Nikki Haley romps to win in tiny New Hampshire village primary

Dixville Notch, New Hampshire - Dixville Notch, a tiny village with only six registered voters, kicked off New Hampshire’s presidential primary on Tuesday – handing a surprise early landslide victory to Nikki Haley.

Cory "C Pez" Pesaturo, a US National Accordion Champion, plays the national anthem just before midnight on January 22, 2024, in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, as voters prepare to cast their ballots in the presidential primary.
Cory "C Pez" Pesaturo, a US National Accordion Champion, plays the national anthem just before midnight on January 22, 2024, in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, as voters prepare to cast their ballots in the presidential primary.  © SCOTT EISEN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

The midnight vote and count took about 10 minutes, and ended with no votes at all for frontrunner Donald Trump and six for Haley, his only remaining rival in the Republican Party’s nomination race.

The tiny northeastern hamlet in the middle of the forest, near the Canadian border, has traditionally voted "first in the nation" in primaries and the presidential election itself since 1960.

Electoral laws in New Hampshire allow municipalities with fewer than 100 residents to open their polling stations at midnight and to close them when all registered voters have fulfilled their civic duty.

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Most polling stations in New Hampshire will open between 6:00 AM and 8:00 AM on Tuesday.

In Dixville Notch, the proceedings unfolded in a relaxed atmosphere as an accordion player in a shiny red shirt played the national anthem to kick off the vote and somebody's dogs walked around the polling center, sniffing people.

One by one, the six registered voters collected their ballots from election officials seated at a table, stepped behind a curtain into a booth to mark them, and then came back out to drop them in a box.

Polls suggest Trump will trounce Haley, leaving him in a seemingly unassailable position to secure the nomination and set up a rematch of the 2020 presidential race with Joe Biden.

Haley, a former South Carolina governor, is the sole challenger after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis dropped out over the weekend.

Cover photo: SCOTT EISEN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

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