Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., narrowly won the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, catapulting the 78-year-old self-described democratic socialist to the front of the still-crowded Democratic presidential primary field.
Sanders had been leading top rival Pete Buttigieg and several other candidates as results came in throughout the evening, though only by a fraction of his 22-point margin of victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 New Hampshire primary. Buttigieg, meanwhile, touted his strong second-place finish as a sign that his campaign was “here to stay.”
“Thank you New Hampshire,” Sanders told cheering supporters late Tuesday, saying his campaign had won a “great victory.”
“The reason that we won tonight in New Hampshire, we won last week in Iowa — is because of the hard work of so many volunteers,” Sanders continued. “And let me say tonight that this victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump.”
New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary came days after Sanders won the popular vote in the botched Iowa caucuses. Buttigieg took home more delegates from that contest, however.
At the same time, Buttigieg wasn’t the only Democrat standing between Sanders and the nomination. A late-surging Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar landed in third place in New Hampshire as votes continued rolling in.
Sanders and Buttigieg will likely each receive nine delegates to the Democratic National Convention after Tuesday’s primary, because the state awards them proportionally; Klobuchar will receive six. Those numbers are a fraction of the 1,991 delegates needed for the nomination, but early primaries play an outsized role in candidate fundraising and momentum.
Klobuchar, in remarks earlier in the evening, said her heart was “full” and that “we have beaten the odds every step of the way — we have done it on the merits, we have done it with ideas, and we have done it with hard work.”
In a disappointing night for both of them, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will finish fourth and former Vice President Joe Biden will finish fifth — even worse than his fourth-place finish in Iowa. The development was especially problematic for Warren, a known quantity in the New England political world who had long polled ahead of Klobuchar nationally.
With 85 percent of precincts reporting, Sanders had 25.8 percent of the vote; Buttigieg 24.4 percent; Klobuchar 19.7 percent; Warren 9.3 percent; and Biden 8.4 percent. Sanders received approximately 69,738 votes to Buttigieg’s 65,956, Klobuchar’s 53,265, Warren’s 25,232, and Biden’s 22,616.
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