Tuesday, 06 November 2012 18:40
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 ...