Monday, January 9, 2012

Fun facts about the New Hampshire Primary (I learn these things so you don't have to)

A few interesting fun facts about the New Hampshire primary-
There will be 33 candidates on the primary ballot, not just the 6 you have heard about.
One of those 33 candidates is Bear Betzler.
It is not an "open" primary or a "closed" primary. In an open primary anyone can vote. In a closed primary you have to be registered with the specific party. In this primary a voter will be either unregistered (independents) or a Republican. Democrats or any other registered party member cannot vote in the GOP primary.
The little tiny town of Dixville Notch, NH, population 75, will kick off the primary voting at 12:01 am January 10. (In approximately 3.5 hours from the time of writing this.) This is a long-standing tradition, where all of the eligible voters come together and cast their ballots at the same time. (As few as 6 voters at times!)
The tradition began with Neil Tillotson (1898 - 17 October 2001), who was traditionally the first voter; he would reportedly hold his ballot over the ballot box while watching his wristwatch. At the moment of midnight, Tillotson would drop the ballot into the ballot box and the rest of the town's residents would follow suit. Since Tillotson's death in 2001 at the age of 102, the first voter has been chosen by random ballot beforehand.
If you really want to, you can stay up tonight and watch all of Dixville Notch vote live, as the media tends to love showing it. (Yeah, I'll probably be watching.)
There are approximately 1.3 million people in New Hampshire.
270,705 registered Republicans
266,908 registered Democrats
383,072 undeclared voters 

For a total of 920,685 registered voters in New Hampshire.
The lobster industry brings in more than $300 million annually for NH.
The American lobster is also called the Northern lobster.
American lobsters contain just 98 calories per every 3½ ounces and offer vitamin B12 and zinc.
According to the movie "Love Actually," there was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus.
Yet in spite of this, New Hampshire is not a big Evangelical state.
Lobster is delicious.
Gingrich is going DOWN tomorrow.

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