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Romney wins Ky., takes electoral count lead over Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) - Early voting shows Republican Mitt Romney is edging President Barack Obama. At 9:10 p.m., Romney had won 153 electoral votes compared to Obama's 143.

The vote is still too close to call in battleground states including Florida and Virginia.

Romney captured Kentucky's eight electoral votes, Indiana, a state won by President Obama four years ago. Romney is also the winner in South Carolina, a state where Obama is deeply unpopular. Those states have 20 electoral votes between them.

Obama has won his home state of Illinois, as well as Mitt Romney's home state of Massachusetts and Vice President Joe Biden's home state of Delaware.

There have been no surprises in the returns so far from Eastern and Midwestern states.

More polls have closed on the East Coast and Midwest. Obama won in Connecticut, Maine, Delaware, Rhode Island, Maryland, Massachusetts, Illinois, Washington D.C, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania.

Mitt Romney took Oklahoma in the center of the country. The other Romney wins are Georgia, Indiana, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Texas and Louisiana.

An exit poll conducted nationwide today for The Associated Press finds that the economy is still at the top of the list of voter concerns, with 6 in 10 saying it's the biggest issue facing the nation.


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