Half of the New Hampshire voters who cast ballots in the GOP primary race on Tuesday do not consider themselves Republican stakeholders.
In the days leading up to the New Hampshire primary, corporate media smeared former President Donald Trump for correctly asserting that Democrats were infiltrating the Republican primary on Tuesday to tilt the results in favor of former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. The fake fact-checkers falsely claimed that Trump’s speech warning “people [are] coming in that are not Republicans and it’s artificially boosting her numbers here” was littered with “falsehoods” and “misinformation.”
Exit polls, however, suggest a near-majority of GOP primary voters in the Granite State identify with a different party affiliation than Republican.
NBC’s post-election survey found that while 51 percent of the voters who cast ballots for a Republican candidate on Tuesday identified as Republican, 43 percent claimed to be Independents and six percent said they were Democrats.
The Washington Post’s breakdown of the New Hampshire red votes found that 88 percent of the self-identified Democrats and 60 percent of the self-identified independents who cast ballots in the GOP primary voted for Haley. Self-identified Republicans who voted in their party’s primary, on the other hand, overwhelmingly sided with Trump.
New Hampshire requires anyone participating in the Republican primary to be registered as a Republican or undeclared. Of those who claimed to be a GOP voter on paper, 74 percent preferred Trump as their presidential pick. Among those who were undeclared or Independent, only 34 percent skewed toward Trump while 65 percent sided with Haley.
Despite the thousands of Democrat and undeclared voters who took advantage of those loosened voter registration requirements to back the former South Carolina governor, Haley raked in less than 45 percent of the vote. Even with record turnout, more than 293,000 ballots after approximately 92 percent of the vote was counted, Haley lagged behind Trump by 10 points.
Her second-place finish and exit poll data seem to confirm that actual Republican voters don’t want a candidate who is propped up by Democrat donors and voters who will boost her in the primary but abandon her for President Joe Biden in the general election.