Bernie Sanders Leading in New Hampshire Democratic Primary

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is leading New Hampshire’s Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday in the second-in-the-nation contest to find a challenger to take on President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election.

With 86 percent of precincts reporting, Sanders had 26.0 percent of the total votes. Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, followed closely behind at 24.4 percent. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) was third with 19.8 percent.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) came in at 9.3 percent while former vice president Joe Biden garnered just 8.4 percent.

Biden left New Hampshire for South Carolina before the results started rolling in.

“It ain’t over, man. It’s just getting started,” Biden told his supporters in South Carolina.

Businessman Andrew Yang and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) dropped out shortly after the polls closed, leaving nine candidates in the race for the 2020 presidential Democratic nomination.

Results for New Hampshire have been coming in much more smoothly than last week in Iowa, where technical problems caused delays in the counting of votes for several days. Buttigieg narrowly held the lead ahead of Sanders in Iowa. Both campaigns have requested a partial recanvass of the results from Iowa.

Up next will be the Feb. 22 caucuses in Nevada, and the Feb. 29 primary in South Carolina.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is skipping all four states that are voting in February, and will begin competing in March.

Four years ago, Sanders, 78, won New Hampshire easily over rival Hillary Clinton with about 60 percent of the vote in his unsuccessful bid for Democratic presidential nomination.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Author: Mimi Nguyen Ly