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The Hill's 12:30 Report — From New Hampshire: New Hampshire fallout | What we learned | The night's winners and losers | Strong finish for Klobuchar | Rough night for Biden, Warren | Yang, Bennet, Patrick drop out | Sights and sounds from the watch parties | Sanders's speech interrupts Buttigieg | Biden addresses supporters from South Carolina | What's next as campaigns regroup | Klobuchar rakes in $2.5M after polls close



Sanduhs won in New Hampshuh!:

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE (I-Vt.) squeaked through last night with a narrow victory in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Was this surprising?: Not really. Sanders had been leading in New Hampshire polls in the leadup to the primary, but political watchers were eager to see how the other candidates competed.

Keep in mind about Sanders's victory: "Though Sanders was the winner in New Hampshire, he once again did not run away with the victory, and Democrats now face the prospect of a long and dragged-out primary that some speculate could end in a contested convention if no one gets a majority of delegates." 

The story is also about former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Candidates face pressure to exit presidential race MORE: "Buttigieg, like Sanders, has had two strong finishes in a row, boosting a candidate who was a political unknown less than a year ago. The challenge for the former mayor going forward will be proving he can win over black and Hispanic voters." 

Breakdown from The Hill's Jonathan Easley in Manchester, Julia Manchester in Nashua and me from Concord:



Via Politico's Holly Otterbein, "How Bernie's triumph in New Hampshire exposed his vulnerabilities."



Bernie Sanders: 25.8 percent

Pete Buttigieg: 24.4 percent

Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharKlobuchar releases medical report that says she's in 'very good health' Candidates face pressure to exit presidential race Buttigieg proposes undoing SALT deduction cap MORE: 19.8 percent

Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenCandidates face pressure to exit presidential race Buttigieg proposes undoing SALT deduction cap Bloomberg called Warren 'scary,' knocked Obama's first term in leaked audio MORE: 9.3 percent

Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Klobuchar releases medical report that says she's in 'very good health' Candidates face pressure to exit presidential race MORE: 8.4 percent

Tom SteyerTom Fahr SteyerCandidates face pressure to exit presidential race The South Carolina Democratic primary will be decided by black women Poll: Biden's lead narrows to 4 points over Sanders in South Carolina MORE: 3.6 percent

Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardPoll: Biden, Sanders tied in Texas, followed by Warren Five takeaways from new fundraising reports for 2020 Democrats Overnight Defense: GOP lawmaker takes unannounced trip to Syria | Taliban leader pens New York Times op-ed on peace talks | Cheney blasts paper for publishing op-ed MORE: 3.2 percent

Andrew YangAndrew YangThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday Yang calls on someone to 'pull an Andrew Yang' and bow out of 2020 race Yang criticizes caucus voting method, says they don't encourage high voter turnout MORE: 2.8 percent

*with 89 percent of precincts reporting

Live results from NPR:


BREAKING -- Deval PatrickDeval PatrickNevada caucuses open with a few hiccups Hill TV's Saagar Enjeti slams the media's coverage of Deval Patrick's 2020 campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg to face off with rivals at Nevada debate MORE CALLS IT QUITS: 

Failing to gain traction in the presidential race for the Democratic nomination, Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) just announced that he is suspending his campaign.

Patrick wrote in an email to supporters on why he thinks he did poorly: "Many in the media have noted that I entered the race 'late.' As a direct and limiting consequence, I've met many people on the campaign trail who lament how they wished I had entered the race sooner." 



Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergSanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Klobuchar releases medical report that says she's in 'very good health' Buttigieg proposes undoing SALT deduction cap MORE is finally opening a New Hampshire office ... the day after the primary: Via The Wall Street Journal's Tarini Parti, "As Democratic presidential campaigns shut down their operations in the Granite State, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is opening a new office here and hiring nearly a dozen staffers as part of his general election efforts against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE."

Klobuchar rakes in the dough: Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-Minn.) presidential campaign said it has raised more than $2.5 million since polls closed last night.


It's Wednesday! Filing from downtown Manchester where national media and politicos are starting to clear out, I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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1. Sanders is the front-runner.

2. Debates matter: Klobuchar wasn't even on the radar last week.

3. The centrists are cannibalizing one another: This is pretty interesting: "Buttigieg, Klobuchar and Biden combined for more than 50 percent of the vote on Tuesday night, compared with about 36 percent for Sanders and Warren, the two candidates associated with the party's left wing." 

4. Biden and Warren had terrible nights: Neither received double-digit support and neither are taking away any delegates.

5. Democrats brace for drawn-out primary: No candidate has broken away from the pack. "It could be a long and bumpy ride."

 Context and details from The Hill's Jonathan Easley:


Tidbit about the turnout: "New Hampshire Democratic turnout has now surpassed 2016, and may beat the 2008 record." (From Jon Favreau

The winners of the night: Sanders, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Bloomberg and the state of New Hampshire.

The losers of the night: Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and businessman Andrew Yang.

Reasoning for each, via The Hill's Niall Stanage



^ Another one bites the dust: Yang dropped out of the presidential race last night.

^ And another one gone: Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand Bennet Biden proposes 0B housing plan Nevada caucuses open with a few hiccups Overnight Energy: EPA moves to limit financial pressure on 'forever chemical' manufacturers | California sues Trump over water order| Buttigieg expands on climate plan MORE (D-Colo.) also dropped out of the presidential race last night.

^ Another one gone, another one bites the dust: Patrick dropped out of the presidential race this morning.



Feb. 22: The Nevada caucuses

Feb. 29: The South Carolina primary

March 3: Super Tuesday

The full nominating calendar:



A small tidbit that says a lot: Sanders began his election night remarks before Buttigieg finished. 

^ And at the Bernie watch party: Sanders supporters chanted "Wall Street Pete" as Buttigieg came on the big screen. (Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley

Meanwhile at the Pete party: Here is video of the crowd, from The Hill's Julia Manchester. That energy! I would put this in the "pep rally" category of election night watch parties. Watch:

NeW hAmPsHiRe PrImArY nIgHt in … Columbia, S.C. :

More photos from the Biden watch party in South Carolina:

The local newspaper front page -- because, print deadlines: Here's the front of the New Hampshire Union Leader this morning. Photo:

The theme of the Pete election night party -- flags. Lots of flags.: Here's a photo.

The Buttigieg press was kept in another room at the watch party; Here is what it looked like. Photo:

^ But there was a very nice woman there: "Shoutout to the woman handing out chocolate and mints to the print media at Buttigieg's election night event" (Via The Hill's Julia Manchester

I hope Bailey the dog wasn't too sad last night :/


I laugh every time I zoom in on this photo:




CONCORD, N.H. -- In my experience, election night watch parties can either feel like a pep rally, a funeral wake, an awkward networking event or a cocktail party. Klobuchar's primary watch party was DEFINITELY the latter. 

For most of the night, cocktails were flowing, pop music was playing and people were mingling with tiny plates of charcuterie -- the spread was pretty nice, I might add. The party had two television screens broadcasting CNN, but the campaign kept the sound muted until later in the night. 

Every once in a while, a supporter would look up at the television, see a live shot of the Klobuchar's party and begin cheering at the camera. 

Because I would never mention appetizers without showing them to you: Here's a photo of the food and drinks:

The TV situation: One of the TVs kept cutting out. Watch:

How we knew Klobuchar was getting ready to give remarks: A campaign staffer started handing out American flags to the crowd. Photo:

I saw a green cast at the Klobuchar watch party. Obviously, I had to ask: 

^And it gets better: Shoshana Foster, from Nashua, N.H., had surgery on her other foot last summer. Klobuchar also signed that cast, but with a longer message. Photos of Klobuchar signing her other cast:

The press area was just as big as a party:

The room looks so different empty: Versus busy:

"Amy" chants: Watch:

Klobuchar was riding a high last night: "While there are still ballots to count, we have beaten the odds every step of the way," Klobuchar told the crowd with a big smile on her face at her campaign's election night party in Concord. "Because of you, we are taking this campaign to Nevada," she added.

My breakdown of her remarks -- why her third-place finish felt like a win for Team Klobuchar:

Watch her full remarks:




Donald Trump is stirring the pot:

This morning, President Trump congratulated Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrPennsylvania Democrat says US Attorney's Office should prioritize opioids rather than 'Russian propaganda' from Giuliani President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday MORE for "taking charge" of the case against his longtime associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneSchumer on Trump intel shakeup: 'Disgrace,' 'closer to a banana republic' President Trump's assault on checks and balances: Five acts in four weeks This week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime MORE

Trump tweeted: "Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought. Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted. Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!"

Timing: "The message came one day after leaders at the Department of Justice reduced the prison recommendation for Stone after career federal prosecutors handling his case had recommended he serve between seven and nine years in jail for lying to Congress and witness tampering." More context from The Hill's Morgan Chalfant:



Whoa, this is very cool:




The House and Senate are in. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

10:30 a.m. EST: Four roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate's full schedule today: 

12:30 p.m. EST: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence. 

2:15 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders's momentum puts Democrats on edge Trumps tour Taj Mahal to cap off first day in India The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday MORE meet with the president and first lady of Ecuador. 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today:

7:30 p.m. EST: President Trump speaks at a closed press fundraising committee reception at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Feb. 20: The Hill is hosting an event, "Building the Dream" in Charlotte, N.C. Details and how to RSVP:

Feb. 26: The Hill is hosting an event, "America's Opioid Epidemic: Lessons Learned & A Way Forward" in Washington, D.C. Details and how to RSVP:



1 p.m. EST: Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinHillicon Valley: Agencies play catch-up over TikTok security concerns | Senate Dems seek sanctions on Russia over new election meddling | Pentagon unveils AI principles Senate Democrats urge Trump administration to impose sanctions on Russia for election interference Overnight Energy: Fight over pipeline that would cross Appalachian Trail hits Supreme Court | Security experts warn of 'catastrophic' climate threats | G-20 statement talks climate despite US reluctance MORE testifies on President Trump's 2021 budget request. Livestream:



Today is National Plum Pudding Day. Sure, why not?


And because you made it this far, here's a baby trying ice cream for the first time. Same, kid. SAME.: