Mitt Romney won the Republican presidential nomination as a “turnaround man,” whose capacity to reinvent companies, and the 2002 Olympics, could be transferred to the nation and its troubled economy.
But from the outset of his general election campaign-burdened with the lowest favorability rating of any major party candidate since 1984 - it was evident that his most challenging reinvention would have to be Mitt Romney.
And Tuesday night it failed. Willard Mitt Romney came up short, losing his second and likely last campaign for the presidency to President Barack Obama.
“Almost president” is a distinction sought by no politician.
FLASH: MSNBC, CBS project Barack Obama wins re-election as U.S. President. [Live coverage]
Photo: U.S. President Barack Obama greets supporters on his last night of campaigning in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, November 5, 2012. An emotional President Obama ended his final campaign on Monday in Iowa, the place that launched his first White House bid and that could hold the key to his political future. [REUTERS/Larry Downing]
CNN projects Obama wins Vermont, Romney wins Kentucky in presidential race.
Polls now closed in GA, SC, VT, VA, portions of FL, NH, remainder of IN, KY. Polls close at 7:30pm ET in OH, NC, WV.
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Photo: A woman dressed as the Statue of Liberty poses for photographs during an election party during the U.S. Presidential election at the U.S. Embassy in London, November 6, 2012. [REUTERS/Neil Hall]
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Venezuela’s socialist President Hugo Chavez won re-election on Sunday, quashing the opposition’s best chance at unseating him in 14 years and cementing himself as a dominant figure in modern Latin American history.
The 58-year-old Chavez took 54.42 percent of the vote, with 90 percent of the ballots counted, to 44.97 percent for the young opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, official results showed.
READ ON: Venezuela’s Chavez re-elected to extend socialist rule
The Reuters Elections 2012 portal has relaunched just in time for Wednesday evening’s presidential debate. View campaign ads, the latest polling figures, a look back at how we voted over the past few decades, opinion and analysis and the latest news from the campaign trail.
Tonight’s Presidential Debate will be live blogged on the portal
REUTERS ELECTIONS: The latest news and analysis from Reuters.com
We’ve launched an amazing new elections website where you can follow every moment of the 2012 race to the White House. Features include:
Live coverage: Rolling live blog direct from our reporters on the ground at the Republican and Democratic conventions.
RNC and DNC TV: A lean back viewing experience of video content related to the Republican and Democratic national conventions.
Tweet Off: An interactive feature that allows you to follow what Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are saying on Twitter broken down by issues.The Ad Factor: Scroll through the reel to see some of the most notable negative ads of the campaign, along with Romney and Obama’s changing poll numbers and ad buys.
How we voted: Scroll back through the years to see which candidate carried each state, and click on a state to see the party it voted for in each of the last twelve elections.
Plus special reports that show off our gorgeous new article format that mixes editorial with infographics, illustrations and video that makes every story a unique experience.
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Churches, as an organization, can’t endorse political figures as a condition of their tax-exempt status, but 539 ministers challenged the IRS last year by endorsing or opposing a candidate for office.
This Reuters graphic takes a look at where churches are endorsing or opposing candidates the most. [REUTERS]