Last-Minute Get-Out-the-Vote Efforts in New Hampshire Primary

Bernie Supporter New Hampshire Primary (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)
Joel Pollak / Breitbart News

TILTON, New Hampshire — Campaigns worked hard to turn out their voters in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, with just a few hours left before polls were set to close at 7:00 p.m. statewide.

Outside a polling station at the local Elks lodge in Rochester, local resident Wes Flierel canvased for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), enduring a bone-chilling drizzle that froze to the ends of his bushy mustache.

“I’ve been a supporter of Bernie since he was mayor in Burlington,” he told Breitbart News. Sanders was elected mayor of the Vermont town in the early 1980s, drawing attention for his socialist affiliation.

Filler said that he supported Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) when she ran for Senate in neighboring Massachusetts, but that he felt Bernie had done more to earn his support. “He’s been at it a long time.”

In Tilton, a volunteer for Andrew Yang’s presidential campaign camped out at a local Starbucks, with piles of walk sheets and pamphlets to distribute to campaign volunteers as they knocked on local doors.

Starbucks, Tilton, New Hampshire, Primary Day (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Candidates turned out at several polling places, and yard signs festooned the snowy, rainy, foggy landscape. There were also Trump signs: the president is also on the Republican primary ballot.

Trump sign in Alton, New Hampshire, on Primary Day 2020 (Joel Pollak / Breitbart News)

Turnout seemed steady at many polling places, with no problems reported. New Hampshire typically counts its votes quickly and often reports results within one to two hours after polls close.

The only news of the day was former Vice President Joe Biden’s decision to leave the state early — before his own “victory” party — and travel to South Carolina, where he expects to fare much better.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He earned an A.B. in Social Studies and Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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