The New Hampshire primary kicks off with votes in several small towns around the state and on Tuesday they largely voted for former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
The first ballots are cast in Dixville Notch, a tiny town parodied on the West Wing. Just five voters cast ballots in Dixville Notch, and Bloomberg managed to win both the Democratic and Republican primaries despite not appearing on the ballot.
Bloomberg got 2 votes on the Democratic side, edging out Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who each got one vote.
The lone Republican in Dixville Notch cast a write-in vote for Bloomberg rather than back President Trump or former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld.
Klobuchar scores mini-wins too:
Klobuchar ran the table in primary votes in Millsfield and Hart’s Location.
Klobuchar got eight votes across all three towns while Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren got four votes, and Buttigieg and Bloomberg got two votes. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer both got one vote apiece.
Bernie still expected to win:
Three polls released ahead of Tuesday’s primary all show Sanders with a sizeable lead.
Sanders leads the field with 27% of the vote in the latest Suffolk University poll, 30% in the newest Emerson poll, and 29% in the latest University of New Hampshire poll.
All three polls show Buttigieg in second place with 19-23% of the vote.
The Suffolk poll shows Klobuchar at 14% and Warren and Biden both at 12% and the Emerson poll shows similar numbers.