After an eventful night in Iowa, the eyes of the political world are turning toward New Hampshire — as have plenty of campaign caravans.
Both party’s fields have narrowed: Democrat Martin O’Malley and Republican Mike Huckabee both dropped out last night amid faltering caucus returns. But the dynamics of both races also remain particularly competitive.
A victory for Ted Cruz in Iowa means that second-place Donald Trump and third-place Marco Rubio will be relying on strong showings in New Hampshire to give them a boost heading into future primaries. But the state is, arguably, especially important for Rubio — who’s going to be facing stiff competition from other candidates like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Kasich, all of whom are hoping to emerge from the Granite State as the so-called “establishment” favorite.
And on the Democratic side, a virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Iowa seems to have emboldened both sides toward a fierce final week of campaigning in New Hampshire. Both candidates have a robust lineup of get-out-the-vote rallies, debates, town halls and more leading up to Feb. 9.
To follow along with all of the action, be sure to stay tuned into NHPR’s State of Democracy app and, specifically, our candidate tracker. To catch up on coverage from the past year, head over to our Primary Voters’ Guide.
And for further reading to frame the final stretch before the first-in-the-nation primary, here are a few pieces worth checking out:
- NHPR — Picking a President: N.H. Voters Narrow Their Options As Primary Clock Winds Down
- NHPR’s The Exchange — All Eyes on Iowa: The Hawkeye State's Caucus, and What it Means for N.H.
- NPR — Cruz Deals Trump A Setback In Iowa; Clinton Narrowly Edges Out Sanders
- NPR — Iowa Caucus Results: 6 Things That Explain How It Happened
- New York Times — New Hampshire Offers Hope to Candidates Who Lagged in Iowa
- Boston Globe — Ranking the Republican and Democratic Candidates in N.H.