The Democrats presidential candidate for Nov US general election, Bernie Sanders was declared victory in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday night, with Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, coming in a close second.
“Let me say that this victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” the Vermont senator said, hailing his “unprecedented grassroots movement” from coast to coast.
“It is not just about beating Trump it is about transforming this country,” he said, ending his remarks with a nod to the next contests later this month. “It’s on to Nevada. It’s on to South Carolina. It’s on to win the Democratic nomination.”
With more than 91% of New Hampshire precincts reporting, Sanders had taken 26% of the vote compared with Buttigieg’s25%, with Senator Amy Klobuchar making a surprise surge into third place with 20%. The Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren appeared to place fourth, with the former vice-president Joe Biden in fifth, another disappointing result for the long-favored front runner following last week’s chaotic Iowa caucuses.