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Trump wins the New Hampshire Republican primary, Nikki Haley vows to fight on

Former President Donald Trump leapt closer to the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday, defeating his lone remaining rival, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, in New Hampshire’s primary, NBC News projects.

In doing so, he put one of the final pieces in place for a long-anticipated rematch with President Joe Biden in November.

The victory made the former president the first non-incumbent to win both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. No Republican has won both and failed to take the party’s nomination.

“The beginning was the end,” said Republican strategist Matthew Bartlett, a New Hampshire native. “New Hampshire was the only place that could have been a wildcard and Trump drew an ace.”

But Haley vowed to press on.

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