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Five Moments That Mattered in the Democratic Debate


Win McNamee/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE ) -- In the final Democratic debate before the Nevada caucuses, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders faced off at a pivotal moment in the race for the Democratic nomination.After a sweeping loss in the New Hampshire primary earlier this week, the former Secretary of State aimed to stop the bleeding. Meanwhile, Sanders needed to generate more momentum and support from non-white voters as he heads to more moderate, diverse states.The Democratic presidential candidates turn to Nevada next Saturday, where each candidate needs to take a stand.Here are five moments that mattered from the Democratic debate:1. Whose Line Is It Anyway?Over and over Bernie Sanders hammers home his one message: The economy is rigged and money corrupts politics. And tonight, Clinton stole it from him."There aren't enough good paying jobs, especially for young people. And yes, the economy is rigged in favor of those at the top,” she said during her opening remarks, echoing the Vermont Senator almost word-for-word from his stump speech.Clinton also dropped the “R” word during her concession speech in New Hampshire on Tuesday.While imitation is the biggest form of flattery, it might also be the biggest sign that the once-presumed Democratic frontrunner is scrambling to find a new message.2. History on the StageHillary Clinton was asked tonight about the 55 percent of female voters supporting Bernie Sanders over the former Secretary of State in New Hampshire and what women are "missing" about her. She answered that she has "spent my entire adult life working toward making sure that women are empowered to make their own choices, even if that choice is not to vote for me."She then took the opportunity to note some history on the stage:"I would note just for an historic aside, somebody told me earlier today we've had like 200 presidential primary debates. And this is the first time there have been a majority of women on the stage," she said referring to herself and moderators PBS's Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. "So you know, we'll take our progress wherever we can find it."Woodruff quipped: "Senator Sanders, you're in the minority but we still want to hear from you."The Vermont Senator -- who would be the first Jewish president -- noted, "I think a Sanders victory would be of some historical accomplishment as well."3. Sanders Takes On Race RelationsBernie Sanders made two unequivocal statements on race tonight. First, this -- “We are looking at institutional racism,” the Vermont Senator declared, citing incarceration rates, youth unemployment, and systemic poverty along racial lines.Sanders, who desperately needs to close the gap and improve his name recognition with African American and other minority voters as he race for the party’s nomination moves beyond Iowa and New Hampshire, then went further.Asked point blank if race relations would be better under a Sanders administration, he did not hesitate, “Yes.”“What we will do is say instead of giving tax breaks to billionaires, we are going to create millions of jobs for low income kids so they're not hanging out on street corners. We're going to make sure that those kids stay in school or are able to get a college education,” he continued.4. Bernie’s Fight Over FundraisingIt’s no surprise that Sanders brought up “a corrupt campaign finance system” where “extraordinarily wealthy people make very large contributions to super PACs.“After he implied Clinton’s super PAC does not allow her to remain independent from corporations who donate large sums of money to her campaign, Clinton said, “We are mixing apples and oranges. My 750,000 donors have contributed more than a million and a half donations. I'm very proud.”Clinton then reminisced about how President Obama was able to stand up to Wall Street even though “he was the recipient of the largest number of Wall Street donations of anybody running on the democratic side ever.” That did not settle well with Sanders.“Let's not insult the intelligence of the American people,” Sanders said. “People aren't dumb. Why in god's name does Wall Street make huge campaign contributions? I guess just for the fun of it.”5. Kissing Off KissingerAfter criticizing Clinton’s Iraq War vote, Sanders turned to attacking Clinton’s relationship with Henry Kissinger, whom Sanders called “one of the most destructive secretaries of state.”“In her book and in this last debate, she talked about getting the approval or the support or the mentoring of Henry Kissinger,” Sanders said. “...I'm proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend. I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger.”“Well, I know journalists have asked who you do listen to on foreign policy and we have yet to know who that is,” Clinton pointed out.“Well, it ain't Henry Kissinger, that's for sure,” Sanders fired back.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sixth Democratic Debate: Bernie Sanders Attacks Hillary Clinton's Relationship W


Win McNamee/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- After criticizing Hillary Clinton’s Iraq War vote at Thursday's presidential Democratic debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bernie Sanders turned to attacking Clinton’s relationship with Henry Kissinger, whom Sanders called “one of the most destructive secretaries of state.”“In her book and in this last debate, she talked about getting the approval or the support or the mentoring of Henry Kissinger,” Sanders said. “Now I find it rather amazing because I happen to believe that Henry Kissinger was one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country."Sanders continued: "I'm proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend. I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger.”“Well, I know journalists have asked who you do listen to on foreign policy and we have yet to know who that is,” Clinton responded.“Well, it ain't Henry Kissinger, that's for sure,” Sanders shot back.Kissinger, now 92, served under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Best Lines of the Democratic Debate


ABC News(Milwaukee) -- The Democratic debate has kicked off in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Here are the best lines of the debate so far:ON BERNIE SANDERS’ Health Care ProposalHILLARY CLINTON: “Because especially with health care, this is not about math. This is about people's lives. And we should level with the American people about what we can do to make sure they get quality, affordable health care.”“Let's level with the American people. Secretary Clinton has been going around the country saying Bernie Sanders wants to dismantle the affordable care act,” Sanders shot back. “I have fought my entire life to make sure that health care is a right for all people. We're not going to dismantle anything.”ON HILLARY CLINTON'S PROPOSALHILLARY CLINTON: “We have a special obligation to make clear what we stand for, which is why I think we should not make promises we can't keep.”“My price tag is about $100 billion a year,” she added.“Well, Secretary Clinton, you’re not in the White House yet,” Sanders fired back.ON WOMEN SUPPORTING SANDERS IN NH“I have spent my entire adult life working toward making sure that women are empowered to make their own choices, even if that choice is not to vote for me,” Clinton said. “I believe that it's most important that we unleash the full potential of women and girls in our society.”“And this is the first time there have been a majority of women on the stage. So you know, we'll take our progress wherever we can find it,” the former Secretary of State added.BERNIE SANDERS: “Well, you know, I think from a historical point of view, somebody with my background, somebody with my views, somebody who has spent his entire life taking on the big money interests, I think a Sanders victory would be of some historical accomplishment as well.”ON REPUBLICANSBERNIE SANDERS: “When it comes to a woman having to make a very personal choice, in that case, my Republican colleagues love the government and want the government to make that choice for every woman in America. If that's not hypocrisy, I don't know what hypocrisy is.”ON SOLVING RACIAL DIVISIONSBERNIE SANDERS: “What we have got to do is make it clear that any police officer who breaks the law will, in fact, be held accountable.“When you give low-income kids, African-American, white, Latino kids the opportunities to get their lives together, they are not going to end up in jail,” Sanders continued. “They're going to end up in the productive economy which is where we want them.”When asked about solving the needs of the working-class white Americans, Clinton said: “I do think it would be a terrible oversight not to try to address the very real problems that white Americans, particularly those without a lot of education, whose jobs have, you know, no longer provided them or even no longer present in their communities.”ON IMMIGRATION“What we have to do right now is bring our people together and understand that we must provide a path towards citizenship for 11 million undocumented people,” Sanders said.“I strongly support the president's executive actions,” Clinton argued. “I am against the raids. I'm against the kind of inhumane treatment that is now being visited upon families, waking them up in the middle of the night, rounding them up. We should be deporting criminals, not hard-working immigrant families.”“We have got to stand up to the Trumps of the world, who are trying to divide us up,” the Vermont senator fired off.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

New Sanders Ad Features Eric Garner's Daughter


Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  A new ad set to be released online by the Bernie Sanders campaign features Eric Garner’s daughter, Erica Garner, explaining why she is backing the Vermont senator.Eric Garner died in the summer of 2014 when police tried to arrest him in Staten Island, New York. A video of the arrest, in which he could be heard repeatedly saying "I can't breathe," ignited a firestorm of criticism of the NYPD's actions.“This is what mommy is, she is an activist,” Erica Garner -- who endorsed Sanders -- says in the ad as she walks through her home and neighborhood with her daughter. “I was able to see my dad die on national TV...They don’t know who they took from us...he was loved daily."Garner says in the ad that her goal is to tell her father's story: that he was “murdered.”“I never want the world to forget what happened to my dad,” Erica Garner adds in the video. The campaign says it is working on developing a shorter version of the ad for cable TV, but that they have yet to buy television ad time for the ad.“I am behind anyone who is going to listen and speak to for us,” she says, adding that Sanders is not afraid to stand up to the criminal justice system.“I think we need to believe in a leader like Bernie Sanders," she says. "There is no other person that is speaking about this.”Sanders' primary challenger, Hillary Clinton, has spoken extensively about issues of criminal justice reform too, but the battle for the African American vote is in full force now as campaigns switch attention to South Carolina and other more racially diverse primary voting states.The Sanders campaign and some its backers were clearly rattled by the Congressional Black Caucuses PAC decision today to back Clinton. Sanders today picked up one high profile endorsement from the civil rights community —- Harry Belafonte.Sanders is pictured briefly in the 4-minute ad, speaking at one of his rallies: "It is not acceptable to me that we have seen young black men walk down streets in this country be beaten and be killed in this country,” he says.A state grand jury declined to indict the officer who put Garner in an apparent chokehold, but a federal grand jury is reportedly hearing evidence in the case.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

George W. Bush to Join Jeb on the Campaign Trail in South Carolina


ABC News(NEW YORK) --  GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush got help from his mom and now he’s enlisting the help of his older brother.George W. Bush joins Jeb Monday night in North Charleston, South Carolina for the pair’s first public campaign event together. The former president has fundraised for Jeb before, notably appearing with their father at a major Houston event last fall.Honored to have my brother joining me on the trail this week. Join us Monday in Charleston. https://t.co/HETjKZiZZJ— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) February 11, 2016“President Bush has been incredibly supportive of his brother’s campaign and Governor Bush is excited to have him out on the trail,” Bush’s spokeswoman, Kristy Campbell, wrote in a statement provided to ABC News.”With the threats facing our nation and our allies, we need a steady hand. Few people understand that better than President Bush who knows that we need a tested, strong leader as our next Commander-in-Chief."The former president has lent a hand in advertising. He appeared in a campaign radio ad earlier this week in South Carolina and was seen in an advertisement during the Super Bowl in New Hampshire sponsored by Right to Rise, the Super PAC supporting Bush.Though a Gallup poll showed his approval ratings upon leaving office were a mere 34 percent, according to a Bloomberg national poll, former President Bush’s approval rate among Republicans is at 77 percent.Jeb Bush was joined by his 90-year-old mother, Barbara Bush, on the campaign trail earlier this month ahead of the New Hampshire primary.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Hillary Clinton Endorsement Exposes Divide Among Black Democrats


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  The political arm of the Congressional Black Caucus formally endorsed Hillary Clinton Thursday, a move that quickly came under fire from one of the few lawmakers on Capitol Hill supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential bid.Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., one of two members of Congress to endorse Sanders, claimed today that leaders of the CBC's political action committee made the decision to back Clinton without the input of the larger Congressional Black Caucus.Cong'l Black Caucus (CBC) has NOT endorsed in presidential. Separate CBCPAC endorsed withOUT input from CBC membership, including me.— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) February 11, 2016A spokesman for the CBC declined to respond to Ellison's comments about the endorsement process and input, but said the decision to endorse Clinton was not made hastily, pointing to Clinton's support among the majority of caucus members.Lawmakers said the decision to back Clinton was decided in a near-unanimous vote by the PAC's 19-member executive board. (No members of the board voted for Sanders. Two members -- Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and political consultant Angela Rye -- abstained from voting.)In their endorsement, the black Democrats pledged to help Clinton campaign in South Carolina before that state’s crucial Democratic primary later this month. In 2008, more than half of the Democratic primary voters in South Carolina were African-American.“You judge a person by their results, and there’s no question that the person who has obtained the most results is Hillary Clinton,” Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., said.The endorsement comes as Clinton's campaign looks to regain its footing after the former secretary of state's devastating loss to Sen. Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday.Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and its political action committee praised Clinton’s record, calling her the best-positioned advocate for African-Americans while questioning Sanders’ record in Congress on the issues of gun control and civil rights.Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., dismissed Sanders’ civil rights record when asked about his work organizing for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Chicago.“I never saw him, I never met him,” Lewis said.Asked about the appeal of Sanders’ message to young voters, Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., said they need to do their homework.“You can't just listen to what someone is telling you, because most of the time when it's too good to be true, it's too good to be true,” Richmond said. “When you start saying free college and free health care, the only thing you're leaving out is free car and a free home.”Before South Carolina's primary, Sanders has gained some notable black supporters, including singer Harry Belafonte, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and former NAACP chairman Ben Jealous. On Wednesday, he met with the Rev. Al Sharpton in New York City.Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., the third-ranking House Democrat, is reconsidering his pledge to remain neutral in the presidential primary. He said he will discuss an endorsement with close family and friends. He told reporters on Wednesday the Congressional Black Caucus PAC's endorsement wouldn't influence his decision on an endorsement.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Judge Orders Faster Release of Final Hillary Clinton Emails


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to finish releasing former Secretary Hillary Clinton's private emails in four installments between this Saturday and the end of the month. The order comes as part of an ongoing Freedom of Information Act litigation between the State Department and a news organization.The State Department announced late last month it would fail to comply with the court's original order to release all 55,000 pages of documents by the end of January, claiming it had overlooked 7,000 pages of email that needed further review.In a court filing Wednesday, the State Department suggested it could release 550 of the remaining 7,600 pages of emails this Saturday to effectively appease the court. Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled today that in addition to the proposed Saturday production, the State Department will have to continue to produce documents as they become available through the remainder of February.The next production dates have been set as Feb. 13, 19, 26 and 29. The judge also ordered that the final three productions occur before the close of business. The State Department published a set of Clinton documents in early-January at 2:30 a.m. ET.Clinton has long maintained that she wants her emails to be made public as soon as possible. She is also accusing government officials of unnecessarily upgrading some of her emails to the "top secret" level, making them unavailable for the public to view.The classification and investigations of her email practices have dogged her campaign since the summer.The State Department says it does not expect to find any more “top secret” emails.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

California Congressman Vapes at Committee Hearing


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Rep. Duncan Hunter really likes his vaporizer.The California Republican busted out his vaporizer pen in a House Transportation Committee hearing Thursday while debating an amendment from Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton that would formally ban the use of vaporizers and e-cigarettes on airplanes.Hunter, in an effort to demonstrate the devices are safe to use, pulled his own vaporizer out and took a drag, blowing out a cloud of vaporized liquid. “This is called a vaporizer,” he explained, as his neighbor, Rep. Candace Miller waved the smoke away."There's no combustion, there's no carcinogens," Hunter added, saying that the device helped him quit smoking.However, his efforts were for naught: The amendment ended up being passed by the committee.“Despite the best efforts of Rep. Hunter, who came equipped with his vaping device and demonstrated its use, Members were not impressed enough to defeat my amendment,” Norton said in a statement. “The Member sitting next to Rep. Hunter even fanned away the smoke emitted from the vaporizer, illustrating my point about secondhand smoke.”According to the Food and Drug Administration, the devices have not been fully studied, and it is not known how many harmful chemicals are being inhaled or whether there are any benefits to using the devices.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Why Hillary Clinton Has More Delegates Than Bernie Sanders


ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton by 22 points in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, the largest victory in the state's history for a non-incumbent in the Democratic party.But when the dust settled, the delegate count was roughly equal, with ABC estimating that each candidate picked up 15 delegates. So what is going on?To win the Democratic nomination, a candidate must obtain a certain number of delegates -- individuals who will cast votes at the DNC convention this summer. But there are two types of delegates in the Democratic party: pledged delegates, which are generally based on vote count, and unpledged delegates, or superdelegates. The latter include former and current Democratic leaders and elected officials, including presidents, vice presidents, governors and senators. They can select the candidate of their choosing, wherever they want and whenever they want - and can switch at any time.Sanders leads in pledged delegates; he has 36 while Clinton has 32, according to ABC News estimates. But Clinton has a huge lead in superdelegates, with 362 to Sanders' 8. (There are a total of 712 superdelegates). In New Hampshire for instance, Clinton currently has the support of 6 of the state's 8 superdelegates, which accounts for her total win of 15 delegates. Sanders picked up none (two have yet to decide).This count has angered Sanders’ supporters, who are claiming the establishment is rigged against their candidate of choice. MoveOn.org, which endorsed Sanders earlier this year, started a petition to tell the superdelegates to honor the will of the voters. As of today, the petition has over 130,000 signatures.“In a close race, Superdelegates can snatch that victory away,” the petition reads. “Only by pushing back against this possibility can we ensure that the candidate WE vote for becomes the nominee.” Clinton gets crushed in NH, but DNC super delegate system means she has won more NH delegates #democracy pic.twitter.com/Av88pLbDVC— David Sirota (@davidsirota) February 10, 2016#Superdelegates #LetVotersDecide https://t.co/ddixj8OXAu— MoveOn.org (@MoveOn) February 11, 2016As stated above, these superdelegates can switch their allegiance at any time. Just because they are supporting Clinton now doesn't mean they have to do so in July. And in 2008, that scenario materialized. Clinton originally had a large superdelegate lead over then-Senator Barack Obama. When it became clear that Obama had a stronger likelihood of becoming the nominee, superdelegates who had originally pledged their support for Clinton switched to Obama. By May 2008, Obama had narrowed that lead to 1, according to a CNN report.In a statement to ABC News, the Democratic National Committee emphasized that the only delegates awarded in Tuesday night's primary were the pledged ones."Let's be clear, the only delegates at stake on Tuesday in New Hampshire's First in the Nation primaries were 24 pledged delegates," DNC press secretary Mark Paustenbach wrote in an email to ABC.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Congress Considers Weighing in on Airline Seat Sizes


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- For years, commercial flyers have complained about the shrinking size of their seats.And at least one congressman is pushing the federal government to get involved to protect these consumers.Congressman Steve Cohen, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is asking that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) establish minimum seat sizes on airplanes.The Democrat from Tennessee says this regulation would be in the best interest of both passenger safety and health.“The Federal Aviation Administration requires that planes be capable of rapid evacuation in case of emergency, yet they haven’t conducted emergency evacuation tests on all of today’s smaller seats,” said Cohen in his announcement. “Doctors have also warned that deep vein thrombosis can afflict passengers who can’t move their legs during longer flights.”Cohen claims flyers have been robbed of 4 inches of legroom and an inch and a half of width in their seat since the 1970s.Airlines for America, an airline industry trade group, noted that the Department of Transportation's (DOT) own Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection chose not to make a recommendation on the size of airplane seats.“We also believe that government should not regulate (passenger seats),” a spokesperson from Airlines for America told ABC News. “As with any commercial product or service, customers vote every day with their wallet.”A Super Bowl 50 commercial ran on Sunday referring to airline seats as "a 21st-century torture device." The spot advertised Avocados from Mexico.Cohen plans to propose the “Seat Egress in Air Travel Act” -- or SEAT Act -- as an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization bill, which is scheduled for a Thursday markup on Capitol Hill.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bernie Sanders Looking Ahead to More Diverse Electorate


US Congress(NEW YORK) -- Bernie Sanders met with Rev. Al Sharpton Wednesday in New York in an apparent move to diversify his voting base, which may become crucial as the campaign moves into South Carolina."Sanders very much needs to up his game among blacks and Hispanics if he's going to win in the more diverse states ahead," said ABC News Polling Director Gary Langer. "And for Clinton these groups are an important bulwark - if she can retain their broad support."Even in New Hampshire, where Sanders won handily in counties across the state, Hillary Clinton received 52 percent of the non-white vote, while Sanders received 48 percent, according to ABC News exit polling.Right after Sanders won New Hampshire, he headed to New York City with his wife Jane, where he met Sharpton at Sylvia’s restaurant in Harlem, the same place where then Sen. Barack Obama met with Sharpton in 2008.In remarks after the meeting, Sharpton said he “bluntly” asked Sanders about the water crisis in Flint, affirmative action and police brutality, which he described as “issues that affect our communities around the country.”Sharpton praised Sanders for coming to Harlem the day after his victory in New Hampshire, explaining that it sends a “signal” of the community’s importance.“Sen. Sanders coming here this morning further makes it clear we will not be ignored. Our votes must be earned,” said Sharpton.Sharpton did not make an endorsement, but said one would likely come after Clinton meets with civil rights leaders, which is scheduled to happen on Feb. 18. Sharpton said Sanders has also agreed to meet with civil rights leaders.Sanders has received endorsements from some African-American leaders, including former NAACP head Ben Jealous and Harlem State Sen. Bill Perkins. However, the Congressional Black Caucus’ political action committee is set to endorse Clinton on Thursday.According to a clip of their conversation posted on MSNBC, Sharpton asked Sanders how he was planning on succeeding with more diverse electorates after Iowa and New Hampshire, which are mostly white."We have the issues, we have the agenda, we have the ground troops to rally the people of South Carolina and Nevada," Sanders replied.Sharpton told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that the campaign wanted to meet with him.Despite Clinton’s advantages with minority voters, her campaign held a conference call just hours after the Sanders/Sharpton meeting to stress their candidate’s superior record in supporting the African-American community.The call, featuring Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, President of the NAACP's New York State Conference Dr. Hazel Dukes and South Carolina Minority Leader J. Todd Rutherford, claimed Sanders is only starting to express interest in issues affecting African-Americans now because he needs the votes.“Until recently, Sen. Sanders has been absent from the African community,” said Dukes.Jeffries said that for the last 40 years, Sanders has been “missing in action” in support of issues important to the African community. The surrogates claimed that Sanders’ stances on guns and healthcare would be harmful to the African-American community and questioned his commitment to criminal justice.“He may be for us now that he’s campaigning outside of Vermont but what is his evidence of reform for people of color?” said Rutherford.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Today on the Trail -- 2/11/16


ABC News(NEW YORK) — It may be onward to South Carolina, but Thursday night is another Democratic face off for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Milwaukee. The PBS Debate will kick off at 9 p.m. It’s the first debate since Sanders’ historic win in the New Hampshire primary, and it’s expected to be feisty. Sanders will likely push Clinton on giving speeches and taking money from Wall Street, while the moderators, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, may try to get specifics out of Sanders on foreign policy and keep him off his stump speech and talking points. After her stinging loss, Clinton is expected to fight aggressively. The Republicans are all in South Carolina and most with busy schedules. That is except for Donald Trump, who, as we know, always does it differently. Trump will hold an evening rally Thursday night at 8 p.m. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He touted his big New Hampshire win Wednesday night and said if he does it again in the Palmetto State, his competition will disappear.  Marco Rubio is holding three town halls, which began Thursday morning in Okatie, followed by Myrtle Beach and Simpsonville stops in the afternoon. John Kasich also has three town halls Thursday, starting in Pawley’s Island in the morning, and then stops in North Myrtle Beach and Florence in the evening. He continued his “happy warrior” campaigning Wednesday, and appears to have gotten a boost in crowd size, thanks to placing second in New Hampshire. Jeb Bush has two meet-and-greets Thursday afternoon in Florence and Sumter before holding a rally Thursday night in Columbia. Last night he got more introspective than he usually does on the campaign trail and got larger crowds on his first day in  South Carolina since his fourth place finish in New Hampshire. He also has confirmed now a few times that brother and former president George W. Bush will hit the Palmetto State campaign trail. Ted Cruz, who knows he really has to beat Donald Trump in South Carolina or at least come close, has said this is essentially a two-man race. He has two evening events Thursday night. He’ll attend the Carolina Values Summit in Rock Hill and then hold a rally with Glenn Beck in Fort Mill. Ben Carson, who placed last in New Hampshire, is still in the race and has promised to continue stumping in South Carolina.  On Thursday afternoon he’ll attend a foreign policy summit in Gaffney before attending the Reconciled Church 2016 Presidential Forum in Rock Hill. Bill Clinton is attending an organizing event Thursday night in Memphis, Tennessee, while Chelsea Clinton has a packed schedule in Michigan. In the morning she attended a fundraiser in Birmingham before visiting Flint, the place that now has become a frequent topic on the trail for her mother. She’ll visit a children’s center in the afternoon before visiting with union members in Flushing. She will also stop in Detroit and visit a youth center with the mayor.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Fresh Off New Hampshire Win, Trump Rallies South Carolina Crowd


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Fresh off his victory in the Granite State, Donald Trump told a crowd at Clemson University in South Carolina it’s now their turn to deliver the billionaire another win.“Believe me if you vote for Trump, and again I don't want your money, I want your vote,” the real estate mogul said, predicting a win here would eliminate his competition for the GOP nomination."You vote for Trump, we win here, we’re going to run the table.”With nine days left until voters in the Palmetto state go to the polls, the Trump campaign has staff and volunteers hitting the phones and the streets to get out the vote – even driving around several RVs with Trump’s face and his “Make America Great Again!” slogan pasted all over.“People are tired of stupidity,” Trump said of his victory Tuesday night. “We’re not gonna have it anymore!.”In his speech, Trump took a harder hit than usual at former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.“He’s a schlepper,” Trump said about Bush. “Spent 38-39 million in New Hampshire. I spent 3 and a half, I’m number one. He’s at the bottom. Think of it!”Bush finished fourth in the field, ahead of Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie and Ben Carson.The billionaire earlier in his remarks said “the last thing we need is another Bush” to which is crowd booed.Trump is set to campaign Thursday in Baton Rouge, LA.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Young Clinton Supporter Crushed When His Mom Doesn't Vote for His Candidate


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A 4-year-old boy experienced his first political disappointment when he realized he couldn't vote for Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, and it was all caught on video.Aiden Gerety, of Manchester, New Hampshire, went to the polls with his mother and, when he overheard his mom had not voted for the Democratic candidate, he started crying because he couldn't vote for her himself."I want to vote for Hillary Clinton," Aiden is heard saying in a video his mother, Amanda Gerety, took of the moment."I think he must have seen a commercial, one of her ads. I don’t know where it came from, it was very random," Gerety told ABC News, declining to share who she voted for. "He got very upset and said 'No, I want to vote for Hillary Clinton' ... and he got more and more upset about it."Clinton ended up losing the country's first primary to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by about 20 percentage points after a close victory in the Iowa caucuses.Gerety recorded the video of the heartbroken Aiden for her husband and family members, and then decided to post it online. In mere hours, the video has gotten more than 2,000 views on Facebook, plus hundreds more on YouTube."I thought it’d be funny to show my family and people started sharing and sharing," the 39-year-old nurse said.So how did she calm young Aiden down? "I literally had to pretend to call the place to tell them I wanted to change my vote to get the tears to stop!" Gerety wrote in the Facebook post.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bernie Sanders Believes Bill Clinton Has Hit Below the Belt


BernieSanders.com(NEW YORK) --  Sen. Bernie Sanders believes Bill Clinton’s attacks on him have been inaccurate, he told ABC News Wednesday.And when asked whether Clinton has hit below the belt, Sanders said, "I think so."“Look, I know he’s going to be out there defending his wife; trust me, my wife will be out there defending me,” Sanders said.Sanders also pointed out that he has defended Hillary Clinton “against some unfair attacks” in the past, “but I felt that President Clinton said things that were just not accurate and I hope we get" beyond that, he said.But the Vermont independent said he will not change his tactics on stage as Thursday’s Democratic debate approaches.“I hope we can debate the issues and how we propose to bring about the changes that America needs,” he said. “That’s the kind of debate I think American people would like to hear, not nasty.”Sanders comments come after Bill Clinton attacked his supporters who he alleges aim sexist comments at Hillary Clinton supporters.Sanders won the New Hampshire primary by 22 points Tuesday, the largest margin in the state since 1960 when John F. Kennedy won 85.2 percent of the vote.Coming off the landmark win in the New Hampshire primary, Sanders is gearing up for the next big tests in the presidential race later this month: South Carolina and Nevada.But if the elections were held tomorrow in those states, Sanders said, he would lose."No. Fortunately for us the election is not tomorrow," Sanders told ABC News' Cecilia Vega. "Fortunately for us, we have now ended the campaign in New Hampshire. We can now devote our resources to Nevada and South Carolina. And when Election Day comes there, I do think that we can win."He went on to discuss his meeting with the Rev. Al Sharpton while in New York City today. Sanders said the two discussed the needs of the African-American community, and while his rallies may lack diversity in the crowd, he said, he expressed confidence in “see[ing] more diversity.”“I think what the polling is showing is that we are doing better and better with the African-American community and with the Latino community," Sanders said.South Carolina is prominently African-American and, according to a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Jan. 28, Clinton had 74 percent of the black vote compared to Sanders’ 17 percent.But Sanders says he confident his message will reach the black community.“I think we are especially focusing now on a broken criminal justice system and the need for real police reform,” he said, “which I think will result in a lot of African-Americans and Latinos paying increased attention to our campaign."Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Christie Formally Suspends Presidential Campaign


Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie formally suspended his presidential campaign today.The New Jersey governor held a meeting with his campaign staff at 4pm this afternoon to thank them and announce the news, a spokesperson to the campaign confirms to ABC News.The decision comes a day after the New Jersey governor came in a disappointing 6th place in New Hampshire, despite a heavy investment of time and funds into the first-in-the-nation primary contest."We bet the ranch on New Hampshire, and no one ever anticipated the Trump phenomenon," a source familiar with Christie’s plans told ABC News. “He’s a realist.”Christie launched his bid for the White House last June, encapsulating his straight-talking style with a campaign slogan of "Telling It Like It Is” and focused the majority of his efforts in New Hampshire, where he was hoping for a far better showing.In 2012, he turned down calls to seek the presidency, saying at the time that he wasn't ready. Following his successful reelection in 2013, Christie was widely considered a front-runner for the Republican nomination this year. But his political capital was spoiled after scandal over lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.Christie will return to New Jersey with almost two full years remaining in his second gubernatorial term.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Obama Bemoans 'Poisonous Political Climate,' Calls for Civility


Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(SPRINGFIELD, Ill.) -- In a not-so-subtle jab at Donald Trump, President Obama on Wednesday railed against low-brow political discourse, calling for a “modicum of civility.”Rather than reward the most extreme voices or whoever is best at “launching schoolyard taunts,” the president told Illinois lawmakers in Springfield that “we should insist on a higher form of political discourse that is based on respect.”Being president is a “big deal” and something we should “revere,” Obama said.Returning to the site where he launched his presidential campaign nine years ago, the president bemoaned the state of American politics in a lengthy, more than hour-long speech.Though he did not mention any of the presidential candidates by name, his message to them, and to all politicians, was clear.“What can we do, all of us together to try to make our politics better. And I speak to both sides on this, because all of you know it could be better. And all of you would feel prouder of the work you do if it were better,” Obama said."Our children are watching what we do. They don’t just learn it from school they learn it by watching us the way we conduct ourselves, the way we treat each other. If we lie about each other, they learn it’s OK to lie. If they make up facts and ignore science, then they just think it’s their opinion that matters,” he said.“If they see us insulting each other like school kids then they think well I guess that’s how people are supposed to behave. The way we respect or don’t this -- each other as citizens -- will determine whether the hard, frustrating but absolutely necessary work of self-government continues," he added.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Marco Rubio Admits Debate Performance 'Didn't Help' Him in NH


ABC/Donna Svennevik(WASHINGTON) -- In an interview with ABC News' Jonathan Karl on his charter plane to South Carolina, Marco Rubio said that he had made the decision at last Saturday's debate not to attack Republicans, but that "in hindsight, maybe that was a mistake.""I shouldn’t have done it that way because what it did was it moved me to a message that pivoted away from the question and gave this perception that I tried to evade it," Rubio told Karl Wednesday afternoon. "The truth is, I just didn’t want to get into a Republican-on-Republican fight but in hindsight that probably wasn’t the best way to approach it."Rubio's performance at the Feb. 6 GOP debate, hosted by ABC News, was criticized for being robotic, after he repeated an attack line against President Obama four times.Rubio placed in the middle in the New Hampshire primary, and he acknowledged that his debate performance "didn't help" him win supporters in the state."It’s disappointing because I know we could have done better and I believe we would have done better had it not been for a poor 90-second moment in the debate on Saturday," Rubio said.He continued: "But you got put that move forward. You can’t change the past. All you can do is influence the future. And that’s what I’m focusing on. In the future, if there’s a conflict at a debate, you’re going to have to engage likewise on what’s happening."Rubio then pivoted to GOP front-runner Donald Trump."[Trump] is now clearly the frontrunner for the Republican nomination," he said. "So Donald has to begin to outline clear ideas on issues like national security and foreign policy and the economy. It’s no longer enough to continue to say the great things you’re going to do, but you won’t tell us how you’re going to do them."He said he agreed that the longer Jeb Bush -- and others -- stay in the race, the more likely Trump wins the nomination.Rubio said he's confident he will win the Republican nomination and be back on the New Hampshire ballot in the general election.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Carly Fiorina Suspends 2016 Presidential Campaign


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Carly Fiorina is suspending her presidential campaign, she announced on Wednesday."While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them," Fiorina wrote in a statement Wednesday. The move comes a day after the New Hampshire Republican primary, in which the former Hewlett-Packard CEO is projected to finish in seventh place.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Five Takeaways from New Hampshire Primary


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- On Tuesday night, the polls proved to be right. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders emerged as the winners of the New Hampshire primary by a huge lead.Here are five things to know about how New Hampshire changed the race leading into the next contests in Nevada and South Carolina:Trump Gets His Groove BackThe real estate mogul was hoisted by New Hampshirites seeking a political outsider who “tells it like it is.” Amid doubt after the Iowa caucuses that public opinion polling was inflating Trump’s actual support at the polls, Trump was able to drive voter turnout in New Hampshire, fending off questions, at least for now, that he can deliver in future contests.Despite facing backlash after calling in December for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States, Tuesday’s exit polls show two-thirds of GOP voters in the Granite State are in favor of Trump’s proposal.As of Wednesday morning, Trump locked in a little over 35 percent of the vote in New Hampshire. The race for the White House continues in South Carolina, where Trump holds a significant lead over the pack.What John Kasich Needs to Do After New HampshireThe Ohio governor is a “new” candidate on voters’ radar after a surprise second place finish. He’s come a long way from being a candidate whose name no one knew how to pronounce correctly.Though second overall, Kasich finished first against the other governors in the race -- Chris Christie and Jeb Bush -- shaking the Bush campaign and possibly a factor in Christie’s expected end to his candidacy.While Kasich celebrated Tuesday night, he’s well aware that this is a long, long race, and winning the New Hampshire Republican primary doesn’t secure the GOP nomination.Rubio, Cruz, Bush Get Stuck in the MiddleTed Cruz, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio all placed in the middle in the New Hampshire primary.Cruz, one of the most conservative candidates, did well among the most conservative Republicans within the two states, but he has yet to prove he can appeal to voters outside his base.Bush’s fourth place finish is enough to keep his campaign alive, especially considering the amount of resources he has in South Carolina.Rubio’s rise was short-lived. Rubio may have botched his chances to be voters’ solidified pick for president after his performance in last Saturday’s GOP debate, which he even admits he “did not do well.”Clinton Gets ‘Berned’ in Nearly Every CategoryBernie Sanders smoked Hillary Clinton, finishing over 20 points ahead of her.Exit polls showed Sanders won the majority of registered Democratic voters and independents.While Clinton may have expected to lose the primary, she may have not anticipated losing the women’s vote: 53 percent of women voted for Sanders, while 46 percent voted for Clinton.And with voters under the age of 30, Sanders beat Clinton by a whopping 84 to 15 percent.Clinton will have to find a way to reboot her campaign and reach out to young voters.Other Candidates May Get the BootIt might be time to pack it in for the candidates in the lower tiers.Ben Carson, who placed fourth in Iowa behind leading contenders Cruz, Trump and Rubio, finished in eighth place in the Granite State.Carson was quick to dismiss rumors he would be “taking time off” from campaigning when he announced he would be heading home to Florida for “fresh clothes.”Also showing no signs of throwing in the towel is Carly Fiorina.After a projected seventh place finish in the New Hampshire primary, she told a crowd in Manchester: “Our fight is just beginning.”As for long-shot GOP candidate Jim Gilmore, he said he hopes for a stronger finish in South Carolina."We've got a lot more work to do," the former Virginia governor said in reaction to his finish in Tuesday's first-in-the-nation primary.The South Carolina primaries are on Saturday, Feb. 20, for Republicans and on Saturday, Feb. 27, for Democrats.The Nevada caucuses are on Feb. 20 for Democrats and on Tuesday, Feb. 23, for Republicans.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Rep. James Clyburn Weighing 2016 Presidential Endorsement


US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. James Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat and influential South Carolina leader, said in an interview Wednesday that he may soon endorse one of the two Democratic presidential contenders after previously pledging to remain neutral.Clyburn, who did not make a public endorsement ahead of the South Carolina Democratic primary in 2008, said that he is getting pressured to "take a stand" on the 2016 race for the White House.Clyburn didn’t say definitely if he was leaning toward endorsing Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. He plans to discuss an endorsement this weekend with his close family, who have exerted the most pressure on him, and has ruled out an endorsement before next week, according to a source close to the congressman."I have a wife and three daughters, so you figure it out," Clyburn said, laughing. "They are my family, they are my consultants."Clyburn said he has also had conversations with colleagues about an endorsement. He said he’s spoken with former South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Dick Harpootlian, who recently endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders."We’ve had conversations," he said of Harpootlian. "He’s a good friend."Clyburn previously said he would likely stay neutral in the race. He is a leading Democrat in South Carolina and his endorsement could help solidify support for Clinton in the state, particularly among African-Americans, at a time when voters may be giving Sanders a closer look.Clyburn was upset in 2008 at what he called "bizarre" statements made by Bill Clinton during the heat of a tough primary fight between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He felt the comments crossed the line and were offensive to African-Americans.Clyburn later recalled in his 2014 memoir, Blessed Experiences, that he received an angry 2 a.m. phone call from Bill Clinton following the 2008 South Carolina primary."If you bastards want a fight, you damn well will get one," Clinton said.He told ABC News at the time that: "He was very upset," and added, "His wife had just suffered a major defeat in the South Carolina primary, and I had not been involved in it, but Bill Clinton thought otherwise."Since then, Clyburn has said his relationship with the Clintons has improved.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bernie Sanders Tries Campaign-Inspired Ice Cream


US Congress(NEW YORK) -- Bernie Sanders finally tasted the specialty ice cream flavor that Vermont sweet-makers Ben and Jerry made in his honor on ABC’s The View Wednesday morning.Sanders confirmed it was the first time he had tried the creamy dessert, named "Bernie’s Yearning." It was “excellent,” Sanders said.But the ice cream was not the only treat in store for Sanders. The Vermont senator shot some hoops with the hosts, as he did Tuesday night in New Hampshire to celebrate his primary win.Asked by Whoopi Goldberg how he could keep his momentum going as the race heads to Nevada and South Carolina, Sanders replied, “A lot of effort.”“I can tell you there is a lot of hard work in front of us,” he added.Sanders and the group talked about student loan debt, Wall Street, Flint and gun control. He argued that he is “very much in step” with where American people are on gun control and “resented” any insinuation otherwise.As the race heated up between the two campaigns over the past week, Bill Clinton had some tough words for the senator. Sanders said on the show he was “disappointed” by the attacks and hoped the race did not “degenerate” into personal jabs.During a fun rapid fire, Sanders was asked to say something positive about a list of politicians. He called Ohio Gov. John Kasich “an old friend” but could not find kind words for Donald Trump.“What can I say?” Sanders sighed. When pushed, he joked, “humble.”Sanders didn't hesitate though when asked about his primary challenger, Hillary Clinton. “Intelligent,” he replied.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Christie Expected to Formally End Presidential Bid


Andrew Burton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to formally suspend his presidential campaign as early as Wednesday after he huddles with his closest advisers, ABC News has learned.A statement announcing the suspension could come as soon as Wednesday afternoon, according to a source briefed on Christie's plans.“We bet the ranch on New Hampshire, and no one ever anticipated the Trump phenomenon,” the source told ABC News. “He’s a realist.”Christie's New Hampshire campaign chairman, Wayne MacDonald, who is not involved in Wednesday’s deliberations but is familiar with the campaign's strategy, said that qualifying for the next debate is likely a major factor in the deliberations.And with the governor’s sixth place finish in New Hampshire, he does not qualify to make the stage.“It’s just a logical next step,” MacDonald said of the likelihood that the governor will formally drop out of the race.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Donald Trump Revels in New Hampshire Primary Win


Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ahead of his victory in the New Hampshire primary, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said his campaign was getting “great signals” that he would win in the Granite State.“Whatever rally, you know, many, many people would show up -- many more than we ever anticipated,” he said in an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America Wednesday. “It’s a great place – New Hampshire – you know I love the people and they were reflective of it. It was a great evening.”ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosAs polls closed in the Granite State Tuesday night, ABC News projected Trump would win the New Hampshire Republican primary. And, as of Wednesday morning, Trump had garnered more than 35 percent of the vote, holding onto a nearly 20 percentage point lead over second-place finisher, Ohio Gov. John Kasich.Trump said he expects to absorb some of the other GOP candidates' support as they exit the race.“I’m going to get some of those votes also,” he said. “A lot of them.”Of his rivals, Trump said “they’re all good” but he said his message was “better than their message.”Though Trump had long been favored to win the first-in-the-nation primary, rival Ted Cruz’s victory in the Iowa caucuses as well as Marco Rubio’s better-than-expected finish there raised questions about the Trump campaign’s organizational prowess.“You know, we learned a lot about ground games in one week I have to tell you that,” Trump said in victory speech last night, sounding a note of confidence for the primaries ahead.“We are going to start winning again and we're going to win so much, you are going to be so happy,” Trump told a cheering crowd. “We are going now to South Carolina. We're going to win in South Carolina.”ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

John Kasich on Presidential Election: 'This Is a Long, Long Race'


Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Coming off a strong second place finish in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said that he's prepared to fight for the GOP presidential nomination."It's a long race. We're going to go through South Carolina, ultimately to the Midwest," Kasich told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America Wednesday. "This is a long, long race.""Everybody always underestimates me," he added.Kasich also insisted that he can unite the Republican party — including backers of Donald Trump, who won the New Hampshire contest by a wide margin."We can attract the Democrats," he said, talking about the general election. "We're Americans before we're Republicans and Democrats."ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

What President Obama's Nostalgic Return to Illinois Means for 2016


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — When President Obama travels to Illinois this week to speak in front of the state legislature, it will be nine years to the day since he announced his bid for the presidency from the same spot.“By ourselves, this change will not happen. Divided, we are bound to fail,” Obama said in 2007 to the thousands of supporters gathered that blisteringly cold Saturday in Springfield. “But the life of a tall, gangly, self-made Springfield lawyer tells us that a different future is possible.”Obama's nostalgic return to Springfield comes with a bittersweet reality check: by his own admission in his final State of the Union address last month, those hopes of a unified country during his tenure have failed to materialize.“It’s one of the few regrets of my presidency,” Obama said. “That the rancor and suspicion between the parties has gotten worse instead of better.”Nowhere is that divide felt more viscerally than where Obama began his legislative career.“This is an unprecedented time for Illinois,” said David Yepsen, the director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University. “The bond rating is the worst in the country. There’s no budget. It’s grim times financially in the state and there’s a crisis going on in Chicago.”The visit also comes the day after a decisive victory in New Hampshire for Sen. Bernie Sanders. Similar to Obama in 2008, Sanders has found popularity campaigning against Hillary Clinton with a populist message and his early rejection of the invasion of Iraq.Yepsen said that while no reliable polls have been produced in Illinois to get a read of how the state's voters feel between Sanders and Clinton, income inequality continues to be a chief concern in the state.The state could also be a crucial test to see whether Illinois voters will again connect to the candidate promising change by upending the “establishment.” Though a bleak editorial headline out Tuesday from the Chicago Tribune previewing Obama’s visit reads “No Hope Of Change In Illinois.”“There’s going to be, in both parties, a primary that means something,” Yepsen said, noting that the state’s March primary often takes place when the Republican and Democratic fields are already settled.According to the White House, President Obama’s message to the Illinois General Assembly will be “about what we can do, together, to build a better politics — one that reflects our better selves.”Democratic strategist and ABC News contributor Donna Brazile said a reflection of Obama’s presidency shows a nation ready to move forward on progress already made in the nine years since Obama’s announcement.“Bringing an economy back from the brink, providing millions access to health care, keeping the American auto industry alive, climate change, Iran accords, and much, much more,” Brazile said. “Americans are no longer looking in the rear view mirror, we turned a page, and it's time to write a new chapter." Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

POLL: Pushback Against the Political Order Boosts Both Trump and Sanders in NH


ABC News(NEW YORK) — A powerful pushback against the established political order lifted Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders alike in New Hampshire, underscoring deep splits both within and between the Republican and Democratic parties.Trump was boosted to victory by broad support among voters seeking a political outsider, anger at the federal government, strong worry about the economy and terrorism and substantial backing for some of his controversial proposals. He did best with less-educated voters, those looking for blunt talk and those who see better days ahead – classic elements of a populist movement.Sanders, for his part, crushed Clinton on the personal attributes of honesty and empathy, whaled among independents and liberals and won young voters – including young women – by extraordinary margins. He prevailed by a vast 70-29 percent among voters focused on income inequality and ran very close with Clinton in two of her strongholds – mainline Democrats and nonwhites, as rare as the latter are in New Hampshire.The question is where Sanders goes from here. While off their peak for New Hampshire, independents accounted for 40 percent of voters in the Democratic primary, far more than is customary in other states. Just 7 percent were nonwhites – a group likely to exceed half the Democratic electorate in South Carolina on Feb. 20. And a record 69 percent in New Hampshire were liberals, turnout that, again, may be hard to replicate.Trump’s performance may be less difficult to repeat; while his support peaked among particular groups, he showed strength across the board, winning mainline Republicans and independents; men and women; and conservatives, as well as running competitively among moderates. Still, as in Iowa, he was weak among voters focused on a candidate who “shares my values,” an attribute that may gain salience elsewhere, especially in Southern states where evangelicals predominate.What remains to be seen on the GOP side is whether the two-thirds of Republicans who didn’t back Trump coalesce around another candidate – perhaps as the field narrows – or remain fragmented. For the Democrats, it’s whether Clinton can pull herself up in the party’s mainstream, sharpen her appeal to young voters and overcome her longtime weakness on honesty and the common touch.A detailed summary of exit poll results follows, analyzed for ABC News by Langer Research Associates.The Republican RaceAmong Trump’s accomplishments was appealing to a New Hampshire electorate that was far more conservative than usual for the state. A record 71 percent of GOP voters were conservatives, up dramatically from 53 percent in the 2012 primary. Trump won 36 percent of all conservatives and 35 percent of very conservatives, the latter 14 points better than in Iowa.Most fundamental was his appeal as a disrupter: Half of GOP voters said they wanted an outsider rather than a candidate with political experience; 61 percent in this group backed Trump. (The next closest was not close – Ted Cruz, at just 10 percent).Trump benefited from anger and apprehension, as well. Four in 10 said they were angry with the Obama administration, seven in 10 were very worried about the economy and six in 10 very worried about terrorism. Trump won 42 percent, 38 percent and 39 percent in these groups, respectively.Further, reflecting Trump’s resonance on a controversial policy, 64 percent of Republican voters supported his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country. He won 44 percent of their votes. Fewer, but still four in 10, supported deporting undocumented immigrants; in this group Trump won 50 percent.Trump’s blunt-spokenness was another source of strength. A quarter of Republican voters said they were chiefly looking for a candidate who “tells it like it is”; Trump’s single best group, he won 65 percent of their votes. He also won 36 percent of those focused on a candidate who can “bring needed change.”As in Iowa, Trump did much less well among voters looking for the candidate who “shares my values,” winning just 13 percent in this group – and it was the most-cited candidate attribute, selected by slightly more than a third of voters. Last on the list was electability, tops to barely more than one in 10 – a group Trump split with Marco Rubio.Trump was notably strong among voters who haven’t gone beyond high school, winning 46 percent of their votes. His support fell as education increased, to 23 percent among voters with a post-graduate education – though he was highly competitive even in that group.Trump did well in one further group – winning 44 percent of those who said they’re optimistic about life for the next generation of Americans. Successfully combining deep discontent with current conditions, an outsider image and optimism for a better future are powerful elements of populism – making them well worth watching as the campaign proceeds.As for the distant second-place finisher, John Kasich looked like Trump’s opposite in many respects. His best groups included those who oppose banning Muslims or deporting undocumented immigrants, moderates, more-educated voters, those who are “somewhat” rather than very worried about the economy and terrorism, who are dissatisfied rather than angry with the federal government and those focused on experience rather than an outsider.Among these, a substantial 45 percent preferred a candidate with political experience – and Kasich got 28 percent in this group, followed by Bush and Rubio, with 20 and 18 percent, respectively.A third of Republican voters opposed Trump’s call to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States; Kasich won this group, with 27 percent support. Kasich virtually tied Trump among moderates and liberals, 29 percent of the electorate (almost all of them moderates) – 31 percent for Trump, 29 percent for Kasich. But Kasich’s support plummeted among conservatives, to 11 percent, and they accounted for seven in 10 voters.While Trump peaked among less-educated voters, Kasich followed the opposite pattern. He did best, 22 percent, among post-graduates, and worst, 9 percent, among those who haven’t gone beyond high school.Nearly half of GOP voters decided in just the last few days, and Kasich was competitive with Trump in this group – 22 percent for Trump, 21 percent for Kasich. Trump, though, did much better with early deciders.Finally, beyond vote preferences, Kasich finished second to Trump in trust to handle the economy – 40 percent picked Trump, 19 percent picked Kasich. Far as that was from Trump, it left Kasich with bragging rights over the rest of the field.In the scrum for third place, Cruz’s best groups were strong conservatives, evangelicals and values voters – just as in Iowa. But there were fewer of them in New Hampshire, and they tilted less strongly to Cruz. Rubio did his best on electability and experience, and among voters younger than 45. Jeb Bush likewise did his best among voters focused on experience, but trailed Kasich in this group.The Democratic RaceSanders, as noted, prevailed in New Hampshire by way of his broad advantages on honesty and trustworthiness and empathy, as well as with support from an unusually liberal electorate. He beat Hillary Clinton among women as well as men, and split mainline Democrats with her while broadly winning independents.As noted, Sanders also won by a huge margin among voters chiefly focused on income inequality, his signature issue – 32 percent of Democratic voters, they backed him by 70-29 percent.As in Iowa, liberals showed up in force, accounting for 69 percent of Democratic voters, a record in New Hampshire. They backed Sanders by 60-39 percent.Sanders won women by 55-44 percent, as well as prevailing far more widely among men, 66-32 percent. Sixty-nine percent of women under 45 backed Sanders (including 79 percent of women under 30), while Clinton won women 45 and older, by a comparatively narrow 53-46 percent.Among all voters under age 30, Sanders beat Clinton by a huge 83-16 percent margin, another result similar to Iowa.Also as in Iowa, Sanders won independents by a vast margin – 47 points, 72-25 percent. Unlike Iowa, he was competitive among mainline Democrats as well; they split, 52-48 percent, Sanders-Clinton.Clinton’s challenges were perhaps most clearly revealed on candidate attributes. Six in 10 Democratic voters were most focused on the candidate who’s most honest and trustworthy (34 percent) or “cares about people like me” (26 percent) – and they backed Sanders overwhelmingly, by 91-5 and 82-17 percent, respectively.Just more than a quarter of Democratic voters – half as many as in the GOP race – said they wanted an outsider. But they backed Sanders, again by a whopping margin, 86-7 percent.While Clinton benefited from Obama’s coattails in Iowa, he was less helpful to her in New Hampshire. Forty-two percent said they want a president who is more liberal than Obama, and those voters backed Sanders by 81-18 percent.Sanders also won big among those who are struggling financially, who are very worried about the economy, who think life for the next generation will be worse than it is today and who are dissatisfied with the federal government.Clinton, for her part, did best among voters focused on experience (85-15 percent), electability (79-19 percent) and among those who want to see Obama’s policies continued (62-37 percent). But she only split the vote with Sanders among those who wanted an experienced politician (50-49 percent). Seniors were a comparatively strong group for Clinton – she beat Sanders 55-44 percent among those 65 and older.One good way to see these differences is in a profile of each candidate’s support. Consider:Sixty-five percent of Clinton's supporters want Obama-like policies to continue. Fifty-six percent of Sanders backers want more liberal policies.Seventy percent of Sanders’ supporters have a negative view of the government, and 21 percent feel “betrayed” by Democratic politicians. The comparable numbers for Clinton are just 45 and 4 percent.Forty-eight percent of Sanders’ backers are independents, compared with 27 percent of Clinton’s.More than half of Sanders’ supporters pick honesty (52 percent) as the key candidate attribute; more than half of Clinton's pick experience (57 percent).Sixty percent of Clinton’s supporters think Sanders is too liberal; 48 percent of Sanders’ supporters think Clinton is not liberal enough.Just 8 percent of Clinton’s backers are under 30, vs. 26 percent of Sanders’.Lastly, whites – 93 percent of the electorate – backed Sanders by 61-37 percent. Nonwhites divided, 50-49 percent, Clinton-Sanders. To prevail beyond New Hampshire, doing better among nonwhites – and in states where there are more of them – will be key for Clinton. So, though, is her need to broaden and deepen her appeal to discontented Democratic groups – and to address the persistent doubts about her honesty and empathy that, in New Hampshire and nearly in Iowa, gave Sanders the opening he needed. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire Democratic Primary


iStock/Thinkstock(MANCHESTER, N.H.) -- Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders walked away with a double digit win in the New Hampshire Democratic primary Tuesday.Sanders led former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in recent polls in the Granite State and following a close race in Iowa between the two contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, which Clinton barely won, both campaigns ramped up their attacks in New Hampshire.The Sanders campaign invested heavily in the Granite State and aggressively advertised on televisions from the north to the suburban Boston enclaves in southern New Hampshire.In a state that values retail politics, both Clinton and Sanders spent time knocking on doors and greeting patrons at local coffee shops in the days leading up to the primary. But no matter how many selfies Clinton took or country roads she crisscrossed, she was unable to catch the Vermont senator.According to preliminary exit polls, Democratic primary voters ranked “honesty” and “trustworthiness” as the most important candidate attributes. Far more voters polled recognized those values in Sanders than Clinton.In New Hampshire, Clinton was on the defensive.The Sanders campaign pressed Clinton on her Wall Street connections, calling into question her ability to separate corporate from public interests. Out on the trail, Sanders presented himself as an underdog who is not beholden to pressures from big banks.In an interview on This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, Clinton directly addressed attacks by Sanders. “I have never, ever been influenced in a view or a vote by anyone who has given me any kind of funding,” Clinton said.During her first presidential campaign in 2008, Clinton was able to successfully win the New Hampshire primary against another candidate with widespread support among young people -- then Senator Barack Obama.ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Christie Weighs Future of Presidential Campaign


ABC/Randy Sager(NASHUA, New Hampshire) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced on Tuesday he was weighing the future of his presidential campaign.Based on an analysis of the vote, ABC News projects that Christie will finish sixth in the New Hampshire primary. He said that he and his wife were returning to New Jersey to assess the full results.“We do not regret one minute of the time we spent here in New Hampshire,” he said.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.