Sanders narrowly wins New Hampshire primary, but Democratic race remains in flux , Sen. Bernie Sanders pulled out a narrow victory in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary on Tuesday, the Associated Press projected, with two more moderate candidates,
Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, close on his heels. With 90 percent of the vote counted, Sanders, the Vermont independent, was also declared the winner by CBS,
CNN, ABC and NBC. He led Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind. by less than 2 percent of the vote. Klobuchar, the senator from Minnesota, came in third place.
In 2016, when the Democratic primary was was essentially a two-person race, Sanders cruised to victory over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire by a margin of over 22 points, earning 60 percent of the vote.
“Let me say that this victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” Sanders said in Manchester, prompting his supporters to chant “Bernie beats Trump!” in response. Sanders asserted that he was two for two in the first contests of the Democratic primary.
“The reason that we won tonight in New Hampshire, that we won last week in Iowa, is because of the hard work of so many volunteers,” Sanders said.
When it comes to delegates awarded to the candidates on Tuesday, however, Sanders tied Buttigieg in New Hampshire with nine delegates apiece. Klobuchar earned six delegates.
Despite tensions between some of his supporters and Buttigieg’s, Sanders pledged that, whoever ended up as the nominee, “We are going to unite together and defeat the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country.”
A little more than a week after upsetting Sanders in the Iowa caucus delegate count, Buttigieg nearly pulled off a second improbable win in the Granite State.