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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 BidenStopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest Trump slams Biden staff for donating bail money to protesters At least 4,400 people arrested in connection with protests: report 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 SandersJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Biden's 'allies' gearing up to sink his campaign Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support MORE’s election night party. Follow@JonEasley

Julia Manchester will be at Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt MORE’s election night party. Follow: @JuliaManch

Cate Martel will be at Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP Biden should name a 'team of colleagues' MORE’s election night party. Follow@CateMartel



'Nice threads'!: While visiting a polling stop this morning, Republican presidential candidate Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldVermont governor, running for reelection, won't campaign or raise money The Hill's Campaign Report: Amash moves toward Libertarian presidential bid Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party 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 GuilfoyleTrump campaign launches new fundraising program with House Republicans Brazilian president Bolsonaro tested for coronavirus days after meeting Trump Business as usual for Trump as coronavirus spreads 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 BloombergIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned .7 billion expected to be spent in 2020 campaign despite coronavirus: report 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 TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest 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 WarrenJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Vogue's Anna Wintour urges Biden to pick woman of color for VP Biden should name a 'team of colleagues' 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 YangAndrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis McConnell challenger on how Yang endorsement could help him MORE snowman!  

Psh: Two questions for Deval PatrickDeval PatrickIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Top Democratic super PACs team up to boost Biden Andrew Yang endorses Biden in 2020 race 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 HabermanThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump tweets as tensions escalate across US Veteran CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller included in layoffs: report Seniors will make Donald Trump a one-term president 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) GaetzTrump signs order targeting social media firms' legal protections Trump to order review of law protecting social media firms after Twitter spat: report On The Money: US tops 100,000 coronavirus deaths with no end in sight | How lawmaker ties helped shape Fed chairman's COVID-19 response | Tenants fear mass evictions MORE (R-Fla.) Photo:

High-fiving Trump supporters:

Fox News's Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityHannity scolds Ozarks partygoers: 'Could be a disaster' for vulnerable Americans Trump lashes out at Fox News after poll shows him trailing Biden Trump complains Fox News is 'doing nothing to help' him get reelected 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: