OHIO VALLEY — Both the Associated Press and NBC News are projecting President Barack Obama to win the battleground state of Ohio in Tuesday’s election.
NBC News was also projecting Obama to win re-election. As of press time, the Associated Press had not projected a winner in the Presidential race.
Despite claiming victory in Ohio, Obama did not receive the support of voters in the tri-county region.
Republican candidate Mitt Romney received approximately 58 percent of the vote in Meigs and Mason counties.
In Meigs County, Romney collected 5,782 votes to 3,911 for President Barack Obama.
Romney received 6,962 votes in Gallia County (61.8 percent), with Obama receiving 4,038 votes (35.8 percent).
In Mason County, Romney took a 5,706 to 3,738 advantage over Obama.
Other candidates on the ballot in Ohio or West Virginia were Stewart Alexander, Richard Duncan, Virgil Goode, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, and Randall Terry.
Romney was projected to win the state of West Virginia by national media outlets early in night.
No Republican has won the White House without Ohio. The last president elected despite losing Ohio was Democrat John F. Kennedy in 1960.
Unofficial Meigs County Election Results
President: Stewart Alexander (Soc.), 12; Richard Duncan (Una.), 65; Virgil Goode (CST), 34; Gary Johnson (Lib.), 108; Barack Obama (D), 3,911; Mitt Romney (R), 5,782; Jill Stein (Green), 67; Write In, 30.
Unofficial Gallia County Election Results
President: Stewart Alexander (Soc.), 8; Richard Duncan (Una.), 64; Virgil Goode (CST), 46; Gary Johnson (Lib.), 73; Barack Obama (D), 4,038; Mitt Romney (R), 6,962; Jill Stein (Green), 55; Write In, 21. (approximately 1,000 absentee ballots remaining)
Unofficial Mason County Election Results
President: Randall Terry (NP), 93; Gary Johnson (Lib.), 99; Barack Obama (D), 3,738; Mitt Romney (R), 5,706; Jill Stein (Mountain), 77; Write In, 38.