Firstever Tie in First-of-the-nation Dixville Notch Election: Obama and Romney Each Gets Five Votes

By David Li,

The results of the first in the nation presidential election was made public on live TB at 3:05 AM on November 6, 2012 in Dixville Notch, NH. The voting started right after the midnight, and a total of 10 votes were recorded in this small precinct. Among the 10 votes, there were five independents, three Republicans and two democrats.

Located in Northern N.H., Dixville is traditionally leaning Republican. According to Wikipedia, the early voting tradition of Dixville Notch started in the 1960 election, all the eligible voters in Dixville Notch gather at midnight in the ballroom of The Balsams. The voters cast their ballots and the polls officially are closed one minute later. The results of the Dixville Notch vote in both the New Hampshire presidential primary and the general election are traditionally broadcast immediately afterwards.

In 2008, Obama beat McCain 15:6. Romney campaigned in N.H. in the early morning hours of November 6. He must be pleased to know that he did much better than Senator McCain did four years ago in the first-of-the-national general election.

In other races on the ballot, Republicans had a clear advantage. Republican nominee for Governor Ovide Lamontagne beat Democrat Maggie Hassan 7:3, and for the 2nd district congressional race, incumbent Republican Charles Bass beat Democratic challenger Ann McLane Kuster 6:3.