DIXVILLE NOTCH, New Hampshire — Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders got an early boost Tuesday as they won the vote in Dixville Notch, the New Hampshire hamlet that is home to the first vote in the first-in-the-nation primary.
Sanders shut out Hillary Clinton, 4-0, while Kasich bested Donald Trump, 3-2.
Those were the only nine votes cast.
Nestled into the White Mountains in New Hampshire’s northernmost reaches, Dixville Notch and two nearby towns, Hart’s Location and Millsfield, don’t count for many votes, but they do offer one positive for the winners: For nearly a full day, they’re ahead in the only results that have been tallied in the Granite State’s crucial primary.
In Millsfield, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the GOP vote with nine votes compared to Trump’s three, while several other GOP candidates received one vote apiece. Clinton received two votes to beat Sanders, who received one.
At Dixville Notch, it’s a tradition that dates to the 1960s: A few voters and dozens of political journalists pile into The Balsams, where the votes are cast at midnight and counted immediately.
The town doesn’t have a record of predicting much about New Hampshire’s primary. In 2008, then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama won the Democratic primary by a 7-2 vote, even though Clinton won the state.
In 2000, George W. Bush beat John McCain, even though the Arizona senator won the state. And in 2012, Jon Huntsman won just as many votes — two — as Mitt Romney, the party’s eventual nominee.
A fictionalized version of Dixville Notch and its two early-voting neighbors was featured in an episode of Aaron Sorkin’s “West Wing” — this one dubbed “Hartsfield’s Landing.”