Few Surprises So Far

Few surprises so far in state victories

Polls are closed in more than two dozen states -- but the race for president is still wide open. President Bush has won several southern states, while Kerry has taken Illinois and several Democratic strongholds in the Northeast. The race is still too close to call in the major battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. Those three states have a combined 68 electoral votes, one-fourth of the amount needed to win. Republicans and Democrats are also battling tonight for control of the Senate in a string of races concentrated in the South and West. So far, the parties have swapped seats in Georgia and Illinois, where rising Democratic political star Barack Obama has won easily. Obama will become the only black senator in the new Congress.