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After a marathon $6 billion election campaign, Americans will today decide who will be the next President of the United States. Millions flocked to polling booths around the country in what is expected to be one of the Clijsters elections in recent history. We have a US correspondents on the ground to bring us the very latest. First to the Obama camp in Chicago. Finally the day has come. What is the mood like? The mood certainly isn't what it was four years ago. Hundreds of dozens of people gathered here in Chicago to celebrate what was always going to be a victory for President Obama. -- thousands. They are a lot more careful today. The polls are very close. There is a long way to go yet. A lot of attention will be paid to the state of Ohio. Ohio is one of does swing states. The word is the few win the Ohio vote, you win the presidency. This is what President Obama had to say to the media.No matter what happens are one to say how much I appreciate everybody who has supported me and worked so hard on my behalf. Begin a want to congratulate Mitt Romney and his team for a hard-fought race.How has the President spent election day?The President is somewhat superstitious about election day. He likes to play a game of pass the ball with his friends when he gets the opportunity. Today chording quite a few of his friends, including Scottie Pippin. We hear that after the game he did have the first victory of election day. After that he went over to his electoral office, where he had a bit of a chat with all those people who have been working and manning the phones for him. For months this has been going on, making those phone calls, pleading for votes. Then he thought he would get on the phone himself. An American woman found herself chatting on the phone to the President.Hello. This is Barack Obama. Power you? -- How are you. I do not think she knows it is me. My name is Barack Obama, you know, the President.So there it is from Chicago. Later denied we will seek him on the stage. -- tonight we will see him. It could be a long night here. The end of a very long election and a very expensive campaign. For now we will go to Denham Hitchcock, who is in Boston with the Brummie camp. How were the crowds there?Well, this room is an absolute zoo. I will give you a little look. What you can see over my left ensured his Fox News. There is a jazz band in the corner. Every time a projection is called in Mitt Romney's favour, the crowd goes berserk. And to my right-hand side, this is that some of the media here. Just about every media organisation in the world is here today. Part of the reason why it Romney has been out and about today and why it has turned into such a massive campaign is getting those people out to vote. About 4% of Americans only decide who they are going to vote for on the day. At the polling booths, people were pushing the undecided voters. Only about 58% of Americans vote in total, compared to our 95%. Mitt Romney made two campaign stops today while the President was playing basketball. He was still campaigning, but he also voted in Boston, not far from where we were. That is why he gave his very last interview.Thank you so much for being here today and helping people get out to vote. This is a big day for big change. We are about to change America, to help people in ways that they did and imagined could be held. The country has been going in the wrong direction the last few years. We'll steer it back on to a course that will help the American people have a brighter future.That big push to get people to vote, has that been a success? How was the turnout?Will, it should have been. They have been campaigning for this for about 17 months. They say that more people voted for American Idol last year than they do in the election. When you vote for American Idol, you actually have to pay for it. There have been a total of 1.2 million TV ads. I was Touche's and pictures. The first county to come in, in New Hampshire. There are 10 people in that town. Be pretty quickly count the votes. They put them up on the white board. It reflects all the balls. A fiver each. -- five each. The other race is between these two blokes in the final moments. Who can appear to be the most down-to- earth? Mitt Romney is eating fast food. Busy celebrating or commiserating?I am just going to get the regular quarter pounder without cheese. And give me a baked potato, too. We're together. I'll pay your way.We should hopefully no at a resort in about three hours' time. If they have to count back it could go on for a week or more. Hopefully be will find out pretty soon. This room will erupt if it is in Mitt Romney's favour. We will talk to you again very soon. We will have plenty more on the election threw out how Bolton. You can see for coverage of the results in a special event from midday. A man is fighting for life after being gunned down in Sydney's north-west this morning. Police believe the incident is linked to bikie gains. We cross live to our reporter, who is at the scene. Do we know what happened?This is quite a large current scene that has been set up here. It actually starts behind me and extend some 200 metres around the corner. Forensic police are here as we speak, taking photographs and collecting evidence. The blue canopy behind me is the exact spot where the 28-year-old was found by paramedics this morning with four gunshot wounds to his stomach. He was rushed to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition. So we are hearing reports that he may have links to a bikie gang. As these inquiries on Ford, police believe that this victim may have been shot in a car park around the corner and then has then stumbled here. There has been a big trail of blood left behind. Each yellow mark on the road represents more blood along the way. Quite a struggle from him. Residents in a nearby unit block say they aren't -- they heard the drama unfold.I woke up at about 4:30am and had about three gunshots. Soon after we heard a cry for help. This man is certainly known to police. At this point in time I cannot elaborate on that other than to say he does certainly have a link to it motorcycle gains.How is the victim? What is his condition? He is still having surgery as we speak. We understand he was still conscious and able to speak to paramedics as he was being taken into the emergency department. Money is well enough, no doubt investigators will be keen to speak to him. -- when he hears. Investigators want anyone with information to come forward. A boy has drowned in a backyard swimming Paul Mack on Sydney's North Shore. The 9-year-old was pulled from the Paul at Bristol just after 6:30pm. Police tried to resuscitate him before he was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital, where he later died. A 23 robbed men were faced court in Brisbane this morning, charged with attempted murder over the stabbing of a young woman yesterday. A 23- year-old woman is in a critical but stable condition in hospital. Some good news on the search for a Victorian toddler who went missing with his pet dog for 14 hours. He disappeared from his Mildura backyard around 8:30pm while playing with his dog. He was down this morning in bushland around three kilometres from his home. Our reporter will have a full update on the story in the next half an hour. Four lucky winners will share last night's record-breaking $111 million Oz Lotto jackpot. Two winning tickets were sold in Victoria. A family and a syndicate of 80 were told the good news last night. A family in the ACT but their winning holiday it -- winning ticket while holidaying in NSW. The winning man suspected a family member was playing a prank when he got the call. A mystery bidder, who lives in Queensland, is yet to be found. A quick look at the weather.

There is plenty more to come, including: The morning after - how the Melbourne Cup winners celebrated. We are like in Melbourne as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall contribute their whirlwind tour. And Christmas is upon us - will be Williams fix on the lights in London. This program is not captioned. This is a free large chips
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A 25-year-old man has died after becoming stranded in the Simpson Desert in outback Queensland. We cross live to our reporter in the Brisbane newsroom. What happened? The 25-year-old and his '30 Rock' co-worker left a station in the Simpson Desert on Monday morning. - - 30-year-old. The truck became bogged shortly into the journey. They decided to leave it behind and walk the 16 kilometres back to the station. The problem was it was a 45 degree day and they did not have enough water. About six kilometres into the journey, the 26-year-old succumbed to the heat. His co- worker was found at midnight by workers that work on a neighbouring station. He was barely alive and airlifted to hospital where he remains in a stable condition. Police are investigating why these two men decided to abandon their vehicle on a day that had such harsh conditions. Workplace health and safety is also investigating. The station is about 1,600 kilometres west of Brisbane. A profile on the company station says the man was born in South Africa but lip most of his life in New Zealand and Australia. He spent much of his life working and living on natural reserves. He was appointed to the brawl at the station last year. An incredibly tragic end for a man who lived his life for the outback and push. After a night of champagne celebrations, Green Moon connections will show off their prized Melbourne Cup trophy at a media event this morning. They partied the night away at Crown Casino, with a host of a Lister's. It seems Prince Charles might have been a lucky charm for Lloyd Williams.27 years ago, the last time he was he, he gave me the Melbourne Cup.The jockey described yesterday's win as thrilling and emotional. It was back to business for the royal couple this morning after the relaxed Day in Melbourne, soaking up the colour of the Cup. We go live to our reporter. What have the royals been up to this morning? Just moments ago the Royal couple arrived here of the Victorian College of the arts. They received a very loud and musical welcome because the students broke out the drums. They got a proper arrival here to the Victorian College of Art, which specialises in musical and dance students. The couple have been here for about 15 minutes. There will be talking student -- they will be talking to students and teachers. They split up this morning to cover quite a bit of ground. Camilla went to an austere process Reception at Government House. -- osteoporosis. That is something close to her heart because her mother and grandmother died of osteoporosis. She spoke at the reception and told the crowd, I watched my mother die from it. It was the one thing I wanted to do when I came to Australia. I was determined to get an osteoporosis Reception and I got one. While the duchess was doing that, Prince Charles went to the National Gallery of Victoria for eight Housing Melbourne symposium which is all about new approaches to residential development and urban design. For those interested in what Camilla is wearing today, she is wearing a purple silk dress and a white silk jacket.A good to know. They do not stop. They are off to Adelaide this afternoon?That is right. A very busy day today. They will be heading to Adelaide airport. Once they arrive they will be heading straight to Kilkenny public school. Apart from mixing with students they will also be meeting Stephanie Alexander, who has a kitchen garden there. It is aimed at teaching kids about healthy eating and where food comes from. All the students have been busily preparing for the royals come into their school. Karl Stefanovic decided to give one student a bit of a practice run this morning.You pretend I'm the Duchess of Cornwall. Hello dear.Hello.We had just dated a key to the orchard. Yes, and what else is there?This is our garden and at Kilkenny we had the kitchen garden program.Smashing. Once the royal couple finish at Kilkenny public school they will also be going too painful to run a week -- Penfolds winery and they will be going to the reception at the convention centre where they will meet some call while rescuers. Odds are they will be cuddling a couple of koalas this afternoon.

Election fever is not just sweeping America. In Sydney hundreds of people have gathered for celebrations hosted by the US embassy. Our reporter is that one of those parties and joins us now. What is happening there?As far as election parties go, this would have to be one of the more formal events in Sydney today. The US consulate-general along with the US studies until is hosting this party. We are at the King Street brewhouse which has been transformed into a sea of red, white and blue. Not a single American has been invited to this event. It is more international celebration. Among the guests will be international ambassadors from Japan and India, business leaders and also NSW parliamentarians. A short time ago we saw Craig Thomson arrived. There is plenty of paraphernalia getting around today but no doubt the focus will be the TV screens. We have the live coverage on the screens around the room. The event organisers tell me they are quite confident that we will have a resort or a strong indication of a winner by 3pm. That may be wishful thinking. I am pretty sure they are any of the function centre until about 3pm. Either way it is sure to be an afternoon of high anticipation.A massive day ahead. Star All ahead: Hague US comedians have lightened the mood in the lead-up to the election. And could this be evidence of Bigfoot?

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And update on the top storey. Voting in the US is beginning to wind down, with polls closing in six states on the east coast. At this stage President Obama has won the state of Vermont, while Mitt Romney has won Kentucky. It is also been reported that bit Romney has claimed victory in the state of Indiana. Counting is under way in Georgia, but is leading leaning to the Republicans -- meaning to the Republicans. Like any presidential election, late night TV hosts have paid a big role in this year's race to the White House. With many of the polls to close to call, the jokes have an extra kick to them. The tension of this election could wipe the fiat -- wipe the smile off of any one space. Well, except his. America's, the elite, the 1% of political humour, has kept its campaign promise to keep everyone laughing all the way to the end. This is not mitt Romney's father's Republican Party.Joe Biden has been drinking cough syrup again.If you have a single, working-class, female undecided voter in your home, cover with plywood.It can be contagious on these late-night shows. Some of the jokes can be sharp-edged. For the most part they are a breath of fresh air.Yet the late night skits can also reinforce, even more, public perception of a candidate's personality or performance.Governor of Romney has just said that he killed Osama bin Laden. Would you care to respond? No, you two go ahead.Take Jimmy Kimble live, offering an off-the- ball appeal on Friday night from Chris Rock.In times like these you need a white President you can trust and that white President's name is Barack Obama.A sketch they did not make air this weekend but now lives on mine saw it and Obamas eager-to-please a swing state in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.I want to offer my heartfelt condolences and support to each and every person who was affected by this calamity. Most of all, to the people of Ohio.Also, a Mitt Romney impression in sketches.We also need to take his time to reflect on the important moments in this election cycle.What moments do you think are important to reflect on? The first of the three presidential debates. Remember that?For many this election has been exhausting. For those in the comedy business, it has been one glorious gold mine. This one has been like watching Donald Trump was in a hockey fight. I know it has to end, I just don't want it to. It is a subject that divides many and now a new video has emerged apparently showing the legendary Bigfoot. A man captured this footage in a forest in Utah. He was kidding when he spotted what appears to be an animal travelling behind the trees. Just as the creature turns around, the man flees back to his car. Some say it is a man in a Woody. Others are convinced it is a black bear. The believers believe it is Bigfoot. Still to come: We are live in the US with our reporters in the Obamas and Mitt Romney camps for all the details on the presidential election. And the Aussies competing in the world sale of the year. This program is not captioned. It's such a natural instinct to want to look after
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Welcome back. These are our top stories on Nine's Morning News Hour -Polling booths around the US are beginning to close - after millions of Americans queued, in some cases for hours, to vote in the Presidential election. Police say a man shot and critically wounded in Sydney's west has links to an outlaw motorcycle gang. A 2.5 year-old boy who disappeared from his home last night at Mildura in north-west Victoria has been found.

Returning to the US election, appalling bricks around the country are beginning to close with millions of Americans are casting their votes. -- polling booths. A historic day, how is shaping up?We are starting to get a few results. We are hearing Romney has one can ducky. And Barack Obama has one Vermont. No real surprise there. -- Kentucky. A poll a showing that first-time voters are going to a barman. -- Barack Obama. Been used is not good in Virginia for Romney either. He is heir to a tired but it is a state he must win. -- tied. He must win Ohio as well. It has been a very long campaigned for both of them. For the President, he is also running the country as well. Last night, we started to see a bit of emotion. People were asking if that was a tear running down his cheek after he gave his last speech as a candidate. Or was it the cold weather? He was asked about that. You stood in front of 20,000 people. You may have heard about this. But a photographer got a little easier going down the left shape. Was that the cold or emotion?Probably a mix of both. Being back here, the thinking about all the people in Iowa or who have worked so hard at my campaign into garden and eight and then to see them still working hard. -- 2008. It made me feel deeply moved and honoured. What is his plan for this evening? He will be glad it is all over. He can hear the tiredness in his voice as he was coming through. He hopes to be here, giving his speech. Giving his winner's speech. He has a bit of a tradition. He likes to play a little bit of basketball. He is very suspicious -- he is very superstitious. He has been sounding election workers as well. He hopes to be back here tonight giving his winner's speech. He is watching the results of role through and they are starting to come through it.We will talk to you throughout the day. We will go back to Denham Hitchcock in Boston. How is the Romney camp faring?Pretty well at the moment. Virginia is not good news for him. But with Kentucky, there has been a lot of cheering. Such early days. And little band playing in the corner. People still are hoping he will come through. We know the President was playing pass the ball. Romney has two more campaign stops. he is staging a down to the wire. He will find out tonight. Lawyers are standing on the sidelines for both sides, sharpening their pencils in case it is as close as they say it will be. Romney was giving interviews to the very last. Thank you for being here today. It is critical because this is a big day for a big change. We are about to change America and help people in ways they could not imagine. The country has been going in the wrong direction in the past few years. We will steer it back and help the American people have a brighter future.Millions have turned out to vote but it did not go as expected for some.In Pennsylvania, some very serious claims. This one has video. As a voter who went in there to vote, it is a touch screen a mission. When he went to click on Barack Obama, it went to Romney. He went back a step and did the same thing and it happens again. They are saying it is an malfunction but they love a conspiracy theory in the US. That will get some traction. Not long after they poster that, some Republicans were saying something's happening in their boots. In storm affected areas, people are allowed to the melt it in. But they say the inbox is fall and they cannot vote. These claims will be around tomorrow. Some of these results will be contested.We will have for coverage of the election results in a special events from midday today. Police say and man gunned down in north-west to Sydney has links to bikie gang has. The 28-year-old was found stumbling down a street in Hallet Cove, screaming for help after being shot several times. -- roads.It was really scary. We did not begin is a random attack.The man is fighting for his life in hospital. It is the second bikie related incident this week following Monday's triple shooting at a wedding reception which killed a 23 Rodman. A 2-year-old boy who went missing in Victoria last that has been found safe unwell. What more can you tell us?We are currently driving down a bush track in the middle of the scrub. Police are leading us to a spot where he found this little boy just after 10am. It was a miraculous discovery. He had been wondering 15 hours alone. He had lost his nappy. The only companion he had was his German Shepherd. They do not know if the dog led him or simply followed. The little boy is in hospital. He is being treated for a mild hypothermia. He is also dehydrated. The family was very tearful. Two police members actually found him. The way they found him was amazing. They heard cries in the boyish before 10am. Then the dog came running out to greet them. It was the target that led them to the little boy. Amazing scenes this morning.That is very good news. Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey is furious after Treasury modelling a collision tax policies was late. He has accused the Gillard Government of using the public service as a political weapon. Wayne Swan's office lead to the information. That is right. Wayne Swan there is nothing wrong or unusual about this. Joe Hockey was absolutely furious. He said that the Coalition would not use the public service as a political weapon. They showed some tax policies could cost businesses $4.6 billion. Wayne Swan said the information is out in the political domain. -- public domain.The Treasury does provide numbers for us. A whole range of matters, including proposals from the Liberals. There is nothing wrong with that.A I spoke with Peter Costello. He could not recall a single occasion when he was treasure when a Treasury met was deliberately released to the media took us Korb critical points.In 2002, Peter Costello did release costings to score political points when Simon Crean was opposition leader.In a bid to embarrass Simon Crean, art they showed Treasury figures to show what Labor's plan would cost the Budget. The true cost that you would be zero. Labor's plan would not start until 2003 which was soon to leave Peter Costello with egg on his face. Their prime minister will five to Bali today to co-chair a democracy forum with the Indonesian President. It would have been the icing on those Olympic gold medals, for one of our Olympic heroes to become the World Sailor of the Year. The five of them were together at the event in Dublin, but just missed out on the big prize. It was a night of high hopes in Dublin for the announcement of the World Sailor of the year awards. Especially for Australia considered our nation was the best nation at the recent London Olympics. For the first time since the Olympics, are gold medallist got together. They included Tom Slingsby, Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page. It was not to be. It was a Brit who stole the show, Ben Ainslie, the great as the Olympic sailor of all time. Very proud moment. These occasions are more for the people who helped you get there. And also to be alongside such a strong line-up, quite a few Aussies in there who have had a fantastic year.Only once before has an Australian won the top prize. And that was Tom Slingsby in 2010. It was not to be this - and it was not to be this time around. A touch of disappointment?Of course. You always get your hopes up a little bit. We have had an incredible year. Including two World Championships and the Olympic Games. We have achieved everything we possibly could. I knew then Ansley was going to be favourite. -- Ben Ainslie. They will now be competing in their various individual events. It in shipping out to be as big in America as bowling -- polling booths close. You can set up to date with special rolling coverage on the nine and a work. Peter Overton is hosting the live coverage. Your coverage get under way in 15 minutes. What do we expect?We will be on air for three hours. We have a terrific panel with Kevin Rudd, Tom Switzer from Sydney University, Deborah Knight, a former US correspondent, Robert Penfold who is with deep Barack Obama campaign and Denham Hitchcock with the Romney camp in Boston. We would take extended coverage from 'ABC America', as we eagerly await the outcome. We will be on air in about 15 minutes.Looking forward to it. Ken Sutcliffe joins us now. It is shaping out to be a big first Test on Friday.I cannot wait for it. We'll hear from Matthew Wade who's preparing for his first test on home soil. While an Indian legend receives a prestigious Australian honour. It's another busy day of celebrating for Melbourne Cup winning jockey Brett Prebble. And an all Aussie surfing final in California.

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after breaking through for his Naden of Melbourne Cup when, Brett Prebble is back to work all too soon. -- made in a win. It was a big night of celebrations. The jockey aboard a grain known, how was the night?It was a great night. We were on cloud nine. You do not go to win a Melbourne Cup every day. We enjoyed it very much. You have the trophy in your hand. It must be a real buzz, as you say. Exactly. It is the great race on Australian turf. Everyone wants to race in eight, let alone win it. To join the list of daily jockeys who have won it is very privileged. I am honoured.We didn't see much of Lloyd Williams these days. How was he?It was a little bit emotional. I was fortunate enough to be friends with the family for a long time. It was the race he strives to win. He was fantastic. It is his four times so he might be over it ended a bit more so than myself. Your kids must be so proud.I spoke to them on the phone last night. There were congratulating me. My son was a little bit upset, I felt. He wanted me to come home straight away. We will get back there as soon as possible.Don't lose touch of back-up.I have a good grip on a trip.Thank you. Just 48 hours before the first test of the summer, we have the latest from Brisbane. Ricky Ponting has been placed in cotton wool in the past few days but not anymore. He is back in full training?Today was the day he said he would get back into training. His workload was reduced just as a precaution not to aggravate his hamstring. He did belong up with the physio. He has been in the nets and just go out this morning. He said he is fine. The team manager said he would play if he had one leg anyway. He is looking good.There is talk a batsman is rolling and over. Michael Clarke has been known to mix things up. He brings in Mike Hussey and often have bowls himself. It gives them another option if needed. But he does not bowl very much for Victoria and does not have the best record. Australian selectors are keeping an eye on training. They will assess conditions and the pitch tomorrow. The Test begins on Friday.A big day for Matthew Wade. First Test in Australia.He has earned his selection at through merit. He is feeling very comfortable with his selection. He is trying to prepare mentally for all of the hype that comes for this.The hype that comes into a home series is something I have not experienced before. It is part of playing cricket. I am excited. A little bit nervous.The South Africans are in the gathered this afternoon. They will hold their training session. It will be live in the 4:30pm news.Thank you. Sachin Tendulkar has been officially awarded his Order of Australia honour in Mumbai. Minister for the Arts Simon Crean told the Indian cricket legend, he can now make as many runs to Australia as he likes. It really means a lot to me, and who knows I may be again to Australia, to play cricket, or just as a tourist, cause I love that spot. Retired West Indies batsman Brian Lara was also given an Order of Australia in 2009. Taj Burrow has won an all Aussie final at the O'Neill Cold Water Classic in California, beating Matt Wilkinson in a decider they described as hectic. It was Taj Burrow's second victory of the year. He didn't drop a single heat at the event.I feel sad for him. It was the Battle of the back-up. We had the same as golf. And next best wave wins. We both fell. We were in a fluster.Joel Parkinson was eliminated in the quarterfinals and Healey's Kelly Slater for the title race. Two -- he leaves. Tom Rogic has been named to face South Korea in a way. Manchester City are on the brink of elimination in the Champions League. They had a draw with Ajax an only two points in four matches. Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund also has juror 2-2. It was the same scoreline between Arsenal and Schalke 04. Nick Phipps says the team is buoyed by the prospect of some big-name players returning from injury for the spring tour. The International Rugby Board will use the results to determine rankings for the 2015 World Cup. There is plenty to play for. There was plenty to play for yesterday in from 10. I got none of it. Neither did I. -- Flemington. Better luck next time. We will have the finance and This program is not captioned. It's such a natural instinct to want to look after
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This is Nine's live coverage of the 2012 US presidential election. Good afternoon everyone, Peter Overton here. Welcome to the Nine Network's coverage of the results in the US presidential election. In the next few hours we should know which man will be installed in the White House for the next four years. Democrat and sitting President, Barack Obama, or Republican contender Mitt Romney. As leader of the United States he will effectively be the most powerful man in the western world. Many polls on the East Coast have closed. It will be several hours before the polls close across the time zones on the West Coast. Joining me in the studio, it's a delight to welcome former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Welcome.Good to be on the program.Tom Switzer, from the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. And my colleague here at the Nine Network, Deborah Knight, a I can't rememberer European correspondent, who covered the US presidential election of gush are. We'll cross to -- George W. Bush. We'll Cross to Robert Penfold, who is with Camp Obama in Chicago, and Denham Hitchcock, in Boston. We have Laurie Oakes, and the results as they come in from America's ABC television network. To our studio guests. Mr Rudd, how do you see it, as the polls have closed in some states. I think we have 11 states closed out of 50, as we go to air. A couple of quick calls I made is in nationwide what the Democrats are saying from Washington is that there's nothing they have seen so far presenting surprises for them. The one State they anticipated to lose, which President Barack Obama won last time, Indiana is going to the Republicans. They expected that. President Barack Obama didn't campaign there. Virginia - a hugely important state - the folk I spoke to on the ground in Northern Virginia, which is critical as to whether the President takes the state, because that's where the strongest Democrat vote lies. The turn-out has been super strong - a good sign for the Democrats. There are queues of 2.5 hours to be processed through, despite the fact that the polling booths closed half an hour or an hour ago. Finally, the first take out of Ohio, 35,000 counts taken, the Republicans ahead. No-one knows where the votes are coming from. Democrats are not phased by that. So far the Democrats are quietly confident. Tom Switzer from the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Ohio, has Kevin mentioned. To become the President of Ohio, that's the crucial state.The battle grouped of all battlegrounds. You may recall in 2004 the bush - John Kerry stand-off went to the wire in Ohio. So much so that the

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