First Poll Results Show Obama-Romney Tie
Making good on all the predictions that the 2012 presidential election will be a dead heat, one town in America has already reported its voting tally – and it’s Obama, 5 and Romney, 5.
Dixville Notch, N.H., population 12, is a remote town located in the far northern part of the state – about as close to Canada as you can get and still cast a vote in the U.S. election. But its tiny numbers haven’t stopped it from making history.
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For the past 50 years, Dixville Notch has reported the United States’ first official election day results, according to a report by CNN. But this is the first time its 10 registered voters have split evenly down the middle in a presidential election – an historic event in America.
While Dixville Notch may be no Missouri – known for the uncanny alignment of its presidential voting results with the ultimate winning candidate – the results in this tiny town did foretell President Barack Obama’s 2008 win over John McCain in a surprise upset: That year marked the first time in 40 years the town had favored a Democrat.
The ten registered voters in the town include two Democrats, three Republicans, and five independents, according to CNN. A video posted there shows eight of the ten voters – all white, middle-aged Americans – filing past the ballot box and casting their votes.
One hundred percent of Dixville Notch’s voters have turned out during its half-decade history of being first-in-time. A plaque at the polling place proclaims the town as “First in the Nation.”
The town is able to report its results so early – just after midnight on election day – because New Hampshire state law allows a polling place to close once all the registered voters have cast ballots.
“Considering the way things are polling around the country, we may have been the first tie of the day,” town clerk Dick Erwin told CNN. “Keep your eyes on the news reports, because it’s going to be a wild ride.”