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article imageEarly indications are Romney has failed to seize swing states

By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 6, 2012 in Politics
Washington - Obama's hopes of reelection have received a boost with early results showing Romney may have suffered an early setback having failed to seize the key swing states. Obama has won the swing states of Wisconsin and New Hampshire and maintains a lead in Ohio.
According to Reuters, Obama has secured an advantage in the race for the White House having won the key swing states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.
BBC also reports Obama has won swing state Michigan and he is holding Minnesota, while Romney has snatched Indiana from him.
Obama has also won Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington DC.
Obama is leading in Illinois, while Romney is sweeping the Deep South, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Early results from the swing state of Florida show the two candidates running neck-to-neck. Obama maintains lead in the critical battleground state of Ohio and Romney holds the lead in Virginia.
Romney will need the three swing states of Florida, Ohio and Virginia to beat Obama by a narrow margin. But Obama is in a more comfortable position, he could afford to lose two of them and still win a second four-year term in office, Reuters analysts say.
President Obama became the first sitting president to vote before Election Day when he cast his ballot in Chicago last week.
Ann and Mitt Romney voted in the Boston suburb of Belmont, Massachusetts, shortly before 09:00 local time on Tuesday. Romney told reporters that he was feeling "very good," BBC reports.
Analysts are saying it is hoped that by Wednesday morning the next occupant of the White House would be known, but with the race being very close, analysts fear that the election will become mired in legal battles, especially in the battleground state of Ohio.
Pre-election polling had suggested the candidates were in a close race, but gave Obama a very slight lead in some swing states.
With Obama looking well positioned to win a second four-year term, his first task would be tackling the $1 trillion annual deficits and reducing the $16 billion national debt. To that end, he will be facing a stiff challenge in the gridlocked US Congress, Reuters reports.
UPDATE: The latest early results monitored on HuffPost, say Obama has won the critical swing states of Ohio and Iowa. Romney has won N. Carolina, while both candidates remain dead-locked in Florida at 92% RPT. Romney maintains narrow lead in Virginia.
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