Wednesday morning, unofficial totals in the race for the White House showed Democrat President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took a significant lead over Republican challengers Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in Tuesday's election.

While Texas and Somervell County overwhelmingly favored the Republican party as did a number of states in the nation, battleground states with a significant number of electoral votes tilted the race.

Prior to 9 p.m., the race appeared too close to call but the incumbents' ability to a rally a significant gain in electoral votes - 303 to Romney's 206 - added up to another four-year term for Obama and Biden.

They gained a little more than 50 percent of the popular vote, compared to the just more than 48 percent garnered by their challengers, according to Wednesday reports.

Battleground states

The eight battle ground states - 95 Electoral College votes - were named days prior to the election. The states - Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin - were all carried by Obama in 2008.

On Wednesday, as information on the key states continued to trickle in, voters still favoring the current administration, according to various national media outlets.

Florida showed election results were still being processed, but Obama was leading 50 to 49 percent. Obama has been called the winner in Virginia, with 51 percent of the vote.

Political Analyst Scott Rasmussen said last week Romney would have to win the two states and if Obama won either, he would secure the election.

Even with if he proved victorious in Florida and Virginia, Rasmussen said Romney would have to tale the lead in Ohio or Wisconsin to remain in the game. He reportedly was not able to capture either of the two.

Ohio's 18 Electoral College votes was what it took to push Obama past the sought after 270 mark.al" to see returns on state and federal races on Somervell County ballots.

Also on the federal level, the Democrats are projected to maintain control of the U.S. Senate. The race was called by the Associated Press with the balance of power barely favoring the Democrats at 51to 45 percent.

The AP also said the GOP retained control of the House of Representatives, where the balance is 218. The race was called with Republicans garnering 232 votes versus the democrats 191. 

See the associated document "Tuesday, Nov. 6 election results" to see returns on state and federal races on Somervell County ballots.