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2020 Dems look to more diverse states after N.H. primary shrinks field

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar emerged from Tuesday's New Hampshire primary with new momentum, while the Democratic field also shrank by three, as Andrew Yang, Sen. Michael Bennet and Deval Patrick left the race. But the road to the Democratic convention is long, and eight candidates are still in the running. Amna Nawaz reports.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    We have two leading stories tonight: the public fight within the Department of Justice over the sentencing of Roger Stone, a confidant of President Trump, and a convicted felon.

    But, first, the race for the White House.

    This evening, the head of the Iowa Democratic Party resigned, following the confusion over that state's caucuses last week.

    Meanwhile, last night's New Hampshire Democratic primary results are offering some clarity to the presidential field, Senator Bernie Sanders finishing first with 25.7 percent of the vote, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg just 1.3 points behind, with 24.4 percent, and Senator Amy Klobuchar with 19.8 percent of the vote.

    But, as Amna Nawaz reports, the battle for the nomination is far from over.

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.:

    Thank you, New Hampshire.


  • Amna Nawaz:

    With a strong finish in Iowa and a narrow win in New Hampshire under his belt, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says he's just getting started.

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders:

    We're going to Nevada, we're going to South Carolina, and we're going to win those states as well!


  • Amna Nawaz:

    The New Hampshire primary also gave former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg another big night, coming in a close second.

  • Pete Buttigieg:

    A campaign that some said shouldn't be here at all has shown that we are here to stay.


  • Amna Nawaz:

    And Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar in a surprise third.

  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.:

    We have beaten the odds every step of the way.


  • Amna Nawaz:

    The Democratic field further winnowed, losing entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, and, this morning, former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced he too would suspend his campaign, something he hinted at last night.

  • Deval Patrick:

    We needed this win to carry us forward.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    But the road to the Democratic Convention is long, and eight candidates are still vying for the nomination.

    Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who finished fourth last night, put the early state results in perspective for her supporters.

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.:

    We're two states in, with 55 states and territories to go.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    Coming up on the primary calendar, bigger, more diverse states that could radically reshape the race in the weeks ahead, on Saturday, February 22, the caucuses in Nevada, on February 29, the South Carolina primary

    And on March 3, 14 states hit the polls on Super Tuesday, where a whopping 33 percent of all total delegates are up for grabs.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden, after weak finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, is banking on strong support from African-American voters in those upcoming states. Biden left the Granite State before polls even closed, and headed to South Carolina, where he spoke to supporters on friendlier ground.

  • Former Vice President Joseph Biden:

    Ninety-nine-point-nine percent, that's the percentage of African-American voters who have not yet had a chance to vote in America.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    Other candidates are also hoping a more diverse electorate will offer them a boost.

  • Tom Steyer:

    It is so good to be in Nevada.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    Billionaire Tom Steyer echoed Biden, speaking last night in Reno, Nevada.

  • Tom Steyer:

    We have a gloriously diverse country and a gloriously diverse party. And we need to make sure that every part of that country and that party is part of our coalition that shows up in November.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    And New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already poured more than $300 million of his own money into Super Tuesday and beyond, even as he faces renewed questions for his support of racially discriminatory policing tactics known as stop and frisk, those after a years-old audio clip of him discussing the practice went viral on social media.

  • Michael Bloomberg:

    Ninety-five percent of your murders and murderers and murder victims fit one M.O.

    You can just take the description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops. They are male minorities 15 to 25.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    In Chattanooga, Tennessee, today, Bloomberg was asked if the recording would hurt his support from African-American voters.

  • Michael Bloomberg:

    I do not think so. I think people look at it and they say that those words don't reflect Michael Bloomberg's — the way he governed in New York City, the way he runs his company, the way his philanthropy works.

    I think we are going to do very well in the African-American community.

  • Amna Nawaz:

    The former mayor could be the newest face on the DNC stage next week, when the candidates gather in Las Vegas for the ninth Democratic debate.

    For the "PBS NewsHour," I'm Amna Nawaz.

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