Politics

First US Town To Vote Grants Clinton Her First Victory

| by Denise Recalde

The first batch of 2016 presidential election votes representing a community in the U.S. are in: The voters of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire -- population: nine -- cast 4 votes for Democrat Hillary Clinton, 2 for Republican Donald Trump and one for the Libertarian Party's Gary Johnson. 

One bold voter wrote in Mitt Romney, the Republican 2012 presidential nominee, as a protest vote in the "First in the Nation" balloting process, The Washington Post reports.  

Two other hamlets in the state of New Hampshire that claim "First" voting, Millsfield and Hart's Location, also cast and counted the votes of the town populations just after midnight on Nov. 8. The overall total for all three hamlets tips the election scales in favor of Trump, who holds a 32-to-25 advantage to Clinton. 

In Hart's Location, Trump received 14 to Clinton's 17; 16 in Millsfield to Clinton's 4; and 2 votes in Dixville to Clinton's 4. 

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Clinton's success in Dixville Notch speaks volumes -- the community usually votes Republican. However, a strong majority of the remote "First in the Nation" town voted for then-Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 election, that is, 15 votes to Sen. John McCain's 6. 

This year, Dixville Notch's population consists of seven men and two women, the Daily Mail reports.

The 2008 election was the first time a majority of the hamlet voted for a Democrat since 1968. In that year, tiny Dixville Notch went for Humbert H. Humphrey II against the race's eventual winner Richard M. Nixon. 

The hamlet's predictability rate in U.S. presidential elections has only been a hair over 50:50 since 1960. The community voted unanimously for Republican Richard M. Nixon in 1960 when the country at large elected John F. Kennedy president. In 2012, the hamlet's community split its vote -- 5 for Romney and 5 for Obama. 

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Pollsters measuring the state indicate Clinton is poised to win the state's electoral college votes. A WMUR/University of New Hampshire survey conducted Nov. 3-6 gives Clinton an 11-point advantage. An Emerson College poll taken Nov. 4-5 gives Clinton a 1 percentage point edge.

Honoring a tradition kept since 1960, the tiny hamlet town of Dixville, 20 miles south of the Canadian border, voted at midnight and within just a few minutes counted the ballots and announced the results.  

Sources: Daily Mail, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Boston Globe

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