The first vote of the first primary of 2016 have been cast and counted, and the early results are already in.
As is a tradition that began in 1960, the residents of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire cast their votes at midnight on Tuesday, and the results were known within minutes. According to Western Journalism, Donald Trump, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz each received nine votes, putting them in the early lead for Republicans. As for Democrats, Bernie Sanders got a commanding 17 votes while Hillary Clinton came up short with 9.
— The Hill (@thehill) February 9, 2016
The results were somewhat consistent with polls leading up to election day that put Trump in the lead, but Kasich surging into second place over the last few days.
For the Democrats, Sanders has been using his popularity in the neighboring state of Vermont to garner him the lead in New Hampshire. It remains to be seen how these standings will change as the day goes on.
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