Here is how you can figure out who will win the U.S. Presidential Election tonight. Easily.
The first election results will be coming in at 4:00 PM SLT.
Each state votes as one block in the electoral college. The U.S.A. does not have a popular vote for President.
Here is a quick guide:
Florida: If Florida (my state) votes for President Obama (it is close), he wins the election. Romney cannot win without Florida period. President Obama can still win without Florida.
Ohio. If Ohio votes for President Obama, there is a 95% chance he will win the election. Romney needs Ohio to pull together a win. If he loses here, the election is over.
Now, if Romney wins both Ohio and Florida he is still not assured of the election. But watch Virginia. If Romney wins Ohio, Florida, and Virginia he will probably win. If President Obama wins Virginia but loses Florida and Ohio it is a long evening.
All three states will close early in the evening.