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Bernie Sanders Claims Victory In New Hampshire Primary

Buttigieg, Klobuchar and Warren round out the top four. Only 55 states and territories to go!

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to win the 2020 New Hampshire primary.

Eight days after the debacle of the Iowa caucus — where some of the results are still being recanvassed — New Hampshire's more straightforward primary delivered solid same-night results, albeit very close ones.

The race between Sanders and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, at time of publishing, is just 1.4 percentage points apart. Sanders has about 68,000 votes compared to Buttigieg's roughly 64,000, with 83% of precincts across the state reporting. 

Per state rules, a candidate must get at least 15% of the primary vote in order to be awarded delegates. A candidate needs 1,990 candidates nationwide to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sanders, Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota all passed that threshold — and at current results, though Sanders has a lead in the popular vote, he and Buttigieg may end up in a delegate tie.

Sanders won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire in 2016 with 60.4% of the vote to Hillary Clinton's 38%.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is currently holding in fourth place in New Hampshire at 9.6%. The Massachusetts senator won 8 delegates in Iowa already (Buttigieg got 13 from Iowa and Sanders got 12), which means she could maintain third place in the overall primary, above Klobuchar — see the latest overall delegate count here. 

As a reminder, 98% of the delegates in the Democratic presidential race are still yet to be awarded. There are 55 more primaries and caucuses to be held in the remaining states and U.S. territories. The next election will be the Nevada caucuses on February 22.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is in fifth place with 8.3%. Biden actually flew to South Carolina this evening and addressed supporters in New Hampshire from there, as he was aware of Sanders' consistent popularity in the Vermont-neighboring state and is hoping to make big gains with Black voters in South Carolina. That primary is February 29.