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US votes in election cliff-hanger  WASHINGTON: Americans voted Tuesday in a nail-biting presidential election marked by the starkly different economic visions of Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.   The time for obsessing over key state opinion polls was over as the greatest political show entered its thrilling finale after an 18-month roller-coaster ride that exposed the nation's bitter polarization.   The most expensive campaign in US history saw an estimated $6 billion unleashed by the rival camps in a fight to win over that thin sliver of the electorate that could swing either way.   After a frantic burst of last-minute campaigning, voters were deciding whether to re-elect Obama despite the plodding economy or hand the reins to Romney, who has vowed a return to prosperity through smaller government.   They will also cast judgment on a third of the Democratic-led Senate and the entire Republican-run House of Representatives. But with neither chamber expected to change hands, the current ...
Obama KOGELO: Paved roads, electricity, running water: Barack Obama's ancestral home has seen much change in the past four years, and residents are preparing for a sleepless night ahead as they watch the polls.   On the eve of the US presidential elections, reporters have descended on this small village in western Kenya, nestled in the hills about 60 kilometres (40 miles) from the glittering blue waters of Lake Victoria.   Draped over the road that connects the village to ...
FACTBOX-Close races in battle for US Senate  WASHINGTON: A year ago, Republicans seemed headed toward capturing the US Senate, now controlled by Democrats by a 53-47 margin.   But then things went awry, beginning with the surprise decision in February by Republican Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine to surrender her relatively safe seat and retire and, most recently, a series of attention-grabbing comments about rape by Republican candidates who had good odds of defeating Democrats.   Thirty-three of the Senate's 100 seats are being contested, of which ...
FACTBOX-US President Barack Obama   WASHINGTON: As the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, 51, signed into law a revamp of the national healthcare system and authorized the raid that killed Osama bin Laden but struggled to revive the economy and create jobs.  As the United States holds its presidential election on Tuesday, here are key facts about Obama, the nation's first black president.  - Barack Obama has a personal background like no other president in U.S. history. His mother, Ann Dunham, was a white woman from Kansas ...
FACTBOX-Mitt Romney, Republican U.S. presidential candidate   KARACHI: US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts and private equity executive, is pursuing the White House for the second time in Tuesday's election.  Here are key facts about him:  * Romney, 65, espouses traditional Republican positions to cut taxes, reduce federal regulations, shrink government spending and bolster the U.S. military. He vows to create 12 million new jobs in his first term with a plan focused on domestic energy development, expanded free trade, improving education, reducing the deficit ...

 



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