Chuck Todd said Wednesday that he doesn’t “understand how Bernie Sanders is considered a front-runner” in the 2020 Democratic presidential race after the Independent Vermont senator’s performance in the New Hampshire primary.
“I don’t understand how Bernie is considered a front-runner,” an animated Todd said on “Meet the Press Daily” on MSNBC. “This is a guy that, more people showed up to the polls, highest turnout ever, and his percentage went down, not up. His total number went down, not up.”
New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary ended with Sanders winning by 1.3 percentage points over former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and 5.9 points over Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who finished a strong third in a boost her campaign.
Sanders won by 22 percentage points in New Hampshire against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016, but he was facing nine more opponents in the Granite State on Tuesday.
“I feel like the only people who are going out on a limb and calling Bernie Sanders the front-runner, they have other reasons to call him front-runner,” Todd, who moderates “Meet the Press” and serves as political director for NBC News, argued. “One person leads delegates, one person has a lock on a chunk of the party, but we don’t know where this goes.”
Buttigieg has 22 delegates to Sanders’s 21.