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Bernie Sanders sneaks ahead of Clinton as first few votes cast in New Hampshire

A handful of votes have been cast so far – but the real action begins later this morning.

DEM 2016 Sanders Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders Source: John Minchillo/PA Wire

Updated at 8.50am

THREE SMALL COMMUNITIES in New Hampshire kicked off voting for today’s crucial first presidential primary in the 2016 US election cycle, in a symbolic piece of traditional political theatre.

Residents in Dixville Notch, near the border with Canada, voted as the clock struck midnight and the results were in just minutes later, with Bernie Sanders taking four Democratic votes, while former secretary of state Hillary Clinton received none.

On the Republican side, John Kasich won three votes to two for Donald Trump.

“Early momentum as John Kasich wins GOP vote in Dixville Notch! Let’s keep it going, New Hampshire,” said a Kasich tweet.

Also going to the polls early were Hart’s Location and Millsfield.

The main polls in New Hampshire open at 6am (11am Irish time).

© AFP 2016

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