Sanders and Buttigieg enjoy top spots in New Hampshire primary

Elias Hubbard
February 14, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren of MA, who lagged in the first two nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, targeted Bloomberg over past policing tactics in the largest USA city and his comments about a mortgage practice widely seen as racially discriminatory.

The results were especially disappointing because Warren had built an impressive campaign infrastructure in Iowa, and New Hampshire borders her home state.

Sen. Bernard Sanders opened a double-digit lead over former Vice President Joseph R. Biden in the Democratic presidential race since his win in the New Hampshire primary, according to a new national poll.

Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg tried to kick off a town hall event with Latino voters on Thursday night by showing off his Spanish skills, but he immediately stumbled. Bernie Sanders almost tied for first place in that state, although an official victor has not been declared because of technical issues with reporting the results and an ongoing recanvassing effort.

Bloomberg is not competing in Nevada or SC, which votes on February 29.

"The most important thing is to enter Super Tuesday with momentum", said Adam Green, head of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, referring to March 3, when many states hold votes.

Warren responded to the comments in a thread of tweets Thursday.

Health care was voters' top issue in both Iowa and New Hampshire, and it benefitted Sen. After the Associated Press published its original story on Bloomberg's redlining comments, Loeser added: "He's saying that something bad - the financial crisis - followed something good, which is the fight against redlining that he was part of as Mayor".

"I think Mike Bloomberg can stand up to Trump", said Maureen Scott, 68, a retiree in Winston-Salem.

The campaign also pointed to efforts by Bloomberg's private philanthropy to help other cities craft policies that will help reduce evictions. Bloomberg apologized for stop and frisk in November a few days before announcing his candidacy.

"I am a New Yorker".

Bloomberg's personal fortune, estimated at about $60 billion, dwarfs that of the president.

Quentin McHoes, a 22-year-old college student from Wyoming, said he expected Warren to perform the way she did in the first two contests based on the demographics of the states.

"I just feel like he might be able to beat Trump", she said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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