11/06/2012 05:26 pm ET Updated Nov 06, 2012

Exit Polls 2012 (LIVE UPDATES)

As voting comes to a close throughout the country, exit polling results will quickly follow.

Exit polls are conducted for the National Election Pool, made up of the Associated Press and the major TV networks. But how useful are the earliest numbers as indicators of who will win? Not very, especially in close races, and especially as raw data.

But once the polls close and results are weighted by precinct, they'll start to provide a clearer picture of how tonight may play out. Check back here for new information throughout the night as that data becomes available.

11/06/2012 11:25 PM EST

President Obama Wins Re-Election

President Obama wins Ohio, Iowa, breaks 270 electoral votes to retain the presidency.

11/06/2012 11:08 PM EST

West Coast Exit Polls Released

California, Hawaii, and Washington have been called for Obama.

Idaho and North Dakota have been called for Romney.

Oregon has not yet been called, but leans toward Obama.

11/06/2012 10:59 PM EST

Democrats Largely Retain 2008 Party ID Edge

@ FixAaron :

Exit polls now show Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by six points nationally. In 2008, it was seven.

11/06/2012 10:53 PM EST

West Coast Polls Near Closing

Next wave of polls to close: California, Hawaii, Idaho, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington all stop at 11 p.m. eastern. Only remaining state: Alaska, which closes at 1 a.m. eastern.

11/06/2012 10:49 PM EST

Abortion Emerges As An Issue In Swing States

@ PoliticalTicker :

Exit polls: Abortion as an election issue - http://t.co/Dfo4k6v8

11/06/2012 10:26 PM EST

Early Exit Polls Show Lead For Obama In Iowa, Nevada

Barack Obama holds a double-digit edge among independents in Iowa, leading Romney 55 to 41 in preliminary exit poll results. Independents made up about a third of state voters, as did Democrats and Republicans.

Obama leads among women in the state, 59 to 40 percent, while Romney leads among men, 53 to 44 percent.

The gender gap was equally pronounced among Nevada women, who favor Obama 56 to 40 in early results, with men splitting toward Romney by a more equal 50 to 46.

The Latino vote in Nevada came in around 19 percent, with 69 percent of Latino voters supporting Obama, and 24 percent Romney. Independents, who make up about a third of the Silver State electorate, are leaning toward Romney, 50 percent to 42 percent. The rest of the electorate was 38 percent Democratic, 29 percent Republican.

Among the 45 percent of Nevada voters making less than $50,000 a year, Obama led 66 percent to Romney's 29 percent in early exit polls.

11/06/2012 10:03 PM EST

Polls Close In Four More States

Polls closed in Iowa and Nevada at 10 p.m. eastern.

Voting is also closed in Montana and Utah, which have been called for Romney.

11/06/2012 9:38 PM EST

Percentage Of White Voters Falls

@ RonBrownstein :

National exit poll shows whites drop to 73% of the electorate; have dropped in each election since 80 except 88-92. #YourVote

11/06/2012 9:26 PM EST

Unions Back Obama In Wisconsin

Wisconsin shows early signs of swinging toward Obama, thanks in no small part to union voters, CBS notes:

While the candidates are split among non-union households, Mr. Obama has a 66 percent to 33 percent lead among the one in five voters who say someone in their household belongs to a labor union.

Early exit poll results also showed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) at 54 percent job approval, CBS said.

UPDATE: Wisconsin has now been called for Obama.

11/06/2012 9:19 PM EST

Early Look At Wisconsin, Colorado Exit Polls

Women split heavily for Obama in Wisconsin, according to early exit polls, favoring him 57 to 42 over Romney, while men preferred Romney by a narrower 51 percent to 47 percent.

Democrats made up 37 percent of the state's electorate, while Republicans and independents were each about a third. Independents were divided close to evenly between Obama and Romney.

Initial exit polls in Colorado showed almost no gender gap, with men and women both divided evenly between Romney and Obama.

The Latino turnout in Colorado was about 11 percent, breaking 74 percent for Obama and 25 percent for Romney in preliminary exit results.

At 38 percent, independents made up the majority of the state's electorate and split 50 to 43 for Romney. Democrats were 32 percent of the electorate, while Republicans were 30 percent.



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