The Washington Times - January 10, 2012, 06:12AM

The first votes have been counted in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary, and the biggest vote getter could portend bad new for the Republican presidential field: President Obama.

Dixville Notch, tiny village in the northern part of the state is the first to cast its votes in the first-in-the-nation primary — a tradition that dates back to 1960.


The tradition continued just after midnight Tuesday. Of the nine registered voters — three Republicans, two Democrats and four independents — the incumbent president secured three votes. The top vote getters on the Republican side were former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who enjoys a big lead here in the polls, and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman — both of whom received two votes.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Ron Paul, of Texas, each garnered one vote.