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Trump Scores Record Win in New Hampshire

Vote total higher than any previous incumbent
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2020 1:06 AM CST
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President Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Manchester, NH.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – There were no surprises in the Republican primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday as President Trump cruised to victory by a wide margin over challenger Bill Weld. With almost 90% of precincts in, Trump had 85.7% of the vote, Weld had 9.1%, and assorted write-in candidates had 2.5%, reports the Union-Leader. That gives Trump all 20 delegates and the biggest margin of victory for an incumbent president in the state's GOP primary since Ronald Reagan, who scored 86.43% in 1984. Trump's total vote count in the New Hampshire primary is higher than that of any previous incumbent president, reports the AP.

In 2016, New Hampshire gave Trump his first primary win following his third-place finish in the Iowa caucus, though he narrowly lost the state to Hillary Clinton in the general election. He complained Tuesday night that his win was being overshadowed by Bernie Sanders' victory in the more competitive Democratic primary, reports Politico. "The Fake News Media is looking hard for the Big Democrat Story, but there is nothing too fabulous," he tweeted. "Wouldn’t a big story be that I got more New Hampshire Primary Votes than any incumbent president, in either party, in the history of that Great State?" (Read more New Hampshire primary stories.)

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