Sanders meets expectations with double digit win over rival Clinton

Sanders meets expectations with double digit win over rival Clinton

Sanders meets expectations with double digit win over rival Clinton

Written by Staff Writer

10 Feb, 2016 | 5:24 pm

U.S. presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders celebrated victory in New Hampshire on Tuesday (February 9) with thunderous applause from an audience packing a high school gymnasium.

The U.S. Senator from Vermont, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, has called for eradicating income inequality, breaking up the big banks and providing free college tuition.

“Thank you, New Hampshire,” Sanders said as he took the stage to declare victory in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary.

Disenchanted with the economy and Washington politicians, voters in the first two U.S. primary voting races have responded enthusiastically to candidates for the Nov. 8 presidential election they view as outsiders — Democrat Sanders and billionaire Donald Trump, who won New Hampshire’s Republican presidential nominating contest.

Sanders had 59 percent of the vote based on 50 percent of the vote, ahead of former Secretary of State Clinton, who had 39 percent.

“I think the biggest problem facing this country right now is the money that’s involved in politics and we no longer have a true democracy. Until we fix that problem, we don’t have democracy”, he said.

In his quest for the presidency, Sanders draws strong support from younger generations.

Clinton had for months been the front-runner nationally. But a Reuters/Ipsos poll done Feb 2-5 showed Clinton and Sanders now in a dead heat.

The results, though decisive, did little to clear up confusion about who would emerge as the establishment contender to Trump on the Republican side, and there were signs that the campaign of Sanders’ rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was defensive about her future prospects.

Clinton, 68, congratulated Sanders, 74, in a speech to supporters. She defended her progressive stances and vowed to be the candidate who fixes problems and not just state them. She appealed to African-American and Latino voters and acknowledged she had work to do winning over young voters.

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