2020 New Hampshire primary – Sanders barely tops Buttigieg, Trump still front GOP runner

Lance Jenson, Student Writer

NEW HAMPSHIRE- On Tuesday, February 11, 2020, eligible voters in New Hampshire participated in the primary election for the 2020 US presidential race. After the debacle that was the Iowa Caucus on February 3, citizens were hoping to find some clarity within NH. While many wished for an outcome that would pave the way for the rest of the race, it became evident that this was not going to be an easy election year to predict.

This leg of the race became very exciting for many Democrats, as both Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders are still neck-and-neck. In Iowa, the two came out on top; however, Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, connected with fellow Midwesterners and received 26.2% of the votes – that is, 0.1% more of the votes than Sanders – earning him 13 delegates. The previous week was a close call after mishaps with reported voter outcomes in the DNC, but the most recent primary was no better. With no technical issues, the two candidates are tied with the 9 delegates from NH, but Sanders is coming out on top with 25.8% of the vote – 1.3% more than Pete with 24.5% – a win for the Senator of neighboring state Vermont. This places Mayor Pete in first right now, but only by one delegate, as he has 22 compared to Sanders’ 21.

Republicans, on the other hand, are experiencing an outcome that most had already expected. Dominating both the GOP caucus in Iowa and now the New Hampshire primary, incumbent President Donald Trump is on top of his party. After receiving 97.1% of the votes in Iowa, Trump remains in first with 85.5% of New Hampshire Republican votes. Though not winning any significant vote, the incumbent President is facing opposition from Bill Weld, former governor of Massachusetts, who has gotten second in both IA and NH, earning a whopping 1.3% and 9.1% respectively. This is not surprising, as only four incumbent presidents in history have not received renomination – John Tyler, Andrew Johnson, Chester A. Arthur, and Millard Filmore, all of which were from over 100 years ago. If this voter trend continues, it is very evident who will win the GOP nomination.

While an easily decisive landslide for Republicans, the thrill continues for Democrats who are still split over the moderacy of Pete Buttigieg and the further-left Sen. Bernie Sanders. The next primary will be held in Nevada on Saturday, February 22, 2020, and may hopefully create a clearer outcome for the candidates.

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