Bernie Sanders (Courtesy of berniesanders.com)
Bernie Sanders (Courtesy of berniesanders.com)

New Hampshire felt the “Bern” as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders claimed victory in the Democratic primary on Tuesday.

With the majority of votes counted, Sanders earned 25.8 percent of the vote while South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, grabbed 24.4 percent. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar placed third with 19.8 percent of the vote.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (9.3 percent) and former Vice President Joe Biden (8.4 percent) had disappointing showings.

With his Granite State victory, Sanders now has 21 delegates.

Buttigieg, who edged Sanders a week earlier in the still-contested Iowa caucus, has 22 after receiving nine delegates for his second-place showing in New Hampshire.

“This is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” Sanders declared to a crowd of onlookers. “The reason I believe we are going to win is that we have an unprecedented grassroots movement, from coast to coast, of millions of people.

“The reason that we are going to win is that we are putting together an unprecedented, multi-generational, multiracial political movement,” he said. “This is a movement from coast to coast, which is demanding that we finally have an economy and a government that works for all of us – not wealthy campaign contributors.”

Each of the candidates now must prepare for the Nevada caucuses where 48 delegates are up for grabs on Saturday, Feb. 22. Nearly 4,000 delegates are up for grabs this year, and, to claim the party’s nomination, a candidate needs to secure at least 1,991.

For each caucus and primary, delegates are split among the top vote-getters.

After Nevada, South Carolina will hold its primary on Saturday, Feb. 29, with 63 delegates available.

The pivotal date in the campaign is Super Tuesday. Scheduled for March 3, primaries will take place in several states, including California, Texas, Colorado, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee. A total of 1,588 delegates are up for grabs on Super Tuesday, meaning if a candidate has a particularly good day, the nomination could be all but assured.

Additional primaries and caucus dates are scheduled in various states on Tuesday, March 10 and Tuesday, March 17. The final primaries take place in June with the Democratic National Convention scheduled July 13 to July 16 in Milwaukee.

Stacy M. Brown is a senior writer for The Washington Informer and the senior national correspondent for the Black Press of America. Stacy has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has authored...

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