The longest night

In his final blog from Washington DC,  RTÉ News Deputy Foreign Editor Anthony Murnane reflects on the events of voting day and looks ahead to the second term for President Barack Obama. And so the ‘longest night’ comes to an end. It was a 24 hour period that saw 130m Americans queue, some for as long as three hours, to exercise their right to vote. A time frame that saw the polls close and the count begin. Then the time …

World's media descend on US capital

Anthony Murnane, Deputy Foreign Editor, is in Washington where he assesses the situation facing the country’s 133 million likely voters on Election Day. Washington is a bustling city around election time. The world’s media has descended in ‘the Nation’s Capital’ even though the candidates for the White House are usually in another place, their home states watching and waiting for the result. We congregate on rooftops overlooking the White House where banks of cameras are trained on presenters and reporters …

Virginia crucial to Romney's battle plan

By Robert Shortt in Virginia It’s quiet, cold and the sun is shining. Washington DC is eerily calm. It’s a professional city, full of ambitious people caught up in the cut and thrust of politics and all of its attendant courtiers in the lobbying and policy worlds. But the two tribes of American politics have migrated to the seven or so battleground states where this closest of elections has been fought.

Every vote counts in swing states

By Cian McCormack in Virginia It’s been a gruelling campaign, not just for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, but also for the armies of volunteers working tirelessly behind the scenes. In Virginia, the Democrats are getting to the doorsteps by busing in young “surrogate” canvassers from Washington DC. Lynn Schneider, an attorney from California, based herself in Norfolk for the election. She says: “Every vote is precious for every citizen, but especially in a state like Virginia.”

Result is not expected to be clear cut

By Anthony Murnane, Deputy Foreign Editor, who is en route to Washington DC to help cover the US elections for RTÉ News special programmes output. In his first blog, he wonders what mood awaits him in the US. At immigration clearance in Dublin Airport a photo of President Barack Obama looks down over the US officers checking travellers’ passports, visas and immigration forms.

Down to the Wire

By Richard Downes, Washington Correspondent Everybody – it seems – loves a battle; a contest. Be it the All-Ireland finals, the World Cup or Wimbledon. We all love the head to head match between the two strongest teams or individuals. And the American Presidential election has all the qualities of one of these epic encounters, which is why so many of us find it so compelling. And because there are generally only two combatants, the battle is all the more …