Obama-Romney neck and neck

Republican Mitt Romney has erased Barack Obama's advantage in the presidential race and the two candidates are now tied among likely voters, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released today.

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Michelle Obama posts her US presidential vote

Michelle Obama tweeted that she "couldn’t wait for Election Day" Credit: Twitter / Michelle Obama

The First Lady Michelle Obama has been pictured with her postal vote for the US presidential election.

Both her and the President are making history by voting in advance of election day "to promote the ease, convenience, and importance of voting", the Obama campaign team say.

She tweeted: "Hey, @BarackObama, I just dropped my absentee ballot in the mail – I couldn’t wait for Election Day! Love you!"

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US presidential candidate hails Baroness Thatcher

US presidential candidate Mitt Romney hailed Margaret Thatcher as a "tower of strength in the cause of liberty" as the former prime minister celebrated her 87th birthday.

Baroness Thatcher marked yesterday's occasion by having lunch at Green's Restaurant and Oyster Bar in London's exclusive St James's district with her son Mark and his wife.

Baroness Thatcher celebrated her 87th birthday on Saturday. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Writing on Twitter, Mr Romney - the Republican challenger engaged in a close fight with Democrat Barack Obama for the White House in next month's election - said: "The US is blessed with courageous friends.

"Happy birthday to the Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher - a tower of strength in the cause of liberty."

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US presidential election receives jolt after polls boost for Romney

There was a new urgency to campaigning today by President Obama and his rival Mitt Romney, and not just because the big day is exactly four weeks away.

The latest opinion polls have put Mr Romney in the lead - after his strong performance in last week's TV debate.

So now more than ever, as our Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports, there is all to play for.

Sesame Street asks Obama to take down Big Bird ad

A demonstrator dressed as Sesame Street's Big Bird holds a sign outside a Romney campaign rally. Credit: Reuters

The makers of American TV show Sesame Street have asked that the Obama campaign stop using a political advert which features the character Big Bird.

Sesame Worskshop, formerly known as the Children's Television Workshop, issued the following statement:

"Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down."

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