The tiny New Hampshire town that is famous for being the first polling place in the nation to open each Election Day cast ten votes last night and turned the presidential race into a actual dead heat. The ten voter of Dixville Notch, who submitted their ballot just after midnight, were evenly—five voted for President Obama and five for Mitt Romney. It's the first time in the history this "first in the nation" primary that the vote ended in tie. The number votes was down more than half from the 21 who voted there in 2008.
Obviously, the fate of ten votes in a tiny northeastern state are unlikely to tell us much about the election, but since this is the only actual "exit poll" we'll be seeing until later this evening, it's pretty much the only thing worth talking about right now. (In another New Hampshire early voting spot, Hart's Location, Obama won 23-9.) The trouble with Election Day is that campaign is over, but until we the polls close at around 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, there's nothing to say. There's no actual news and any analysis is pointless. Not that those facts will stop anyone in the media from trying. It's going to be a long day.
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