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Bernie Sanders Has Won New Hampshire—Barely

by Ace Damon
Bernie Sanders Has Won New Hampshire—Barely

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The New Hampshire primary took place on Tuesday – and unlike Iowa, we already know who won. Senator Bernie Sanders was declared the winner of the New Hampshire primary, in an incredibly close run that once again put Pete Buttigieg on his heels. "Let me say tonight, that this victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump," said Sanders on Tuesday night.

So far, Sanders has won 26% of the vote in New Hampshire, with Buttigieg close behind, with 24%. Sanders' modest leadership is a stark contrast to the 2016 New Hampshire vote, a break for the Vermont senator, in which he beat Hillary Clinton with 60% of the vote. The senator was strongly favored beating New Hampshire again on Tuesday, making his final victory a surprise, but Buttigieg was able to make bigger gains than some polls had predicted after his strong showing in Iowa. "Here in the state that follows the motto 'live free or die', you have made up your mind," Buttigieg told supporters on Tuesday night. "You said that the famous independent series and, thanks to you, a campaign that some said shouldn't be here, showed that we are here to stay."

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night, however, was the strong performance of Senator Amy Klobuchar, who achieved an unexpected third place with 20% of the vote, after benefiting from a strong performance in the debate on Friday that resulted in a last minute wave. "Hello America, I'm Amy Klobuchar and I'm going to beat Donald Trump," said the Minnesota senator in a speech Tuesday night. “My heart is full tonight. While there are still bills to count, we beat the odds every step of the way. "

There was no such good night in New Hampshire: Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively. No candidate has reached the 15% threshold required to win delegates in the state. The result is a disappointing ending for both candidates – Warren came in with an advantage on the field, as she is from neighboring Massachusetts, while Biden has failed to return from his disappointing performance in Iowa. Both campaigns seemed to anticipate that they would not do well before the vote, however, with campaign moves on Tuesday that preemptively diminished New Hampshire's results while anxiously awaiting subsequent primary votes. Warren's campaign launched a memo On Tuesday afternoon, publicizing the candidate's chances, predicting that the senator would be "the consensual choice of the largest coalition of Democrats in every corner of the country" on Super Tuesday, March 3. "Warren had already proven that skeptics were wrong before," said Warren. campaign manager Roger Lau discussed in the memo. In an interview with MSNBC on Tuesday night, Warren acknowledged that the results are "a disappointment, of course", but noted that "98% of people have not yet been heard … and that will be a long primary period". "We have to continue this fight with people who count on us," said Warren. "It is not about fighting other Democrats, it is about fighting for the America we believe in."

Meanwhile, Biden fled New Hampshire entirely on Tuesday, spending the night in South Carolina, where he hopes to do better with the state's most diverse constituency. “We just heard from the top two of the 50 states. Two of them, "said Biden in South Carolina." And where I come from, this is the opening bell, not the closing bell. The fight to end Donald Trump's presidency is just beginning. The vice president emphasized that the primary race has yet to hear more than 99% of black and Latino voters, with whom Biden does much better research than candidates like Buttigieg and Klobuchar. "So when you hear all these experts and experts, cable talkers, talk about the race, tell them: it's not over yet, we're just getting started," said Biden.

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