A state-by-state look at Tuesday's election

Crowd members hold up a sign reading "vote" as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at the Orlando Sanford International Airport, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Sanford, Fla. Photo: AP

President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made their last stands of the 2012 campaign Monday, employing their last vestiges of energy, celebrity boosters and plenty of jet fuel to encourage every supporter and the few remaining undecideds to tip the vote in their favor.

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National polls of the eve of Election Day showed a neck-and-neck race. But the winner will be determined by which man gets 270 electoral votes, and Obama had more paths to get there.

The incumbent and the challenger, both fighting weariness and speaking in voices that have turned hoarse, closed by arguing they could do more to lead the country out of the tough economic times that dominated Obama's term. "This nation is going to begin to change for the better tomorrow," Romney said.

"Our work is not yet done," Obama told nearly 20,000 people who filled the street in front of the Wisconsin capital building.

Both men campaigned in states they need to win. Romney was in Florida, Virginia, and New Hampshire, while Obama was trying to protect Wisconsin from a late-breaking GOP challenge before heading to Iowa.

Fllowed is a state by state look at key races and measures on the ballot on Tuesday. The number of electoral votes is in parenthesis.

Alabama (9) — Safe for Republican Mitt Romney.

Alaska (3) — Romney will win.

Arizona (11) — Romney's. GOP Rep. Jeff Flake in tougher-than-expected race for Senate against Democrat Richard Carmona.

Arkansas (6) — Romney territory. Republicans aim for open House seat held by Democrats.

California (55) — President Barack Obama gets the biggest state. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein coasting. Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman square off. Ballot measure would replace death penalty with life in prison and no parole.

Colorado (9) — Presidential battleground state. GOP Rep. Mike Coffman, backed by tea party, faces challenge. Ballot question legalizes marijuana for personal use by adults.

Connecticut (7) — Safely Obama's. Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy has slight advantage in close race with Linda McMahon for open Senate seat.

Delaware (3) — Obama's with ease. Democratic Sen. Thomas Carper and Gov. Jack Markell headed for new terms.

District of Columbia (3) — Obama's, overwhelmingly.

Florida (29) — Biggest presidential battleground, so hard fought that Dems go to court to extend early voting. Dem. Sen. Bill Nelson favored; tea party-backed Rep. Allen West struggles.

Georgia (16) — Part of Romney's Southern base. Republicans try to defeat Democratic Rep. John Barrow.

Hawaii (4) — Obama a winner in his native state. Democratic Rep. Mazie Hirono on her way to the Senate.

Idaho (4) — Safe as can be for Romney.

Illinois (20) — State that sent Obama to the Senate will vote for him again. Democrats target first-term Rep. Bobby Schilling and veteran Judy Biggert in new districts.

Indiana (11) — Safe for Romney, four years after Obama won it. Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly holds late lead in polls over Richard Mourdock in costly Senate race. Republican Rep. Mike Pence favored for governor.

Iowa (6) — Presidential battleground. GOP Rep. Tom Latham favored over Democratic Rep. Leonard Boswell in redistricting struggle.

Kansas (6) — Reliably for Romney.

Kentucky (8) — Safe for Romney. Sen. Mitch McConnell not on the ballot, but GOP leader has a big stake in overall Senate battle. Republicans target Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler.

Louisiana (8) — Another southern state for Romney. GOP Reps. Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry face off.


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