Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) edged out former Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-South Bend, N.D.) for the top spot in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) taking the third spot and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe Biden with disappointing performances in fourth and fifth.
Only the top three candidates from the contest picked up delegates, leaving Warren and Biden high and dry after the votes were tallied.
Here’s how the top candidates stacked up with 87% of the precincts reporting Wednesday morning:
Bauer: Looks like Joe will be a no-go
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)
Conservative activist Gary Bauer says Senator Bernie Sanders' narrow win over Pete Buttigieg in the New Hampshire Democratic primary is a sign that the choice of the party's presidential nominee remains "very unsettled and very volatile."
Bauer, executive director of the Campaign for Working Families, doesn't think things are looking too good for the Democrats right now.
"… There's a lot of surprises, a lot of unpredictable things happening [with the Democrats], all of which is to the disadvantage, I think, of the Democratic Party and the advantage of President Trump," he tells OneNewsNow.
"Looking at the New Hampshire results, Sanders is the front-runner – but he's a very weak front-runner," Bauer continues. "If you look at both Iowa and New Hampshire, he won [the popular vote in] those states by very, very narrow margins."
And as far as Joe Biden's fifth-place finish in the Granite State?
"It's still too early to say for sure," Bauer responds, "but I think we're probably fairly safe [to] not waste any more time speculating on who Joe Biden's vice-presidential running mate would be – because I don't think he's going to have the opportunity to make that choice."
Bauer also believes Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren's campaign is on its last legs.
- Sanders: 25.7%, 71,759 votes, 9 delegates
- Buttigieg: 24.4%, 68,141 votes, 9 delegates
- Klobuchar: 19.8%, 55,164 votes, 6 delegates
- Warren: 9.3% 25,899 votes, 0 delegates
- Biden: 8.4%, 23,474 votes, 0 delegates
- Tom Steyer: 3.6%, 10.035 votes, 0 delegates
- Tulsi Gabbard: 3.2%, 9.001 votes, 0 delegates
- Andrew Yang: 2.8%, 7,880 votes, 0 delegates
Bernie burning the competition
Sanders’ 1-point margin of victory pales in comparison to his decisive 22-point advantage over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 New Hampshire primary, but he gladly split 18 delegates this time around with Buttigieg – the first openly homosexual presidential candidate in United States history.
“Thank you, New Hampshire,” Sanders told his applauding fans, according to Fox News, calling his campaign’s win a “great victory.” "The reason that we won tonight in New Hampshire – we won last week in Iowa – is because of the hard work of so many volunteers … and let me say tonight that this victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump."
Even though Sanders won the popular vote in the Iowa caucuses, Buttigieg took home one more delegate there – 13 to Sanders’ 12 – but he lost by more than a percentage point Tuesday night. However, he was happy about finishing runner-up in New Hampshire, saying his campaign is “here to stay.” To win the nomination, 1,991 delegates are needed.
“A campaign that some said shouldn’t be here at all has shown that we are here to stay," Buttigieg asserted before criticizing Sanders’ campaign strategy, according to Fox. "A politics of my way or the highway is the road to re-electing Donald Trump.”
Optimism rolled off Klobuchar’s lips after placing in third.
“[My] heart is full, [as] we have beaten the odds every step of the way – we have done it on the merits, we have done it with ideas, and we have done it with hard work," she said Tuesday night in the Fox report.
Despite her second straight lackluster performance, Warren had a positive message for her supporters after finishing fourth Tuesday night.
“Our campaign is built for the long haul, and we are just getting started,” Warren assured, according to The Associated Press (AP).
Biden’s camp tried to keep the faith, as well, despite his second abysmal showing in as many contests.
“Regardless of what happens on Tuesday, we plan to move forward,” Biden’s senior adviser Symone Sanders expressed Tuesday, according to AP.
Not so optimistic was Yang, who just participated in his last contest for 2020 Tuesday night.
“There’s part of me that feels disappointed – like I didn’t fulfill some people’s goals for this campaign,” Yang told Buzz Feed News before the results were in. “There’s also a competitive part of me too – like I can’t believe I lost to these people.”
In usual fashion, Trump chimed in his take on the Democratic field before the New Hampshire race.
“I hear a lot of Republicans tomorrow will vote for the weakest candidate possible of the Democrats,” Trump recounted Monday, according to Fox News. “My only problem is I’m trying to figure out who is their weakest candidate. I think they’re all weak.”
After results started rolling in, Trump took to Twitter to add some more of his color commentary to the New Hampshire race.
“Bootedgeedge (Buttigieg) is doing pretty well tonight … giving Crazy Bernie a run for his money. Very interesting!" Trump tweeted before taking a stab at low-tier presidential candidate former Mayor Mike Bloomberg (D-New York City, N.Y.) "A very bad night for Mini Mike!"