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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney captured Kentucky and West Virginia and President Barack Obama countered with Vermont on Tuesday night in a duel for the White House shadowed by a weak economy and high unemployment that crimped middle class dreams for millions.
In the popular vote, Romney led 51 percent to 48 percent with less than 1 percent of the nation's precincts tallied.
AP says Romney wins Georgia, Tennessee
Former Gov. Angus King has won the Senate race in Maine, running as an independent. King will take over the seat held by retiring Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe. Another independent, Vermont's Sen. Bernie Sanders, also has been re-elected.
Four Democrats senators have also won re-election: Bill Nelson in Florida, Sheldon Whitehouse in Rhode Island, Ben Cardin in Maryland and Tom Carper in Delaware. Republican Sen. Bob Corker was re-elected in Tennessee.
King hasn't said which party he will caucus with, but Republican groups have spent millions of dollars opposing his candidacy.
- Associated Press
Obama carried Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine and Romney's home state of Massachusetts. Also, as expected, he won Delaware and Maryland as well as the District of Columbia and Illinois.
Romney had Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Kentucky and West Virginia in his column. He also won Indiana, a state Obama carried in 2008 but did not contest this year.
- Associated Press
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President Barack Obama won the reliably Democratic Northeast, and Republican Mitt Romney secured his Republican conservative base Tuesday night in a tense duel for the White House shadowed by a weak economy and high unemployment.
The critical battlegrounds with the key to victory were unsettled — Virginia, Ohio and Florida among them — with long lines in many locations after poll-close time.
Romney led in the national popular vote with 13 million votes, or 51 percent, to 12 million or 47 percent for Obama, with 10 percent of the precincts tallied.
Romney also held an early electoral vote advantage, 153-123, with 270 needed for victory, although he lost both his home state of Michigan and Massachusetts, where he served one term as governor.
- Associated Press
Obama wins Michigan, Romney takes Alabama
Obama projected to win Wisconsin
Got my new pad, my new pen, full phone battery, let's do this! #azvote #election2012
Romney wins Nebraska, Arkansas, Louisiana
Crowd erupts at the Democrats' party as results project Obama to win Wisconsin. #AZvote
Romney wins Texas and West Virginia .... Obama NY, MI
Not impressed - the vote total doesn't show until you vote. Unless you were the first voter, how are you determining how the vote was tabulated? News organizations all over the world use this ScribbleLive software, and I've heard of no such problems.
Sam, I'm not an expert. Any others here want to take on the Florida question?
Martha McSally thanks crowd of 105 gathered at Radisson, says it's been 'an incredible journey so far.' #azvote
Uproar of cheers as Elizabeth Warren is elected as Massachusetts Senator. #AZvote
At Marriott Demo HQ in Tucson; MSNBC on the big screen TV. Loud roar goes up when Elizabeth Warren declared Mass. Senate winner.
Waiting at Pima Co. Elections office with KVOAs @nateoneal who doesn't know who ace reporter April O'Neill is. Tragic. #azvote #election2012
Lesser hum from the Tucson Marriott crowd when Mourdock loses, Donnelly wins Indiana Senate race.
Election load is overwhelming some systems ... I can't connect to the AP right now.
4-member folk band Fried Squirrel serenades McSally crowd. Say they call themselves Refried Squirrel @ Mexican weddings #azvote
Heard at headquarters: "This is a community effort." #azvote #election2012
Another roar from Marriott crowd when TV shows Obama ahead in FLA, 60 percent in Broward County.
Crowd rises to their feet as Obama takes lead in Florida. #AZvote
Back in contact with AP now, and the latest news is ...
The battlegrounds that held the keys to the White House were anything but settled — Virginia, Ohio and Florida among them — with long lines in many locations long after poll-close time.
Romney led in the national popular vote with 17.9 million votes, or 50 percent. Obama had 17.2 million, or 48 percent, with 19 percent of precincts tallied.
The former Massachusetts governor also held an early electoral vote advantage, 153-123, with 270 needed for victory, although he lost his home state of Michigan as well as Massachusetts, where he served as governor.
Former Dem. state chair, US Sen. candidate Jim Pedersen sez "I think the presidential thing is a done deal . You can see the trends."
Daniel Hernandez Jr. just entered the party #rpa12 #azvote
Big crowd at Marriott. Cookies, chips, beef and swiss sandwiches.