Senator Amy Klobuchar’s supporters were touting the #Klomentum hashtag on social media after a late surge saw her finish third in the New Hampshire Democratic primary on Tuesday.
Using the hashtags #Klomentum and #Klobmentum, fans of the Minnesota senator called her performance in the first primary of the 2020 election campaign “incredible” and a demonstration of her “viability” in the race.
As the New Hampshire primary results stood on Wednesday morning, Klobuchar was in third place on 19.8 percent of the vote after 87 percent of precincts had reported their final tallies.
Klobuchar’s position in the race put her a little more than 10 points above former frontrunners Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren and left her with six of the 24 delegates up for grabs.
“While there are ballots still left the count, we have beaten the odds every step of the way,” Klobuchar told her supporters in New Hampshire as the results came in. “We have done it on the merits, we have done it with ideas, and we have done it with hard work.”
Although the #Klomentum and #Klobmentum hashtags had not made it into the U.S. Twitter trending chart in the early hours of this morning, both supporters and critics of Klobuchar were active on them after her surprise third-place finish.
“I couldn’t be more proud of my friend @amyklobuchar for her incredible performance in tonight’s New Hampshire primary,” Minnesota Governor Tim Walz tweeted, along with the #Klobmentum tag.
“Amy has shown time and time again that she can bring people together and build a winning coalition to beat Donald Trump.”
“My big takeaway from #NHprimary2020? I may yet get to vote for a woman next month after all,” the Twitter user Tennesseine posted. “Amy Klobuchar made the top three and came within 8 points of the winner. That’s viability. That’s #Klomentum.”
Responding to a post by Klobuchar’s campaign manager Justin Buoen, U.S. Paralympian Chuck Aoki tweeted: “Time to take a page from mayor Pete-get on every national network you can find! #Klomentum.”
Klobuchar’s strong performance in the Granite State followed a late surge in her polling numbers over the weekend.
Speaking to Newsweek on Monday, Emerson Polling director Spencer Kimball said Klobuchar’s rise in the polls was “directly impacting” former vice president Biden, who has lost his frontrunner status amid poor performances in the New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucus.
“In Iowa, her base was moderates, some older voters, and the northern counties that touched the border of her home state of Minnesota,” Sussex University Political Research Center director David Paleologos also told Newsweek.
“In New Hampshire, her strength is older voters. Some in this demographic block have rotated from Biden to Buttigieg and now to Klobuchar.”
As the RealClearPolitics average of national Democratic primary polling stands, the senator’s position has not been boosted by her New Hampshire performance. She is in sixth place on just 4.4 percent of the party vote—six points behind fifth-place candidate Pete Buttigieg.