Obama And Romney Tied In Nation's First Results

For over fifty years, the tiny New Hampshire village of Dixville Notch has been the source of Election Day's first official result, and this year was no different. For the first time in Dixville Notch history, all 10 of the township's

For over fifty years, the tiny New Hampshire village of Dixville Notch has been the source of Election Day's first official result, and this year was no different.

For the first time in Dixville Notch history, all 10 of the township's registered voters, were split down the middle in their choice for America's next president.

"It's a little exiliharating, a little intimidating. It's actually the second time I have had the honour of being the first of the nation. I love the Dixville Notch tradition, I think it's a microcosm... I really hope it's an inspiration for people to see the small town voting process. I hope it shows people the importance of getting out there and making your say heard," said Tillotson.

The tradition of being the first town to vote was given to Hart's Location in 1948 so that railway workers could participate in the polls without taking leave. Dixville Notch started midnight voting 15 years later.

It should be noted that when Dixville Notch picked Obama to win the 2008 election, it was the first time in 40 years the right-leaning village went for a Democrat.

Also, a short hop south of Dixville, in Hart's Location, where the second "first-in-the-nation" ballot casting was being conducted, the results were far more favorable for the incumbent.

There, Obama received 23 votes to Mitt Romney's 9.

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