Wins for Trump and Sanders deal blow to US political establishment

Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont in Concord, New Hampshire, on Tuesday. His liberal agenda to raise taxes and impose regulations on Wall Street drew support from a wide cross-section of voters. Republican Donald Trump at a rally on Tuesda
Republican Donald Trump at a rally on Tuesday in Manchester, New Hampshire. According to exit poll data, he ran strongest among voters worried about illegal immigrants, economic turmoil and terrorism. PHOTO: REUTERS
Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont in Concord, New Hampshire, on Tuesday. His liberal agenda to raise taxes and impose regulations on Wall Street drew support from a wide cross-section of voters. Republican Donald Trump at a rally on Tuesda
Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont in Concord, New Hampshire, on Tuesday. His liberal agenda to raise taxes and impose regulations on Wall Street drew support from a wide cross-section of voters.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

MANCHESTER (United States) • Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders harnessed working-class fury to surge to commanding victories in a New Hampshire primary that drew a huge turnout across the state.

The success by two outsider candidates on Tuesday dealt a remarkable rebuke to the political establishment, and all but guaranteed protracted, bruising races for each party's presidential nomination.

Mr Trump benefited from an unusually large field of candidates that split the vote among traditional politicians like governor John Kasich of Ohio, who finished second, and former governor Jeb Bush of Florida. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida faltered after a disastrous debate performance last Saturday.

Mr Trump tapped into anxiety among Republicans and independents in New Hampshire, according to exit poll data, and he ran strongest among voters who were worried about illegal immigrants, economic turmoil and the threat of a terrorist attack on home soil.

At a victory party for Mr Trump in Manchester, people waved foam fingers reading "You're hired!" or "Make America great again!"

With nearly 90 per cent of the precincts reporting, Mr Trump had received 35 per cent of the vote, and Mr Sanders, 60 per cent.

The win for Mr Sanders amounted to a powerful and painful rejection of Mrs Hillary Clinton. His liberal agenda to raise taxes and impose regulations on Wall Street drew support from a wide cross-section of voters - even edging Mrs Clinton out among women, boosted by his appeal among the young.

At his victory party, Mr Sanders pointed to the large voter turnout as evidence that only he could energise the Democratic electorate to defeat the Republicans in November.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2016, with the headline 'Wins for Trump and Sanders deal blow to US political establishment'. Print Edition | Subscribe