Hillary Clinton’s Very Bad Night

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Exclusive: The magnitude of Hillary Clinton’s New Hampshire drubbing has establishment Democrats wringing their hands as it dawns on them that no candidate in modern U.S. political history has bounced back from a 22-point loss in that first-in-the-nation primary to win the White House, reports Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s stunning 22-point loss to Sen. Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire is even more devastating when looked at in the context of the modern history of this first-in-the-nation primary: No one has ever lost by such a margin and gone on to win the presidency.

Among Democrats, no one who lost by even half that margin in New Hampshire has recovered to win the party’s nomination. In 2008, Barack Obama lost to Hillary Clinton by 2.6 percentage points; in 1992, Bill Clinton lost to Paul Tsongas by 8.4 percentage points; in 1984, Walter Mondale lost to Gary Hart by 9.4 percentage points; in 1972, George McGovern lost to Edmund Muskie by 9.3 percentage points.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In two of those cases, New Hampshire did favor neighboring politicians – Sen. Tsongas from Massachusetts and Sen. Muskie from Maine – but Tuesday’s 22-point margin for Vermont Sen. Sanders cannot be explained simply by making the “nearby-favorite-son” argument. Sanders swept nearly every demographic group, including women, losing only to Clinton among New Hampshire’s senior citizens and the state’s small number of non-white voters. Sanders’s margin among young voters was particularly impressive, 82 percent, roughly the same proportion as the Iowa caucuses last week.

If Hillary Clinton hopes to overcome her New Hampshire drubbing, she would have to look for encouragement from the legacy of Republican George W. Bush who lost the 2000 New Hampshire primary to Sen. John McCain by a margin of 49 percent to 30.2 percent, but even Bush’s landslide loss represented a smaller margin of defeat than Clinton suffered on Tuesday.

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  • carsondyal

    But I’m reading that 15 delegates committed to Clinton and only 13 to Sanders. If that’s true, it reinforces the fact that elections are a sham. What the people want is irrelevant.

    • gingercake5

      Iowa? Yes, they used Common Core math. New Hampshire? I’m sure they’ll invalidate the whole thing as racist and sexist because the voters had to show ID cards. Sarc.

      • SonsofAnarchy5768

        No she got 15 super delegates and Bernie got 13 even though he supposedly won in NH

    • SonsofAnarchy5768

      Yes, that is what happened in NH, she lost but she won, not to much of a fraud~

  • Grim Fandango

    …no candidate in modern U.S. political history has bounced back from a
    22-point loss in that first-in-the-nation primary to win the White
    House…

    There’s a first time for everything. They are pulling out all the stops for the queen bitch. She has been promised this, and she will have it. They don’t care if everyone finally knows it is all rigged, all fixed, all crooked. What exactly are you gonna do about it anyway?

    Stalin-in-a-pantsuit will be the last president this nation ever has. She has been selected to reduce the last vestiges of this constitutional republic to rubble, ushering in the NWO oligarchy.

    • gingercake5

      Like you, I hope the vote-fixing is as obvious everywhere as it was in Iowa. We are as bad as Zimbabwe