Senator Bernie Sanders won New Hamsphire’s Democratic primary on Tuesday, says US network projections, leaving behind rival and former vice president Joe Biden as he claimed victory in his challenge against President Donald Trump in November.
Sanders, the leader of the party’s progressive wing, had 26 percent of the votes, most of them complete in the northeastern state – where Hillary Clinton was routed against him in 2016.
“Let me take this opportunity to thank the people of New Hampshire for a great victory tonight,“ Sanders told enthusiastic supporters after NBC and ABC announced the result.
“The victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” the senator who hails from Vermont said as he won the crowd with his rallies and cries for fairer taxes and better health care.
Indiana ex-mayor Pete Buttigieg came in second place at 24 percent as he prepared himself for the challenges ahead. Midwestern moderate Amy Klobuchar finished third with 20 percent of votes and Liberal Elizabeth Warren came fourth at nine percent.
“Now our campaign moves on to Nevada, to South Carolina, to communities across our country. And we will welcome new allies to our movement at every step,” Buttigieg said.
Biden had already admitted doing badly in New Hampshire, as what he did in Iowa a week earlier, the former vice president’s fears witnessed no end when he finished fifth at a bit over eight percent.
The win will prove to be unlucky for Biden who has not been successful in garnering numbers nor the level of enthusiasm of his rivals needed for the top place in the Democratic league.
White House hopefuls wished for clarity in the Granite State after the first Iowa count turned chaotic, pitting Sanders and Buttigieg against each other.
Tech Entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet would, therefore, be facing reality and withdrawing following their failure on Tuesday.
“You know I am the math guy, and it is clear tonight from the numbers that we are not going to win this race,” Yang said.