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Bloomberg wins first NH town, Dixville Notch as New Hampshire goes to polls in primary

Bloomberg talks supporting veterans and gun safety during first presidential campaign stop in San Diego. (San Diego Tribune/TNS)

Michael Bloomberg won three elections for mayor in a city of 8 million.

And today, the Democratic presidential candidate scored a win with just 3 votes out of 5 cast in Dixville Notch, the tiny hamlet that votes at midnight on New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Joe Biden got one vote and Bernie Sanders scooped another. No one voted for President Trump, even though the state’s open primary system means voters can choose which party contest to vote in.

“I believe Mike Bloomberg can win the presidency in November and get things done in a way I feel good about,” said Neil Tillotson after casting his ballot for Bloomberg. He said he had never voted for a Democrat before.

Bloomberg is not on the New Hampshire Democratic primary ballot because he entered the race too late to file for it. All three votes for him were write-ins, and his campaign is not anticipating any significant number of votes statewide.

It’s the first time in recent memory that all the votes in Dixville Notch were cast for candidates from one party.

The tiny community near the Canadian border has a less-than-stellar record of predicting the outcome of the primary. Hillary Clinton won with four votes in 2016 but went on to get demolished by Bernie Sanders.

In 2012, President Barack Obama tied Mitt Romney with five votes apiece.

It’s not clear if there will even be another election for Dixville Notch. The barely-there place is shrinking fast and had 21 voters as recently a 2008.


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