Moderates feel the Bern after NH primary

Bernie Sanders prevailed in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.
More moderate candidates are in danger of falling to the wayside in the fracture Democratic field.


National News

February 12, 2020 - 10:21 AM

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) takes the stage during a primary night event on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 in Manchester, N.H. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/TNS)

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Bernie Sanders, not all victories are created equal.

In 2016, Sanders carried New Hampshire by 22 points, pummeling Hillary Clinton and setting the stage for a protracted fight over the Democratic presidential nomination. On Tuesday, he won the state’s primary by less than 2 points, raising questions about his ability to broaden his coalition beyond his most loyal supporters.

But the Vermont senator is benefiting from a crowded and fractured primary field, with several moderate candidates dividing up the rest of the vote. Taken together, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Joe Biden drew support from more than 50 percent of New Hampshire voters — twice as much as Sanders.

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