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Obama with John Kerry in 2008

David Usborne: Urgent work to avert the 'fiscal cliff' as key figures from first term get ready to leave President's team

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US President Barack Obama waves at supporters following his victory speech

Barack Obama emerged early yesterday from the mincing machine of the presidential election, bruised but politically intact

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An Obama rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on the last day of the President’s election campaign
The president vowed to reduce the deficit, reform taxation and fix the immigration system
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A poll for the Pew Research Center holds a 48% to 45% lead over Romney among likely voters.
Experts predict photo-finish in one of the closest elections in American history
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Barack Obama in Capitol Square in the swing state of New Hampshire
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We're in the final stretch of the Presidential race, and the heat is on

Rupert Cornwell: This campaign has been long, uninspiring and negative, but it is still anyone's to win

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Barack Obama speaks at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, yesterday before heading to Las Vegas

David Usborne: 'Insurance' stop in state that was safe four years ago – but now looks tight

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Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos during ABC's election night coverage

Voices, John Rentoul: Journalists are excited by social media, but most voters still rely on TV for their news

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Lessons for the Republican candidate from previous election losers

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Barack Obama supporters cheer the news of the president's apparent re-election during his election night rally in Chicago

Amol Rajan: An underwhelming victory and a weak mandate for Obama.

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Barack Obama in Capitol Square in the swing state of New Hampshire

James Moore: In his second term, Obama needs an economy that works for all.

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Ben Chu: What a re-elected Obama should do about the looming fiscal cliff.
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A reveller awaits results at the US Embassy in London during the traditional election night party

James Cusick: As the results started to come in, the audience whooped and washed Big Macs down with bubbly

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Mitt Romney and his wife Ann pose for the cameras before voting in Boston, Massachusetts

Guy Adams: Republican challenger's path to the White House narrows - but his supporters maintain that a late surge would win him the day

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Amol Rajan: The rise and rise of the Hispanic vote - and what it means for both parties.
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Cass Sunstein: My long-time colleague and friend always focused on policy, not politics.
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They haven't had much of an impact yet - but there could be surprises in store

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Talking shop: Barack Obama connecting with voters in Ohio yesterday
The language of the American presidential election is as highly flavoured as the frenetic final countdown to the poll
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British leaders of all hues are united in their disquiet that Mitt Romney could win on Tuesday
Steve Richards' Westminster View
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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced he will vote for Barack Obama in the Presidential elections
At last, Americans are talking about climate change again. Why did it take so long?
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Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohamed Morsi celebrating his victory in Tahrir Square yesterday
Whichever of Obama or Romney wins next week, US dealings with the Arab world will change forever
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Both of the candidates will be mildly satisfied with their performance
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President's weaknesses still very apparent

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Get the point? Romney and Obama in the second presidential debate

Neither candidate scored the clear victory Tuesday night that Mitt Romney racked up in the first presidential debate 13 days ago. But this is life. And in life, there are winners and losers

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The universal panning he received will have stung Mr Obama’s pride

Rupert Cornwell: The universal panning he received will have stung Mr Obama's pride

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Time to shine: Paul Ryan, right, with Mitt Romney on the campaign trail in Virginia last week

Rupert Cornwell: Vice-presidential debates can be a springboard to the top job

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Victory for Barack Obama

Obama picks up split Flordia

The last state in the 2012 presidential race has been called, with Florida going narrowly to President Obama.

Power games: Obama must try to reach a compromise with the Republican-led House

A shot at glory: President Obama's second chance

He can use the next four years to tackle some of the US's worst problems – if only the Republicans will let him

'I was a tiny part of something that really mattered'

As a political anorak, I've always been fascinated by the American electoral system and, since I had to visit Los Angeles anyway, I thought I'd book my trip to coincide with the most important election in the world.

It's over: A Republican waits to hear his party's fate

The Republican Party: The death of America’s angry white man

If the GOP wants to win next time, its leaders need to wrest power from the Tea Party fringe and embrace the changes in the US

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No votes, no fuss. How China chose the man who will be the most powerful in the world

The new leader was never in doubt. But, says Mary Dejevsky, the change matters hugely

Middle Eastern snakes exceed ladders for the US

Obama wasn't challenged over America's plans in Syria and Iran in the election. But conflicts in the region could proliferate in his second term

Obama wins Florida and tops Romney in final election tally

President Barack Obama was declared the winner of Florida's 29 electoral votes today, ending a four-day count with a razor-thin margin that narrowly avoided an automatic recount that would have brought back memories of the 2000 election.

Obama's new term priorities: tax the rich and avoid 'fiscal cliff'

First speech after election triumph calls on Congress to take action

Michael Tubbs is one of the youngest elected officials in the United States

Student, 22, backed by Oprah and MC Hammer wins council election

A bankrupt city recently dubbed the "most miserable" place in America is back in the news for all the right reasons, after a 22-year-old student succeeded in a celebrity-backed campaign to win election to the local council.

Barack Obama’s campaign relied more on micro-marketing than on his oratorical gifts

The inside story of the US election – and Barack Obama’s victorious strategy

He almost squandered his lead with a bewildering performance in his first debate with Romney

Mitt Romney: Concedes defeat in the presidential election campaign

Republican leaders start election post-mortem

Top Republican officials, stunned by the extent of their election losses Tuesday night, have begun an exhaustive review to figure out what went so wrong and how to fix it.

One woman's determination to vote caught the imagination of America

For those wondering about dogged voter Domonique Williams...

Stop worrying. Domonique made it.

Hillary Clinton is the clear favourite for the Democrats' Presidential nomination in 2016

As the party winds down, all bets are on Hillary for 2016

The first person to receive a telephone call from the newly re-elected Barack Obama was Bill Clinton, who had worked himself hoarse on the campaign trail in support of the first Democrat to hold the White House since he did. In 2016, it could be another Clinton on the phone.

Obama with John Kerry in 2008

Barack Obama prepares to build bridges – but first he needs new allies to help him do it

Urgent work to avert the 'fiscal cliff' as key figures from first term get ready to leave President's team

Mitt Romney with Stuart Stevens, one of his senior advisers, during the campaign

After the battle, the wake: inquest and a drink for reeling Romneyites

Critics are suggesting Romney's campaign foundered at the hands of amateurs

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