US elections 2012

Close races in the battle for US Senate

Democrats are slightly favoured to retain the Senate. Here's a look at races that have been considered close over the past few weeks.


Obama sworn in for second term

2013-01-20 19:20

US President Barack Obama has been sworn in for a second term in office in a small, private ceremony in the White House.

Obama sworn in for second term

2013-01-20 19:20

US President Barack Obama has been sworn in for a second term in office in a small, private ceremony in the White House.

Obama kicks off inauguration weekend

2013-01-19 18:32

President Barack Obama has kicked off a whirlwind weekend of inauguration events that mark the end of his historic first term and the start of his second.

US election 2012 spending tops $2bn

2012-12-07 12:01

Republican Mitt Romney has raised $85.9m in the final weeks of the White House race, says his campaign, bringing the total spent on the presidential election to a record $2bn.


inside US elections 2012

Romney loss rocks Republican Party

2012-12-01 21:39

Mitt Romney has been a virtual ghost since his Election Day defeat and the Republican Party is rudderless and in disarray.

Barbara Bush 'tired' of the elections

2012-11-16 11:59

Former US first lady Barbara Bush says she's ready to move beyond this year's campaign season, in comments at a conference the week after President Barack Obama's re-election.

US congressional leaders re-elected

2012-11-15 15:01

Lawmakers in both parties have re-elected most of their leaders in the US Congress, while Nancy Pelosi has announced she will seek to remain the top Democrat in the House of Representatives.

Bitter Romney blames loss on Obama 'gifts'

2012-11-15 08:20

Mitt Romney has blamed his election defeat on "gifts" showered by President Barack Obama on his female, African-American and Hispanic supporters.

Who will be on Obama's new dream team?

2012-11-14 14:04

Speculation is heating up in Washington about who will be crowned the new secretaries of state and defence.

Romney takes a Facebook beating

2012-11-12 14:15

Mitt Romney, who was a few days ago popular on Facebook and among some voters, is losing thousands of friends on the social network.

Obama can finally claim Florida win

2012-11-10 20:24

Four days after the election, President Barack Obama can finally claim victory in Florida.

Obama cries as he thanks campaign workers

2012-11-09 10:00

In the most candid and emotional scene ever captured of Barack Obama on camera, the normally composed US president teared up as he told young campaign workers of his pride in them.

'Obamacare is law of the land': Republican

2012-11-09 08:04

Top Republican lawmaker John Boehner says he will not make it his mission to repeal the Obama administration's healthcare reform law following the re-election of President Barack Obama.

Obama mulls new cabinet picks

2012-11-08 22:37

US President Barack Obama, fresh from re-election and facing a new clash with congress, has an important item on his to-do list - stocking his new cabinet.

For gamblers, Obama was a sure bet

2012-11-08 15:00

While most pollsters had declared the US presidential election too close to call before Tuesday, many gamblers had pegged the winner early and got it right.

Obama set to 'extend hand' to Iran again

2012-11-08 14:04

Freed from the constraints of an election campaign, US President Barack Obama now has another shot at pressing Iran through diplomacy to scale back its nuclear programme, analysts say.

Kerry for US secretary of state - Russia

2012-11-08 13:00

Russia would like to see US Senator John Kerry replace Hillary Clinton once the US Secretary of State steps down at the start of President Barack Obama's second term, says a report.

Demographics working against Republicans

2012-11-08 12:01

The win by Barack Obama in the US presidential election highlights how population shifts - ethnic and generational - have buoyed Democrats while forcing Republicans to rethink their message.

Obama hints at climate change push

2012-11-08 09:52

US President Barack Obama has hinted he will make another push to fight climate change after cruising to a new term, but his room for manoeuvre will be limited.

Obama will get invite to Obama, Japan

2012-11-07 18:10

A small city in Japan is to offer re-elected US president Barack Obama what may be the first invitation of his second term: A visit to a place that shares his name.

Mandela Centre congratulates Obama

2012-11-07 17:08

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has congratulated United States president Barack Obama on his election to a second term in office.

Obama win clears healthcare reform hurdle

2012-11-07 15:46

President Barack Obama's re-election victory eliminates the possibility of a wholesale repeal for his healthcare reform law, but still leaves questions about how much of the law will be implemented.

Mexican Romneys lament election loss

2012-11-07 14:04

In a verdant oasis in the deserts of northern Mexico, Republican challenger Mitt Romney's Mormon cousins are mourning his presidential election defeat.

Obama returns to the theme of hope

2012-11-07 12:22

The crowd was smaller than it was four years ago, and the venue was indoors, but President Barack Obama's victory party has shared a theme with his 2008 election night: Hope.

World celebrates Obama's re-election

2012-11-07 11:09

From his old school in Indonesia to a Japanese beach town that happens to share his name, people around the world are cheering US President Barack Obama's re-election.

Paul Ryan wins House re-election

2012-11-07 10:06

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has earned a concession prize after he lost as Mitt Romney's running-mate, easily reclaiming his congressional seat in Wisconsin.

Obama vows to work with Republicans

2012-11-07 09:47

US President Barack Obama says difficult compromises are needed to move the United States forward in a speech after he won a second term in the White House.

Republican outreach: Minorities sceptical

2012-11-19 13:00

Latinos, African-Americans and other minorities who helped President Barack Obama win a second term are sceptical about enhanced Republican outreach to their communities.

Sincerity free

2012-11-16 07:33

Simon Williamson shudders at the precedent that would have been set if Mitt Romney won the US presidential election

Another George Bush eyes US politics

2012-11-15 13:06

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has reached out to his old donors, asking them to help get another George Bush - his son - established in Texas politics, say reports.

US woman runs over husband for not voting

2012-11-14 21:41

Police in Arizona say a woman ran over her husband with a car because he didn't vote in last week's presidential election.

'No regrets' over US election loss: Ryan

2012-11-13 12:00

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says he has "no regrets" over the 2012 campaign despite losing the election.

Face of US changing, election shows

2012-11-10 22:13

The face of America is changing, and that means its elections will look different, too.

Obama campaign says it won Florida

2012-11-09 11:50

US President Barack Obama's top aide in Florida says the Democrats have won the vote in the officially undeclared Sunshine State, where officials are under fire for mishandling the ballot.

US political calendar leading to inauguration

2012-11-09 09:26

Construction is underway on a platform on the steps of the US Capitol, where President Barack Obama will assume his second term on 21 January 2013.

Spider delayed US town's vote count

2012-11-08 22:37

It wasn't voter fraud that delayed the election count in one US town - it was a spider.

Obama's victory speech

2012-11-08 15:34

Here is a transcript of US President Barack Obama's victory speech.

US marijuana victories may not last

2012-11-08 13:00

Votes making Colorado and Washington the first US states to legalise marijuana for recreational use could be short-lived victories for pot backers because the government will fight them, say experts.

Gay marriage backers end losing streak

2012-11-08 12:01

After historic victories, gay marriage backers hope to sway other states and Supreme Court

Ahmadinejad slams big-spending US polls

2012-11-08 10:01

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dismissed US elections as a "battleground for the capitalists", a day after Barack Obama's re-election.

Victor Obama heads into Washington battle

2012-11-08 09:00

President Barack Obama has returned to the White House emboldened by his stunning re-election and challenging his Republican opponents to work with him to avert a looming fiscal crisis.

Obama urged to end drone attacks

2012-11-07 17:09

Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan says he hopes President Barack Obama will "give peace a chance" and stop US drone attacks now that he has been re-elected.

Obama's Kenyan family celebrate victory

2012-11-07 15:50

Singing and dancing, the ancestral village of Barack Obama has been celebrating the re-election of the son of their soil, who won because he knows how to "love all people", his grandmother says.

Obama win signals new phase in Syria war

2012-11-07 15:00

Western efforts in Syria have shifted dramatically with Britain saying it will deal directly with rebel military leaders and Nato members discussing protecting a safe zone inside Syria with missiles.

World leaders hail Obama victory

2012-11-07 13:11

World leaders have hailed President Barack Obama's sweeping re-election, with allies pledging to deepen co-operation with the United States.

Wisconsin elects first openly gay senator

2012-11-07 11:41

Wisconsin has elected Tammy Baldwin as the first openly gay US senator, sending to Washington a liberal voice who has advocated for peace in the Middle East and greater access to health care.

Challenges await Obama in 2nd term

2012-11-07 10:30

US President Barack Obama faces a difficult task of tackling annual deficits, reducing national debt, overhauling expensive social programmes and dealing with a gridlocked US Congress.

How Obama won

2012-11-07 10:01

US President Barack Obama has confounded political logic by triumphing over a sluggish economy to win a second term in office.

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