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Sanders edges Buttigieg in New Hampshire

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/12/20, 12:42 am

The two Democrats who finished on top in last week’s technology-challenged Iowa caucuses came out ahead again in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary—but in reverse order. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont won with 25.8 percent of the vote, with former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who narrowly won in Iowa, finishing a close second with 24.5 percent, with 98 percent of the vote reported. Each candidate takes home nine delegates.

Were there any surprises? Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who surged in the polls following Friday’s Democratic debate, came in third with 19.8 percent of the vote after placing fifth in Iowa. She picked up New Hampshire’s remaining six pledged delegates. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts finished far behind in fourth (9.3 percent), followed by former Vice President Joe Biden (8.4 percent), who left the state early to campaign in South Carolina. The overall delegate count has Buttigieg in the lead with 23, followed by Sanders with 21 and Klobuchar with seven.

Three Democrats called it quits after poor showings in Tuesday’s primary: Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

President Donald Trump easily won New Hampshire’s Republican primary with 85.5 percent of the vote, with former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld finishing a distant second with 9.2 percent.

Dig deeper: Read Jaime Dean’s analysis of Sanders’ narrow win, Klobuchar’s sudden rise, and the morphing of the abortion debate in New Hampshire.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a reporter for WORLD based in Washington, D.C.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Thu, 02/13/2020 11:22 pm

    It surely tells us something, that the two leading Dems are one of the most radical, and one of the least radical. 

    But what?  I sure couldn’t tell you!

    However, it’s my opinion that Mayor Pete could have the best chance of all the Dems of defeating President Trump in October. 

    Why, you ask?

    First, Pete is proposing fewer radical solutions to the Nation’s problems, as I pointed out. 

    Second, among the Republicans-in-name-only, “progressive” Republicans, Republicans suffering from Trump-derangement-syndrome, and just plain Republicans-who-shouldn’t-even-call-themselves-Republicans-because-they-don’t-think things-through, there are plenty of potential Mayor Pete voters.  The same ones who were delighted to be able to look in the mirror and congratulate themselves for voting for a man solely because he is black, will be delighted to be able to pat themselves on the back for voting for a man solely because he is gay.  

    The Founding Fathers were probably right, in limiting who was eligible to vote. Heheh.