Tennessee voters have chosen Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama.
The former Massachusetts governor, who lost to Rick Santorum in the state's Republican primary in March, had few problems gaining Tennessee's 11 electoral votes Tuesday.
With less than 1 percent of precincts reporting, Romney had 239,399 votes, or 58 percent, compared with Obama's 199,766 votes, or 41 percent.
Tennessee has voted for the Republican presidential candidate in each election since 2000.
Voters also gave a second term to Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker. He defeated Democrat Mark Clayton, a part-time floor installer who was disavowed by the state party after the primary for his anti-gay views.
In early returns, Corker had 246,322 votes, or 64 percent, compared with Clayton's 120,988 votes, or 31 percent.
PORTLAND, Maine — Democrat Barack Obama on Tuesday won the presidential race in Maine, a state that hasn't voted for a Republican for president in more than 20 years.
The president claimed at least three of Maine's four electoral votes by winning the statewide vote, but Republican nominee Mitt Romney still hoped to take one electoral vote by eking out a win in northern Maine in the more conservative 2nd Congressional District.
The presidential race was too close to call in early returns in the 2nd District.
Maine is one of two states that allocate electoral votes in part by congressional district.
The scenario of Maine dividing its electoral votes has long intrigued political observers but has never happened since the system was put in place in 1969. The state allocates two votes to the statewide winner and one to the winner of each of the state's two congressional districts.
Maine last voted for a Republican when George H.W. Bush won in 1988. Four years later, Democrat Bill Clinton carried Maine and Bush came in third behind independent Ross Perot.
Nonetheless, Republicans have eyed the state's sprawling 2nd Congressional District in the past two elections as a source of at least one potential electoral vote.
Two super political action committees — Restore Our Future and American Crossroads — pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into Maine for television ads in hopes of bolstering Romney's chances.
One of the Crossroads-sponsored ads featured "Dirty Harry" actor Clint Eastwood telling viewers that Romney is the man who can turn the country around, and another criticized Obama over his policies on China. The Restore-sponsored ads targeted Obama over the nation's unemployment rate, falling incomes and high government debt.
Democrats said the 11th-hour spending was an act of desperation, but pre-election polls showed a tighter race in the district, which includes northern and eastern Maine.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolinians have voted in favor of Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president, based on early returns and exit polling.
The solidly Republican state voted Tuesday to award its nine electoral votes to Romney.
Since Romney's nomination, South Carolina has been considered firmly in his camp.
For the first time in 30 years, South Carolina didn't choose the eventual GOP nominee during its primary, instead backing former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich. But Gov. Nikki Haley supported Romney early on, campaigning for the nominee in battleground states but saying repeatedly she would refuse any job offer in a Romney administration.
Republicans hold all statewide elected offices in South Carolina and control both legislative chambers.
WASHINGTON — Democratic President Barack Obama has won in the Massachusetts general election, defeating Republican former Gov. Mitt Romney in New England's largest state.
Obama's victory earns him 11 electoral votes.
Tuesday's outcome wasn't surprising because of the state's strong Democratic and independent voter base, which Romney failed to woo during the campaign.
Romney governed the state for one term from 2003 to 2007. He watched the election results come in from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, where he joined supporters for an election night celebration.
Romney is the ultra-wealthy founder of a Boston-based private equity firm. He said he was feeling "very good" as he and his wife appeared at a polling precinct near his Belmont home.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Mitt Romney has coasted to an easy win over Barack Obama in Oklahoma, capturing the state's seven electoral votes.
Romney's win in the state's general election Tuesday was no surprise. A Democratic presidential candidate hasn't won in Oklahoma since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.
Republican leaders have dubbed Oklahoma the "reddest of the red" states since 2008. Obama failed to win a single one of Oklahoma's 77 counties in that general election.
Obama also performed poorly in the state's presidential primary this past March. He got just 57 percent of the vote among Democrats in Oklahoma over four little-known candidates.
Romney finished second to Rick Santorum in the June presidential primary, but enjoyed support from the state's business leaders and an endorsement from Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.
HARTFORD, Conn. — President Barack Obama has won Connecticut's seven electoral votes, beating Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a state where registered Democrats heavily outnumber registered GOP voters.
Connecticut never appeared to be in doubt for Obama, who beat John McCain by a 23-point margin in 2008. The president did have to win over a large number of unaffiliated voters, who comprise the state's largest voting bloc.
Obama and Romney both attended fundraisers in the state over the past year, as did their running mates, but neither candidate held public campaign rallies. Obama also appeared in campaign ads that began running last weekend for Democratic Congressman Chris Murphy in his contentious race against Republican Linda McMahon for U.S. Senate.
CHICAGO — President Barack Obama has claimed another victory in his home state of Illinois.
The Associated Press called Obama's victory based on exit polling shortly after polls closed Tuesday.
His win comes as no surprise. Republican Mitt Romney mounted only a token campaign in the state, and much of Obama's Illinois operation was geared to recruiting volunteers to help in other states.
Still, there were questions about how much enthusiasm for Obama had waned as the nation's economic problems lingered.
The Chicago resident's appearance on the ballot was expected to affect Democrats in key congressional races around Illinois.
INDIANAPOLIS — Mitt Romney has won Indiana's presidential election as voters returned to their red-state ways just four years after Barack Obama gave Democrats their first Indiana White House nod in four decades.
Romney's victory Tuesday capped a presidential race in which Indiana was largely ignored in favor of swing states.
Obama made nearly 50 trips to Indiana in 2008, many during his primary fight against Hillary Rodham Clinton. But he hadn't visited Indiana in more than a year, and Romney visited the state only twice, both times in the Evansville area.
Republicans have made steady gains in state and federal elections in the past four years, and Romney was supported by Indiana's GOP establishment, including Gov. Mitch Daniels.
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney has captured West Virginia and its five electoral votes.
President Barack Obama is unpopular in the state, and West Virginia GOP officials have been hoping that would lead to victories for other Republicans on the ballot.
Romney earlier won in Kentucky, giving him 13 electoral votes overall, while Obama was the winner of Vermont's three electoral votes.
WASHINGTON - The polls are starting to close in the eastern United States, and President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney each have an early victory.
As expected, Obama was the winner in Vermont, with three electoral votes, while Romney captured Kentucky's eight electoral votes.
Vermont voters also re-elected Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Still to come are the returns from the handful of states, including Ohio, Florida and Virginia, where Obama and Romney have concentrated their efforts in recent weeks. 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.