Mitt Romney has won Alabama’s nine electoral votes, according to the Associated Press. That was no surprise: No Democratic presidential candidate has won the state in more than three decades.
Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D) held onto her party’s sole House seat, the Associated Press has projected. Sewell, the first African American woman to serve in Congress from Alabama, defeated Republican businessman Don Chamberlain in a rematch of the 2010 7th District contest.
The state’s six Republican incumbents also held onto their seats, according to the AP.
Mitt Romney, to the surprise of few, was listed by the Associated Press early Wednesday as the winner of the state’s three electoral votes. The inevitability of a Romney victory seemed assured by history: Of all Democrats who ran for president since Alaska became a state in 1959, only Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964, carried the state.
As expected, Republican Rep. Don Young retained the state’s only seat in the House. Comparing the funds raised by him and his opponent indicated that his return to the House was a virtual certainty. He raised almost $1 million compared with the $14,000 reported by his opponent.
Romney won Arizona, according to a projection by The Washington Post. (The Associated Press put Romney’s lead at 55.6 percent to Obama’s 42.9 percent with 72 percent of precincts reporting.) Four years ago, the Obama campaign had largely ignored the Grand Canyon state because it was Sen. John McCain’s home. But this year it believed that Arizona’s surging Latino population, combined with a strong Democratic nominee for Senate, would put the state’s 11 electoral votes in play. Still, since 1952, Arizona has gone with the GOP candidate in every presidential election except 1996 — and, even then, Bill Clinton won the state with only 46.5 percent of the vote.
The open-seat race to succeed retiring Sen. Jon Kyl (R) was one of this year’s unexpectedly close contests, with Rep. Jeff Flake, a six-term GOP congressman topping Democrat Richard Carmona, according to a projection by The Post. Democrats had hoped that Carmona, who was surgeon general under President George W. Bush, would be able to ride to victory on a wave of support from Latinos and independents. But Rep. Flake worked hard to link Carmona to Obama, who remains unpopular in the state.
Matt Salmon (R), as expected, sailed to victory over Democrat Spencer Morgan in the race to succeed Flake in the 5th District, according to the AP. Salmon thus regained a congressional seat he first won in 1994 and left in 2000, to honor a campaign pledge not to serve more than three terms.
With 86 percent of precincts reporting, Republican Jonathan Paton was ahead of Ann Kirkpatrick (D) in the open 1st District, who was seeking to reclaim the congressional seat she held for one term and lost in 2010.
In the newly drawn 2nd District, Rep. Ron Barber (D), who was an aide to former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and was among those wounded in last year’s shootings in Tucson, was locked in a close race with Republican challenger Martha McSally with 82 percent of the precincts reporting.
With 97 percent of the precincts reporting in the new 9th District, the race between former state senator Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Vernon Parker was tight, with Sinema leading by just over 2,000 votes.
Mitt Romney was expected to cruise to victory here and he did, according to the Associated Press.
Republicans gained a House seat here with the victory of Tom Cotton over state Sen. Gene Jeffress (D) in the largely rural 4th District.
The seat is being vacated by Rep. Mike Ross (D), who decided not to run for reelection after redistricting left him facing a more conservative electorate.
Cotton, a Harvard Law School graduate and Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran, is seen as star material by fellow Republicans. He was dubbed “future Congressman Awesome” by the Daily Caller, a conservative news Web site.
The AP also projected reelection for the state’s three Republican incumbents, painting Arkansas a solid red.
President Obama won the state of California, taking 53 percent of the vote to Romney’s 45 percent, according to the Associated Press. The victory, which delivers 55 electoral votes to Obama, and was never in doubt for the president.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) easily won reelection for a fourth full term in office. The 20-year Senate veteran seemed confident of a win all along, refusing to debate Republican challenger Elizabeth Emken, a former executive of a nonprofit.