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.
Oh what a year it was! Barely had the nation’s celebratory New Year’s hangover subsided when another headache hit the public consciousness: the Iowa caucuses, on Jan. 3, signaling the official start of the presidential campaign. It kicked off a year of finger pointing, backbiting, mudslinging and name-calling.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Election Day dawned bright and beautiful here — a crisp fall day under a cloudless blue sky. According to poll workers, there were lines in the early morning — before the polls opened at 6:30 a.m. But by noon the business of voting was proceeding smoothly and steadily in this residential neighborhood in northeast Columbus. There were no signs of the long lines reported at Ohio State University and in other areas of the capital.