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MIDNIGHT VOTING: Trump ahead of Clinton 32-25 in New Hampshire in 2016 US Presidential poll


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NEW DELHI: In a traditional midnight vote+ held in three tiny towns in the state of New Hampshire+ , US Republican candidate Donald Trump came out ahead of Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in the US Presidential elections, reported USA Today.

After the three towns voted at midnight, Trump was ahead 32-25. The three towns, Dixville Notch, Hart’s Location and Millsfield, have fewer than a 100 people.

In Dixville Notch, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump 4-2. In the slightly larger town of Hart’s Location, Clinton won 17 votes to Trump’s 14. And in Millsfield, Trump won decisively, with 16 to Clinton’s 4.

According to New Hampshire law, communities with fewer than 100 voters can open their polls at midnight and close them as soon as all registered voters have cast their ballots, USA Today said.

The best known of these three towns, Dixville Notch has been voting at midnight every election since 1960, but it is Hart’s Location which was the first town to begin the tradition of early voting in 1948.

Meanwhile, a new poll shows Democratic candidate Clinton is leading her Republican rival Trump by four percentage points, on the eve of the elections, PTI reported. Clinton has the support of 45 percent of likely voters as against 41 per cent for Trump, PTI said, referring to CBS News‘s latest weekly poll.

CBS said Trump leads among white men, white people without a college degree, and seniors. On the other hand, Clinton leads among women, African-Americans and younger voters. She also has an edge among white people with a college degree, the poll said.

In the Real Clear Politics average of polls, Trump is now trailing by two percentage points.
Separately, at least 44.9 million people have cast ballots by early voting – by mail or at polling stations – according to Associated Press (AP) data. There was a soaring turnout from Latino voters, which could be good news for Clinton, AP reported.
“Interest in early voting has been unprecedented in many states,” said Michael McDonald, a University of Florida professor and expert on voter turnout who is a consultant to AP.