CONWAY — And the winner is … New Hampshire. The Granite State did what Iowa couldn’t — declare a winner on the same night as the presidential primary vote.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was the statewide winner, garnering 75,859 votes (25.7 percent), followed by former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg, 72,126 (24.4 percent); Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, 58,499 (19.8 percent); Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 27,241 (9.2 percent); Joe Biden, 24,831 (8.4 percent); Tom Steyer, 10,664 (3.6 percent); Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, 9,598 (3.3 percent); Andrew Yang, 8,268 (2.8 percent); former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, 1,258 (0.4 percent); and Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, 962 (0.3 percent).
Yang and Bennet ended their campaigns Tuesday night; Patrick declared his run for president over in a Wednesday announcement.
Patrick sent out an email saying, “The vote in New Hampshire last night was not enough for us to create the practical wind at the campaign’s back to go on to the next round of voting. So I have decided to suspend the campaign, effective immediately.”
Sanders and Buttigieg each picked up nine delegates, while Klobuchar got six.
Statewide, 437,163 ballots were cast on Tuesday, while in 2016, 535,103 votes were recorded.
There were 290,604 Democrat ballots cast this year.
Out of 146,559 Republican ballots cast, President Donald Trump got 128,954 votes (85.54 percent), while former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld garnered 13,700 (9.09 percent).
There were also 4,198 write-ins (2.78 percent) on the GOP ballot.
According to the Secretary of State website, there were 16,669 ballots cast in Carroll County — 6,550 Republican and 10,119 Democrat.
While Sanders narrowly edged Buttigieg across the state, it was Mayor Pete who won Carroll County with 2,813 votes (27 percent). He was followed by Sanders, 2,605 (25 percent); Klobuchar, 2,464 (24 percent); Biden, 1,020 (10 percent); Warren, 903 (9 percent); Gabbard, 403 (3.7 percent); Steyer, 323 (2.9 percent); Yang, 229 (2 percent); Patrick, 43 (.4 percent); and Bennet, 31 (.3 percent).
Sanders won eight of the 19 reporting towns: Albany, Chatham, Conway, Eaton, Effingham, Jackson, Ossipee and Tamworth, while Buttigieg won seven: Brookfield, Freedom, Madison, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, Wakefield and Wolfeboro. Klobuchar carried four: Bartlett, Hale’s Location, Hart’s Location and Sandwich.
On the Republican side, Trump won all 18 Carroll County towns with 5,503 votes (90.5 percent), while Weld received 577 (9.49 percent).
Sanders, Buttigieg and Klobuchar were pleased with how the vote went.
“Let me take this opportunity to thank the people of New Hampshire for a great victory tonight,” Sanders said. “With victories behind us — the popular vote in Iowa and the victory here tonight — we’re going to Nevada. We’re going to South Carolina. We’re going to win those states as well.”
Sanders called for unity in the Democratic Party behind the eventual nominee.
“What I can tell you with absolute certainty, and I know I speak for everyone of the Democratic candidates, is that no matter who wins — and we certainly hope it’s going to be us — we are going to unite together,” Sanders said. “We are going to unite together and defeat the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country.”
Buttigieg addressed his supporters Wednesday night.
“Here in a state that goes by the motto, Live Free or Die, you made up your own minds,” he said. “You asserted that famous independent streak. Thanks to you, a campaign that some said shouldn’t be here at all, has shown that we are here to stay.
“So many of you turned out. Diehard Democrats, independents unwilling to stay on the sidelines, and even some newly former Republicans ready to vote for something new. Ready to vote for a politics defined by how many we call in, instead of by who we push out.”
Klobuchar also addressed her supporters in Concord Tuesday night.
“I’m Amy Klobuchar, and I will beat Donald Trump,” she said. “While there are still ballots left to count, we have beaten the odds every step of the way. We have done it on the merits. We have done it with ideas, and we have done it with hard work. Because of you, we are taking this campaign to Nevada. We are going to South Carolina. And we are taking this message of unity to the country.”
She added: “Our collective sense of decency cannot handle another four years of a president who does not care about it,” Klobuchar said. “Our democracy cannot tolerate another four years of a president who wants to bulldoze right through it. And our American dream cannot tolerate a president that thinks he can choose who lives it.”
Trump was pleased with his showing, sending out a series of tweets Tuesday night.
“The Fake News Media is looking hard for the Big Democrat Story, but there is nothing too fabulous. Wouldn’t a big story be that I got more New Hampshire Primary Votes than any incumbent president, in either party, in the history of that Great State? Not an insignificant fact!”
New Hampshire has not gone for the GOP candidate in a presidential election since George W. Bush in 2000. In 2016, Hillary Clinton defeated Trump by fewer than 3,000 votes in the state.
“We’re on our way to turning New Hampshire red again,” N.H. Republican Party Chairman Stephen Stepanek said at a GOP rally in Manchester Tuesday night. “We’re up at 90 percent of the vote in — we’re up at over 140,000 Republicans who voted and only 280,000 Democrats. The enthusiasm in the Democratic side is not there the way it is on the Republican side.”
Stepanek told Fox News Tuesday that there is a silent base for Trump in this state.
“They are supporting the president but they don’t tell people because they get attacked whenever they announce ‘I am a Trump supporter.’ They are afraid to tell people they are Trump supporters,” he said. “We are seeing those closet Trump supporters all over the state and they are coming out in droves right now to support the president.”
New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner came close with his official prediction of 420,000 voters, which is still a record for a primary in which an incumbent president is running on one side or the other. He called for 292,000 Democratic ballots and 128,000 Republican ballots.
Gardner told WMUR-Channel 9 on Feb. 5 that he based his turnout projections on the number of absentee ballots received a few days before the primary.
For the candidates, it’s now on to South Carolina. The Palmetto State will hold its primary Saturday, Feb. 29.