Buttigieg adviser warns Democrats: Sanders' 'divisive politics' can't beat Trump

Buttigieg adviser warns Democrats: Sanders' 'divisive politics' can't beat Trump

Democrats vying for their party's 2020 presidential nomination hope the primary contest in New Hampshire will legitimately propel someone to the lead, as the results of last week's Iowa caucuses remain under a cloud of doubt. Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren were close behind, while Amy Klobuchar was much further back, with support around 5% - roughly a fourth of the kind of backing the former vice president enjoyed.

The New Hampshire results follow the chaotic aftermath of the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses last week, which resulted in Buttigieg edging out Sanders for first place, although an official victor has not been declared yet. Many are citing his investment in their home states, his strong business record, and his advocacy for gun control.

After their exits, there are still nine contending for the Democratic Party's nomination to challenge Trump. He won the state's 2016 caucus 59% to Hillary Clinton's 40%.

A New Hampshire bounce may not help Klobuchar in SC, where she has done little campaigning and is not well known, said Bakari Sellers, a political analyst in the Southern state.

On the Republican side, Trump easily won the state's presidential primary, defeating rival William Weld, the former governor of neighboring MA.

The race is next expected to dramatically narrow after South Carolina's primary on February 29.

"The most important thing is to enter Super Tuesday with momentum", said Adam Green, head of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, referring to March 3, when many states hold votes.

Bernie Sanders is considered the clear favorite to win tonight's New Hampshire primary, as most polls show the senator of neighboring Vermont leading the field.

He's soaking up support from an unlikely coalition of socialists, libertarians, alt-right trolls, independents, disaffected Trump supporters and tech-savvy millennials who vote based on which candidate generates the dankest memes. Thanking supporters, he warned against succumbing to "a polarised vision" of politics and pitched himself as the centrist to bring new voters into the party.

The goal is to contrast the perception that a New Hampshire loss raises questions about where Warren might win.

MrBennet, the Colorado senator, also suspended his campaign. For Latino voters, he said, that number was 99.8 percent.

Although Biden is counting on black voters to win the SC primary, not all in attendance were sure they will be supporting him. Buttigieg likewise did well in Iowa and New Hampshire, seeing a surge in voter enthusiasm from the former state to the latter, but polling shows he will have trouble connecting with more diverse voters in states like SC - the same states, with more delegates, that Biden is counting on to keep his campaign going.

Mr Sanders prevailed after fending off attacks from rivals who warned his left-wing views would lead the party to defeat in the Nov 3 election against Republican President Donald Trump. Every donation we receive from users like you goes directly into promoting high-quality data analysis and investigative journalism that you can trust.

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