Bernie Sanders has won the New Hampshire primary, holding off a surge from rival Pete Buttigieg and making him the favorite to become the Democratic presidential nominee.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Vice President Joe Biden were vying for fourth place as final results came in. The two could not attain the 15% threshold required to win pledged delegates, nationwide and in both of its congressional districts.
The victory gives Sanders an early boost in the push for the Democratic presidential nomination after he left the Iowa caucuses with the second-most pledged national delegates in the field. The process now enters a series of generally larger, more diverse states, where the Vermont senator has outperformed Buttigieg and Klobuchar in polls.
“Let me say tonight that this victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” he told supporters as news outlets started to project his victory.
Sanders and Buttigieg are expected to be awarded the same share of New Hampshire’s 24 delegates: nine each. Klobuchar is projected to win six. Both Buttigieg and Klobuchar appeared to perform well with late-deciding voters.