Sanders Just Beats Buttigieg in New Hampshire Democratic Primary, Biden in Fifth

Bernie Sanders narrowly won New Hampshire’s Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, solidifying his front-runner status in the race to take on Donald Trump and dealing a setback to moderate rival Joe Biden, who finished a disappointing fifth.

Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who edged out Sanders in last week’s messy Iowa caucuses, came in a close second after splitting much of the centrist vote with Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Sanders, a progressive senator from neighboring Vermont, prevailed after fending off attacks from rivals who warned his left-wing views would lead the party to defeat in the Nov. 3 election against Republican President Trump.

“This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” Sanders told supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire.

In a sign of the growing rivalry between Sanders, the 78-year-old self-professed democratic socialist, and Buttigieg, a 38-year-old moderate, Sanders’ supporters booed and chanted “Wall Street Pete!” when Buttigieg’s post-primary speech was shown on screens.

It was also a good night for Klobuchar, who rode a wave of momentum from a strong debate on Friday into third-place finish.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, considered a favorite in New Hampshire until a few months ago, came fourth, casting further doubt over her viability as the progressive alternative to Sanders.

The two progressive senators have vowed to tax the rich, eliminate private health insurance in favor of universal state-run healthcare and take on Wall Street and corporate corruption.

But their moderate rivals argue their sweeping agenda would alienate swing and independent voters needed to win back the White House.

NO CLEAR ANSWERS

The results provided no clear answers for Democrats trying to decide whether their best choice to challenge Trump would be a moderate like Buttigieg, Klobuchar or Biden, or Sanders and Warren, who represents neighboring Massachusetts.

Turnout in New Hampshire approached the record 287,000 who cast ballots in the 2008 Democratic primary, when the battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton energized the party. That could ease Democratic concerns about smaller-than-expected turnout in Iowa.

Biden, the former vice president who was once the front-runner in the Democratic race, limped to his second consecutive poor finish after placing fourth in Iowa.

He is certain to face growing questions about his campaign’s staying power and his ability to consolidate moderate support against a surging Buttigieg and Klobuchar.

He also faces competition from Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former New York mayor who is skipping the four early voting states and pouring resources into much larger states like California that will vote on March 3, known as “Super Tuesday”.

Sanders had 26% of the vote and Buttigieg had 25% with more than 91% of precincts reporting. Klobuchar had 20%, Warren 9% and Biden 8%.

Biden fared poorly in two previous runs for president before winning election in 2008 as President Barack Obama’s No. 2. He hopes to stay afloat this time until the Feb. 29 contest in South Carolina and a series of contests in other Southern states on Super Tuesday, where his support among African Americans will be a strength.

Without strong showings there, his race could be over.

“It ain’t over, man. It’s just getting started,” a defiant Biden told supporters in South Carolina.

“We just heard from the first two of the 50 states,” he said. “Where I come from, that’s the opening bell, not the closing bell. And the fight to end Donald Trump’s presidency is just beginning.”

NOT A LANDSLIDE

For Sanders, who won New Hampshire in 2016 with 60% of the vote against eventual nominee Hillary Clinton, the results offered new momentum but not the overwhelming win he had hoped for given his history in the state.

Exit polls showed he only won about two-thirds of his 2016 primary supporters.

He and Buttigieg each won nine delegates from New Hampshire to the national nominating convention in July. Klobuchar won six, while Warren and Biden were shut out.

The results began to thin the field of Democrats seeking the right to take on Trump, with businessman Andrew Yang and Senator Michael Bennet dropping out. CBS News reported that Deval Patrick, the former Massachusetts governor, would withdraw on Wednesday.

After Iowa and New Hampshire, small and rural states with predominantly white populations, the race will move on to more diverse battlegrounds that pose new tests.

Up next will be the Feb. 22 caucuses in Nevada, which has a large Latino population, and the Feb. 29 primary in South Carolina, which has a large African-American population.

“We have beaten the odds every step of the way,” Klobuchar told supporters in Concord. “Because of you, we are taking this campaign to Nevada. We are going to South Carolina. And we are taking this message of unity to the country.”

Warren said it would be a long, drawn-out battle for the nomination and the race was far from over. She decried the party’s infighting and called for unity as the contest moves on.

“These tactics might work if you’re willing to burn down the party to be the last man standing,” Warren said in Manchester. “We win when we come together.”

The late attacks on Sanders in recent weeks were a shift in tactics for his rivals, who had mostly ignored him out of worry about a backlash from his fervent cadre of supporters and out of doubts that Sanders could expand his base.

Buttigieg, who would be the first openly gay U.S. president if elected, still faces questions about what polls show is his weakness with African-American voters, one of the most loyal and vital Democratic voting blocs.

He also decried the growing polarization of politics and recent Democratic infighting.

“In this election season, we’ve been told by some that you must either be for revolution or you are for the status quo. But where does that leave the rest of us?” Buttigieg asked supporters in Nashua. “A politics of my way or the highway is a road to re-electing Donald Trump.”

On the Republican side, Trump easily won the state’s presidential primary, defeating rival William Weld, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts.

(Reporting by John Whitesides, James Oliphant, Simon Lewis, Michael Martina and Amanda Becker in New Hampshire, and Doina Chiacu and Ginger Gibson in Washington; Writing by John Whitesides; Editing by Soyoung Kim, Peter Cooney and Mike Collett-White)

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  1. Somebody should ask him for a job resume covering his entire life.
    His lifelong occupation is a expert Mouth. He is a master spinner.
    Socialist running in the democrat party. He should have to run as a socialist. The democrats went along with him because he caucuses with them. Boy did they make a deal with the devil.

    1. I don’t need a job resume covering his entire life, BUT I need him to identify the 217 House votes and 60 Senate votes for the proposals he claims to he worked to pass for 30 yrs. ZERO have passed. If he could not get the support from 59 other D’s in 2010 when there were 60 D’s in the Senate, HOW does he achieve it in 2020? Sanders and AOC flipped ZERO seats to win control of the House. In 2016, the DNC learned that Bernie ,makes up his own rules for everyone else and plays by none. The DNC stood by as Bernie flat out lied to his supporters that he could win the nomination after losing on Super Tuesday in April. The Danger I see with the college students he sells his message is that they will not play fantasy celebration if he does not deliver on his promises. Those students are not going to be pretending they have free college tuition or their college loans have been taken care of by the American taxpayer. They aren’t Trumpers claiming they believe Mexico is paying for the wall and China is paying the import tariffs. If Bernie is the nominee and winner, this could end VERY badly for Bernie, the Democrat Party, and the country.

      1. I seriously doubt Commie Bernie will be the nominee of what’s left of the DemocRAT Party. Like in 2016, the DNC will find a way to shove him to the curb (THANKFULLY!!) and maybe pick Mayor Bootycall.

        I listened to a short speech he gave today and closing my eyes, he sounded precisely like #44. Since I was unable to see him, I’m sure he had the same limp wristed moves as #44 used.

      2. SyPhyllis: “ If Bernie is the nominee and winner, this could end VERY badly for Bernie, the Democrat Party, and the country.”

        GOD!! I hope so!!!!

        SyPhyllis, I’m asking you (who has no concept of the fungible nature of currency, goods or services as they relate to Trump’s wall) for a friend, and they’d like to know how Bernie’s lying about his past is any different than Biden’s lies about his past (or present…Burisma comes to mind)? For that matter, any of the Democrat candidates?

        Thank God, I’m not a TDS addled Democrat! It must be SO difficult to see the country winning while you idiots keep losing!!!!

        Have a nice day, SyPhyllis!

        1. Thank you for the “nice day” WHC, and I hope you enjoyed the day as well. The college students that support Bernie appear to BELIEVE HIM when he claims to be able to give them free tuition and pay off college loans at the expense of the U.S. taxpayers. THAT is not something they can pretend to see in effect. I don’t see them playing the same game as Trumpers. The Trump supporter wants the majority of the country to buy that they are so gullible that they believe Mexico is paying for the wall, China paying the import tariffs. and the tax cuts to the corporations and 1% are paying for themselves. Trumpsters don’t care how gullible they appear to the majority of the country, how they will be portrayed in history books, or how they will explain their support for the most corrupt President in American history. History will judge which one of us is deranged. I like the odds that it will be Trumpers.

  2. There goes the Nation, its economy, jobs, freedoms and our Constitutional Republic IF the old Communist is elected in November. We are already being warned of the dire consequences IF enough low-IQ followers support Commie Bernie. Hopefully the DNC will kick him to the curb since he’s not even a registered DemocRAT and would finish off what little remains of the D’RAT Party.

    1. I live in the real world where there are 55 remaining contests. This is hardly a 2 contests and done event. 1,991 delegates are needed to win the nomination on the first ballot. Bernie has won 21 delegates, Buttigieg has won 23, Warren 8, Klobachar 7. Sound as if those are insurmountable delegate counts to overcome? Bernie won NH 4 yrs ago by 22%— He was not the nominee. D’s don’t do a winner take all delegates. Relax and wait to react after more than 2 states worth a total of 65 delegates have had their elections.

      1. My comment above was only MY idea of what is to come. You certainly have recognized – as I have – there seems to be an increasing UNEDUCATED interest in Socialism (which leads down the path to Communism, according to Vladimir Lenin) for which there is no logical explanation other than lack of an education, stupidity and/or pure ignorance of history. The totally asinine proposals these Socialists/Communists have hatched makes me wonder what they are using for brains . For example: The Medicare for All single-payer fiasco is NOT even a part of the ORIGINAL Medicare Plan; BUT, we are being led to believe it is an expansion of or an addition to the Senior citizen plan which will go broke in 2026. Does it make ANY sense to YOU to expand a Plan at a COST of $52+ TRILLION which is already insufficiently funded and going BROKE? The M4A is simply an economy busting fiasco and being a hair brained modification of the failed Obamacare under a NEW, different name to confuse the low-IQ voters; BUT with more restrictions – NO private insurance is permitted; NO employee insurance is permitted; NO Union insurance is permitted and with “selective coverage” of medical problems. So, IF you’re not wealthy and able to pay for your medical needs out of your own pocket – Pardon my French – but, YOU’RE SCREWED! Now, the Commies can LIE and twist the FACTS all they want; but the facts will still float to the surface. M4A, et al will DESTROY the Nation’s economy in under one year.

        I also heard today the latest estimated cost of M4A is between $60 and $85 TRILLION. With the IRS taking in $4.5 TRILLION per year to run the Government, military, etc., someone is needing to plant a hellova lot more Socialist/Communist money trees and hope their Illegal Aliens are kept away.

        1. James, you’re making too much sense for SyPhyllis to give you a cogent
          reply, so I will:

          Santa Claus has never lost an election!!

          There are some of us who realized that mom and dad bought those presents. They’re called “conservatives”.

          Then there are those who never really gave up believing. They’re called “liberals/socialists” and they hide under the Democrat label.

          1. WHC, you are correct, Santa hasn’t lost an election. BUT you are INCORRECT that Trumpers, formally known as “conservatives” realize who “bought those presents.” Mexico did not pay for the wall. Tax cuts did not pay for themselves. In a reverse, it is the millennials and Gen Z’s that will be paying for the wall and the tax cuts. And China is not paying Trump’s import tariffs. That would be American corporations that pass it along to the U.S. consumers. When do Trumpers stop believing they have not put the most corrupt person in the country in the WH and believe because he is a crook, that he will “Drain the Swamp.” I would so enjoy listening to you explain Trumpism to your grandchildren. That would be hilarious.

        2. James, There are TWO D presidential candidates that support M4A (Warren and Sanders)—The remainder do NOT. As I have cautioned you previously, stop fretting over fantasy policies that will NEVER see the desk of the next POTUS. The General is the only IJR regular poster that supports Bernie’s fantasy policies.