That’s all, folks. The second primary contest of the 2020 election — New Hampshire — is now in the books.
As predicted by the polls, radical socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has won the state’s Democratic primary according to multiple outlets, albeit with a smaller than anticipated margin in yet another nail-biting contest.
Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg gave Bernie a run for his money and finished in a very close second place, riding a wave of momentum from his partial victory in last week’s chaotic Iowa caucus, where he managed a razor-thin margin in the delegate count with Bernie clearly winning the popular vote.
Bernie looks to be pulling in about 26% of the New Hampshire vote, with Pete at 24%.
Meanwhile, bringing up the rear are Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former Vice President Joe Biden, neither of whom are expected to receive any delegates and do not appear likely to even break 10% of the vote.
Joe notably did not attend his own New Hampshire “watch party” and bolted for South Carolina in the afternoon, desperately leaning into his mythical “firewall” of minority voters as his once-invincible campaign rapidly collapses.
In a big surprise, coming in a very solid third place around 20% is Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), with a performance several points stronger than her final polling average.
There had been indications of a possible Klobucharge within the past few days, as she surged in New Hampshire to low double digits coinciding with Joe Biden’s precipitous free fall. But her finish tonight unquestionably exceeded even the most optimistic expectations, and we have yet to see if it will breathe new life into her campaign elsewhere.
On the Republican side, President Donald Trump won 86% of the vote over “runner-up” Bill Weld at 9%.
Next up on the calendar — for February 22 — is the Nevada caucus. There has been a major lack of Nevada polling in recent weeks, not to mention that caucuses are incredibly difficult to predict overall. So until we get more data, anything is possible.
But for now, it looks like Democrat voters are feeling the Bern. The DNC, we can assume, is not amused.