Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) finished a disappointing fourth place in New Hampshire's Democratic primary on Tuesday, and in her concession speech she congratulated her "friend and colleague Amy Klobuchar for showing just how wrong the pundits can be when they count a woman out."
Klobuchar's (D-Minn.) third-place finish was perhaps the biggest surprise of the night, and her late surge "has been the talk of the campaign for the last few days," reports Politico's Marcus Navarro. "Over 200 members of the media reserved spots at Klobuchar's election night watch party, with staffers continuously expanding the press section as more reporters filed in at the beginning of the night."
Klobuchar ended the night with six new delegates, versus nine each for primary winner Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and runner-up Pete Buttigieg. Added to her one delegate from Iowa, Klobuchar now has seven delegates, one behind Warren, who scored eight delegates in Iowa. That puts Warren in third place after Buttigieg (23 delegates) and Sanders (21). Joe Biden has six.
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A distant third place and no apparent momentum isn't great news for Warren. But in a campaign memo Tuesday, Warren campaign manager Roger Lau suggested a narrow path to eventual victory. "No candidate has come close yet to receiving majority support among the Democratic primary electorate, and there is no candidate that has yet shown the ability to consolidate support," he wrote. "After New Hampshire tonight, 98 percent of pledged delegates will still be up for grabs. And as the race consolidates after Super Tuesday, we expect the results to show that Elizabeth Warren is the consensus choice of the widest coalition of Democrats in every corner of the country."
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