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. sahr fallah

    obama is not the right boy to rule the world.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
    • TheBob

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    • queenmumkaren

      'boy'.....????

      November 6, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Patryk Patkowski

      He's not the leader we deserve, but the leader we need

      November 6, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
    • StopcryingGop

      As usual CNN needs to spin a headline to fit its narrative! Like all the Cable news they want to make news rather than report it!!

      The fact is Obama swamped the heck out of Romney in Hart New Hampshire!!! It was a rout there with more voters and a bigger mix but as CNN needs viewers guess you guys will hardly report that!

      November 6, 2012 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
    • joseph baker

      and Romney wants to rule this world like he will with the one him and his wife are suppose to rule over after they die according to their retarded religion that thinks black people are evil.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

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      November 6, 2012 at 5:15 am | Report abuse |
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    This is a serious article. This is your news. Eat it and come back for more! It's not drivel, we promise.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Major Tom

    Bring on the hanging chads.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. NONOBO

    It is a tied election even with all the helps, biased, misleading from media/CNN and Obama's lip-servicing in the last 4 yeas. I believe that we, American people, will vote to rout this president out of Wh today, stopping the trend and start to rebuild USA.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Jane Doe

      Yeah....and when you get a liar in the house and are in a worse position........you will only have urself to blame...Romney is a greedy LIAR......and the world will be FAR worse with him in office.....but some folks need to see that to believe it! SMH

      November 6, 2012 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. D

      Hey Nonobo, you must be an ignoramus for not knowing that America is making steady progress, if you will search your biased mind, you will know that President Obama has taken the Country from the path of destruction which your Republican alies left the Country in 2008 when he took over to a path of growth and recovery despite all the delibrate obstacles created by people like you to frustrate every of his good intention. Better go and heal yourself from romnitial before it's complications send you to hell.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. mischief

    Hart's Location says 23 to 9 for Obama.

    Why is that not the headline?

    Poor and misleading journalism.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. peter pascal onyango

    go!!!!!....obama.!!!... go!!!!

    November 6, 2012 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Henry

      Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and they deserve to get it good and hard.

      H.L. Mencken

      November 6, 2012 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Henry

    It should be illegal to report vote counts until all vote centers are closed.

    November 6, 2012 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Stoopud

      Why?

      November 6, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. mbona

    Sounds like it is going to be a glorious day for Obama. After all, it's a tie with 1 Democrat shorter than the Republicans in old Dixville. We got the Independent voters! Obama will win the Electorate and then win the popular vote. If not, Bush will eat his hat!

    November 6, 2012 at 4:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Chinonso Aboy unamba

    Barak obama is not qualified to rule d word because he is evil and he belong to elumminaty (666)

    November 6, 2012 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
    • mischief

      Whaaaat?

      November 6, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. jude uju

    Obama is my man , I vote for him

    November 6, 2012 at 4:58 am | Report abuse |
    • dunracin

      And what country do you live in?

      November 6, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. Robot Monster

    "Forth! Down fear of darkness! Arise! Arise, Riders of Théoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered! A sword day... a red day... and the sun rises! Ride now... Ride now... Ride! Ride for ruin and the world's ending! Death!"

    November 6, 2012 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
    • jay

      And they eventually all lived happily ever after. Eowen (a woman) struck down a great evil and was healed by the true king. Samwise was mayor for many years until he joined Frodo in the Havens.

      November 6, 2012 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
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    God wil help america as 4 o
    bama God wil not around u 2 rule america with ur devilsh mark (666)

    November 6, 2012 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  14. lovemygirl

    Be prepared for an R&R landslide.

    November 6, 2012 at 5:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. rjlanning

    Just the facts: (1) The stock market is UP 4831.22 points since Obama took ofice. (2) Since the initial crash and subsequent fallout (which hit bottom 3 years ago), unemployment has slowly but steadily declined for the past three years.

    November 6, 2012 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
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