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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soundoff (1,019 Responses)
  1. K Gibson

    Remember it took Bush Jr eight years to create the pile-give Obama at least that long to shovel it.

    November 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ty burse

    If a third party wins the right state and Obama and mitt tie what then?

    November 6, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Karen

    This headline is really misleading if you ask me.

    November 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan Schmidt

      a city of 10....and cnn is covering that election??? what about new york city or chicago or dallas.. its dead tied cause 10 people voted OMG that sums up what the other 400million people want..

      November 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Polar Bear

      Hey, Nathan! Where did you get your stats? 400 million? Including part of Canada?

      November 6, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ronjayaz

    " "Keep your eyes on the news reports, because it's going to be a wild ride." I like Bette Davis' line batter. Those were the days."Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy ride.' Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him well.

    November 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • uyhgouil

      no mandate !
      49% oppose OBAMA policy and voted for Romney

      November 10, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. JD

    10 people in jerkwater New Hampshire voted and its a tie.
    Who cares – the real world votes next

    November 6, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    42 voters between two towns? Kuo, noteworthy new is happening elsewhere.

    November 6, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cosmos42

    5 votes a piece? Can we please enact a law requiring journalists to understand the term "statistical significance"?

    November 6, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Polar Bear

      Anecdotal reference to a quaint tradition only. Don't get your panties in a wad.

      November 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Polar Bear

    I fear, my friends, the "Idiocracy" is no longer art, it's reality, and the Annointed One will get another term. So, the Idiocrats may think they have "won," but in reality, we will all lose in the long run. Time will tell.

    November 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • adam

      Polar Bear- Wow, you REALLY missed the point of the movie, didn't you?

      November 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nicky

    let God guid u to choose a leader without division among yourselves. America is great nation, thus requires a great LEADER.

    November 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Out sider

    Keep it kool people...will know the winner by midnight!!! Don't just believe in RED or BLUE....Believe in RED, WHITE AND BLUE!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Time Magnet

    Lol someone knew who was going to win and they posted it here, but I think their post is deleted know. Google "cnn brujo 303" their post was recorded at 1:07am. And it predicted 303 electoral votes for Obama.

    November 7, 2012 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • HZ

      I replied to your posting (not sure if it will be attached to your post or not)... with: Several scientists and others around the world predicted the election...

      November 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HZ

    Several scientists and others around the world predicted the election results many days in advance using the latest techniques for making such predictions. The person you're referring to must have just copy and pasted from one of those expert's findings. One example is,0,4373603.story - BBC also has a story about all of the experts who got it right in advance, I believe.

    November 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
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