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February 12, 2020

There are a lot of ways to spend $19 million. Buying TV ads in a presidential race you have close to zero chance of winning probably shouldn't be one of them.

Billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer has dumped tons of his own money into the 2020 Democratic presidential race, coming in second to only former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in terms of spending on TV and Facebook ads. But unlike Bloomberg, Steyer has failed to gain more than an ounce of momentum after all was spent and done — a fact that was glaringly obvious after his sixth place finish in Tuesday's New Hampshire primaries.

Steyer spent $19.2 million on TV and radio ads leading up the New Hampshire's vote, NBC News reports, and earned just over 10,000 votes. That's about $1,850 spent on each vote.

Reason to Believe, a PAC supporting former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, meanwhile spent about $1,430 for every one of Patrick's 1,258 votes — and unlike Steyer, Patrick dropped out of the race immediately after that count was in. Kathryn Krawczyk

February 11, 2020

President Trump easily won the New Hampshire Republican primary on Tuesday, but his challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, was able to secure nearly 10 percent of the vote.

With 85 percent of precincts reporting, Trump has 85.7 percent of the vote, and Weld has 9.2 percent of the vote. Write-in candidates received 5.3 percent.

Weld was in New Hampshire on Tuesday, and visited more than a dozen polling locations. He told The Boston Globe he was "going to declare that I've exceeded expectations no matter what. The goal is to go all the way, ideally — to catch lightning in a bottle."

Several dozen supporters attended Weld's primary night party, including community college professor Karen Mason. She told the Globe she left the GOP after Trump was elected, and she will vote for anyone but Trump in the general election. Writer K. Peddlar Bridges echoed her sentiment, and dismissed the idea that he wasted his vote on Weld. "If you vote by conscience, that doesn't matter," he said. Catherine Garcia

February 11, 2020

Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is avoiding talk of a "victory" this primary around.

Buttigieg came in second place in New Hampshire's primary on Tuesday night, earning 24.4 percent of the vote to Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) 26 percent with 90 percent of precincts reporting. And while he didn't declare an early victory over Sanders like he did in Iowa, Buttigieg did use his Tuesday night speech to take a few shots at Sanders' campaign.

Buttigieg kicked off his speech by recalling an essay he'd written in praise of Sanders when he was in high school, and congratulated Sanders on his "strong showing" that night. He also praised his fellow Democratic candidates, saying he'd make sure to support whoever won the party's nomination because "we are on the same team."

But the Sanders praise didn't last for long. Buttigieg acknowledged that "some said" his campaign "shouldn't be here at all," perhaps a dig at how several Democrats attacked Buttigieg's lack of experience in Friday's debate. "We have been told by some that you must either be for revolution, or you are for the status quo," Buttigieg also added — a likely shot at how Sanders often calls his campaign a "revolution." But "most Americans don't see where they fit in that polarized vision," Buttigieg said, and declared that "the politics of 'my way or the highway' is a road to re-electing [President] Donald Trump." Kathryn Krawczyk

February 11, 2020

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is the projected winner of Tuesday's New Hampshire Democratic primary.

With 91.3 percent of precincts reporting, several news outlets are calling the race for Sanders, who has 25.9 percent of the vote. Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is close behind with 24.4 percent. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) also had a strong showing, receiving 19.8 percent of the vote. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is a distant fourth with 9.3 percent, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden with 8.4 percent.

Sanders won the New Hampshire primary in 2016, defeating eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by a margin of more than 22 percent. Catherine Garcia

February 11, 2020

Tom Steyer on Tuesday swiftly shut down rumors that he is dropping out of the Democratic presidential race.

After the polls closed in New Hampshire, a reporter tweeted that Steyer, a billionaire hedge fund manager and philanthropist, told supporters he was ending his presidential campaign. Steyer quickly released a statement, saying the results show "the race for the Democratic nomination is wide open. Until Nevada and South Carolina have the chance to vote, we won't know which candidates can build the diverse and unified coalition we need to win in November."

In order to defeat President Trump, "we need to expose him as a fraud and failure on the economy, and we need to build a diverse, national coalition," Steyer continued. "I believe the candidates who do well in Nevada and South Carolina will head into Super Tuesday with the proven ability to build such a diverse coalition." With 82.6 percent of New Hampshire precincts reporting, Steyer has 3.5 percent of the vote. Catherine Garcia

February 11, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden would like to remind you just how white Iowa and New Hampshire are.

Before the polls had even closed in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Biden had already left the early primary state for South Carolina. That's where, even after results showed him in a distant fifth place in New Hampshire, Biden declared he's far from done with his 2020 run.

While "it's important" to hear from the first two states in the Democratic primary schedule, Biden declared "we haven't heard from the most committed constituency of the Democratic Party — the African American community" and "fastest growing segment of society — the Latino community." "99.9 percent" of black voters "have not yet had the chance to vote in America," Biden said, and neither did "99.8 percent" of Latinx voters. And a Democrat can't win the general election "unless you have overwhelming support from black and brown voters," Biden added.

Biden's point reflects an argument former candidate Julián Castro made late last year: That the first two states in the Democratic nomination schedule, Iowa and New Hampshire, are far whiter than the rest of the U.S. as a whole. Kathryn Krawczyk

February 11, 2020

New Hampshire is looking like a bust for two once-promising candidates.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) are not projected to win any delegates in Tuesday night's New Hampshire primaries. With half of precincts reporting, Warren has 9.4 percent of the state's Democratic vote and Biden had 8.6, below the 15 percent they'll need to earn a delegate, CNN reports.

Warren and Biden both came at least 10 percent behind the top three candidates with 56.9 percent of precincts reporting on Tuesday. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was in the lead with 27.1 percent, followed by former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 23.6 percent and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) at 19.7 percent.

New Hampshire has 24 delegates up for grabs, making it a pretty small piece of the 3,979-delegate puzzle that makes up the country. A candidate will have to win half of those delegates to win the Democratic nomination. Kathryn Krawczyk

February 11, 2020

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is ready to move on from New Hampshire.

Barely a quarter of the primary vote in New Hampshire had come in when Warren decided Tuesday night wasn't going her way. She gave a speech just before 8:30 p.m. in the state, acknowledging that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg seemed on the way to topping the night.

Warren started her concession speech with the hard truth: While the results were still coming in, "right now it is clear that Senator Sanders and Mayor Buttigieg had strong nights" in the first primary state. "I also want to congratulate my friend and colleague Amy Klobuchar for showing just how wrong the pundits can be when they count a woman out," Warren said, with Klobuchar running in third place as precincts continued to report.

Later in her speech, Warren condemned the party infighting that had come out during Friday night's Democratic primary debate. "We cannot afford to fall into factions," she said. "We win when we come together."

Warren finished in third place in Iowa's still-bungled caucuses and picked up eight delegates there. She's not projected to win any delegates in New Hampshire. Kathryn Krawczyk

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