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Poodle named Siba wins best in show at Westminster

Primped and poised, Siba the standard poodle owned the ring.

Even with the crowd at Madison Square Garden chanting for a popular golden retriever, the statuesque Siba strutted off with best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night.

Adorned with black puffs and pompoms, the 3-year-old Siba was the absolute picture of what many see as the epitome of a show dog.

Not everyone shared that view. As judge Bob Slay studied Siba in the best-of-seven final ring, a fan shouted out: “No way, Slay, no way!”

Slay stuck by what he saw.

DOG EATS MCDONALD’S BEFORE QUALIFYING FOR BEST IN SHOW AT WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB SHOW

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Siba, the standard poodle, competes for Best in Show during the 144th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

“She’s beautiful and has that something,” handler Chrystal Murray-Clas said.

Bourbon the whippet finished second. Daniel the golden retriever was clearly the crowd favorite — a golden has never won at Westminster — and fans chanted his name as Slay deliberated.

Bono the Havanese, Wilma the boxer, Conrad the Shetland sheepdog, and Vinny the wire fox terrier also made the final grouping.

Poodles come in three sizes and this was the 10th time one of them has become America’s top dog, the first since 2002. A standard last won in 1991.

Siba put on an entertaining performance in the nonsporting group juding Monday night, doing the downward dog yoga pose before circling the ring. A day later, she was again at her best.

She won’t get much rest, either. Siba was set to wake up early to hit the morning TV shows, eat lunch at famed Manhattan restaurant Sardi’s, pose on the observation deck of the Empire State Building and perhaps walk onto the stage at Broadway musical “Beetlejuice.”

The Westminster winner receives no prize money in a sport where owners can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their pet. Instead, the reward is a silver bowl, lucrative breeding rights and a lifetime of bragging rights in dog lore.

And in canine competitions, the poodles often rule.

WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW: EVERYTHING TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2020 COMPETITION

But this is true, too: In the world of dogdom, among all the beagles, retrievers and terriers, there’s nothing that polarizes people like a poodle.

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Bono, the Havanese, competes during 144th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Especially the big standard size, with their fancy coifs that would put the supermodels now in town for Fashion Week to shame.

“I don’t care for the cut. I understand it’s for function, to keep their joints warm, but not for me,” Carol Sebastian of Aberdeen, New Jersey, said earlier in the day.

Sitting with four of her spinone Italiano pals, snacking near Ring 1, Sebastian offered another view on the pooch pageant.

“I think if they cut the poodle in a different way, they’d have a lot more fans. They’d get beyond frou-frou.”

Either way, Siba sure looks the part of the Park Avenue crowd, even though she’s from Allentown, Pennsylvania —–— sleek, with shiny black hair and a shaved backside.

“I always say, don’t let the haircut fool you. This is a smart, athletic, active dog that was originally developed in Germany as a water retrieving dog,” longtime dog expert David Frei said.

With a more simple trim, he figured, “the world could unabashedly root for them. In the meantime, I will anyway.”

Poodles come in three sizes, and they’ve done just fine at Westminster. Standards have won best in show five times, miniatures three and toys twice.

Siba was showing for the last time, set to retire after this event.

“She had the something extra at a young age,” Murray-Clas said.

Longtime handler Clint Livingston said he saw Siba two years ago at a show in York, Pennsylvania, and predicted a great future.

“I fell in love with her,” Livingston said.

He also understands the poodle predicament.

“They’ve been glamorized and for them, it’s a beauty pageant,” he said. “But underneath all that hair and everything, there’s structure and function.”

To Sebastian and her spinone Italiano friends, there are two sides to the poodles.

“They’re beautiful dogs and super smart. There’s something for everyone,” said Andi Gabler from Fredricksburg, Virginia. “They’re wonderful dogs. But would I want one? No.”

“Our dogs like to roll in the mud,” chimed in Becky Tevis from Portland, Oregon. “We’re not that fancy.”

Fact is, neither is Siba. A picky eater, she’s not.

So how did she prepare for the nonsporting group judging Monday night at the Garden? A gourmet meal? Nope.

Rather, a fast-food fix: a grilled chicken sandwich from a handy McDonald’s.

And no reason to change the winning formula.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Tuesday night, Siba went back for what became a most happy meal.

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St. Louis Blues’ Jay Bouwmeester Collapses During Game Against Anaheim Ducks

Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the team’s bench due to a cardiac episode early in St. Louis’ Tuesday road game against the Anaheim Ducks, prompting the game to be postponed.

Bouwmeester regained consciousness after the incident and was transported to a local hospital.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on Tuesday after suffering from a cardiac episode.

The game, tied 1-1 with 7:50 remaining in the first period, was halted and will be made up at a later date.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong later issued a statement: 

“With 7:50 remaining in the first period of our game tonight, Jay Bouwmeester suffered a cardiac episode and collapsed on our bench after completing his shift. Thankfully, with the quick response of our medical trainers, Anaheim medical trainers and their team physicians, they were able to stabilize Jay.

“He was alert and moving all of his extremities as he was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center. Currently, Jay is conscious and alert as he undergoes further testing by Anaheim’s physicians. We will update Jay’s condition on Wednesday morning.”

During a break in the game action, Bouwmeester was on the St. Louis bench when he slumped down and collapsed to the ground. Blues players rushed to get medical personnel from both teams, with paramedics also on hand to help.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Anaheim Ducks left wing Max Jones, second from right, greets two members of the St. Louis Blues after Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester suffered a medical emergency.

Bouwmeester appeared to have an uneventful shift on the ice with little to no contact after the midway point of the first period. He then went to the bench, where his heart issue occurred during a stoppage in play.

Blues radio play-by-play Chris Kerber told 101 ESPN Radio St. Louis that medical personnel “did have to use the paddles on him,” according to the radio station’s website.

Players from both teams left the ice after Bouwmeester was stricken.

The crowd at Honda Center later was updated with a message on the video board that announced the game was postponed due to Bouwmeester’s “medical emergency.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Blues had planned to leave postgame for Las Vegas, but they postponed the trip to remain in Orange County overnight. The Blues are scheduled to play the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday.

Adam Henrique had given the Ducks a 1-0 lead 5:29 into the game. The Blues tied it on a goal from Ivan Barbashev at 7:17 of the opening period.

Bouwmeester, 36, is in his 17th NHL season, the past 7 1/2 of which have been with St. Louis. He helped the Blues win the Stanley Cup last year.

In a 1,240-game career that has included stints with the Florida Panthers (2002-03 to 2008-09) and the Calgary Flames (2009-10 to 2012-13), Bouwmeester has 88 goals and 336 assists. He appeared in all 82 games for seven consecutive seasons, from 2005-06 to 2011-12.

This season, Bouwmeester has one goal and eight assists in 56 games. His average of 21 minutes, 34 seconds of ice time per game ranks third on the Blues.

The Panthers made the Edmonton, Alberta, native the third overall pick in the 2002 draft.

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At least 50 more deaths likely attributable to Camp Fire: report

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Experts say an additional 50 deaths can likely be attributed to Northern California’s 2018 Camp Fire, already the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history, according to a local news investigation.

Officially, 86 people died as a result of the Camp Fire, centered in Butte County, which is north of Sacramento.

The additional 50 elderly and ill residents lived in homes, retirement communities and nursing facilities near the fire’s epicenter, according to addresses on wrongful-death claims filed as part of a legal case against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The utility’s equipment was blamed for starting the fire.

“These are the ones who have been forgotten,” said Tammie Strong, the caretaker of a 24-year-old with muscular dystrophy who died soon after what was called a stressful evacuation from the fire, according to the Chico Enterprise-Record. “I am praying for the families still struggling. My year has been a roller coaster.”

CALIFORNIA WOMAN SWINDLED CAMP FIRE SURVIVOR, 75, OUT OF $60G LIFE INSURANCE, POLICE SAY

A medical expert and a lawyer evaluated evidence in each wrongful death claim that asserted to show the person would not have died except for the fire.

Joe Earley, a lawyer representing several claims against PG&E and a survivor of the fire, called the list “the tip of the iceberg,” the Enterprise-Record reported.

He said he believes elderly people with health issues who died shortly after the fire “are just as much a victim as everyone else.”

Included in the claims are a husband and wife from Paradise who died within months of each other, a victim who had a stroke after leaving their medication behind when fleeing the fire and a 95-year-old woman who was moved from her rehabilitation center in Paradise after a successful surgery to a center where she died soon after contracting norovirus.

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The newspaper reported that more than a year after the fire victims are still dying due to complications, including smoke inhalation and emotional stress.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Poodle named Siba wins best in show at Westminster

Primped and poised, Siba the standard poodle owned the ring.

Even with the crowd at Madison Square Garden chanting for a popular golden retriever, the statuesque Siba strutted off with best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club on Tuesday night.

Adorned with black puffs and pompoms, the 3-year-old Siba was the absolute picture of what many see as the epitome of a show dog.

Not everyone shared that view. As judge Bob Slay studied Siba in the best-of-seven final ring, a fan shouted out: “No way, Slay, no way!”

Slay stuck by what he saw.

DOG EATS MCDONALD’S BEFORE QUALIFYING FOR BEST IN SHOW AT WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB SHOW

Westlake Legal Group AP20043149563587 Poodle named Siba wins best in show at Westminster fox-news/lifestyle fnc/lifestyle fnc da218063-f7f2-5a50-830b-de8dc96b3b20 Ben Walker Associated Press article

Siba, the standard poodle, competes for Best in Show during the 144th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

“She’s beautiful and has that something,” handler Chrystal Murray-Clas said.

Bourbon the whippet finished second. Daniel the golden retriever was clearly the crowd favorite — a golden has never won at Westminster — and fans chanted his name as Slay deliberated.

Bono the Havanese, Wilma the boxer, Conrad the Shetland sheepdog, and Vinny the wire fox terrier also made the final grouping.

Poodles come in three sizes and this was the 10th time one of them has become America’s top dog, the first since 2002. A standard last won in 1991.

Siba put on an entertaining performance in the nonsporting group juding Monday night, doing the downward dog yoga pose before circling the ring. A day later, she was again at her best.

She won’t get much rest, either. Siba was set to wake up early to hit the morning TV shows, eat lunch at famed Manhattan restaurant Sardi’s, pose on the observation deck of the Empire State Building and perhaps walk onto the stage at Broadway musical “Beetlejuice.”

The Westminster winner receives no prize money in a sport where owners can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on their pet. Instead, the reward is a silver bowl, lucrative breeding rights and a lifetime of bragging rights in dog lore.

And in canine competitions, the poodles often rule.

WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW: EVERYTHING TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2020 COMPETITION

But this is true, too: In the world of dogdom, among all the beagles, retrievers and terriers, there’s nothing that polarizes people like a poodle.

Westlake Legal Group AP20043176972750 Poodle named Siba wins best in show at Westminster fox-news/lifestyle fnc/lifestyle fnc da218063-f7f2-5a50-830b-de8dc96b3b20 Ben Walker Associated Press article

Bono, the Havanese, competes during 144th Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Especially the big standard size, with their fancy coifs that would put the supermodels now in town for Fashion Week to shame.

“I don’t care for the cut. I understand it’s for function, to keep their joints warm, but not for me,” Carol Sebastian of Aberdeen, New Jersey, said earlier in the day.

Sitting with four of her spinone Italiano pals, snacking near Ring 1, Sebastian offered another view on the pooch pageant.

“I think if they cut the poodle in a different way, they’d have a lot more fans. They’d get beyond frou-frou.”

Either way, Siba sure looks the part of the Park Avenue crowd, even though she’s from Allentown, Pennsylvania —–— sleek, with shiny black hair and a shaved backside.

“I always say, don’t let the haircut fool you. This is a smart, athletic, active dog that was originally developed in Germany as a water retrieving dog,” longtime dog expert David Frei said.

With a more simple trim, he figured, “the world could unabashedly root for them. In the meantime, I will anyway.”

Poodles come in three sizes, and they’ve done just fine at Westminster. Standards have won best in show five times, miniatures three and toys twice.

Siba was showing for the last time, set to retire after this event.

“She had the something extra at a young age,” Murray-Clas said.

Longtime handler Clint Livingston said he saw Siba two years ago at a show in York, Pennsylvania, and predicted a great future.

“I fell in love with her,” Livingston said.

He also understands the poodle predicament.

“They’ve been glamorized and for them, it’s a beauty pageant,” he said. “But underneath all that hair and everything, there’s structure and function.”

To Sebastian and her spinone Italiano friends, there are two sides to the poodles.

“They’re beautiful dogs and super smart. There’s something for everyone,” said Andi Gabler from Fredricksburg, Virginia. “They’re wonderful dogs. But would I want one? No.”

“Our dogs like to roll in the mud,” chimed in Becky Tevis from Portland, Oregon. “We’re not that fancy.”

Fact is, neither is Siba. A picky eater, she’s not.

So how did she prepare for the nonsporting group judging Monday night at the Garden? A gourmet meal? Nope.

Rather, a fast-food fix: a grilled chicken sandwich from a handy McDonald’s.

And no reason to change the winning formula.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Tuesday night, Siba went back for what became a most happy meal.

Westlake Legal Group AP20043149563587 Poodle named Siba wins best in show at Westminster fox-news/lifestyle fnc/lifestyle fnc da218063-f7f2-5a50-830b-de8dc96b3b20 Ben Walker Associated Press article   Westlake Legal Group AP20043149563587 Poodle named Siba wins best in show at Westminster fox-news/lifestyle fnc/lifestyle fnc da218063-f7f2-5a50-830b-de8dc96b3b20 Ben Walker Associated Press article

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At least 50 more deaths likely attributable to Camp Fire: report

Westlake Legal Group ContentBroker_contentid-e20dcf3920c042e78512376e4de4e2c8 At least 50 more deaths likely attributable to Camp Fire: report fox-news/us/us-regions/west/california fox-news/us/disasters/wildfire fox news fnc/us fnc d647989a-42de-56c3-ad19-28e69e315721 Brie Stimson article

Experts say an additional 50 deaths can likely be attributed to Northern California’s 2018 Camp Fire, already the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history, according to a local news investigation.

Officially, 86 people died as a result of the Camp Fire, centered in Butte County, which is north of Sacramento.

The additional 50 elderly and ill residents lived in homes, retirement communities and nursing facilities near the fire’s epicenter, according to addresses on wrongful-death claims filed as part of a legal case against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The utility’s equipment was blamed for starting the fire.

“These are the ones who have been forgotten,” said Tammie Strong, the caretaker of a 24-year-old with muscular dystrophy who died soon after what was called a stressful evacuation from the fire, according to the Chico Enterprise-Record. “I am praying for the families still struggling. My year has been a roller coaster.”

CALIFORNIA WOMAN SWINDLED CAMP FIRE SURVIVOR, 75, OUT OF $60G LIFE INSURANCE, POLICE SAY

A medical expert and a lawyer evaluated evidence in each wrongful death claim that asserted to show the person would not have died except for the fire.

Joe Earley, a lawyer representing several claims against PG&E and a survivor of the fire, called the list “the tip of the iceberg,” the Enterprise-Record reported.

He said he believes elderly people with health issues who died shortly after the fire “are just as much a victim as everyone else.”

Included in the claims are a husband and wife from Paradise who died within months of each other, a victim who had a stroke after leaving their medication behind when fleeing the fire and a 95-year-old woman who was moved from her rehabilitation center in Paradise after a successful surgery to a center where she died soon after contracting norovirus.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The newspaper reported that more than a year after the fire victims are still dying due to complications, including smoke inhalation and emotional stress.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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6 Takeaways From The New Hampshire Primary

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders raises his fist in victory in the New Hampshire Primary.

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The finish at the top in New Hampshire looked a lot like the finish last week in Iowa, this time with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the way and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg finishing a close second.

But from the No. 3 spot on down, there were some pretty big surprises, including the rise of Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and disappointing finishes for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden.

Here are six takeaways from what happened last night:

1. Sanders has the inside track for the nomination right now

Sanders essentially tied in Iowa (and had the most raw votes) and now has won New Hampshire, and because the center-left of the party is divided at the moment, he is in the pole position for the Democratic nomination.

That’s especially true if Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren continues to fade. She finished fourth with only about 9% of the vote — not a good showing for a senator from a neighboring state.

But Sanders has only gotten 26% of the vote in both states. He needs to be able to show he can expand beyond his core base of voters under-30-years-old and liberals, if he wants to win the nomination.

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2. Turnout helps Sanders’ electability argument

Unlike Iowa, turnout in New Hampshire was high, which helps Sanders’ case that he can drum up enthusiasm among the base, especially young voters (even though exit polls showed a smaller percentage of voters under 30 came out to vote than in the 2016 primary).

As of 1:45 a.m. ET, turnout was about 279,000 with 87% of precincts reporting. The 2008 record was about 288,000. In 2016, turnout was about 250,000.

However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t now going to be a very loud debate on whether Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, can defeat President Trump.

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Amy Klobuchar waves to supporters at her New Hampshire primary night rally in Concord, N.H., U.S., February 11, 2020.

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3. Klobuchar was the story of the night — and the search is on for the Sanders alternative

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar finishing third with 20% of the vote was the biggest surprise of the night. She appears to have found a lane for a hopeful message between Sanders and the rest of the pack.

“We cannot win big by out-dividing the divider-in-chief,” Klobuchar said. “We have to bring people with us instead of shutting them out. Donald Trump’s worst nightmare is the people in the middle, tired of the name-calling and the mudslinging, have someone to vote for in November.”

Klobuchar had been trending upward since her surprise fifth-place finish on the heels of former Vice President Biden in Iowa, and her debate performance appears to have put her over the top. About half of voters said they decided in the last few days, and half of voters also said the debate was important to their choice, according to the exit polls.

Klobuchar is peaking at exactly the right time. The question for her is — can she capitalize on it and convince moderates she’s the one who can win. A lot of that may well depend on how she performs with more diverse electorates in upcoming contests.

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Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at his primary night watch party on February 11, 2020 in Nashua, New Hampshire.

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4. For Buttigieg, Iowa and New Hampshire are nice, but now comes the real test

After doing well in Iowa and New Hampshire, Buttigieg is the delegate leader in this race with 22 to Sanders’ 21. But there’s a long way to go. Just 2% of the delegates have been allocated, and a candidate needs 1,991 to become the nominee.

Buttigieg’s candidacy is about to face its most critical stress test with the primary race heading to Nevada Feb. 22 and South Carolina a week later. He’s won in two of the whitest states in the country and has strength with white voters with college degrees. But he’s struggled in the polls with voters of color. Nevada was 41% non-white in 2016, and 61% of South Carolina Democratic voters were African American.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden is introduced to the crowd during a South Carolina campaign launch party on February 11, 2020 in Columbia, South Carolina.

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5. Biden’s in free fall. Will South Carolina really be the firewall?

For the former vice president, with higher name recognition coming into this primary campaign, there’s just no excuse for a fifth-place finish in New Hampshire.

As recently as three weeks ago, Biden was leading the polls in the state. And the electorate that turned out was older and less liberal than 2016, according to the exit polls.

If your argument is that you’re the most electable, you can’t finish fourth and fifth, respectively, in the first two nominating contests.

Biden has one last shot in South Carolina, and that’s where he was on Tuesday night instead of waiting for results in New Hampshire. “It ain’t over, man,” he said. “We’re just getting started.”

He stressed that “99.9%” of black voters and “99.8%” of Latinos in the Democratic primary haven’t had a chance to weigh in yet. Biden’s been banking on doing well with black voters — and he has to. A bad showing in South Carolina, and it’s the end for Biden. It’s still more than two weeks away, and he needs to stop the bleeding with a solid performance in Nevada.

Making things more difficult for Biden is wealthy venture capitalist Tom Steyer, who’s spending a ton of money and making a serious play for black voters in South Carolina. If he gets a significant share of them, that could gut Biden’s campaign.

Biden’s performance on the campaign trail has not inspired confidence in Democratic voters who were open to voting for him — and many are now thinking about former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The billionaire, who is already facing scrutiny for his tenure as mayor, is not on the ballot in Nevada and South Carolina, but he will be in the March 3 Super Tuesday states. He’s spent more than $350 million of his own money on ads, and they have become ubiquitous.

If Biden, Buttigieg and Klobuchar don’t perform well in Nevada and South Carolina, and Bloomberg beats them out on Super Tuesday, that’s a plausible scenario in which it becomes Sanders versus Bloomberg. Can you imagine what that would do to the party?

6. Primaries are a lot easier than caucuses

Finally, one really nice thing about Tuesday night was actually having results.

Primaries are just more straightforward than caucuses, and with more states moving away from caucuses, you wonder if they will soon become a thing of the past.

There’s going to be a real conversation among Democrats about the best way to count votes, especially considering Iowa gave Republicans an opening to attack Democrats on competence.

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New Hampshire gives Klobuchar major boost, puts Biden and Warren on 2020 life support

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MANCHESTER, NH — Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont narrowly edged former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg to claim victory in New Hampshire’s Democratic presidential primary.

But the biggest winner in Tuesday’s contest – the first primary in the White House race – may well be Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who came in a strong third. Klobuchar finished far ahead of Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and former Vice President Joe Biden, who are limping out of New Hampshire facing serious questions about the future of their campaigns.

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“We love you New Hampshire,” Klobuchar stressed in her primary night speech. “Because of you, we are taking this campaign to Nevada. We are going to South Carolina. And we are taking this message of unity to the country.”

Klobuchar – who hails from Iowa’s neighbor to the north – finished a distant fifth in last week’s Iowa caucuses. But a strong presidential primary debate performance on Friday seemingly pumped up her fortunes and gave her a big bounce – as she surged the final tracking polls over the weekend. The senator was obviously able to capitalize in her last minute momentum.

“Man, we’re we at the debate in New Hampshire,” she remarked in her primary night speech.

And speaking with reporters after her address — Klobuchar predicted that “we are on the rise. This is just the beginning.. Imagine what we’ll do in Nevada.”

Exit polls suggest that older and more educated voters, as well as moderates and those looking for a candidate to unite the country, boosted Klobuchar’s performance.

Veteran New Hampshire based political scientist Wayne Lesperance said that Klobuchar’s finish stole the headlines.

“While most of the attention this week has been on Sanders and Buttigieg, the big story out of New Hampshire may just be Amy Klobuchar’s 3rd place finish,” highlighted Lesperance, vice president of academic affairs at New England College.

“With much less national attention, resources, ads and celebrity endorsements, Klobuchar campaigned the way Granite Staters expect – lots of shoe leather and retail politics. And with that approach she’s beaten former front runners like Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. It’s hard not to conclude, New Hampshire has a new comeback kid.”

Klobuchar now moves on with a ton of momentum and a likely boost in fundraising. Her campaign immediately went up with TV ads in Nevada.

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Biden headed south on Tuesday, flying to South Carolina even before the polls closed in New Hampshire. The former vice president skipped out on his primary night celebration in the Granite State, which was sparsely attended. But he did tell the crowd, in a speech that was beamed in, that “we’ll be back, New Hampshire, we’ll be back in the general.”

The abrupt decision to leave the state early was a stunning move for a candidate who late last year had vowed he’d win in New Hampshire. But for a week, Biden and his campaign had downplayed expectations in the first primary state.

Nevada and South Carolina follow New Hampshire – which is an overwhelmingly white state – in the presidential nominating calendar. Biden’s campaign has long considered Nevada and South Carolina – with their far more diverse electorates – as much friendlier ground for the former vice president. And they’ve pointed to South Carolina – with a majority black electorate in the Democratic presidential primary – as their firewall.

Biden – at a campaign kick-off Tuesday night in Columbia, South Carolina, downplayed the results in Iowa and New Hampshire.

“It is important that Iowa and Nevada have spoken, but, look, we need to hear from Nevada and South Carolina and Super Tuesday and beyond,” Biden told a crowd of supporters.

President Trump’s re-election campaign quickly spotlighted Biden’s abysmal finish in the primary, writing in an email to reporters titled,  “Joe Biden Predicted He Would Win New Hampshire. He Just Got Beat Like a Drum—Again…. A crazy socialist and a former small town mayor just crushed the former VP”

Warren acknowledged her disappointing finish but told supporters on Tuesday night that “our campaign is built for the long haul” and that “we are just getting started.”

Veteran Democratic strategist Michael Ceraso said that the Warren campaign’s post-game spin is the losses in Iowa and New Hampshire are temporary set-backs. She’s looking to rewrite what election history has taught us: losing early by substantive margins is very hard to overcome.”

And Ceraso – a veteran of the 2016 Sanders campaign who served as Buttigieg’s New Hampshire state director before parting ways with the campaign last summer – said that “Biden’s team has gone through the campaign motions in Iowa and New Hampshire, and the results have been devastating for Biden. His team is relying on Obama nostalgia to get him through the next phase and I don’t see it working.”

He emphasized that “a fifth-place finish in New Hampshire puts a huge crack through Biden’s electability argument, leading me to believe voters are going to ask, “who is the true alternative to Biden?”

Sanders thanked “the people of New Hampshire for a great victory tonight.”

For the populist senator – it was a second straight win in New Hampshire’s primary – following his 2016 crushing of eventual nominee Hillary Clinton.

While Sanders didn’t exceed expectations, Democratic operative Chris Moyer stressed that “a win is a win and he’s happy to take this win and move on claiming success in the first two states.”

He and his team have to be feeling pretty good, even though the margins weren’t as big as they would have liked,” added Moyer, a veteran of Clinton’s 2016 campaign and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey’s 2020 presidential bid.

Buttigieg – once the longest of long-shots when he declared his candidacy a year ago, told his supporters that “a campaign that some say shouldn’t be here at all has shown that we are here to stay.”

And taking indirect aim at Sanders, he argued that the politics of “my way or the highway” is not the way to defeat President Trump.

Moyer said the Buttigieg “has done what he had to do in these first two states” but emphasized that “the challenge for him is now that the race moves to Nevada and South Carolina and beyond, how does he improve upon his support from voters of color…His mission now is going to be to expand his coalition.”

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Ex-Goldman CEO Blankfein issues warning about Bernie Sanders

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Lloyd Blankfein, the former chief executive officer at finance giant Goldman Sachs, took to Twitter late Tuesday to warn Democrats about the perils of nominating Sen. Bernie Sanders as their 2020 standard-bearer.

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The tweet came shortly after Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, won the New Hampshire, edging out Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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Blankfein, who supported Hillary Clinton back in 2016, echoed the concerns of many moderate Democrats about the 78-year-old’s electability and how the country’s economy would react to some of his policies.

“If Dems go on to nominate Sanders, the Russians will have to reconsider who to work for to best screw up the US,” he tweeted, referencing the Russian interference in 2016. “Sanders is just as polarizing as Trump AND he’ll ruin our economy and doesn’t care about our military. If I’m Russian, I go with Sanders this time around.”

The Brooklyn-born businessman, who rose through the ranks at the famed company, criticized Trump in the past, but he has also given the president credit. One one occasion he called Trump’s tariff hikes aimed at China an “effective negotiating tool.”

The ex-banker appears to be far from a Trump supporter. In 2018, there was a solar eclipse and Blankfein tweeted that he wished the moon “wasn’t the only thing casting a shadow across the country.”

Blankfein joins a list of well-known Democrats who’ve expressed reservations about a Sanders candidacy. Perhaps no Sanders detractor summed up the concern better than political strategist James Carville.

Carville likened Sanders to Jeremy Corbyn, the left-wing leader of Britain’s Labour Party who was soundly defeated in December.

“The only thing, the only thing between the United States and the abyss is the Democratic Party. That’s it. If we go the way of the British Labour Party, if we nominate Jeremy Corbyn, it’s going to be the end of days. … So I am scared to death, I really am,” said Carville.

Shortly after Sanders’ win on Tuesday, the Vermont senator talked to his supporters about solidarity.

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“What I can tell you with absolute certainty, and I know I speak for every one of the Democratic candidates is that no matter who wins, and we certainly hope it is going to be us, we’re going to unite together and defeat the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country,” Sanders said, while adding that, at this point, his campaign is “taking on billionaires” and “candidates funded by billionaires.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and David Montanaro contributed to this report

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5 Takeaways From the New Hampshire Primary

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Senator Bernie Sanders won the most votes in Iowa, even if he narrowly lost the delegate battle. He won the New Hampshire primary. His support among people of color has grown in polls, while his chief competitor for those voters, Joseph R. Biden Jr., has been fading in the overall contest. He has climbed to the lead in some national polls. And he is raising more money — and has more money — than any of his rivals who are not billionaires.

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After two contests, Mr. Sanders is in an indisputably enviable position. Still, there are caveats. His victory and near-victory both came with a historically low share of the overall vote. He was on pace to carry New Hampshire with less than 27 percent of the vote, which would be the lowest total ever for a winner. His vote share in Iowa was similarly sized.

But winning is winning and the moderate ledger of the Democratic primary is as fractured as ever — to Mr. Sanders’s great advantage.

Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., finished in the top two in both Iowa and New Hampshire. Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota surprised with a third-place showing in New Hampshire. But neither of those candidates have demonstrated any appeal to black and Latino voters so far. And a candidate who has, Mr. Biden, stumbled to a fourth-place finish in Iowa and was in fifth place in New Hampshire.

Mr. Sanders has another thing going for him: Two bases, one demographic and one ideological. New Hampshire exit polls show him carrying about half of voters under 30 — a share no other candidate can claim for any demographic slice — and nearly half of very liberal voters.

Next up on the calendar is Nevada, a caucus state that can reward candidates with energized bases and larger political organizations, which suits Mr. Sanders particularly well.

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This was not the beginning that the Biden campaign had envisioned. Mr. Biden had entered the 2020 contest last spring as the well-liked two-term vice president to one of the country’s most popular Democrats, Barack Obama. He benefited from head-to-head polls that showed him as the strongest general election contender for the Democrats — a party singularly obsessed with beating President Trump.

Yet in the first two contests, Mr. Biden finished fourth and fifth. In New Hampshire, he did not receive a single delegate.

If winning is contagious, losing can be an even more infectious campaign disease. It erodes support, money and confidence in a sudden rush of voter and donor panic. And Mr. Biden now faces more than two weeks — an interminably long stretch — until the primary on the calendar his advisers have long circled as his political “firewall”: South Carolina’s. It was telling that when he ditched New Hampshire before the polls closed, he headed there instead of Nevada, whose nominating contest is next.

To the extent that the traditional structures of the Democratic establishment are set to mobilize against Mr. Sanders out of fear of his revolutionary brand of democratic socialism, it is no longer clear that Mr. Biden would be the beneficiary. Mr. Buttigieg has finished above him twice, Ms. Klobuchar’s moderate brand caught fire late in New Hampshire, and the self-funding billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg is pounding the airwaves in Super Tuesday states and offering a refuge for the restless establishmentarians.

That said, the race’s fluidity is not to be underestimated. Ms. Klobuchar was more of an asterisk than anything a few short weeks ago. A single strong debate elevated her here, and Mr. Biden still has chances to make a fresh impression.

The former mayor of South Bend, Ind., scored another impressive showing in a state where nearly everybody looks like him.

A second-place finish by Mr. Buttigieg in New Hampshire and a delegate victory in Iowa will lend his campaign major momentum. The question now is what, exactly, will happen to that energy as the contest moves to a more diverse playing field.

Mr. Buttigieg’s campaign has spent months trying to win over people of color, highlighting policy plans and a handful of endorsements from black lawmakers.

Yet in polling, Mr. Buttigieg has shown no strength with the black and Latino voters who make up a significant portion of the Democratic Party electorate in Nevada and South Carolina, the next two nominating contests. After that, the race moves to Super Tuesday, a mix of big, diverse states like California and Texas, and Southern states where black people are expected to make up a majority of Democratic voters.

Mr. Buttigieg’s team hopes that wining begets more winning, citing the experience of Barack Obama in the 2008 primary race. The next few weeks will test whether a white man can replicate the electoral success of the first black president.

After her relatively strong third-place showing in the Iowa caucuses, Ms. Warren’s campaign came to New Hampshire and made minimal adjustments, hoping the same message of unity she closed with in Iowa would lift her as rivals began taking more overt shots at one another.

It didn’t.

Her support fell. She won no delegates. And now she faces a potentially more tricky calendar, after two losses in the two states she had most banked on in February.

If Mr. Biden is still hoping to turn his fortunes around in South Carolina, Ms. Warren’s campaign does not have a similar state for safe harbor.

In a lengthy memo sent out before Tuesday night’s results arrived, the Warren campaign argued that in the “fractured” 2020 field, only three candidates were on pace to seriously contest the huge set of delegate-rich states that will vote on Super Tuesday: Ms. Warren, Mr. Sanders and Mr. Biden. A few hours later, two of those candidates received less than 10 percent support in New Hampshire (her and Mr. Biden).

The good news: Ms. Warren’s campaign has a head start in the Super Tuesday contests, having built a 1,000-person staff, including Iowa and New Hampshire aides with redeployment orders.

The bad news: Her bet in organizing at the local level and embedding in communities in the first two states did not pay off.

The worse news: Campaign costs will only escalate from here, and records show that Ms. Warren’s online base of small-dollar donors has given far more in heady times than tough ones.

Klomentum? Klobmentum?

Amy Klobuchar doesn’t particularly care how you spell it, as long as voters feel it. She rose in the polls in New Hampshire at the exact right time, parlaying the chaos out of Iowa and a strong performance in Friday night’s debate into a third-place finish.

While coming in fifth in last week’s Iowa caucuses didn’t place her in the top tier of the race, her team saw room to expand her support amid the independent-leaning, more fiscally conservative Democratic electorate in New Hampshire. Her campaign mounted a furious six-day sprint through the state, partially funded by an influx of $5 million in donations received after the debate.

In the coming days, she plans to move staff members into Nevada, South Carolina and the Super Tuesday states, as well as expand her team. On Wednesday, she’s beginning a seven-figure ad buy in Nevada.

Still, she faces an immediate uphill battle. Like Mr. Buttigieg, Ms. Klobuchar has shown little strength with black and Latino voters in polling, and the next two states on the primary calendar, Nevada and South Carolina, are far more diverse, as are many of those that vote on Super Tuesday in March.

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Hey, Democrats, it’s okay to vote for Bernie Sanders.

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