Following the inexplicable and inconclusive results of the Iowa caucus, significance now falls on the New Hampshire primary as the first reliable vote of the Democratic primary. According to the latest poll conducted by The Boston Globe and Suffolk University, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is now the odds-on favorite to carry the state.
The self-described “democratic socialist” has remained steady with a quarter of the New Hampshire electorate—24% of the vote. His nearest competitors, former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, are tied for second place at 15%.
With less than two-thirds of the Iowa caucus vote released, and the accuracy of those results doubted by meaningful members of the public, it is unknown who the won the caucus. This prevented the expected political elimination of smaller candidates or a winner from receiving a fundraising and enthusiasm boost.
This situation did not prevent Buttigieg, during his speech that night, to declare “by all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious.” At the time, zero percent of precincts had been counted.
While the winner of Iowa is in doubt, it is apparent that Biden came in fourth place, behind Sanders, Buttigieg, and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. This is a difficult position for the seventy-seven-year-old, who for the past year has been considered the Democratic frontrunner due to his strong lead in polls. Luckily for Biden, the uncertainty at the top of the results lessened the media coverage of his under-performance.