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. Big_D

    If you think the NBA refs are bad you should check out pro wrestling.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |

    BUSH killed 1000's of Americans and the Republicans cant shutup about Benghazi. What a freakin JOKE.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Big_D

    Doesn't the world end on December 21 anyway? Should we open our Christmas presents early?

    November 6, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mel

    OMG people that are bringing Bush into this..should absolutely have their voting rights taking away. YOU do realize the economy was going DOWNHILL BEFORE Bush right? You want to play the victim card again for 4 years.......whining oh poor me I had to take on Bush's problems. That is so damn old. I'm sick to death of it really. So what give him another 4 years so that he can whine and apologize across the nations. Yea that has worked out real well.

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

      The economy was doing great before Bush and there wasn't a budget deficit either.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |

      Kinda like the Rebubs screaming about Benghazi after Bush sentenced 1000'd of americans and 10's of 1000's of non americans to DEATH in the deserts

      November 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Russ

      Well the effect was going on for at least 1 year. How can you stop the bleeding in a month, it takes years to recover. Weren"t we losing 800,000 jobs on the month Obama took office? Obama is not a magician to turn around economy with a just a whip of his magic stick.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lisa Crutcher

    A divided America. Maybe it should be split into two countries.

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

      The Blue states account for 90% of our economy. California alone is our largest economic provider.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |

    tin foil hat time

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

    Alcan works best

    November 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mel

    What the hell is wrong with you...the Mormons are taking over? JESUS...I don't care if they are no religion. I just want them to get in there and do what they said they across the aisle. If you really think that the Mormons are taking over Washington I can't help you buddy. Just like the women that think their rights are going to be taken away....I'm a woman...and if you sit there and ALLOW anyone to take from you.....then maybe you shouldn't have the right in the first place.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    For the love of pete. Keep religion out of politics. You religious nuts will eventually drive every last one of us non-believers out of the republican party. Trust me. You'll need my vote.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Big_D

    If Obama wins I will be happy, If Romney wins I won't feel guilty cheating and not paying taxes.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChicagoRealist

      So you feel guilty now? Thanks for making me feel better about thinking Obama supporters are all liars and cheaters. I now know I was right.

      November 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*al

      Yeah...good one

      November 6, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack 3

      You will have a hard time explaining to your children why this country has no jobs for them. Obama is going to destroy the America we all know.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • steph

      First of all the Republicans have Disrespected the President from the word GO and the republicans are trying cheat to make this Romney the president at any cost. This problem was already a problem when president Obama got in the white house people just don’t want to face it. Every bill he has tried to pass the Republican Party shouts it down so therefore how he can get anything done. He also knows what it like to be on the other end he understands the people of this great country he has compassion for us all not his rich wealth but mainly for the middle class America. Be very careful what you ask for people.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bill

    Another loyal Alcoa customer. Let the dividends roll in.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Big_D

    Remember it's only illegal if they don't give you amnesty.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Voted-R/R

    ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!!! more so just to annoy "anti mormon"

    November 6, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Big_D

    Don't hate Romney because he is a Mormon. That would be acting like a Republican. Hate him because his policies stink.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Big_D

    Somehow I'm not worried about what Mitt will do after the election. You can take a lot of vacations with 240 million in dividend income a year.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vet

      For that matter you can take a lot of vacations while president. Obama's golf game doesn't seem to be suffering and his family sure goes a lot of places (over $1 billion dollars spent on the first family).

      November 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
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