January 8th, 2008
12:26 AM ET
4 years ago

First votes cast in New Hampshire primary

The CNN Ticker

Rick Erwin posted the totals for the first voting in New Hampshire's primaries very early Tuesday morning.

DIXVILLE NOTCH, New Hampshire (CNN) - The first people to cast ballots in New Hampshire favored Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama.

The results were announced at 12:08 a.m. in Dixville Notch, a hamlet of about 75 people near the Canadian border. Dixville Notch is the first community to vote in the first primary election of the 2008 presidential race.

Among Republicans, McCain received four votes compared with two for Mitt Romney and one for Rudy Giuliani. Among Democrats, Obama received seven votes compared with two for John Edward's and one for Bill Richardson.

– CNN's Tom Foreman contributed to this report

soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. Glenn

    I am for experience.

    Expereince tells me that Hillary is incompetent and not to be trusted. Does anyone remember her sitting in front of this nation with Bill and smiling through his entire "I did not have sex with that women". If she did not know what was going on in her own house how can she manage the country.

    Obama is a breath of fresh air in a stale DC.

    Edwards would actually fight for the citizens of this country.

    Wake up Hillary supporters, she is incompetent!!!!

    January 8, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. joy

    cnn, please stick to the ethics of journalism. please just give us the news only. dont tell the the people of america who must be their presdent is!

    January 8, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Richard, Ewing, NJ

    To all undecided voters in NH,

    If you are still wondering which primary to go to, I think it is best for you to go to the Republican race. The Democratic race is pretty much settled. Short of Obama saying something really stupid, he will win with ~9-10 point lead. This trasnslate to a 98% chance of winning, according to Intrade. The Republican race is much tighter. You have the choice of deciding if John McCain or Mitt Romney coming out of the race, and truly have an effect of the election. Even if you are slightly leaning toward Democrat, you need to consider the future of our nation and what issues should be bought forward in the general election. Should McCain or Romney be the opponent to engage an honest discussion of the problems we are facing as a nation.

    January 8, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Jacob

    Go Obama!

    January 8, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. Tannim

    After the early voting last night:

    D:

    Obama: 16, 70%
    Edwards: 3, 13%
    Clinton: 3, 13%
    Richardson: 1, 4%
    Kucinich: 0, 0%
    Gravel: 0, 0%

    R:
    McCain: 10, 43%
    Huckabee: 5, 22%
    Paul: 4, 17%
    Romney: 3, 13%
    Giuliani: 1, 4%
    Thompson: 0, 0%
    Hunter: 0, 0%
    Keyes: 0, 0%

    Ironic that overall, Clinton ties for fith and comes in behind Dr. Paul (where she should anyway!).

    Gonna be interesting today...

    January 8, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. olga

    Obama is the only president that has a brain but USA has chosen bush two times!!!!! Americans can't be smart. The most important is that you choose a democrat not some old man that thinks you should have a war and don't think abort is right. Of course you think so when you are men!!
    Vote for Obama and America has a future you all don't have to die in wars.
    GO OBAMA

    January 8, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Pam

    Does noone think that Giuliani may have a chance? I am not a very political person, and for the most part I dont take party in party arguments and such. I truly believe that Giuliani would make an excellent President. He would bring some fresh air into DC thta I really think we need.

    January 8, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. NewPatriot-Arizona

    " PEOPLE ITS NOT ABOUT THE REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS, ITS ABOUT THE U.S. CONSTITUTION AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS. YOUR RIGHTS AND MINE ."

    Who will at least start solving the problems of our Nation?
    Who has the message of Peace , Prosperity, and the Pursuit of Happiness with the preservation of the U.S. Constitution?

    The answer is Dr. Ron Paul for President 2008

    January 8, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Nobama Nobama

    Barack's so called change for America: Warmonger!

    Presidential candidate Barak Obama - main announced project so far: BOMB PAKISTAN

    Obama's main foreign policy guru - Zbigniew Brzezinski. Main project: THE DESTRUCTION OF RUSSIA – the surest path to World War III.

    Mark Brzezinski, son of Zbigniew, former Clinton NSC official and top Obama advisor. Architect of the 2004 "people power" color revolution/coup in Ukraine. Main project: THE DESTRUCTION OF RUSSIA.

    Top Obama advisor and ex Asst. Secretary of State for African Affairs, Susan Rice. Main project: BOMB SUDAN

    Top Obama terrorism advisor Richard Clarke, former terror czar of the Clinton and Bush administrations. Main project: originating the official myth of 9/11.

    A world catastrophe worse than Bush. Don't be duped by Barack and his cabinet of warmongers. He's a wolf in sheep's clothing.

    January 8, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Jack K.

    Even in this small burg-Edwards is still hanging in there–yippee!!!

    Conspicously misssing: Hillary?

    When comes to staying power, passion, past record, capacity to "really" create a sense of urgency to drive change and create a new paradigm in Washington–Edwards is our man. He has the knowledge, resolve, and strong will to forge a new partnership with the wealthy elite and big business–creating a new focus towards the American middle class, as well as, the continuance of our capitalistic ideals (which currently are more Darwinian–than federalist).

    January 8, 2008 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Danny C TN

    Way to go Dr. Paul. I cant wait till we vote in Tn!!! Many of my friends and I are voting Paul as well. Long live the revolution. Stickin it to the man!!! lol. Seriously though best of luck Dr. Paul. N.H voters you know who to support. Dr Paul 08'!!!! peace to you all

    January 8, 2008 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Paul

    Two Things:

    Firstly, we are being fooled here by the media into thinking that because the Democratic race is looking like a tsunami, that the Republican race must also be shaping up to an easy conclusion too. At least three or four people above have confidently said that it is now a McCain vs Romney race because that is what is going on here in NH. But McCain and Huckbee will each hold a state by midnight tonight, Romney will still have the media working for him (as he has done since the summer) and Rudy is still leading national polls last time I checked. So I think the real debate the media could be looking at is how this is all going to come out in a very fracture mess for the Republicans – we shouldn't be waiting for the other candidates to all implode and fall away because that might not happen until the Convention for the GOP!

    Secondly, why does everyone now think Obama will want to jump into an Obama/Edwards ticket. I think the most interesting thing about this election is the way everyone has forgotten the Vice-Presidential Debate from four years ago – Edwards ended up looking like a plate of limp rice pudding. Plus, in the last four years he's done nothing of note or importance for the country – except run a three years presidential campaign and pull heart strings with a fake stump speech more unconvincing than Hilary's "emotions." Edwards is a no starter, especially for a candidate like Obama who is also all style and no substance. Obama/Richardson is the obvious choice and that is why we've started hearing rumours of the Richardson switch in Iowa. It will send a message that counteracts all this "Obama War Hawk" nonsense and will be the perfect combo of a young visionary and an experienced negotiator.

    January 8, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. ibrahim iavitalinks-abuja Nigeria

    Americans and indeed,inhabitant of this world need change in every sense of the word.hence, the call by Obama for change should be embraced by all voting americans to change the world through ways of doing things positively.Americans need OBAMA and OBAMA need the americans to change america and the world for the better.The art of governance include courage, wisdom,fairness,confidence, plus, plus experience which can be sourced from the party forming the government. let us give Obama a chance to change.

    January 8, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. Matt

    go Bill RIchardson, we need experience and change in the White House.

    January 8, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  15. RuthieM

    Go Obama go!!!

    January 8, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. Please, TN

    American needs proven leadership, not a man that votes PRESENT on issues,
    YES or NO isn't hard to understand. The working man is hurting. Obama
    feel's they can buy health care.....we are having trouble paying utility bills on
    time. Two and 3 jobs can't make end's meet. Hillary felt our pain, she will
    (I believe) do her best to make our life better and the world safer. Check
    out her record- check out the other guy's, when you do Hillary will look
    so much better to you. She has proven herself over and over. She has
    a good head on her shoulders. We have suffered 7 years because some
    people wanted change. We NEED Hillary.

    January 8, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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