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Election Day: Many races still in doubt

Democrats gather at the Radisson Hotel for their watch party Democrats gather at the Radisson Hotel for their watch party

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - From the race for President down the WTC building referendum, many of today's races are still too close to call.

Given the large turnout today at the polls-some 70-80% depending on location-results are slowly coming in.

One race that was decided was a referendum question in the Town of Shelby where voters were asked to approve an extra $200,000 levy increase.  The measure was turned down by a vote of 1522-1366.

Other races weren't so clear.  The building referendum for Western Technical College has swung back and forth all evening long.

The biggest race, the one for President, has been a see-saw battle with both President Obama winning some states and Mitt Romney taking others.  As of 10pm, the electoral college map had President Obama down by one vote to Mitt Romney, 174-173.

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The polls are officially closed in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Party faithful are now gathering around the area to celebrate their victories or to endure their defeat.

Ballot totals will now go to county clerks and auditors for counting.

We'll have the results as they come in.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The spokesman for the state board that oversees elections says there have so far been no major issues.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Government Accountability Board spokesman Reid Magney says there have been occasional voting equipment malfunctions, which are being addressed. But he says those are minor issues and things have gone relatively smoothly.

He says they are hearing of long lines in some places, but nothing extraordinary.

The Government Accountability Board has predicted nearly 70% of eligible voters will cast a ballot in Wisconsin.

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - So far, the election seems to be going smoothly according to those who went to the polls this morning.

Comments posted to the WXOW Facebook page indicated that most people who went to polling places in either Wisconsin or Minnesota were in and out quickly.  The few that had to wait in line said the lines moved quickly.

Around the region, voters in one precinct in Duluth had to write in a candidate's name after outdated ballots were delivered.  The city clerk says the problem was quickly fixed with the delivery of the correctly printed ones.

We'll have more throughout the day on election turnout here on wxow.com as well as live coverage from an area polling place on Live at Five and the 6pm Report.

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -  The months of rallies, campaign stops and controversial ads are finally over.

It's Election Day in Wisconsin and across the nation.

Spending records were shattered all in an effort to get the state's 4.35 million eligible voters to vote for a particular candidate or issue.  

The Government Accountability Board expects that slightly more than 3 million of those eligible have already voted or will cast a ballot today.

The polls in Wisconsin open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Wisconsin voters heading to the polls will be choosing a president, U.S. senator, their representatives in the House, state legislators, and deciding several referendums.

In the presidential race, President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney are seeking to win battleground Wisconsin's coveted 10 electoral votes.

Area voters must also decide whether to support a nearly $80 million expansion of Western Technical College.  The La Crosse School District is also asking voters to approve building a new school on the northside.

Read more about some of the other key races that accompany this story.

Weather forecasters are predicting a dreary Election Day. The National Weather Service says voters should expect rain and 40 degree temperatures across much of Wisconsin on Tuesday. 

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