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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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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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An Ocean County voter in Toms River, New Jersey, carries her completed ballot in an envelope, in a special early mail voting arrangement to allow citizens of the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy to vote in person on short notice in the US national and local election.

Concerns raised over New Jersey's e-mail and fax ballots

Experts on voting security and computer technology warned Monday that New Jersey's plan to allow residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy to cast ballots by e-mail could be easily undermined by hacking or other forms of fraud.

America decides: Voting takes place today (Tuesday)

On election eve, Obama has a slim lead in polls

President Barack Obama held a slim advantage in national and battleground polls going into Election Day as the candidates made their last mad dashes across swing-state America and their campaigns braced for a day of intense battle — and the legal fights that may follow.

Obama: Returning to Iowa

Obama returns to Iowa for end of campaign

The end, for President Barack Obama, came in Iowa.

Mitt Romney: Decision time looms

Romney to close campaign with election day stops in Ohio and Pennsylvania

Mitt Romney struck a valedictory note Monday as he rallied supporters at back-to-back events in the crucial state of Virginia — but with two more election-eve rallies to go, in addition to two newly added Election Day events in Ohio and Pennsylvania, the GOP presidential nominee still had miles to go before his 17-month campaign journey ends.

As you were: Will the status quo remain in Congress after the election?

US Congress math favours status quo after election

After a barrage of advertising as both parties sought control of Congress's two chambers, today's election is likely to confirm the status quo: the Republicans keep the House and Democrats narrowly control the Senate.

Barack Obama with his wife Michelle

Obama scents victory in US election – but has he done enough?

Encouraging polls for President Obama on his last ever day campaigning. David Usborne reports in Madison, Wisconsin

The Redskins Rule: if the Washington Redskins win their last game before the election, the incumbent or his party wins

Never mind the polls: it's baseball that tells you who'll win

Tired of all those psephologists who, after machine-gunning you with figures for half an hour, say they still aren't sure whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney's going to win? Let's turn to some of the quicker, if less scientific predictors of the result. Alas, in 2012 they're as mixed up as the pros.

From left: Olivia Fahey, 19, Student, votes in Wisconsin; Jamie Klingler, 34, Publishing manager, Pennsylvania; Michael Rasmuss en, 55, Cybercrime prevention specialist, Oregon; Toby Hatchett, 61, Freelance journalist, New Hampshire; José Hernández-Lagunes, 36, University employee, Illinois

What the voters say: the 2012 US Election panel decides

For the past few months, selected voters of all persuasions have been sharing their reactions to the campaign with us. Now they reveal how they are planning to vote

The world's most extravagant presidential race reaches its climax

Rupert Cornwell introduces our pull-out companion for insomniac UK viewers

Take a drink of the colour of the state. Red or blue?

US Election night: get ready for the greatest political show on earth

We may not get to vote, but Brits can still enjoy the show, argues Will Dean

Romney insists victory is his 'destiny' as he begins final push

Mitt Romney spent the eve of the election completing a frantic dash across four swing states that could still provide him with a narrow path to the White House, insisting to supporters that America is "one day away from a new beginning, one day from a fresh start."

Barack Obama - Cleveland, 14 June

Ohio's floating voters get ready to make their decisive swing

For both candidates, the road to the White House goes through the Buckeye State – and it's still in play. Nikhil Kumar reports

US Election Diary: Alabama goes off with a bang; Media race for right results; Joker Jones hangs Obama effigy

Alabama Republicans plan to hold their election night party at a gun range. The idea being that participants can shoot a few rounds as returns come in. Naturally. The Republican Party is inviting supporters to the Hoover Tactical Firearms for a "victory party". Loaded guns will be allowed only on the firing range, and drinking won't be allowed while people are shooting.

US Election Analysis: Polls on a knife edge – but Obama in front as zero hour approaches

The only numbers that really matter are from the campaign’s own polls in the swing states

A poll for the Pew Research Center holds a 48% to 45% lead over Romney among likely voters.

Barack Obama gets poll boost from handling of Superstorm Sandy as US presidential election campaign enters frenetic final days

Experts predict photo-finish in one of the closest elections in American history

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