Voters in the state took to the polls on Tuesday for the first primary in the 2016 presidential race — an important contest that could winnow the GOP race before the next showdown in South Carolina. Trump and Sanders, two self-styled outsider candidates running larger-than-life campaigns, were polling for weeks as the likely winners in New Hampshire despite the fact that many wouldn't have originally anticipated their sustained momentum.
And so, most expected to watch Tuesday night for which GOP hopeful could secure a second-place finish in the Granite State.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is projected to finish second, NBC said just after 11 p.m. ET. The runner-up position represented an important victory for Kasich, who has been embroiled in a multi-polar fight for support from the Republican establishment: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio were also vying for a second-place finish in New Hampshire.