Clinton Wins in First Town to Report Results

Romney, Johnson tied for 3rd in Dixville Notch, NH
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2016 11:17 PM CST
Updated Nov 8, 2016 5:08 AM CST
A ballot box is set Monday for residents in Dixville Notch to vote at midnight.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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(Newser) – The election is over in tiny Dixville Notch—and it did not go well for Donald Trump. With all eight votes counted in the New Hampshire town, traditionally the first in the US to report election results, Hillary Clinton has four votes to two for Donald Trump. Gary Johnson and, more surprisingly, Mitt Romney are tied for third with one vote apiece. The polls opened at midnight and closed minutes later. After going 40 years without voting for a Democrat, the town chose Obama in 2008. Romney and Obama were tied with five votes each in 2012.

But Dixville Notch wasn't the only New Hampshire town voting at midnight this year: Results were in a few minutes later from Millsfield, which Trump took in a landslide, with 16 votes to four for Clinton—and one for Bernie Sanders, according to the town's Facebook page. In Hart's Location, which revived midnight voting in 1996, Clinton had 17 votes to 14 for Trump. USA Today notes that New Hampshire law allows towns with fewer than 100 voters to open their polls at midnight—but with a massive ski resort development in the area set to boost the population, this could be Dixville's last year in the spotlight. (Read more Election Day stories.)

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