MANCHESTER, N.H. Billionaire businessman Donald Trump won New Hampshire's Republican presidential nominating contest on Tuesday, while U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont won the Democratic primary over Hillary Clinton, U.S. television networks said after early results.
Trump's win solidifies his front-runner status in the race to be the party's White House nominee in 2016. The reality television star's untraditional campaign has been marked by calls for the deportation of illegal immigrants and temporarily banning Muslims from entering the United States.
Sanders, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, was the underdog in the race against former Secretary of State Clinton. He had 56 percent of the vote in early returns, ahead of former Secretary of State Clinton, the perceived front-runner nationally, who had 42 percent, according to CNN.
A logjam of Republican candidates were in a dead heat for second place, networks said. The election is on Nov. 8.
(Writing by Roberta Rampton, Steve Holland and James Oliphant; Additional reporting by Jonathan Allen, Susan Heavey and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Toni Reinhold, Alistair Bell and Howard Goller)
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