Political Roundup: Recap of Democratic Debates, New Hampshire Primary and Torch Poll

2020 Democratic presidential candidates unite over common goal 

by Reyna Estrada / Sports Editor

Presidential candidates Joe Biden (left) and Bernie Sanders (right) share a hug at the democratic debate. Photo courtesy of Vox.com.

Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg continue to lead the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination after the first February debate. The heated event took place on Feb.7 2020, merely four days prior to the New Hampshire primary. 

Throughout the night, many of the candidates were strategically aggressive, but not hostile, maintaining their agreement on one goal: beating Trump in November. 

“Everybody up here, by the way, is united; no matter who wins this damn thing, we’re all going to stand together. I believe the way we beat Trump is by having the largest voter turnout in the history of this country,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders. 

The debate highlighted where the candidates differ on policy, especially on healthcare. According to a recent Gallup poll, 35 percent of voters stated that healthcare policy is important in deciding on a candidate. 

While Sanders argued for his healthcare-for-all initiatives, former vice president Joe Biden discussed a plan that builds on the Affordable Care Act and Buttigieg fell somewhere in the middle with his “Medicare-for-all-who-want-it” plan. 

Throughout the debate, Buttigieg appeared to have a target on his back, as he was often attacked for his lack of experience. The attacks toward Buttigieg were expected as a result of his success in the Iowa Caucus. 

“He’s a mayor of a small city who has done some good things, but has not demonstrated he has the ability to — and we’ll soon find out — to get a broad scope of support across the support, including African Americans and Latinos,” said Biden. 

Buttigieg was not the only candidate singled out throughout the debate. Michael Bloomberg, businessman and democratic candidate, was not even in attendance at the event and still found himself with his fair share of  criticism. 

In response to a question about why she was better to lead the country than Bloomberg, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said, “I don’t think anybody ought to be able to buy their way into a nomination or to be president of the United States. I don’t think billionaires ought to be able to do it, and I don’t think people who suck up to billionaires in order to fund their campaign ought to do it,” 

An ipos and FiveThirtyEight survey asked respondents to rate the debate performance of the presidential candidates on a four-point scale. Sanders performed the best with an average rating of 3.3 points. Both Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar followed closely behind with 3.1 points. Andrew Yang — who has since dropped out of the race — and Tom Steyer performed the worst in the survey with 2.6 and 2.7 points, respectively. 

New Hampshire primary results

by Reyna Estrada / Sports Editor

Data collected from The Associated Press. Graphic by Reyna Estrada.

The second primary of the election season took place on Tuesday, Feb. 12 in New Hampshire and resulted in a potentially key victory for Sen. Bernie Sanders, with former mayor Pete Buttigieg close behind. Sanders received 25.7 percent of the vote, while Buttigieg finished about 1.3 percentage points behind. As a result, both Sanders and Buttigieg ended with nine more delegates each. 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar received 19.8 percent of the vote, awarding her with six delegates. This was a significant improvement from the Iowa caucus where Klobuchar received only 12.3 percent of votes and one delegate. The remainder of the candidates including former vice president, Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren did not win any delegates in New Hampshire.

In order to secure the democratic nomination, candidates must receive 1,991 delegates. Currently, Buttigieg is sitting at 22 delegates total, with Sen. Sanders merely one delegate behind. Sen. Warren is behind with 9 delegates total. The next primary will take place on Feb. 22 in Nevada where there are 36 delegates up for grabs. 

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Data collected from an official Torch poll. Graphic by Reyna Estrada.


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