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January 8, 2008

Live From The Balsams
Posted by Jim Macdonald at 12:02 AM * 21 comments

The balloting is done in the first town reporting in the historic First in the Nation primary.

Here are the results:


Mike Huckabee
Mitt Romney 2
Fred D. Thompson
John McCain 4
Ron Paul
Rudolph W. Giuliani 1
Duncan Hunter
Tom Tancredo


Barack Obama 7
John Edwards 2
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Bill Richardson 1
Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Christopher J. Dodd
Mike Gravel
Dennis J. Kucinich

Reporting live from The Balsams in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, this is Jim Macdonald for Making Light.
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Approaching the ballot room at The Balsams. Outside, the signs were all for Mitt Romney and John McCain.
The Dixville Notch polling station. Under New Hampshire law, once every registered voter in a town has voted, the balloting can be closed and the results counted. In Dixville Notch, every voter has his or her own ballot box. At exactly midnight the polls open. Folks slam-dunk their ballots into their boxes. Tonight the polls closed in Dixville at 12:02:33 a.m.
The citizens of Dixville Notch enter the ballot room.
The final tabulation, in the library at The Balsams. (Copies of all of my hardcovers are on the shelves there….)
Comments on Live From The Balsams:
#1 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 12:22 AM:

And if any other news service had actual New Hampshire voting results earlier than we did, I want to hear about it.

#2 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 12:22 AM:

Thanks for staying up late, James. So, on the Republican side, McCain got twice as many votes as Romney and four times as many votes as Giuliani, and no else got any votes at all. On the Democratic side, Obama, Edwards, and Richardson went Win, Place and Show.

Of course, this means nothing.

#3 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 12:30 AM:

The Balsams is a huge sumptuous old hotel from the days before air conditioning was invented, and the well-to-do took refuge from summer weather in the coastal cities. New Hampshire is always the first primary election in the country, and The Balsams -- or is it technically Dixville Notch? -- is generally the first precinct that reports in.

I've been in the balloting room at The Balsams. It's not all that big, but the walls are lined with a truly fabulous collection of political memorabilia. If you're ever up that way, have a look.

Patrick has a large rock on a shelf above his desk that's from Dixville Notch proper.

#4 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 12:32 AM:

Notice that Obama got more than twice as many votes as the other Dem. candidates put together. We'll see how that compares to the rest of the state when all the votes are tallied.

#5 ::: Terry Karney ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 12:37 AM:

I've repeated the broadcast.

Thanks, and now you won't have to deal with the robocalls for another few years.

#6 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 12:48 AM:

Photos soon.

P.S. The bar off the lobby in The Balsams knows how to make Gibsons.

#7 ::: LMB MacAlister ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 12:58 AM:

History, and a good bartender too!

#8 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 01:19 AM:

Reported by Jeralyn from TalkLeft

In Hart's Location, Democrat Obama received nine votes, Hillary Rodham Clinton received three and John Edwards received one. Among Republicans, McCain received six, Mike Huckabee received five, Ron Paul received four and Mitt Romney one.

#9 ::: Madeline F ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 01:32 AM:

How can this be? All the articles I've been seeing say that the voting is tomorrow, Tuesday.

#10 ::: tavella ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 01:38 AM:

It is tomorrow already in Dixville Notch; they have a traditional of opening their voting right after midnight on primary/election day.

#11 ::: protected static ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 01:38 AM:

Madeline F @ #9: Look at the timestamp... 12:02 AM. It is tomorrow already. Er. As it were.

(Dixville Notch makes a point of being the first of the first, so folks gather to cast their votes at midnight. I was unaware that they did it at The Balsams, which sounds quite lovely, indeed.)

#12 ::: Ambar ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 02:03 AM:

James@6: at a recent fen party, the host was wandering around with a neon blue martini, purportedly the result of using blue gin. I suggested that if he only had an onion rather than an olive, it could properly be called a William Gibson.

#13 ::: James D. Macdonald ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 02:16 AM:

Best remark of the night, after the results were posted (one Ron Paul supporter to another): "We tied Hillary! I'm good with that!"

#14 ::: Madeline F ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 02:34 AM:

Well, dang. 17 voters? All coordinated and willing to stay up past midnight. Dang.

I clicked the Dixville Notch link to get more info, and it says that last election the vote was 19 Bush 7 Kerry. Are there 9 recalcitrant Republicans locked in a bunker somewhere, against the chance of future scarcity?

#15 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 07:05 AM:

It's interesting that NPR this morning hasn't got the kind of detailed coverage that Jim provides.

#16 ::: Jon H ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 07:35 AM:

The weather today in the northeast is nicely symbolic. Springtime in America, indeed.

#17 ::: Nathan ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 08:24 AM:

I predict Hilary has made her last visit to Dixville Notch.

I'm sure I've said it before, but I love it here.

#18 ::: Connie H. ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 08:39 AM:

Heh -- I note that Dixville Notch hasn't forgotten that Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich EXIST, even if noone voted for them.

I LOVE the idea of having 17 booths, one for each voter. Talk about individualizing the political process, which I suppose isn't all that radical in New England, home of Town Meetings.

#19 ::: Debra Doyle ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 09:52 AM:

Jon@16: I Hope it's not too symbolic, since what we have up here at the moment isn't actual spring -- merely a January thaw, which typically lasts only a day or two before the weather slams everybody back into the sub-zero deep freeze until March.

#20 ::: Bruce Cohen (SpeakerToManagers) ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2008, 10:02 AM:

Madeline F @ 14

I clicked the Dixville Notch link to get more info, and it says that last election the vote was 19 Bush 7 Kerry. Are there 9 recalcitrant Republicans locked in a bunker somewhere, against the chance of future scarcity?

Nah, their heads exploded from too many robo-calls.

#21 ::: Howard Bannister ::: (view all by) ::: December 13, 2013, 01:47 PM:

I was just trolling through the archives--something I do. Everybody knows they're full of gold, right? Gold, I tell you.

I was reading them through, and read this. I nodded along.

Comment 2 pointed out that you can't interpolate the results from one tiny town to the whole United States.

Except... when you can, oddly enough. Or you could have, this year.

How very odd.

Not only did they pick the same candidates the party would go on to pick, but they appeared to favor the winning candidate.


And they did it again in 2012.

What in the world are the odds of that?

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