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. asdf

    Not pc to say this but honestly I would rather have my side lose the election than have what happened in 2000 occur even if on the winning side. If your side wins in that way more than likely we will get another mediocre president or worse (W Bush so much worse) and the other side will resent the process for a long time.

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

      Having two Americas is so dangerous as proven by our history.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Larch Boggett

      I really hope Romney wins. I REALLY REALLY hope Romney wins, because out of the two I think he has the better chance of heading off the coming financial disaster. However, if Obama wins, he will be my president, and I will pray to God that he has the wisdom to lead for 4 more years. This childish "current occupant" crap has no place in America.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Vote America

    The debt will be pushing 17 Trillion in 2013 and no balanced budget...spending out of control ...with no way to pay for it....rising costs for gas and food....Put a stop to it America go and vote!!!!!!!

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

      Ron Paul or Gary Johnson won't win and the major parties won't deal with it until its far too late.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      Democrats tax and spend, Republicans borrow and spend.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mark Bernadiner

    Obama's team and supporters are in full force commit voter fraud around the country. They pushh metally desable people to vote for Obama. Unions push illegal immigrants to vote for Obama. The will make Obama illegal president, again.

    November 6, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. annieL

    Why was the tie in one little town more headline worthy than the Obama landslide in another little town? Let's see, together, it's Obama 28 and Romney 14. Good thing some of us have the attention span to read a whole article and not just the headline and first two paragraphs.

    November 6, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • jbmar1312

      why is either relevant. A whopping 42 votes of millions counted. This is the media playing troll.

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

    Mark Bernadiner - are YOU one of the mentally disabled?? You can't even write!

    November 6, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. William

    Vote or write in:
    Jill Stein for President

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

      She needs to release a x rated tape if she wants my vote. She isn't 300 lb is she in which case forgot it?

      November 6, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Plucky

    I believe this should trigger a recount...

    November 6, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. HerrAlex

    SciFi scenario Number 1)
    Mitt Romney and Barack Obama finished in a tie 269-269 in electoral pledged voters. Lo and behold a Republican elector switches his vote to Chris Christie. Obama is reelected.

    SciFi scenario Number 2)
    Mitt Romney and Barack Obama finished tied 269-269 in electoral pledge voters. The electoral college meets and the election is still tied. The house must choose the President: Mitt Romney. The senate must choose the vice president: Barack Obama. The two men have negotiated a co-presidency. They spend the next 4 years in things than can be done bi-partisanly: Simpson-Bowles, immigration reform, space exploration, etc

    November 6, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. 4jobs1

    Just terrible

    November 6, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. Toby

    Romney cant relate to the little guy? But Obama hanging out with Jayz, Katy Perry and numerous other celebrity millionaires can? You Obama lovers are a joke.

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

    Obama is a millionaire too, and neither one of these guys has all the answers to all of our problems.

    November 6, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Allen

    I'm trying to find the article on all the democrat voter fraud and panther intimidation. Gotta be buried somewhere on this website.

    November 6, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      The Republicans got all their voter fraud out of the way early with their post Civil war poll tax minority intimidation tactics. Keep buying those bill boards in the ghettos that threaten voters.

      November 6, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. x

    I have voted twice so far, one for each. I will cast my deciding vote later today.

    November 6, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      Hilarious!

      November 6, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. asdf

    Probably because Canada has warrants outstanding for Murdoch. What I love about Fox is they pretend to be all right wing and proper but then their franchise show Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire. Slime extreme is the Fox empire.

    November 6, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. Nothere

    FOX and MSNBC are propaganda outlets, have any links to real news sites?

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