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The Hill’s 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout

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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 Sanders (I-Vt.) squeaked through last night with a narrow victory in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary. http://bit.ly/2wc1P6T

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 Buttigieg: “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: http://bit.ly/2wc1P6T



Via Politico’s Holly Otterbein, “How Bernie’s triumph in New Hampshire exposed his vulnerabilities.” https://politi.co/2OOeVOe



Bernie Sanders: 25.8 percent

Pete Buttigieg: 24.4 percent

Amy Klobuchar: 19.8 percent

Elizabeth Warren: 9.3 percent

Joe Biden: 8.4 percent

Tom Steyer: 3.6 percent

Tulsi Gabbard: 3.2 percent

Andrew Yang: 2.8 percent

*with 89 percent of precincts reporting

Live results from NPR: https://n.pr/37eBhyA



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. http://bit.ly/2uxel0m

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 Bloomberg 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 Trump.” https://on.wsj.com/31Ojn4B

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. http://bit.ly/2SktLOh


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 cmartel@thehill.com — 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: http://bit.ly/2UKVvgU


Tidbit about the turnout: “New Hampshire Democratic turnout has now surpassed 2016, and may beat the 2008 record.” (From Jon Favreauhttp://bit.ly/2SiQCdg

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 Stanagehttp://bit.ly/2w3yfjJ



^ Another one bites the dust: Yang dropped out of the presidential race last night. http://bit.ly/38hlmkm

^ And another one gone: Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) also dropped out of the presidential race last night. https://nyti.ms/2Sik4A1

^ Another one gone, another one bites the dust: Patrick dropped out of the presidential race this morning. http://bit.ly/2uxel0m



Feb. 22: The Nevada caucuses

Feb. 29: The South Carolina primary

March 3: Super Tuesday

The full nominating calendar: http://bit.ly/3boWNEd



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 Easleyhttp://bit.ly/31MBU1e

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: http://bit.ly/2HgzyhF

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

More photos from the Biden watch party in South Carolina: http://bit.ly/39vChQe

The local newspaper front page — because, print deadlines: Here’s the front of the New Hampshire Union Leader this morning. Photo: http://bit.ly/2SBTKju

The theme of the Pete election night party — flags. Lots of flags.: Here’s a photo. http://bit.ly/39r2rno

The Buttigieg press was kept in another room at the watch party; Here is what it looked like. Photo: http://bit.ly/3bwephs

^ 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 Manchesterhttp://bit.ly/2SmGdwY

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: http://bit.ly/2Hi3tpM

The TV situation: One of the TVs kept cutting out. Watch: http://bit.ly/37oxj6y

How we knew Klobuchar was getting ready to give remarks: A campaign staffer started handing out American flags to the crowd. Photo: http://bit.ly/38h0cmt

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: http://bit.ly/2HfpjtR

The press area was just as big as a party: http://bit.ly/2HiaJ4V

The room looks so different empty: http://bit.ly/2Hg3Fpv Versus busy: http://bit.ly/37n4N5j

“Amy” chants: Watch: http://bit.ly/31Nyknu

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: http://bit.ly/3bvpcIE

Watch her full remarks: https://cs.pn/3bz1F9V

Op-ed: http://bit.ly/37gn9F2



Donald Trump is stirring the pot:

This morning, President Trump congratulated Attorney General William Barr for “taking charge” of the case against his longtime associate Roger Stonehttp://bit.ly/2vphX4s

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!” http://bit.ly/37k80CO

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: http://bit.ly/2vphX4s



Whoa, this is very cool:

Watch: http://bit.ly/2OORP9W



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: http://bit.ly/2OLKNmm 

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

2:15 p.m. EST: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump 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: http://bit.ly/2UKVvgU

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: http://bit.ly/2OJ0A5o

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: http://bit.ly/2SAIQKF



1 p.m. EST: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies on President Trump’s 2021 budget request. Livestream: https://cs.pn/2wci5EW



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.: http://bit.ly/2SkvjYB 

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