WASHINGTON (AP) -- The polls are starting to close in the eastern United States, and President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney each have an early victory.
As expected, Obama was the winner in Vermont, with three electoral votes, while Romney captured Kentucky's eight electoral votes.
Vermont voters also re-elected Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Still to come are the returns from the handful of states, including Ohio, Florida and Virginia, where Obama and Romney have concentrated their efforts in recent weeks.
Romney has gotten an early head start winning South Carolina, West Virginia, Indiana, and Kentucky, adding up to a total of 33 electoral votes.
Obama won Indiana in 2008. Winning Vermont gives him 3 electoral votes.