Welcome to a round-up of presidential election news and the quadrennial process of the “last dash for votes” stories has begun early this time around. Concepts like “momentum”, “campaign groundwork” and “heavyweight endorsements” are here to stay for the next 10 turbulent days.

Having voted in his home state of Illinois, President Barack Obama’s idea of momentum appears to consist of sitting in the Oval Office recording media interviews, while his challenger Mitt Romney has a slightly less hectic schedule than in the immediate post-debate days, with only two states, Iowa and Ohio, on his agenda on Friday. Read more

Welcome to a round up of media coverage of the presidential election as the campaign reaches the stage where the air miles really begin to stack up for those following the candidates on their jet-powered whistlestop tours.

Today, President Barack Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney criss-cross the country in search of support in critical states. The president begins the day in Florida before flying up the east coast to Virginia, then home to Chicago to cast his own (early) vote before hopping to Ohio, two states to the east, for an evening rally.

With just 11 days of campaigning left, the citizens of these states can expect to see the candidates plenty more times and hear an awful lot of speeches, but Thursday’s headlines feature remarks made by the president in what he thought was a private conversation. Read more

Welcome to the round-up of reaction to Monday night’s third and final presidential debate, in which President Barack Obama went on the offensive.

The debate’s topic was foreign policy and it saw an unusual inversion of what might have been expected, with the incumbent taking up the cudgels and the challenger assuming a statesmanlike position. Mitt Romney frequently agreed with his opponent’s foreign policies, although they clashed more fiercely on China, the final subject of the final debate. Read more

Welcome to the election news round-up on the morning before the third and final presidential debate, which will focus on foreign policy.

While investors may increasingly focus on the threat of the so-called fiscal cliff facing whoever wins on November 6, this potential catastrophe for the US economy will remain off the agenda as Washington DC remains obsessed with the minutiae of an incredibly tight race. Read more

Welcome to a round-up of media coverage of a presidential election now so close that the candidates, with less than three weeks of campaigning left, are paying visits to states with only four votes of the 270 needed to win the electoral college on November 6.

President Barack Obama was in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday, a town accustomed to the paraphernalia and pageant of primary campaigning in December and January, but not so much to autumnal visits by the victors of those primaries.

The latest poll for the New England state shows Mr Obama tied with his Republican rival Mitt Romney.
One local paper, the Eagle Tribune, reports that an enthusiastic crowd of 6,000 saw an energised president repeating many of the attack lines he used against Mr Romney in Monday’s presidential debate. Read more

Welcome to a review of media stories about the US presidential election with just 18 days to go until the next occupant of the White House will be decided. The day after the second presidential debate found the candidates addressing the distaff side of the US electorate.

 

Polls show that President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent Mitt Romney are locked in a struggle for women’s votes, but the president obviously felt he picked up an advantage in the debate. At a rally in Iowa, the Financial Times reports, he pointed to a perceived flaw, the vagueness of Mr Romney’s economic plans, as well as milking one of his rival’s few uncomfortable moments in Tuesday’s clash.

“Everyone here has heard of the new deal, the fair deal, the square deal? Mitt Romney is trying to sell you a sketchy deal,” Mr Obama said to wild applause from his supporters.

With his sleeves rolled up and his tie loose, the president mocked his rival for an awkwardly phrased line in the debate. Answering a question about equal pay for women, Mr Romney touted his record as governor of Massachusetts by saying he had received “whole binders full of women” to help him recruit qualified females. The line quickly went viral on the internet.

Mr Obama said: “We don’t have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified talented women.”

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Neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama pulled any punches in the debate. (Getty)

Welcome to the US election round up on the morning after a debate – described by one veteran observer as “immeasurably the best” in US history, where President Barack Obama was seen to have rediscovered his combative style, but Mitt Romney stood his ground against a flurry of rhetorical punches.

According to the Financial Times, the first post-debate polls showed Mr Obama as the perceived victor, just. A CBS poll reported that 37 per cent of respondents said Mr Obama won, while 30 per cent said Mr Romney did. A CNN survey said 46 per cent of those asked thought Mr Obama won, while 39 per cent said Mr Romney won the clash held in a town hall format at Hofstra University in New York state. Read more

Ready and waiting – the venue for tonight's second presidential debate. (Reuters)

Welcome to the US election round-up on the morning of the second presidential debate, with polls showing the closest race for the White House since the Bush/Gore election in 2000 that was finally decided in the Supreme Court.

The RCP rolling average of polls is constantly changing – hardly a surprise when 10 national surveys of voting intention are published every day – but after showing a tie late on Monday night, Tuesday dawned with Mitt Romney holding a 0.1 per cent lead over President Barack Obama. Read more

Preparation for Tuesday's second presidential debate, at Hofstra University, New York. (AFP/Getty)

Welcome to the US election round-up at the beginning of a week which may be President Barack Obama’s last chance to halt the momentum of his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

The Romney surge, which sees him up by 1.3 percentage points nationally and with races tightening in critical swing states, began at the first debate in Denver 11 days ago. Tomorrow’s second clash at Hofstra University in New York will give Mr Romney a platform, in the so-called “town hall” format, to win over Americans in the one area where he is still well behind Mr Obama – namely the perception that he favours the rich.

[14.21 BST 9.21 EST update: The RCP polling average has closed sharply this morning, after inputting data more favourable to the president, to a lead of 0.2 percentage points for Mr Romney 47.3 - 47.1. NB, an earlier draft of this round-up had Mr Romney's lead at 1.8 percentage points. This was a typographical error.] Read more

Welcome to the FT’s summary of instant reaction to Thursday night’s vice presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky, between the incumbent Joe Biden and his Republican challenger, Paul Ryan. The general verdict was that it was a feisty affair that the Democrat may have edged at the expense of showing a condescending side which could come back to haunt him.

Anna Fifield, the Financial Times correspondent in the audience at Centre College, reports:

Mr Biden, the sitting vice-president, achieved his goal of putting forward a passionate case for a second term for the Democratic team, a week after President Barack Obama confounded supporters with a lacklustre performance during his first debate with Mitt Romney, his Republican rival for the White House.

But Mr Ryan also offered plenty of lines to cheer his party’s base, outlining Republican plans to boost the economy and attacking the Obama administration over the deficit. He also sharply criticised the Obama administration’s approach to Syria and Libya.

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