Freddy Gray

Populism rules: Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump triumph in New Hampshire

Populism rules: Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump triumph in New Hampshire
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Manchester, New Hampshire

Populism won tonight in New Hampshire. Rage against the elite won tonight in New Hampshire. Class warfare came out on top. Bernie Sanders, who wants a 'political revolution' to tackle 'the billionaire class', thrashed the former First Lady, Hillary Clinton. Donald J. Trump, the billionaire who tells everyone that only he can stop the elite buying Washington, thumped all his rivals. The consolation for both party old guards is that New Hampshire is a strange old state.

The Clinton campaign was expecting defeat tonight -- even a heavy defeat. In fact, having spent the last few days here, I was unable to see much of a Clinton push. Hillary did some big events, but I saw relatively few signs of her campaign, and almost no ground game to speak of. It's possible the Clinton campaign is keeping its powder dry for South Carolina in two weeks. But losing 60 per cent to 39 in New Hampshire must still have been a shock. For now, the Sanders campaign has all the energy and enthusiasm. He defeated Clinton tonight in all demographic groups, according to New York Times:

'He carried majorities of both men and women. He won among those with and without college degrees. He won among gun owners and non-gun owners. He beat Mrs. Clinton among previous primary voters and those participating for the first time. And he ran ahead among both moderates and liberals.'

Donald Trump, meanwhile, suddenly looks invincible. There is a long way to go, but his rivals seem hopelessly far behind . The Grand Old Party elite might turn to tonight's second place finisher, the governor of Ohio John Kasich, who campaigned impressively and won 16 per cent of the vote. His little-funded campaign certainly could do with more money. But it would take a small miracle for him to beat Trump now. Ted Cruz, the least favourite candidate of the Republican topbrass, looks like the only man who can bring The Donald down. The populists are just too popular.

Written byFreddy Gray

Freddy Gray is deputy editor of The Spectator. He was formerly literary editor of The American Conservative.

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