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Dixville Notch Casts First Community Votes in the Election of 2016

In a time before early voting, it was a big deal – the first “official” votes cast.

Today it’s not as significant, but much like the original Groundhog in Punxsatawney, PA, voting in Dixville Notch still garners attention.

So, it was that the tradition continue last night. The small northern New Hampshire community — with a registered population of 12 in the 2010 census voted just after midnight midnight – the first community to cast in person vote in this year’s U.S. Presidential election. It is a tradition that dates back to 1960, when the town cast its nine votes for Richard Nixon’s presidential bid.
Traditionally a Republican leaning district, in 2008, Obama had been the first Democrat ever to win the hamlet, collecting 15 votes. In there was a tie, with Romney and Democratic incumbent Barack Obama each receiving five votes.

This year’s results: Clinton won four votes, while Donald Trump picked up two. Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson earned one vote, as did former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who isn’t running.

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