Feb 6, 2016 11:08 AM

Record turnout expected for the NH primary, regardless of the weather


CONCORD - A record number of New Hampshire voters is expected to cast ballots on Tuesday for the 2016 presidential primary. And a forecast calling for a chance of snow isn't expected to change that.

"This is New Hampshire and historically we vote no matter what the weather is. We've had snowstorms in the past and the show goes on" Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan told The Telegraph of Nashua.

His office expects 550,000 residents, or more than 62 percent of the electorate, will vote in the Republican and Democratic races. Of that total, 282,000 are expected to cast ballots in the Republican race, and 268,000 will vote Democratic. As usual, undeclared voters who can choose which contest to vote in, will play a central role.

Scanlan said turnout for this primary should exceed the 2008 primary, the last election without an incumbent running for the White House. That election drew 529,711 voters out of the then-total of 850,738 registered voters, he said.


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