The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden leaving New Hampshire early as voting underway

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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



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

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket 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.

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:



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

Photo of the Democratic and Republican ballots:



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 SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. MORE’s election night party. Follow@JonEasley

Julia Manchester will be at Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina MORE’s election night party. Follow: @JuliaManch

Cate Martel will be at Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina Lawmakers grill Ticketmaster, StubHub execs over online ticketing MORE’s election night party. Follow@CateMartel



'Nice threads'!: While visiting a polling stop this morning, Republican presidential candidate Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldBoston Globe endorses Trump's GOP challenger Bill Weld Overnight Energy: EPA moves to limit financial pressure on 'forever chemical' manufacturers | California sues Trump over water order| Buttigieg expands on climate plan Buttigieg expands on climate plan with new proposals MORE complimented The Washington Post's Dave Weigel's clothing. "Nice threads!" Photo of Weld walking in -- not of the "nice threads" unfortunately...:

Lol, what is happening?: 



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


Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly GuilfoyleKimberly Ann GuilfoyleHope Hicks to return to White House Trump Jr. says Sanders won't be 'real competition' if he's the nominee The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden leaving New Hampshire early as voting underway 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:

Biden thanked the kitchen staff at the DoubleTree: After his appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." Photo:



The five residents of the famous Dixville Notch voted at midnight last night to kick off the New Hampshire presidential primary.

The results: Of the five residents, three people wrote in former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergGiuliani: Bloomberg 'jeopardized' stop and frisk by 'overusing it' Bloomberg calls on Trump to implement firearm background checks The Hill's Campaign Report: Gloves off in South Carolina 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:


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 -- and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel and Facebook.

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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.

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:



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

Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes 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.

The audio:



I hate second-hand embarrassment, so I can barely watch this: Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Hillicon Valley: Dems cancel surveillance vote after pushback to amendments | Facebook to ban certain coronavirus ads | Lawmakers grill online ticketing execs | Hacker accessed facial recognition company's database Push for national popular vote movement gets boost from conservatives MORE stopped by a New Hampshire diner and voters blew her off. Watch:

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!!!!!!!"

Biden sat in a fire truck last night: In Londonderry, N.H. Photo:

The line outside Sanders's rally with The Strokes:

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:

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


All in a day's work, Senator!:

Ah! An Andrew YangAndrew Yang6 ways the primary fight is toughening up Democrats for the fall general election The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders steamrolls to South Carolina primary, Super Tuesday Yang calls on someone to 'pull an Andrew Yang' and bow out of 2020 race MORE snowman!  

Psh: Two questions for Deval PatrickDeval PatrickNevada caucuses open with a few hiccups Hill TV's Saagar Enjeti slams the media's coverage of Deval Patrick's 2020 campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg to face off with rivals at Nevada debate MORE yesterday came from San Diego, Calif. Voters. Photo of his final public stop yesterday:

Op-ed on how Bloomberg could do well in New Hampshire:



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:



Sir, those American flag shorts look a little cold for February: Here are a few photos taken outside the Trump rally. Photos

This man was HYPED UP: Watch -- seriously, he is living his best life:

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:

For reference, the official Trump hats are selling for $25-30: Photo of the stand:

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 HabermanChris Wallace 'horrified' by CNN's Acosta's conduct: 'It's not our job to one-up presidents' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden leaving New Hampshire early as voting underway The Hill's 12:30 Report: Senators brace for floor fight as trial nears end 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."

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."

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:

Whoa, check out this blazer:

Look at this tiny Trump supporter: This kid just really wants people to do their civic duty and get out to vote! Photo:

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:



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:

Signing hats: Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzBottom Line Graham: Trump has 'all the legal authority in the world' to pardon Stone Meghan McCain after Gaetz says Trump should pardon Roger Stone: 'Oh come on' MORE (R-Fla.) Photo:

High-fiving Trump supporters:

Fox News's Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityFox News prime-time lineup delivers highest ratings in 24-year history O'Reilly weighs in on Warren-Bloomberg exchange on nondisclosure agreements The Hill's review of John Solomon's columns on Ukraine MORE: Here's a photo:  

Trump's OG campaign manager: Cory Lewandowski



Tidbit -- 1980?! That's impressive:



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:

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

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:

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:

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 RSVP



Tonight: Presidential candidates give speeches when the results of the New Hampshire primary come in. Livestream:



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: