Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Dixville Notch, N.H. nation's first Election goes to Obama

Barack Obama was the big winner in the presidential race in Dixville Notch, N.H., where the nation's first Election Day votes were cast and counted early Tuesday.

Barack Obama defeated John McCain 15-6. Following tradition established in 1948 the first voter was picked ahead of the midnight voting and the rest of the town's 19 registered voters followed suit in Tuesday's first minutes. Town Clerk Rick Erwin says the northern New Hampshire town is proud of its tradition, but says the most important thing is that the turnout represents 100 percent vote.

President Bush won the vote in Dixville Notch in 2004 on the way to his re-election.

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