Politics

How Bernie Sanders Won New Hampshire

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Attendees cheer as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign stop at the Palace Theatre, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Young people, independents, women, rural voters, and gun owners came out in droves to vote for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the New Hampshire presidential primary on Tuesday, driving the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist to a wide-margin victory over his opponent Hillary Clinton.

In fact, almost every demographic group — men, women, first-time voters, past voters, non-gun owners, middle-income people, low-income people — gave a majority of their support to Sanders, according to the New York Times. According to the Times, Sanders only lost to Clinton among voters 65 and older, and voters in families earning over $200,000 per year.

Several news outlets declared Sanders the winner of the New Hampshire primary just minutes after all the state’s polls closed at 8 p.m., many with only 8 percent of precincts reporting.

Shortly after the race was called, Sanders tweeted a message to his supporters: “When we stand together, we win. Thank you, New Hampshire!”


The win in New Hampshire was welcome for Sanders, who last week narrowly lost the Iowa caucuses to his opponent Hillary Clinton. But Sanders silver lining in Iowa was that he did extremely well with young voters, winning 84 percent of voters aged 17 to 29 years old.

The outcome among young voters was no different on Tuesday in New Hampshire, where Sanders’ most extreme win was among young people. According to exit polling reported by NBC, 85 percent of voters under age 30 voted for Sanders. Young women in New Hampshire were also staggeringly more likely to vote for Sanders, with 82 percent casting ballots for him and only 18 percent for Clinton, according to CBS News.


People who live in the more rural areas of New Hampshire also were more likely to vote for Sanders, according to Dave Wasserman, an editor at Cook Political Report. Wasserman tweeted on Tuesday that Sanders was posting “HUGE margins” in rural areas like Lempster, Dalton, and Barnstead.

As of publication time, Sanders had 57 percent of the vote while Clinton had 40.2 percent, with only 27 percent of the state’s precincts reporting.