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. whoknew

    PLEASE let this be over SOON! This has been going on too long, and my phone was dead from the hurricane for a week. When I got home yesterday, my answering machine had 22 POLITICAL MESSAGES!!!!!! My phone rings a lot normally, but it is off the HOOK now! Can't wait for my phone to quiet down. Nine hours and counting...........oh......Romney 2012!

    November 6, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. ItsANewDay

    Well obviously this can only point to a major victory by Obama.

    November 6, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. john

    I'm still curious as to what exactly Obama meant when he told Putin that he'd have, "more flexibility" after this election. What's he planning to do once he no longer has to worry about American voters?

    November 6, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • michael

      wait and see when he is reelected. obama 2012

      November 6, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • steve harnack

      doesn't take much to confuse you, eh? Well, here's what you do, you look up "more" and "flexibility" in the dictionary. You can probably do it online, with a tutorial.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. jennygirl

    "but today's tie was the first in its history" – a five-five tie is not amazing.

    November 6, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. sistah_tru

    They all call me sistah tru, cuz I used to mop up da spooo! I then gave up da dudes cuz they was lame, I went for da chiks cuz they had game!! I became a lezzy and now I luv them butch types....I pound their poooopers and make sure they ripe!!!! Yeah, boyeeee!

    November 6, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Larry Smith

    The Democrat voting fraud machine is alive and well. But you won't hear about that on this website. Cover up masters.

    UNIONS UNDER FIRE:
    Accused in Voting Scheme

    Unions in Nevada accused of registering illegal immigrants and then pressuring them to vote

    Oregon Elections Worker Fired After Allegations of Ballot Tampering
    Voter Fraud Monitors on High Alert on Election Day
    Group Home Accused of Taking Patients to Vote for Obama

    November 6, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Talmonis

    Oh look everyone, the Republican base.

    November 6, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. dashadow231

    Honestly you cannot expect to fix 8 years of debt and wars in 4. If there is anything the President is guilty of it would be trying to work with the republicans currently in office right now. Obama should have done the health care bill when the democrats had the majority in the house but was trying to work with those hateful republicans. I am not saying Romney is a bad person but I do know that if you vote for him you either make $100,000 plus a year, love to deploy cause you are military and wanna make money in the desert, blind to facts or just plan racist...OBAMA 2012

    November 6, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      What a crock lol. I'm not military, don't make 100k a year, am not racist, or stupid. And I didn't vote for Obama. It has nothing to do with house Republicans, and everything to do with his failed policies.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Lloyd

      Well for starters he could veto bills with earmarks like he implied he would in his debate with McCain. Then he could have not extended the Bush tax cuts.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • steve harnack

      @lloyd, yeah, he could have done that, and thanks to the GOP the same stroke of the pen would have cut off unemployment benefits to millions of out of work families, killed student loans, etc. Those where the GOP contributions, the things that they insisted on including along with denying poor women health screening and a host of other user unfriendly items. For every good thing that the President has tried to do the GOP has insisted on a lot of pain for middle class and below and added perks for the wealthy.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. Michelle

    Aren't you witty

    November 6, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dino

    Obama will WIN today, and Mittens will be history.

    November 6, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • bencoates57

      I just learned that the pollsters are not reporting the raw data. The raw data has Romney winning Ohio, Florida, abnd Virginia comfortably but the pollsters make "adjustments" to weight for anticipated turnout based on '08 rates. Most experts agree that turnout, especially in Black community, will not be at '08 rates, and so they used an average based on '04, '06, '08, and '10 data. Based on this model, Romney is expected to win the popular vote by 9 points and garner over 300 electoral college votes.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • steve harnack

      @Ben, let me guess where you "just learned" that. You should have stayed there at the alternate reality news source. The end result will still be the same but at least they will arm you with all of the excuses that you will need for the next 4 years.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. dashadow231

    I rest my case

    November 6, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. OBAMA 2012

    yo momma

    November 6, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Larry Smith

    VOTE INTIMIDATION IN PHILLY?
    Booted GOP officials ordered seated,
    Black Panthers back at '08 polling site

    I know that most of you that visit this site don't want to hear what is actually happening so you prefer the filtered and censured version of the news, but I believe you all need to be aware that this happens every election cycle. It always seems to be the democrat side.

    November 6, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. bencoates57

    I just learned that the pollsters are not reporting the raw data. The raw data has Romney winning Ohio, Florida, abnd Virginia comfortably but the pollsters make "adjustments" to weight for anticipated turnout based on '08 rates. Most experts agree that turnout, especially in Black community, will not be at '08 rates, and so they used an average based on '04, '06, '08, and '10 data. Based on this model, Romney is expected to win the popular vote by 9 points and garner over 300 electoral college votes.

    November 6, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Ronnie Bruno

      LOL good luck with that dream.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      >win the popular vote by 9 points
      Well considering blacks make up like %11 of the population your bs only makes sense if they decided every black will vote which of course they didn't. Nobody will win the popular vote by more than %2.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Weatherwar

      I mean everyone has dreams, but this one is a little out there.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Rushikey

      You must be watching Republican poll! I guess.. Wake up Ben!

      November 6, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Outsider.92

      You obviously learned nothing in English class when you use "weight" instead of "wait". Do you work directly for Fox News?

      November 6, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • steve harnack

      "most experts agree" , hey, thanks for that little chuckle!

      November 6, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Daverelentless

      Pretty funny stuff there ben. You flacking for the GOP or for Fox Noise?

      November 6, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dave

    250 Million American's couldn't find someone other than a British to comment about American election ???? What’s wrong with this picture.

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