Regional: A state-by-state look at Tuesday’s election

(AP) – A state by state look at key races and measures on the ballot on Tuesday. The number of electoral votes is in parenthesis.
 
Connecticut (7) – Safely Obama’s. Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy has slight advantage in close race with Linda McMahon for open Senate seat. 
 
Maine (4) – Obama favored for state, but Republicans talk of winning one electoral vote. Former Gov. Angus King, an independent, favored to win with Democrats’ backing over both major party candidates. 
 
Massachusetts (11) – Obama wins the state where Romney was governor. Republican Sen. Scott Brown faces very tough challenge from Elizabeth Warren in race that cost more than $65 million.

New Hampshire (4) – New England battleground, where Romney sets election eve rally. A pair of rematches in state’s House seats, and open governor’s office.
 
New Jersey (14) – Obama’s, even before glowing praise from Republican Gov. Christie. Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez safe. 
 
New York (29) – Big for Obama. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand coasting to new term. Dems target GOP Reps. Nan Hayworth, Ann Marie Buerkle and Chris Gibson after redistricting. Republicans go after Rep. Kathy Hochul. 
 
Rhode Island (4) – Obama’s with ease. Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse coasting to second term, but Rep. David Cicilline faces strong challenge.

Vermont (3) – Obama territory. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders coasting, and Dem. Gov. Peter Shumlin, too.
 

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