CNN’s Jeff Zeleny called Hillary Clinton’s loss in the New Hampshire primary a moral blow to the campaign Tuesday night.
The race was called almost immediately after the polls closed, and the numbers indicate it will be a lopsided victory for Sanders.
“This is a moral blow to their campaign. This is a reset for their campaign but it is hard to overestimate the changes and just the structural decisions they will make going forward,” Zeleny said.
Zeleny said that the campaign was going to spin the devastating loss as just another contest.
Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, released a three-page memo laying out how the campaign plans to win most of the delegates in the first 15 days of March by focusing on Nevada and South Carolina.
In the memo, the Clinton campaign maintains that Clinton would do better in states that have a diverse demographics.
New Hampshire holds a lot of history for the Clintons. In 2008, Clinton won the primary against then-Senator Barack Obama. The state also provided Bill Clinton the start to his ultimately successful bid for the Democratic nomination in 1992, when he finished strongly and dubbed himself the “Comeback Kid.”
Politico reported that the Clinton campaign would be shaking up their staff after the results came in for New Hampshire. The original plan was to wait after the first four primaries but after a narrow win in Iowa, the Clintons were not happy.
“We’re going to take stock but it’s going to be the campaign that I’ve got,” Clinton told Rachel Maddow on Monday. “I’m very confident in the people that I have. I’m very committed to them; they’re committed to doing the best we can. We’re going to take stock, what works, what doesn’t work. We’re moving into a different phase of the campaign.”