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. Nan

    Biased reporting to the bitter end. CNN failed to mention that Gary Johnson received 2 votes in Hart's Landing.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. Namethatguy

    To the guy who says insurance is going to go up due to accepting preexisting conditions.. So what are those people supposed to do? Live life without insurance? Can't afford the medicine let alone the actual doctor visit. They have no control over whether they get cancer or not. I sure the he'll didn't want a tumor... Why should I be punished for something I had no control over?

    November 6, 2012 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • XxMacleodxX

      and why should everyone else suffer for it???

      November 6, 2012 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Fozzyspeak

      Could you please explain to me how people who have preexisting conditions being able to be insured causes you suffering? Please be as detailed as possible.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
    • hz

      you can ask charity to help you out, but you should NOT just expect tax payers to pick up the tab
      America is not a communism country, you know?

      November 6, 2012 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Casey Collins

      Trust me the insurance industry will get around the preexisting conditions clause. They are masters at calculating risk and will figure out a way to nickel and dime us to death a few dollars here and a few there.

      The law of large numbers (insurance) is supposed to work by including everyone, so that the risk is spread evenly among all who use and do not use the coverage. It's a bet!

      November 6, 2012 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
    • rc_jr

      well, Obama said that insurance would NOT go up with his plan....that was his point...

      November 6, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. tj

    cnn is lying is not a tie...Obama is leading 23

    November 6, 2012 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Anon23

      Did you read the article? They're talking about a tiny town in NH. Calm down.

      November 6, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. False Left Right

    When I read the pro Obama or pro Romeny comments, I can't help but think of that Metallica song "Master of Puppets".

    "Master of puppets are pulling the strings"

    So, we vote for the same 2 parties every election and we expect change? Sounds more like a 2 party dictatorship to me.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
    • A New

      Tell me about it. But everyone seems to be blinded by the light. Maybe one day their eyes will be opened. Other wise I am moving to Canada.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Keksi

      It also reminds me of Metallica "Sad but true".

      November 6, 2012 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. False Left Right

    Democrat, Republican, Coke! Pepsi!... what about water?

    November 6, 2012 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • A New

      I'll take the water. lol

      November 6, 2012 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Malcolm

      Obama is Clear As Water! So Get You Some For The Next 4 Years!

      November 6, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rick Mollner

    For those who say why should everyone else suffer for it? Remember you could be in a situation where you and your spouse may develop a medical condition, Then you or your spose loose their job. What happens when you try to get insurance but are turned down becaus you now have a pre-existing condition.....i bet you would be singing a different tune. And if you say that will not happen to me then you are a fool.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Comm0nSense

    I see Obama momentum here. Forward!

    November 6, 2012 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Forward with failure! Lol

      November 6, 2012 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Selene

    LOL CNN math...23-9 is a tie LOL

    November 6, 2012 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
    • IrishEyes

      You do realize they are talking ONLY about Dixville precinct in this report as has been the custom for 60 years, right.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hide Behind

    I cannot believe the Obama trons who thinkthey will receive top medical care under the new programs.
    Programs by the way not fully done as to coverage allowed versus cost to government.
    In a nation that has to borrow and print non existant asset backed currency?
    Wanna buy a bridge?

    November 6, 2012 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Snicker

      Maybe I can sell you some spelling and grammar.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brad

    Well, thank God this is news. Someone actually got paid to write this.

    November 6, 2012 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. allenwoll

    The Tea-GoP-Kons do excell at ONE thing !

    Intentionally poisonous and destructive propaganda ! ! !

    Copperheads ALL ! ! !

    November 6, 2012 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. wastewater1

    As Independent voters, we pormise to rid ourselves of these scoundrels – this "Rev Wright-Obama pulpit" who leans to the "KGB Putinites" and whisper – President elect Romney will rekindle our Judeo-Christian values and we will move forward to a full "Benghazi Congressional Heareing" –

    November 6, 2012 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
    • allenwoll

      Your screen name is very, VERY descriptive of the value of your opinions ! ! ! . Good Job ! !

      November 6, 2012 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Oh boy! Because what we really need is to legislate fairy tales like they do in the Middle East. That seems to work well for them.

      November 6, 2012 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Casey Collins

      Yeah, yeah, let's just waste more time and money on a witch hunt. Same thing Republicans tried on Clinton with Whitewater.

      What ever happened to getting things done. This country wants to get going again and it's nothing but resistance.

      Those people in Benghazi knew the risk. AND Benghazi is not Tripoli, so I'm thinking why there anyway??? Are you all knowing that you can predict all small cell attacks? Come on!

      November 6, 2012 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  13. theMan

    Looks like Voter fraud is already taking place.. No way in hell 5 people voted for Rmoney

    November 6, 2012 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
    • allenwoll

      CORRECT ! ! !

      November 6, 2012 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. Pamela

    Sounds like the Independents split 3-2 for Obama..... YAYNESS!!! 😉

    November 6, 2012 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Casey Collins

    To all here – Happy Voting, and I wish that some of you (not all), would run for an office. Many of you are very intelligent and informed. The two party system can work, however, a true independent candidate would be my preference. An independent who can compromise when appropriate, and maintain a balance between fiscal and social responsibility.

    We all love this country and need to focus more on getting things done, than bickering back and forth about candidates regardless of who wins. Pressure your elected officials – afterall, they would not be there without your vote.

    It's been real and again, some of you should consider running for an office.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Mitt Romney

      What?, Just because they vote early makes them more qualified for office?

      November 6, 2012 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
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