1. SOUNDBITE (English) Julie Pace, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief:
"What we saw was a pretty narrow victory for Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire, but a victory nonetheless. After the results of Iowa were quite muddled, leaving the race unable to be called, this is really the first win of the 2020 Democratic primary, and Sanders can claim rightly so, that that victory is his. What's really notable about this, though, is that Sanders is far below where he was in 2016 when he won New Hampshire by 22 points over Hillary Clinton. This was a much narrower victory, currently less than 2 percent. And it does raise some questions about whether Sanders is able to build his coalition in this crowded field."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Julie Pace, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief:
"What we saw is two moderate candidates from the Midwest who were at nipping at Bernie Sanders' heels. Pete Buttigieg in particular, who is just behind Sanders in the vote in New Hampshire. Klobuchar was much more of a surprise. She had a really strong pre-New Hampshire debate, really a standout performance that that seems to have brought a lot of new voters into her camp just in the last few days before the primary. What's notable about this is that that Klobuchar and Buttigieg are both moderates, and it suggests that there is a large percentage of the electorate, at least in New Hampshire, who was interested in a candidate that is more moderate, someone who's not the liberal firebrand that Bernie Sanders is. The problem for the moderates, of course, is that they're choosing between a big group of candidates right now. So while Sanders' margin from 2016 may be lower, he's still able to surpass his rivals because they're splitting up a lot of the vote."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Julie Pace, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief:
"Joe Biden really just had a dismal night. Then it comes after a really dismal night in Iowa. He was fourth in Iowa. Fifth here in New Hampshire. His campaign will try to tell you that, look, they are going to keep fighting on as this race turns toward more diverse states, Nevada and certainly South Carolina, which votes at the end of the month. But the problem for Joe Biden is that the crux of his argument right now is that he is the most electable candidate and electable candidates have to win. And he's not only not winning, he is placing far below expectations. So he has a real challenge ahead of him in terms of trying to keep his donors sending checks to his campaign and trying to keep his support in those those states that come next in his column and try to avoid sort of the stain of defeat that we're seeing here."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Julie Pace, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief:
"Elizabeth Warren is the other candidate that I would really watch right now. She is from neighboring Massachusetts, right next door to New Hampshire. These are voters who are pretty familiar with her. And she was getting good crowds, enthusiastic crowds in the lead up to the primary. And it just simply didn't come together. And you really just have a sense that Warren is a candidate who is on the decline. She doesn't have an obvious next place to win. It's unclear where she would get a victory. And she's a candidate who hasn't had a big wealthy group of donors that has been backing her campaign, that has been a calling card for her. But it does mean that she needs to energize grassroots supporters, people who are willing to chip in just a little bit of money and without a clear pathway to the nomination, bringing in that money consistently in the coming weeks as is going to be difficult."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Julie Pace, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief:
"It's interesting to compare where we are now to where we were at this point in the 2016 Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders had virtually tied Hillary Clinton in Iowa. He had won big in New Hampshire. And then the race moved on and it moved into more diverse states. And the bottom really fell out of his campaign. But Bernie Sanders has spent the last four years really trying to deepen his relationships with Latino voters, with black voters. And we're about to see if that work has paid off as he gets into this more diverse part of the primary calendar. The challenge, though, is particularly acute for someone like a Pete Buttigieg and an Amy Klobuchar. They are less known among diverse communities. They don't have as much of a connection there. They haven't had to spend as much time working on some of the issues that are particularly relevant to Latino voters or black voters. And they both argue that as voters get to know them more, as they have more success in these early states, that will translate throughout the country. But it's undoubtedly a challenge for them."
Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire’s presidential primary Tuesday night, edging moderate rival Pete Buttigieg and scoring the first clear victory in the Democratic Party’s chaotic 2020 nomination fight.
In his win, the 78-year-old Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, beat back a strong challenge from 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 an unexpected third-place finish that gives her a road out of New Hampshire as the primary season moves on to the string of state-by-state contests that lie ahead.
Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden posted disappointing fourth and fifth place finishes respectively and were on track to finish with zero delegates from the state.
But the former vice president is promising a vigorous comeback as the primary race moves beyond the overwhelmingly white opening states to Nevada, South Carolina and a Super Tuesday slate where African Americans and Latinos will hold considerable sway.
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