Early Virginia exits: Racial makeup identical to ’08

Early exit polling from Virginia is out. The highlights:

* Party ID is +4 Democrats, was +6 Democrats in 2008. President Obama is losing independents to Mitt Romney; they were split evenly in 2008. 

* The racial makeup almost identical to 2008  --  seven in 10 voters are white, 21 percent are African American and 4 percent are Hispanic.

* The white evangelical vote is down. 

* Obama is losing men; he won them in 2008. 

Again, take all of this with a big grain of salt, as these numbers are preliminary and likely to change. 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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