Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is being declared the winner in the New Hampshire primary, edging out Pete Buttigieg with 97 percent of the votes being reported.
While the two are still close—Sanders has about 4,000 votes more than Buttigieg in the contest—the Vermont senator is emerging as a clear front-runner in the Democratic primary as he has won the most votes in both New Hampshire and Iowa. After the controversial Iowa Caucus, Sanders had 2,500 more votes then Buttigieg, although Buttigieg was officially declared the winner.
We are going to win because we have the agenda that speaks to the needs of working people:
Health care is a human right.
The wealthy will start paying their fair share of taxes.
We will make public colleges and universities tuition-free and cancel all student debt.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 12, 2020
ABC News reports Sanders’ “progressive approaches to health care, resolving student debt and curbing climate change” are propelling him closer to the White House, besting other front-runners Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren.
“The reason that we are going to win is that we are putting together an unprecedented multigenerational, multiracial political movement,” Sanders told a group of supporters during an event on Tuesday evening.
Bernie Sanders: "The reason that we are going to win is that we are putting together an unprecedented multigenerational, multiracial political movement." https://t.co/E7mDc03IQe pic.twitter.com/6egwD5pu6O
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 12, 2020
— ABC News (@ABC) February 12, 2020
Sanders won and the Democrat Party is “becoming more and more socialist by the day,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Fox News.
The Democratic Party is becoming more and more socialist by the day. pic.twitter.com/kgL2t2wPDX
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) February 12, 2020
And, he’s right according to FiveThirtyEight (a top polling firm), who reports Sanders is “the most likely person to win the Democratic nomination”:
The Democratic primary is in a confusing state at the moment. And our forecast model is a little confused, also. There are a couple of assumptions it’s making about how the polls may react to New Hampshire that may not be entirely right. The model is also limited by the lack of polling in states after New Hampshire, most notably Nevada and South Carolina. So we’d encourage you to take the model with a large grain of salt until some of that post-New Hampshire polling comes in.
But the two takeaways that the model feels most confident about are two things that I’m happy to vouch for:
Model takeaway No. 1: Bernie Sanders is the most likely person to win the Democratic nomination.
Model takeaway No. 2: The chance of there being no pledged delegate majority — which could potentially lead to a contested convention — is high and increasing.
Freedom & boundless opportunity are the core of American ideals.
Socialism is a failed ideology that will rob our citizens of their freedom & destroy our country.
We must condemn socialism in every form lest we consign the next generation of Americans as wards of the state. https://t.co/gyof11sORk
— Rep. Arrington (@RepArrington) February 12, 2020