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The Hill's 12:30 Report – From New Hampshire: Primary Day! | Biden to skip watch party, heading to South Carolina | Candidates make last minute pitch | Dixville Notch goes for Bloomberg in first results | Political tourists flock to state | Sights and sounds from the trail | The Strokes play for Sanders | Supporter builds Yang snowman | Warren gets breakfast at McDonald's | Trump rallies in Manchester on primary eve | Trump Jr. gets '46' chant

 

BREAKING

'It's his party. He'll ditch it if he wants to':

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline Overnight Defense: Trump campaign's use of military helicopter raises ethics concerns | Air Force jets intercept aircraft over Trump rally | Senators introduce bill to expand visa screenings MORE's campaign just announced that he and his wife Dr. Jill Biden are traveling to South Carolina today instead of attending his campaign's election night watch party in Nashua. 

He will address his New Hampshire supporters by livestream (!) from the Palmetto State. http://bit.ly/2tMTVzR

Right after the announcement, Biden went to a Dunkin' Donuts: "We're still mildly hopeful here in New Hampshire. We'll see what happens." Photo of Biden in Dunks -- notice former N.H. Gov. John Lynch (D) in the background: http://bit.ly/3bygbPg

 

THE POLLS ARE OPEN! -- 'IOWA PICKS CORN, NEW HAMPSHIRE PICKS PRESIDENTS' ;) 

Presidential candidates are hopping around polling stops today as New Hampshire voters head to their local precincts to vote today. 

What time the polls close: Between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. EST depending on the town https://politi.co/3bu8Jo3

Photo of the Democratic and Republican ballots: http://bit.ly/2tMr9iQ

 

PROGRAMMING NOTE:

The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, Julia Manchester and I are on the ground in New Hampshire. Follow along on Twitter for sights and sounds today:

Jonathan Easley will be at Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' What a Biden administration should look like Ocasio-Cortez: 'Trump is the racist visionary, but McConnell gets the job done' MORE’s election night party. Follow@JonEasley

Julia Manchester will be at Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegWhat a Biden administration should look like Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls LGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress MORE’s election night party. Follow: @JuliaManch

Cate Martel will be at Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharTrump announces intention to nominate two individuals to serve as FEC members Start focusing on veterans' health before they enlist Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority MORE’s election night party. Follow@CateMartel

 

AROUND THE STATE THIS MORNING: 

'Nice threads'!: While visiting a polling stop this morning, Republican presidential candidate Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldRalph Gants, chief justice of Massachusetts supreme court, dies at 65 The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden visits Kenosha | Trump's double-voting suggestion draws fire | Facebook clamps down on election ads Biden picks up endorsements from nearly 100 Republicans MORE complimented The Washington Post's Dave Weigel's clothing. "Nice threads!" Photo of Weld walking in -- not of the "nice threads" unfortunately...: http://bit.ly/37mlNIJ

Lol, what is happening?: 

Watch: http://bit.ly/39pso6H

 

My colleague Al Weaver pointed out the resemblance, and I can't unsee it

 

Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly Ann GuilfoyleTrump's test sparks fears of spread: Here's who he met in last week Kid Rock opens Trump rally by saying 'fake media' will say it didn't happen Kid Rock to headline Trump rally in Michigan MORE legitimately got relationship advice from a woman in Manchester: Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle got relationship advice from a woman while having coffee at Chez Vachon in Manchester. Photo -- it's pretty funny: http://bit.ly/37gSlEd

Biden thanked the kitchen staff at the DoubleTree: After his appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." Photo: http://bit.ly/2OMu1DH

 

THE FIRST RESULTS ARE IN -- BECAUSE, MIDNIGHT VOTING;

The five residents of the famous Dixville Notch voted at midnight last night to kick off the New Hampshire presidential primary. http://bit.ly/2w98z5s

The results: Of the five residents, three people wrote in former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergLate donor surges push election spending projections to new heights New voters surge to the polls What a Biden administration should look like MORE (!), one voted for former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and one for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). 

The board in Dixville Notch showing the results: http://bit.ly/2SCabfC

  

It's Tuesday and the polls are open in New Hampshire! Filing from downtown Manchester, I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE THIS WEEK

Winter break 2020! Wooo!:

NASHUA, N.H., via Julia Manchester and me, political tourists are flocking to New Hampshire ahead of the first-in-the-nation primary, hoping to meet the Democratic presidential candidates. http://bit.ly/2tOFwTZ

As in: We have to ask a number of people at campaign events if they are New Hampshire voters. It often takes asking three or four people before finding one. I even met a family who traveled from Alaska.

It is so common that Q&A moderators sometimes specifically limit questions to N.H. voters: The moderator at The New England Council's "Politics & Eggs" breakfast with Sanders last Friday requested that only New Hampshirites ask questions. Then the second question came from a Massachusetts man. "I'm from Massachusetts, but I'm also an American voter," he began. There were audible grumbles in the crowd. 

Lol, the media hub has been touristy: The New Hampshire Institute of Politics's Neil Levesque, who has been doing television interviews at the epicenter, told The Hill:  "As I was walking through the DoubleTree, people were asking to get their selfie with me because they saw the [TV] makeup on me and assume they have somebody important, which I'm not," he said, laughing.

The full read on political tourists traveling to New Hampshire for the primary: http://bit.ly/2tOFwTZ

 

NEWS THIS MORNING

A little snippet into what a Trump-Bloomberg race would look like:

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant, President TrumpDonald John TrumpHillary Clinton responds to Chrissy Teigen tweet: 'I love you back' Police called after Florida moms refuse to wear face masks at school board meeting about mask policy Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to shorten North Carolina mail-ballot deadline MORE’s campaign manager Brad ParscaleBradley (Brad) James ParscaleMORE tweeted audio from 2015 of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg defending the controversial “stop-and-frisk” policing policy. http://bit.ly/31OVTwq

The audio: http://bit.ly/2vpKers

 

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

I hate second-hand embarrassment, so I can barely watch this: Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWhat a Biden administration should look like Overnight Defense: Dems want hearing on DOD role on coronavirus vaccine | US and India sign data-sharing pact | American citizen kidnapped in Niger Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls MORE stopped by a New Hampshire diner and voters blew her off. Watch: http://bit.ly/31OWspN

Hahaha -- from a reporter on the trail:  The Washington Post's Jacqueline Alemany: "Got pulled over by a cute red-headed under 30 cop in Concord this morning & decided to make the most of it -- he's UNDECIDED!!!!!!!" http://bit.ly/2HdnPAA

Biden sat in a fire truck last night: In Londonderry, N.H. Photo: http://bit.ly/2OL1iiJ

The line outside Sanders's rally with The Strokes: http://bit.ly/31GD0M5

On the press bus -- Warren on when she started running for office: "I started running for office later than anyone who's in this." Photo of Warren on the press bus: http://bit.ly/39sQ1eR

This looks pretty fun -- drinks on Dr. Jill Biden!:

Watch: http://bit.ly/31GZNaB 

All in a day's work, Senator!:

Ah! An Andrew YangAndrew YangPelosi spars with CNN's Blitzer over COVID-19 aid: 'You really don't know what you're talking about' The shape of guaranteed income Biden's latest small business outreach is just ... awful MORE snowman!http://bit.ly/2OKhctD  

Psh: Two questions for Deval PatrickDeval PatrickRalph Gants, chief justice of Massachusetts supreme court, dies at 65 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Top Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden MORE yesterday came from San Diego, Calif. Voters. Photo of his final public stop yesterday: http://bit.ly/38eEPlG

Op-ed on how Bloomberg could do well in New Hampshire: http://bit.ly/38kiSlc

  

PRESIDENT TRUMP CAMPAIGNED ON PRIMARY EVE

Donald Trump is living his best life:

Fresh off the Senate impeachment acquittal and Iowa Democrats' caucus debacle last week, President Trump held a rowdy campaign rally in Manchester, N.H., on the eve of the competitive Democratic presidential primary. 

As always, it was fascinating. Here are some things I noticed: http://bit.ly/2P0K94P

  

SIGHTS AND SOUNDS FROM THE TRUMP RALLY:

Sir, those American flag shorts look a little cold for February: Here are a few photos taken outside the Trump rally. Photoshttp://bit.ly/2vo49XO

This man was HYPED UP: Watch -- seriously, he is living his best life: http://bit.ly/2SArAFl

Holy concession stand lines!: The arena concourse felt like a rock concert. I counted 55 people waiting in just one of the lines for food. Video: http://bit.ly/2H8L9zp

For reference, the official Trump hats are selling for $25-30: Photo of the stand: http://bit.ly/39qdAVG

Trump asked if anyone remembers his 2016 New Hampshire primary victory: "F--- yeah I do!" a man yells back. 

It's worth noting: There were no interruptions or protesters escorted out during the rally. 

Trump recited a line he usually says in private, not in public: Via The New York Times's Maggie HabermanMaggie Lindsy HabermanThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - One week out, where the Trump, Biden race stands The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by the Walton Family Foundation — Sights and sounds outside the Amy Coney Barrett vote The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump takes early victory lap, rips off mask MORE, "Trump says 'we should have won' NH and then says there were 'buses and buses' coming up from Massachusetts, saying something he often says in private but not in public." http://bit.ly/39lmmnN

Haberman also noticed that Trump spoke faster than usual: "Trump is speaking fast than normal at this rally, speeding through his speech, on and off prompter." http://bit.ly/2H8Q4QS

46! 46!: When Trump Jr. gave opening remarks, the crowd chanted, "46! 46! 46!" touting him as a future candidate.

Overhead video of Trump walking in: Via PBS's Lisa DesjardinsWatch: http://bit.ly/3blt0Mu

Whoa, check out this blazer: http://bit.ly/2H9V4V9

Look at this tiny Trump supporter: This kid just really wants people to do their civic duty and get out to vote! Photo: http://bit.ly/2SjsOpP

The view of the stage looks so different just a few minutes after Trump walked off stage: Doesn't this look like a rock concert venue? Photo: http://bit.ly/38gt5yZ

  

SPOTTED AT THE RALLY:

In the press area: Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who is "widely seen as interested in a 2024 presidential run," working the media. Photo of Scott: http://bit.ly/2HaFPv8

Signing hats: Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzHouse Judiciary Republicans mockingly tweet 'Happy Birthday' to Hillary Clinton after Barrett confirmation Congressional antitrust report rips tech firms for stifling competition Loeffler tweets edited video showing Trump taking down coronavirus in wrestling match MORE (R-Fla.) Photo: http://bit.ly/2UIAUcP

High-fiving Trump supporters: http://bit.ly/3bq4sC5

Fox News's Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityTrump calls Fox 'disappointing' for airing Obama speech Graham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs Biden: Johnson should be 'ashamed' for suggesting family profited from their name MORE: Here's a photo: http://bit.ly/2SDd0Ni  

Trump's OG campaign manager: Cory Lewandowski

  

NOTABLE TWEETS

Tidbit -- 1980?! That's impressive:


 

ON TAP

The House and Senate are in. President Trump is in Washington, D.C.

12:30 p.m. EST: Senators meet for weekly caucus luncheons. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2Sz38nT

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST: First and last votes in the House. The House's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2SAgWOP

1:45 p.m. EST: President Trump receives an intelligence briefing.

2:15 p.m. EST: Five roll call votes in the Senate. The Senate's full schedule today: http://bit.ly/2Sz38nT

3:45 p.m. EST: President Trump signs "The Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act" in the Oval Office.

Feb. 20: The Hill is hosting an event, "Building the Dream" in Charlotte, N.C. Details and how to RSVP: http://bit.ly/2OJ0A5o

Feb. 26: The Hill is hosting an event, "America's Opioid Epidemic: Lessons Learned & A Way Forward" in Washington, D.C. Details and how to RSVPhttp://bit.ly/2SAIQKF

 

WHAT TO WATCH

Tonight: Presidential candidates give speeches when the results of the New Hampshire primary come in. Livestream: https://cs.pn/3bq7x5j

 

NOW FOR THE FUN STUFF...

Today is National Peppermint Patty Day.

 

And because it's a long day, here's a dog who has created his own slip and slide: http://bit.ly/2Hf1GSm