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. Walter Davis

    Maria,

    This is not a game it is your life...and according to President Obama, it can be taken from you at any given time he deems it necessary. Executive Order 13603, NDAA, Fast and Furious...It is just a matter of time before every American will become an enemy of the state, no matter how you voted.

    November 6, 2012 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Brujo

      Please elaborate Walter. You're putting forward that President Obama's plan is to kill all Americans? That is what you're saying. This Executive Order 13603 hasn't been used in the way you've described (or mischaracterized others would say) yet. But, how do you make the jump to "It is just a matter of time before every American will become an enemy of the state..."? That's just your intuition? Jeez, I've had republicans and democrats tell me my kids and grandkids will be dying and murdered if their guy isn't elected. Woah, we've got a bunch of kooks about.

      November 6, 2012 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Snicker

      Never trust a person with two first names, all the Walter Davis and Davis Walter will be rounded up first.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nombre

      Mr. Davis makes a very good point. I just cast my vote for President Obama, but I have great concern over the issues he raised: Executive Order 13603, NDAA, Fast and Furious. These are contrary to American values and are a threat to personal liberty. I also worry about President Obama's view on gun control. We especially cannot disarm ourselves when we have things like NDAA to worry about. Nevertheless, I have even more concerns about Republican trends, namely their armchair militancy and denial of accepted scientific conclusions on climate change and other matters. Furthermore, Mitt Romney stated his support of NDAA in the primary debates, and he supported and signed sweeping gun control legislation in Massachusetts. So on these issues, I can see no difference. Of course there are third party candidates, but even Gary Johnson is unacceptable to me because he sees no government role in addressing climate change, which is an issue that is of paramount importance whether or not the ignorant among us wish to recognize it.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jeff odette

    A vote for Romney is a vote for ignorance. There is only 1 logical choice here. PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      A vote for Obama is a vote for ignorance. Ignorance of the fact he had no experience and now that he does it shows he isn't fit for 4 more years. He has not started the economy he has just held the seat and idled the engines. He did not make us loved around the world. The middle east is more violent than when he took office. He has not ended either war in reality. Gitmo? Unemployment under 5%? Half the deficit? Healthcare (hasn't even taken effect)? Torture techniques (the ones used to get his prize Osama)? Highest food stamp use ever? So yes it would be ignorant to vote for someone who has shown his failure ten fold instead of someone who has beliefs and has made them work his entire adult business life. Oh and btw if Obummer wins he will be historic again. He will be the first president re-elected with such high unemployment in history...

      November 6, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Say it ain't so

      agreed BUT a vote for obama is a suicide mission.

      November 6, 2012 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Nelson

      After 4 years, Americans still do not know what has hit them. What America need now is not the status quo but 'real change' – for the sake of this great nation of the world.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Emigdio Alvarez

      the only real change will happen under Romney. all Obama has done is make the situation left under Bush worse.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Cult lover

      Well we must vote for Romney. We love cults, tax breaks for the rich and we believe that Sandy wasn't even a real storm. The liberal media made it up. Amen.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
    • raulisodo

      I like to call a spade a spade. I believe that someone who says "a vote for is a vote for ignorance" is simply showing their ignorance. Nuff said...

      November 6, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. What was she thinking?!

    Romney will lose not by Obama's supporters, but rather by Ron Paul supporters who make up 25% of the GOP and will NEVER vote for either of them. Obama will win by the rift in the GOP.

    November 6, 2012 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
    • CALDOC

      What was she thinking...I suppose there are spiteful people everywhere and if ron paul supporters are so darn stupid as to want this country destroyed then so be it, but I do hope these imbecilic mongoloids will fully understand their ignorance and reap their losses as these Cretans will never have a majority party. Romney is Americas only hope after the last four years of ideologue stupidity. Besides I would not trust ron paul supporters that do not vote Romney or vote Obama out of spite to run a dog pound.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Barry VK

    All right!!
    It is the eve of Election Day and we Americans have our clear choices in voting.
    We can choose 1. To vote for tax cuts and easing of business regulations and taxes and increasing our military defense budgets tenfold, or 2. We can continue to create jobs that pay real wages and improve our economy in a steady fashion and insure that everyone has medical coverage regardless of existing conditions. The freedom of women to choose what is right regarding their health.
    I must point out that the items in #1 are in fact the very platform issues that George W Bush promised, and did in 2004, and (if you were alive and paying attention then) we all know the end result. Increasing our military budget at this time when our military is as strong as it has ever been is a ridiculous waste of our tax money. Unless of course we (once again) decide we must invade and occupy another country. It is very clear that that is precisely what Mitt Romney’s plan is. Boost the economy by occupying another country we have to re-build so that our large contractors will go in to set up and hire thousands of foreign worker that will work for almost nothing while we taxpayers gain nothing for our money.
    Mr. Romney is the absolute wrong choice for our country, and to vote for him is a vote for more money going out of our country. Oh, but I am certain he will take credit for creating a few thousand more low-paying service industry jobs. And who could balk at an $8.00 an hour janitors job?

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

      Compare what Obama promised and achieved. Btw I work in the insurance industry and basically to accept pre-existing conditions the cost to everyone would rise at least double. So yes it will cost more for your insurance even when the government runs it. In fact they are so inefficient (look at SS) it will cost more than forcing the private industries to do the same thing. So instead of cutting the deficit in half in 4 years he will likely double or triple it in 8... Thats change we can hope for... Im Barackwards Obama and I support this message...

      November 6, 2012 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Eric, you don't know what you're talking about. I don't believe you work in the insurance industry except perhaps as a janitor, because you clearly don't understand the cost control mechanisms in obamacare that offset the cost of coverage of preexisting conditions.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Debby

      Actually Eric is right our insurance just went up due to a pre-existing condition. Obama has alot of people buffaloed about insurance.

      November 6, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Debby, If it wasn't for Obama you would have been kicked off of your insurance for a pre-excisitng condition. And you probably wouldn't have been able to get insurance at all.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
    • raulisodo

      That's almost like saying "are you a Democrat or an American?" Get real, people.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Snicker

      Hopefully they fire Dave, he's in insurance but doesn't even know the presidents name. Pretty scary if you are writing policies..........

      November 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jonathen K

    Google Search: The Bain Ad That Romney Should Fear Most

    This very ad is described by GOP advisers of Romney is the ad that will kill any chances of Romney winning Ohio.

    Watch it, and for those of you who support Romney, dare to even come back with a straight face and tell everybody he is right for America.. Just try it..

    November 6, 2012 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. teehee

    Hey! All you arm chair politicos! The game is on, start screaming from the sidelines! Who will get the tiebreaker!?

    November 6, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. maek

    Romney will win!!!! Obama is not a good president... All Obama supporters are blind by Obama....

    November 6, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • swipedcard

      Who is blind? You're the same fools who voted for Bush ... twice! Then you and my other Republican friends came crying and whining to me as the economy imploded, Clinton's surplus was turned by the Republicans into America's largest deficit in history so multilmillionaires can enjoy tax rates at a fraction of those paid by middle class workers, the stock market crashed, their 401Ks and life investments plummeted, the housing market collapsed, and thousands of Americans began coming home in body bags for a war that was started based on false facts. Now, barely four years later, these Romney supporters are ready for Bush 2.0 but on steroids: $2 trillion in additional, unpaid for, and unrequested military spending, yet more deficit-exploding tax cuts, and on top of that just general neo-conservative meanness: denying children health care coverage, denying funding to agencies that protect our health, well-being, environment, etc. It's easy to be brainwashed and call Obama supporters "blind," but when have you ever actually opened your eyes?

      November 6, 2012 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Snicker

      Actually she blinded with science. Its not funny.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • VOTE NOBAMA

      Who is blind? You're the same fools who voted for Bush ... twice! ......... You will be saying the same thing if Obama is elected again...... Obama has comprimised this nation in his last 4 years and will continue to do so if he remains in office. Small businesses are the nations last hope for creating new jobs and you are shunning the only canidate that supports ANY size business. Think about it Obama didnt do anything but cost this nation more money since he was in office. (from a previous post) Bring up Osama again.... if it wasnt for Bush we would have never went after Osama, if Obama was in office at that time that lunatic would still be on the loose. Obama only finished what Bush started. Obama is a joke he WILL be the downfall of our nation if not a major contributor to it.

      November 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Barry VK

    In response to "Eric": You young man are extremely out-of touch and obviously did not address, or bother toread the other important facts I pointed out in my post. I will believe or understand the ingnorance of someone who does not read or understand history. Mr. Romney is proposing the very same things George W. Bush did and yet you want to vote him in. Amazing.

    November 6, 2012 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
    • raulisodo

      Agreed. By comparison, Bill Clinton's first campaign – Gennifer Flowers. Bill gets elected. Bill's second campaign. Paula Jones. Bill gets elected. Middle of second term. Monica Lewinsky. Impeachment proceedings. Clinton is acuitted. Post-Presidency, Clinton more popular than ever and makes lots of $$$ for speaking engagements. Only in America, LMAO.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Colouredx

    I fail to see why the American people will ever want Obama to leave office now. He inherited a bad economy left by Bush and he is fixing the country. Why would you want to bring a man, Romney, with the same policies that sent the country into recession.Obama is the best man for America now. Fixing a country like the United States will take more than 4 years. Give him a second term to complete his plan.

    November 6, 2012 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      Obama needs 4 more years to complete his plan......which plan

      November 6, 2012 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. DJCH

    I resent the trolls on here who claim Obama supporters are a bunch of idiots. I respect your right to decide to cast your vote for someone I consider wrong for America. I'm not going to call you an idiot or be disrespectful, however. Look at the President and Governor Christie. They understand what we need in this country – patriots who put country and fellow citizens above partisan jockeying. I am so tired of Republican shenanigans attempting to suppress the vote, etc. It's time to continue the change that President Obama began. Obama 12!

    November 6, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • NaziLiberal

      Republications suppressing the vote!!!! Oh, you mean like Acorn and the Black Panther Party. Also calling all Republications “rednecks”. Oh yeah Hmmmm, who’s suppressing the vote and who’s blind? Typical liberal hypocrite.

      November 6, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Derek

    Obama's America 2016! Global Poverty Act! HAARP! War Powers Act! http://youtu.be/YU0C31atidw

    November 6, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. chemteck29

    Go Obama! 2012

    November 6, 2012 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. Oh Lord.

    Why are we comparing to one president to the next? It's like comparing JImmy Carter to Bill Clinton or Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan. Each candidate is special in their own way. Vote just for that individual with proven records. I don't care if you are a Republican or Democrats, just vote for who you believe to be the best captain of the ship. I know people would want a clear visioned and experienced captain controlling the boat instead of one who just do the talking. In the end, we all pay taxes, but who will make us pay less than the other is up to you. Don't listen to the politics, know the sides.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
    • swipedcard

      It's not about knowing the sides, but understanding the facts. A promised "tax cut" that comes with no explanation for how it will be paid, is a gimmick, and at least half of Americans understand that. The objective of the Romney campaign is to reduce tax rates on billionaires to the single digits if not zero, while middle-class Americans continue to pay nearly 50% total tax burdens. Do you buy the "tax cuts for everybody" with the impossible math? Or do you buy the "let's ask the uber-wealthy to pay a little more" from the guy who has been very consistent with his beliefs and who has demonstrated character and ethical leadership?

      November 6, 2012 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
    • raulisodo

      Well the whole problem with your theory is you're trying to be sensible and logical. That just won't fly here – too many trolls, they outnumber us.

      @swipedcard – "It's not about knowing the sides, but understanding the facts" – isn't that basically the same thing?

      November 6, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. mustafizrahman

    This is insane to trust a guy who does not have the guts to show all his tax returns!!

    November 6, 2012 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
    • In Need of a Change

      But we should trust a guy that won't be honest about his applications/admission status in college or about a terror attack that killed our ambassador?

      November 6, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • raulisodo

      @In Need of a Change... 2 words, Bill Clinton. See my other post to BarryVK

      November 6, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Greg from France

    How come are results in this village already known ? Don't they have to wait until all polling stations, at least in NH, are closed to count and announce the votes ? Doesn't work this way in France. Thks for the answer

    November 6, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
    • rosethornne

      No, as it said in the article, once all ten registered voters in Dixville Notch had voted, the polls closed. Once the polls close they can report results.

      That means, often the races are called before the California /west coast polls close, since they are several time zones behind the east coast.

      Kind of strange in my opinion, since it could discourage voting on the whole west coast, but that's the way it is.

      After all, we Americans need our instant gratification and could not possibly wait until morning for the results, could we?

      November 6, 2012 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
    • obanbaka

      rosethornne –
      It really does discourage me as a California voter. Our state is worth the most votes, and we heavily lean Democrat, but its generally a forgone conclusion who's won before I have even got the chance to vote and it seems rather pointless to even cast a ballot.
      I still enjoy participating in the process, but I am sure there are many thousands that don't go to the polls at all because of it.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
    • frank d

      @greg from France

      It is a village of only 10 people. They all voted before most people woke up this morning. Once all registered voters in a village, town, etc have voted the local election board can publish the results for their village/town/...
      They were on the national news this morning at 7AM.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snicker

      We have electricity here.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
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