NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – As voters across the Tri-State Area continue to cast their ballots, all eyes remain on the swing states that will likely determine the outcome of the Presidential race between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

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Ohio and Florida have been closely watched by political observers, but experts said the first critical battleground state to watch this Election Day is Virginia.

Polls closed in the purple state at 7 p.m. but officials caution results will take time to be announced.

In the presidential race, an estimated one million commercials aired in nine battleground states where the rival camps agreed the election was most likely to be settled – Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada.

They accounted for 110 of the 270 electoral votes needed for victory, and they drew repeated appearances by the 51-year-old president and Romney, 65.

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