the GOP vote, 16 percent ahead of Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio had just above 10 percent of the vote. Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson were polling below 10 percent.

Sanders had 56 percent of the Democratic Party vote, 14 points ahead of Clinton. 

Justin Boggs is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @jjboggs.