Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley Dominates First Votes in New Hampshire Primary

Dixville Notch, New Hampshire – Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley received all six votes in the first votes cast in the New Hampshire primary in Dixville Notch. The small town in northern New Hampshire has a tradition of opening its polls just after midnight and has been the first place to declare primary results since 1960.

Former President Donald Trump, who is currently the GOP front-runner, did not earn any support in the vote. The four registered Republican voters and two independents who participated in the vote chose Haley instead. Responding to the results, Haley thanked Dixville Notch for what she described as a great start to the day in New Hampshire.

While neighboring cities Hart’s Location and Millsfield have also held midnight voting in the past, they are not participating this year. Dixville Notch’s tradition continued despite questions about whether there would be enough voters due to the closure of the Balsams Hotel, where the midnight voting was historically held.

Dixville Notch’s midnight voting tradition was championed by former Balsams resort owner Neil Tillotson, who sought incorporation for the town to enable residents to vote without traveling long distances. However, Tillotson cautioned against placing too much significance on the midnight results, stating that they do not provide a clear indication of future outcomes. He emphasized the importance of participating in the democratic process and encouraged more people to vote.

In 2020, Dixville Notch voters supported former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the Democratic primary. However, they unanimously cast five votes for Joe Biden, the eventual winner of the general election. This year, Biden’s name did not appear on the ballot due to a dispute between the state and the Democratic National Committee, resulting in no delegates being awarded.

Dixville Notch’s midnight voting event, although small, serves as a success story for local leaders and a source of excitement for political enthusiasts, offering an early taste of the electoral landscape. Its unique role in the primary process highlights the significance of civic engagement and underscores the importance of taking voting seriously.

This report was contributed to by Ethan Cohen, Molly English, Gregory Krieg, and Eric Bradner.