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  • Images: Front pages from around the world Nov 7, 2012 11:29 AM
    Front pages of newspapers from around the world reflect the results of Tuesday's election. Some went to press before President Barack Obama was declared the victor. All front pages are courtesy of the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

  • Itís a 50-50 nation, give or take Nov 7, 2012 12:33 PM
    The election laid bare a dual — and dueling — nation, politically speaking, jaggedly split down the middle on the presidency and torn over much else. It seems you can please only half of the people nearly all of the time. Slender percentages separated winner and loser from battleground to battleground, and people in exit polls said yea and nay in roughly equal measure to some of the big issues of the day.

  • How Obama victory could affect areas of US economy Nov 7, 2012 1:54 PM
    America's decision to re-elect President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney will affect important elements of the U.S. economy and financial system — from the health care law to the overhaul of financial rules.

  • Best rally in decade may slow as Obama faces Congress on taxes Nov 7, 2012 5:22 AM
    Stock and bond investors enjoying the biggest advance in more than a decade under Barack Obama may see the momentum fade as the rallies age and the president confronts Congress over spending cuts and taxes. Obama will preserve interest-rate policy at the Federal Reserve, according experts.

  • The economy Obama faces: Slow but gaining steadily Nov 7, 2012 6:11 AM
    Some reward. Here's the assignment President Barack Obama has won with his re-election: Improve an economy burdened by high unemployment, stagnant pay, a European financial crisis, slowing global growth and U.S. companies still too anxious to expand much.

  • Re-elected, Obama heads back to divided government Nov 7, 2012 9:24 PM
    One day after a bruising, mixed-verdict election, President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner both pledged Wednesday to seek a compromise to avert looming spending cuts and tax increases that threaten to plunge the economy back into recession. Added Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. "Of course" an agreement is possible.

  • Analysis: Both sides see mandate, hard road ahead Nov 7, 2012 7:07 AM
    President Barack Obama's re-election, coupled with Republicans' continued hold on the House, gives both parties a chance to rethink, and perhaps undo, the bitter partisanship that has gripped Washington for four years and frustrated Americans who see big problems going unsolved. It won't be easy. Both sides claim, with some justification, a mandate from the voters.

  • Whatís next with the Electoral College? Nov 7, 2012 7:07 AM
    Americans already know who their next president is, but the formal process for picking a president extends beyond Election Day. While the Electoral College has the ultimate say in choosing Democrat Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney, the exercise is largely academic.

  • Who hit the polls: Younger voters, minorities Nov 7, 2012 7:07 AM
    Barack Obama and Mitt Romney made sharply different bets about who would vote this year. Younger voters and minorities came to the polls at levels not far off from the historic coalition Obama assembled in 2008. The reality caught off-guard Republicans who banked on a more monolithic voting body sending them to the White House — and who had based their polling on that assumption.

  • Turnout shaping up to be lower than 2008 Nov 7, 2012 7:07 AM
    A drop in voter turnout in Tuesday's election didn't keep President Barack Obama from winning a second term in the White House. Preliminary figures suggest fewer people voted this year than four years ago, when voters shattered turnout records as they elected Obama to his first term.

  • The mood at McCormick Place: Jubilation, relief Nov 7, 2012 9:04 AM
    Tuesday night's rally for several thousand of President Obama's invited guests and volunteers packed into a steel-and-concrete hall of Chicago's massive McCormick Place starts out in a nerve-racked hesitation while supporters wait for results in a race at first too tight to call. It ends with a jubilation tinged by relief.

  • Obama: 'We can seize this future together' Nov 7, 2012 9:25 PM
    President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and winning four more years in office despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions. “This happened because of you. Thank you” Obama tweeted to supporters as he celebrated four more years in the White House.

  • Obama barely misses repeating 2008 suburban sweep Nov 7, 2012 12:30 AM
    President Barack Obama, winning his home state of Illinois on his way to a national victory, got help from all but one of the suburban counties that backed him four years ago. Suburban Cook County delivered strong for Obama, giving him more than 64 percent of the vote with most precincts reporting, and he took Lake County with about 54 percent of the vote. Obama also narrowly carried Will, DuPage and Kane counties, but McHenry County turned out for Romney.

  • Obama, Romney conclude Election Eve campaigning Nov 6, 2012 1:55 AM
    President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made last-minute pleas for votes Monday, employing their last vestiges of energy, celebrity boosters and plenty of jet fuel to encourage every supporter and the few remaining undecideds to tip the 2012 election in their favor.

  • Exit poll shows economy still the top concern Nov 6, 2012 5:03 PM
    Preliminary results of an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press show that the presidential election hinges once again on the economy. The survey of voters as they leave polling places Tuesday shows 6 in 10 voters say the economy is the top issue facing the nation, with unemployment and rising prices hitting voters hard.

  • Obama, Romney stay busy ahead of vote tally Nov 6, 2012 3:06 PM
    After many months of grueling campaigning, the waiting stage of the presidential sweepstakes is near as both parties worked furiously to boost turnout and get supporters to the polls. But learning whether President Barack Obama or challenger Mitt Romney would cross that magic 270 electoral-vote finish line wasnít an easy wait for either side. Both portray the race as tantalizingly close. An admittedly restless Romney and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan squeezed in some last-minute Election Day campaigning, Obama did interviews and played basketball, Vice President Joe Biden teased about a future political career and Ryan was able to vote for himself ó twice. Romney and Ryan voted in Massachusetts and Wisconsin, respectively, then engaged in some quick campaigning. Both went to Cleveland and Romney was stumping solo in Pittsburgh and Ryan going alone to Richmond, Va. ďI canít imagine an election being won or lost by, letís say, a few hundred votes and you spent your day sitting around,Ē Romney told Richmond radio station WRVA. Not to be outdone in critical swing-state Ohio, Biden also sneaked in a Cleveland stop on his way to Chicago to link up with Obama. The Obamas, who voted last month, will await returns in Chicago. But the president first did radio and satellite TV interviews, visited a campaign office to call voters and was playing pickup basketball with friends and staffers. ďNo time for naps,Ē said White House senior adviser David Plouffe. Biden voted in Delaware. Asked by reporters if it was the last time he expected to vote for himself, Biden grinned and said: ďNo, I donít think so.Ē Biden hasnít said if he will run for president in 2016, but hasnít closed the door either. Ryan had an opportunity the others didnít. Heís also seeking re-election to the House, so his name appeared on the ballot twice.

  • Poll problems cropping up in spots around U.S. Nov 6, 2012 11:43 AM
    Sporadic problems were reported Tuesday at polling places around the country, including a confrontation in Pennsylvania involving Republican inspectors over access to some polls and a last-minute court fight in Ohio over election software. One Florida elections office mistakenly told voters in robocalls the election was on Wednesday.

  • Voters in NY, NJ not deterred by stormís effects Nov 6, 2012 9:01 AM
    Election Day turnout was heavy Tuesday in several storm-ravaged areas in New York and New Jersey, with many voters expressing relief and even elation at being able to vote at all, considering the devastation.

  • First Election Day votes cast in New Hampshire favor Obama Nov 6, 2012 1:10 AM
    Residents of two tiny villages in northern New Hampshire headed to the polls at midnight, casting the first Election Day votes in the nation. President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney each had 5 votes in Dixville Notch. In Hart's Location, Obama had won with 23 votes, Romney received 9 and Libertarian Gary Johnson received 1 vote.

  • Last-minute stops as Romney ends White House quest Nov 6, 2012 10:12 AM
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's years-long quest for the presidency is ending with a last-minute round of campaigning in one state he's showered with attention and another he's largely ignored. After he cast his vote near his Boston-area home, Romney was visiting Cleveland and Pittsburgh on Tuesday, betting an eleventh-hour appeal to working-class voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania will help him defeat President Barack Obama.

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