Though the results in the New Hampshire primary were not inherently surprising to those who follow political affairs closely, much is to be said about the overarching effect of the outcomes themselves.
On the Democratic side, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by an extensive margin. Seen as an outsider looking in at first, Sanders has really begun to give the Clinton campaign something to sweat about.
Naser Javaid, a political science professor at Roosevelt, offered reason for Hillary’s poor performance in New Hampshire.
“It became crystal clear that her biggest problem is young voters,” Javaid said. “The segment of the voter base in general, she is not getting the group of young voters that really provided the energy behind the Obama campaign, they are with Bernie.“
He also cited that the Secretary’s use of “surrogates,” most recently Gloria Steinem, to try and coerce voters into supporting Clinton because of her gender may have not sit well with young women.
Paul Green, a public administration professor at RU, echoed Javaid’s statements and believes that there will be a change in Hillary’s campaign style henceforth.
“She will go all out in Nevada and South Carolina,” Green said. “She really needs to go after Sanders’ proposals and at how they will be paid for.”
Businessman Donald Trump won the night for the Republicans with 35 percent of the vote, according to Politico.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and businesswoman Carly Fiorina suspended their campaigns following poor performances.
Public administration professor, Jeannine Love, was disheartened at Trump’s big win.
“What continues to dismay me is the popularity of Trump,” Love said. “His win in New Hampshire was not unanticipated, but it is nonetheless disturbing.”
Javaid and Green also expressed their surprise at the success of Trump’s campaign thus far and described his campaign and its style as something they did not see resonating with so many voters.
“I never thought Trump would actually make it to the primaries,” Javaid said. “The Republican Party has yet to see a consensus or a focal point establishment candidate. I do not know who the Republican nominee will be, but right now the momentum is behind the outsiders.”
Both Love and Javaid said that it was a big night for the more moderate Ohio Governor John Kasich, who finished in second in the Republican polls.
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