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. banasy©

    So...you don't vote?

    November 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brooke

    Your Lord wants you to vote for a guy who He is going to send to a very hot place when he dies?

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

    You all need to look to the bible and talk with God. Our country is in need of values, stability, and morals which we haven't had since Reagan. Please look into yourself and ask what’s best for our country, kids, and Nabors before what is good for you.

    November 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brooke

      What is best for our kids and our future as a nation is people keeping their religion to themselves.

      November 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      You mean the same Ronald Reagan who doubled FICA taxes and made it so that the middle class pays a 40% tax rate and people like Romney only pay 14%?

      November 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonathon page

      Reagan abandoned his first wife for another woman. Awesome moral values "Chris"

      November 6, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • SoLameSurvivor

      We're supposed to vote what's best for Jim Nabors?

      November 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • voter1

      Chris, you're a nut job. next.

      November 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BigTimeAwesomeGuy

    Voted for Romney in KS! So did my two roommates! Lets help the middle class, make more tax payers, and increase the value of the dollar by returning America to the world's best place to run a business!

    November 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      We could help America by getting rid of states that contribute nothing like Kansas and most of the south. Technology and innovation come out of California and Washington. Finance comes from New York. Education from Massachusetts. Medicine from Minnesota. When was the last time you heard of ANYTHING good coming out of Kansas?

      November 6, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigTimeAwesomeGuy

      Kansas is where some of the best colleges are, and also where the most grain for your food is made! Get over it 🙂

      November 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • A voter from a swing state

      I voted for Obama because: i) Obama economic policy saved the USA from economic depression, ii) Obama-Hilary foreign policy improved American standing in the world, iii) Obama domestic policy repaired thousands of bridges, million miles of roads roads, and thousands of schools, iv) Obama has strong future vision for America to develop it with science, engineering, and math, and v) Obama ended the war in Iraq. Good luck Obama and God Bless America.

      November 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JOHN CANTRELL

    What about the whites on Welfare are they Monkeys as well ? Will they be buying for 40's with government cheese? You must be a true uneducated idiot, But you know if we didnt have people like you talking stupid all the time it would be hard to recognize you white trailer trash ! I double dare you to walk up to any black man and start talking that crap and see what happens you coward !

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

    The Lord wants you to vote for a mormon??? I highly doubt that.

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

    Richmond, VA – voted Obama! 🙂

    November 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sergio

    Interesting republicans keep talking about "GOD" AND how Romney is such a religious man. Most of you don't even have the same belives as Romney he is Morman and has a completely different set of believes and standards- wake up.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Alan Falcon

    ROMNEY 2012, You might as well flush yourself now...Obama, your master will continue to be so for 4 MORE YEARS,..... Stop calling your people monkeys, they maybe a bit trashy, but they are needy & need to eat, because they are too busy incesting.
    you sound in need of help looking for a savior...too bad the kkk is a dying cult. I better not see you begging for food stamps......
    SO YOU EITHER FLUSH YOURSELF OR BE QUIET FOR THE NEXT 4 YEARS.!!!!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe Paterno

    This is the GHOST OF JOE PA
    VOTE MITT ROMNEY OR I WILL SEND YOUR KIDS TO VISIT JERRY
    BEHOLD FOR THIS IS THE WORD OF THE LORD OF PENN STATE

    November 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dan in Upstate New York

    13, soon to be 24 (when the rest get out of work) relatives in Richmond Va. voting for Romney !

    November 6, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rick

    I believe the people of America have been let down

    November 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. A voter from a swing state

    I voted for Obama because: i) Obama economic policy saved the USA from economic depression, ii) Obama-Hilary foreign policy improved American standing in the world, iii) Obama domestic policy repaired thousands of bridges, million miles of roads roads, and thousands of schools, iv) Obama has strong future vision for America to develop it with science, engineering, and math, and v) Obama ended the war in Iraq. Good luck Obama and God Bless America.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • voter1

      Your lack of puncuation is a better indicator as to why you voted for Obama. It's called a period. You do not develop cancer from using them.

      November 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ronvan

    Soooo, this is the BIG news on voting day? A place that has 10 voters, and we wonder why we are so screwed up!

    November 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. voter1

    So it is true...this really is an election year. Who's running? I like that big eyebrowed Greek Fella. Dukakis, that's the one. him or that Taft fella.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
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