Sanders Edges Buttigieg in New Hampshire Primary as Klobuchar Surges to Third

Up next is the Nevada caucuses on Feb. 22

Last Updated: February 11, 2020 @ 9:00 PM

With nearly 94% of votes counted in the New Hampshire primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has narrowly landed in first place, receiving 26% of the vote and edging out former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg, who came in second with just over 24%.

And in a surprising turn of events, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar made a very strong showing, coming in third with almost 20%, well ahead of the remaining candidates who were on the ballot in New Hampshire.

Ahead of the final tally, both Buttigieg and Sanders delivered what amounted to victory speeches to their followers. But while the results suggest strong showings to come for both candidates, and a possible Klobuchar insurgency, the race is far from over.

New Hampshire, both demographically and in population, is highly unrepresentative of the Democratic Party and the country over all. And despite not winning any new delegates, Elizabeth Warren remains third in number of overall delegates collected so far.

A clearer picture of the situation may begin to emerge over the next two weeks, with the Nevada caucuses happening Saturday, Feb. 22 and the South Carolina primary coming a week later on Feb. 29. The packed Super Tuesday primaries will be held just three days later on March 3.

Meanwhile, the Hew Hampshire primary saw the end of two campaigns: entrepreneur Andrew Yang dropped out Tuesday afternoon, and Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet dropped out in early evening.

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