NH Residents First Election Day Votes Portend Close Race

Tuesday, 06 Nov 2012 06:25 AM

 

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Dixville Notch, N.H., the small town where the first votes in the presidential election are traditionally cast, showed just how close the race is. Its 10 voters split evenly between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

After 43 seconds of voting, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney each had five votes in Dixville Notch.

In Hart's Location, Obama had won with 23 votes, Romney received nine, and Libertarian Gary Johnson received one vote. Thirty-three votes were cast in five minutes, 42 seconds.

The towns have been enjoying their first-vote status since 1948 and it's a matter of pride to get everyone to the polls.

Hart's Location Selectman Mark Dindorf says you could call it a friendly competition to see who gets votes tallied first, although he says Hart's Location is a town and Dixville Notch is a precinct.

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