Barack Obama has won the first vote for President taken in the United States today, the Associated Press has reported.
In a story datelined DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H. (Nov. 4), the AP said that Democrat Obama “came up a big winner in the presidential race.”
Dixville Notch is the tiny town in northern New Hampshire where the nation’s first Election Day votes were cast and counted early today. This has been going on since 1948. The polls open in Dixville Notch at Midnight, and all of the town’s residents are always on hand to vote, its citizens being proud of their tradition of turning in the country’s First Official Election Results.

President Bush won the vote in Dixville Notch in 2004 on the way to his re-election, the AP reported, but today Obama defeated John McCain 15-6.
(Independent Ralph Nader was also on the ballot, but received no votes, the AP report said.)
So there you have it. I suppose it’s all over now but the shouting…
Oh…and this just in….The Economist is a major international news magazine whose readership includes a disproportionate number of corporate executives and managers from around the world. The magazine offered its readers a chance today to “vote” via the Internet at in the American presidential election.
The “Global Election,” as it was called by the magazine, has closed at this writing (it is just after 11 a.m. on America’s east coast). The result:
Obama: 9,115
McCain: 203
Whatever else happens in the United States today, we have one more evidence of where nearly the entire rest of the world stands on this election…
Meanwhile, I am wondering today…could it be true? Someone who did not sign a name posted an entry in the Comments Section of this blog over the weekend that I, at first, thought was humor. Then I began to wonder…do you think this person’s playful jest could be, actually, close to the truth….?
Here is what the post said, in case you missed it…

I’m afraid the conservative voice is being overshadowed here so I will speak for them.
1. McCain says we shouldn’t spread the wealth around and this is good! We need to have a larger gap between the rich and poor and NO MIDDLE CLASS! This makes it easier for the wealthy, deserving upper class to influence everyone. If you’re poor, it sucks to be you. You’ll just have to work 2 jobs.
2. War is good. So what if Iraq never attacked us. We should crush people before they get the chance to attack us. You never know, they might have some day. Besides, I’m sure Jesus is pro-war! I’ve never read anything about Jesus saying to love one another or to turn the other cheek or not to judge. That’s all just liberal BS.
3. We have the right to tell you what you do in your bedroom or in ANY aspect of your personal life because we know how you should live even if you don’t. This means that it doesn’t matter if you’re 2 consenting adults, marriage is ONLY between a man and woman, because we say so. It’s our religious belief and OUR WAY IS RIGHT! This means you must only have heterosexual marriages and if you do have sex it must be in the missionary position and only for procreation. You will work your 60 plus hours a week and come home to your family who you will raise to be good little workers too. Life is about making conservatives richer and don’t you forget it!
4. Everyone is just racist against us poor whities!

I thought this was sardonic at first, as I said. Just a playful attempt to lighten up the political tension…but then i re-read it and I thought….wow, this really IS how some people think! (Perhaps that’s what makes it so sadly funny.)
Well, it’ll all be over tonight. FINALLY. We’ll have a new president in America and we can get on with moving our world forward. I surely hope that every one of you votes today, if you did not vote early. Please, please, whoever you support, do not miss this election! GET OUT AND VOTE.
And we’ll discuss the outcome tomorrow!

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