Clinton campaign all smiles in face of likely defeat

February 9, 2016

Supporters are seen cheering behind Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as she attends a “Get Out the Vote” campaign rally in Hudson, New Hampshire February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

On the morning of New Hampshire’s primary election, Hillary Clinton campaign staffers and volunteers maintained an upbeat attitude, fueling themselves with coffee and donuts as they settled in for a long day in the face of a likely loss to Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, who is widely expected to win tonight.

However, Clinton supporters aren’t letting that fact get them down.

The Clinton campaign office in Nashua was buzzing with energy this morning as staffers instructed volunteers on how to canvas and what how to lay out three potential scenarios to the voters: verbal commit, undecided or Clinton lean.

Georgina Kariuki, a volunteer for Clinton from Wooster, Massachusetts. REUTERS/Cassandra Garrison

Georgina Kariuki, a volunteer for Clinton from Wooster, Massachusetts. REUTERS/Cassandra Garrison

“New Hampshire is not the last stop,” said Georgina Kariuki, a volunteer from Wooster, Massachusetts. “We’ve got 48 states to go. It’s not the end of it.”

“Even if she comes in a close second, that’s bad for Bernie,” added Elizabeth Lorris Ritter from Manhattan. “The narrative will be, ‘dude, you couldn’t win your adjacent state of like-minded New Englanders?'”

After New Hampshire, Clinton’s campaign could still have a rocky journey ahead. Sanders has also managed to close the wide gap between himself and the former secretary of state among voters nationally, according to a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll.

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