Political reporters went live early Tuesday morning to catch the balloting in tiny Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. The eccentric political ritual of watching a handful of Granite Staters cast the first presidential primary ballots of the cycle (in this case 9 people voted) is a time-honored part of any presidential election.
To one Fox News Radio reporter brought on to analyze the moment by Sean Hannity on Fox News Tuesday, the vote was also a moment to reflect on what makes Dixville so magical.
I love this, this is what America is all about. Like you said, no hanging chads, we didn’t see any black panthers with baseball bats. These were good, American folks going to do their patriotic duty and I think it’s fantastic, Dixville Notch is just a great little place.
That was Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes, who was referring to the 2008 New Black Panther Party “scandal” that been the spark for many right wing conspiracies about Democrats attempting to rig elections.
Starnes is right that it would be surprising to see Black Panthers gathered among the “good, American folks” casting their ballots in Dixville. According to the latest Census data, none of the town’s Americans (be they good or not) are African American.