RTL Info Videoby Amanda Becker and John Whitesides
MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Bernie Sanders narrowly won New Hampshire’s Democratic primary Tuesday night as former favorite Joe Biden was relegated to fifth place, another setback that raises questions about the viability of his countryside.
Sanders, a progressive Vermont senator, has withstood the attacks of his rivals for whom his progressive line would risk losing the Democrats to Trump.
“Let me take this opportunity to thank the people of New Hampshire for this great victory tonight,” he said to his supporters gathered in Manchester, New Hampshire.
He is ahead of moderate Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend (Indiana), who came in close to the top last week during the Iowa caucuses, which turned into chaos after a computer bug blocked the broadcast of results for almost 24 hours.
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who was looking for a good result in this rural state after her good performance in the last debate, placed third.
“Thanks to you, we are taking this campaign to Nevada,” said Klobuchar to his supporters in New Hampshire.
Former vice president Joe Biden has a second poor result after his fourth place finish in Iowa. Its ability to rally the moderate electorate will be called into question after the breakthrough of Buttigieg and Klobuchar.
Joe Biden is counting on the South Carolina primary on February 29 and the “Super Tuesday” on March 3 in which many southern states will vote, where the strong support he enjoys within the African-American community will be a strength.
“It’s not over. This is just the beginning,” he said to supporters in South Carolina, where he flew away shortly before the results were announced.
NEXT STEP: NEVADA CAUCUS ON FEBRUARY 22
Poor results also for Elizabeth Warren, progressive senator from Massachusetts, who finished in fourth place, she who was however considered the favorite in the New Hampshire election three months ago.
The results of the primary reduced the number of Democratic nomination contestants after 45-year-old entrepreneur Andrew Yang and 55-year-old Colorado senator Michael Bennet announced they were withdrawing.
According to CBS, the former Massachusetts governor is expected to announce on Wednesday that he will give up his candidacy.
New Hampshire voters had to choose from 33 candidates, including those who had abandoned the party’s nomination contest. Only the name of the former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg does not appear on the ballots, the latter not participating in the polls before “Super Tuesday” on March 3.
On the Republican side, Donald Trump should easily win the state primary against former Massachusetts governor William Weld, according to a poll conducted at the exit from the polls by the Edison Research institute.
After these two rural states, the primary marathon will continue on February 22 for the Nevada caucuses and on February 29 in South Carolina.
(Doina Chiacu and Ginger Gibson in Washington, French version Arthur Connan)