Cool Town Contest Ends In Tie

It was so close that a tie has been declared in a national contest to decide the coolest small town in America. Technically, Beaufort won the Budget Travel Magazine contest.

The Carteret County town had been locked in a fierce online battle with Hammondsport, New York in online voting for the top spot. So much that voting last night crashed the magazine's web site and they declared it a tie. The magazine says since voters in several parts of the country were locked out due to the crash, Budget travel editors decided it was impossible to determine who would have won without the crash.

In the end, 360,000 votes were cast with Beaufort 36.2% and Hammondsport with 36%, the closest ever in the magazine's contest.

Beaufort now has bragging rights as the country's coolest small town. The town says while it's a little disappointed the contest ended in a tie and an all out winner wasn't declared, a tie and shutting down their web site is pretty awesome.

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The time to vote for Beaufort as "America's Coolest Small Towns 2012" is over. Now, it's a waiting game.

The contest is being held by Budget Travel Magazine. Voting ended at midnight.

At ten minutes to midnight, Beaufort was just .10% behind Hammondsport, New York. The website now says the voting is closed, and they'll announce the winner sometime Wednesday morning.

The magazine says readers nominated nearly 650 small towns this year, and their editors narrowed the choices down to ten.

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