Obama sweeps the Northeast, Wins Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire

ABC News reports as the polls close on the East Coast, Barack Obama is sweeping through Northeast states and is projected to win Pennsylvania, a battleground state that John McCain saw as a potential key to winning the election.

Besides winning Pennsylvania, Obama is projected to take New Hampshire, another state where McCain campaigned in closing days in the hopes of victory.

Other states projected to be in Obama's column according to exit polls are Vermont, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Washington D.C., Delaware and Illinois. Maine was projected to award three of its four electoral votes to Obama.

McCain is projected to win Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina and Oklahoma, Arkansas and Alabama.

Obama's projected victory in Pennsylvania, which has 21 electoral votes, was a blow to McCain's White House hopes. While it was carried by Democrat John Kerry in 2004, McCain had hoped to turn it into a red state.

"We're going to win Pennsylvania tomorrow and I'm going to be the president of the United States," McCain said at a rally Monday. "Pennsylvania will do it, and Pittsburgh will be the important area."

There is still not enough information to project a winner in the battleground state of Virginia and Indiana.

Virginia has become a key to both candidates' strategies, with Obama having outgunned McCain in the ground-game fight for the state.

Early exit polls found that Virginians were contacted more frequently by Obama campaign workers and believed that McCain unfairly attacked his Democratic rival.

Fifty-one percent of Virginia voters said they were personally contacted by an Obama campaign worker, versus 37 percent who were contacted by the McCain campaign.

Some 69 percent of voters in that state said McCain unfairly attacked Obama, versus 46 percent who thought Obama unfairly attacked McCain. In the final weeks of the campaign, McCain made negative attacks a mainstay of his race, going after Obama on his relationships and questioning his judgment.

The economy is nationally the overwhelming issue for voters casting their ballots in today's historic presidential election, according to early exit polls.