Bernie Sanders confirmed winner of New Hampshire, as two of his challengers drop out

The Granite State is feeling the Bern. Bernie Sanders narrowly won the New Hampshire primary, putting the left-wing lawmaker on track to claim front-runner status as a couple of his low-polling contenders pulled the plug on their campaigns. With 95% Sanders was the winner of the first-in-the-nation primary with roughly 26% of the vote, edging out Pete Buttigieg’s runner-up 24%.

Pete Buttigieg

Let me say tonight that this victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump, the democratic socialist Vermont senator said to deafening roars at a primary night party in Manchester, New Hampshire.

As Sanders claimed his second win in a row, two of his long-shot challengers, Andrew Yang

and Michael Bennet, dropped out of the race even before the final New Hampshire tally landed.

Michael Bennet.

Yang, a New York-born entrepreneur, and Bennet, a Democratic senator from Colorado, were in eighth and 11th place respectively in the early results with only about 3% of the vote between them. Both have struggled to raise cash or score higher than single digits in most polls.

The first openly major presidential candidate in U.S. history and a former mayor of South Bend, Ind., struck a diplomatic, upbeat tone as he addressed supporters after Sanders’ projected victory.

We all share the spirit that we heard from some of our volunteers at a poll site earlier today who welcomed a competing candidate with chants of ‘vote blue no matter who,’” Buttigieg said. “We are on the same team.”

Amy Klobuchar was close behind the front-running duo, with roughly 20% of the vote, marking a major improvement for her as she vies for the same moderate segment of the vote as Buttigieg.

Elizabeth Warren, whose campaign has faded in the polls in recent weeks, was in fourth with about 9.5%, putting her outside the cut-off limit to secure any national delegates from the New Hampshire contest.

Joe Biden also trailed far behind the leader pack, landing fifth in the early reporting with less than 8.5% of the vote, leaving him without New Hampshire delegates as well.

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