Presidential victor must face a more divided nation

Clockwise from top left: President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010; a national debt ticker served as a backdrop duringaMitt Romney campaign stop in Ohio; soldiers on patrol in Afghanistan; the border fence in Tijuana, Mexico.

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As the barnstorming and broadcast barrage blessedly near an end, the candidates face the reality of a nation so riven that progress seems an inevitable casualty.

With the number of jobs and consumer confidence both picking up of late, the Romney campaign has started doing more to sell its own candidate as a problem-solver with big ideas.

Romney, Obama both now lay claim to mantra of ‘change’

The final pitches of President Obama and Mitt Romney illustrate the shifting terrain of both the race and the economy.

(Left to right) Paul Bardaro, partner at Malden accounting firm Rucci, Bardaro & Barrett P.C.; Meredith Flynn-Ripley, chief executive of Media Friends Inc. of Cambridge; Gordon Thompson, chief executive of Westnet Inc. of Canton; and Alberto Calvo, chief executive of Stop and Compare Supermarkets.

What does small business care about?

The Globe asked four small-business owners from four sectors to discuss the issues and their views of the presidential race as it enters its final days.

Where Obama, Romney stand on economic issues

The economy is the top issue for many Americans. Here’s where President Obama and Mitt Romney stand on major economic issues.

Elsa Barnhill heads Hispanic outreach for Mitt Romney out of the Republican’s campaign office in East Las Vegas, Nev.

Obama rallies Hispanic voters; Romney tries to make inroads

Latinos could be the difference between Obama winning a second term or heading back to Chicago as a 51-year-old former president.

Like his rival, Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown would face a choice if elected between ideology and bipartisan dealmaking.

Mass. Senate race driven by colliding visions

Voters are choosing between an outspoken leader on progressive causes and a moderate New England Republican pledging to be a beacon of bipartisanship.

In campaigning, Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown have both become more polished, more “packaged” politicians.


Brown, Warren temper rhetoric, stress differences

While Elizabeth Warren has softened her image, Senator Scott Brown has risked his likability by going on the attack and has pushed his pitch to the left.

Senate race

Candidates on the issues

Here’s a detailed look at the differences between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren on issues of concern to Massachusetts voters.

Yvonne Abraham

Having the choice to die matters

Using those pills to hasten the end wouldn’t be everybody’s choice, but it’s a choice we should have. I will vote yes on Question 2.