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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
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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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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.

Obama won in Wisconsin on his way back to the White House

Same day registration and younger voters key to Obama victory in Wisconsin

President Obama won heavily contested Wisconsin, a swing state that was blanketed by both campaigns in the closing days of the race.

Victory for Barack Obama

Obama's victory starts with strong ground game, ends with perfect storm

In early spring, President Barack Obama's veteran campaign staff in Chicago confronted the question that would ultimately determine the presidency: how to run against Mitt Romney?

Video: Obama's victory speech - 'The best is yet to come'

President Barack Obama, flanked by his smiling wife Michelle and their daughters Malia and Sasha, strode to a lectern at his campaign headquarters in Chicago, Illinois to the upbeat strains of Stevie Wonder's song, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann walk off the stage after Romney conceded the race during his election night rally

Video: Romney's concession speech - 'Nation is at critical point'

Saying that he left “everything on the field,” an exhausted Mitt Romney conceded defeat to Barack Obama in the early hours of this morning, calling for an end to the “partisan bickering” that has endured to the bitter end of this election battle.

People celebrate in front of the White House with a cardboard cut-out of the President

In pictures: US election night gallery

The world watches with interest as Americans vote for their next President. Current Democrat President Barack Obama faces a challenge from Republican Governor Mitt Romney. The campaign trail has been long-winded and difficult for both parties, and particularly trying for voters in swing states like Ohio and Virginia. But that all ends in a matter of hours.

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

The Disunited States of America: why Obama's pitiful mandate is bad news for the American people

An extremely negative campaign has entrenched divisions and animosity. The President's chances of achieving desperately needed bipartisan reform are remote

Barack Obama and former President, George W Bush

US Election Diary: Obama takes a leaf from Dubya's book

Barack Obama's final speech contained a veiled nod to his predecessor. "You know me," he said. "You may not agree with every decision I've made. But you know what I believe. You know where I stand." Eight years ago, one President George W Bush declared in his final speech: "Americans have seen how I do my job. Even when you might not agree with me, you know what I believe, you know where I stand." Political soothsayers are now wondering if the "Dubya" quote represents an end-of-term prank by Obama's speechwriters, or a deliberate ploy. Bush, after all, was a two-term president.

New Hampshire: Voting takes 43 secs and the winner is... no one

If the US election race could be summed up by a single American town it would tiny Dixville Notch in New Hampshire, which became the first to announce its results yesterday – a tie.

A reveller awaits results at the US Embassy in London during the traditional election night party

US Embassy's election night party is hottest ticket in London town

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

Electronic voting machine selects Romney even when you choose Obama

It’s hard to believe yesterday’s presidential election is taking place in America when you consider the embarrassing glitches in the voting systems of some American swing states.

Never mind Obama, can the House of Congress avert a fiscal catastrophe in the coming weeks?

America's political elite have shown precious little appetite for bipartisan negotiation over the past four years. Yet the looming fiscal cliff demands urgent co-operation

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

Defiant Romney keeps celebratory apple juice on ice

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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