Local N.H. Voters Kick Off First in the Nation Primary

Voters in the towns of Plaistow and Sandown, N.H. are among those heading to local polling places to help decide today’s “first in the nation” presidential primary.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. in Plaistow at the Pollard Elementary School, 120 Main St., Plaistow, while the polls in Sandown open at 8 a.m. in Sandown Town Hall, 320 Main St., Sandown. Polls in both towns close at 8 p.m., tonight.

Meanwhile, combined early polling in the “north country” communities of Dixville Notch, Hart’s Location and Millsfield, where polls opened at midnight this morning, resulted in a three-way tie for the lead in the Republican primary among 33 ballots cast in that race, according to a report from National Public Radio (NPR).

While “not necessarily predictive” of the statewide results, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and candidate Donald J. Trump each received nine votes; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie received three votes; U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush each received two votes; while one vote each was cast for Dr. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. Among 26 ballots cast in the Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders received 17 votes, while former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received nine votes.