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Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) won the presidential election in New Hampshire on November 3, 2020.
The Democratic and Republican parties held primary elections on February 11, 2020. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won the Democratic primary with approximately 26% of the vote. Sanders and second-place finisher, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, were each projected to win 9 pledged delegates. Sen. Amy Klobuchar came in third with a projected 6 pledged delegates. President Donald Trump (R) won the Republican primary with 86% of the vote.
New Hampshire has held “first in the nation” status for presidential primary elections since 1920, at which time voters elected unpledged delegates to the national conventions. In 1952, the state began electing pledged delegates in primary elections.
New Hampshire law states, “The presidential primary election shall be held on the second Tuesday in March or on a date selected by the secretary of state which is 7 days or more immediately preceding the date on which any other state shall hold a similar election, whichever is earlier.” “Similar election” refers to primary elections as opposed to caucuses.
New Hampshire favored Democratic presidential candidates in the four elections between 2004 and 2016. In 2016, Hillary Clinton (D) won 46.8 percent of the vote in New Hampshire to Donald Trump‘s (D) 46.5 percent.