No candidate exceeded 30% of the vote – a muddled outcome that could end up helping billionaire Michael Bloomberg, a moderate candidate who wasn’t even on the ballot.
And while former Vice President Joe Biden lagged badly in both Iowa and New Hampshire, as the only moderate with substantial backing from African-American and Latino voters, he has vowed to fight on until Nevada and South Carolina, both with significant non-white populations, render their verdicts.
The exit poll, which was released shortly before polls closed in New Hampshire but before all of the votes were counted, project that about 26% of voters selected Sanders while 22% voted for Buttigieg and 21% voted for Klobuchar.
His rivals continued to barnstorm schools, churches and doughnut shops in their last chance to persuade New Hampshire voters that they were the party’s best bet to take on President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election.
Bloomberg, the 77-year-old founder of the news company that bears his name, was not on the ballot in New Hampshire, where voters are faced with a list of 33 names – including top-tier candidates, former hopefuls who dropped out of the race and also-ran competitors lacking a national profile.