Bernie Sanders: New Hampshire, today we have a chance to finish what we started four years ago and send a powerful message to the billionaire class.
We won New Hampshire, and now the establishment is going to throw everything at us.
After the chaos of the Democratic caucuses in Iowa last week, all eyes were on New Hampshire on Tuesday night to see if a clear winner can emerge from the slew of presidential candidates. Bernie Saunders was that winner.
US democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders thanked New Hampshire voters for his primary win and described it as ‘the beginning of the end for Donald Trump.’ Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire’s Democratic presidential primary, solidifying his front-runner status.
Fuelled by Diverse Working Class Voters, Sanders’ New Hampshire Win Celebrated as ‘Major Victory for Progressive Movement’
A chorus of grassroots advocacy groups representing millions of people across the U.S. celebrated Sen. Bernie Sanders’ victory in the New Hampshire Democratic presidential primary Tuesday night as a “major victory for the progressive movement” that was fuelled by the kind of diverse working class coalition necessary to defeat President Donald Trump in the general election.
“If you want to see how we’re going to beat Trump in November, look at what just happened in New Hampshire,” said Ryan Greenwood of People’s Action, which is part of a progressive coalition working to drive voter turnout for Sanders in key primary states. “Together we brought in a stunning result for Sanders and an agenda that puts people and planet first.”
“There are thousands of young people like myself who are so excited about the momentum of Bernie Sanders.” —Alexandra Rojas, Justice Democrats
According to CNN exit polls, Sanders won more votes in New Hampshire from people under the age of 30 than all of the other Democratic candidates combined. Sanders also won 42% of Latino voters and 32% of voters of colour overall, leading 2020 Democrats in both categories.
“The working-class and young voters of New Hampshire showed up in huge numbers tonight vote for Bernie Sanders after a massive grassroots effort to get out the vote,” the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) said in a statement. “We’re proud to be part of an unprecedented and growing movement that is working together to transform the United States.”
In an appearance on CNN late Tuesday as the New Hampshire results came in, Alexandra Rojas, executive director of Justice Democrats, pushed back on the corporate media’s efforts to downplay the significance of Sanders’ performance in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.
Our victory in New Hampshire isn’t about me.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 12, 2020
It’s about us.
It’s about the movement our supporters, volunteers and grassroots donors built, which will transform this country. pic.twitter.com/LCowldYJ0W
“He’s getting 40% of the Latino vote. He’s also winning a majority of independents,” said Rojas. “I think that there are thousands of young people like myself who are so excited about the momentum of Bernie Sanders right now and are very confused actually that that is not one of the bigger stories… compared to what seems to be a focus on Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg.”
“I think this is still a huge moment for the progressive movement,” Rojas added.
The grassroots initiative comes as Sanders continues his polling surge in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire as well as nationally.
A national Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey released Friday found that Sanders is narrowly leading the Democratic presidential primary field, just a percentage point ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden.
“Bernie Sanders’ campaign is about more than one election. It’s about changing politics and shifting power from corporations and billionaires to the working class,” said Megan Svoboda, chair of the DSA for Bernie Campaign. “But Bernie cannot do this alone.”
“To win this election and the demands that he’s running on, it will take a movement,” said Svoboda. “A movement that will mobilize historic numbers of young people, union members, and working families across the country and keep fighting to the election, and then every day after.”
The eight other Democratic candidates for New Hampshire primary campaign. They are: Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind., Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, the former tech executive Andrew Yang, Representative Tulsi Gabbard and the former hedge fund investor Tom Steyer. Mr. Yang and Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado dropped out Tuesday night.