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. Maelius

    So hope that actually happens! That would make this a historic day.

    November 6, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. clement chishimba

    Tonight we shall yet again celebrate Obama if God is for us, who can be against us . We forgive you haters

    November 6, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve Lyons

      Obama is not of this GOD, he is a follower of Muhammad. He can deny it by voice, but his actions tell the truth.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Tina

    Obama will take an early lead until the republicans get off work

    November 6, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • RealityBites

      Funny because the red states collect the most handouts....probably the other way around.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      I like how you stole tim tebows line. This is why you shouldn't take voting advice from a horrible QB

      November 6, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Interesting, California has 1/3 of welfare cases of the nation, guess which it leaning...

      November 6, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • CarlWstCoast

      Yes, but my sense is that many "news" organizations will announce him the winner before that can happen...

      November 6, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • stephen

      lmao thats funny

      November 6, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Lindsay

      This is just such a horrible, horrible comment. I am a Democrat, and I am working 9-5 today. So are both my parents and most of my family. Think before you speak and say such ignorant things. It's just so stereotypical. Also, you're assuming work DOES mean from 9-5. There's plenty of people, Republican AND Democrat, who work other shifts. But what I think you were trying to say is that Democrats just don't work, or don't have office jobs. If it is the former, I personally take serious offense as I'm sure many others do. If it is the former – what makes you think this is true, and what makes you think that office jobs reign supreme over other jobs?

      November 6, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Lindsay

      *latter

      November 6, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lourn

    I voted for the first time in my life in a presidential election. God bless the USA!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Way to go! 🙂

      November 6, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. sistah_tru

    7 out of every 10 lesbians are woman. Why ain't no one speaking about that.

    November 6, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. u. slave

    Mr inhailed frequently will have stoner vote. Im voting gary johnson

    November 6, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • CarlWstCoast

      A voice of reason in the wilderness. Thank-you!

      November 6, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. mikey

    What does President Barack Obama America
    looks like. It is an America where the lawless, unaccomplished, ignorant and
    incompetent rule. It is an America where those who have sacrificed nothing
    pillage and destroy the lives of those who have sacrificed greatly

    He failed as president because he is incompetent, dishonest and not interested
    in the actual work of governing. His statist policies helped consign millions
    of Americans to a lower standard of living and his odious class warfare further
    divided the nation. He had no intention of uniting the country — it was his Big
    Lie.

    November 6, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon Durham

      Mikey, wipe away those tears and enjoy the next four years. I'll send you an Obama / Biden sticker for your car.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Artifex

      Geez Mikey, take your meds. Such a distilled pile of rhetorical lies indicates a severe need for help. You need to get it straight – class warfare is a product of the republican agenda to continuously push the wealthy farther up the ladder and disenfranchise the middle class as much as possible by rewarding corporations (which conservatives think are people) to send American manufacturing and technical knowledge overseas. Just chalk that up alongside the conservatives' war on women, their war on the middle class, their war on religious freedom, their war on our right to privacy, their war on truth (Examples: WMD's, anyone? Trickle down economics? Obama somehow magically created our economic mess before he even got into office? Just turn on Fox to hear more.) and their war on an individuals right to make their own choices.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. RL

    Jobs jobs jobs!!! Obama couldn't figure that out in four years!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. sparks2000

    Obama 2012......no other logical choice.......unless you are in the top 1% of the country's wealth!

    November 6, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • JB

      Amen!

      November 6, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve Lyons

      I want to force the bottom 47% to start paying taxes too.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Artifex

    Because Dixville Notch has been the traditional first in the nation polling without interruption since 1960. Harts Location has only been doing it for the last 16 years after some indeterminate amount of time. Plus the size (10 people) make it quaintly irresistible to the media. It's a better story.

    November 6, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kid Zoloft

    It's simple really,

    If you make more than 100,000 a year, you vote Romney.

    If you make less than 100,000 a year you vote Obama.

    If you vote any other way, you are voting against your own intrests.

    November 6, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • CarlWstCoast

      I don't think my vote for Gary Johnson is against my interests, but I could be wrong...

      November 6, 2012 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Kid Zoloft

      Absolutely not Carl. If your intention is to use your vote as a message then it's not against your intrests at all.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. CarlWstCoast

    Yes, CNN, we know it's gonna be close. First results toward a 269 to 269 tie, when things really get interesting...

    Romney / Biden 2012!

    November 6, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. dondijon

    Vote for the Nice American man with the way too dark spray-on-TAN!!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. Patrick

    If its a tie the Republicans will "fix" the problem in Florida the same way they did in 2000.....!!!!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ed

    No matter who wins, this country is going nowhere fast.
    Just reading the comments posted under any typical news story, it's obvious what the problem is.
    Our country is divided, polarized and ignorant...not to mention hateful.
    No President can overcome a dysfunctional electorate.

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

      Perfectly stated.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Couldn't agree more. We waste all of our time pointing the finger at everyone but ourselves.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • tasajb

      This is the best comment I have seen posted under any news story on any network in a long time. Short and exactly correct! Thank you!

      November 6, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Griffin

      You're right. I voted for Gary Johnson this time because I no that no matter who wins were not any better off.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • TheTraveler

      Actually, I prefer to think no President can successfully overcome a dysfunctional Congress. But we can fix that ....

      November 6, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      swingstater – you just proven the point that Ed was trying to make. It's a shame what we've become.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Chaitanya

      Well Said Ed!!

      November 6, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • annieL

      Yes. It will take a lot of changed hearts and a miracle to change them.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Vicki D.

      Perfectly salted.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
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