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First to win in N.H.: Obama and McCain

January 08, 2008|From the Associated Press

DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. — Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama won their parties' early polling in the first-in-the-nation primary today in this hamlet along New Hampshire's border with Canada.

The village has 17 voters -- two Democrats, three Republicans and 12 independents.

Turnout was 100%. Four votes were cast by absentee ballot.

McCain received four votes, Mitt Romney two votes and Rudolph W. Giuliani one vote.

Those were the only Republican votes cast.

On the Democratic side, Obama won a landslide seven votes compared with two for John Edwards, one for Bill Richardson and none for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Dixville Notch may not be a great predictor of the winner of the New Hampshire primary, but it is great political theater for the folks who live there.

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