Donald Trump emerges victorious in the New Hampshire primary, securing his position as the frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
His final challenger, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, falls short in the race.
Through interviews conducted across the state before voting began on Tuesday, at campaign headquarters and local establishments, Trump’s supporters expressed their belief that returning him to the White House was their final opportunity to restore what they consider to be their beloved country.
Miranda Blair opted not to vote for Trump in 2016 due to the fear he evoked. This week, she donned a vibrant red “Make America Great Again” hat while enduring freezing temperatures to attend his speech in Manchester, New Hampshire. The purpose of the rally was to garner support from Republican voters and secure his nomination.
The 40-year-old sales manager supported Barack Obama, a Democrat, in 2008 and considered Trump’s lack of political experience as a disqualification in 2016. Unsatisfied with the choices, she opted not to cast her vote during that particular year.
However, under Trump’s presidency, she underwent a shift in her perspective. And her financial struggles now, during a Joe Biden presidency, have solidified her backing for Trump.
Blair’s shift towards Trump, influenced by the rising cost of living, US engagement in fresh foreign conflicts, and a perception that the Biden administration has neglected people like her, sheds light on why the former president appears highly likely to secure the Republican presidential nomination.
Only a small percentage of votes remain to be counted.
The vote count in New Hampshire’s Republican Party primary is nearly complete, with 91% of the votes tallied.
Donald Trump, the winner of the contest, is currently in the lead with a significant margin of over 11 points. He is ahead of Nikki Haley with a commanding 54.6% to 43.2%.