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New Hampshire Primary

Democratic Primary: Bernie Sanders in first with 25.6% of the vote, Pete Buttigieg in a close second with 24.3% of the vote.

Republican Primary: Clear President Trump victory.

The 2020 New Hampshire Primary took place on February 11, 2020. Most importantly, this event was indeed the contest between the many candidates and rivals of the Democrat Party. The many political figures striving for victory in their political conquests don’t always realize the mess they get themselves into. Between gaining support, influence and public recognition, the complexity of modern-day politics can chew and spit out anyone incapable of perseverance and dedication to their cause.

This is the first national primary, which follows the Iowa caucus, which gives voice to the Northeast, while Iowa gave voice to the Midwest. Run by the state, and proceeding by a use of delegates and public voting, this primary election would be the first true test to the remaining Democratic candidates for the nomination, especially the front-runners.

             The two front runners in the Democratic party are Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. Both are figures that have recently gathered massive support close to the start of the Primary. Respectively below these two contenders would be the three known as Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden, who each amassed around 11% of the vote.

                Bernie Sanders has amassed broad support across the country through his message, through the incorporation of left-wing populism, socialist positions, and progressive standpoints. With Bernie Sanders claiming the first primary with 26% of the vote, totaling 76,394 votes, this proves that he will be one of the top challengers for the nomination. Like Elizabeth Warren, he is incredibly unpopular with the Democratic donors and the business world. Bernie Sanders is also resented by the DNC for his democratic socialist positions over the liberal standpoints of the majority of the party. For this, Pete Buttigieg remains a threat to Bernie Sanders, who accumulated 72,474 votes, or 24%, which solidifies his position among the top two. However, Pete Buttigieg seems to be a common man to support for the moderate Democrats, where some of his more outspoken centrist positions seem to relate more with the Democratic crowd. But his message is quite unclear due to his past and his prior support for Bernie Sanders, in addition to his already more progressive or far-left positions. The battle for the Democratic nomination rages on.

                Outside of the main show, which was the struggle between the front running Democrats, would be the Republican primary. President Trump gained a quick victory in the primary, totaling 86%, or 129,462 of the votes. Even though there was some challenge to the President early on in the re-election season, it seems, as most expected, that such is not working in the slightest. With the economy in an excellent position and his re-election campaign steaming forward, he is set to bring a big fight to the Democratic challenger, whoever that may be.