Politics

Bernie Sanders’ Son Loses Big in New Hampshire Democratic Primary, Garnering Less Than 2 Percent of the Vote

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Levi Sanders, the son of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), was demolished on Tuesday night in a New Hampshire Democratic primary, finishing with less than 2 percent of the vote.

The younger Sanders was one of 11 Democrats competing for the nomination in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District, a seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (R.), according to Politico. Shea-Porter or Republican Frank Guinta have controlled the seat in every election since 2010.  This year, the Republicans nominated Navy veteran and former police chief Eddie Edwards.

State Executive Council member Chris Pappas won the Democratic nomination with 43.5 percent of the vote, while Sanders finished seventh with just 1.7 percent. Pappas' closest challenger has conceded the race.

Sen. Sanders was active in several races during the midterm election cycle, but he did not endorse his son's candidacy because he said he does not believe in "dynastic politics." He said he is proud of all his son has done and commended him for "running his own campaign."

"Levi has spent his life in service to low income and working families, and I am very proud of all that he has done," the elder Sanders said. "In our family, however, we do not believe in dynastic politics. Levi is running his own campaign in his own way."

Despite Republican control of the seat since 2010, Politico considers the race to be leaning in favor of the Democrat.