Charles Dharapak, Associated Press
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney visits a campaign call center in Green Tree, Pa., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Romney wins North Dakota.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has defeated President Barack Obama in North Dakota.

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Romney continues Republicans' long presidential winning streak. Only three Democratic presidential candidates have carried North Dakota since statehood. The last one was Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Obama got almost 45 percent of the vote and won 13 North Dakota counties four years ago. It was the best Democratic presidential showing in North Dakota since 1976.

But Obama largely wrote off the state this time around. Neither the president nor Romney campaigned in North Dakota.

Tuesday's victory gives Romney three electoral votes. A minimum of 270 electoral votes is needed to win.