Romney, Huntsman tie in midnight New Hampshire vote
January 10th, 2012
12:59 AM ET
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Romney, Huntsman tie in midnight New Hampshire vote

(CNN) – Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman finished on top of the iconic Dixville Notch midnight vote on Tuesday by each capturing two of the six Republican ballots cast.

Romney and Huntsman finished just ahead of the one vote that Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul won.

After lining up in a small ballroom at the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel, four independents, three Republicans and two Democrats walked up to a large wooden ballot box and dropped their votes in. They were then counted and the votes were posted in an adjacent room. The whole process took under 10 minutes.

President Barack Obama won three ballots in the voting.

A small New Hampshire hamlet just 20 miles south of the border with Canada, Dixville Notch has been the first town to vote in New Hampshire since 1960. The number of eligible voters in the town has fluctuated over the years and this year was particularly low with only 9 ballots cast.

In terms of selecting the Republican nominee, the town’s voters have been incredibly accurate. Since 1968, the resident of Dixville Notch has predicted the eventual Republican nominee.

In the general election, however, the people of Dixville Notch have been less accurate.

The Dixville Notch ballots will remain some of the few cast in the New Hampshire primary until 6 a.m. Eastern time when the rest of the state opens their voting stations.

– CNN's Shannon Travis contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Malcolm

    "Dixville Notch will remain the only ballots cast in the New Hampshire primary until 6 a.m. Eastern time when the rest of the state opens their voting stations."

    Sorry but that's incorrect. What about Hart's Location?

    January 10, 2012 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  2. American for the only honest candidate

    Could be any of the following:
    1. a rigged poll
    2. they felt sorry for him because of those videos he posted about himself then tried to blame RP supporters
    3. a total lie and false reporting

    But I sincerely doubt it's true...

    January 10, 2012 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  3. Outside Observer

    It's amazing how President Obama got the most vote (3/9) though he is not campaigning yet openly. He's got 100% of the Democratic vote (2/2) and 25% of the independent vote (1/4). I am counting Huntsman's and Paul's vote to swing towards the President in the general election if they aren't the Republican nominee. If this first result is a great sample of the electorate, then President Obama will win 6/9 or 67% of the vote. Wink wink. Just having fun analyzing the first primay result in NH. Not to be taken so seriously.

    January 10, 2012 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  4. Michael

    Go Huntsman!!!
    2 democrats and 1 of the independents probably went for Obama.
    1 of the republicans went for Gingrich.
    1 of the independents/libertarians probably went for Paul.
    It would be interesting to know how the remaining 2 independents and 2 republicans split between Romney and Huntsman. Did Romney only get the republicans? Then maybe he can't win in the general election, whereas if Huntsman got 2 independents he could win the general election. Think about it, Republicans. Who will have the best chance in the general election?

    January 10, 2012 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  5. TomInRochNY

    Republican primary and Obama get three votes? That's classic! 🙂

    January 10, 2012 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  6. Gurgi

    Huntsman/Rice, now that would be a ticket good for America. Change the way things are done in Washington and get rid of the country damaging policies of the last 3 years. And a side benefit, we could watch heads explode on both sides of the isle.

    January 10, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |