For 66 years, the small town of Dixville Notch has led the voting for New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary. Fox’s Carl Cameron estimates that sixty reporters showed up for the midnight vote, which put the reporter-to-voter ratio at, oh … about 7:1. Nine voters cast their ballot last night, and you were there. Or not.
Voters in Dixville Notch gave John Kasich a 3-2 win over Donald Trump, while Bernie Sanders pitched a 4-0 shutout over Hillary Clinton. It turns out that Dixville Notch wasn’t alone in opening up the polls early:
In Hart’s Location, a town with a population of 43 that claims to have originated the midnight voting tradition in 1952 to accommodate the schedules of railroad workers, Kasich also edged out Trump, 5 votes to 4, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gathering 2 votes. Bush, neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio one vote each.
Sanders had the most votes on the Democratic side again, with 12, followed by Clinton with 7, but it was the third name gathering 2 votes that surprised some. It was not Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who dropped out of the Democratic race after Iowa, but Mark Stewart Greenstein, a self-described “liberty-leaning Democrat” who was the first to file for the Primary back in November, according to NECN.
In Millsfield, a small township just south of Dixville, Clinton was given a win on the Democratic side, edging Sanders 2 votes to 1. On the Republican side, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won handily with 9 votes, followed by Trump with 3 and Bush, Christie, Kasich, Rubio, former CEO Carly Fiorina, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul – who also suspended his campaign after Iowa – with 1 vote each.
At daybreak, at least, we have a three-way tie at 9 each for Cruz, Trump, and Kasich. Sanders have a 17-9 lead over Hillary, while Greenstein has two votes … and that may mean a big upset in the making for Democrats. Or not.