In 1st Town to Vote: Obama, 5; Romney, 5

Split result a 1st for Dixville Notch, New Hampshire

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 5, 2012 11:58 PM CST | Updated Nov 6, 2012 1:00 AM CST

(Newser) – The result from one of the first two towns in America to vote suggests the election will be very close indeed. President Obama and Mitt Romney got five votes apiece in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, reports USA Today. This is the first tie in the history of the tiny town, which chose Obama over John McCain by 15 votes to six in 2008. (Quirky fact: The AP notes that the midnight voting took just 43 seconds to complete.) In Hart's Location, the other New Hampshire town to vote first, Obama won with 23 votes to nine for Romney and one for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

Dixville Notch voters drop their ballots in the ballot box as they cast the first Election Day votes in the nation.   (AP Photo/APTN)
Dixville Notch residents wait for the stoke of midnight to be the first voters for the nation's presidential election in Dixville Notch, N.H. Tuesday Nov. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)
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