Bernie Sanders has clinched the New Hampshire Democratic primary contest by defeating former vice-president Joe Biden. The left-wing senator was able to finish a tight win over Pete Buttigieg, a centrist and former mayor of South Bend. Mr. Sanders after victory exclaimed that is the beginning of the end of Mr. Trump. Successes in New Hampshire and Iowa are helpful in building momentum for the next laps of the race.
Finishing behind the leftist senators from Vermont were two moderates Mr. Buttigieg and Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar who surprised everybody after finishing third.
Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts and Mr. Biden who previously maintained the frontrunners ranks concluded the race with fourth and fifth place finishes respectively. Andrew Yang, a tech entrepreneur and Michael Bennet who represented Colorado in the Senate were dropped out of the campaign.
News Hampshire Results
Around 280,000 Democratic voters casted their votes in the Granite State to deliver 26% in Mr. Sanders’ ballot on Tuesday. With 95% of the vote counted, Sanders led Buttigieg by only 1.6% (4,300 votes) in a very close contest which could go either way.
Sanders, 78 hailed his voters for the great victory while addressing a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire:
“This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” he said, and vowed to build an “unprecedented multi-generational, multi-racial political movement” to get the Trump out of his office.
The success will give Mr. Sanders 9 of the 24 delegates who will represent NH at the July Democratic national convention for the final nomination. Although getting the fewer votes, Buttigieg, 38 will also get nine delegates. While thanking supporters, the former Mayor of South Bend, and promised to prove himself as the centrist to bring new voters into the party. Unlike the disappointing turnout being shown by Iowans, NH voter turnout was bigger than that of 2016.
The race will next head to Nevada Caucuses on Feb 22, 2020 where contestants will look to post a strong show and then turn to South Carolina to try to appeal to a more diverse electorate.
March 3, the Super Tuesday will mark the vote of 1,344 delegates from 15 states and territories. The field will see the eliminations and promotions before the final nominee is crowned at the party convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in July.
For now, Sanders looks in a fairly good position that that of Warren, Biden, Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar,