New Hampshire is running its primary today, and under normal circumstances that would be the biggest political news of the day. For those who aren’t particularly plugged in to the world of DOJ abuses, it might still be. For that reason, we at TNB are happy to cover the primary results for you tonight.
The contestants on the Republican side of the aisle are Donald Trump, Bill Weld, and Mary Maxwell. Who is Mary Maxwell, you might ask? She’s a self-described hardcore Constitutionalist who has previously attempted to sue President Trump for his unlawful threats to nuke North Korea. Effectively, she’s the choice for New Hampshire Republicans who can’t abide Trump’s odd nationalism but find Bill Weld too amenable to some traditionally Democratic issues.
Before the polling closes in most of the state, Trump has received 31 votes, Bill Weld 5, and Mary Maxwell 1 due to the midnight votes in Dixville Notch, Millsville and Hart’s Location.
Meanwhile, the Democrats have many more names on the ballot who are expected to get votes, and their reported results show a more competitive race.
Amy Kloubuchar is reported to be in the lead with 8 votes, doubling both Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren at 4 each, beating Andrew Yang at 3, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg at 2 apiece and Tom Steyer and Tulsi Gabbard at 1.
By the end of the night, the only people expected to get significant vote counts on the Republican side are Trump and a far-distant Weld. The Democrat side, however, are up in the air… and we’ll keep you up to date with results.
For those who wish to follow via embedded streams, here are CBS and NBC.
At Tiff’s request, here’s a little bit of entertainment if you start to bang your head against the desk because of coverage:
FINAL UPDATE: The polls have closed and the final tallies are in. Buttigieg and Sanders each walk away with 9 delegates and Klobuchar pulls a respectable 6. Now we see what happens in Nevada.
Bernie Sanders: 76,324 (25.7%)
Pete Buttigieg: 72,457 (24.4%)
Amy Klobuchar: 58,796 (19.8%)
Elizabeth Warren: 27,387 (9.2%)
Joe Biden: 24,921 (8.4%)
Tom Steyer: 10,721 (3.6%)
Tulsi Gabbard: 9,655 (3.3%)
Andrew Yang: 8,315 (2.8%)
The results are terrible for Joe Biden. He has repeatedly said that he expects his campaign to start moving (getting “Joe-mentum”?) in South Carolina, but with two fifth-place finishes he’s going to need a top two performance in Nevada to maintain confidence with wary donors. It’s just the first two states, and he can easily rebound… but he needs to rebound.
It was a good night for Bernie Sanders, but no less was expected. New Hampshire is very close to Vermont, where he has a small army of volunteers and staffers who were able to mobilize for him. He was also aided by a poor showing from the second most prominent name in the hard left “aisle”, Elizabeth Warren. What it was not, however, was a great night; supporters hoping for anything resembling a repeat of his 60% win in 2016 instead saw him eke out a victory over Pete Buttigieg.
Warren had a devastating night. While amassing more votes than Biden, she is hindered by the fact that she, like Sanders, was from a state that borders New Hampshire and could mobilize her field supporters there. Even though the voters in Nevada and South Carolina are likely to be Democrat activists, there is less support for socialist policy in those areas; she needs to eat into Sanders’ numbers, and instead the opposite has happened. If she does not reverse the trend quickly, her chances are very poor.
Buttigieg has had another strong night, and can expect to be the main target of attacks by both the Biden camp and the pro-Sanders coalition (which includes Sanders supporters, Republicans for Trump, and, if 2016 is an indication, Russian operatives.)
Klobuchar has had an excellent night as well, raising her visibility dramatically and poising herself well for Nevada.
Andrew Yang’s results were poor enough to inspire him to drop from the race.
Meanwhile, as expected on the Republican side, the night was split between Donald Trump and Bill Weld, with Trump getting the lion’s share of the vote.
Trump received 129,686 votes, or 85.6%, while Weld received 13,787 votes, or 9.1%. Weld was undoubtedly helped by the memory of his successful governorship of a neighboring state, but the result was still that nearly 15% of the Republican primary voters did not want to return Trump to office.