The Re-Election of Barack Obama

By Bloomberg Photos - 2012-11-07T10:16:37Z

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Romney Votes

For Romney, a win would mark one of the few times that a challenger heading a party regarded less favorably than the one holding the White House has prevailed -- and a triumph over Electoral College math that has shown a slim edge for Obama in recent days.

With the hours ticking down until polls close, Romney scheduled last-minute visits to Ohio and Pennsylvania today after voting in Boston, in a final effort to shake loose enough votes to put him over the top.

"The same course we're on isn't going to lead to a better destination," Romney told supporters at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, yesterday. "Unless we change course, we may also be looking at another recession."

Left, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, prepares to cast his ballot at Beech Street Center in Belmont, Massachusetts.