New Hampshire Shows Biden Is Energizing Democrats

President Joe Biden‘s win in the New Hampshire Democratic Party primary, despite the fact he did not appear on the ballot and that he has recently faced low polling numbers, shows that Democrats are energized around him ahead of the 2024 election, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren told Newsweek.

While Biden has a virtual lock on his party’s nomination heading into the election, he was not on the ballot in New Hampshire because the Democratic National Committee wanted the first primary to be in South Carolina. That meant his supporters had to write his name on the ballot papers. He still finished far ahead of Dean Phillips, a Minnesota Representative, and self-help author Marianne Williamson.

“It’s pretty remarkable, just from a logistical point of view, what a good night Joe Biden had,” Warren said. “It took a lot of work to get all those folks organized to do the turnout for someone who wasn’t even on the ballot.”

Elizabeth Warren Weighs in on New Hampshire
Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is pictured on April 24, 2023, in Boston. A notable member of the progressive left, Warren said the support Biden received in New Hampshire shows that Democrats will be energized for the presidential election.
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Biden supporters in the state launched a write-in campaign to get the word out that voters would have to do more than fill in a bubble to select the president as their nominee. This effort saw organizers disseminate informational materials and speak to voters outside polling places.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Biden had won 55.1 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press, but 10.8 percent of write-in votes were still unprocessed. Phillips won 19.6 percent and Williamson garnered 4.6 percent. Nearly 115,000 people voted, according to the outlet.

Facing low approval ratings and discontent from progressives over his stance on Israel, some liberal pundits have said that Biden’s unpopularity and friction with progressives could lead to suppressed Democratic turnout, threatening the party with a loss to presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump, who edges Biden in some polls.

The former president defeated ex-United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley in the New Hampshire GOP primary. As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Trump seized 54.4 percent of the vote compared to Haley’s 43.3 percent. Over 320,000 people voted in that primary.

With Trump likely to cruise toward the GOP nomination and offer America a repeat of the 2020 election, Warren said the nation has a clearer picture of the 2024 race and the contrasts between the two major party leaders.

“Our presidential race in 2024 will be Biden versus Trump,” Warren told Newsweek. “The election will be a contrast between two very different people who fight for two very different visions of America. I think we’ll all get energized around that.”

Trump meanwhile considered the results a sign that he will be the presumptive GOP nominee over Haley and spent much of his victory speech criticizing her. However, he also noted that polls show him leading Biden and chided the president for having done “damage” to the country. Newsweek contacted the Trump campaign for comment.