Reality Check: Hillary Clinton Won The New Hampshire Primary
Yes, it’s true that Bernie Sanders got over 60 percent of the popular vote in yesterday’s Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire. That’s nice. It’s impressive.
Bernie Sanders got to give a victory speech, and Hillary Clinton gave a concession speech.
“Sanders Won New Hampshire,” declared The Guardian.
“Bernie Sanders Wins One For Revolution In New Hampshire,” writes U.S. News and World Report.
“Clinton Loses New Hampshire To Bernie Sanders,” says the U.K.’s Metro.
Despite these narratives, in the most concrete sense, Hillary Clinton won the New Hampshire primary last night.
She has earned 15 delegates from New Hampshire who will vote for her at the Democratic National Convention this summer.
Bernie Sanders has only earned 13 delegates from New Hampshire.
2 delegates from New Hampshire remain uncommitted, so it’s possible that Sanders could come out even with Clinton in New Hampshire, eventually, but that’s the best he could hope for.
How did this happen? The Democratic Party presidential nominating process isn’t just based on the vote of rank and file Democrats. Political party insiders are also awarded slots to this summer’s convention as superdelegates, and most of those delegates are supporting Hillary Clinton, rather than Bernie Sanders.
So, even though Bernie Sanders came in practically even with Hillary Clinton in the Iowa popular vote, and won the popular vote in New Hampshire, he is still far behind Clinton for the nomination.
According to the Associated Press, Clinton has the support of 394 delegates so far. Bernie Sanders has the support of only 42.