Bernie Sanders narrowly escaped being the butt of another Pete Buttigieg victory in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday. Although Sanders did win, it was not by the expected margin, since he garnered only 26% of the total vote.
It comes as a shock given that in the 2016 New Hampshire primary Sanders received 60% of the total vote. Some analysts suggest the Sanders campaign should view this as a comparative loss for the Vermont senator and a victory for current key challenger, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
The primary may spell the beginning of the end for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is said to be running out of money. Garnering just 9.2% of the vote, Warren lost not only the primary, but also her spot as the top female hopeful in the race — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar more than doubled Warren's votes in the primary with nearly 20% of the total ballot.
Joe Biden also fared poorly. The former vice president brought in just 8.4% of total votes. After losses in Iowa and New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina may be Biden's only hope for the Democratic nomination. The surprise, though, may be explainable. Considering the Left in New Hampshire is more libertarian than hardline party loyalists, it's no stretch to assume that an establishment pick like Biden would fare badly.
Tom Steyer, Tulsi Gabbard and Andrew Yang performed poorly, garnering a combined total of 10% of the vote. This performance led Yang to drop out of the race. Steyer and Gabbard will likely follow suit given their path to victory is now slim to none. New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg decided it was best to skip the primary and keep buying up every bit of TV ad time he can.
This primary truly reveals the Democrats' identity crisis — one that has been made visible to the entire country. Unlike in 2016, there is no definitive answer as to who will be the nominee. The primaries in Nevada and South Carolina will help reveal how the Democrats' path to the presidency will advance.
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