Sanders May Have Won New Hampshire, but Local Voters Prefer Buttigieg for President

Pete Buttigieg speaking at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention in San Francisco, Calif. (Gage Skidmore photograph.)

Sen. Bernie Sanders may have won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire, but former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg was the top pick in area towns.

Salem, Plaistow, Atkinson and Newton ranked Buttigieg first, but the towns were not uniform on their second and third choice picks. Salem gave Buttigieg 28.5% of the vote, followed by Sanders, 24%, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, 16.3%. Plaistow voters gave Buttigieg 27.5% of the ballots, followed by Sanders, 24.3%, and Klobuchar, 16.2%, while Atkinson put Buttigieg on top with 29.2%, followed by Klobuchar, 23.7%, and then Vermont’s Sanders at 22.1%. Newton also placed Buttigieg first, followed by Sanders and then Klobuchar

In conceding the New Hampshire primary, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren congratulated. Sanders and Mayor Buttigieg, but gave special praise to Klobuchar. She said Klobuchar’s strong finish shows “just how wrong the pundits can be when they count a woman out.”

Warren cautioned Democrats to ratchet back the rhetoric against fellow party member, saying “We can’t afford to fall into factions. We can’t afford to squander our collective power. We will win when we come together.”

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