New York: The first polls have closed and first projected results are in, as a ground-breaking US presidential election nears its climax.
As expected, Kentucky fell to John McCain and Vermont to Barack Obama.
Voters have been turning out in huge numbers. Mr McCain has vowed to defy opinion polls suggesting Mr Obama will be the first black US president.
Experts have their eyes on Virginia and Indiana, saying if they go for Mr Obama, he could be heading for victory.
They are among six states where polls were due to close at 0000 GMT. The others are Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Vermont. Three others closed at 0030 GMT.
Several key states are reporting a heavy turnout. A total of 130 million Americans are expected to vote.
If that figure is confirmed, turnout will be higher than for any election since 1960.