1:12 AM EST, November 6, 2012
DIXVILLE NOTCH, N.H.
The first presidential election results are in.
President Barack Obama and his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, each received five votes in Dixville Notch, N.H., just after midnight. Yes, a tie.
The hamlet in the state's northeast corner has opened its polls shortly after midnight each election day since 1968 - but Tuesday’s tie was the first in its history.
The result was unexpected, said town clerk Dick Erwin. The town has two registered Democrats, three Republicans and five independents.
"Considering the way things are polling around the country, we may have been the first tie of the day," said town clerk Dick Erwin, noting the national polls showing a virtual dead heat in the race.
The hamlet has drawn national media attention for being the first place in the country to make its presidential preferences known.
However, since 1996, another New Hampshire hamlet - Hart's Location - reinstated its practice from the 1940s and also began opening its polls at midnight.
The result there? Obama 23; Romney 9.
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.