First Votes Cast in New Hampshire Primary

Dixville Notch and Hart’s Location are infamous for their unusual voting practice. Voting at midnight before everyone else.

While this isn’t like the Hartsfield Landing featured in The West Wing, where the winner of Hartsfield Landing always wins the nomination, the early votes can understandably give some insight into the voting of New Hampshire residents.

Last Presidential election Hart’s Location and Dixville Notch voted for Wesley Clark, who both failed to get the Democratic Nomination and the Presidency.

A little history behind the two town’s tradition of early voting, the small town of Hart’s Location began voting at midnight in 1948 because the whole town had to work all day on the railroad. Although the practice was done away with in 1964, only to be revived in 1996 the practice is a center of media attention.

This year, Dixville Notch may have been accurate with their votes for the Republican and Democratic nominations by voting for John McCain for the Republicans and Barack Obama for the Democrats.

The voters in Dixville Notch were the first to vote this year in a primary.

Announced after Dixville Notch was the town of Hart’s Location. In Hart’s Location Obama and McCain were also the early winners, with Clinton receiving votes in this hamlet. However, for the Republicans Mike Huckabee had an interesting little victory placing second behind John McCain. An omen of events to come later in the day? Another fascinating event was the showing by sometimes Republican Ron Paul who beat Mitt Romney out 4-1.

The Results…

Dixville Notch:









Hart’s Location:











2 Responses to “First Votes Cast in New Hampshire Primary”

  1. 1 windycityword January 8, 2008 at 1:28 am

    This seems like a pure media scam and under 100 people get a shot at completely altering the face of the primaries. It is disgraceful.

  1. 1 primary election | News trend world Trackback on January 9, 2008 at 6:32 am

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