By Tuesday morning, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump was already winning the 2016 election, though by only the slightest of margins.
As was explained in a report by USA Today, New Hampshire cities with fewer than 100 citizens were allowed to “open their polls at midnight and close them as soon as all registered voters have cast their ballots.”
And lo and behold, that exact scenario played out early Tuesday morning in three New Hampshire towns: Dixville Notch, Hart’s Location and Millsfield.
The result was a clear-cut victory for Trump, who ultimately came out ahead 32 to 25, beating Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
That was the good news. The bad news was that these three towns represented a tiny sliver of the American population. Moreover, they all leaned conservative and have usually voted for the Republican candidate.
However, both Dixville and Hart’s Location voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, suggesting perhaps that these small towns were more of a microcosm of the average American town than some would care to admit.
To see local news coverage of the midnight elections, watch the video below:
If these formerly pro-Obama towns were now supporting Trump, something must have occurred to sway the minds of their residents.
Maybe it was the effects of Obamacare, illegal immigration or the struggling economy that brought them back to the right. Nobody knew, though the premise remained: Something had changed.
Now imagine if this change were to also be playing out in the tens of thousands of other towns and cities across the states. What would it mean for Trump? Assuming the results across America wind up mirroring those of Dixville Notch, Hart’s Location and Millsfield, it would of course mean victory.
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