In the tiny New Hampshire hamlet of Dixville Notch, whose voters are mostly registered Republicans or independents, a majority of voters decided to cast their ballots in the Democratic primary, and Barack Obama won in a landslide — receiving 7 votes to John Edwards’s 2 and Bill Richardson’s 1. Hillary Clinton was shut out!
Meanwhile, on the Republican side, it was McCain 4, Romney 2, Giuliani 1. Duncan Hunter, the only candidate to campaign in the Notch, got no love from the locals, receiving zero votes.
No word yet from Hart’s Location, the other New Hampshire town to do midnight voting.
P.S. As I did in 2004, when Wesley Clark was the big Dixville Notch winner (like Duncan Hunter, he was personally on hand for the big event; unlike Hunter, he actually got votes), I would like to dedicate the song “A Town in Old New Hampshire,” as sung by the a capella group “4 Under Par,” to Dixville Notch. Audio clip below; lyrics after the jump.
P.P.S. Interesting comparison: the last time both parties had contested primaries, in 2000, just six Dixville Notch residents voted in the Democratic primary (Bradley 4, Gore 2), while 23 voted in the Republican primary (Bush 12, McCain 10, Forbes 1). So while it’s obviously unwise to try and extrapolate too much from this tiny town (especially in light of its spotty prediction record; you’ll recall that Bradley and Bush both lost New Hampshire in 2000, and Clark lost in 2004), it does seem that Obama’s crossover appeal to Republicans and independents was on display this morning in the Notch.
UPDATE: Obama and McCain are also the winners in Hart’s Location! On the Dem side, the tally was Obama 9, Clinton 3, Edwards 1. On the GOP side, it was McCain 6, Huckabee 5 (!), Paul 4 (!!), Romney 1.
So, in sum, with 0.6% of the precincts reporting (New Hampshire has 301 precincts; 2 of them are in, albeit the two most sparsely populated), here are the current results:
Obama 16, Edwards 3, Clinton 3, Richardson 1.
McCain 10, Huckabee 5, Paul 4, Romney 3, Giuliani 1.
It’s a landslide in the making for the comeback kids! :)
The polls in most New Hampshire towns open at 6:00 AM and close at either 7:00 or 8:00 PM.
As promised, the lyrics of “A Town in Old New Hampshire”:
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve travelled everywhere
Seen all there is to see
But hereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a song
Of just one place
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure you will agree
There was a town
In old New Hampshire
In old N. H.
There was a town
Just an ordinary village
Mediocre as could be
A standard New Hampshirian municipality
A hamlet just like any other
Ã¢â‚¬ËœTwas as nondescript as any town around
It had undistinguished buildings
And a typical town square
I passed through one day last autumn
DidnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d been there
(DidnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even know IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d been there)
There was no outstanding feature that would fix it in your head
But of this unprepossessing burg thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something to be said
New HampshireÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in New England
We all know this to be true
So this town in old New Hampshire
Was in New England too
This useless town
(This useless town)
Was in New Hampshire
And as far as I know
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still there
(ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still there)
Yes, this town
(What a dull, boring town)
Is still there