At least 292,000 Democrats are expected to go to the polls today, a considerably higher number than four years ago.
Hundreds of thousands of Democratic voters will go to the polls on Tuesday during the New Hampshire primary, where, according to party strategists, Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders has a good chance of winning.
Just a week after the Iowa Democratic caucuses, in which no winner was officially declared, the strategists see Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as the overwhelming favorite to win New Hampshire and, in turn, the presidential candidate they would like to see face Donald Trump in the November election.
The latest polls show Sanders with a high single-digit lead over the rest of the candidates, with former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg just a few points behind.
If Sander wins in New Hampshire, it would be his second victory in the state. The first was during the 2016 presidential election, in which he beat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
New Hampshire, today we have a chance to finish what we started four years ago and send a powerful message to the billionaire class. Get out to vote today! Find your polling location at https://t.co/SzA3x6naVR. #BernieForNH pic.twitter.com/0DnL6vxWqv— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 11, 2020
However, it remains to be seen how Sanders will fare in the rest of the election cycle. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been seen as the favorite in the race, is not far behind Sanders, according to recent polls. However, while Biden was campaigning in New Hampshire, he has acknowledged that he is unlikely to win the primary.
New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner predicted that some 292,000 Democratic voters will go out and vote this Tuesday, a considerably higher number than the 287,000 four years ago. He also said that about 128,000 Republicans would participate in his party's primary, which is less than in 2016.
So far, Trump does not face any serious opposition in the New Hampshire Republican primary.
Meanwhile, an emboldened Donald Trump celebrated his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial at a campaign rally in New Hampshire, where he hoped his presence would rattle his Democratic opponents on the eve of the state’s first-in-the-nation primaries.