All Eyes Turn to Coos County

The results are in, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., won.

But not so fast -- we're just talking about the tiny resort town of Dixville Notch, N.H., whose residents get to vote as of midnight each Election Day.

Obama beat Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., among the 21 voters in this town -- 15-6.

Other towns in the Granite State vote and release the results early as well, but they don't get the same publicity. 

Obama won in Hart's Location, N.H., 17-10.

How predictive are the citizens of the Notch?

In 2008, they picked both Obama in the Democratic primary (Obama – 7; former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C. – 2; Gov. Bill Richardson – 1) and McCain in the GOP primary (McCain – 4; former Gov. Mitt Romney – 2; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani – 1).

In 2004, they voted for President George W. Bush over Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., 19-7. Their Democratic primary pick, Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.), not so much.

In 2000, they went for Bush over then-Vice President Al Gore, 21-5. They went for former Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., and Bush in the primaries.

In 1996, they went for former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., over then-President Bill Clinton, 18-8.

In 1992, they went for then-President George H.W. Bush over then-Gov. Bill Clinton, 15-2. 

In 1988, they went for then-Vice President George H.W. Bush over then-Gov. Mike Dukakis, 34-3.

1984 – Reagan over Mondale, 29-1.

1980 - Reagan over Carter, 17-3.

1976 – Ford over Carter, 13-11.

So as a general rule, these voters have a decent record in predicting who will win. But more to the point, they often go GOP in general elections, which is interesting, considering their support for Obama today. Though, of course, it might be completely irrelevant as well.

- jpt

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