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New Hampshire Democratic primary turnout near 2008 levels

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Turnout for the New Hampshire Democratic primary has surpassed 2016 levels and is nearly as high as 2008, as Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to win the Granite State over former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar with 90% reporting.

Unlike the Iowa caucuses, which had stagnant turnout levels compared to 2016, New Hampshire voters turned out in higher numbers than four years ago.

In 2008, a record 288,000 people voted in the primary, which saw Sen. Hillary Clinton defeat Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John Edwards.

With 95% reporting as of 12:30 a.m. ET, the current New Hampshire vote tally stood at 276,893, which already surpassing the 250,000 people who voted in the 2016 New Hampshire Democratic primary.

Sanders is projected to win with 26% of the vote, followed by Buttigieg at 24%, Klobuchar with 20% and single-digit results for Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 9% and former Vice President Joe Biden at 8%.

Bernie Sanders et al. posing for the camera: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders takes the stage during a primary night event, Feb. 11, 2020, in Manchester, N.H.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders takes the stage during a primary night event, Feb. 11, 2020, in Manchester, N.H.
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Following Tuesday's vote, Buttigieg and Sanders both took home nine delegates, while Klobuchar earned six. After two primary contests, despite finishing in second place in vote totals both, Buttigieg leads the total delegate count with 23 delegates. Sanders has the second most with 21, Warren has eight, Klobuchar has seven and Biden comes in with six. Candidates need 1991 delegates to win the nomination.

"So -- it's on to Nevada, it's on to South Carolina, it's on to win the Democratic nomination," Sanders said during a rally following his projected victory Tuesday. "And together I have no doubt that we will defeat Donald Trump."

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Sen. Michael Bennet both dropped out Tuesday after the two projected to net 3% and 0% of the vote, respectively.

The next Democratic primaries are Nevada on Feb. 22, South Carolina on Feb. 29, and March 3rd's Super Tuesday, which includes 16 states and territories.

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