Sanders Wins In New Hampshire As Biden Crashes And Burns

Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders arrives to speak at a Primary Night event at the SNHU Field House in Manchester, New Hampshire on February 11, 2020.  AFP


Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire’s high-stakes Democratic primary on Tuesday, according to US network projections, leaving rivals including party stalwart Joe Biden in his wake as he staked his claim to challenge President Donald Trump in November.

Sanders, the flag-bearer for the party’s progressive wing, had 26 per cent of votes with most of the count complete in the northeastern state, where he routed Hillary Clinton in 2016.

“Let me take this opportunity to thank the people of New Hampshire for a great victory tonight,” Sanders told cheering supporters after NBC and ABC called the result in his favour.

“This victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” the senator from neighbouring Vermont added as raised the roof with his rallying cry for fairer taxes and health care reform.

Indiana ex-mayor Pete Buttigieg finished in second place at 24 per cent as he readied for the more difficult battlegrounds ahead.

“Now our campaign moves on to Nevada, to South Carolina, to communities across our country. And we will welcome new allies to our movement at every step,” he said.

Midwestern moderate Amy Klobuchar maintained a late surge to place third on about 20 per cent, while liberal Elizabeth Warren finished in fourth at about nine per cent.

Trump weighed in, tweeting: “Bootedgeedge (Buttigieg) is doing pretty well tonight. Giving Crazy Bernie a run for his money. Very interesting!” Trump tweeted.

After months atop the pack, Biden had already conceded he expected to do badly in New Hampshire, as he did a week earlier in Iowa — and the former vice president’s worst fears were beginning to materialize as he languished in fifth with just over eight per cent.

The performance will be a body blow to the 77-year-old Biden, who has failed to generate the fundraising numbers or the enthusiasm levels of his rivals for the top spot on the Democratic ticket.

White House hopefuls had been seeking clarity in the Granite State after the first-in-the-nation Iowa count devolved into chaos, with Sanders and Buttigieg eventually emerging neck-and-neck.

For tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, that meant facing reality and bowing out after they failed to make an impact on Tuesday.

“You know I am the math guy, and it is clear tonight from the numbers that we are not going to win this race,” Yang said.

 ‘Not the closing bell’ 

The 78-year-old Sanders went into the race as the newly anointed national frontrunner and was expected to win New Hampshire.

Buttigieg’s camp will be happy with a solid result that could provide voters on the fence with much-needed reassurance after he won narrowly in Iowa.

The Afghanistan veteran is languishing at 10 per cent in the latest national polls and has negligible support among African-Americans in upcoming states with more diverse populations.

Pundits believe this vital constituency will start to take a serious look at Buttigieg, a virtual unknown a year ago, after his impressive top-two finishes in the opening races.

Klobuchar’s popularity in New Hampshire surged after a strong debate on Friday, moving her ahead of Warren, whose performance will do nothing to revitalize a wounded campaign.

Warren admitted to MSNBC the result was a disappointment but insisted: “This is going to be a long primary process.”

“The question for us Democrats is whether it will be a long, bitter rehash of the same old divides in our party, or whether we can find another way,” she said later.

Biden, apparently seeing the writing on the wall, cancelled a primary-night party and was in South Carolina as the results came in.

“We just heard from the first two of 50 states. Two of them. Not all the nation, not half the nation, not a quarter of the nation,” he told supporters.

“Now, where I come from, that’s the opening bell — not the closing bell.”

‘Dramatic shift’ 

The day had begun under a light snowfall. Voters at a Boys and Girls Club in the state capital Concord received paper ballots and used either voting booths curtained by red, white and blue plastic or tabletop voting spots to make their choice.

Mike Schowalter, a 39-year-old conservative, said he voted for Sanders, a self-declared democratic socialist who critics complain is proposing a health care overhaul and other sweeping ideas that are too expensive.

“It does seem kind of strange, but I do think a lot of stuff going on in our country right now is a bit broken,” Schowalter told AFP. “I think he’ll get us talking.”

Buoyed by his strong start, Sanders has emerged as the national Democratic frontrunner with 25 per cent support, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll that described his surge as a “dramatic shift.”

Biden has skidded from 26 to 17 per cent support since the end of January.

Significantly, the survey also showed billionaire Michael Bloomberg vaulting into third place on 15 per cent — suggesting a possible upset when New York’s former mayor, who is skipping the first four nominating contests, throws himself fully into the race.

Competing for the support defecting from Biden, Bloomberg is focusing on Super Tuesday on March 3, when 14 states vote — spending a record $260 million of his personal fortune on his campaign.


More Republican Bigwigs Sever Ties With Trump

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Mr. Trump insists he wont quit the race despite the backlash

A handful of top Republicans have shifted ground in their support for US presidential candidate Donald Trump after his remarks about women became public last week.

Since the comments became public, more than 12 Republican bigwigs have announced that they would not be voting for Mr Trump in November.

Mr Trump, who has apologized over his comments, however insists he will go ahead with his campaign, as he lashes out to some Republicans who advised him to withdraw from the race.

In the tape from 2005, Mr Trump is reportedly heard bragging about groping and kissing women.

Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are the latest of such Republicans to withdraw their support.

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Condoleezza Rice says it is enough from Trump, asking him to drop out of the race

Mr McCain said such comments “make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his (Trump) candidacy.”

While Ms Rice said: “Enough! Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw.”

The Republican Senator from New Hampshire, Senator Kelly Ayotte, in a statement she released after Mr Trump’s comments were published said, “I cannot and will not support a candidate for president who brags about degrading and assaulting women.”

The Senator however says she won’t vote for Hilary Clinton either.

The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Paul Ryan who was initially supposed to host Mr Trump at a campaign event in Wisconsin this weekend, withdrew the invitation, saying he is “sickened” by what he heard.

The second TV debate between Mr Trump and Mrs Clinton will take place on Sunday evening (October 9) in St Louis.

Trump To Remove 70% of US Federal Regulations

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The Republican candidate says federal regulations must reduce

US Republican candidate for the November 8 presidential election, Donald Trump, says about 70% of federal regulations would be scrapped if he is elected into office.

Mr. Trump who said this on Thursday night during a town hall in New Hampshire, added that many of those regulations are clogging business processes and enterprise in America, which in his opinion have a negative effect on America’s economy.

“We need regulation but immediately every agency will be asked to rate the importance of their regulations and we will push to remove 10 percent of the least important.”

“It’s just stopping businesses from growing.”  Trump said.

The Republican candidate says he vigorously wants to streamline these regulations in a bid to stimulate economic growth and aid capital in-flows.

He specifically singled out the energy industry as an area that he wants regulations reduced.

US Election 2016: Trump Wins South Carolina, As Clinton Takes Nevada

" Donald Trump has won the South Carolina primary in the republican race for the US President.

In the democratic contest, Hillary Clinton also defeated Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders, in a tight race in Nevada.

Both results would be key ahead of the “Super Tuesday” round on March 1, when a dozen more states would make their choice.

Trump’s victory claimed a major scalp when former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, dropped out of the race.

He finished a distant fourth, days after former President, George Bush, made a rare political appearance to boost his brother’s campaign.

Republican Senators, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, were locked in a battle for second place in the state.

For Republicans, Trump is the one boasting a winning streak. He had a second-place finish in Iowa and double-digit victories in New Hampshire and now in South Carolina.

Donald Trump Praises Pope Francis

Donald TrumpRepublican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has commended Pope Francis hours after the pontiff questioned his Christian faith.

Earlier, the Pope said that Mr Trump’s proposal to build a wall on the US border with Mexico was not Christian, provoking a strong response from the businessman.

Mr Trump issued a statement in which he called the comments “disgraceful.”

But hours later, at a town hall event in South Carolina, the billionaire hotel developer, was more conciliatory.

He said that he has respects for the Pope and that the pontiff was misinformed when he criticised the proposed wall, because he was not aware of the drugs coming in and the other security problems that makes a strong border a necessity.

Mr Trump, who has no political experience but won in New Hampshire, is the clear frontrunner in Saturday’s Republican vote.

At the town hall event on Thursday hosted by the CNN, Mr Trump backed down from comments made at the weekend when he said former President, George Bush, lied about the existence of weapons of mass destruction before invading Iraq.

Mr Bush’s younger brother Jeb Bush is one of Mr Trump’s rivals for the White House, but his main threat comes from Texas, Senator Ted Cruz, who won the Iowa caucus.

The Democratic race in Nevada has Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders neck-to-neck.

Mrs Clinton, speaking in Las Vegas on Thursday evening, condemned Mr Trump for his “prejudice and paranoia.”

Trump Tangles With Rival In Republican Debate

Republican-debateThe Republican candidates for President traded sharp verbal blows over foreign policy and the future of the Supreme Court in an often unruly and chaotic debate.

After Iowa and New Hampshire, the race has now moved to South Carolina before the February 20 primary.

Front-runner, Donald Trump, repeatedly tangled with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, in a series of tense exchanges.

The lively audience repeatedly jeered and booed the candidates who were shouting down and interrupting each other.

US Election 2016: Trump And Sanders Win New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders and Donald TrumpRepublican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders have shaken up the US presidential race with decisive victories in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.

Ohio Governor, John Kasich, came second in the republican vote, with former Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, Texas Senator, Ted Cruz and Florida Senator, Marco Rubio all vying for third place.

In the democratic race, Senator Bernie Sanders, who beat rival Hillary Clinton by a huge margin, said his victory showed people want “real change”.

Analysts said that both candidates were riding on a wave of discontent with mainstream politics.

New Hampshire is the second state to choose delegates in the long nomination battle following last week’s Iowa caucuses, which were won by Mr Cruz for the republicans and Mrs Clinton for the democrats.

With close to 90% of the votes counted, Senator Sanders has a lead of more than 20 percentage points over Mrs Clinton in the two-horse race for the Democratic nomination. He had topped polls in New Hampshire in recent months, but it is still a significant victory for the self-described Democratic socialist candidate.

The result gives momentum to the winners ahead of the next contests in South Carolina and Nevada.

The CNN reports that New Hampshire also delivered a painful personal blow to Hillary Clinton, who squeezed out the narrowest of victories in Iowa last week.

The scale of her defeat by more than 20 points is likely to fuel signs of growing internal rancor in her campaign and complaints by Democrats that her message as a progressive, who gets results, is no match for Sanders’ heady demands for a political revolution, which has inspired younger Democratic voters.

The loss was especially rough because New Hampshire has long been kind to the Clintons.

It’s the state that made Bill Clinton the “comeback kid” in 1992. Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama there in 2008, salvaging her campaign after a third-place showing in Iowa.

US Election: New Hampshire Votes In Key Primary

New Hampshire electionThe race to find out who will be the next occupant of the White House continues in New Hampshire where people in the US are voting in the contests to select the Republican and Democratic presidential candidates.

On the Republican side, frontrunner Donald Trump is hoping for a better performance than in last week’s Iowa caucuses, won by Senator Ted Cruz.

The main Democratic race is between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

The tiny town of Dixville Notch cast the first votes at midnight, favouring Bernie Sanders and John Kasich.

Under New Hampshire State law, towns with populations of under 100 can apply to cast their vote as the clock strikes midnight and close the polling station as soon as everyone has voted.

Mr Sanders, a Senator from neighbouring Vermont and a self-proclaimed “democratic socialist”, is hoping for a victory in New Hampshire over former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

Mrs Clinton, who is backed by the Democratic establishment, narrowly won in Iowa.

US Election: Clinton And Sanders Debate In New Hampshire

electionWall Street and foreign policy were the main issues at stake when US Democratic contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders locked horns in their first one-on-one debate.

The TV debate in New Hampshire was their first since the democratic race was whittled down to two contenders this week.

During the event, Mrs Clinton called Sanders an idealist who will not get things done and Mr Sanders accused her of being too tied to the establishment to achieve real change.

Analysts say without a third person on stage, the policy differences were laid bare.

The former Secretary of State said that Bernie Sanders’ proposals such as universal healthcare are too costly and not achievable.

And she went after her rival aggressively over his attempts to portray her as being in the pocket of Wall Street because of the campaign donations and the fees she had received for after-dinner speeches.

Despite heated moments between both candidates, they did agree and even shook hands on a few things during the 5th Democratic debate.

In her closing speech, Clinton asked voters to bring both their heads and hearts to the polls, having heard that people say they’re trying to decide whether to vote with their hearts or their heads.

She said there is a lot of work that can only be done if hearts are moved, mentioning continuing struggles against racism, sexism and discrimination.

She said that she would bring her heart with her “but I will also tell you we’ve got to get our heads together to come up with the best answers to solve the problems so that people can have real differences in their lives.”

Sanders said that he’s running for president because “it is just too late for establishment politics and establishment economics”.

He called for a political revolution where millions stand up and say, “Our government belongs to all of us and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors.”


US Democratic Debate: Sanders Apologises To Hillary Clinton

US Democratic Debate: Bernie Sanders and Hillary ClintonBernie Sanders has apologised to fellow US Democrat presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, after his staff stole valuable voting data from her campaign.

“This is not the type of campaign that we run,” he said during a TV debate.

The candidates criticised Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, for his call to ban Muslims from entering the US, but they disagreed over Syria.

Mrs Clinton insisted that the US should seek to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power.

“If the US does not lead, there is not another leader – there is a vacuum,” she said.

Mr Saunders, however, argued that the US should first concentrate on defeating the Islamic State (ISIS).

“Getting rid of dictators is easy, but you have to think about what happens the day after,” he said.

Former Maryland Governor, Martin O’malley, also took part in the debate in Manchester, new Hampshire.

The debate was the first for democrats since 14 people were killed by a married couple that the authorities said had been radicalised.

They clashed over Syria, with Mr Sanders accusing Mrs Clinton of being set on regime change while she said US leadership was needed.

Mrs Clinton, the former Secretary of State, remains the frontrunner.


US Sandstorm: 7 Dead In New York

New YorkThe New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has declared a state of emergency as the city of Buffalo was badly hit with up to 1.8 meters of snowfall.

At least seven people have died due to the massive early season snowstorm, described as one of the worst in living memory, which struck parts of Michigan, up-state New York and New Hampshire.

Three people lost their lives from apparent heart attacks with two of them believed to have been shovelling, while others died while pushing a trapped car.

Due to the heavy snowfall, some emergency vehicles, including ambulances and fire trucks, had to be abandoned, with patients taken to hospital by paramedics on snowmobile.

More than 100 vehicles were reported trapped along a New York State roadway on Wednesday with a women’s basketball team from Niagara University left stranded on a roadway for nearly 30 hours before being picked up by authorities.

A woman had to give birth in a Buffalo fire station after attempts to travel to a hospital failed.

The wall of snow phenomenon was created by what is known as the “lake effect”. It hit on a day when much of the United States was enduring icy weather.