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Romney and Huntsman Split New Hampshire’s Tiniest Primary

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Posted on Jan 10, 2012
Doug Kerr (CC-BY-SA)

You may recall Dixville Notch, N.H., from past elections or perhaps that “West Wing” episode that highlighted the mini-village’s unusually prescient midnight voting. This year nine people who used to live there, but don’t really, showed up to pick candidates. Mitt Romney and Jon Hunstman each got two votes. Obama got three.

The Washington Post describes the farce:

While the results are expected to be certified by New Hampshire’s secretary of state, the whole affair was, with all due respect to a hospitable citizenry, a bit of a fraud. None of the voters actually live in Dixville Notch.

The grand old resort closed in October for renovations, and the new owners gave the more than 300 employees a severance package. Tillotson and his parents, Thomas and Debra, do own a home on the property but spend much of their time in Boston. The others have moved away to find work in other places. The state allows residents to retain their most recent place of registration, and so the sturdy loyal nine all trooped here to do their duty.

And so these nine people faked it for a crowd of 200 journalists. Welcome to the 2012 election.  —PZS

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By Astra2012, January 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm Link to this comment
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I doon’t think I’m getting it.

What is fraudulent here:
-that these 9 people didn’t live in NH
-that Obama shouldn’t get votes in Rep.primary
-that 3+2+2=7 So where are 2 votes?

I know what the point is though. Not to let the incorruptible Ron win!

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By Ted Whitney, January 10, 2012 at 7:54 pm Link to this comment
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America is a fraud.

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By JJW, January 10, 2012 at 7:43 am Link to this comment
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On other sites, the Obamabots are going nuts, saying Mr O won this one, idiots!

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By Eric L. Prentis, January 10, 2012 at 7:23 am Link to this comment

What a farce our electoral process and government functioning has become. Money rules it, TV commercials sell it, Fox News and right wing radio lie about it, those in charge use the hoi polloi for focus groups, their concerns are fed back to them in speeches, but they are soon forgotten once the politicians are in office. Now we have fake towns holding bogus elections covered by sham mainstream media owned by multinational corporations dedicated to spreading their version of the untruth.

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By Dr Bones, January 10, 2012 at 4:49 am Link to this comment
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The entire election process is a fraud.  The citizens only choose between to Wall St, Global/Energy Corporate, no-bid Military Contractor bribing candidates.  So no choice really. Might as well save gas, money, and time. Just let the two mud wrestle in thongs.

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