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New Hampshire, Iowa losses raise questions on campaign’s future



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Joe Biden insists he still has a path to the presidential nomination. Others are having trouble seeing it. 

The former vice president was viewed as the field’s frontrunner until voters started casting ballots. Now a disappointing fourth-place finish in the opening Iowa caucuses last week was followed by a disastrous fifth-place finish in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday. The collapse of his support into single digits will not only make raising money and rallying supporters more difficult. It also raises questions about whether his campaign can survive until the Super Tuesday contests now three weeks away. 

“It ain’t over, man; we’re just getting started,” Biden told a campaign crowd in Charleston, S.C., where he headed instead of staying in New Hampshire. He struck a deliberately upbeat tone, emphasizing his commitment to African American and Latino concerns and noting the lack of racial diversity in the two states that had voted so far. “Where I come from that’s the opening bell, not the closing bell, and the fight to end Donald Trump’s presidency is just beginning, just beginning.”

That said, if Biden doesn’t score a convincing win in the Feb. 29 South Carolina primary – not impossible, but a challenge – his third bid for the presidency could be effectively over, and with it a career in elective office that has spanned six decades.

‘I’ll probably take a hit here’:Biden faces big test in New Hampshire

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign event the Ultimate Sports Academy in Manchester, N.H.

Meanwhile, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was riding high after carrying the popular vote in Iowa (although not the delegate count) and winning New Hampshire, although with a smaller margin that his landslide over Hillary Clinton four years ago. Former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg was a solid second, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar parlayed a strong showing in the candidate debates into a surprising third-place finish. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was a distant fourth, and Biden finished even lower.



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