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Sanders on NH victory: Win is 'beginning of the end for Donald Trump'

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKlain says Harris would not overrule parliamentarian on minimum wage increase Romney-Cotton, a Cancun cabbie and the minimum wage debate On The Money: Senate panels postpone Tanden meetings in negative sign | Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers MORE (I-Vt.) took a victory lap late Tuesday night after winning New Hampshire’s 2020 Democratic primary, saying his win was the start of many down the road toward defeating President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills MORE in November.

“And let me say tonight, that this victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump,” he told a raucous New Hampshire crowd after his victory was announced. “With victories behind us, popular vote in Iowa, and the victory here tonight, we’re going to Nevada, we’re going to South Carolina, we’re going to win those states as well.” 

Sanders’s victory was announced with about 80 percent of the vote tallied. The Vermont senator garnered roughly 26 percent of the vote and led former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSenate confirms Vilsack as Agriculture secretary Biden to detail 'roadmap' for partnership with Canada in meeting with Trudeau Biden's infrastructure plan needs input from cities and regions MORE by a fluctuating margin that hovered around 1.5 points. Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharFBI, DHS and Pentagon officials to testify on Capitol riot Five big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings Top cops deflect blame over Capitol attack MORE (D-Minn.) finished in third place with just shy of 20 percent of the vote.

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Meanwhile, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBecerra says he wants to 'build on' ObamaCare when pressed on Medicare for All Yellen deputy Adeyemo on track for quick confirmation Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill MORE (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video MORE rounded out the top five, though neither of them won enough support to receive any delegates from the primary.

“I want to take the opportunity to express my appreciation and respect for all the Democratic candidates we ran against: Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden," Sanders said. "And what I can tell you with absolute certainty, and I know I speak for every one of the Democratic candidates, is that no matter who wins … we are going to unite together and defeat the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country."

The win compounded on a top finish in last week’s Iowa caucuses, where Sanders won the most votes but due to caucus rules, fell just short of Buttigieg in delegates. Sanders’s narrow but clear victory Tuesday cemented his status as a front-runner in the primary field moving forward.

The primary field now heads to Nevada, which will hold its caucuses on Feb. 22. Sanders’s campaign is hoping its beefy presence of more than 200 staffers will help push it to a strong finish and demonstrate support from a heavily Hispanic voting electorate.

The RealClearPolitics polling average in Nevada shows Sanders in second place, trailing only Biden.