As polls begin to close across the US, all eyes are on the battleground states that could make or break the election. Preliminary polls suggest Obama has won the race.
So far as the votes come in, Obama has been declared the likely winner in California, Connecticut, Delaware District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, Wisconsin.
Gov. Romney is being considered the projected victor in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
With the popular vote evenly split down the middle – roughly 49% each nationally – the race for the 270 Electoral College votes necessary for victory has made campaigning in key swing states exceptionally heated.
Razor-thin margins in Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Virginia, as well as a virtual dead heat in Florida, have made voter turnout potentially the deciding factor in this year’s election.
The mad dash to the finish left both candidates on frantic 96-hour marathons crisscrossing the major battleground states. Obama made 18 stops in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia, New Hampshire, Colorado, and Florida. Romney made two-dozen stops in 10 states: New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Virginia, Minnesota, Nevada and Wisconsin.
The Republican contender then shifted into overdrive, tacking on additional Election Day campaign stops in Ohio and Pennsylvania.