Former Vice President Joe Biden won all five presidential votes cast in the tiny community of Dixville Notch in New Hampshire, making him the first candidate in 60 years.
Voters in Dixville Notch traditionally cast their ballots shortly after midnight, and their votes were among the first to be cast and counted on election day.
All five votes for president went to Biden, but voters were split on the House and Senate candidates, although Democratic candidates continued to dominate.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, received four votes compared to one vote for the Republican Corky Messner. Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster also received four votes, while her opponent Steve Negron received only one vote.
A Republican, however, was Dixville Notch’s election for governor. Republican leader Chris Sununu received four votes, while his rival, Democrat Dan Feltes, received only one vote.
The Election Committee with the results of the midnight vote in #Dixville Notch. #NHpolitics #Election2020 #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/ll3VxoSn9t
– Dixville Vote (@DixvilleVote) November 3, 2020
Traditionally, the city’s eligible voters gather in the Ballot Room at The Balsams Resort to cast their secret ballots immediately after the polls open at midnight. Last month, however, it was announced that the ballots for the 2020 elections would instead be cast in the resort’s “Hale House”.
When all the votes have been cast, the results will be counted and then announced many hours before they are announced elsewhere in the country.
Davie Weigel, a Washington Post reporter, tweeted that Biden is the first presidential candidate to win all of Dixville Notch’s votes since Richard Nixon in 1960.
“Obviously the interesting thing about this result was the ticket-splitting: 4 Biden Sununu voters, 1 Biden Messner voter. In line with the polls, which show that Sununu and Shaheen are both buzzing,” he added.
But the election of Dixville Notch as president is not necessarily an indication of who will win the presidency or even carry the state.
Four years ago, Dixville Notch also ran for the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton. Although she barely carried the state, Republican candidate Donald Trump won Electoral College and the presidency.
The election of Dixville Notch contrasts with the nearby village of Millsfield, where Trump won the midnight vote by a 16:5 margin.
But in a video on Twitter, lifelong Republican Les Otten, who cast the first vote in Dixville Notch at midnight, explained why he had cast his vote for Biden and not for Trump.
Lifelong #Republican Les Otten, who cast the first vote for #Democrat @JoeBiden #ElectionDay #Election2020 #NHpolitics # pic.twitter.com/YakXzDMytr at midnight in Dixville Notch
– Dixville Vote (@DixvilleVote) November 2, 2020
“I disagree with [Biden] on many issues, but I believe it is time to find what connects us, not what divides us,” Otten said.
“The time has come to rebuild the heart of what makes us a great country, beginning with the election of leaders who are truthful, who put the well-being of the country above all else, and who show respect for all people, regardless of their gender, race, religion or political beliefs.
Otten adds that historically the Republican Party has been at the “forefront of racial justice, dating back to when we were the party of Lincoln.
“Paradoxically, a presidency under Joe Biden will allow us to refocus on core Republican values and we can become the conservative party that can lead America back to prosperity and greatness.
He added: “My vote today is designed to send a message to my fellow Republicans that our party can find its way back.