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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

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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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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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Third party candidates mean there's more to this election than Romney or Obama

They haven't made an impact yet - but might still cause an upset in this election

Four-year-old Abigael Evans was reduced to tears by all the election campaigning

Video: Toddler who’s had enough of ‘Bronco Bama’ goes viral

A video of a young girl crying over the US election presidential election has gone viral after her mother posted it on YouTube. 

Witch doctor in Obama's ancestral village makes his prediction

A witch doctor in Barack Obama's ancestral village has predicted a win for the local boy.

US Election: Your questions answered

Eight questions about the presidential election

Your US election questions answered

The election campaign draws to a close

In Virginia, a mix of elation and exhaustion

The motorcades have made his daughter late for work and left him stuck on the highway for half an hour. The TV ads — well, don't get him started about the TV ads. Still, John Valentine brims with pride every time he sees his hometown skyline on the national news after another presidential candidate has come to town.

Volunteers spend the afternoon helping by unloading and organizing emergency supplies near Midland Beach as New York recovers from Hurricane Sandy

Election takes backseat for many storm-hit voters

As the rest of the nation frets about a nail-biter of a presidential race, this city and its surroundings are still wracked by the effects of Hurricane Sandy nearly a week after its landfall.

President Obama: Attacked for his support of same-sex marriage

Black preacher spreads the word... against Barack Obama

Shortly before noon on Sunday, most of the swaying and singing had subsided at the Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the Rev. Patrick Wooden began his sermon

US Election Diary: Obama corners the Paddy Power vote

This may seem like a risky gamble, but Paddy Power called the race three days ahead of time yesterday, saying it was paying out £400,000 to punters who had put their cash on Obama. Swing-state polling suggested this could yet prove a bit hasty, but for the biggest betting shop in Europe it is small money for the publicity. "Romney gave it a good shot and is doing well in the popular vote, but we suspect he's had his moment in the sun and is likely to be remembered more for his legendary gaffes than presidential potential," it said.

Deb Vaughn, an undecided voter from Iowa

The woman Obama and Romney would both love to meet

Guy Adams meets Deb Vaughn, an undecided voter from Iowa

Katy Perry at an Obama event in Milwaukee, left, and Kid Rock campaigns for the Romney camp

Katy for Barack, Kid Rock for Mitt... The stars take sides

Philip Rucker and David Nakamura on the celebrity endorsements

Legal advisers have been dispatched to the swing states that are likely to decide the election in echoes of the 2000 Florida race

Legal arms race begins as both sides prepare to do battle in court

Battalions of lawyers are readying for legal challenges in battleground states after Tuesday's election, fearing a replay of the nightmare, razor-close 2000 contest in Florida between Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W Bush, who emerged victorious as President only after a Supreme Court decision.

Weinstein 're-edited film' to give Obama starring role

A film about the US assault on Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound was at the centre of a brewing political row last night, with claims of partisan bias in Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden.

The Obama I know

My long-time colleague and friend always focused on policy, not politics. President Barack Obama is a good man in a crisis and a great leader for better times

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters during a campaign rally at the Hy Vee Center in Des Moines, Iowa

Obama and Romney make 'closing arguments' as candidates prepare for frenetic final campaign drive

It was Sunday morning, so they started with a prayer, along with a re-worked version of the hymn Amazing Grace by a country music band. In a way, that set the stage perfectly for the arrival of Mitt Romney, a candidate whose whose final hours on the campaign trail revolve around a big leap of faith.

Kelly Coleman shares a house with two other students in Columbia, Missouri

Four years later: The tale of two Obama supporters

They were two of the first people to arrive, drawn to Grant Park not so much by politics as by the magnetism of a moment.

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