New Hampshire Primary: Here's What You Need to Know

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Posted: Feb 11, 2020 12:30 PM
New Hampshire Primary: Here's What You Need to Know

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Voters in New Hampshire will head to the polls on Tuesday to cast their votes in the Democratic primary contest. Here’s what you need to know:

Who:

Democratic primary voters have the choice of the following candidates on the ballot:

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Andrew Yang, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Tom Steyer, former Democratic Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Michael Bennet (D-CO). 

Notably absent from the ballot is former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, who is focusing his war chest of campaign cash on Super Tuesday states. 

What

New Hampshire is the first true primary test for these White House hopefuls. After the disaster in Iowa surrounding the release of the caucuses’ results, candidates hope for a smoother evening.

Where

Polling for New Hampshire’s primary is mixed; most have Sen. Bernie Sanders or Pete Buttigieg coming out on top. Sen. Sanders edged out Buttigieg in the last round of polling for New Hampshire after a tough fight in Iowa. Sen. Warren and former VP Joe Biden were ranked closely at third and fourth, followed by Sen. Klobuchar.

When

Polls in New Hampshire opened at 8 a.m. EST and close at 7 p.m or 8 p.m. EST, depending upon the county. Calls will begin to be made after 8 p.m when all polling locations are closed.

Why

New Hampshire is still a swing state in the general election, but the Granite State is important for Democratic voters ahead of Nevada and South Carolina; the eventual winner will have a momentum boost.

*Stay tuned for election updates from New Hampshire’s primary contest on Townhall's live blog, which goes live at 7:30 p.m.*