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. Lavender

    Have prescriptions for Xanax gone up??

    November 6, 2012 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Missaness

    Oh crap. CNN changed their entire page to this election crap. Don't get me wrong, it's important for the country (voting) but seriously? Take away everything else on this place completely for today when you click on the main page.

    Stupid comes to mind.

    November 6, 2012 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Missaness

      My apologies. I missed a word. "CNN changed most of their entire page..."

      Sorry, I was just overwhelmed at almost 5 am in the morning from the sudden page layout change. 🙂

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


      November 6, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Blurt

      It's been the only thing in the news for 2 years. Elections! It doesn't amount to nothing! What, there is other news out there???

      November 6, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. regan flint

    Hart's Location , wasn't a tie. OBAMA 23 , ROMNEY 9 So add the two results together , OBAMA 28 , ROMNEY 14 , so far in , N.H. You wouldn't know that from the headline.

    November 6, 2012 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Anna in NH

      I said the same. So the headline should have read: "A big win for President Obama in nation's first results" In NH Dixville Notch AND Hart's Location both voted at midnight and the results bode well for the President's re-election. NH first in the nation results: Obama 28, Romney 14

      November 6, 2012 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • aaroncarr72

      The headline literally reads "A tie for Obama and Romney in nation's first voting." The key here is the word "first." If Hart's Location and Dixville Notch both opened at midnight, it's probable that Dixville Notch had their results first, as they have a smaller population that Hart's Location by about 2/3. Thus, in the first contest of election day, the result was a tie and the headline is not misleading.

      November 6, 2012 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Stoopud

      Ya gotta be careful and read it carefully.. just like ya gotta do whenever Romney says's tricky, and takes some practice tho..!

      November 6, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • dunracin

      Typical low intelligence of Obamanation supporters. The smaller town was 1st you moron which is what the headline CLEARLY refers to.. Read into it what you want it to say, just like the lying crap that comes out of Obamanations mouth!

      November 6, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. glennwharris

    2 each his own . . But anyone who is 4 rob me should vote with one hand and grab their ankles with the other. Their is no . . . Yeti. Gdubglenn

    November 6, 2012 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Stoopud

      Yup! and there is indeed no Yeti!

      November 6, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nick

    People are missing the point: Dixville Notch went for Obama in 2008 and this year it's a tie – not good news for Obama.

    November 6, 2012 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
    • prosegardener

      They talk about two towns, the tied one they don't give 2008 numbers on. The 23-9 is the one that went for Obama in 2008. Reading comprehension, it's good for you!

      November 6, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Kernahan

      Professor Prosgardner – please reread the article Dixville Notch voted for Obama last time.

      November 6, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Kim

      Sorry, Prose, but Nick got it right. You didn't comprehend what you read.

      November 6, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
    • samikep

      Nick read it correctly. Funny how the guy that post back about Others reading abilities might be the one that needs to read this again...

      November 6, 2012 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Stoopud

      yeahh, maybe Obama should just call it an election and quit eh..?

      November 6, 2012 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Ewwwbama... Keep the change yo.

      Glad I'm not the only one that realizes trollgardener is usually wrong. I believe he should change his SN to NotSoLiterateGardener.

      November 6, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. dan

    how can evangelicals, bible belt vote for a mormon? sin, sin, sin, ................... & hypocrisy

    November 6, 2012 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
    • dee


      November 6, 2012 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Stoopud

      it's disgusting, and it shows just how "Christian" Christians really are!

      November 6, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Trombonebiker

    You shouldn't be announcing any results until everyone has had the chance to vote. This is Wrong!

    November 6, 2012 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Stoopud


      November 6, 2012 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Ewwwbama... Keep the change yo.

      Yes, please explain why this is wrong.

      November 6, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  8. MGinHHNJ

    Please keep in mind that the presidential election is a sideshow to divert your attention away from whomever is running for the House or Senate in your area. Those are the candidates you need to pay attention to, they make all the spending decisions. The President is just a mouthpiece, very little power to fulfill the promises made on the campaign trail. Your Congressional rep are the ones that make the difference.

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

      Or in the case of the GOP reps, they don't make any difference, because they say No to everything. No compromise is not the way to represent anyone.

      November 6, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Stoopud

      Just say no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no to the no-sayers!!

      November 6, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
    • concernedInSJersey

      CHECK THIS OUT!!! Policies of Congress are more important. I vote for term limits on any public servant. So they have to go find a job again and get a reality check.

      November 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • danny

      That was true until our present president, Obama has skirted around the fringes and done many things without approval of either the House or Senate by excutive order when members are on recess. Most of his appointments were made that way amoung other laws.

      November 6, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Abraham

    Got to make both sides HAPPY!

    November 6, 2012 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. reelstuff10

    Well considering that everyone likely talked about this for days or even weeks in advance, the Tie is not surprising its in fact likely something that was agreed to in advance, You really cannot blame them just think about all the tourists that will come into town now, its going to be a big season this year, Ahh Yup, you Betcha, the local motel will be full probably for the first time in yeahs, got to love the grub folks, the sausage is great, and the syrup has that lovely texture that just goes great with flap jacks.

    November 6, 2012 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Stoopud

      The people of Cow Hampshire thank you for your glowing endorsement!

      November 6, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jason

    This doesn't mean anything. It's going to be a long day for both parties.

    November 6, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. lo

    first off mitt reads a fake book. so how can you say he is for GOD?

    November 6, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Stoopud

      but his book says he'll become God!
      (sounds kinda appealing don't it?)

      November 6, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jiire

    The era of blanket promises is over.Romney has a plan he does not know how to execute- sort of trial & error.No time for that .The U.S.A. is heart of the world.BARAK OBAMA IS OUR CHOICE.

    November 6, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Ewwwbama... Keep the change yo.

      No... he is your choice weirdo.

      November 6, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Stoopud

      Does Mitt's blanket promises come with a warranty??
      No?? ..I didn't think so..

      Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

      November 6, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  14. Naota

    What happened to blaming the youtube video??

    Did Obama, MSNBC, The Young Turks, CNN, and all the liberals finally get tired of telling that lie. ???

    November 6, 2012 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
    • DB

      No, the truth has revealed they weren't lying. Just wasn't to forthcoming because it was a clandestine mission involved. The republicans know that, thats why they are using the "they are hiding or covering something up" approach, cause they know something's cannot be said. Their using non-disclosure against them!

      November 6, 2012 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Not Stoopud

      What you talkin' 'bout Willis??!!
      What youtube video??
      What lie??

      Bahahahahahahaha!! Benghazi was carried out by Mormn extremists at the behest of Romney. I guess it's a good thing then that Romney lost the election! Now we won't have to impeach him as a sitting president! We can just throw him in prison and take all his ill-gotten wealth and redistribute it to all the poor folks!! Yayyy!

      November 6, 2012 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • dunracin

      DB – Well revealing top secret information never stopped this pathetic White House before when it came to trying to further their agenda or by giving secret information to Obamanation's Hollywood cronies to make propaganda movies for him!

      November 6, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. RunfortheHills

    Obama Murdered two American Citizens with drones.

    November 6, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Softship

      That rather pales in comparison to the number of Americans who Bush killed in Iraq looking for WMD that he knew never existed.

      November 6, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Koji

      He did, but you fail to mention those 2 "Americans" fled the country and were aiding Al Quaeda... The moment you leave the country to aid our enemies, you are hardly "citizens" anymore.

      November 6, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Keel Hauler

      Be silent and recuse yourself from further commenting.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • raulisodo

      Once you turn traitor, all bets are off, silly.

      November 6, 2012 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • sqeptiq

      "Obama Murdered two American Citizens with drones." Right. The same way George Bush killed Pat Tillman.

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