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First vote cast in New Hampshire primary, at the stroke of midnight

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Jacques Couture, 62, is the first voter to cast his ballot in the New Hampshire Primary, after the stroke of midnight in the northern town of Dixville Notch on Jan. 10 2012. New Hampshire holds the first in the nation primary and Dixville Notch is the first town in the state to cast and tally votes. .

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Three of the nine voters casting their ballots in Dixville Notch.

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Residents wait for the stoke of midnight to cast their votes.

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From left, Tom Tillotson, Rick Erwin, and Donna Kaye Erwin count the ballots.

Msnbc.com's Tom Curry reports:

It was not a random sample and it will have no predictive value, but a quaint New Hampshire tradition – dating back to 1960 -- was preserved Tuesday just after midnight when voters in two tiny mountain towns, Dixville Notch and Hart’s Location, were the first ones to cast their ballots in the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary.