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The first New Hampshire voters turn out at the Carol M. Rines center polling station on Elm Street on Tuesday.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Fiery progressive Bernie Sanders was fighting for Democratic front-runner status Tuesday, while the party hoped the New Hampshire primary would at least bring some clarity to a presidential nomination fight that has so far been marred by dysfunction and doubt.

As Sanders predicted victory, former Midwestern Mayor Pete Buttigieg hoped to seize the backing of his party's establishment with a strong finish and Joe Biden wanted to avert political disaster after fleeing the state hours before polls closed.

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