In an interview with Reuters hours ahead of the first votes of the 2020 presidential campaign, the billionaire-turned-activist also said fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s unorthodox decision to skip the first four voting states meant he had forgone a crucial element for a White House candidate: listening to voters.
Then Warren walked away with none from New Hampshire.
Two Democrats whose fortunes have been fading – progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Vice President Joe Biden – who was once the front-runner in the race – limped out of New Hampshire, finishing fourth and fifth respectively amid fresh questions about the viability of their candidacies.
The moderate U.S. senator from Minnesota had languished in the middle of a large Democratic pack before a strong debate performance on Friday – and rival Joe Biden’s stumbles in Iowa and New Hampshire – sparked new interest in her candidacy.
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.
Sanders, a progressive senator from neighboring Vermont, prevailed after fending off attacks from rivals who warned his left-wing views would lead the party to defeat in the Nov. 3 election against Republican President Trump.
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.
The goal is to amass on a state-by-state basis the 1,991 delegates needed to secure the nomination on the first ballot at the convention in Milwaukee. A candidate must get at least 15% of the vote statewide or in an individual congressional district to be awarded delegates. The winner will face Republican 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.
MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) – With Democratic presidential candidates fighting for their political lives ahead of…