Progressive firebrand Bernie Sanders has won New Hampshire’s presidential primary election.
On Tuesday, the Vermont senator seized the first clear victory in the Democratic Party’s chaotic nomination fight despite a late charge from moderate rivals Pete Buttigieg, who finished second, and Amy Klobuchar, who finished third.
Elizabeth Warren finished a distant fourth, while Joe Biden came in fifth. They were on track to finish with zero delegates from the state.
With 89 percent of the vote in, Sanders was at 25.8 percent, compared to 24.4 percent for Buttigieg, 19.8 percent for Klobuchar, 9.3 percent for Warren and 8.4 percent for Biden.
The significance of Sanders’ win was matched only perhaps by the struggle of Biden, who spent most of the last year as the Democratic national front-runner but fled New Hampshire hours before polls closed, anticipating a bad finish.
Addressing supporters Tuesday night, Sanders claimed victory in New Hampshire and pledged that if he becomes the Democratic nominee, he will unite a fractured party to defeat President Donald Trump.
Biden’s disappointment offered new opportunity for dueling Midwestern moderates, Klobuchar and Buttigieg.
Sanders, meanwhile, pledged Tuesday night that if he becomes the Democratic nominee, he will unite a fractured party to defeat President Donald Trump.
Votes were still being tabulated when the Vermont senator addressed his supporters in New Hampshire.
Sanders, a democratic socialist, said his supporters form a coast-to-coast movement.
He predicted he could usher in a new era of American politics that would demand that “we finally have an economy and a government that works for all of us, not wealthy campaign contributors.”
Before Sanders took the stage, his supporters jeered Buttigieg with a chant, calling him “Wall Street Pete.” That’s a reference to some of Buttigieg’s wealthy patrons. Sanders’ campaign, in contrast, is almost entirely funded by grassroots contributors who give small amounts online.
Sanders struck a conciliatory tone, lauding his rivals in the Democratic contest and vowing that “no matter who wins we are going to unite together and defeat the most dangerous president” in recent history.
Buttigieg, meanwhile, said Tuesday he is ready to take his Democratic presidential campaign to the rest of the nation after a strong finish in New Hampshire.
The audience in the gymnasium in Nashua was electric Tuesday as supporters chanted, “Boot-edge-edge, Boot-edge-edge!” — the familiar phonetic of the candidate’s unusual name.
“Now our campaign moves on to Nevada and South Carolina and across the country, and we will welcome new allies to our movement at every step,” the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, told a crowd of supporters.
Buttigieg vowed to “end the era of Donald Trump,” while keeping up pressure on his top rival, Sanders, who he said was taking a “my-way-or-the-highway approach.”
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