(NEW YORK MAGAZINE) -- Elizabeth Warren owes her dismal fourth-place finish in New Hampshire at least in part to the other woman in the primary’s top tier. College-educated voters broke off for Amy Klobuchar, who managed to distinguish herself during the last debate. Klobuchar not only led voters with college degrees; she “drew 3 in 10 white college-educated women, the most of any candidate in the field,” CNN reported on Tuesday. Voters who once seemed like Warren’s natural constituency are exploring other, aggressively midwestern options.
Klobuchar’s creeping momentum doesn’t just threaten Warren. The Minnesota senator also siphoned some support from Pete Buttigieg, the upstart challenger to the Pragmatic Heartland throne. But the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has more delegates than Warren. Though there’s time for the Warren campaign to regain some of the territory it’s lost, Klobuchar’s unexpected success in New Hampshire sets up a quandary that will be difficult for Warren to solve. Warren’s pitch — her plans, and her trajectory from struggling young mother to Harvard Law School professor — ought to appeal to college-educated women in particular. Why, then, did these voters shift to Klobuchar?