Both campaigns have worked overtime to minimize voting irregularities. Both Team Obama and Team Romney are sending schools of lawyers to battleground states to prevent voter intimidation and monitor election misdoings, the New York Times reported.
Virginia is also one of five Senate toss-up states on the map. Former Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, seems to have an edge, but Republicans have said that former Gov. George Allen is still very much in the game.
AP: At this hour, Romney is leading Obama in the race for the presidency by a 62 percent to 36 percent margin in the popular vote nationwide. Independent and other party candidates are getting 2 percent of the vote nationwide. That's with 0 percent of the precincts reporting.
CNN projects Obama will carry Vermont.
Obama will carry Vermont (3 electoral votes)
CNN projects Romney will carry Kentucky.
CNN: Romney will carry Kentucky (8 electoral votes)
CNN says Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, and Virginia are too close to call at the moment.
Polls in Indiana are also closing at 7 p.m. Mitt Romney is expected to win in Indiana, but his margin of victory could be the earliest indicator of his prospects. A double digit win here would be a good sign for the GOP.
CNN: Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, Virginia -- no projections yet
CNN exit poll in Virginia shows 49 percent each for Romney and Obama
BOISE, Idaho -- With the after-work crowd hitting the polls in Idaho, reports are that many voters are going to the wrong precinct. Counties changed many polling places after redistricting, so if Idahoans didn't vote in the primary, this is their first time in their new location.There is always a bigger turnout in the general election than in the primary, but also playing a role was this: the Republican Party closed its primary for the first time this year, requiring voters to register as Republicans to cast ballots -- and keeping some fierce independents from showing up.
ABC News calling Indiana for Romney. 60% for Romney, compared to 39% for Obama and 2% for Johnson
UPDATE: Kentucky and Indiana are being projected for Mitt Romney, according to ABC and MSNBC. Obama has won in Vermont, according to ABC and CNN.
Independent Bernie Sanders has won the Senate seat in Vermont, according to the Associated Press. Sanders caucuses for the Democratic Party, and is the Senate’s only self-described socialist.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Greetings! Marie Cusick here. I'm a multimedia reporter with WMHT in Albany, New York. I'm covering the 18th Congressional district race for our statewide public affairs TV show, New York NOW. I'm at the campaign headquarters of Sean Patrick Maloney. He's the democratic challenger in a tight races against freshman Republican congresswoman, Nan Hayworth.
UPDATE: Democrat Peter Shumlin has won the governor’s race in Vermont, according to AP.
Before the October 23 debate, the Indiana Senate race pitting Republican state Treasurer Richard Mourdock against Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly focused on Medicare and Social Security. Then everything changed when Mourdock made controversial comments about pregnancy and rape. Now, what should have been an easy Republican victory has turned into a very possible Democratic pick-up, according to the Rothenberg Political Report.
LOS ANGELES -- With Californians widely embracing early voting, close races will not be called tonight -- or this week for that matter. In the 2004 and 2008 General elections, 32 percent and 41 percent voted by mail, respectively. In the June 2012 Primary, 65 percent voted by mail.
Does that explain today's lower turnout in L.A. County? As of 2 p.m. PST, it was 37 percent, according to a preliminary voting sample by the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk. That's a decrease for the same time period compared to the 2008 election, when nearly 50 percent had already voted. More to come as local officials and the Secretary of State release more stats.