UPDATE-3: Fox News: Romney wins in Georgia

ATLANTA — Georgia voters on Tuesday picked former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president, an expected outcome in reliably red state Georgia, Fox News reported.

According to the Secretary of State’s office, Romney held a 2-1 lead over Obama by about 8 p.m.

Georgia has been a consistent state for Republicans, and neither candidate campaigned heavily in the Peach State. Bill Clinton is the last Democrat to win Georgia when he knocked off President Bush 1992 on his way to the White House.

Georgia has 16 electoral votes.

In other early action, Fox News also projected Romney to win in South Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Oklahoma. The news also network predicted Obama would win in Vermont, Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, the District of Columbia and at least three of the four electoral votes in Maine.

Several other states, including Virginia, Florida and Ohio remained too close to call.

In other contests on the state ballot, Georgia voters were to decide on a pair of amendments to the state’s constitution, including a question as to whether the state should be allowed to approve charter school requests.

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