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.

VIRGINIA (13 electoral votes)

Although historically a “red” state, Virginia—and its 13 electoral votes—flipped blue for Obama in 2008, the first time the state went to a Democratic candidate since 1964. However, the state currently has a Republican governor and is home to several large military bases, which may carry Romney over the edge. Romney holds a narrow 0.5-1 percent lead in Virginia and a double-digit lead among military families, polling data show. Polls close at 7 p.m. Eastern.


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