New Hampshire primaries bring the first taste of victory for Bernie Sanders who got dangerously close to winning Iowa caucuses. This serves as a major defeat for Hillary Clinton who was believed to be a unanimous choice to win the Democratic nomination even a few months back.
The result shows how an “outsider” can disrupt the chances for a seasoned politician. Clinton, with an elaborate resume in her political portfolio, falls behind a 74-year-old socialist who promotes political revolution.
Sanders’ victory, his first at the 2016 presidential campaign, should be marked as a remarkable one. He got 22,878 votes with 13 delegates, amassing 58 percent of the total number of votes. The former US secretary of state, on the other hand, got only 16,036 votes with 7 delegates. She ended up with 40 percent of the total votes, according to Fox News.
Clinton was quick to release a statement, explaining her defeat.
“After splitting the first two contests, an outcome we’ve long anticipated, attention will inevitably focus on the next two of the ‘early four’ states: Nevada and South Carolina,” CNN quoted a campaign memo. “We’ve built first-rate organizations in each state and we feel very good about our prospects for success.”
Among the voters at the New Hampshire primaries, 45 percent were male and 55 percent female. Among the male voters, 65 percent voted for Sanders and 34 percent for Clinton. Among the women, she got more support, but Sanders beat her there as well. Forty-six percent female voters backed Clinton while 53 percent voted the Vermont senator.
Sanders got huge support from the young population in New Hampshire. 85 percent of voters in the 18-24 age group voted for him. It was the same for the 25-29 age group. Clinton beat Sanders only in two age groups, 50-64 and 65 or over.