US heads to polls in tight race

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Tens of millions of Americans head to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to re-elect President Barack Obama or hand the job to Republican Mitt Romney.

The voting ends a hard-fought race that began nearly two years ago and has cost more than $2bn (£1.3bn).

Polls will begin closing in eastern states at 19:00 EST (00:00 GMT) – a winner could be known by midnight.

Polls show the race is neck and neck, although the president holds a slender polling lead in crucial swing states.

National polls by Washington Post/ABC News and the Pew Research Centre both give Mr Obama a three-point edge over his rival.

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