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.

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.

What did we learn?

2012-11-08 14:59

Here are five things we learned from the elections.

Obama victory tweet most popular ever

2012-11-07 09:24

Barack Obama has brought his sophisticated social media campaign to an emotional climax by sending the most popular tweet in history: "Four more years".

Americans flood Twittersphere

2012-11-06 17:58

Americans have taken to Twitter in droves to post photos of themselves casting ballots in the long-awaited presidential election, sporting "I voted" stickers and urging others to do the same.

Voting a 'challenge' in storm-struck NYC

2012-11-05 09:04

As many as 143 000 New York City voters will have to find new places to vote other than their regular polling locations due to disruptions caused by superstorm Sandy, says Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

US presidential debate

2012-10-17 13:35

Key quotes from the second US presidential debate.

US presidential debate

2012-10-04 10:20

Quotes of the night

A predictable backlash

2012-08-31 10:32

Republicans insisting on voter-ID laws could have easily implemented the policy if they had been patient, says Simon Williamson. Now it just smells fishy.

Romney caught between tax and constitution

2012-07-06 07:30

What should have been a slam-dunk election issue for Republicans has been complicated by their choice of candidate, says Simon Williamson.

Goodbye, moderates

2012-04-19 07:49

America’s moderate legislators are leaving or being voted out in droves. Simon Williamson mourns the loss of compromise.

Accept the gifts that come with rape

2012-02-17 13:36

Women's rights are a focal point within the current US discourse. Although one would be forgiven for thinking this discourse was from the 1940s, says Simon Williamson.

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

Obama's victory speech

2012-11-08 15:34

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

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.

US election makes Twitter history

2012-11-07 07:15

Election day in the US has been the most tweeted about event in US political history with enthusiastic users firing off 20 million poll-related tweets.

Top 10 most popular US election videos

2012-11-05 09:56

Watch the most popular parody videos on YouTube during the 2012 US presidential campaign.

US election funny viral video fever

2012-11-02 10:07

Jean Barker takes a tour of the biggest funny viral video hits of the final week of the US Presidential election, and asks: Do Republicans have a sense of humour?

US Senate race preview

2012-10-10 15:34

The most important contest outside the US presidential elections.

Who would I vote for - Obama or Romney?

2012-09-07 08:09

I think that if America wants to continue to run the world, we should be allowed to vote in their elections. No? Okay, well then let me at least pretend I can, says Jean Barker.

Legitimate rapes and pregnancy

2012-08-20 14:01

Simon Williamson was shocked to hear a US Senate candidate mouth off about pregnancies caused by rape.

The crazies have won

2012-05-04 07:46

Simon Williamson laments how easily Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is pushed around.

Mitt Romney’s biggest gaffe

2012-03-23 14:40

Republican candidate Mitt Romney has made numerous gaffes this campaign, but the latest will haunt him for a good long time, says Simon Williamson.

Where Jon Huntsman lost it

2012-01-17 14:22

Just how did a candidate with so much potential, brainpower and cross-party appeal perform so badly, asks Simon Williamson?

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