New Hampshire primary: Elizabeth Warren pays tribute to Amy Klobuchar and slams pundits who 'count a woman out'

At least two candidates suspend their campaigns

Andrew Buncombe
Wednesday 12 February 2020 03:58 GMT
New Hampshire Rally: Elizabeth Warren battles to stay in the Democratic race

Elizabeth Warren has paid tribute to rival Democrat Amy Klobuchar, after the Minnesota senator pushed her saying into third place, and took aim at pundits who had dismissed her campaign.

Incomplete results suggested the 70-year-old Massachusetts senator would struggle to get more than 10 per cent of the vote in New Hampshire, far behind Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and also behind Ms Klobuchar, who had a good night, after coming fifth in Iowa.

Speaking to supporters in New Hampshire, Ms Warren made clear she intended to stay in the race, and would be contesting next in South Carolina and Nevada.

“Our campaign is built for the long haul, and we are just getting started," she said, describing Mr Sanders and Mr Buttigieg as “both great candidates”.

She also found time to praise Ms Klobuchar.

“I also want to congratulate my friend and colleague Amy Klobuchar for showing just how wrong the pundits can be when they count a woman out,” she said, to loud applause.

With 40 per cent of of the state’s precincts reporting, Mr Sanders was on 28, Mr Buttigieg on 26, and Ms Klobuchar on 20. Ms Warren was on just ten points, and was unlikely to secure a single delegate.

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New Hampshire began narrowing the Democrats' unwieldy 2020 class even before the final results were known.

Political newcomer Andrew Yang, having attracted a small but loyal following over the past year, was suspending his campaign. He was one of just three ethnic minorities left in the race.

Also announcing their departure was Colorado senator Michael Bennet, who ran as a just-the-facts moderate in a race in which liberal candidates grabbed the headlines.

Additional reporting by Associated Press

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