New Hampshire Primary 2020: Sanders Declares Victory

Bernie Sanders New Hampshire Primary
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CONCORD, N.H. (WCBS 880) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the New Hampshire primary.

After a tight race, Sanders came out on top with over 69,000 votes in the first-in-the-nation Democratic primary. In second place was former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg followed by Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

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Shortly after a number of outlets began to call the race, Sanders took to Twitter to declare his victory. 

"We are going to unite together and defeat the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country," he told a cheering crowd of supporters in Manchester. "The reason I believe we are going to win is that we have an unprecedented grassroots movement from coast to coast of millions of people. The reason that we are going to win is that we are putting together an unprecedented multi-generational, multi-racial political movement. And this is a movement from coast to coast, which is demanding that we finally have an economy and a government that works for all of us, not wealthy campaign contributors."

CBS News estimates Sanders and Buttigieg will each win nine of the 24 delegates up for grabs.

A total of eight candidates had been vying for votes: Sanders, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, former hedge fund investor Tom Steyer and former tech executive Andrew Yang — who decided to drop out of the race as polls closed.