Democratic Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, defeating former secretary of state Hillary Clinton to become the first Jewish candidate ever to win a presidential nominating contest.
“Thank you, New Hampshire!” a somber but clearly gratified Bernie Sanders said to a crowd of thrilled supporters in a high-school gymnasium. The 74-year-old dealing an astonishing blow to the Hillary Clinton juggernaut, casting the race into turmoil, and dramatically highlighting the dissatisfaction of the party base with its establishment.
“The government of our great country belongs to all of the people, and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors and their super PACs!”, he said. The contest, he noted, had inspired record turnout, powered by a force that he implied would make him a better general-election candidate than his rival—“the energy and the excitement that the Democratic Party will need to succeed in November.”
Sanders also made a pitch for party unity. “We will need to come together in a few months and unite this party and this nation, because the right-wing Republicans we oppose must not be allowed to gain the presidency, ” he said.