The Re-Election of Barack Obama

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

Photograph by Jin Lee/Bloomberg

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The final polls in a campaign that has seen large swings in public opinion almost unanimously pointed to momentum in Obama's favor. Yet after the most costly presidential contest in history at $2.6 billion -- as well as one of the longest -- the surveys also suggested the race remains exceptionally close until the end, with the candidates vying for advantage both nationally and in crucial battleground states.

Left, a woman voter enters a polling station in New York on Nov 6, 2012. Subfreezing temperatures and confusion greeted voters in storm-ravaged New York and New Jersey, where officials moved more than 240 polling sites damaged by superstorm Sandy to alternate locations.