Election results 2012: The first Obama, Romney presidential election results are in, and it's a tie

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The first presidential election results are in -- and it's a tie.

President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, each received five votes in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.

The people in the town in the state's northeast corner has opened its polls shortly after midnight each election day since 1968 -- but today's tie was the first in its history.

For its practice, the town, home to about a dozen residents, has drawn national media attention for being the first place in the country to make its presidential preferences known.

However, since 1996, another small New Hampshire town -- Hart's Location -- reinstated its practice from the 1940s and also began opening its polls at midnight.

The result in Dixville Notch is hardly a reliable bellwether for the eventual winner of the White House -- or even the result statewide.

Although the community typically leans Republican, residents went for Obama in 2008 -- the first time the majority of folks in Dixville Notch went for a Democrat in 40 years.


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