February 12th, 2020

New Hampshire Primary results

February 12th, 2020 | 278 views

- Bernie Sanders narrowly won the New Hampshire Democratic primary with 26% of the vote.
- Pete Buttigieg came in at a close 2nd with just over 24% of the vote.
- Amy Klobuchar is third with about 20% of the vote.
- Sanders and Buttigieg get 9 delegates each and Klobuchar receives 6 delegates.
- Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden are third and fourth respectively. Neither gets delegates.
- Senator Michael Bennet and Andrew Yang have dropped out.
- No body has ever become the democratic nominee who didn’t finish 1st or 2nd in the New Hampshire Primary.
- Biden was travelling to North Carolina during the primary where he is expected to do well.
- Buttigieg is being attacked by Biden and Warren for his lack of experience, and by Sanders for his reliance of big money donors.
- Democrats are looking to find someone to coalesce behind to challenge Trump.
- Michael Bloomberg is skipping all states in February, but will be focusing on the March primaries.
- President Trump won the GOP primary with more than 86% of the vote.
- That percentage is better than the modern historical high for an incumbent president, set by Ronald Reagan in 1984.
- 12,000 votes went to former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld.
- The next primary is Nevada, Feb 22.
View Analysis

Left View

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?

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Right View

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.  

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