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. Jimmy, Iowa

    I caucussed for Barrack Obama in Iowa, just to latter catch my son smoking a jiont. During my reaction and punishment he argued back that it was ok to smoke Pot because Obama did and he is going to be President and will legalize it. So how do I argue with this. The only choice I have is to try to get Obama to explain to my child and the children around the United States that he used his past exsperence as a vote getter. A political stunt that could create a loss of life for some child with an overdose of drugs. America, Barrack made a very large mistake at the expense of our children he DOES NOT NEED TO BE PRESIDENT> THAT WOULD SEND THE WRONG MESSAGE TO OUR YOUTH. I can not take back my vote, but can do every thing I can to get this message out. I have changed my position to John Edwards, until I watched the debate. Now I will Support SENATOR CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES> Barrack go lead Kenya. You have as much tie there as you have here.

    January 7, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  2. Kyle, NY

    Can we all just relax a little bit here. This is simply a nice little article about a small town and there long time tradition. Theres no need to get all mad about it. I really hope Hillary loses again to back her embarassing 3rd place finish in Iowa

    January 7, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Hutch

    Obama seems to call Oprah in when his campaign is in trouble. He should just have her run the presidency; then we'd have the best of both worlds: someone of color and a woman. Obama's stunt in Iowa in bringing in Oprah to tout him just proves he doesn't have the experience or know-how himself to wow a crowd himself. I can just hear him on the campaign trail when he's in trouble on the phone with Oprah, "Boo-hoo, can you come in and rally for me? Boo-hoo!"

    I'm sorry, the guy is boring and slow to respond to debate questions. Of course the Republicans would love to have him to run against – he lacks experience and will crumble like a house of cards under their scrutiny. From what I've been hearing about his work in Illinois – its lacking.

    January 7, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. Patrick

    Hillary has rightfully or wrongfully been called a cold fish showing no emotions. So isn't it somewhat funny she shows some emotions just a day before the primary and gets press on it. Is crying on demand a prerequisite for being a presidential candidate. Just adds to that other comment about her; being manipulative.

    January 7, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. Lynda Douglas

    Hello New Hampshire!

    Tomorrow you will help choose the nominees for President of our country. Those of you who have observed, participated, and voted in many elections over the years know that CHANGE is not a new or original issue. Neither is pressure to vote for the most likable, popular, but inexperienced candidate. That's how we elected George W. Bush. That's how we ended up with the War in Iraq, high gas prices, shaky economy, triple the national deficit, home foreclosures, violations of the Geneva Accord, and loss of respect from allies all around the world. This is what we are leaving our children and grandchildren to suffer through.

    I want a smart AND experienced candidate and that is Hillary Clinton. Hillary is very likable in person, but heck, I don't care if she's likable or not. I want someone in this job who has what it takes to be the President I can support, have confidence in, and be proud of. That' person is Hillary Clinton.

    Would you want to have a likable but inexperienced surgeon operate on you or someone you love? Would you want to invest, buy stock in a company with a likable but inexperienced CEO?

    Hillary has been through the fire, she is tested, she is smart, experienced, hard working, and the person I want and trust to be the next President of the United States!

    Lynda Douglas
    Wentzville, Missouri

    January 7, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  6. Dave, California

    Michael, Korion...Keep one thing in mind.

    When the US dollar loses value, espicially when compared to the Euro, globally our products becomes more competitive. If suddenly it is cheaper to buy an american product than a european product, what will people typically buy? While it shows a slight depression in our economy, the falling of the US dollar allows for us to compete more in the global market. And as econ 101 will tell us, when the demand rises, supply will follow suit and...Bam! Healthier economy!!

    Just something to consider before screaming the sky is falling!!

    January 7, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. SeaGail

    Re Obama – that's the canned attack ... no substance, just hope. All you have to do is go to his website and find out plenty of specifics if that's what you're looking for. If we don't get someone who really speaks to changing the way things work so that something CAN get done, it will be more of the same no matter what.

    Obama '08!!! (and I'm a 50s woman)

    January 7, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. aj huntington ny

    that's why these caucuses are not a harbringer of who will win even the nomination. If you google around about past caucuses, you will see that only 50 PERCENT of the time in the past have the winners of states' causcuses gone on to win the nomination !!

    January 7, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. American Abroad

    NH – the place where freedom shines and always has, needs to look seriously at Dr. Ron Paul!

    the other candidates are more than willing to send more of our family members out to the middle east... some are even happy to do so for another 100 years!!

    first of all, forgetting about the money, I do not want my sons or their sons to fight this fake war on WMD's... er... Regime Change... no that's not it... Empire... yeah that's what it is today....
    then about the money... the US is spending all its resources on this farce, yet we can't keep things to together at home. Our infrastusture is failing, we can't fund retirement, we fall behind in education globally, and our economy is suffering from severe hemmoraging.

    Ron Paul 2008. Lets get the focus back home and stop nation building elsewhere and rebuild this nation to once again be the envy and not the enemy of the world.

    January 7, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  10. SeaGail

    And re the comment about drug use, there are plenty of Americans who, at some point in time, made the mistake of trying drugs – but you don't have to advocate it, you admit you made a mistake and move on and you try to encourage children not to do the same, but you can have you head in the sand about it. Look to George W. people – you think he didn't do things – and it wasn't just the drinking. Barak is a human being with human failings, but overall, his message and desire are far removed from any youthful mistakes. Weigh what's important ...

    January 7, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. no obama or hillary!!!!

    Look how quickly BOTH Obama and Hillary turned this country's cry for help into their own personal platform of "change". And now they battle over this platform. They are not people, the are politicians.

    I will vote for someone with four decades of consistant principles. The fact that he comes straight from the working class is merely a bonus. RON PAUL 2008.

    January 7, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. Anne Detroit, MI

    Hillary is Bush lite – how is that "change" in Washington ? ?

    January 7, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  13. yk

    If you fall for everything, you can stand for nothing. Clinton is not a bad person but she is saying and doing what she needs to do to win.. It is so fake. it sickens me
    to know such a smart person can be so robotic. We have a need for the truth,change, and a transparent government. We want a move from the same
    old old old! politics. She is identified as being a part of the status Quo and she
    has not got away from the mood of the Past. We need the new, fresh, and
    honest Obama. He will consult with hillary as well as other democrats, independents, and republicans. He just has to lead us out of the hate people
    carry for Hillary that leads to fighting and getting nothing done! We need Him
    or we will go to Hell in a Hand Basket.

    January 7, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |


    January 7, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  15. Kay

    Please help our country by voting for Hillary!

    January 7, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. connie floyd, crockett,texas

    hang in there Hillary, I am still with you and there millions just like me. This in one little state and one straw poll. There are still lots of states left. Pls don't quits till the fat lady sings. HILLARY 08'

    January 7, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  17. Tom Davie

    News flash

    final vote in tiny New Hampshire town is in

    3 votes Obama

    2 for Edwards

    2 for Clinton .



    delegates won

    Obama 1

    Clinton 1

    Edwards 1

    January 7, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. Sérgio, Porto, Portugal

    I would just like to ask you all folks:

    Since when "change" became a hip word?
    Since when every single candidate started bragging about being agents of change?

    How can Republicans (in particular) argue that they want to change the ways of Washington since they agree with George W. Bush on most issues?

    After you answer that...think why.

    January 7, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  19. Troy, Seattle, WA

    The word Change is powerful, specially when it causes a shift of power and influence. That is what Obama can bring!!! The other candidates did not talk about real change until they saw what impact Obama's message had. The fact is this, someone always has to be first. When the world doubts your every move, you must stay strong to your belief, adapt, learn and work hard. That is the american way, we can create a better America togethere it is not just a dream.

    January 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  20. Kevin Pendergast

    Didn't Pat Buchanan win the New Hampshire Republican primary in 1996? You have Bob Dole winning in this article.

    January 7, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  21. Nita

    Lynda Douglas what you wrote is all so true. However, I think NH is alittle caught up with the Iowa thing. You would hope that the people in NH would have more sense than to go out and support this Pied Piper of the red party. I hope they read some of the comments on the NYT about people who no longer think Obama is that hope.

    January 7, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. Mone

    I appreciate hearing from Dennis—who is a lifetime resident of Illinois—someone Obama was suppose to represent. Some proof he is the real deal???? Oh yes—that’s right—Obama was only present to vote for—what—about 1.9% of the time! So how did he do to get things done??

    Lynda –I think you hit it on the head–with the surgeon /investmet CEO statment.

    Good for Hilary getting all fired up during the debates-at least someone is passionate about improving this country –something we haven't seen in a long time.

    We need someone who can get the job done. Although I think Hilary can come off cold, etc. and is by no far the perfect candidate –She has my vote!

    January 7, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. eboughey

    I will be voting for Hillary. I think she has the skills, intelligence and overall desire to be president. If anyone can bring our country out of it's miserable state, it's her in my opinion. I don't care if she's cold or emotional, the facts of her achievements in the past speak for themselves.

    She's also had to work twice as hard as all of the other candidates because she is scrutinized so much more for being a woman.

    January 7, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  24. Kim

    I am from Iowa, a small, mostly white midwestern state; every four years we have the responsibility and honor given to us for the first in the nation causes. I personally have had the opportunity to meet each and every candidate for president, from both parties, over the last year, given the opportunity to talk to each and asking what I thought were tough questions. We in Iowa do not take this honor of being first in the nation lightly and work at educating ourselves to make an informed, intelligent decision. We may be small and insignifcant to most of the rest of the nation, but we are a proud and educated people that do what we do for our country. What more would you want from any American, no matter what state they are from.

    January 7, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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    January 7, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
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