ELECTION RESULTS IN TWO SMALL VILLAGES!

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The first election results are in, and ominously enough, it’s a dead heat.Since 1948 the towns of Dixville Notch and Hart’s Location, N.H., have both enjoyed their “first-in-the-nation” voting status each election year, when polls open at 12 midnight. Dixville Notch has now notched up another first: its polling of 10 individuals returned a tie between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney for the first time in history. While many voters have already cast their early ballots, Dixville Notch retains its symbolic crown as the first to have its votes counted. New Hampshire law allows for towns with fewer than 100 residents to open and close their polls early. With a registered population of just 12 in the 2010 U.S. Census, the vote took less than a minute and was counted shortly after midnight. Usually held in the ballroom of a luxury hotel, the vote was moved this year to a nearby ski lodge, where, in the usual scheme of things given the media attention showered on the small town, the number of journalists outnumbered the residents. The first vote was decided by a lottery which 24-year-old Tanner Tilotson — whose grandfather Neil Tilotson founded the now infamous voting tradition — had the honor of casting. He voted for Obama. The results are more definitive over in Hart’s Landing, however, where votes were counted shortly after Dixville Notch. Obama gained a comfortable victory, earning 23 votes to Romney’s 9. Libertarian Gary Johnson received two votes.New Hampshire is one of the key states being contested in this election, with four electoral college votes up for grabs. Mitt Romney chose to host his last big campaign push in the state Monday evening, telling the thousand-strong crowd: “New Hampshire got me the Republican nomination, and New Hampshire is going to get me the White House.” If the results at Dixville Notch are anything to go by, it won’t be that simple.