Trump, a brash billionaire reality TV star who has never run for office, and Sanders, a self-declared democratic socialist, were both seen as long-shot outsiders when they launched their campaigns. Their victories reflect deep bipartisan discontent at professional politicians and suggest that both the Democratic and Republican races will now be long struggles that could stretch well into the spring.
Hillary Clinton campaign quickly released a statement of concession.
“After splitting the first two contests, an outcome we’ve long anticipated, attention will inevitably focus on the next two of the ‘early four’ states: Nevada and South Carolina,” the campaign said in a memo. “We’ve built first-rate organizations in each state and we feel very good about our prospects for success.”
A source within the Sanders campaign told CNN’s Mark Preston that the victorymeant that the Vermont Senator’s operation would transition into a national effort targeting multiple states beyond the next two contests in South Carolina and Nevada.
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