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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.

ABC anchor Diane Sawyer's bizarre election night behaviour

Diane Sawyer's Election Night performance left some US viewers asking if she had begun celebrating a bit early. Co-anchoring ABC News' coverage, the veteran journalist struck a very different manner from her practised, straight style of news delivery.

Friday, 9 November, 2012, 12:36pm

Statisticians Nate Silver and Sam Wang run circles around the pundits

Tuesday's election result was not just a victory for President Barack Obama, but a validation for the new breed of so-called "big data" number crunchers.

They include New York Times blogger Nate Silver, whose uncanny accuracy in predicting the result has turned him into something of a mathematical rock star.

9 Nov 2012 - 12:03pm

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

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.

"We were on a roller coaster, exciting and thrilling, ups and downs. But the ride ends," Romney said, according to advance excerpts of the interview set to air on Fox News Sunday.

4 Mar 2013 - 5:13am

Stop insulting voters, senior Republicans urge party

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)

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

The Week Explained: Polls and Share Prices

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

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

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

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

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

1. China Daily

11 Nov 2012 - 2:51am

Right Field: When politics and sports clash

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