The second phase of Democratic presidential race departed, after handing over the victory card to Bernie Sanders. The Vermont senator won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, standing just a few steps ahead of his close competitor, former Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg.
Sanders received 25.9 per cent in a narrow win from Buttigieg’s 24.4 per cent of the votes counted from 94 per cent of precincts, establishing himself as a daunting contender among the Democratic nominees. Besides, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who was trailing behind on fifth place in Iowa caucuses, took a leap to finish third with 19.8 per cent of the votes.
Meanwhile, the once-front-runners, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joseph R Biden suffered stinging misfortune, receiving merely 9.3 per cent and 8.4 per cent of the votes respectively.
The two trailing candidates, who once maintained key positions amongst top four Democrat-nominees, are in a pool of questions over their capability to continue the campaign. The results of both Warren and Biden left them under financial constraints, prompting a reduction in advertising.
The New Hampshire primary also saw several drop-outs, including entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Colorado senator Michael Bennet and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
Unlike the Iowa Democratic caucuses, the results of New Hampshire primary were precise and decisive, where a boost in Sanders’ support from the left was observed. With an exceeding fundraising over his rivals, the self-declared socialist has reserved his status in the presidential elections as a national front-runner.
“This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” Sanders reiterated his words to the supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire. “What we have done together here is nothing short of the beginning of a political revolution.”
However, the 78-year-old did receive a tight competition from Pete Buttigieg, who ascended even to Sanders in the New Hampshire delegate count, each taking 9 a piece. The former mayor still managed to maintain a frail edge with 23 over Sanders’ 21 delegates in the overall count.
Speaking to supporters in Nashua, New Hampshire, Buttigieg stated that the state’s voters underlined that “a middle-class mayor and a veteran from the industrial Midwest was the right choice to take on this president, not in spite of that experience, but because of it”.
With the support from moderate and conservative voters on Tuesday, the 38-year-old mayor stalled Bernie Sanders at a vote count less than half of what he drew in New Hampshire primary in 2016. However, with the emergence of Amy Klobuchar in top three, the votes of the moderate lane are likely to split.
The next lap of presidential race will next shift to Nevada and South Carolina, where the party’s diverse base of Latino and African American voters will take over. Although the top two remain same, the latest third entry might bring changes to the transitional elections.
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