Watching Dixville Notch
Posted by Mike on January 7, 2008
With a town population about the size of a nightly MBNBC audience, Dixville Notch, New Hampshire is a place where the entire town votes at midnight. This allows them to report their results shortly after midnight, making them the first piece of real news from the New Hampshire primary. I always look forward to the Dixville Notch results.
With so few voters, Dixville Notch is not going to make or break anyone’s Granite State dreams. Some pundits trying to ruin the fun even point out that Dixville Notch winners do not usually win the New Hampshire primary. They point out that George W. Bush won Dixville Notch but lost New Hampshire in 2000. Ditto for Bob Dole in 1996. Ditto for Bill Clinton in 1992. What they miss is what you just didn’t. Dixville Notch partisans are more in tune with those across the country than New Hampshire partisans are. Dixville Notch is quaint. It is tradition. If you’re a political junkie and awake after midnight, check up on them here.
UPDATE: John McCain wins Dixville Notch, a bad omen for New Hampshire, good omen for the nomination. Obama wins for the Democrats, She Who Must Not Be Named gets zero votes.
UPDATE 2: Michelle Malkin has all the details. Well, as many details as one can have when there are only 17 votes.