Obama appears to have won key US states in national vote

07 November 2012 03:21  [Source: ICIS news]

WASHINGTON (ICIS)--President Barack Obama appears to have won some key US state decisions in the crucial US national elections as early voting results on Tuesday evening suggested that Republican challenger Mitt Romney has an uphill fight in his bid to win the White House.

In addition to traditionally Democrat states such as New York and Massachusetts that Obama was expected to win, projected vote results show the incumbent president has won in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - two states that the Romney camp had hoped to capture.

Pennsylvania is a major coal-producing state, and Republicans had hoped that Obama’s environmental policies – widely seen as damaging to coal industry interests – would swing Pennsylvania into the Romney camp.

In Wisconsin, Romney was thought to have a bit of an advantage over the sitting president because Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker earlier beat back a Democrat effort to have him removed from office.

But the vote outcome in other key states remained uncertain late on Tuesday, with final tallies in Florida, Virginia and New Hampshire still undecided.

Conventional wisdom says that if Romney is to win the presidency, he must take Florida and Virginia.

Although it is a small state, both geographically and in terms of its population, New Hampshire was considered a bellwether for Romney because he has a home there and is considered something of a “favourite son”.  If he were to lose New Hampshire, that loss could be a harbinger for the former Massachusetts governor’s prospects across the rest of the nation.

By: Joe Kamalick
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