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The first results from the New Hampshire primaries are not looking good for Hillary Clinton. The 17 voters in the town of Dixville Notch went to the polls just after midnight. Turnout was 100 per cent. Each voter had his or her own polling booth and, as one might expect, the vote count in this piece of political theatre did not take long.

“For the Republicans, one vote for Giuliani,” the constituency chairman announced, “and four votes for McCain. For the Democrats, John Edwards got two votes and Barack Obama, seven.”

That Obama landslide was all the more striking for the lack of any votes for Hillary Clinton. Although a day is a long time in politics.