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First speech after election triumph calls on Congress to take action to avert the looming “fiscal cliff”
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Barack Obama’s campaign relied more on micro-marketing than on his oratorical gifts
He almost squandered his lead with a bewildering performance in his first debate with Mitt Romney
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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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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.

Obama v Romney: The battle is almost over

Presidential campaign sends prominent backers to swing States

On the final weekend of their deadlocked campaign, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney called forth every supporter they could muster to gain any possible edge they could find.

Is someone lying? The election campaign has seen some memorable distortions of the truth

Meet the most Egregious Distortions of the presidential race

It's hard to believe this nasty and brutish presidential campaign is coming to an end. Here are some of the lowlights of the 2012 campaign:

American will decide on Tuesday, November 6

Campaigns make final push in Virginia, Maryland

Democrat Timothy Kaine and Republican George Allen sprinted toward the end of a hard-fought Senate campaign in Virginia on Saturday, while coalitions for and against ballot measures that could dramatically affect the lives of Marylanders made their final pitches to voters.

Barack Obama in Capitol Square in the swing state of New Hampshire

Like 2008, the US election is all about hope... but this time Obama isn't preaching it, he's relying on it

Evidence may mount that, politically, Hurricane Sandy came in the nick of time for Barack Obama, writes David Usborne in Concord, New Hampshire

Talking shop: Barack Obama connecting with voters in Ohio yesterday

The boondoggling race to the White House

The language of the American presidential election is as highly flavoured as the frenetic final countdown to the polls. Susie Dent unravels the terminology

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are competing for the job of President

What would happen if Obama and Romney tied?

The rules of the electoral college could turn that outcome into political chaos

New Jersey destruction

Damaged cities get ready for election

Five days after Superstorm Sandy struck America's east coast, an extraordinary joint effort by federal and state organisations and private industry was straining to get the region back into a fit condition to hold an election.

We're in the final stretch of the Presidential race, and the heat is on

America decides: With just 48 hours to go, the ground war begins

This campaign has been long, uninspiring and negative, but it is still anyone's to win

Stilted: Despite an all-star cast and a carefully choreographed event, Romney’s chances look slim

Super-size Romney rally makes final bid for Ohio

Candidate woos fiercely fought state, but polls are against him

An election race that hinges on the state of America’s economy was dominated by the release of new employment figures yesterday which allowed both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to lay a final claim to the eagerly contested mantle of job-creator-in-chief

Payroll figures give Mitt Romney last chance to make his pitch

But mixed messages from vital figures also hand Barack Obama a way to defend his record

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced he will vote for Barack Obama in the Presidential elections

Barack Obama: Climate change we can believe in? Michael Bloomberg backs 'green' President

It took a hurricane – but for first time in the race for the White House, the environment became an issue, with an interrogation of the President's record last night.

Barack Obama in Kenya with his relatives

Barack Obama: Mood is subdued in Kenya as villagers pray for the return of their most famous son

In other parts of the world, the excitement of four years ago is minimal – except in China, where elections are unheard of

How America’s music stars are voting with their voices this election

A pop star's endorsement is still a valuable commodity in the US presidential race –but this time around the artists aren't so enthusiastic. Chris Mugan asks why they went quiet

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