In a tradition dating back as far as 1948, the tiny New Hampshire villages of Dixville Notch and Hart's Location kicked off Election Day 2012 at midnight local time. In Dixville Notch, President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney tied, 5 to 5, while Obama handily won the contest in Hart's Location, 23 to 9, with 1 vote going to Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Dixville Notch has two registered Democrats, three registered Republicans, and five independents; in 2008, the town voted for Obama, 16 to 5, over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). In 2008, Hart's Location also gave the nod to Obama, 17 to 10, with two write-in votes for Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).
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