The Latest: Kasich touts economic revival on NH primary day


MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The Latest developments from Campaign 2016 as polls open in the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire (all times local):

7:45 a.m.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is avoiding making predictions as voters head to the polls in the New Hampshire primary, instead, focusing on his economic plans for the country.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday, Kasich said he expects a “strong finish” in the first-in-the-nation primary, but emphasized his wishes to maintain a positive campaign that promotes job creation and economic prosperity for the American people.

In the tiny town of Dixville, which votes at midnight on primary day, Kasich sneaked past Donald Trump, 3-2, among Republicans. Polls are now opening in the rest of the state.

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7:15 a.m.

Hillary Clinton is vowing to “keep working until the last vote is cast and counted” as voting in the New Hampshire primary begins.

Clinton is starting her day before 7 a.m. at a Manchester polling location. She shook hands and posed for photographs with a group of volunteers & supporters.

Polls show Clinton trailing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the nation’s first presidential primary. Clinton narrowly defeated Sanders in last week’s Iowa caucuses.

Clinton declined to predict the outcome to reporters, saying she’s “looking for a great election.”

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7:00 a.m.

Polls are opening across New Hampshire, though the exact hours vary from place to place.

State law requires polls to be open between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday. Most allow voting between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., with a handful opening polls as early as 6 a.m. and about 20 remaining open until 8 p.m. And three tiny towns — Hart’s Location, Dixville and Millsfield — had permission to open their polls at midnight and close them moments later once everyone had voted.

Independent voters, officially known as “undeclared,” make up 44 percent of registered voters. They can vote in either primary, making them a key group on Tuesday.

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