By: Madison Clabough
Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire’s presidential primary on February 11th; edging moderate rival Pete Buttigieg and scoring the first clear victory in the Democratic Party’s nomination fight. In his win, the 78-year-old Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, beat back the 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana. The dueling Democrats represent different generations, see divergent paths to the nomination, and embrace conflicting visions of America’s future. As Sanders and Buttigieg celebrated, Amy Klobuchar scored a third-place finish that gives her a road out of New Hampshire as the primary season moves on to the state-by-state contests that lie ahead.
Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden resulted in disappointing fourth and fifth place finishes, and were on track to finish with zero delegates from the state. “We are gonna win because we have the agenda that speaks to the needs of working people across this country,” Sanders declared. “This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump.” Buttigieg struck an optimistic tone: “Thanks to you, a campaign that some said shouldn’t be here at all has shown that we are here to stay.” To the Democratic party, this is a huge step forward.