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. yeah

    ha. hahaha. ha. funny. Ignorant fool.

    November 6, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Big_D

    Thank goodness this is over. Do you realize they could have purchased a Chrome laptop for 17 million students for what this election cost? Do you think that would help education? They could have built 420 new state of the art school buildings.

    November 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. legalizer

    vote for the non white guy

    November 6, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      "vote for the non white guy" Vote based on race? You do realize, legalizer, that you are advocating acting like a racist bigot. Bigotry is equally wrong no matter your outer appearance. The only race is the human race. Vote human!

      November 6, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fsjunkie

    Tell you what...if Mitt Romney successfully pulls off this scam and gets elected, I will shred my voter registration card and become willfully ignorant like so many others. Democracy will have been sufficiently demonstrated to the WORLD to be corruptible.

    November 6, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • EveryDay

      I really don't understand how he got this far! He was a terrible governor, and now he thinks he can run the country by sheer force of will.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MRHD

    Let the games begin! As a Virginia voter, I'm proud to report that my wife and I voted for Obama this morning. If we can take our state then we can send Mitt packing back to the Cayman Islands and hopefully force the Republicans to oust the Tea Party and return to sanity! You know the Republicans are off their collective rockers when you can look back to the the Nixon administration and say "I wish modern day Republicans were more like that."

    November 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • abmri60

      Good for you, tell all your friends to do the same.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. abmri60

    The voting machines in PA will not let you vote for Obama, What the hell is going on !!!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Big_D

    The corporations can't afford any more taxes but they can afford to spend over 3 billion on our elections? Time to restrict campaigns to only individual contributions from US residents. No Corporate or Union money should be allowed, only individuals.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Perry

    or Anti-Mormon

    November 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. us_1776

    Wave goodbye, Romney.

    Tell our money we said hello.


    November 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Big_D

    I voted for Obama because he was the best candidate, and he still is.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nurseteacher

    Steven, why do you think everyone is black who says the word "Redneck?" You very well know that redneck is not as offensive as the word you propose. In fact, many people like to use the word "redneck" for themselves. I am an older white woman who makes more than $250,000. a year who believes that Obama has done a great job of getting us out of the republican mess left by Bush. I like the way he protects women's rights and equal pay for equal work. I do not like Romney saying that "If we have women in the work place we have to give them flexible schedules." We already have women and men in the work place who want to have time to see their children, etc. Romney is completely unaware of the common people. I have been in the work place all of my life and my husband and I have 6 children who also have children and all voting for Obama. Go Obama/Biden 2012!!

    November 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bandy

    This election is not one of a republic but of an oligarchy. We will indeed have the best government money can buy after the votes have been counted. I love to objectively criticize my country because I love my country.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Big_D

    Campaigns can afford to spend 15 dollars for every person in the USA in this election but the corporate backers can't afford to pay their taxes?

    November 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. qwerty3720

    I am so tired of the racist democrats.

    NAACP is an openly racist group

    Afirmitive Action is an openly racist law

    What voter breakdown was greatest by race ever? 2008 blacks for Obama by a wide margin

    End racism, vote GOP

    November 6, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ummm....ok keep using that word, I don't think it means what you think it means.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shelly

      You Sir, are truly an idiot.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big_D

      Casting your faults on others is called projection. Usually we talk about somebody that protests too much in this case.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • WisdomVS

      Racism is when one race deliberaly tries to dominate over another just because of skin color. Blacks are in denial when it comes to racism, they think only whites can be racist. Not true. Black racism is a growing problem in this nation. Blacks voting for Obama just because he is black is an act of racism.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      qwerty, don't let the dems get you down. You are right. No one is more racist than liberals and brown-skinned people. They see color and color only. Whereas we might see two people talking, they see a black and a white person talking. Discrimination against whites is the new normal and absolute vitriol against white conservatives is the new expectation fueled by the left-wing media and late night comics. White conservatives are the only people it is OK to hate, despise and discriminate against

      November 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Feldman

      You know what else is racism? Assuming that blacks only vote for Obama because he's black. Implying that blacks are incapable of making an intelligent, race-independent decision about who to vote for. Implying that blacks think about nothing 24/7 but being black. You think blacks would vote for Hermain Cain if he were running against a white Democrat? Think again.

      Sure, there probably are a few blacks here and there who vote for Obama primarily because he's black, I won't deny that. Just as there are a few whites here and there who vote for Romney primarily because he's NOT black. In both cases, I agree, there is racism going on. But assuming blacks vote based on race MORE OFTEN than whites do is racism in and of itself.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Big_D

    We could have put a laptop in the hands of every student in the USA for what they wasted on this election!!!! Time to kick the corporate money out of our elections and shorten the campaign season!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • sweet2th

      I couldn't agree with you more! We need to stop limiting the presidency to the rich.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
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