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Barack Obama’s campaign relied more on micro-marketing than on his oratorical gifts
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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
Evidence may mount that, politically, Hurricane Sandy came in the nick of time for Barack Obama
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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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After four hard years, Black America remains loyal to its President

Turnout of African Americans remains key to Obama's chances

US Election Diary: Dunham, the agent of Satan, bites back

The modish writer/actress Lena Dunham's recent pro-Obama campaign advert, which likened voting to losing your virginity ("your first time shouldn't be with a conservative"), was respectfully ignored by the right-wingers. Only joking! They went bananas, calling her, among other things a "vile pervert" and an agent of "Satan". Dunham has responded via Twitter: "It tickles me to no end that while my Twitter feed was blowing up with conservative hate, I was literally hanging out in a pile of bisexuals." That's them told.

Bill Clinton speaking at a rally for Obama in Florida yesterday

Clinton rolls back the years to give Obama shelter from the storm

President elects to cancel joint appearance in crucial swing state of Florida

Why Wall Street is starving Obama of funds

The big money men are riled by what they see as banker bashing from the President and have switched to his rival Romney, says Nikhil Kumar

You can support Obama with jewellery too

Showing their allegiance: Barack Obama bling

Forget political rosettes, badges reading “Don't blame me, I voted Labour” or Conservative T-shirts (dress shirts?). The US's cool Democrat kids have far hipper ways to show their allegiance. 

US Election Diary: Romney's campaign gets a face lift

Mitt Romney has already lifted one American out of poverty. Eric Hartsburg, from Indiana, recently used eBay to sell "tattooing rights" to his face. A wealthy Republican paid $15,000 (£9,300) for Mr Romney's campaign logo to be inked on his right temple. "I don't mind," the (Romney-supporting) Mr Hartsburg told reporters. "It's something I believe in." Let's hope he feels the same way in 20 years.

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Mohamed Morsi celebrating his victory in Tahrir Square yesterday

Regardless of whether Obama or Romney wins, America's relations with the Arab World will change

The Long View: Every reader of this article will be dead or of old age before the Arab "revolution" is complete. Palestinians are the only ones not to benefit from it

Barack Obama heads to church in Washington yesterday with his daughters Malia, right, and Sasha, and their godmother, Kaye Wilson

Presidential rivals dig in to prevent campaigns being blown off course

Hurricane Sandy forces candidates to reschedule events in a knife-edge state

Hurrican Sandy could disrupt campaigning

Presidential candidates alter campaign plans as storm approaches

President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney held dueling rallies along the Eastern Seaboard on Saturday, but both of their campaigns were scrambling to make schedule changes to avoid Hurricane Sandy just 10 days before voters head to the polls.

Rallying cry: Barack Obama back in Denver last week, in less triumphant mood than four years' ago

Obama 2012: A campaign of no hope

The President is paying the price for negativity and a lack of vision

Colin Powell only endorsed Barack Obama because he is black, says Mitt Romney's aide

A senior aide to Mitt Romney has played the race card for the first time in the presidential campaign as new polling reveals that it is the most racially polarised election in more than two decades.

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are neck and neck as election day approaches

Stop calling this number! Why the US is sick of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

As the campaign for the presidency enters its final furlong, the voters are becoming inured to the constant appeals for votes – but with so much at stake, they show no sign of drying up

US Election Diary: TV star and electoral virgin makes voting sexy

Barack Obama called Mitt Romney a bulls****er and Joe Biden asked parents of a slain Marine when it was that their son acquired billiard balls for testicles.

Barack Obama gives rival Mitt Romney mountain to climb for Hispanic vote

The President still holds sway over a key demographic

US Election Diary: A political debate of epic proportions

If you thought the White House was the biggest thing at stake in November's election, think again: the Grand Canyon is up for grabs. A measure placed on the 6 November ballot by the Arizona Legislature would see the state declare sovereignty over the natural wonder, currently managed by federal administrators. The question is whether Americans should trust Arizonans with such a precious bounty. Remember: these are the people who auctioned off their State Capitol in 2009.

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