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Exit Polls 2012 (LIVE UPDATES)

A man walks past an early voting center in Columbus, Ohio, on October 14, 2012. A different Barack Obama will show up at the
A man walks past an early voting center in Columbus, Ohio, on October 14, 2012. A different Barack Obama will show up at the next debate with Mitt Romney, aides said Sunday, after the president held a post-mortem of his leaden debut clash with his Republican foe. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages)

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.

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