With little more than an hour to go, buzz at polling places in South End and downtown. People determined to vote.
It’s unlikely that Democrats will pick up enough seats to re-take control the House of Representatives, NewsHour analyst Mark Shields said on Tuesday evening’s program: “Barack Obama has won a Lone Ranger campaign,” without coordinating tightly with House and Senate candidates. “There hasn’t been that sense of a unified message … but they’re fighting history – there hasn’t been a president re-elected with a pickup of more than 10 House seats.”
Polls set to close for 5 states in less than 10 minutes. Watch for results from Indiana, Florida, Kentucky, New Hampshire and Virginia in just moments...
VIRGIN ISLANDS -- Supervisor of Elections, John Abramson, Jr, announces on WTJX-TV that some polls on the island of St. Thomas will remain open until people who were in line get the opportunity to vote. Abramson calls the voter turnout in the Virgin Islands "robust" based on his physical observation.
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.
Latest from AP: WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama won Vermont and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney countered with Kentucky Tuesday in a duel for the White House shadowed by a weak economy and high unemployment that crimped middle class dreams for millions.
Romney led in the early popular vote by a margin of 63 percent to 35 percent, unsurprisingly so since many of the early reporting precincts were from reliably Republican Kentucky and Indiana.
In the competition for electoral votes, where the outcome will be decided, the challenger had 8, Obama 3, with 270 needed to win the White House.
Voters also chose a new Congress to serve alongside the man who will be inaugurated president in January, Democrats defending their majority in the Senate, and Republicans in the House. Eleven states picked governors, and ballot measures ranging from gay marriage to gambling dotted ballots.
The economy was rated the top issue by about 60 percent of voters surveyed as they left their polling places. About 4 in 10 said it is on the mend.
Romney ahead by 712 votes in Florida at the moment, CNN reports.
ANALYSIS: As polls begin to close, let's see how many people remain in line - and are thus allowed by law to cast ballots. Those wait times could determine how soon (or how late) we'll know some key results.
CNN: Romney will take Indiana, which Obama took four years ago.
Some election officials are reporting larger turnout in Virginia than in 2008, according to WHRO reporter Cathy Lewis.
Maine is one of two states -- Nebraska is the other -- that award votes by congressional district. The Romney campaign has been targeting the 2nd congressional district for one of its four electoral votes.
UPDATE: Romney has won Alabama, according to MSNBC and CBS. Romney has won Mississippi, according to CBS and Fox. Romney has won Tennessee, according to CBS and Fox.
Popular seems to be that the Right to Repair ballot q has a good chance of passing though compromise legislation is already in place #mavote
UPDATE: Democrats have won Senate seats in Delaware, Florida, Maryland and Rhode Island, the Associated Press reports.
CNN is projecting that Mitt Romney will carry Georgia and its 16 electoral votes. Not a surprise.