Exit Poll: Romney Dominates Among Whites in Virginia
Polls have closed in the battleground state of Virginia, and the race is tight: Mitt Romney leads among men 53 percent to 45 percent in the early CBS News exit poll, while President Obama leads among women 53 percent to 46 percent. Women are 53 percent of the electorate in this early exit poll, while men are 47 percent of the electorate.
There is a large racial divide among voters. White voters - who are 70 percent of the electorate - are breaking 64 percent to 35 percent for Romney. That includes white women, who support Romney 61 percent to 39 percent. Black voters, who make up 20 percent of the electorate, overwhelmingly favor Mr. Obama: 94 percent to six percent.
There was also a large gap when it comes to age. Mr. Obama led by 16 percentage points among voters age 18-24, by 25 points among voters age 25-29, and by 14 points among voters age 30-39. Romney led by two points among voters 40-49, by nine points among voters 50-64, and by 14 points among voters 65 and older. Voters 50-64 were the largest of these groups, making up 31 percent of the electorate.
Virginians making under $50,000 break for the president 61 percent to 38 percent; those making $100,000 or more support Romney 55 percent to 43 percent. Romney also has a 9 point lead among those making between $50,000 and $100,000.
Those who have served in the military favor Romney 55 percent to 44 percent; the candidates are split 50-50 among Virginians who attend religious services weekly. Women without children favor Mr. Obama by 10 percentage points; women with children favor Romney by seven points.
These are early exit poll numbers and do not reflect the final exit poll.