The first primary Presidential elections took place Tuesday, Feb. 9 in New Hampshire. Bernie Sanders and Don- ald Trump won their respective parties.
These elections came one week after the Iowa caucus, the first major electoral event in the nomination process. Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton won their respective parties as a result of the caucus.
“From day one, this campaign has been a movement, from millions of Americans across this country,” said Cruz in his victory speech, “and tonight is a testament to the people’s commitments to their yearnings to get back to our core commitment, free market principals, constitutional liberties and the Judeo-Christian values that built this great nation.”
The Iowa caucus is significant because it is the first state to show which candidates it supports and gives the candidates a reasonable look at how they will do in the following elections.
The night of the caucus, both Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential race followed by Rand Paul the next day.
“It’s been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House,” Paul said. “Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of liberty.”
Wednesday afternoon, both Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie suspended their campaigns after their losses in New Hampshire.
As Paul, Fiorina and Christie drop from the race, the rest of the candidates will campaign harder to gain their supporters. All of the candidates moved their campaign to New Hampshire over the past week, but as soon as the voting ended in New Hampshire they moved on to South Carolina.
Tuesday night, after winning the New Hampshire primary, both Sanders and Trump took their podiums in Manchester, New Hampshire to thank their supporters for their wins.
“Nine months ago we began our campaign here in New Hampshire. We had no campaign organization. We had no money. And we were taking on the most powerful political organization in the United States of America,” said Sanders. “We won because we harnessed the energy and the excitement that the Democratic Party will need to succeed in November.”
Trump took the stage minutes after Sanders closed his speech.
“We want to thank the people of New Hampshire,” said Trump in his New Hampshire victory speech. “We are going to make America great again and we are going to do it the old fashioned way.”
This is only the beginning of the primary elections. The sprint is on for the Republican and Democratic nominations and as each primary comes, the nation will be one step closer to the November elections.