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Donald Trump’s victory in New Hampshire exposes his vulnerability to Joe Biden

Donald Trump he was not happy. Sure, he got some love of Tim Scottsome hype of Vivek Ramaswamy, and another easy win in the GOP primary race. But the former president’s ego can only be satisfied by the total dominance and total loyalty of his party. In New Hampshire, where he competed, it didn’t quite go to plan for him Nikki Haley she appears to have received about 45 percent of the vote—not enough to build momentum for her longshot offer to win the Republican nomination, but crucial enough to show Trump’s vulnerability and trigger an evening tantrum.

«Let’s not let somebody win when she had a very bad night,» Trump he said supporters on Tuesday night, alongside Ramaswamy, Scott and son Eric Trump. «He won’t win.»

That may be true. Haley, who has vowed to continue her campaign, is running out of time to deliver the kind of performance necessary to upset the momentum of this race, and party ranks appear to be rallying more and more to Trump’s side. «Republicans need to unite around a single candidate, and it’s clear that President Trump is the choice of Republican voters,» Texas Sen. John Cornyn he said Tuesday. «We need to unite around our eventual nominee, which will be Donald Trump,» it sounded Chairman of the Republican National Committee Ronna McDaniel. But that didn’t stop Trump from yelling late into the night on social media, calling out Haley and «bird brain» and his former press secretary, Kayleigh McEnanyand «RINO» for suggesting on Fox News that he was trying to court supporters of his rival for general.

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But McEnany was right. It was good night for Joe Biden, who handily won New Hampshire on the Democratic side. Normally, it wouldn’t be that remarkable for an incumbent to win a primary. However, Biden was not on the ballot in New Hampshire, making his decisive victory over a gadfly challenger Dean Phillips and Marianne Williamson came through a write-in campaign. This should not lull Democrats into a false sense of security; Biden continues to suffer poor poll results, the coalition that elected him in 2020 remains fractured, and third-party candidates could complicate what will almost certainly be a run-up to this fall’s general election. However, it may indicate that the Democratic Party is more united around Biden than the Republican Party is around Trump.

Then again, there’s only so much you can read in a single primary — especially in a small state whose population doesn’t exactly represent the general electorate. Trump has holding the cult leader to the GOP, which may not have been fully reflected in New Hampshire, where Haley likely benefited from both more moderate voters and some non-Republicans — and still lost by more than 10 points. And while some of those Haley supporters may eventually move to the Biden camp for the general election, the danger of Trump returning to power with an authoritarian agenda cannot be understated.

In fact, perhaps the most important takeaway from New Hampshire is one that has been obvious all along — that November will be a battle between demagoguery and democracy. «It’s clear now that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee,» Biden said he said in a statement after being called by New Hampshire. “And my message to the country is that the stakes cannot be higher.

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