President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are locked in a tight race with three critical battleground states -- Virginia, Ohio and Florida, too close to call.
NEW YORK -- At the pub Mr. Dennehy's in Greenwich Village, the crowd goes wild with applause at the announcements that Obama has taken Pennsylvania and Elizabeth Warren has won the Senate seat in Massachusetts. Pictures to come!
UPDATE: CBS and MSNBC call New Hampshire for Obama.
New Hampshire is one of the states where Mitt Romney has a vacation home. He also had one of his final campaign rallies there.
DENVER -- Not many elected officials have made it to the Democratic Party's celebration in Denver. State party chair Rick Palacio says they've been dispatched to polling places with long lines to encourage voters to stay the course. Palacio also warns the crowd it's going to be a long night and that they should pace themselves in their celebrations. Palacio jokingly recounts Senator Mark Udall's advice to Colorado drinkers: "always double-fist it," by following each drink with a glass of water.
“If Al Gore carried New Hampshire in 2000, he would have been president of the United States,” Mark Shields says.
ABC calling New Hampshire for Obama. Nets Obama 4 electoral votes, bringing him within 6 of Romney
Minnesota also called for Obama
First Arizona results expected in just 5 minutes. Get the latest on ABC15 and abc15.com
All eyes are on Iowa and Nevada as polls close at 10 p.m. ET.
The president is winning people that make less than $50,000 a year. And he’s losing voters who win $50,000 or more, Christina Bellantoni reports.
UPDATE: ABC and MSNBC call Montana for Romney
UPDATE: ABC and CNN call Utah and its six electoral votes for Romney.
Florida and Virginia are “phenomenally” close, David Brooks said.
Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report, on Elizabeth Warren’s victory in Massachusetts: “Elizabeth Warren is already an icon among progressive groups. … As time wore on, Democratic voters in Massachusetts surprisingly – not surprisingly, voted Democratic.”
With projected wins in Indiana and Massachusetts, Democrats have picked up two Senate seats to slightly pad their majority.
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Democratic national chair and House member from Florida: “I hope my Republican colleagues on the other side of the aisle now put aside their focus on only one job, Barack Obama’s,” and instead seek to compromise.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Following the victory of GOP gubernatorial candidate Pat McCrory, North Carolina General Assembly Majority Leader Rep. Paul Stam tells UNC-TV's Frank Graff his top priorities for the new General Assembly are tax reform, education k-12 reform, and regulatory reform. He believes UNC system funding should stay the way it is, possibly with a small increase. All of this will be much easier to achieve with a Republican governor, whether or not the State House is veto proof.
Mark Shields on New Hampshire going for Obama: “If Al Gore had carried New Hampshire in 2000, he would have won the White House – it never would have gotten to Florida.”
David Brooks: “There’s been a lot of good news for Democrats. … So far, it’s trending as a Democratic night.”
David Brooks: “Florida and Virginia – those states are just phenomenally close. … These are must-win states for Romney, absolutely must-win.”
UPDATE: MSNBC and CBS have called Claire McCaskill, the Democratic incumbent, for Missouri Senate. She ran against Todd Akin, who made constroversial remarks about rape and abortion.
ELECTORAL COUNT UPDATE: Romney has 163 electoral votes so far and Obama has 158. 270 are needed to win. But there are still a number of states we’re waiting to find out about including Virginia, Ohio and Florida.
BOISE, Idaho -- Here's a little more info on the biggest election decision in Idaho this year: whether to endorse a slate of education reforms that take negotiating power away from the teachers' union, create merit pay for teachers and start a program that will get a laptop in the hand of every high school student in the state. The Republicans, and some leading business groups, pushed through the changes in 2011, but the union and a large number of teachers and parents quickly got the signatures to get three referenda on the ballot. More than $6 million has been spent promoting the two sides.
The victory of Elizabeth Warren, the 63-year-old Harvard University professor and former Obama Administration official “boosts the chances that the Democrats will be able to retain their slim majority in the Senate,” Associated Press reports. Warren defeated incumbent Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown in one of the year's most expensive and closely watched congressional races.
UPDATE: MSNBC and CBS call Deb Fischer, a Republican, for the Senate seat in Nebraska.
UPDATE: ABC and MSNBC call New Mexico for President Obama.
President Obama also won New Mexico in 2008.
Deb Fischer won a surprise primary in Nebraska, in part due to an endorsement by Sarah Palin. “It’s not a huge surprise, but it’s one that the Democrats had some hope for,” Christina Bellantoni said. She ran against former Sen. Bob Kerrey, who was recently endorsed by former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel.
POPULAR VOTE UPDATE: As of 10:20 p.m., the AP reports that President Obama has 26,920,182 votes, for 48 percent of the popular vote. Mitt Romney has won 28,328,600 votes for 51 percent of the popular vote.
BOISE, Idaho -- Democratic congressional challenger Jimmy Farris, who played wide receiver for the Washington Redskins, the San Francisco 49ers and others, is telling reporters that tonight he feels more like an NFL fan than a player, because he can't affect the outcome of the game any longer.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- With the N.C. gubernatorial race called for Republican Pat McCrory, and early returns indicating many competitive races breaking for the Republicans, there is speculation of not only the first republican governor in 20 years but also of a Republican super majority in the State House.