U.S. presidential race

The race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney has tightened as Election Day nears. The race is likely to be decided by a small number of voters in swing states.

Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney

Republican Mitt Romney is running against President
Barack Obama, a Democrat, for the U.S. presidential seat.

Barack Obama, Democrat


Bio: Elected as president of the United States in 2008, Barack Obama is seeking his second term in 2012.

Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Aug. 4, 1961.  From the start, he excelled in school. He graduated from Harvard Law, magna cum laude, in 1991. After law school, he moved to Chicago to work for the law firm Miner, Barnhill & Galland before getting into Illinois Senate politics. He served in the Illinois state Senate for the 13th District from 1997-2004. He then became a U.S. senator representing Illinois from 2005-2008.

He is married to Michelle Obama. They have two daughters.

For full biography, visit: biography.com

Mitt Romney, Republican


Bio: Former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee for president.

He was born on March 12, 1947, in Detroit. Romney is known for starting the investment firm Bain Capital. He ran for a Massachusetts Senate seat in 1994, but he was defeated. He became governor of Massachusetts in 2003 and served until 2007. He ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, but lost to John McCain.

He is married to Ann Romney, and they have five sons.

For full biography, visit: biography.com

Related news

Obama and Romney on the issues

The Wall Street Journal reports: An overview of where Obama and Romney stand on the issues.

Get the full story: online.wsj.com

The final presidential debate: fact-checked

The Chicago Tribune reports: Both candidates made flubs in the final debate.

Get the full story: chicagotribune.com

The money trail: Obama, Romney

The New York Times reports: How much money has been raised so far in this election? And where has it gone?
Get the full story: nytimes.com

Medicare: The differences between Obama, Romney

CNN reports: How Obama’s Affordable Care Act stacks up against Romney’s plan to privatize.
Get the full story: cnn.com

Election polls track changes in voter sentiment

Gallup reports: Gallup updates its tracking poll daily.
Get the full story: gallup.com

The New York Times Elections

The New York Times breaks down the election for voters with easy maps and candidate information.

Get the full story: nytimes.com

Compiled by Danae Lenz 

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