Trump, who led the Granite State’s polls for weeks, topped a crowded field of Republican candidates with a victory cementing his frontrunner status ahead of the Feb. 20 GOP primary in South Carolina. The political newcomer's first election victory helped him bounce back from a humbling defeat last week in Iowa.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich won the battle for second place, which pitted him against Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and two other governors who fought for the mantle of who could best unite the GOP. The muddled field competing for the title, though, virtually guarantees the race will drag on for weeks or even months.