November 6th, 2012
12:09 AM ET

A tie for Obama and Romney in nation's first results

The first presidential election results are in - and it's a tie.

President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, each received five votes in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.

The town in the state's northeast corner has opened its polls shortly after midnight each election day since 1960 - but today's tie was the first in its history.

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The result was unexpected, said town clerk Dick Erwin. The town has two registered Democrats, three Republicans and five independents.
"Considering the way things are polling around the country, we may have been the first tie of the day," said town clerk Dick Erwin, noting the national polls showing a virtual dead heat in the race. "Keep your eyes on the news reports, because it's going to be a wild ride."

The town, home to about a dozen residents, has drawn national media attention for being the first place in the country to make its presidential preferences known.

Unlike some parts of the country, election officials never have to worry about lack of interest.  Dixville Notch has had 100% voter turnout since it started its first-in-the-nation voting tradition.

Under New Hampshire voting law, a poling place can be closed once all registered voters have officially cast their ballots.  With all 10 registered voters on hand, the community had its tally shortly after midnight.

However, since 1996, another small New Hampshire town - Hart's Location - reinstated its practice from the 1940s and also began opening its polls at midnight.

The result there? Obama 23; Romney 9

The result in Dixville Notch is hardly a reliable bellwether for the eventual winner of the White House - or even the result statewide.

Although the community typically leans Republican, residents went for Obama in 2008 - the first time the majority of folks in Dixville Notch went for a Democrat in 40 years.

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  1. KAT

    Maybe this IS a bellwether - Obama won in 2008, but tied Romney in 2012. This means some people who voted for Obama in 2008 CHANGED their vote this year to vote against Obama.

    November 6, 2012 at 12:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • So?

      Obama-2012.

      November 6, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
    • JG

      Still means that the majority of independent voters voted for Obama :->

      November 6, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • swipedcard

      And about 70% of the population of Massachussets where Romney served as Governor is voting against him ... so what's your point exactly?

      November 6, 2012 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
    • RGinSC

      I would guess this would indicate an Obama win. If we assume the 3 Reps and 2 Dems voted along party lines then 3 indies voted Obama and 2 voted Romney. Extrapolate that across the nationwide vote and the indie vote makes the difference.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    No Kat. There were 21 voters in 2008 and only 10 this time due to population changes. 3 voters were GOP, 2 were Dems, and 5 were Indies.

    November 6, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. redjack

    These five votes are clearly signaling a Romney victory!

    More seriously, I'm lookng forward to the end of this election and hope that the winner also wins the popular vote.

    November 6, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Donald James

    Wow try to imagine a Herman and Eddie Munster team as President come to think of it Mitch McConnel would fit thr role of Grandpa excellently.

    November 6, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Nash37208

    Nice little gem hidden from the headline....

    However, since 1996, another small New Hampshire town – Hart's Location – reinstated its practice from the 1940s and also began opening its polls at midnight.
    The result there? Obama 23; Romney 9

    November 6, 2012 at 12:38 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Charles B

      I noticed the same thing. The headline should read President Obama takes the lead.

      However, since 1996, another small New Hampshire town – Hart's Location – reinstated its practice from the 1940s and also began opening its polls at midnight.
      The result there? Obama 23; Romney 9

      November 6, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • dunracin

      Must be Obama supporters! The smaller town reported its votes first! Got it? Duh!

      November 6, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Nash37208

      Duh.. dunracin... must be a Jimmy Johnson fan..

      The headline implies a tie but the actual info in the article said otherwise. The headline is in place to go with the CNN narrative, this race was never a tie, the polls are right where they were in June. Obama locked this up a long time ago :)

      November 6, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • raulisodo

      @Nash37208 – No, all it means is CNN is being consistent – the headlines never match the actual content of the article.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rascal Rabble

    ...america can use a little r&r

    November 6, 2012 at 12:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. jay

    It clearly shows that Obama is losing the Presidential race.

    November 6, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ricky L

      Nope!

      Obama leads 28 – 14

      November 6, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. ga.democrat

    Actually CNN it is Obama 28, Romney 14. Watching my election coverage on ABC.

    November 6, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. sdgo

    Very interesting story. However, since Hart's Location also started their voting at midnight just like Dixville Notch, and Obama got 23 votes there and Romney 9, then if you do the math Obama has 28 votes and Romney 14. That gives Obama a 14 vote lead, unlike what is stated in the video, he can claim he is ahead in the voting.

    November 6, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • raulisodo

      You can take the actual numbers and fudge them any way you want.

      - 1 district tied, 1 district for Obama
      - Obama has a 2 to 1 lead in votes
      - Obama leads by 14 votes
      - Romney upsets with tie vote – Obama leads elsewhere

      It's all just spin.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. Clivus

    Apparently, killing 4 Americans in Benghazi with indifference, covering it up and heading off to Vegas for a fundraiser after leaving the family of the dead with a pack of lies, doesn't resonate with the voters in New Hampshire.

    November 6, 2012 at 1:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JG

      Apparently, changing your positions depending on your audience, repeatedly lying about job losses in the auto industry even after being corrected, and claiming you can work miracles in regard to the federal deficit without actually providing any specifics does not resonate with the majority of independent voters.

      November 6, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Brujo

      So now the conspiracy is that Obama actually KILLED the four Americans in Benghazi? If the president of the USA had four Americans in Libya killed, it wouldn't be with indifference, but rather for a reason. But that's all silly talk. President Obama did not kill those four Americans, so whatever kook.

      November 6, 2012 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      The folks of Dixville Notch also voted for Bush in 2004. So, apparently starting multiple foreign wars leading to the ongoing deaths of thousands of Americans doesn't resonate in NH either.

      November 6, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe C

      I noticed since Fox shut down it's comments section there has been a lot of it's overflow refuse onto other sites comments sections.

      November 6, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      "So now the conspiracy is that Obama actually KILLED the four Americans in Benghazi?"

      yep, it gets wilder with every telling. Soon it will be he personally called out a hit on them to cover something up, you watch.

      November 6, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • NaziLiberal

      Yes!! Obama did more or less kill thoses Americans, by calling off the support more then once (FACT). The blood from those four are on the hands of Obama, H Clinton and the rest of his administration. May god have mercy on their souls.

      November 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Clivus

    The community organizer is on his way out the door.

    November 6, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Hide Behind

    Good catch to those who read beyond headline; (Spinline).
    Untill the voting fiiasco is over boob tube stays off, and so dpes onternet and radio.
    Not gonna bury head in sand, just don't give a da...
    A decent wine with light dinner fare, a good read in hand. Until I sleep, I leave the rabbits , mad hatters, political queens and little ignorant alice to play in their somewhere land.

    November 6, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Orshea

    i believe these elections are very key to American turnaround but focus should be turned at the candidate who's been able to show or sell an wholistic plan for the US turnaround...Americans shouldn't be voting based on emotions but from a clear understanding of the issues at stake and understanding of what needs to be done to resolving such. I believe the economic disaster we see in the US today is as a result of years of recklessness from American politicians leading to a total loss of the American Dream. It is time for her to search out the candidate who'll guarantee her return to these dream and not an opportunistic critic.

    November 6, 2012 at 1:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Maria

    Obama wins 303 electorial votes, game over.

    November 6, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brujo

      Huh? You got a time machine? How do you declare the number of electoral votes at 1:17am eastern time on election day homegirl?

      November 6, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jacob

    According to Huffington Post, Gary Johnson got 2 votes in Hart's Location. 2 people in Hart's Location voted for Gary Johnson and it's not even mentioned in this article. Just sad.

    November 6, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
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