The New Hampshire primary is currently in progress, as voters participate in the Republican race that pits former President Donald Trump against his remaining rival, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Stakes in the Republican Race
The Republican candidates are contesting for 22 delegates in the New Hampshire primary, with the polls scheduled to close by 8 p.m. ET at the latest. Despite the relatively small number of delegates, the outcomes will significantly influence the direction of the race.
Goals of Trump and Haley
Donald Trump seeks to replicate his resounding victory in the recent Iowa caucuses, aiming to solidify his position as the frontrunner. On the other hand, Nikki Haley is endeavoring to narrow the gap and sustain her campaign’s momentum. A strong performance in the New Hampshire primary is crucial for Haley as she looks ahead to future races, including her home state of South Carolina and Super Tuesday on March 5, where 16 states and territories conduct their contests.
Nikki Haley emphasized that Trump’s nomination is not a guaranteed outcome, emphasizing the significance of various states in influencing the election. She underlined the importance of allowing a diverse range of states to play a decisive role in shaping the results, rejecting the notion of a predetermined coronation.
Democrats and President Biden
In contrast, President Biden is not featured on the ballot in the New Hampshire primary, and no delegates will be allocated based on the day’s results. The Democratic National Committee penalized the state for maintaining its position as the first-in-the-nation primary, as the party intended for South Carolina to lead in the 2024 Democratic cycle. Notably, the president’s reelection campaign has encouraged Democrats to write in Mr. Biden’s name in the absence of direct participation in the primary.
The New Hampshire primary serves as a pivotal battleground for the Republican candidates, shaping the course of the upcoming races. As Donald Trump and Nikki Haley vie for delegates, the outcome of the primary will reverberate through the trajectory of the Republican election. Meanwhile, the absence of President Biden from the ballot underscores the unique dynamics of the Democratic participation in the primary process.