Last week South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg was awarded a victory in the Iowa Democratic Caucus, narrowly beating out U.S. Senate Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont). On Tuesday. Sanders won the New Hampshire Democratic primary with 26 percent of the vote edging out Buttigieg who received 24 percent.
“Four years ago, New Hampshire shocked the political establishment and corporate media of this country,” Sanders said. “Tonight, we won here again because we built the largest grassroots organization of anyone else in this race.”
“Let me be very clear: Now that we’ve gained another victory in New Hampshire, the establishment and financial elite are going to throw everything at us except the kitchen sink,” Sanders warned. “And I have a feeling that the kitchen sink is coming pretty soon as well.”
“We do not represent the interests of the billionaire class and we don’t want their money,” Sanders said. “This campaign is funded by more than 1.5 million people who have made 7 million donations, at an average of around $18.”
“Tonight’s victory has sent a powerful message that now is the time to think big, not small,” Sanders stated. “Now is the time to have the guts to take on the corporate and financial elite of this country that controls so much of our economy and our government. This is our moment. If we do not allow Trump and the billionaire class to divide us up, we can create an America based on justice and compassion, not greed and corruption. But first we need to take our fight to Nevada, South Carolina, and all the states that vote on Super Tuesday.”
The Alabama presidential primary is on Super Tuesday, March 3.
“Thank you, New Hampshire,” Mayor Buttigieg said. “Tonight, you proved the power of a politics defined by addition, not polarization. And you showed that a campaign some said shouldn’t be here at all is here to stay.”
“This election isn’t just historic, it’s urgent,” Buttigieg said. “And tonight, we look forward knowing this is our one shot not just to end the era of Donald Trump, but to launch the era that must come next.”
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) came in third.
“Hello, America, I’” Amy Klobuchar and I will beat Donald Trump,” Klobuchar told supporters. “Because of you we are taking this campaign to Nevada. We are going to South Carolina. And we are taking this message of unity to the country.”
“We cannot win big by out-dividing the divider-in-chief,” Klobuchar said. “We have to bring people with us instead of shutting them out. Donald Trump’s worst nightmare is the people in the middle, tired of the name-calling and the mudslinging, have someone to vote for in November.”
Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) came in fifth, just behind U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts).
Biden was attacked by Republicans for his son’s suspect business dealings in China and the Ukraine while tried to reassure supporters even as he left the state for South Carolina.
.“We’re going to be back, we’re going to be back in New Hampshire” to defeat Donald Trump, Biden said, adding that his campaign is “going on” to Nevada and South Carolina.
Biden’s hopes of resurrecting his flailing campaign rest on doing well with minority voters on Super Tuesday. On Tuesday, he received a major setback when Joe Reed, who heads the Alabama Democratic Conference announced that his group was endorsing billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Mayor Bloomberg is spending $hundreds of millions of his own money to run for the Democratic nomination for President. He chose not to participate in the early primaries and focus on Alabama and the Super Tuesday states.
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) and businessman Andrew Yang both announced that they were dropping out after their poor performances in New Hampshire.