Tuesday, February 09, 2016

"Tuesday's Results Should Sting"

"Yet she now has a very real reason to worry. Her team tried its hardest to tamp down expectations in the lead-up to Tuesday's primary and will continue to do everything it can to spin the loss into something resembling an inconsequential footnote, a challenge that becomes more difficult the further she finishes from Sanders in the final New Hampshire count. But while Tuesday's results won't decide the nomination, the results can be discounted only so much. Sanders had the wind at his back in New Hampshire over the past few months, but the state can't be mistaken as hostile territory for Clinton. Bill Clinton used a surprise second-place finish in the 1992 primary as a springboard to the nomination that year and went on to win the state in the general election both that fall and four years later. In 2008, Hillary beat then–Sen. Barack Obama by nearly 3 points in New Hampshire, surprising pollsters in the process. This year, she had the backing of the state's Democratic governor, Maggie Hassan, and the state's sole Democratic senator, Jeanne Shaheen. She led Bernie by roughly 40 points this past summer and had regained a polling lead as recently as December."

Josh Voorhees in Slate reacts to Bernie Sanders's victory in the New Hampshire primary.

And David Brooks in The New York Times writes that he already misses President Obama.

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