Strong showings from Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar in New Hampshire show enthusiasm for moderate candidates to take on President Trump
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — Sen. Bernie Sanders is officially the Democratic frontrunner.
Sanders eked out a narrow victory in New Hampshire Tuesday night, but after a muddled one in Iowa, and recent polling showing him leading the field nationally and in the crucial Super Tuesday state of California, the Vermont Independent has unquestionably claimed the lead spot in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race.
With 90% of precincts counted, Sanders had 26% of the vote and about a 4,000-vote lead over former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg who had 24.4% of the vote. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar finished an unexpectedly strong third with nearly 20% of the vote, reflecting strong enthusiasm among New Hampshire voters for a moderate, young, but still experienced, alternative to take on President Trump.
Shortly before midnight, Sanders claimed victory, hitting the winning themes of his campaign.