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Although Barack Obama won, the bitter campaign divided the US. The president emerges with a tenuous mandate and an urgent domestic to-do list. Abroad, a new world order is rising from the euro crisis, the Arab Spring and emerging Asia, and US leadership will be key. In this series, GlobalPost's far-flung correspondents bring you insights into how President Obama's re-election will impact their regions.
President Barack Obama raised far more money via direct contributions, but Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign edged ahead via "outside spending" — including super PACs largely enabled by the Citizens' United Supreme Court decision which now allows corporations, unions and issue advocacy organizations unlimited campaign spending.