Bernie Sanders' New Hampshire Vote Count Was The Lowest Total Ever For A Winner In The Primary

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, but with a significantly smaller margin of victory than in his previous presidential campaign.

While Sanders' win places him in the driver's seat to the nomination, a deeper look at the data suggests there is a long road ahead and his closest competition is not far behind. According to The New York Times, while Sanders secured 26 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary, it was a far cry from the amount he won in 2016.

In that election cycle, Sanders dominated in the state, winning 60 percent of the vote. Likewise, his 26 percent showing in Iowa this year was a steep fall from the 49 percent he captured in 2016. Overall, Sanders' New Hampshire vote count was the lowest total ever for a winner in the state's presidential primary.

Still, New Hampshire represented the first clear win in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.

"We are gonna win because we have the agenda that speaks to the needs of working people across this country," Sanders said in a speech after he was declared the winner. "This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump."

Despite the lower overall turnout for Sanders, New Hampshire represents a sizable win for the 78-year-old presidential candidate. The state, which has held the first-in-the-nation primary since 1920, has always had a strong influence in presidential races and 2020 is no different. In the modern political era, a Democrat was never named the presidential nominee without finishing either first or second in New Hampshire primary.

Former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg finished at a close second in the New Hampshire primary. Capturing 24 percent of the vote, he, alongside Sanders, represent the two front-runners for the Democratic nomination.

Buttigieg was optimistic and thankful for his position on Tuesday night. "Thanks to you, a campaign that some said shouldn't be here at all has shown that we are here to stay," he said.

At close to 20 percent, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar sat in third place. In a speech after the results were announced, Klobuchar stressed the mention of unity in a speech Tuesday night.

"We love you, New Hampshire. Because of you, we are taking this campaign to Nevada. We are going to South Carolina. And we are taking this message of unity to the country," she said.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden came in at fourth and fifth place in New Hampshire, both underperforming and losing out to their moderate Democratic counterparts. Capturing 9 and 8 percent of the vote respectively, the two have ground to make up in Nevada and South Carolina.

As of Wednesday, Sanders, Biden, and Warren lead the pack in Nevada polling numbers at 24, 19, and 12 percent according to FiveThirtyEight. For South Carolina, Biden and Sanders are polling strongly with 28 and 17 percent.

The next caucus will take place in Nevada on February 22 and the next primary will be in South Carolina on February 29. With New Hampshire in the books, the race has started to get smaller and more competitive as Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang suspended their respective races on Tuesday after failing to obtain delegates in the New Hampshire primary and the Iowa caucus.

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