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Bloomberg pulls out win in tiny Dixville Notch, NH

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pulled out a win early Tuesday in the small New Hampshire town of Dixville Notch, the first community to cast ballots in the New Hampshire presidential primary.

The billionaire businessman, a late entry to the 2020 Democratic primary race, had three write-in votes, according to USA Today, which added that they came from two Democrats and a Republican.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the leader in recent Granite State polls, and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg split the other two votes cast in Dixville Notch.

USA Today noted that Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) was the only 2020 White House hopeful to visit the Coos County village, which has five residents.

Bloomberg, who is not on the ballot in New Hampshire, is skipping some early primaries and caucuses and is instead focusing on the upcoming Super Tuesday contests. He soared to third place in a national Quinnipiac University poll out on Monday.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) was the winner in Hart’s Location and Millsfield, two other small New Hampshire villages that voted early in the morning. Klobuchar had six votes in Hart’s Location, according to WMUR, and two votes in Millsfield.

Klobuchar has drawn big crowds in New Hampshire over the past few days after a debate performance that received positive reviews. She hopes to pick up a boost and make a top-three finish behind Sanders and Buttigieg.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) followed Klobuchar in Hart’s Location with four votes, while entrepreneur Andrew Yang received three, Sanders received two and former Vice President Joe Biden, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and businessman Tom Steyer received one each.

In Millfield, Biden, Buttigieg and Sanders had one vote each.

“That was nice to wake up and find that out,” Klobuchar said Tuesday morning in Manchester, N.H., referring to the overnight results, according to The Washington Post.

The senator also reportedly pointed to Bloomberg’s nationwide advertising when asked about his showing.

“He needs to be on the debate stage, and then I can be on equal footing with him,” she said. “I’m never going to beat him on the airwaves, but I can beat him on the debate stage.”

President Trump was the top Republican vote-getter in Hart’s Location and Millsfield with 15 and 16 votes, respectively, WMUR added.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R) had four votes in Hart’s Location and one vote in Millsfield. Concord, N.H., native Mary Maxwell also had one vote in Hart’s Location, according to the Manchester TV station.

Updated at 10:50 a.m.

Tags 2020 election Amy Klobuchar Andrew Yang Bernie Sanders Bill Weld Bloomberg campaign Dixville Notch Donald Trump Early voting Elizabeth Warren Joe Biden Michael Bennet Michael Bloomberg New Hampshire primary Pete Buttigieg Tom Steyer Tulsi Gabbard
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