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Election update 7:12 PM

President Obama projected by various news sources to take Illinois, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, and Washington D.C.  He is leading in battleground states Ohio and Florida by 19 percent and one percent respectively.
Gov. Romney is projected to have gained Oklahoma.  He is leading in Virginia and North Carolina by 19 percent and one percent respectively.
Obama has 64 electoral votes to Romney's 40.  270 electoral votes is required to win.
Follow conservative columnist @tgwinford and liberal columnist @phillmccausland for election analysis.