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. yu

    Will is not funny,nor is he anything more than trash himself................

    November 6, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Yuri

    Anyone who relies on Mitty boy's lies, which are like house flies, might be in for unpleasnat pies – of defeat.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • marthisdil

      Barry doesn't lie, right? Wonder what those dead Americans in that Middle Eastern embassy would think...

      November 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • iwanttruth

      Obama lies about benghazi?? What about the 3000 innocent american civillians bush killed just so he could go to war, and the 30 pentagon workers the government lilled just to erase 2,3 trillion dollars??? Obama isnt the only one who lies. But his lies arent as grand as a republican lie.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alan Falcon

    November 7, 2012 at 1:17 am

    GAME OVER – .Obama wins by 303 electorial votes.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. michelle3035

    I will be really glad when this election is over. VOTE and then be quiet.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anna

    I want a new ballot initiative – news black out until every vote is counted (including Hawaii), and every sign has to be taken down within 24 hrs of date of election. The "news" industry is a joke, these talking heads should be off the air from the first vote cast until the last vote is cast – then announce the winners. JMO

    November 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • voter1

      What about Guam?

      November 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • danny

      It just gives the media another chance to sway the public into voting who they want by making up numbers(exit polls). That way someone in the Mountain and Pacfic time zones that vote later can e influenced to vote for the candidate that the news media has proclaimed a winner when they have no idea who won. For example in 2000 the news media was declaring Gore the winner in Florida bfore any count was made and no tell how many voters were influenced by that lie in other parts of the country.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Guam is on the other side of the international date line, they would have to wait the longest...we wouldn't have to wait for them.

      November 6, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Vijay

    God ! wish America to elect a president who understand the issues and fight to resolve the issues which we are facing today.

    November 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ag

      And is he contesting this election?

      November 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. VeteranTaxpayer

    Obama is losing so far in Ohio!!!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dominic

      How do you know? The polls are not closed yet. Romney ploy to persuade voters?

      November 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mahmood saaed

    Vote for n

    November 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. voter1

    have a nice day people, remember a complaining American is a happy American!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Liberalson

    Romney will bite the dust!

    November 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mopery

    Is it far easier to rig an election that is "close" than it is one that is lopsided. If the media all report it as 50.001% vs 49.999%, everyone will shake their heads and say, "Oh well, at least it was close!", when in fact it has been predetermined all along by the corporate oligarchy which truly rules the United States. Such a close race is as big a statistical anomaly as one candidate getting 99% of the vote, yet far fewer questions will be asked in the end.

    November 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • andy man

      Please explain brilliant one. How do the corporate executives manipulate the voting system. I want to hear more.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |

    Everyone saying if you don't vote for him, then you're racist. What a joke. People forget how WHITE his mother was. Pathetic.

    November 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      It's sad, but I think they do forget he's bi-racial.

      November 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cnickthomas

    Not one person could have done any better than Obama given the state of out economy when Obama was elected to office. Remember, the economy went downhill under George W. Bush. He ruined our economy by spending a trillion dollars on a war in Iraq. A war we did not need to fight since Sadam Hussein didn't have anything to do with 911. It took Obama to track down Bin Laden and order him to be killed. Obama was handed a bad hand from the start of his presidency. But he has managed to turn it around. We are now gaining jobs. You can't turn on a dime fellow. It takes time. I know many lack patience. We'd like for everything to be better now, but it took George W. 8 years to get us in this mess. It's only fair to give Obama 8 years to get us back on track. Only an unreasonable person, perhaps a hater, would not see this as truth. God bless America.

    November 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Daggerstab

    Boy, what a bunch of whining people over these elections! Fears over this, fears over that... fear is the root cause of our problems today. Our forefathers were courageous people with real backbones who lived in very adverse times, yet built empires from the ground floor up. They weren't afraid of getting dirty and were confident in what they did because of their mentality to succeed. Today's generation is comprised of people who think they're "above' or are too "refined" to get down in the trenches to get things done. They fear real dirty work, are completely clueless, and lack the backbone that is required to build such an empire. They have run the industry and the ingenuity of this country into the ground by their narcissism, ignorance, and arrogance. Elect who you want, but ultimately, that rubber band has already broken, and the mask is coming off for good.

    November 6, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. andy man

    Vote for Obama and enjoy being unemployed!!! Don't go to college and get good degree! Nope its better to just blame those nasty Rebuplicans and still live at home with Mom and Dad or have the government pay your way. Get off your butts you whiners. Do you seriously think Rebuplicans want our country to keep the middle class down and poor? And why would a guy who made 21 Million a year want to be President? To make more money or for the power to screw the middle class? Or maybe, just maybe he wants to help our people, our middle class, yeah and our poor and our youth have a chance so it is easier for them to make a decent living and live a little bit better than it is right now!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
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