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Decision Day for a deeply divided United States

Some early projections suggest Obama is set to win second term

Published on Nov 7, 2012 6:00 AM
Americans voting yesterday in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Early projections by experts pointed to a status quo scenario - a second term for Mr Obama and a divided Congress. -- PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

WASHINGTON - The tightest United States presidential election in recent memory will be decided today after a bitter and expensive campaign that has left the world's most powerful nation deeply divided.

Official results are expected to come in around noon, Singapore time. Early projections by some political scientists point to a status quo scenario - a second term for President Barack Obama, and a divided Congress whereby Democrats and Republicans retain control of the upper and lower chambers, respectively.

Republican challenger Mitt Romney enjoyed a late surge in the polls for much of the past month, but did not appear to have done enough to prise key battleground states like Ohio away from the Democratic incumbent.

"While Mr Romney surged after the first presidential debate, he never quite closed the deal in the key swing states. And now, we believe he has run out of time," wrote Dr Larry Sabato, of the University of Virginia's Centre for Politics.

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