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A state-by-state look at Tuesday's election

Associated Press Modified: November 5, 2012 at 11:00 pm •  Published: November 5, 2012
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WASHINGTON (AP) — A state by state look at key races and measures 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 Democrat 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. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman square off. Ballot measure would replace death penalty with life in prison and no parole.

Colorado (9) — Presidential battleground state. GOP Rep. Mike Coffman, backed by tea party, faces challenge. Ballot question legalizes marijuana for personal use by adults.

Connecticut (7) — Safely Obama's. Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy has slight advantage 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, so hard fought that Dems go to court to extend early voting. 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 native 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 Senate seat with Democrats' backing over both major party candidates.

Maryland (10) — Obama with ease. Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin coasting to re-election. Democrat John Delaney favored over GOP Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in redrawn district. Same-sex marriage measure on ballot.

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 benefited 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 slightly favored over Rep. Todd Akin after his controversial remark about rape. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon faces re-election challenge.

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