Obama Wins First Town's Vote

New Hampshire village votes Democratic for first time in 40 years

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 4, 2008 1:48 AM CST

(Newser) – Barack Obama has won a landslide victory in the first town in America to vote, AP reports. The 21 registered voters of New Hampshire's Dixville Notch hit the polls shortly after the stroke of midnight and chose Obama over John McCain 15 to 6. It is the first time the tiny town has chosen a Democrat since it picked Hubert Humphrey in 1968.

Dixville Notch residents wait for the stroke of midnight to be the first voters in the nation's presidential election early today.
Dixville Notch residents wait for the stroke of midnight to be the first voters in the nation's presidential election early today.   (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Dixville Notch's first voter, Tanner Tillotson (front center), casts his ballot in the nation's presidential election in New Hampshire early today.
Dixville Notch's first voter, Tanner Tillotson (front center), casts his ballot in the nation's presidential election in New Hampshire early today.   (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
Bob Marville of Manchester and his daughter Leah, 6, check out the voting booths set up for the first voters of the nation's presidential election in Dixville Notch, N.H., yesterday.
Bob Marville of Manchester and his daughter Leah, 6, check out the voting booths set up for the first voters of the nation's presidential election in Dixville Notch, N.H., yesterday.   (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
First voter Tanner Tillotson (in white shirt) waits to cast his ballot in the nation's presidential election in Dixville Notch, N.H., early today.
First voter Tanner Tillotson (in white shirt) waits to cast his ballot in the nation's presidential election in Dixville Notch, N.H., early today.   (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
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