Trump, Biden win New Hampshire primary election

Following Fox News’ projection that former President Trump would win the New Hampshire Republican primary, former candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said the right move for runner-up Nikki Haley is to drop out and unite the party.

Ramaswamy called Tuesday’s results a decisive Trump victory and added that a large number of independents voted in the Republican primary due to the Granite State’s open-primary system.

He also called New Hampshire a microcosm of the national electorate:

“It’s like a terrain for the general election,” he said, adding that some of Haley’s large donors like LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman are anti-Trump figures or typically Democratic donors.

“So I think this is a prediction of what you’re going to see in the general election. And the decisive margin we see tonight is, in some ways, I think, something that bodes well for Trump heading into the general election in November to reunite this country,” he said.

“And so, in my view, the general election really begins tonight. I think the Republican primary, for all intents and purposes, is over tonight. And I think the party and the country are better off if we see that for what it is.”

In her post-primary speech, Haley countered that the worst-kept secret in politics is that Democrats want to run against Trump in November, calling a Trump nomination precipitous of a “Biden win and Kamala Harris presidency.”

However, Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany added on “Jesse Watters Primetime” that Haley’s plan to remain in the race through South Carolina and beyond is an obvious “play” for the vice presidency in a Trump administration.

In the same vein, former Bush White House aide Karl Rove said Haley remaining the race may in one way benefit Trump, because battling the former governor allows him to “articulate a vision for the general election… if he takes on the task of describing a general election message, and positioning himself to beat Biden… then he’s going to be better off.”

“Whoever is the Republican nominee is going to have a lot to do in unifying the party and lowering the temperature and the principal responsibility is the front-runner,” Rove said.

As Trump prepared to take the stage for a victory speech late Tuesday, Fox News political analyst Brit Hume quipped the former president was hoping for a resounding victory that would drive Haley from the race.

As results trickled in showing about a 10-point spread at press time, Hume considered that the race was instead a “run for [Trump’s] money that he didn’t want.”

“He wanted what happened tonight to be a blowout win for him that would blow her out of the race,” he said. “I don’t think that’s happened, so I don’t know how gracious he’s willing to be.”

Hume said Haley’s candidacy appears to still be “alive and kicking” as South Carolina approaches next on the docket in late February.

Fox News’ Charles Creitz contributed to this report.

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