The Re-Election of Barack Obama

By Bloomberg Photos - 2012-11-07T10:16:37Z

Photograph by Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images

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Making the Call

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are both running against history -- the only question now is who will defy it to win the presidency.

Obama is seeking to overcome the drag of high unemployment and economic weakness that has frustrated predecessors' re-election bids, while his Republican rival Romney reaches for an upset to propel him beyond his party's standing and swamp an electoral map stacked against him on the final day of the presidential race.

A victory for Obama, to whom the contest has tilted in recent days, would make him the first president in two decades to be re-elected with a jobless rate above 6 percent -- and only the second since World War II.

Left, President Barack Obama calls volunteers as he visits a campaign office in Columbus, Ohio.