Early New Hampshire results show Sanders, Buttigieg leading

Early New Hampshire results show Sanders, Buttigieg leading


JUDY WOODRUFF: The voting has ended here in
New Hampshire, and results in the first primaries of this presidential election are coming in. Among Democrats, with almost a quarter of
the precincts now reporting, Bernie Sanders is in the lead, followed by Pete Buttigieg
by a few points, and Amy Klobuchar in third place. Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden are
well back. Meantime, in the Republican primary, no surprise,
President Donald Trump has already been declared the winner. But there is already a reshaping of the Democratic
race. Two of the Democratic candidates have already announced tonight, within the hour,
they are dropping out. They are Colorado Senator Michael Bennet and entrepreneur Andrew Yang. Let’s hear what both of them had to say, beginning
with Andrew Yang. ANDREW YANG (D), Presidential Candidate: We
highlighted the real problems in our communities, as our economy is being transformed before
our eyes by technology and automation. And Americans know now that, when you go to
a factory in Michigan, you do not find wall-to-wall immigrants doing work. You find wall-to-wall
robot arms and machines doing the work that people used to do. I am not someone who wants to accept donations
and support in a race that we will not win. And so, tonight, I am announcing I am suspending
my campaign for president. MAN: We love you, Andrew! ANDREW YANG: I love you, too. Thank you, New
Hampshire. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) JUDY WOODRUFF: And the other dropout announcement
we have already heard, again, within just the last few minutes is Colorado Senator Michael
Bennet. SEN. MICHAEL BENNET (D-CO), Presidential Candidate:
I feel nothing but joy tonight, as we — as we conclude this particular campaign and this
particular chapter. I am going to do absolutely everything I can
do, as one human being, to make sure that Donald Trump is a one-term president. JUDY WOODRUFF: So, the race already changing
rapidly, as these results come in. And, tonight, I’m joined by Amna Nawaz in
Washington, where our “NewsHour” colleagues are watching these results closely come in
as well — Amna. AMNA NAWAZ: That’s right, Judy. While most of the attention is on the Democratic
race, unsurprisingly, we can now declare President Donald Trump the winner in the Republican
primary with, it looks like, just over a quarter of the votes now reporting in there. You see
85 percent of those votes going to President Trump — Judy, back to you. JUDY WOODRUFF: Thank you, Amna. And I am here now in Manchester with Lucas
Meyer. He is a strategist for a number of Democratic campaigns here in New Hampshire.
He is also president of the state’s Young Democrats. Lucas Meyer, welcome to the “NewsHour” and
our special coverage. Surprises tonight. Yes, Bernie Sanders is
in the lead, but followed closely by Pete Buttigieg. What do you make of that? LUCAS MEYER, President, New Hampshire Young
Democrats: Yes, certainly a really exciting night here in New Hampshire. You know, Pete Buttigieg came into this campaign
a relative unknown. Unless you’re a deep party insider like me, who was following DNC chairman
race a couple years ago, you had no idea who the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was. So to see him make these gains, and then see
Senator Klobuchar make a really late push and really — a lot of the operatives in the
state sort of maybe thought it was a little phony. We weren’t sure if the surge was real,
but it is certainly real. And we will see if she can carry it out of
New Hampshire across the rest of the country. JUDY WOODRUFF: And see what she does with
it. So, at this point — and, again, only a quarter
of the results in, but that’s what we see. But the other dramatic story tonight is Joe
Biden. At this point, he’s coming in fifth, behind Elizabeth Warren, both of them well
back from the top three. Joe Biden left the state. LUCAS MEYER: Yes. No, it was definitely unexpected. Vice President
Biden was leading in the polls up until just a couple weeks ago, had a robust campaign
in the state, was in the state early. So, to see him leave before even the results
had come in was certainly surprising. And to see him lead off the debate on Friday night
was certainly surprising, hearing him say that he had sort of conceded the state, to
a degree. JUDY WOODRUFF: There was — there’s been a
lot of discussion, Lucas Meyer, about the struggles that New Hampshire voters have had
making up their minds. And part of that is because there’s so many
candidates, so many more than we have seen in the past. But why is that? How are we seeing
that? LUCAS MEYER: Yes, I think this is emblematic
of the primary here in New Hampshire and the voters of New Hampshire really taking their
role in — as the first-in-the-nation state really seriously, and really not wanting to
rush that decision. I mean, even this morning, around town, you
would talk to folks, and they still hadn’t made up their mind yet. And I don’t think
a lot of people really believed that folks were going to take that long to make up their
mind, with all these campaigns and all this information and all these events, all this
access. But it really played out. And I think, certainly,
Senator Klobuchar’s result really is emblematic of that, where the debate performance coming
out of Iowa… JUDY WOODRUFF: Right. LUCAS MEYER: … I think you probably saw
a lot of support for senator Warren cut to Senator Klobuchar. So, definitely not a boring night here. JUDY WOODRUFF: And Iowa — it was said right
after the Iowa results, which, of course, were mishandled, or at least they were — the
count didn’t come in as it should have, on time. It took days before we really knew what
had happened. But there does seem to be a reaction to Iowa,
in that, again, Biden did not do as well as expected there, Klobuchar did better than
expected. LUCAS MEYER: Yes. Coming out of Iowa, I think — one, I feel
for — as an operative, I feel for those campaign staffers in Iowa, having spent a year working
on the ground, and then to sort of not have that finality come in the caucuses last week. But I do think some of that uncertainty coming
out of Iowa really forced New Hampshire voters to take a step back and really, I think, reanalyze
their support for some candidates, which is maybe why we’re seeing some of the volatility,
seeing Mayor Buttigieg really up tight with Senator Sanders, who… JUDY WOODRUFF: Yes. LUCAS MEYER: I mean, he had a really tough
standard to uphold from 2016 to this year. So I think it was fascinating. JUDY WOODRUFF: Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire
four years ago by 22 points. Now, granted, he — his main opponent was
Hillary Clinton. It was mainly the two of them. But — and this time, he will argue
— he’s been arguing — I talked to him this morning, a lot more candidates in the race. But this appears to be, at this point, a tighter
margin. I also quickly want to ask you about the Republicans
in this state. No surprise, President Trump the winner of that primary. Republicans do
seem united behind the president. LUCAS MEYER: They certainly do, even regardless
of Governor Weld’s efforts in the state, which I was kind of surprised he got as many percentage
points as he did, honorable effort. There certainly are a lot of, I would say,
moderate Republicans in the state looking for an alternative. And I think that that dynamic as we head into
the general election, as the Democratic Party coalesces around our nominee, I think some
of those decisions by those moderate voters is going to play a really big role in November. JUDY WOODRUFF: Really — really — and, again,
Bill Weld was the president’s only opponent, governor of your neighboring state, Massachusetts. Lucas Meyer, thank you very much. LUCAS MEYER: Thank you so much. JUDY WOODRUFF: We appreciate it. And, Amna, back to you. AMNA NAWAZ: Thanks, Judy. Let’s take a closer look now at the state
of the race in New Hampshire right now. This is so far with just over 31 percent of those
votes in right now. It’s still very early. But, as we mentioned before, Senator Sanders
has that early lead, with over 27 percent of the vote so far, Pete Buttigieg coming
in second with just over 23 percent, and Senator Amy Klobuchar there in third place with over
19 percent of those early votes, again, just over 31 percent of vote in so far. We’re going to keep up with those results
as they come in, of course. But, for now, we want to go live to Lisa Desjardins.
She has been on the ground in Manchester following these results as they come in at a Bernie
Sanders campaign event there. Lisa, no surprise so far in some regards,
right? This is Senator Sanders’ backyard. What’s the feeling right there as these early
results are coming in and showing him with a bit of a lead? LISA DESJARDINS: I think you can hear the
— what the sentiment is here. We have lot of chants from Bernie Sanders
supporters basically saying that they believe anything is possible for this campaign. Changing
the world is possible is part of their chant. Amna, for Bernie Sanders, he had a massive
get-out-the-vote campaign. Just on Saturday alone of this week, his campaign said they
knocked on 20 percent of the doors in this state. They’re reaping the benefits from that,
it looks like, in these early results here in New Hampshire. AMNA NAWAZ: Lisa, I want to walk you through
a little bit more of what we know from some of the votes that have been coming in New
Hampshire. As a result of some voter surveys, we can
kind of break it down by age to see how people are breaking for which candidates. When you
look at those younger demographics — these are voters aged 18 to 29 — Senator Sanders
there with a clear lead, 49 percent of those younger votes. As we make our way up through the age brackets,
you see, among voters 30 to 44, again, Senator Sanders has a lead there, 43 percent, the
next closest candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, with 19 percent. Older voters, still there, you start to see
them break for Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 26 percent of those voters aged 45 to 64. And then, when
you go up to the next age bracket, that is voters over the age of 65, Senator Amy Klobuchar
seems to be in the lead there with 23 percent of those votes. Lisa, based on what you’re hearing on the
ground, the voters you have been talking to there in New Hampshire, does that track, that
age breakdown, with the candidates? LISA DESJARDINS: Oh, 100 percent. And I kept track of all these undecided voters
in the state. I finally got responses from all of them, Amna. And, to me, it does seem
that it is the younger undecided voters that were going for Bernie Sanders. Those who are
parents, those who are grandparents, they were split between Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar
and Pete Buttigieg, those that I spoke to. But this is a challenge for Bernie Sanders
as he goes forward. His coalition is young in these states. He’s also won with communities
of color. But the young do not always turn out in November. It’s something his campaign
will think about. Also, Amna, some news from the Amy Klobuchar
campaign to me. They tell me that they are now ramping up their staff in Nevada. They
plan to have 50 staff members there in the next few days. And listen to this, Amna. They are spending
a seven-figure amount — they didn’t give me the exact amount — seven figures on a
TV ad buy for Amy Klobuchar in Nevada. That is a massive amount for her campaign, which
has run on a very limited amount of money. One sign that competitors are nervous about
Amy Klobuchar, Amna, a rival campaign — and I agreed to call them only that, a rival campaign
— texted me and said: Amy Klobuchar doesn’t have the infrastructure. Amy Klobuchar hasn’t
been put under the microscope. They want us to ask questions about Amy Klobuchar.
Clearly, they’re concerned. The Klobuchar campaign answers by saying:
Hey, we have gotten this far on limited resources. We plan to go farther. AMNA NAWAZ: Amy Klobuchar clearly seizing
the moment there, and probably going to face some of the fire some of the others have as
they have seen surges. LISA DESJARDINS: Yes. AMNA NAWAZ: Lisa, before I let you go, is
there any indication — now that we have the news two more candidates are suspending their
campaigns, Andrew Yang and Michael Bennet, is there any indication of where their voters
might go? LISA DESJARDINS: I don’t think so. We have seen from a recent poll that Andrew
Yang voters seem to be most loyal to him. And it’s — some 42 percent of them in a recent
poll said they wouldn’t support any other Democratic nominee. That is much higher than
any other candidate. So, for Democrats, those are voters that they
have to win back that are going to be harder for them to get than other candidates dropping
out. One other note, Amna. Tom Steyer has announced
he is not dropping out of this race. Of course, he has been running a very strong campaign
in South Carolina. He wants to get there and be on the ballot there. So, he’s staying in
the race. We know he’s not dropping out at this point. AMNA NAWAZ: Lisa Desjardins reporting for
us from a Bernie Sanders campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire. Thanks, Lisa. Good to talk to you. We will go back now to Judy Woodruff in New
Hampshire. JUDY WOODRUFF: Thank you, Amna. And for more analysis of the race here in
New Hampshire, I am with our senior politics reporter, Dan Bush. Dan, we’re listening to Lisa. We’re hearing
what the different campaigns are saying. You have also been looking at these interviews
with voters, a so-called voters survey done by the Associated Press. We’re all trying
to figure out why voters have done what they have done and what might happen in the future. What are you seeing? I mean, in particular,
everybody’s been talking about the split between moderates — more moderate and more liberal
voters among the Democrats. DANIEL BUSH: And that’s the big story here,
Judy. We’re seeing that divide play out. And one
thing that really jumps out when you look at these survey results, among voters overall
here in New Hampshire, just 43 percent said they’d be very satisfied if Bernie Sanders
won the nomination. Just 39 percent said they’d be very satisfied
if Pete Buttigieg won, who now, if the results hold, will come in second place. That very — is critical, I think, because
it speaks to energy and turnout in a general election. So, we’re seeing in these numbers
Democrats are still pretty hesitant about, now in Iowa and New Hampshire, who is finishing
first and second so far. JUDY WOODRUFF: So interesting, because we
know the Democrats, when — I was looking at the same voter survey you were. And when Democrats were asked, what is your
overriding — the overriding quality you want in a candidate, in a nominee, it’s — 92 percent
said someone who can beat Donald Trump. That overrode policy differences, policy issues
and so forth. I’m curious about age and whether — there
was a lot of conversation about Bernie Sanders appealing to the young, and the other candidates
having a hard time with the young. And yet the older voters are the ones who turn out
reliably in elections. DANIEL BUSH: They do. And when you look at these numbers, another
interesting thing, when we look at Buttigieg, who would be the youngest president ever,
if elected, it’s no surprise that there are some young people who do support him, who
do relate to him because of his age. But when you look at those older age brackets,
there are a lot of older voters as well who don’t see his relatively inexperience on the
national level compared to his rivals as an impediment. Yesterday, I spoke with voters at a Buttigieg
rally, voters in their 60s, 70s, one gentleman in his 80s, who said that he sees in Buttigieg
his children. He wants the next generation to get a shot. So, Buttigieg is right now getting support
across the board, even though Sanders is still dominating with those younger voters. JUDY WOODRUFF: And the last thing — and I
think this is something that Lucas Meyer, the Democratic strategist, and I were speaking
about — was late deciders. People have had a very hard time here in New
Hampshire, a lot of them, making up their minds. What is it, 35 percent made up their
mind just in the last few days. They broke heavily for Buttigieg and Klobuchar. DANIEL BUSH: They did. And I was hearing that from voters again and
again in recent days here in New Hampshire. I spoke with one person just yesterday who
said they’re going to figure it out when they walk into the ballot box. You were hearing
that a lot, a lot of indecision still. And if you look at the two sort of sides of
the party, a lot of Warren and support — and Sanders supporters who were undecided, but
only focused on them, a lot of Buttigieg-, Biden-, Klobuchar-leaning voters who were
only focused on that side. So, there’s not a lot of overlap. JUDY WOODRUFF: Not a lot of overlap at all. Well, we’re going to continue to go through
these numbers. We do have a PBS special coming up in a few hours. But this is something that
— there are so many numbers to follow, and so many candidates to follow at this hour. So, we hope you will follow the election results.
We’re going to be updating this program later, if we have news. You can catch up on all the day’s news later
tonight on this PBS station with that special “NewsHour” following the New Hampshire primary
results.

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