Updated at 7:45 pm EST
As the first polls have started closing. the first read on exit polling in the presidential election nationally is reconfirming what everyone knew heading into this campaign:
As expected, Republican Mitt Romney has carried Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia and South Carolina, several networks have projected, and Obama has carried Vermont — with an early count of 33 electoral votes for Romney and 3 for Obama.
Sixty percent of those who voted today say the economy is the most important issue, as CNN has reported.
Asked who is better for handling the economy, 51 percent said Romney, 47 percent Obama.
Asked about the most important quality in a candidate, 29 percent said a vision for the future, 28 percent someone who shares their values, 20 percent a strong leader.
And on the question of who’s more in touch with people like them: 52 percent said Obama, 44 percent Romney.