US Presidential Election 2012

The United States' 57th quadrennial presidential election took place in November 2012. Incumbent President and Democrat Barack Obama won election and is running for a second term. His major challenger was former Massachusetts Governor, Republican Mitt Romney. From January to June, Americans voted in nationwide state level primaries and caucuses, which serveed the purpose of selecting party representatives of states to be sent for the party convention. The key issues in this race for the White House were social issues including the state of the economy, abortion and contraception, gay marriage, and immigration.

Romney recalls the 'ups-and-downs' in his first post-defeat interview

Romney speaks in his interview with Fox. Photo: Reuters

In his first interview since losing his 2012 White House bid, Mitt Romney likened his experience as a presidential candidate to an unpredictable and bumpy roller-coaster ride.

Monday, 4 March, 2013, 5:13am

Stop insulting voters, senior Republicans urge party

Bobby Jindal

The US Republican Party needs to stop insulting voters and broaden its appeal, say some of its leading figures following the re-election of Democratic President Barack Obama thanks to overwhelming support from Hispanics, blacks and single women.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

New Year in November (Reprise)

US President Barack Obama waves at supporters following his victory speech on election night November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: AFP

Four years ago, I wrote an article titled New Year in November about Barack Obama’s historic victory. That’s what it felt like – a new beginning, a rebirth – even to a blogger half the world away.

19 Nov 2012 - 5:35pm

With power shift half done, who's in charge of China?

Xi Jinping and Hu Jintao

Xi Jinping has been anointed China's most powerful man, as head of the Communist Party and the military, but Hu Jintao is still the country's president until March. So who is calling the shots until then?

17 Nov 2012 - 8:12am 4 comments

The Week Explained: Polls and Share Prices

Shares drop an average of 1 per cent after a Democratic win. Photo: Reuters

Demoralised Republicans had one piece of good news as results poured in confirming a second term in office for US President Barack Obama. They said before the election that a win for Obama would be bad for the stock market and, indeed, share prices tumbled, sending the S&P 500 index below the 13,000 mark. The market then perked up, but has slumped again.

19 Nov 2012 - 1:54am

C.Y. Leung should see hope in city's under-represented moderates

Leung Chun-ying should appeal to moderates who can see two sides of an argument.

I recently read a shocking quote from a top member of Mitt Romney's team in the US presidential election: "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers." He admitted that his team would aim to mislead voters; after all, the rival Barack Obama camp had done the same.

16 Nov 2012 - 2:20am

How they see it - US President Barack Obama's re-election

Barack Obama was re-elected as US President.

1. China Daily

11 Nov 2012 - 2:51am

Right Field: When politics and sports clash

Todd Coffey has tweeted repeatedly about losing his freedom of speech and succumbing to a communist overthrow under Obama.

It is, after all, the United States of America. And as far as the states part goes, be they electoral colleges or educational colleges, America is very much state driven. But united? Not this week and very likely not any week in the near future. The US presidential election laid bare a particularly fractious country and the world of sports was hardly exempt.

11 Nov 2012 - 4:09am

Big Dog Bill Clinton proves he still has plenty of bite

Illustration: Craig Stephens

After his stunning re-election victory, US President Barack Obama's first phone call went to the one man who, by dint of passion and eloquence, did more than anyone else to pull him over the top - Bill Clinton.

The charismatic former president wasn't on stage with Obama early on Wednesday in Chicago, and wasn't even mentioned in the president's victory speech.

11 Nov 2012 - 6:38am

Mitt Romney's money men lick their wounds in wake of election

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson was the top spender. Photo: Reuters

At the private air terminal at Logan Airport in Boston early on Wednesday, men in unwrinkled suits sank into plush leather chairs as they waited to board Gulfstream jets, trading consolations over Mitt Romney's loss.

10 Nov 2012 - 3:00am

White House aside, the world is Mitt Romney's oyster

Mitt Romney is now a restless chief executive with no organisation to run. Photo: AFP

They predict he will write a book, convinced that the daily diary he kept on the campaign trail would make for a compelling read.

They speculate that he will return to the corridors of finance, where his reputation as a savvy chief executive and investor remains unblemished.

10 Nov 2012 - 3:00am

Florida Democrats declare Barack Obama has won state

Florida's Democratic Party has finally declared victory for US President Barack Obama in the closely divided battleground state, as he clung to a narrow but apparently insurmountable lead in the glacially slow count of votes from Tuesday's election.

10 Nov 2012 - 3:00am

The algorithm of life is a powerful thing

Barack Obama (centre) with supporting celebrities Jay-Z (left) and Bruce Springsteen at a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio.

My wife thinks George Clooney has universal appeal. But according to the data-mining quants who helped propel Barack Obama back into the White House, the liberal film star and Obama supporter is most attractive to women aged between 40 and 49 on the west coast of the United States.

10 Nov 2012 - 12:55am 1 comment

Obama's agenda abroad

Obama, like second-term presidents before him who faced deadlock on issues at home, could turn his focus outwards. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama's victory over Mitt Romney is a landmark moment in US politics. He is only the second Democratic president to win re-election since Franklin Roosevelt in 1936, doing so despite sluggish economic growth and comparatively high unemployment.

10 Nov 2012 - 12:56am 1 comment

Care needed with General Motors stake sale

Care needed with General Motors stake sale

The bailout of General Motors played an important role in the re-election of President Barack Obama, but now comes the hard part, which is unloading the government's stake, probably at a big loss.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:59am