• Thomas Parker

Sanders wins New Hampshire primary

Updated: Feb 17, 2020

Senator Bernie Sanders won the Democratic Party primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday night, winning about 26 percent of the vote in what was a closely contested race.

Pete Buttigieg placed second with about 24 percent of the vote, narrowly missing a chance to upset polling favorite Sanders, but likely receiving the same number of delegates. In a surprise result, Senator Amy Klobuchar placed third in the voting, receiving about 20 percent of the vote.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren had disappointing results, failing to acquire enough votes to earn delegates from New Hampshire and receiving a vote percentage below their polling averages in the state. Candidates are required to gain at least 15 percent of the vote in order to receive delegates.

Biden left New Hampshire before the results came in on Tuesday night, departing for South Carolina, a state where he has a comfortable polling advantage.

"We just heard from the first two of 50 states," Biden said at an event in South Carolina. "The fight to end Donald Trump's presidency is just beginning."

Michael Bloomberg, who entered the Democratic Party primary late, was not on the New Hampshire ballot.

Low-polling candidates Andrew Yang, Deval Patrick, and Senator Michael Bennett suspended their presidential campaigns following the result in New Hampshire.

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