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UPDATE: Polls Closed Across Region

By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 11/6/12 @ 7:50 p.m.
NEWBURG, W.Va. (AP) - Many West Virginia voters still digging out from Superstorm Sandy cast their votes this Election Day with a little help from the National Guard.

The Guard has set up tents at three polling places and provided generators to help provide power to five other areas of the state that were hardest hit by last week's storm.

Preston County was buried in up to 2 feet of snow in some areas and 7,500 were still without power Tuesday.

In Newburg, 53-year-old Freda McDaniel lost power seven days ago and she's been getting by with a generator. Those hardships didn't prevent her from voting. She went to a last-minute polling place in a funeral home to cast her vote for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Power remains out to more than 26,000.



UPDATE 11/6/12 @ 7:45
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The polls in Ohio have closed after an intense presidential campaign for the battleground state's 18 electoral votes.

After more than a month of early voting, election sites were open for 13 hours on Tuesday.

Ohio's critical role in deciding the race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney has been underscored by dozens of visits from the candidates and their surrogates, and a constant barrage of TV ads in recent weeks. The race in Ohio was seen as too close to call leading up to Election Day.

Ohio also had one of the most hotly contested and expensive U.S. Senate campaigns, with Republican state Treasurer Josh Mandel trying to unseat Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown.



UPDATE 11/6/12 @ 6:45 p.m.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Polls are now closed in the portions of Kentucky that are in the eastern time zone.

Polls in Kentucky are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. The polls in the central time zone will remain open until 6 p.m. CST. People standing in line at the polls at 6 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

Besides the presidential race, Kentucky voters are choosing U.S. representatives, legislators and a Supreme Court justice as well as voting on a constitutional amendment to protect hunting.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes expected a record number of voters to cast ballots in Kentucky.

By Tuesday afternoon, the Kentucky Attorney General's Office had received 130 calls dealing with procedural questions, complaints about voting machines, even three allegations of vote-buying or selling in Clay, Knox and Wolfe counties.

In Kentucky's 4th District, where U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis resigned, tea party Republican Thomas Massie is expected to win his race against Democrat Bill Adkins, a northern Kentucky attorney.

Also in the eastern part of the state, Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott and a challenger, Court of Appeals Judge Janet Stumbo, are in a heated race.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information and results.



UPDATE @ 4 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Long lines have been reported at several precincts across West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky Tuesday.

A spokesperson with the West Virginia Secretary of State's Office reports turnout is heavy across the state. Turnout numbers won't be available until after the polls close at 7:30 p.m.

Jake Glance tells WSAZ.com some minor issues have been reported across the state, but nothing out of the ordinary for election day.

At Stonewall Jackson Middle School, there wasn't heat when the polls opened so space heaters were brought in to the school. A crew was called to the school to fix the problem.

Kanawha County Clerk Vera McCormick tells WSAZ.com the heat wasn't back on until at least 10 a.m. She says she feels bad it took so long, but thankfully the problem was fixed.

McCormick also says a poll worker was replaced once she got word that a woman working at a precinct on Charleston's east end wore a President Obama jacket. The woman told McCormick that she always wears the jacket so she never thought about it, but McCormick says it was in the best interest to replace her with an alternate poll worker.

Four voters in Kanawha County were also surprised when they showed up to vote and were told they had already submitted an absentee ballot, according to McCormick.

McCormick says unfortunately there was an office error and the wrong code was entered during Early Voting. However, these voters were still able to vote with a provisional ballot.

McCormick says the matter was taken care of and their votes will count at canvass.

There were also issues in Kanawha County with machines not booting up, but the problems were corrected quickly, according to McCormick.

McCormick tells WSAZ.com she still expects 60-65 percent voter turnout Tuesday in Kanawha County. In fact, lines have been so long at some places, the county had to bring in extra voting booths to accommodate the crowds.

In Berkeley County, there was a precinct that had an issue with equipment, but it was fixed before the polls opened.

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ORIGINAL STORY
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- All eyes are on Ohio as polls open in the battleground state.

Election sites opened their doors at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday after more than a month of early voting. Polls stay open until 7:30 p.m., bringing an end to the intense presidential campaign for Ohio's 18 electoral votes.

Ohio's critical role in deciding the race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney has been underscored by dozens of visits from the candidates and their surrogates, and a constant barrage of TV ads in recent weeks. The race in Ohio is seen as too close to call.

Ohio also had one of most hotly contested and expensive U.S. Senate campaigns, with Republican state Treasurer Josh Mandel trying to unseat first-term Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown.

In Kentucky, polls opened at 6 a.m and will close at 6 p.m. local time.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has predicted a record number of voters will cast their ballots.

Besides the presidential race, Kentucky has a competitive congressional race in central Kentucky. Voters also will choose state legislators and decide whether hunting and fishing should be a constitutional right in the state. Voters in eastern Kentucky will choose a Supreme Court justice.

West Virginia voters must decide whether their disapproval of President Barack Obama will influence who else they pick on Tuesday's ballot.

Obama is unpopular in the state, and such fellow Democrats as Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin have kept their distance.

But Republican John Raese has made Obama a big part of his campaign as he challenges Manchin. So has Bill Maloney, who is Tomblin's GOP opponent.

The GOP's Obama strategy extends to other statewide executive branch races, including the one for attorney general.

Voters must also choose two state Supreme Court justices. Half the state Senate is up Tuesday, along with the entire House of Delegates.

Polls in W.Va. opened at 6:30 and close at 7:30 p.m.

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