Presidential race still tight

By Tyler Davis

The presidential race is very close in the key battleground states of Florida and Virginia.

The polls in Virginia officially closed at 7 p.m. Eastern Time, but anyone still in line will be allowed to vote, which could delay the states results for a few hours, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

“We don’t know if [the election] will be as close as 2000,” said Gerry Kern, editor in chief of The Chicago Tribune, on the newspapers online election video stream. “We are prepared for that.

The Chicago Tribune infamously published the headline “Dewey Defeats Truman” in 1948, only to be embarrassed by Harry Truman’s surprise victory. Clearly, newspapers around the country will be hesitant to declare a winner preemptively in such a close race.

As of 8:10 p.m., Obama leads Romney in Florida by less than 20,000 votes.