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Election 2012: Results
President
10:10 p.m. E.T., Jul 11
Barak Obama
Obama
Candidates need 270 electoral votes to win the presidency
Democratic
Obama
Romney
GOP
Mitt Romney
Romney
U.S. Senate
10:10 p.m. E.T., Jul 11
Balance of Power
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What's this?
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Balance of Power
The party with the most seats in the Senate controls the Senate leadership. The balance of power shows which party has the most seats currently, how many seats are up for election this year (including contests with incumbents and open races), and how many each party has won on election night, according to CNN projections.
  • Pre-Election
  • Election Night
For control
seats not up
seats not up
Democratic
total seats
Winner
seats
( show details )
GOP
total seats
Winner
DEM
DEM closed seats
DEM
DEM incumbents
DEM
DEM open seats
OTH
OTH incumbents
OTH
OTH open seats
GOP
GOP closed seats
GOP
GOP incumbents
GOP
GOP open seats
For control
seats not up
seats not up
Democratic
total seats
Winner
seats
( show details )
GOP
total seats
Winner
DEM
DEM closed seats
DEM
DEM seats won
OTH
OTH seats won
GOP
GOP closed seats
GOP
GOP seats won
U.S. House
10:10 p.m. E.T., Jul 11
Balance of Power
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What's this?
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Balance of Power
The party with the most seats in the House controls the House leadership. The balance of power shows which party has the most seats currently, and how many each party has won on election night according to CNN projections.
  • Pre-Election
  • Election Night
For control
Democratic
Winner
seats
( show details )
GOP
Winner
DEM
DEM seats
OTH
OTH seats
GOP
GOP seats
For control
Democratic
Winner
seats
( show details )
GOP
Winner
DEM
DEM seats won
OTH
OTH seats won
GOP
GOP seats won
Governor
10:10 p.m. E.T., Jul 11
  • Pre-Election
  • Election Night
Total seats:
Democratic
seats
GOP
seats
Independent
seats
Seats up:
Democratic
seats
GOP
seats
Independent
seats
Ballot Measures
10:10 p.m. E.T., Jul 11
Democrats
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Note: Lighter colors indicate party change
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Exit Polls: National President
Obama
Romney
Other/No Answer
N/A
Vote by Gender
Vote by Gender
  • total

  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Other / NA
Vote by Age
Vote by Age
  • total

  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Other / NA
Vote by Size of Place
Vote by Size of Place
  • total

  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Other / NA
About Exit Polls

How to read exit polls

To illustrate how exit poll results should be read, let's use hypothetical results as an illustration.

The data is available in two formats: A graphic visualization and as a table.

In the examples to the left, the first column of numbers shows how many people who voted today fell into each category.

In our example, that means 18 percent of all voters were between the ages of 18-29.

Of those voters, 62 percent voted for the Democratic Party candidate (colored in blue), 33 percent voted for the Republican Party candidate (colored in red) and another 5 percent voted for a candidate that did not belong to either party.

Also you may notice some categories such as "Vote by Income" and "Vote by Age" appear more than once. In those cases, the data has been rolled up differently. While the data may vary among the tables, all of the tables are correct.

For instance, "Vote by Income" might show up three times, with different breakdowns: less or more than $50,000; less or more than $100,000; and less than $50,000, $50,000-$100,000 and more than $100,000.

How to read exit polls

To illustrate how exit poll results should be read, let's use hypothetical results as an illustration.

Vote by Age
  • 18-29:18%
  • 62%

  • 33%

  • 30-44:28%
  • 52%

  • 42%

  • 45-64:39%
  • 40%

  • 52%

  • 65+:15%
  • 41%

  • 51%

Vote by Age
  • total

  • Obama
  • Romney
  • Other / NA
  • 18-29:21%
  • 53%

  • 46%

  • 1%

  • 30-44:29%
  • 39%

  • 57%

  • 4%

  • 45-64:37%
  • 29%

  • 68%

  • 3%

  • 65+:14%
  • 23%

  • 72%

  • 5%

The data is available in two formats: A graphic visualization and as a table.

In the examples to the left, the first column of numbers shows how many people who voted today fell into each category.

In our example, that means 18 percent of all voters were between the ages of 18-29.

Of those voters, 62 percent voted for the Democratic Party candidate (colored in blue), 33 percent voted for the Republican Party candidate (colored in red) and another 5 percent voted for a candidate that did not belong to either party.

Also you may notice some categories such as "Vote by Income" and "Vote by Age" appear more than once. In those cases, the data has been rolled up differently. While the data may vary among the tables, all of the tables are correct.

For instance, "Vote by Income" might show up three times, with different breakdowns: less or more than $50,000; less or more than $100,000; and less than $50,000, $50,000-$100,000 and more than $100,000.

President: Key Races & Latest Projections

Florida

(29 Electoral Votes)
 
 
 

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Ohio

(18 Electoral Votes)
 
 
 

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Virginia

(13 Electoral Votes)
 
 
 

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Wisconsin

(10 Electoral Votes)
 
 
 

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Colorado

(9 Electoral Votes)
 
 
 

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U.S. Senate: Key Races & Latest Projections
 
 

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Notes
  • All times ET.
  • In Indiana and Kentucky, most polls close at 6 p.m. ET, but counties in some parts of the state close at 7 p.m. ET.
  • CNN will broadcast a projected winner only after an extensive review of data from a number of sources.
  • "Party change" denotes a race where the 2012 projected winner is from a different party than the previous winner or incumbent.
  • Not all candidates are listed.