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Trump Resoundingly Wins N.H. Republican Primary

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 30. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 30. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

President Trump coasted to an easy win Tuesday in the Republican primary in New Hampshire, the state that delivered his first electoral victory four years ago and set him on a path to the nomination and eventually the White House.

With 83.1% of the vote and 9.3% of precincts reporting, The Associated Press called the race just moments after polls closed, declaring the 45th president the victor in the first-in-the-nation primary.

The result Tuesday was as expected, with Trump maintaining broad support within the party for his re-election. Trump easily defeated former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh.

As the predictable GOP race was called, it remained to be seen who'd rise triumphant in the crowded Democratic primary. Tuesday's primary was made all the more significant following the Iowa caucuses, which ended with chaos, confusion, and ultimately, a near-tie between former Mayor of South Bend, Ind., Pete Buttigieg and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Trump's resounding nod from New Hampshire primary voters offers the president his latest opportunity for a victory lap, coming less than a week after his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial.

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