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Pete Buttigieg greets the result in New Hampshire, with which he is second with a small margin

Pete Buttigieg greets New Hampshire result that puts him in second place with a small margin – and does NOT call Bernie Sanders the winner

  • Former mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg, greeted the results of Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire, putting him in second place, although only by a hair
  • “Here in a state that fits under the motto” Live Free or Die, “you made your own decision,” Buttigieg told an audience of 1,200 people at Nashua Community College
  • He congratulated Senator Bernie Sanders on his “strong performance,” but came on stage before the results were recalled for the Vermont Senator, who led all night

Former mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg greeted the results of the primary Tuesday evening in New Hampshire, but did not call Senator Bernie Sanders the winner of the race.

“Here in a state under the motto” Live Free or Die, “you’ve made your own decision,” Buttigieg told a crowd of about 1,200 supporters at Nashua Community College.

Buttigieg lost to Sanders in the Granite state with a narrow margin and recorded his speech before the race was officially declared. Both candidates receive nine delegates. And the two were basically tied up in Iowa, with Buttigieg putting Sanders on delegates, while the Vermont senator took the popular vote.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg congratulated Senator Bernie Sanders on his “strong performance,” but did not say Sanders won

The campaign said about 1,200 Buttigieg supporters were present at his primary night event at Nashua Community College

The campaign said about 1,200 Buttigieg supporters were present at his primary night event at Nashua Community College

The campaign said about 1,200 Buttigieg supporters were present at his primary night event at Nashua Community College

Chasten Buttigieg (left) joined his husband, former mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg (right) in Nashua on Tuesday evening

Chasten Buttigieg (left) joined his husband, former mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg (right) in Nashua on Tuesday evening

Chasten Buttigieg (left) joined his husband, former mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg (right) in Nashua on Tuesday evening

Hopeful Pete Buttigieg 2020 (right) embraces his husband Chasten Buttigieg (left) after making comments in Nashua, New Hampshire

Hopeful Pete Buttigieg 2020 (right) embraces his husband Chasten Buttigieg (left) after making comments in Nashua, New Hampshire

Hopeful Pete Buttigieg 2020 (right) embraces his husband Chasten Buttigieg (left) after making comments in Nashua, New Hampshire

Pete Buttigieg (left) invited his mother Anne Montgomery (center) and his husband Chasten Buttigieg (right) to the podium after his speech on the primary evening

Pete Buttigieg (left) invited his mother Anne Montgomery (center) and his husband Chasten Buttigieg (right) to the podium after his speech on the primary evening

Pete Buttigieg (left) invited his mother Anne Montgomery (center) and his husband Chasten Buttigieg (right) to the podium after his speech on the primary evening

Mayor Pete Buttigieg walks outside of a polling station for his supporters on Tuesday's primary day in New Hampshire

Mayor Pete Buttigieg walks outside of a polling station for his supporters on Tuesday's primary day in New Hampshire

Mayor Pete Buttigieg walks outside of a polling station for his supporters on Tuesday’s primary day in New Hampshire

“I want to congratulate my competitors and their supporters on their campaigns here in New Hampshire,” Buttigieg said. “I admired Senator Sanders when I was a high school student, I respect him to this day and I congratulate him on his strong performance tonight.”

Buttigieg also called the other top hopeful: Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, also for their screenings.

Klobuchar bounced to third place in New Hampshire, bypassing both Warren and Biden, who had come in third and fourth in last week’s Iowa caucuses respectively.

Buttigieg went lightly to Klobuchar later in his speech and reminded the audience that she had mocked him because he was a “cool newcomer.”

“And I know that when you talk in this way, you might be fired as a naive newcomer,” Buttigieg said of his rhetoric of possibilities, while the audience applauded understanding. “But a fresh look makes a new beginning possible.”

The 38-year-old mayor gave a positive twist to some of the other attacks he carried out in New Hampshire this week, including those of Biden hammering him at his youth and inexperience.

“Many of you have chosen to face the new age of challenges with a new generation of leaders,” Buttigeg said. “Many of you have decided that a middle-class mayor and middle-class veteran was the right choice not to hire this president, notwithstanding that experience, but because of that.”

Buttigieg also avoided Sanders’ attitude from the road or the highway and remarked: “Americans want the freedom to make their own choices in health care or in another problem. ”

Sanders supports Medicare-for-all, while Buttigieg recommends a plan, he calls ‘Medicare-for-all who want it’.

“And we can’t beat the most divided president in modern history by knocking down someone who doesn’t fully agree with us,” Buttigieg added.

Buttigieg thanked his volunteers at polling stations in New Hampshire for cheering ‘Vote Blue No Matter Who’ when they met another candidate on the first day.

And when he finished his speech, he welcomed his husband Chasten – whom he called “the love of my life” – and his mother on stage.

Actor Kevin Costner, who campaigned alongside Buttigieg on Monday, was also spotted at the location.

Buttigieg and the other Democratic hope peoples will then compete in the Nevada caucuses, which take place a week from Saturday. A week later, voters in South Carolina go to the polls for the most important of that state. And three days later ‘Super Tuesday’ takes place, where voters from 14 states will choose their candidates.

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