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With just over a week to go until the 4th presidential election of the 21st century, President Barack Obama is entering the closing stages of his final election campaign. In a political career that stretches back 20 years, this is perhaps his defining moment. As the Americans put it – will he be a “one-hit-wonder”, or a “two-term legend”. So with election day looming on Tuesday 6th November, what are his prospects? Will Romney’s comeback knock him off course? What do the electoral maths look like?

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On Friday, 7th September, came the news that unemployment (or the ‘jobless rate’, as Americans call it) had fallen to 8.1%. Much of this was due to people giving up on work altogether, however. For every 1 job created, 4 Americans fell out of the labour market altogether. In fact, officially, the ‘Labour Force Participation Rate’ – the indicator of how many Americans are engaged in work or searching for work – fell to 63.5%, it’s lowest rate since September 1981. This date is notable as being almost one year on from President Jimmy Carter’s (the 39th incumbent of the Office) defeat after a struggling economy hit home, alongside numerous foreign policy mishaps and misadventures.

Could the same thing happen to the 44th and current President, Barack Obama on November 6th; welcoming to the stage the 45th President, Mitt Romney??…

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Thursday May 3rd. A big day for Londoners. The chance to bloody the nose of this dreadful government, bent on ideological austerity at the expense of growth and jobs, and the chance to get rid of our useless London Mayor: Boris Johnson. Now it’s been a tough campaign, and not everyone is thrilled by the alternative on the Left: Ken Livingstone. I hear you, but it’s time to do the right thing and use your 1st and 2nd preference votes to give London a brighter future. A fairer, more equal capital where anyone and everyone can get on in life. That’s why I’m voting Ken for London.

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Ahead of ‘Super Tuesday’ in the US Republican Presidential Primary season, where 10 states are holding ballots to select their preferred Republican in this ongoing beauty (or not-so-pretty, as I prefer) contest, I profile the last remaining challenger to Mitt Romney’s path to his party’s nomination: Rick Santorum. It’s well worth the read!

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