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. WisdomVS

    I must assume that Obama (and his followers) aren't so dumb that they forgot that the unemployed will also be out voting today. That's a big percentage and you know they won't be voting for a man that lied and claimed he created 5 million new jobs. So where are those jobs... Kenya, Eygpt, Pakistan? They sure aren't in the USA!

    November 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • sweet2th

      It's funny you mention the unemployed vote. Just the other day i saw on the news a man who was unemployed saying that he was still voting for Obama. He must have looked at the facts and not taken his information from GOP pundits.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. nurseteacher

    I am voting for Obama and I do so because he has done great things for America. I happen to have a doctorate, and 2 Masters. I have worked for over 60 years in positions that expect high results. I am a white older woman with 6 children all professionals and have grandchildren with doctorates as well. We are not idiots and would not call you that because you evidently make bad choices.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meg

      i agree with you completely! I have my masters and work hard everyday. I also happen to be a democrat.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dignitas

    So does this mean Obama is beating Romney 3 to 2 with independents?

    November 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Food Stamps and Obama Phones

    I like Obama! He makes it where I don't have to work, have 8 kids with diff baby mamas, and still get everything free. Obama is the shizzle! HOLLA AT A PLAYA!

    November 6, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • WisdomVS

      That would really be funny, if it weren't so true!

      November 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Big_D

    They could fund the National Endowment for the Arts entirely for 30 years for what they spent on this election without any interest.

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

    4 more Years – Obama/Biden 2012!

    November 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ernesto

    Catholic Latinos for Romney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

      Thank you for your support, now go home.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • legalizer

      whitewash sellout

      November 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Big_D

    We could rebuild the coast after Sandy with the 4.2 billion they spent on this election. Yet the corporations can't afford to pay a dime more in taxes?

    November 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. EveryDay

    Why would anyone vote for someone who was extremely ineffectual as a governor and will balance the budget and decrease the deficit because he wills it to be? Does anyone seriously believe him?

    November 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. davecu

    This is a poorly written piece.

    "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"

    10 voters results – – – 23 – 9?

    November 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Re-read. They are talking about two different towns. One with 10 voters and the OTHER (it even says ANOTHER in the part you quoted) has 29 voters.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • SDragongm

      Reading comprehension really isn't your strong suit is it?
      The article clearely reports the results of two small towns that open their voting at midnith, one had a dead tie within 10 voters, the other was 23-9.

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

      The body of the article refers to two different towns – Dixville Notch and Hart's Location.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Morgan

      You need to re-read the article. Two different towns, Dixville Notch, New Hampshire has 10 voters; Hart's Location , New Hampshire has 32 voters.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. hopealways

    NOTE: It's the Republicans election officials who were illegally shut out of Philadelphia polling places today until a judge ordered the law be enforced. The Benghazi cover-up, unprecedented voter fraud already, a demand for the job creators who already pay the tax bills for most to pay more to be "fair", billions wasted on everything but what needed, and mean-spirited crude and ungraciously unamerican display of campaigning - all by our current President, and people want more of this? True love of country and the American people is what Romney is about - please consider reason.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alex

    So if Obama loses, are all the blacks going freak out and torch their own neighborhoods?

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

      if mitt loses are all the whites gonna teabag each other

      November 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Name*Nouche

    Uper class and rich people are on food stamps. That 's scamming the economic system:( We can't expect Obama to do a Quick fix With such cowers.

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

    Catholic Latinos for Romney

    November 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big_D

      Thanks for your vote, can I see your green card?

      November 6, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tony

    This just in – Polling Prediction

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

    November 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big_D

      The folks in the retirement community are who Romney is counting on. If he can't scare those reactionaries he is in trouble.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fountain

      I guess republicans voter must be lazy and go late to work, and must stay late to put in the hours they are paid for.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Looks like you are not working either.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
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