Voters set the stage Tuesday night for two more years of partisan divide on Capitol Hill, with Republicans poised to hold their House majority while Democrats kept their grip on the Senate in what was shaping up to be mostly a status-quo election.
President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were locked in a razor-thin race nationally, with the swing states of Florida and Ohio hanging in the balance. Midway through the evening, Romney led in Florida while Obama led in Ohio, but several Democratic strongholds were still waiting to count votes in both states.
POINT PLEASANT, N.J. (AP) — Election Day turnout was heavy Tuesday in several storm-ravaged areas in New York and New Jersey, a welcome change from crisis to catharsis for many who saw exercising their civic duty as a sign of normalcy amid lingering devastation.
After a robust campaign that offered voters a stark choice on the role of government, Election Day arrived Tuesday with no clear leader in the race for the White House.
About the only certainty is the victor -- Barack Obama or Mitt Romney -- will inherit a Congress poised to once again be sharply divided over energy and environmental policy.
Election forecasters predict Democrats are likely to keep control of the Senate, while Republicans hold their majority in the House. And that would mean two more years of partisan warfare that will leave the president to wield power frequently through executive authority.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka criticized Mitt Romney at an event in Pittsburgh, arguing the candidate opposed coal as Massachusetts governor and would slash clean-coal-technology jobs, The Hill reports.
DENVER (AP) — An eerie quiet has settled over the Walker Components plant, which assembles custom cables for a global wind turbine company. Orders are down from earlier in the year and one-third of its employees have been laid off this year.
MANNING, N.D. (AP) —The oil boom that has transformed North Dakota's economy and reshaped the rolling prairie landscape has also added an element of mystery to next week's election by adding thousands of potential new voters to the region's tiny electorate. And the political suspense is tied to the national question of which party controls the Senate in January.
Liberal watchdog group Checks and Balances Project said the State Department inspector general is investigating potential conflicts of interests in the department's environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.