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Clinton wins Dixville Notch midnight vote

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Washington, 08 Nov 2016 : Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on Tuesday beat Republican rival Donald Trump in Dixville Notch, a small town in New Hampshire that traditionally votes just after midnight before the Presidential election balloting starts elsewhere in the US later in the day.

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Clinton beat four votes, while Trump picked up two, USA Today reported.

The small community — with a registered population of 12 in the 2010 census — is known for its tradition of casting ballots shortly after midnight on Election Day while gathered in a single ballroom. The tradition dates back to 1960, when the town cast its nine votes for Richard Nixon’s presidential bid.

Dixville Notch had seen a tie in 2012, with Romney and Democratic incumbent Barack Obama each receiving five votes. In 2008, Obama was the first Democrat ever to win the hamlet, collecting 15 votes.

In the slightly larger burg of Hart’s Location, Clinton won with 17 votes to Trump’s 14 and in Millsfield, Trump won decisively, 16-4.

Tom Tillotson, whose father Neil Tillotson started the midnight voting tradition in the town in 1960, moderated the voting on Tuesday.

He told Xinhua news agency that the ballot booths — just small cubicles — were not enough for all the six voters and two of them had to mark their ballots at a writing desk nearby.

“We have to carry on the tradition,” said Tillotson.

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PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti released from detention after 14 months

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Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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SAD breaks alliance with BJP Leaves NDA in protest against farmers ordinance

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Chandigarh, 26 Sep : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has severed its alliance with the BJP. The Akali Dal had a 22-year-old alliance with the BJP.

The decision was taken after a meeting of the Akali Dal’s Kaur Committee which lasted for more than four hours today. Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal addressed the press after the meeting and announced that he would no longer be a part of BJP-NDA.

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