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Swing states too close to call in early US results

Published on Nov 7, 2012 9:34 AM
An attendee watches election results at the 2012 Election Night Reception sponsored by the Republican Party of Florida on November 6, 2012 in Tampa, -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - White House rivals Barack Obama and Mitt Romney grabbed early wins on Tuesday in states traditionally loyal to their parties but swing states Virginia, Florida and Ohio were too close to call.

Using exit polls and early partial results, US television networks projected victories for Republican flag-bearer Mr Romney in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Mr Obama, the Democratic incumbent, picked up Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont - all states in which he was favorite. He also picked up the District of Columbia.

Polls also closed in Ohio, Florida and Virginia, although officials allowed polling to continue at stations where there were long lines.

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