Mary Matalin, a Republican strategist and CNN contributor, told Wolf Blitzer she expects Romney to win with at least 315 electoral votes.
Rep. Paul Ryan, speaking on Sean Hannity's radio show, says voter turnout has been "fantastic in the critical areas," including in Virginia, where the GOP vice presidential candidate cited high voting rates in Norfolk, Newport News, Richmond and Lynchburg.
He also had a message to people still waiting to cast ballots.
"Make sure you wait in the line, as long as it may be, to make your voice heard."
Who's sad the campaign is ending? DC TV station owners, who aired $72M in prez TV ads this cycle, more than any mkt in USA (@CMAGAdFacts)
Las Vegas aired almost 56,000 prez TV ads since Apr, most of any market. Denver 2nd w/ 54,000; Cleveland 3rd w/ 49,000 (per @CMAGAdFacts)
Looking for a place to watch the election results tonight? CNN is hosting watch parties in several cities.
Chicago: CNN will provide the largest screen in the city for free public viewing at Thompson Center Plaza. Viewing of the network’s Election Night in America coverage began at 3 p.m. CT
Boston: CNN will provide a large screen for free public viewing at the iconic Faneuil Hall Marketplace will be available for passersby.
Las Vegas: CNN’s Election Night in America coverage will air beginning at 3 p.m. PT on the oversized video screens at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Vegas Strip.
Los Angeles: At Grand Park, CNN’s Election Night in America coverage will air at the city-sponsored watch party beginning at 5 p.m. PT.
OK, folks, leaving #CNNVoteWatch in the hands of the team & heading to DC to put by business/economics hat back on for the rest of the night
CNN's Brian Todd, reporting from a polling center in Nashua, New Hampshire, says four or five people have left without voting because the line was too long.
While in flight from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Boston where he will spend election night, Romney says if he wins, he can't imagine he'll be able to unwind as he will have to focus on his transition.
Should he lose, Romney says: I have a family and a life. But he says he hasn't put much thought to that possibility. -- reporting from CNN's Rachel Streitfeld.
It looks like it's a big split - most people think we'll know who won by 1 a.m. but not by much. We shall see...
Romney on plane: "You know I’m very proud of the campaign that we’ve run to tell you the truth. No campaign is perfect."
Romney's campaign plane has landed in Boston, where his campaign will hold an election night party.
Romney's plane has landed at Boston Logan. #Election2012
It'll be full around the table for the Obama family dinner tonight, according to his campaign. His daughters are flying to Chicago with their grandmother, Marian, and the first family will be joined by Michelle Obama's brother, Craig, and his family. On the president's side, his sister Maya and her husband will join. Obama is in Chicago, according to reporters traveling with him.
The White House originally said Obama would be joined by a number of nieces and nephews, but retracted that at 6:16 p.m.
The first nationwide exit poll results are in, and here's some preliminary data heading into election night:
60% of voters say the economy is the most important issue facing the country, followed by 15% who said the deficit, and 17% who said healthcare.
What's the most important candidate quality? 29% said "a vision for future," 28% said "share my values," 19% said "strong leader," and 20% said "cares about people."
Who is more in touch with people like you? 52% said Obama and 44% said Romney.
Who would better handle the economy? 47% said Obama and 51% said Romney.
Many polls closing now in Indiana and Kentucky
CNN's Brianna Keilar reports from Chicago that the Obama campaign is expecting 10,000 people to attend their main election night event. Tickets have gone to family, friends, VIPs, and thousands of Illinois-based volunteers.
Alright, Ohio was the runaway winner in your guess about what it will all come down to tonight - with Florida #2. Virginia far behind in #3. We'll come back to that.
From CNN's Rachel Streitfeld: Asked by reporters what it’s been like to campaign with Ryan, Romney said on his campaign plane: “Oh, it’s fun to be with Paul.”
“It’s too bad that we have to divide to be able to hit all of the places we want to go to. Likewise with Ann. She’s off on her own day after day. But being with Paul is a real plus. I think we both enjoyed that a great deal.”
Romney has exited his plane in Boston, Mass., and his motorcade is enroute to the hotel at the convention center where his supporters will watch election returns tonight.
Top cities searching for Obama/Mitt today, per Google- Obama: Madison, Cincy, West Palm, Columbus. Romney: Cincy, Columbus, Miami, Milwaukee
More from Romney on his final campaign fight:
Asked if he would get a new dog if elected president, the GOP nominee said one of the benefits of winning "would be to get another Weimaraner."
Obama got his two daughters a new dog when he was elected president -- the Portuguese Water Dog named Bo.
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6:15 p.m. ET and I'm at my station for #CNNElections coverage. I hope I'm not still sitting here in 12 hours
CNN reports on early exits show deeply divided nation -- some good signs for O, a few for R. NB: early exits often wrong. #CNNElections