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A state by state look at the election

Associated Press Modified: November 3, 2012 at 10:30 am •  Published: November 3, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A state by state look at key races 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 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. Sherman and Berman square off.

Colorado (9) — Presidential battleground state. GOP Rep. Mike Coffman, backed by tea party, faces challenge.

Connecticut (7) — Safely Obama's. Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy 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, hard fought to the end. 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 home 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.

Maine (4) — Obama favored for state, but Republicans talk of winning one electoral vote. Former Gov. Angus King, an independent, favored to win with Democrats' backing over both major party candidates.

Maryland (10) — Obama an easy winner. Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin coasting to re-election. Democrat John Delaney favored over GOP Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in redrawn district.

Massachusetts (11) — Obama wins the state where Romney was governor. Republican Sen. Scott Brown faces very tough challenge from Elizabeth Warren in race that cost more than $65 million.

Michigan (16) — Despite late GOP ads, Obama favored in state that benefitted most from auto bailout. Dem. Sen. Debbie Stabenow winning re-election.

Minnesota (10) — Lining up for Obama despite late Republican push. Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar safe for a second term

Mississippi (6) — Romney will win easily, as will Republican Sen. Roger Wicker, seeking a new term.

Missouri (10) — Romney territory. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill favored over Rep. Todd Akin after his controversial remark about rape. Democratic Gov. Jay Dixon faces re-election challenge.

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