First votes in New Hampshire – Romney, Huntsman & Paul close

The residents of the small town of Dixville Notch were the first to cast their votes in the New Hampshire presidential primary, not long ago at 12am (US ET). 

While there were only 9 votes cast in the contest, Dixville Notch has had some bearing in predicting the eventual winner in the state.

Republican front-runner Mitt Romney and  Jon Huntsman, who has staked his candidacy on the sate each won 2 votes of the 9 cast. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul tied for third each receiving 1 vote. The two Rick’s; Santorum and Perry, failed go gain any votes while three Democratic ballots were cast for Barack Obama.

According to the Associated Press (AP), the 9 registered voters in Dixville Notch comprised of three Republicans, two Democrats and four independent voters.

Votes from the residents Hart’s Location, who cast their votes shortly after midnight (US ET) have also been reported. They are as follows:

Mitt Romney received 5 votes, Ron Paul received 4, Jon Huntsman garnered 2 votes, while Rick Perry (who has already left for South Carolina) and Newt Gingrich each secured one vote. Rick Santorum has at this stage still failed to gain any votes in New Hampshire, but this contest is only just beginning. 

The four latest polls which were released over the weekend continue point to a Mitt Romney comfortable victory in the New Hampshire primary, but have the race tightening with all showing a late surge for Jon Huntsman who has been camped out in the state recently. Some of these polls suggest that Huntsman will secure second place rather than Ron Paul. The polls estimated Romney’s support somewhere between 35 and 41 percent, while also giving him a lead over his nearest competitors that ranged from 15 to 24 percentage points.

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