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US President hopefuls begin New Hampshire campaigns after Iowa shocks

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The US presidential candidates have started campaigning in New Hampshire after voters in Iowa served up some major surprises.

Hillary Clinton was trying to turn her narrow victory in Iowa into a bit of momentum for her battered Democratic campaign, after a stronger than expected showing by her rival Bernie Sanders.

On the Republican side, businessman Donald Trump was looking to rebound after a second-place finish in Iowa that marked a humbling blow to the boastful real estate mogul

Texas senator Ted Cruz sought to lock in his spot at the top of the Republican field, while Florida senator Marco Rubio also did well in Iowa.

The contenders arrived in New Hampshire and quickly scattered for a blitz of campaign rallies and television interviews ahead of the primary next Tuesday, the second in the state-by-state nominating contests to decide who will be each party’s candidate for president in November.

Mrs Clinton celebrated her narrow win in Iowa and said she expected a tough fight in New Hampshire, noting she will be campaigning in the “backyard” of Mr Sanders, a Vermont senator.

Mr Sanders told supporters the results proved he was a viable candidate, and he said: “We’re in this for the long haul.”

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