Bernie Sanders handed Hillary Clinton an embarrassing defeat on Tuesday night in the New Hampshire primary. In a state she won eight years ago, Sanders defeated Clinton by more than 20%.
After being notified of the victory, Sanders gave the following remarks:
“Nine months ago we began our campaign here in New Hampshire,” said Sanders. “We had no campaign organization, we had no money, and we were taking on the most powerful political organization in the United States of America. Tonight, with what appears to be a record-breaking voter turnout, because of a huge voter turnout — and I say huge, we won. Because we harnessed the energy, and the excitement that the Democratic party will need to succeed in November.
“What happened here in New Hampshire in terms of an enthusiastic, and aroused electorate, people who came out in large numbers. That is what will happen all over this country. Let us never forget, Democrats and progressives win when voter turnout is high. Republicans win when people are demoralized, and voter turnout is low.
“Tonight, we served notice to the political and economic establishment of this country that the American people will not continue to accept a corrupt campaign finance system that is undermining American democracy, and we will not accept a rigged economy in which ordinary Americans work longer hours for lower wages, while almost all new income and wealth goes to the top one percent.”
Sanders, who has been very critical of Clinton, portraying her as being beholden to Wall Street because of campaign donations and speaking fees she has accepted from firms like Goldman Sachs, went on to say: “Americans, no matter what their political view may be, understand that that is not what democracy is about. That is what oligarchy is about, and we will not allow that to continue. I do not have a Super PAC, and I do not want a Super PAC. I am overwhelmed, and I am deeply moved far more than I can express in words by the fact that our campaigns financial support comes from more than one million Americans who have made more than 3.7 million individual contributions. That is more individual contributions than any candidate in the history of the United States up until this point in an election.
“And you know what that average contribution was? Twenty-seven dollars.
“I am going to New York City tonight and tomorrow, but I’m not going to New York City to hold a fundraiser on Wall Street. Instead, I’m going to hold a fundraiser right here, right now, across America. My request is please go to and contribute. Please help us raise the funds we need, whether it’s 10 bucks, 20 bucks, or 50 bucks. Help up us raise the money we need to take the fight to Nevada, South Carolina, and the states on Super Tuesday.
“So, there it is. That’s our fundraiser. Pretty quick.”
The outcome provides a fresh burst of momentum for Sanders, a senator from Vermont. Clinton, the former secretary of state, was declared the winner of the Iowa caucuses last week by the narrowest of margins. Now she finds herself struggling to right her ¬once-formidable campaign.
Shortly after his victory, Sanders traveled to New York for a breakfast with civil rights leader and television host Al Sharpton, helping to shore up is African American support, which will be important for the upcoming primaries in Southern states.