Obama Gains Solid Lead on Romney with Pacific States, Iowa, Wisconsin

World | November 7, 2012, Wednesday // 06:09
Bulgaria: Obama Gains Solid Lead on Romney with Pacific States, Iowa, Wisconsin Supporters of US President Barack Obama react as they watch election results reported on television during President Barack Obama`s election night event at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA 06 November 2012. EPA/BGNES

Incumbent US President Barack Obama has overtaken Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the electoral college after the Pacific states closed their polls on Election Day, according to CNN's projections.

Obama has expectedly carried California (55 electoral votes), Hawaii (4 electoral votes), Washington (12 electoral votes), Oregon (7 electoral votes), and has made a breakthrough in Wisconsin, the home state of Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, snatching its 10 electoral votes, in Iowa (6 electoral votes), and in New Mexico (5 electoral votes).

Mitt Romney is projected to win Idaho (4 electoral votes), Montana (3 electoral votes), Missouri (10 electoral votes), and North Carolina (15 electoral votes).

Thus, as of 11 am ET (6 am EET), Obama has won 256 electoral votes, and Romney 201 electoral votes, with 270 needed to clinch the US Presidency.

According to CNN's latest projections, Mitt Romney also is projected to win Arizona (11 electoral votes), Utah (6 electoral votes), Kansas (6 electoral votes), Louisiana (8 electoral votes), Nebraska (3 out of 5 electoral votes), North Dakota (3 electoral votes), South Dakota (3 electoral votes), Texas (38 electoral votes), Wyoming (3 electoral votes), Oklahoma (7 electoral votes), Georgia (16 electoral votes), South Carolina (9 votes), Kentucky (8 votes), West Virginia (5 votes), Indiana (11 votes), Arkansas (6 electoral votes), Mississippi (6 electoral votes), Alabama (9 electoral votes), Tennessee (11 electoral votes).

Obama is also projected to carry Minnesota (10 electoral votes), Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes), New Hampshire (4 electoral votes), Michigan (16 electoral votes), New York (29 electoral votes), New Jersey (14 electoral votes), Connecticut (3 electoral votes), Delaware (3 electoral votes), District of Columbia (3 electoral votes), Illinois (20 electoral votes), Maine (three out of four electoral votes), Maryland (10 electoral votes), Vermont (3 electoral votes), Rhode Island (4 electoral votes), Massachusetts (11 electoral votes).

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