DIXVILLE NOTCH WEIGHS IN…. In terms of predictive value, these early results don’t mean much of anything. But in terms of political trivia, it’s a fun little indulgence.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama emerged victorious in the first election returns of the 2008 presidential race, winning 15 of 21 votes cast in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.

People in the isolated village in New Hampshire’s northeast corner voted just after midnight Tuesday.

It was the first time since 1968 that the village leaned Democratic in an election.

Obama’s rival, Republican John McCain, won 6 votes.

Voters in nearby Hart’s Location reported 17 votes for Obama, 10 for McCain and two for write-in Ron Paul.

What does this tell us? Not much. But I suppose it’s worth noting that Dixville Notch has only backed the Democrat once in the half-century they’ve hosted this local tradition. Indeed, Bush won the small town easily in 2000 and 2004.

Take it for what you will.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.