Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stands on stage with his wife Jane Sanders, left, after speaking at a campaign stop at the Whittemore Center Arena at the University of New Hampshire, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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New Hampshire culls Democratic field: Yang drops out

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By Steve Peoples, Kathleen Ronayne and Hunter Woodall

Polls closed across New Hampshire Tuesday night as fiery progressive Bernie Sanders fought for Democratic front-runner status in the first-in-the-nation primary. The party hoped for results that would bring some clarity to a presidential nomination fight that has so far been marred by dysfunction and doubt.

As Sanders predicted victory, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg hoped to seize the backing of his party's establishment with a strong finish. Joe Biden wanted to avert political disaster after leaving the state hours before the final polls closed at 8 p.m.

New Hampshire began culling the Democrats' unwieldy 2020 class even before the final results were known. Political newcomer Andrew Yang, having attracted a small but loyal following over the last year, was suspending his campaign.

“Tonight is not the outcome we fought so hard to achieve. It is bitterly disappointing for many of us, but it shouldn’t be,” he told supporters in New Hampshire, noting that he outlasted several senators, governors and congressmen.

Still, 10 candidates remained in the competition for the chance to take on President Donald Trump this fall. Tuesday's contest comes just eight days after Iowa caucuses injected chaos into the race and failed to report a clear winner.

While the action was on the Democratic side, Trump easily won New Hampshire's Republican primary. He was facing token opposition from former Massachusetts Gov Bill Weld.

New Hampshire Democrats headed into Tuesday’s primary with a focus on matters of fairness.

Just over 1 in 10 said they were “very confident” that their party’s process for choosing a presidential nominee was fair, according to a wide-ranging AP VoteCast survey. At the same time, nearly 8 in 10 also viewed the economy as unfair, although there was little consensus on which candidate would do the best job of stewarding the world’s largest economy.

For Sanders, the New Hampshire primary was an opportunity to build on his dominance of the party's left flank. A repeat of his strong showing in Iowa could severely damage progressive rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who faced the prospect of an embarrassing defeat in a state that borders her home of Massachusetts.

While Sanders marches forward, moderates are struggling to unite behind a candidate. After essentially tying with Sanders for first place in Iowa, Buttigieg, the 38-year-old former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, began his day as the centrist front-runner. But Minnesota Sen Amy Klobuchar was mounting a spirited bid for the same voters.

Having already predicted he would “take a hit” in New Hampshire after a distant fourth-place finish in Iowa, Biden was essentially ceding the state. He was traveling to South Carolina Tuesday as he bet his candidacy on a strong showing there later this month boosted by support from black voters.

More than a year after Democrats began announcing their presidential candidacies, the party is struggling to coalesce behind a message or a messenger in its desperate quest to defeat Trump. That raised the stakes of the New Hampshire primary as voters weighed whether candidates were too liberal, too moderate or too inexperienced — vulnerabilities that could play to Trump's advantage in the fall.

Some candidates sought to undercut the importance of the New Hampshire election, but history suggested otherwise. No Democrat has ever become the party's presidential nominee without finishing first or second in New Hampshire.

During the final day of campaigning, many voters said they were still struggling to make a choice. Betty-Joy Roy, a 64-year-old director of activities at an assisted living facility in Manchester, said she decided only Monday to vote for Sanders.

“I’m sick of politics as we know it, and I’m ready for someone who can do something,” she said. “It was between him and Biden. I was having a hard time but I think we need a change.”

Democrats were closely monitoring how many people showed up for Tuesday's contest. New Hampshire's secretary of state predicated record-high turnout, but if that failed to materialize, Democrats would confront the prospect of waning enthusiasm following a relatively weak showing in Iowa last week and Trump's rising poll numbers.

Trump, campaigning in New Hampshire Monday night, sought to inject chaos in the process. The Republican president suggested that conservative-leaning voters could affect the state's Democratic primary results, though only registered Democrats and voters not registered with either party can participate in New Hampshire's Democratic presidential primary.

“I hear a lot of Republicans tomorrow will vote for the weakest candidate possible of the Democrats,” Trump said Monday. “My only problem is I’m trying to figure out who is their weakest candidate. I think they’re all weak.”

Trump also attacked Michael Bloomberg, who was showing signs of strength in polling around the country but wasn't on the New Hampshire ballot. The president highlighted Bloomberg's comments during a 2015 appearance at the Aspen Institute in which he said the way to bring down murder rates was to "put a lot of cops" in minority neighborhoods because that's where "all the crime is."

Biden — and the Democratic Party's establishment wing — may have the most to lose in New Hampshire should the former two-term vice president underperform in a second consecutive primary election. Biden has earned the overwhelming share of endorsements from elected officials across the nation as party leaders seek a relatively “safe” nominee to run against Trump.

But things are changing.

New Hampshire House Speaker Steve Shurtleff, who endorsed Biden less than a month ago, spoke about him over the weekend as if he were already eliminated from contention.

“I hope the vice president does well, and I hope he can move forward, but it’s hard to say,” Shurtleff said in an interview. “The sad thing for me personally is that he's such a terrific individual.”

Biden's campaign, meanwhile, sought to cast New Hampshire as one small step in the path to the presidential nomination, with contests coming up in more diverse states that award more delegates including Nevada and South Carolina, where Biden hopes to retain his advantage among minority voters.

“Regardless of what happens on Tuesday, we plan to move forward,” Biden senior adviser Symone Sanders said.

The stakes were dire for Warren as well in a contest set just next door to her Massachusetts home. She has positioned herself as a mainstream alternative to Bernie Sanders but is suddenly looking up at him and Buttigieg as Klobuchar fights to peel away female support.

Warren released an afternoon memo seeking to downplay New Hampshire's results. Campaign manager Roger Lau outlined a “path to victory” through 30-plus states where the campaign has paid staff on the ground as he highlighted alleged weaknesses in Warren's Democratic rivals.

Buttigieg, young and with no governing experience beyond the mayor's office, is trying to emerge as the leading Biden alternative for his party's moderate wing. He has aggressively courted moderate Democrats, independents and what he calls “future former Republicans” as he tries to cobble together a winning coalition, just as he did in Iowa, where he finished in a near tie with Sanders for the lead.

In the days leading up to Tuesday’s primary, Buttigieg has come under increasing attack from Biden and Klobuchar, who seized on his lack of experience. And from the left, Sanders attacked Buttigieg's reliance on big-dollar donors, which sparked jeers of “Wall Street Pete” from Sanders' supporters.

Sanders has been one of the only candidates to explicitly predict victory in New Hampshire, where he defeated Hillary Clinton by more than 20 percentage points four years ago.

Sanders spent the eve of the primary courting his most passionate supporters, young voters, at two college campuses. At a Monday night rally at an arena on the University of New Hampshire campus, a band pumped up the crowd with a cover of The Who’s “My Generation,” before Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leading figure among young progressives, took the stage.

“Brothers and sisters, we are making history in this campaign,” Sanders declared at one event in Hudson.

After New Hampshire, the political spotlight shifts to Nevada, where Democrats will hold caucuses on Feb 22. But several candidates, including Warren and Sanders, plan to visit states in the coming days that vote on Super Tuesday, signaling they are in the race for the long haul.

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Hmmm Democrats have a real pro socialist aka. Sanders, who overwhelming supports MORE federal control and up the spending for social programs on an overtaxed system that simply the people's backs cannot handle more increases on the flip side Buttigieg, young and with no governing experience beyond the mayor's office and it's no wonder why people are having a hard time and can only hope for "CHANGE", sound familiar. Worst CHANGE ever in the history of the US. The change the US received was more manufacturing jobs lost, that nearly has killed the retail markets and closed, laid-off thousands due to globalism of their jobs, cheap products coming into the US that only ends up in landfills, US faced international encroachment, the CHANGE YES WE CAN from another no Government experience in International affairs at all, much less at the federal level, NO Thank YOU. POTUS may not be the best and well liked, but I got to give it to him, he is confronting real issues and has the stats to back them up.

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After essentially tying with Sanders for first place in Iowa

Still no winner there?

Tucker Carlson thinks it's come down to Sanders and Bloomberg. I think Buttigieg also has a good shot at being the nominee who is going to lose to Trump.

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Bingo!

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Neither of them have a chance defeating Trump. Sanders already had one heart attack. The guy looks like he’s on deaths door.

Buttigieg is gay. Nothing against him but I don’t think the average American is ready to elect a gay president.

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This is all pretty pointless given Trump's impending victory in November.

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I think Buttigieg also has a good shot at being the nominee who is going to lose to Trump.

I think he has a good shot of being on a ticket with Bloomberg. Sanders will lose for sure.

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Trump will defeat himself. Americans need to change their ideas and elect somebody who will work for the majority of the people and the good of the world.

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My personal opinion is that Sanders is the only one who can beat Trump. So my prediction is that either the US gets a President Sanders or Trump gets a second term. That's what I personally think

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None of the Dem candidates strike me as having the policies, character, strength and supporter base needed to swing voters away from President Trump who has delivered so much to the working class.

To make matters worse, these Dem candidate's party has become so infested with identity politics, white people and men hating, elitism, pro slaughter the babies at 40 weeks supporting, and other extreme liberal doctrines that too many mainstream voters have turned away from them.

The Dem Party has completely lost it's way, needs a complete overhaul and must return to the days of Jimmy Carter when it did really care about the working class.

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To make matters worse, these Dem candidate's party has become so infested with identity politics, white people and men hating, elitism, pro slaughter the babies at 40 weeks supporting, and other extreme liberal doctrines that too many mainstream voters have turned away from them.

Which is why they won the popular vote by millions in the last election.

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Americans need to change their ideas and elect somebody who will work for the majority of the people and the good of the world.

Does this candidate have a name? Are they in the race? Will someone matching this description even consider participating in the slimy and corrupt world of electoral politics?

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To make matters worse, these Dem candidate's party has become so infested with identity politics, white people and men hating, elitism, pro slaughter the babies at 40 weeks supporting, and other extreme liberal doctrines that too many mainstream voters have turned away from them.

Which is why they won the popular vote by millions in the last election.

.....but lost many potential voters in the important swing states due to the problems I mentioned above. They would have won otherwise. They need to root these evil attitudes out of the party and get back to serving the working class.

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Bernie won the “popular vote” in Iowa. Why isn’t he the winner?

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Which is why they won the popular vote by millions in the last election.

That won’t help one iota for these socialists, they’ll never win. Biden is pretty much done, stick a fork in him.

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Blacklabel:

Bernie won the “popular vote” in Iowa. Why isn’t he the winner?

I don't know. I mean, why wasn't Hillary the winner in November 2016?

concerned citizen:

pro-slaughter the babies at 40 weeks supporting

And yet, as soon as that fetus slips out of the womb, are the republicans going to care that it could grow up in poverty, or without a loving family, or could be suffering from illness or a disease? Are they going to help out financially? Will they still be so 'pro-life' that they want more and more guns to be made freely available to murder innocent people? The hypocrisy and lack of IQ really astounds me.

If half of America wasn't so lowly-educated and brainwashed by cults and if republican lawmakers had a spine, a dellusional, pathalogical liar would never have made it to the WH.

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Pete said it's hard, but he's sneaking up from behind.

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Bernie won the “popular vote” in Iowa. Why isn’t he the winner?

He is.

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Bernie won the “popular vote” in Iowa. Why isn’t he the winner?

Because the American political system is well and truly borked?

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Yang dropped out. Biden and Warren getting destroyed.

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Cool on Yang and Biden. Sad about Warren.

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bass: Biden is pretty much done, stick a fork in him.

So Trump got impeached going after a guy who had no chance of winning. That's as brilliant as his bankruptcies.

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Or maybe your whole narrative was that Trump was going after Biden politically when he wasn’t.

proven by your party dumping him until right after acquittal. He was just a useful idiot to push a narrative.

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To make matters worse, these Dem candidate's party has become so infested with identity politics, white people and men hating, elitism, pro slaughter the babies at 40 weeks supporting, and other extreme liberal doctrines that too many mainstream voters have turned away from them.

Which is why they won the popular vote by millions in the last election.

.....but lost many potential voters in the important swing states due to the problems I mentioned above. They would have won otherwise. They need to root these evil attitudes out of the party and get back to serving the working class.

Isn’t serving the working class what Sanders is constantly talking about?

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Sanders and Buttijudge are too socially extreme. 

Buttigieg. Let’s leave the trash for the president. We aren’t children or idiots here.

Let’s not lower the tone.

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Buttigieg is also not "socially extreme". Neither is Sanders, but Buttigieg is about as extreme as a pillow.

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So Trump got impeached going after a guy who had no chance of winning. That's as brilliant as his bankruptcies.

Yes, because Schiff tried so hard to protect and shield him, the scrutiny became so toxic around Biden, it left a bad taste for voters, so now he’s done, so thank you, Schiff! Worked out very well for Trump.

Yang dropped out. Biden and Warren getting destroyed.

He, he, it’s all coming to fruition.

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Michael Bennet has dropped out of the race to be the Democratic Party nominee. The news has come as a shock to America, which didn't know he was running.

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The vote totals seem realllllly low compared to 2016.

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I don't know. I mean, why wasn't Hillary the winner in November 2016?

I don’t know, maybe the US Constitution?

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If Trump's re-election position is so strong and assured why do his supporters even care about who his opponent will be?

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but Buttigieg is about as extreme as a pillow.

Legalizing heroine, post failed abortion infanticide, and paying illegal aliens restitution isn’t extreme?

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I don't know. I mean, why wasn't Hillary the winner in November 2016?

Trump said he won the popular vote if you subtract the millions of illegals who voted for Clinton.

Top drawer conspiracy trash. I’m surprised his supporters don’t roll out that steaming pile more often. It was one of his best.

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New Hampshire culls Democratic field: Yang drops out

It seems as if the Democrats, and Hillary-worshippers, are not done tearing their own candidates to pieces yet. If Democrats can't settle on a candidate by the time their convention starts, the Democrat Party is going to accept Bloomberg's money, and make the choice for them. Poor, sad, Democrats.

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Legalizing heroine

Decriminalizing something and legalizing something are different.

post failed abortion infanticide

I'm not going to comment on something that doesn't exist.

and paying illegal aliens restitution isn’t extreme?

Also something that there's no evidence for.

Could we try and remain in reality, please?

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Top drawer conspiracy trash. I’m surprised his supporters don’t roll out that steaming pile more often. It was one of his best.

There are posters on this website who insist that Trump received upwards of 100 million more votes than the official tally, based on zero evidence.

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Going to plan for Mayor Mike.  And the Dem establishment.  What a bunch of corrupt clowns.

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zichi - If Trump's re-election position is so strong and assured why do his supporters even care about who his opponent will be?

Because watching the self-righteous "resist" Democrats tear each other apart is loads of fun. It appears that Democrats don't like their fellow Democrats choices for candidates.

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Because watching the self-righteous "resist" Democrats tear each other apart is loads of fun. It appears that Democrats don't like their fellow Democrats choices for candidates.

I thought this is how it is done.

Trump added something to the process by calling his fellow contenders childish nicknames on the debate stage and digging up insane conspiracy trash from the National Enquirer to discredit one of his opponents.

I think if they lowered themselves to this level, they would discredit themselves. Until then, this seems the usual sharp elbows. Nobody has done a Trump and taken a dump on someone else’s lectern up to now.

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I know it's no use crying over spilt milk, but if only the DNC hadn't spiked Bernie's candidacy in 2016, America and the world would have been spared four years of disgusting corruption and misrule by Trump & co. Now faced with the full-blown plague of Trumpism sponsored by right-wing media and enabled by the second coming of the "Know-Nothing party" of Trumpers, Bernie has the difficult task of clawing his way back to taking his rightful place as Potus. Believing in hard work (and miracles) I hope this time Bernie Sanders can succeed in reversing America's tragic descent into the abyss of plutocracy.

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Are they going to help out financially? Will they still be so 'pro-life' that they want more and more guns to be made freely available to murder innocent people? The hypocrisy and lack of IQ really astounds me.

All life is precious...until it steps on my property

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The bookies have Sanders as favourite to get the nomination, followed by Bloomberg and Buttigieg.

Trump is very decent odds to win ( around 4/6 ). I can imagine our Trump supporters here putting loads of money on Trump given the level of their certainty. The bookies don’t share their cast iron confidence.

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I think the consensus reached among most of the posters here is that the Dems are a bunch of losers

rgcivilian1 summed it all up very nicely.

If one of them was elected, watch the economy tank and quality of life goes straight into the trash

The obvious point that the pie in the sky promising Dems miss is that you can give people "freebies" all day, but that doesnt create jobs. In Italy for ex. there are waiters with master degrees, but there are no jobs.

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If one of them was elected, watch the economy tank and quality of life goes straight into the trash

You mean like under the last GOP president when the economy flew off a cliff?

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lets enjoy the moment while it last, 225 000 jobs created last month? unbelievable

Neo cons and libs have had their day and chances, and failed.

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Jimizo - I thought this is how it is done.

Trump added something to the process by calling his fellow contenders childish nicknames on the debate stage

LOL. Trump is a counter-puncher. His opponents learned that they had attacked the wrong guy. Democrats, and Hillary-worshippers, continually whine that Trump hits them back harder than they hit him. Over, and over, and over again. And a lot of voters love it.

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I think the consensus reached among most of the posters here is that the Dems are a bunch of losers

Trump U math grad...

If one of the (use your choice of expletives here) was elected, watch the economy tank and quality of life goes straight into the trash

Trumpers always keeping it classy - just like the Dimwit. So, let's see - Clinton rescued the economy from Bush 1, Obama rescued the economy from Bush 2, now we have the economy weakening under another Repub President according to data posted on Trump's own Dept of Commerce website (https://www.bea.gov/data/gdp/gross-domestic-product) - looks like the next Dem will to do the same thing.

The obvious point that the pie in the sky promising Dems miss is that you can give people "freebies" all day, but that doesnt create jobs. In Italy for ex. there are waiters with master degrees, but there are no jobs.

I bet if Dems promised free Big Macs there'd be an obese senior citizen with orange hair standing in the Dem voting line...

And Trumpers, did you see this....Oh My!

Biden 50, Trump 43

Sanders 51, Trump 43

Warren 48, Trump 44

Blommberg 51, Trump 42

Buttigieg 47, Trump 43

Klobuchar 49, Trump 43

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/

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@Jimizo

Isn’t serving the working class what Sanders is constantly talking about?

To me, Sanders comes across as the most sincere of the Dem bunch. I think his heart is in the right place and that he genuinely wants to improve the lives of the working class.

But I don't think his policies will genuinely work as they focus more on redistribution and freebies rather than Trump's focus on creation of wealth and jobs.

On top of that, Bernie's party espouses the evil ideas of identity politics, white people and men hating, elitism, pro slaughter the babies at 40 weeks, and other extreme liberal doctrines that loses them and him many votes.

Oh.....and his own party is conspiring to undermine his campaign again. He's got no chance.

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LOL. Trump is a counter-puncher. His opponents learned that they had attacked the wrong guy. Democrats, and Hillary-worshippers, continually whine that Trump hits them back harder than they hit him. Over, and over, and over again. And a lot of voters love it.

Do they like trash conspiracy theories from the national enquirer?

Do you?

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Trump is a counter-puncher.

Maybe, but he's still a wimp, a gutless bully hiding his moronic persona behind his money. By November the majority of Americans will have come to see right through this clown "with no clothes". God save America!

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The vote totals seem realllllly low compared to 2016.

The number of votes cast has now surpassed 2016, and could even surpass 2008 levels.

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you might want to check how many votes Bernie got in 2016 compared to now.

Its not promising.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/

Ah Quinnipiac, the Rasmussen of polls for Dems.

conveniently none of those totals add up to 100% and are all based on Trump approval rate of 43% and giving all the rest of the votes to Dems. As we know, people who dont "approve" of Trump still vote for him. They have Klobuchar at 4% in the Dem primary yet still beating Trump in the general by 6. Hillaryious!

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It has not. Bernie only has 70,000 votes with 84% in- he personally got 151,000 votes last time.

The number of votes cast has now surpassed 2016, and could even surpass 2008 levels.

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in 2016, Hillary got 95,000 votes last time in NH and lost by more than 20%

Waaaay more than anyone has right now.

So whats going on with the turnout?

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Do you know what total votes are?

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