What’s Behind Klobuchar’s Rise in New Hampshire?
February 12, 2020 | by James G. Dalton
As the votes were tallied in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, many were surprised at the strong showing of Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
But a Vox.com article published earlier in the day seemed prescient in hindsight.
In the article headlined “Klobmentum could be happening in New Hampshire,” writer Cameron Peters notes that despite single-digit national numbers, Klobuchar has been positioning herself as the alternative to two others seen as alternatives to far-left Sen. Bernie Sanders: Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden.
“In recent debates, Klobuchar has tried to paint herself as more experienced than the 38-year-old Buttigieg yet still a more youthful, energetic alternative to the former vice president,” Vox notes.
“A strong showing in New Hampshire could potentially help Klobuchar’s standing with African American and Hispanic voters, particularly if voters backing Biden start looking for another alternative,” the story continues. “There are signs that his South Carolina ‘firewall’ with black voters is beginning to falter as he loses support.”
The former vice president did indeed do so poorly — a projected fifth-place finish — that he left the state before the polls closed and headed to friendlier South Carolina, where he hopes to do better while he licks his wounds.
But will Klobuchar carry her good-showing in New Hampshire into South Carolina and Nevada? Vox was skeptical. If its projection is as accurate as it was for New Hampshire, the Midwest senator has her work cut out for her.