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New Hampshire hosts the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, featuring candidates for the Republican and Democratic nomination. Of the state's 1.33 million residents, more than 870,000 residents are registered to vote. Polls started opening at 7 a.m., except for a handful of communities that begin voting just after midnight. In Dixville Notch, voters in that tiny town gave Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich two votes, Republican Donald Trump got two and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders won four votes for his Democratic bid.
Paris' CAC, which earlier slid 2.45 percent and below 4,000 for the first time in 14 months, was slightly firmer at around 1500 GMT but was still 1.4 percent lower. Elsewhere in Europe, Madrid earlier plummeted three percent to dip below the symbolic 8,000 point level, while Milan was also more than three percent lower weighed down by banking shares. Asia had earlier picked up the baton, resulting in Tokyo's main index plunging more than 5.0 percent as investors sought the safety of the yen.