Voters in Plaistow, N.H., followed the statewide outcome in choosing Democratic candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Republican candidate Donald J. Trump as top vote-getters in Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.
According to unofficial results released Wednesday, 648 Plaistow voters picked Sanders over former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who received 416 local votes to finish second in the Democratic race. Among other candidates, Haverhill Democratic City Committee Ward 6 Chairman Graham Schwass received two votes in Plaistow. Twenty-one candidates out of a field of 28 on the Democratic ballot received no vote.
On the Republican ballot, Trump received 874 votes in Plaistow, in a wider margin over Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich, who received 184 votes to finish second. A narrow four vote margin separated Kasich over both former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, each with 180 votes. U. S. Sen. Marco Rubio had 172 votes in Plaistow. Rounding out the lead pack among 30 Republican candidates were New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with 101 votes, while one vote separated candidates Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, with 37 and 36 votes respectively.