- Trump and Sanders lead ahead of New Hampshire vote
- Rumours of staff shake-up in Clinton campaign
Preparations are underway for today’s New Hampshire primary – the second stop in the race to become Republican and Democratic presidential nominees. And the competition is fierce.
Donald Trump who despite enjoying a substantial lead in opinion polls, knows there are still some who can’t stand him. So learning from Iowa, he’s taking nothing for granted and has been trading personal taunts with his nearest Republican rivals, in particular Jeb Bush.
Everybody is laughing at Jeb Bush-spent $100 million and is at bottom of pack. A pathetic figure!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2016
Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont who is currently locked in a tight race with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, is riding high as favourite this time round.
Bernie Sanders, so liberal he resisted joining the Democratic Party for decades, now represents the party's left. https://t.co/BkFx9zkfWO— Capital Journal (@WSJPolitics) February 9, 2016
Latest New Hampshire opinion polls – Democrats
Latest New Hampshire opinion polls – Republicans
Meanwhile Bill Clinton has entered the fray, slamming his wife’s rival Sanders for describing Hillary as “a tool of the establishment” while refusing to back up his remarks with any reasoned argument.
She may be behind in the polls and there may be reports of a staff shake-up in her campaign, but euronews correspondent Stefan Grobe says “never say die” when it comes to a Clinton:
“The fact that Hillary Clinton is struggling in New Hampshire is one of the big surprises of this election campaign. She is losing the youth vote, she is losing the women’s vote, but then she is tough and most competitive when being on the defensive.”