Mitt Romney casts ballot in US election

AFP , Tuesday 6 Nov 2012

Republican Mitt Romney casts ballot in Massachusetts before heading to Ohio, Pennsylvania for last attempts at rallying votes

U.S. Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney addresses the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, California, September 17, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney cast his ballot Tuesday in the US elections with his wife Ann before heading to Ohio and Pennsylvania for one last push to get out the vote.

The Romneys voted at the Beech Street Center in the town of Belmont, Massachusetts, the community center where they voted in the Republican primary in March.

Romney, who served for four years as governor of Massachusetts, a Democrat-leaning state, were greeted by a crowd outside the building as they entered, some bearing signs in support of President Barack Obama.

A pro-Romney sign read: "Mitt and Ann enjoy your new White House."

The Romneys picked up voting materials and walked over to a row of voting booths in the room, cast their ballots side by side, then inserted their sheets into a ballot collection box, a process that took about three minutes in all.

Asked who he voted for, Romney said, "I think you know," adding that he felt "very, very good" about his election prospects against Obama.

The two candidates are going to the wire on election day, with most polls showing the Democratic incumbent with a slight edge in the key battleground states where voters will likely to decide the election outcome.

Among them is Ohio, perhaps the nation's ultimate battleground, where Obama holds a slight lead.

When a reporter asked Romney how he felt about Ohio -- his first stop Tuesday on a last-minute trip to thank volunteers and help get out the vote -- he responded, "Yeah, I feel great about Ohio."

Romney will return from Ohio and Pennsylvania early Tuesday evening shortly before the first polling stations close, and will host a watch party in Boston where he and his team will watch the election results come in.

Obama, who will watch the results in Chicago, cast his ballot late last month in his home state of Illinois, becoming the first US president to vote before election day, as he highlighted a push for early voting in battleground states in a bid to boost turnout.

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