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New Hampshire may signal writing on the wall for Biden

Former V-P's dismal performance in primary race confirms he has lost front-runner title

New Hampshire primary results on Tuesday confirm what national polls have been showing for some time: Former vice-president Joe Biden, who entered the Democratic primary race as the party's national front runner last year, has lost that crown.

Mr Biden performed even worse than expected, placing a dismal fifth in the early primary race and leaving New Hampshire empty-handed. The 8.4 per cent of the vote he clinched was well below the 15 per cent threshold he needed to clear to be awarded any of the state's delegates.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 13, 2020, with the headline 'New Hampshire may signal writing on the wall for Biden'. Subscribe