Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump Claim Victory in New Hampshire
After a terrible first impression at the Iowa Caucuses last week, all eyes were on the state of New Hampshire with its own primary Tuesday night. Being the second state to vote in the primary election season, much pressure from the nation had its reputation high going in. Luckily, things in the end went well and all of the candidates running had high expectations in their turnout numbers after their recent debate performance last week. Several news outlets polls like RealClearPolitics and CNN going in showed the Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders expected to win the New Hampshire Democratic Primary and Donald Trump win in the New Hampshire Republican Primary. The polls came to hold true on Tuesday night, as Sanders barely edged out South Bend, Indiana former Mayor Pete Buttigieg for first place.
Out of New Hampshire’s total 24 delegates it awards, according to The Associated Press, Senator Sanders is in first place with 26% of the vote and received 9 delegates, Mayor Buttigieg in close second place with 24% of the vote received 9 delegates as well and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar in third place with 20% of the vote received 6 delegates. Many questioned the momentum from here on out of both Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden for both not being able to reach a sufficient enough of the vote to receive any delegates from the state, in the end with Warren coming in 4th place with 9% of the vote and in shocking 5th place Biden with 8% of the vote. Since the announcement of Biden’s campaign back in April of 2019, he has been the top contender to beat as national polls had him coming in first place, now with Sanders taking the position. Biden did announce in his speech Tuesday night campaigning in South Carolina that he is still race and looks forward to the Nevada Caucus
on Saturday February 22 and the South Carolina Primary on Saturday February 29th. Two states that more accurately represent the diversity of the nation and have high minority populations such as Latinos and African Americans that represent the base of the modern Democratic Party and the Biden Campaign. Though doubts and fears by some Biden aides claim that the surge in the New York Billionaire and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s polling, could steal some of the minority and moderate center support from the vice president.
Among the candidates that did better with Independent voters, Sanders wins this category, among those that identity as moderate or conservative Democratic voters, both Buttigieg and Klobuchar, as well as Biden won this category of support. Turnout according MSNBC’s political pundit Steve Kornacki was on point to surpass the 2008 New Hampshire Democratic Primary, when then Senators Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards brought out 287,586 people to the polls. On the Republican side according to The Associated Press, President Trump easily won in a landslide the New Hampshire Republican Primary with 85.5% of the vote receiving 20 out of New Hampshire’s 22 delegates. Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld coming in far distant second with 9.2% of the vote did not receive any delegates, including state exclusive candidate Mary Maxwell in 3rd place with 0.6% of the vote and former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh in 4th with 0.6% of the vote. Just like Warren and Biden, the question of momentum for both Weld and Walsh can be asked of the same, for it is starting to look clearer that President Trump is sure on point to win the Republican nomination once again.
As final results were being called, two candidates on the Democratic side announced they would be dropping out from the race Tuesday night. That being Businessman Andrew Yang and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, after doing poorly in both the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary, both not publicly endorsing anyone but until the Democratic nominee is declared. All eyes for the next potential dropouts include, former Governor Bill Weld, former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh, Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard and Billionaire Tom Steyer.
Now as the delegate math begins to add from New Hampshire and from Iowa’s delegates last week, coming in first on the Democratic side is Buttigieg with 23 total delegates, in second place Sanders with 21 delegates, Warren in third with 8 delegates, Klobuchar in fourth with 7 delegates, Biden in fifth with 6 delegates and both Gabbard and Steyer with 0 delegates. You need 1,991 total delegates to win the Democratic Nomination. On the Republican side, President Trump is in overwhelming first place with 59 total delegates so far, in second place Weld with 1 delegate and Walsh with 0 delegates. You need at least 1,276 total delegates to win the Republican Nomination. As we now leave the Granite State of New Hampshire, it’s off to the Silver State of Nevada next on February 22!