IT’S HAPPENING… Trump Takes Lead in Key Battleground State

IT’S HAPPENING… Trump Takes Lead in Key Battleground State

The polls have only been open for a few hours, but already, everyone is anxiously looking for signs that will show which candidate will end up victorious. The first place to look is New Hampshire, where three towns, consisting of less than 100 total residents, voted at midnight. So who came out ahead?

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Hillary Clinton won Dixville Notch, receiving four votes. Trump received two votes, Libertarian Gary Johnson received one, and Mitt Romney, strangely, received a write-in vote. In Hart’s Location, Hillary came out victorious again, with 17 votes to Trump’s 14. Johnson received three votes, with write-in votes for Bernie Sanders and John Kasich at one apiece. Finally, in Millsfield, Trump won with 16 votes. Hillary received only four votes, and Bernie Sanders received one write-in.

So altogether, Trump received the most votes, with 32 to Hillary’s 25.

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New Hampshire law allows communities with under 100 residents to vote at midnight and close the polls as soon as all registered voters have placed their ballots. Dixville Notch has been voting at midnight since 1960, although this may be their last election — a New England businessman has purchased local property and plans to build a ski resort, which could potentially bring the Dixville Notch population over 100.

Hart’s Location was the first to begin the midnight voting tradition, however, which dates back to 1948. It was dropped in 1964, when residents got tired of the “media circus”, but in 1996, started it again. Millsfield started midnight voting in the 1950s, but like Hart’s Location, ceased in the 1960s. They began the tradition again last year in honor of the 100th anniversary of the New Hampshire primary.

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