As predicted by virtually everyone, Trump won. People are really pissed and the nomination just might be his to lose. We will likely know on March 2, the day after “Super Tuesday”.
Christie, as I predicted, did more harm to his own campaign that he did to Rubio’s. Look for Christie to announce he is “suspending” his campaign. Suspending translates to “I quit”. Good riddance, IMHO.
I hate to see two good people come to the very end of the road - Fiorina and Carson - but Fiorina is going nowhere in the race and Carson, a very good man, is simply not a good candidate. Given the results they should drop out - but, I do not know if they will at this time. Bottom line - neither is viable moving forward. That said, I hope Fiorina sticks around if for no other reason than her unbridled verbal slapping around of Hillary Clinton and her lousy record.
Kasich - New Hampshire is a relatively liberal state - it is made for Kasich. He shot his wad there - he has NOT invested time or energy in the upcoming “SEC” (South East Conference) states. I do not look for him to do particularly well going forward. My guess is that he and Bush occupy the second tier as both occupy similar political space.
Cruz, who was virtually ignored by media in NH, did well in NH under the circumstances. Rubio, who was damaged by the debate and media’s constantly delivered story line concerning how he was “destroyed”, came through OK and will move on to So. Carolina - I think his future in the race will be revealed in part by whether he is able to rebound there.
Unfortunately, Bush is still alive - like it or not. He has money to move on. Christie going hard after Rubio I think served to help Bush - that and NH is not a conservative haven. I think Bush will have tougher sledding in the South. We’ll see.
For what it’s worth, and it really isn’t worth much I suppose, I see the race between Cruz, Rubio and Trump - with Trump clearly in the lead, obviously.