Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire, Buttigieg Comes Close Second; Biden Now Looks South To Black Voters To Resuscitate His Campaign; Warren’s Path To Victory Becoming More Unclear

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders–who is not officially even a Democrat–took the New Hampshire primary last night, winning a plurality of the vote in the first-in-the-nation primary.

Sanders edged out South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, who was finally announced as the winner of the recent Iowa caucus, which has been labeled a hot mess due to a breakdown in vote counting that many laid at the feet of the state’s Democratic Party and even its national chair, Tom Perez.

Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist, placed a tight second in Iowa, and his win last night–though far from a blowout victory–nonetheless made it clear that Sanders is now the front-runner in the race, followed by Buttigieg.

Last night’s results had to be a huge disappointment for former vice president and former frontrunner Joe Biden, who finished fifth in the vote tally–without even cracking 10% of the vote total. Biden was long been viewed as the winner-in-waiting for the nomination, but a bunch of gaffes over the campaign season might be giving many voters second thoughts.

In a speech after the vote totals came in, Biden appealed to Black and Latino voters, pointing out that lily White states like New Hampshire and Iowa are not where his bread is buttered: Polls show Biden remains overwhelmingly popular with Black voters and Latino voters and the next two primary states, South Carolina and Nevada, have very high voting populations featuring both.

On the flip side, Sanders and Buttigieg have struggled to attract significant support from non-White voters.

No Democratic presidential candidate has ever won the general election without overwhelming support from Black voters.

Meanwhile, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who at one time appeared to be a frontrunner, came in fourth last night–an alarming finish for somebody who is a Senator from a neighboring state–just like Sanders.

Warren and Sanders largely appeal to the same voters and some analysts believe Warren is currently losing and may ultimately lose the tug-of-war to Sanders for their support.

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