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Polls close in New Hampshire with Bernie Sanders in early lead


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Polls have closed in New Hampshire and Bernie Sanders has taken the lead in early results as polls showed him the favorite heading into the first-in-the-nation primary. 

With 9 per cent of precincts reporting, Sanders was in the lead with Pete Buttigieg following and Amy Klobuchar in third.

Joe Biden was trailing in fifth place and Andrew Yang ended his presidential campaign.  Yang was in sixth. He had invested most of his time and money in New Hampshire.  

New Hampshire state officials reported no election problems, which will likely give Democrats a clear winner following the debacle of the Iowa caucuses. The primary contest here is run by state officials unlike Iowa’s caucuses, which are run by party leaders and local volunteers.  

‘We’ve got this. We know what we’re doing here. The only way it will last that long if the numbers are so close we have a virtual tie,’ New Hampshire Democratic Party chair Ray Buckley told reporters on a phone call Monday.

‘Everything here is paper ballot. Nothing is connected to the internet. The ballots are immediately impounded by the state police. There is just no question for anyone to have any fear,’ he added.

The state uses paper ballots that are filed in with a pencil. Those ballots are then counted by machines that are not connected to the internet.  Afterward, state police officers collect the printouts of final tallies and deliver them to the statehouse.

Bernie Sanders led in the polls going into the first-in-the-nation primary. He and Pete Buttigieg came out on top in Iowa – Buttigieg with the most delegates and Sanders with the popular vote.

The Vermont senator won the New Hampshire primary four years ago and is looking for a repeat victory Tuesday night. 

Meanwhile, the night was not looking promising for Joe Biden, who fled the state for South Carolina, which holds its primary at the end of the month. 

The former vice president left New Hampshire before the polls closed and after a second national poll had Sanders in the lead along with showing Biden’s support practically cut in half. 

His campaign announced he’ll be addressing his New Hampshire supporters ‘via livestream’ from South Carolina.

Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane leave a New Hampshire polling site after visiting supporters

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar emerged to mingle with voters in Manchester Tuesday morning. Manchester is the most population city in the small New England state of New Hampshire, with a population of more than 112,500

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar emerged to mingle with voters in Manchester Tuesday morning. Manchester is the most population city in the small New England state of New Hampshire, with a population of more than 112,500

Joe Biden left New Hampshire Tuesday afternoon but his campaign is still holding an event for supporters

Joe Biden left New Hampshire Tuesday afternoon but his campaign is still holding an event for supporters

Pete Buttigieg, who came in first in Iowa, showed up to a polling place in Hopkinton, New Hampshire with Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH) with New Englands favorite: Dunkin' Donuts

Pete Buttigieg, who came in first in Iowa, showed up to a polling place in Hopkinton, New Hampshire with Congresswoman Annie Kuster (D-NH) with New Englands favorite: Dunkin’ Donuts

Klobuchar was in high spirits Tuesday morning after winning two of the first three New Hampshire precincts that voted over night

Klobuchar was in high spirits Tuesday morning after winning two of the first three New Hampshire precincts that voted over night

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg took the remaining polling location of Dixville Notch with three write-in votes

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg took the remaining polling location of Dixville Notch with three write-in votes

Dixville Notch has a population of 12 people, and five voted in the primary at midnight. One vote went to Pete Butitgieg, one to Bernie Sanders, and three to Bloomberg – but one of them was from a Republican

Dixville Notch has a population of 12 people, and five voted in the primary at midnight. One vote went to Pete Butitgieg, one to Bernie Sanders, and three to Bloomberg – but one of them was from a Republican

Dixville Notch Hart's Location and Millsfield traditionally cast their votes at midnight on primary election day

Dixville Notch Hart’s Location and Millsfield traditionally cast their votes at midnight on primary election day

But it was Amy Klobuchar who came out ahead in one of the state’s quirkier traditions: the midnight vote.

Residents of three small towns in the northern part of the state gather at their polling places at midnight to vote, making them the first official results in the state. 

The Minnesota senator won two of the three midnight tallies.  

Klobuchar, who has recently surged in the polls after winning fifth place in the Iowa caucuses, won Hart’s Location with six votes and Millsfield two.

The closely-followed Dixville Notch, which has a population of only 12 people, went to billionaire Mike Bloomberg, who wasn’t even on the ticket.

Ten minutes past midnight, the polling place was closed after five people voted in the Democratic primary in Dixville Notch.

One person voted for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, one for former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg and three wrote-in Bloomberg’s name.

There was one voter who wrote-in for Bloomberg that is a Republican. 

New Hampshire has a partially open primary election, meaning those not registered with a political party can vote in both the Democratic and Republican primary elections. However, the state does not have a fully open primary because those registered with a party can only vote in that party’s elections.

As of a 2017 count, Millsfield has a population of 21 and Hart’s Location is double the size with 41 people.

Millsfield also had five Democratic primary voters – two went for Klobuchar, one for Sanders, one for Buttigieg and one for former Vice President Joe Biden.

Hart’s Location had a slightly bigger turnout with 15 voters in the Democratic primary.   

But one Democratic winner doesn’t mean the party will have their nomination all wrapped and ready to take on President Donald Trump, who held a rally in Manchester Monday night to taunt his political rivals.

No single candidate has yet united the Democrats nationally and the current field of contenders represent all corners of the party: young, old, moderate, liberal, pragmatic, hopeful.

And where the candidates enter the field on Tuesday may not be where they exit.

Bernie Sanders held his final campaign rally with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Monday night

Bernie Sanders held his final campaign rally with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Monday night

Bernie Sanders: The leader in the New Hampshire polls, Sanders wants the victory. He won the 2016 Democratic primary in New Hampshire but lost the nomination that year to Hillary Clinton. He and Pete Buttigieg are fighting over who came out on top in the Iowa caucuses (Buttigieg picked up the most delegates and Sanders is asking for a recanvass). He needs a clear cut New Hampshire victory to boost him to finish what he couldn’t in the last presidential cycle.

‘If we win here tomorrow, I think we’ve got a path to victory for the Democratic nomination,’ the Vermont senator told supporters at one of his rallies on Monday.

He closed out his campaigning Monday evening with over 7,500 attendees with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a performance by The Strokes.

Pete Buttigieg: Buttigieg touted himself the front runner after Iowa’s caucus debacle but now he needs to show he comes out on top when all the votes are counted. The youngest candidate in the field, he’s come under attack for his lack of experience but has argued his ability to bring out support makes up for never having held national office. 

Pete Buttigieg walks and N.H. Rep. Annie Kuster while carrying doughnuts to a poling station in Hopkinton

Pete Buttigieg walks and N.H. Rep. Annie Kuster while carrying doughnuts to a poling station in Hopkinton

‘It feels good out here,’ he told reporters on Monday. 

He fell behind Sanders in the latest round of New Hampshire polls and started to down play a victory in the state in its final hours.

‘Look we are competing against home region competition, two New England senators I recognize that, but I still think we’re going to have a great night,’ he told NBC News in an interview that aired on the ‘Today’ show Tuesday morning, referring to Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

But the former mayor was up and out early Tuesday morning, bringing donuts to a polling place in Hopkinton and appearing on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’ 

Amy Klobuchar changes into more comfortable shoes after a rally

Amy Klobuchar changes into more comfortable shoes after a rally

Amy Klobuchar: A few polls put her in third place going into Tuesday, giving her momentum in the closing hours of the primary. A bronze medal keeps her campaign viable and the cash flowing in. She’s already guaranteed a spot on the Las Vegas debate stage thanks to her coming out of Iowa with one delegate but a third place finish or higher gives her bid a big boost going into the next round of contests in Nevada and South Carolina.

‘I need your help,’ Klobuchar told a rally in Exeter, New Hampshire, her voice breaking as she spoke the words.

‘Right now we are on the cusp of something really great,’ she said, ‘but I can’t call everyone you know. So I’m asking you to do that today.’

The Minnesota senator won two out of the three small northern New Hampshire towns that gather at their polling places at midnight: Hart’s Location and Millsfield.

Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren: Polls show them tied for fourth, which is particularly troubling for the former vice president. Both candidates spent Monday explaining why their campaigns are viable and both have announced their next round of campaign stops after Tuesday’s vote is counted.

Joe Biden is looking ahead to the next round of contests

Joe Biden is looking ahead to the next round of contests

The big question mark is money. Do they have the funds to keep their campaigns afloat until they can rack up a primary win? And when will that win come? Nevada and South Carolina are the next two contests. The pressure will be on.

Warren visited her press bus on Monday to give a rare talk about the state of her campaign. The Massachusetts senator doesn’t typically discuss strategy.

‘I just have to keep fighting. That’s, that’s what it’s all about. I cannot say to all those little girls: ‘This got hard and I quit.’ My job is to persist,’ she said.

Biden also lowered expectations for New Hampshire.

Elizabeth Warren told reporters she has to 'keep fighting'

Elizabeth Warren told reporters she has to ‘keep fighting’

‘It’s an uphill race here,’ he told CNN Monday night. ‘We’re running against two senators from neighboring states, has never been a good thing to happen to any other candidates going in the race.’

And he emphasized there are more contests to come.

‘The path is South Carolina, and going into Nevada and Super Tuesday,’ he told NBC News.

The former vice president left New Hampshire Tuesday afternoon to travel to South Carolina to campaign for its February 29 primary.  

New Hampshire presented a fresh opportunity for Biden, reeling from a surprising fourth place Iowa finish. On Wednesday, two days after the Hawkeye State caucuses, a fighting Biden appeared on the campaign trail, starting at an event in Somersworth. ‘We took a gut punch in Iowa,’ he admitted, then went after Buttigieg and Sanders by name for the first time.

‘I have great respect for Mayor Pete and his service to this nation, but I do believe it’s a risk – to be just straight up with you – for this party to nominate someone who’s never held office higher than mayor of a town of 100,000 people in Indiana,’ Biden said. As for Sanders, he said he feared that the ‘democratic socialist’ would tank down-ballot races for the party.

Biden seemed to be campaigning with a new vigor and he went on that night to create a viral moment when he talked at-length at a CNN town hall about learning to overcome a stutter.

But then the former vice president disappeared from the campaign trail for a day and a half, taking his jet to Delaware for debate prep.

Joe Biden leaves a polling station Tuesday morning

Joe Biden leaves a polling station Tuesday morning

Joe Biden hugs a supporter

Joe Biden hugs a supporter

He returned to New Hampshire for the Friday night debate – and continued up his attacks on Sanders and Buttigieg for another day. His campaign also came out with scathing web ad that compared his record to Buttigieg’s – saying that while Biden was saving the auto industry and helping millions of Americans get healthcare, Buttigieg was busying himself with decorative sidewalks and bridges.

On Sunday, Biden stopped the attacks – instead arguing at a campaign stop in Hampton that any Democratic candidate could ‘restore America’s character.’ At his next event, he even floated Buttigieg would be a good vice president.

In Hampton, Biden called a voter a ‘lying dog-faced pony soldier,’ which eclipsed anything else the vice president did that day.

More drama followed when Jill Biden, the ex-veep’s wife, pushed a protester out of her husband’s final New Hampshire event. ‘I’m a good Philly girl,’ she said. The Bidens later went on a bar crawl in downtown Manchester, even though the 2020 hopeful doesn’t drink alcohol.

By Monday, the Biden campaign announced a South Carolina kick-off event in Columbia, featuring Rep. Cedric Richmond, a congressman from the state and a Biden surrogate.

Then, by Tuesday, the Biden campaign made official that the candidate was packing it in and leaving early. He’d address supporters ‘by livestream’ from his South Carolina event instead. Biden stopped by New Hampshire polling places on his way out of state and touched down in Columbia before voting in the Granite State ended. 

But, on the other end of this round of contests, Michael Bloomberg and his billions are waiting for which ever Democratic contender emerges from Nevada and South Carolina.

The former New York City mayor skipped the four early contests to focus his time and money on the Super Tuesday states, where a third of delegates needed for the nomination will be awarded.

Bloomberg has run a rather unconventional campaign, which in national polls and in Dixville Notch has proven to be effective. 

Klobuchar won both Millsville and Hart's Locations, which have a population of 21 and 41 respectively

Klobuchar won both Millsville and Hart’s Locations, which have a population of 21 and 41 respectively

Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang is out in Keene, New Hampshire talking to voters as they head to the polls. Yang came in third in Hart's Location with three votes of the 15 people who voted in the Democratic primary

Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang is out in Keene, New Hampshire talking to voters as they head to the polls. Yang came in third in Hart’s Location with three votes of the 15 people who voted in the Democratic primary

Joe Biden also jumped on the idea of bringing Dukin' Donuts to a polling location – but the former vice president is leaving New Hampshire before the votes even come in as polls show him slipping in the Granite state

Joe Biden also jumped on the idea of bringing Dukin’ Donuts to a polling location – but the former vice president is leaving New Hampshire before the votes even come in as polls show him slipping in the Granite state

Joe Biden signs in the snow

Joe Biden signs in the snow

In an average of the national polls, Bloomberg is shown in fourth place with a mean of 12.7 per cent support from Democratic primary voters.

He falls behind Biden, Sanders and Warren, in that order. 

Bloomberg entered the race in November – almost a year later than some of his competitors – and has invested much of his attention on winning Super Tuesday, almost entirely ignoring the first four primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

He is also running a very ad-focused campaign and has spent more than $200 million on advertisements to increase name recognition and portray his message.

The former Republican New York City mayor has outspent every other candidate running in the primary – and his campaign said he is open to spending $1 billion of his own money on running for president, even if he doesn’t win the Democratic Party’s nomination.

He has come under fire from his primary competitors and the Republican Party for trying to buy his way to the nomination and the White House.

Winning a tiny precinct where his name isn’t even on the ballot, and the fact that he hasn’t stepped foot on a debate stage, could attest to the power of money in a presidential campaign.  

While Klobuchar has been successfully climbing in the New Hampshire polls, it appears her support doesn’t translate on a nation-wide scale. 

Pete Buttigieg

Bernie Sanders

Democrats are hoping New Hampshire can help clear up lingering confusion after the Iowa caucus fiasco, where Pete Buttigieg (left) and Bernie Sanders (right) came within just .1 percentage point of each other

Buttigieg emerged with 26.2 per cent in Iowa while Sanders came out with 26.1 per cent. They results were delayed for days after a reporting app malfunctioned and caused caucuses to resort to manual reporting and tabulations

Buttigieg emerged with 26.2 per cent in Iowa while Sanders came out with 26.1 per cent. They results were delayed for days after a reporting app malfunctioned and caused caucuses to resort to manual reporting and tabulations

In two separate polls released Monday, Klobuchar came in third place behind Buttigieg and Sanders, who virtually tied for first in the Iowa caucuses.

But a national poll released Monday shows the Minnesota senator in sixth place with only 4 per cent support from Democratic voters.

Democrats are hoping the New Hampshire primary will help clear up some lingering confusion over the chaotic Iowa caucuses.

The first-in-the-nation caucuses were held last Monday, but official results were delayed by nearly a week after the app intended to report precinct results malfunctioned.

Instead, the Iowa Democratic Party had to result to paper and call-in reporting and manual tabulations – which can under scrutiny for potentially included human error.

Buttigieg emerged in first place with 26.2 per cent and Sanders came only .1 per cent behind with 26.1 per cent. His campaign is now demanding a recanvass. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who topped the polls for most of the campaign until shortly before the primary competitions, surprisingly came in fourth in Iowa – behind Buttigieg, Sanders and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

In four New Hampshire Democratic primary polls released Monday, Biden came in fifth place, indicating he could slip even further away from his front-runner status by the end of Tuesday night.

Donald Trump held a reelection campaign rally Monday in Manchester, on the eve of the primaries, and he bragged Tuesday morning that he hosted the 'biggest political rally in New Hampshire history'

Donald Trump held a reelection campaign rally Monday in Manchester, on the eve of the primaries, and he bragged Tuesday morning that he hosted the ‘biggest political rally in New Hampshire history’

The 77-year-old candidate’s campaign announced Tuesday that he would be leaving the Granite state before the primary results were in and would head to the second primary state of South Carolina.

The announcement was made minutes after the release of another national poll that showed Sanders had pulled ahead, now leading the Democratic pack by 10 points.

On the other hand, Biden was shown in second place, with his support practically cut in half.

Last month he was receiving support from 30 per cent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents and on Tuesday he held on 16 per cent.

Biden has made it clear he feels he will have a better turnout in South Carolina, where there is a much larger portion of minority voters than in Iowa and New Hampshire. Specifically, black voters make up the majority of Democratic primary voters in the state.

Buttigieg, Sanders and Klobuchar’s campaigns have all been bragging about record crowd size in the state.

At Buttigieg’s town hall in Nashua, 1,800 people turned out, and 1,113 were in Dover. Sanders’ campaign announced that they had 1,981 attendees at a Keene rally. And 1,100 attended Klobuchar’s Sunday rally.

Donald Trump held a reelection campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday, the night before the primary elections in the state – and he saw a turnout of upwards of 11,000 people.

He’s mocked the Democrats for their problems in Iowa – where an app developed by the party failed to count votes as planned. Trump called the caucuses ‘fried’ and said if Democrats can’t count votes, then they shouldn’t be able to handle healthcare policy.

And he boasted about his own support in New Hampshire.  

‘Great being in New Hampshire last night. I would say that was the biggest political Rally in New Hampshire history. Incredible evening!’ he boasted on Twitter Tuesday morning.

WHO ARE THE 10 DEMOCRATS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020?

MICHAEL BENNET 

Age on Inauguration Day 2021: 56

Entered race:  May 2, 2019

Career: Currently Colorado senator.  Educated at elite St. Albans preparatory school and was a Capitol Hill page before graduating Wesleyan and Yale Law School. Was law clerk and worked in Clinton’s Department of Justice then moved to Colorado in 1997 as managing director of billionaire Philip Anschutz’s investment company. Was chief of staff to Denver mayor John Hickenlooper, then superintendent of Denver Public schools. Appointed to vacant Colorado Senate seat in 2009, held it 48.1 to 46.4 in 2010 and 50 to 44.3 in 2016

Family: Married to environmental attorney Susan Daggett, with three daughters – Halina, Anne and Caroline. Was born in New Delhi while to diplomat father Douglas Bennet, who went onto be CEO of NPR and a Clinton assistant secretary of state. His grandfather, also Douglas, was an economic adviser to FDR. Mother Susanne is retired elementary school librarian whose parents were Holocaust survivors. Brother James is editor of the New York Times opinion section

Religion: Says he was raised with Jewish and Christian heritage; no known adherence

Views on key issues: Moderate who does not endorse Medicare for all or – so far – Green New Deal. Strongly pro-choice and pro-gay rights, leading to 2010 Senate victory. Pro raising minimum wage. Wants citizenship pathway for ‘dreamers.’ 

Would make history as: First Colorado president

Slogan: Building Opportunity Together 

JOE BIDEN

Age on Inauguration Day 2021: 78

Entered race: April 25, 2019

Career: No current role. A University of Delaware and Syracuse Law graduate, he was first elected to Newcastle City Council in 1969, then won upset election to Senate in 1972, aged 29. Was talked out of quitting before being sworn in when his wife and daughter died in a car crash and served total of six terms. Chaired Judiciary Committee’s notorious Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings. Ran for president in 1988, pulled out after plagiarism scandal, ran again in 2008, withdrew after placing fifth in the Iowa Caucuses. Tapped by Obama as his running mate and served two terms as vice president. Contemplated third run in 2016 but decided against it after his son died of brain cancer.

Family: Eldest of four siblings born to Joe Biden Sr. and Catherine Finnegan. First wife Neilia Hunter and their one-year-old daughter Naomi died in car crash which their two sons, Joseph ‘Beau’ and Robert Hunter survived. Married Jill Jacobs in 1976, with whom he has daughter Ashley. Beau died of brain cancer in 2015. Hunter’s marriage to Kathleen Buhle, with whom he has three children, ended in 2016 when it emerged Hunter was in a relationship with Beau’s widow Hallie, mother of their two children. Hunter admitted cocaine use; his estranged wife accused him of blowing their savings on drugs and prostitutes

Religion: Catholic

Views on key issues: Ultra-moderate who will emphasize bipartisan record. Will come under fire over record, having voted: to stop desegregation bussing in 1975; to overturn Roe v Wade in 1981; for now controversial 1994 Violent Crime Act; for 2003 Iraq War; and for banking deregulation. Says he is ‘most progressive’ Democrat. New positions include free college, tax reform, $15 minimum wage. No public position yet on Green New Deal and healthcare. Pro-gun control. Has already apologized to women who say he touched them inappropriately

Would make history as: Oldest person elected president

Slogan: Our Best Days Still Lie Ahead

MIKE BLOOMBERG

Age on Inauguration Day: 78

Entered race: November 24, 2019

Career: Currently multi-billionaire CEO of Bloomberg PL, the financial information firm he founded in 1981 and which remains a private company. Educated at Johns Hopkins and Harvard, he became a Wall Street trader at investment bank Salomon Brothers and was laid off in 1981, walking away with $10m in stock which he used to set up his own financial information firm, now one of the world’s largest. Three times mayor of New York 2002 to 2013, running first as Republican then as independent; had to get term limits suspended for final term. Once flirted with running for mayor of London where he has a home; holds an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth. Has spent large amounts on philanthropy in line with his political views as well as on political campaigns

Family: Born in Brookline, MA, to first-generation Jewish immigrant parents whose own parents had fled Russia. Divorced wife of 18 years, Susan Brown-Meyer, in 1993; former couple have daughters Emma, who has a son with her former boyfriend, and Georgina, who has daughter Zelda with her husband Chris Fissora. The child has a portmanteau surname, Frissberg. Partner since 2000 is Diana Taylor, former New York state banking commissioner, 13 years his junior

Religion: Jewish

Views on key issues: Self-professed fiscal conservative, although painted as a Democratic moderate by other conservative groups. Opposed to Medicare for all. Social progressive who backed gay marriage early, but has flip-flopped on marijuana legalization, most recently opposing it.. Wants firm action on climate change. Fiercely in favor of gun control. As New York mayor banned smoking in public places and tried to outlaw large sugary drinks. Backs increased immigration. Apologized for his stop-and-frisk policing strategy as mayor

Would make history as: Oldest person elected president; first Jewish president; richest president ever; first New York mayor to become president

Slogan:  Fighting For Our Future

PETE BUTTIGIEG

Age on Inauguration Day: 39

Entered race: Announced formation of exploratory committee January 23, 2019. Formally entered race April 14, 2019

Career: Currently mayor of Sound Bend, Indiana. Harvard grad and Rhodes scholar who got a second degree from Oxford before working as a McKinsey management consultant and being commissioned as a Navy Reserve intelligence officer. Elected South Bend mayor in 2011 and served in combat in 2013, won re-election in 2015

Family: Came out as gay during second mayoral run and married husband Chasten Glezman, a middle school teacher in 2018. Parents were University of Notre Dame academics; his father was Maltese-American. Surname is pronounced BOOT-edge-edge

Religion: Raised as a Catholic, now Episcopalian

Views on key issues: Has said Democratic party needs a ‘fresh start’; wrote an essay in praise of Bernie Sanders aged 17; backed paid parental leave for city employees; other policies unknown 

Would make history as: First openly gay and youngest-ever president. First veteran of post-World War II conflict 

Slogan: A Fresh Start For America

TULSI GABBARD

Age on Inauguration Day: 39

Entered race: Still to formally file any papers but said she would run on January 11 2019

Career: Currently Hawaii congresswoman. Born on American Samoa, a territory. Raised largely in Hawaii, she co-founded an environmental non-profit with her father as a teenager and was elected to the State Legislature aged 21, its youngest member in history. Enlisted in the National Guard and served two tours, one in Iraq 2004-2006, then as an officer in Kuwait in 2009. Ran for Honolulu City Council in 2011, and House of Representatives in 2012

Family: Married to her second husband, Abraham Williams, a cinematographer since 2015. First marriage to childhood sweetheart Eduardo Tamayo in 2002 ended in 2006. Father Mike Gabbard is a Democratic Hawaii state senator, mother Carol Porter runs a non-profit.

Religion: Hindu

Views on key issues: Has apologized for anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage views; wants marijuana federally legalized; opposed to most U.S. foreign interventions; backs $15 minimum wage and universal health care; was the second elected Democrat to meet Trump after his 2016 victory

Would make history as: First female, Hindu and Samoan-American president; youngest president ever

Slogan: Lead with Love 

AMY KLOBUCHAR

Age on Inauguration Day: 60

Entered race: Announced candidacy February 10, 2019 at snow-drenched rally in her native Minneapolis

Career: Currently Minnesota senator. Yale and University of Chicago law graduate who became a corporate lawyer. First ran unsuccessfully for office in 1994 as Hennepin, MI, county attorney, and won same race in 1998, then in 2002, without opposition. Ran for Senate in 2006 and won 58-38; re-elected in 2012 and 2018

Family: Married to John Bessler, law professor at University of Baltimore and expert on capital punishment. Daughter Abigail Bessler, 23, works fora Democratic member of New York City council. Father Jim, 90, was a veteran newspaper columnist who has written a memoir of how his alcoholism hurt his family; mom Rose is a retired grade school teacher

Religion: Congregationalist (United Church of Christ)

Views on key issues: Seen as a mainstream liberal: says she wants ‘universal health care’ but has not spelled out how; pro-gun control; pro-choice; backs $15 minimum wage; no public statements on federal marijuana legalization; has backed pro-Israel law banning the ‘boycott, divestment and sanctions’ movement; spoke out against abolishing ICE

Would make history as: First female president

Slogan: Let’s Get To Work

DEVAL PATRICK

Age on Inauguration Day: 63

Entered race: Told friends he was running on November 13, 2019

Career: Currently a managing director of Bain Capital. Awarded scholarship in eighth grade to Massachusetts boarding school Milton Academy, becoming first in his family to go to college.  Harvard law grad who twice failed the bar before working for NAACP then private practice where he represented Mike Tyson’s rape victim Desiree Washington. Assistant attorney general for civil rights in Clinton administration then Texaco and Coca-Cola and sub-prime lender Ameriquest executive. Ran for Massachusetts governor as outside candidate in 2006 and won, becoming first African-American in role, won a second term 48-42.

Family: Born in Chicago, his jazz musician father Pat Patrick left mother Emily Wintersmith when he was three when he fathered a Patrick’s half-sister with another woman. Patrick married wife Diane Bemus, an attorney, in 1984; they have two adult daughters, Sarah and Katherine. Sarah is married to a former Italian soldier Marco Morgese; their son Gianluca is the Patricks’ first grandchild. Katherine came out as lesbian in 2008 and married Alisha Lemieux in 2016. 

Religion: Presbyterian 

Views on key issues: Moderate who championed social liberal policies and embraced Obamacare. Boosted transportation spending and increased state gas taxes to pay, speaking out against climate change. Unclear where he stands on Medicare for All and Green New Deal. Pro-gun control, proposing ban on multiple gun sales after Sandy Hook.

Would make history as: No obvious claim 

Slogan: To be announced 

BERNIE SANDERS

Age on Inauguration Day: 79

Entered race: Sources said on January 25, 2019, that he would form exploratory committee. Officially announced February 19

Career: Currently Vermont senator. Student civil rights and anti-Vietnam activist who moved to Vermont and worked as a carpenter and radical film-maker. Serial failed political candidate in the 1970s, he ran as a socialist for mayor of Burlington in 1980 and served two terms ending in 1989, and win a seat in Congress as an independent in 1990. Ran for Senate in 2006 elections as an independent with Democratic endorsement and won third term in 2018. Challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016 but lost. Campaign has since been hit by allegations of sexual harassment  – for which he has apologized – and criticized for its ‘Bernie bro’ culture

Family: Born to a Jewish immigrant father and the daughter of Jewish immigrant parents in Brooklyn, New York. First marriage to college sweetheart Deborah Shiling Messing in 1964 ended in divorce in 1966; had son Levi in 1969 with then girlfriend Susan Cambell Mott. Married Jone O’Meara in 1988 and considers her three children, all adults, his own. The couple have seven grandchildren. His older brother Larry is a former Green Party councilor in Oxfordshire, England. 

Religion: Secular Jewish 

Views on key issues: Openly socialist and standard bearer for the Democratic party’s left-turn. Wants federal $15 minimum wage; banks broken up; union membership encouraged; free college tuition; universal health care; re-distributive taxation; he opposed Iraq War and also U.S. leading the fight against ISIS and wants troops largely out of Afghanistan and the Middle East

Would make history as: Oldest person elected president; first Jewish president

Slogan: Not me. Us.

TOM STEYER 

Age on Inauguration Day 2021: 63

Entered race: July 9, 2019

Career: Currently retired. New York-born to wealthy family, he was educated at elite Phillips Exeter Academy, and Yale, then Stanford Business School. Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs banker who founded his own hedge fund in 1986 and made himself a billionaire; investments included subprime lenders, private prisons and coal mines. Stepped down in 2012 to focus on advocating for alternative energy. Longtime Democratic activist and donor who started campaign to impeach Trump in October 2017. Net worth of $1.6 billion has made him one of the Democrats’ biggest single donors

Family: Married Kathryn Taylor in 1986; they have four adult children who have been told they will not inherit the bulk of his fortune. Announced last November he and his wife would live apart. Father Roy was a Nuremberg trials prosecutor

Religion: Episcopalian

Views on key issues: On the left of the field despite being a hedge fund tycoon. Backs single-payer health care, minimum wage rises and free public college. Previously spoke in favor of Bernie Sanders’ agenda. Aggressive backer of climate change action, including ditching fossil fuels

Would make history as: Richest Democratic president ever

Slogan: Actions Speak Louder Than Words 

ELIZABETH WARREN

Age on Inauguration Day: 71

Entered race:  Set up exploratory committee December 31, 2018

Career: Currently Massachusetts senator. Law lecturer and academic who became an expert on bankruptcy law and tenured Harvard professor. Ran for Senate and won in 2012, defeating sitting Republican Scott Brown, held it in 2018 60% to 36%. Was short-listed to be Hillary’s running mate and campaigned hard for her in 2016

Family: Twice-married mother of two and grandmother of three. First husband and father of her children was her high-school sweetheart. Second husband Bruce Mann is Harvard law professor. Daughter Amelia Tyagi and son Alex Warren have both been involved in her campaigns. Has controversially claimed Native American roots; DNA test suggested she is as little as 1,064th Native American

Religion: Raised Methodist, now described as Christian with no fixed church

Views on key issues: Was a registered Republican who voted for the party but registered as a Democrat in 1996. Pro: higher taxes on rich; banking regulation; Dream Act path to citizenship for ‘dreamers’; abortion and gay rights; campaign finance restrictions; and expansion of public provision of healthcare – although still to spell out exactly how that would happen. Against: U.S. presence in Afghanistan and Syria; liberalization of gambling

Would make history as: First female president 

Slogan: Warren Has A Plan For That

AND THE 18 WHO HAVE WITHDRAWN   

CORY BOOKER, New Jersey Senator 

Entered race: February 1, 2019

Quit: January 13, 2020 

STEVE BULLOCK, Montana governor 

  • Entered race: May 14, 2019 
  • Quit: December 2, 2019

JULIÁN CASTRO, former Housing Secretary

  • Entered race: January 18, 2019
  • Quit: January 2, 2020 

KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND, New York senator

  • Entered race: January 16, 2019
  • Quit: August 28, 2019

BILL DE BLASIO, New York City mayor 

  • Entered race: May 16, 2019
  • Quit: September 20, 2020

JOHN DELANEY, former Maryland Congressman

  • Entered race: July 8, 2017
  • Quit: January 31, 2019 

MIKE GRAVEL, Former Alaska governor

  • Entered race: April 2,2019
  • Quit: August 2, 2019 

KAMALA HARRIS,California senator  

  • Entered race: January 21, 2019
  • Quit: December 3, 2019 

JOHN HICKENLOOPER, Former Colorado governor

  • Entered race: March 4, 2019
  • Quit: August 15, 2019 

JAY INSLEE, Washington governor 

  • Entered race: March 1, 2019
  • Quit: August 21, 2019

WAYNE MESSAM, mayor of Miramar, Florida 

  • Entered race: March 28, 2019
  • Quit: November 20, 2019 

SETH MOULTON, Massachusetts congressman

  • Entered race:  April 22,2019
  • Quit: August 23, 2019

RICHARD OJEDA, former West Virginia state senator

  • Entered race: November 12, 2018
  • Quit: January 25, 2019 

BETO O’ROURKE, former Texas congressman

  • Entered race: March 14, 2019 
  • Quit: November 1, 2019  

TIM RYAN, Ohio congressman

  • Entered race: April 4, 2019
  • Quit: October 24, 2019

JOE SESTAK, former Pennsylvania congressman 

  • Entered race: June 23, 2019
  • Quit: December 1, 2019

ERIC SWALWELL, California congressman

  • Entered race: April 8, 2019
  • Quit: July 8, 2019  

MARIANNE WILLIAMSON, author

  • Entered race: November 15, 2018
  • Quit: January 10, 2020 

ANDREW YANG, entrepreneur

  • Entered race: November 6, 2018
  • Quit: February 2, 2019, evening of New Hampshire primary

 

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