Republican Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, a Democrat, won early victories in the New Hampshire primary Feb. 9, while Ohio Gov. John Kasich was projected to come in second in a tight GOP race.
The wins by Trump, a billionaire businessman, and Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist, have been labeled as surprising upsets by pundits, who have speculated this could cause the Democratic and Republican races to run well into the spring.
Sanders won the majority of male voters, independents and voters under 45, as well as a slim majority of women, over his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, while Trump won the majority of voters who said they were concerned about the threat of terrorist attacks.
“When we stand together, we win. Thank you, New Hampshire!” Sanders said via Twitter.
In addition, “We learned a lot about ground games in one week!” said Trump to New Hampshire voters, following a blow to his campaign last week when he took second place in Iowa.
Clinton reportedly congratulated Sanders after his win, stating, “I still love New Hampshire, and I always will,” from her campaign headquarters.
“Now we take this campaign to the entire country,” she stated.
In addition, according to aides for Ted Cruz, the Republican candidate also made a congratulatory call to Trump Tuesday in New Hampshire, after edging Trump out for first place in the Iowa caucuses last week.
The two upcoming elections will be held in South Carolina and Nevada, and both parties will vote on different days of the week.
Republicans will vote Saturday, Feb. 20, in South Carolina, and Democrats will choose their candidate Saturday, Feb. 27.
Subsequently, Nevada will begin its caucuses at the same time, with Democrats voting on Feb. 20, and Republicans voting the following Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Trump and Clinton are reportedly the front runners in the South Carolina elections, according to recent polls.