New Hampshire primary: Exit polling shows strong independent voter turnout

Unaffiliated voters and moderates appear to be turning out in New Hampshire’s Republican primary, according to preliminary network exit polls, which could be a glimmer of hope for former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s chances in the Granite State.

Voters registered as “undeclared” rather than Republican account for 47% of the turnout in the preliminary exit poll results conducted by ABC News. The record number to date was 45% in 2012. The results found moderates account for 31% of voters, compared with 9% in last week’s Iowa caucuses. Just 24% are very conservative vs. 52% in Iowa.

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