11/06/2012 08:56 am ET

Florida Election 2012: Obama, Mitt Romney Compete For 29 Electoral Votes (LIVE UPDATES)

The Florida election is in the spotlight on Tuesday as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney aim to secure the state's coveted 29 electoral votes in the presidential race.

The latest polls show the candidates in a tight fight in Florida going into Decision Day.

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The Los Angeles Times reports:

For Obama, victory in Florida is a prize; for Romney it's a necessity. Debates about whether Romney can carry Ohio or other Midwestern states become moot without a win here.

The battle helps illustrate how, in these closing days of the campaign, the presidential race has tightened, with each of the major swing states testing Obama's ability to hold a different part of the coalition that elected him four years ago.

In Florida on the congressional level, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is favored over Republican challenger Rep. Connie Mack in the state's Senate race. The latest polls show Nelson running ahead of Mack, and a Nelson win is key to Democrats preventing Republicans from retaking control of the chamber.

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Florida; however, the state is split between Eastern and Central time zones.

Below, a look at the latest swing state polls. Scroll down for a live blog of the latest developments to unfold in Florida on Election Day, as well as across the country.

2012 Swing State Polls