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. Identifying The TRUTH

    It dosn't matter who win the bilderburg and trilateral commision run it!!!!! So does the Rockefellers and CFR. this whole election is an Illusian to make the peope feel like they have a SAY. but the Puppet is PRE-DETERMINED. Give your Life TO JESUS CHRIST Because the BEGINNING of the END starts Today!!!!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • criss angel's my homeboy

      your forecast would be more ominous if you spelled illusion correctly.

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

      I pity you.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • shadowcass

      While I have nothing against people giving their lives to Jesus Christ I figure that's up to them to decide. I have, but you folks please yourselves...that's why you have Free Will.

      But as to the election. ALL presidential elections are phony in the sense that it is the Electoral College who decides who our president is to be. That's the law. Usually they side with the popular vote but make no mistake...when they disagree with the popular vote the College wins.

      But there are OTHER matters on all your ballots in which you DO have a say and for this reason it is important that you get out and vote!

      November 6, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Clark


      November 6, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. child of midian

    Funny how the RED states have the most poverty, collect the most welfare, benefit most from Government Programs and they Vote for Romney to get rid of all they rely on. Ironic. Ignorant.

    November 6, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Gregory

      If you really want poverty, visit the bright blue state of California. Let's discuss Vallejo, Ca, a city that filed bankruptcy with because of egregious public employee pension they can not afford. They have record levels of crime, armed robberies, officer related killings, home invasions, about 55% of all homeowners are under water on their mortgages, high unemployment and the high school drop out rate is 50%. Oh, and speaking of government assistance, most of the residences are on Section 8 housing, some with allowances up to $2,200 a month, enabling them to living in 5 bedroom homes over 2,400 sf while only paying $99 a month.

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

      And your information is based on ???

      November 6, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • swingstater

      California was doing better before Bush, as was the rest of the country.

      Why anyone would vote for the GOP after that fiasco is beyond me.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Calidip

    OBAMA IS WINNING!!!!! Obama for 2012 AND 2016!!!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Lyndsey

      You can only serve two terms... he's served one and if he wins again he won't be able to run again in 2016.

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

      It's people like this idiot that vote for Obama. 2016?! I think most people learn that a president can get a maximum of 8 years in 2nd grade.

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

      LOL, ignorance is bliss.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Identifying The TRUTH

    It Dosn't Matter Who Win, The Bilderburg and Trilateral Commision run it!!!!! So Does the Rockefellers and CFR. This whole Election is an Illusian to make the peope feel like they have a SAY. But The Puppet is PRE-DETERMINED. Give your Life TO JESUS CHRIST Because the BEGINNING of the END starts Today!!!!!! FYI OBAMA IS HAND PICK TO CARRY OUT THE AGENDA!!! GOD BLESS!!!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Steve Lyons

    Too bad someone doesn't bag 'em a panther or two.
    No one will miss those criminals.

    November 6, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Coy

    Gary Johnson received two votes in the Hart's Location poll today too. Of course, mainstream media is only going to the report the two major parties.

    November 6, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. Keith VanZandt

    I'm sick of this crap. If the Republicans in the congress put as much effort into creating jobs as they have into "Making sure he's only a one term president" we would have the prosperity of the Clinton years, with a budget surplus as well. Remember that when you respond you use facts not conjecture.

    November 6, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • pncglobal

      Were the Republicans attempting to make Obama a one termer or were they attempting to save the US from total collapse from socialist mandates from the President?

      November 6, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. pablo

    I'm hoping for an electoral college tie just so i can witness the chaos that ensues. There will be lawsuits, recounts of recounts of recounts. The Florida fiasco with the hanging chads and pregnant chads will look like a day in the park. Maybe after all of that mess, we can finally get some real voting process reform such as a national voter ID law and replacing the winner take all Electoral College with a system that aportions the electoral college votes according the the popular vote.

    November 6, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • swingstater

      We need a paper trail and more accountability for the electronic voting machines. We need to have a real push for this ALL THE TIME. We need to have the partisan companies (ie. Diebold and Bain Capital-owned companies) NOT have any control of what should be an impartial process.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Vince

    A town with more Republicans and Indepnds. than Democrats and Romeny can't pull it out? I'm liking the way this is going 🙂

    November 6, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. swingstater

    Ken, having been an election judge, I know that there are half of one party and half the other working the polling location. No one party could just kick out anyone without the other's consent. Perhaps the poll watchers were violating the rules in some way, that is, if this story isn't totally made up.

    November 6, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  11. Albert Einstein

    COZINE SPECIAL DONATE 6 Million today today BIDEN/ OBAMA 2016 and you can steal five hundred million from innocent people . too dumb or lazy to sacam the people yourself? No problem we can provide taxpayer investment money for your scam for only an extra 2 million. 40 satiesfieds Solyandra's todate. Enjoy a good movie tonight see 2016 and get some good reaing at the DRUDGE REPORT

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

    What's up with the miserable looking and confusing format? Also the misleading headlines! This one is a sad joke. Then if you look at the other headlines Mitt Romney is still going strong while Obama ran out of steam, WHAT???? Then there's that silly Facebook map that shows practically all the country red including Maine which is a Blue state. Why don't you just say Romney won and drop the pretense of not being bias! I've tried to stick with CNN but it's getting harder and harder. I can't watch the live broadcast because it's all commercials and news bunnies. Now the on line is getting so bad I can't stand it. Where do we go for old fashion news? You know the kind that comes from real reporters? I always said I want my news from a chain smoking alcoholic that looks like hell. Back in the day we called them newsmen. Now the news comes from pretty people that crack jokes all the time. That used to be the weather but now it's all the news. I just want good honest reporting from some one that does their own research and writes their own copy.

    November 6, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. sistah_tru

    I be a lezzy with a box so nastee, it makes me hornee when da dy-kos go fastee! I pound their chute with my monster strap-on...I pump dat rump with a big ol cast on!! Dey love it when this neeeg go down, I chow dat pooon without a frown!! Boyeee!

    November 6, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. Barber of Saville


    Why is it minorities who are democrats vote based on race and republicans don't? Last time I checked more than 85% of registered republicans are white, and the GOP candidate is...wait for it...WHITE too. Are republicans free from all bias, the only ones who vote based on record, policy, and platform? Clearly not! Even Bush and Cheney are laying low in the brush. GTFOH...

    November 6, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • yup

      I'm Latino and a Liberal/Democrat, voted for Obama back in '08. This year I am happy to say that today...I have voted for Mitt Romney. The whole "Forward" thing just does not sit with me. The change he wanted for America in 2008 was the reason why I voted for Obama, but not the change I and a lot of people wanted. Thats all I have to say. Let the naysayers bash me for my comment 😉

      November 6, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Obozo

    Today, Obama Bin Laden, then muslim, kenyan President will take a seat to a REAL American that will create jobs and protect our country. Romney 2012! Today is the day!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • AlkaSeltzaaaa!

      The fact that you cant even make a post without name calling and insults only solidifies your republicanness. Congrats! No matter who you vote for youll still be a moron!

      November 6, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • steve harnack

      One sentence with 5 errors in spelling and punctuation. Actually, one SHORT sentence. Typical Romney voter?

      November 6, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • RapidOne

      The evidence for the stupidity of Romney voters is right above us.

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