As voting ends in several states across the U.S., including swing states Florida, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina, projected results for the 2012 presidential election are rolling in and reports say President Barack Obama is projected to win 64 electoral votes and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, 76 electoral votes.
CBS reports President Obama is projected to win Connecticut’s seven electoral votes, the District of Columbia’s three electoral votes and Delaware’s three electoral votes, while Obama is also projected to win Illinois’ 20, Maryland’s 10, Massachusetts’ 11 and Rhode Island’s four electoral votes. Obama is also projected to win three of Maine’s electoral votes (a fourth is divided proportionally)
Swing states Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida and New Hampshire are too close to call.
The U.S. presidential election is not decided by popular vote but by the Electoral College. Each candidate needs at least 270 out of the 538 electoral votes to win the election.