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The swing states report

12:48 AM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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Our sister stations in swing states around the country are following every move of the presidential and other races tonight.  We'll be bringing you story and video updates throughout the night.

12:45 AM - WXIA

WXIA - Supported by voters in the Northeast, upper Midwest and on the West Coast, President Barack Obama won reelection Tuesday night, landing at least 274 of the 270 electoral votes needed to secure his victory.

Republican candidate Gov. Mitt Romney took most of the states in the Southeast and across the midsection of the nation, on a night that many thought would run much longer than it did.

Shortly after NBC projected his victory, Obama thanked his supporters on Twitter, sending a message that said, "We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned."

Early returns and exit polling show Romney defeating President Barack Obama in Georgia. Obama also failed to carry the state in 2008.

Romney had been a favorite to win in the state where Republicans hold every statewide office and have wide majorities in the Legislature.

The former Massachusetts governor placed second in Georgia's presidential primary in March, behind former Georgia Congressman and House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Gingrich later dropped out of the race.

Georgia was never considered a key state in the presidential contest. Both Romney and Obama raised money in Georgia, but neither candidate mounted a major campaign in the state.

10:22 PM - AP

AP - Virginia's 11 U.S. House incumbents have all won re-election, according to the Associated Press.

Results of Tuesday's election leave Republicans with an 8-3 advantage over Democrats in the state's House of Representatives delegation.

10:12 PM - WKYC

WKYC - Marcy Kaptur elected to the U.S. House in District 9 in Ohio.

Fifteen-term U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo took a commanding lead over her Republican opponent, Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, leading 70 percent to 26 percent with more than 110,000 votes cast in the 9th District.

9:30 PM - AP

AP - Former Congressman and outspoken liberal Alan Grayson is headed back to Congress from central Florida, according to the Associated Press.

9:14 PM - KSDK

KSDK - NBC News is projecting Sen. Claire McCaskill as the winner for the U.S. Senate race in Missouri.

9:12 PM - WKYC

WKYC - Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio has a lead in very early election returns. Brown faced an expensive challenge by Republican Josh Mandel, the state treasurer and a U.S. Marine veteran.

9:01 PM - WUSA

WUSA's Gary Nurenberg takes a look at early exit polls in the extremely competitive presidential race in Va.

9:01 PM - AP

AP - Republican Bill Young has been elected to the U.S. House, District 10, Florida, according to the Associated Press.

8:46 PM - WKYC

WKYC - Polls are now closed in Ohio and results will start coming in.

8:15 PM - KUSA 

KUSA - Some confusion among precinct workers in Jefferson County caused some registered voters to be given provisional ballots.

9Wants to Know learned that election workers were given a stack of registered voters containing two different lists. The top of the stack contained a list of voters who were expected to vote in-person on Tuesday.
The bottom of the stack contained the list of voters who either voted early or received a mail-in ballot.
People who received mail-in ballots but decided to vote in person were given provisional ballots because judges were looking at the wrong part of the stack and couldn't find their names, Josh Liss, Deputy of Elections for Jefferson County, said.
Election officials say they gave clear directions to the precinct workers about how the stacks of names were organized.

In Aurora 9NEWS photojournalist Manny Sotelo took a photo which showed the line to vote wrapping around the building at the CenterPoint voting center.
He estimated there was about an hour-and-a-half wait at about 9:30 a.m. He said everyone waited patiently. Many passed the time reading or surfing social media websites.

6:18pm - WKYC

COLUMBUS -- Sen. Rob Portman predicts Ohio voters will narrowly choose Mitt Romney to get the state's 18 electoral votes.

He says there's more enthusiasm and energy than four years ago.

"I see it in rallies. I see it in the Get Out the Vote efforts. We've made three times more phone calls this year and 20 times more door-knocks," Portman said.

He believes the undecided will break 2 or 3 to 1 for Romney.

"The key issue is going to be how people feel about the economy and whether they are looking for some change," Portman said.

"With undecided voters, there's a frustration about the economy and the debt and they're definitely looking for new ideas. That's what Mitt Romney's offering."

Portman spent Election Day in Columbus.

He knows if Romney narrowly loses Ohio, some pundits will say that proves he should have made Portman his running mate.

Portman brushed aside such talk.



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