The Latest: Trump and Sanders win New Hampshire primary

Trump's first victory of the 2016 White House race means he's no longer a political rookie but the front-runner for his party's presidential nomination.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The Latest developments from the 2016 presidential campaign, with the focus Tuesday on the New Hampshire primary (all times local):

9:35 p.m.

He's won in New Hampshire and now Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders plans to meet with Rev. Al Sharpton over breakfast in New York City on Wednesday.

That's according to two people who were briefed on the meeting. They are telling The Associated Press that the get-together is set for the famed Sylvia's Restaurant in Harlem.

They spoke on condition of anonymity because the information had not yet been publicly released.

Sharpton isn't immediately responding to a request for comment.

- Associated Press writer Jonathan Lemire in New York contributed to this report.


9:29 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is congratulating Bernie Sanders on his New Hampshire win on Tuesday night.

But for the former secretary of state, it's time to get back to the issues: campaign finance reform, equal pay for women, the lead-tainted drinking water in Flint, Michigan.

Clinton also wants younger voters to support her campaign as the race goes on.

She says she knows she has "some work to do particularly with young people."


9:15 p.m.

The fight goes on for Hillary Clinton.

Even after losing to Bernie Sanders in the Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Clinton is promising to take her fight for the nomination to the rest of the country.

And if she feels spurned by New Hampshire voters, she's not showing it to supporters in Hooksett, New Hampshire.

She tells them: "I still love New Hampshire, and I always will."


9:05 p.m.

Exit polls are helping shed some light on the various strands of support among voters in New Hampshire's Republican presidential primary.

Donald Trump is backed by voters looking for an outsider and those who made up their minds a while ago.

John Kasich does best with voters looking for a candidate with political experience - along with moderates, better educated voters and those who made their vote decision in the past few days.

Ted Cruz is supported by many voters who are very conservative and evangelical Christians.

Marco Rubio does best among voters for whom experience and electability is important.

Voters who value experience are also inclined to support Jeb Bush.


8:50 p.m.

Thanks to his New Hampshire win, Donald Trump will take the lead in the race for delegates for the Republican National Convention.

It won't be much of a lead.

There are only 23 delegates at stake in New Hampshire's Republican primary, and they are awarded proportionally, based on the statewide vote.

Trump will win at least nine. The final tally depends on how many candidates get more than 10 percent of the vote, the threshold needed to qualify for delegates.

Trump started night trailing Ted Cruz by one delegate.


8:45 p.m.

How did Bernie Sanders do it in New Hampshire?

According to exit polls, he won the Democratic presidential primary Tuesday by getting a majority of votes from both men and women, independents and voters under 45.

Rival Hillary Clinton is backed a majority of voters aged 65 and older and those with incomes over $200,000.

Independents make up nearly 4 in 10 voters in the primary, and Sanders is winning nearly three-quarters of their votes.


8:34 p.m.

Gratitude for the Granite State - that's the word from Bernie Sanders.

After his New Hampshire victory, the Vermont senator has thanked his supporters with this tweet: "When we stand together, we win. Thank you, New Hampshire!"


8:25 p.m.

A big victory for Donald Trump in New Hampshire, a big victory celebration for the billionaire businessman.

When word came just at 8 p.m. that Trump was declared the winner, his supporters at campaign headquarters in Manchester shouted his name and they waved foam fingers emblazoned with the phrase, "You're Hired."


8:13 p.m.

Bernie Sanders' victory in New Hampshire means he's assured of a majority of the state's pledged delegates.

With 24 at stake, Sanders stands to gain at least 13. Hillary Clinton will receive at least seven.

Clinton remains ahead in the overall delegate count due to support from superdelegates - the party officials who can support the candidate of their choice.

Including superdelegates nationwide, Clinton has amassed at least 392 delegates and Sanders at least 42.

The magic number to clinch the nomination is 2,382.


8:03 p.m.

The New Hampshire primary winners are Donald Trump on the Republican side and Bernie Sanders in the Democratic race. Each took the top spot after second-place finishes in the Iowa caucuses.

Trump's first victory of the 2016 White House race means he's no longer a political rookie but the front-runner for his party's presidential nomination.

And the win for Sanders completes his rise from presidential long shot to legitimate challenger for the Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton.


7:50 p.m.

New Hampshire's secretary of state says voter turnout in Tuesday's presidential primary is likely to be slightly higher than in 2008.

Bill Gardner predicted several days ago that roughly 282,000 Republican ballots cast would be and 268,000 Democratic ballots cast.

He says his visits to various polling places Tuesday lead him to believe his predictions are on par.


7:40 p.m.

The clock is ticking in New Hampshire: The final polls are set to close at 8 p.m. in the first-in-the-nation primary contest of the 2016 presidential election.

New Hampshire has 1.33 million residents. More than 870,000 are registered to vote.

Polls started opening at 7 a.m., except for a few communities that begin voting just after midnight.


7:25 p.m.

Call them the late deciders.

Nearly half of the voters in Tuesday's Republican primary in New Hampshire are saying they made up their mind in the last week. On the Democratic side? More than half say they decided before that.

The findings are among some of the early results of the exit poll conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and the television networks.


7:15 p.m.

What's at stake on the delegate front in the New Hampshire primary?

For Democrats, 24 delegates are up for grabs. On the GOP side, it's 23.

The GOP count after the Iowa caucuses: eight for Ted Cruz, and seven each for Donald Trump and Marco Rubio. It takes 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination.

Hillary Clinton holds a big delegate lead, mainly due to on endorsements from superdelegates. Those are the party officials who can support the candidate of their choice.

Clinton has 385 delegates and Bernie Sanders has 29.

It takes 2,382 delegates to win the Democratic nomination.


7:05 p.m.

Move it along, Mr. Trump. And the entourage with you, too.

That's the message from the moderator at a New Hampshire polling site - the Webster Elementary School in Manchester.

Jim Townsend's in a huff over the commotion caused by Trump's visit - and the reporters, Secret Service members and Trump supporters blocking voters trying to get in and out of the polling place.

Here's how Townsend puts it: "Please, no one can get through to vote thanks to Mr. Trump. Let's move it along."


6:55 p.m.

It's not clear yet whether New Hampshire's Democratic presidential primary will break for Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. But there's no doubt about where their next showdown will come - it's the Nevada caucuses on Feb. 20.

And now Nevada Democrats say the candidates will participate in a town-hall event on Las Vegas two days before those caucuses.

The state party chairwoman, Roberta Lange, says MSNBC and the Spanish-language television network Telemundo have agreed to host the event.


6:35 p.m.

An outside group that's helping Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is spending more than $1.5 million on digital and media advertisements in South Carolina and Nevada - the next states on the 2016 election calendar.

The new expenditures are by Conservative Solutions PAC, a super political action committee that faces no contribution limits.

All but about $200,000 is for South Carolina. That's according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Conservative Solutions is the second-most-active super PAC in the presidential race so far. Only Right to Rise, which is boosting Republican Jeb Bush, has spent more on television and radio.


5:59 p.m.

Republican voters in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary are much more negative about their politicians than Democrats are about theirs.

That detail comes from early results of the exit poll conducted by Edison Research for the Associated Press and television networks.

Half of Republicans say they feel betrayed by politicians from the GOP. Fewer than 2 in 10 Democrats say they feel betrayed by Democratic politicians.


5:58 p.m.

Early results from exit polling in New Hampshire are showing that voters are deeply unhappy with the way the federal government is working.

Half of Democratic voters say they're dissatisfied, with 1 in 10 saying they're angry. The sentiment is even higher among Republican primary voters: 9 in 10 voters say they're either dissatisfied or angry.

The exit polling is being conducted by Edison Research for the Associated Press and television networks.


5:50 p.m.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is revisiting some past controversies as he greets voters in Manchester.

At Webster Elementary School, Trump was asked by a man who identified himself as a Muslim journalist about Trump's proposal to temporarily bar foreign Muslims from entering the U.S.

Trump brought up the ban again when asked by a foreign outlet outside the Northwest Elementary School whether he would maintain the country's relationship with Britain.

"When I talked about the ban," Trump says, "I received literally million and millions of responses all over the world from that. And the people in the U.K. were so incredible to me."


5:18 p.m.

Donald Trump is airing a new television ad that bashes Ted Cruz as "the worst kind of Washington insider."

The two candidates are after the same voters, people who want to shake up the federal government by electing an "outsider" president.

The 30-second spot that started airing Tuesday says Cruz of "talks from both side of his mouth" on allowing immigrants who are in the country illegally to stay, and took "sweetheart" loans from Wall Street banks when he ran for Senate in 2012. Then the narrator says Cruz's presidential campaign employed "dirty tricks" when it sent word to Iowans on the night of that state's caucuses that Ben Carson might be dropping out.


4 p.m.

Donald Trump is greeting voters face-to-face as they head to the polls.

"How's it looking, everybody? Good?" he repeatedly asked supporters who'd gathered at poll sites, waving signs.

Trump visited two voting locations - the Webster School and the Northwest Elementary School - and shook hands and posed for photos.

He's holding a party for supporters to watch the results come in Manchester Tuesday evening.


2:18 p.m.

Ted Cruz says Donald Trump has no choice but to engage in profanity because the billionaire businessman can't defend his record.

A day earlier, Trump used a vulgar term for a coward to refer to Cruz, who briefly addressed the insult Tuesday afternoon as he greeted voters inside Manchester's Red Arrow Diner.

"Part of the reason that Donald engages in insults is because he can't discuss the substance. He can't defend his record. For example, a vote for Donald Trump is a vote for Obamacare," Cruz told reporters as he walked into the diner.

Trump has said that's a "lie." Cruz charges that Trump supports universal health care that could lead to health care rationing.

Cruz says, "Donald can't defend that. So instead, his approach is to engage in a profane insult. I'm not going to respond in kind."


2:16 p.m.

A lot has changed for Bernie Sanders as he's risen in primary polls - starting with his ability to take a walk.

The Vermont senator was all but ignored by the media for more than a quarter-century in Congress. But on Tuesday the Democratic presidential candidate found himself swarmed by dozens of reporters as he strolled around the state capital.

"If we have a large voter turnout I think we're going to do just fine," he told the press.

Other questions were met with stony silence.

"What does he like about New Hampshire," shouted one reporter.

"Does he miss Vermont?" asked another.

Sanders didn't even crack a smile before jumping into a waiting SUV and taking off.


1:40 p.m.

It seemed like a golden opportunity for Marco Rubio to convince a New Hampshire voter. But the Florida Senator couldn't seal the deal.

Rubio and Derry Republican voter Stephanie Tespas stood outside a middle school locked in a quiet and serious conversation about cancer.

Tespas told Rubio of her son's genetic condition, the same as her husband who battled and survived cancer. Rubio nodded and mentioned his own father's losing battle with lung cancer after a lifetime of smoking.

After Rubio thanks Tespas and got into his SUV, she said she remained undecided about who to support as she walked into the school to vote.

Tespas left the gymnasium without saying who she supported, except that it wasn't Rubio.

"I just don't think he's quite ready," she said. "I wanted him to be more personal. I felt like I was in one of his commercials."


12:43 p.m.

Chris Christie isn't saying whether his campaign will continue after Tuesday's GOP New Hampshire primary.

At a noontime stop at a Derry restaurant, Christie refused to say what place he needs to come in at a minimum to continue his campaign.

"I don't get into that stuff. Next!" he said, calling on the next reporter.

Christie has hung virtually all of his White House hopes on a strong showing in New Hampshire. Other candidates, such as Jeb Bush, have said their campaigns will continue into the next states to vote, South Carolina and Nevada.


12:22 p.m.

Jeb Bush is buoyed by some favorable poll numbers and growing crowds at his town halls. He's hammering away at front-runner Donald Trump and saying his own experience as a two-term Florida governor is a better presidential qualification.

Bush, appearing on Fox News Tuesday, says he's determined to knock down Trump because he says "this guy is not a conservative" and he cannot "win by insulting your way to the presidency."

Bush says he's the only candidate offering detailed plans to lift people out of poverty, raise middle class incomes and keep the country safe.

He says "that's what people want," not "the insults and all the divisiveness."

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