Socialist Bernie Sanders won the Democrat primary on Tuesday night in New Hampshire, edging out Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar.
The Cook Political Report called the race approximately an hour ago, but now multiple mainstream publications have also called the race.
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“With more than three-quarters of precincts reporting in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont was leading Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota was firmly in third place, several percentage points behind Mr. Buttigieg, surpassing expectations for her performance in the state,” The New York Times reported. “Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. were well behind. Both addressed supporters early in the night, pledging to continue the primary fight.”
In his acceptance speech, Sanders said, “Let me say tonight that this victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump. No matter who wins, and we certainly hope it’s going to be us, we’re going to unite together. We are going to unite together and defeat the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country.”
The Daily Wire highlighted Sanders’ history and political views in an in-depth profile piece last year:
Bernard Sanders has served as a U.S. senator from Vermont since 2007, and previously served as a U.S. congressman from Vermont from 1991–2007. He is a self-described “democratic socialist” and is presently second — behind only former Vice President Joe Biden — in most 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination polling. Sanders, who is Jewish by birth, is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and went to college at the University of Chicago. It was during his time in Chicago that Sanders first became active in socialist circles and involved with other far-left causes. Although he has sometimes caucused with the Democratic Party during his time in Congress, Sanders has spent most of his adult political life as a registered political independent.
Sanders’ first marriage ended in divorce, and he has been married since 1988 to Jane O’Meara Sanders, a social worker and college administrator. He has four children and seven grandchildren. If successfully nominated for the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination, he would be the oldest nominee for a major American political party in modern history (he is now 77 years old).
Although Sanders’ far-left across-the-board viewpoints were once considered to be an outlier within Democratic/Democratic-adjacent circles, he is now widely reputed to be one of the Democratic Party thought leaders.
Electoral History: In the 1970s, Sanders unsuccessfully sought various political offices in Vermont under the partisan label of the Liberty Union Party, which is best described as “anti-war” and generally far-left in orientation. Sanders first successfully sought elected office in 1980, when he ran for mayor of Burlington, Vermont. He served as mayor of Burlington for eight years, and was known for restricting private property rights, imposing price controls, raising property taxes, taking “goodwill” trips to the Soviet Union, Cuba, and Sandinista-run Nicaragua, and flying a hammer-and-sickle Soviet flag in his mayoral office.
In 1990, Sanders became the first political independent to be elected to Congress since 1950. He was re-elected seven subsequent times, generally winning by wide margins. Soon after his election to Congress, he co-founded the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which he used as a vehicle for far-left political activism while still refusing to join the Democratic Party.