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Politics

Presidential victor must face a more divided nation

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

WASHINGTON — To look at the presidential ballot is to marvel at how far the country seems to have come in recent decades: an incumbent African-American is seeking reelection against a Mormon. It seems the definition of a nation casting aside historic divisions.

Then there is the flip side. Divisions still define us, and the 2012 campaign seems, if anything, to have deepened them.

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