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Obama wins Pennsylvania

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Barack Obama has defeated Republican challenger Mitt Romney in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania.

The victory in Pennsylvania, one of the top prizes in the race for the White House, gives Obama 20 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win.

Democrats have won the past five presidential elections in Pennsylvania and independent polls consistently showed Obama leading in the state, but the gap grew much closer during the final month of the campaign.

Romney staged an 11th-hour push to cut into Obama's support with a barrage of television ads and visits to suburban Philadelphia on Sunday and Pittsburgh on Monday. Running mate Paul Ryan made a campaign stop at a private terminal at Harrisburg International Airport on Saturday.

No Democrat has won the White House without Pennsylvania in 64 years.

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