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. George Cantstandya

    Knowing away America works. I bet those poll workers will be paid all day, rather than be sent to another location. Actually , in all seriousness, it looks good for Pres Obama in right leaning towns to come out as well has he has.

    November 6, 2012 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. DaveFL

    To the Obama family, sorry folks your four year stay at OUR White House has come to an end. Better start packing. By the way, get all that sh%t off the lawn, your embarrasing us.

    November 6, 2012 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeb

      You are embarrassing yourself.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      if that's the way you feel, get ready to be embarrased another 4 years you freaking Morron. By the way, its not the white House anymore @%tch.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
    • tam

      That's what it's been all along - the code word: Take back America - from the black guy who dared to win the WHITE House. How dare he?! Well, it ain't your America any more.

      November 6, 2012 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Sleepy People around me

      I bet everyone, even down to your poor, poor kids, suffer for the poison, and daft ways you've bestowed upon them. You should be very sad. Your forefathers weep and you need a testosterone shot.

      November 6, 2012 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
    • yossi

      You should "start packing" and make Aliyah to Israel. There's lots of your kind around here... (I live in Israel)

      November 6, 2012 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Obama2012

      They have lived there for 126,144,000 secs, and still have another 126,144,000 secs to go, but I know can't spend a second there in your life time.

      November 6, 2012 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      you moroon, too sad for you coz white house still belongs to the obama family for the next FOUR years.. i feel sorry for you coz you will be hurting for the next Four years..

      November 6, 2012 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

    Washington Redskins lost their last game before a election which means...there will be a new president. So..if I am u..I would prepare for major mayhem and riots tonight.

    November 6, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Shandha

      Redskins have been losing period. Silly Rabbit!

      November 6, 2012 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Good Luck

      Good luck with your meds.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Shandha

      No meds here!

      November 6, 2012 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. James

    I'd pay CNN not to report on Dixville Notch next year. Just let it be.

    November 6, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
    • bari96

      Given the fact that there will be no presidential election next year they probably won't.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
    • jay

      I enjoy their results each election cycle. It's a quaint tradition that I hope never dies.

      November 6, 2012 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Stoopud

      I just talked with CNN, they've agreed with your terms, but, they want $1,000,000.00.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lawrence peter Okikiola

    I tink we should leave everyting for God to choose for us

    November 6, 2012 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
    • mmaxum2002

      I think He's not voting this year

      November 6, 2012 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Stoopud

      Elohim or Jehovah?? It's your choice!!

      November 6, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  6. pbernasc

    that means at least half of the town is stupid

    November 6, 2012 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. RaceAnIssue

    Question: I see a lot of white folks voting for Obama. Is there any black folks voting for Romney? I don't think so. Speak up if you don't get harassed.

    November 6, 2012 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Shandha

    Why do my comments not appear ?

    November 6, 2012 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Shandha

    Anything critical of this news agent doesn't make it to the page. Why do we care about a little city of ten in New Hampshire, very misleading.

    November 6, 2012 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Shandha


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

      I for one enjoy this quaint hangover from a better time. Reporting on it is a tradition. I like traditions!

      November 6, 2012 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. joesmith

    proves one thing....the ill informed are everywhere..

    November 6, 2012 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. Buck- WV

    Obama 2012– The better choice. The better Human being.

    November 6, 2012 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. The6thsense

    Obama, or Romney, who ever wins will have my support. Stop blaming the men in the white house, use your energy to make things better not to complaint that your political God did not win... Sad to see the political fanatics..., you are all not too far from religious fanatics

    November 6, 2012 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sleepy People around me


    "...since 1961, for 52 years now...

    Republicans have held the White House 28 years
    Democrats have held the White House 24 years

    ...So what's the job score?

    Republicans:  24 Million Jobs in 28 Years.  
    Democrats:  42 Million jobs in 24 Years.

    ...But it could have been because, as the Senate Republican
    leader said, in a remarkable moment of candor, two full years
    before the election, their number-one priority was not to put
    America back to work.  It was to put the president out of work."BC

    **No wonder the far right has to distract. Statistically thats'
    (R) 0.85 Million/year avg.
    (D) 1.75 Million/year avg.

    Shame on them

    November 6, 2012 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Shandha

      Truth! Arithmetic in the words of Bill Clinton!

      November 6, 2012 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. blue max

    romney and bush jr are the same. we tried their failed policiesonce.... never again never

    November 6, 2012 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Sleepy People around me

      Actually, far worse for the task. Everyone who has worked under mr Mitt angry does not like him....

      When Romney left the governorship of Mass. his approval rating was 34%.

      Romney made 800 VETO'S as Governor.
      http://www.npr.o r g /2012/06/13/154583216/romney-as-governor-confrontation-one-big-deal

      In a 2008 campaign ad, Romney actually bragged about taking on his Legislature: "I like vetoes; I vetoed hundreds of spending appropriations as governor," he said.

      Romney issued some 800 vetoes, and the Legislature overrode nearly all of them, sometimes unanimously.

      November 6, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Shandha

      I'm from Mass! We are not fans of Romney!

      November 6, 2012 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. Johnnosetip

    I just hope it is decided tonight. I'm not sure the country can handle a bush/gore ordeal without some nasty incidents. Both of them are war mongering corpotatists with little respect for civil liberties so i'm not overly concerned about who wins. Choosing between the lesser of two evils is an endorsement of a system that gives you such miserable choices

    November 6, 2012 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
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