WASHINGTON- Americans started to vote in a presidential election on
Tuesday with polls showing US President Barack Obama and Republican
challenger Mitt Romney neck-and-neck in a race that will be decided in a
handful of states.
Polling stations opened across the eastern
United States and parts of the Midwest as dawn broke. At least 120
million Americans were expected to vote on giving Obama a second term or
replacing him with Romney.
As Americans headed to voting booths, campaign
teams for both candidates worked feverishly at the last minute to
mobilize supporters to cast their ballots. Polls will begin to
close in Indiana and Kentucky at 6 p.m. EST (2300 GMT) on Tuesday, with
voting ending across the country over the next six hours.
presidential contest is now likely to be determined by voter turnout -
specifically, what combination of Republicans, Democrats, white,
minority, young, old and independent voters shows up at polling