New Hampshire Primary

Donald Trump Thumps Bill Weld by 76 Percentage Points

The former Massachusetts governor and 2016 Libertarian V.P. candidate gets just 9 percent in his own back yard, will continue to Super Tuesday.

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Bill Weld lives in nearby Boston, maintains a fishing cabin in the Keene-adjacent community of Gilsum, and has been telling people for 12 months that the past five incumbent presidents who failed to win two-thirds of their party's primary vote in New Hampshire also failed to secure a second term. And on Tuesday night President Donald Trump blew him out of the water. With 85 percent of the vote counted in the Republican primary, Trump leads Weld 86 percent to 9 percent.

And yet the twice-elected former governor of Massachusetts and 2016 Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee still has more reason for optimism than he had after last week's Iowa caucus, and he is vowing to compete at least until Super Tuesday on March 3.

"Longtime Trump advisor Steve Bannon said that if Donald Trump loses 3 percent of the traditional Republican vote, he won't be re-elected," Weld said in an election night statement. "I guess he won't be re-elected."

Nine percent is brutal, but it's still a helluva lot better than 1 percent, which is what Weld received in the Iowa caucus—a largely social affair, as opposed to Tuesday's secret ballot. (Weld did receive one delegate in Iowa somehow.) And the 14-state Super Tuesday extravaganza will feature such potentially friendly grounds as California and Weld's own Massachusetts.

While Democrats move on to Nevada on February 22 then South Carolina on February 29, the GOP in those states, under pressure from the Trump campaign, has preemptively cancelled those elections. Despite a presidency-high approval rating of 94 percent among Republicans and a fourth-quarter fundraising advantage of $154 million to $400,000, the president has been systematically preventing internal opposition from even forming.

Former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford gave up his two-month primary challenge in November, lamenting that "impeachment has made my goal of making the debt, deficit and spending issue a part of this presidential debate impossible right now." Onetime Tea Party congressman and former talk show host Joe Walsh dropped out last Friday, complaining that "the party has become a cult….Donald Trump is a dictator, he's a king. He literally is the greatest threat to this country right now. Any Democrat would be better than Trump in the White House."

Weld is not ready to go that far just yet, telling The Boston Globe Tuesday that he'd back a centrist Democrat but not New Hampshire Democratic primary winner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.)—if Sanders takes the nomination, Weld will support the Libertarian Party's candidate. In a typically bemused and ideologically promiscuous Boston Magazine interview released this week, Weld said, among very many other things, "If Mike Bloomberg had chosen to run as a Republican, I would have stepped aside for him."

To the extent that anyone is paying attention, the main GOP primary question heading into Super Tuesday is: Which early-state caucus is more representative of Weld support, Iowa or New Hampshire?

The difference is not negligible. On Tuesday Weld received more than 14,000 votes, or more than five times the 2016 margin between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in New Hampshire. If a significant portion of Weld's supporters are NeverTrumpers, then it doesn't take long for even his lopsided losses to include more voters than the 2016 margins of several states.

What is this latest version of Weld campaigning on? Aside from Trump's impeachable unfitness for office, his main issue set (as quoted by Boston Magazine) is "the trillion-dollar deficit," "climate change," and "poverty and income inequality."

As for the president: During Trump's post-impeachment victory lap last week, he called Weld and Joe Walsh "non-people." We shall see March 3 how much Republicans agree with that assessment.

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  1. Three comments, all spam.

    Weld’s shown his true colors if he thinks Bloomberg is better than Trump, or if he thinks any of the Democrats are “centrist”.

    1. Read that last bit and everyone Weld has spoken positively about. He is a Democrat. He cares most about Democrat issues. If Reason was libertarian, they would actually call him out on his bs and stop trying to cheerlead. For all his faults, Trump is maybe right on 50% of his actions. That is significantly better than the other options. Yes, the man is an asshole, but overall I think he has done more good than bad. The big thing he has been poor on is debt/deficit. That could probably be mitigated by libertarian and libertarian-leaning Republicans getting elected to the House and actually producing bills to solve the spending problem. The kicker there is that they would have to stop making an enemy of Trump to make progress. Considering the TDS displayed by current “libertarian-ish” politicos, I doubt any of them truly want to accomplish libertarian objectives. Rand Paul is most effective right now even if he has somewhat sold out on some stuff

      1. I’m looking forward to Reason endorsing Bernie.

        Open Borders Uber Alles!

      2. Bill Weld is NOT a Libertarian nor Republican.

        Libertarians want Libertarians to win not Democrats.

        Republicans want Republicans to win not Democrats.

        1. “Bill Weld is campaigning on “climate change,” and “poverty and income inequality.””

          But what could be more libertarian than massive social engineering projects?

    2. He’s basically admitted his goal here is just to make sure the Democrat gets elected.

    3. Bloomberg IS awful but he is still better than Trump.

      1. No, he’s not. He’s a piece of shit. Do you want Mini Mike deciding the size of your beverage?

      2. If you did a poll on the favorability of malignant tumors, I’m sure they would beat that 9%. Which doesn’t say much for Weld.

  2. How did Weld get 9%? Sounds like not all Republicans are that happy with Trump.

    1. Probably just a protest vote. When the outcome is inevitable, protest votes are plentiful.

    2. Trump got 120k votes. Bush, obama, and Clinton didnt top 80k in reelection campaigns in NH.

      NH basically has open primaries.

      1. NH primary is not open. Democrats cannot vote with Republican ticket and vice versa. Unenrolled voters can enroll with either party and then vote. They can unenroll afterwards if they so choose.

    3. Same way that I voted for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Georgia Primary and then voted for GayJay in the actual election.

      To fuck up the Democrat Party.

      9% are voting to fuck up the GOP and they failed miserably. Plus, since they were likely not Republicans, they were not able to vote for their favorite Democrat…oh wait, they did vote for a Democrat.

    4. 10 percent of the population has an IQ so low they don’t qualify as capable for doing manual labor.

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  4. Weld gave his word that he was committed to the Libertarian party and that for him there was no going back to the tired duopoly. And now he’s back to his old ways with not so much as a whisper of apology or even explanation.

    It’s bad enough that politicians are easily the most venal and power-hungry group and that he fits right in. But he has amply demonstrated that his word means shit. I don’t see how anyone can have any respect for him, much less support him.

    1. William Weld on Why Libertarians Can Trust Him as Vice President https://youtu.be/rqqefZhiQuM

  5. “Longtime Trump advisor Steve Bannon said that if Donald Trump loses 3 percent of the traditional Republican vote, he won’t be re-elected,” Weld said in an election night statement. “I guess he won’t be re-elected.”

    “Weld is not ready to go that far just yet, telling The Boston Globe Tuesday that he’d back a centrist Democrat but not New Hampshire Democratic primary winner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.)—if Sanders takes the nomination, Weld will support the Libertarian Party’s candidate”

    What a grifter.

    He’s running as a Republican to make sure a Republican doesn’t win the Whitehouse, and will support any Dem over Trump, as long as it’s not Bernie, in which case he’ll vote Libertarian.

    So pay attention. The guy who is running as the Republican Party President in 2020 and who ran as the Libertarian Party VP candidate of 2016 will vote Democrat unless it’s Bernie, in which case he’ll vote Libertarian.

    Grifter.

    1. It’s not too hard to figure out why Welchie Boy loves him so much, is it? Two scummy lowlife lying con artist peas in a pod.

  6. I don’t think America is ready for such a high energy candidate.

  7. This bickering is pointless.

  8. Weld is either a Don Quixote figure or a campaign grifter. In any case, he is not the answer to alternatives to Trump many GOP voters would get excited about uh under thg e best of circumstances.

    1. Pretty sure he’s a campaign grifter. He has a conman’s patter as opposed to the wild-eyed sincerity of a true believer.

  9. Bill Weld is not a Republican nor a Libertarian.

    Voters in NH told him to suck a bag of dicks.

    #MAGA

    1. Turnout for the GOP primary was huge and almost 10% of those that voted with a Republican ticket voted their displeasure with Trump. I am one of those. Weld is far better than Trump on every issue I care about, is 1000x smarter, can speak coherently and knows how and when to compromise. Trump had his chance and he blew it.

      1. Well, if a new sock troll says it, it must be true!

      2. You’re not a republican. Stop lying. More likely you’re a sock for AmSoc.

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  11. Not a fan of Weld, but it’s encouraging to learn that possibly as many as 9% of Republican voters don’t hate America.

    1. just themselves.

      1. And the future.

    2. There’s a good chance that in the open primary, at least some Democrats–satisfied with “any of the above” on their own ticket–crossed over to cast protest “anyone but Trump” votes.

      1. They cannot “cross over” . If you a Democrat you can only vote Democrat in the NH primary.

        1. Your citation fell off.

    3. Voting against a Trump IS hatred for America.

  12. somebody’s trying to primary T? lol

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  15. “Weld said, among very many other things, “If Mike Bloomberg had chosen to run as a Republican, I would have stepped aside for him.”

    And last time Gary Johnson said “Of course I side with myself 100 percent of the time, but interestingly, of all the presidential candidates, I next side with Bernie Sanders at 73 percent,”

    And these are the people the Libertarian Party ran last time? The apologist for the authoritarian and the apologist for the socialist?

    1. It is pretty easy to figure out why Weld would say such a thing about Bloomberg. A
      First, Weld doesn’t want Trump to be be reelected. Second, Bloomberg is worth 58 billion.

  16. “his main issue set (as quoted by Boston Magazine) is ‘the trillion-dollar deficit,” “climate change,” and “poverty and income inequality.'”

    One of his main issues is poverty and income inequality? And he claims to be a Libertarian? Who are these people that run the Libertarian Party and what did they do with all the Libertarians?

  17. “One of his main issues is poverty and income inequality? And he claims to be a Libertarian? Who are these people that run the Libertarian Party and what did they do with all the Libertarians?”

    State intervention exacerbates poverty and income inequality, so there’s no particular reason that the two couldn’t be among a libertarian’s “top issues.”

    I doubt that’s Weld’s reasoning, though.

    1. Income inequity primary cause if the Fed and govt deficit spending. All this “free money” to the banker/wall street class has enriched the well connected way above their actual productivity..but I doubt Weld is calling to end the Fed and stop running deficits…moron

  18. Weld is the “Nelson Rockefeller” of the modern GOP… a brahmin east coast elitist who fits in with the Atlantic Council and CFR folks..a true believer in Wilsonian foreign policy, big govt, the Fed, and the belief that govt needs to make things “fair’ which is really how best to f Italians and Irish and other ethnic groups that have now taken over the old GOP. I had to deal with many of these guys in my career..old rich WASP’s who felt guilty and were more than willing to capitulate to the left as long as as with racial quotas as long as it did’t impact their wealth..

    Please go away and take the cosmo libertarians like Matt Welch with you….pos

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  20. HA! HA! HA! I can hear the elitist left “libertarians” at “Reason” crying in their organically sourced coffee. Weld the fake libertarian got his fake ass handed to him, couldn’t have happened to a better person. I like how Welch is trying to put a positive spin on this disaster by repeating something Steve Bannon said, desperate are we? Trump is going to clean the clock of any fucktard that goes against him in November.

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      1. Opps…Prob Ferguson

        1. on last time… Prof Terguson

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