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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Networks project Obama win in Vermont; Romney win in Kentucky and Indiana

Major tele­vi­sion net­works have now begun call­ing states in the East­ern time­zone for the two major pres­i­den­tial candidates.

Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma is pro­ject­ed to car­ry Ver­mont, which has three elec­toral votes. Inde­pen­dent Bernie Sanders (per­haps the nation’s most pro­gres­sive sen­a­tor) is also pro­ject­ed to win in his U.S. Sen­ate race. Mitt Rom­ney has won in Ken­tucky and Indi­ana, accord­ing to exit polls, which gives him nine­teen elec­toral votes.

Exit polls indi­cate that Vir­gini­a’s elec­torate is split right down in the mid­dle between Mitt Rom­ney and Barack Oba­ma: 49% to 49%. The Old Domin­ion will remain too close to call for prob­a­bly the dura­tion of the evening.

Tim Kaine is said to be run­ning a lit­tle ahead of Barack Oba­ma in Vir­ginia (for the U.S. Sen­ate seat cur­rent­ly held by Jim Webb) which is good news for Democ­rats. Kaine’s oppo­nent is the guy Webb beat in 2006 … Repub­li­can George Allen. Allen is the guy who infa­mous­ly was cap­tured on video insult­ing a young man who was tap­ing one of his cam­paign events. His com­ments then ulti­mate­ly helped bring about the demise of his can­di­da­cy. Last year, as he geared up to run for Sen­ate again, he offered a long pub­lic mea cul­pa, hop­ing to atone for his racist remarks.

Indi­ana’s Sen­ate race, between con­ser­v­a­tive Demo­c­rat Joe Don­nel­ly and Tea Par­ty favorite Richard Mour­dock, also remains too close to call right now.

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