Democratic field hopes to gain on Buttigieg, Sanders in N.H. primary

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Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders may have the largest target on his back for the party's second nominating contest in New Hampshire Tuesday, after a strong performance in Iowa last week propelled him to a primary that's basically on his home turf.


The Democratic field stumped Monday in the key New England state following a debate there Friday and a rally by President Donald Trump, who officially is running in New Hampshire's primary, as well, although there are no other major Republican challengers on the state's ballot.

Sanders, a three-term senator from neighboring Vermont, won 12 delegates in Iowa and narrowly lost to former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who was awarded 14. Sanders, however, is now looking to take command in the race with a win Tuesday close to his constituency.

"New Hampshire: No matter what your community looks like or who you voted for in the past, today is your chance to join a movement for change," Buttgieg said Tuesday. "To make this happen, we're going to need all hands on deck."

"Today we have a chance to finish what we started four years ago and send a powerful message to the billionaire class," added Sanders, who spoke to thousands at a rally Monday night.

All Democratic candidates, though, are hoping for a better outcome with the counting. A glitch with a mobile reporting app delayed Iowa's results for days, embarrassed the party and led officials to partly recanvass the ballots.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who's also close to home in Tuesday's primary, finished third in Iowa and received eight pledged delegates. Former Vice President Joe Biden was fourth and received six and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar was awarded one delegate. Each candidate jockeyed for third place in multiple New Hampshire polls with Klobuchar receiving a boost from her numbers in Iowa.

Other candidates in the field -- businessmen Andrew Yang and Tom Steyer, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick -- are hoping for a surge in New Hampshire.

Tuesday, Warren said she is incorporating parts of various plans from former candidates Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Jay Inslee.

"The way I see it, as Democrats running for the highest office in our country, we're making each other stronger," she said.

"In Concord and across the country, people know: This is our moment. They're ready to choose hope over fear. They're ready to dream big, fight hard and win!"

Biden departed New Hampshire Tuesday for South Carolina, the next stop on the primary calendar.

"We're counting on supporters across the Granite State to get out and vote," he tweeted. "Together, we can win this primary, beat Donald Trump, and restore the soul of this nation."

"If you are tired of all the noise and the nonsense and the extremes of our politics, you have a home with me," Klobuchar said, hailing new polling that shows her leading the Democratic field in New Hampshire. Monday, she touted her experience and said some voters, like herself, aren't comfortable with a socialist like Sanders as the Democratic nominee.

Yang is pushing one of his more unique proposals -- a "Freedom Dividend" universal income concept that would pay all Americans 18 or older $1,000 per month.

"This idea is not going anywhere," he said. "I believe this campaign has helped accelerate the end of poverty in this country by years, maybe even generations and that's something that's going to stand the test of time."

Gabbard, who has not qualified for the last few debates, has focused on early voting states for several weeks.

"We need a nominee who can stand up to Trump. I have proven that I can do that," she said. "He will not be able to rattle me."

Trump also faces a primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday and faces a number of names on the GOP ballot. He is, however, all but assured the win.

"Great being in New Hampshire last night," he tweeted Tuesday. "I would say that was the biggest political rally in New Hampshire history."
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