MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Progressive firebrand Bernie Sanders has won New Hampshire’s presidential primary election.
On Tuesday, the Vermont senator seized the first clear victory in the Democratic Party’s chaotic nomination fight despite a late charge from moderate rivals Pete Buttigieg, who finished second, and Amy Klobuchar, who finished third.
Elizabeth Warren finished a distant fourth, while Joe Biden came in fifth. They were on track to finish with zero delegates from the state.
The significance of Sanders’ win was matched only perhaps by the struggle of Biden, who spent most of the last year as the Democratic national front-runner but fled New Hampshire hours before polls closed, anticipating a bad finish.
Addressing supporters Tuesday night, Sanders claimed victory in New Hampshire and pledged that if he becomes the Democratic nominee, he will unite a fractured party to defeat President Donald Trump.
Biden's disappointment offered new opportunities for dueling Midwestern moderates, Klobuchar and Buttigieg.
New Hampshire (WQOW) - Bernie Sanders has won the first primary on the road to Milwaukee where the Democratic candidate will be announced.
ABC News has projected the Vermont senator will win over former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the New Hampshire primary.
The two were neck and neck throughout Tuesday night in front of a surprise third-place finisher Amy Klobuchar.
It was a disappointing night for both Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden who will both need strong performances in upcoming contests to keep their campaigns viable.
There was added attention on the New Hampshire primary as voters across the country checked to see who would establish front-runner status after the debacle in Iowa eight days ago.