UPDATE: 11:25 p.m.
Obama reached the 270 votes needed to win re-election. RedEye reporter Julian Wright was on the scene in Chicago when the networks started to call the race for Obama:
UPDATE 6: 11 p.m.
NBC projects an Obama win for California, Washington, and Hawaii. Romney wins Idaho, and Oregon is too early to call. California, with its 55 electoral votes, bumps Obama to 243 electoral votes, whereas Romney has barely broken 200. Romney has, however, won North Carolina, an important battleground state.
UPDATE 5: 10:45 p.m.
NBC projected Minnesota and Missouri for Obama, bumping him up to 182 electoral votes versus Romney’s 174. Indiana is being called for Romney. As expected, Ohio is still too close to call (and, due to provisional balloting, the results might be delayed for several days), but according to New York Times blogger Nate Silver, the President is doing well in the south-central portions of the state. Florida is still too close to call, with the candidates within a couple tenths of a percentage point of each other.
Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin (R) conceded to Cynthia McCaskill (D). Akin came under fire from Republicans and Democrats alike after saying that pregnancy cannot result from rape.
UPDATE 4: 10:00
NBC just called Utah (“one of the least surprising,” Brian Williams said) and Montana for Mitt Romney. Iowa and Nevada were too early to call, but leaned Obama. This put Obama and Romney in a dead heat: both candidates now have 162 projected electoral votes. Ohio Colorado, and Florida, three battleground states, are still too close to call.
UPDATE 3: 9:50
Obama is projected to win Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, two of the battleground states. The lead in electoral votes has swung to Obama, who has 158 electoral votes to Romney’s 153, according to NBC. Polls in several Western states are about to close. Stay tuned.
NBC also projected Democrat Joe Donnelly as the winner of one of Indiana’s Senate seats. This completes a swing from previous favorite Richard Mourdock. A couple of weeks ago, Mourdock had come under fire for his comments that pregnancy resulting from rape was God’s intention. The race was already one that attracted national attention, as the tea-party-affiliated Mourdock had defeated Republican incumbent Dick Lugar, a moderate.
UPDATE 2: 9:00
Romney, as expected, seems to have secured the South, while Obama has secured the Northeast. Polls just closed in many Western states, and NBC projected some winners. Projected for Romney were Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming. Projected for Obama were New York, Michigan, and New Mexico. Colorado was too close to call, and Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Arizona were too early to call. This gives Romney a projected 153 electoral votes and Obama 114.
Results by district, as reported by WAVE3. Several other districts had elections as well, though the candidates ran unopposed.
8: Tom Owen
12: Rick Blackwell
14: Cindi Fowler
16: Kelly Downard
18: Marilyn Parker
20: Stuart Benson
22: Robin Engel
16: Brent Ackerson
UPDATE 1: 8:30 p.m.
1. Projected results vary by who you consult. WDRB is calling 78 electoral votes for Obama versus Romney’s 82. WHAS gives Obama 64 and Romney 40, and CNN gives Obama 64 and Romney 56.
1. WDRB called the election for David Jones, Chuck Haddaway, and Chris Brady.
Starting at 7 p.m., polling results from Kentucky precincts began coming in.
1. With 14% percent of precincts reporting, Mitt Romney is leading President Barack Obama 60 percent to 39 percent in the state of Kentucky, as expected. The President is, however, winning the blue-leaning Jefferson County 52 percent to 46 percent.
2. Only two states, Kentucky and Vermont, have officially reported their results. Kentucky, with its eight electoral votes, gives Romney a very early lead over the President, who has only Vermont’s three electoral votes. And, according to WHAS‘s electoral map, Romney is poised to win several more electoral votes from Virginia, Indiana, and Florida, while Obama will win fewer from South Carolina and New Hampshire.
1. John Yarmuth (D-KY)’s victory over challenger Brooks Wicker already seems decisive. With about a quarter of precincts reporting, the incumbent has 61 percent of the votes, as opposed to Wicker’s 37 percent. The result, according to WAVE3, is official.
1. District 2: David A. Jones, Jr. is leading 48 percent to runner-up Elizabeth Berfield’s 27 percent, with three-quarters of precincts reporting.
2. District 4: With about half of precincts reporting, Chuck Haddaway is leading Melissa Smith by only a couple tenths of a percentage point.
3. District 7: with almost 95 percent of precincts reporting, Chris Brady has 35 percent of the vote, as compared to Jonathan Robertson’s 24 percent.