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Sanders wins and Klobuchar surprises in New Hampshire

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NASHUA, New Hampshire — Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire primary as many had expected, but Pete Buttigieg had a strong second-place finish, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar came in a surprise third.

 

NBC News called the race at 11 p.m. on Tuesday night with 86% of precincts reporting. The Vermont senator received 26.1% of the vote. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, had 24.3%, while Klobuchar had 19.8%.

It was a major improvement for Klobuchar, who placed fifth in last week’s Iowa caucuses with 12.3% of state delegate equivalents, the traditional measure for winning that contest.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was in fourth place with 9.4%, and former Vice President Joe Biden was in fifth place with 8.4%.

Biden and Warren both failed to meet the 15% threshold for earning nominating delegates to the Democratic National Convention, which some analysts called “embarrassing.” Each of them are looking toward the next nominating contests in states with large minority populations such as Nevada on Feb. 22 and South Carolina on Feb. 29.:snip:

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The Bottom Tier Disappears. Biden and Warren Collapse. Bernie, Pete, and Amy Thrive.

After having no discernible results the night of the Iowa caucuses and unclear results in the following days, the voters of New Hampshire brought some needed clarity to the Democratic presidential primary.

They began by clearing out the detritus. The Granite State electorate demonstrated that Andrew Yang, as fun, easygoing, amiable, and thoughtful as he was, was not going to be a factor at all. The Yang Gang was impassioned, but an “extremely online” phenomenon — loud and seemingly numerous on social media, not so numerous in offline life. That having been said, Yang can fairly ask whether having Iowa and New Hampshire go first puts such candidates as him at a deep disadvantage.:snip:

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