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Nikki Haley sweeps 6-person midnight vote in New Hampshire

In the wee hours of Tuesday, all six registered voters in the small New Hampshire village of Dixville Notch cast their votes, easily defeating former President Donald Trump and other contenders for Nikki Haley. The resort town conducted the first primary in the country for the 2024 elections. The number of reporters from around the world exceeded the voters, overshadowing the recent influx of chocolate chip cookies.

Since the 1960s, Dixville Notch has been hosting the first-in-the-nation primary, with results announced shortly after midnight. While the small sample of voters does not usually predict the election outcome, it satisfies early curiosity. While some other small New Hampshire communities have cast their votes at midnight in recent years, Dixville Notch held its primary this year.

Nikki Haley Triumphs in Dixville Notch

Nikki Haley secured victory with the midnight vote in Dixville, as the Balsams Resort saw its renovation, relocating voting to the Tilotson House’s living room. The atmosphere became friendly as Maxine, an 11-month-old golden retriever, greeted journalists and voters. Les Otten, the developer and principal owner of the Balsams Resort, expressed enthusiasm about the voting process, calling it unique. “It’s unique. In reality, that’s what it is,” Otten commented.

Dixville Notch’s tradition of midnight voting commences in an unconventional manner. Otten remarked, “At the end of the day, it always comes down to very few people.” “In the Republican party, we have two strong candidates.” As the town serves snowmobilers and Nordic skiers in winter and hikers and golfers in summer, the primary saw two declared Democratic voters and four registered Republicans.

Mixed Reactions and Political Disagreements

Republican rivalry and President Biden’s absence from the ballot due to the Democratic National Committee’s decision supported a write-in candidacy. Disagreeing with some who claimed the New Hampshire primary failed this year, Otten highlighted the uniqueness of the situation. “I don’t think there was much press coverage in that first year… but it started this tradition,” Otten commented.

Nikki Haley established an early lead by winning all six votes during the midnight voting in Dixville Notch. Neal Tilotson, the current town moderator and son of the late network founder Neil Tilotson, informed, “Nine people gathered, and they voted at midnight.” “I don’t think there was much press coverage in that first year… but it started this tradition.”

Dixville Notch’s Unconventional Voting Process

Dixville Notch’s eccentric midnight voting tradition continues, and at that time, it wasn’t officially sanctioned to do much. Neil Tilotson, the present town moderator and son of the late network founder Neil Tilotson, reported, “Nine people gathered, and they voted at midnight.” “I don’t think there was much press coverage in that first year… but it started this tradition.”

Reflecting on the challenges of being an early voting town, Neil Tilotson shared, “At the end of the day, it always comes down to very few people.” “In the Republican party, we have two strong candidates.” Serving snowmobilers and Nordic skiers in winter and hikers and golfers in summer, the primary had two declared Democratic voters and four registered Republicans.

A large crowd of media and spectators watch as town moderator Tom Tillotson inserts Scott Maxwell’s ballot shortly after midnight in the presidential primary election, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024, in Dixville Notch, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Nikki Haley’s Early Lead

Nikki Haley gained an early advantage by winning all six votes during Dixville Notch’s midnight voting. Neal Tilotson, the current town moderator and son of the late network founder Neil Tilotson, revealed, “Nine people gathered, and they voted at midnight.” “I don’t think there was much press coverage in that first year… but it started this tradition.”

Valeria Maxwell works as people vote after midnight on the day of the U.S. presidential primary election in the living room of the Tillotson House at Balsams Hotel in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, U.S., January 23, 2024. REUTERS/Faith Ninivaggi

The tradition of midnight voting in Dixville Notch has historical significance, and Otten emphasized the uniqueness of the situation. “It’s unique. In reality, that’s what it is,” Otten commented. “In the Republican party, we have two strong candidates.” As the town serves snowmobilers and Nordic skiers in winter and hikers and golfers in summer, the primary had two declared Democratic voters and four registered Republicans.

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