Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Dixville Notch has spoken: It's Obama in a landslide

For the first time since 1968 the tiny New Hampshire town of Dixville Notch has voted Democratic. The people of the tiny town gather at midnight every election and cast their votes. Each one of them gets their own ballot box. Obama won 15 of the available 21 votes. Usually this town leans the other way.

While New Hampshire is a perennial swing state, with 4 Electoral College votes at stake, Dixville Notch consistently leans Republican. The last Democrat it picked was Hubert Humphrey over Richard Nixon in 1968.

President Bush won the town in a landslide in the past two elections: He captured 73 percent of the vote in 2004 (19 residents picked Bush while six preferred Sen. John Kerry), and secured 80 percent of the vote in 2000 (21 votes for Bush, five votes for Al Gore.)
Hopefully the good people of Dixville Notch are showing a swing away from the Republicans and towards Obama which will be echoed all across the United States.

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