New Hampshire Primary results
A moderate win
Bernie came out on top. However, interesting to note that Buttigieg and Klobuchar combined took a 40%+ of the vote, seemingly indicating that Democrats might be leaning more towards centrist candidates. I’m a personal Klobuchar fan and am happy to see her come out in third place. In general, I think the NH primary is renewing the hope for moderates and might spur moderate voters to come out and bolster the support. A far-left progressive candidate wouldn’t be the strongest Trump opponent. If we can sway some GOP voters to opt for a non-Trump option that won’t infringe on their healthcare, Buttigieg and Klobuchar are where we should be pooling votes.
Sanders, in my opinion, is a niche candidate that speaks little to realistic outcomes. On that note, he has an excellent PR and marketing team that propels him into the public eye. But I’m hopeful—I’d be very satisfied with Buttigieg or Klobuchar as the nominee. And if we look back to Iowa, Bernie got a lower percentage of the vote in New Hampshire than he did in Iowa.
Biden in 5th place is telling. His campaign didn’t just fall flat subjectively (in media reports, on the debate stage), but it is truly not garnering enough voter turnout. Bye, bye Biden?
The Sanders Scare
Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary vote ended as expected for the millennial-favorite Bernie Sanders. Coming out in a victory with Pete Buttigieg trailing second, Sanders is claiming as much press as he can. Especially after the Iowa debacle that has left Sanders and Buttigieg in a close battle. But not all of the democratic party feels as strongly about the democratic socialist candidate as its younger voters. Almost as quickly as the news came about Sanders’ victory,headlines changed to Nevada’s top union warning about Sanders’ healthcare plan. The union claims that under his plan, union workers would effectively lose their healthcare. Could there be dissension in the ranks?
While the grand ideas and movement behind the Sanders campaign have captivated the hearts and minds of millions of millennials, much of the party’s older generation is not in favor of a complete overhaul to the American system. Especially those who have extensive life and business experience, to them the idea of a socialist agenda is the end of a truly free market.Socialism, even Bernie Sanders’ Socialism, is a hard sell to the majority of Americans in a time where a record number of people feel optimistic about the economy and the future of America.
Proof of this was also shown in the New Hampshire primary as Donald Trump received more votes than any other incumbent president in history. The partisan divide is ever-growing in this country and those riding the red wave of 2016 have yet to come to shore. Much to the chagrin of Democrats across the nation, Trump voters remain overall united and strong. Time will tell if Sanders can amass the same type of movement in his party or if his socialist tendencies will scare away voter support.