THE PACE INCREASES

Associated Press

Calls from some big states coming in at this hour — including a Mitt Romney victory in hotly contested North Carolina (15 electoral votes) and an unsurprising Barack Obama win in California (55 electoral votes).

Others called by the AP:

— Obama takes Washington state (12 electoral votes).

— Obama takes his home state of Hawaii (4 electoral votes).

— Romney takes Idaho (also 4).

—Obama wins Minnesota (10 votes).

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EDITOR'S NOTE — Election Watch shows you Election Day 2012 through the eyes of Associated Press journalists. Follow them on Twitter where available with the handles listed after each item.

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