Tuesday, November 6, 2012

As New Hampshire goes ...

Dixville Notch, N.H., made history this morning. Citizens of the smaller than small town that’s taken pride in being “First in the Nation” to vote cast their 10 ballots a few minutes after midnight. The results? A tie between Obama and Romney — 5 votes apiece. It’s the first time that’s happened in the history of the Dixville Notch canvass.

Some thought that vote might be a leading indicator of what’s coming later today and tonight. Maybe more of the deadlock that’s characterized the last month of the race.

But maybe not: In nearby Hart's Location, the other Granite State town with first-vote bragging rights, Obama won with 23 votes, Romney got 9 and Libertarian Gary Johnson received 1 vote.

Apparently, things move slow in new Hampshire. The MSNBC ticker reported around 6:20 p.m. eastern time that, with 1 percent of the vote in, the state’s vote totals are Obama 28 votes, Romney 14 votes. The same 42 votes that were cast 18 hours earlier.

Other polls in the United States close in about 12 minutes; we’ll have more of a sense then of which New Hampshire town is more microcosmic of the nation.

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