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Obama jumps out to an early lead

filed at 3:46 p.m.

Those anxious to start tallying election returns can digest the results of the earliest vote totals released from Dixville Notch and Hart's Location, NH. The small towns, which have a combined population of 115 people, traditionally open their polling sites just after midnight on Election Day in order to produce the nation's first official election results.

Sen. Barack Obama defeated Sen. John McCain by a tally of 15 votes to six in Dixville Notch. The Democrat also outpaced the Republican 17 to 10 in Hart's Location. Could this be a sign of things to come? It is certainly an unusual tradition, but don't jump to too many conclusions: the most recent polls have shown Obama with a comfortable lead in the state.

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