MANCHESTER, N.H. – Hillary Clinton spoke of being “knocked down” and having problems with young voters in a bitter concession speech after losing to Bernie Sanders Tuesday night in the New Hampshire Democratic primary.
“I don’t know what we’d have done tonight if we’d actually won. This is pretty exciting,” Clinton said to her crowd of supporters shortly after 9 PM Eastern Time, flanked onstage by husband Bill and daughter Chelsea, who did not speak. “I just want to say, I still love New Hampshire and I always will.”
“People are angry. But there’s also hungry. They’re hungry for solutions. What are we going to do?,” Clinton said.
“I know I have some work to do, especially with young people,” Clinton said. “Even if they are not supporting me right now, I am supporting them…It’s not whether you get knocked down that matters, it’s whether you get back up.”
Clinton devolved into an angry, ranting style by speech’s end, calling for “human rights” for gays, women, workers, and others. She also pivoted to focus on South Carolina, which will be decided by the black vote, talking about how African-American parents should not have to worry about their kids being “harassed” or “shot,” and immigrant families should not have to “lie awake at night waiting for a knock on the door” signaling deportation.
She also spoke of the contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan and of a hypothetical “grandmother” forced to choose between rent or food because some drug company raised medicine prices by 4,000 percent — an apparent reference to scandal-ridden former drug CEO Martin Shkreli.
Clinton lost resoundingly to Sanders in the Granite State. By the time she finished her speech, Sanders was beating her 58.5 percent to 39.7 percent with 37 percent of the precincts reporting. CNN called the race for Sanders at approximately 8 PM.
Sanders’ win was fueled by a massive turnout by independent voters and non-Democrats.
Forty-one percent of Democrat voters were independents and only 55 percent were registered Democrats, according to CNN exit polling.
Exit polling showed that one-third of New Hampshire Democrats voted income inequality as their top issue. Forty percent of New Hampshire Democrats want the next president to be more liberal than Obama. A CNN poll released Monday showed Sanders leading Clinton 87 percent to 9 percent among 18-to-34-year-old women. That’s right. 87 to 9.
Clinton’s loss comes just one year after she led Sanders by 56 points in the polls. Sanders is now the first Jewish candidate to win a major presidential primary.