Following the chaotic Iowa caucuses last week, voters in New Hampshire cast their ballots for their preferred presidential candidates last night.
With 96 percent of precincts reporting as of publishing, the winner of the New Hampshire Democratic primary was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) finished second and third respectively and will receive delegates.
The anticipated winner of the Republican primary was President Donald Trump, who noted on Twitter, “The Fake News Media is looking hard for the Big Democrat Story, but there is nothing too fabulous. Wouldn’t a big story be that I got more New Hampshire Primary Votes than any incumbent president, in either party, in the history of that Great State? Not an insignificant fact!”
Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld received 9.1 percent of the vote compared to Trump’s 85.5 percent.
In the Democratic primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) walked away with the most votes at 25.7 percent and nine of the 24 available delegates in the state.
Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, trailed closely with 24.5 percent of the vote and also gained nine delegates.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) received the remaining six delegates with a vote total of 19.8 percent.
“Our victory tonight is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” tweeted Sanders.
“I admired Sen. Sanders when I was a high school student,” said Buttigieg. “I respect him greatly to this day and congratulate him on his strong showing tonight.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former Vice President Joe Biden fell short of receiving any delegates with only 9.2 and 8.4 percent of the vote.
After a poor performance receiving only 2.8 percent of the vote, entrepreneur Andrew Yang ended his bid for the nomination.
“I stand before you today and say that while we did not win this election, we are just getting started,” said Yang.
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) also ended his campaign.
Since former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg entered the race late, his name was not listed on the ballot.
Instead of focusing on the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire, the billionaire has targeted states voting on Super Tuesday, including Texas.
Time will tell if his strategy is effective, but in recent days, his national polling numbers have risen drastically — placing him in third behind Sanders and Biden, according to the average polls analyzed by Real Clear Politics.
Recent polls also show a shifting of leaders in the race for the first time since Warren briefly overtook Biden last October.
While Bloomberg surged ahead of Warren, Sanders has emerged as the new frontrunner in the race, though that lead is subject to change as Super Tuesday on March 3 draws nearer.
In order to receive the Democratic nomination, a candidate will need to secure over half of the 3,979 available “pledged delegates” that are being divided through the primary elections.
At the Democratic National Convention, which will be held during mid-July in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the pledged delegates will participate in the first round of voting.
If no candidate receives a majority of 1,990 or more votes, then the nomination will move to a second round of voting wherein “superdelegates” will be allowed to vote.
The 771 superdelegates — which include many elected officials within the Democratic Party, such as governors and members of Congress — are not pledged to support a particular candidate.
In a contested convention where the superdelegates are allowed to vote, rounds of voting will continue until a single candidate receives a majority of the votes.
As of the publication of this article, only 64 of the pledged delegates have been distributed:
- Buttigieg: 22
- Sanders: 21
- Warren: 8
- Klobuchar: 7
- Biden: 6
After Super Tuesday, over a third of the pledged delegates will have been assigned, with 228 coming from Texas.
Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. While recently finishing his degree in Political Science from Azusa Pacific University, he also interned in the U.S. Senate and co-authored a book on C. S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy. In his spare time, he might be reading up on Dostoevsky or attempting to write a novel.