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All signs point to Kasich having a good N.H. primary

Ohio Governor John Kasich outside a polling station in Concord, N.H.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich outside a polling station in Concord, N.H.

It has been anecdotal but consistent: All signs point to Ohio Governor John Kasich having a good primary day. There are reports from the white-collar suburbs of Bedford to the Seacoast and the Upper Valley of voters choosing Kasich, Kasich, Kasich.

It’s hard to tell what any of this means before the polls close. It could mean he is the story of the night, perhaps winning the battle of the establishment candidates and second place in New Hampshire Republican primary. It could mean that so many independent voters decided to vote for Kasich that it has an impact on the on the Democratic primary. It could mean the state’s honored traditions of retail campaigns and town hall meetings still work in modern campaigns.

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It could also mean that Kasich supporters are more likely to talk to reporters.

Whatever it is, there is no denying Kasich is the candidate voters are talking about the most before the polls close at 7 p.m.

Editor’s Note: Look for live results and coverage of the New Hampshire primary tonight at BostonGlobe.com.

And while you wait for the polls to close, download a free copy of our e-book, “Primary Memories: Personal Tales Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the New Hampshire Primary.” Read first-person recollections on the primary from US Senator Jeanne Shaheen, former US representative Charlie Bass, former N.H. House speaker Donna Sytek, Terry Shumaker, Mike Pride, Walter V. Robinson, John King, Carl P. Leubsdorf, Felice Belman, and many more.

James Pindell can be reached at james.pindell@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jamespindell. Click here to subscribe to his daily e-mail update on the 2016 campaign.
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