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Many Races Too Close To Call

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Several key races across Florida are still up in the air more than two hours after the polls have closed across the state.

The presidential campaign is simply too close to call with both President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at roughly 50 percent of the vote. The separation between the two candidates is roughly 0.25 percent would trigger an automatic hand recount.

Elsewhere, several Congressional representatives are cruising to victory including: Alcee Hastings in District 20; Ted Deutch in District 21; Debbie Wasserman Schultz in District 23; Mario Diaz-Balart in District 25; and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in District 27.

In Congressional District 26, Joe Garcia looks like he will pull out a victory over embattled Congressman David Rivera. Garcia leads Rivera by about 20,000 votes, 53-42 as of 9:30 p.m.

Locally, a potential upset is brewing in Broward County. With 574 of 778 precincts reporting, Sheriff Al Lamberti is losing to Democrat Scott Israel by a 54-45 percent margin in the race for Broward County Sheriff.

Very few, if any, of the state Constitutional amendments are being approved as of 9:45 p.m., according to state polls.

Calls on elections in Florida may last long into the morning as voters are still in line waiting to cast their ballots as of 9:45 p.m.

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