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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

Montana (3) — A Western win for Romney. Bruising challenge for Democratic Sen. Jon Tester from Rep. Dennis Rehberg. Democrats hope to hold governor's office.

Nebraska (5) — Romney's with ease. Republican Deb Fischer, surprise winner of Senate primary, hopes to hold off late charge by former Sen. Bob Kerrey.

Nevada (6) — Western presidential battleground. Appointed Republican Sen. Dean Heller narrow favorite for full term.

New Hampshire (4) — New England battleground. A pair of rematches in state's House seats, and open governor's office.

New Jersey (14) — Obama's, even before glowing praise from Republican Gov. Christie. Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez safe.

New Mexico (5) — Obama. Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich narrowly favored to hold vacant Senate seat despite late push from former Rep. Heather Wilson.

New York (29) — Big for Obama. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand coasting to new term. Dems target GOP House seats after redistricting.

North Carolina (15) — May be Romney's best battleground state. Republican Pat McCrory favorite in governor's race.

North Dakota (3) — Safe for Romney. GOP Rep. Rick Berg slight favorite for open Democratic-held Senate seat. GOP Gov. Jack Dalrymple seems safe.

Ohio (18) — Battleground of battlegrounds for Obama and Romney. Sen. Sherrod Brown expected to survive $30 million ad onslaught from GOP groups.

Oklahoma (7) — Romney's easily. Republicans eye House seat left open by Democrat.

Oregon (7) — West Coast win for Obama.

Pennsylvania (20) — Should be Obama's, despite late push by Romney. Polls show narrow advantage for Democratic Sen. Bob Casey.

Rhode Island (4) — Obama's with ease. Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse coasting to second term, but Rep. David Cicilline faces strong challenge.

South Carolina (9) — Romney will win easily in state where he lost presidential primary overwhelmingly.

South Dakota (3) — Republican state for Romney. Also for GOP Rep. Kristi Noem.

Tennessee (11) — Romney with ease. GOP Sen. Bob Corker, too. Tougher times for GOP Rep. Scott DesJarlais after revelations he once discussed abortion with mistress.

Texas (38) — Romney's biggest single-state prize. Ted Cruz will be a new Republican senator.

Utah (6) — Mormon votes could make this Romney's best state. Republicans Orrin Hatch in Senate, and Gary Herbert, governor, safe for new terms.

Vermont (3) — Obama territory. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders coasting, and Dem. Gov. Peter Shumlin, too.

Virginia (13) — Battleground presidential state. Costly race between former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine and former Sen. George Allen for Senate.

Washington (12) — Obama winning easily. So, too, Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell. Very competitive governor's race.

West Virginia (5) — Romney by far. Sen. Joe Manchin and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, both Democrats, safe.

Wisconsin (10) — Battleground in White House race. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D, and former GOP Gov. Tommy Thompson in close contest. GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan safe for new House term — if he needs it.

Wyoming (3) — Romney's with ease. GOP Sen. John Barrasso coasting to new term.