Obama big winner in early NH towns' votes


For 60 years, Dixville Notch and Hart's Location have been observing a tradition of having the first Election Day ballots.

A loud whoop went up as the results were announced in Dixville Notch, where Obama defeated John McCain by a count of 15 to 6. The town of Hart's Location reported 17 votes for Obama, 10 for McCain and two for write-in candidate Ron Paul. Independent Ralph Nader was on both towns' ballots but got no votes.

With 115 residents between them, Dixville Notch and Hart's Location get every eligible voter to the polls beginning at midnight on Election Day.

The first voter, following tradition established in 1948, was picked ahead of the midnight voting and the rest of the Dixville Notch's 19 registered voters followed suit in Tuesday's first minutes.

Town Clerk Rick Erwin says the northern New Hampshire town is proud of its tradition, but says the most important thing is that the turnout represents 100 percent vote.

President Bush won the vote in Dixville Notch in 2004 on the way to his re-election.

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