Polls are closed in New Hampshire, and as of 8:30 p.m. ET, the primary is leaning toward Bernie Sanders while Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar fight for second. CBS News projects Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren are not on pace to win any delegates.
The primary also led to two candidates dropping out:and Michael Bennet.
CBS News exit polls show nearly half of voters (48%) decided on a candidate late, in just the past couple of days.
More than 9 in 10 New Hampshire Democratic primary voters are unhappy with the Trump administration, including 81% who are angry. By a factor of almost two to one (62%-34%), voters say they prefer a nominee who can beat President Trump to one they agree with on major issues.
At 8:00 p.m. ET, CBS News is showing a three-way race with Bernie Sanders out in front, with Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar neck-and-neck behind him.
At this point, it looks to be a poor showing for Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren: they’re well behind the top three.
Tuesday’s results will show whether Pete Buttigieg is able to replicate his strong finish in Iowa here in New Hampshire.
Sanders, who soundly defeated Hillary Clinton here in 2016 and is from neighboring Vermont, has been expected to perform well here. In Iowa, there were more individuals who caucused for Sanders than Buttigieg, but Buttigieg leads in national delegates.
After his, Joe Biden’s polling in New Hampshire dropped off. He opted to leave the state before the polls closed to headline a South Carolina “launch party.”
Elizabeth Warren, like Sanders, is a senator from a neighboring state, and was also hoping to finish near the top here. However, she has also been sliding in the polls, and her campaign issued a memo that appeared to downplay expectations in New Hampshire, while criticizing her opponents and laying out the way forward post-New Hampshire.
The candidate who may be poised to have a good night is Amy Klobuchar, who has been steadily gaining momentum after her dominant performance in Friday’s debate.