LIVE UPDATES: New Hampshire Voters Head to Polls for First-in-the-Nation Primary

LIVE UPDATES: New Hampshire Voters Head to Polls for First-in-the-Nation Primary

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It’s a one-on-one contest between President Donald Trump and Nikki Haley in the GOP primary, and an early test for Joe Biden in the Democrat contest.

Former President Donald Trump picked up several endorsements on Monday, including two Idaho congressmen, ahead of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary on Jan. 23.

Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) announced their endorsement of President Trump on Jan. 22, saying that America was stronger under his leadership compared to what is now under President Joe Biden.

“Today I add my voice to the growing number of people standing behind Donald Trump because we know he will put America and Americans first,” Mr. Crapo said in a statement.

All four members of Idaho’s congressional delegation have endorsed President Trump. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Rep. Russ Fulcher (R-Idaho) announced their endorsement of the former president earlier this month.

“America was stronger, more prosperous, and safer under the leadership of President Trump,” Mr. Simpson said in a statement, adding that President Biden “is fundamentally out-of-touch with the American people.”

“It’s time for the Republican Party to come together so we can defeat Joe Biden in November,” Mr. Simpson urged. “I encourage my fellow Idahoans to participate in the upcoming Presidential Caucus on March 2nd and join me in supporting President Trump.”

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One of the nation’s largest Catholic advocacy groups, CatholicVote, officially endorsed former President Donald Trump on Monday, urging Catholic voters in New Hampshire to rally behind him in the upcoming presidential primary.

The organization, which had initially maintained neutrality in the primary, shifted its stance as the GOP field narrowed to two contenders, President Trump and former UN ambassador Nikki Haley.

“The choice is now clear,” declared CatholicVote President Brian Burch, emphasizing the importance of selecting a candidate capable of defeating incumbent President Joe Biden, a Democrat.

“I know many Catholics are divided over whether Trump is the best candidate to defeat Biden. But that’s also what primaries are for. The only two candidates that remain are Trump and Haley,” added Mr. Burch. “And the choice is a no-brainer.”

Mr. Burch highlighted President Trump’s achievements in office, including overseeing a robust economy and appointing three Supreme Court justices, leading to the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

“We need a general to lead us,” he asserted, stressing the necessity of a leader who is unafraid to fight for truth.

—Caden Pearson

New Hampshire’s Largest Newspaper Endorses Dean Phillips

New Hampshire’s largest newspaper, the Union Leader, has thrown its support behind Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), labeling him a “reasonable alternative” for Democrats to incumbent President Joe Biden.

The endorsement comes as Mr. Phillips, a long-shot Democratic candidate, faces an uphill battle to unseat the sitting president and beat GOP frontrunner, former President Donald Trump.

The Union Leader’s editorial, published on Jan. 22, urged Democratic voters to consider Mr. Phillips, even as the Democratic National Committee (DNC) canceled its primary in New Hampshire, seeking to cede its first-state privilege to South Carolina.

New Hampshire officials, however, declined the request, adding a layer of complexity to the state’s primary process.

“We have met many presidential primary candidates over the years. We have always let our readers know who we thought to be the best choice among the many contenders,” reads the editorial.

“Some of you may be handed a Democratic ballot on Tuesday and if so, you should consider Dean Phillips,” the editorial added.

—Caden Pearson

New Hampshire’s Six Midnight Primary Voters Pick Haley

DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H.—The only township in the state adhering to New Hampshire’s midnight voting tradition in the 2024 primary, has issued a verdict.

All six voters cast their ballots for Nikki Haley. Voting started at midnight and polls closed at 12:06 a.m.

After the ballots were removed and counted, the resident and primary official overseeing the primary, Tom Tillotson, showed observers the empty ballot box.

Cory Pesaturo serenaded the audience with an electric accordion rendition of the National Anthem before voting began. A dog wandered through the scene as well, delighting observers.

The rest of the state will start voting in the morning when polls open, generally at some point from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Polling suggests the rest of the state may not go the way of Dixville Notch. President Donald Trump held a double-digit lead over Ms. Haley on Jan. 22 in an average of polls maintained by RealClearPolitics.

—Nathan Worcester

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