2012 US Presidential Elections

Nov 02, 2012, 11:52 AM IST
Two statuettes depicting President Barack Obama, left, and Republican rival Mitt Romney are backdropped by the Stars and Stripes in a shop which sells Christmas nativity figures in Naples, Italy.
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Two statuettes depicting President Barack Obama, left, and Republican rival Mitt Romney are backdropped by the Stars and Stripes in a shop which sells Christmas nativity figures in Naples, Italy.

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, center, and US congressional hopeful Joaquin Castro, right, listen to former president Bill Clinton during a campaign rally.
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San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, center, and US congressional hopeful Joaquin Castro, right, listen to former president Bill Clinton during a campaign rally.

Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama talk after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver in Denver.
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Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama talk after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver in Denver.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, center, addresses supporters as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., right, and Republican US Senate candidate Connie Mack, left, applaud during the Romney Ryan Victory Rally in Kissimmee, Fla.
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, center, addresses supporters as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., right, and Republican US Senate candidate Connie Mack, left, applaud during the Romney Ryan Victory Rally in Kissimmee, Fla.

First lady Michelle Obama gestures as she speaks to supporters at a campaign event at the James L. Knight Center, in Miami.
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First lady Michelle Obama gestures as she speaks to supporters at a campaign event at the James L. Knight Center, in Miami.

Actress Gabrielle Union gestures as she warms up the crowd before a speech by first lady Michelle Obama at the James L. Knight Center, in Miami.
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Actress Gabrielle Union gestures as she warms up the crowd before a speech by first lady Michelle Obama at the James L. Knight Center, in Miami.

President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event, at the Cheyenne Sports Complex in Las Vegas, before heading to Denver for additional campaigning.
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President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event, at the Cheyenne Sports Complex in Las Vegas, before heading to Denver for additional campaigning.

Vice President Joe Biden meets with customers during a visit to the Red Mug Coffee Shop, in Superior, Wis.
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Vice President Joe Biden meets with customers during a visit to the Red Mug Coffee Shop, in Superior, Wis.

First lady Michelle Obama speaks to supporters during a campaign stop at Hampton University, in Hampton, Va.
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First lady Michelle Obama speaks to supporters during a campaign stop at Hampton University, in Hampton, Va.

Supporters cheer as Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally at Rushville Middle School, in Lancaster, Ohio.
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Supporters cheer as Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally at Rushville Middle School, in Lancaster, Ohio.

Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures as he speaks during a campaign event, in Mansfield, Ohio.
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Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gestures as he speaks during a campaign event, in Mansfield, Ohio.

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a rally for Barack Obama at Pullen Park in Raleigh, N.C.
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Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a rally for Barack Obama at Pullen Park in Raleigh, N.C.

Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his wife Janna smile as their daughter Liza poses for a photo backstage before a campaign event.
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Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and his wife Janna smile as their daughter Liza poses for a photo backstage before a campaign event.

President Barack Obama points to the crowd during a campaign event at McArthur High School in Hollywood, Fla.
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President Barack Obama points to the crowd during a campaign event at McArthur High School in Hollywood, Fla.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, is joined on stage by his wife Ann as they appear at a campaign event at Shady Brook Farm, in Morrisville, Penn.
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, right, is joined on stage by his wife Ann as they appear at a campaign event at Shady Brook Farm, in Morrisville, Penn.

Supporters cheer as Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks during a campaign event at Johnson`s Corner, in Johnstown, Colo.
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Supporters cheer as Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks during a campaign event at Johnson`s Corner, in Johnstown, Colo.

President Barack Obama visits with volunteers in the call center of a campaign office, in the German Village section of Columbus, Ohio.
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President Barack Obama visits with volunteers in the call center of a campaign office, in the German Village section of Columbus, Ohio.

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and his wife Anne, step up to the podium as they arrive for a campaign event at Port Columbus International Airport.
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and his wife Anne, step up to the podium as they arrive for a campaign event at Port Columbus International Airport.

First lady Michelle Obama speaks during a campaign stop for her husband, President Barack Obama, on election eve in Orlando.
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First lady Michelle Obama speaks during a campaign stop for her husband, President Barack Obama, on election eve in Orlando.

President Barack Obama speaks to supporters during his final 2012 campaign event in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.
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President Barack Obama speaks to supporters during his final 2012 campaign event in downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

Ballots are removed from the ballot box to be counted in Dixville Notch, N.H., as they cast the first Election Day votes in the nation. After 43 seconds of voting, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney each had 5 votes in Dixville Notch.
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Ballots are removed from the ballot box to be counted in Dixville Notch, N.H., as they cast the first Election Day votes in the nation. After 43 seconds of voting, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney each had 5 votes in Dixville Notch.

People pose with a picture of President Barack Obama during the Election Night Party 2012 following the US Presidential Election, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Madrid, Spain.
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People pose with a picture of President Barack Obama during the Election Night Party 2012 following the US Presidential Election, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Madrid, Spain.

Sara Clement from Pennsylvania, center, attends a reception organized by the Italian Democrats Abroad committee to follow the results of the 2012 US Presidential election, in Rome.
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Sara Clement from Pennsylvania, center, attends a reception organized by the Italian Democrats Abroad committee to follow the results of the 2012 US Presidential election, in Rome.

Guests look at early projections for votes for the President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during the Presidential Election party at the US Embassy in London.
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Guests look at early projections for votes for the President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during the Presidential Election party at the US Embassy in London.

Supporter of President Barack Obama react as a television promoter announces results of the United States elections during a Presidential Election party hosted by the US embassy and German Telekom in Berlin.
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Supporter of President Barack Obama react as a television promoter announces results of the United States elections during a Presidential Election party hosted by the US embassy and German Telekom in Berlin.

People react as a television promoter announces results of the United States elections during a Presidential Election party hosted by the United States embassy and German Telekom in Berlin.
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People react as a television promoter announces results of the United States elections during a Presidential Election party hosted by the United States embassy and German Telekom in Berlin.