Voting in the first primary of the 2016 election began on Tuesday in New Hampshire’s Dixville Notch just after midnight. All nine votes casted were for Democrat Senator Bernie Sanders and Republican Governor John Kasich. Sanders beat Hillary Clinton 4-0 and Kasich defeated Trump 3 votes to 2. Kasich is looking for a second place finish as votes begin to come in. Kasich personally called all nine voters prior to voting took place.
Dixville Notch is one of three tiny towns, including Hart’s Location and Millsfield, with fewer than 100 residents that are allowed by law to open the polls at at midnight. Polls everywhere else in the state begin opening at 6 a.m. Hart’s Location, a town of 43 registered voters about 80 miles south of Dixville, rebooted its midnight voting in 1996. Tonight voters there also went for Kasich and Sanders, according to a tally posted on the town’s website. Kasich earned five votes to Trump’s four. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie followed with two votes, while former Floridan Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Doctor Ben Carson each earned one.
On the Democratic side, Sanders won 12 votes to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s seven. Two people went for Democratic candidate Mark Stewart Greenstein. Dixville Notch town moderator Tom Tillotson called the midnight vote fun and a true example of American democracy.
This is an example of American democracy where 100% of the voters come out and vote,” he said. “It’s also a part of a primary process where it’s sort of an endangered species where the candidates actually go out and talk to the voters, and anything we can do to keep that alive helps our political process.”
The midnight primaries, however, are so small that they are not considered predictive of how the state’s Democratic and Republican primaries will ultimately shake out. Fiorina has made Clinton a bullseye as she sought to distinguish herself in a crowded field of Republican male candidates. It has only been several days since her latest barb, when Fiorina said she actually likes spending time with her husband. Fiorina followed up by saying that Clinton would do “anything to gain and hold onto power … if my husband did what Bill Clinton did, I would have left him a long time ago.”
Clinton was up early Tuesday — around 6:45 a.m., she and daughter Chelsea Clinton greeted volunteers at a polling station at Parker Varney School. Clinton and Chelsea shook hands, posed for voters and thanked volunteers who she said worked “day and night for me.” The Cruz campaign suggested Trump’s language might not sit well with voters in future primary states. Trump expressed confidence, provided his people actually get out. Trump appeared on Morning Joe where he spoke out that despite the weather voters must come out.
The people have to go out and vote, you know? You see rallies like that, where you have 4,000 or 5,000 people in a blizzard, and then you still have to tell them. That’s why I told them last night, ‘No matter how you’re feeling, you have to go out and vote.”
Clinton was ambushed during a visit to a polling center by NBC but refused to make any predictions. She was strongly believing in the voters who decide at the last minute. “You know, I just love the way New Hampshire does this. I like the way the people of New Hampshire take it so seriously. They focus in on the issues and they keep coming back.”