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The New Hampshire Primaries and the Ever-Shifting Democratic Ticket

The New Hampshire primary elections took place this past Tuesday as many northeastern Democrats turned out to determine the state’s pick for the nomination. With the highest turnout since the primary of  2008, at least 295,000 ballots were submitted for recognition.  



Topping out the chart at 25.7 percent, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders gained a total of nine promised delegates. Following closely behind, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg swept the same number of delegates with a little over a point’s difference in polling. In third place, Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar claimed six delegates with almost twenty percent of the vote. Noticeably lacking promissory delegates and lagging behind the four other debate stage presences, former Vice President Joe Biden scrounged out eight point four percent.  

Combined with the litmus test of the inconclusive Iowa caucus, the results in New Hampshire prompted responses from many of the candidates, varying in both energy and magnitude. After mixed and continually inconclusive results from Iowa, following the public results, each candidate addressed their interpretation of the statistics and made their next defining moves before the Nevada Caucus. 

With both Sanders and Buttigieg claiming victory over Iowa, neither recognized untruth in their claims. Regardless of accurate data availability, both campaigns seem to be utilizing the momentum of a perceived first triumph. 

After polling far behind Klobuchar in the New Hampshire polls with nearly half of the votes, Elizabeth Warren took the results as a sign to regroup her next strategic moves. The Massachusetts senator, a marked progressive challenger to Sen. Sanders, posted a video to her Twitter account on Wednesday night, imploring her supporters to donate as her campaign is in need of “critical funds.” Ambitious since day one, Warren sacrificed vulnerability for the motivation of her supporters, urging action rather than apathy.  

Following the less than hopeful poll reports on the day of the election, Andrew Yang suspended his campaign citing sustainability issues and not wanting to take donations from supporters as the cause of its cessation. Much to the dismay of the carefree campaigner’s paltry but faithful audience, Yang allowed the tanking numbers to guide his decision. A known uniting figure for libertarians, progressives and orphaned Republicans, the alternative entrepreneur has garnered a runaway base in months gone by. Tieless and true to his word, Yang promised to continue the spirit of moving forward rather than left or right by staying open to a future run if he is called to.  

The same day, Michael Bennett ended his bid for the primary nomination to his even smaller base, not ruling out a future run in the election cycle to come. Bennet pledged to support whoever the nominee would be.  

Set to take place on Saturday, Feb. 22, the next state primary election will be the Nevada Democratic caucus. Unpledged delegates will be allocated in states to come as the polling amounts roll in. 

Preceding the caucuses, the next debate will occur on Feb. 19 in Las Vegas containing the five New Hampshire frontrunners. Both NBC and MSNBC will be airing the event.   

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Taylor Walker is a sophomore at Florida State University studying Political Science and Communications. When not found stressing out in a library study room, she can be found watching conspiracy theory documentaries, petting every dog she sees on the campus green, and rolling her eyes at state congressmen in committee meetings. She also works to promote student philanthropy on campus and hopes to one day pursue her dream as a Congresswoman.