The latest on the New Hampshire primary and 2024 campaign

By Aditi Sangal, Elise Hammond, Michael Williams, Antoinette Radford, Shania Shelton, Jack Forrest, Tori B. Powell and Amir Vera, CNN

Updated 11:55 p.m. ET, January 24, 2024
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9:57 p.m. ET, January 23, 2024

Haley aide reacts to Trump's speech: "Weird, nasty and angry"

From CNN's Kasie Hunt

Nikki Haley allies are casting Donald Trump’s attacks on her in his speech tonight as bolstering her case and likely to generate more support for her decision to stay in the nomination fight.

A Haley aide called the speech “weird, nasty and angry,” and an outside ally called it “a huge gift to us.” 

Trump spent the start of his victory speech venting his anger at Haley.

“She's doing a speech like she won. She didn't win. She lost,” Trump said.

“All grievance, no leadership,” the Haley aide said.
9:55 p.m. ET, January 23, 2024

Here's where things stand in the New Hampshire primary after 44% of the vote has been counted

From CNN Staff

While Donald Trump is the projected winner of the New Hampshire primary, with 44% of the ballots counted, he continues to lead with 54.4% of the vote.

Nikki Haley trails with 43.9%.

Polls closed at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday.

9:48 p.m. ET, January 23, 2024

Trump mocks Haley as he celebrates his victory in New Hampshire

From CNN's Tori B. Powell

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a primary election night party in Nashua, on Tuesday.
Former President Donald Trump speaks at a primary election night party in Nashua, on Tuesday. Matt Rourke/AP

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday took jabs at GOP rival Nikki Haley following his victory in the New Hampshire primary.

In a speech to supporters in the Granite State, Trump said the former South Carolina governor "had a very bad night."

"She did very poorly actually," he said. "The governor said she's going to win, she's going to win, she's going to win. Then she failed badly."

Trump pointed out Haley's performance in last week's Iowa caucuses, where she came in third behind the former president and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has since dropped out of the race.

"We win it every time," Trump told the crowd, as South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, a onetime 2024 rival who recently endorsed the former president, stood behind him. "We win the primary. We win the generals."

After calling New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, who has endorsed Haley, a "very unpopular governor," Trump went on to thank New Hampshire voters.

"This is a great, great state," Trump said. "It is a very special place to me."

9:30 p.m. ET, January 23, 2024

NOW: Trump delivers remarks following his New Hampshire win

From CNN staff

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a primary election night party in Nashua, New Hampshire, on Tuesday.
Former President Donald Trump speaks at a primary election night party in Nashua, New Hampshire, on Tuesday. Matt Rourke/AP

Former President Donald Trump is now speaking at an election night event following the news of his projected win in the New Hampshire primary.

9:39 p.m. ET, January 23, 2024

Trump rails against Haley on social media

From CNN's Alayna Treene

Trump greets supporters at a campaign stop in Londonderry, New Hampshire, on Tuesday.
Trump greets supporters at a campaign stop in Londonderry, New Hampshire, on Tuesday. Matt Rourke/AP

Donald Trump railed against Nikki Haley in a series of social media posts Tuesday, ramping up pressure on his rival to drop out of the Republican presidential primary.

While Haley congratulated Trump on his projected victory Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary, she made clear in an election night speech to supporters that she plans to stay in the race.

Here's some of the comments Trump' made on his Truth Social platform:

  • "Haley said she had to WIN in New Hampshire. SHE DIDN’T!!!" one post read.
  • "DELUSIONAL!!!" Trump posted, moments after Haley began her remarks.
  • "SHE CAME IN THIRD LAST WEEK!" a third post read
  • "SHE JUST LOST NEVADA, WHICH IS UP NEXT," he said in a fourth post, referencing the Silver State's party-run caucuses on February 8, which Haley did not file for. Haley will instead compete in the state-run February 6 primary, but delegates will be awarded through the caucuses and not the primary.

Haley has not said that she needed to win New Hampshire in order to continue her presidential campaign, but instead argued that she needed to perform better than she did in the Iowa caucuses, where she finished a distant third behind Trump.

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign sent a fundraising text to supporters Tuesday declaring "THIS RACE IS OVER!" shortly after he was projected to win the New Hampshire primary. 

9:11 p.m. ET, January 23, 2024

Here are key quotes from Haley's speech after her projected loss in New Hampshire

From CNN staff

Haley delivers remarks at her primary night rally at the Grappone Conference Center on January 23 in Concord, New Hampshire. 
Haley delivers remarks at her primary night rally at the Grappone Conference Center on January 23 in Concord, New Hampshire.  Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley gave one of her most impassioned speeches yet Tuesday as she addressed supporters in New Hampshire after CNN projected she will lose the state's Republican primary to former President Donald Trump.

Haley congratulated Trump on his win but insisted she was staying in the race.

Here are a few key quotes from Haley's election night speech in Concord:

  • "New Hampshire is first in the nation. It is not the last in the nation. This race is far from over. There are dozens of states left to go. And the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina."
  • "At one point in this campaign, there were 14 of us running, and we were at 2% in the polls. Well, I'm a fighter. And I'm scrappy. And now we're the last ones standing next to Donald Trump."
  • "I voted for Trump twice. I was proud to serve America in his Cabinet. I agree with many of his policies. I decided to run because I'm worried about the future of our country and because it's time to put the negativity and chaos behind us."
  • "With Donald Trump, Republicans have lost almost every competitive election. We lost the Senate. We lost the House. We lost the White House. We lost in 2018. We lost in 2020, and we lost in 2022. The worst kept secret in politics is how badly the Democrats want to run against Donald Trump. They know Trump is the only Republican in the country who Joe Biden can defeat."
  • "A Trump nomination is a Biden win and a Kamala Harris presidency."
  • "I defeat Biden handily. With Donald Trump, you have one bout of chaos after another. This court case, that controversy, this tweet, that senior moment. You can't fix Joe Biden's chaos with Republican chaos."
  • "I've long called for mental competency tests for politicians over the age of 75. Trump claims he'd do better than me in one of those tests. Maybe he would, maybe he wouldn't. But if he thinks that, then he should have no problem standing on a debate stage with me."
  • "Most Americans do not want a rematch between Biden and Trump. The first party to retire its 80-year-old candidate is going to be the party that wins this election. And I think it should be the Republicans that win this election. So our fight is not over. Because we have a country to save."
  • "Every time I've run for office in South Carolina, I've beaten the political establishment. They're lined up against me again. That's no surprise. But South Carolina voters don't want a coronation. They want an election. And we're going to give them one."
10:04 p.m. ET, January 23, 2024

Biden campaign believes GOP race is all but over

From CNN's MJ Lee

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump cheer at an election night rally in Nashua on Tuesday.
Supporters of Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump cheer at an election night rally in Nashua on Tuesday. David Goldman/AP

President Joe Biden's campaign has made clear that even though former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is insisting that she is staying in the Republican race, in their eyes, the GOP race is all but over and they are full steam ahead to a general election match-up against former President Donald Trump.

One senior Democrat told CNN that Haley’s decision to keep going should be welcome news for the Biden campaign. Haley will, presumably, keep attacking Trump and force him to keep spending money – while the Biden team can focus exclusively on charting ahead to the general election.

Even as of earlier today, the official line from the Biden campaign was that they were prepared to run against any Republican – be it Trump or Haley. On Haley in particular, the campaign and the DNC had prepared opposition research on the former governor well before she even got into the presidential race about a year ago. After tonight, that’s clearly not a line we’re going to keep hearing from the campaign.

In a statement earlier this evening, the Biden campaign said the results of New Hampshire confirm “Donald Trump has all but locked up the GOP nomination.”

“Donald Trump is headed straight into a general election matchup where he’ll face the only person to have ever beaten him at the ballot box: Joe Biden," Biden campaign manager Julie Chavez Rodriguez said in the statement.

As the Biden campaign statement showed, they are now squarely focused on Trump, and the Haley binder is one that the Biden team is all but putting to the side as they look towards November.

Nothing in the statement addresses the Democratic primary in New Hampshire, which the campaign did not compete in.

8:53 p.m. ET, January 23, 2024

Haley’s path forward in the GOP race will ultimately be determined by margin — and money 

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

Haley waves to the audience as she speaks at a New Hampshire primary night rally, in Concord, New Hampshire, on Tuesday.
Haley waves to the audience as she speaks at a New Hampshire primary night rally, in Concord, New Hampshire, on Tuesday. Charles Krupa/AP

Nikki Haley’s pledge to return to South Carolina to fight — and not retreat — was her plan regardless of the outcome tonight in New Hampshire.

But the former South Carolina governor's path forward will ultimately be determined by the margin tonight, Haley advisers believe, and other metrics — including the fundraising numbers following her speech tonight.

“This is a delegate fight,” a Haley adviser says. “We are just getting started.”

Haley’s strategists are still keeping a close eye on key New Hampshire areas — particularly Portsmouth, Salem and more — in their quest to keep the margin to single digits.

A double-digit win could complicate her argument even more.

8:41 p.m. ET, January 23, 2024

New Hampshire Democratic Party chair touts "overwhelming victory" for Biden in primary

From CNN's Donald Judd

Ray Buckley in 2016 in Denver.
Ray Buckley in 2016 in Denver. David Zalubowski/AP/File

The New Hampshire Democratic Party’s chairman Ray Buckley touted President Joe Biden’s “overwhelming victory” in the state’s Democratic primary Tuesday, despite the fact the president did not appear on the primary ballot.

“Despite President Biden’s absence from the ballot, Granite Staters still turned out in robust numbers to show their support for the great work that the Biden-Harris Administration has done to grow the economy, protect reproductive freedoms, and defend our democracy,” Buckley wrote. “Once again, New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary made history — and we are proud as ever.”

Biden’s decision not to participate in the New Hampshire primary came after the Democratic National Committee demoted historic early-voting states Iowa and New Hampshire in favor of states like South Carolina, Nevada, Georgia and Michigan that the party said more accurately represented the party’s diversity.

Earlier Tuesday, CNN’s MJ Lee reported the Biden campaign did not involve itself in the primary.

But loyalists within the state launched an unofficial write-in campaign for the president, encouraging rank-and-file Democrats to go to the polls to show of support for the incumbent president.