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. Debby

    Wow a landslide for Obama already according to some posters. Unreal.

    November 6, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. jpzipp

    If you add the two towns in the article its Obama 28 Mittins 14 a 2 to 1 margin!

    November 6, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      Well I'm convinced. Let's close up the polls everywhere else. This is a national mandate.

      November 6, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      If you rely on those numbers there is a 2 to 1 chance your democratic idiot

      November 6, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      There were actually 3 names on the Ballot Flip Romney, Flop Romney, Presidne Obama, so depending on which Romeny they voted for Obama may have wonin a land slide...

      November 6, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Qmander

      I'm in the bottom 47%, so hopefully you are right.

      November 6, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Skinsfan

      Sorry to disappoint you but Obama is going to lose. The Redskins lost and 19 of the last 20 presidential elections if the Redskins lose the sunday before the election the encombant loses.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Oliver Dyer

    I hope the independents in the rest of the US follow this town's independents.

    November 6, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • ForGoodOfAll

      Indeed! I hope so too!!

      November 6, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • 111Dave111

      "each received five votes in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. [..] The result was unexpected, said town clerk Dick Erwin. The town has two registered Democrats, three Republicans and five independents."
      Yes, In DxN,NH either 3 of 5 independents voted Democrat, or a Republican voted for a Democrat.

      November 6, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • raulisodo

      @111Dave111 – it's also possible the Republicans voted Democrat, the Democrats voted republican, 1 independent voted twice, and there was voter suppresion at play....

      November 6, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • raulisodo

      Actually, I hope the rest of the country's independents can think for themselves and not be herded like sheep...

      November 6, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Zwei Stein

    I hope those people didn't have to wait in line too long.

    November 6, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. D R Peterson Carpenter

    Yea yea, let's get it over so that the RightWing Tea Party radicals in Congress that obstruct the country's forward path.

    November 6, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • 111Dave111

      Correct, get out to vote, but be sure to vote for a Democratic Congress,
      we need 25 new Democrats to oust Boehner (3rd in line to the President), and
      gains in the Senate which Filibusters way too often,
      and confirm Supreme Court nominations (Women take note, please).

      November 6, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. D R Peterson Carpenter

    Oh you scared me into voting for Beelzebub and Mammon! Tricky Mitt and Lyin' Ryan will lose today and you'll have to find a new past time!

    November 6, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Txjack

      So who's the liar?
      The one who can't provide a real Birth Certificate and as his 1st presidential act sealed all his school records and keeps borrowing money from the Chinese

      Or the one who knows how to make money? And is not in bed with the Chinese and Oil Companies.

      November 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • NativeBornUSA

      Obama would be a lot closer to beezlebub having worshipped in a mosque a muslim as a kid a marxist muslim and proud of it as a kid and now? A reverend wright student of hate whitie.........yep Satan loves Obama and Obama loves Obama. Bow to your false God lemming Liberals.......

      November 6, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • yu


      November 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • yu

      Will is not only not funny,but he has always eaten as well as produced no matter if you vote for ali baba or not,he will always be a loser,and a sorry example of a want to be funny man...

      November 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • andy man

      Vote for Obama Mr. Carpenter and enjoy being unemployed if you are not already!!!\

      November 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GOP Hate America


    November 6, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • dc

      You are wrong! I am a Republican, and a veteran. A lot of us are buried because we protected your right to be an idiot when you speak.

      November 6, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernesto

      I am hispanic and disagree. I became legal 3 yrs ago. My first vote and I back Romney as a conservative values man.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MIke M

    Just got back from the polls in New Orleans. It's sad to see how many people are voting based on skin color rather than the real issues.


    November 6, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • GOP Hate America

      I hear you. Its amazing how many people still hate a black person.

      November 6, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • ohioan

      Are you kidding? I watched both conventions and the GOP is the camp which 98% white. And their vote suppression movement is aimed squarely at students, minorities, and urban dwellers. So is it a surprise that these groups support the president? Get real....and turn off your hate radio station.

      November 6, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Exactly how is requiring ID voter suppression? You need it to drive, even to get a library card. People can obtain a non-driving ID from the Department of Motor Vehicles. It's 100% necessary to pass a law like this so we can prevent the dead, non citizens, and felons, from voting. It's needed so neither side can cheat. Call it racism, or suppression all you want, it just isn't true.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Mel


      November 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali


      In Indiana to get a state issued ID you need

      November 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sony_dc

    Let's go, Romney!!! America is ready for REAL change this time around.

    November 6, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. GOP Hate America

    1. I will not reward my vote to the GOP who have done nothing but obstruct. That is not leadership its childish and tactics like that does not deserve to get votes.

    2. You gave Bush 8 years to mess things up we are giving Obama 8 to fix it.

    November 6, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Clear Eyes, Full Hearts

      And what exactly has Obama done in his first four years? Why does he deserve another term? No one seems to have an answer for that question.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Name*Steven Mc

      Define "we".

      November 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eddie Shelton

      Fix it!!! Bush looks good compared 2 Obama.Stop drinking the Kool-Aid and look @ the stats.Obama has added almost SIX TRILLION 2 the debt. If you have Children and/or grand children,don`t u care about their future? Evidently u don`t as long as u can keep 'YO' Sells Fone,Foods Stamp,Free busses pass and the list goes on! Obama is an existential threat 2 'Dis Nashion" and u Donts`s kare! Get a job,we`re tired of paying reparations for multiple generations. We shouls take care of our poor but NOT support free-loaders!

      November 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      But what if his plans won't fix it? Should we give him 8 years?

      November 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • LI Kitty

      Absolutely right...everyone is "things are worse than ever, etc...." It took 8 years for the knuckleheads to bleed us please, do you really think another wealthy big business croneizer like Mitt is going to help us working people out...,wake up and smell the money...and trust me, it's not coming OUR way!

      November 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChicagoRealist

      Blaming Bush only supports my belief no Obama supporter ever really knew what caused the credit crisis. When I start hearing Carter, Clinton, CRA, mortgage backed securities, democratic deregulation, and credit default swaps, I'll start listening. Until then, please vote as you will. You will pay for it later, Obama ensures it.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      And where is the start? By the way he had 2 pure years of non-obstruction from the GOP (09-10) and didn't do anything. You also forget that the Dems had control of the Legislative branch in 07-08, what were they doing at that time? All politicians, no matter who, will always take care of their party first, even with at the cost of the country as a whole. THERE IS NO AMERICA FIRST PARTY!

      November 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      How are Obama's policies different than Bush's? They seem the same to me.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JA

      Come back to this board in four years and let us know if things are fixed then, OK?

      November 6, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill D.

      But things have gotten worse in the past 4 years, explain THAT!!!

      November 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • agnedalessposter

      You are obviously ok with having low expectations for the leader of this fine nation. Typical.

      November 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carla

      Bravo!!! I only hope & pray you are right and Obama does get the next 4 years. I say hope & pray, because I live in Wisconsin and most people know what happened here in our election for Governor. I am not sure-but I think it has a direct correlation with the fact that Wisconsin has the highest drunk drivers in the nation.
      All I can say for sure is-Romney would turn the US into a scambles again, just like the last Republican did.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |

    A tie in Dixville Notch.

    November 6, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike American

    Yes God is watching to make sure cultist vulture capitalist Mitt does not win. As great Christian Sarah Palin said in the last presidential election just days before the vote and I Quote "I think God will do the Right thing in this election" and he did.

    November 6, 2012 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      You are absolutely correct! The Bible clearly states that the world will come to an end one day. As long as Obama is in office, that day may come sooner than we expect (but still in God's will).

      November 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • kica

      I absolutely agree!!

      November 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • blahblah

      A christian god did the right thing by giving us the choice between a Mormon and a looks a little cold/rainy outside, maybe you should just stay home and think about voting tomorrow.............

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

      President Obama is. Not. A. Muslim.
      The fact that people keep believing that is a true sign of illiterates not being able to comprehend the written word or possess any critical thinking skills.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dion

      And he will again!!!!!!!!!

      November 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • voter1

      Mike when you use the ol' "", you don't have to say "and I Quote". are you sure that you are not voting democratic? You seem to fit the profile.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AdmiralCommodoreSquarePants

    Already seeing descrepancies at Scottwood ES voting center. People's Obama votes are showing up as Romney votes once submitted (this is in Columbus, OH). Let the thievery begin.

    November 6, 2012 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
    • rc_jr

      so, do you have proof of this, or are you just spouting off?

      November 6, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • writergal

      Also, peoples' Romney votes are showing up as Obama votes. Who is frauding whom?

      November 6, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
    • ohioan

      Why not? the GOP continues to make it more difficult to vote because they can NOT win if everyone votes. You have to be stupid not to see the pattern across the country. Americans like to flag wave and talk democracy, then the so called patriots engage in this sort of anti-democratic behavior. The world watches and shakes its head. That's why every country polled except for Pakistan is clearly hopingn for an Obama victory. Just can't trust the greased weavervane, Willard Romney.

      November 6, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Who cares what the rest of the world wants? They don't live here, we do, so their opinions mean absolutely nothing.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • blahblah

      In other news, old people don't know how to operate touch screens and confuse easily.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. KarinCP

    This is the likely outcome – Popular Vote = Romney , but Electoral Vote = Obama – – another 4 years of same –
    Good Call Dixville Notch ! Meanwhile – too bad BILLIONS spent on campaign could not have been to help the
    people from Hurricane Sandy

    November 6, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. JP

    You're right... its weird how Americans love losers..AkA republican rednecks... and its funny you talk about Obama tanking the economy, when it was Bush... who started this whole mess to begin with.. Obama is no god to have a miracle clean up, you have to give the man respect for coming in at the worst time, and trying to get the country going again. If it were up to the republicans, America as you know it, would have been sold... So stop your bullying and hate mongering....

    November 6, 2012 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Skinsfan

      You are wrong, it was NOT BUSH. Bush had 6 straight years of economic growth until the Dems tookk control of Congrss in 2006. That is when the economy started down. You can thank your lib buddys Barney Frank and Chris Dodd for the economic collapse. They forced banks to make home loans to people who couldn't aford to repay them.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • commonsense

      I'm always amazed at the amnesia that is rampant across the country – I guess it's needed to fuel people's willfull ignorance. Do your homework on 2001. Remember the stock market crash within first few months of Bush presidency? Remember 911 just 6 months later? Bush inherited a big mess that was a result of Billy Boy spending his time chasing Monica around the oval office and cleaning up the mess (literally). If he had a clue about our economy, he would have been warning all of American that the whole .com bubble was about to burst. But he was too busy taking credit for the 'great economy' and everything came crashing down at the very end just in time to blame it on Bush. In the meantime, the middle east was being ignored and they were devising a great plan to make us pay attention to them. The economic impact was devastating. Look up the headlines and remind yourself!!! BTW, Bush had the full support of the Democratic Congress when we went to war – including Hillary Clinton – so why is it now just Bush's wars? Funny how everyone wants to give Obummer a pass because he inherited a mess, but will ignore the mess Bush inherited. IGNORANCE!

      November 6, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Milwaukee ant

      it's funny how people claim to know all the history of about the United States politics and economy. in fact it wasn't within the first few months that the stock market crashed after Bush took office. it was after 911.

      November 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freedom5071

      Hey has spent twice the amount of money Bush did in twice the given time. Don't get me wrong, Bush was an idiot. But if you think Obama is doing any better you are an idiot, it is about job creation and the definitely hasn't improved under Obama.

      November 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rplat

      The left's lame excuses have long sense lost their usefulness and have no basis in reality. Find another meme, that one is useless and has absolutely no affect.

      November 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • rls

      hate mongering, oh you mean class warfare, the thing that Obama is noted for. Blame the other guy, doesn't that ever get old. Obama has yet to fullfill any campaign promises. Change I can believe in is getting rid of a guy who doesn't know how to stop spending other peoples money. I will cut the deficit in half, no wait I will increase to unheard of levels. But don't let the facts get in the way. We got Osama and our Libyan ambassador killed. He isn't particularly bright, and where did his money for school come from. Don't ask, the facts again are a problem. He is a proven liar. OBAMA=POST TURTLE

      November 6, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |

      The entire planet, with the exception of republicans and the Pakistanis realize this.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • meemee

      .."aka Republican Rednecks".... .... "So top your bullying and hate mongering".....

      This illustrates exactly what is wrong with this country; the majority seem to have reasoning and associative abilities on this level.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • xuegui

      Bush did a fair amount to mess up the country with the two wars (one started on false information). However, the problems started in the 90s when the housing deregulation was passed. The bubble burst on Bush's time, but he did not cause it.

      Don't let the political slant cloud what is going on. That is how we got into this mess in the first place. Time to hold everyone accountable (question is, why did it take a crisis to get people to care?). The elected officials represent the PEOPLE, not corporations, not government, the PEOPLE. We need to get back to doing things right, respecting liberty, stop meddling in places we don't belong, etc.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC

      America was sold off a very long time go...

      November 6, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • voter1

      Nice example of American illiteracy!!!

      November 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
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