As of 7:30 p.m., CNN has Gov. Mitt Romney ahead in electoral votes 158 to 147. And he is leading in the national popular vote 51 percent to 48 percent. But overall it does not look good for the GOP candidate. The networks just called New Hampshire for President Obama. It’s only four electoral votes, but it was a key battleground area. As with Pennsylvania, Romney made a strong push there. This is where he launched his campaign two years ago. But it did not pay off.
For those who remember, this was the state that jilted Romney during the GOP primary in 2008, giving Sen. John McCain a key victory that he would carry to winning the GOP nomination. But McCain would later lose the state to Obama in the general election.
As I noted previously, it’s looking more and more as if Romney is going to have to pull out wins in Ohio and Florida to have a chance to win this. As of 7:30 p.m. Pacific time, Obama’s is ahead 50 percent to 49 percent in Florida but he’s extended his lead to 48,000 votes with 87 percent of the vote counted. (Side note: The one solid GOP county that has not reported? Santa Rosa County in the pandhandle.)
In Ohio, Obama leads 51 percent to 48 percent, but that’s with only 57 percent of the vote counted. There’s still a long way to go. But Romney’s running out of track.
- Paul Gullixson