US President Barack Obama was projected to win the home state of his Republican rival Mitt Romney, according to broadcast reports Tuesday.
Obama had a commanding lead in the eastern state, where Romney once served as governor from 2003-07. But the state, which offers 11 electoral votes, has for decades voted solidly Democratic.
Obama was also holding on to his home state Illinois, which has 20 electoral votes. To win the White House, a candidate needs to capture 270 electoral votes that are assigned to states according to their populations.
Romney's headquarters are in Boston, Massachusetts, where according to CNN, which cited campaign officials, he has prepared a victory speech of more than 1,000 words.