Just over a week after the Iowa caucuses were marred by the failure of a new smartphone voting app, New Hampshire’s primaries went off without a hitch.
The contest, which is largely backed up by physical copies of the voting record in case of a digital debacle, ended somewhat predictably. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took the win, with more moderate young’n Pete Buttigieg riding his Iowa surge into a second place finish in the Granite State.
Perhaps the only real surprise was how poorly Joe Biden fared.
Sensing a humiliating defeat in the Granite State, Biden’s team announced the former vice president was throwing in the towel before the polls had even closed, spending Tuesday evening at a campaign launch party in Columbia, SC, about 1,000 miles away.
Biden ended up placing fifth in New Hampshire, capturing less than 9 percent of the vote and none of the state’s pledged delegates.
Biden’s trouble began long before the New Hampshire contest, and were exemplified by his poor showing in Iowa as well.
The former Vice President represents a moderate wing of the Democratic Party, in which Rhodes Scholar Pete Buttigieg is running circles around the gaffe-prone and rambling Biden. There simply isn’t room enough in the race for two top-tier centrists, especially as radical leftist Bernie Sanders continues to soar.
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