Bernie Sanders WINS New Hampshire primary

Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, giving Democrats their first definitive winner in the presidential nomination process - but he took the victory by less than 2%.

Sanders was leading when polls closed in New Hampshire and maintained first place throughout the night, with Joe Biden in a shocking fifth place position.

Sanders was expected to do well but the former vice president, who many party elders see as their best hope to beat Donald in November, began faltering after a poor showing in last week's Iowa caucuses.

The progressive senator, however, was not able to win with as large a margin he had hoped next door to his home state, as moderate Pete Buttigieg closed the gap as voted were counted.

Starting the night with an average of 28 per cent as precincts reported their results, Buttigieg closed the 6 per cent gap and after 10:00 p.m., the candidates were less than two per cent apart.

Amy Klobuchar also crept up to third place, around 4 points behind Buttigieg, after a strong debate performance on Friday gave her a last-minute surge in the state.

She took the stage at her primary night party when about 50 per cent of precincts reporting, choking up at some point while addressing supporters.

Elizabeth Warren falls behind Klobuchar next with Biden leading only Andrew Yang, Tom Steyer, Tulsi Gabbard and Michael Bennet.

And Yang and Bennet ended their campaigns Tuesday night amid their poor New Hampshire showing.

'A lot of Democrat dropouts tonight, very low political I.Q.' Donald tweeted.

Polls showed Biden was in a tough spot and the 77-year-old candidate fled the state for South Carolina, which holds its primary at the end of the month, hours before polls closed on Tuesday.

 Amy Klobuchar also crept up to third place, around 4 points behind Buttigieg, after a strong debate performance on Friday gave her a last-minute surge in the state.

She took the stage at her primary night party when about 50 per cent of precincts reporting, choking up at some point while addressing supporters.

Elizabeth Warren falls behind Klobuchar next with Biden leading only Andrew Yang, Tom Steyer, Tulsi Gabbard and Michael Bennet.

And Yang and Bennet ended their campaigns Tuesday night amid their poor New Hampshire showing. 

'A lot of Democrat dropouts tonight, very low political I.Q.' Donald tweeted. 

Polls showed Biden was in a tough spot and the 77-year-old candidate fled the state for South Carolina, which holds its primary at the end of the month, hours before polls closed on Tuesday. 

Democratic socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in 1st place in the New Hampshire primary election

Democratic socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in 1st place in the New Hampshire primary election

Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg in second after a strong performance in the Iowa caucuses last week

Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg in second after a strong performance in the Iowa caucuses last week

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar came up in a shocking third place after an impressive debate performance n Manchester on Friday

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar came up in a shocking third place after an impressive debate performance n Manchester on Friday

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, however, dropped to fourth place after placing third in Iowa

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, however, dropped to fourth place after placing third in Iowa

Former Vice President Joe Biden came in fifth after admitting last week that New Hampshire likely wouldn't vote him the victor in the first-in-the-nation primary

Former Vice President Joe Biden came in fifth after admitting last week that New Hampshire likely wouldn't vote him the victor in the first-in-the-nation primary

Bernie Sanders - seen with his wife Jane - was in the early lead in New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders - seen with his wife Jane - was in the early lead in New Hampshire

Richard Johnson, the moderator for Hinsdale, N.H., dumps primary ballots onto a table at the Millstream Community Center in Hinsdale, N.H., as Megan Kondrat and Mike Darcy watch

Richard Johnson, the moderator for Hinsdale, N.H., dumps primary ballots onto a table at the Millstream Community Center in Hinsdale, N.H., as Megan Kondrat and Mike Darcy watch

Bernie Sanders supporters at his election night party in Manchester

Bernie Sanders supporters at his election night party in Manchester

Sanders' primary night party erupted around 7:45 p.m., when the massive screen in the typical college gymnasium at Southern New Hampshire University illuminated and showed Sanders in the lead – just 15-minutes before polls closed – with more than nearly 30 per cent.

Their enthusiasm wasn't deterred when CNN showed that was with just 5 per cent of precincts reporting in. 

Throughout the night the numbers continued to fluctuate as the gap between Buttigieg and Sanders got smaller and smaller. 

Supporters filtered into Sanders' primary night celebration as the polling places closed, and a few hundred either took their seats in the stadium-like stands while others stood near the stage where Bernie delivered his victory speech.

The crowd counted down the clock as it approached 8:00 p.m. poll closing time like it was the New Year's Eve midnight ball drop ringing in a new year.

Sanders is coming off a self-declared win in Iowa as well, where he won the popular vote but South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg took the most delegates. Sanders' campaign said they are demanding a recanvass. 

In 2016, the Vermont senator won the New Hampshire primary with an astounding 60.4 per cent to 's 38 per cent.  He's looking for a repeat win Tuesday night.

Amy Klobuchar came out of the New Hampshire primary with a surprise third place finish and a burst of momentum for her campaign heading into Nevada and South Carolina.

She defied early expectations, most of which did not see her making it past the first round of primary contests, let alone besting Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren in one of them.

The Minnesota senator choked up bit when she thanked her supporters at her primary night party.

'My heart is full tonight. While there are still ballots left to count we have beaten the odds every step of way,' she said. 'Thank you New Hampshire. We are on to Nevada because the best is yet to come.'

Klobuchar ranked near the bottom of the polls when she entered the presidential contest in February of 2019, famously giving her kick off speech in a Minnesota blizzard.

She ran her campaign based on her Minnesota moderate pragmaticism and her folksy, quick with a quip image. She skyrocketed ahead of Biden and Warren after a strong debate performance on Friday, collecting enough donations - $3 million as of Monday – and support to push her to the next round of contests.

But while moderates and independents – who can vote in New Hampshire's primary – have flocked to her, she has not captured the progressive wing of the party, which tends to dominate in primary contests.

She acknowledged that Tuesday night.

'I cannot wait to build a movement and win with a movement of fired up Democrats and independent and moderate Republicans,' Klobuchar told the crowd.

She asked supporters to stick with her and to donate to her campaign.

'I don't have that big bank account. I don't have that big name of some of those people in the race and I'm not a political newcomer with no political record. What I have is your back,' she said as she asked for their support.

The New Hampshire crowd was fired up.

While Klobuchar's crowd of supporters waited for her to speak, they tried out a variety of chants and cheers: 'Let's go Amy'; 'Every race, every place, every time, win big'; 'All of us, all of us, all of us'; 'She knows us'; 'Who do we want? Amy? When do want her? 2020'; 'Go Amy, Beat '; and 'Beat , Vote Amy.'

In the end, they just shouted 'Amy, Amy, Amy.'

Elizabeth Warren had a disappointing placement Tuesday night.

The Massachusetts senator came in fourth place - despite being from the neighboring state, which is seen as an advantage.  

Elizabeth Warren gave an early concession speech in New Hampshire but vowed to campaign on

Elizabeth Warren gave an early concession speech in New Hampshire but vowed to campaign on

Andrew Yang dropped out of the race Tuesday night

Andrew Yang dropped out of the race Tuesday night

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet also dropped out of the race

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet also dropped out of the race

Warren gave an early concession speech Tuesday night – before the race was officially called – where she congratulated Sanders and Buttigieg on their strong showing.

'I also want to congratulate my friend and colleague Amy Klobuchar for showing just how wrong the pundits can be when they count a woman out,' she said in pointed reference to those who have questioned how her presidential campaign can continue.

She warned the road to the Democratic nomination could be a long one.  

'We might be headed for another one of those long primary fights that lasts for months,' she said. 

The Massachusetts senator also made a call for unity – calling out Sanders and Buttigieg for the knocks they taken against one another – and arguing only a united Democratic Party can beat Donald .

'If we're going to beat Donald in November, we are going to need huge turnout within our party, and to get that turnout, we will need a nominee that the broadest coalition of our party feels they can get behind,' she said.

She then made the pitch for herself as that candidate.

But Warren was not estimated to receive a delegate out of the New Hampshire contest thanks to her poor finish. 

She kept her speech positive, however, and pivoted to thanking her supporters, her husband and her dog Bailey, who campaigned with her.

'Tonight I want to say thank you -- thank you to every volunteer, every organizer, every door knocker, every phone banker, every five-dollar donor,' she said.

She paused and put her hand on her heart, head bowed, when the crowd yelled 'Warren, Warren, Warren' to her.

She vowed to campaign on.

'Our campaign is built for the long haul. And we are just getting started,' she said.

Meanwhile, New Hampshire state officials reported no election problems, which will likely give Democrats a clear winner following the debacle of the Iowa caucuses. The primary contest here is run by state officials unlike Iowa's caucuses, which are run by party leaders and local volunteers.  

'We've got this. We know what we're doing here. The only way it will last that long if the numbers are so close we have a virtual tie,' New Hampshire Democratic Party chair Ray Buckley told reporters on a phone call Monday.

'Everything here is paper ballot. Nothing is connected to the internet. The ballots are immediately impounded by the state police. There is just no question for anyone to have any fear,' he added.

The state uses paper ballots that are filed in with a pencil. Those ballots are then counted by machines that are not connected to the internet.  Afterward, state police officers collect the printouts of final tallies and deliver them to the statehouse. 

Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane leave a New Hampshire polling site after visiting supporters

Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane leave a New Hampshire polling site after visiting supporters

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar emerged to mingle with voters in Manchester Tuesday morning. Manchester is the most population city in the small New England state of New Hampshire, with a population of more than 112,500

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar emerged to mingle with voters in Manchester Tuesday morning. Manchester is the most population city in the small New England state of New Hampshire, with a population of more than 112,500

Joe Biden left New Hampshire Tuesday afternoon but his campaign is still holding an event for supporters

Joe Biden left New Hampshire Tuesday afternoon but his campaign is still holding an event for supporters

Pete Buttigieg, who came in first in Iowa, showed up to a polling place in Hopkinton, New Hampshire with Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH) with New Englands favorite: Dunkin' Donuts

Pete Buttigieg, who came in first in Iowa, showed up to a polling place in Hopkinton, New Hampshire with Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH) with New Englands favorite: Dunkin' Donuts

Klobuchar was in high spirits Tuesday morning after winning two of the first three New Hampshire precincts that voted over night

Klobuchar was in high spirits Tuesday morning after winning two of the first three New Hampshire precincts that voted over night

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg took the remaining polling location of Dixville Notch with three write-in votes

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg took the remaining polling location of Dixville Notch with three write-in votes

Dixville Notch has a population of 12 people, and five voted in the primary at midnight. One vote went to Pete Butitgieg, one to Bernie Sanders, and three to Bloomberg ¿ but one of them was from a Republican

Dixville Notch has a population of 12 people, and five voted in the primary at midnight. One vote went to Pete Butitgieg, one to Bernie Sanders, and three to Bloomberg – but one of them was from a Republican

Dixville Notch Hart's Location and Millsfield traditionally cast their votes at midnight on primary election day

Dixville Notch Hart's Location and Millsfield traditionally cast their votes at midnight on primary election day

But it was Amy Klobuchar who came out ahead in one of the state's quirkier traditions: the midnight vote.

Residents of three small towns in the northern part of the state gather at their polling places at midnight to vote, making them the first official results in the state. 

The Minnesota senator won two of the three midnight tallies.  

Klobuchar, who has recently surged in the polls after winning fifth place in the Iowa caucuses, won Hart's Location with six votes and Millsfield two.

The closely-followed Dixville Notch, which has a population of only 12 people, went to billionaire Mike Bloomberg, who wasn't even on the ticket.

Ten minutes past midnight, the polling place was closed after five people voted in the Democratic primary in Dixville Notch.

One person voted for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, one for former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg and three wrote-in Bloomberg's name.

There was one voter who wrote-in for Bloomberg that is a Republican. 

New Hampshire has a partially open primary election, meaning those not registered with a political party can vote in both the Democratic and Republican primary elections. However, the state does not have a fully open primary because those registered with a party can only vote in that party's elections.

As of a 2017 count, Millsfield has a population of 21 and Hart's Location is double the size with 41 people.

Millsfield also had five Democratic primary voters – two went for Klobuchar, one for Sanders, one for Buttigieg and one for former Vice President Joe Biden.

Hart's Location had a slightly bigger turnout with 15 voters in the Democratic primary.   

But one Democratic winner doesn't mean the party will have their nomination all wrapped and ready to take on President Donald , who held a rally in Manchester Monday night to taunt his political rivals.

President Donald made sure he wasn't forgotten as the focus shifted to the Democratic primary.

In New Hampshire, the president, of course, came out in a landslide victory against his nearly-non-existent primary competition – although opposition candidate William Weld registered a much stronger showing than he did in Iowa.

was leading with 86 per cent of the vote with almost a third of the vote in and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, who was campaigning across the state for months, was below 10 per cent of the vote.

It was the second easy victory for the president in as many weeks after Iowa – where Democrats were thrown into confusion as the first-in-the-nation primary competiton still hadn't announced a winner nearly a week after the caucuses.

To further mock the Democrats, used his favorite social media medium, Twitter, to attack candidates as the results filtered in.

'Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to as Pocahontas, is having a really bad night,' he tweeted as the candidate slipped to fourth place. 'I think she is sending signals that she wants out. Calling for unity is her way of getting there, going home, and having a 'nice cold beer' with her husband!'

He was referencing a video Warren released when announcing her candidacy where she was standing in her kitchen sharing a brew with her husband – a moment that went viral for allegedly being staged.

also took a hit a billionaire Tom Steyer, who doesn't even fall within the top five candidates in New Hampshire and placed seventh in Iowa with a measly .3 per cent.

'Impeachment King Steyer (how did that work out?) spent 200 Million Dollars and got less than 1% of the vote in Iowa, and only 3% of the Vote in New Hampshire,' he taunted. 'Could it be that something is just plain missing? Not easy to do what I did, is it?'

No single candidate has yet united the Democrats nationally and the current field of contenders represent all corners of the party: young, old, moderate, liberal, pragmatic, hopeful.

And where the candidates enter the field on Tuesday may not be where they exit.

Bernie Sanders held his final campaign rally with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Monday night

Bernie Sanders held his final campaign rally with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Monday night

Bernie Sanders: The leader in the New Hampshire polls, Sanders wants the victory. He won the 2016 Democratic primary in New Hampshire but lost the nomination that year to . He and Pete Buttigieg are fighting over who came out on top in the Iowa caucuses (Buttigieg picked up the most delegates and Sanders is asking for a recanvass). He needs a clear cut New Hampshire victory to boost him to finish what he couldn't in the last presidential cycle.

'If we win here tomorrow, I think we've got a path to victory for the Democratic nomination,' the Vermont senator told supporters at one of his rallies on Monday.

He closed out his campaigning Monday evening with over 7,500 attendees with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a performance by The Strokes.

Pete Buttigieg: Buttigieg touted himself the front runner after Iowa's caucus debacle but now he needs to show he comes out on top when all the votes are counted. The youngest candidate in the field, he's come under attack for his lack of experience but has argued his ability to bring out support makes up for never having held national office. 

Pete Buttigieg walks and N.H. Rep. Annie Kuster while carrying doughnuts to a poling station in Hopkinton

Pete Buttigieg walks and N.H. Rep. Annie Kuster while carrying doughnuts to a poling station in Hopkinton

'It feels good out here,' he told reporters on Monday. 

He fell behind Sanders in the latest round of New Hampshire polls and started to down play a victory in the state in its final hours.

'Look we are competing against home region competition, two New England senators I recognize that, but I still think we're going to have a great night,' he told NBC News in an interview that aired on the 'Today' show Tuesday morning, referring to Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

But the former mayor was up and out early Tuesday morning, bringing donuts to a polling place in Hopkinton and appearing on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe.' 

Amy Klobuchar changes into more comfortable shoes after a rally

Amy Klobuchar changes into more comfortable shoes after a rally

Amy Klobuchar: A few polls put her in third place going into Tuesday, giving her momentum in the closing hours of the primary. A bronze medal keeps her campaign viable and the cash flowing in. She's already guaranteed a spot on the Las Vegas debate stage thanks to her coming out of Iowa with one delegate but a third place finish or higher gives her bid a big boost going into the next round of contests in Nevada and South Carolina.

'I need your help,' Klobuchar told a rally in Exeter, New Hampshire, her voice breaking as she spoke the words.

'Right now we are on the cusp of something really great,' she said, 'but I can't call everyone you know. So I'm asking you to do that today.'

The Minnesota senator won two out of the three small northern New Hampshire towns that gather at their polling places at midnight: Hart's Location and Millsfield.

Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren: Polls show them tied for fourth, which is particularly troubling for the former vice president. Both candidates spent Monday explaining why their campaigns are viable and both have announced their next round of campaign stops after Tuesday's vote is counted.

Joe Biden is looking ahead to the next round of contests

Joe Biden is looking ahead to the next round of contests

The big question mark is money. Do they have the funds to keep their campaigns afloat until they can rack up a primary win? And when will that win come? Nevada and South Carolina are the next two contests. The pressure will be on.

Warren visited her press bus on Monday to give a rare talk about the state of her campaign. The Massachusetts senator doesn't typically discuss strategy.

'I just have to keep fighting. That's, that's what it's all about. I cannot say to all those little girls: 'This got hard and I quit.' My job is to persist,' she said.

Biden also lowered expectations for New Hampshire.

Elizabeth Warren told reporters she has to 'keep fighting'

Elizabeth Warren told reporters she has to 'keep fighting'

'It's an uphill race here,' he told CNN Monday night. 'We're running against two senators from neighboring states, has never been a good thing to happen to any other candidates going in the race.'

And he emphasized there are more contests to come.

'The path is South Carolina, and going into Nevada and Super Tuesday,' he told NBC News.

The former vice president left New Hampshire Tuesday afternoon to travel to South Carolina to campaign for its February 29 primary.  

New Hampshire presented a fresh opportunity for Biden, reeling from a surprising fourth place Iowa finish. On Wednesday, two days after the Hawkeye State caucuses, a fighting Biden appeared on the campaign trail, starting at an event in Somersworth. 'We took a gut punch in Iowa,' he admitted, then went after Buttigieg and Sanders by name for the first time.

'I have great respect for Mayor Pete and his service to this nation, but I do believe it's a risk - to be just straight up with you - for this party to nominate someone who's never held office higher than mayor of a town of 100,000 people in Indiana,' Biden said. As for Sanders, he said he feared that the 'democratic socialist' would tank down-ballot races for the party.

Biden seemed to be campaigning with a new vigor and he went on that night to create a viral moment when he talked at-length at a CNN town hall about learning to overcome a stutter.

But then the former vice president disappeared from the campaign trail for a day and a half, taking his jet to Delaware for debate prep.

Joe Biden leaves a polling station Tuesday morning

Joe Biden leaves a polling station Tuesday morning

Joe Biden hugs a supporter

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Joe Biden hugs a supporter

He returned to New Hampshire for the Friday night debate - and continued up his attacks on Sanders and Buttigieg for another day. His campaign also came out with scathing web ad that compared his record to Buttigieg's - saying that while Biden was saving the auto industry and helping millions of Americans get healthcare, Buttigieg was busying himself with decorative sidewalks and bridges.

On Sunday, Biden stopped the attacks - instead

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