It was agreed both winners a ‘yuge’ night in American politics.
A record number of New Hampshire voters queued in freezing traffic jams until well after polls were due to close to pick a Democrat and Republican candidate to run for president who had until recently belonged to neither party.
The rebellion against the political establishment was so overwhelming that no one even waited for the last-minute voters to make it in the door before declaring results that would have been unthinkable a few months ago: Bernie Sanders a self-declared democratic socialist and independent senator from Vermont had trounced Hillary Clinton in the Democratic race by almost 22 points.
A bombastic property tycoon called Donald Trump had flattened a crop of Republican veterans who were once seen as the strongest field of conservative candidates for a generation.
This first primary of the US election season is like the Iowa caucuses that preceded it last Monday only a small staging post on the long route to securing a party nomination.
In fact New Hampshire has not picked the eventual president since George HW Bush won the primary in 1988.
But results in both early states – including a win for maverick Texas senator Ted Cruz in Iowa and previous disappointment for Clinton – now point to political insurgencies that may drag on for months with potentially profound consequences for the direction of national politics and for whoever eventually wins.
For though they come from diametrically opposing ends of the political spectrum Sanders and Trump share more in common than just a distinctively New York approach to pronouncing the word huge.
On one side of the fence the property billionaire claims to have seen how easy it is to buy political influence and is choosing to renounce his old ways by paying for this campaign himself.
On higher moral ground Sanders is beating Clinton’s rich backers by raising $20m a month from a record number of small contributors giving him an average of just $27 each.
‘We have sent a message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington – from Maine to California and that is that the government of our great country belongs to all of the people and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors and their Super Pacs’ Sanders told ecstatic supporters at a victory party paid for without any need for such unlimited political action committees.
‘Tonight we served notice to the political and economic establishment of this country that the American people will not continue to accept a corrupt campaign finance system that is undermining American democracy’ he added.