미국동북부, 뉴햄프셔주에서는 8일 이시간현재, 2008년 미국 백악관입성을 향한 중요한 관문인  예비선거가 실시되고 있습니다.  

예비선거에 앞서 뉴햄프셔 주에서 실시된 여론조사 결과는 공화당측의 경우, 존 매케인 상원의원이 미트 롬니 전 매사추세츠 주지사를 근소한 차이로 앞서고 있는 것으로 나타났습니다.

여론조사 결과 민주당의 경우, 일리노이 주 출신의 바락 오바마 상원의원이 힐러리 클린턴 상원의원을 앞질러 선두를 달리는 것으로 나타났습니다.

뉴햄프셔 예비선거 첫 개표결과는 현지시각으로 이날 자정께 나올 것으로 보입니다.

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Residents in (the northeastern U.S. state of) New Hampshire are voting in this year's crucial first primary election to select Republican and Democratic party candidates for U.S. president.

Statewide public opinion surveys before the vote in New Hampshire indicated a slight preference among Republicans for Senator John McCain over former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. The Arizona senator told supporters he would be the best candidate to face the challenge of radical Islam. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who won last week's Iowa caucus, was running third in polls before the primary.

Among the Democratic candidates, opinion polls indicated Illinois Senator Barack Obama had a significant lead over New York Senator Hillary Clinton and other candidates from the party. Large crowds cheered Obama at campaign appearances Monday, but he cautioned supporters not to be overconfident.

Candidates are hoping to appeal to independent voters, who make up more than 40 percent of New Hampshire's electorate and are allowed to vote in either party's presidential primary.