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Focus on Nevada, South Carolina after Sanders wins New Hampshire

Manchester, New Hampshire – After a chaotic Iowa caucus, the Democratic Party rebounded on Tuesday night with the country’s first primary. US Senator Bernie Sanders declared victory, crowning him the new frontrunner in the shrinking Democratic field. Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg came in a close second, with Senator Amy Klobuchar – who…

Focus on Nevada, South Carolina after Sanders wins New Hampshire

Manchester, New Hampshire – After a chaotic Iowa caucus, the Democratic Party rebounded on Tuesday night with the country’s first primary.
US Senator Bernie Sanders declared victory, crowning him the new frontrunner in the shrinking Democratic field. Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg came in a close second, with Senator Amy Klobuchar – who had a last-minute surge of support – in third.
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But for Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, poor performances in the first two nominating contests adds pressure to their struggling campaigns.
Attention has now turned to Nevada and South Carolina, which will hold their nominating contests later this month. Those two states have greater demographic diversity than Iowa and New Hampshire, which are overwhelmingly white.
In New Hampshire, Sanders finished with 26 percent of the votes, while Buttigieg had 24 percent, Klobuchar 20 percent, Warren 9 percent and Biden 8 percent.
“This victory here is the beginning of the end for [President] Donald Trump,” Sanders said as he declared victory on Tuesday night.
Buttigieg said his support in Iowa and New Hampshire settled “the questions of whether we could build a campaign across age groups and different kinds of communities”.

Democratic US presidential candidate and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to supporters at his New Hampshire primary night rally in Nashua, New Hampshire [Brendan McDermid/Reuters] 

Klobuchar meanwhile said, “The people of New Hampshire, because of you, we are taking this campaign to Nevada”.
Amy Rotenberg, a longtime supporter and friend of Amy Klobuchar on the ground canvassing in New Hampshire, said she was “absolutely thrilled” about her candidate’s performance.
“I’m really glad as a Minnesotan and someone who has been a constituent,” Rotenberg told Al Jazeera, “that the world is getting to see what we’ve known all along”.

Klobuchar speaks during a campaign event at the town hall in Exeter, New Hampshire [Kevin Lamarque/Reuters] 

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