First Super Tuesday Votes Cast as Democrats in New Zealand Take to Ballot

Bernie Sanders reportedly wins 21 of the 28 absentee ballots cast in Wellington, almost 24 hours before voting begins in U.S.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
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Democratic Party supporters living in New Zealand's capital Wellington turned up at a local bar to become the first in the world to cast Super Tuesday votes in the U.S. presidential primary.

The vagaries of the international dateline meant that U.S. citizens living in Wellington got to vote almost a day ahead of many back home when they cast ballots just after midnight Tuesday local time. Wellington was the first of 111 cities in 41 countries outside the U.S. to cast ballots.

At the Public Bar and Eatery, voters cast 28 ballots. Senator Bernie Sanders picked up 21 votes while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton picked up six. One ballot was spoiled.

The results remain unofficial until confirmed later this month at the global voter tally center in Germany.