Obama, Romney tied in Dixville Notch

Dylan Stableford
The Ticket

The first results of the 2012 election are in, and President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are tied.

As has been the tradition since 1960, residents of Dixville Notch, a tiny village in Coos County, N.H., cast their ballots—all 10 of them—shortly after midnight Tuesday. The vote took just 43 seconds, with five counted for the president and five for the Republican challenger. According to the town clerk, there are just two registered Democrats, three Republicans and five independents. According to U.S. census data, the town had a population of 12 in 2010.

It's the first tie in Dixville Notch presidential voting history. In 2008, Obama collected 15 of the 21 votes cast—the first time in 40 years Dixville Notch voted Democratic—with Sen. John McCain grabbing the other six. In 2000 and 2004, the village went to George W. Bush.

Nearby Hart's Location, N.H., which began a similar early voting tradition in 1996, released its own results early Tuesday: Obama received 23, while Romney tallied nine. Third-party candidate Gary Johnson grabbed two.

According to the latest University of New Hampshire/WMUR poll conducted Nov.1-4, Obama leads Romney 50 percent to 45 percent among likely Granite State voters.