January 7th, 2008
05:10 PM ET
14 years ago

Tiny New Hampshire town first to weigh in

The CNN Ticker

Dixville Notch is steeped in campaign lore.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The outcome of the New Hampshire primary won't be clear until late Tuesday night, but the results in one tiny Granite State town will be known much sooner – just a few minutes after the stroke of midnight.

Dixville Notch, an isolated village located in New Hampshire's northeast corner, will begin voting at the stroke of 12 a.m. Tuesday. The ballots won’t take long to tally: according to the Boston Globe, Dixville Notch has just 17 registered voters this year - three Republicans, two Democrats, and 12 independent voters.

The town, home to around 75 residents, has opened its polls shortly after midnight each election day since 1960, drawing national media attention for being the first place in this first-in-the-nation primary state to make its presidential preferences known. (Although since 1996, another small New Hampshire town - Hart's Location – reinstated its practice from the 1940's and also opened its polls at midnight.)

But the result in Dixville Notch is hardly a reliable bellwether for statewide results. The town’s Democrats picked Wesley Clark in 2004, Bill Bradley in 2000, and Bill Clinton in 1992. (John Kerry, Al Gore, and Paul Tsongas were the actual statewide winners those years.) On the Republican side, Dixville voters backed George Bush in 2000 (actual winner: John McCain) and Bob Dole in 1996 (actual winner: Bob Dole).

CNN's Tom Foreman and the Election Express are headed up to Dixville and will report the results soon as they are known.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: New Hampshire
soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Freestyle Pete from Long Beach

    Please vote for Hillary in NH! We need a person that is actually able to make changes to our great country!

    January 7, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  2. Mati

    Another idiocy. And tomorrow you are going to have big headlines about the 17 votes! Is this a joke?

    January 7, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Jack K.

    Just who care's what 75 people in New Hampshire think?

    Man do we need to rethink the way our Primaries are done!!

    What would be wrong with some larger states–and more populous ones?

    I suppose it would be different–if Americans weren't so easily willing to accept the nominations from two podunk early states–with no basis in reality o with the rest of America!!

    Forlorn in Florida. We don't even get to pick!!

    January 7, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Randy

    Be strong Hilary, it's a long road.

    January 7, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. Garry Lemons, Benton, Arkansas

    I agree Freestyle..PLEASE pick Hillary...don't make the mistake of being fooled by Obama and his empty promises. he is a great man, but he is not what this country need to pull us out of the mess the Republicans and Bush have gotten us into.
    I agree also with Jack K.-- WHY??? do these two states have so much influence??

    Americans must be really desperate to pick a novice with no real experience and hope he is a good choice.
    Wise up. Clinton knows how to handle herself and she MOST definitely knows how to handle this country and get it back on track!

    Like her or hate her, she has the know how and she has the guts to do what is right.

    January 7, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Randy

    Jack, Florida polling places are shaky. Did they ever get the ballot situation straightened out??? They cheat for Republicans anyhow.

    January 7, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Matthew

    Pat Buch won '96 NH Primary.

    January 7, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Alison


    I support you. As part of the Armed Forces, I believe only you can make a strong difference. Be strong.

    January 7, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Todd

    I can't vote OBAMA and I will not. The democrates, if they choose a person based on a few states, will find that they put an unelectable candidate in the nomination. If so, I hope that Al Gore decides to run for the green, grey, or red party. This die hard democrate will vote republican if it comes to an Obama ticket. I have watched every debate and I have read way to much to make me feel comfortable voting for Obama.

    January 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  10. Elliott

    Hillary's policies have been indistinguishable from George W. Bush's policies. We need _real_ change. We need respect for the American people, sane monetary and foreign policy, and respect for the rule of law. Google Ron Paul. Look at the facts. Then cast your vote for real change in this great nation. Support Ron Paul!

    January 7, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. scotty

    Obama talks about change with no concrete statements and mentions we don't want the same old Washington in his very arrogant manor and makes it very clear on nationwide TV that he would love to have some of the staff including Hilary from the Clinton presidency


    January 7, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Susan

    Obama is the right choice. He's a new kind of politician that we need today. Clinton keeps dismissing his "words" as empty rhetoric, but maybe she doesn't remember that the pen is mightier than the sword. It takes some great rhetoric borne from great ideas to move a nation forward. You know, I bet politicians said the exact same thing about Abraham LIncoln. Now, I dare you to tell me the Gettysburgh Address was empty rhetoric or that King's I have a Dream speech was empty rhetoric or even Roosevelt's "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" is empty rhetoric. That's exactly the kind of rhetoric I want from my president - hope and inspiration and a unifying vision.

    January 7, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. She's the Man for the Job

    Hillary Rodham Clinton... is no pushover, she is her own woman, stands on her own merits and the strongest/best candidate to beat the republican party.

    Iowa and New Hampshire's do not represent mainstream America

    Super Tuesday does! Go President Hillary Rodham Clinton!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. Go Hillary

    Hillary Rodham Clinton... is no pushover, she is her own woman, stands on her own merits and the strongest/best candidate to beat the republican party.

    Iowa and New Hampshire's do not represent mainstream America

    Super Tuesday does! Go President Hillary Rodham Clinton!!!!!

    January 7, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  15. No Hillary

    Yeah, just what we need, a leader with Hillary's experience of standing behind Bush while smiling and waving!

    January 7, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. reaper

    Obama can't win the electoral college. that's why Republicans want him so bad.

    January 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. Tim

    Obama is the clear, standout leader among both the Democrats and extended to the Republicans. While her intentions are good, Clinton worries me. Look at the way she has responded to Thursday's Iowa defeat. She starts mudslinging so badly that Edwards steps in, she has jumped from campaigning with experience to campaigning with change to campaigning for the experience to change, and now nearly cries.

    Consensus and unity is with Obama.

    January 7, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. sue

    The media should be looking at Obama's track record. To have someone with little experience to run the country just says alot about the United States. Or maybe he will let Oprah help him run the country.
    Hillary stay strong

    January 7, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. Mike

    75 people. Now that's an indication of what the majority of the country thinks. Alert me when there is something more substantial to go on.

    January 7, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. NewPatriot-Arizona

    Thank you CNNnews and ABCnews for inviting Dr . Ron Paul to your debates.... as for FOXnews, they will be at the bottom of the stinker.

    January 7, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. dean

    I would likr to hear questions asked about obama being of the mouslim faith
    is it true???

    January 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  22. Shannon, Charlottesville, VA

    mati, it's a political tradition in this country–has been for decades–and it offers some insight into the hearts and minds of NH voters. relax.

    January 7, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. The Future Is Now

    Jack, if the Democratic leadership hadn't blown it, you'd have had a voice. Keep in mind on the GOP side that Dixville Notch has picked the eventual GOP nominee since 1960. Democratic picks are all over the place. Iowa and NH represent retail politics at its best with informed voters, tough questions and winnow out those who are shifty, don't tell the truth or try to buy the election. This Vermonter salutes both of them. Stop the sour grapes.

    No HRC isn't out of it. Not yet, anyway.

    January 7, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. dennis

    well you people dont realize what you are doing by voting for obama. im from illinois where hes from and ill tell you this. obama hasent done a thing for illinois and the only reason hes a senator is because he had knowone to run against him the last election. beware,hes a smooooth talker that will promise you the world. sincerely, dennis from illinois lifetime resident

    January 7, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. dean

    I heard one of news channels say that nh people were going to make statement
    because theyvoted for busch in 2000 & not 2008. hopely the statement we'll be that they learned from there last mistake. and vote for someone who has a clue what the american people need. John Edwards

    January 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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