Two tiny American towns, which overwhelmingly swung for Bush 4 years ago, have voted for Obama today. Dixville Notch and Hart’s Location, New Hampshire have a tradition of having the first Election Day ballots counted.
Obama defeated McCain by a count of 15 to 6 in Notch and in the town of Hart’s Location 17 votes were for Obama, 10 for McCain and two for Ron Paul.
With 115 residents between them, Dixville Notch and Hart’s Location get every eligible voter to the polls beginning at midnight on Election Day. Between them, the towns have been enjoying their first-vote status since 1948.
I hoped tonight, after some fairly wild trick and treating in my Johannesburg neighbourhood, that the polls would treat me to some calm.
And with just 3 days and 7 hours before Super Tuesday, it’s looking good:
By many accounts (New York Times, CNN, CBS, Andrew Sullivan) , Obama was the clear winner of this final presidential debate. (Ok, not suprisingly the conservative National Review isn’t that convinced).
He as always appeared calm, professorial, and sometimes boring. But boring, says Andrew Sullivan ‘is f!@£ing awesome after Bush’. McCain raised his eyebrows condescendingly many times during and was at his combative best. He was determined to raise all the contentious issues . He grilled Obama on taxes, spending, the tone of the campaign and his association with the William Ayers. The debate dealt with domestic issues, including abortion, judicial appointments and climate change as well as the economy. The differences between the candidates were often clarified.
The New York Times reported on the tone of the debate:
Mr. Obama maintained his largely unflappable demeanor, remaining calm if somewhat professorial, while Mr. McCain was more emotional, perhaps seeking to show passion but at times appearing inconsistent in his tone and at risk of coming across as angry…
The tone of the night was captured by the split-screen image of Mr. Obama, doing his best to keep his composure during sometimes withering attack, and that of Mr. McCain looking coiled and annoyed, occasionally breathing deeply, apparently in an expression of impatience.
On Ayers, Obama gave an answer which hopefully clarified once and for all his ‘association’ with the man: Read More…