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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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US election: The prize Obama really wanted – a trending award

From top TwitPic action by Potus to the very best showbiz sulks, here's our pick of the race that was

Barack Obama has nothing to lose, says Simon Schama

Barack Obama has “nothing to lose” following his re-election as US president and it is now in his hands to build on his victory, a leading historian and broadcaster said.

Mitt Romney's got millions of dollars and an empty diary. What might he do next?

Ultimately, the margin of error was comprehensive. What should the defeated presidential challenger do now? A review of History offers some helpful hints

Reality bites for Benjamin Netanyahu after he threw his solid support behind Mitt Romney

Israeli President Shimon Peres and other moderate leaders hailed Mr Obama’s re-election but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu awoke to a double shock.

Obama's #fourmoreyears tweet became the most retweetd of all time.

Obama's victory tweet 'four more years' makes history

The US president tweeted a picture of himself hugging his wife Michelle that went instantly viral

Why Florida is missing from the results map

The US election results map has a gap: the state that would have been one of the most important if the result had been closer - the swing state of Florida.

An Obama rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on the last day of the President’s election campaign

Obama wins four more years as Romney challenge is crushed

America’s women, young and minorities back President – and he heralds victory via Twitter

Maryland voters approve gay marriage

Maryland voters approved same-sex marriage yesterday while similar measures in Maine and Washington state also appeared on track to pass, marking the first time marriage rights have been extended to same-sex couples by popular vote.

US election special: Maitlis wins the iPad battle! Alistair Stewart looks lonely! And Russia Today...

In this election morning special, our Questionable Time correspondent reviews the TV coverage of the US election from the relative safety of his sofa

Voting in the presidential election wasn't without its problems

Voting problems reported in several states

Americans went to the polls by the tens of millions Tuesday, and although most voted without incident, balloting in several states was hindered by long waits, legal disputes and lingering damage from Hurricane Sandy.

US President Barack Obama celebrates on stage with his daughters Sasha (2nd L) and Malia (R) and his wife Michelle

Overseas support for Obama endures, but mood shifts

Four years ago, the world exalted in the election of America's first black president, seeing in Barack Obama an affirmation of the American dream and the prospect of dramatic possibility after eight years under George W. Bush.

Arien Parham, 29, left, a paralegal who lives in Washington, and her mother, Vanessa Cayton, a social worker from Chandler, Ariz., visit the Martin Luther King Memorial the day before the election. President Barack Obama's re-election has provided what many blacks say will surely deepen his legacy: irrefutable evidence that his presidency is hardly a historical fluke.

'The beginning of a new era in America'

President Barack Obama's re-election — in a ferocious campaign dotted by charges of racial anger and minority-voter suppression — has provided what many blacks say will surely deepen his legacy: irrefutable evidence that his presidency is hardly a historical fluke as he has now won two national campaigns with overwhelming white support.

Romney's belief in himself never wavered

Mitt Romney ended his Election Day sprint believing that, in the end, he waged the campaign he always wanted.

Voters celebrate Obama's victory

Early voting boost helps Obama win Iowa

Barack Obama finished his 2012 campaign in Iowa, the state that helped launch his 2008 presidential bid by giving him a primary win over Hillary Rodham Clinton. And on Tuesday night, Iowa once again helped put Obama over the top.

Voting under way in Ohio

Auto industry bailout key to Obama's win in Ohio

Even before voting ended in Ohio on Tuesday night, the presidential campaigns had teams of lawyers standing by, ready to do battle over the counting of ballots in the most hotly contested state in the election.

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