Politics

Trump Notches Slight Lead in Three Tiny Towns that Voted First

Clinton wins two New Hampshire towns with midnight voting, but Trump pulls ahead in third

Voters wait in line to cast ballots outside a polling place on Tuesday in Alexandria, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Election Day was over almost as soon as it started in three tiny New Hampshire towns that voted around midnight Tuesday, with Republican nominee Donald Trump claiming a very early lead.

The towns, each with populations fewer than 100, were the first in the country to finish tallying their votes, thanks to a state law that allows small towns to open polls at the strike of midnight and close them as soon as everyone has voted. Clinton won in two of them, but Trump pulled ahead in the third, giving him a total of 32 votes to Clinton's 25. according to news reports.

In Dixville Notch — population 12, according to the 2012 Census — the vote was split 4-2 in Clinton's favor, USA Today reported. Libertarian Gary Johnson got one vote, and Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee,  got one write-in.

In Hart's Location, a relative metropolis with 41 residents, Clinton got  17 votes to Trump's 14. Johnson got three votes. Write-ins Bernie Sanders and John Kasich each got one. But Millsfield — population 23 — put Trump over the top. He won 16-4, with one write-in for Sanders.

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