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The Hill's 12:30 Report -- New Hampshire Edition: Christie expected to quit | Bernie raises $2.6M in 4 hours | Worries over Clinton messaging | GOP establishment in disarray

BREAKING THIS MORNING -- ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Following a disappointing sixth-place finish in New Hampshire, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is expected to suspend his presidential campaign. 

BERNIE RAKES IT IN: Via The Hill's Harper Neidig, In just the four hours following the polls closing, Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate Krystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' MORE raised $2.6 million. 

It's Wednesday, the day after the first-in-the-nation primary, and the polls proved to be spot-on in New Hampshire. Bernie Sanders and Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE both won by good margins -- a bad night for both the Democratic and Republican establishments. Filing from Radio Row in Manchester, the entire Radisson Hotel seems "sleep hungover." I'm Cate Martel with a brief update of what you missed this morning, what's on tap for the rest of the day, what's to come in the next primaries and some tidbits from the campaign trail. Send comments, story ideas and ALL THE COFFEE to and on Facebook


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

-- Winners: Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, John Kasich, Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem debate contenders take aim at Warren The Hill's Morning Report - Trump grapples with Turkey controversy This week: Congress returns to chaotic Washington MORE and the media.

-- Mixed: Jeb Bush

-- Losers: Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP warns Graham letter to Pelosi on impeachment could 'backfire' Hillary Clinton praises former administration officials who testified before House as 'gutsy women' Third-quarter fundraising sets Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg apart MORE, Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioChina's TikTok turns to former lawmakers to help with content moderation policies Hillicon Valley: Warren turns up heat in battle with Facebook | Instagram unveils new data privacy feature | Advocacy group seeks funding to write about Big Tech TikTok adds former lawmakers to help develop content moderation policies MORE, Chris Christie, beltway pundits, the New Hampshire Union Leader and National Review. 

Here's why: 

RESULTS IN SHORT: Via AP, with 92 percent reporting on the Republican side -- Donald Trump: 35.2 percent; John Kasich: 15.8 percent (!); Ted Cruz: 11.7 percent; Jeb Bush: 11.1 percent; Marco Rubio: 10.5 percent (!); Chris Christie: 7.5 percent; Carly Fiorina: 4.2 percent; and Ben Carson: 2.3 percent. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders took 60 percent; Hillary Clinton won 38.8 percent.

CLINTON FALLOUT: Via The Hill's Amie ParnesHillary Clinton's allies are panicking and say her campaign has a fundamental problem: messaging. Bernie Sanders captured a majority of the independent vote, and more Democratic women backed Sanders than they expected. Her next challenge? Fixing her messaging and giving her campaign needed direction.

CUE GOP ESTABLISHMENT FREAKOUT -- FINGER-POINTING AT TRUMP: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley and Niall Stanage, the Granite State result is just about the worst possible one from the establishment's perspective -- ensuring the centrist vote will remain divided, with no candidate in that lane having momentum and a viable path to victory.

HELLO, IT'S ME...AND I'M BACK!: Before Jeb Bush took the stage at his watch party, his communications director Tim Miller walked over to the media area and gaggled with reporters. I felt someone behind me trying to push through; could it be a pushy reporter trying to get a better view? Nope, it was the "life of the party" former candidate himself, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCheney unveils Turkey sanctions legislation Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs War of words at the White House MORE (R-S.C.). He made his way to the center of the group and waited to be asked a question. I know I don't speak for myself when I say reporters miss Graham as a candidate on the campaign trail. He was such a gem and enjoyed himself.

A FIESTY (AND NOT WELL-PLANNED) SCENE OUTSIDE THE TRUMP EVENT: Well, I should say not planned at all. Outside the Donald Trump debate watch party in Manchester, N.H., the massive mob of traveling press was kept in the 20-degree bitter cold. The campaign didn't start the process of credentialing, checking in, performing security checks on any media -- or even strategizing -- until after 7 p.m. EST when the polls had closed in a good chunk of New Hampshire. After an hour-and-a-half with painfully numb extremities, annoyance level high and no journalists getting in, your author headed over to the Jeb Bush watch party. 

A tweet from MSNBC's Alex Seitz-Wald shows a similar scene at the Clinton camp: "[A photo of] the press line for the Hillary Clinton watch party. Been here about 20 mins. 20 degrees out." "Status update [20 minutes later]: Still not in, morale low. Send supplies."

ROBOTS AND STUFF...BECAUSE YOU KNOW, WHY NOT?: Following Marco Rubio's watch party, a person in a head-to-toe #RobotRubio costume just wandered around. And it's bad that at this point in the campaign, this doesn't phase me like it used to. 



WHAT THE CANDIDATES ARE UP TO: With a big finish under his belt, Bernie Sanders had breakfast with the Rev. Al Sharpton in New York. After placing sixth, Chris Christie is back in New Jersey and expected to call it quits soon. He had all his eggs in the New Hampshire basket. With a disappointing drop to fifth place, Marco Rubio is headed to D.C. briefly, then on to South Carolina.

JUST A QUICK PIT STOP IN D.C.: The Senate voted on the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who will be heading to South Carolina tomorrow, is making a quick pit stop in D.C. for this vote. Let's hope there isn't any traffic, or it's going to be a close one!



HOW WILL YOU...REMEMBER, ME?: Today is the nine-year anniversary of President Obama launching his presidential campaign. The Hill has published a major investigative project on Obama's presidency. After interviews with dozens of lawmakers and administration officials, here's a fascinating (and very comprehensive) bird's eye view of his policy legacy:

-- Healthcare: Bob Cusack, Sarah Ferris and Peter Sullivan explore the chaotic fight for ObamaCare and how this will translate into Obama's legacy.

-- How he got there: And very relevant today, how Obama launched his historic White House bid, from Amie Parnes. 

Click here for the rest of the series:

GAY REPUBLICANS SEE A BREAKTHROUGH: Via The Hill's Scott Wong, gay Republican candidates for Congress came up short in 2014, but they're trying again in 2016. Here's who's running:

AH! THROWBACK: Tweet from C-SPAN's Craig Caplan: "House Budget Chair John Kasich thanked 'new rookie' Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials Democrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate MORE for his work on GOP budget in '99." They look so young!



The Washington Post's Aaron Blake
Imagine if just a few dozen/hundred Clinton supporters stayed home in Iowa last week. 

The Blaze's Leigh Munsil
Best part of this is hearing Manchester Friday's patrons react to the poll results. "I love Bernie. He's like everybody's Jewish grandpa."

The New York Times's Jeremy Peters
Overheard at Rubio NH party: "Save the bottle of champagne for later."

Politico's Charlie Mahtesian
Ouch: Sanders win was 2nd largest NH win margin.." behind only JFK's 1960 win over pen inventor & pol novice Paul Fisher" via @SmartPolitics

The Guardian's Ben Jacobs
You can buy Smirnoff Ice at the Trump victory party 

IJ Review's Benny Johnson
I spoke with each & every one of the 7 people who showed up to Jim Gilmore's Victory Party.



12 p.m. EST: Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyCNN catches heat for asking candidates about Ellen, Bush friendship at debate The Hill's Morning Report — Arrest of Giuliani associates triggers many questions Trump says Gowdy can't join his legal team 'for a couple months' MORE (R-S.C.) campaigns with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in Spartanburg, S.C.

1:25 p.m. EST: President Obama addresses the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, Ill.

2–5:30 p.m. EST: The House votes including on a bill that would direct EPA to notify the public when lead levels in water rise. The bill's a response to the Flint water crisis.

2:30 p.m. EST: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) speaks at a veterans' job creation event. 

3 p.m. EST: Rubio and Gowdy campaign in Columbia, S.C.

6:15 p.m. EST: Rubio and Gowdy campaign in North Charleston, S.C.

6:30 p.m. EST: Jeb Bush holds a town hall in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

7 p.m. EST: Donald Trump holds a town hall at Clemson University in Pendleton, S.C.



Today is Cream Cheese Brownie Day!

A LOCAL GEM'S SECRET: The beloved 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C, has had mysterious signs stuck to their walls for months. Some said "Be aware" and another said, "Tonight's show is being recorded." Turns out the music hall has recorded about 40 performances for a music variety show on PBS beginning in April.

GENETICS IN ACTION: A mom gave birth to mixed-race twins with completely different skin colors. "I can't walk down the aisle at the supermarket without getting stopped," the girls' mother said.

I CAN EXPLAIN, I PROMISE!: Eli Manning posted a video explaining his seemingly upset expression to his brother's Super Bowl win. "I was just focused on whether they'd go for two, and the defense had to step up and make some stops," Eli said in a TMZ video.

 And with that, the hotel lobby of the Radisson is clearing -- and the journalists, staffers and the circus that follows has concluded for another four years. 

Now to South Carolina, Nevada and Super Tuesday!


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