A very warm welcome from me, Graham Tearse, to live coverage of the US presidential elections from the Mediapart English editorial team. I’m joined by my colleagues Michael Streeter (the early morning editor), Patricia Brett and Sue Landau, as we cover the 2012 US presidential elections. Barack Obama has been re-elected as president of the United States, after a nail-biting contest with his Republican rival Mitt Romney. You can follow the history of the overnight hours of this thrilling race, blow-by-blow, below, and all the unfolding news, analysis and reaction to this major political event, both in the US and as seen from France.