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. star

    What do they do with a tie?

    November 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shabba

      The Supreme Court gives the election to Bush.

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

      If it is a tie in the electoral college, it will be Romney for president and Biden for V.P. because the house and the senate have to choose at that point. No kidding. I couldn't make this type of insanity up, only in U.S. politics.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Aaron

    Voting Romney!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mel

    I don't want Obama care...and or govt in my health...period.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snicker

      the gov't doesn't want anything to do with your period, well maybe the republicans do...........

      November 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bvar

      Then we'll take note to yank your Medicare...take a minute to think eh?

      November 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • GoObama

      If you need insurance trust me you would like to have universal health care

      November 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LOTR

    American Citizens. My brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me! A day may come, when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of Fellowship, but it is not this day! An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you, stand, fired up, ready to go, charges, forwards, and VOTE for OBAMA 2012!

    November 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. she41

    Why is it possible that some voting results have already been announced. Seems to me that is not supposed to happen in order to be fair to all candidates and voters who have not yet cast their ballots. Correct?

    November 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChristoInferno

      Why is it unfair to people who haven't voted yet? They still get to vote, it doesn't change anything. You could tell me how my entire town voted, and it wouldn't change my vote. If they decide not to vote based on factual information, that's on them.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tammy jackson

    Wed Nov 7th 2012: Obama just announce that the whitehouse official beer has officially been renamed to: "oh sheet! I just got kicked out of my crib by a more-man".

    November 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. she41

    Why are voting results being published before the polls even close? Something fishy going on there.

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

      Its actually HOW is it possible, but whatever, its just grammar.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ChristoInferno

    So in a town with 2 Democrats and 8 non-Democrats, the Democratic candidate got 5 votes. That doesn't sound like a tie...

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

      Yeah, your absolutely right, 5 is not equal to 5.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Snicker

    how is displaying a picture of the president racist? Actually you getting offended by that is racist. the election is a school foolio, kids often makes murals of the president. Ronny was in my school, was that racist?

    November 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tomas spencter

    did the 100 ex navy seals/special forces guys get to kick the black panther's arzses yet in philly?, that would be worth paying to see..

    November 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John Q. Public

    Regardless of who wins, I'll be happy that this circus is over and we'll all be able to get along until the 2014 campaigns start sometime next month.

    November 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Luv4All

    May the best MAN win!

    November 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Aud

    Voted for Obama here in Virginia!

    November 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. wow out of touch

    I think it is our right to vote for whoever we want and judgment should not be passed on an individual for who they think is fit for the office. personal attacks go no where

    November 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Franko

    They are expecting Obama to get off to a big lead today.. At least until the Republicans get out of WORK!!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
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