After Sanders Victory, Voices From New Hampshire On Left, Right And Center
Sen. Bernie Sanders claimed victory in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, but only just: he and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg will each get nine pledged delegates, while Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar was within 5% of the front runners, claiming six delegates. But New Hampshire voters were open about their concern as to whether the party would unite behind a centrist candidate or, as one voter phrased it, if they're starting to "spoil for is a real left versus right fight."
VPR political reporter Peter Hirschfeld talked to New Hampshire voters about what the narrow Sanders victory reveals about how Democrats are weighing their choices in 2020.
Early results suggested a bigger margin of victory for Sanders than what he is ending up with, and a much smaller victory than his 2016 win over Hillary Clinton. One Sanders supporter at the candidate's Manchester event Tuesday night saw it was a win for progressive ideas.
"I think what people are kind of starting to spoil for is a real left versus right fight. To really have it out for the first time in a half century."
"I think what people are kind of starting to spoil for is a real left versus right fight. To really have it out for the first time in a half century. A lot of the polling indicates that a majority of Americans are very much in favor of the Sanders agenda, broadly speaking. I think people would like to see us have that fight. And let the chips fall where they may."
But Buttigieg and his supporters said the 2020 election couldn't be a referendum on Democratic Socialism.
Meanwhile, support of Sen. Klobuchar was visible at the Ward 10 polling station in Concord.
Broadcast live on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.