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. Kemet

    The promise to increase SLAVERY is being offered by both parties.Yay folks with college degrees can finally get that dream job at Walmart living off 8 bucks LMAO. Thanks

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

    And how did you hear about this problem?

    November 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ronvan

    MAN, there are some really STUPID comments on here!! BLOG RULES, should be: Can't post if you can't spell, can't post if you just spout garbage without ANY facts, can't post if your going to make it seem like you have the ear of God!
    In other words, CONTRIBUTE, don't waste time with stupid, uneducated, and meaningless comments. And of course stay on the topic of the subject!!

    November 6, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • VinSD

      "you're". Please abide by your own rules and stop posting.

      November 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. david

    Obama will probably take the lead until the republicans come home from work.

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

      Majority of the people who work have college degrees.
      The people with college degree generally vote for Democrats.

      November 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dion

      Are staying that Democrats don't work................... really! We are the 47%

      November 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan Falcon

      david,
      The concession speech TIME, can be scheduled after the 47% comes from their jobs(making more money for FAT republicans(gun factories, walmart) and CASTING THEIR VOTES.

      November 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. A voter from a swing state

    I went to a polling station today. In front of the polling station, there were a Democratic volunteer table and a Republican volunteer table. In the democratic table there were only some paper with a list containing the names of the democratic candidates. In the Republican table, there were pictures mocking Obama. One of the Republican poster wrote–"Tax payers voting for Dem are Chicken!" You can see the poor mentality of the Republican. John McChain did not allow any racist or foolish comments like this in 2008 election. Unfortunately, Romney-Ryan allowed all kinds of racist and foolish comments mocking democrats. This shows that we should not vote for Romney-Ryan.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeannette

      Apparently you missed the Michael Moore created and sponsored tv ads running in Florida, showing people in a nursing home threatening to track Romney down and kick him in the b*lls, set him on fire, etc. There are assassination threats against Romney if he wins. There are threats all over twitter of riots if Obama doesn't win. There is currently a Black Panther standing "guard" at one of the polls in Philly. Yet has POTUS disavowed ANY of this nonsense? Nope. Not a word. So if some ignorant idiots want to be racist at the polls, they will be. Not the fault of the GOP.

      November 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rev101

    He was born this way
    He was born this way
    He went down the wrong road baby
    He was born this way

    Poor Mitt

    November 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. A voter from a swing state

    I went to a polling station today. In front of the polling station, there were a Democratic volunteer table and a Republican volunteer table. In the democratic table there were only some paper with a list containing the names of the democratic candidates. In the Republican table, there were pictures mocking Obama. One of the Republican poster wrote–"Tax payers voting for Dem are Chicken!" You can see the poor mentality of the Republican. John McChain did not allow any racist or foolish comments like this in 2008 election. Unfortunately, Romney-Ryan allowed all kinds of racist and foolish comments mocking democrats. This shows that we should not vote for Romney-Ryan.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sacmar

      I have to say I've seen more hatred coming from the right than the left. That is the reason I could never vote Republican.

      November 6, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • GO Romney

      And the Black Panthers working for Nobama aren't racist???

      November 6, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff

    Vote!

    November 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Daniel

    May God give us the president that he thinks will the best to lead us for the next 4 years, too many worries, we want to be happy.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alan Falcon

    concession speech TIME, can be scheduled after the 47% comes from their jobs(making more money for FAT republicans(gun factories, walmart) and CASTING THEIR VOTES.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. yu

    this country has learned nothing in the past 4 years.......

    November 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Wusky

    Why is this news?

    November 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Michele

    Right on Alan! Hypocrite Republicans- Walmart promotes welfare, Medicaid and Food Stamps. I have a hunch that most REPUBLICAN owned factories do as well. They want the wealth for themselves and to keep their own employees on Food Stamps. Crooks and Hypocrites.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • SDTangler

      Mark – if you're going to call someone an idiot, at least use proper grammar.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. yu

    this country is really in trouble.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. voter1

    Usually, in Detroit, election day is the most confusing day in the city, but because of Obama, the citizens of Detroit remain steadfast in their decision. But the bad news remains that nobody can make Father's Day less of a conundrum for Dteroiters.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
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