8 Electoral States to Watch

Breaking down the battlegrounds for tonight's election returns, many believe these eight states will decide whether Barack Obama will win a second term in the White House or Mitt Romney becomes the nation's 45th president. For how the election will affect the property/casualty market, click here. [Images: Thinkstock]

This story originally appeared on Employee Benefit Advisor.

FLORIDA (29 electoral votes)

Perhaps best known for bringing the term “hanging chad” into the national lexicon, the Sunshine State carried George W. Bush to victory in 2000 by a razor-thin margin of 537 votes following a lengthy statewide recount. The state has been an electoral prize ever since, and although President Obama cached Florida’s 29 electoral votes in 2008, recent polling has former Gov. Romney up by about 1 percent. Polls close at 8 p.m. Eastern.


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