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Bernie Sanders has declared victory in the New Hampshire Democratic Primary. With the vast majority of votes counted, Sanders currently sits at 26 per cent, two percentage points ahead of former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg. After the chaos of the Iowa caucuses, the first-in-the-nation primary has delivered Sanders the first clear win of the race. In his victory speech, Sanders, who won the state decisively in 2016, said "this victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump".
Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who currently has 20 per cent of the votes in New Hampshire, (despite polling 4.4 per cent nationally), has been the stand-out performer of the night. The third-place finish will give her campaign a much-needed lift ahead of a difficult run of states. Klobuchar has low levels of support among minorities, who will figure prominently in the Nevada caucuses and the South Carolina primary.
The New Hampshire results have been devastating for Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, who look set to place fourth and fifth respectively. Neither of them will win any pledged delegates from the state.