US election

The four early favourites for the 2016 US Presidential election and the Ladbrokes odds against them winning. Clockwise from top-left: Hillary Clinton, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio and Joe Biden. Graphic: Carla Millar

US Elections: The favourites for 2016

18 November 2012 14:50

Even so soon after President Obama’s reelection, speculation over who might replace him in January 2017 is already in full swing. Here are the early favourites, as judged by Ladbrokes:… Continue reading

Chris Christie, the Republican Governor of New Jersey, will be up for reelection next year. Picture: Getty Images

America’s new political battles begin

17 November 2012 14:40

It may be less than a fortnight since the 2012 US elections, but it’s never too early to start speculating about what might happen in the next ones. So here’s… Continue reading

With the elections over, Speaker Boehner and President Obama have resumed negotiations aimed at avoiding the fiscal cliff. Picture: Getty Images

Briefing: The US fiscal cliff

9 November 2012 15:49

With the elections over and Barack Obama returned to the White House for four more years, the attention of US politicians has turned to the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ — a… Continue reading


US election 2012: Obama’s re-election

7 November 2012 7:18

In the end, Barack Obama won re-election comfortably. The Obama political team again demonstrated its ability to get the vote out where it needed it. The margin might have been… Continue reading

Barack Obama

US election 2012: Obama wins Ohio… and four more years

7 November 2012 4:15

NBC has called Ohio for President Obama — enough to guarantee him the 270 electoral votes he needs for re-election. The Democrats are also certain to retain their majority in… Continue reading

Would you vote for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama tomorrow? Image: Getty

Why I would vote for Mitt Romney

5 November 2012 16:58

What is the role of a commentator in an election in which he or she cannot vote? And how would I vote tomorrow if I could? The response of many… Continue reading

President Obama is the strong favourite to win re-election tomorrow. Picture: Getty Images

Sorry, but Barack Obama’s clearly ahead

5 November 2012 16:09

Four years ago, on the weekend before the 2008 presidential election, political commentator John McLaughlin asked the four panellists on his show The McLaughlin Group to predict the winner. As… Continue reading

After the first presidential debate, Mitt Romney has closed the gap to Barack Obama in the polls. Picture: Getty Images

Romney narrows the gap, but Obama remains the favourite

9 October 2012 18:41

The question after last week’s presidential debate was not who had won — there was a clear consensus that Mitt Romney had got the better of Barack Obama — but… Continue reading

House Republicans Hold Closed Conference Meeting

Mitt Romney picks Paul Ryan

11 August 2012 11:06

Mitt Romney will announce his choice of running mate at one o’clock this afternoon, but members of the campaign have already confirmed his identity: Congressman Paul Ryan. I reported yesterday… Continue reading