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US Midterm Elections – special multimedia coverage on the BBC's international news services follows Americans as they go to the polls

Source: BBC World News, BBC World Service,
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London , 28 October 2010. At the half-way point of President Obama's four-year term, the BBC's international news services will bring audiences around the world extensive coverage of the mid-term elections in the USA on 2 November 2010.

These results will determine which party - Democratic or Republican - controls Congress for the next two years, and the BBC will be analysing what the results mean to both the USA and wider international community. Programming highlights will include:

US 2010 Results on BBC World News will air on Tuesday 2 November and is co-presented from Washington by Matt Frei and Washington correspondent Katty Kay, with Emily Maitlis and Clive Myrie. Coverage will include:

* Analysis of the results as they come in by the BBC's Emily Maitlis, who will illustrate who is winning the battle for Congress using touch-screen technology. There will be updates from key states throughout the country including California, Pennsylvania, Nevada and New York.

* Analysis from contributors including veteran news journalist Ted Koppel, Time Magazine's Washington Bureau Chief Michael Duffy, and Professor Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia, USA.

* Special in-depth reports looking at the major issues driving the mid-term races including a report from Matt Frei assessing how the elections will impact the balance of power during the second half of the administration.

* An in-depth report by Katty Kay examining the controversial issue of campaign donations and the role of special interests and by Ted Koppel looking at the use of 'attack ads' and their influence on this year's mid-terms.

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* A live events-tracking page with all the latest developments and major stories throughout the day. The page will be updated until all the results are declared.

* Expert analysis from BBC correspondents and reaction from around the globe.

* A full graphics results section illustrating how results are unfolding.

In the days leading up to 2 November, the site will feature daily updates offering users “at-a-glance” key developments, regular reports from BBC correspondents on the major political battles and an international perspective looking at the importance attached to the election around the world. The site will also feature a user-generated video content area where voters can offer their assessment of Obama's first two years as president, and authored pieces from non-BBC writers with a particular story or perspective.

A graphics section will illustrate latest polling trends and look at which way the battle appears to be going in key Senate races. Leading experts will assess possible outcomes based on forecasts.

BBC World Serviceradio will bring global audiences special coverage of the results on 2 and 3 November, with presenters James Naughtie and Komla Dumor tracking all the latest developments from the US.

On 3 November, Claire Bolderson will be co-presenting Newshourfrom Washington on BBC World Service, featuring audience reaction and analysis from the capital city.