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Obama wins easily in Oregon

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

As expected, President Barack Obama claimed victory in Oregon on Tuesday.

Early results showed Obama holding a 12 point lead.

"He's rolling up a huge margin in Multnomah County, just as he did in 2008," FOX 12 political analyst Tim Hibbitts said.

In 2008, Obama defeated John McCain by 16 percentage points. His apparent win this year appears to be coming at a lesser margin.

As in other parts of the country, enthusiasm for Obama has lessened in Oregon because some voters feel like he hasn't lived up to his promises of hope and change and because of the struggling economy.

In an exit poll by The Associated Press, about a quarter of voters in Oregon said they are better off today compared to four years ago when President Barack Obama was elected. About one-third said they're worse off.

Oregon voters didn't wait until the last minute to settle on a presidential candidate. More than 7 in 10 voters said they decided before September.

Copyright 2012 KPTV (Meredith Corporation.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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