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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- New Hampshire Edition: Let the nonstop town halls and diner visits begin | Final Iowa Dem results | Larry David hosting SNL (!) | Hillary wins delegate by coin toss | Obama, Biden meet with Ryan, McConnell today

Hi there and welcome to The Hill's 12:30 Report -- New Hampshire Edition. I'm Cate Martel on the ground in my home state of New Hampshire for the next week.  This is better than the Super Bowl for us Granite State political nerds, and I couldn't be more thrilled! Check back here for daily updates from the campaign trail in the first-in-the-nation primary State and insider tidbits for understanding how the state works and how its voters think.  

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FINAL DEMOCRATIC RESULTS JUST RELEASED -- SLIM VICTORY FOR HRC: On the Democratic side -- Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump rally: 'The time has come again' to fight for democracy Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' The Memo: Democrats debate Trump response – 'Being righteous and losing sucks' MORE: 49.8 percent, Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Cardi B posts message of support for Ilhan Omar #IStandWithIlhan trends after crowd at Trump rally chants 'send her back' MORE: 49.6 percent, Martin O'Malley (who dropped out last night): less than 1 percent.

WINNERS AND LOSERS LAST NIGHT: The Hill's Niall Stanage broke down the outcome of last night's caucus.

-- Winners:  Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz calls for 'every penny' of El Chapo's criminal enterprise to be used for Trump's wall after sentencing Conservatives defend Chris Pratt for wearing 'Don't Tread On Me' T-shirt Google official denies allegations of ties to China MORE, Hillary ClintonBernie Sanders, Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump may intervene in Pentagon cloud-computing contract: report Trump administration denies temporary immigrant status to Venezuelans in US Colombian official urges more help for Venezuelan migrants MORE, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Ted Cruz supporters

-- Mixed: Ben Carson and Rand Paul

-- Losers: Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MOREGOP moderates not named Marco Rubio, GOP social conservatives not named Ted Cruz, Martin O'Malley, opinion pollsters, Sarah Palin and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R).

Here's why:

REPUBLICAN RESULTS: Via AP, on the Republican side -- Ted Cruz: 27.7 percent, Donald Trump: 24.3 percent, Marco Rubio: 23.1 percent, Ben Carson: 9.3 percent, Rand Paul: 4.5 percent, Jeb Bush: 2.8 percent, Carly Fiorina: 1.9 percent, John Kasich 1.9 percent, Mike Huckabee (who dropped out last night): 1.8 percent, Chris Christie: 1.8 percent, Rick Santorum: 1 percent.

TABLOIDS LEAVE IT ALL ON THE TABLE: The New York tabloids have fun with Donald Trump's loss in Iowa. Here are their covers:

TRUMP BREAKS HIS 15-HOUR TWITTER SILENCE: Hours after being bested by Ted CruzDonald Trump tweeted: "My experience in Iowa was a great one. I started out with all of the experts saying I couldn't do well there and ended up in 2nd place. Nice" and "Because I was told I could not do well in Iowa, I spent very little there -- a fraction of Cruz & Rubio. Came in a strong second. Great honor."

WHAT A VERY TECHNICAL ELECTION SYSTEM WE HAVE: Via The Hill's Lisa HagenHillary Clinton secured an Iowa delegate last night over Bernie Sanders by the flip of a coin. According to caucus rules, a tie between candidates can be broken by a coin toss.



Bloomberg's Jennifer Epstein
Uber in Des Moines tonight

The Daily Beast's Olivia Nuzzi
Donald Trump Jr. says his dad is "a blue collar guy with a big balance sheet."

I asked Donald Trump Jr. to explain how his dad is blue collar. He told me he loves to eat cheeseburgers and watch football.

The Daily Caller's Jamie Weinstein (This is the funniest tweet/video I saw all night)
That time I showed up at a caucus in Iowa and gave a speech in support of Jim Gilmore

The Hill's Bob Cusack
It's halftime. Hillary up 3. After one quarter, Cruz also winning by a FG.

NBC's Chuck Todd
Rubio campaign very savvy to claim the first "victory" speech slot of the night

The Huffington Post's Ariel Edwards-Levy (puns, puns, puns!)

The Huffington Post's Matt Fuller
I remember a simpler time, a time when Hillary was considered a strong candidate, a time when we mostly analyzed her Chipotle order.

Ricochet's Jon Gabriel
Whoa... Fox News cuts off the Cruz speech at the 32-minute mark.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)
This is the Headline:
By 3-1 margin, Iowa Rs reject Donald Trump
He should now answer real policy& exec power questions OR exit the race

Sioux City Journal's Nick Hytrek
Someone was just promised a beer if they'd switch to O'Malley so he can get enough votes to remain viable.



DIFFERENCES TO WATCH IN N.H.: Via The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe, Michael Kranish, and Juliet Eilperin, with Iowa out of the way, the spotlight on ethanol and evangelicals is over. Now starts the spin for a state that is socially moderate, fiscally frugal and comprised of a large number of independent voters -- who can vote in either primary. Now let the full-on wooing commence:

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR THE WEEKEND: Larry David -- whose Bernie Sanders impression is crazy good -- will be hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. This couldn't be any more perfect.

ON THE GROUND TIDBIT: An unnamed pollster called my family's landline in Bedford, N.H., and asked, "How likely are you to vote in the Iowa caucuses?" Well, I'm going to have to say "no chance" because...New Hampshire?



GOP HAS A HELLUVA BUDGET FIGHT COMING UP: Via The Huffington Post's Matt Fuller, while the Iowa caucuses were going on, the House Freedom Caucus sat in the basement of Tortilla Coast plotting insurrection over the GOP budget.  Basically, they're upset the budget was a "Boehner Budget," and they want a lower number.

GOOGLE'S GETTING SLOPPY: Via CNN's Chris Isidore,, one of the most valuable domains on the Internet, was mistakenly sold for $12 last fall. Google then paid $12,000 to get it back. Seems to me the buyer could have gotten a lot more than $12,000 for the domain.

"WHY CAN'T WE BE FRIENDS?": Via The Hill's Alex Bolton, with a tough election year for Republicans to keep the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is leaning toward holding back several measures that have bipartisan support but are divisive in his conference. This includes: the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, criminal justice reform and an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS.

UHH, SO AN ESCORT SERVICE CLIENT LIST COULD BE "RELEVANT" TO 2016...: Via The Washington Post's Emily Heil, The former lawyer for the late "DC madam" says the client list for the escort service could be "relevant" to the election and is fighting for the ability to release some of the names. 



12:30 p.m. EST: President Obama has lunch with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). This is following the 11:15 a.m. meeting with President Obama, Vice President Biden, Speaker Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (R-Ky.). Here's their agenda: 

12:30 p.m. EST: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) holds a town hall meeting in Windham, N.H., before heading to South Carolina for a 6 p.m. event.

12:30 p.m. EST: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) holds a town hall in rural Claremont, N.H.

2:15–7 p.m. EST: The House votes on eight bills. Here's the list:

2:30 p.m. EST: The Senate votes on an amendment to declare national monuments and on amendments to an energy reform bill. 

3 p.m. EST: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) holds a rally in Keene, N.H. FYI: Keene is right on the border with Vermont, Bernie's home state. This is prime territory for him -- and the backdrop is sure to have enthusiastic supporters. Good for momentum the day after a close second place finish in Iowa.

3 p.m. EST: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Puerto Rico Healthcare Crisis Coalition are hosting a briefing on the healthcare challenges facing Puerto Rico. Watch: It will live stream on Periscope (!) with the handle @HealthCrisisPR.

4 p.m. EST: Jeb Bush speaks in Henniker, N.H. FYI: This is right near Pat's Peak Ski Area. They have perfectly undercooked M&M cookies roughly the size of your head. I wouldn't lead you astray! ;) 

5 p.m. EST: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) holds a rally in Exeter, N.H. This is near the Atlantic coast where there is a large population of military voters. 

6 p.m. EST: Kasich holds a town hall in Plymouth, N.H.

6 p.m. EST: Sanders holds a rally in Claremont, N.H. -- a few hours after Kasich's event in Claremont.

7 p.m. EST: Donald Trump holds a rally in Milford, N.H.

7 p.m. EST: Jeb Bush speaks at the Hanover Inn in Hanover, N.H. -- the same town as Dartmouth College. 



Today is National Tater Tot Day! Now if that isn't a day to celebrate, I don't know what is. 

WELL, THAT IS AGGRESSIVE: After biting into a Kit Kat bar that didn't have the wafers in it, a law student from King's College London is requesting free Kit Kats for life. This feels drastic to me but shoot for the stars, lawyer-in-training, shoot for the stars.

HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY! Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow and predicts an early spring. Excuse me while I go run an excited lap.

And with that, here is a Snapchat filter that makes dogs look like Dug from "Up." Please, please try this out and send me the photos. I beg of you.


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