American voters go to polls to give their final verdict

The curtains are almost down after a long and bitter White House campaign with Americans began casting their votes on Tuesday with polls showing President Barack Obama and Republican challenger – Mitt Romney in a neck and neck election that will be decided in a handful of states. The voting is currently underway in twenty-six states in the United States to elect their 45th president of the country. Polling has already opened in most eastern states and is slated to commence in mid-western states. The states currently undergoing voting include Ohio and North Carolina. Voting will begin in Florida within a few hours.

Vice president Joe Biden voted along with his wife just a short while ago in Delaware. This election is a close race between the U.S. President and Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama and the Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney for 538 Electoral College votes. To be a winner, the candidate needs 270 electoral votes. The results depend upon the Electoral College in which each state is given a number of electoral votes in a rough proportion to its population. The outcome of the election will rest on a thin margin based on few key results.

Millions of people in key states have already cast absentee ballots and early ballots in spite of the long queues, having faced Super storm Sandy and legal disputes over polling procedures. The voters of New Jersey were allowed to cast their votes through fax, which is the first of its kind in the United States. Polls will begin to close in Indiana and Kentucky at 6:00 p.m. EST (1900 at EDT) on Tuesday, with voting due to end across the country over the next six hours.  The National opinion polls show Obama and Romney in a virtual dead heat, even though President Barack Obama has a slight advantage in several vital states notably among them is Ohio that could give him the 270 votes that he needs to win.

Barack Obama, the first black president, competing to be the first Democrat to win a second term since Bill Clinton in 1996. On the other hand, Romney the multimillionaire former head of private equity fund would be the first Mormon president and one of the wealthiest Americans to occupy the top post if elected, as President of the United States of America.

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