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Nov 6, 2012

Voters to render verdict in close White House race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney face the verdict of voters on Tuesday after a long and bitter White House campaign, with polls showing them deadlocked in a race that will be decided in a handful of states where it is extraordinarily close.

At least 120 million Americans are expected to vote on giving Obama a second term or replacing him with Romney. Their decision will set the country’s course for four years on spending, taxes, healthcare and foreign policy challenges like the rise of China and Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Nov 6, 2012

U.S. voters to render verdict in close White House race

WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and
Republican challenger Mitt Romney face the verdict of U.S.
voters on Tuesday after a long and bitter White House campaign,
with polls showing them deadlocked in a race that will be
decided in a handful of states where it is extraordinarily
close.

At least 120 million Americans are expected to vote on
giving Obama a second term or replacing him with Romney. Their
decision will set the country’s course for four years on
spending, taxes, healthcare and foreign policy challenges like
the rise of China and Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Nov 5, 2012

In a close U.S. election, first clues to winner could come early

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The close election battle between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney might take a while to resolve, but Americans following the returns could see clues to the ultimate winner emerge early on Tuesday night.

One of the most crucial battlegrounds, Virginia, is among the first states to end its voting, at 7 p.m. EST on Tuesday. The most vital prize of all, Ohio, closes its balloting shortly afterward at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Nov 5, 2012

Obama, Romney sprint to unpredictable campaign finish

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney make a frenetic dash to a series of crucial swing states on Monday, delivering their final arguments to voters on the last day of an extraordinarily close race for the White House.

After a long, bitter and expensive campaign, national polls show Obama and Romney are essentially deadlocked ahead of Tuesday’s election, although Obama has a slight advantage in the eight or nine battleground states that will decide the winner.

Nov 5, 2012

Obama, Romney to make their final case on last day of race

WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and
Republican challenger Mitt Romney make a frenetic dash to a
series of crucial swing states on Monday, delivering their final
arguments to voters on the last day of an extraordinarily close
race for the White House.

After a long, bitter and expensive campaign, national polls
show Obama and Romney are essentially deadlocked ahead of
Tuesday’s election, although Obama has a slight advantage in the
eight or nine battleground states that will decide the winner.

Oct 30, 2012

Sandy complicates final stretch of tense U.S. presidential race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A tense and unpredictable race for the White House became even more so on Monday, as mammoth storm Sandy created delicate political challenges for President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney and raised the possibility of a chaotic voting process.

As the deadly storm barreled ashore on the paralyzed East Coast, the presidential campaign went into what amounted to a deep freeze just when Obama and Romney had planned to launch their final push for votes in the November 6 election.

Oct 29, 2012

U.S. presidential race is all about Ohio – or is it?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With one week left in the tight battle for the White House, it’s all about the vital swing state of Ohio. Unless it’s about Colorado – or Iowa, or tiny New Hampshire.

Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney both have clear paths to the 270 electoral votes needed for victory – and they don’t all go through Ohio, the state that both sides have long viewed as key to capturing the White House.

Oct 29, 2012

Analysis: U.S. presidential race is all about Ohio – or is it?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With one week left in the tight battle for the White House, it’s all about the vital swing state of Ohio. Unless it’s about Colorado – or Iowa, or tiny New Hampshire.

Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney both have clear paths to the 270 electoral votes needed for victory – and they don’t all go through Ohio, the state that both sides have long viewed as key to capturing the White House.

Oct 23, 2012

In foreign policy debate, Romney and Obama get domestic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It was billed as a debate on foreign policy, but that did not stop Democratic President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, from sparring repeatedly on issues that polls indicate are more important to voters: the economy and jobs.

After two contentious debates that helped to reshape the battle for the White House, the final encounter between Obama and Romney featured few actual differences on foreign policy.

Oct 23, 2012

Analysis: In foreign policy debate, Romney and Obama get domestic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It was billed as a debate on foreign policy, but that did not stop Democratic President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, from sparring repeatedly on issues that polls indicate are more important to voters: the economy and jobs.

After two contentious debates that helped to reshape the battle for the White House, the final encounter between Obama and Romney featured few actual differences on foreign policy.

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      "John Whitesides has covered U.S. politics, elections and Congress for 13 years, based in Washington. He joined Reuters in Asia, where he worked as an editor and correspondent in Hong Kong."
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