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Trump takes 32-25 lead in New Hampshire after midnight voting

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As the world waits with bated breath for the results of Tuesday's contentious presidential election, its eyes turned briefly to three sleepy hamlets in rural New Hampshire, as their residents — fewer than 100 total — became the first in the nation to cast their ballots.

In Dixville Notch, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump 4-2. Libertarian Gary Johnson received one vote, and the 2012 Republican candidate, Mitt Romney received a surprise write-in ballot. In the slightly larger burg of Hart's Location, Clinton won with 17 votes to Trump's 14. Johnson got three of Hart's Location votes, while write-ins Bernie Sanders and John Kasich each got one vote. And in Millsfield, Trump won decisively, 16-4, with one write-in for Bernie Sanders.
So, in the three New Hampshire towns with midnight voting, Trump came out ahead 32-25.
According to New Hampshire law, communities with under 100 voters can open their polls at midnight and close them as soon as all registered voters have cast their ballots.
The best known of these three towns, Dixville Notch has been voting at midnight every election since 1960. Neil Tillotson, the former owner of the Balsams Grant Resort Hotel, which closed in 2011, started midnight voting in Dixville in 1960 to stir up publicity for the resort. Almost all of the Dixville voters are employees of the resort .
“It’s important for us to revisit history that has been forgotten by most people,” Wayne Urso, the Millsfield election official who is spearheading the midnight vote told Medill News Service.
Don't read too much into the results from these towns. They lean conservative and tend to vote Republican. Dixville voted for the Republican in every election since 1960 — including Barry Goldwater who lost in a landslide to Lyndon Johnson — until going for Obama in 2008, and splitting the vote between Romney and Obama in 2012.
Since reviving midnight voting, Hart's Location voted for Dole in 1996, Bush in 2000 and 2004, and, like Dixvillem, broke with tradition to vote for Obama in 2008 and 2012.
Dixville had a better track record in the GOP primary and predicted every Republican nominee since 1968 (counting ties in 1980 and 2012), but that streak came to a crashing halt when Donald Trump walked into town and John Kasich edged out the future nominee 3-2.

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