Election day in the New Hampshire primary has finally arrived, and Globe reporters are providing live dispatches as voters go to the polls and candidates await the results.
- The leading Democratic presidential candidates made sharply divergent final pitches across New Hampshire on Monday, as voters faced down the possibility of delivering another split verdict in the party’s desperate effort to figure out how to defeat President Trump.
- President Trump flew to Manchester for a Monday night rally and has been poking fun at the Democratic party for the disarray over the problem-plagued Iowa caucuses.
- Vice President Joe Biden said he would skip election night in New Hampshire and fly to South Carolina for a campaign launch party there.
Senator Bernie Sanders narrowly edges Pete Buttigieg in the New Hampshire primary
US Senator Bernie Sanders, the fiery progressive from Vermont, has won the New Hampshire Democratic primary.
The Associated Press called the race for Sanders at 11:42 p.m.
Sanders, speaking earlier to wildly cheering supporters, thanked New Hampshire for “a great victory tonight,” after TV networks declared him the winner over second-place finisher Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Sanders addresses supporters as he leads Buttigieg
By Zoe Greenberg
Senator Bernie Sanders took the stage at around 11 p.m., after former mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke to his supporters in Nashua. The crowd screamed and chanted, prompting a rare smile and laugh from the Senator, who basked briefly in the reaction, before gesturing that the crowd should settle down.
“Let me take this opportunity to thank the people of New Hampshire for a great victory tonight,” Sanders said, as the crowd roared once again.
“I want to express my appreciation and respect for all of the Democratic candidates we ran against: Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren,” Sanders said. The crowd cheered loudest for Warren, the Senator’s chief progressive rival.
Although Buttigieg was close behind Sanders in the results, Sanders’s supporters still saw the night as a significant loss for the former mayor.
“This was a must-win for Buttigieg, and a close second isn’t going to cut it,” said Matt Fedler, 27. “We’re really well-positioned going forward.”
Sanders touched on many of his stump speech favorites during his brief appearance in Manchester; the crowd shouted some of his go-to lines along with him.
“We are taking on billionaires, and we’re taking on candidates funded by billionaires,” Sanders said. “But we are going to win.”
Patrick hints he may end his presidential bid
By Matt Stout
MANCHESTER, N.H. — With results trickling in Tuesday night, former governor Deval Patrick signaled he may end his nascent presidential bid, telling supporters he and his wife will take the night before making "some decisions” about the future of his campaign.
Patrick, surrounded by roughly 60 supporters and staff at a Manchester brewery, said he was proud of the work his campaign did in a short period of time and still believes in the case he’s made to voters.
But with more than 40 percent of precincts reporting, he had gathered less than 1 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results, despite spending more than 30 days of his three-month campaign in the first-in-the-nation-primary state.
"We needed the winds from New Hampshire at our back to carry us on in this campaign,” a reflective Patrick said, noting he and staff had been going since 5:30 a.m. “We feel as tired as you. [My wife] Diane and I are going to go home and rest and reflect on this outcome and make some decisions tomorrow morning about what the future of this campaign can and should be.”
Patrick left his party after delivering about 20 minutes of remarks, at one point saying no matter what decision he makes, he plans to stay involved.
Yang, Bennet drop out of Democratic presidential race
By Andy Rosen
Andrew Yang, the entrepreneur who drew a surprising level of enthusiasm to a presidential bid centered around protecting American workers displaced by automation, is dropping out of the race for the Democratic nomination, his campaign said.
Yang’s campaign confirmed that he was ending his campaign as his supporters gathered in Manchester to await the result of the New Hampshire primary.
The news came shortly before another long-shot candidate, Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, announced he would suspend his campaign.
Sanders backers feel the Bern at election night party in New Hampshire
MANCHESTER, N.H. — At the Bernie Sanders election night event here, supporters flooded into the Southern New Hampshire University athletic complex, wearing t-shirts and pins, and carrying blue and white signs, bearing the Senator’s name.
Sherri Buchanan, 56, had long been a Republican, but this time she was persuaded by her 34-year-old son to support Sanders.
"I felt the Bern first, and then I brought her over," said her son, Ryan Buchanan, a state representative.
"He was so radical last time, and this time around, everybody's talking more like Bernie," said Sherri, a stay-at-home grandmother who lives in Concord. "So where do you go? You go right to the horse's mouth."
Many of the attendees were young and visiting from out of town, eager to experience the energy and excitement of the first-in-the-nation primary.
Evan Seitchik, 31, had traveled from Somerville and wore a bright red letterman jacket with “Democratic Socialists of America” scripted in white letters on the back. Seitchek, a co-chair of the Boston chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, had brought two friends along, both Swedish citizens, to experience the glow of a New Hampshire primary night.
"They're Social Democrats," Seitchek explained.
"Democrats?!" said Harry, a Swedish citizen who lives in Boston and declined to give his last name.
"Sorry! Sorry! I didn't mean to smear you," Seitchik said. "They're to the left of that."
The three had knocked doors for hours during the day, encouraging people to go out and vote, and said they had found a receptive audience. Seitchek said they had accidentally visited a physical therapy clinic in a senior center, thinking it was someone’s home, and a woman in her eighties greeted them enthusiastically. “You’re here for Bernie?” she asked with glee.
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Yang supporters keep hope alive in N.H.
By Andy Rosen
Andrew Yang has made “MATH” (an acronym for “Make America Think Harder”) a watchword of a campaign that has had surprising staying power amid a crowded field. So as supporters filed into the Puritan Conference Center in Manchester to await the results, their expectations were tempered by the reality that their candidate has been polling in the mid- to low single digits here.
Yang backers said their hope was that the entrepreneur-turned-candidate would overperform expectations by enough to convince the media and voters in other states that he is in within reach of the top tier.
Maddie Glosemeyer of Manchester, a Yang volunteer, said she had spoken with many voters during the course of the campaign whose main doubt about the candidate were not his ideas, but his prospects.
“They say, 'I like Yang. He’s good. He’s funny. But he’s just not going to win,” Glosemeyer said. Glosemeyer believes a strong performance in New Hampshire could help convert people with similar concerns in other states.
In GOP race, Bill Weld harbored no illusions
NASHUA, N.H. — He harbored no illusions.
Having won just 1 percent of the vote in Iowa, former Massachusetts governor William F. Weld wasn’t pretending he had a real chance to defeat President Trump in the nation’s first Republican presidential primary.
“I’m going to declare that I’ve exceeded expectations no matter what,” he told the Globe at the Amherst Elementary School, the 12th polling location he had visited on Tuesday.
At Castro’s, a cloud of cigar smoke obscures a political divide
By Steve Annear
MANCHESTER — At Castro’s Back Room, where customers regularly come together to enjoy cigars while relaxing in a line of old barber’s chairs, the banter between those who support Democrats, and those who vote Republican, can at times be as thick as the swirling smoke that hangs in the air.
That was the case on Tuesday, as the world outside of this cigar lounge and bar on Elm Street downtown teemed with excitement over the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary election.
“He voted for [Joe] Biden,” said one customer named Tom — a supporter of President Trump who didn’t want to give his last name — as he pointed across the room at Fatlum Shala, a local construction worker.
A second guy who was also named Tom chimed in with criticism of Biden as he puffed on a house brand cigar. Tom number two was also a Trump fan.
Not to be outdone, Shala later playfully fired back.
Between laughs and guffaws and puffs of cigars, some other conversations arose: What the general feel is out there amongst Democrats; Bernie Sanders’ net worth; and how Senator Amy Klobuchar would likely be the only candidate that those who support Trump would vote for — if they were forced to pick between the bunch, that is.
“She’d be the only one,” said Ricky Chickering, who has voted Republican since the age of 18 (he’s 47 now, and planned to vote for Trump on Tuesday). “She has more sense …and she’s not [about] socialism.”
Though the group was quick to toss around a few lighthearted insults, and weigh in on the slate of Democrats vying to unseat Trump, they agreed they don’t let their political views interfere with their friendships.
“This place is like family,” said Chickering. “I’ve been coming here for about 13 years now. You meet people and get along with them. We have our disagreements…we have shouting matches, but then we have a beer over it.”
Shala added, “I think the beauty about the American people and American Constitution is that we’re on the same boat. You think different? That’s fine for you. We don’t have to think alike.”
Elizabeth Warren campaign memo cites rivals’ flaws in laying out her path to the Democratic nomination
By Jess Bidgood
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Senator Elizabeth Warren’s latest campaign plan is to win without winning — at least for now.
Hours before the polls closed Tuesday in New Hampshire, where Warren is bracing for another middling finish after she came third in Iowa, her campaign manager cast her leading rivals as deeply flawed and insisted she can sustain early-state losses and emerge victorious in a “volatile and unpredictable” primary race after a drawn-out, byzantine battle for delegates.
The memo underscored the precarious position in which Warren, once a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, now finds herself. She’s betting that the chaos of an unsettled and divided field will prevent any single contender from running away with the nomination, and give her time to emerge as a “consensus candidate.”
Trump posts, deletes tweet calling Bloomberg ‘racist’ over stop and frisk policy he has endorsed
By Zoe Greenberg
The multiple billionaires running in the 2020 presidential race are battling over recently resurfaced audio from former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
On Tuesday, President Trump tweeted and then deleted audio of a Bloomberg speech from 2015 defending stop and frisk, calling Bloomberg “A TOTAL RACIST.” Trump has himself endorsed the policing tactic, which disproportionately impacts Black and Latino communities, multiple times, saying in a speech in 2018 “It’s got to be properly applied, but stop-and-frisk works.”
The Bloomberg audio, which was unearthed by podcast host Benjamin Dixon Monday and ricocheted around the Internet on Tuesday, is from a speech the former mayor of New York City made at the Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colorado in 2015.
Deval Patrick makes final N.H. push as he struggles in the polls
DOVER, N.H. — Layered in a blue vest and a blue coat, Deval Patrick bounded from a black SUV into the snow outside an elementary school to mark the 14th of what he says will be 32 stops on Tuesday. Or maybe it was the 15th? He wasn’t sure.
“I’ve kind of lost track,” the former Massachusetts governor said.
For what’s been a whirlwind candidacy, Patrick barreled Tuesday into the reality of the New Hampshire primary, the first — and potentially deciding — test of his relatively nascent campaign.
In Manchester, the race (for a selfie with Warren) is on
By Steve Annear
MANCHESTER — If you’ve been following the Democratic presidential candidates at all during the lead up to the New Hampshire primary, then there’s no doubt you’ve heard of the highly-coveted Elizabeth Warren selfie.
On Tuesday, when the Massachusetts Senator made a stop at the Webster School just before 3 p.m., where she was greeted by throngs of campaign volunteers, voters, and a gaggle of media, the desire for such a photo showed no signs of abating.
“Oh my god, thank you so much,” one person said after taking a selfie with Warren, as she worked her way through the dense crowd.
“Can I take a picture?” The next person asked.
“Sure!” said Warren.
And so on.
A group of college friends who work for the political incubator “The Blue Lab,” — and who came up from the Boston area Tuesday morning to volunteer where they could — all pushed through the crowd to get a selfie with Warren.
Sara Kniaz, 22, got one.
“She hugged me,” said Kniaz. “"I didn’t even go in for the hug — but she went in for the hug.”
Maddie Abbott, 21, a senior at Lesley University also got one.
James Walsh, a Suffolk University senior, was sure to secure his own picture.
“It’s definitely one of the iconic moments of the campaign ...the selfie line with her,” he said. “We figured while we’re here it would be a great experience to get a selfie with her.”
And then there was Anthony O’Neil, a 22-year-old Harvard student who said his legs turned to pudding and stopped working, and his eyes went black, after getting to meet Warren outside of the polling location.
What’s he going to do with his selfie?
“Like frame it? Make a shrine?” he said. “I don’t know.”
While the group had varying opinions about the crowded field of candidates, and who they plan to ultimately vote for, they agreed on one thing: their friend Hayley Grape — who also achieved Warren-selfie-status — pretty much has to vote for Warren.
Grape, an 18-year-old freshman at Wellesley, nearly slipped on the ice Tuesday outside the school as she went to take a picture with the Senator.
But the presidential candidate helped Grape up at the last second.
“Since she caught me I kind of owe it to her now,” Grape said, laughing.
Voters in Dover brave the cold and rain
By Dugan Arnett
It wasn’t the best place to spend a wet, chilly Tuesday, perhaps, but Lindsey Williams felt it was the least she could do.
Dressed in a number of layers but still shivering against the cold, the 40-year-old Dover resident stood in a pile of snow outside the Elks Lodge, the town’s ward 4 polling place, holding a pair of “Win With Warren” signs.
“I’ve never stood outside [a polling place] before,” Williams said. “But we all need to participate, and I can stand and hold a sign.”
Motivated by the current state of things, coupled with a deep fondness for Warren, she had arrived around noon, taking a spot near the building’s entrance. But with the exception of one Amy Klobuchar supporter she’d overlapped with, she was all alone.
“There’s a few snarky comments here or there, but mostly it’s been smiles, a little thumbs up,” she said.
Williams’ hope was to make it until 2:30 or 3, then return in the evening for the after-work rush.
“Basically as long as I can last,” she said. “Maybe when I stop feeling my fingers.”
A volunteer from Rhode Island keeps an eye on the polls
By Brian MacQuarrie
Jay Miller stood at the back of the school gym that on Tuesday was Nashua’s Ward 1 polling station, watching quietly as thousands of voters ambled inside to cast their ballots.
Miller’s not from Nashua, or New Hampshire even. He's from Little Compton, R.I., traveling here to serve as a poll observer in the nation’s first presidential primary.
Miller, 69, is a volunteer with an ad hoc group of lawyers who serve as election monitors across the country, and his job Tuesday was to watch for any irregularities.
A former Texas judge, Miller came away impressed.
“This is a model, from what I’ve seen, of a polling precinct,” Miller said. He’s seen a few, having monitored elections for 50 years.
“This is about voting rights,” Miller said. “We want to make sure the voting laws in New Hampshire are upheld.”
That means making sure that voters, both registered and unregistered, head to the right tables. That they all receive a ballot. That they know they do not need photo identification, but can swear an affidavit instead.
By mid-afternoon, Miller had counted only two unhappy people. One wouldn’t talk to him, and the other — an undeclared voter — considered it an invasion of privacy to tell election workers which party’s ballot he wanted.
“He was told you can’t vote in both primaries,” Miller said with a grin and a slight shrug of his shoulders. “He eventually did take a ballot.”
Long waits at the polls? Not on her watch
By Dugan Arnett
DOVER, N.H. — Here at the Elks Lodge on Durham Road, Ward 4 moderator Kate Hill entered the day with a goal: None of her voters would be subjected to an overly lengthy wait on her watch.
“A lot of people will put aside 15 minutes to vote,” said Hill, who added that the state has made a push recently for polling places to get voters in and out within 15 minutes. “But they can’t do 30 minutes.”
To meet that mandate, Hill said, the ward put on a full-court press for volunteers, advertising heavily on social media and relying on word of mouth to draw people.
As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, it seemed to be working.
Hill estimated that the primary featured some 50-percent more volunteers than the ward had had in the past — and lines, she said, had average wait times of around three minutes or less.
At any given point Tuesday, the Elks Lodge had 19 volunteers working — and between 30 and 40 scheduled for the day, including a group of high school honor students who would be helping with counting voting data and statistics.
The push had worked so well, in fact, that Hill had to turn away two volunteers, the first time that’s happened.
There was always the chance of a late rush — the morning’s bad weather might’ve delayed some from heading to the polls, some theorized.
But volunteers seemed confident that they’d be able to handle anything that came their way.
“We’re determined to get them through,” said Suzanne Moulton-Gertig, a retired college professor who was working as a greeter. “Everybody votes, and everybody goes home happy.”
Bernie TV appearance causes a hubbub at a bookstore
By Steve Annear
Elizabeth Hitchcock was in her office above the Bookery — the downtown Manchester bookshop and café she owns with her husband — on Tuesday morning when she noticed some hubbub on Elm Street below.
A crew from NBC wielding cameras and boom microphones had pulled up and then hopped out of a vehicle, she said, before coming into the store.
“I was like, ‘this looks like it’s important,’” she said, “So I came downstairs.”
What the television network wanted was simple: to have a brief sit-down interview between Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and NBC Nightly News and Dateline NBC anchor Lester Holt, right there inside of her bookstore.
Hitchcock was happy to oblige.
“We’re always open and welcome to having civic discourse,” said Hitchcock, whose store window is plastered with the faces of the many candidates running for president. “And for people to talk about politics in our space.”
While Hitchcock and her husband, Jeremy, have been part of the Manchester community for more than 15 years, the Bookery only opened two years ago, she said — so their business is experiencing the rush and excitement of a New Hampshire primary for the first time.
Sanders’s last-minute appearance at the Bookery Tuesday drew a fairly large crowd, with many packing into the corner of the shop to hear what he had to say during his window-side chat with Holt.
Saba Janjua, a college student who comes to the bookstore often, said she overheard someone on the street say that the Vermont Senator was at the business nearby.
“I just came in, running,” said Janjua, “and there he was. I texted people, like, ‘He’s here!’…they can’t believe me.”
While Janjua is a “huge supporter” of Sanders, she said she can’t vote in this election cycle because she’s here on a student visa, and is waiting to become a US citizen.
Still, the experience of unexpectedly spotting Sanders out and about was exciting.
“In general, I’ve read about him and seen his conferences on television and I’m really impressed by what he says and what he talks about,” she said. “Especially about immigration.”
Seeing Sanders was equally thrilling for Bob Bowen, who traveled to New Hampshire from his home in Rhode Island Tuesday morning hoping to find a spot in Manchester to volunteer for the Sanders campaign for the day.
“I just got here an hour ago and found parking and I needed to have a lunch, and that’s what I did. I didn’t know he was going to come in,” said the 65-year-old, who had a “Bernie” baseball cap pulled down snug on his head, and had just finished eating when Sanders arrived. “It’s great. I’m pretty excited.”
After Sanders wrapped up his brief interview with Holt, he thanked spectators. Then he stepped out onto the sidewalk outside, where people started to holler his name and cheer for him.
Workers at a Coldwell Banker, across from the bookstore, spilled out of the front door and waved, shouting “We love you Bernie!”
Claire Crowley, 33, came bounding up to Sanders and asked him for a hug. She told the candidate she loved him and couldn’t wait to vote for him Tuesday.
“We were just walking down the street and happened to see him,” she said, after the hug. “Very exciting.”
Hunting for the in-demand ‘I voted’ stickers in Dover
By Dugan Arnett
DOVER, N.H — Polling workers juggle a variety of responsibilities on voting day, but there is one they would be wise not to neglect: keeping the “I VOTED” stickers stocked.
“Oh, yes,” said Kathy Dailey, a clerk for Ward 3. “We ran out the last time, in the local election. We had to send for more.”
It can be a fast way to disappoint folks, she said, particularly children who have arrived with parents and are excited to get the souvenir.
According to Dorothy Wagner, the Ward 3 moderator, the stickers are supplied by the city clerk’s office.
But as of noon Tuesday at Dover’s Parish of the Assumption church, Dailey said they’d gone through more than usual — possibly because schools had been closed to allow for their use as polling places and kids can be some of the biggest sticker enthusiasts.
But it’s not just youngsters.
A self-employed manicurist, Lorraine Dubay, made a point to ask for a sticker as she was leaving the church Tuesday.
She wanted to wear her new badge to work, as a reminder to anyone who hasn’t voted that they should make sure to get to the polls before the end of the day.
Not everyone shared her enthusiasm for the item.
According to a woman working behind a desk near the exit, “One fella said he didn’t want to wear it because he’d snuck out of work to vote.”
Mostly, though, the sticker remained a sought-after accessory Tuesday — a literal badge of honor.
“It’s become kind of a symbol,” said Dailey, who estimated that they would hand out some 2,000 stickers before the day was over. “‘I have done my job.’ ”
‘You can’t sit on the sidelines’: Voters reflect on democracy in Nashua
By Brian MacQuarrie
NASHUA —Judyann Hamilton disappeared behind the red and blue curtains shielding the voting booths at the Ward 1 polling station in Nashua and did something she’s never done before. Hamilton, a 39-year-old immigrant from Jamaica, voted in an American election.
“It feels empowering,” Hamilton said after casting her ballot. “You can’t sit on the sidelines and think about things and not have an input.”
Hamilton, who has lived in the United States for 15 years, was one of a projected 200 voters to register Tuesday before voting at the Broad Street Elementary School. Some had moved from another ward in Nashua. Some had relocated from a another town or state. And some, like Hamilton, were naturalized citizens who decided it was time to begin voting.
“At a point in your life, you start thinking about things that are important to you,” Hamilton said.
Gwen Mikailov, chair of the Nashua Board of Registrars, helped new voters through the paper trail that would lead to the ballot box in the school gymnasium.
“It’s exciting,” Mikailov said. “Everybody is here because they want to be here.”
Hamilton was in and out of the school in 15 minutes. She had just participated in one of the fundamental rites of American democracy, but she wouldn’t disclose her choice of candidate.
“I’ll keep that in my head,” Hamilton said with a wide smile.
Joe Biden announces he’ll fly to South Carolina Tuesday, missing election night in N.H.
By Christina Prignano
Former vice president Joe Biden’s campaign said on Tuesday that he’ll miss his election night party in New Hampshire and will instead depart for the early primary state of South Carolina Tuesday evening for a campaign launch party there.
In a schedule distributed to reporters, Biden’s campaign said the former vice president would skip the traditional election night speech and instead speak to his supporters in New Hampshire remotely via livestream.
A Trump voter takes a stand on climate change
By Brian MacQuarrie
Bob Duffy, 65, stood outside the Ward 1 polls in Nashua holding a Trump sign and wearing a red baseball cap.
But instead of the Trump slogan “Make America Great Again,” Duffy’s cap read “Make Earth Cool Again.”
What gives? Trump being hailed as a climate-change activist?
Not exactly. Duffy, who lives across the street from the polls, supports Trump, but also wants to curb climate change
Only it’s not America’s fault, Duffy said. Blame China and India instead.
“The pollution laws are still there,” Duffy said of US policy. “There’s a fine line between the ridiculous and the practical.”
Although vastly outnumbered by supporters for Democratic candidates, Duffy wanted voters to see where he stood.
“This is the center of the world today,” Duffy said of New Hampshire on primary day. “This is very important. Not just for America but for the world.”
A few feet away, Cliff Steele Jr., 66, left the polls after voting for Trump, who appeared at a raucous rally in Manchester on Monday night.
“I don’t agree with everything he does or says, but he’s effective,” said Steele, who cited border security and the economy as positives under Trump.
“We need to know who’s coming into our living room,” Steele said of the need for a tighter border.
As for the economy, “if I was younger, I could now be working 12 hours a day,” Steele said with a smile.
First time voters find their way to the polls in Manchester
By Steve Annear
At the Carol M. Rines Center in Manchester, election officials said Tuesday that they’ve seen a steady flow of first-time voters stepping up to the voter registration table, eager to be part of the New Hampshire primary.
“The people that have been coming in have been young voters, first-time voters, voters in college,” said Melissa Lamarche, who was helping to register voters. “So that’s been pretty exciting.”
She estimated around 100 new voters had registered at the table just inside the building’s lobby as of 10:30 am on Tuesday.
One such voter was Jake Colby.
At 34, he’s never voted in any presidential election, mostly because he has never “clicked” with any candidates on a personal level. But one person in the running this year compelled the Manchester resident to register: Bernie Sanders.
“I’m knee-deep in college tuition,” he said. “Him trying to zero that out — and health benefits, you know, I live alone. I struggle. It’s an everyday struggle. I live paycheck-to-paycheck.”
Colby said he feels Sanders could appeal to many voters for the same reasons.
“So many people are in debt,” he said.
Around 600 people had cast a vote at the Ward 3 location by late-morning, a “good” number for the polling station so-far, an official said.
‘I’m feeling fantastic’: Buttigieg greets supporters in Nashua
By Brian MacQuarrie
Chants of “President Pete!” greeted candidate Pete Buttigieg as he stopped outside the polls at the Broad Street Elementary School in Nashua to thank a boisterous group of sign-waving supporters.
“I’m feeling fantastic,” Buttigieg said as he shook hands before bounding back into his campaign SUV after a whirlwind, 3-minute meet-and-greet.
The candidate’s campaign workers — about 20 of them clustered on the sidewalk outside the school — easily outnumbered the other candidates’ contingents.
Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess, a Buttigieg supporter, was among the first to greet the former mayor of South Bend, Ind.
“He’s a man of faith, and a veteran, and he’s been a mayor” who understands the needs of small cities like Nashua, Donchess said.
After Buttigieg sped away, Clare Upton, 25, struggled to keep warm as she held two signs for the candidate. It was no easy task for the California native, who said it “never, ever, gets this cold” in Santa Barbara.
Upton, a nurse, said she likes Buttigieg’s stances on health care, education, and climate change. She had been an Elizabeth Warren supporter but believes Buttigieg appeals to a broader swath of the electorate. In this election cycle, she said, that’s important.
“I also like that he’s young and has a personal stake in making the planet liveable for the next generation,” Upton said.
Upton arrived at the polls at 6 a.m. and planned to stand until they close at 8 p.m.
“Nurses are trained to stand for a long time,” she said with a smile.
In Nashua, an early morning for the man in charge of Ward 1
By Brian MacQuarrie
State Representative William Bordy, Nashua’s Ward 1 moderator, set his alarm for 3 a.m. Tuesday but couldn’t sleep past 2 a.m. on the morning of the big day.
His job: To oversee the polls at the Broad Street Elementary School, where 701 people — about 10 percent of registered voters in the ward — had cast ballots by 9 a.m.
Bordy had previously picked up 7,000 ballots in sealed boxes and brought them to the polling place, where voters stood in check-in lines stretching as far as eight deep.
Bordy, a Democrat, planned to stay past the close of polls at 8 p.m. and predicted that the machine-counted ballots would be tabulated and posted only 15 to 20 minutes later.
No Iowa-like snafus expected here, Bordy said. Which would be a good thing for poll staff who need to work Wednesday — Bordy included.
“I have to show up tomorrow morning at the State House,” Bordy said with a resigned smile. “I’ll be beat.”
In Manchester, voters trickle in to cast their votes in the primary
By Steve Annear
At the Webster School in Manchester Tuesday morning, voters trickled in to cast their votes in the primary.
By around 8:45 a.m., around 812 people had already come through the polling station.
Democratic hopefuls Amy Klobuchar, Michael Bennet, and Deval Patrick, and Republican candidate Bill Weld also had made appearances to the school in Ward 1 earlier in the morning, according to election officials.
Supporters of the many candidates hoisted large campaign signs as they lined the snow-covered front lawn of the Webster School, leading into the polling place. Standing behind barriers, they greeted voters as they walked up the steps and into the building to weigh in on the first-in-the-nation primary.
Many arrived with children, bundled up against a light mist and navigating a semi-icy sidewalk sprinkled with sand.
At about 9 a.m., Gino Alibrio and his wife, Mary Jo, walked out of the building, in sync in both their steps and votes.
“Amy [Klobuchar],” said Gino, when asked whom he voted for Tuesday. “She’s the best candidate and she’s the person I feel can really heal this country.”
He said given her experience in the Senate, it will give her better opportunities to enact change.
Mary Jo said she also voted for Klobuchar, a choice that came at the last minute this morning.
She said she voted for her because Klobuchar’s closing remarks at the recent Democratic debate were “fantastic.”
Mary Jo had been leaning toward Elizabeth Warren, but felt Klobuchar could appeal to more people and ultimately win.
“The most important thing for me is to beat Donald Trump in November,” she said. “So I needed a candidate that could appeal to a broader spectrum of voters.”
As quirky as ever, Dixville Notch goes for Bloomberg
By Billy Baker
DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. — It was 20 minutes to midnight, and I was standing just outside a living room that was crammed with reporters from 27 media outlets who were jostling for position as they prepared to watch five people vote.
It was already a weird night, this tradition that is the midnight vote in Dixville Notch, and it got even weirder when I realized I was standing next to the man who would be the first of those five voters to cast a ballot.
“Are you having any second thoughts about who you’re voting for?” I whispered to Les Otten, the man who saved this strange tradition, thinking I was making small talk.
But his face immediately took on a sort of gravity. And as he took me on a meandering history of the issues that have influenced his votes through the decades, going all the way back to the Vietnam War, it became clear just how fraught the tiny quadrennial circus in Dixville Notch really is.
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Trump visits N.H. on primary eve, trolling Democrats
By Zoe Greenberg, Victoria McGrane, and James Pindell
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Thousands of Trump supporters, many in red "Make America Great Again” gear, flocked to Manchester on Monday night for a raucous event and, more significantly, an epic troll of the Democratic Party.
Perhaps appropriately, Trump kicked off his rally on the eve of the New Hampshire primary boasting that his crowd was exponentially larger than what any of his Democratic rivals can command.
“We have more in this arena and outside of this arena than all of the other candidates, meaning the Democrats, put together and multiplied times five,” crowed Trump.
Trump brought up a debunked theory about Massachusetts while in N.H. tonight
By Jaclyn Reiss
Minutes into a rally in New Hampshire on Monday, President Trump brought up a debunked theory about Massachusetts — and later appeared to get Concord, N.H., confused with Concord, Mass.
When speaking about the Democratic presidential primary taking place on Tuesday, Trump said that he couldn’t predict what would happen, “because you know, you have some strange election laws here.”
He continued: “Remember last time? We won the primary tremendously. We should’ve won the [general] election, but they had buses being shipped up from Massachusetts, hundreds and hundreds. And it was very close, even though they did.”
It’s a claim that Trump and his administration has made repeatedly over the past few years, accusing thousands of Massachusetts residents of busing into New Hampshire to illegally vote on Election Day in 2016. This is why, Trump and his staff have argued, he lost New Hampshire by around 3,000 votes, costing him the swing state’s four electoral votes to Hillary Clinton.
Trump and his allies have provided zero proof to support their accusations.
After Trump again floated the voter fraud accusations in August 2019, the New Hampshire secretary of state’s office said there was no evidence to support those claims. Deputy secretary of state David Scanlan said voter fraud had transpired in isolated, individual circumstances, “but nothing on the scale of illegal voters on buses coming into New Hampshire.”
Biden says he could survive a fourth-place finish in N.H. and still win nomination
By Christina Prignano
Former vice president Joe Biden said on Monday that he could survive a fourth-place finish in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday and still go on to win the Democratic presidential nomination.
Biden, speaking to NBC News’ Kristen Welker, said he could make up for the slow start in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire by winning the states next up on the election calendar: South Carolina and Nevada. Biden also said he expected to do well on Super Tuesday, when 14 states and several territories go to the polls.
“I’m going down to two very diverse states next, and I expect to do very well there. And still nationally, I’m still leading in all polls that I’m aware of, number one. Number two, the endorsements keep coming in,” Biden said in the interview, excepts of which were released by NBC News ahead of its 6:30 p.m. airing.
Trump visits N.H. on primary eve, trolling Democrats
By Zoe Greenberg
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Thousands of Trump supporters in red "Make America Great Again” gear flocked to Manchester on Monday night for what promised to be a raucous rally and, perhaps more significantly, an epic troll of the Democratic party. The President’s visit practically shut down the center of a city where Democratic presidential candidates are desperately vying for voters in the final day before the first-in-the-nation primary on Tuesday.
Supporters lined up for blocks outside the city’s convention center, with some even camping out 24 hours in advance, despite the chilly weather. A rap song imploring listeners to “Drain the swamp!” pounded from a boombox on the street. Vendors sold pink “Women for Trump” T-shirts, red Trump 2020 pins, and T-shirts featuring the President holding up both middle fingers, above the words “Impeach this!”
As President Trump head to New Hampshire, Joe Biden trains his criticism on him
By Jazmine Ulloa
GILFORD, N.H. — With President Trump set to hold a rally in New Hampshire Monday, Joe Biden opened his last day of campaigning here before the nation’s first primary by training his criticism squarely on him and the economy.
“He tells the American people that America should accept the devil’s bargain, that it’s okay...to sell the soul of this nation to help a few very, very wealthy people,” he told an audience inside a snow-covered church. “He’s dead wrong.”
Biden took shots at Trump’s 2017 tax law, which the former vice president said benefited the wealthy and Trump’s friends on Wall Street over struggling middle class Americans. He blasted the president’s cuts to Medicaid and school lunch programs for needy families. And he argued Trump wasn’t just devastating “the heart and soul of the nation” but the economy as well.
Elizabeth Warren says she can win Democrats’ ‘unwinnable fight’ against President Trump
By Jess Bidgood
LEBANON, N.H. — Her poll numbers are slipping. Some of her rivals are drawing bigger crowds. But when Senator Elizabeth Warren took the stage here, she insisted she knew a thing or two about “unwinnable fights,” going so far as to repeat the phrase at least eight times.
“2020 is our chance, people talk about the unwinnable fight,” she said Sunday night. “Boy, they don’t know what’s coming their way.”
Warren was talking about Democrats’ nagging worries about being unable to beat President Trump, but she might have been talking about her own struggles here in New Hampshire, where she’s been stuck in third or fourth place in the polls despite this state’s proximity to her home and its high number of well-educated white liberals who make up her base of support.
Sanders resumes Pete attacks, asks New Hampshire to make him the nominee
By Liz Goodwin
RINDGE, N.H.—Senator Bernie Sanders criss-crossed the state Monday to ask New Hampshire voters who backed his long-shot progressive bid four years ago to cast their votes once again for a political revolution that could be for real this time.
“Four years ago when I came to New Hampshire I had a series of proposals that the political establishment said was very radical, too extreme,” Sanders told a young crowd in a field house at Franklin Pierce University Monday afternoon.
People assumed that no one cared about his agenda then, he said. “Well, it turns out that the people of New Hampshire did!” Sanders exclaimed.
Pete Buttigieg knocks Bernie Sanders on health care
By Laura Krantz
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Pete Buttigieg criticized rival Bernie Sanders in a speech Monday morning at Plymouth State University, calling the Vermont senator’s universal healthcare plan too extreme and questioning how he would pay for it.
Buttigieg said a majority of Americans agree that everyone should have insurance, but he said that pushing for an entirely government-backed system would alienate some voters and hurt Democrats’ chances of winning against Trump.
“Knowing how much depends on bringing Americans together, we cannot risk alienating Americans at this critical moment, and that’s where I part ways with my friend Senator Sanders,” Buttigieg told a small crowd of students and community members.
“Just so long as we don’t force every American onto that public plan, that’s the opportunity in front of us or the risk, if we take it all the way to the extreme,” he said.
Buttigieg also questioned how Sanders would pay for his plan, asking whether the senator would actually have to increase taxes on the middle class more than he has already acknowledged.
“How are we going to pay for it? Are we going to pay for it in the form of still further taxes or are we going to pay for it in the form of broken promises?” he said. “Either way we have to choose a responsible approach that can actually get big things done and answer the question of how we’re going to get from point A to point B.”
Klobuchar surges in N.H., shaking up race
By Victoria McGrane
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Senator Amy Klobuchar has spent much of the 2020 primary race mentioned as an add on, one of those “also-running” candidates milling below the top tier.
Well, she sure isn’t milling in obscurity any more.
The latest Boston Globe/WBZ-TV/Suffolk University poll shows the Minnesota Democrat catapulting to third place, with 14 percent, ahead of former vice president Joe Biden, the once-presumptive front-runner for the nomination, and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who at one time topped the polls here. On Monday morning, Klobuchar announced that her campaign has raised more than $3 million in small online donations since Friday’s debate.
Her rise could spell disaster for both Warren and Biden, both of whom could be seriously wounded if beaten Tuesday by a candidate who was barely on the map just a few weeks ago.
Joe Trippi, a Democratic strategist and veteran campaign manager, said Klobuchar placing ahead of Warren in New Hampshire “would finish Warren’s candidacy off."
How John Kerry’s mission to boost Joe Biden captures the internal struggle of establishment Democrats
By Jazmine Ulloa
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former secretary of state John F. Kerry negotiated the pact with Iran and six world powers meant to stop it from developing nuclear weapons. He was the key Obama administration official behind talks that resulted in 175 nations signing the landmark Paris climate accord to counter rising global temperatures in 2016.
But in a modest campaign office, Kerry was in the midst of perhaps an even more challenging pursuit, far removed from the world stage: attempting to boost the presidential bid of his longtime friend and former Senate colleague Joe Biden in New Hampshire as he falls in the polls.