BERNIE SANDERS celebrated a narrow victory in the race to unseat Donald Trump after topping the Democratic Party’s New Hampshire primary contest on Tuesday night.
‘We’re going to unite and defeat the most dangerous president in modern history,’ Mr Sanders, 78, told cheering supporters.
‘Our victory here is the beginning of the end for Donald Trump.’
The veteran socialist (pictured) pushed rivals Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden into fourth and fifth place respectively but was less than two per cent ahead of centrist Pete Buttigieg.
Mr Trump — who will fight the Democratic nominee for re-election in November — live tweeted the count and said Mr Buttigieg was ‘doing pretty well tonight’.
He added: ‘Giving Crazy Bernie a run for his money. Very interesting!’
Mr Buttigieg, the 38-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was satisfied after his strong showing in last week’s Iowa caucus. ‘A campaign some said shouldn’t be here at all has shown that we’re here to stay,’ he told supporters. Minnesota senator and lawyer Amy Klobuchar secured an unexpected third place.
Despite his trouncing, Mr Biden vowed to contest the Nevada and South Carolina primaries later this month. ‘I know this is going to be the fight of my life,’ the former vice-president said.
But all face a challenge from billionaire former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. He is expected to join the contest after spending £150million on campaign adverts.