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. Anita

    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.

    Obama is the PIED PIPER for the republicans. Hillary has a tough road – but she will win in the end. Just let Obama keep on talking and talking and talking.

    January 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Tom, Ottumwa, IA

    I am proud I rejected Hillary and her politics of fear. I voted for Bill, but she is just too polarizing and hateful. I hope America follows our lead.

    January 7, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |

    What does this woman mean? "She don't want us to fall backward"? Who is us? and where is backward?

    If Senator Obama, a black man, can bring himself up to run for President of the United States he can..................

    January 7, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Ann S.

    I am so sick of Clinton and I do NOT want her back in the White House. She had her eight years!! Also, if you think crying on the trail with about a dozen cameramen and more reporters today was anything but SCRIPTED you are living in a fantasy zone.
    Sorry HRC, your time has passed and I am so glad for it! Anyone who wants more of the scheming/philandering/poisonous Clinton White House years should go out and pick up Sally Bedell Smith's new book about the strange, selfish Clintons. Better yet, read it excerpted in the Weekly Standard.
    Sorry Clinton, there is an anti-YOU vote out there!

    January 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Andrea Las Vegas

    JAMES F is delusional-the other half LOVES Hillary

    January 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Cindy

    To those who repeatedly point to the "fact" that Hillary is hated by 50% of the country such as James F. above, just wait until Obama has the nomination to see how fast his negative go through the roof. One poll last week showed him at 46% negative already up from a much lower number...it's already started. Beware.

    January 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Greg, Houston TX

    I can't believe anyone with any sense of self-respect can openly admit to supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton. What we need in this country is a new form of segregation: all those who think Hillary is wonderful and would make a great president move to one part of the country, and I'll move where they are not.

    January 7, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. Andrea Las Vegas


    January 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Claire

    Obama has only 2 years of experience. He will join the ranks of John Kerry and Dukakis-unelectable as President. The simple question remains, would you hire someone to be the President of your company with only 2 years of experience? No. So, why would we vote someone, with such limited experience, for President ?!

    January 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. Hans

    Obama isnt polarizing...he unites Republicans and Democrats and Independents unlike HRC....

    Beware of your failed logic

    January 7, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. Eileen

    Hilary "isn't" hated by 50% of the country. Be real and if you are going to quote statistics then quote correct ones.

    The problems with some men and also some women is that they can't take it when a STRONG woman is in front.

    I pray that Hilary will prevail. She is the strong and intelligent and compassionate leader that our country needs!

    January 7, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Katie

    If Hillary had the same easy press as Obama she'd be way ahead..Read Michael Fauntroy"s article on Huffington post

    January 7, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. NewPatriot-Arizona

    I will vote for Dr. Ron Paul because he is the only candidate that can interpret and explain our U.S. Constitution in plain ENGLISH !

    January 7, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. hello

    How could George Bush not have been the eventual winner of the Republican Primary in 2000? He became the president, and is who they backed in the primary election.

    January 7, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. hello

    The reason the FL primary has not or little effect/ number of delegates this year is because the state did not have permission to host it so early! To forlorn in FL, make sure your state follows the rules this year so you get all your delegates!

    January 7, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Korion

    I'll take visionary leadership over the experience that has our country plagued with trillions of dollars of debt. Our currency is no longer respected. Globally folks prefer to do business in euros vs. dollars. Not to mention the experience which has lead us into wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a recently retired 20 year military veteran who is currently unable to find suitable employment you can bet I am so over status quo politics of either party. Obama has this veteran's support in 2008.

    January 7, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Jane

    I am a professional female over age 50. I 'm aware that many of Senator Clintons support base are woman of my age catagory. I would be pleased and honored to help elect our first woman president. However, I have very recently decided against Hillary. I somehow feel that her message lacks sincerity and I question her level of trustworthiness. Hillarys performance during last weekends debate has done little to further her cause. Her outburst was embarrassing and put me in mind of behaviors demonstrated by our current commander and chief . Further, I believe that her unprofessional conduct is fueled in part by anger, and concerns over Senator Obamas defeat in Iowa and probable defeat in New Hampshire. For me, this is unacceptable.
    I am an Iowa independent and one of many undecided individuals. However, I am listening to and impressed by Senator Obama. I am encouraged by his message of hope. Experience may be a concern but with the contribution of experienced and appropriate cabnet members and staff, this man would make a fine president.

    January 7, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Dixville Notch residence, vote 75 strong for Barack Obama, help make a CHANGE.

    January 7, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. Let the Leaders Lead, Arcadia, Iowa

    Maybe if Hillary will cry one more time it will make a difference. Come on this is to elect the President of the United States. John Edwards-Obama ticket is a winning one. Move forward America and quit fooling yourself. Hillaryites had better get out their crying towels you are really going to need them after tomorrow. The election money could not buy, or could it.

    January 7, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  20. james

    i just can not see how everyone is saying if clinton finishes second on tues. that she is done!? this is a LONG process and A LOT OF THINGS can change in a month! plus the poles and opion in iowa did not turn out to be right on the money!?

    lake charles la

    January 7, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. A

    Regardless of your feelings for against Hillary, Republicans simply need to bring up the term "Another Clinton" during general elections, and a huge body of her support will disappear.
    Any of the democratic candidates would be a huge plus over any of the forseeable winners of the republican primary, but Obama is the only choice of a candidate that could make it to the whitehouse.

    January 7, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Paul

    More people live in Glendale, California than caucused in Iowa. When will this elaborate political system get a reality check and quit pretending that two insignificant states like Iowa and New Hampshire can determine what the rest of us Americans should think about who should be president? Sorry, but I will do my own thinking, thank you!

    January 7, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. Alex, Syracuse, NY

    To whoever asked about Obama's faith-NO, he is not Muslim. That is another tactic used by the right wing-put wrong information out there to try to discredit a candidate. Obama is a Christian who goes to church. Please do dome research on the candidates, and don't just watch news reports. Go online, google the candidates, and look at their platform and voting history. Then, and only then, will you be able to make an informed decision. Don't be fooled by slick advertising or ridiculous commercials designed to tug on your heart strings. These ploys will just distract you from the real issues. And please-don't vote for someone because he/she is likable. Look what happened the last time the public chose the affable, guy next door type...we got the BIGGEST IDIOT EVER, an enormous deficit, record oil prices with tax breaks for the big oil companies, and a never-ending war in Iraq. Not to mention attacks on civil rights and the constitution, corruption at the highest level of office, and cronyism and a level of incompetence that is unbelievable.

    January 7, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Michael

    Dr. Ron Paul is what this country needs to stop the bleeding! My 3 year old daughter is going to have to pay for the mistakes that our presidents are making, because of the devaluation of our currency and pointing our country towards total economic collapse! I love Obama also, but he doesn't have any plan to fix our fiscal downfalls. Unless we bring our troops home and stop printing $2.5 Billion per day, and borrowing billions per day from the Chinese, our children will be paying for it 10-20 years down the road! It is not a pretty situation, people.

    NH, it is up to you to make the right decision! Make it Ron Paul!!

    January 7, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. Ellen

    I am going to vote for Hillary.I don't understand what her personially has to do with the good job she is going to do.I don't like a lot of people I have to deal with on a regular basis. But that does not stop my useing their service as long as they do a good job.Forget all that frendily stuff. Let her get this country straightened out again

    January 7, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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