New Hampshire’s Democratic presidential primary was called for Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) Tuesday night. He won the Granite State with 25.8 percent of the vote.
Sanders's victory was expected as the Vermont senator has consistently been the frontrunner in the state, according to RealClearPolitics’s average of polling. However, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg had given him a run for his money throughout the evening, at one point coming within two percentage points of the senator.
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New Hampshire’s Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said Granite State Democrats gravitated toward Sanders because of his authenticity.
"Bernie is as socialist as they come, but, at the end of the day, he's pretty as unabashed about it,” he told CNBC. “He doesn't change his position. He is what he is."
Other voters in the state said they were drawn toward Sanders because he was the one candidate the media seemed most biased against.
"[T]he kinda 'Stop Bernie' cynicism that I heard from a number of people — I watch MSNBC constantly, so I heard that from a number of commentators — it made me angry enough, I said, 'Ok, Bernie's got my vote,'" a New Hampshire voter told MSNBC.
That type of coverage continued Tuesday evening, as pundits attempted to make the case that third place is more significant than first place.
Candidates will face off next week for the ninth presidential debate on Feb. 19, just days before the Nevada caucuses on Feb. 22.