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Sanders declares victory in New Hampshire

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Various media outlets in the US are reporting Bernie Sanders is projected to win the New Hampshire primary.

With 83% of precincts reporting, Pete Buttigieg sits in second with 24% of the vote – just 4,500 votes behind Bernie Sanders.

Sanders, 78, has declared “a great victory” in the New Hampshire primary, after edging out rival Pete Buttigieg.

Mr Sandersthanked the people of New Hampshire “for a great victory tonight”, adding that it was “the beginning of the end for Donald Trump”.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Midwestern moderate like former Mayor Buttigieg, was trailing in third place. It It was an unexpectedly strong showing for Klobuchar, who surged following a standout debate performance on Friday.

The night was disappointing for two prominent White House hopefuls. Former Vice President Joe Biden was competing with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren for fourth place. Neither was on track to receive any delegates.

Sanders won the primary in the state four years ago by over 20 points but is facing a close challenge from Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana. Both have seen large crowds in the final days of the campaign as they battle for the winning message among Democratic voters.

Bernie Sanders campaign in New Hampshire
US Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters during a Bernie Beats Trump campaign rally, in Durham, New Hampshire, USA 10 February 2020. The first in the Nation Primary is to be held in New Hampshire on 11 February 2020. EPA-EFE/KATHERINE TAYLOR

Sanders continues to push for bold policy proposals like “Medicare for All” and free tuition at public colleges and universities. Buttigieg argues it’s time for fresh leadership and he’s the candidate who can unite a broad range of voters to defeat President Trump in November.

Results were still coming in from across New Hampshire when Sen. Elizabeth Warren addressed supporters gathered in the Executive Health & Sports Center in Manchester.

“Right now, it is clear that Senator Sanders and Mayor Buttigieg had strong nights, and I also want to congratulate my friend and colleague Amy Klobuchar for showing just how wrong the pundits can be when they count a woman out,” Warren said.

Before launching into a version of her stump speech, she told the crowd it’s possible the Democratic Party is headed for a long primary fight. She called Sanders and Buttigieg people she respects and said they would both make a better president than Donald Trump. But she warned about recent negativity coming from within the party.

At Joe Biden’s primary night party was quite affair. Biden was supposed to take the stage at his primary night party, but he abruptly left New Hampshire this afternoon for South Carolina, where he’s holding a campaign event tonight. Instead, his sister, Valerie Biden Owens, gave a short speech before introducing her brother, who then materialized on the screens beside her to cheers from the crowd. Following a disappointing fourth-place finish in Iowa and anticipating another poor performance in New Hampshire, Biden is looking later in the primary calendar, particularly to South Carolina, where he has been polling well with black voters.

Read more via NPR/CBS/AP

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