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. albert

    28 to 14 is a tie,really?

    November 6, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cheryl

      Can't you read? Try again.

      November 6, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Stoopud

      28 to 14 is a tie if you use Mormon arithmetic!

      November 6, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • GB

      The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
      Winston Churchill

      November 6, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      GB – He was right you know. Reading comprehension is a lost skill.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • raulisodo

      ummm – actually it said 5 to 5 is a tie.

      November 6, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. RJ

    "Democracy—the greatest form of government and we have two choices for who’s our leader. In fascism you only have one choice. That’s great. We have one more choice than the worst form of government." -Colin Quinn

    November 6, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • LOL

      The worst form of goverment has one choice? Here in China we don't even have ballots.

      November 6, 2012 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
    • RJ

      @LOL Perhaps you're missing the point of "one choice" actually be a choice.

      November 6, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • raulisodo

      RJ – "Perhaps you're missing the point of "one choice" actually be a choice." – of course it is... even the Communists believe in "give me liberty or give me death"....

      November 6, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • RJ

      @raulisodo Liberty or death is not a form of government.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • GB

      Actually there are quite a few choices for president on the ballot. The problem is the media will only speak of the two leading ones and we Americans are forced to choose between the lesser of two evils instead of the candidate who more closely matches our beliefs.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • raulisodo

      @RJ – no, they aren't – they are choices you have under that form of government.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. TSmith

    You fools better stop pickin on our jig-aboooo prez...it aint cool when u right wingas think you all bad!! Just cuz u be all conservative, doesn't mean us liberals can't be fudge-packin ho-mos!!

    November 6, 2012 at 7:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • aleffindavis

      Little early in the morning to be such a POS isnt it?

      November 6, 2012 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Beth

      Don't feed the trolls, folks.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. SensibleJoe

    Interesting. Ten registered voters, two Democrats, five non-partisan independents, three Republicans. Assuming the Democrats and Republicans voted their parties' line, three independents voted for President Obama, two for Mr. Romney - 60% for Obama, 40% for Romney. Interesting...

    November 6, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bill

      Yea Real interesting. Not! A sample size that has a margin of error of more than 50%

      November 6, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • raulisodo

      Interesting? Not at all. The fact that they have only 10 votes to count gives them a bit of notoriety for being the first to publish their results. It's in no way, shape or form indicative of the potential outcome for the rest of the country. Don't read too much into it.

      November 6, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. Naota

    I be thinkin this prez been one craaaazy neeeg!! Why support a nut-bar who has ruined our budget?? His policies be wiggity wiggity wack! All these liberals be pillow bitin fairies...

    November 6, 2012 at 7:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. mom of three

    The tie in Dixville.Notch was.5-5 in another location Harts Location it was 28-14

    November 6, 2012 at 7:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • raulisodo

      Technically it was 23-9 at Hart's Location – the O.P. added 5 to each and called that a tie.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. czar33

    I wish Romney DIES befor the day ends, I wish his plane crashes, I wish he gets a stage 4-A cancer and rots with pain.
    My he live to see his sons die!

    November 6, 2012 at 7:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • czar33??

      Wait...do you want him to die, or do you want him to live?? Make up your mind, you nutbar!!

      November 6, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Stoopud

      Yeahh, I don't like him much either!!

      November 6, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • raulisodo

      @Mom3 – worse, actually. At least the ones in office try to hide it instead of shoving it in our faces like certain trolls here....

      November 6, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Eastender

      That's horrible!

      November 6, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
    • the-guy

      And do u know that if somthing is to befall Romney, you will be the first person that the fedarales will come knockin' for, have some common sense

      November 6, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. Blah

    I doesn't matter who wins. Nothing will save the US from it's greedy & arrogant population!
    Your econony will never recover. China owns you!

    November 6, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. USN Ret

    Will anyone talk to the 1000's of miners and 100's of other workers jobs the Obama EPA has cost? I know many of them as I work for a Railroad that has laid off 30 men in just my small area of due to "If you want to build a coal fired power plant that is ok but "YOU WILL GO BROKE" Just ask those family’s when they CAN NOT MAKE THEIR HOUSE OR AUTO PAYMENT". These are good paying jobs, miner, computer programmers, truck drivers, rail workers, equipment sales, manufacturing not to mention power plant workers laid off and now THEY ARE GONE" thanks Obama!!!!!!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Not Stoopud

    depends on what ya mean by "shambles"!

    November 6, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. us_1776

    Your choices are simple:

    D) A COUNTRY THAT WORKS FOR *ALL* AMERICANS

    R) A COUNTRY THAT WORKS FOR ONLY BILLIONAIRES and RELIGIOUS EXTREMISTS

    -----

    Please register to vote.

    Push 'D' on all congressional and senate races.

    Obama | Biden 2012 5.5+ million new jobs and still growing...

    .

    November 6, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bill

      Hogwash! A party line voter is an unintelligent voter.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. Brian

    The fact that it was a tie in Dixville Notch is a bad sign for Romney. This isn't Portsmouth or Nashua, this is in the heart of conservative territory. This is a sign that New Hampshire is going blue again this election

    November 6, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Betsy

      Yes, and New Hampshire is the only state that matters, of course...

      November 6, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • raulisodo

      The media has citing all kinds of polls the last couple days calling it statistically a tie – the fact that the first 10 votes counted are split, well I don't think it's going to be THAT close. Why don't we get on with our day and revisit this topic in say, 24 hours? Might make more sense then. Heck, why not wait till December and see what the Electoral votes come out to? That's what actually decides who becomes President, anyway.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. schizoid

    I can't exactly imagine what will happen if obama loses the popular vote but wins the lectoral college, and this is a possiblity considering what happened at new york. Maybe republicans will throw a tamtrum and will come to see of nonsense of having your candidate lose the lection despite having more votes, and will want to rethink the whole electoral colleget thing in congress. Ah, a man can dream.

    November 6, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jim

    I don't really care who wins the Presidency. I do care that all the nutbar Reps in the House get tossed

    November 6, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Skeptimist

    It's barely 7am EST on November Fools Day and judging by the comments, it's getting drunk out there. Stand by for Steven Spielberg's movie, "The Empire Strikes Out".

    November 6, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • rickygf

      That would be George Lucas, or if you wish Disney now

      November 6, 2012 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
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