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US election: New Hampshire gears up for first presidential primary

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US election: New Hampshire gears up for first presidential primary

There’s snow on the ground in New Hampshire, but things are heating up in the race for the White House.

On Tuesday (February 9), the US state will choose its presidential nominee within each party at the country’s first primary.

Despite the cold weather, officials are predicting record voter turnout.

“Republican candidate”; Donald Trump is leading the polls, despite a second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.

But there’s still everything to play for.

Marco Rubio will be hoping to build on his strong third-place finish in Iowa. However, he was lambasted at the Republican debate over the weekend.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is lagging in the polls, although caused a stir when he called Trump a “loser” at Sunday’s contest (February 7).

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is on a quest to become the country’s first female president. She gained a narrow victory in Iowa. However, Bernie Sanders is polled as New Hampshire’s favourite.

Both are avoiding predictions about Tuesday’s vote.

Penguin Plunge

Ahead of that, locals faced a battle with the Atlantic Ocean in the 17th annual Penguin Plunge for charity.

They were asked which candidate they’d like to throw into the water.

“Trump would be pretty funny. I’d like to see him with wet hair,” said one woman.

Another man agreed:
“If I had to pick up a candidate and throw them in the water, I got to go with Donald,” he said. “I guess just all the, all the antics and all the, it doesn’t seem like someone I want representing our country.”