Sanders warns ‘it is the beginning of the end for Trump’ after primary win

Bernie Sanders has declared “a great victory” in the New Hampshire primary after edging out Democratic rival Pete Buttigieg.

Addressing his supporters, the 78-year-old vowed that the result means it is “the beginning of the end for Donald Trump”.

The Vermont senator said: “With victories behind us, the popular vote in Iowa and victory here tonight, we’re going to Nevada, we’re going to South Carolina, we’re going to win those states as well.”

He acknowledged his Democratic Party rivals, saying: “No matter who wins, we’re going to unite together and defeat the most dangerous president in the modern history of our country.”

A Bernie Sanders supporter cheers and waves a poster in New Hampshire
Image:Mr Sanders told his supporters they could defeat Donald Trump

Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was in second place – while Senator Amy Klobuchar came from a strong showing in Friday’s debate to take third place.

Mr Buttigieg, 38, told his supporters: “Now our campaign moves on to Nevada and South Carolina and across the country, and we will welcome new allies to our movement at every step.”

Two prominent White House hopefuls – Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren – were fighting for fourth place and were not on track to receive any delegates.

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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang greets supporters in who are holding signs in front of a polling station on February 11, 2020 in Keene, New Hampshire
Image:Andrew Yang described himself as the opposite of Donald Trump

Earlier, Andrew Yang – who had vowed to give every American adult a basic income of $1,000 (£773) – suspended his presidential bid.

Mr Yang, a 45-year-old businessman who had no prior political experience, managed to remain in the race for longer than some party veterans.

Mr Yang’s push for a universal basic income came as he warned of the impact that automation would have on US jobs.

The candidate had often noted he was the “opposite” of US President Donald Trump – describing himself as an “Asian guy who likes math”.

He often wore a MATH hat (Make America Think Harder) – a nod to the Make America Great Again hats that helped propel Mr Trump to power four years ago.

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Conceding defeat as votes were counted in New Hampshire, Mr Yang said: “I am the math guy, and it is clear to me from the numbers that we are not going to win this race.

“This is not an easy decision, or something I made lightly with the team. Endings are hard.

“I have been persuaded that the message of this campaign will not be strengthened by staying in the race any longer.”

Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado also abandoned his campaign on Tuesday night – telling supporters that it was “fitting” to end his presidential effort in the state where he had actively campaigned.

Earlier, Mr Trump easily won the state’s Republican primary with minimal opposition.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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