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Jan 2, 2013

Bigger fights loom after U.S. ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and
congressional Republicans looked ahead on Wednesday toward the
next round of even bigger budget fights after reaching a
hard-fought “fiscal cliff” deal that narrowly averted
potentially devastating tax hikes and spending cuts.

The agreement, approved late on Tuesday by the
Republican-led House of Representatives after a bitter political
struggle, was a victory for Obama, who had won re-election on a
promise to address budget woes in part by raising taxes on the
wealthiest Americans.

Nov 7, 2012

Emboldened Obama seeks to overcome stubborn challenges

WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Emboldened by a resounding
election victory, President Barack Obama immediately pledged to
reach across America’s political divide and seek deals on
stubborn issues that dogged his first term.

Obama scored a clear win over Republican challenger Mitt
Romney in Tuesday’s vote, overcoming deep doubts among voters
about his handling of the weak U.S. economy.

Nov 7, 2012

White House race goes down to the wire

WASHINGTON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – A neck-and-neck White House
race reached a frantic conclusion on Tuesday as voters chose
between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt
Romney in a decision that will set the course for two starkly
different visions for the country.

After a long and bitter presidential campaign, Americans
cast their votes at polling stations across the country. At
least 120 million people were expected to render judgment on
whether to give Obama a second term or replace him with Romney.

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.

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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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