The state of New Hampshire is voting today to select delegates to nominate a Presidential candidate.
In fact the first votes have been cast and counted already, as towns with a population of less than 100 are allowed to vote from midnight onwards. Dixville Notch and Hart’s Location have backed the New Hampshire frontrunners for the two main parties Barack Obama and John McCain.
Over 40% of voters are registered as independents in New Hampshire, meaning that when they get to their polling station, they choose whether to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary.
The Votemaster at Electoral-Vote.com does not think that this will affect who will win the respective primaries, but it may alter the margin of victory. The latest Gallup Poll has tracked the effect of the recent Iowa caucus.
As for New Hampshire …
- Follow the results as they come in via the CNN Election Center – polls close at 1 AM UK time
- Get a local perspective via the Union Leader, based in Manchester, New Hampshire
- See voter videos and local TV news reports from the WMUR 9 TV channel which is working with YouTube
- Harvard’s Institute of Politics has a student project devoted to New Hampshire in their Campus Voices project
If you would like to read around the subject while you wait for the results to come in, then why not try:
- Primaries and the New Hampshire Effect by Klumpp and Polborn, which suggests a mathematical formula to predict the New Hampshire results
- Institutional Effects on the Presidential Nominating Process, 1976-2004 by Keele and Park, examines the front loading of the primary process and the effect of proportional delegate allocation
- Framing Hillary Clinton by Busher, analyses the NY Times coverage of Hillary in the 2000 New York Senate race
- Contenders and Pretenders: Underdog Political Candidates and their Motivations by Lupoli, looks at why no-hopers stand for office