By: Jonathan Phelps, Union Leader
Before New Hampshire residents even hit the polls, the first-in-the-nation primary already had a winner: Airbnb hosts.
Airbnb estimates that in the two weeks leading up to the primary, 17,000 guests paid $2.7 million to stay in homes across the state, according to Christopher Nulty, the company's head of public affairs for the Americas. Airbnb is an online platform the connects people to short-term rental properties or homes.
Other economic winners across the state are hotels, restaurants, shops and car rental businesses, who benefit from the attention the Granite State receives in the weeks leading up to the primary every four years.