‘Dawn of the Brain Dead’: US media blasts Trump’s NH victory as Sanders rides wave

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. © Jim Bourg
American news media has practically imploded in reaction to the stunning New Hampshire primary results.

Senator Bernie Sanders and billionaire Donald Trump blew away their opponents in yesterday’s poll to claim the respective top spots for the granite state’s Democratic and Republican nominations.

In the most dramatic front page we’ve seen for some time, the New York Daily News splashed with ‘Dawn of the Brain Dead’ in response to Trump’s success:

Meanwhile, the Huffington Post went into virtual meltdown over the Republican Party result:

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Twitter reactions to the NH results largely focused on the surprising margin of Trump’s success at taking 35.13 percent of GOP votes - and what the result means going forward to South Carolina this weekend.

Overall candidate performance

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Politico took a different perspective on last night’s results, moving on from the Trump and Sanders shock to point out a Republican Party "race to the bottom" among Trump’s rivals:

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Meanwhile, Arianna Huffington chose to approach yesterday’s primaries from a historical perspective: 

Sanders' rival for the Democratic candidacy Hillary Clinton chose to focus on the next stage of the primary campaign in her post-results tweet: 

Trump’s leading rivals John Kasich, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio were quick to look beyond NH and on towards Saturday’s South Carolina primary - and beyond: