Record turnout expected for New Hampshire primary
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MANCHESTER, N.H. — New Hampshire Secretary of State William Gardner is predicting record turnout for Tuesday’s presidential primaries here.

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Speaking to WBZ NewsRadio 1030 in Boston on Tuesday, Gardner predicted 550,000 people would cast ballots in the Republican and Democratic primaries.

That would surpass the previous record of 530,000 set in 2008.

Polls opened around 7 a.m. at most precincts across the state and will stay open until 7 or 8 p.m. 

The more than half-a-million ballots cast is astounding turnout for the tiny New England state, which only has about 1.4 million residents.

About 350,000 people turned out for last week’s Iowa caucuses, a state with a population of about 3.1 million.

A snowstorm on Monday dumped about six inches of snow on Manchester, the state’s largest city, which could have contributed to lower turnout. But by early Tuesday morning, the skies were clear and roads were plowed.

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