Manchester, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Praising the diverse coalition that got him there, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg conceded to second place behind Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire Primary late Tuesday night.
He thanked supporters who he said "asserted that famous independent streak" the Granite State is known for, saying they made it so that "a campaign some said shouldn't be here at all has show that we are here to stay."
"So many of you turned out," Buttigieg. "Die-hard Democrats, Independents unwilling to stand on the sidelines, and even some newly-former Republicans, ready to vote to vote for a politics defined by how many we call in, instead of who we push out."
Pete Buttigieg addresses supporters in Manchester the night of the New Hampshire Primary. (Getty Images)
Buttigieg trailed Sen. Sanders by only a few thousand votes.
"Now, our campaign moves on—to Nevada and South Carolina, and to communities all across our country—welcoming new allies to our movement at every step," Buttigieg said. "We go forward fueled by hundreds of thousands of grassroots supporters—from the woman in Minnesota who donated in honor of the wife she lost to lung cancer, to the veteran from Connecticut who sent $19.68, in honor of the year he served in Vietnam. This campaign belongs to them."