President Donald Trump took a total of 6 votes ahead of Democratic candidate Joe Biden after the first votes of the 2020 presidential elections were reported in two small villages in New Hampshire early Saturday morning. Three.
Trump won a midnight vote in the village of Millsfield 16-5, while Biden got a 5-0 win at the nearby Dixville Notch. Trump’s Millsfield victory echoed the 16 votes he received in the village in 2016, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton getting 4 votes and Senator Bernie Sanders receiving a single vote. Clinton won the 2016 Dixville Notch vote, four more than Trump. Freelance candidate Gary Johnson and former GOP candidate Senator Mitt Romney each have one vote.
While most experts believe that the total number of voters to vote in the current election will be high, the five ballot papers in Dixville Notch represent the lowest turnout ever reported. The last candidate to win all votes in the village was former President Richard Nixon, who nearly lost to former President John F. Kennedy in the 1960 election.
The Dixville Notch vote has a mixed record – best – predicting the final winner of the presidency. Besides missing Trump’s 2016 win, the results did not match former President Jimmy Carter’s victory in 1976, Nixon’s 1968 victory or either former President Bill Clinton’s victory in the years. 1990.
However, the village accurately predicted both the victory of former President George W. Bush as well as the 2008 victory of former President Barack Obama.
Trump also received 16 votes in this year’s primary ballots at Millsfield, but neither Trump nor Biden received a single vote in the 2020 primary ballot in Dixville Notch, where the former Mayor of New City York Michael Bloomberg won both the Democratic and Republican primary elections by a record vote.
“I am a lifelong Republican voting for Joe Biden for the presidency,” said Dixville Notch voter Les Otten in a video posted to Twitter a few hours before the vote. “My vote today is to send a message to my fellow Republicans that our party can find its way back … Paradoxically, Joe Biden’s presidency will allows us to refocus our Republican core values and we can become the conservative party that can lead America back to great prosperity and greatness.
Millsfield and Dixville Notch are two of three places in New Hampshire expected to vote and report the results just after midnight.
Officials at Hart’s Location, also scheduled to hold a midnight vote, canceled tradition last week over concerns caused by COVID-19, according to WMUR. Instead, all 48 voters will have the opportunity to cast their ballots during normal daylight hours.
Newsweek reached out to the Trump and Biden campaigns for comment.