By Michael Oleaga / m.oleaga@latinospost.com (staff@latinospost.com) | First Posted: Nov 08, 2012 01:06 PM EST

President Barack Obama, making a phone call to a volunteer as he visits a campaign field office in Chicago, is projected to be ahead in early results in Ohio as of 8 p.m. Tuesday night on Election Night. (Photo : Reuters)

The swing states ultimately help decide if President Barack Obama or Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was elected to the commander-in-chief position on Tuesday.

The 11-swing state all went to President Obama in 2008, but come 2012, the president kept nine of them. Obama lost North Carolina to Romney and the state of Florida has still not confirmed their votes, although all signs lead to an Obama victory.

According to Real Clear Politics (RCP), the 11 swing states are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin, in total providing 146 Electoral College votes.

By the end of the night on Nov. 6, Obama won 102 of the swing state Electoral votes, excluding Florida's 29 Electoral votes, and Romney's 15 Electoral votes from North Carolina.

Despite the victories for Obama, the margin of victory is less compared to his 2008 totals.

Colorado: 9 Electoral College Votes

2008: Obama - 53.7 percent, McCain - 44.7 percent (margin of victory: 9-percent)

2012: Obama - 51.2 percent, Romney - 46.5 percent (margin of victory: 4.7 percent)

Iowa: 6 Electoral College Votes 

2008: Obama - 53.7 percent, McCain - 44.7 percent (margin of victory: 9.5 percent)

2012: Obama - 52.1 percent, Romney - 46.5 percent (margin of victory: 5.6 percent)

Michigan: 16 Electoral College Votes 

2008: Obama - 53.7 percent, McCain - 44.4 percent (margin of victory: 9.5 percent)

2012: Obama - 53.8 percent, Romney - 45.5 percent (margin of victory: 4.7 percent)

Nevada: 6 Electoral College Votes

2008: Obama - 55.2 percent, McCain - 42.7 percent (margin of victory: 12.5 percent)

2012: Obama - 52.3 percent, Romney - 45.7 percent (margin of victory: 6.6 percent)

New Hampshire: 4 Electoral College Votes

2008: Obama - 54.1 percent, McCain - 44.5 percent (margin of victory: 9.6 percent)

2012: Obama - 52.2 percent, Romney - 46.4 percent (margin of victory: 5.8 percent)

Ohio: 18 Electoral College Votes

2008: Obama - 51.5 percent, McCain - 46.9 percent (margin of victory: 4.6 percent)

2012: Obama - 50.1 percent, Romney - 48.2 percent (margin of victory: 1.9 percent)

Pennsylvania: 20 Electoral College Votes

2008: Obama - 54.5 percent, McCain - 44.2 percent (margin of victory: 10.3 percent)

2012: Obama - 52.0 percent, Romney - 46.8 percent (margin of victory: 5.2 percent)

Virginia: 13 Electoral College Votes

2008: Obama - 52.6 percent, McCain - 46.3 percent (margin of victory: 6.3 percent)

2012: Obama - 50.8 percent, McCain - 47.8 percent (margin of victory: 3.0 percent)

Wisconsin: 10 Electoral College Votes

2008: Obama - 56.2 percent, McCain - 42.3 percent (margin of victory: 13.9 percent)

2012: Obama - 52.8 percent, Romney - 46.1 percent (margin of victory: 6.7 percent)

As for Florida, although polls have closed, voted are still being counted and verified. Currently, Obama is leading the vote count with 49.9 percent to Romney's 49.3 percent, a difference of 0.6 percent, according to Real Clear Politics. Back in 2008, Obama won with a difference of 2.8 percent when he received 51 percent to McCain's 48.2 percent.

In the end, and again without Florida, Obama total Electoral vote count stands at 303 to Romney's 206 votes. With Florida's 29 votes likely going to Obama, it could give Obama the final count of 332 votes to Romney's 206.

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