By Brittany Haddad–1/10/2012
Dixville Notch, New Hampshire has spoken. The New Hampshire Primary is jump-starting with a tie between Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman.
According to the Associated Press, Romney and Huntsman each earned two votes, while Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul each received one vote; President Obama received the final three votes.
The small town is only 20 miles from Canada with a very small voting population–9 registered voters. There are four Independents, two Democrats and three Republicans. Every fourth year since 1960, the registered voters of Dixville Notch have the opportunity to cast the first votes in the first-in-the-nation primary. Because towns with fewer than 100 people can open their polling stations at midnight and close right after the voting has taken place, Dixville Notch takes pride in being the first town with official results in the New Hampshire Primary.
Typically, the voting takes less than a minute and is held at the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel. Despite major renovations, the voting was held in the hotel’s Ballot Room, which was lined with photos of previous candidates. In addition to being the first town that casts the first primary votes, Dixville Notch has a pretty accurate track record. Since 1968, the voters of Dixville Notch have successfully predicted every Republican candidate.