Two hours from the election’s earliest possible call time, the unsurprisingly narrow margins in the battleground states that have already finished voting rendered it likely that the actual result would come later.
Virginia, Florida, Ohio, and New Hampshire all closed more than an hour ago and remain unknown. Network projections have President Obama scoring Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, three states where Republicans had once nursed upset aspirations. The 9 p.m. closings included swing-state Colorado, where the counting continues.
According to the networks, Mitt Romney has taken North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Mississippi, Kansas, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, South Carolina, Oklahoma, and at least three of Nebraska's five electoral votes. Obama also took New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, Maryland, Illinois, and Washington, D.C.
The 10 p.m. poll closings contain five states likely to go Romney, one likely Obama state, and two that are up in the air: Iowa and Nevada
With 76 percent of the vote counted, Floridians had placed Romney and Obama into a 50/50 tie, an expectedly close split in a state with a history of electoral turmoil.