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Buttigieg comes in second to Sanders in N.H.

NASHUA – With each passing hour after the polls closed in New Hampshire on Tuesday, the narrower the margin between former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., became.

Despite being unable to edge past Sanders in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary, Buttigieg still energized his supporters during a primary-night rally at Nashua Community College.

Members of the former mayor’s base began filling up the NCC gymnasium as results rolled in, many of whom had their eyes glued to a large screen with a live stream of CNN’s coverage. While waiting for Buttigieg to appear on stage, many cheered and clapped as updates were announced in real time. While the candidate self-proclaimed an early victory in the Iowa caucuses, Sanders held tightly to his first-place position as numbers continued coming in.

“Together we will deliver a democracy worthy of the name, no more manipulative districts, no more dollars out voting people, and whether it’s the black vote in Georgia, the native vote in North Dakota or the student vote here in New Hampshire – no more voter suppression,” Buttigieg said.

As the night stretched on, Buttigieg crept closer toward Sanders with a very narrow margin separating the two. Regardless of the final vote totals, Buttigieg announced to a sea of supporters that he congratulates his competitors and their supporters on their campaigns in New Hampshire.

As of 12:30 a.m., Sanders led Buttigieg 25.75% to 24.31%. The Vermont senator earned 70,570 votes to Buttigieg’s 66,918. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar was in third place just after midnight, followed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and former Vice President Joe Biden, who left New Hampshire early to campaign in South Carolina.

“I admired Sen. Sanders when I was a high school student, I respect him greatly to this day, and I congratulate him on his strong showing tonight,” Buttigieg said.

“We go forward knowing that this is our chance, our only chance, not just to end the era of Donald Trump, but to launch the era that we know must come next,” Buttigieg added.

Adam Urquhart may be contacted at 594-1206, or at aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.

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